From a safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania, to a cultural program at Itagutwa Village, and a historical tour of the Isimila Old Stone Age historical site. Ambassadors will be excited by the welcoming culture of Iringa, Tanzania, and the friendships you make with your hosts and fellow ambassadors will be carried over long after the journey.

Home Hospitality

Provided by the Friendship Force club of Iringa.

Live With a Local

Try Ugali, a dish made of maize flour cooked in boiling water or milk to a porridge- or dough-like consistency. See how Iringa differs from other cities in Tanzania due to its inhabitants’ value and pride in their Hehe culture. Cultural program at Itagutwa village, where we will help/support Itagutwa Girls Secondary School. Lunch and Hehe traditional dance will be provided at the school.

Sightseeing Highlights

Safari in the northern circuit of Tanzania featuring Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Oldupai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, and traditional Masai Boma village. Historical tour with a visit to Isimila Old Stone Age historical site and unique Natural Pillars. Safari to Ruaha National Park. A visit to “Talking Stone” Gangilonga and stone painting.
Great hosts, friendly people! We were lucky to be hosted by such generous people and were able to discover the country in a different way! - Ambassador, 2016

Iringa, Tanzania

19 Days / 20 Nights Program and Itinerary:

August 31, 2017 – September 18, 2017
Coordinator: Bonnie Evans, FF Greater Atlanta

All Friendship Force Itineraries are subject to change.

Day 1: 8/31/17


The day you must arrive in Kilimanjaro. You will obtain your own transportation from the airport to the lodge in Moshi.

Taxi is about $40.

MEALS NOT PROVIDED (suggest an extra night at your expense to be able to rest up from the long travel by arriving on 8/30/17).

Day 2: 9/1/17

LODGING: Mountain Inn.

Moshi Waterfalls & Coffee Tour to Materuni Village on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro.

Meet with Safari Tour Director for Briefing of the Safari in the Northern part of Tanzania.

Includes all park fees, guides salary, transport and tips.

Includes: Breakfast, Box Lunch and Water.


Day 3: 9/2/17


After breakfast between 6:30 to 7:00, we will depart to Tarangire National Park where we will have a full day game drive. The Park has a diverse landscape with nine vegetation zones. Ancient Baobab trees dot the landscape dwarfing animals that feed beneath them.

The Tanangire River meanders through the park which attracts an abundance of wildlife for elephants, leopards, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, antelopes to a variety of colorful birds.

The park is famous for having the largest elephant population in Tanzania and we will observe many elephant families interacting. We will stop for a picnic lunch in an observatory inside the park where you will be able to view animals drinking water from the river. Many times lions will attack a thirsty zebra or wildebeest.

We will continue game viewing and final return to the lodge for dinner. All meals provided.


Day 4: 9/3/17

Lake Manyara National Park.

Depart after breakfast and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive.

Although only 205 square miles in size, this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys.

The park is also home to a large numbers of buffaloes, giraffes, elephants, impalas and a Hippo Lake where large number of hippos usually gather. Well-known for its birds (over 400 different species).

Lake Manyara is one of the few places where you’ll be able to see the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. The park has become famous for the climbing lions and the flamingos in the lake shore. Landscapes are stunning and very different from the Serengeti.

The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing an incredible view of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground with the lake with flamingoes and flat plains in the horizon. Great photo opportunities.

Lodge for Dinner and overnight stay. All meals provided.


Day 5: 9/4/17

Serengeti National Park: Today we are off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration.

Your drive today is spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a bird’s eye view of spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, as you crest the hillside, spread out before you, as far as you can see, is the vast Serengeti which means “endless plains” in Kiswahili.

The park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras and Thomson’s gazelles.

Large predators include lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat-eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds.

On the way into the Serengeti we will stop at the famous Oldupal Gorge, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first an that walked the earth.

After attending a short lecture describing the archeological dig sand geology of the gorge, we will have time visit a small museum.

After enjoying lunch, we will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.

Overnight at lodge. All meals provided.


Day 6: 9/5/17

After breakfast, a full day in Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game drives.

There is an option of an early morning Balloon Safari with an extra cost of $600 per person.

Overnight at lodge. All meals provided


Day 7: 9/6/17

Serengeti to Ngorongoro: We will wake up early to do an early morning safari before breakfast so we can spot the animals when they are more active and also to have a fantastic sunrise in front of you.

Sunrise in the African Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have.

After the game drive, we return to camp for brunch. In the afternoon, we transfer to Ngorongoro Crater the 8th wonder of the world with its 2000 foot high walls and a crater floor that spreads for 102 square miles. The crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino.

In fact, the crater has the greatest concentration of wildlife on planet Earth. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingoes, a first and open plains.

The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusks, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They will be  the most the incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life.

Special two hour visit to a TRADITIONAL MAASAI BOMA VILLAGE

Tour a traditional Maasai Boma village and learn about the proud and fascinating Maasai culture.

A village chief will provide a tour of the Boma and explain their beliefs and way of life. You may watch or take part in a traditional dance. The tribe charges a fee per car that included. It is paid directly to the village chief to purchase supplemental grain.

Pictures are welcome inside the Boma. There are several Maasai Bomas that our guides have relationships with that are located approximately twenty minutes from the main road at Olduvai Gorge. The location provides for convenient access but is still far enough off the beaten path to avoid the main tourist circuit.

The Maasai are pastoralists and they live off their herds of cattle, sheep, goats, and donkeys. Traditionally, the Maasai move nomadically with their herds to find pasture and water; however, in recent years some of them have made more permanent settlements. It is becoming more and more common for Maasai to supplement their diet of milk, blood, and meat with grain.

The Maasai live in peaceful coexistence with the surrounding wildlife. The Maasai are legendary for their independence, physical courage, and their ferocity as warriors.

In some ways similar to the Amish, a handful of tribes in Tanzania have resisted modernization and for the most part remain traditional.

All meals provided


Day 8: 9/7/17

Ngorongoro Crater: Very early in the morning we descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on earth.

After a stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo lake with more wildlife viewing in the afternoon.

We drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Moshi.


Day 9: 9/8/17

Breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00.

We board the Travel Van from Moshi to Morogoro (6 hours)

Box Lunch, 2 bottles of water included.



Day 10: 9/9/17

Breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00.

We will board the Travel Van traveling from Morogoro to Iringa (6 hour drive)

Box Lunch provided. 2 bottles of water included.

Start homestay with Friendship Force Iringa Club.

They will meet us at a central location in Iringa and take us to their homes.

Day 11: 9/10/17 - Day 14: 9/13/17

Friendship Force Iringa homestay – program being developed

Day 15: 9/14/17


Migration and Kili Expeditions will pick us up at a central point in Iringa. We will have a game drive till dinner time where they will deliver us to RUAHA RIVER LODGE.

All meals provided.


Day 16: 9/15/17

RUAHA RIVER LODGE will provide two safari drives.

All meals provided.


Day 17: 9/16/17

Early safari walk then breakfast.

Migration and Safari Expedition picks us up to head out to Morogoro.

Drive from RUAHA River Lodge to Morogoro (6 hours)

Box Lunch and two bottles of water included.



Day 18: 9/17/17

Breakfast from 6:30 to 7:00.

We drive 6 hours from Morogoro to Moshi.

Box Lunch provided. Two bottles of water included.



Day 19: 9/18/17

Breakfast provided.



Make own arrangements to get from Moshi to Kilimanjaro International Airport.


$4200 USD

Price Includes: FFI and host fees, accommodations, professional safari guides and drivers, tours, tips, domestic travel transportation between Kilimanjaro-Moshi and Iringa, all meals on the actual safari tours, and five box lunches with water. Hotels provide breakfast that are not part of the safari tours. Cost is $4200 USD based on double-occupancy. Single-occupancy is $5120 USD.


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Know before you go

  • Weather at this time of the year is warm to hot, especially in Iringa; however, it may be a bit colder in Arusha/Moshi (Northern Circuit) so it is good to have clothes that suit described weather.
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