Signature African Safari and Climbing Kilimanjaro
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Altezza Travel is a destination management company headquartered in Kilimanjaro with over 10 years of impeccable service and reputation. We organize epic safaris and hiking adventures in Tanzania's vibrant heartland, where African adventure is most authentic.
Our operations are powered by a robust team of over 250 local specialists in Tanzania. It is complemented by our global, multilingual team of expert consultants in various time zones to provide seamless service.
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Best African Safari
African safari vacation stands out as a truly extraordinary option for any holiday. Imagine stepping into a world where wildlife roams freely. On such a journey, you're not just a spectator; you become a part of the timeless rhythm of nature.
In the vast array of African destinations, Tanzania carves a special niche with its richest wildlife and stunning landscapes. From tropical forests, endless savannahs, and snowy mountains to enormous rivers and some of the world's deepest lakes - Tanzania has it all. The country also boasts exceptional lodges, a rich culture, fewer travelers, developed infrastructure, and an ever-present sense of adventure in each journey. In beautiful Tanzania, travelers with various preferences and budgets can embark on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.
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Climbing Kilimanjaro Adventures
Standing at 5,895 meters, Mount Kilimanjaro is the world's highest free-standing mountain. It is known as the “Roof of Africa”. Embark on a seven-day journey that unveils breathtaking glacial landscapes, mesmerizing sunrises, and the charm of rare flora amidst tropical forests. Feel the thrill of exploration as you traverse this unique hiking adventure. No technical climbing skills are needed. With a moderate level of fitness and the help of our expert guides, you'll conquer this iconic mountain.
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East Africa Tours
Africa's safari allure spans across a mosaic of wildlife-rich regions. The journey of African safari weaves from the sprawling Kruger National Park in South Africa and Namibia's unmistakable deserts to Botswana's wildlife havens, meanders along the great Zambezi River, and traverses Kenya's vast plains and Masai Mara.
It culminates in the heart of East Africa: Tanzania's stunning Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Both are iconic UNESCO World Heritage sites. East Africa truly shines as the ultimate safari spot, blending stunning wildlife views with its captivating landscapes. It's where nature's best meets genuine cultural experiences for an unforgettable adventure.
Expert Insights on Africa Safari Tours
Africa safari tours offer a unique escape, taking you directly into the heart of nature. Unlike typical vacation destinations, these African safari trips allow you to disconnect from everyday life and immerse yourself in the world of African nature and animals. Here, you can witness big savannah mammals and enjoy pristine landscapes unchanged for centuries, far removed from any signs of civilization.
Having explored popular safari destinations in Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, South Africa, and Botswana, we can confidently say that Tanzania truly stands out. The country boasts a richer wildlife population and less crowded parks. The quality of service in Tanzania lodges is outstanding, contributing to a superior safari experience.
Top Activities to Enjoy on a Luxury African Safari Vacation
In African safaris, adventure extends beyond the usual local wildlife spotting, offering an array of exciting and unique activities.
Game drives are the core of any safari adventure. A game drive involves riding in a specialized safari vehicle within a national park to observe diverse wild animals and Africa's majestic landscapes. With experienced guides at the helm, game drives provide insights into animal behaviors, natural habitats, and the intricate balance of the savannah ecosystem.
Walking safari is allowed in selected areas of the national parks with minimal predator threats. In Tanzania, these safaris go with the accompaniment of armed rangers to ensure safety. Prime locations for such experiences include certain areas of Arusha, Tarangire, and Serengeti national parks.
Hot air balloon flights
Due to the ban on drone use in most African parks, the hot air balloon safari stands out as the premier choice for those seeking a bird's eye view of the savannah. Luxury travel to Africa is almost synonymous with epic hot air balloon flights, but this option is more accessible than you might think. Offered in Tanzania's Serengeti and Tarangire National Parks, these journeys are truly memorable.
Night game drives, permitted in select areas such as Lake Manyara, open up a whole new world of the savannah, revealing its nocturnal life. On these drives, you're likely to encounter elusive creatures like porcupines, aardvarks, genets, and civet cats, which are rarely seen during daylight. This experience offers a thrilling perspective on the savannah's diverse ecosystem.
Private game reserves
Private game reserves offer an exclusive way to enjoy the savannah's most scenic spots. A prime example is the Singita Grumeti Reserve, home to the Sasakwa Safari Lodge. Renowned for its high-end exclusivity, it's a favored retreat among Hollywood celebrities and Fortune 500 executives. It provides a serene and opulent safari experience for anyone looking for luxury trips to Africa.
The Mahale Mountains and Gombe Stream National Park are the premier locations for observing chimpanzees, an endangered species, in their natural habitat. These parks are especially well-known as sites where Jane Goodall did her groundbreaking studies of apes.
Famous safari parks in Africa
We have compiled a list of some of the most iconic safari destinations on the continent
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania stands out among Africa's safari parks. It boasts the highest density of large wildlife in the world. Within Ngorongoro, the abundance of fauna is so remarkable that encountering lions, elephants, rhinos, zebras and many other animals is a common experience.
Serengeti National Park is arguably Africa's most famous wildlife reserve. Here, it's possible to see the Big Five: lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino, and leopard – all in just one day. The park is also home to a wealth of other iconic animals and birds, making it a top destination for wildlife enthusiasts. The legendary Great Wildebeest Migration, the largest annual movement of land animals on the planet, takes place in the Serengeti.
Tarangire National Park, a prime safari destination in Tanzania, is often the first stop on multi-day safari itineraries. It's renowned for its picturesque Tarangire River, and stunning landscapes marked by signature baobab and acacia trees. The park is home to large populations of elephants and lions. All that makes Tarangire a must-visit for those just starting their safari adventure or those who have only one day for the trip.
Namibia's Etosha National Park is one of the largest in Africa. While not as diverse as some East African parks, it still hosts a substantial number of large mammals, including elephants and rhinos. A standout feature of Etosha is its arid, desert-like landscapes. They offer a striking contrast to the lush green savannahs found elsewhere.
The Okavango Delta in Botswana, listed among the Seven Wonders of Africa, is renowned for its abundant water sources. This lush environment attracts all of Africa's largest animals, including the Big Five. It is a standout destination for all visiting the southern part of the continent.
Kruger National Park, located in northeastern South Africa, is one of Africa's largest game reserves, spanning vast landscapes of savannah, bushveld, and tropical forests. Renowned for its rich biodiversity, the park is home to an impressive array of wildlife, including the Big Five.
Popular questions about African safari tours
There are 54 African countries, but only about 15% are famous for their safari. Popular safari destinations include Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, and Zambia. Each offers unique attractions to suit various preferences and budgets. After extensive exploration across the continent, we've found that Tanzania's national parks – Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Tarangire – stand out as the richest in wildlife diversity and immersive experiences.
The quintessential African safari unfolds over an 8-10 day journey through Northern Tanzania. Beginning in Arusha National Park, travelers venture through the diverse landscapes of Tarangire, experience the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater, spend pivotal days in the expansive Serengeti plains, and conclude their adventure at Lake Natron with its flocks of over a million flamingos. This itinerary guarantees encounters with the Big Five and a rich tapestry of African wildlife.
Notably, Ngorongoro offers a rare glimpse of black rhinos, a sight few places can provide. The Serengeti, on the other hand, showcases the awe-inspiring Great Wildebeest Migration. Over a million wildebeests, zebras, and other ungulates traverse the savannah in search of fresh pastures, creating a breathtaking natural display.
A 5-7 day safari in Africa is ideal for a first-time experience, allowing you to see the majority of safari animals. However, for true wildlife enthusiasts, an 8-10 day trip is recommended to thoroughly explore the northern national parks of Tanzania. If time permits, extending the journey to the southern and western parks will enrich your experience even further.
Some tour operators offer expansive 20+ day overland safaris spanning multiple East African countries. Those often entail spending nights in canvas tents. Such itineraries can sometimes feel rushed and cursory. They might not provide the depth and immersion each park truly deserves, given the time consumed in setting up and dismantling camps. Additionally, the comfort offered by tents can't rival that of established lodges.
For those seeking a richer, more profound safari experience, we recommend immersing oneself in the treasures of a single country. By focusing on one nation, travelers can delve deeper into its distinct culture, landscapes, and wildlife. In doing so, they stand to witness a richer tapestry of animals, landscapes, and cultures than by merely skimming across multiple Safari countries in a fleeting two-week span.
Several factors, including the destination country, the size of the travel group, and the level of lodging influence the cost of an African safari package. The overall price includes national park fees, hotels, transportation, and guide salaries, among other things.
Having experienced numerous destinations from Cape Town to Northern Africa, our team's extensive safari experiences affirm that Tanzania stands out as the premier destination, offering an unmatched blend of price and quality.
In Tanzania, travelers can expect the following price ranges:
Budget Camping Safari: Priced between $150 and $400 per person per day, this segment offers a range from basic camping setups to economical 2-2.5* hotels. We don’t organize this type of safari, but our team will be happy to give you advice if you are planning to travel to Tanzania on a budget.
Midrange Safari: Priced between $400 and $700 per person per day, this option includes comfortable 3-4* lodges or hotels with all the necessary amenities for a pleasant stay.
Luxury Safari: Ranging from $700 to $1100 per person per day, this level offers a more opulent experience, including hot air balloon rides and stays in top-tier 4-5* hotels.
Ultra Luxury Safari: For a truly exclusive tailor-made safari experience, prices span from $1100 to $5000 per person per day. This elite tier features stays in lodges favored by celebrities and top executives. Moreover, it may encompass private charter flights, bespoke walking safaris, dedicated personal chefs, and the exclusive use of camps, ensuring the utmost luxury, privacy, and tailored experiences.
These price ranges cater to diverse preferences, ensuring visitors to Tanzania find a safari that aligns with both their budget and tastes.
What to wear on an African safari?
There are no strict dress codes for an African safari. Generally, we recommend wearing khaki or light-grey-colored shorts or pants, paired with a T-shirt or shirt. A fleece jacket is advisable for cooler evenings and mornings. Footwear should include closed shoes with sturdy soles for savannah adventures, and comfortable options for relaxing at the lodge. Additionally, remember to pack sunglasses and a hat for sun protection.
In terms of colors, it's best to avoid white, which shows dust easily, blue, which attracts , and camouflage patterns, which in African countries are reserved for the military.
Our safari expert shares more tips in this short video:
African safaris are increasingly popular among families, accounting for over 45% of visitors. While some lodges set an age limit of 5, children aged four and up often find the experience enthralling. While kids can marvel at natural wonders like the Ngorongoro Crater or Victoria Falls, it's the diverse wildlife that truly captivates and excites them the most. We recommend preparing children beforehand to make the trip even more interesting for them. African-themed books, games, or activities are fantastic for that. Going on a Tanzanian safari with children is an exciting and safe experience for the whole family. Still, parents should remain vigilant when venturing into the wild expanses of this beautiful country and not let kids wander off.
The top hiking destinations in Africa include Tanzania's iconic peaks, Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Both are accessible to beginners, demanding no prior mountaineering expertise.
In contrast, Uganda's Rwenzori Mountains and Mount Kenya offer breathtaking panoramas but require technical climbing gear like ice axes and crampons. Additionally, the mountain infrastructure in Uganda and Kenya is less developed compared to Tanzania's well-established facilities. For those aspiring to summit these peaks, our team members, having scaled them all, advise tackling them after a Kilimanjaro expedition. It's also advantageous to acquire technical climbing experience in more forgiving terrains, such as the Alps or other suitable regions.
The ideal time for a Tanzanian safari depends on personal preferences. Opting for a rainy season safari, from November to late December and from mid-March to May, can be cost-effective due to seasonal hotel discounts. There are also much fewer other travelers in the parks. However, be prepared for potential all-day rains.
The other months, spanning from January to mid-March and June to October, generally promise excellent, sunny weather, though there can be exceptions. These dry season periods attract the most tourists. The festive season around Christmas is often the easiest. Safari prices are higher during these times.
We believe the optimal time for a safari is at the cusp of these peak season times. In late October, early March, and early June. These transitional periods offer a sweet spot where the rains are either yet to start or just ending, and the tourist influx is still minimal, providing a balanced experience of good weather and relative tranquillity.
Tanzania stands out as the best safari destination in Africa. In 2023, the country won the prestigious World's Leading Safari Destination title. Its stunningly beautiful national parks and developed infrastructure make Tanzania the ideal choice for memorable and safe African safari tours.
Another famous destination in East Africa is Kenya, famous for its Maasai Mara National Reserve and Amboseli National Park. Botswana with its Chobe National Park, South Africa with numerous wildlife reserves near Cape Town and Kruger National Park, and picturesque Namibia represent famous destinations in southern Africa.
Zambia and Zimbabwe boast the majestic Victoria Falls. The latter is famous for Matobo National Park and Hwange National Park. Uganda and Rwanda captivate with their renowned adventures in East-Central Africa that include observing mountain gorillas and other wild animals.
Combining a Kilimanjaro climb with a wildlife safari is seamless and convenient. Landing at Kilimanjaro International Airport places you just 50 km away from the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. Additionally, the popular northern safari parks are within a comfortable driving distance from the airport. For those with limited time, there are shorter 2-3 day safari options that offer a captivating glimpse into Tanzania's magnificent wildlife. Plus, bush flights are available for even swifter transitions.
East Africa boasts exquisite beach destinations, such as Quirimbas in Mozambique, Kenya's Diani and Lamu, and Anse Source D’Argent in the Seychelles. Zanzibar in Tanzania remains a sought-after spot. For a quieter retreat, Tanzania's Mnemba, Mafia, and Pemba islands offer unparalleled diving amidst untouched coral reefs.