Highlights of Tanzania Safari

from $5,275 adult

8 days

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

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Four Giraffes in Tanzania Photo credit: Andy Biggs
Maasai in the Serengeti Photo credit: Clarence Wong

Trip Highlights

Our most value-conscious option
See Tanzania’s most famous landmarks: the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
Perfect for honeymooners or those with a shorter travel window
A perfect blend of wildlife viewing and cultural experiences
Great for travelers on tighter schedules

Areas Visited

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Crater

Full Itinerary

Day 1
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: Mount Meru Hotel

Days 2-3
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A short flight from Arusha will take you to this private nature reserve. Because the land is privately owned, you’ll be able to head out on foot on guided hikes, and observe the nocturnal life of the Serengeti during night wildlife drives, experiences not available in the national parks. Meet with an entrepreneurial group of Maasai women and visit a traditional Maasai boma in this remote, exclusive setting. 

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

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

Days 4-5
Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s most iconic national park also has some of the best wildlife-viewing in the country. Spanning 6,000 square miles (the park is about the same size as Connecticut!), the rolling grass plains, granite kopjes where animals lounge in the sun, and winding rivers of the Serengeti are home to thousands upon thousands of animals, including giraffes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and large populations of big cats.

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 Nyumba

Days 6-7
Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is just 10 miles across, but the floor of this volcanic caldera (which sinks 2,000 feet below the rim) is home to over 30,000 mammals! One of the only places where you can spot all of the “Big Five” species—lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, and black rhinoceros—in just one day, the lush, verdant crater is a must see for any traveler to East Africa. During your stay here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal, a specialty of the chefs at your nyumba camp.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Day 8
Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha / Return to North America

On your way back to Arusha, you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization that employs disabled local artisans and sells their beautiful handiwork. Say goodbye to your safari companions, pick out a few souvenirs, and relax in a day room before your return flight. 

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: $550

Please call us to discuss options for international flights to Tanzania.
Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.


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.

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. 

Ngorongoro Nyumba

The Ngorongoro camp is set on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim and offers the best possible access in and out of the crater, as well as a more private, remote experience. In the morning, you have the eastern floor of the crater almost completely to yourself.  In the evenings, when you return to camp, you'll be greeted with the hospitality that is a hallmark of all our camps.  Settle in to your spacious tent, enjoy a hot safari-shower in your ensuite facilities, head to the campfire for a drink before dinner, and enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal -- a specialty of the camp chefs here.  Don't forget to bundle up at this camp, as temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees from May to October.

Dates & Prices
ARRIVE DEPART Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes Promotion
December 23 December 30 $5,715 $225 Sold Out
January 03 January 10 $5,715 $225 Sold Out
January 17 January 24 $5,715 $225 Sold Out
January 29 February 05 $5,975 $225 Reserve Now
February 14 February 21 $5,975 $225 Sold Out
February 23 March 02 $5,715 $225 Sold Out
March 05 March 12 $5,275 $225 Sold Out
March 20 March 27 $5,275 $225 Reserve Now
May 28 June 04 $5,390 $225 Sold Out
June 01 June 08 $5,390 $225 Sold Out
June 16 June 23 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
July 03 July 10 $6,190 $225 Reserve Now
July 24 July 31 $5,790 $225 Lunar Eclipse Safari Reserve Now
August 01 August 08 $5,790 $225 Limited Space Reserve Now
August 25 September 01 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
September 13 September 20 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
September 28 October 05 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
October 06 October 13 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
October 18 October 25 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
October 30 November 06 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
November 07 November 14 $5,390 $225 Reserve Now
November 16 November 23 $5,390 $225 Reserve Now
December 16 December 23 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
December 23 December 30 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
December 30 January 06 $5,790 $225 Sold Out
January 26 February 02 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
February 09 February 16 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now
February 23 March 02 $6,190 $225 Reserve Now
March 14 March 21 $5,790 $225 Reserve Now

Single Accommodations: Starting at $500

Please Note: All prices are subject to change without notice. Every effort has been made to produce this information accurately. We reserve the right to correct errors.

As of July 1, 2016, Tanzania imposed a new Value Added Tax (VAT) on tourism activities.



  • Internal Flight
  • Land Rover Route
  • Hotel: Mount Meru Hotel
  • Camp: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
  • Camp: Central Serengeti Nyumba
  • Camp: Ngorongoro Nyumba
  • Hotel: Mount Meru Hotel

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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