Extensions

Continue uncovering the secrets of Africa on one of our exciting optional extensions.  

Hot Air Balloon rising over the Serengeti in the sunrise

Hot Air Balloon

Take in sweeping views of the African plains from a hot air balloon. You launch at sunrise and, depending on wind conditions, float over the Seronera River Valley for 30 minutes to an hour.  Upon descending, celebrate with a champagne toast, and enjoy a full English breakfast right on the savannah.  You may see wildlife, but the most incredible part of the experience is the unforgettable bird's eye perspective as you skim over the tops of acacia trees and observe the pristine landscape from above.

$540 per person
Advanced reservations required  

A resort in Zanzibar, Tanzania taken by a Thomson Safaris guest

Zanzibar

Spend colorful days amidst the island’s bustling markets in the eclectic capital city of Stone Town. Visit historical sites related to the centuries-old slave trade and spice trade. Sunbathe for days on pristine white-sand beaches at a beautiful beach resort. Snorkel or dive in the clear blue Indian Ocean.  This is all about relaxation!


Recommended length of stay: 5 days
Prices vary based on accommodation and length of stay—starting at about $2,000 per person

A chimpanzee climbs a tree in the western part of Tanzania

Mahale

Fly to the shores of Lake Tanganyika, which forms the westernmost border of Tanzania. A short boat ride takes you to your exclusive camp, a luxurious hideaway tucked along the shore.  Hike the misty slopes of the Mahale Mountains in search of free-roaming chimpanzees. Catch intimate glimpses of grooming, feeding, and playing chimps. A stay at Mahale never disappoints!

Recommended length: 4 or 5 days
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at approximately $5,000 per person

A Thomson Safaris guest took this photo of a cheetah and her cubs

Ruaha National Park

Fly to the remote southern wilderness of Ruaha National Park, the largest and one of the least explored parks in East Africa. Explore uncharted territory and learn wildlife tracking tips from expert guides. Here, tracking is as much an artform as a practical pursuit; this is a different style of wildlife viewing than in northern Tanzania, where wildlife is more densely concentrated. Spot leopard, cheetah, and African wild dog in comfortable open-sided vehicles. In the afternoon, relax on your private veranda with a drink and at the end of the day, savor torch-lit dinners on the banks of Mwagusi Sand River.

Recommended length of stay: Minimum 4 days
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at approximately $3,200 per person

A silverback gorilla roams in Volcanoes National Park

Rwanda

A brief international flight to Kigali, Rwanda and a two-hour drive take you to Volcanoes National Park, one of the only places on earth where you will see the rare mountain gorilla. Journey on foot over wild, ungroomed mountain terrain in search of endangered gorilla families. Spot the creatures—of which only 700 remain worldwide—with the help of an expert guide and spend up to one hour in their presence.  Before you depart Rwanda, take a brief tour of Kigali including the world-renowned Genocide Museum.

Recommended length of stay: Minimum 4 days, with one or two gorilla treks
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at about $4,500 per person

The Selous Game Reserve is the largest game reserve in the world

The Selous Game Reserve

Take a scenic three-hour flight to the world’s largest game reserve, spanning a vast 12 million acres - as large as Costa Rica! Wildlife viewing will take place in the northernmost corridor of the reserve and is centered around the Rufiji River, which is the vital water source for much of the reserve. The river allows for exploration by boat, which adds variety to your wildlife viewing experience.  Drives will take place in open-sided vehicles, and walks will be possible, depending on time of year and weather conditions.

Elephant, hippo and crocodile relish the riverine environment, while rare species like Greater Kudu can be seen on the plains.

Recommended length of stay: minimum 4 days
Prices vary based on accommodations—starting at approximately $2,500 per person 

Mount Meru - Thomson Safaris

Mount Meru Trek

Mt. Meru is Tanzania’s second highest peak and the fifth highest on the African continent. At 14,979 feet, this dormant volcano dominates the Arusha skyline and includes forest, heather, moorland and alpine desert. With over 400 species of birds, and wildlife including elephant, buffalo, giraffe, baboon, warthog, and black and white Colobus monkey, this area offers the explorer a rich and varied wilderness experience. No technical expertise is required, but this is a climb only suitable for intrepid hikers. Consider adding on a Mt. Meru climb as a pre-Kilimanjaro warm-up trek or for some extra adventure before your safari. Learn more about our Mount Meru Trek Extensions

Recommended trek length: 2-4 days
Prices vary based on group size and trek length- starting at approximately $2,200 per person with a group of 4 for a 4-day climb