2025 Escape the Crowds & Immerse yourself in wildlife special
July 3, 2024

Back by popular demand!

Our JourneyWomen 30th Anniversary Celebration World Tour safari was so popular that we are offering it again for 2025!

Our bespoke safari is designed specifically for the Journey Women who values an authentic safari experience.  She is an adventurer at heart, a wildlife enthusiast, unwilling to compromise on comfort, but certainly not the pretentious traveler. 

This safari itinerary offers front row seats to the world’s best wildlife viewing, and a back stage pass to meet with a team who have dedicated their lives to conserving it.

This safari is a journey for all the senses, and doesn’t end after you return to camp from your game drive.  Sitting at a campfire, under the African stars, with a cold drink, listening to the sounds of the bush, and sleeping under canvas, is all part of the safari experience.

Think of Karen Blixen or Ernest Hemmingway. 

Your entire journey will be in a safari prepared 4×4 jeep, with open top, and large windows for ideal game viewing.  You will be accompanied by knowledgeable, friendly Tanzanian guides, who are well spoken, and passionate about their country and wildlife – proud to show you, their home.

Tanzania has been our home for a combined 35 years, managing several camps, lodges, safari companies and conservation projects.  As the late Anthony Bourdain put it – they know Tanzania like I know the deli counter at Barney Greengrass.

We invite you to experience it for yourself

Below you can find lots of information about this safari itinerary including the highlights, the details, the logistics and what to do if you are interested in joining us.

If you have any questions – please feel free to send us an email, we would be delighted to hear from you – info@intentonsafari.com

Alternatively, if you would like to chat about the safari over the phone, not a problem! Please send us your whats-app number or skype address, and a convenient time, and we will be in touch!

The focus of this Safari:

  • Spend time exploring Tarangire National Park, home to the iconic Baobab trees and big elephant herds
  • A day trip to the Ngorongoro crater, one of the natural wonders of the world and your best chance to see Black Rhino in their original habitat.
  • Meet with the KopeLion Project – an inspiring NGO that is focused on ensuring Lions can live alongside people within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
  • Spend time in both the Ndutu area as well as the Serengeti National park.
  • Accommodations will be a mix of boutique camps and lodges personally selected by us.
  • Book before November 1st 2024 to qualify for a Hot Air Balloon trip over the Serengeti plains, including a champagne breakfast served ‘Out of Africa’ style
  • Enjoy an itinerary that is carefully put together to avoid the crowds, without compromising on the wildlife experience

The itinerary details:

3rd – 11th December 2025

Destination: Tanzania

December 3rd 2025

Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport, Tanzania.

Your arrival time and flight details to be advised closer to the start of the safari.

You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel, about a half hour drive from the airport.

Overnight:          Rivertrees Country Inn, or similar, subject to availability, bed and breakfast.

Rivertrees Country Inn is a lovely boutique lodge set in a green oasis on the slopes of mount Meru. You turn off the main road down a dirt road and in five minutes you arrive at the Lodge.  This is where we had our wedding party, and is our favorite place to stay on arrival into Tanzania.  The rooms are clean and comfortable and spread out among the beautifully manicured gardens and giant Albizia trees, remnants of the montane forest, and often occupied by the Verreaux’s eagle owl

 You will wake up to tropical bird song and occasionally the rare Black and White Colobus or Sykes and Vervets monkeys playing on the lawn. 

Breakfast is buffet style to suit everyone’s taste, including fresh tropical fruits and juices, a range of freshly baked breads, pastries, cold meats and cheeses. Eggs are cooked to order, with a choice of accompaniments. Served with a choice of East African teas or locally grown and hand roasted coffee.

December 4th 2025

08:30 group introduction and safari briefing by your guide over breakfast

Start your safari by heading to Tarangire National Park. The park is famous for its large elephant populations.  After a short game drive from the main gate, you will arrive at Tarangire Safari Lodge in time for lunch.  The lodge has a fabulous patio that offers some of the best views of the park. With a pair of binoculars, and a cold drink you can sit on the wall, and watch animals come and go in the valley below you. There is simply nothing better than this.

A bit about Tarangire Safari Lodge:

Tarangire safari lodge is one of the original camps built in Tarangire National Park to accommodate early pioneers in Photographic safaris. It has morphed over time into a Lodge, but still maintains the character of the original camp.

This family run mid-range lodge is another one of our personal favorites.  You can expect excellent home cooked meals, comfortable accommodation in the form of thatch covered Safari tents, and the service is always with a smile.  What makes this lodge so authentic, is the stunning location with incredible views over the Tarangire riverbed, and the feeling of being fully immersed in nature, as creatures large and small, busy about between the tents.

They also have a fabulous pool with sun loungers which can be enjoyed after lunch when the sun is at its warmest.

Overnight:          Tarangire Safari Lodge, or similar, subject to availability, full board

December 5th 2025

Full day to enjoy and explore Tarangire National Park.

Overnight:          Tarangire Safari Lodge, or similar, subject to availability, full board

December 6th 2025

Set off on an early morning game drive to explore Tarangire National Park returning to the lodge for lunch. After lunch you will make your way out of the park and climb the Rift Valley Escarpment to the town of Karatu.  Karatu is the last town before the boundary of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and Serengeti National Park.

Overnight:          Baghayo Gardens, or similar, subject to availability, full board

Baghayo gardens offers very cozy rooms that are clean & comfortable, and offer all the comforts of home.  The food is fresh, prepared using many ingredients directly from the garden, and very tasty! 

December 7th 2025

A full day trip into the Ngorongoro crater. This is one of the natural wonders of the world and your chance to see the big 5 in one day.  The views from the crater rim will stay with you in your memories for life.  If you get to the top and its cloudy and overcast, don’t be discouraged as often it doesn’t take long for the clouds to part ways allowing you a glimpse of the crater floor.  Game driving the floor of an extinct volcanic caldera doesn’t happen every day so enjoy it, and keep your eyes peeled for the Black Rhino. Even if it’s just spotted as a little dot in the distance, it’s a privilege all the same.

Lunch will be an “al fresco” picnic on the crater floor.

Over lunch we will be joined by a team member of KopeLion, who will give you some insight into their project.  This fabulous conservation project is focused on ensuring Lions can live alongside people within the Ngorongoro conservation Area.  To find out more have a look at their website: www.kopelion.org.

Part of your safari cost includes a donation to KopeLion.

After lunch you will game-drive your way out of the crater and onto the short grass plains of the Ndutu area.

Overnight:          Ndutu Safari Lodge, or similar, subject to availability, full board

                             Ndutu is one of the oldest lodges on the Safari circuit and oozes safari charm.  Ndutu has not only been our ‘home’ whilst we managed it, but some of our best safari memories have been at the lodge as well as in this area. In our opinion nothing beats it. The cottages are clean and comfortable with hot running water. (Please keep in mind that the water is slightly alkaline which makes it feel a little soapy when showering).  Home cooked meals are served for lunch and dinner, when the Genets (a nocturnal mammal, part of the mongoose family) will no doubt make an appearance.  We will end our day by sitting under the stars, around the campfire, listening to the sound of the bush.

December 8th 2025

Full day to enjoy the off the beaten track Ndutu area.

One big advantage of the Ndutu area is that off road driving is still permitted which means it’s easier to get closer to sightings, and you’re not reliant as much on luck (how close is the cheetah to the road etc).  November/December is also quiet on the plains (as far as numbers of cars go) , which gives you the added benefit of having sightings to yourself.

 Overnight:         Ndutu Safari lodge, or similar, subject to availability, full board

December 9th 2025

After breakfast you will game drive your way into the heart of the Serengeti National park.

Overnight:          Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp, or similar, subject to availability, full board.

This is a small, intimate, tented camp located in central Serengeti. The tents are more like canvas cottages and offer all the comforts of home.  The ensuite bathrooms have flushing loos and safari style bucket showers.

December 10th 2025

Full day to enjoy & game drive the Serengeti plains.

Overnight:          Lemala Ewanjan Tented Camp, or similar, subject to availability, full board.

December 11th 2025

An early start to the day to drive to the hot-air balloon launch site to enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti during sun rise.

The balloon trip starts with an early wake up. You will be met by a representative of the balloon company at the camp and you will drive whilst still dark (a good chance to see some nocturnal

animals trotting down the road as they head home after a busy night) to the launch site to be ready to fly at first light. You will meet your Pilot who will give you a pre-flight briefing then it’s into the basket and up-up and away. After an awe-inspiring float over the Serengeti, you will land on the plains and be whisked away for a well-earned bush breakfast served ‘Out of Africa’ Style.

After breakfast you will be taken to the Seronera airstrip to catch a light aircraft back to Arusha.

Once in Arusha there is plenty of opportunity to shop for souvenirs.  Lunch will be at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. After lunch you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro International airport in time to connect with your international flight home.

For those who want to extend their stay with a couple of nights in Zanzibar or a Gorilla Trekking safari in Rwanda please see our extension options.

End of the Safari Services

Please note if you need an additional night in Arusha, we can arrange this for you as an add on.

Cost of this safari comes to: $5760.00 per person

No single supplement

Properties listed above are subject to availability at the time of booking. In the event that there is not enough space for the group, a similar property will be used.

Costs includes the following:

  • All accommodation and meals as mentioned above
  • All Park fees, Concession fees, Camping fees, Crater entrance fees as applicable
  • Car & guide for the duration of the safari
  • AMREF flying doctors’ evacuation membership.  (For evacuation from remote safari parks to either Arusha/Nairobi depending on the situation)
  • Transfer from Arusha airport to Kilimanjaro airport on the last day
  • Balloon flight (* Please note, in the event that weather conditions are not favorable for the balloon flight, there will be no financial compensation)
  • Donation to KopeLion

Cost does not include:

  • Drinks & laundry
  • Dinner & Lunch when staying at Rivertrees
  • Items of personal nature
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • International flights and visas
  • Gratuities (optional)
  • additional nights’ accommodation outside of the itinerary

The Logistics

The safari is planned to run from the 3rd – 11th of December 2025 and we are offering two possible extension options:

Option 1: Join a group to see the Gorillas in Rwanda – this trip will run from December 11th – December 15th 2025

Option 2: Relax in Zanzibar post safari – this trip will run from December 11th – December 16th 2025.

Please find the proposed itinerary details in the attachment.

A couple of things to note: Main Tanzania Safari

  • The main safari starts and ends at Kilimanjaro airport
  • KLM or Qatar airways would be the airline carriers we would recommend
  • All bookings need to be made by December 1st 2024
  • All properties mentioned in the itinerary are subject to availability at the time of booking. In the event that the property cannot accommodate our group, we will use a property of similar standards.
  • The safari needs a minimum of 4 pax to run – please do not book your flights until you hear from us that this safari is a go.
  • The safari will be capped at 12 pax
  • No Single supplement
  • Should you require extra accommodation prior to, or after the safari, we are very happy to help with this.
  • Clients who book their safari before the 1st of June will qualify for a Balloon flight over the Serengeti!

A couple of things to note: Rwanda Extension

  • The trip includes an international flight from Kilimanjaro to Kigali
  • Your international flights would need to have you arriving into Kilimanjaro airport and out of Kigali International airport.  KLM would be the airline carrier we would recommend.
  • The advertised price is based on minimum 4 pax in the group.  If less people sign up – a supplement will apply
  • Please note that to confirm a Gorilla Tracking permit ($1500.00 USD) – full payment is needed at the time of booking. This payment is non-refundable so it is very important that you take out travel insurance with cancelation cover at the time of booking.

A couple of things to note: Zanzibar Extension

  • No minimum group size is required for this extension to be a go.
  • The trip includes a domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Your international flights would need to have you arriving into Kilimanjaro and out either Stone town (Zanzibar) or Dar es Salaam.  In the event that your flight home departs from Dar es Salaam we can arrange a short 20-minute domestic flight from Zanzibar to Dar es salaam in time for you to make your international connection.
  • KLM or Qatar would be the airline carriers we would recommend.

How to book this safari:

  • Step 1: Confirming your spot on the trip
    • If you are interested in reserving a spot on this trip – we would ask for a refundable deposit of $500 to secure your space. 
    • December 1st is the cutoff date for applications.  As soon as we have the minimum of 4 pax to run the safari – the safari will be given the green light.  We will then issue you an invoice for a 30% nonrefundable deposit to go towards confirming rooms at all the properties.  Your $500 will go towards this invoice.
    • In the event that by December 1st we do not have enough clients – the safari will not go ahead and we will refund you your $500.

IMPORTANT: Booking your flights should not happen prior to the 1st of December 2024 – or unless we confirm that the safari has been given the green light.

  • Step 2: Once the safari is confirmed (4 pax have registered to go on the safari) – this will be decided latest by December 1st 2024
    • As soon as the safari is confirmed, we will issue you an invoice.  A 30% deposit will be due.  Your deposit of $500 will go towards the 30% deposit payment.

This 30% deposit payment is now non-refundable.

You can start looking into booking your flights as soon as the safari has been given a green light

  • Step 3: Balance payment
    • The balance of the invoice will be due 60 days prior to the start of the safari (September 16th 2024).

Lots of information here.  We would love to hear from you with your feedback!

Alternatively, if you would like to chat about the safari over the phone, not a problem! Please send us your whats-app number or skype address and a convenient time and we will be in touch!

Looking forward to hearing from you

Laura & Colin

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