Safari Experiences

Hot Air Balloon Safari

Walking Safari

Luxury Honeymoon

Family Safari

Hot Air Balloon Safari

A Serengeti balloon safari is a fantastic once in a lifetime experience, particularly suitable for a bird’s eye-view game viewing experience on your wildlife tour in northern Tanzania. Hot air balloon rides leave from three sites in this prime national park. In Central Serengeti, wildlife gathers year-round in the Seronera River Valley where there is permanent water. The Great Migration passes through around May and June. The Western Serengeti includes the Grumeti River, scene of theatrical crossings during the Great Migration in June and July, when hundreds of thousands of gnu, brave the giant Nile crocodiles, and many perish while others detour to avoid the perilous river. In South Serengeti plains, the wildebeests assemble from December onwards, to calve in February, producing 8000 newborns every day on a three-week marathon, a sight not to be missed on your personalized nature travel in Serengeti. The plains of the Serengeti are particularly suited to balloon flights which are particularly convenient, letting you get aerially closer and distinctly accessible to the action than you could be by a game-viewing safari vehicle.

Conditions are favorable early every morning, but you are advised to pre-book this popular activity for your safari holiday to East Africa due its limited seating availability. Unfortunately, only children over seven years, old and fit and active adults can be accommodated. Because weight is a crucial safety consideration, passengers weighing over 120 kilos (265 pounds) may need to reserve two places. The balloons are immense. Baskets are compartmented for comfort and security, accommodating 16 people for each one-hour voyage. The price reflects the enormous cost of the balloons due to a safety replacement every few hundred hours, equivalent to swapping with a high-end automobile.

High fees are payable to the national park for tourist concessions for every single passenger. A skilled, experienced and licensed pilot and staff of 20 are needed for each trip, including launching and recovery as well as transport to and from the launch and celebratory champagne breakfast. Each flight is unique, some high enough to view the panoramic landscape for miles ahead, others low enough to see individual animals at close quarters. It is not a cheap excursion, but it will make your northern Tanzania vacation one of the most memorable of your whole life. It is possible to charter special private balloon flights in the Grumeti Reserve for honeymoon couples on their romantic trip in the great plains of Africa.

Balloon Safari Experience In Serengeti With Dotcom Safaris

For your Serengeti hot-air balloon trip in northern Tanzania, you will be collected around 0500 hours. An hour predawn drive through the bush to your launch site is a delight in itself. You may see nocturnal animals in the headlights that you could not have encountered any other way. Near a river like Seronera or Grumeti, you may meet grazing hippo. On the plains, a lioness may return from her kill, a hyena slinking in her wake. In the cool early morning, a light-weight long-sleeved jacket and long trousers are a wise idea, with sturdy shoes. Remember to take your binoculars and DSLR camera to make the most of this highlight of your Serengeti excursion. The huge balloon inflates swaying impatiently as it lifts. The intermittent roaring of the burner reminds you to put on your hat as it can get quite warm overhead. Assistants hold the basket steady, ensuring it remains level during take-off. Then comes the heart-stopping moment when you lose touch with the earth and become part of the dawn. As you ascend, the sky lightens from purple to pink. The sun clears the horizon, flooding the Serengeti plains with golden light. Your stomach clenches as you look out over your unobstructed basket side to the receding earth. Losing contact with the ground or the feeling of being totally at the mercy of the wind can cause an atavistic shudder. For an hour, you will have no control over where you go or what you see. However skillful your pilot, he can only go where the wind takes him, so you need to accept your helplessness, let yourself experience the enriching sights, sounds and sensations of your flight as well as the emotions it arouses.

It is an unprecedented opportunity to learn so much about this unique method of travel in Eastern Africa and so much more about yourself. Serengeti animals on the endless lawn below are miniaturized from your new perspective. As your shadow looms behind them, they bound ahead, rear ends roundly prominent. The warthog raises his thin, pennant tail like a radio aerial. The zebra flaunts its beautiful striped rumps. The elephant lumbers like an old man in baggy trousers. Herds of thousands of seasonal migrating herbivores stream out for miles behind and ahead as far as the eye can see. You may fly low over a flat-topped Acacia thorn tree to startle flapping vultures then creep over its precipitous edge to see grassland far below. Perhaps you will encounter the startled head of a giraffe atop its long, swaying neck as you over-fly the branches where it stretches to feed. Below, you may see hippo in the Mara River, or disturb flocks of egrets into flight. Lion proudly stands their home ground or families of elephant in line, nose to tail, trek towards the horizon. Back on the ground, you will receive your commemorative certificate and a champagne toast, then drive to join the rest of the morning’s balloonists for a hearty English hot breakfast, cooked on burners. You will discover a new appetite for life, for appreciative conversations with your fellow adventurers, high on adrenalin, and unlimited helpings of good, hearty food and bubbly, served in superlative style in unforgettable surroundings. What a climax to Dotcom Safaris! On completion, your guide meets you at a designated pickup point to continue on with your game drive tour in Serengeti National Park.

Tanzania Walking Safari

A walking safari is normally designed to fit into your safari schedule, and can be scheduled early in the morning or late afternoon when tropical temperatures are cool. Until recently walking safaris were offered mainly in the Selous Game Reserve and Wildlife Management Areas and restricted to a few National Parks like Gombe Stream, Mahale Mountains, Rubondo Island, Udzungwa Mountains, Kitulo, Mt Kilimanjaro and Arusha (Mt Meru) which may be extended into trekking. Today visitors can enjoy safaris on foot in Tarangire National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area including Ndutu, and within some designated locations in the Serengeti hitherto restricted to game drives and balloon safaris only.

The walks are guided and normally accompanied by an armed ranger. A walking safari is an excellent break from game drives, where visitors will learn some fascinating facts about nature, birds, reptiles, insects and medicinal uses of local plants, which you may not fully appreciate from the seat of your safari car. While the scents and sounds of the African bush are better sensed on foot, it is without doubt an adventure and a thrilling experience especially when the walk extends into wildlife habitats where encounters with freely roaming animals are the norm like in the Selous, Ngorongoro including Ndutu and Tarangire game parks.

“Walking safaris are the purest form of safari. Walking in Tanzania is completely different to game driving. On foot you are a participant in the world of wildlife rather than a spectator, a thrilling and unbeatable safari experience.”

Feel, hear and smell Tanzania

Imagine, you walk on the same path as the elephants and other wildlife, you feel the wind through you hair, hear a lion roar in the distance and smell the bush and wildlife. Your senses awaken, as you become part of your environment and the wilderness becomes more real.

Wildlife up close and personal

While animals will generally ignore you in a vehicle, they see you as another type of animal when you are on foot. Getting up close and personal with wildlife is definitely a rush of excitement. Walking is also a great way to appreciate the smaller wildlife, which can’t be so easily seen from a vehicle.

Access remote areas on foot

On foot you can walk into remote areas and reach places that a safari car can’t. Once on foot, you are not constrained by roads and can go almost anywhere you like. Away from the crowds, off the beaten track. It offers you a freedom incomparable to any game drive safari.

Pioneer in walking safaris

Dotcom Safaris is a pioneer in setting up walking safaris, particularly in Serengeti National Park. Only a handful of companies have been granted permission to enter this park on foot. The regulations stipulate that an armed and qualified walking guide from the operating company must accompany all walks. An armed ranger from the National Park will also join every walk.

Serengeti, Tarangire, Ngorongoro

We offer a wide range of walking safari options, so you can tailor your walking safari to be exactly what you want and nothing you don’t. These walks are absolutely one of the best and most memorable African experiences on earth!

Plan Your Personalized Luxury Tanzania & Zanzibar Honeymoon Safari!

Tanzania is unquestionably one of the very best destinations for an African honeymoon or a romantic getaway. The beautiful landscapes and huge range of activities make it a once-in-a-lifetime holiday for couples. A Tanzanian honeymoon safari absolutely ticks that ‘something special’ box and when you include Zanzibar as well, there is everything you need for a safari and beach honeymoon!

Imagine how exciting it will be to set out at dawn on your first game drive, in awe of your surroundings and full of anticipation, imagining the thrill of first setting eyes on a magnificent male lion or a herd of elephants! And then imagine relaxing with your favorite person in the world in your luxurious accommodation by the Indian Ocean, just a short flight away from amazing Tanzania national parks with plenty of big five and predator action! Another thing worth imagining involves our specially created Dotcom Safaris. There are so many options, but most experiences involve meeting the various people of Tanzania, learning about their unique way of life and helping out their communities in various ways. For many of our guests, these experiences are the highlight of their entire trip!

“The breathtaking landscapes, unique wildlife and vivid sunsets of Tanzania are perfect for anyone looking for that once-in-a-lifetime African Safari Honeymoon. If it’s a little too late for the honeymoon and you have children, you may prefer to check out our Family Safaris in Tanzania instead!”

Tanzania Honeymoon Safaris are truly immersive as you are able to explore multiple sites throughout the country — such as the legendary Serengeti National Park, home to the greatest population of lions in Africa and the only place to bear witness to The Great Migration (the migration of 2 million+ wildebeests and zebra). Tanzania is perfect for adventurous spirits and comfort-seeking couples alike! We will create a bespoke honeymoon to suit you, so have a think about what you want from your dream African safari honeymoon! Would you love nothing more than to climb Kilimanjaro, to experience awe-inspiring views while hiking Africa’s highest mountain? Or would you like to escape from the modern world by staying in a remote campsite where you will be immersed in the peaceful beauty of the savannah? Perhaps you and your spouse prefer a relaxing escape complete with worry-free luxury comforts. Tanzania offers gorgeous resorts where you can view the wilderness of the Serengeti right outside your bedroom door.

Tanzania – it unveils a world of untamed wild and wilderness! Its overwhelmingly beautiful flora and fauna and its rich culture make Tanzania stand out among other countries on the African continent. From pristine beaches and adjoining island nations to wild game reserves, we have carefully curated exclusive honeymoon places to match the fancies of newly married couples.

Please get in touch if you have any questions whatsoever. Embark on an African safari honeymoon with Dotcom Safaris and create memories you and your spouse will never forget!

African Safari Tours Are Perfect for Families

Of all the destinations in the world, Tanzania offers some of the best family safari vacations. Where else can you see the beloved creatures that inspired a dozen Disney movies, or pack healthy fun in the great outdoors into once-in-a-lifetime, child-friendly itineraries? There is nothing quite as wonderful as witnessing your child’s reaction to spotting their first majestic cheetah or wallowing hippo. Whether you’re visiting chimpanzees in Mahale Mountains National Park or marvelling at The Great Migration of wildebeest in Serengeti National Park, the guarantee we offer is that the adults will be just as amazed as the children!

Family safari holidays in Tanzania offer a range of adventure activities and plenty of attractions to please everyone. A family safari is a great way to expose your kids to nature and wildlife, fostering their love and amazement for animals and the great outdoors.  As all our Tanzania safaris are tailor-made to your family’s needs, we will create a bespoke itinerary jam-packed with things to keep everyone in the family happy. Children view the world with so much wonder that we often find that family safaris have a greater sense of amazement than other kinds of trips. Safaris can also become outdoor classrooms for children where they can learn about African wildlife in a fun and interactive way. From following and reading animal tracks to identifying dung, your little ones will learn about the wonders of nature outside the confines of a classroom. Teachable moments are everywhere on an African safari — meaning that your children will have a true appreciation for the value of Africa’s unique wildlife and ecosystem, as well as how to protect it for future generations. One of the best way to experience Tanzania is to include one (or several) of our Dotcom Safaris; these include meeting the local people, learning about their culture and their way of live, and even trying out their hunting methods, pottery, and so much more.

Your children will also have the unique opportunity to meet and learn about the people of Tanzania. Traveling with your kids to Africa will open their eyes to the world, teaching them to celebrate differences and become citizens of the world. Dotcom Safaris curates itineraries that invite families to connect with local communities, visit tribes and get involved in philanthropic efforts, an invaluable experience for kids.

The variety and novelty of a family safari in Tanzania also provides a rich setting for you to reconnect with each other through sharing memorable experiences. And, as all aspects of your trip are taken care of – you don’t have to worry about a thing and can free yourself from your phone and wallet to focus on taking in the experience with the people you love most in the world. The most difficult decision will be what to have to drink when your game drive pauses to enjoy the setting African sun!

From Africa’s diverse cultures to its legendary wildlife, a family safari in Tanzania is one of the most exciting and eye-opening travel experiences a child can have. With a few of Africa’s safari lodges now catering specifically for families in terms of accommodation and activities, it is now easier than ever to introduce your child to Africa! If you have any questions about our African safari tours for families, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!