Tanzania safari
Tanzania
The Great Migration Private Safari

This private Tanzania safari -- for just your family and friends on the dates that work for you -- explores the unforgettable Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara National park, and follows the migration of the great herds of the Serengeti from our luxurious tented camps.

Tanzania Safari Overview

The mountains and plains of Tanzania - the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and of course, the Serengeti itself - are vibrantly alive. Here, everything that is Africa converges in a beautiful display, from the remarkable variety and sheer numbers of wild animals, to the epic landscapes that inspired the writings of Isak Dinesen, to the rich culture of the Maasai, who live a predominantly traditional lifestyle to this day. Our Private Collection Tanzania migration safari takes in the wonders of these places at a relaxed pace, allowing your family and friends plenty of time to come to understand what has drawn travelers to East Africa for generations. We suggest planning your safari to correspond to important times in the annual Serengeti migration, and no matter when you go, our tented camp allows you to be close to the action. Whether you come for the wildlife, the scenery, or the culture, it is the things that are impossible to predict – a pride of lionesses on the hunt, or a rainbow breaking over a herd of elephants, or the thrilled grin of a child for the simple gift of a pencil – that will stay with you long after you leave Tanzania.

Tanzania Private Safari Itinerary at a Glance

Please note that as this is a private safari for you and your family or friends, it can be tailored to your preferences. The below overview is only one possible suggestion in Tanzania based on our experience. We also offer custom safaris to Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo.

Tanzania Migration Safari MapDay 1: Evening arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania. Transfer to our beautiful lakeside lodge on the grounds of a former coffee plantation, the perfect place to rest after your travels.

Day 2: Explore the Great Rift Valley and Lake Manyara National Park, known for its beautiful soda lake - often full of flamingos, hippo pools, and tree-climbing lions. Ascend to the Ngorongoro Crater rim in time for a spectacular sunset from our perfectly located lodge, overlooking one of the great natural wonders of the world.

Day 3: Arise early to be the first on the crater floor as the sun comes up and while the wildlife is most active. Enjoy an extended game drive, taking time to observe the interactions of the lions, cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, elephant, and black rhino. Visit a traditional boma, where our guide introduces us to the Maasai who live and raise their livestock here.

Days 4-5: Descend from the crater rim to our deluxe seasonal tented camp set in a remote region near the southern Serengeti. Enjoy game drives amid impressive herds of wildebeest which migrate to the southern Serengeti to have their babies at this time of year. After full days of game driving, enjoy sundowners over a crackling camp fire, reliving the day's adventures with your guide and camp staff. Our chefs are the best, creating delicious meals whose flavors complement the magic of being in the bush. Drift off to sleep under a blanket of stars, listening to the sounds of the Serengeti -- the distant roars of lions and rhythmic beat of hooves.

Days 6-8: Game drive to our luxury permanent tented camp, home for the next three nights. Far from the often crowded common game routes, Kusini Camp allows us to discover our own private Africa. Early in the morning, sip coffee on the magnificent kopjes (rock outcroppings) overlooking this very exclusive area of the Serengeti.  While the migration is often quite close by, there are literally dozens of other species to catch our eyes, from big cats to baboons, and from antelope to zebra.

Day 9: Experience an incredible flight over the Serengeti and Great Rift Valley on our way back to Arusha. Say goodbye before your evening departure, or continue your adventure with an extension trip to Zanzibar.

Why take a private safari with Boundless Journeys?

  • Our fleet of custom built, 4WD extended cab Land Rovers and Land Cruisers are the best safari vehicles in Tanzania. We limit passengers in each vehicle so everyone has a window seat and plenty of space, and fully retractable roofs allow 360-degree wildlife observation.
  • Our Tanzanian guides are experienced naturalists. They know the park rangers and keep in touch with them regularly, so they always have the inside track on where to find the most exciting wildlife.
  • Two nights of deluxe tented camping allow us to be close to the action in relative privacy and in comfort. Hotel quality linens, full-sized beds (not cots), individual bathroom facilities attached to each tent (including warm showers!), a professional camp staff, and indulgent touches like French-press coffee in the morning make our seasonal tented camps an experience not to be missed.
  • Our flight over the Serengeti allows you to maximize your vacation time – and not spend it on long drives as some others do. Our flight also provides an unforgettable element to your journey, seeing the plains from above.

THE PRIVATE COLLECTION ADVANTAGE

  • Independent travel at its best. With your own exclusive party of family or friends, you'll enjoy itineraries developed from our years of experience.
  • Your dates, your friends. You chose your dates and traveling companions, and let us do the rest!
  • Reconnect in remarkable places. What better way to celebrate important milestones than with family and friends in amazing places, with all of the details handled for you so you can simply relax and enjoy each other’s company?
  • Do your own thing. Customize your journey to indulge your most amazing travel fantasies.
  • Travel with Trusted Leaders in Adventure Travel. Recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as a Top 10 "World's Best Tour Operator and Safari Outfitter".

FAMILY-FRIENDLY SAFARIS

Traveling with the kids or grandkids? Many of our Private Collection journeys can be customized with fun activities for the entire family. Perhaps your safari will include tracking lessons with an experienced ranger, or maybe you will visit a local school and make friends with the kids. Wherever your destination, you can be sure your Boundless Journeys private family adventure will include activities that encourage discovery, days that are active and engaging, and plenty of options and flexibility – all with the best kid-friendly guides who are enthusiastic and inspiring. Traveling with Boundless Journeys makes it easy to enjoy what a family vacation should be all about – quality time and a whole lot of fun and adventure. For more information call 1-800-941-8010, or e-mail info@boundlessjourneys.com. Our trip specialists are happy to help you plan the perfect trip for your family!

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If you have any questions about the level of comfort, difficulty, or any activities included in this trip, please call Boundless Journeys at 800-941-8010, or Contact Us by e-mail. Our travel experts look forward to helping you choose the perfect adventure!

Group Size

2-12 guests

Trip Rating (1 Easiest - 5 Most Strenuous)

Description of Trip Ratings

Adventure travel may involve exotic destinations, varying levels of physical exertion, and activities that may be new to you. We want to make sure that you choose the adventure that's right for you from our many one-of-a-kind trips. Each trip is rated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 being the easiest, and 5 being the most strenuous. A few of our trips have had a "+" added to the number, indicating something that falls in between. Our Trip Ratings may be found on the trip schedule and on our website. Our detailed itineraries provide additional information on what to expect on the trip you are considering (detailed itineraries are available by mail or e-mail; or you can find them on our website: www.BoundlessJourneys.com). We encourage you to call one of our travel experts with any questions or concerns that you may have. We are happy to assist you in selecting the most appropriate adventure for you.
 
EASIEST 1
 
Our easiest trips are generally hotel-based cultural and nature journeys that offer light activity. Walks and hikes (approximately 2 to 4 hours) are through gentle terrain with little elevation gain or loss. Altitude is not a factor on these tours. Other activities, such as snorkeling or sea kayaking, are optional. Examples: Galapagos Islands Cruise, Tanzania, and Vietnam.
 
EASY TO MODERATE 2
 
Hotel nights and/or deluxe, safari-style camping. Walking, hiking (approximately 3 to 5 hours), kayaking, or other activities on most days. Trails and paths are through rolling countryside, with occasional steep trails with up to 1,000 feet of elevation gain. Many of our hotel-based walking trips are in this category. Examples: Tuscany & Umbria, Turkey, and Bhutan.
 
MODERATE 3
 
Hotel or inn-based hiking trips, that involve full day hikes (approximately 4 to 6 hours), mostly on unpaved trails and paths through hilly terrain with typical elevation gains and losses of 1,000 to 2,000 feet. There may be occasional steep sections of trail. Examples: Slovenia, Amalfi Coast, Spain.
 
MODERATE TO STRENUOUS 4
 
Full day hikes (approximately 5 to 7 hours) through mountainous terrain with significant elevation gains and losses (2,000 to 3,000 feet). Terrain may be rugged with uneven footpaths. The average altitude is generally no more than 12,000 feet. Vehicle support is limited. These trips may involve some full-service camping or simple accommodations in remote locations. Examples: Tour du Mont Blanc, Peru Trek, Haute Route.
 
MOST STRENUOUS 5
 
Full-day trekking (approximately 6 to 8 hours) through rugged mountainous terrain with steep climbs and descents and the following present: elevation gains and losses of as much as 4,000 feet, altitude that exceeds 12,000 feet, and rugged uneven footpaths with some exposure. These trips typically offer minimal to no vehicle support and include full-service camping in a remote setting.

Activity Details

Optional easy walks on a few days; game drives on bumpy terrain.

Meeting Point

Arusha, Tanzania

Departure Point

Arusha, Tanzania

Traveling to and From

Most Convenient Airport:
Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (JRO)

Meeting Time and Place:
Upon arrival of your international flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport in Arusha on Day 1 of the trip.

Departure Time and Place:
Kilimanjaro International Airport by 4 p.m. To accommodate our return from the Serengeti and afternoon activities in Arusha, please schedule your departing flight after 6 p.m.

WHAT TO EXPECT

Trip Rating
Boundless Journeys’ trips are designed for energetic and flexible individuals who like to be active and have a spirit of adventure and a positive attitude. Migration Safari is rated 1, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). We combine camping and lodges as the base for our primary activity – game-viewing drives by 4WD vehicle. Depending on current conditions, there may be opportunities for optional guided bush walks, which can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health.  

Preparing for this Trip
Although the activities on this trip are easy, game drives can be quite bumpy. If you would like to take part in the possible optional walks, you may consider walking a few times a week for several weeks before the trip. As always, consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness programs.

The Camp Experience
Tented camps, whether deluxe seasonal camps or luxury permanent camps, allows us to be close to the action in privacy and style. Seasonal tented camps feature full-height walk-in tents (10’ x 24’), with attached private bathroom facilities (a full size, flushing toilet and bucket shower). Amenities such as a wash basin and vanity, towels, terry bathrobes, full-size queen (or twin) beds, hotel-quality linens, writing table and covered outdoor sitting area are standard. There is also a dining tent with waiter service, a personal bush chef, a fully stocked bar, and personal tent valets to look after your tent, laundry, and other needs while camping. A state-of-the-art quiet generator is run during the day to supply power for recharging camera equipment.

Permanent tented camps offer even more amenties, and still keep a close connection to nature. They are generally located in secluded spots that allow access to great wildlife, far from the more crowded game drive route surrounding lodges.

Camp life is relaxed and comfortable. Upon returning from the day’s game drive in the afternoon, there is time to wash up, rest, read, write, or chat with your guides and each other over a drink. As evening falls a campfire is lit, and our chef prepares dinner. If the weather is particularly fine you may dine al fresco, surrounded by torches, or you may dine in the dining tent. Either way, your table is set with linens and restaurant quality dinnerware, silverware, and glasses.

Game Drives
Unforgettable full and half-day game drives are the primary activity of Boundless Journeys’ Tanzania safari. On most days, we will depart our lodge or camp early and spend the morning tracking various animals in our custom-built, 4WD safari vehicles. Each day is unique and unpredictable – which is why our guides say never put away your camera, even on the way to the airport!

Drives may last from a few morning hours to a full day. Sometimes we will take a picnic lunch, and other days we will return to the lodge or camp for lunch. As we come upon groups of animals, we allow plenty of time to simply observe and also take photographs. Our guides are experienced naturalists and will add greatly to your understanding of the animals. We keep a respectful distance – although the same cannot always be said about the animals; it is not unusual to come nose-to-car with baboons, zebras, wildebeest, gazelles, and elephants.

Weather
The weather in Arusha and the national parks is generally pleasant though the equatorial sun is strong. It can also rain at any time, but chances are higher during the months of April, May, June, November, and December. In the Ngorongoro area, evenings and early mornings can be chilly, and dressing in layers is a good strategy, so that you can shed or add layers as the day heats and cools.

The following are average temperatures in Arusha:
                       high          low

March:           81°F        53°F
July:              69°F        49°F
December:     81°F        50°F

You may obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.

When to Go
Our safaris coincide with important times in the annual migrations, as well as take advantage of other significant animal activities and weather patterns.

December: During the month of December, the migration is heading south to the short grass plains, and many zebras give birth around this time. Predators trail behind the herds. Being with your family in Tanzania is a memorable way to spend the holidays, and a great reason to consider a December departure. (Plan ahead, however, as airfare can sell out well in advance!)

January-March: The herds have typically arrived in the southern short grass plains of the Serengeti by now, and tens of thousands of wildebeest have their babies over the course of just a few weeks. A safari at this time of year will certainly offer sightings of enormous herds of wildebeest, along with all of the other African wildlife one would expect.

May-October:
The large herds are on their way north and have scattered a bit around the northern Serengeti. If you are lucky, we may witness herds crossing one of the large northern rivers – truly a sight to behold. We also explore the private Loliondo reserve bordering Serengeti National Park, and include a few nights in Tarangire National Park, known for its large elephant herds and wonderful baobob trees. Please request our Beyond the Serengeti itinerary if you’d like to plan at safari at this time of year.

Other times:
We suggest avoiding November and April through the first half of May, as those months comprise the rainy seasons in Tanzania. Outside of those months, there are great reasons to visit Tanzania at any time, and no matter when you choose to go, you will see more elephants, giraffes, wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, buffalos, hippos, ostriches, baboons, and lions than you can keep track of. If you are interested in organizing a private safari for your own group of family or friends on the dates that work for you, please contact our office at 800-941-8010 for our Private Collection sample itineraries.

 

Suggested Tanzania Accommodations

Please note that as this is a private safari for you and your family or friends, it can be tailored to your preferences. The below overview is only one possible suggestion in Tanzania based on our experience. We also offer custom safaris to Botswana, South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Kenya, and the Republic of the Congo.

Overview:  First-class hotels and lodges, private seasonal camp, and deluxe permanent camp; all private baths.

Night 1: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Arusha, Tanzania

               
Tanzania Safari - Serena Mountain Village, Arusha, TanzaniaNestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.




Nights 2 & 3: Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

                   
Tanzania Safari - Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaThe only lodge on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Sopa Lodge allows easy access to the crater floor, beautiful sunsets, and a private solarium for each room.

Optional upgade to Ngorongoro Crater Lodge available at addtional expense. See Dates & Pricing for details.

 



Nights 4 & 5 : Olakira Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tanzania Safari - Private Luxury Camp, Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaOlakira is an intimate mobile safari camp made up of 8 spacious and comfortable tents. Each tent features a king size bed, en suite bathroom and private veranda with a stunning view over the Serengeti. The camp moves twice a year between carefully chosen campsites, allowing for superb game viewing at all times.
 

Nights 6, 7, & 8: Kusini Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


Tanzania Safari - Kusini Camp, Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaPerfectly sited in a cluster of kopjes, Kusini is a permanent luxury tented camp blended seamlessly into the delicate environment of the predator-rich plains of the Serengeti. The surrounding short grass plains provide the setting for the most spectacular natural phenomenon on the continent, the wildebeest migration, during which time the herds amass in the vicinity of the camp for the birthing of their young. Kusini sits exclusively in this remote region of the Serengeti, affording guests the rare opportunity for secluded game drives well away from the usual tourist circuit.


Day 9 (day-use only): Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Arusha, Tanzania

               
Tanzania Safari - Serena Mountain Village, Arusha, TanzaniaSee Night 1. Day-use rooms are provided for resting and repacking before your international flight, if you have not reserved the Zanzibar: The Spice Island trip extension.

 

A Boundless Moment in Tanzania...

After a stop at their village near our camp, we follow two young Maasai scouts out into the open savannah, an endless sea of gently rolling grassland, dotted with kopjes. Our destination, our guides explain, is one of these small, rocky hills, known to house a pack of wild “painted” dogs, one of Tanzania’s rarely seen predators.

SUGGESTED PRIVATE TANZANIA SAFARI ITINERARY

Please note that the following is a typical safari itinerary, and actual activities may be customized to suit your interests, to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Some activities are also seasonal. As this is a private safari for you and your family or friends, it can be tailored to your preferences. The below overview is only one possible suggestion based on our experience.

DAY 1  
Arrival to Arusha


Upon arrival of your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, you are met by a Boundless Journeys representative who will transfer you to our lodge, set quietly aside Lake Duluti on the grounds of a former coffee plantation on the outskirts of Arusha.

Upon arrival to the lodge, you are greeted by a friendly staff, offering refreshments before turning in to rest after your travels.
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, Arusha

DAY 2  
Lake Manyara


Game drive through Lake Manyara National Park.

After a pre-safari briefing, we drive through Arusha, entering the Great Rift Valley, where the Earth’s plates are separating. This geologic phenomenon allows for the formation of the volcanoes in the region – one reason the Serengeti supports such a unique ecosystem. On the far side of the valley we reach Lake Manyara National Park.

Even though Lake Manyara is one of Tanzania’s smaller national parks, its jungle-like forest and immense “soda lake” support a great variety of wildlife. As we slowly make our way along a dirt track through the park, we may encounter pools of water full of hippos and see countless pink flamingoes, dainty gazelles, and graceful giraffes meandering through tall grass. We enjoy lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the lake, spying on animals through binoculars and scanning the trees for elusive tree-climbing lions.

This afternoon we drive to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, a volcanic caldera that is home to a huge concentration of wildlife –  including the “big five” –  elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhinoceros. One of seven UNESCO World Heritage Sites designated in Tanzania, Ngorongoro is the world’s largest unflooded caldera. While only 100 square miles in area, the crater is home to six distinct habitats: acacia forest, swamp, short grass plains, long grass plains, rivers, and woodland, with each habitat attracting a variety of animals. The rim of the crater reaches 7,800 feet in altitude and the crater floor rests at 5,000 feet. Home to almost 30,000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano, this is the best location for viewing black rhinoceros and huge, old bull elephants. There is not enough vegetation to support the large cow and calf herds, but the old male elephants “retire” to the crater for the lush swamp grass and acacia forest. The only Tanzanian game not seen in the crater are impala and giraffe. It is not known why impala do not inhabit the crater, but giraffe are unable to descend the steep grade without lowering their heads, which raises their blood pressure to dangerous levels.

By lake afternoon, we arrive at our home for the next two nights, the only lodge on the eastern rim of the crater.
Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

DAY 3 
Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai village


Full day game drive on the crater floor.

This morning we rise early to be the first on the crater floor. This is a magical time with the sun rising above the rim of the crater and the animals still active. We enjoy an extended game drive, with plenty of time for photography and to simply observe the interactions of the lions, cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo and black rhinoceros. The sheer number of wild animals living in such close proximity is amazing.

Making our way slowly across the caldera floor, which contains sweeping grasslands, lerai forest, a soda lake, and marshy wetlands, people often have the sense of being in another time. The landscape is so primitive, the ecosystems so intact, that it is like taking a trip to prehistory. Coming upon a lone elephant, a beautiful giant with gracefully curving tusks quietly munching on the soft grasses, listening to him breathe, is something one won’t soon forget.

This afternoon we ascend out of the crater and visit a Maasai boma, where we meet the village elders and learn about the traditions of their culture.

Tonight when we are back at the lodge, sitting comfortably by a crackling fire, our thoughts will be on the crater and the unseen drama unfolding in the darkness below, on the hunters and the hunted, completing life’s circle, as they have been for thousands of years.
Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

DAYS 4 & 5 

The Serengeti

Full-day game drives through the Serengeti plains.


After breakfast we depart our lodge on the crater rim, making our way down the northwest flank of the ancient volcano and entering the renowned Serengeti National Park. Known as Siringitu to the Maasai, a word meaning “where the land goes on forever”, the Serengeti covers 5,700 square miles of open grassland, acacia-dotted rolling hills, and rocky outcrops known as kopjes. It is home to millions of the earth’s most impressive land animals, and one of the last great migratory ecosystems on the planet. Throughout the year, huge herds of wildebeest and zebra make their way from the southern plains, through the grassy woodlands, and into Kenya’s Masai Mara, before returning to the south to begin the cycle again.

We begin our exploration of the Serengeti from our home in a deluxe seasonal tented camp. The location of our camp is chosen to provide both privacy and proximity to typical migratory patterns of the herds at each specific time of year, so we can always be close to the action. Even during moments when we are not in the midst of the migrating wildebeest and zebra, we will be getting to know the Serengeti’s other resident wildlife, including giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala, hippopotamus, elephant, crocodile, warthog, hyena, lion, cheetah, and leopard (to name a few).

After a cocktail by the campfire while the sun sets, we enjoy a delicious meal prepared by our personal bush chef. Each evening we drift off to sleep in the comfort of our safari tents, in full-size beds with hotel quality linens, soaking in the Serengeti – with distant roars of lions and a sky full of stars.
Olakira Seasonal Tented Camp (two nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania


DAYS 6-8
The Serengeti


Full-day game drives through the Serengeti plains.

We continue our exploration of the short grass plains that define the southern Serengeti, from our exclusive, luxury permanent camp, home for the next three nights. Using our camp as our base, we spend the next unforgettable full days game viewing. As the bush is always changing, we make our plans on the night before based on information gained as to where the best wildlife viewing will be. Depending on the day’s plans, we may take a picnic breakfast, lunch or both. Game drives often begin early in the morning when the animals are most active and the lighting is best for photographs.

It is a treat to shake off the dust after a day of walking and game viewing, and enjoy a cool drink on the beautiful kopjes overlooking the Serengeti. Staff rangers escort us through the grounds in the evening, in the event that some of the local animals may have come in close for a look.
Kusini Camp (three nights), Ngorongoro Conservation Area bordering the Southern Serengeti, Tanzania


DAY 9
Serengeti fly-over and Arusha


After breakfast we drive to a nearby airstrip, where we say good-bye to our naturalist guide and board our flight to Arusha. Seeing the Serengeti from above is an experience few others will ever have, and it is unforgettable. We arrive to Arusha’s domestic airport in time for your flight to Zanzibar (if you have reserved Boundless Journeys’ Zanzibar: The Spice Island trip extension). If you have not reserved the trip extension, you will be met by a Boundless Journeys driver who will transfer you to our lodge, where you will have a day-use room to rest and prepare for your evening international flight. On the way to the hotel we will stop at an indoor market where artisans from throughout Tanzania sell their work. This is a great place to purchase batik fabric, fine wood carvings, and even tanzanite. A transfer to the airport in time for your flight will be provided.
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (day-use), Arusha, Tanzania

 

Suggested Trip Length

9 Days

When to Go

Upcoming Trips:

This itinerary is suggested for travel from December-March. For May-October, see Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari.

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2015 Land Cost

From $6,495 per person

2015 Land Cost Details

2 Guests: $7,195 per person
3-4 Guests: $6,895 per person
5+ Guests: $6,495 per person

Pricing is based on the suggested itinerary; if the itinerary is customized, Boundless Journeys reserves the right to adjust pricing accordingly. Minimum age: 6.

Single Supplement

$1,745

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Single Supplements:

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement is paid by participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. If you reserve at least 120 days prior to departure, you may be eligible for a reduced or free single supplement.* This is generally limited to the first one or two solo travelers to reserve, and the reduction is outlined in the pricing for each trip. Please note, free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.

If you are traveling alone and wish to share accommodations, we will try to match you with a roommate of the same gender. If you reserve at least 120 days ahead and a roommate is not available, you will only be charged a “forced” single supplement in the amount of 50% of the standard single supplement* (unless otherwise noted in the detailed itinerary). Single accommodations are limited so you are encouraged to reserve early!

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Internal Airfare

$275

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Serengeti National Park to Arusha

Park Fees

$600 per person

Optional Ngorongoro Lodge Upgrade

$1,500 per person (two nights at Ngorongoro Crater Lodge instead of Sopa Lodge)

Holiday Supplement

$550 per person (December trips only)

What's Included

  • Expert leadership and services of safari camp staff, with a maximum 6:1 guide-to-guest ratio
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • Mountainsmith duffle bag for each participant; the perfect size to pack for a safari!

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Over the years we have forged bonds with some of the best guides in the world, and we typically work with a small team of guides in each region. You will be informed of the guide for your trip one month prior to your departure.

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Tanzania Safari guide - Kelvin Pronet Kinabo - Boundless JourneysKelvin Pronet Kinabo: Hailing from the Chagga tribe at the foot of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kelvin studied Geographic Information Systems at the University of Dar es Salaam, combined with a four year study of wildlife management and biodiversity conservation at the College of African Wildlife Management in Moshi, Tanzania. In addition to guiding throughout northern Tanzania, Kelvin has spent time as a research assistant for the African Wildlife Foundation, collecting scientific data on several species. Projects have included monitoring the elephant migration in the Kitendeni corridor and studying the habits of primates in Lake Manyara National Park. Kelvin’s in-depth wildlife knowledge and easy-going manner make him an ideal safari companion, and a favorite of Boundless Journeys’ guests.

Tanzania Safari guide - Wilfred Mrosso- Boundless JourneysWilfred Mrosso: Born near Tarangire National Park, Wilfred’s childhood was filled with the sights and sounds of Tanzania’s rugged bush. This introduction to wildlife at an early age encouraged his dream to become a naturalist guide and introduce travelers to the part of Africa he calls home. A graduate of the Mount Meru Guiding College, Wilfred has been sharing his passion for Africa’s wildlife with guests on safari since 2006. In addition to Swahili, he speaks French and English. His personable nature and wealth of knowledge has brought guests back to Tanzania time and again.

What other guests have said about our Tanzania guides:
“I just wanted to let you know that the safari was really made by Wilfred and Kelvin - they made the trip outstanding! Their personalities really added another dimension to the adventure. We also particularly enjoyed Reuben and the staff at the mobile tented camp. They were so personable... They were even kind enough to let me plug my hair dryer into the outlet – they moved it outside of the dining room and we set up a quick hair-drying session right there!” - P.G., Sacramento, CA

"Our guide, Wilfred, was awesome!  We always felt safe and worry-free in his care.  We were so happy to meet him and it was sad saying goodbye to him at the end of the trip.  He tried so hard to show us everything and he succeeded. We even saw the wildebeests crossing the river - what a bonus!" - L.J. & M.J., Sarnia, ON

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Incomparable wildlife encounters – lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, and millions of zebras and wildebeests – pillars of one of Earth’s last great migratory ecosystems

Legendary landscapes, from the Great Rift Valley, to the Ngorongoro Crater, to the plains of the Serengeti

Expert Tanzanian naturalist guides bring the Serengeti to life

Beautiful accommodations in astounding settings. Our seasonal tented camp allows our groups easy access to the most animals at any time of year

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This itinerary is suggested for travel from December-March. For May-October, see Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari.

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Tanzania Private Serengeti SafariFor private Tanzania safaris from May-October, please see Tanzania: Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari

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The small camps we suggest often sell out many months ahead of time. We suggest planning 6-12 months in advance, particularly if you have 4 or more guests in your group. That said, we can often make magical things happen with just a few months notice, but to avoid disappointment, please try to plan ahead!

What others have said...

We will savor this wonderful experience for years to come. Boundless Journeys gave us the right combination of support, information, guides, accommodations, people, and pure delight in every moment. What a wonderful treat to be in such good hands!
- P. and D. Holcomb, Sedona, AZ

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