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During your stay at our hostels or one of the host families you will have the opportunity to experience many exciting things in Tanzania.
Tanzania is the ultimate dream safari destination. With a vast array of different experiences on offer, coupled with the country's dedication to preservation, you can be ensured an amazing holiday that will remain with you forever.
Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania. This city is the gateway to the world famous game sanctuaries of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. Maskani Pride can arrange your accommodation before and after your safari. Volunteers and travellers can choose to safari for one day, one weekend or longer. We can organise safaris, mountain climbing experiences, trips to local waterfalls, a local Maasai village and other cultural experiences so please email for more information on any of these options.
Whilst on safari, accommodation options include basic camping through to the most exclusive lodges and tented camps. We can organise special interest safaris, including honeymoon packages, photography safaris, family safaris, wedding packages, group safaris or, quite simply, your trip of a lifetime!
Below are some details of each of the national parks you can visit during your stay in Tanzania.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park covers 137sq kms and lies between the peaks of Mountain Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. The park ascends from 1,500m at Momella to 4,566m at the summit of Mount Meru.
Established in 1960, Arusha National Park previously contained Ngurdoto Crater and Momella lakes. In 1967 Mount Meru was also incorporated into the park. The flora and fauna varies with the topography, which ranges from forest to swamp. The best time for visiting is during the dry season from July-March.
The best months to climb Mount Meru are June-February (although there are often rains in November). On clear days magnificent views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru can be seen from almost any part of Arusha National Park.
The park is only 25km East of Arusha, 58 km from Moshi and 35km from Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA). It is the nearest National Park to both Arusha and Kilimanjaro International Airport and is therefore an easy day trip, if time and budget is limited.
The park contains a diverse resident population of herbivores, primates and predators, including black and white colobus monkeys, baboons, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, hyena, waterbucks, wart hogs and a wide range of antelope species. There are no lions in the park, although you can see leopards if you are lucky!
Proclaimed as a world heritage site and the 7th Wonder of the World with its annual migration of over one million wildebeest and zebra, The Serengeti covers 14,763sq km (5,700sq miles) and is located just 335km (208 miles) from Arusha Town. A game drive will leave you astounded with the variety and quantity of animals you may see. Zebra, gazelles, wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, impala, eland, topi, kongonis and over 500 species of birds and lizards. And, don't forget the great predators of the Serengeti; lions, cheetah, jackal, hyena, wolves and leopards. These great Savannah plains can look almost sunburned in the dry season, and like an endless bed of green in the rainy season, with breathtaking sunrises and sunsets.
A luscious jungle-like groundwater forest that stretches for 50km along the base of the famous Rift Valley Escarpment, covering a total area of 330sq km (127sq miles). Lake Manyara is located 126km (80 miles) from Arusha Town. Known for its ancient mahogany and 'sausage' trees and the lake itself, which is home to over 400 birds including flamingo, pelicans and storks. You may find a variety of animals here, including blue monkeys, baboons, wildebeest, zebra, dik-diks, tree climbing lions, impala, giraffes, hippos, elephants and buffalo.
Proclaimed the 8th Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater covers over 8,292sq km with its crater forests, highland plains, alkaline soda lakes and volcanic peaks. It shelters some of the most beautiful wildlife in the world. The crater itself is actually a collapsed volcano, called a caldera. It is home to large herds of zebra and wildebeest, the endangered black rhino, lions, elephants and impala. Just outside the ridge of the crater you can also visit a Maasai village. The Maasai are the only tribe allowed to live within this conservation area.
Tarangire allows you to see a high concentration of wildlife as they graze along the Tarangire River, around the baobab trees and in the lagoons. You will find wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, eland, elephants, oryx, gerenuk, pythons, lions, leopards and over 550 species of birds. The park stretches over 2,850sq km (1,096sq miles) and is 118 km (75 miles) South West of Arusha Town.
Pick Up and Drop Off
We provide airport transfer services from and to Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Airport. If the flights are cheaper and you choose to arrive into Dar es salaam or Nairobi, arrangements can be made for you. If you arrive in Dar es Salaam, your best option will be staying a night at one of our host families. The advantage of this is that you will be meet and greeted from arrival point and taken directly to our hostel. Email us your planned pick up or destination and a taxi/minibus will be made available to you.
Bed and Breakfast
In addition to arranging free volunteering experiences in Tanzania, we can also provide bed and breakfast for travelers. We have rooms dedicated for business and leisure travelers, families, groups and students. We prepare tasteful meals, some Tanzanian classic dishes for both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. One of the objectives of Maskani Pride is to provide locals woman and youth with employment opportunity and thus improving the wellbeing of the families in the area. We also support the local economy by purchasing all fresh fruits and vegetables directly in the area. Your visit and stay with us, helps meet this objective. Our bed and breakfast services includes;
• Lunch and dinner on request
• Car parking on site
• Linen and towels provided
• Luggage storage
• Laundry services available
• Common room with TV/DVD
• Hot water
• Airport transfers on request
• Tourist information
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