Tanzania Trekking Safari

from $8,925 adult

12 days

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trekking the Great Rift Valley Photo credit: Chuck Rubin
Thomson Safaris guests viewing the Great Migration Photo credit: Larry Terrell

Trip Highlights

Hike an exclusive 12,000-acre nature refuge alongside wildebeest, ostrich, gazelle and giraffe
Experience the wildlife-dense Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater by vehicle during the day
Stay in luxury camps at night
Trek down the Great Rift Valley escarpment with a Maasai guide
Explore Lake Natron, the world’s most important flamingo breeding ground
Discover secret palm-lined waterfalls and splash in crystal clear waters

Areas Visited

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Ngorongoro Crater
Great Rift Valley

Trekking along Maasailand
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

Depart after breakfast on a scenic flight to the eastern Serengeti. There you’ll continue your journey into the remote wilderness of Tanzania by heading to a private nature refuge, an exclusive area for Thomson guests. Its unique geography, and its location outside Serengeti Park, makes it a perfect destination for discerning guests who wish to explore uncrowded and pristine lands – you’ll hear the roar of wildlife in the distance, instead of the hum of vehicles.

Overnights: East Serengeti Nyumba

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

Days 4-6
Serengeti National Park

Next stop: Serengeti National Park, home to thousands of hoofed animals and some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has to offer. Here you’ll catch the thundering herds move across the plains while trying to elude the big cat predators. This sanctuary will give you a glimpse into “the world as it was in the beginning.”

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. NOTE: advanced reservations and additional fees apply.

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba


Days 7-8
Ngorongoro Crater

Make your way from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, a geological marvel boasting several vegetation zones from lakes to forest to savannah. Home to about 30,000 animals, you will have a front row seat to observe some of the densest wildlife concentrations on earth during your wildlife viewing drive on Ngorongoro Crater's floor.

Overnights: Ngorongoro Nyumba


Day 9
Empakaai Crater

This morning, travel to Empakaai Crater and hike down onto its floor to explore the shores of its flamingo-lined lake. With no roads and no tourists, and you'll be enthralled by this quiet, magical place. Return to the rim in a rigorous ascent which promises stunning panoramic views.

Overnight: Empakaai Camp


Days 10-11
Great Rift Valley / Lake Natron

Take a step back in time today during this full day of hiking through the remote and historic Maasailand. Your Maasai guide will lead you down into the Rift Valley where few travelers have ventured. Take a dip in crystal clear pools formed under a group of waterfalls, hike up to the waterfall source to experience the falls from a different perspective, and explore the salt-crushed, moonlike landscapes of the shore of Lake Natron. You’ll see swaths of pink in the lake, as it’s the world’s most important flamingo breeding ground.

Overnights: Waterfalls Adventure Camp


Day 12
Great Rift Valley to Arusha / Return to North America

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.


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.

Empakaai Camp

Located on the rim of Empakaai Crater, within Ngorongoro Conservation Area, this simple camp is a welcome base at the end of discovery-rich days in a very remote area. You’ll stay in two-person, domed tents, furnished with cots and sleeping bags. The group will have a safari shower and toilet tent at this private campsite. At 9,000 feet, this feels more like mountain camping than the Nyumba camps you have experienced, but you'll still have great service, and a large dining tent in which to enjoy delicious meals and camaraderie.

Waterfalls Adventure Camp

This exclusive campsite sits on the bank of the clear, cool Ngare Sero River, near Lake Natron. In the evening, relax by the campfire and bask in the glory of a night sky that will instill in you a sense of awesome, endless wonder.  

Dates & Prices
ARRIVE DEPART Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes Promotion
January 06 January 17 $8,925 $435 Sold Out
February 10 February 21 $9,425 $435 Sold Out
June 05 June 16 $8,990 $435 Reserve Now
July 17 July 28 $8,990 $435 Lunar Eclipse Safari Reserve Now
January 04 January 15 $8,990 $435 Reserve Now
January 27 February 07 $8,990 $435 Reserve Now
March 03 March 14 $8,990 $435 Reserve Now

Single Accommodations: Starting at $750

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
  • Camp: Empakaai Camp
  • Camp: Waterfalls Adventure Camp

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.
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