Exploring Tanzania: Women to Women

from $7,990 adult

14 days

Please call to discuss flight options. Ask about competitive business class rates.

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Maasai women singing in Tanzania Photo credit: Judi Wineland
Five Lion Cubs in Tanzania Photo credit: Andy Biggs

Trip Highlights

Experience a day in the life of local Tanzanians on an informative walking tour
Hear traditional Maasai folktales from a tribal elder
Enjoy a night game-drive
Meet with a series of women’s collectives and learn about their experiences
Learn about education in Tanzania on a secondary school visit

Areas Visited

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Olduvai Gorge
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater

Full Itinerary

Days 1-2
Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha. 

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 3

A walking tour will take you to the farms surrounding the Usa River and into the town of Usa, where you’ll interact with locals going about their day to day life in village shops, the mill, a school, restaurants, and more. Later, you’ll meet with the SIAFU widows group, a community organization using micro-finance to improve the lives of women.  Finish your day with dinner at the lodge, and an informal discussion of Rivertrees’ role in helping local women and children led by your Tanzanian host.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 4-5
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A short flight will take you from Arusha to the eastern Serengeti ecosystem, a wildlife haven that also supports local schools and villages.  Visit a traditional Maasai boma and a group of enterprising Maasai women entrepreneurs. Stretch your legs on hikes around the refuge and enjoy a night wildlife drive, (rare treats most travelers to Tanzania won’t experience, since national parks are strictly regulated). During your stay, you’ll also enjoy a campfire folktale session with a storyteller from the Maasai tribe.

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Watch the  VIDEO HIGHLIGHT  to learn more about the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge.

Days 6-9
Serengeti National Park

Enjoy Tanzania’s most iconic landscape with traditional wildlife viewing drives, where you might spot the Big 5: lion, leopard, African buffalo, elephant, and black rhinoceros. You’ll have a chance to visit the remote village of Robanda, where you’ll meet with a women’s cooperative that has turned their skills in basket weaving and craftwork into a viable business. Learn about your Tanzanian host’s experience around the campfire in the evenings.

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride    to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumbas

Day 10
Serengeti / Ngorongoro Highlands

Enjoy more wildlife viewing on your way out of the Serengeti. On your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands, you’ll have the chance to visit Olduvai Gorge, the site of the Leakeys’ famous discovery of “Zinj,” one of our earliest hominid ancestors. At Gibb’s Farm, an 80-year-old working coffee estate nestled in the verdant Ngorongoro Highlands, you’ll have a chance to meet with the artist-in-residence, as well as to participate in any of the myriad activities offered on the estate.

Overnight: Gibb’s Farm

Indulge in spa services and various optional activities at Gibb's Farm (additional fees apply).

Day 11-12
Ngorongoro Highlands and Crater

On the first day, you’ll descend into the 10-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep Ngorongoro Crater, home to about 30,000 animals. During your picnic lunch here, you may have flamingos, hyena, zebra, and bull elephants snacking alongside you. The following morning, you’ll visit the Ganako Secondary School, and learn how education in Tanzania is progressing. After a farm-fresh lunch at Gibb’s, you’ll meet with local historian Daniel Tewa, a member of the Iraqw tribe who will tell you about his tribe’s traditions.

Overnights: Gibb’s Farm

Days 13-14
Ngorongoro Highlands to Arusha / Return to North America

After a hearty breakfast at Gibb’s, drive to Arusha, where you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization. After lunch, visit the adjoining arts center to see the craftsmanship of local disabled artisans, whose training is funded by River House. Relax in a day room before your flight home.

Day room: Mount Meru Hotel

Extend your discoveries with one of our optional  trip extensions . Stroll the colorful streets on the island of Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.


Additional Details:

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $540

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Rivertrees Country Inn

Reminiscent of its legacy as a former German colonial farm and coffee estate, Rivertrees Country Inn blends simple elegance and modern convenience. Wake up in your farmhouse-style room to the sound of the rushing Usa River, and enjoy a hearty breakfast in an open-air, thatched-roof dining area. 

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Wake up with a hot shower in your ensuite bathroom, and marvel at sweeping views of the eastern Serengeti ecosystem’s remote savannah. After a day of adventure, you’ll appreciate the comforts of the camp. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared fresh from local ingredients, and discuss the day’s excitement with your fellow travelers and attentive staff.

Serengeti Nyumbas

These semi-permanent, seasonal camps are strategically plotted across the Serengeti according to wildlife migration patterns. Each location offers comfort in the heart of the wilderness. With spacious tents, cozy bedding, and ensuite bathrooms, you’ll have to take a look outside to be reminded that you’re deep in the bush. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay won't harm the landscape. 

Gibb's Farm

Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm (2013 and 2014 Conde Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award winner). At the end of full days of exploration, relax in your eco-friendly cottage, set amidst the farm’s lush gardens. You can even ask the attentive staff to provide insight into local culture and history. 

Mount Meru Hotel

The Mount Meru Hotel has been a mainstay of Arusha accommodations since it opened in the 1960's, when Tanzania tourism was still in its infancy.  It was recently renovated top to bottom, and the finished product is even better than the original. With reliable modern conveniences, a variety of dining options, a beautiful pool, and a central location, it is one of the best places to start or end your safari or trek.

Dates & Prices

Single Accommodations: Starting at $700

See More of Africa!

  • Extend your trip with a beach excursion to the island paradise of Zanzibar.
  • Add a hot air balloon ride to your safari.
  • Customize your safari.
  • Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.

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Thomsonsafaris Safari Catalog 2016-2017