Tanzania Wildlife and Cultural Safari
from $7,590 adult
Please call us to add international flights from most major U.S. cities.
Business class flights available.
Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Connect in Amsterdam with your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, arriving late evening. You will be met by Thomson Safaris staff and transferred to your lodge. We can arrange your international flights, please call for competitive pricing and availability.
Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn
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
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: Thomson Tarangire Nyumba
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
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
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
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: Thomson Serengeti Nyumba
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: Thomson Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
Watch the VIDEO HIGHLIGHT to learn more about the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge.
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.
Single Accommodations: $700
Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $490
International Flights available from most U.S. cities on Delta/KLM
Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares
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.
Thomson 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.
Fresh food, fresh air, and fresh perspectives abound at Gibb’s Farm. 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.
Thomson 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, we’re not harming the landscape.
Thomson 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.
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.