On the plains of Tarangire, dotted with ancient baobab trees, elephants gather in herds hundreds strong, scratching dry riverbeds in search of underground springs. Lake Manyara is home to great flocks of pink flamingos and lions famed for climbing trees to laze in the branches. Rare black rhinos roam the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, which harbors with Africa's densest concentration of wildlife. And beyond, on the sweeping savannas of the Serengeti, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra flow in endless columns during the Great Migration, in pursuit of new grass. When you join us in Secluded Tanzania, you'll witness some of the continent’s most extraordinary animal spectacles in iconic safari destinations...yet we take you far off the well-trodden track, for a rare experience of the African wild.
All Tanzania Safaris Are Not the Same!
While many Tanzania itineraries may appear the same or similar, there are seemingly small features that actually make a BIG difference to the overall experience! With our years of experience of focusing solely on top-quality adventures, not on cutting features to save a buck here or there, we have created a safari that is truly superior. Here’s how:
- An Itinerary Focused on Peak-Season Wildlife Viewing
Unlike many companies that operate the same standard Tanzania itinerary year-round, we tailor ours around seasonal events that determine the best wildlife presence and numbers. This trip operates during the dry season, when Tarangire National Park is packed with thirsty elephants, some of the largest herds in Africa with up to 300 individuals! We also visit the Serengeti when the plains are filled with roaming wildebeest and zebra herds, nearly 2 million strong. We may even have a chance to see these ungulates negotiating river crossings as they move in search of greener grass. Birdlife is prolific in Lake Manyara, and the Ngorongoro Crater, always full of wildlife, becomes even more of a wild menagerie.
- Private Camps for Proximity to Wildlife
Private bush camps allow us to avoid crowds at large lodges and stay closer to the wildlife. Particularly in the Serengeti, our private mobile camp moves seasonally with the migration, allowing us to be in the right place at the right time for peak sightings. We are also able to locate our camp near either the Grumeti or Mara rivers, depending on the departure, enhancing our chance to see one of the famous river crossings that pits wildebeest against crocodile.
- Stay Closest to the Crater Floor in Ngorongoro
At Ngorongoro, we stay at Lemala Camp, inside both park gates and closer to the crater floor than any other accommodation in this area. This proximity allows exclusive access to wildlife viewing in the crater later in the day. By late afternoon the big cats start to perk up for nighttime hunts, and we have a chance to see a bit of action after most safari vehicles have started their ascent out of the crater in order to make it through both gates by dusk. Lemala is also a very small and exclusive camp, in contrast to the larger and more crowded lodges around the crater rim.
- Small Groups, with Window Seats for All
Though many companies travel with 20 or more passengers in crowded mini-buses, our maximum is typically 12 passengers—and we split that small group into separate vehicles with each traveler enjoying their own window seat for uninterrupted wildlife viewing and photography.
- 4x4 Safari Vehicles Designed for Comfort and Reliability
While many operators rely on vans or cramped mini-buses, we charter Toyota Land Cruisers custom-designed for bush travel. From extra suspension to window seats with superior springs and lumbar support, to graduated rows with individual roof hatches (ensuring no one blocks your view), you won’t find a more comfortable or better-equipped vehicle for watching wildlife.
- The World's Finest Safari Guides
Natural Habitat Adventures is known worldwide for employing the finest naturalists on the planet! In Tanzania, rather than using less qualified local camp guides or an inexperienced guide as a trip escort, our NHA Safari Expedition Leaders are the most highly trained guides in Africa, renowned for providing exceptional service. With you from beginning to end, our Expedition Leaders average approximately 15 years' guiding experience. Their training is further enhanced by the resources of WWF’s premier scientists. See Expedition Leader bios and traveler comments regarding the quality of our leaders.
- Our Quality-Value Guarantee Ensures Your Superior Safari Experience
Natural Habitat Adventures offers an exclusive guarantee, which states that we will meet the lofty expectations we set forth in our promotional materials. To our knowledge, this is the most ambitious guarantee made by any adventure travel company. Read our important promise.
- Feel Good About the Way You Travel
We care deeply about our planet, just as you do. When you travel with us, the carbon emissions from your trip are 100-percent offset— Natural Habitat Adventures is the world’s first carbon-neutral travel company.
- Natural Habitat Adventures is WWF's Travel Partner
Because of our commitment to environmentally friendly travel, as well as the exceptional quality of our adventures, World Wildlife Fund—the world's leading environmental conservation organization—has named Natural Habitat as its worldwide travel partner, a designation that makes us exceedingly proud!