Thomson's Ultimate Safari

from $8,690 adult

15 days
door-to-door

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

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Photo credit: Andy Biggs
Overview

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

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


Full Itinerary

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


Days 3-4
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 5-8
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 9-11
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 12-13
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


Days 14-15
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.

Accommodations

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
Depart US Return US Adult New Tanzania-imposed VAT Notes
2016
October 07 October 21 $8690 $400 Sold Out
October 20 November 03 $8690 $400 Sold Out
2017
January 08 January 22 $8690 $400 Limited Space Reserve Now
February 03 February 17 $9590 $400 Reserve Now
February 13 February 27 $9590 $400 Limited Space Reserve Now
February 16 March 02 $9590 $400 Reserve Now
February 25 March 11 $8690 $400 Limited Space Reserve Now
February 28 March 14 $8690 $400 Sold Out
March 09 March 23 $8690 $400 Limited Space Reserve Now
May 24 June 07 $9090 $500 Reserve Now
May 28 June 11 $9090 $500 Reserve Now
June 09 June 23 $9390 $500 Sold Out
June 29 July 13 $9990 $500 Sold Out
July 03 July 17 $9990 $500 Sold Out
July 20 August 03 $9990 $500 Reserve Now
August 06 August 20 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
August 14 August 28 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
August 21 September 04 $9390 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
August 28 September 11 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
September 12 September 26 $9390 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
September 23 October 07 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
October 05 October 19 $9390 $500 Limited Space Reserve Now
October 13 October 27 $9090 $500 Reserve Now
October 29 November 12 $9090 $500 Reserve Now
2018
January 05 January 19 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
January 21 February 04 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
February 04 February 18 $9990 $500 Reserve Now
February 14 February 28 $9990 $500 Reserve Now
February 28 March 14 $9390 $500 Reserve Now
March 09 March 23 $9090 $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


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