Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Safari

from $7,990 adult

14 days
door-to-door

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

                                    
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Maasai Woman by Erica Wineland-Thomson Photo credit: Erica Wineland-Thomson
Lion gazing in the Serengeti by Andy Biggs Photo credit: Andy Biggs

Trip Highlights

Enjoy plenty of wildlife viewing in prime locations
Get to know the locals at a market, school, and Maasai home
Taste banana beer!
Learn about medicinal plants at Gibb’s Farm
Uncover the symbolism in traditional Wairaqw beaded wedding skirts
Share stories around a campfire with Maasai warriors
Learn some Swahili along the way

Areas Visited

Arusha
Tarangire National Park
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti National Park
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge


Lion walking near Thomson Safaris Land Rover

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
Arusha

Arusha is a small, thriving city and hub for tourism that has become known as the “Geneva of Africa.” Today your guide will lead you through local markets where vendors are selling a variety of goods to the community. You will get a taste of how Tanzanians live and work in Arusha.

Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn

 

Days 4-5
Tarangire National Park

Drive to the baobab-covered plains of Tarangire National Park. This is Tanzania's fourth largest park offering diverse wildlife and scenery including dramatic baobab trees. In the evening, enjoy the campfire at your Nyumba with millions of stars overhead.

Overnights: Tarangire Nyumba

 

Day 6
Ngorongoro Highlands

Continue your journey by heading west, stopping in the diverse and culturally-rich town of Mto wa Mbu. Enjoy the scenery of rolling hills and vibrant colors as you make your way to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Arrive at Gibb’s Farm in the afternoon, where you are sure to enjoy the serenity of this lush and extraordinary oasis.

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

Overnight: Gibb’s Farm

 

Day 7
Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is a geological marvel boasting several vegetation zones from lakes to forest to savannah. It is home to about 30,000 animals, despite its tiny size of only 10 miles across. Enjoy a full day exploring the crater floor.

Overnights: Gibb’s Farm

 

Day 8
Ngorongoro Highlands

Today you’ll have time to explore and visit with local people to increase your understanding of Tanzania's cultural diversity. You’ll make new friends in the community while hearing about their history, and you’ll have time to take advantage of the amenities Gibb’s has to offer. Follow a traditional Maasai healer through the grounds of Gibb’s Farm on an Indigenous Medicine Walk.

Overnight: Gibb’s Farm

 

Days 9-10
Serengeti National Park

Continue onto Serengeti National Park, home to literally hundreds of thousands of hoofed animals, the Serengeti is a pristine and unique sanctuary that 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 11-12
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

Make your way to a private nature refuge, a remote and pristine region located east of Serengeti National Park. 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. It is here that you will gain further understanding of Tanzania’s famed Maasai tribe. Travelers will have an unforgettable experience when they visit a local women's group to witness how the women have started to plan for the future of their families. Cultural exchanges with your new Maasai friends continue as you gather around the campfire at your Nyumba to share stories.

Overnight: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba


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

 

Day 13-14
East Serengeti to Arusha / Return to North America

Fly back to Arusha on a scenic flight, 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.

Tarangire Nyumba

An authentic experience awaits you at this private camp in Tarangire. Conveniences like solar lighting and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers add a comforting touch to this safari retreat. In the evenings, enjoy dinner prepared from local ingredients, and chat with friendly staff and fellow travelers as you watch the sun set behind towering baobab trees. 

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. 

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. 

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
2015
January 28 February 10 $7,990 Sold Out
March 07 March 20 $7,990 Reserve Now
July 09 July 22 $8,690 Sold Out
September 19 October 02 $7,390 Reserve Now
2016
January 20 February 02 $8,690 Reserve Now
February 19 March 03 $8,690 Reserve Now

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