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Tanzania Crater Capers - Exodus Travels
Tanzania Crater Capers - Exodus Travels
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18 reviews
Starts
Marangu
Destinations
+7
Ends
Stone Town
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Highlights

  • Explore Tarangire National Park
  • Walk on Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Discover the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Relax on the beaches of Zanzibar
Age range
8 to 80 year olds
Max Group Size
15
Start in Marangu and end in Stone Town! With the wildlife tour Tanzania Crater Capers, you have a 12 day tour package taking you through Marangu, Tanzania and 6 other destinations in Tanzania. Tanzania Crater Capers is a small group tour that includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.

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  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 1
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really great holiday with a good variety of activities & scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Probably the best bit was the family of elephants stopping just by the safari jeep then crossing over just in front of us. Feeding the giant tortoises on Prison Island off the coast of Stonetown was also fabulous. Also the amazing white sand beach, turquoise sea, warm breeze and palm trees at Kichanga Lodge in Zanzibar. It was genuinely like being in a postcard!What did you think of your group leader?Jackson was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Our safari driver Benny was really good and went out of his way to help us get as much as possible out of the safaris.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We found it frustratingly hard to get good information about getting the right malaria tablets (especially for the kids). It wasn't as warm as we expected on the mainland so make sure you have a couple of jumpers/fleeces. We used US dollars pretty much all the time. Make sure you have some small notes to give as tips (e.g. for airport porters who can be quite aggressive).We didn't need the money for the departure tax as apparently this was included in the ticket price. Also the baggage limit flying from Arusha to Zanzibar was very confusing. It's a tiny aeroplane (18 seater!)  The paperwork said 15 kgs but apparently it was 18kg. It didn't seem to be a problem that at least one of our bags was over this though.Is there anything else you would like to add?All the accommodation and food was really good. We were a bit concerned about food hygiene/tummy upsets but this was not a problem at all for us. We did the Prison Island tour from Stone Town which was well worth it. Also the snorkelling tour from Kichanga was very good - amazing starfish and really good views of the coral reefs. We also did the swimming with dolphins tour which was interesting but probably less successful - we saw dolphins close up but also were bitten by squid and stung by jellyfish - so be aware!

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 2
    Written on September 17, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    A really great holiday with a good variety of activities & scenery.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?Probably the best bit was the family of elephants stopping just by the safari jeep then crossing over just in front of us. Feeding the giant tortoises on Prison Island off the coast of Stonetown was also fabulous. Also the amazing white sand beach, turquoise sea, warm breeze and palm trees at Kichanga Lodge in Zanzibar. It was genuinely like being in a postcard!What did you think of your group leader?Jackson was friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. Our safari driver Benny was really good and went out of his way to help us get as much as possible out of the safaris.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?We found it frustratingly hard to get good information about getting the right malaria tablets (especially for the kids). It wasn't as warm as we expected on the mainland so make sure you have a couple of jumpers/fleeces. We used US dollars pretty much all the time. Make sure you have some small notes to give as tips (e.g. for airport porters who can be quite aggressive).We didn't need the money for the departure tax as apparently this was included in the ticket price. Also the baggage limit flying from Arusha to Zanzibar was very confusing. It's a tiny aeroplane (18 seater!)  The paperwork said 15 kgs but apparently it was 18kg. It didn't seem to be a problem that at least one of our bags was over this though.Is there anything else you would like to add?All the accommodation and food was really good. We were a bit concerned about food hygiene/tummy upsets but this was not a problem at all for us. We did the Prison Island tour from Stone Town which was well worth it. Also the snorkelling tour from Kichanga was very good - amazing starfish and really good views of the coral reefs. We also did the swimming with dolphins tour which was interesting but probably less successful - we saw dolphins close up but also were bitten by squid and stung by jellyfish - so be aware!

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 3
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had a wonderful experience which has unforgettable memories for our family, our two teenagers thought the variety of experiences made the whole trip constantly exciting and varied. The family thoroughly loved the walk, meeting the local children as well as the breath-taking experiences of the safari.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?for someone who likes variety and many different activities on a holiday this holiday has it all. We were able to walk in  the foothills of Kilimanjaro. The snorkelling at the beach resort was thrilling to do  and the variety of the three different National parks allows you to experience many different landscapes.For me one of my most inspirational points of the trip was seeing my children's calling out  when they could see a baby elephant in the wilderness looking for its mother.What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders that we had were very engaging and informative.  On the safari the vision that the guides had helped us to see all the animals that were in the parks. The knowledge of each animal that he informed us about was really exciting and kept the children really fascinated throughout the safari. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The three different national parks were all very exciting which was great because you were able to see many different animals in each of the parks.  To ensure that your children enjoy the visit to the village take some small gifts for the children, as they have very little and every small things is very well appreciated.  Is there anything else you would like to add?We really loved  staying as a group at the beach resort and felt that there was not so much to do at Stone town. fortunately we had met a family before we went so we stayed for the whole day at the beach rather than travel early. We still had the opportunity to go to the island in stone town and visit the market and did some shopping so the group was very happy to enjoy the beautiful beach resort. 

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 4
    Written on September 3, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    I had a wonderful experience which has unforgettable memories for our family, our two teenagers thought the variety of experiences made the whole trip constantly exciting and varied. The family thoroughly loved the walk, meeting the local children as well as the breath-taking experiences of the safari.What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?for someone who likes variety and many different activities on a holiday this holiday has it all. We were able to walk in  the foothills of Kilimanjaro. The snorkelling at the beach resort was thrilling to do  and the variety of the three different National parks allows you to experience many different landscapes.For me one of my most inspirational points of the trip was seeing my children's calling out  when they could see a baby elephant in the wilderness looking for its mother.What did you think of your group leader?The group leaders that we had were very engaging and informative.  On the safari the vision that the guides had helped us to see all the animals that were in the parks. The knowledge of each animal that he informed us about was really exciting and kept the children really fascinated throughout the safari. Do you have any advice for potential travellers?The three different national parks were all very exciting which was great because you were able to see many different animals in each of the parks.  To ensure that your children enjoy the visit to the village take some small gifts for the children, as they have very little and every small things is very well appreciated.  Is there anything else you would like to add?We really loved  staying as a group at the beach resort and felt that there was not so much to do at Stone town. fortunately we had met a family before we went so we stayed for the whole day at the beach rather than travel early. We still had the opportunity to go to the island in stone town and visit the market and did some shopping so the group was very happy to enjoy the beautiful beach resort. 

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 5
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Massive thank you to a fantastic trip with so many memorable experiences and memories formed that will last me and my family for the rest of our lives. Once in a life time holiday that I will never experience again! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of this trip was safari in Ngorongoro crater! After a long day seeing hundreds of zebras wildebeests flamingos elephants hippos rhinos gazels and hieeners and much more as we where desperate to find a lion! Coming to the last half an hour or so we saw a swarm of jeeps about 1km away! We followed the trail leafing to these jeeps and then we saw 2 lions sleeping peacefully on the African plain! A speechless sight that will stay in my head for a long time to come! A breathtaking moment that I will never forget!!! To be honest every day an inspirational moment occurred! I was fortunate to experience my birthday on the first night where I was able to get a true African celebration dancing and singing around the table and baking me a tasty cake! This was truly a birthday to remember!What did you think of your group leader?For the first 5 days or so we had a group leader named Emmanuel! He grew up in the area based on Kilimanjaro mountain! He was very cheerful and always laughing! He welcomed us and was kind and friendly. He took us for a tour around his village and we met his fellow friends and family! Seeing the faces of the children as we gave them cheap presents that in England would mean so little was another wonderful moment I experienced in this trip! Then our second leader was called Ben! He took us on safari and was full of information to do with the wildlife and nature in Africa! Overall without these group leaders the experience would not be anywhere as good as it was!! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?In this trip as my parents have had a lot of travelling experience they knew to bring a few old shirts and pen and note pads and other bits + bobs on this trip to give to the children! As a result we where able to give them away to the kids which was an inspirational moment! I brought 11 old football shirts that I donated to the local football team aswell as that our family along with another family brought balloons pencils note pads pens and little toys! I strongly advise for you to bring these type of presents for the children! Also bring mosquito repellent! A lot of it otherwise you will get bitten alive in certain areas and anti bacteria liquid which should be used before every meal as I didn't use it for 3 days and ended up ill with a bug for a few days!!!!! Luckily with the other 2 family's we where with we had the expertise of a nurse, doctor, vet and surgeon so I was in very safe hands!!Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a must go trip that I would difinetly repeat again! We experienced climbing to base camp of kiliamanjaro mountain, meeting other children and family's who live in a completely different culture and living from us, SAFARI, endulging on a beach with blue warm water and golden sand, also snorkelling in the coral seeing star fish and many other colourful fish and finally stonetown however I was I'll for this part of the trip! Along with this we where with two other family's and we all got along great! They definitely made this trip even more special as they're was another boy my age who I'm still in contact with and we got on great aswell as that all the parents got on very well and all the children ranging from 7-14 got on together and played brilliantly all holiday! My sister got on with all 3 other girls who where great fun aswell as sweet 7 year old boy who was always great fun to be around!! Thank you to exodus for making this trip the best one I've ever experienced and I reccommend everyone to go on this holiday!! Thanks again --Ben

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 6
    Written on August 28, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    Massive thank you to a fantastic trip with so many memorable experiences and memories formed that will last me and my family for the rest of our lives. Once in a life time holiday that I will never experience again! What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?The most inspirational moment of this trip was safari in Ngorongoro crater! After a long day seeing hundreds of zebras wildebeests flamingos elephants hippos rhinos gazels and hieeners and much more as we where desperate to find a lion! Coming to the last half an hour or so we saw a swarm of jeeps about 1km away! We followed the trail leafing to these jeeps and then we saw 2 lions sleeping peacefully on the African plain! A speechless sight that will stay in my head for a long time to come! A breathtaking moment that I will never forget!!! To be honest every day an inspirational moment occurred! I was fortunate to experience my birthday on the first night where I was able to get a true African celebration dancing and singing around the table and baking me a tasty cake! This was truly a birthday to remember!What did you think of your group leader?For the first 5 days or so we had a group leader named Emmanuel! He grew up in the area based on Kilimanjaro mountain! He was very cheerful and always laughing! He welcomed us and was kind and friendly. He took us for a tour around his village and we met his fellow friends and family! Seeing the faces of the children as we gave them cheap presents that in England would mean so little was another wonderful moment I experienced in this trip! Then our second leader was called Ben! He took us on safari and was full of information to do with the wildlife and nature in Africa! Overall without these group leaders the experience would not be anywhere as good as it was!! Do you have any advice for potential travellers?In this trip as my parents have had a lot of travelling experience they knew to bring a few old shirts and pen and note pads and other bits + bobs on this trip to give to the children! As a result we where able to give them away to the kids which was an inspirational moment! I brought 11 old football shirts that I donated to the local football team aswell as that our family along with another family brought balloons pencils note pads pens and little toys! I strongly advise for you to bring these type of presents for the children! Also bring mosquito repellent! A lot of it otherwise you will get bitten alive in certain areas and anti bacteria liquid which should be used before every meal as I didn't use it for 3 days and ended up ill with a bug for a few days!!!!! Luckily with the other 2 family's we where with we had the expertise of a nurse, doctor, vet and surgeon so I was in very safe hands!!Is there anything else you would like to add?This is a must go trip that I would difinetly repeat again! We experienced climbing to base camp of kiliamanjaro mountain, meeting other children and family's who live in a completely different culture and living from us, SAFARI, endulging on a beach with blue warm water and golden sand, also snorkelling in the coral seeing star fish and many other colourful fish and finally stonetown however I was I'll for this part of the trip! Along with this we where with two other family's and we all got along great! They definitely made this trip even more special as they're was another boy my age who I'm still in contact with and we got on great aswell as that all the parents got on very well and all the children ranging from 7-14 got on together and played brilliantly all holiday! My sister got on with all 3 other girls who where great fun aswell as sweet 7 year old boy who was always great fun to be around!! Thank you to exodus for making this trip the best one I've ever experienced and I reccommend everyone to go on this holiday!! Thanks again --Ben

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 7
    Written on August 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was amazing and really well organised. It felt like we'd done many different holidays and fitted in so much. There were so many amazing experiences and I've never done anything like it before. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many memorable moments such as getting to base camp of Kilimanjaro, seeing the expressions on the local children's faces as we gave them gifts, seeing two lions basking in the sun, seeing an elephant ripping up plants to eat just metres from the jeep and snorkelling over the reef in the crystal clear waters of kichanga.What did you think of your group leader?We had a few different leaders. Firstly we had Emmanuel who was really welcoming and really brought the village walk to life for us. The Kilimanjaro guides were also really helpful offering to carry your rucksack if you looked at all tired. For safari we had Ben, he was really knowledgable about all the animals and had evidently taken time to learn a lot of facts. Overall they were excellent and the staff at the hotels were also very friendly and helpful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I wouldn't recommend taking a 5 year old on this trip, even though the cut off age is 5 as there's some long journeys to safari and the Kilimanjaro walk may be tough for some of them. Having said that my 7 year old brother was first up to base camp! I also wouldn't recommend taking a non-swimmer on this trip as you would miss out on a lot of the activities in Zanzibar such as snorkelling. Take extra money as there is lots of tipping and some of the costs written in the trip notes have changed and are more expensive. I also recommend taking antibacterial hand gel and wet wipes as there aren't always hand washing facilities. It's also nice to bring some small things for the local children such as pencils, balls and balloons. Also be prepared if you are a women to cover up a bit in Stone town, we travelled just after the attack of two girls in Zanzibar which made us extra aware.Is there anything else you would like to add?I am 12 years old and went on this trip with my parents and my younger brother and sister 11 and 7 years old. We went with 2 other families both of which we hadn't met before and I found it great that they had children my age to do stuff with. There was also a bit of chaos around our flights but I think this was just because Nairobi airport had set on fire two days before and I'm sure this wouldn't usually happen. The accommodation all had good food and beds and all had running water which was supposedly hot but not always! I recommend going to the Serena hotel whilst in stone town for drinks to watch the sun set you can also have food there although it is expensive.

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 8
    Written on August 22, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    This trip was amazing and really well organised. It felt like we'd done many different holidays and fitted in so much. There were so many amazing experiences and I've never done anything like it before. What was the most inspirational moment of your trip?There were so many memorable moments such as getting to base camp of Kilimanjaro, seeing the expressions on the local children's faces as we gave them gifts, seeing two lions basking in the sun, seeing an elephant ripping up plants to eat just metres from the jeep and snorkelling over the reef in the crystal clear waters of kichanga.What did you think of your group leader?We had a few different leaders. Firstly we had Emmanuel who was really welcoming and really brought the village walk to life for us. The Kilimanjaro guides were also really helpful offering to carry your rucksack if you looked at all tired. For safari we had Ben, he was really knowledgable about all the animals and had evidently taken time to learn a lot of facts. Overall they were excellent and the staff at the hotels were also very friendly and helpful.Do you have any advice for potential travellers?I wouldn't recommend taking a 5 year old on this trip, even though the cut off age is 5 as there's some long journeys to safari and the Kilimanjaro walk may be tough for some of them. Having said that my 7 year old brother was first up to base camp! I also wouldn't recommend taking a non-swimmer on this trip as you would miss out on a lot of the activities in Zanzibar such as snorkelling. Take extra money as there is lots of tipping and some of the costs written in the trip notes have changed and are more expensive. I also recommend taking antibacterial hand gel and wet wipes as there aren't always hand washing facilities. It's also nice to bring some small things for the local children such as pencils, balls and balloons. Also be prepared if you are a women to cover up a bit in Stone town, we travelled just after the attack of two girls in Zanzibar which made us extra aware.Is there anything else you would like to add?I am 12 years old and went on this trip with my parents and my younger brother and sister 11 and 7 years old. We went with 2 other families both of which we hadn't met before and I found it great that they had children my age to do stuff with. There was also a bit of chaos around our flights but I think this was just because Nairobi airport had set on fire two days before and I'm sure this wouldn't usually happen. The accommodation all had good food and beds and all had running water which was supposedly hot but not always! I recommend going to the Serena hotel whilst in stone town for drinks to watch the sun set you can also have food there although it is expensive.

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 9
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing trip of a lifetime! Looking back its hard to imagine how we fitted it all in, but we did. The trip was so well planned and organised, with everything thought of and planned for. We saw so much of Tazania and Zanzibar every bit of it stunning. The guides we brilliant, hotels were lovely. As cheesy as it sounds we had the time of our lives.

  • Tanzania Crater Capers reviewer 10
    Written on January 2, 2013
    5.0 - Excellent

    An amazing trip of a lifetime! Looking back its hard to imagine how we fitted it all in, but we did. The trip was so well planned and organised, with everything thought of and planned for. We saw so much of Tazania and Zanzibar every bit of it stunning. The guides we brilliant, hotels were lovely. As cheesy as it sounds we had the time of our lives.

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  • Day 1: Start Kilimanjaro and transfer to Marangu. Free afternoon to relax.
  • Day 2: Full day walk on Mount Kilimanjaro up to Mandara hut and on to Maundi Crater.
  • Day 3: Morning walk around Marangu Village before transferring to Arusha in the afternoon.
  • Day 4: Full day game drive in Tarangire National Park.
  • Day 5: Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with ample time to explore the vast crater.
  • Day 6: Morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park before returning to Arusha in the late afternoon.
  • Day 7: Fly to Zanzibar; transfer to Kichanga Beach Resort.
  • Day 8-9: Two days to relax by the pool or on the beach, take a spice tour or hire a dhow for the day (optional).
  • Day 10: Transfer to Stone Town; afternoon and evening free.
  • Day 11: Free day to further explore Stone Town.
  • Day 12: End Stone Town.

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    Destinations

    Covering a total distance of approx 989 km.
    • Marangu (Tanzania)
    • 14 km
    • Mandara Hut (Tanzania)
    • 14 km
    • Marangu (Tanzania)
    • 88 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 104 km
    • Tarangire National Park (Tanzania)
    • 164 km
    • Ngorongoro Conservation Area (Tanzania)
    • 88 km
    • Lake Manyara (Tanzania)
    • 103 km
    • Arusha (Tanzania)
    • 415 km
    • Stone Town (Tanzania)

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