Do you know why elephants wave their ears before they trumpet? Or, when and why the rhino sneezes? Do you know why antelopes care for their teeth or what they do if they encounter a lion at night?
Discover the answers to all these and much more on our Tanzanian safari. Tanzania is not only one of the most beautiful countries in Africa, but it’s the number one destination for safari trips in Africa with hundreds of thousands of travelers every season.
Did you know that over half of the Safari films made are filmed in Tanzania? This is because one-quarter of this unique country – tens of thousands of square kilometers – has been declared a nature reserve, creating the highest concentration of animals per square kilometer. Therefore, in Tanzania, you’ll find no less than 4,000,000 roaming animals that are divided into 430 different and fascinating varieties. And that doesn’t include the special and the spectacular bird types that fly the skies of the country. With all of this, no wonder Tanzania has been dubbed “the most African country there is.”
A wise man once said that life is measured by the number of times your breath is taken away. In Tanzania you can experience the meaning of this sentence several times a day.
“The United Republic of Tanzania” – its full name – was established in 1964 as the union of Tanganyika and Zanzibar. It lies in East Africa, bordering Kenya and Uganda in the north; Rwanda, Burundi and Congo in the west; Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique in the south; and to the east Tanzania hugs the beautiful gold coast of the Indian Ocean.
Tanzania affords those visiting its nature reserves a story of lifestyle and breathtaking scenery, literally. There’s a wonderful difference between each of the reserves that we’ll visit, and the landscapes change before our very eyes from lakes to mountains, and from mountains to tropical forests, volcanoes, rivers and waterfalls. A transformation that is among the world’s rarest and most beautiful.
We will tour 4 fascinating nature reserves, on safaris that are but to dream of, between awe-inspiring landscapes and colors, extraordinary natural monuments sculpted and designed by the forces of nature. We will get meet with the area’s tribes, learn of their ancient traditions and interesting cultures, and discover exciting and memorable insights into the meaning of the phrase “Man is created in the pattern of his native landscape.”
In addition, every evening, we’ll enjoy a lecture that summarizing everything we have seen; animals, landscapes, cultures and customs.
We’ll arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport located near the city of Arusha. Here, we’ll meet the local crew who will accompany us throughout the tour.READ MORE
We’ll board our special safari vehicles (details later) and head out to our first destination, Tarangire Reserve. We’ll arrive at the reserve towards evening where we’ll explore the vast savannah – the vast grasslands, centuries-old baobab trees, low bushes and a rich and diverse living world, with more than 500 species of birds, large herds of elephants, hippos, lions, hyenas and thousands of deer, buffalo, antelopes, gnu, impalas, zebras, giraffes and more.Close this
After breakfast, we’ll continue our tour of the Tarangire Reserve and then continue to Lake Manyara Reserve. Manyara Lake Reserve is the most stunning and renowned Tanzanian Reserve, located at the bottom of the Syrian African Rift, extending over 329 square kilometers and recognized as a UNESCO biosphere reserve.READ MORE
Due to its location on the African Syrian fault, its landscape is completely different to the other nature conservation and national parks in Tanzania. Thus, already at the entrance we’ll witness a surprisingly rich and diverse tropical landscape, which develops into a rich rainforest, reminiscent of a wild jungle. Here, we’ll meet flocks of baboons, elephants, birds and more. This special forest exists thanks to extremely high groundwater. Despite its relatively small area, the reserve protects a fascinating variety of habitats and over 500 types of animals, and 400 spectacular bird species such as cormorants, pelicans, thousands of flamingos that color the lake in pink, dense elephant populations and impressive, passive hippos. If we are lucky, we might get to see the park’s famous tree climbing lions. At the end of the safari tour we will take an easy one-hour Tree Walk between rope bridges hanging among the treetops in the park – a seriously cool experience! Towards evening we’ll reach our lodge.Close this
After breakfast we’ll make our way to Lake Eyasi, a saltwater lake in northern Tanzania. The lake is part of the Syrian African rift and lies south of the Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, and west of Arusha.READ MORE
The lake is a habitat for pelicans, flamingos and storks. Here we will visit the Bushmen tribes: the Hadzabe (which is a hunter-gatherer tribe) and the Datooga – a tribe of blacksmiths who also engage in agriculture. These are the last two authentic-traditional tribes left in Africa, who have a continuous 12,000-year history in the region.Close this
At sunrise, we’ll embark on an unforgettable hunting-safari experience with the Hadzabe Desert Tribe. We’ll become partners in the hunters’ lifestyle and familiarize ourselves with their hunting practices in the wild African bush, among the bushes and the trees.READ MORE
At the end of the ‘hunt’ we will return to the lodge for a shower and breakfast. Towards 10:00 we will depart for the way to the exit gate from the reserve, and en route to Karatu, we will stop for a visit to the Masai tribe in Manita village. Here we will find out why the Masai stand on one leg, what the jump dance is all about, and the symbolic meaning of the color red. We’ll learn about the Masai culture, their way of life and their traditional customs, visit their mud huts and watch a tribal song and dance performance. In the afternoon we will arrive to the town of Karatu, where we will stay over Shabbat.Close this
After breakfast, we will drive to the Ngorongoro Reserve, which is one of the most beautiful areas in the world, with a plentiful, fascinating range of topographic features: crater-lined volcanoes, mountains and marshes, mountains, canyons and plains, dunes and forests with an abundant variety of wildlife.READ MORE
Thanks to the nature and cultural treasures that lie within the reserve, it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Here, we’ll discover here the “Eighth Natural Wonder of Creation” – Caldera Ngorongoro, which is a huge crater created when the volcano collapsed and created a 304 sq. km. floor, with a diameter of 19 km and steep walls rising up some 600m. Within this crater we find no less than 25,000 large animals, including the world’s densest population of lions and hyenas. There is also a soda lake (Lake Natron, where the mineral concentration is highest in the world), rivers, marshes, savannas, open woods, acacia and mountainous rainforests. The area teems with wildlife: herds of zebras, gnus and deer, elephants, lions, buffalo, cheetah and flamingo. The crater is also home to the Masai tribe, cattle herders by tradition, who are charged with keeping animals safe from illegal hunting. At the end of the tour we’ll make our way back to the town of Karatu. If time remains, we will tour the town and visit the enormous local market.Close this
After Shabbat services, kiddush and lunch, we’ll go out for a walking tour of the area near our hotel. We’ll also enjoy Shabbat rest and a lecture.
Today we will drive to the Serengeti Reserve in the giant African savannah, covering 60,000 square kilometers, in Tanzania and Kenya. The name is given to it by the Masai tribe and means “the endless plain.”READ MORE
Serengeti is the second largest reserve in Tanzania and spans 14,763 square kilometers – about two-thirds of the State of Israel. In 1981, UNESCO declared the park a World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve. Serengeti has become famous for the spectacular phenomenon of “the great migration.” Each year, over the dry season, over 2 million gnu, zebra and deer migrate in a circular orbit following food to the Masai Mara Reserve in Kenya and back. The massive herds move north, carrying hundreds of thousands of calves and young foals, for which it is the first migration of their life cycle. The plains form the setting for this breathtaking drama of the cycle of life and death. Many predators, including hyenas, lions, cheetahs and leopards, skulk in hiding for the herds as they reach the largest barrier at the end of the Serengeti Reserve – the Mara River. Towards evening we will arrive at our lodge located in the heart of the reserve.Close this
A fascinating and wonderful day lies ahead, devoted entirely to a remarkable and breath-taking safari in the Serengeti Reserve.READ MORE
We’ll tour the reserve to observe the thousands of Serengeti dwellers: zebras, giraffes, antelopes, deer and miniature birds; lions, leopards, cheetahs and hyenas. We will observe the seekers among them, the hunters and the hunted, reflecting a world that is all about the war of survival, endurance and also heroism. If conditions permit, we’ll leave for safari early in the morning – before breakfast – in the hope of very good luck, to see the behavior of the predators as they enjoy their festive meal after the night’s hunt.Close this
After breakfast we’ll bid farewell to the Serengeti reserve and make our way to Kilimanjaro International Airport, fly back home.
Tips for service providers abroad
First-class hotel & lodge accommodation
Mini vans with open roofs enabling viewing of the animals while on safari
Kosher full board
English-speaking local guide
Entrance fees for the various sites appearing on the tour plan
English speaking guide from the Shai Bar Ilan team & local guides
International round trip flights
Travel and luggage insurance
Tanzanian Visa ($50 – to be paid directly upon arrival to Tanzania)
Changes in price of travel due to increase in fuel/airport taxes and security fees
Tip for the Israeli tour guide (accepted $ 5 per person per trip day)
Change in exchange rates of more than 2% will be borne by the passenger
Expenses of a personal nature
Anything not specified in the “Price includes”
Conditions and responsibilities as they appear on the company website
Please ensure that your passport is valid for at least 6 months from the day of your return home.
There may be changes to the order of places visited. We will make every effort to visit every place mentioned in the itinerary.
The tour organizers have no control over airline services such as seating, special meal requests, changes in departure times or delays. These remain the sole responsibility of the airline company.
Only strictly kosher food is provided to our travelers on all our tours. On some of our tours we are able to provide glatt meals. Kashrut is of utmost importance to us and we take special measures to ensure that everything served is kosher.
Breakfast is prepared using our utensils. We use local fresh fruits and vegetables, and we use milk products when they are permitted. We use kosher cereals, and bread. We usually serve hard boiled eggs and sometimes scrambled eggs or omelets. At breakfast, we prepare our lunches so that people have their choice as to what they eat for lunch. We bring food from Israel to supplement what is served in the hotel such as cheeses, peanut butter, tuna, etc.
For dinners, we serve either fish or meat (usually chicken) as our main course. In areas where meat is not available nor readily acquired, we will have fish. When possible, we acquire the meat locally from Chabad or other reliable kosher source, and in some cases we fly the meat in from Israel. We try to provide as many meat meals as possible. The main course at dinner is preceded by soup and salad and accompanied by freshly prepared vegetables. Dessert typically consists of fresh fruits.
We do not guarantee Pat Israel and Chalav Israel for all destinations.
In many destinations we have our own dishes and silverware. Where we don’t, we provide disposables at the meals. When we cook in hotel kitchens, we use our own knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, cooking implements and disposable metal trays. All food preparation is done on covered surfaces under the strict supervision of our trained staff/guides who function as our mashgichim.
We make great efforts to assure that our travelers will experience local foods first-hand, while maintaining stringent observance of Kashrut laws on all occasions.
On most of our tours, you will be accompanied by two of our staff members- one a guide for the tour who is knowledgeable about the places you are visiting and will accompany you throughout the day and the second, a person who will deal with the logistics of the tour and provide kashrut supervision in the kitchen.
It is our aim to provide the finest hotel possible in each area we visit. We require our hotels to allow us to work in the kitchen and to supervise the cooking and there are many hotels that are not willing to cooperate. They simply have no desire for us to be “meddling” in their cooking process nor are they happy about our bringing our equipment into their kitchens. We work very hard to find the best hotel in the area that will meet our requirements. Because we are not ready to compromise on kashrut, we may not always be able to use a five star hotel.
Fridays and Saturdays, holidays and holidays in Israel, Sundays and holidays abroad are not counted as a working day.
If any flight tickets were issued or additional services such as visas were purchased, etc., their prices will be added to the above cancellation fees.
Please be aware that changes may be made to the final itinerary after domestic flights are finalized and changes made by travel agents abroad are received. Tour itineraries undergo changes according to the above, as well as due to climatic changes or hazards which require necessary changes. As travel agents, we do not have control over the changes that are required many months after the tour was originally planned. In the event that you find it necessary to cancel registration for the tour due to these changes in the itinerary, you will be refunded all your money.
The trip is subject to the conditions and responsibilities as they appear on our website.
Passports must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the return date from the tour.
Terms of cancellation
From the time of registration, US $47 per passenger for cancellation fees which will be charged in any case.
From 21-60 working days before embarking on the trip: 30% of the price of the trip to the traveler (on trips to South America cancellation fees apply from 60 working days before the departure of the trip from Israel).
From 7-20 working days before embarking on a trip: 50% of the price of the trip to the passenger.
Less than 7 working days before departure: 100% cancellation fee including all associated costs such as visa.
Cancellation fees for domestic flights: Any flight booked will be subject to full cancellation fees on the passenger.