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Best of Tanzania Safari

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Begin the safari in Arusha National Park, whose forests and grasslands are set against the backdrop of Mount Meru, then drive to Tarangire National Park, with large elephant herds and rich biodiversity amongst magnificent baobab trees. Enjoy spectacular views from the balcony of a deluxe tented camp. Continue with a full-day sightseeing drive through the Ngorongoro Highlands and meet the Maasai in their village. Then discover the high-density concentration of wildlife in the volcanic caldera: Ngorongoro Crater, including big tusker elephants and the only natural population of black rhino. Another memorable day encompasses learning the archaeological significance of human evolution at Olduvai Gorge followed by non-stop game viewing en route to the Serengeti, for a three-night stay. The national park is home to an amazing concentration of migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, and the predators that hunt them. Add an optional Hot Air Balloon Safari with a champagne breakfast in lieu of a morning game drive. Savor the ultimate safari experience in lodges chosen for their superlative scenic views and access to the best game viewing. A Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trekking pre-safari extension is also available.

Rwanda Mountain Gorilla Trekking Pre-Safari Extension: March 4-8, $4,372 per person, double occupancy.


  • 3 nights accommodations
  • All Transfers
  • All Park Fees & government taxes
  • All meals as per the itinerary (B: breakfast; L: lunch/packed lunch; D: dinner)
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • (1) Gorilla Trekking Permit
  • Transportation in 4x4 Safari Vehicle with pop-up roof
  • Professional, English-Speaking Safari Guide
  • Flight from Kigali, Rwanda to Kilimanjaro Airport in Tanzania


  • International airfare & baggage fees
  • Travel Insurance / Evacuation Insurance
  • Rwanda Visa (can be obtained in advance or on arrival at the Kigali Airport)
  • Any increases to Gorilla Permit unforeseen at the time of registration
  • Drinks
  • Laundry
  • Gratuities to Safari Guides, drivers, Gorilla trekking porters, lodge staff

Gorilla Trekking – What to Expect

To protect gorillas from viruses and disease, no children under 15 or adults with illnesses are allowed to trek. To participate in one of the most incredible wildlife experiences on earth, one must be in good physical health/condition. To prepare for your trek, practice walking up and down hills and build up stamina to hike 1 – 2 miles over hilly terrain, well in advance of travel. Gorilla trekking takes place at an altitude of 7,500 feet. Trekking can take anywhere from 1 hour to 8 hours before returning to camp. The terrain can be extremely difficult, with muddy, steep slopes and dense vegetation. Once the gorillas are located, your group will be allowed a maximum of one hour with them. This is to avoid causing the animals any undue stress or habituating them to human interactions. After the encounter, you will return to the park headquarters, and your lodge.  If for some reason you are unable to complete your trek to the gorillas, you will either return immediately to the base of the trail with a porter, or you will be asked to remain where you are with a porter, until the group returns. Water is provided during your trek. Porters are available to assist with carrying your camera and other equipment. There is an option to hire a porter and a stretcher for an additional cost and be carried to see the gorillas. A COVID-19 Vaccination Certificate with QR Code is Required. Detailed Trip Preparation Information is provided upon registration.