About Mount Meru Mountain
Mount Meru Trekking Packages
Day 1: After breakfast depart Arusha about 8:30 a.m drive to Momella gate. Make payment and start the climb with picnic lunch to the first hut called Miriakamba hut. Dinner and overnight - Miriakamba hut (3 ½ hrs). Day 2: After breakfast we proceed with a climb to...
Day 1: ARUSHA – MIRIAKAMBA HUT In the morning at 0830hrs pick up from your hotel in Arusha town and transfer 30km to Momela gate the starting point of the climbs. At the gate meet with your mountain CREW and after all regulations have been finished start ascending the...
TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS
TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS
We had beautiful experience once we are in safari in Serengeti National Park. Our guide John made sure we took pictures of lions while are mating, it was... read more our first experience ever. Also Emanuel gave us best program for just 3 days. We are lucky to choose Crater Explorer Tours and Safaris.
October 14, 2022
In one word: amazing. We got to see more than we ever anticipated to see beforehand. Our driver John was more than a driver. He knew where to go and... read more told us so much about the animals and serengeti. Sleeping in the camps was absolutely stunning, waking up next to zebras and brushing the teeth next to waterbucks. Food was good too!
Contact with Emmanuel was very pleasant and efficient. Would highly recommend!
October 14, 2022
We did a 4 days Safari. We really enjoy it..
John was our guide and there’s no words to explain how nice he was with us.
We stayed... read more in marera lodge hotel for 2 nights that is really good and one night in the serengeti luxury tent lodge, inside of the park, it’s an amazing experience, totally recommend. We felt really safe..
We saw so many animals..
Its a lifetime experience that we recommend to everybody!!
September 28, 2022
Emmanuel was very great and helpful with getting us the information we needed! The tours were amazing great driver and cook!! An experience that i will never forget! Thank you... read more Crater Explorer Tours
September 25, 2022
I've done the 7 day Lemosho route to Kilimanjaro with Crater Explorer, it was everything and more that I hoped for!
Emanuel quickly answered all my questions during the planning... read more and provided a fantastic team for the trip. The guide (Maulidi), cook and porters were extremely helpful and great company throughout our tour. Highly recommended 🙂
September 20, 2022
Fantastic experience. We've booked 6 days 5 nights join-in camping safari: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro. Everything went as planned. Owner of the company, Emanuel, was very responsive to... read more all our emails and questions prior to booking, also kept in touch just before our arrival to Tanzania to check if everything is ok. Emanuel also picked us from the airport and checked in a hotel we had included in our booking (also - we've received a free upgrade to a much better hotel than the one we were supposed to stay originally!). After safari Emanuel met up with us again to ask about our experience and then drove us to the airport morning of the next day, again by himself. We can definitely recommend Emanuel and his company as reliable and caring.
As for the safari experience itself – I’m not going to go into details of what we saw, because it’s too amazing to describe! Enough to say we’ve seen almost 50 different species of mammals, reptiles and big birds, not even trying to count smaller and less known species of birds as it was probably over a hundred. We slept first two nights in a village close to Manyara lake (fenced area with tents and a bathroom). We were just two in the car for these first two days (Tarangire and Lake Manyara), then 4 other people joined us for Serengeti and Ngorongoro with a bigger car and a different guide. Both guides had an impressive knowledge of all the animals and were really good at tracking them. They were able to get us very close to the animals, yet they still were able to maintain respect for the animals wellbeing and avoided disturbing them even once. Camping areas in Serengeti and Ngorongoro are the best sleepovers we have ever had - this is milion times better than any hotel me - and you, whoever is reading this - had ever stayed in. You can't get any closer to the nature - do not book any lodged safaris, camping is absolutely essential to get fully immersed in Serengeti and Ngorongoro experience.
One more word of praise to our guide in Serengeti – one of the other groups car broke down in the middle of nowhere. Sure, our guide could have said it’s not his problem – but instead, he towed them over away from group of lions and closer to service sites, saving other group of tourists some stress and time. Really glad to see the guides helping each other!
If you are worried about the food during safari - don't be! Our chef was amazing. The quality of food he was able to do in very limiting condition of field kitchen is really impressive - both meat and vegetarian dishes. The amount of food was usually sufficient for whole day (if you know you like to eat more - bring some energy bars or snacks for a time you're on a game drive).
Would we change anything in this trip? Probably not. Maybe just one tiny detail now: we had a great time on our day in Lake Manyara, really fun time, but if I were to go again I would trade Lake Manyara for another day in magical Serengeti or Ngorongoro. But that doesn't change a fact it was still a 10 out of 10 experience.
September 17, 2022
Very happy with the overall service from Crater Explorers, Emmanuel was very friendly from the beginning and very obliging to all our requests. We chose the 5-day Safari, were met... read more at the airport and brought to a hotel in Arusha overnight. Emmanuel met us himself to go through everything the next morning before heading off on our safari. Our guide was very friendly, and the journey was very comfortable.
We had a small issue with timings on day 3 but that was quickly resolved once we contacted Emmanuel and he more than made up for it.
My only recommendation would be to ensure you have a smaller bag to bring with you on your Safari, we had suitcases as we were going elsewhere after Tanzania, and were not aware we needed to bring a smaller bag for the 5 days.
September 14, 2022
Emmanuel was very helpful from start to finish. We did a 5 day safari and it was excellent. Our transfer picked us up at the airport and drove us to... read more our hotel in Arusha. Emmanuel met us there the following morning where he explained each day again to us about the safari. The accommodation/food was lovely. Our guide was also very nice and answered any questions we had. Emmanuel met us again in our hotel in Arusha once the safari was finished. Overall it was a great experience. Emmanuel is very professional.
September 14, 2022
We did a 4 days, 3 nights camping safari which was organized through Crater Explorer. They are a small company with 5 employees and cooperate with another company to fill... read more up the safari Jeeps. Since they are relatively small, they do not have their own Jeeps yet.
For the lazy reader I will summarize our experience, but you can find more details down below if you are interested.
The first two days of the safari did not go as expected. But after we mentioned that the owner Emanuel tried it's best to improve it. The next days then where really good. Overall the trip was very nice. Emanuel was very responsive and helpful in all situations.
So I would recommend booking your safari with him. Because if you have an issue and you talk to him, he will try to fix it.
We got picked up from the airport by Emanuel and he drove us to the hotel in Arusha which was included (Pearl Royal Hotel).
At 6am we drove from Arusha to the Serengeti, which was a 12h drive in total. On the way to the campsite we did a game drive but since the guide (Ole) was driving really slowly we arrived very late in the afternoon. Also our Guide barely talked to us which is not what you expect in the first place.
Then our cook prepared dinner which took him 2h for a very basic meal. In the end we had dinner at 9:30pm and needed to get up already at 5:30am in the morning.
Tents and sleeping bags are basic but fine. Here I assume they really do not differ between other companys since they all get picked up at the same place.
We woke up early and had breakfast (food was always good) and had our first game drive in Serengeti. This time our guide again barely talked to us so we had no information about the park or the animals. Nevertheless we saw quite a lot of them. But I think our guide only found those because he heard it on the radio from other guides.
When we returned to the campsite in the afternoon, nothing was prepared by the cook. So we had to wait again 1h for lunch and 1h until they loaded up everything (all other groups had already left for a further game drive).
This was the time we decided to talk to Emanuel. As I said he was very responsive, took actions and next day turned out to be better.
When we woke up a large breakfast was prepared and we went into the crater. Now our guide talked much more and explained some stuff to us. Also the gamedrive was longer than usual.
When we arrived back at the campside food was already prepared. During lunch they already loaded the car, so we lost no time.
It turned out that Emanuel talked to our guide to improve things. Also for the next and last day he decided to switch our guide.
Instead of camping we where able to sleep in an apartment, which was really nice and a big plus.
Also we now had a new guide for Tarangire (Kindu) who was really communicative and new a lot of interesting information.
We had a very pleasant last day before we headed back to Arusha.
Back in Arusha we met again with Emanuel to talk about what happend.
And he truly showed us that he was sorry and also decided not to work with the guide any longer.
September 14, 2022
We booked a 3 days 2 nights Safari (tarangire, mayanra and ngorogoro)
It was the best experience, the guide was amazing, full of knowledge and experience and we didn't give... read more up until we saw everything we wanted to see. The lodges we stayed in were also very good.
September 13, 2022
The trip was a blast. The lodge we stayed at was good and the food was constantly delicious. You will eat more than you can imagine. The guide was very... read more knowledgeable and all 4 parks we visited were filled with animals, especially lions. Emmanuel is very responsive on WhatsApp.
September 11, 2022
Fantastic adventure with crater explorer. First time safari and highly recommend. Food was good, animals were plentiful, accommodations were what we expected, and everyone was knowledgeable and friendly.
September 11, 2022
Just finished from an amazong 4 days Safari with Emanual of Crater Explorer. Emanuel was very professional and friendly he accompanied us from the first moment we arrived to Arusha... read more until we came back from Safari. Our guide or prefer to call a new friend David was amazing, professional, friendly with us. Our experience was way better than expected( Hospitality, great food and amazing accommodation). Definitely not going to be our last time here and will always contact CraterExplorer without hesitation for another Safari. Many thanks
September 8, 2022
We are a groupe of 6 friends Ho dreamed of doing a safari for so long.
We choose crater explorer for our first African safari ! We were not at... read more all disappointed but rather very pleased.
Emmanuel is a very good host who listened and met everything we asked.
He met us at the airport drove us to our hôtel in arusha and spent the hole day with us.
He gives very good advices for where to buy things etc.
The day after we met our guide david. A very good human being who knows his ways around the parks. He took us to serengeti, Tarangire and ngorongoro. He gave us very good informations along the way and toke good care of us. Frankly we couldn’t ask for a better guide.
The food was delicious, we had some home cooked meals even in the wilderness.
We stayed at marrera mountain view lodge for our first night than seronera wild life and simba camp. Frankly, the lodges exceeded our expectations!
I highly recommend crater explorer for a safari for their hospitality, good price and good humour.
September 8, 2022
Highly recommand Crater Explorer for this Amazing adventure that exceeded our expectation. Hospitality, good food and great accommodation are guaranteed.
September 8, 2022
We had a great safari trip with crater explorer. Everything was well organized, we had a very pleasant guide and the lodges were very nice.
September 8, 2022
We had a wonderful time ! Our guide, David, was great and way too nice. He was very patient and full of information.
Food was amazing thanks to... read more our amazing chef.
Emmanuel was super helpful, got us rides from and to the airport. He even showed us around Arusha which as a plus we weren’t expecting.
Our 4 day safari was beyond our expectations, truly the experience of a lifetime.
September 8, 2022
Safari of 6 days was just wonderful!!! Cannot be Breyer (including great food).
I will truly recommend!!
August 27, 2022
We booked a 5 day/4 night safari after friends recommended the trip to us.
From start to finish, Emanuel has been faultless and couldn't do enough for us.... read more We were picked up from the airport and dropped at our hotel in Arusha that night. The next morning, we were collected from the hotel and met up with the rest of the group. The driver was friendly, welcoming and we felt at ease.
The safari itself was fabulous and we saw lots of animals which created many memories. The drivers were more than happy to stop for as long as we wanted to see the animals and they also talked on radios to each other to so that we didn't miss any opportunities.
We chose to stay in the lodges instead of camping which were all perfect and even better than we had hoped for. At one lodge in the Serengeti, there were elephants roaming around freely all night and were still there in the morning!
The meals provided (breakfast, lunch and dinner) were all delicious and the chef cooked a variety of different options. Emanuel also sorted gluten free options for myself which was a bonus and he also let all the lodges and drivers know about it so there was no risk of being unwell.
Emanuel was always at the end of the phone whenever we had questions and nothing was too much trouble for him.
He even came to our hotel on our final night to check we were happy with the safari experience - a lovely touch which not many companies would bother doing.
We wouldn't hesitate to book again with Crater Explorer if we wanted another safari experience.
August 18, 2022
Best organization, professionality and staff.
From the beginning super helpful for any decision of the trip.
They gave you all options and opportunities.
Many thanks to our guide Francis, one... read more of the best person i ever met.
He loves his job and really cares about clients happiness.
August 17, 2022
We did 3 days safari and it was very perfect.
We see all we want to see and with a very good organisation.
The lodge also was incredible.
The... read more communication with Emmanuel was great, he is available to answer to all your questions.
We recommend !
August 5, 2022
Choosing an agency for a safari in Tanzania was not easy. There were hundreds of them offering the most diverse safaris, each with different locations, accommodation, duration, meals, etc. Fortunately,... read more after a lot of research, I ended up finding Crater Explorer Tours & Safaris, based in Arusha. There were dozens of emails and WhatsApp messages exchanged, until we arrived at a script that met my desires and needs. And always promptly answered by its owner, Mr. Emanuel. The price was one of the best I found, with 5 full days of safaris, in Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Tarangire National Park, with good hotels and full meals, which even received praise from other tourists who saw them. With the exception of the rhinos, we saw every animal possible, including a solitary tortoise walking through the savannah. Transfers to and from Arusha airport were included. With the cancellation of my flight to Dar es Salam, which would take place in the afternoon, my flight was rescheduled to 5 am, and, without any problems or charge for it, Mr. Emanuel took us to the airport at 2 am. He also made efforts to try to find space on other flights. Other positives: the safari car, very well maintained and equipped, and our guide, Frank, very well prepared to talk about the animals, the geological formations, the savannah, etc. Attentive and very patient. I was impressed by his eagle vision. Sometimes I stopped the car and watched. We didn't see anything, but he pointed and said: lions, elephants..... . We took the binoculars and there they were. As our safari was private, we were just the 2 people, which was also a benefit, as we decided when to stop and when to leave. In short: I was very pleased and happy to have found Crater Explorer Tours, which allowed everything to go well on this trip that was one of the most spectacular of my life. Thank you Mr. Emanuel and Mr. Frank.
August 5, 2022
Was fantastic experience! I did the camping because I wanted to have the full adventure experience. We drove a long way the first day, but we still... read more saw a bunch of stuff including a leopard along the way. Second day was in serengeti. Amazing place! Saw the big five by lunchtime, though the rhino was a long ways away. Watched a lion going after a little gazelle who had just freed himself from the mud right by our truck and a ton of real world interaction. Not like the zoo at all!
The third day we spent in ngorongoro crater. They had a ton of wildebeest and zebra and we saw them all interacting with each other and the predators as well. There were three lions defending a kill from jackals by the side of the road, and we watched some hyenas unsuccessfully hunt some zebras nearby.
The fourth day we went to ngirengiri or however you spell it lol. Not as good, but still saw a lot of elephants and giraffes with their babies up close. Probably the closest of the three parks. And the animals were much more vocal in this park.
The guide Ndalu was very knowledgeable and funny. The chef Don was shockingly good. I really think those of us who camped economy ate better than the two people in our party who stayed at the fancier campus. Really, really good dinners. I didn't even want breakfast in the morning, but I ate it anyway lol
Just a good time. Emanuel and Noel are great guys and I expect them to be one of the more successful tour companies in the near future. Emanuel actually drove all the way out to moshi from arusha to pick me up and drop me off. What kind of business owners do that?? -Peter
July 30, 2022
Doing the safari with Crater Explorer was a great success. From the first moment Emmanuel was very clear in all the explanations and was always attentive to all my doubts... read more before traveling to Tanzania. We got together with two other couples to make a group of 6 and set off on the adventure. We visited the three main parks: Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti.
Our guide David Simba made everything amazing. Special attention and very nice.
The tents were clean, and the chef's food every day was different, freshly prepared and with a lot of quantity and variety.
Asante Sana Emmanuel!
July 16, 2022
I had amazing 6 days, 5 nights exploring the different parks of Northern Tanzania. I saw many many animals, also very close by (only 1-2 meters away) which was absolutely... read more breathtaking! I also saw lions hunting a prey and many baby animals. The sunset at Serengeti and sunrise at Ngorongoro are absolutely amazing!
I traveled solo and did a joined group safari. For 5 days I was with one group and the last day I joined another group with another driver. I slept in lodges while the others were camping so some time was spent dropping off and picking up everyone and prepping the car with the tent equipment. This wasn't clear to me from the start. I expected to be with the same group the whole trip and thought we were sleeping in the same places. However, the way they do things makes sense so everyone gets the package they want. This could have been communicated more clearly beforehand, but I also didn't ask.
In the end I wasn't bothered by it and the group I traveled with as well as all the drivers were great people! Also Emanuel clarified all my questions on the way since he was quick to answer my messages.
Big thank you would go to Saleem, the driver for 4 days, since he delivered everything he promised and we saw more than could ever hope for! Mussa and Penda were also great drivers and I had wonderful conversations with them. They were very happy to share information about their country!
Before and during the trip Emanuel was very quick and clear answering all my questions and fixing things if there were any problems. Thank you for that! Also, on the last day the car broke down on our way to Tarangire (which can happen on the bumby roads here). The driver organized us to join other cars for the game drive until the car was fixed and then we got back together later in the park. I thought it was a great solution!
I would recommend this company and feel free to ask all your questions before you go. Emanuel is quick and willing to create a package to your liking!
July 14, 2022
It was a great Safari. We saw plenty of animals in all national-parks.
The service was great and Emanuel always helped us when we had some problems.
Overall great experience.... read more
July 8, 2022
What a great experience!! I really enjoyed it and I really like the service of this company. They answer very fast on your questions
July 6, 2022
We really much appreciated going on safari with Crater Explorer. We went for a 5 days safari to Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorogoro Crater and Tarangire national park. We were two... read more persons, me and my husband for a private tour. We got to see all the animals, also the big five (Lion, Buffalo, Leopard, Rhino and Elephant). Our driver, Abdul, drove us safely around and went to all the good places for taking the most perfect photos of the animals. He is a very kind driver and a very good guide. We learned a lot from him! He made us feel safe and often made us smile and laugh during the trip. We are so thankful for this extraordinary journey!
Also we went for a visit to a Maasai village near Arusha. It was a exotic experience, and we were feeling very welcome. After we went for a swim in the Hot spring. Idyllic!
We really would like to recommend Crater Explorer to all of our friends. We felt so good about choosing this company. Thank you so much! Hope to visit you again!
July 3, 2022
We went on a three day safari trip and we enjoyed a lot. There were no problems, trip was organised beey well. Communication was very smooth, Emanuel is very responsive... read more if you need anything.
June 29, 2022