A Walk in the Wild

A Journey through the Highlands of Tanzania

A Walk in the Wild

September 30 - October 9, 2019


Consider this your invitation for the safari of a lifetime!  Please join me, the owner of GrassTracks Safaris, for a privately guided 10-day safari through the game parks and highlands of Tanzania.  I savor the wild, uncrowded spaces of Africa and I designed this safari to take us off the beaten path in these seldom visited areas.  For me, one of the best ways to experience Africa is to leave the game vehicle behind and explore the wilderness on foot.  The slow pace allows time to absorb the stunning landscape, notice the details of the bush, and breath the clear air of the African highlands.  This safari will do just that.

We’ll begin in Arusha with a full day of guided walking in Arusha National Park as we explore the diverse landscape on our search for big game.  From Arusha we'll continue to the high volcanic craters atop the Great Rift Escarpment for the start of our 3 day, fully supported trek down the Escarpment to Lake Natron. Our Maasai guides and their donkeys carry all supplies, cook delicious meals, and set up each night's camp.  Following the trek, we’ll have the chance to summit Ol Doinyo Lengai, the sacred mountain of the Maasai towering over 10,000 ft (or relax in camp and explore the surreal Lake Natron on shorter walks).   We’ll finish our safari in Tarangire National Park (at a small treetop lodge) where we will search for game both on foot and in a safari vehicle. 

This journey is surely one of the most dramatic hikes in east Africa where you'll experience remote landscapes, incredible wildlife, and witness the changing world of the Maasai.

I’m offering only one departure date from Sept 30-Oct 9, 2019.  Space is limited to 12 guests (4 minimum) and the registration deadline is March 28, 2019.   Please contact me soon to reserve your seat.

Thank you!

Dan Hopkins

GrassTrack Safaris

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Day 1 | Arrive Arusha | Mount Meru Game Lodge

Day 2  | Arusha National Park | Mount Meru Game Lodge

Day 3 | Drive to Empakai Crater for start of trek and hike into crater | Empakai Crater Camp

Day 4 | Trekking | Leonotis Camp

Day 5 | Trekking | Lake Natron Camp

Day 6 | Ascent of Ol Doinyo Lengai | Lake Natron Camp

Days 7 - 9  | Tarangire National Park, game drives & walking | Tarangire Treetops Camp

Day 10 | Return to Arusha

Only one departure from Sept 30-Oct 9, 2019

Mount Meru Game Lodge:  Set in beautiful and tranquil surroundings, the Mount Meru Game Lodge is nestled between the Usa river and a wildlife sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to zebra, ostrich, a wide array of birds and monkeys, including the elusive Colobus monkey.  The 17 rooms are furnished with decor reminiscent of when this family lodge was established in 1959.  The grounds are lush and forested with an outdoor dining area, lounge, and pool.












Empakai and Leonotis Camps:  Fully supported with our guides and donkeys carrying all supplies and food.  Dome tents with stretcher beds and the staff does all the cooking. 



Lake Natron Camp:  A small camp on the shores of Lake Natron, the camp has 10 luxury tents with comfortable beds, private toilet/showers, and hot water!  Excellent food served in the dining area overlooking Ol Lengai, natural pools for swimming, and lots of day activities around the camp.



Tarangire Treetops Camp:  Located on a private concession bordering Tanrangire National Park, the camp has elevated "treehouse" suites perched high up with views over the adjacent baobab and marula trees, giving Tarangire Treetops an adventurous and exotic feel.  Each treetop suite has a private balcony and are lavishly furnished. Natural materials are blended with contemporary Africana décor, to provide guests with a unique and most memorable safari experience.

GROUP SIZE:  A minimum of 4 guests is required to confirm this safari.  Maximum group size is 12.

REGISTRATION:  The deadline to register is March 28, 2019.  If 4 guests are not confirmed the safari will be cancelled.  A $300 early registration discount is offered if you sign up before February 1, 2019,

PAYMENT:  A 20% non-refundable deposit is required to confirm booking and due within 7 days of receiving an invoice from GrassTrack Safaris.  Your deposit will be refunded only if safari is cancelled due to lack of interest.  Once 4 clients are confirmed, deposit will not be refunded.  Full balance due by June 1, 2018.  Other terms & conditions apply.  We reserve the right to modify or change itinerary and/or accommodation.


  • Full board accommodation while on safari
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • A safari briefing at the beginning of the tour
  • Lunch at Shanga
  • All game viewing in a safari vehicle driven by a professional English speaking driver guide
  • Local beer & house wine at Lake Natron
  • Laundry & drinks at Tarangire Treetops (except premium brands)
  • Excursions as per the itinerary
  • Park Entrance fees throughout
  • Flying doctors medical evacuation cover
  • I liter of water per person per day while in safari vehicle
  • Current Government taxes and levies


  • International and domestic Airfares
  • International and domestic departure tax
  • Meals and excursions not described in the itinerary above
  • Entry Visas to the country
  • Travel and health insurance
  • Any optional tours or excursions not mentioned in the itinerary above
  • Gratuities (tips) to your guide, hotel staff and porters
  • Any other items of a personal nature, such as drinks, laundry,

2019 Rates

5 guests $6825 | 6 guests $6960

7 guests $6725 | 8 guests $6545

9 guests $6410 | 10 guests $6295

11 guests $6210

*Rates are per person sharing; Single supplement $950

 We're offering a $300 early registration discount for bookings before February 1, 2019!

Length: 10 days

Route:  Starts & ends in Arusha, Tanzania.

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