Days 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Your guide will meet you at the airport and escort you to tonight’s lodge in Arusha.
Overnight: Rivertrees Country Inn
Days 2-3: Eastern Serengeti Nature Refuge
Fly from Arusha to the eastern Serengeti ecosystem, a wildlife haven that also supports local schools and villages. Your Thomson guide will welcome you at the airstrip and take you to the first of several Nyumba Camps, exclusive to Thomson guests. Traverse remote landscapes on morning hikes, evening wildlife-viewing drives, and among Maasai friends.
Overnights: Eastern Serengeti Nyumba
Days 4-8: Serengeti National Park
Journey to Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti’s 6,000 square miles of diverse landscapes abound in wildlife. You’ll have four days to seek out the most elusive animals. Evenings are spent in your Nyumba camps, which rotate locations seasonally to offer optimum 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 Nyumbas
Day 9: Ngorongoro Highlands
Next stop: Gibb’s Farm. A historic coffee estate and eco-lodge, Gibb’s Farm offers engaging activities including hikes led by a naturalist, tours of the organic gardens, and a visit with a local historian. In the evening, take a soothing outdoor shower and sip tea by the fireplace.
Indulge in spa services and various optional activities at Gibb's Farm (additional fees apply).
Overnight: Gibb’s Farm
Day 10: Ngorongoro Crater
Spend today exploring 10-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep Ngorongoro Crater, home to about 30,000 animals. During your picnic lunch here, you may have flamingos, hyena, zebra, and bull elephants snacking alongside you. Rarer sightings include lions, cheetah, and rhinos. Back at Gibb’s Farm, savor a farm-fresh meal prepared with produce straight from the garden.
Overnight: Gibb’s Farm
Days 11-12: Tarangire National Park
This morning, you depart for Tarangire National Park, home to some of the largest herds of elephant in East Africa. Over the next two days, you may see lions drink from a waterhole, giraffe snatch leaves from towering trees, reedbuck dash across grasslands, and more. Spend your evenings nestled between baobab trees under the stars in your Nyumba Camp.
Overnights: Tarangire Nyumba
Days 13-14: Tarangire National Park to Arusha
Drive to Arusha, where you’ll enjoy a farewell lunch at River House, a community-based nonprofit organization. After lunch, visit the adjoining arts center to see the craftsmanship of local disabled artisans, whose training is funded by River House. Relax in a day room before your flight home.
Day room: Mount Meru Hotel