Highlights
  • Experience excellent wildlife viewing
  • Hike to Lake Natron
  • Spend three nights adventure camping
  • Track wildlife on foot in a private nature refuge
  • Explore two flamingo breeding grounds

Journey off the well-trodden path on a more active wildlife viewing safari.

You'll cover Tanzania's most wildlife-rich parks and also...

Explore a private nature reserve on foot

Learn wildlife tracking techniques

Trek into the Great Rift Valley

Hike to hidden waterfalls

Visit the shores of Lake Natron

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Flights & Transport
  • Only ground transport

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Thomson Safaris Travel Reviews & Ratings
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While this safari covers Tanzania’s “must-see” game-viewing areas -- Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife parks -- it adds the extra elements of a full day’s hiking through Maasai country into remote areas of the Rift Valley, as well as a wilderness stay in a private nature refuge in the eastern Serengeti. An optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti is especially memorable during the Great Migration when millions of wildebeest, zebra and other animals trample across the plains and risk their lives crossing the Mara River -- possibly the greatest wildlife show on earth.

Tanzania Trekking Safari

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Forever a perfect point in time in our collective memories May 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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 April 2016

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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 February 2016

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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! April 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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...!! March 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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 January 2015

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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
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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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

Depart after breakfast on a flight to the eastern Serengeti. Continue your journey into the remote wilderness of Tanzania by heading to a private nature refuge, an exclusive area for Thomson guests. This remote and pristine region is a private wilderness area - its unique geography, and its location outside the park make it a perfect destination for discerning guests who wish to enjoy a true wilderness and exploration experience.

Overnights: East Serengeti Nyumba

Days 5-7: Serengeti National Park

Next stop: Serengeti National Park, home to literally hundreds of thousands of hoofed animals and some of the best wildlife viewing that Africa has to offer. This pristine and unique sanctuary will give you a glimpse into “the world as it was in the beginning.”

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba

Days 8-9: Ngorongoro Crater

Make your way from the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater, a geological marvel boasting several vegetation zones from lakes to forest to savannah. Home to about 30,000 animals, you will have a front row seat to observe some of the densest wildlife concentrations on earth during your wildlife viewing drive on Ngorongoro Crater's floor.

Overnights: Ngorongoro Nyumba

Day 10: Empakaai Crater

This morning, travel to Empakaai Crater and hike down onto its floor to explore the shores of its flamingo-lined lake. There are no roads and no tourists, and you'll be enthralled by this quiet, magical place. Return to the rim in a rigorous ascent which promises stunning panoramic views.

Overnight: Empakaai Camp

Days 11-12: Great Rift Valley / Lake Natron

Take a step back in time today during this full day of hiking through the remote and historic Maasailand. Your Maasai walking guide will lead you down into the Rift Valley where few travelers have ventured. Enjoy the exclusivity of these remote lands. Dip in pools formed under a group of waterfalls, hike up to the waterfall source to experience the falls from a different perspective, and explore the salt-crushed, pristine shores of Lake Natron during your time here.

Overnights: Waterfalls Adventure Camp

Days 13-14: Great Rift Valley to Arusha / Return to North America

Drive to Arusha, where you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization. After lunch, visit the adjoining arts center to see the craftsmanship of local disabled artisans, whose training is funded by River House. Relax in a day room before your flight home.

Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel

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Price Per Day:

$ 549 per day
 
  • Single Supplement (Single Occupancy): $ 750
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Details
Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Intimate Group - 12 max
Start City
Arusha

Trip ID#: tantretho

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