Tanzania Safari Extension: 8-Day Safari

Chris Donovan

Photo by Chris Donovan

A full safari experience in Tanzania’s best-known parks

In addition to the iconic plains of the Serengeti and the verdant, self-contained ecosystem in the Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll have a chance to visit Tarangire, a safari purist’s park known for its massive elephant herds, impressive bird life, and relative lack of tourists.

Trip Highlights:

  • Spot massive elephant herds during two days in Tarangire national park
  • Stay at Ngorongoro Crater Nyumba and reach the crater floor well before the crowds
  • Enjoy comfortable accommodations throughout in exclusive Nyumba camps
  • See the Serengeti from above on an optional hot air balloon ride

Days 1-2
Tarangire National Park

From Arusha you’ll set out for Tarangire, home to some of the largest herds of elephant in East Africa. Unwind at your exclusive Nyumba camp, nestled beneath the park’s majestic baobab trees. You’ll enjoy delicious dinners and the chance to relax around a campfire, under the brilliant stars.

Overnights: Tarangire Nyumba


Days 3-4
Ngorongoro Crater

On your journey through the verdant Ngorongoro highlands, you’ll stop at a traditional Maasai boma (a settlement of circular mud-and-dung huts), where you’ll learn more about this traditional pastoralist culture. Your Nyumba is perched on the crater rim, perfectly situated for and early journey into the crater, before the crowds descend. In the crater, you’ll marvel at this self-contained ecosystem, holding the highest concentration of mammals in the world. After your visit to this untouched paradise, you’ll understand why Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden.”

Overnights: Ngorongoro Nyumba


Days 5-6
Serengeti National Park

On your drive west, you’ll stop at Olduvai Gorge, the site where the Leakeys discovered “Zinj,” one of our most ancient hominid ancestors. From there, continue to the Serengeti, a land of rolling plains teeming with wildlife. See lion, cheetah, warthog, rhino, antelope, hippo, giraffe, zebra and the infamous migration of the wildebeest. Evenings in the bush will be a treat in your beautiful and exclusive Nyumba Camps, moved seasonally for optimal wildlife viewing.

Join an optional hot air balloon ride  to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba


Days 7-8
Serengeti National Park to Arusha / Return to North America

Take a scenic flight back to Arusha this morning where you’ll enjoy a special farewell lunch and time for souvenir shopping. Relax in your day room before an evening transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for the flight to Amsterdam. Arrive home on Day 18.

Day Room: Mount Meru Hotel

Days 1-2
Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge

A short flight from Arusha will take you to this private nature reserve. Because the land is privately owned, you’ll be able to head out on foot on guided hikes, and observe the nocturnal life of the Serengeti during night wildlife drives, experiences not available in the national parks. Meet with an entrepreneurial group of Maasai women and visit a traditional Maasai boma in this remote, exclusive setting.

Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba


Days 3-4
Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s most iconic national park also has some of the best wildlife-viewing in the country. Spanning 6,000 square miles (the park is about the same size as Connecticut!), the rolling grass plains, granite kopjes where animals lounge in the sun, and winding rivers of the Serengeti are home to thousands upon thousands of animals, including giraffes, elephants, zebras, wildebeest, and large populations of big cats.

Join an optional hot air balloon ride to take in sweeping views of the Serengeti from above. (Advanced reservations and additional fees apply).

Overnights: Serengeti Nyumba


Days 5-6
Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater is just 10 miles across, but the floor of this volcanic caldera (which sinks 2,000 feet below the rim) is home to over 30,000 mammals! One of the only places where you can spot all of the “Big Five” species—lion, leopard, cape buffalo, elephant, and black rhinoceros—in just one day, the lush, verdant crater is a must see for any traveler to East Africa. During your stay here, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal, a specialty of the chefs at your nyumba camp.

Overnight: Ngorongoro Nyumba


Days 7-8
Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha / Return to North America

On your way back to Arusha, you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization that employs disabled local artisans and sells their beautiful handiwork. Say goodbye to your safari companions, pick out a few souvenirs, and relax in a day room before your return flight.

Day room: Mount Meru Hotel


Tarangire Nyumba

An authentic experience awaits you at this private camp in Tarangire. Conveniences like solar lighting and ensuite bathrooms with hot showers add a comforting touch to this safari retreat. In the evenings, enjoy dinner prepared from local ingredients, and chat with friendly staff and fellow travelers as you watch the sun set behind towering baobab trees.

Ngorongoro Nyumba

The Ngorongoro camp is set on the eastern edge of the Ngorongoro Crater’s rim and offers the best possible access in and out of the crater, as well as a more private, remote experience. In the morning, you have the eastern floor of the crater almost completely to yourself.  In the evenings, when you return to camp, you’ll be greeted with the hospitality that is a hallmark of all of your Nyumba camps.  Settle in to your spacious tent, enjoy a hot safari-shower in your en suite facilities, head to the campfire for a drink before dinner, and enjoy a traditional Tanzanian meal — a specialty of the camp chefs here.  Don’t forget to bundle up at this camp, as temperatures can be as low as 40 degrees from May to October.

Serengeti Nyumbas

These semi-permanent, seasonal camps are strategically plotted across the Serengeti according to wildlife migration patterns. Each location offers comfort in the heart of the wilderness. With spacious tents, cozy bedding, and ensuite bathrooms, you’ll have to take a look outside to be reminded that you’re deep in the bush. And no need to worry—with eco-friendly features like solar lighting, your stay is not harming the landscape.


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