Tanzania Safari Company Boundless Journeys
Tanzania
Beyond the Serengeti Safari

Any Tanzania safari must delve into the rich wildlife of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. But this safari also takes you beyond these places, to discover the private Loliondo game reserve and its local Maasai people, and the great elephant herds of Tarangire National Park.

Tanzania

Imagine the landscapes of East Africa – the Great Rift Valley, the Ngorongoro Crater, and the Serengeti – and you are imagining the same iconic landscapes that inspired the writings of such literary greats as Isak Dinesen. Here, everything that is Africa converges in a beautiful display, from the remarkable variety and sheer numbers of wild animals, to the sweeping plains and shallow lakes dotted with countless pink flamingos, to the rich culture of the Maasai, who live a predominantly traditional lifestyle to this day.

This Tanzania safari takes you beyond the Serengeti, to discover the private Loliondo game reserve with its local Maasai people, and the great elephant herds of Tarangire National Park – both ideal safari locales for the months of June-October. Of course, we also enjoy the rich wildlife of the Serengeti and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater.

No matter 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 Safari Itinerary at a glance

Tanzania Safari MapDay 1: Evening arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania. Transfer to our beautiful lakeside lodge on the grounds of an old coffee plantation.

Days 2-4: Experience an incredible flight over the Great Rift Valley and Serengeti on our way into the bush. Explore the Loliondo game reserve bordering the northern Serengeti National Park (ideal June-October for the large herds in the area). Enjoy nature walks with Maasai trackers, night drives, and game drives within Serengeti National Park. If we are lucky, we may witness one of epic river crossings of the migrating herds of wildebeest on the Mara River.

Day 5: Discover the wonders of the central Serengeti, home to large numbers of big cats, especially the elusive leopard.

Days 6-7: 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 and black rhino. Explore the forests of the Great Rift Valley with a traditional Maasai healer, and listen to their stories over a campfire as the sun sets.

Days 8-9: Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, known for its beautiful soda lake often full of flamingos, hippo pools, and tree-climbing lions. Continue to our permanent luxury tented camp, home for the next two nights. Located in a remote area of Tarangire National Park, Swala Camp attracts large herds of elephants to its nearby watering holes during the months of June-October. Early in the morning, sip coffee on your tent's porch as elephants quench their thirst nearby.

Day 10: Return to Arusha, where we say goodbye before your evening flight, or extend your tour on the exotic island of Zanzibar.

The Boundless Journeys Safari Advantage

  • Unique, award-winning itineraries. Our flexible, hand-crafted journeys have received accolades from the world’s most revered travel publications. Our permanent luxury camps allow us to be close to the action in privacy and exceptional comfort. Hotel quality linens, full-sized beds (not cots), en suite bathroom facilities attached to each tent (including warm showers!), a professional camp staff and indulgent touches like French-press coffee in the morning make these luxury camps an experience not to be missed.
  • Small groups. We tread softly, and our average group size is just 6-8 guests, and never more than 12 in our safari groups. 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.
  • Flexibility to suit your travel style. We offer both small-group departures and Private Collection safaris, so that you can choose which works best for you.
  • Insider connections. There is simply no substitute for traveling with a knowledgeable insider. Our Tanzanian guides are experienced naturalists, and 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.
  • A passion for travel. Simply put, we love to travel, and that is woven into every one of our journeys. For example, our flight over the Serengeti allows you to maximize your vacation time - and not spend it on long drives as some others do. It adds an unforgettable element to our journey, seeing the plains from above.
  • Customer service that goes the extra mile. There is no request that is too big – or too small – for our staff to handle.
  • Sustainability. We are committed to traveling responsibly – striving to preserve traditions and cultures around the world, and to protect fragile natural habitats.

 

RESERVE EARLY!
Our tours often fill months in advance, and our maximum group size is smaller than most tour operators. It's very quick and easy to reserve a trip. Give us a call at 800-941-8010 or complete the online Reserve a Trip form. We will confirm your reservation with a $500 per person deposit, payable by check or credit card.
 
QUESTIONS?...CONTACT US.
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

4-12 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

 

Physical Activity
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. Some itineraries include optional guided bush walks, which can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health.   

Preparing for this Trip
If you would like to take advantage of the optional walks, you may wish to engage in easy to moderate aerobic activities (walking, jogging, cycling) for 30-45 minutes a few times a week for several weeks before the trip. Consult your doctor before undertaking any new fitness program.  

Luxury Permanent Camps
Our permanent luxury camps allow us to be close to the action in privacy and exceptional comfort. Hotel quality linens, full-sized beds (not cots), en suite bathroom facilities attached to each tent (including warm showers!), a professional camp staff and indulgent touches like French-press coffee in the morning make these luxury camps an experience not to be missed.

Game Drives
Unforgettable full and half-day game drives make game-driving the primary activity of Boundless Journeys’ Tanzania trip. 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 and 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

July:             69°F        49°F
September:  76°F        47°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.

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, typically around the end of February/early March. 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. Please request our

Migration Safari

itinerary if you’d like to plan at safari at this time of year.

Late May-October: The large herds are on their way north and have scattered a bit around the northern Serengeti. If we 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.

Beyond the Serengeti

is a perfect itinerary for this time of year.

December: During the month of December, the migration is heading south again 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!). Please request our

Migration Safari

itinerary if you’d like to plan a 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 and ask for our Private Migration Safari and Beyond the Serengeti Private Safari sample itineraries.

Traveler’s Responsibility

Trip participants have certain responsibilities to both Boundless Journeys and your fellow travelers. This includes understanding the conditions described in the trip itinerary and making sure it is appropriate for your interests and abilities, based on a review of the trip ratings, consultation with Boundless Journeys’ staff, and perhaps your doctor. In addition, trip participants are responsible for preparing for a trip by undertaking the proper fitness training. At the guide’s discretion, a participant may be asked to leave the trip if the guide feels that the person’s further participation may be detrimental to the individual or to other trip participants. If you have any questions about the difficulty level of the trip you have chosen, please contact Boundless Journeys to speak with one of our Destination Managers.

Small Group Travel
Small group travel affords us the opportunity to seek out the most remote and exotic destinations on the planet. Often we are exploring these locales with just 6-12 guests. The nature of active group travel is such that not all participants have the same ability level or interests. Traveling at a pace that is comfortable for the entire group, with a spirit of flexibility and adventure are all part of this intimate experience.

 

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

   
Tanzania Safari - Serena Mountain Village, Arusha, TanzaniaNight 1: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel
Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled 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.
 

Tanzania Safari - Private Camp, Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaNights 2 & 3:  Buffalo Camp
Loliondo Reserve bordering Serengeti National Park
, Tanzania

Buffalo Luxury Camp is a premier permanent tented camp consisting of 15 grand canvas tents with ensuite facilities, uniquely designed to embrace the beauty of the Serengeti and create an intimacy with the surrounding environment and wildlife. The captivating Loliondo location allows for a unique safari and wildlife experience. There is also a dining tent with full waiter service, a personal bush chef, fully stocked bar, and personal tent valets to look after your tent, laundry, and other needs while camping.


Tanzania Safari - Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaNight 4:  Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Tucked among the Niariboro hills of the southwestern Serengeti, Sopa Lodge offers magnificent views, spacious rooms, well-appointed facilities and exceptional wildlife viewing. Its proximity to the Seronera River Valley in particular, with its abundance of resident animals including all the big carnivores, is a highlight at any time of year.


Tanzania Safari - Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater, TanzaniaNights 5 & 6:  Sopa Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater
, Tanzania

The 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.



Tanzania Safari - Bougainvillea Lodge, Karatu, TanzaniaNight 7:  Gibb's Farm
Karatu
, Tanzania

Set among extensive gardens, this award-winning property is comprised of the Farmhouse and 20 cottages, all at the heart of a working farm nestled on the edge of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area near the village of Karatu. Built in 1929, the Farmhouse has evolved into a comfortable retreat, while retaining the charm of a well looked-after private house. Cozy living rooms and reading corners are just steps away from the dining room, bar and gift shop.


Tanzania Safari - Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park, TanzaniaNights 8 & 9: Swala Camp
Tarangire National Park
, Tanzania

A beautiful permanent tented camp in the remote heart of Tarangire National Park. Ample water supply during the dry season attracts varied wildlife right to the camp, for amazing game viewing even from the porch of your individual platform tent.

               
Tanzania Safari - Kia Lodge, Arusha, TanzaniaDay 10 (day-use only): Kia Lodge
Arusha, Tanzania

Beautifully situated with views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, 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.

 

 

Tanzania Detailed Itinerary

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 amid coffee plantations on the shores of Lake Duluti.

At 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  
Flight into the Serengeti

Half-day Serengeti game drive.


This morning we depart our lodge early for the Arusha domestic airport, where we have our pre-safari briefing and board our flight into the Serengeti. Seeing the Serengeti from above is an experience few others will ever have, and it is unforgettable. We pass over the Great Rift Valley, and the land flattens out beneath us. 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 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, then return to the south to begin the cycle again.

Upon landing we board our safari vehicle, open the roof, and begin our first unforgettable game drive on our way to our camp on a private game reserve bordering Serengeti National Park.

Our days are filled with wildlife, and 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 inhabitants, including giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala, hippopotamus, elephant, crocodile, warthog, hyena, lion, cheetah, and leopard (to name a few).

Our luxury camp is ideally situated in a private game reserve sharing an unfenced border with the park. Our stay here allows us to enjoy activities that are not allowed within the park boundaries, such as night drives, nature walks with a local Maasai guide, and off-road driving. This evening, after a cocktail by the campfire while the sun sets, we enjoy a delicious meal prepared by the camp chef.
Buffalo Luxury Camp, Loliondo Reserve bordering Serengeti National Park


DAY 3  
Northern Serengeti and Maasai Village


Half-day game drive; walking safari – easy, about 2 hours.

Using our camp as our base, we spend this morning on a game drive, waking early to find the animals at their most active, and to take advantage of the optimal morning light for photography. As the bush is always changing, we make our plans 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.

This afternoon we find ourselves at a local Maasai village near our camp, where we are greeted warmly and shown around the village to get a glimpse inside the traditions of these people living so close to the land. Next, we join one of the Maasai youths on a walking safari across the open savannah. The opportunity to walk in a region populated by impressive wildlife in the company of a knowledgeable tracker is very special, and if we are very lucky, we may come across the rare African wild dogs that sometimes come through the area.

This 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 – distant roars of lions and a sky full of stars.
Buffalo Luxury Camp, Loliondo Reserve bordering Serengeti National Park


DAY 4
Into the Southwest Serengeti


Half-day game drive through the Serengeti plains.

This morning we say goodbye to our Serengeti camp staff and make our way through the plains. Although we are likely leaving the largest herds of the migration behind, there are many resident animals we are likely to encounter along the way. Even when not surrounded by animals, the epic wilderness is awe-inspiring to take in.

Later this afternoon we arrive at Serengeti Sopa Lodge, located in the Niariboro hills of the southwestern Serengeti.
Serengeti Sopa Lodge, Serengeti


DAY 5
The Southern Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater


Full day game drive.

This morning we make our way through the “short grass” plains in the southern Serengeti, game driving along the way. As we leave the park, we ascend the flanks of the ancient volcano whose massive eruptions over eons have fertilized the plains of the Serengeti. We pass Maasai people tending their herds of cattle, and by early afternoon we reach the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This protected area is nearly the size of the Serengeti itself, with its most distinctive feature being the Ngorongoro Crater. We arrive in time for afternoon tea at our lodge perched on the crater rim, where we watch the sun set over incredible scenery. From our vantage point at 7,500 feet, we can look down into the crater, a 100-square-mile caldera that is home to a huge concentration of wildlife, including the “big five”: elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, and rhino.

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. Each habitat attracts 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 rhino and huge, old bull elephants. Although there is not enough vegetation to support the large cow and calf herds, the old males “retire” to the crater for the wonderful swamp grass and acacia forest. The only animals we will not see in the crater are the 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.

Our lodge for the next two nights is set in a private location on the eastern rim of the crater.
Sopa Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater


DAY 6
Ngorongoro Crater


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 wildlife still active, and the sheer number of wild animals living in such close proximity is amazing. 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 rhino.

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 pre-history. Coming upon a lone elephant, a beautiful giant with gracefully curving tusks quietly munching on the soft grasses, just listening to him breathe, is something one won’t soon forget.

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


DAY 7  
Great Rift Valley

Maasai guided walk –  easy, 2-3 hours on forest trails. Afternoon at leisure.


After breakfast we depart the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, descending into the Great Rift Valley. Here the Earth’s plates are separating, allowing for the formation of volcanoes in the region. Soon we arrive at our award-winning lodge, featuring lovingly renovated plantation cottages with spectacular Rift Valley views. Here we are met by a local Maasai elder, a healer who will lead us on an easy-going walk through the surrounding forest, stopping along the way to introduce us to a wide variety of medicinal plants, including olemoran, olaiyapiyap, and osinoni, used locally to treat common health problems. It is a nice change of pace to stretch our legs and take time to notice some of the smaller elements of Africa’s interconnected ecosystems.

After our walk we return to the lodge for lunch, followed by an afternoon at leisure. You may choose to enjoy one of the many activities available to lodge guests, or simply relax and enjoy your surroundings, or perhaps reserve an appointment for a massage (at additional expense). Your guide can assist you with making any arrangements that interest you.

This evening before dinner, we regroup and join other lodge guests to enjoy a glorious sunset, a refreshing drink, and to listen to traditional healers share stories of tribal folklore.
Gibb’s Farm, Karatu

DAY 8  
Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park

Morning game drive through Lake Manyara National Park; afternoon game drive through Tarangire National Park.

This morning, we depart our lodge early for 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 full of hippos, see countless pink flamingos, dainty gazelles, and graceful giraffes meandering through tall grass. Perhaps we’ll enjoy lunch at a viewpoint overlooking the lake, spying on animals through binoculars and scanning the trees for elusive tree-climbing lions.

By afternoon, we drive to Tarangire National Park, best known for its large herds of elephants and the unique baobab trees that dot the landscape. We will also see a wide range of other animals, from the diminutive dik dik and rock hyrax to the majestic giraffe.

After spending much of the day observing the wildlife, we arrive at our home for the next two nights. Swala Camp looks east over the Gursi Swamp, which acts as a giant sponge, soaking up water in the green season and then slowly releasing it during the dry season. The Gursi Swamp is one of the few sources of permanent water in the Tarangire ecosystem. Massive concentrations of wildlife migrate to these few water sources during the dry season allowing for spectacular game viewing. It is a treat to shake off the dust after a day of game viewing, and sit on the terrace overlooking the park, enjoying a cool drink before an excellent dinner.
Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park
 

DAY 9  
Tarangire National Park


Full-day game drive.

Today we continue our exploration of the vast wilderness of Tarangire. By now we each have favorite animals – for some it is the unflappable giraffe, standing with noble grace at up to 18 feet tall. For others it will be the herds of elephants, always protective of their young. Of course, for many it is the lions, confidently gazing from their sun-warmed kopjes, quietly planning what will be on the menu tonight.

This evening we enjoy a final celebratory dinner, toasting the wonders of Tanzania.
Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park


DAY 10  
Departure from Arusha


After breakfast we begin our return trip to Arusha, slowly returning to civilization. Upon arrival to Arusha’s domestic airport, you will meet 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 Kia Lodge, where you will have a day-use room to rest and prepare for your departing 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 final transfer to the airport in time for your flight will be provided by the hotel.
Kia Lodge, Arusha (day-use) 

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary to take advantage of weather conditions, local events, and to allow serendipity to play a hand in your experience. Accommodations are as outlined in the itinerary, although we reserve the right to change these should the need arise.

 

Trip Length

10 Days

Trip Dates

Upcoming Trips:

  • Jul 19–28, 2014
  • Sep 21–30, 2014
  • Jul 19–28, 2015
  • Sep 20–29, 2015

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2014 Land Cost

$6,695 per person

Single Supplement

First two reserved on each departure: $775; Additional singles: $1700

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Single Supplements: (Free or reduced single supplements are not combinable with other offers or promotions.)

Accommodations (hotels, tents, cruise cabins) are based on double occupancy. A single supplement may be charged to participants who specifically request single accommodations, subject to availability. We have made every effort to eliminate or greatly reduce this cost for most of our scheduled small-group departures; however, these savings are limited to two single supplements per departure. Therefore, the first two single participants to reserve will receive the savings. This is not applicable to our Private Collection journeys.

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 90 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!

*This does not apply to cruises in the Galapagos Islands. Please see these trip pages for more details.

Internal Airfare

$245

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Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Park Fees

$600 per person

What's Included

  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • All transportation during the tour, including guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles and internal flight
  • 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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About our guides
With a Boundless Journeys guide, your experience is that of friend and local adventurer. We believe strongly in working with local guides, experts in the areas to which we travel, and they hold the keys to unlocking the hidden delights of your chosen destination. Although you will never know they are at work – the mark of a truly great leader – our guides make magical things happen and add a dimension to your trip that you could not experience on your own.

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.

Featured Guides

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 the earth’s last great migratory ecosystem

Legendary landscapes, from the Great Rift Valley, to the Ngorongoro Crater, to the plains of the Serengeti - plus off-the-beaten-track locales like the private Loliondo Game Reserve and Tarangire National Park

Expert Tanzanian naturalist guides bring the wilderness to life

Beautiful accommodations in astounding settings. Our luxury tented camps allows our groups easy and low-impact access to the most animals at any time of year

Upcoming Trips:

  • Jul 19–28, 2014
  • Sep 21–30, 2014
  • Jul 19–28, 2015
  • Sep 20–29, 2015

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The safari in Tanzania was amazing – so far beyond my wildest dreams. The access to so many animals and the respect for them was impressive. Everyone should have this experience!
 
-H.U., San Francisco, CA

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Ireland Hiking Tour"We admired the Irish people - their beautiful spirit, love and devotion to their country, their history, culture, and gorgeous countryside make us want to plan our return before we even leave."
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