Thomson's Ultimate Safari

from $9,090 adult

13 days

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

Photo credit: Andy Biggs

Trip Highlights

Experience a huge variety of wildlife in Tanzania’s best parks
Take an exclusive night drive through a private nature reserve
Listen to a traditional Maasai storyteller
Indulge at luxurious Gibb’s Farm
Marvel at 1,000 year old baobabs in Tarangire

Areas Visited

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Serengeti National Park
Olduvai Gorge
Ngorongoro Highlands
Ngorongoro Crater
Tarangire National Park

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: Rivertrees Country Inn

Days 2-3
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A short, scenic flight will take you to a private nature refuge in the eastern Serengeti, exclusive to Thomson guests. Guided hikes through the 12,000+ acres of this beautiful retreat will allow you to experience Tanzania as it was thousands of years ago, and a night wildlife-viewing drive gives you a chance to spot rare species like aardvark, spring hare, and honey badger.

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

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

Days 4-7
Serengeti National Park

Head for the iconic Serengeti, where acacia trees and rocky granite kopjes dot the endless seas of waving grass. Four days of wildlife viewing give you a chance to spot dozens of animal species, including the big cats the Serengeti is known for. Seasonally located Nyumba camps offer the best opportunities to witness dramatic moments in the Great Migration of wildebeest.

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 Nyumbas

Days 8-10
Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater

Explore the lush Highlands during the days and unwind at one of Africa’s most luxurious eco-resorts in the evenings. Highlights of your time in the Highlands include a full day of wildlife viewing on the Ngorongoro Crater floor, a visit to Lake Manyara National Park (famous for its tree-climbing lions), and opportunities to relax and enjoy Gibb’s extensive grounds and indulgent services. Your extended stay here will be an oasis of luxury in the middle of your safari adventure.

Overnights: Gibb’s Farm

Days 11-12
Tarangire National Park

Head off for Tarangire National Park, a stunning landscape where ancient baobab trees tower over some of the largest herds of elephants in all of Africa. Keep a lookout for the hundreds of bird species Tarangire is known for, or dramatic interactions between predator and prey at one of the park’s watering holes. At night, look up through the branches of the baobabs to a sky overflowing with stars.

Overnights: Tarangire Nyumba

Day 13
Tarangire National Park 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 Zanzibar … catch intimate glimpses of gorillas in the Virunga Mountains … search for wildlife across uncharted plains in Ruaha National Park … and more.

Additional Details:

Optional Hot Air Balloon Excursion: $550

Please call us to discuss options for international flights to Tanzania.
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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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.

Dates & Prices
ARRIVE DEPART Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes Promotion
January 06 January 18 $9,390 $500 Reserve Now
January 22 February 03 $9,390 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
February 05 February 17 $9,990 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
February 15 February 27 $9,990 $500 Sold Out
March 01 March 13 $9,390 $500 Sold Out
March 10 March 22 $9,090 $500 Sold Out
May 26 June 07 $9,090 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
May 30 June 11 $9,090 $500 Sold Out
June 08 June 20 $9,490 $500 Sold Out
June 21 July 03 $9,490 $500 Sold Out
July 02 July 14 $10,190 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
July 16 July 28 $10,190 $500 Limited Space Lunar Eclipse Safari Reserve Now
July 24 August 05 $9,690 $500 Lunar Eclipse Safari Reserve Now
August 06 August 18 $9,690 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
August 20 September 01 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
August 28 September 09 $9,690 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
September 06 September 18 $9,690 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
September 13 September 25 $9,690 $500 Sold Out
September 24 October 06 $9,690 $500 Sold Out
October 08 October 20 $9,690 $500 Sold Out
October 15 October 27 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
October 27 November 08 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
November 12 November 24 $9,090 $500 Reserve Now
January 03 January 15 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
January 19 January 31 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
January 28 February 09 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
February 08 February 20 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
February 16 February 28 $10,190 $500 Reserve Now
February 25 March 09 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now
March 13 March 25 $9,690 $500 Reserve Now

Single Accommodations: Starting at $860

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.

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.
  • Customize your safari.
  • Ask us about our competitive Business Class fares.

Contact us for more information 800-235-0289



Thomsonsafaris Safari Catalog 2017-2019