Ultimate Tanzania Safari: Exploring the Cradle of Humankind

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November 4 - 18, 2017

HMSC Study Leader: James Costa
Group Size: Limited to 10 guests
Pricing: $10,995* per person double occupancy / $1,500 single supplement
*Please note this does not include $400 Value Added Tax imposed by the Tanzania government as of July 1, 2016

On this exceptional journey, you will follow the evolution of humankind, from apes to early hominid to modern man, while observing some of Africa’s most impressive wildlife. Begin by tracking chimpanzees in the remote Mahale Mountains. Traverse the Serengeti, stopping at Olduvai Gorge, where the jawbone of Australopithecus Boisei was first uncovered. Continue to the arid shores of Lake Eyasi, where one of the world’s last hunter-gatherer tribes survives. Visit the semi-nomadic tribes of the Maasai Steppe. Complete your journey-through-time back in the modern world, in the rural and urban environment of contemporary Tanzania.

Trip Highlights

  • Trek for Chimpanzees in Africa’s most remote national park, the Mahale Mountains.
  • Go hunting and gather honey with one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on the Earth, the Hadza.
  • View the Big Five and more at Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Schedule by day

  • Nov 4: Depart for Arusha
  • Nov 5: Arrival into Arusha
  • Nov 6: Arusha / Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Nov 7: Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Nov 8: Mahale Mountains National Park
  • Nov 9: Mahale to Serengeti National Park
  • Nov 10: Serengeti National Park
  • Nov 11: Serengeti National Park
  • Nov 12: Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Nov 13: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Nov 14: Ngorongoro Conservation Area / the Great Rift Valley
  • Nov 15: Great Rift Valley
  • Nov 16: Great Rift Valley / Ngorongoro Highlands
  • Nov 17: Departure
  • Nov 18: Return flights home


  •  $10,995* per person double occupancy / $1,500 single supplement
    *Please note this does not include $400 Value Added Tax imposed by the Tanzania government as of July 1, 2016


  • 1 night at Rivertrees Country Inn
  • 3 nights at Gregstoke Mahale Camp
  • 3 nights at Central Serengeti Nyumba
  • 2 nights at Ngorongoro Nyumba
  • 2 nights at Kisima Ngeda Tented Camp
  • 1 night at Gibb’s Farm
  • 1 day room at Mount Meru Hotel

Activity level

This intrepid adventure takes place in some of the most remote and rugged regions of northern Tanzania.  This tour involves exposure to the outdoors, full days of touring, and a few hikes of up to 6 hours per day often along uneven, densely forested terrain. This is an active safari, best suited to travelers who are in good physical condition and who enjoy walks and hikes in their personal lives.  Wildlife-viewing drives may last up to five hours on bumpy, dusty, and occasionally muddy roads. Since your comfort is a priority, these drives are minimized with wildlife viewing and/or cultural stops along the way. 

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