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

Overview

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

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
Tarangire

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.

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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.

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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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Highlights

Highlights

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

Details

Length: 13 days
Cost From: $8195  
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

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