• "The whole Backwoods Adventure, from the slideshow, to the advice/shopping at the Norman store to the conference calls to the actual trip itself was fantastic. I hope to continue these trips as they provide a lot of value for the cost!"

    - Terry B `2011

  • "Not only was the food good, but the variety & impulsiveness was fun... keep it up. The lunch at Silencio was pleasantly unique, as were the roadside stops and new foods. I traveled with Backwoods as the positive result of a previous Backwoods trip and would be pleased to do so again."

    - J. Rogers `2008

  • "Thank you to Joe for being our trip leader. His sense of humor and patience played a huge part in the success of the trip. It was a great experience that was planned well!"

    - R. & M. Hall `2009

  • "I’m speechless. Having just returned from this very trip all I can say is – can I do it all over again? This trip is absolutely unbelievable at every level. The accommodations, the food, the people, the ruins, the hiking-I find I have to pinch myself while reviewing my pictures in order to believe that I was actually there!"

    - Jim R. – Utah Canyons 2011

  • "The Salkantay/Machu Picchu trip was amazing. The icing on the cake was Joe's fantastic sense of humor, patience and unassuming nature. Backwoods Adventures was exceptionally well represented by Joe on this trip. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to fulfill a life list goal."

    - Pam C. – Machu Picchu 2008

  • "Great success overall. Definitely and experience I will remember for a long long time. The flexibility offered on the trip was greatly appreciated. Great call on gear list and was able to get all the appropriate gear at Backwoods."

    - Dan M. – Costa Rica 2011

  • "This trip far exceeded my expectations. I knew it would be beautiful, but it was more beautiful than I expected. I knew the good would be good, but it was better. I knew Joe would be good, but then there was Beatrice and Caroline. I knew the group would be good and fun loving…but it was even more fun than I thought!"

    - Rich C. – Mont Blanc 2011

  • "My general comments are…this was THE BEST trip of my life, by far(and I have been places). The group, Joe, the supporting company, the hike, the safari, the whole overall experience was absolutely amazing and I would recommend it to anybody who loves Nature, adventure and physical challenges."

    - Carlos Q. – Kilimanjaro 2011

Something Life Changing Is Just One Adventure Away!

Tanzanian Photo Safari Extension

A great option to to follow up any Mount Kilimanjaro ascent, there is no better way to see the wildlife that Africa has to offer. We will visit an number of game parks including Ngorongoro crater, Lake Manyara, and Tarangire to see a variety of animals and birds like elephants, giraffe, lions, osterach, and more. These are some of the only places in the world with such an abundance and diversity of wildlife. This photo safari is a great way to relax following our climb up the continent’s tallest mountain.

What’s Included


• 3 days photo safari to Lake Manyara NP, Ngorongoro crater, Maasai boma, and Tarangire NP
• 2 nights at Highview Hotel or Ngorongoro Crater Wild Camp
• All transfers to and from Kilimanjaro International Airport
• All meals, park fees, and all guide and porter fees
• Backwoods Adventures guide Joe Koehly

What’s Not Included

• All airfare to and from Tanzania (Inquire to learn more about our flight booking service)
• Personal gear and clothing
• Alcoholic drinks, extra drinks and snacks
• Gratuities
• Extras; laundry, massage, internet


At Backwoods Adventures we know that well fed travelers are happy travelers! We aim to please your palate. These examples may not be the exact fare of the day and may change from day to day, but following are a few examples of our daily meals for the photo safari extension:

Breakfast: Breakfasts are typically eggs, toast, meat, and fruit along with a selection of hot drinks.

Lunch: Lunches will be some combination of bread, cheese, cucumbers and tomatoes, fried potatoes, fried bread, fruit, biscuits, and hot drinks. “Tea” is served mid-to late afternoon with peanuts, popcorn, and/or biscuits.

Dinner: Dinners will be served with soup and bread first, followed by pasta, potatoes, or rice with different sauces, which are often tomato-based with meat, beans, and vegetables.

Note: Vegetarian and other special diets can be accommodated. Because of the exercise and high altitude, you should drink 3-4 liters of water a day. The porters will boil water along the route for you.


Our accommodations will vary based upon our location. However, all hotels are among the highest ranked in the nation for both location and amenities. We make every effort to deliver high quality, unique experiences in any country we may find ourselves!  The Highview Hotel or Ngorongoro Crater Wild Camp will be your home base for our Tanzanian photo safari. It’s located just over a mile from the center of Moshi (800m/2600). The rooms are remarkably clean and relaxing; with twin beds, mosquito netting, and bath rooms with hot showers. This is a private hotel located inside its own peaceful enclosure to ensure the best security and privacy. The resort personnel are very friendly and helpful individuals. Their huge smiles outgoing personalities will delight you!

*Amenities and services include: dining establishment as well as garden bar, massage, pedicure or manicure, swimming pool and sauna, television area, exercise area, guided jungle strolls, gift shop for sundries and tokens, telephone solutions and net accessibility, locked storage containers (while on trek or trip), washing machines, bike rental (to community and back), rental equipment (for the trek), safe deposit box ($ 1/day)


While the photo safari is a relatively low-intensity adventure, we will be spending long days on dusty bumpy roads. There is no training necessary and most find the photo safari very relaxing. The only health concerns are in country illness mentioned below.

*Talk to your doctor about the following vaccinations: Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio, MMR (measles, mumps, rubella), Malaria pills, prescriptions you are currently taking, or should take in case you get sick.

Visa Requirements

U.S. Citizens need a visa for Tanzania. You can get the visa application from the Tanzania Embassy website or call them in Washington D.C. at 202-939-6125, and ask for a visa application. You will need to send:

•Valid passport (must be valid for at least 6 months beyond entry)
•One application per traveler
•One passport-size photo
•$100 money order for each person (no checks)
•Prepaid return envelope to the embassy

Allow 30 days for processing. You might want to consider sending it certified mail or Federal Express both directions to ensure the safety of your passport. You can also get a visa at the Kilimanjaro International Airport once you arrive. You should carry a photocopy of your passport, insurance information and emergency contact numbers with you at all times. You should leave a copy of this information with a friend or relative at home.



Trip Dates: 
Safari Ext. 1: February 10-14 , 2014
Safari Ext. 2: June 14-27 , 2014
Safari Ext. 2: July 15-18 , 2014

Or, book a custom adventure trip.


Activities: Photo photo safari by way of Landrover

Springlands Hotel, 1 nights; Highview Hotel, 2 nights

Mt. Kilimanjaro Links:

Tanzanian Embassy
CDC Health Information
Weather for Tanzania
Travel Insurance

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• The migrations of nearly 1,500,000 wildebeest and 200,000 Zebra in the Serengeti to find fresh food and water is known as the “Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth”.

• The Ngorongoro Crater is thought to have been inhabited for more than three million years

• The Ngorongoro Crater was once part of the Serengeti National Park

• Maasai inhabited in the park until 1959