Tanzania. Serengeti Wilderness Safari

Extend Your Stay

Consider optional extensions trekking to see mountain gorillas in Rwanda or Uganda, or relax on a tropical island in the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar or Mafia Island.

Pemba Island Extension 5 days / 4 nights

This quiet and remote island getaway is the perfect place to relax after safari time in the bush. Situated north of Zanzibar, this Indian Ocean atoll is a quiet and subdued idyllic retreat. This 5 day extension includes one night in the exclusive Underwater Room, where you can fall asleep watching 360 degrees of marine life swim around you. Swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving are all options.

Pricing: $2,450 Low Season (Mar-Jun), $2,940 High Season (Jan-Feb, July-Dec). Price is per adult based on double occupancy. Holiday supplements may apply for peak winter holiday dates. Please ask the Africa Program Director for a complete itinerary, confirmed pricing and single supplement information.  Rate includes roundtrip flight Dar Es Salaam to Pemba to Dar, in order to seamlessly link with any safari itinerary. Single supplement is $400.

Day 1: Fly to Pemba

Fly from Dar to Pemba Island where you are met and transferred to the Manta Resort (local flight included). Enjoy the rest of the day settling in and enjoying the ocean.


Days 2 - 3: Manta Resort

These days are on your own. Relax on the beach or book an optional excursion (additional cost) such as snorkeling, fishing or SCUBA diving.


Day 4: Overnight in the Underwater Room

This afternoon, you are shuttled to your private floating room offshore form the resort. Enjoy sundowners on the upper deck before retreating below the surface for a one of a kind experience. Your bedroom is 15 feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean and surround by windows into the marine world. Watch as Spanish dancers and other exotic fish peer back at you as you drift to sleep.

Day 5: Departure

Transfer to the Pemba Airstrip for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight included).

Manta Resort and the Underwater Room - Pemba Island is home to the one and only Manta Resort  andUnderwater Room, the coolest place to spend a night in all of Africa. This room is actually a private floating island with your bedroom twelve feet below the surface of the Indian Ocean.

Rwanda Gorilla Trekking Extension: 3 nights / 4 days

Walk in the footsteps of legendary biologist Dian Fossey in Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda.  Escorted by our team of expert guides and native trackers, you bushwhack through the thick vegetation and up steep slopes in search of a family of wild mountain gorillas. Choose either two full days of gorilla tracking or one day with the gorillas and another day trekking to see Golden Monkeys. 

Pricing: From $1,490-$4,390 

Prices are per person, depending on group size, season and accommodation level. Additional permit costs of  $1500 per person per day for gorilla trekking and $100 per person per day golden monkey trekking. Must be 15 years or older to participate in trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas. 

Day 1: Kigali / Virunga Mountains

Touch down at the Kigali Airport where our local representative greets you. Transfer to overnight at the Kigali Serena . [D]

Day 2: Kigali and the Virunga Mountains

This morning we have the opportunity to see local life in Kigali. With your local guide, experience the real life of Rwandans as you’re introduced into this bustling multi-cultural commercial suburb with a typical African flair. Visit a local hair salon, a West Africa Tailor, the Muslim quarter, and the local market where you’ll procure supplies to cook and eat a traditional Rwandan meal in a local home.

After your tasty self made lunch depart Kigali for a scenic drive approximately two hours on a paved road to town of Kinigi at the base of the Virunga Mountains.  Stunning vistas greet you as the road winds its way over hills and through valleys. Rwanda is known as ‘The Land of a Thousand Hills’ for a reason!  Spend the next few nights at Five Volcanoes Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury), just 15 minutes away from the entrance to the park. [BLD]

Day 3: Gorilla Trekking in Volcanoes National Park

The Virunga Mountains in Uganda, Rwanda, and Congo are home to the world’s population of mountain gorillas. Some of the gorilla families have been habituated to human presence, and it is possible to visit them in their natural habitat within the forest. 

Take a short drive to Park Headquarters and meet with local guides and trackers who present an orientation about gorilla tracking ethics. It is very important that under no circumstances are the gorillas to be touched by humans or visited by anyone with a cold or illness. This is to protect the animals from communicable diseases to which they are very susceptible. Spend two days in the Volcanoes National Park on full day treks to view two different families of mountain gorillas. The search, with experienced trackers leading the way, can take up to eight hours although the gorillas are usually found after two to four hours. Some hiking areas lie at altitudes above 7,500 feet over rough and muddy terrain. The hike can be physically demanding, but the forest and surrounding scenery are beautiful. 

Once the gorillas are spotted the encounter is a most profound natural history experience. Picnic lunches are provided and it is important to take plenty of water. Cameras set for low light conditions are recommended. It can rain at a few minutes notice, hence water proof clothing is necessary, also zip lock bags for cameras and memory cards. Return to the lodge to share stories and enjoy dinner. Overnight at

Five Volcanoes Lodge (classic) or Sabyinyo Silverback Lodge (luxury). [BLD]

Day 4: Gorilla or Golden Monkey Trekking / Return to Kigali and departure

Today you will once again visit the Virunga Mountains either in search of Mountain Gorillas or in search of Golden Monkeys*. There is a fully habituated group of the beautiful primates in the park and this is one of the only places in Africa where this activity is offered. This afternoon return by land approximately 2 hours to the Kigali International Airport for departure. [BL]

Note: Permits for Gorillas or Golden Monkeys will need to be secured prior to arrival. Please discuss these options with the program director. 

Classic Accommodations:

Five Volcanoes Boutique Hotel

Well located in Kinigi for gorilla trekking with excellent service, volcano views and a relaxing atmosphere. 

Luxury Accommodations:

Kigali Serena 

Located on one of Kigali's most charming boulevards in Rwanda, the five-star Kigali Serena Hotel offers luxury and elegant Rwandese décor.

Sabinyo Silverback Lodge

The luxury accommodation on our Rwanda Extension, Sabinyo Silverback Lodge is just minutes from Volcanoes National Park and boasts seven large cottages with huge bathtubs for soaking away a day of trekking in the bush.

Selous Game Reserve: 3 nights/4 days

Extend your safari to the Selous Game Reserve. Game drives, walking safaris, boat safaris, and even a fly camp where you can sleep under the stars. This quiet park is home to wild dog, lion, elephant, and Masai giraffe. 

Fly in safari pricing from $3,490 - $4,450 per person.

Day 1: Fly to Selous and transfer to camp. Enjoy an evening wildlife activity; Day 2-3: Walking and driving wildlife activities; Day 4: Morning wildlife activity then fly to Dar Es Salaam in time to connect with your international departure. 

Victoria Falls Extension: 2 nights / 3 days

Discover Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Called Mosi-oa-Tunya in the indigenous language, "The Smoke That Thunders" marks the place when the mighty Zambezi River crashes over an cliff of rock both higher and wider than Niagara Falls. On this two night exploration in Zambia, you embark on a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, sunset river cruises. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include helicopter flights, micro-light flights, canoeing, fishing, walking safaris to see Rhino in Mosi-oa-Tunia National park and white water rafting on the Zambezi River.There are daily flights to Livingstone, Zambia from Johannesburg, the air hub for travel in Southern Africa.

Pricing: From $790 per person based on double occupancy at the Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or $1,350-$1,790 per person based on double occupancy at Tongabezi (deluxe) depending on the season and room type. 

Includes all meals, accommodation, airport transfers and 1/2 day tour of Victoria Falls and sunset boat cruise. 

Day 1: Upper Zambezi River, Zambia

Your African adventure begins as you are met and warmly greeted at the Livingstone airport in Zambia. Transfer to Chundukwa River Lodge, where rooms look out to the Zambezi River. This afternoon take a boat cruise on the upper Zambezi where you can watch the sunset with a drink in hand.  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe) [Dinner included]

Day 2: Victoria Falls

Enjoy a guided tour of Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch as the mighty Zambezi River, forced through a fissure, cascades down 300 hundred vertical feet. The spray from the falls can be powerful from May – July so be prepared for getting wet. The afternoon is at your leisure to relax or partake in any additional active adventure tours in the area such as a helicopter or microlight flight over the falls, white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding (not included, at additional cost, and at your own risk).  Overnight at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) or Tongabezi Lodge (deluxe). [Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner included]  

Please note: In addition to the above Tongabezi includes the following options: canoeing on the Zambezi, an Island lunch, a sanpan floating candlelit dinner, sunrise boating, guided bush walks, a museum tour, fishing, game drives to see the rhinos in Mosi oa Tunya National Park, and a Maramba Market visit. Of course not all of these activities can be done in one day, so consider extending a day at Tongabezi if you’d like to experience more of the area. 

Day 3: Departure

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and perhaps see some swimming elephants from the deck before your transfer by road to Livingstone airport for your departure. [Breakfast included]

Accommodation provided at Chundukwa River Lodge (standard) orTongabezi (deluxe)

Zanzibar Beach Extension - 4 days / 3 nights

Zanzibar Beach ExtensionKick off the safari dust and relax on the shores of the Indian Ocean. The spice islands of Zanzibar evoke an exotic island environment. Four day extension includes free time at a boutique seaside hotel on a magnificent, palm-fringed beach with warm, clear water, ideal for swimming, snorkeling and SCUBA diving.


Pricing: From $1,395-$2,390 low season, $1,795-$2,650 peak season dependent on accommodation choice. Price is per adult based on double occupancy, child discounts available for children 11 and under staying in a room with their parents. Holiday supplements apply for peak winter holiday dates. Please ask the Africa Program Director for a complete itinerary and confirmed pricing.  Rate includes two regional flights, from Arusha to Zanzibar and Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, in order to seamlessly link with any safari itinerary. 

Day 1: Fly to Zanzibar

Fly from Arusha to Zanzibar Island where you are met and transferred to your beach hotel (local flight included). Enjoy the rest of the day settling in and enjoying the ocean.


Days 2 - 3: Zanzibar Beach Resort

These days are on your own. Relax on the beach or book an optional excursion (additional cost) such as snorkeling, Jozani Forest, or Stone town. 


Day 4: Departure

Transfer to the Zanzibar Airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam and on to your international flights (local flight included).

Breezes Hotel (especially recommended for families)

Situated along a pristine, untouched Zanzibar beach stretching as far as the eye can see, this large resort has it all to make your stay on the island as relaxing and care free as possible.  Read more about the Breezes Hotel.


Matemwe Lodge (especially recommended for a romantic getaway)

Matemwe is a small boutique resort on Zanzibar's remote Northeastern coast offering breezy seaside bungalows, a relaxed beach/chic environment where one can enjoy the relaxed movements of Dhow boats leisurely passing by on the pastel blue Indian Ocean, walks on the powder fine sand, and attentive staff with creative and delicious dining options. Read more about Matemwe Lodge.


Ras Nungwi (especially recommended for SCUBA divers)

Designed with great attention to detail, Ras Nungwi offers beautifully decorated rooms with four poster beds draped with gauzy mosquito nets. Enjoy the view from your balcony or visit the PADI dive center. Read more about Ras Nungwi

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""It is hard to describe how profoundly this trip affected us both. We are not the same. What surprised us was the culture, warmth and genuine caring from the Tanzanian people we met. We loved the school visit especially, the Bushmen hunt, and the Masaai village and Datoga visits as well. Of course, the animals were extraordinary. We saw everything we hoped to see, and more.It is the trip of a lifetime. Tanzania is not to be missed. The animals and nature do not disappoint, but the cultural experiences are just as memorable. You cannot but be transformed if you are open to the adventure. Go there now!!!"" - Susan and Tom Freeman, FL