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Day Trips in Tanzania

Day Trips in Tanzania, there is always more to Explore…

In Tanzania you can choose from multiple day trips and one-day safaris. Our excursions are for people who are short on time, yet want an authentic Tanzanian experience.

On day safaris to Arusha National Park and Tarangire National Park you can see abundant wildlife in incredible landscapes. Whilst Kilimanjaro National Park offers an unforgettable one-day walk to the Shira Plateau – Mount Kilimanjaro’s lowest peak.

On cultural excursions, you can learn how women’s groups process coffee and cheese to sell. A half-day spice tour of an agritourism farm in Zanzibar is an experience for all the senses.

On the day of the excursion, we collect you, ensure you are well-fed, and return you safely before sunset.

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THE TOP 10 Tanzania Day Trips

Top Day Trips from Arusha

Almost everyone who visits northern Tanzania passes through Arusha, but too many visitors rush out of town to Tarangire, Lake Manyara and beyond almost as soon as they arrive. 

If you have the time, Arusha is worth at least an extra day to explore the city itself or visit one of the other attractions not far from town. These include Arusha National Park and cultural visits to local villages. 

In Arusha itself, you could also enjoy getting to know this dynamic provincial town with its appealing mix of local museums and markets, and fascinating street life. And wherever you find yourself in or around Arusha, keep your eyes on the north, for those precious moments when the summit of Mt Meru emerges from the clouds.

5 Questions About Day Trips From Arusha

“The best place to start looking for a reliable operator for a day trip in Arusha is on onlinetraveresource.com. This extensive resource allows you to consider all the different possible trips and itineraries on offer. 

It also has expert reviews of many of these attractions by experienced safari experts who have done the activities and visited each of the places in question, which enables them to compare the various possibilities. 

Best of all, you’ll also find on the SafariBookings website reviews of each tour and safari operator by real travelers like you. These reviews are based on firsthand experience and can give you an idea of what to expect, both in terms of the places you visit, and the performance and service levels of the operators you’re considering.”

“Before considering possible day trips beyond Arusha, remember that a city tour of Arusha itself can be a fantastic way to spend your day. The city has lots of museums, busy markets aimed at locals rather than tourists, coffee estates that run tours, and terrific places to eat.

 One popular day trip from Arusha is to take a cultural tour to a village close to the city. These can involve all kinds of activities, such as market visits, cooking classes, nature walks, cultural performances and more. Most last a whole day and are outstanding ways to learn a little about local life. 

Also possible from Arusha is a visit to Arusha National Park. Mt Meru crowns this beautiful park and the up-close mountain views from inside the park are even more awe-inspiring than they are from the city. 

Apart from the scenery, it’s also a good chance to see wildlife within an easy drive from one of Tanzania’s largest cities. Another worthwhile excursion is to Chemka Hot Springs, which lies south off the Arusha–Moshi road.”

“It’s certainly possible to rent a car in Arusha and drive out into the surrounding area. Remember, however, that traffic in and close to Arusha can be terrible. If you do plan on driving out of the city, get as early a start as possible to avoid the worst of the traffic. 

With some hire companies, self-drive rentals may not be possible and they will expect you to travel with one of their drivers. This can be a good idea anyway if you’re nervous about driving in Tanzania, and it doesn’t generally cost much more than if you were to rent a vehicle on its own. 

If you do plan on renting, get lots of local advice about what road conditions you can expect where you’re going. While a small car may be cheaper, you’ll feel safer in a larger vehicle on busy roads with lots of trucks. Alternatively, having a 4WD may also be necessary if your planned route involves any unpaved roads or tracks.”

“Your main wildlife-viewing options on a 1-day Arusha safari will happen on a visit to Arusha National Park, which is by far the closest national park to the city. In the park, especially around Momella Lakes, there’s a good chance you’ll see giraffe, zebra and buffalo. Another good spot for seeing animals is the area known as Serengeti Ndogo (Little Serengeti) where many of the animals gather. 

Other possible sightings if you’re really lucky as you explore the park include elephant, waterbuck, bushbuck, klipspringer and hippo, as well as the Kilimanjaro colobus or troops of blue monkey in the forests. Real prizes that you don’t see in many other parks include Harvey’s red duiker and the suni. 

There aren’t many predators in the park, and they’re rarely seen, but they include leopard, spotted hyena, serval and African wild cat. Arusha National Park has more than 400 different bird species, so make sure you bring your binoculars.”

1-Day Serval Wildlife and Kikuletwa Hot Springs: $230

Elevate your Tanzanian journey with a day at the opulent Serval Wildlife Sanctuary in Kilimanjaro. Engage with majestic lions, giraffes, monkeys, and ostriches, ensuring their well-being while creating unforgettable memories. After this unique wildlife experience, enjoy a refreshing swim and a delightful picnic at Chemka Hot Springs. Prepare for an exceptional day of nature exploration!

Day Trip to Materuni & Kikuletwa Hot Spring: $240p

Elevate your Tanzanian journey with a day at the opulent Serval Wildlife Sanctuary in Kilimanjaro. Engage with majestic lions, giraffes, monkeys, and ostriches, ensuring their well-being while creating unforgettable memories. After this unique wildlife experience, enjoy a refreshing swim and a delightful picnic at Chemka Hot Springs. Prepare for an exceptional day of nature exploration!

Ngorongoro crater day trip: $250p

Elevate your Tanzanian journey with a day at the opulent Serval Wildlife Sanctuary in Kilimanjaro. Engage with majestic lions, giraffes, monkeys, and ostriches, ensuring their well-being while creating unforgettable memories. After this unique wildlife experience, enjoy a refreshing swim and a delightful picnic at Chemka Hot Springs. Prepare for an exceptional day of nature exploration!

Boat ride and Cruises ( Seaside Day Trips )

Snorkeling & Swimming with Dolphin: from: $55

Increase your chances of spotting some of Tanzania’s rarest marine life during a snorkeling tour that takes you to some of the best wildlife-watching spots around Mnemba Island.

Dolphin,Jozani, Jambiani & paje: from: $130

Learn about Zanzibar's wildlife and its cultural history with this private tour, which combines time in nature with the chance to hang out at The Rock, a famous restaurant on its own island.

Full Day prison Island & Stone Town: from: $135

Discover three of Zanzibar's most-important attractions in a single day. This private tour takes you to the UNESCO-listed Stone Town where you'll see old historical buildings & much more,

Looking further afield:

We will gladly organize the following excursions and day trips in Tanzania for you. Our selection offers a good opportunity to get an impression of the people, culture, fauna and flora of Tanzania in a short time. These tours are often booked flexibly as an addition to longer Safaris and beach holidays. We offer our day tours from Arusha, Moshi, Marangu and Zanzibar. 

We also organize day trips and tours to the Tarangire National Park or Lake Manyara National Park for you, but we do not recommend our guests to do so. Often these one-day national park safaris are very strenuous due to the outward and return journey to Arusha on the same day. On request the day tours end directly at Kilimanjaro intl. or Arusha Airport.

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William Amon - Tanzania Travel Expert.

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