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: Lake Manyara, Ngorogoro, and the Serengeti

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $7995  
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 gameviewing, optional guided game walks, evening game drives


  • Unique activities: off-road travel, night drives, walking safaris, meet Masai in their bomas
  • Secluded private camps exclusive to our groups offering the most uncrowded gameviewing in all Tanzania
  • Witness the great migration in the Serengeti (winter), elephant migration in Tarangire (summer), and Ngorongoro Crater on all departures

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

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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.

Departure Notes

Once you have signed up on the trip, we send a complete packing list, relevant health information, and required travel documents.

The earth’s greatest gathering of terrestrial wildlife roams freely on the golden savannas of the Serengeti, and our dream safari is the ultimate experience of this fabled land. Our exclusive private camps are set on Masai-owned gamelands adjoining the Serengeti, right in the heart of the action—the massed herds of the great migration, lions and hyenas calling in the night, a billion stars overhead, radiant sunsets—and absolutely no one else around. It’s a piece of pristine Africa all to ourselves! Exciting game walks led by our skilled trackers and Masai guides, off-road travel, night game drives, 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 30 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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Days 1-3
Ngorongoro Crater (December-March itinerary)

From Arusha, head out for gameviewing in lush Lake Manyara National Park en route to our lodge overlooking Ngorongoro Crater. This phenomenal Eden is year-round home to a magnificent array of wildlife—zebra, wildebeest, hippos, black rhinos, and big prides of lions.

Days 4-7
Safari—Walking and 4WD

In the Masai-owned gamelands of Alamana, adjoining the Serengeti, our exclusive private camp is in an ideal location for gameviewing in the wild, far from the lodge circuit. Here you’ll savor exciting safari activities not allowed in the national parks including walking safaris and night drives. The wildlife is superb, from leopards to elephants, and our Masai guides add an unforgettable cultural element to your wildlife discoveries.

Days 8-13
Serengeti Wildlife / Arusha

Our mobile camps, positioned for the best wildlife viewing, are located deep in a remote section of Serengeti National Park itself, where predators stalk the bountiful herds of the great migration. You’re up before the sun to search a rich mosaic of habitats for lions, cheetah, 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

Jun 15-27, 2015  Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Jul 15-27, 2015  Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Aug 10-22, 2015  Naiman Mungure
Sep 15-27, 2015  Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Dec 21, 2015-Jan 2, 2016  Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Jan 11-23, 2016
Jan 29-Feb 10, 2016
Feb 16-28, 2016
Mar 10-22, 2016
Jun 18-30, 2016
Jul 15-27, 2016
Aug 7-19, 2016
Sep 10-22, 2016

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$7995 (10-15 members)
$8395 (4-9 members)
Single supplement: $580
Forced single supplement: $290
Charter flight : $300
Holiday surcharge (Dec): $600
Park fees: $1550
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Extension Costs
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1395
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $5295
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Masai Mara National Reserve Extension
   from: $3395

Trip Payment Schedule

At time of reservation: $500
120 days prior to departure: 20% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule

More than 90 days prior to departure: No charge!
90-46 days prior to departure: 25% 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 arriving to and departing from Arusha, Tanzania. For more detailed information, please download the Detailed Itinerary.

Please do not purchase your tickets until you are confirmed on the trip and have reviewed your proposed air schedule with our office. Once your tickets have been purchased, please send us a copy of your airline schedule so we can reserve your airport transfers.

Arusha, Tanzania
Date: Day 1

Suggested Arrival Airport:

Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code JRO)
Suggested arrival time: anytime

Arusha, Tanzania
Date: Day 13

Suggested Airport for Departure:
Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code JRO)
Suggested departure time: after 2:00 pm

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), 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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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), 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

Days 4 to 7 (4 nights), Alamana (adjacent to Serengeti National Park), Tanzania

Our private camps are set in exquisite locations with fantastic access to the wildlife. At Alamana, views look out onto the open plains where game can be seen, and at Osunyai, the camp is perched along the banks of a sand river where elephants come to excavate for water. Both camps feature large, walk-in tents furnished with bright fabrics and hardwood furniture. Each tent is about 10 by 14 feet with twin beds (or one queen bed), en suite shower and toilet, and full-length windows that offer fine views of the surrounding wilderness right from bedside. In front is a small veranda with two chairs, a small table, and a wash basin. Dinner is served al fresco or in a large dining tent under a big shade tree, and dinners are complete with flatware, china, glasses, and complimentary wine and beer. Because we use rechargeable resources and propane refrigeration at camp, no noisy generators spoil the sound of the African wilds.

Private Mobile Camp

Private Mobile Camp

Days 8 to 11 (4 nights), Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Private Mobile Camp offers great comfort in a fantastic wilderness setting within Serengeti National Park. The camp is set in an area of outstanding ...
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Plantation Lodge

Plantation Lodge

Day 12 (1 night), 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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Kia Lodge

Kia Lodge (Day Room)

Day 13, Arusha, Tanzania

A short drive from Kilimanjaro International Airport, Kia is a very convenient place for a day room. You can relax at this lodge for several hours ...
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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: June 15-27, 2015, July 15-27, 2015, September 15-27, 2015, December 21, 2015-January 2, 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: August 10-22, 2015

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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Optional Extensions

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


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Masai Mara National Reserve Extension

Spectacular Gameviewing in One of Africa’s Legendary Reserves

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


mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

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


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Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

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

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Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

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

Client Comments

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 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 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 Everything we dreamed of and more. Our best trip ever. We’ll definitely use WT in the future. Gail P., The Villages, FL Beyond my dreams! Jean Z., Hercules, CA It was a great trip and will be hard to top! Sandy M., Harrisburg, 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 This trip was beyond our highest expectations. Sandra P., Blue Bell, PA 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 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 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 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 was fabulous and wonderful beyond anything I could possibly have imagined. Pauline W., Los Angeles, CA 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 outstanding in every way, exceeding our (already high) expectations! Animals, guides, service, attention to detail, food...everything was wonderful! William L., West Hartford, CT 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 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 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 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
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 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 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 This was a wonderful trip! Well planned, well staffed, well outfitted. Amy W., New York, NY 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 trip was fabulous—everything was better than expected. Melinda C., Sammamish, WA The trip was far beyond expectations! Marriam R., Newport, RI This trip was transformative, amazing, terrific, wonderful! It exceeded all our expectations. Irene K., Oakland, CA Fabulous trip. The best vacation I've experienced. Thomas T., Walnut Creek, CA 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 A wonderful experience for our entire family. We loved it. Very well done! Barry M., Lakewood, CO Great guides, beautiful campsites and hotel, gained 10 pounds (so food obviously awesome), and perfect pace of travel! Don P., Park City, UT 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 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 Trip of a lifetime! Beyond our expectations in all aspects. Carolyn G., Buckeye, AZ One of the best trips we've ever taken! Jon and Debbie W., Chapel Hill, NC 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 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 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 guides were a big reason for an awesome trip! Diane B., El Campo, TX 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