Day Game drives are designed to take you closest to the wildlife habitat. It is usually included in almost every itinerary as it is the most popular way to see animals in the wildlife rich spots. This will give you an opportunity to become a real adventurer exploring the majestic wildlife and wilderness. Our safari vehicles have pop up roofs to provide a more panoramic viewing
Wildlife is most active during early morning hours between 6:30 to 9:30, thus you will be required to rise up early and set off with your guide for an early morning game drive, return for a late morning breakfast and go back for another round of game viewing searching for wildlife. Animals usually hide away from the strong heat of the afternoon sun but come out when it’s cooler around d 3:30 to 6:30 in the evening.
Night game drive are done within the lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks as these areas are considered ideal location for this activity.Lake Manyara is said to have 11ecosystems with the lake, rift valley cliffs, ground water forest, Ngorongoro highlands and the dry Tarangire system all close by. It is a melting pot for all types of animals and plants.Lake Manyara is rich in reliable waters year round and animals here are in prime conditions making wildlife viewing even better. The lesser seen animal are generally active at night.
Night game drive will begin around 19:30 and you will meet your guide at the gate of your selected accommodation and you will have a short briefing on what to do and not do during tge night game drive. You will then drive into the night towards the thick ground water forest of Lake Manyara. Be sure to sew hippos grazing on side of the road which is a quite rare site during day time.leopards will be easily spotted and other animals including lions, wandering elephants,anteloppes porcupines Genet and civet cats
Dinner will not be provided during night game drives and so guests are required to have an early dinner at hotel or lodge or they can arrange dinner box with them on the drive.
Endoro River Nature Trail: This walk goes gently uphill into the Northern Highland forest Reserve. The main attractions are elephant caves, created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the vitamins and minerals in the soil, and a 150m waterfall, from the top you get beautiful views over the agricultural country around Karatu. The forest is home for elephant, buffalo, leopard, waterbuck, bushbuck and vervet monkeys, plus a good variety of birds. This is montane, not tropical forest and is a vital source of water for wildlife and as well as the farming communities to the South. The round trip should take about 2 hours to the elephant cave and back.
Empakai walk: After you ascend out of the Ngorongoro crater you will be driven along the crater rim towards another volcanic crater called Empakai. Here you will be leaving behind the car and start walking accompanied by Maasai guides and donkeys to carry your luggage. You can also hike down into Empakai crater where thousands of flamingos occupy the Crater Lake.
Valley walk: Walking along the Great Rift Valley wall, where you will also see great views of OnldonyoLengai (the mountain of God, as named by the Maasai tribe). You will also pass through the small Maasai village of Nayobi where you can learn some more about the lifestyle of the Maasai tribe.
Serengeti walk: While walking it is not uncommon to see big cats, huge herds of cape buffalo, elephants, plus the countless other species such as eland, giraffe and zebra. At about 6000 feet, there is no better climate for walking and the scenery is stunning. Overall, it is arguably the finest wildlife trek in Africa.
Tanzania is a country rich in Culture as there are a lot of tribes within the country and the people in the rural value and treasure their norms and cultural beliefs. The history in the cultures is what shapes and drives the people you see today. The Maasai, Datoga, Hadzabe are among the richest cultural tribes found in the Northern Tanzania. For thousands of years a succession of cattle herding people moved into the area lived here for time and the moved on
Get active with us as you engage yourself with local communities who are proud to receive tourists in their rural areas where authentic culture of the people can be perfectly explored and various benefits gained by the community. Through this you can contribute to Community Development in various ways, also creating an opportunity for local people to sell goods and services directly to tourists.
You can spend a full day in Mto wa Mbu town, where more than 120 tribes live. You have the option of exploring the town and its surrounds by bike or on foot, and you will be accompanied by your guide who will introduce you to some of these tribes so that you can learn more about their lifestyles. You can also visit a local school where, if you wish, you can assist in planting trees that have been donated by Restoration Safaris. These trees will improve the natural environment of the school, reduce soil erosion, promote biodiversity and most importantly encourage the appreciation of natural resources by the school children
As you study and explore the lifestyle of the local people in Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar you can learn their history, origin, art and all that has shaped their lives. Within the urban cities you can visit local markets, museums, schools, orphanage centers or go listen to African music. Deeper into rural area you can spend some time with tribal people.
For visitors that want to do more than see Tanzania's natural wonders, we offer several activities that you can get involved in to make a lasting difference in the conservation and restoration of these areas as a part of our social mission. Making a difference feels amazing and we feel happy enlivened and creative to add meaning to our work. If you are interested in any of these activities, please let us know so that we can incorporate them into your itinerary.
Many of the areas that you will visit are heavily forested. Sometimes local villagers enter these forests to collect firewood or cut down trees for furniture. To stem this behavior we plan to increase awareness of the value of forest resources in the surrounding local communities. We also plan to start a tree nursery that can restock the natural forests. We welcome you to come and participate in teaching school children about the need to protect their forests and also to come and help to plant trees. This is a great opportunity to meet Tanzanians, get a firsthand view of Tanzania's schools, and leave something behind that will last long after you have returned home.
There are many orphanages in the towns along the safari circuit originating in Arusha. If you are interested in helping to improve the lives of these children through donations, teaching or even just playing, Restoration Safaris can facilitate this. Whether you want to visit for an hour, a day, a week or even longer, we can provide you with an orphanage placement and assist with accommodation.
A Fight against Poaching
One elephants dies in every 15minutes is poached somewhere in the world and this is threatening the existence of elephants in the future and our rhinos are almost extinct. We all love to see those big elephants walking in the park and it has become very hard to spot rhinos in the wilderness and painful to spot dead elephants with no tusks. That is why choose to practice eco-tourism to save the habitat and participate and make donations to projects that fight against poaching
In order to best protect the wildlife of East Africa, continuous research into wildlife populations is needed. You can take part in this research by helping trained guides in collecting wildlife census data. If we can keep track of where wildlife populations are at different times of the year, so that we will be better prepared to protect them.
Little Changes That Make BIG Differences
Sometimes it is the small changes that can make a long and lasting difference to the natural environment. Why not have a go at making bio-fuel briquettes from waste vegetation, which can be used in the place of firewood, or making recycled paper from elephant dung? We plan to implement these sustainable practices in local villages surrounding the national parks, and we invite you to come and take part.
Using YOUR Knowledge
Perhaps you have a specific skill that could help the people of East Africa to protect the environment. Maybe you have expertise in solar energy products, are skilled in sustainable farming techniques, or know how to set up small businesses in low income areas. We would love for you to share this knowledge with the local people. Restoration Safaris will facilitate all necessary arrangements, and enable you to leave behind a lasting gift -- the gift of knowledge.
Serengeti is the most famous ballooning locations in the world however it is also done in Tarangire. It is certainly an excellent experience. Balloon flights typically take off around 6:30am in the morning and passengers arrive in time to watch the balloon inflation as the pilot torches the coloured fabric to life. A very early pre-dawn start will see you up in the air at sunrise for flight of around 1 hour as the balloon takes its path following the prevailing winds rounded off with leisurely breakfast at the landing spot, finishing back at the lodge some time mid to late morning.
Unfortunately the balloons used are rather large, usually 12 or 24 passengers, so the experience is not as intimate as one would like it and it is also rather pricey.Age restriction of 7+ years.Maximum weight limit 120kg or 265lbs per person, which can be averaged across the group.Pre-booking is strongly recommended. A Balloon flight allows passengers to float over the spectacular game reserve, and it offers our
passengers a bird’s eye view of the wildlife. Each passenger then receives a certificate from there pilot as a memory of their flight. A game drives Enroute to the lodge or to the drop off point as agreed by the tour guide.
Are you a true bird lover? well now you can choose birdwatching with Restoration safaris as we offer you guided bird watching tours in Tanzania with over 1100 bird species to see. Our professional guides will help spot many different bird species even some of the rare or endangered species. With Bariki's great eye and experience you will be able to identify every single bird you spot. Bird watching is the best during the warm season when you get the opportunity to spot endemic species as well as migratory birds from Europe and Asia.
Birds can be spotted in almost all the national parks.
Read more on birdwatching as mentioned in the destinations page; Tarangire National park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Arusha National Park and Serengeti National Park.