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 private naturalist guides, fascinating bush walks, exciting game drives, Maasai culture, and fantastic private camps in prime locations make this the quintessential safari. Post-trip, enjoy a visit to the paradisaical island of Zanzibar or gorilla tracking in Rwanda.
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Arusha, Tanzania
This Private Journey uses a combination of hotels, exclusive lodges, and private camps. These properties are often reserved well in advance. We urge you to make your reservation as early as possible to ensure availability on your preferred dates.
Hot Air Balloon Safari
At time of reservation: 25% of trip cost
90 days prior to departure: Balance
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Minimum fee: 25% of trip cost
90 days or less: 100% of trip cost
*Please note that this differs from our standard policy.
Scroll through our signature accommodations for this trip below. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.
Day 1 (1 night)
Once a private home, the Olerai is set on eight acres on the outskirts of Arusha. It welcomes guests with nine en suite rooms spread over the garden grounds. The family-style dining veranda overlooks the manicured lawns, and in the evenings, the fire is lit for socializing over a gin...
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
Days 2-4 (3 nights)
Set beneath mature acacia trees and facing the rising sun, Osunyai offers all the creature comforts of a seasonal camp, while retaining the relaxed casual feel of a mobile camp. Luxury safari tents are set to maximize the view in front of camp, where game meanders in search of grazing....
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania
Days 5-6 (2 nights)
With 16 lovely cottages spread out across flowering gardens and located near the Ngorongoro Crater, this elegant lodge has a peaceful setting and is in fact a working coffee plantation. The lodge offers very comfortable and nicely decorated rooms with en suite bathroom, a small sitting area, and a spacious...
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Days 7-9 (3 nights)
Our private camps are set in exquisite locations with fantastic access to the wildlife. At Dulana, views look out onto a shallow valley, where many species of animals can be spotted, and our camp at Akiba Kibwe lies directly in the path of migrating wildebeest and zebra as they...
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"You couldn’t have picked two better guides than the two we had. They were so knowledgeable about the animals, birds and plants we were looking at as well as the behaviors we should expect from the animals. The inclusion of the local tribes, the Maasi and others, was a great treat. We gained a true appreciation for the rigors the nomadic tribes have experienced for more than 1,800 years. Experiencing the culture of the local people was very important for us, in addition to the wildlife. I am amazed at the fact that Niamen and Henry speak 3 languages fluently. And as a bonus, we all learned a bit of Swahili while in Tanzania. Everyone, including the local people, were friendly and a happy folk!"
"We were all very impressed with the accommodations, food, friendliness of the guides and staff, and trip! Kudos!"
"The trip far exceeded our greatest expectations. The camps could not have been better, and the staff was terrific: warm, understanding, and happy to meet all of our needs. All of our gides were outstanding—our kids absolutely loved them and they embraced the kids in the most positive ways. My youngest could not be separated from Victor; my son actually cried when we parted ways at the end of the trip!"
"The trip planning and organization and implementation were flawless."
"One of our best experiences ever! The quality of the accommodations and food was amazing and exceeded expectations."
"The camps were just amazing. Great service, great food, great staff. The juxtaposition of the natural beauty of the wilderness and the casual elegance of the beautiful meals was breathtaking."
"Wilderness does a first-rate job. You never disappoint. From the awesome food, accommodations, guides, transport...the works! We have used your services before and will again! Thank you for making our trip magical!!"
Palo Alto, CA
"This was a simply awesome trip. Staff, arrangements and all else could not have been better."
"We loved every bit of our trip. The guides were amazing with our kids—extremely informative and pro-active in addressing our needs."
"I found the operation and execution of the trip excellent. We always knew the times and schedule and were well prepared. The days were full and entertaining. The food was varied and excellently prepared. I loved the tent camping. Enough to feel pampered, but yet out in the wilderness. The hot water bottles were an excellent touch."
"We loved the parks and animals, but our favorite part of the trip was getting to know the staff in the camps. They were, without exception, personable, informative, and fun to be around."
"This was the most amazing experience and opportunity I've ever encountered. I have never felt more welcomed than I did in Tanzania and with all of the WT staff. The animals were incredible, the service extraordinary. But the people and the culture stood above it all!"
Friday Harbor, WA
"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!"
"All the guides—Henry and Arnold in Tarangire/Ngorongoro, and Victor and Mzee at Serengeti— could not have been better. Like other Wilderness Travel trips I have been on this was the best superlative I can give: the quality of the trip leaders and guides. I'm not sure how you get such good people. All were experienced, knowledgible about plants and animals plus ecology, as well as being kind, considerate and personable."
"There isn't much I can think of that would make this trip better. We were taken care of by outstanding people, saw incredible sights, stayed in gorgeous places, and ate gourmet food. We were safe, well fed, slept well and had amazing experiences."
"The trip far exceed my expectations. I had a wonderful time and felt safe the whole time. I especially enjoyed the time in the camps. Victor and the staff made us felt so welcome."
"All the guides were wonderful; they made the trip for our family. Their depth of knowledge was amazing and their spirit kept us all positive and feeling safe."
"Words can't express what a trip this was. Our Tanzanian guide Naiman was simply amazing, he was like family by the time we left him after 10 days. Every day was an adventure and delivered a new thrill we didn't expect."
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With more than 200 different adventures to choose from, we want to help you find the trip that’s right for you. Our Trip Level system ranks each trip in two ways: a number rating from 1 to 6 according to the activity, and general travel rigors. 1 is the easiest and 6+ the most difficult—see descriptions below for explanations of each number. A plus (+) sign means the trip is a bit more strenuous than other trips of that level. The detailed explanation of each trip—below the bar with the number rating—is perhaps more important, specifying activities, altitudes, hiking, and travel conditions. The Detailed Itinerary, available by download or mail, gives further information. Our Area Managers can also answer questions and guide you to the trip that best suits your interests.
Level 1 – Easiest
Non-camping journeys, optional walks, little elevation gain or loss.
Level 3 – Moderate
Half- to full-day hikes (3-6 hours) over rolling countryside on most days, occasional steep trails. Many of our hotel-based walking tours are in this category, as are our snorkeling adventures.
Level 5 – Strenuous
Full-day hikes (4-8 hours), mountainous, steep terrain (hiking up or down as much as 3,500 feet) on many days. Trips with hiking at average altitudes of 10,000 to 12,000 feet are in this category.