Tanzania Trekking Safari

from $7,990 adult

from $7,690 teen

14 days

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

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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

Experience excellent wildlife viewing
Hike to Lake Natron
Spend three nights adventure camping
Track wildlife on foot in a private nature refuge
Explore two flamingo breeding grounds

Areas Visited

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

Trekking along Maasailand

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: Mount Meru Hotel


Days 3-4
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

Depart after breakfast on a flight to the eastern Serengeti. Continue your journey into the remote wilderness of Tanzania by heading to a private nature refuge, an exclusive area for Thomson guests. This remote and pristine region is a private wilderness area - its unique geography, and its location outside the park make it a perfect destination for discerning guests who wish to enjoy a true wilderness and exploration experience.

Overnights: East Serengeti Nyumba

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

Days 5-7
Serengeti National Park

Next stop: Serengeti National Park, home to literally hundreds of thousands of hoofed animals and some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has to offer. This pristine and unique 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. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba


Days 8-9
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 10
Empakaai Crater

This morning, travel to Empakaai Crater and hike down onto its floor to explore the shores of its flamingo-lined lake. There are 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 11-12
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 walking guide will lead you down into the Rift Valley where few travelers have ventured. Enjoy the exclusivity of these remote lands. Dip in 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, pristine shores of Lake Natron during your time here.

Overnights: Waterfalls Adventure Camp


Days 13-14
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.

Additional Details:

Single Accommodations: $750

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $540

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.

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.  

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.

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. 

Depart US Return US Adult Notes
June 28 July 11 $8,990 Reserve Now
July 22 August 04 $8,990 Reserve Now
February 02 February 15 $8,990 Reserve Now
March 02 March 15 $7,690 Reserve Now


  • 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