• "The Utah trip was an awesome trip. Joe did a great job as a guide. He did excellent with the meals, snacks, accommodations and made it a trip to remember for all that made the trip."

    - Kipp L. Utah Canyons 2014

  • "I enjoyed every facet of the trip; food, scenery, and most of all my fellow hikers, all were first class. Thank you for encouraging me to not pull the plug on the trip when I had doubts. You do your job very well. Please pass along a big thank you to the fine folks at headquarters for being such wonderful promoters of the great outdoors and making this trip possible for me. I have enjoyed a 20 plus year relationship with your store in OKC and hope to have 20 more. "

    - Bill L. Utah Canyons 2014

  • "Our Mt. Everest trek was truly an experience of a lifetime. Thank you for sharing your energy, experience, and love of adventure with us over these past few weeks. "

    - Bill & Susan D. Nepal 2012

  • "I have had the privilege to follow guides up Rainier, in the Southern Alps of New Zealand, and in the outback of Australia, but none of them measure up to you enthusiasm, kindness, and stamina. I look forward to future adventures with Backwoods Adventures and you. "

    - Steve H. Nepal 2012

  • "Thank you for a wonderful experience. All your guidance and prep-work help me be prepared and fit enough to enjoy the climb and feel great afterwards. Minus the cold fingers and toes (which i kind of expected;-), I couldn't have ask for a better climb up the mountain."

    - Amanda M. Kilimanjaro 2013

  • "I hope this weekend goes as well as last week. You, Joe and Billy were excellent hosts and instructors. I had a wonderful time. Thanks again for all your patient coaching and kind words. "

    - John R. Colorado Fly Fishing 2013

  • "Being serenaded in the middle of the night albeit the wee early morning hours, on the steepest slopes of Kilimanjaro by voices of pure melodious balance brought complete joy, heightened peace, and humbling memories to me. I am happy to have shared such a significant time with you. Thank you! "

    - Trent & Pamela A. Kilimanjaro 2013

  • "Thanks for being the best guide ever. Your encouragement, concern, and professionalism has made this trip a truly wonderful experience. I wish you all he very best in all that you do and hope to see you soon. "

    - Kay G. Kilimanjaro 2014

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