serengeti safari; african luxury safari; tented camp

Private tented camp, Serengeti

Safari by 4WD vehicle from a private camp in a secluded section of the Serengeti, far from the lodges. We camp in a vast, private, Masai-owned wilderness where the great herds roam freely.

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Serengeti Wildlife Safari

The Ultimate Safari Experience: Tarangire, Ngorogoro Crater, and the Serengeti

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $8195  
Length: 13 days
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 4 nights deluxe game lodges, 8 nights exclusive private camps
Meals: All meals included
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History, Walking, Cultural Adventures
Trip Level: 4WD game viewing, optional guided game walks, evening game drives


  • Unique activities: off-road travel, night drives, walking safaris, meet Masai in their bomas, optional “fly” camp in Tarangire
  • Secluded private camps exclusive to our groups offer the most uncrowded game viewing in all Tanzania
  • Witness the great migration in the Serengeti, massive elephant herds in Tarangire, and Ngorongoro Crater—superb at any time of the year
  • Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind
  • Bush flight avoids long drive back to Arusha

The trip exceeded my expectations. The guides were incredible (they saw animals where I only saw bushes). The accommodations were perfect and the food was delicious and healthy. We saw so many animals and the guides were so knowledgeable.Susan C.—Schaumburg, IL

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Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.


We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Early Sign-up Discount!

$600 discount per person for all 2016 departures

This discount applies to the first six sign-ups on each departure.

The earth’s greatest gathering of wildlife roams freely on the game lands of Tanzania, and our dream safari is the ultimate experience of this fabled land. Our exclusive private tented camps are set in the heart of the action—right among Tarangire’s elephants gathering in the hundreds, the massed herds of the great migration in the Serengeti, lions and hyenas calling in the night, radiant sunsets, and a billion stars overhead. Exciting game walks led by our skilled trackers, off-road travel, night game drives, cultural encounters with the Masai, open 4WD vehicles (everyone gets a window seat!), bush breakfasts, champagne lunches, and sunset sundowners are just a few of the treats in store on this thrilling safari. With more than 35 years’ experience, we bring you the most finely tuned itinerary, adjusted seasonally to ensure you the best wildlife viewing possible.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Green Season Itinerary (December to March Departures)

During the Serengeti “Green Season” (December-March), the migrating herds cross from the short grass plains of the southern Serengeti toward the central Serengeti woodlands, then head to the Western Corridor at the end of this seasonal period. For details on our "Dry Season" (June–October) departures, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Days 1-5

Baobab-strewn Tarangire is a haven for wildlife, with the richest concentration of animals outside the Serengeti ecosystem, including vast herds of elephants drawn to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River. From our private camp set within the territory of one of Tarangire’s largest lion prides, you’ll savor game walks (you can see so many Details better while on foot), night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife, an optional sleepover in a “fly camp,” and visits with the Masai.

Days 6-8
Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater

Head out for game viewing in lush Lake Manyara National Park, home to tree-climbing lions and troops of baboons and blue monkeys. In Ngorongoro Crater, we take in the beauty of its Eden-like landscape, home to a magnificent array of wildlife—zebras, wildebeests, black rhinos, and big prides of lions.

Days 9-13
Serengeti / Arusha

From our private camp on the plains of the Serengeti, witness an age-old wildlife spectacle as millions of wildebeest, gazelles, and zebras play out a battle of life and death with their predators while migrating across the endless plains. You’re up before the sun to search a rich mosaic of habitats for lions, cheetahs, and leopards among the gazelles, zebras, hyenas, giraffes, and thousands of wildebeest. Depart on Day 13 via Arusha.

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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. At our private camps, we have opportunities for optional bush walks with a professional tracker as well as the flexibility to go out on game drives. The game-tracking walks are not difficult and are conducted at a pace that allows an intimate exploration of the African bush. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent ways to prepare for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels


Departures & Leaders

Feb 16-28, 2016   Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Mar 10-22, 2016   Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Jun 18-30, 2016   Naiman Mungure
Jul 15-27, 2016   Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Aug 7-19, 2016   Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Sep 10-22, 2016   Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Dec 23, 2016-Jan 4, 2017   Naiman Mungure
Jan 15-27, 2017
Feb 4-16, 2017 *
Feb 23-Mar 7, 2017

*Please note: date change since catalog publication

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2016
$8195 (10-15 members)
$8595 (4-9 members)
Single supplement: $580
Charter flight : $395
Holiday surcharge (Dec): $600
Park fees: $1550
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Extension Costs
Zanzibar Extension
   from: $1495
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Masai Mara National Reserve Extension
   from: $3395

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $600
90 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

Up to 91 days prior to departure: No charge!
61-90 days prior to departure: 25% of trip cost
46-60 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
45 days or less: 100% of trip cost

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides
  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy
  • Guaranteed window seating in safari Land Cruisers
  • All meals included
  • Safari camp staff
  • Group camping and cooking equipment
  • Land transportation and airport transfers as noted in the Full Trip Brochure, baggage handling
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society for emergency medical assistance

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, park entrance fees, transfers for independent arrival or departure, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors, pre-trip expenses such as medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, or passports and visas; and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, and so on).

Arrival & Departure Information

You are responsible for your own transportation to the arrival and from the departure cities listed below. For more detailed information, including transfers, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule.

2016 Departures

Arusha, Tanzania
Date: Day 1 
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Suggested Airport for Arrival:
Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code JRO)
Arusha, Tanzania
Date: Day 13
Suggested departure time: after 5:00 pm

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code JRO)

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Day 1 (1 night),
Day 13, Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, this lodge is a well-run property with an excellent restaurant and a tranquil location. ...
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Osunyai Lamarkau

Osunyai Lamarkau

Days 2 to 5 (4 nights), Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Set beneath mature acacia trees and facing the rising sun, Osunyai offers all the creature comforts of a seasonal camp, while retaining the relaxed ...
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Plantation Lodge

Plantation Lodge

Days 6 to 7 (2 nights), Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

With 16 cottages spread out across flowering gardens, this lodge has a peaceful setting and is in fact a working coffee plantation. While not a ...
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 8 (1 night), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

This 75-room international-style hotel enjoys a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Built from local river stone, the lodge ...
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Private Wilderness Travel Camps

Private Wilderness Travel Camps

Days 9 to 12 (4 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Our private camps are set in exquisite locations with fantastic access to the wildlife. At Dulana, views look out onto across a shallow valley, ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Our Trip Leaders

Here are the Trip Leaders scheduled for this journey (please note that leader assignments are subject to change).

Mzee Justice Mangyangi

Departure Dates: February 16-28, 2016, March 10-22, 2016, July 15-27, 2016, August 7-19, 2016, September 10-22, 2016

Mzee Justice, whose name means “revered elder” in Swahili, has been a professional safari guide since 1994. His guiding prowess incorporates a hunter’s eye and he can spot game in circumstances beyond the normal realm of most people’s visual abilities. Active in every ...
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Naiman Mungure

Departure Dates: June 18-30, 2016, December 23, 2016-January 4, 2017

Naiman Mungare, a graduate of the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS), has been leading wildlife safaris for nearly two decades. Whether strolling among riverine forests in search of rare birds or navigating his way across the short grass plains of the Serengeti, Naiman has a sense of what ...
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Goodluck Urassa

Goodluck Kilesi Urassa, known as Urassa, is a member of the Meru tribe from the southern slopes of Mount Meru, near Arusha. Early on, he developed a desire to become a guide, and after attending Mount Meru Tour Guiding College, he soon entered the safari profession, rising through the positions of ...
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:


wildebeests migration serengeti masai mara kenya tanzania

Masai Mara National Reserve Extension

Spectacular Gameviewing in One of Africa’s Legendary Reserves

Cultural Adventures, Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 2


Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4


zanzibar tanzania indian ocean beach

Zanzibar Extension

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

Client Comments

The trip exceeded my expectations. The guides were incredible (they saw animals where I only saw bushes). The accommodations were perfect and the food was delicious and healthy. We saw so many animals and the guides were so knowledgeable. Susan C., Schaumburg, IL The guides were a big reason for an awesome trip! Diane B., El Campo, TX This was the best trip out of the US I've ever had. Lots of stories and memories. And Wilderness Travel was a key part of making it a very special trip! John C., Santa Cruz, CA The trip was life-changing on so many levels. We're so happy we went! It's not just seeing the animals up close and personal. We both felt a deep connection with the people, the place. Fantastic! Gena C., Santa Cruz, CA This was our first time on safari and it went way beyond any of our expectations for what was to come. Our guides were more than terrific and for our first time in Africa, this trip has us wanting to go back for more. We saw four of the Big Five, but this became secondary to just being on the Serengeti with a half million wildebeests! Cathy S., Santa Cruz, CA One of the best trips we've ever taken! Jon and Debbie W., Chapel Hill, NC Trip of a lifetime! Beyond our expectations in all aspects. Carolyn G., Buckeye, AZ This was one of the best trips I've ever taken, perhaps the best. I will long remember the Serengeti in the evening, the animals we saw, our trip guides, and the group we toured with. Mark F., Bowie, MD This safari was as unique as it was outstanding. Our up-close and personal introductions to the wildlife in a safe and respectful way made me feel privileged to a part of such an awesome adventure. Joanne M., North Vancouver, BC Great guides, beautiful campsites and hotel, gained 10 pounds (so food obviously awesome), and perfect pace of travel! Don P., Park City, UT A wonderful experience for our entire family. We loved it. Very well done! Barry M., Lakewood, CO This was an incredible adventure! Well-planned, well-executed, informative, and fun. The private camps were wonderful and the guides were superb. Leo and Christine S., Wayzata, MN Fabulous trip. The best vacation I've experienced. Thomas T., Walnut Creek, CA This trip was transformative, amazing, terrific, wonderful! It exceeded all our expectations. Irene K., Oakland, CA The trip was far beyond expectations! Marriam R., Newport, RI This trip was fabulous—everything was better than expected. Melinda C., Sammamish, WA The tents were simply amazing, and the camp staff and cooking was top notch. I've never camped in such luxury. Impressive! Lynn Z., Tucson, AZ This was a wonderful trip! Well planned, well staffed, well outfitted. Amy W., New York, NY I saved up for five years to make this trip. It was well worth it and I will never forget the people, places, and the overall experience. I'm looking forward to my next Wilderness Travel experience. Kent P., Green Bay, WI Our trip was flawless. All details were managed beautifully. I still can't believe how good the food was at our two campsites. What came out of such small kitchens was amazing. Penny A., Chicago, IL One of my best trips ever, greatly enhanced by the surprises: out of the dust of the serengeti plain—the formal lunch (linen, silver, glass, chef with toque); and the sunset hike, ending with champagne on top of the kopje! Linda N., Palo Alto, CA Accommodations were unbelievable! Could never have imagined that such delicious meals and plush accommodations would be found in the Serengeti. It was more than I could have ever dreamed of—and the best trip of my far! Carole O., Berkeley, CA
The attention to detail, luxury in the wild, provision for my safety, and the excellent tent camps (meals, cleanliness, service provided) were extraordinary. Diane K., Berkeley, CA This trip was outstanding and exceeded our expectations. It immersed us in the country, and gave us an unanticipated feel for the bush, its grandeur, its wildlife, its culture. The close association with the Masai was a special treat, and the ability to explore in open cars and on foot enriched the experience, and left clients of other companies with their mouths agape. When we reflect on the trip, the first word which comes from each of us is ‘wow.’ Bob K., Orinda, CA The trip was beyond expectations and way better than I dared to hope for. Great, great guides and staff, great facilities, wonderful planning and execution. I couldn't be more pleased. Joseph J., West Hartford, CT The trip was outstanding in every way, exceeding our (already high) expectations! Animals, guides, service, attention to detail, food...everything was wonderful! William L., West Hartford, CT What an excellent itinerary. I loved the fly camp, the night game drives, and the walks at Alamana. The "real" Masai experience we had vs. a canned tourist experience is unforgettable. Loved the camping in Serengeti National Park. I was always comfortable, well fed, and well cared for. Carol B., Pacifica, CA The trip was fabulous and wonderful beyond anything I could possibly have imagined. Pauline W., Los Angeles, CA It was a trip of a lifetime and exceeded our expectations. We saw so many amazing things, not limited to animals and unbelievable landscapes, but also a sense of the people and how they live. Jonathan D., Seattle, WA The trip totally exceeded our expectations! The activities were so varied and exciting we could hardly wait to get going each morning. The attention to detail made every aspect special and the size of the group was great. Ellen W., Oakland, CA Our second trip with WT and it was absolutely perfect. Still in a dream! It was executed flawlessly. Guides were fantastic and camps and walks were incredible. Loved every moment. Nancy R., Palo Alto, CA WOW! I can’t even begin to tell you how completely fabulous the trip was! Everything was perfect, the camps were gorgeous, tons and tons of animals, and yes—the big 5. Just know that we are now full-blown Wilderness Travel evangelists. Nancy R., Palo Alto, CA This trip was beyond our highest expectations. Sandra P., Blue Bell, PA Every aspect of the trip was excellent but even more, the overall experience of interacting with nature, the country, and the people was touching and inspiring. Nina B., Irvine, CA It was a great trip and will be hard to top! Sandy M., Harrisburg, PA Beyond my dreams! Jean Z., Hercules, CA Everything we dreamed of and more. Our best trip ever. We’ll definitely use WT in the future. Gail P., The Villages, FL There were unexpected treats that were great: the two lunches in the bush that had beautiful tables, place settings and fantastic food; having champagne and treats on top of a rock with a view that we hiked to; the visit to the Masai sacred rock and eating the grilled goat and being with them. The safari itself was fantastic...the added treats were incredible. Carole C., Brookline, MA We really enjoyed the private camps. We saw animals and birds better and closer than ever before and this was our sixth safari! In one outing we saw a leopard in a tree, a lioness on a kopje and a cheetah lying in the grass. Julia and Vernon S., River Edge, NJ Best trip of my life. It was always my dream to go to Africa and now I want to broaden my horizons and see more of this great continent. Cheri M., Deer Harbor WA