Explore the diverse wildlife and landscapes of Tanzania and get up close to Africa’s “Big Five”
This immersive safari speaks to the animal lover’s soul: an exciting adventure that takes you straight into the heart of Tanzania’s best wildlife viewing areas. Venture into the plains every morning for full days of spectacular wildlife viewing and unwind in luxurious, eco-friendly camps located in the middle of the wild. Capture everything you see on your camera with the help of wildlife photographer Ossian Lindholm and Travel Vision Journeys Founder Lauren Hefferon. Each night, settle into comfortable, downy bedding and drift asleep to the nighttime sounds of safari. On this all-luxury camping trip, you’ll have front-row access to the best wildlife viewing Tanzania has to offer.
- Complete preparation materials (tips, packing list, trip expectations, tipping guidlines, etc.)
- Group airport shuttle at the start and at the end of the tour
- Airport transfers for Delta/KLM flights at the beginning and end of the tour
On The Tour
- All park fees
- Full-color safari journal
- Safari briefings throughout the trip
- Services of professional safari guides and drivers
- Services of nyumba camp staff, including chef and waitstaff
- Land transportation in a customized, 4-wheel-drive safari vehicle
- Unlimited mileage in safari vehicles
- Guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles
- Scenic internal flight(s) as noted in itinerary
- Guided walks with a naturalist, when available
- Village, school, and cultural visits as noted in itinerary
- Complimentary bottled drinking water in your vehicle throughout your safari
- Special Tanzanian dinner at Ngorongoro Crater
- Keep fit kit at each nyumba camp
- Access to a personal safari trip manager by phone or email, five days a week
- Baggage handling
Accommodations & Meals
- All accommodations
- All breakfasts, all lunches, 9 dinners and a farewell snack
A diverse culmination of cultural experiences that allow for a deeper understanding and visual experience of Tanzanian wildlife
An immersive Serengeti experience, where you’ll get up close to the “Big Five” game
Exploration of Tanzania’s most diverse wildlife areas
A special and authentic Tanzanian dinner, made with rich spices and locally-grown vegetables
- And much more!
Day 1: Evening Arrival in Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival to Kilimanjaro Airport, Thomson will meet you there to transfer you to your first lodge. You’ll arrive in the evening to Arusha, where you’ll be warmly welcomed by your tour guides.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
Today we head to Tarangire National Park, where diverse wildlife viewing awaits. Spend the morning wildlife viewing in Tarangire, searching for animals and birdlife among Tarangire’s river valley. In the afternoon, explore the banks of the Tarangire River, where large families of elephant often gather.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park
Today, continue exploring more of the park, taking in the diverse wildlife. Guinea fowls scurry alongside your vehicle and leopards sometimes lurk in the grasses near the road. You never know what’s around the next corner. Temperatures also cool off and the big cats wake from their midday naps during the afternoon, so this would be an ideal time to take in the surreal scenery!
Day 4: Ngorongoro Highlands
Drive from Tarangire into the Ngorongoro Highlands via the impressive Great Rift Valley escarpment. Ngorongoro Highlands’ rich volcanic soil makes for some of the most fertile land in Tanzania. Go on a guided bike tour through the countryside and into a local community. Tours are available for bikers of all levels.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Drive a short distance to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a wildlife and cultural preserve that covers 3,200 square miles. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, where you are likely to find an abundance of wildlife. Over a full day of wildlife viewing, you might even see rhinoceros—the diversity of species often inspires awe. Also, enjoy a traditional Tanzanian dinner tonight!
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today, continue your exploration of the crater, searching for more wildlife and taking in some of the most impressive scenery in Africa. Also, be sure to take some time to relax at your camp and reflect on all the awe-inspiring things that you’ve seen in Ngorongoro!
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Arrive on the great Serengeti plains for a different—but just as spectacular—wildlife viewing experience. Today, make a short stop at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine and site of fossilized remains of animals and hominids that date as far back as two million years. A brief lecture and small museum tour are included. Spend the rest of the afternoon wildlife viewing in the Serengeti.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Today, those with advance reservations will have the opportunity to balloon across the plains during one of your mornings in the Serengeti. A pre-dawn wake-up call leaves you time to drive to the balloon launch site to catch the most dramatic light. Then take to the skies just as the sun rises. After your descent, enjoy a champagne breakfast right in the midst of the Serengeti wilderness.
Day 9: Serengeti National Park
Today, continue your exploration of Serengeti wildlife and its rich landscapes. The so-called “Big Five” game and the “Great Migration” are the most well-known of the Serengeti’s offerings, but there is much more to see. Thousands of equally fascinating dramas of a smaller scale play themselves out on these endless plains.
Day 10: Departure
Faida (“goodbye” in Swahili)! Today is your last day in Tanzania—enjoy your last views of the Serengeti before we depart for Arusha. After a farewell snack, we’ll transfer you to Kilimanjaro Airport, where you’ll catch your connecting flights to your final destination.