Immerse in wildlife & escape the crowds
March 1, 2024

The JourneyWomen 30th Anniversary Celebration World Tour

Our bespoke Tanzanian safari is designed specifically for the JourneyWoman 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.

Tanzania is Africa’s premier safari destination, home to world famous names as the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro crater, and Mount Kilimanjaro. 

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 –

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.
  • Three nights in a luxury tented camp in the world-renowned Serengeti National Park.
  • Book before June 1st 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:

JourneyWomen 30th Anniversary Celebration World Tour

Dates: November 16-23 2024

Destination: Tanzania

Safari start & Finish: Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

November 16th 2024

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 Rivertrees Country Inn which is 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 favourite 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 everyones 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.

November 17th 2024

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 veranda that offers some of the best views of the park. With a pair of binoculars, and a cold drink you can sit on the veranda 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 favourites.  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!

After lunch, you will set off on a game drive to start exploring the park.

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

November 18th 2024

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:          The retreat, or similar, subject to availability, full board

The Retreat offers lovely spacious rooms, excellent food, and amazing views over the Ngorongoro Forest.  The property is very spread out, and offers guests a walking path and a pool to stretch their legs after a long drive. 

November 19th 2024

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.

After lunch you will game-drive your way out of the crater and onto the Serengeti National Park, arriving at the tented camp in time for dinner.

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.

November 20th & 21st 2024

Two days to explore southern Serengeti and the Seronera Valley. Here you are in the hands of your guides, who with years of experience and a good ear to the ground, will know where to take you to find those last few elusive sightings.

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

November 22nd 2024

A complementary balloon trip for those who booked before June 1st 2024 will be scheduled on the morning of the 22nd of November.

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, before heading to meet up with the rest of the group.

For the group not going on the balloon trip:

After breakfast depart camp with picnic lunches and game drive your way to the visitors center to pick up the early birds who went on the balloon flight.

Game drive your way to Olduvai Gorge, for a picnic lunch and a visit to the Museum.

During your safari, there will be a chance to meet with 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:

Part of your safari cost includes a donation to KopeLion.

Overnight:          Plantation Lodge, or similar subject to availability, full board

Plantation Lodge is located about 15 minutes off the main road after you exit the Ngorongoro Conservation area.  Renate, the owner of the lodge has an amazing eye for details and this can be seen in their rooms.  The food is delicious, the gardens are immaculate, all in all it feels like home away from home!

November 23rd 2024

After a leisurely breakfast you will make the drive back to Arusha where there is plenty of opportunity to shop for souvenirs.  Lunch will be at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. After lunch, your guides will make sure you get to the airport in time to connect with your international flight home

End of the Safari Services

Cost of this safari comes to: $5090.00 per person

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, if booked and deposit paid prior to June 1st 2024*
  • (* Please note, in the unlikely event that weather conditions are not favourable 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

This safari starts and ends at Kilimanjaro International airport.

  • Airlines that fly directly into Kilimanjaro from Europe/North America include KLM via Amsterdam, and Qatar Airways via Doha.  We recommend both of these options.  There is also the option to fly via Nairobi but this does mean more stop overs and visas. 
  • If you are coming from South Africa, Kenya Airways has direct flights from Cape Town to Kilimanjaro via Nairobi. South African Airways flies from Johanesburg to Dar Es Salaam.  From Dar es Salaam we can organize a domestic flight to get you to Kilimanjaro for the start of the safari.

Feel free to get in touch with us if you have any questions regarding flights. Although we don’t book flights ourselves, we can certainly help to point you in the right direction.

  • 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 people 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
  • Clients who book their safari before the 1st of June will qualify for a Balloon flight over the Serengeti!
  • Should you require extra accommodation prior to, or after the safari, we are very happy to help with this.
  • Extensions to Zanzibar, or Gorilla tracking can be organized post safari – please get in touch if you are interested.

Step 1 to book this safari:

Send us an email or give us a call to book your seat.

You can email us at:

Or give us a call via whats app on +44 (0)7587 362 760

Once you have confirmed your safari with us, we will send you additional information including:

  • Things to know before you go
    • This includes lots of practical tips, a packing list, travel insurance advice, tips on tipping, fun apps to consider downloading, a further reading list, etc.etc.
  • How to organize visas – a cheat sheet
  • An up-to-date itinerary including any extensions.
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