Luxury African Safari: July 2025 with Spike

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9 days, 9 nights
Availability : July 3-12, 2025

LUXURY AFRICAN SAFARI & THE GREAT MIGRATION

9 day, 9 night tour in Tanzania with Spike!

July 3 – 12, 2025

EXCLUSIVE SMALL GROUP TRAVEL!  The only way to safari!

Is an African Safari on your “bucket list?”  Experience the best of Northern Tanzania’s nature, wildlife and beautiful lodging on this safari.  More than any other destination, Tanzania is *the* land of safaris: You’ll see lions, giraffe, wildebeest, hippos, crocodiles, leopard, cape buffalo, warthogs, monkeys and herds of up to 3,000 elephants! Cheetahs, hyenas, jackals and dozens of other predators as well as their “meals” such as impalas, gazelles and zebra. Over 600 bird species including flamingos and ostrich. Critically endangered animals like the black rhino. The breathtaking wildlife and scenery of Serengeti National Park, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and the incredible Ngorongoro Crater will leave you with unforgettable memories and unbelievable photos to cherish for a lifetime!

You will experience captivating cultures, from the warm local Tanzanian people to the Maasai warriors and semi-nomadic Barabaig. There are more than 120 distinct ethnic groups and tribes in Tanzania, each with its own language and cultural traditions… and taste delicious exotic food, too!

Our safari 4×4 Land Cruisers are custom-built for safari adventures with open roof for wildlife viewing. The jeeps are built for 7 people, but we limit seating to only 4 passengers per vehicle (plus a guide) to optimize comfort. We will stay in lodges, cottages, huts and semi-permanent safari tents (all luxury with private bathrooms – hot showers & flushing toilets, see photos below). Each season, tented camps are conveniently placed according to animal migrations. This is the most efficient and comfortable lodging arrangements offered while on safari to avoid excessive daily driving and maximizes time enjoyed viewing wildlife.

  • See “The Big Five” (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino, Cape Buffalo)
  • See the Migration of More Than A Million Wildebeest, Zebras and Gazelles.
  • Enjoy Authentic Interactions With The Maasai Tribe In Their Homestead
  • Experience “The Greatest Show On Earth:” Serengeti National Park
  • Photograph More Animals Than You Ever Thought Possible
  • View The Site Of Man’s Earliest Settlements on Earth
  • Get an Aerial View of the Great Migration, the Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Crater from a small chartered airplane

This luxury safari will be privately guided by your travel partners Spike and Consea!

Scroll down to see the itinerary, price and photos.

Why July 2025? – This gives you a whole year to pay for the trip in easy installments. This tour will span over the Independence Day holiday weekend when people typically enjoy extra vacation days. We chose July because the weather is dry and cooler and the animal spotting is easiest because wildlife almost everywhere is at its prime!

Pricing

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SALE PRICES UNTIL JULY 19, 2024
$9,298 per person, single occupancy
$8,798 each, double occupancy

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Regular price if you book after 7/19/24
$11,278 single occupancy
$10,778 double occupancy

Itinerary

Thursday July 3, 2025 (Arrival Night) - Welcome to Arusha!

(Please schedule your flight for an evening arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport: Delta/KLM flight arrives at 7:55pm.) We meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha. Welcome to Tanzania! We collect luggage and transfer to a 4-star hotel where you will sleep in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro – its snow-capped peak is Africa’s highest. You can enjoy a well-earned rest and prepare for a world class wildlife safari!

Friday, July 4 - Head south to see elephant herds and baobab groves

In the morning, we host a welcome breakfast to meet our guides and fellow travelers for a brief orientation of the upcoming safari. After breakfast, the tour departs. First stop is Arusha Town for any last minute purchases before we head south to begin our safari adventure in Tarangire Park. This less-visited park is a great introduction to Africa and is famous for its legendary elephant population and baobab trees. It forms the centre of an annual migratory cycle that includes up to 25,000 wildebeest and 30,000 zebras. Our classic tented safari lodge for the evening sits on a bluff overlooking a bend of the Tarangire River and can yield some exceptional game viewing right from the main lodge as we sip a glass of wine and enjoy dinner. Your eco-friendly luxury tented camp for the next two nights features a private bathroom & hot shower, wi-fi, electricity, clean/safe water, and your own private deck to watch your first African sunset!

Saturday, July 5 - Safari at Tarangire National Park

A full day of wildlife viewing is on today’s agenda. We will start at a watering hole to witness some of the 3,000 African elephants in the park. The largest land mammal on Earth roams free here and you’ll see many! Then we will try to spot some of the park’s 700 lions… or cheetahs, caracals or the honey badger. Other animals in the park include giraffes, cape buffalo, the cheeky vervet monkey, baboon, mongoose, dik-diks, elands, gazelle and impala. Our drivers and guides know the best time to visit each corner of the park. Our late afternoon game drive is timed to take advantage of when most other park visitors have departed. The wildlife is active and the afternoon sun is particularly picturesque as it drops behind the rift valley escarpment. We return to the same tented lodge tonight for a dinner featuring many African and European specialties… and how about a campfire?

Sunday, July 6 - Maasai village and Lake Manyara

This morning, we visit a Maasai boma (homestead) to learn about their culture. Tanzania has 120 ethno-lingual-cultural groupings (or some say “tribe”) and today, some 100,000 Maasai live and move widely in the area with their herds of cattle, sheep and goats in search of pasture and water. These pastoral nomads still follow the same lifestyle they have pursued for centuries, coexisting with wildlife and the environment peacefully. We will see their manyatta (huts) and traditional Maasai group dance. You’ll learn about their food, gender roles and way of life in the heart of the bush. The community benefits from our visit as your safari price includes a donation to support the Maasai schools, health clinic and women’s enterprise projects.

After lunch, we go deep into Lake Manyara National Park. This wildlife reserve features acacia woodlands, water forests, cliffs, hot springs, swamps and the giant lake itself. The park supports a huge birdlife population as well as larger animals such as giraffe, zebra, hippo and buffalo. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world and the lions here are also renowned for their tree climbing. We are also on the lookout for flighty dik-dik, the smallest of the African ungulates. Our lodging for the evening is on the edge of a small town called Karatu, gateway to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Your private cottage has a fireplace and a coffee garden.

Monday, July 7 - Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, home to more than 20,000 mammals

The Maasai refer to Ngorongoro Crater as the “footprint of God”. Your first glimpse into the crater from its rim is breathtaking – a wildlife sanctuary over 300 square miles in size spread out over 2,000 feet below. We will spend the day exploring the diversity and richness of this gorgeous area. Over 20,000 mammals call this crater their permanent home. We will safari all day to see prides of lions, cheetah, elephants, warthogs, hippos, hyenas, jackals, buffalo, kudu and ostrich. It’s one of the last places on the planet to spot the rare black rhinoceros in the wild (on the most critically endangered list). At the heart of this 10-mile wide grassland plain lies a soda lake that attracts vast numbers of flamingo and other water birds. We’ll exit our vehicles to have a bush picnic on the crater floor. This magical setting is teeming with wildlife and human history. Tonight, we will sleep in a 5-star safari lodge on the crater’s rim which features a private bathroom, hot shower and your own private balcony overlooking the crater. The perfect place to celebrate “Saba Saba Day,” a national holiday that celebrates Tanzania’s journey towards independence and national sovereignty.

Tuesday, July 8 - Through man's earliest settlements to the big show...

Serengeti National Park! Today we move to the main attraction. Along the way, we will drive through Olduvai Gorge, the site that holds Planet Earth’s earliest evidence of the existence of human ancestors. Paleoanthropologists have found hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools in the area dating back millions of years, leading them to conclude that humans evolved here in Africa. The acacia tree dotted landscape as we enter the Serengeti may be the most picturesque scenery in all of African reserves. This area inspired the Lion King movie and you will see Simba Kopjes… a real place before Disney showed us “Pride Rock.” It is estimated that there are close to 3,000 lions in the Serengeti-Mara ecosystem and we will take you to some of their most frequent haunts… or hunts! Our base for the next three nights will be luxury tented campsites in the center of the park. Your tent includes a private bathroom and hot shower. The Seronera and Orangi Rivers flow nearby, making it one of the richest wildlife habitats in Central Tanzania.

Wednesday, July 9 - Explore Serengeti National Park

We have a two full days to enjoy the splendor of the Serengeti in our 4×4 safari Landcruisers. Depending upon the season and a little luck, we may have the opportunity to witness the largest migration of mammals on earth. Regardless, this park is teeming with wildlife beyond your wildest imagination! We will most certainly see hundreds of animals including lions, zebra, wildebeest, hartebeest, topi, hyena, eland, warthogs, giraffe and various predators. We will typically do a morning safari and late-afternoon safari but our guides will have the knowledge to know when and where it is best to go – our schedule will be very flexible in the park. We will return to our camp each evening to enjoy sundowner cocktails around the campfire as the star-studded Africa sky slowly takes center stage. You’ll feel like you can see the entire Milky Way galaxy!

Thursday, July 10 - Explore further into the Northern Serengeti

We continue our exploration of Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We may see a hippo pool or a troop of baboons along our safari drive… and hopefully the elusive leopard. The timing of the great migration is impossible to predict but with any luck, we may see the infamous Mara River crossing as thousands of wildebeest try to avoid hungry crocodiles on their journey north. You’ll learn about the geology of the Serengeti ecosystem. Depending on wildlife reports, we may follow the Sogore River Circuit which loops into the plains for possible lion, gazelle, topi, ostrich and cheetah sightings… or we may do the Kopjes Circuit which usually attracts a number of the Big Cats.

Depending on interest within our group, there may be an option to enjoy an early-morning hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti treetops followed by a champagne breakfast. (additional fee)

Friday, July 11 - Skip a day-long drive by flying back to Arusha

Following a hearty breakfast, we have one last chance to see wildlife in the morning. And then we say goodbye to the Serengeti but instead of the long 10 hour drive by jeep, our group will *fly* back to Arusha on a small chartered airplane. (flight time 1h45m). This will also give us a bird’s eye view of the Serengeti plains and the Ngorongoro Crater as we head back to civilization. Upon landing, we enjoy a lunch together in Arusha. A day room is available for your use. The afternoon is then free to enjoy but most will be heading to the airport: one group transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport is provided on July 11 based on the majority of the group’s departure times. Delta/KLM flight leaves at 9:05pm…………..

**OR** you can choose to spend one more night in Arusha to relax. This gives you the free afternoon and following morning to enjoy if you choose to get a massage or go souvenir shopping… or perhaps relax by the pool and post your photos on social media while checking in with family. For this extra night, you pay a supplement ($260 single / $340 double) which covers the hotel room, dinner and breakfast, plus a transfer to the airport Saturday afternoon July 12th. The reason for this optional stay is that some people may find a discount on airfare if departing one day later so we will help you make the decision that is best for you when you are booking your airfare.

Departure & Return Location

We will fly in and out of Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) in Arusha, Tanzania.  Your flight should depart the U.S. on July 1 or 2 to arrive on the evening of July 3. Your departing flight should be July 11 or 12 depending on the itinerary you choose.

Price includes:

  • All ground transportation including safaris in our private custom-built 4x4 Landcruisers with all-window seats, "pop top" roof, and mini-fridge (holds 7 but we do 4 max per vehicle plus driver/guide)
  • Airfare from Serengeti to Arusha
  • All accommodations for the entire trip
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) meals while on safari
  • Professional drivers and fun, engaging & knowledgeable English-speaking tour guides
  • Bottled water everyday while on safari
  • Shared Binoculars for game viewing
  • All park and entrance fees, vehicle fees, camping & conservation fees
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our local office staff in Tanzania
  • Airport transfers when arriving and departing with group
  • Online and/or printed guide to area and wildlife
  • Adventure, fun and memories that will last a lifetime!

Price Excludes:

  • Airfare to Tanzania - but we will help you plan it! ($2,000-$3,300)
  • Entry visa fee ($100 for Americans)
  • Departure tax ($30)
  • Gratuities ($40 per day is about usual for tipping)
  • Airport transfers if arriving/departing outside of our group transfer times
  • Dinner on night #1 (we arrive too late) and final night (when departing)
  • Room service fees and personal expenses
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Travel insurance
Photo Gallery

I took many of these photos with my iPhone! (But a camera with zoom is better.) Viewing this on your phone? Tap the photo below to launch slideshow of some of the wildlife you will see.

Accommodations

Viewing on your phone? Tap the photo below to launch a slideshow of some of the lodges, tents, huts and cottages we will be staying in. You’ll see why we use the word “luxury.”

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get to Tanzania?

There are no direct flights to the Serengeti but many major airlines offer flights (with 1, 2, or 3 stops) to Arusha, Tanzania. We will help you to book the best flight at the best time. Once you land in Tanzania, we will take complete care of you until it is time to say goodbye.

Is it hot?

No, we chose July because the weather is dry and cooler. The average high temperature in July is a very comfortable 71°F and the average low temperature is 56°F so you will want a jacket or hoodie at night. July is the month with the least rainfall. We’re near the equator so sunscreen is recommended!

Do I need Immunizations?

There are no mandatory vaccinations for entering Tanzania. Most Americans already have the immunizations that are recommended. To ensure your health, you should be up to date on the following: Hepatitis A and B, Tdap (tetanus, diphtheria, and pertussis), typhoid, covid-19 (2023-24 updated) and varicella (if you didn’t already have chicken pox). Malaria isn’t usually an issue in the north where we will visit during the dry season, but we will recommend if you may want to consider taking anti-malaria medication.

Do I get a private bathroom?

Yes! All of our accommodations are considered “luxury” …even the tented camps! That means your large private tent has its own en-suite bathroom with hot shower and flushing toilet. You have a private deck or balcony to look over the African savannah and spot animals as you relax each night. The beds have mosquito nets even though they shouldn’t be a bother in July. Each camp has a chef who will prepare amazing meals for us. You’ll wake up to the sound of animals in the distance. We will end most days with a refreshing cocktail on the deck watching the sunset or enjoying treats around a campfire.

Is the food & water safe?

Yes, the food in Tanzania is safe to eat… and you’ll eat well! Our lodges and tented camps put high-quality cuisine at the heart of our safari experience. Never drink water from any tap unless you have been assured that it is safe to do so. We will brief you at every lodge, camp, restaurant and stop on the quality of the water and whether it’s drinkable. Most places will provide bottled or filtered water in your room or tent. We will also provide bottled water in our vehicles each day.

What about special dietary requirements?

The majority of special diets can be accommodated on safari with advance notice and planning. This could include vegetarian, vegan, Halal, Kosher, or any food allergies. But please ask when booking the tour so we can ensure proper arrangements can be made. Your esteemed group leader Spike actually has a deadly food allergy but has never felt unsafe dining in Africa. Any questions or concerns, just ask!

Can I bring my kids?

Some of the tented camps have age restrictions. The minimum age for this tour is 12 years old with parents/guardians. But keep in mind that a small child can find it boring to be confined to a safari vehicle for 3-4 hours at a time. Young kids may have trouble sitting quiet when animals are near or may struggle with a bumpy jeep ride between bathroom breaks. So please consider if your individual child would enjoy this journey through the wilderness; it’s not Disney World at all. (But they may see the real Timon and Pumbaa!)

Is it safe to be close to the animals?

We will encounter a mix of amazing animals on a jaw-dropping level, from the big cats to entire herds of elephants – all in some of the most beautiful landscapes on the continent. But it’s not a zoo. We are in the wild! It’s always best when you think of yourself as visitors to the animals’ home. That said, the animals are generally not interested in humans. Always listen to your guide and never step out of your safari vehicle unless your safari guide tells you it’s safe. Our drivers and guides know animal behavior and have had extensive training for all possible situations. Most of our camps and lodges are not fenced which means, in short, that animals can wander through camp whenever they like. When we arrive at each new camp, the manager of the camp will run through all of the important points and rules of the camp. Your safety is our top priority. Also, please do not pet the crocodiles.

Is this a photography tour?

No but you should bring a camera! Spike can help you create lasting images. As you flip through the 100+ images on this page, realize that Spike and Consea took a lot of the photos with their iPhones! (although a zoom lens is a nice accessory for safari)

How is this tour different?

First, our team is on the ground! They’re local Tanzanians who know the parks, the accommodations and the wildlife. Second, many U.S. tour agencies take your money and send you on your way to fend for yourself but not us: we travel WITH you the whole time. And finally, our trips are FUN. You’re not crammed in with a giant group of strangers. We keep our group small so by the time we hit the road we’re laughing together and creating lifelong friendships and memories!

Do they speak English in Tanzania?

Our drivers and guides understand & speak English as do the staff at our accommodations. English and “kiSwahili” are the two official languages of Tanzania, but there are actually 126 languages and local dialects spoken in the country! Our safari drivers speak several languages and we’ll even teach you a few useful Swahili phrases.

Will I have to hear Spike sing the Lion King theme song?

Yes, at least 12 times.

Payment and Cancelation:

We accept all major credit cards, Venmo, PayPal, Apple Pay, Google Pay, Cash App and personal checks. Payment is made in the following installments:
$1,500 non-refundable deposit to register and hold your spot.
$2,000 due on 9/1/24
$2,000 due on 11/1/24
$2,000 due on 1/1/25
Balance due on 3/1/25

Please note: Your $1,000 deposit / processing fee is always non-refundable.
Do not book our tours unless you are sure you can go.
Emergencies happen – consider trip insurance to protect yourself:

The hotel room blocks, transportation, tour directors and other expenses we have arranged in advance of this massive international tour are a great expense and non-refundable. Last-minute cancellation by you can make it difficult for us to find another replacement.  There is a cost and risk for us to arrange group travel. Therefore, the payment plan above has been set up and all payments are non-refundable unless we can find another traveler to take your spot. We understand life changes and emergencies happen so we will make every attempt to replace you on the tour if you have to cancel. (We sometimes have a waiting list.) If we find a replacement, all of your money will be refunded, minus your $1,000 deposit. But if we reach the tour and we can not find someone to go in your place (aka we have an empty seat instead of a sell-out) your deposits and payments are non-refundable. An empty seat comes at a great cost to us. Therefore, please only sign up if you know you can travel with us.

Questions about this tour? Email me! info@explorewithspike.com