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Elephants in National park, Tanzania

Highlights of Tanzania Safari

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Travel Style: For those looking to maximize their sight seeing time. You thrive on a packed day’s schedule from 8 am to 6pm, with some (but limited) free time. Most activities and meals included. Full on
Physical Level: Regular walking or cycling over moderately long, hilly, or bumpy distances. Some public transport or utility vehicles such as safari jeeps. Moderate
Lodging Level: 3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards. Premium - 4 star
10 days
From: $ 4,690 $ 469 / day
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Overview

Highlights

  • Our most value-conscious option
  • See Tanzania’s most famous landmarks: the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Perfect for honeymooners or those with a shorter travel window
  • A perfect blend of wildlife viewing and cultural experiences
  • Great for travelers on tighter schedules

Short Description

We’ve been sending travelers to Tanzania—only Tanzania—for over thirty years, because we truly believe it is the premier safari destination in East Africa.

First and foremost, that’s because Tanzania is, and always has been, a safe and peaceful country. It’s often referred to as “the Switzerland of Africa,” because of its reputation for calm and stability. You’ll sense the warmth and generosity of spirit of the Tanzanian people the moment you touch down on Tanzanian soil.

But Tanzania is more than just a safe country, it’s a beautiful one!

From the Indian ocean to the heights of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania has a wealth of breathtaking landscapes that set the scene for an amazing trip

The people that call this amazing country home have come together to form a rich culture that is intriguing, unique, and always changing

No safari is complete without wildlife viewing, and Tanzania has some of the best in Africa

Groups are between 25-60 people, typically ~30-40. Usually there will be many opportunities to split off and enjoy meals and excursions in smaller groups. This is the most economical way to travel, saving up to 40% versus booking the same itinerary yourself.
Trip Type Group Tour
See all the highlights and popular spots on a classic tour.
Itinerary Focus Classic Highlights
3 to 4 star western hotel equivalents. While not all lodging will be 'luxury' they will be quite comfortable by western standards.
Lodging Level Premium - 4 star
Flights & Transport Only ground transport
Start City Arusha
End City Arusha

Travel Theme

50 plus Safari

Destinations

Tanzania

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Itinerary

Days 1-2

Depart North America / Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha.

Overnight: Mount Meru Hotel

Days 3-4

Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A short flight from Arusha will take you to this private nature reserve. Because the land is privately owned, you’ll be able to head out on foot on guided hikes, and observe the nocturnal life of the Serengeti during night wildlife drives, experiences not available in the national parks. Meet with an entrepreneurial group of Maasai women and visit a traditional Maasai boma in this remote, exclusive setting.

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba

Watch the  VIDEO HIGHLIGHT  to learn more about the Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge.

Days 5-6

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s most iconic national park also has some of the best wildlife-viewing in the country. Spanning 6,000 square miles (the park is about the same size as Connecticut!), the rolling grass plains, granite kopjes where animals lounge in the sun, and winding rivers of the Serengeti are home to thousands upon thousands of animals, including giraffes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and large populations of big cats.

Join an optional  hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba

Days 7-8

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is just 10 miles across, but the floor of this volcanic caldera (which sinks 2,000 feet below the rim) is home to over 30,000 mammals! One of the only places where you can spot all of the “Big Five” species—lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, and black rhinoceros—in just one day, the lush, verdant crater is a must see for any traveler to East Africa. During your stay here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal, a specialty of the chefs at your nyumba camp.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Days 9-10

Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha / Return to North America

On your way back to Arusha, you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization that employs disabled local artisans and sells their beautiful handiwork. Say goodbye to your safari companions, pick out a few souvenirs, and relax in a day room before your return flight.

Day room: Mount Meru Hotel

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Forever a perfect point in time in our collective memories

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A Thomson Safaris trip goes well beyond a safari. It, for our family of five, was an experience that will be forever a perfect point in time in our collective memories. Thomson's service -- from planning, logistics, lodging, meals and team -- is remarkable. They immerse you in the local Tanzanian culture, knowing just how far to take you understanding you're not from the country. The blend of tourism and education, western appetites with local cuisine, and wildlife is remarkable. We saw every species of wildlife we hoped for and then some! And Thomson helped our family engage the area culture and community, including through a visit to a Masai school, which had an incredible impact on our three children. Finally, our guide will forever be a member of our extended family. He offered deep regional knowledge and expertise, humor at every turn, safety and security in remote regions, and the empathy of a parent, ensuring every member of our family had a perfect journey. Well done Thomson, could not recommend you more.
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I will never forget this trip

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I traveled on a Thomson Safari in February of this year. I cannot say enough wonderful things about my experience. The landscapes were stunning (especially the Ngorongoro Crater), the wildlife was fascinating (giraffe are my favorite) and the Nyumba camping tents are so special. I felt like I was living well but still out in the bush close to the wildlife and away from other tourists. I will never forget this trip and Thomson's amazing guides and overall service.
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Outstanding Trip

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In September of 2014 I went on a 14 day Classic Safari with Thomson and last week I booked my return trip for 2016. Five stars are not enough to express my satisfaction with everything. Wildlife viewing? Of course! We saw all of The Big 5 - lion, leopard, elephant, black rhinoceros, and African buffalo, and hundreds of other animals in their natural habitat. That's what a Safari is about right? The animals?

The animals of course, but the vastness of space, the diversity of natural beauty that came with every day. The anticipation that came with every Jambo, Jambo and every fresh, crisp morning. Land Rover rides became periods of quiet reflection where I felt pure joy and pure contentment in moment. Thompson made it easy. Every need, whim was taken care of. The accommodations were outstanding and our guides quickly became friends guiding us to the best spots for photos, teaching us about local customs, and sharing stories of their experiences.

For anyone considering a safari I'll leave you with this. I have never felt so exhilarated by a trip, maybe not anything really in my entire life.
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FABULOUS!

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It really was a fabulous experience and Thomson does such a great job - everything runs like clockwork and is so well organized. You can tell there were many people behind the scenes making that happen! We loved the cultural piece. It was one of the reasons we chose Thomson in the first place. School visit was a highlight. The 2 evenings of soccer at the camps were great. The guides were all FABULOUS! Leonard, Onesmo, Babu, and Nayman. I don't know how you find such personable and knowledgeable people, but they were great. It was a truly memorable trip and we met some wonderful people - both the people we traveled with and the locals
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Was Simply Amazing...!!

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My husband, myself and a friend took a 6-day safari from the Serengeti through to Ngorogoro Crater, and a Maasai Village. Thomson worked with us to taylor the carefully planned itinerary to our desires and needs.

After a month of working in Tanzania, I wanted to end my first visit there with a Safari that was comprehensive, educational, safe, culturally rich, environmentally sustainable, employed Tanzanians and compensated them well, and that supported local communities, arts and commerce. I found all of those things in Thomson Safaris.

The representatives we planned with were patient and worked with us on our ever-evolving itinerary (given time and financial constraints) until we settled on the perfect schedule and price for us.

Communication during the planning stages was seamless and fun; we were never left waiting for information.

The guide for our Safari, Robert, was simply amazing. He was a wealth of information, and avid birder (like myself), and excellent tracker. And yes, we saw the big 5; you can never be sure with nature and given the scarcity rhinos these days due to poaching. Robert was perfect and we consider him a good friend now!

From a comfort standpoint, we were simply stunned. The "tents" were better appointed than most hotels, warm, safe, romantic, yet left a light footprint on the land and felt authentic and culturally in sync.

Food? Get ready to go on a diet when you come home. I'm STILL thinking about all the amazing meals that were prepared for us.

Safety? A local Ikoma tribesman manned our campground at night with a bow and arrow, and, in case of real danger (you are a guest in the wild, after all) a single security agent who watched the perimeter of the camp with a rather large gun. He was not imposing in the least.

Transport? The vehicle was spacious, comfortable, airy, and well designed to allow for animal viewing.

In short, Safari was a bucket list item of mine; my experience was life-changing. I have Thomson's and their crew, home and abroad, to thank for that.
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Best memories and it was special trip

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My wife and I went on safari with Thomson in 2010. It was our Honeymoon and Thomson did everything in their power to make sure it was special. They succeeded. The entire experience, from the time we first called to after we landed back in the US, was exceptional and remains, to this day, the best trip of our lives. I could go on but reading a long-winded list of adjectives would most likely be boring.

If you want excitement and some of the best memories you'll ever have, stop reading reviews, get on the phone to the excellent people at the Watertown office and go to Tanzania with Thomson Safaris. You won't regret it.

We'll be back some day and it we wouldn't think of going with anyone else.
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Only ground transport

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Intimate Group - 12 max

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