Tanzania is a superb location for a safari combining Geology with the excellent game a bird watching. Please have a look at the itinerary below.

Volcanoes, Lakes & the Rift Valley (combines geological features and superb game viewing)

Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. You will be met and transferred to Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 2: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara is a shallow lake in the Natron-Balangida branch of the East African Rift. It was said by Hemingway to be the "loveliest ... in Africa,". You will have a picnic lunch in the park at a scenic viewpoint looking at the Rift. After a leisurely afternoon game drive you will transfer to Lake Manyara Serena Lode on the edge of the Rift.

Day 3: Transfer to the Ngorongoro Crater, descend into the Crater for a game drive. Spectacular scenery, great game viewing. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on the Crater Rim.

Day 4: Transfer to Olduvai Gorge early hominid site. Visit the museum. Then drive on to the Shifting Sands. The sand in these dunes consists of fine volcanic ash blown in from the active Oldonyo Lengai. Despite standing only about 9m high and measuring about 100m long. These are examples of barchan dunes.These crescent-shaped shifting dunes are convex on the windward side, where the wind pushes the sand up the slope, and steeper, more concave on the leeward side, where the sand topples over the rim. The prevailing wind on the Serengeti plains blows from the east, pushing the dune to the west at about 17 m a year. Concrete markers to the east of Shifting Sands mark its progress. Drive on into the Serengeti Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 5: Full day exploring Serengeti. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge.

Day 6: Transfer to Lake Natron. The Soda Lake in the Shadow of Oldoinyo Lengai - the only active carboniferous volcano in the world. Settle into Lake Natron Tented Camp. Begin to climb Lengai (activity permitting!) at midnight to summit just before dawn.

Day 7: Descend Lengai early and return to Lake Natron Tented Camp for a much needed rest.

Day 8: Transfer to either Arusha to prepare for a 4 day hike up Mt Meru or to Moshi to prepare for a 6 day ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro... (less active clients can just visit the base of each of these or take a trip to Some of the Eastern Arc Mountains like the Usambaras.....

After the climb there are various options for the coral Islands of Zanzibar, Pemba or the silt and coral Mafia for some beach relaxation of diving (including whale sharks on Mafia!).

If you are interested in combining geology and wildlife please contact us and let us know when you wish to visit Tanzania and we will tailor your itinerary to give you the best value for money.

  • I'd like to say that our entire trip was truly amazing and a great once in a lifetime excursion. Everything was very well setup and we had no problems with any of the trip. Thanks to Wild Things.

    Katye Vytal

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • The programme was excellent and we saw masses of game, less a leopard! So, entirely happy customers. Thank you for your efficient handling of the whole trip.

    Christopher Lee

    United Kingdom, Jan 2013

  • A very exciting adventure

    Andrew Bird

    United Kingdom, Jan 2014

  • We had an amazing time. Everything was perfect Francis was AMAZING we came to realize the guide you have is the key to a great safari. We will be sure to recomend you to anyone planning a trp to you

    Serino Margaret

    United States of America, Jun 2013

  • We had a really great vacation on the Southern Circuit in Tanzania and wonderfully facilitated by our driver/guide Salim who was really first class - a great representative of Wild Things.

    Steve Wallis

    Belgium, Oct 2013

  • We had a wonderful time on safari. The vehicle was great, reliable and comfortable. Our guide Amos was fantastic, he was punctual, friendly, knowledgeable and made our safari really enjoyable.

    Vickie Waltham

    United Kingdom, Aug 2013

  • We had an excellent time and the trip was very well planned, the guides (and vehicles) excellent. Thank you very much for arranging it all!

    Jackie, David and Sarah

    Australia, Oct 2013