The National Parks

On our epic Serengeti Wildlife Safari, you’ll experience some of the most incredible places on the planet—and four of East Africa’s phenomenal national parks. We ensure that you actually experience these incredible ecosystems (rather than just ‘checking them off the list’ as more rushed safaris do). With four days each in both Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park, you’ll maximize your chances of astounding wildlife sightings, and of seeing the more elusive species.

What an exceptional itinerary, safari, and camping experience! The different parks highlighted different animals and the biodiversity and majesty of the region. The volume of animals is extraordinary and our guides did a great job of finding things that few others would find. I'll never forget how moving seeing these animals in their natural habitat was.
Steve S., San Francisco, CA
Serengeti National Park

Serengeti National Park

One of the world’s most famous places for safari and Tanzania’s largest and best-known national park, Serengeti is a treasure that we’ll explore for four full days from our secluded but perfectly-situated mobile camps.

Meaning “endless plains” in Maasai, the Serengeti extends for more than 5,600 square miles across vast plains, and is home to the most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on the planet. The Serengeti, the land of the great migratory herds and their predators, has three distinct landscapes—open, grassy plains in the south; the acacia-dotted savanna in the center; and black clay plains to the west—and we’ll make sure you experience the beauty of each.

Our masterful guides, who have an eye for spotting even the most elusive animals, will lead you on game drives to remote areas deep inside the park where other safaris do not venture. We’ll traverse the open plains and pass rock kopjes on the hunt for prides of lion sleeping in the sun, leopard hidden in the trees, cheetah on the hunt, and roaming troops of baboon. Other wildlife we may spot include rhino, wild dog, spotted hyena, golden jackal, the tiny dik-dik, buffalo, hippo, giraffe, ostrich and magnificent herds of elephant.

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Ngorongoro Crater

Within the Serengeti lies the Ngorongoro Crater, an otherworldly site. This is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, a grass-filled crater where everything from herds of elephant to prides of lion have made their home. Often called “Africa’s Eden,” the crater is a quintessential experience of your African safari.

It’s in the Ngorongoro Crater where you can search for the “Big 5,” though we’ll never let a checklist take precedence over a quality safari experience. All of the “Big 5”—lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and the endangered black rhino—live within this 16-mile-wide ecosystem, along with zebra, wildebeest, black-maned lion, antelope, gazelle, hippo, flamingo, warthog, giraffe, eland, and more.

The drive down into the grassy floor of the crater 2,000 feet below the rim is magical as we descend into a wildlife haven that boasts the highest density of mammals in Africa—and the highest density of lion in the world. In fact, it’s one of the best places to spot a lion because the prides here are so large.

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Tarangire National Park

We’ll spends four full days in Tarangire National Park, lesser-known and therefore an excellent opportunity to safari without the crowds. Tarangire is famous for its large herds of elephant numbering in the hundreds; it has the largest concentration elephant and buffalo herds in East Africa. Tarangire is absolutely stunning, and thanks to its year-round water, it is a wildlife haven as well.

The Tarangire River draws animals, including migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra, during the rainless summer months, making for excellent game viewing. We’ll search for other plains game that lives in the park, including lesser kudu, oryx, eland, impala, giraffe, leopard, lion, and even python. Tarangire is a birder’s paradise, with more than 500 species of birds that include yellow-collared lovebird, stocking-thighed ostrich, yellow-billed and saddle-billed stork, orange-bellied parrot and red-and-yellow barbet.

At Tarangire, which covers a thousand square miles, we’ll journey through marshland and dry plains, see Africa’s iconic baobab tree and traverse beautiful woodlands full of acacia trees (a favorite for grazing giraffe!). Here we’ll have the opportunity to drive in open vehicles for 360-degree views of the park.

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