Casual and comfortable. 

After a full day of driving around, spotting leopards and taking selfies with elephants (elfies anyone?), it can be a treat to come home, shower the dust off, and lie down with a good book in a real bed. 

But if springing for luxury lodging isn't in the cards this year, that doesn't mean sleeping on the ground is your only option. There are many beautiful lodges scattered throughout the region which offer comfort and serenity at prices that won't send you running in the other direction as fast a cheetah. 


Full transportation and wildlife guiding are provided by Rustic Safari, while food and beverages are provided by the lodges. 

Mid-range lodges are not typically all-inclusive, but all offer a range of meal options - from African classics to western and continental dishes - at reasonable prices. 

Sample Itinerary

Day 1: Airport pickup at Kilimanjaro or Arusha airports. Overnight in Arusha at Ilboru Safari Lodge. 

Day 2: Breakfast at Ilboru before a morning drive to Tarangire national park. Picnic lunch in the park, and an afternoon viewing the many birds and other wildlife in Tarangire. Overnight just outside the park, at Burunge or Sangahiwe Lodge. 

Day 3: Breakfast at the lodge, morning drive to Lake Manyara National park. Afternoon viewing the animals in this forested park. Overnight at Kudu or Bougainvillea Lodge in nearby Karatu. 

Day 4: Early morning drive to Lake Eyasi to join the Hadzabe on a morning hunt. Afternoon lounging by the pool at Lake Eyasi lodge before a sunset dinner on the deck. 

Day 5: Breakfast at the lodge before a drive to the Serengeti. Spend an afternoon viewing the many animals in the vast Serengeti, before a golden hour drive to Kati Kati or ThornTree tented camps just in time for happy hour. 

Day 6: Full day game drive in the Serengeti.  Back to camp for a cocktails around the fire. 

Day 7: Drive out through the beautiful southeast Serengeti, stopping to view Ngorongoro Crater from above, with an option to go into the crater for the afternoon. Overnight in Karatu. 

Day 8: Return to Arusha. Options for gift-shopping/ city sightseeing/ or bicycling to Mto wa Mbu tribal village. 


Low Season: $x,xxx per person, with a group of at least three people. 

High Season: $x,xxx USD per person, with a group of at least three people. 

***Rates are alway approximate. Prices vary due to group size, season, number of national parks visited, length of safari, which national parks you choose to visit, which lodges you choose to stay in, etc. The best way to get an accurate quote is to contact us with details of your desired trip, and we will provide you with itinerary options.

Or if you have no idea what your desired trip is, contact us to be like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ and we'll send you a few sample itineraries with prices.