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


Experience the best of East Africa on a safari of incredible variety and stunning settings. We’ve combined exquisite Tarangire National Park, with its lovely woodlands and winding rivers that attract abundant wildlife year-round, with Eden-like Ngorongoro Crater and the legendary Serengeti, where vast herds of migratory plains animals and their predators roam. Our private camps are set in gorgeous locations, specially chosen to bring you extraordinary up-close game viewing, and you’ll enjoy activities not possible elsewhere: exciting game walks with your tracker guides, night game drives, off-road travel, fascinating cultural encounters with the Masai, and more. Special breakfasts in the bush, a sunset hike topped by a glass of champagne, nights by the campfire, a billion stars overhead, our wonderfully comfy camps—this is the way safari was meant to be!

Itinerary at a Glance

Days 1-5
Arusha / Tarangire
(December-March “Green Season” itineraries)

Tarangire National Park is a haven for wildlife, home to the richest concentration of animals outside the Serengeti ecosystem. Elephant in the hundreds, as well as migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra, are drawn to the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, which meanders dreamily through a lovely landscape dotted with baobab trees and high grasses. Our very private camp, set within the territory of one of Tarangire’s largest lion prides, offers all the creature comforts. While here, you’ll savor the thrilling experience of exploring on foot, night drives in search of nocturnal wildlife, and visits with the local Masai. Feeling adventurous? You can even spend a night in a “fly camp!” As an added treat, enjoy the option of an exciting balloon safari, complete with a champagne breakfast!

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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. The birdlife is astounding—more than 350 species of birds dwell around its soda lake. Ngorongoro Crater hosts a magnificent array of wildlife—zebra, wildebeest, and plenty of lion. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino—more than 20 currently reside in the crater, where they are carefully monitored by biologists. While at Ngorongoro, we stay at a lovely lodge on the crater rim at a cool 6,000 feet.

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Days 9-13
Olduvai / Serengeti / Arusha

At Olduvai, you’ll visit the small but fascinating archaeological site where Mary Leakey discovered the Zinjanthropus skull, then enjoy game viewing en route to our private camp in a secluded section of the Serengeti. Under vast African skies, you’ll witness an age-old wildlife spectacle as enormous herds of plains animals play out a battle of life and death with their predators while migrating across the endless savannas. A steaming cup of tea, coffee, or hot chocolate is brought to your tent each morning, and you’re up before the sun to search a rich mosaic of habitats for lion, cheetah, and leopard among the gazelle, zebra, hyena, giraffe, and thousands of wildebeest. Our camp is set just outside of the park, and we are granted easy access to the short grass plains where cheetah are abundant and lion prides have their territory. Exclusive and remote, our private camp embodies the true spirit of romance under canvas, and each tent features roomy walk-in tents with attached bathrooms and hot showers, and cozy beds made up with linen and a duvet—this is ultimate comfort, WT-style! Depart on Day 13 via Arusha.

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Exclusive activities: off-road travel, night drives, walking safaris, meet Masai in their bomas, optional “fly” camp in Tarangire
Secluded private camps, uncrowded game viewing, candle-lit dinners, a canopy of stars against a velvet sky
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


Length: 13 days
Cost From: $8395  
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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