Should I go on safari after Kilimanjaro?

Giraffe in front of Kilimanjaro, Earth's Edge safari expedition

Climbing Africa’s tallest mountain is a life-changing experience. But once you’ve made the decision to climb Kilimanjaro, you might start thinking about what to do afterwards. After all, Tanzania is a long old flight from Ireland. It would be a waste to go all that way and not experience the other side of the country. Which is why we offer a one-day safari after Kilimanjaro as an option for our expedition.

But will you be too tired? Will you just want to chill by a pool? Will it be expensive? If you’re considering going on safari after Kilimanjaro, we’re here to help…

Safari after Kilimanjaro – Everything you need to know

Will I be too tired?

This is probably the biggest question. After 7 days of trekking, the idea of lazing around by the pool or heading into Arusha for a bit of shopping might seem appealing. But remember, it’s only one day. You’ll have been used to long days and early starts at this stage. And there’s no hiking involved! You don’t even need to leave your seat. Plus, you’ll have slept in a real life bed the night before – you’re going to feel amazing!

What will I see?  

There are never any guarantees when it comes to safari, but that’s half the fun. Our safari after Kilimanjaro heads to Tarangire National Park, where you’ve got every chance of spotting the Big Five (African Elephant, Lion, Leopard, Cape Buffalo, and Rhinoceros). But apart from those, there are all the other great animals – Giraffes, Baboons, Warthogs, Waterbuck… basically, the whole cast of the Lion King.

Safari after Kilimanjaro with Earth's Edge

How far away is it?

That’s the best bit – Tarangire National Park is only an hour’s drive from our hotel (depending on traffic). So you can catch a few winks in the minibus, or take in the views and see what wildlife you can spot along the way.

Is it expensive?

Usually, a safari is a pretty big ‘bucket list’ holiday. But those trips are generally far longer, and you have to factor in your flights and hotel costs as well as the safari itself. Add on an Earth’s Edge safari after Kilimanjaro, and the only cost you’ll have is the actual day of safari, which is €250. This includes transfers, a safari guide, a packed lunch, bottled water and entrance fees. When else will you get the chance to see the Tanzanian wildlife?

Is one day enough?

This is a difficult one to answer, and depends on personal preference. If you’ve always longed to do a multi-day safari with multiple game drives and sleep in safari lodges, you can add on a three-day safari extension to your Kilimanjaro expedition. You’ll spend the nights in incredible safari lodges and spend the days driving around seeing incredible wildlife, between Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater.

If you’re interested in adding a safari after Kilimanjaro, get in touch with us.

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