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  • Tanzania: Ultimate Tanzania Safari
Overview

Go further and delve deeper into the wilderness of Tanzania with Boundless Journeys

Perhaps you’ve traveled to Africa before, and you are ready to go back for a more in-depth, offbeat experience. Or maybe you are new to African travel and are searching for an adventure that will remind you that there are still places on this planet where people live close to the wild. Perhaps you’ve been on game drives but have never perched atop a rock outcrop to observe a herd of elephants while an African sunset paints the sky with vibrant blazes of color.

No matter what your reason for joining Boundless Journeys’ Ultimate Tanzania Safari, you will find yourself witnessing a Tanzania that most travelers never see. We’ll enjoy luxurious, private seasonal camps in uncrowded areas and explore with experienced local guides whose mission is to immerse you in their beloved Africa.

We’ll follow a Maasai scout on a nature walk into the African bush and witness one of nature’s most inspiring spectacles: the Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra across the plains of the Serengeti. Hippos, lions, giraffes, leopards, gazelles, cheetahs, and a whole host of wild animals will join us on the way. Finally, we’ll relive the day’s events by cozy campfires in our hidden corners of Tanzania.

Featuring Tanzania’s spectacular landscapes, fascinating cultural immersions, epic wildlife, and luxurious private seasonal camps, we’ll skip the beaten path and discover our own version of Africa.

What Our Guests Have To Say About This Tour

a sure sign of a fabulous trip!

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We had a lot of fun on the safari. I continue to bore people with stories and pictures weeks later, a sure sign of a fabulous trip! Thanks to you and Boundless Journeys for the experience.

Trip of a lifetime indeed!

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I was so captivated by the opportunity to spend leisurely, private time in the presence of these strange, but equally beautiful and delightful creatures. Their enormity [of the elephants], their intelligence, their ability to love, be loved, remember, care and nurture, as well as, when enraged, display a brute strength that rivals few others’. We observed a sizable group cooling off on the shores of a lush, kelly green swamp, dappled with cool blue water. The elephants were lolling about, some submerged, wallowing in the mud. The baby was always well tended, the mother and others taking care it didn't get in over its head, so to speak. There was some roughhousing going around, and also a few bulls vying for a nearby cow, which one eventually did win favor with. Nature at its best I suppose. Hopefully there'll be another calf as adorable as this one in another year or so. Ah, the stories we now share. Trip of a lifetime indeed! Thanks for all your help Karen, and that of your co-workers, both here stateside and also in Tanzania. We are enormously appreciative.

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Itinerary &
Accommodations

Itinerary & Accommodations

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 beside 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.

Accommodations
Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

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-style rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.

Day 2

Tarangire National Park

  • Activity Overview: Morning Maasai village visit; afternoon game drive
  • Activity Level: Easy

After breakfast and a briefing from our safari guides, we depart for our destination for the next two nights: Tarangire National Park. The baobab-strewn Tarangire is a haven for wildlife and offers rich game viewing: herds up to 300 elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons, particularly during the dry season. It has Tanzania's greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and is the only place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the oryx and the gerenuk are regularly seen.

We approach the park via a remote conservation area, allowing us to explore the park far from the more crowded game routes near the main park entrance. As we approach the park we pass through a seldom visited Maasai boma and stop to meet with them. En route, we visit a remote Maasai boma, providing our first glimpse of this colorful tribal culture. We begin our first game drive as soon as we enter the park, stopping when we are ready for a picnic lunch. By this afternoon, we arrive at our private, seasonal tented camp set in an immense, uncrowded wilderness. Close to the Silale wetland, this is prime elephant and buffalo territory. Anywhere you look, you may find game meandering in search of grazing. Osunyai and nearby Silale are also fantastic habitats to view predators and prey in an unsurpassed setting.

Our spacious, walk-in tents are set beneath mature acacia trees facing the morning sun. A dining tent forms the heart of the camp, where we'll enjoy delicious meals, sample wines from Southern Africa, and perhaps enjoy a cold beer from the region (German-style pilsners are a remnant of the colonial history of Tanzania and are a welcome thirst quencher after a day in the sun!).

Accommodations
Private Tarangire Camp

Private Tarangire Camp
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Our private tented camp offers luxury safari tents set under sprawling acacia trees in an uncrowded area of Tarangire National Park. The tents are large and airy, with full width windows, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers on request, king-sized double or twin beds, interior solar lighting, and a private veranda. The camp also has a comfortable lounge tent for socializing and a fully stocked bar.

Day 3

Tarangire National Park

  • Activity Overview: Morning bush walk; afternoon game drive
  • Activity Level: Easy
  • Activity Length: About two hours walking

One of the great benefits of having private use of our camp is the flexibility to take advantage of the range of wildlife and nature activities available. In addition to traditional game drives in the camp's open-sided Land Rover, the camp also has an experienced walking guide on staff; this morning, perhaps you'll join our walking guide and a local Maasai scout for a nature walk. Leaving the vehicle behind and feeling Africa's warm soil underfoot will most definitely heighten your awareness of all that surrounds you. Although you may encounter any number of species at a distance, close-up wildlife viewing is not the goal of a bush walk. Instead, we have the opportunity to learn about the smaller, less apparent signs of nature, from medicinal plants to the alarm calls of birds.

Midday finds us back at camp to enjoy lunch and some time to rest. Later this afternoon, our guide will pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and we'll head out for an African safari tradition - a late-day game drive complete with sundowners in the bush. Finding the perfect spot to view the setting sun, we'll enjoy a drink and listen to the sounds of the bush coming to life this evening, before heading back to camp for dinner.

Accommodations
Private Tarangire Camp

Private Tarangire Camp
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Our private tented camp offers luxury safari tents set under sprawling acacia trees in an uncrowded area of Tarangire National Park. The tents are large and airy, with full width windows, ensuite bathrooms with hot showers on request, king-sized double or twin beds, interior solar lighting, and a private veranda. The camp also has a comfortable lounge tent for socializing and a fully stocked bar.

Day 4

Villages of the Maasai Steppe

  • Activity Overview: Cultural immersion
  • Activity Level: Easy

The Maasai Steppe is an expansive area of grassland dotted with trees that is populated with various tribal peoples, predominantly Maasai, whose historically pastoral lifestyle is in some cases evolving into subsistence farming. Some villages have built up into small towns, and we'll take time to stop for a glimpse at modern African village life. After a stroll through town and lunch at a local restaurant, we'll have time to explore the local markets before continuing on to our home for the night, a comfortable stone lodge on the western rim of the Ngorongoro Crater boasting fantastic views into this World Heritage Site.

This evening, after the sun sets and we are 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.

Accommodations
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Hugging the jagged Ngorongoro Crater rim, each of the rooms of this deluxe safari lodge has its own private balcony, offering uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. The stone lodge features a grand hearth, where a fire is kept continually burning to ward off the chill of evenings on the rim. Arched stone passages lit by torches, timbered decks, and walls decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings evoke the essence of African history.

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater

  • Activity Overview: Full day game drive
  • Activity Level: Easy

This morning we rise early to be among 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, one has 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 grass, is something one won't soon forget.

After a full day of exploring the crater, we return to our lodge. This evening after the sun sets and we are 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.

Accommodations
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Hugging the jagged Ngorongoro Crater rim, each of the rooms of this deluxe safari lodge has its own private balcony, offering uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheatre far below. The stone lodge features a grand hearth, where a fire is kept continually burning to ward off the chill of evenings on the rim. Arched stone passages lit by torches, timbered decks, and walls decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings evoke the essence of African history.

Day 6

Olduvai Gorge and into the Serengeti

  • Activity Overview: Full day game drive and visit to Olduvai Gorge
  • Activity Level: Easy

This morning we depart the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into the wide-open plains of the vast Serengeti. 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, before returning to the south to begin the cycle again.

En route to our camp, we will make a stop at the famed Olduvai Gorge, where the Leakey family made their discoveries of some of human's early ancestors.

Accommodations
Private Serengeti Camp

Private Serengeti Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Our deluxe mobile tented camp allows us to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in privacy, comfort, and style. The camp is situated to take best advantage of the seasonal movements of the great migration, and features innovative tents, with a unique open-ceiling shower to experience unforgettable African skies. LED lighting allows you to move freely about your tent at night without a flashlight, and a candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp

Mbuzi Mawe Tented Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Located under a scenic rock outcrop in the central Serengeti, Mbuzi Mawe is a great stopover point en route from Ngorongoro Crater to the northern Serengeti. It can also be a destination unto itself, as the central Serengeti is known for its prolific resident game, from big cats to hippos. This deluxe permanent camp is comprised of 16 spacious tents with ensuite facilities and verandas overlooking the sweeping views of the plains, each situated to enhance privacy.

Days 7 - 9

Serengeti National Park

  • Activity Overview: Full day game drives
  • Activity Level: Easy

We continue our exploration for the next three days from our private luxury mobile camp, harkening back the days of heavy canvas camps set for the likes of Roosevelt and Hemingway. But our goal is to take photos and memories, not hunting trophies. Our private camp for the next three nights is tasteful, extremely comfortable, and above all mobile, allowing us to place our camp according to the movements of the great migratory herds during each season. From December-March, our camp sits on the edge of 'Hidden Valley,' a little known depression on the southern plains of the Serengeti, on the edge of the off road driving area, allowing immediate access onto the short grass plains where cheetah are abundant and lion prides establish territory close to camp and the surrounding woodland. From June-October, our camp is further north, when the herds are in that area (this is also the reason for the stop at Mbuzi Mawe for Night 6 from June-October). 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.

After sundowners by the campfire, memorable evening meals will be served al fresco under the African stars, or in the candlelit dining tent. 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 magic of the Serengeti, with distant roars of lions and a sky full of stars.

Accommodations
Private Serengeti Camp

Private Serengeti Camp
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Our deluxe mobile tented camp allows us to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in privacy, comfort, and style. The camp is situated to take best advantage of the seasonal movements of the great migration, and features innovative tents, with a unique open-ceiling shower to experience unforgettable African skies. LED lighting allows you to move freely about your tent at night without a flashlight, and a candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.

Private Serengeti Camp

Private Serengeti Camp
Tanzania

Our deluxe mobile tented camp allows us to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in privacy, comfort, and style. The camp is situated to take best advantage of the seasonal movements of the great migration, and features innovative tents, with a unique open-ceiling shower to experience unforgettable African skies. LED lighting allows you to move freely about your tent at night without a flashlight, and a candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.

Day 10

Serengeti fly-over and departure from 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. Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be met by a Boundless Journeys driver who will transfer you to a lodge where you will have a day-use room to rest and prepare for your evening international flight. A transfer to the airport, in time for your flight, will be provided.

Accommodations
Kia Lodge

Kia Lodge
Arusha, Tanzania

Beautifully situated with views of Mount Kilimanjaro, Kia Lodge offers accommodation near the airport, ideal for day use prior to an evening departure, or for overnights if your flight arrives in the middle of the night.

Please note that this is a typical itinerary, and actual activities may vary due to 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 or the order visited should the need arise.

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Dates &
Prices

Dates And Prices

2017
Trip Length

10 Days

Trip Dates

Oct 2-11, 2017

Additional Dates on Request

2017 Land Cost

From $8,595 Per Person


Internal Airfare

$375 Per Person

Serengeti-Arusha; subject to change

Single Supplement

First one reserved:$165

Additional:$665

See single supplement policy below.

Possible 2017 Concession Fee Increase.

As of May 22, 2017, the Tanzanian Parks Authority is debating possible concession fee increases to take effect for all travelers arriving after July 1, 2017. These fees are completely beyond our control and may affect pricing for the remainder of 2017. Please be prepared for a possible (estimated) $200-$300 per person increase in the cost of Boundless Journeys' Tanzania safaris for travel from July 1, 2017 onward.

What's Included

  • Expert leadership
  • All accommodations
  • All meals
  • Local wine, beer, and cocktails
  • All ground transportation during the tour, including guaranteed window seating in safari vehicles
  • Membership in Flying Doctor Society
  • All activities as noted in the itinerary
  • National Park entry fees
  • Mountainsmith duffle bag for each participant; the perfect size to pack for a safari!
Single Supplement Policy

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!

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

What To
Expect

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. Ultimate Tanzania Safari is rated 1, easy, on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the most strenuous). We combine deluxe lodges with comfortable seasonal and mobile camps as the base for our primary activity - game-viewing drives by 4WD vehicle. Optional guided bush walks can be enjoyed by anyone who is in reasonably good health.

Meeting Point

Arusha, Tanzania

Departure Point

Arusha, Tanzania

Traveling To and From

Most Convenient Airport:
Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, Tanzania (airport code 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, please schedule your departing flight after 6 p.m.

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.

Private Safari Camps

Our private safari camps allow us to be close to the action in relative solitude. While we do not have exclusive use of the national parks we will be exploring, our camps are situated to give us an unparalleled sense of space and exclusivity. But that does not mean we go without creature comforts: hotel quality linens, full-sized beds (not cots), ensuite bathroom facilities attached to each tent (including hot showers!), a professional camp staff and indulgent touches like French-press coffee in the morning make our private seasonal camps an experience not to be missed.

Game Drives

Unforgettable full and half-day game drives are the primary activity of Boundless Journeys' Ultimate 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 camp for lunch. As we encounter wildlife, 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, elephants, and more.

Weather

The weather in northern Tanzania 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.

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

Arusha

Dec-Mar

High: 80s
Low: 50s

June-Oct

High: 70s
Low: 40s

When to Go

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

December-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.

June-July: Large herds are on their way north, migrating through the Western Corridor and across the Grumeti River. If you are lucky, we may witness herds crossing the Grumeti - while this can't be guaranteed, a safari at this time increases your chances.

August-October: The large herds are generally in the north and have scattered around the northern Serengeti, as well as crossing back and forth over the Mara River into Kenya's Masai Mara. If you are lucky, we may witness herds crossing one of the large northern rivers - truly a sight to behold. Even when large herds have migrated into the Mara, there are always many left in the Northern Serengeti, and far fewer people than on the Kenya side of the border.

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 to discuss our custom safari options.

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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.

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