Experience brilliant colors, pristine beaches, and a wealth of cultures on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. After days unwinding on the beautiful white-sand beaches that border the vividly blue Indian ocean, you’ll visit historical sites in Stone Town related to the centuries-old slave and spice trades. Snorkel or dive at your resort, shop at a local market, or just kick back on the beach. Zanzibar is a relaxing getaway like no other!
Recommended length of stay: 5 days
Prices vary based on accommodation and length of stay—starting at about $2,000 per person
Mount Meru Trek
Mt. Meru is Tanzania’s second-highest peak, and the fifth-highest in Africa. Rising 14,979 feet above the plains, this dormant volcano looms over the Arusha skyline. On the way up, you’ll experience multiple different climate zones: rainforest, heather, moorland and alpine desert. And with over 400 species of birds, and a variety of larger wildlife, including elephant, giraffe, baboon, African buffalo, and the black and white Colobus monkey, this area offers a rich and varied wilderness experience. No technical climbing expertise is required, but this trek is challenging, and is only suitable for intrepid hikers. Consider adding on a Mt. Meru climb as a pre-Kilimanjaro warm-up trek or for some extra adventure before your safari.
Recommended trek length: 2-4 days
Prices vary based on group size and trek length- starting at approximately $2,200 per person with a group of 4 for a 4-day climb
Hot Air Balloon
Enjoy sweeping, bird’s-eye views of the plains of the Serengeti from a hot air balloon. The balloon launches at sunrise and, depending on weather conditions, floats above the rolling plains of the savannah for 30 minutes to an hour. After you descend, you’ll enjoy a full English breakfast in the bush, complete with champagne. While you may see wildlife, the most memorable part of the experience is the unique perspective on this vast landscape from your vantage point above the tops of the acacia trees.
$540 per person
Advanced reservations required; height and weight restrictions apply
Fly to the westernmost border of Tanzania, along the shores of Lake Tanganyika. A short boat ride will deliver you to your exclusive camp, a luxurious hideaway near the lake shore. During the days, you’ll hike the misty Mahale Mountains in search of the chimpanzees that call the region home. You’ll witness intimate moments of grooming, playing, and feeding among our closest primate relatives, and unwind with relaxing nights in this stunning setting.
Recommended length: 4 or 5 days
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at approximately $5,000 per person
Ruaha National Park
Fly to Ruaha, the largest and one of the least-explored parks in East Africa. You’ll have the chance to learn wildlife-tracking tips from expert guides and spot species—such as the African wild dog or the majestic greater kudu—that are rarely seen in the north. Here, tracking is an art form; your wildlife drives will involve a different approach than in northern Tanzania, where wildlife is more densely concentrated. In the afternoon, relax on your private veranda with a drink, and end your days with torch-lit dinners along the banks of Mwagusi Sand River.
Recommended length of stay: Minimum 4 days
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at approximately $3,200 per person
A brief international flight to Kigali, Rwanda followed by a two-hour drive will bring you to Volcanoes National Park, one of the few places on earth where you can spot the endangered mountain gorilla. Trek over wild mountain terrain with your expert guide in search of gorillas, some of the just 700 remaining in the wild worldwide. Once you find them, you’ll have the opportunity to spend up to an hour with these intelligent, intriguing creatures. Before you leave Rwanda, you’ll have the opportunity to take a brief tour of Kigali, which includes a stop at the world-renowned Genocide Museum.
Recommended length of stay: Minimum 4 days, with one or two gorilla treks
Prices vary based on length of stay—starting at about $4,500 per person
The Selous Game Reserve
A scenic three-hour flight brings you to the Selous, a vast 12-million acre game reserve as large as the country of Costa Rica! Wildlife viewing centers around the Rufiji River in the northernmost corner of the reserve, a vital water source for much of the area. Here you’ll have the opportunity to explore by boat and on game drives in open-sided vehicle. walks will also be possible, depending on the season and weather conditions.
Elephant, hippo and crocodile relish the river environment, and rare species like greater kudu have been spotted on the plains.
Recommended length of stay: minimum 4 days
Prices vary based on accommodations—starting at approximately $2,500 per person