Canoe safaris

A unique perspective on Tanzanian wildlife and landscape

For the country with both the biggest and the deepest lake in Africa, Tanzania visitors have relatively little opportunity for canoeing safaris. The only areas where game viewing can be done from a canoe are in Arusha National Park and in Lake Manyara National Park (water level permitted). This is all canoeing on lakes, not rivers and the safaris are no longer than 3-hours.

We started our canoeing operations in Lake Manyara National Park after El Nino flooded most of the park and a canoe was a very sensible means of game viewing. This was the first adventure activity to be allowed in any Tanzanian National Park and we are still the only outfitter allowed to operate this activity for the parks. Sadly Lake Manyara dried up but now we offer canoe safaris inside Arusha National Park.

Momella Lake (Arusha National Park)
Enjoy a peaceful and scenic canoeing safari following the shorelines of small Momella Lake. View buffaloes, bushbuck, giraffes, hippos and many water birds living in and close to the water.

  • Where do we meet: Small Lake Momella (Inside Arusha National Park)
  • Starting point: Small Lake Momella
  • Finishing Point: Small Lake Momella
  • Starting Time: anytime between 07.30 and 16:00
  • Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
  • Strenuousness: low
  • Equipment used: canoe boats
  • Price: $65 per person

Apart from the above price you need to pay TANAPA canoeing fees $20 per person and park fees of $45 per person at the gate of the park. 

Lake Duluti (Arusha)
Glide across the smooth surface of this small Crater Lake and view birdlife seldom seen; Giant kingfisher, Fish eagle, Darters and many more. Surrounded by forested crater walls this is a very special and quiet canoeing experience. View hundreds of cattle egrets returning to an island in the lake to roost for the night.

  • Starting point: Mountain Village Lodge (Tengeru)
  • Starting time: anytime between 07.30 and 16:00
  • Finishing Point: Mountain Village Lodge
  • Duration: 1.5 hours
  • Strenuousness: low
  • Equipment used: canoe boats
  • Price: $30 per person

Contact us to incorporate some canoeing in your safari or other activities like walkingmountain biking or a night safari.