tanzania private trip; serengeti safari; game migration

Zebra and wildebeest , Serengeti

During the seasonal spectacle of the Great Migration, nearly two million wildebeest and zebras cross the Serengeti Plains in search of fresh grass.

Photo by Todd Gustafson / Danita Delimont Agency

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $6795  
Length: 9 days
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
Lodging: 5 nights tented camps or lodges, 3 nights private mobile camp
Meals: All meals included as noted in Detailed Itinerary
Activity: Safaris, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: Gameviewing by open 4WD vehicle, optional game walks
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Highlights

  • Track the "big five" along the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater floor, see the massive elephant herds of Tarangire
  • Explore the legendary Serengeti, home to the greatest collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, with your private guide at Mwituni luxury mobile camp
  • Unique activities: walking safaris, night game drives, authentic Masai interactions
  • Exclusive camps and lodges offer the most uncrowded gameviewing in Tanzania and opportunities to follow the migratory herds
  • Travel in WT style, including our Arusha-Tarangire and Serengeti-Arusha charter flights


We really had the best of the best provided. A picnic in the middle of the Serengeti migration on the grass—wow, and we so enjoyed the champagne on the beach at Mnemba in Zanzibar!Laurie M.—Huntington Beach

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.

References

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.

Prowling lions, hyenas calling in the night, massive herds of elephants, shimmering stars overhead—all the mystique and wonder of Tanzania await you on this Private Journey. To bring you wildlife encounters in its most legendary settings, we’ve combined three world-renowned sanctuaries—the migrating wildlife of Tarangire National Park, drawn by the permanent waters of the Tarangire River, spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, and the mythical Serengeti, where the earth’s greatest gathering of terrestrial wildlife roams freely on golden savannas. Expert naturalist guides, fascinating bush walks, exciting game drives, Masai culture, and fantastic accommodations in prime locations make this the quintessential safari. Post-trip, enjoy a visit to the paradisaical island of Zanzibar or gorilla tracking in Rwanda.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-4
Arusha, Tanzania / Tarangire National Park

After an overnight in Arusha, head to Tarangire, a haven for wildlife. Herds up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It has the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the oryx and the gerenuk are regularly observed. In addition to gameviewing by 4WD vehicle, optional activities (at extra cost) include walking safaris and night drives.

Day 5
Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro’s beauty and vastness must be seen to be believed: on the crater’s 105-square-mile grassy floor lives Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife, a sort of mini-Serengeti in a phenomenally scenic setting. During your explorations, you’re likely to see elephant, zebra, wildebeest, and buffalo, and there’s hardly a better place on earth for observing lions than on the crater floor, where the lion prides are large. This is also one of the best places to see the endangered black rhino—about a dozen have been introduced into the crater environment and they are carefully monitored by biologists.

Days 6-9
Serengeti / Mwituni Serengeti Mobile Camp

During these three unforgettable days, enjoy the privilege of exploring the Serengeti by 4WD vehicle from your own private camp in a secluded section of the park, far from the lodges and other park facilities. Dawn and late-afternoon game drives bring you into varied regions, from the open plains and rock kopjes to river habitats, as game conditions dictate. You should see vast numbers of migrating wildebeest and zebra, along with Serengeti’s resident wildlife, including giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala, reedbuck, bushbuck, dikdik, hippopotamus, crocodile, warthog and diverse birdlife. Large prides of lion reside here, as well as clans of spotted hyena. Our exclusive and remote mobile camp features roomy, custom-designed walk-in tents with attached bathrooms and open-air hot showers, and comfortable beds (queen or twin-bedded) made up with linen and a duvet. Depart on Day 9 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 Level 2, according to the Wilderness Travel trip rating system. It is a camping and lodge safari with game viewing by 4WD vehicle. It can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. On safari, there are long driving days over rugged dirt tracks.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

When to go

June to October
December to March

For our Private Journey trips, you choose your own group and your preferred dates—there are no set departure dates. Private Journeys are available to groups as few as two people or as large as you like. Contact us for availability, questions, or to book your adventure!

Trip Cost

Prices are for 2015
$6795 per person, double occupancy (4-5 people)
$7995 per person, double occupancy (2-3 people)
Single supplement: $550
Internal airfare: $600 (subject to change) Arusha/Tarangire, Serengeti/Arusha
Park fees: $1190

Optional hotel upgrades are available at supplementary pricing as indicated in the Lodging section.

Prices are not guaranteed until services are confirmed.
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Extension Costs
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $5295
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1395
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Accommodations, based on double occupancy, as described in the Detailed Itinerary
  • All meals as noted in Detailed Itinerary
  • Services of safari guides and camp staff
  • 4WD safari vehicles
  • Land and internal air transportation as noted
  • All airport transfers

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare, any meals not specified after each itinerary day in the Full Trip Brochure, any activities described as optional, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to 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.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: 20% of trip cost
120 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum fee: 20% of trip cost
90-61 days prior to departure: 50% of trip cost
60 days or less: 100% of trip cost

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

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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Camps in Tarangire National Park

Days 2 to 4 (3 nights), Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

In Tarangire National Park, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Lodging in Ngorongoro

Day 5 (1 night), Ngorongoro, Tanzania

In Ngorongoro, we stay at one of the following properties based on availability and choice of accommodation:

Dulana Serengeti Mobile Camp

Dulana Serengeti Mobile Camp

Days 6 to 8 (3 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Exclusive and remote, our luxury mobile camp allows you the complete freedom to follow the movements of the great migratory herds. Dulana features ...
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Kia Lodge

Kia Lodge (Day Room)

Day 9, 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.

Optional Extensions

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

Rwanda

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

Tanzania

mnemba island zanzibar

Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

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

zanzibar tanzania indian ocean beach

Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

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