Tanzania is a land of rolling plains, dramatic mountain ranges, beautiful lakes, and pristine, white-sand beaches. Add spectacular landscapes, one of the largest migrations on earth, some of the world’s most cunning predators (and among Africa’s highest density of lion), vibrant tribal culture, and unspoiled coral reefs, and you have a Boundless Journeys destination to satisfy even the most discerning traveler.
Tanzania’s close proximity to the equator provides an idyllic climate, making it a nearly year-round destination for a once-in-a-lifetime safari. If you are short on time, a visit to one or two of Tanzania’s northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, or the Serengeti are a must. If you like, you can extend your Boundless Journeys custom tour of Tanzania with a relaxing break on the “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. And for those with more time on their hands, a trip to the less traveled southern parks can be a richly rewarding experience.
Take a custom tour of Tanzania with Boundless Journeys and see what has drawn travelers to East Africa for generations.
Why Trust Your Custom African Safari to Boundless Journeys?
To develop a collection of truly unique safaris, Boundless Journeys has partnered with some of the best safari outfitters in Southern and Eastern Africa. In addition to experienced guides, first-class vehicles, and a diverse selection of camp and lodge options, our partners’ conservation efforts and community-mindedness are great matches for Boundless Journeys’ core philosophy.
Based on our years of designing custom safaris to Tanzania, we believe that the combinations below deliver the best experiences in each region. Our Boundless Journeys trip specialists can further customize these options to match the interests of your group, and can mix and match the experiences below. Don't worry: If you don't see what you are looking for, there are many more options to explore! Give us a call at 1-800-941-8010 to start the conversation.
As the largest unbroken and non-flooded caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking wonder. With its forest-covered walls and fertile slopes, this UNESCO World Heritage Site is home to over 25,000 types of animals, a range of endangered species such as the Black Rhino, and over 500 species of birds. The ecosystems here support everything from elephants, buffalo, zebras, hippos, and wildebeest to a high concentration of predators, as well as the semi-nomadic Maasai people in the greater Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Archaeological research has detected hominid footprints in the Ngorongoro region that date back a staggering 3,600,000 years.
Known as Siringitu to the Maasai, a word meaning ?"where the land goes on forever?," the Serengeti covers some 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, with over 1,000,000 wildebeest and 200,000 zebra. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to substantial populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and over 500 species of birds. Naturally, this makes for a predator’s paradise, and large concentrations of lion, leopard, cheetah, and spotted hyena lay in wait.
Although not as well known as the Serengeti, Tarangire is a wonderful destination for any safari in Tanzania. The year-round water supply draws plains game from far and wide to gather at the river, making it a veritable buffet for predators. Everything from migratory wildebeest, buffalo, and zebra to gazelle, eland, hartebeest, and impala can be seen, as well as herds of up to 300 elephants. The best time to spot mammals is the dry season (June to October).
Deluxe private camps and luxurious lodges are connected by scenic air transfers, for the ultimate in exclusive safari experiences.
Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park
Day 1: Arrival and overnight in ArushaDay 2: Bush flight to Tarangire National Park; picnic lunch and game drive en route to our remote and private seasonal campDay 3: Full day game drives and guided bush walk in Tarangire National Park; night game driveDay 4: Bush flight to Manyara airstrip; meet lodge guide and continue to lodge on Ngorongoro Crater RimDay 5: Full day game drive in Ngorongoro Crater with lodge guideDay 6: Bush flight to Serengeti National Park; picnic lunch and game drive en route to our remote and private seasonal campDays 7-8: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park with focus on resident predators and gameDay 9: Full day game drive in Serengeti National Park with focus on the Great MigrationDay 10: Bush flight to Arusha for international departure
The Manor at Ngorongoro combines a dash of opulence with easy access to the ‘eighth wonder of the world’. Set amid glorious gardens and lush coffee fields in the Tanzanian highlands, it oozes Old World glamour: think polished-wood floors and antique furnishings, fine dining, billiards and cigars. Each of its elegant Cape Dutch-styled cottages has a private deck, sitting room, open fire and enormous Victorian bath, which will be ready-filled with bubbles, awaiting your return from the day’s adventure.
Located on the outskirts of the bustling town of Arusha, Coffee Lodge sits in the foothills of Mount Meru. Designed around the plantation’s original home dating back to the early 1900s, the suites radiate into the coffee fields and feature a fireplace, comfortable furnishings, and beautifully appointed ensuite bathroom. The main Plantation House is an idyll of warmth, with friendly staff, a cozy lounge and restaurant, swimming pool, and garden terrace.
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.
Located at the foot of magnificent Mount Meru, Legendary Lodge offers 12 colonial-style cottages (10 garden and 2 family) each featuring a unique combination of amenities, views, fashionable interiors, lounge with leather seating and cozy fireplace, and tranquil bath with Italian fixtures, expansive vanity and large soaking tub. Property highlights include fragrant garden, exquisite spa, fitness center, and luxurious dining with open-air terrace.
Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and the wildlife sanctuary, home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey.
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
An intimate camp set in a beautiful acacia forest on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, Lemala Ngorongoro Tented Camp has nine spacious canvas tents, each featuring two queen beds and roomy ensuite bathroom with dressing area, flush toilet and a large gravity-fed hot shower. Tents are heated, and beds are equipped with winter weight duvets and hot water bottles. The mess tent is beautifully furnished with comfortable sofas, lamps, antiques, and rugs.
Undoubtedly the finest accommodation along the crater rim, Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is unique among African lodges. Each room has a central living area and viewing decks overlooking the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Colonial-style interiors combine regal colors under banana-leaf ceilings and grass roofs. Antiques, voluptuous raw silk curtains and tall, leather-backed chairs blend with African art to complete the ambiance. The lodge is divided into three camps of just 10 guest rooms each, arrayed around a central dining area and lounge.
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.
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. Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, decorated with examples of Africa’s traditional woodcarvings and sculpture, and embracing the colorful textiles and bold patterns of classic African design, the lodge complements its dramatic surroundings. Views toward the west ensure beautiful sunsets over the large swimming pool.
Rift Valley, Tanzania
Perched on the edge of a towering escarpment overlooking the sparkling waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Lodge is designed around this panoramic scene. The lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, a dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Each circular rondavel-style room offers spectacular views over the lake.
Known as Siringitu to the Maasai, a word meaning ?"where the land goes on forever?," the Serengeti covers some 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, with over 1,000,000 wildebeest and 200,000 zebra. This UNESCO World Heritage site is also home to substantial populations of elephant, buffalo, giraffe, and over 500 species of birds. Naturally, this makes for a predator's paradise, and large concentrations of lion, leopard, cheetah, and spotted hyena lay in wait.
Loliondo Reserve, Tanzania
Buffalo Luxury Camp is a permanent tented camp consisting of 15 spacious tents with ensuite facilities, designed to embrace the beauty of the Serengeti and its wildife. The captivating Klien’s Concession location allows for a unique safari and wildlife experience in a private reserve bordering Serengeti National Park, where game viewing activities may be combined with night drives, guided nature walks, and cultural interactions with resident Maasai tribes.
Western Corridor & Grumeti Reserve, Tanzania
In the path of the Great Migration, Grumeti Serengeti Tented Camp’s simple yet sophisticated safari tents are nestled on the banks of a tributary of the famous Grumeti River. The camps location provides an exclusive Serengeti experience with secluded game viewing in the famous Grumeti game reserve. Ten tented suites overlook the river and its resident pods of hippo, and feature open-air showers. A sparkling swimming pool and open-air dining boma complete the experience.
Northern Serengeti National Park , Tanzania
Lemala Kuria Hills Lodge is situated close to the Mara River on the route of the Great Migration in the northern Serengeti. Each tent ensures both privacy and spectacular vistas over the savannah and woodlands. Featuring 15 glass-fronted suite tents with twin or king beds; ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hot showers and a freestanding bath; and plunge pools. Main areas include a bar, sitting and dining areas, swimming pool and extensive decks.
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Lemala Ewanjan is set within the game-rich Seronera Valley in a secluded part of central Serengeti. Offering breathtaking views of the Serengeti plains, the camp has 12 spacious tented suites, each fitted with two queen-sized beds with warm duvets, full bathrooms, and a veranda. The dining and lounge tent is decorated with comfortable sofas, chandeliers, and antiques. Campfires and sunset cocktails provide ample time to swap stories of the day.
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.
Northern Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Hidden among the rocky outcrops of the northern Serengeti, Serengeti Migration Camp overlooks the riverine forest of the famed Grumeti River. 20 deluxe permanent tents, each with richly furnished bedrooms, full ensuite bathroom, and private deck. The main tent has a split-level lounge, a swimming pool, restaurant and viewing platforms that offer vistas across the river and the rugged landscape beyond.
Boundless Journeys’ mobile camps allow us to be close to the action in privacy and style. Set in beautiful locations, selected to ensure proximity to the great migration at any time of year, our large walk-in tents are 10 x 24, including attached bathroom with flush toilet and gravity-fed hot shower, as well as a covered veranda. Large screened windows allow in ample light and provide lovely views of the savannah from your bed. Amenities include a wash basin, cozy bathrobes and towels, full-size queen (or twin) beds, hotel-quality linens, electric lighting, and a writing desk. There is a skilled bush chef, a fully stocked bar, and personal tent valets to look after your tent, laundry, and other needs while camping. Meals are served al fresco or in a large dining tent, complete with linens and china.
This well-appointed, traditional tented camp moves seasonally, so that we are always close to the Great Migration in privacy and style. Nine spacious tents with comfortable beds, side tables, and a writing desk are scattered across a private, remote landscape. Private bathrooms attached to each tent include shower, flush toilet, washbasin, and vanity. There is also a dining and lounge tent with waiter service and a fully stocked bar.
Boundless Journeys’ mobile camps you to be close to experience the grandeur of the Serengeti in comfort, privacy, and style. Camps are set in beautiful locations, selected to ensure proximity to the Great Migration at any time of year, and feature innovative tents, ensuite baths, lighting, and indulgent touches. A candlelit dining tent with silver service meals evokes the finest safari traditions.
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.
This well-appointed, updated take on a classic "campaign" tented camp moves seasonally, so that we are always close to the Great Migration in privacy and style. Ten spacious guest tents with comfortable beds, side tables, and a writing desk are scattered across a private, remote landscape. Ensuite bathrooms attached to each tent include shower, flush toilet, wash basin and vanity. There is also a dining and lounge tent with waiter service and a fully stocked bar.
Southern Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Perfectly sited in a cluster of rock outcrops, Sanctuary Kusini is a permanent luxury tented camp blended seamlessly into the delicate environment of the wildlife-rich plains of the Serengeti. The surrounding short grass plains provide the setting for the most spectacular natural phenomenon on the continent of Africa, the Great Migration. 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.
Central Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
This grand African lodge, set high on a ridge and commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, offers a fusion of traditional African architecture and modern comfort. Centrally located adjacent to the famous Western Corridor and Grumeti River, the lodge has been designed to blend into the living landscape. A series of traditional domed rondavel-style rooms and swimming pool are scattered throughout the grounds, cooled by groves of acacia trees and sparkling streams.
Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the southwestern Serengeti National Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty, Serengeti Sopa Lodge offers hospitality and relaxation in one of Africa’s great wildernesses. This expansive lodge offers ensuite rooms and suites, each with a veranda and extraordinary views of the vast Serengeti plains. The lodge also features an open dining area, bar with terrace, and swimming pool.
Singita Faru Faru Lodge is located in the Grumeti Reserve adjacent to Serengeti National Park. Positioned on the path of the Great Migration, Faru Faru is a mix of contemporary, organic style and quirky practicality. The property offers seven one-bedroom suites, one family suite and one two-bedroom villa with private infinity pool. There is a spa, gym, two swimming pools, equestrian center, and extensive wine cellar.
Singita Sasakwa Lodge is located in the Grumeti Reserve adjacent to Serengeti National Park. A sense of grandeur is woven throughout the turn-of-the-century manor house and private cottages through a blend of authentic European style and East African influences. Each cottage and villa features private infinity pool, and the main areas of the lodge feature a swimming pool, spa, gym, equestrian center, and extensive wine cellar.
Lake Manyara and Tarangire regions, Tanzania
Located strategically between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks, this permanent tented lodge features 40 spacious thatch-and-canvas tented rooms raised off the ground. Walkways connect the private tents with the main areas of camp and swimming pool, and each tent offers a private veranda overlooking the Great Rift Valley escarpment and Lake Manyara.
Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
The charm of Oliver’s Camp is its understated bush luxury without unneccessary frills. Set deep within Tarangire National Park near the famous Silale wetland, Oliver’s features 10 permanent safari tents (including one honeymoon and one family tent), each boasting a hand-carved African mahogany king-sized bed, private veranda and ensuite bathroom with flush toilets and spacious outdoor shower. Guests enjoy meals together at the main lounge area and swap safari tales around the campfire.
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.
Tarangire Treetops sits serenely in a baobab and marula grove on the border of Tarangire National Park. The main lodge and 20 elevated rooms are built to incorporate the impressive bulk of a thousand year-old baobab tree. Each spacious, ensuite room features warm furnishings and an expansive private balcony. Lantern-lit dinners in the traditional boma are accompanied by the sounds of Maasai chants, while poolside dinners allow observation of the wildlife that comes to the waterhole.
From providing accommodation options based on your budget, to recommendations on pre- or post-safari travels, assisting you with booking regional air, and meeting you at the airport when you arrive: Boundless Journeys can help you with each step in planning your custom safari. We will seamlessly guide you, so that you can simply relax and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime in Tanzania.
A variety of activities can be included on our custom safaris in Tanzania, but the primary activity is usually game driving. The wildlife is typically most active early in the morning and late in the afternoon (these times also provide the best light for photography), and therefore we plan our activities accordingly.
Typically, one of the camp staff will knock at your tent door early in the morning, and the group will gather for a quick, light breakfast and coffee or tea before departing camp as the sun rises. We move slowly, and even when animals are not present, the landscape and sounds of the bush are entrancing. We spend a few hours exploring and observing animals at watering holes or on the move from one region to another.
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. By mid-late morning, we return to camp where a delicious midday meal awaits.
After brunch, we enjoy a few hours of down time, enjoying the amenities of camp, resting, bird watching, taking photos, or perhaps reading about the region you are visiting.
In the afternoon, we gather for hors d'oeuvres and drinks before heading out for the afternoon activity. Some days this will be another game drive, while other times we may explore the area on foot in the company of our guide and a ranger. "Sundowners", a light snack and cocktails served in the bush, are an African safari tradition, and a great way to enjoy unforgettable sunsets. We then make our way back to camp, sometimes driving with a spotlight to look for nocturnal animals.
In the evenings, dinner may vary from seated meals ordered from the daily menu, to dining in the camp boma with a feast of traditional African foods and entertainment by the camp staff. These are joyful performances where it is often difficult to tell who is having more fun—the staff or the camp guests!
June-September is the cooler dry season. The temperature rises from October onwards and the "short rains" occur in November, bringing new life to Tanzania.
December-March is drier again, and April and May are characterized by heavy intermittent rain, making the bush green and lush. At any time of year, the temperatures on the Ngorongoro Crater rim can be decidedly cooler than on the Crater floor and in the Serengeti; this is particularly noted from mid-May through August.
You may obtain more detailed weather information on www.weatherbase.com.
With careful planning,Tanzania can be a year-round destination. Due to its close proximity to the equator, there are only subtle climatic variations throughout the year.
Our small-group Tanzania safaris coincide with important times in the annual migrations, as well as take advantage of other significant animal activities and weather patterns. They are planned carefully to make sure our groups are in the right locations to witness the best wildlife action at any time of year. If you prefer a custom Tanzania safari, please note the following:
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 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 begin the conversation.
In the permanent camps and lodges, continental-style cuisine is served, although there is often an Indian or traditional African influence (curries, for example, are popular, or chicken stewed in tomatoes and coconut milk). Breakfast and lunch in the lodges are often served buffetstyle, while dinner is á la carte. Meals in safari camps may be served family-style, and Tanzania's talented bush chefs blend traditional African dishes with more familiar fare.
Vegetarians can be accommodated with advance notice, though choices tend to be more limited.
Born near Tarangire National Park, Wilfred's childhood was filled with the sights and sounds of Tanzania's rugged bush. This early introduction to wildlife helped to define his dream to become a naturalist guide and introduce travelers to the part of Africa he calls home.
Wilfred has enjoyed sharing his passion for Africa's wildlife with guests since 2006. In addition to Swahili, he speaks French and English. His personable and fun nature, along with his wealth of knowledge, have brought guests back to Tanzania time and again.
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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