Imagine endless savannas teeming with millions of wildebeest, towering boulders sprawling with tawny lions, and collapsed volcanoes brimming in mist. Imagine a place completely unaware of civilization where wildlife still reigns supreme. It is hard to believe a place like this still exists, but it does. It is called Tanzania. The first time I experienced this wilderness, it captured my soul. I felt compelled to share this experience with others. This calling, this passion, this dream was the start of Africa Dream Safaris.

As other safari tour companies organized bustling caravans of minivans, packed with tourists, I saw them missing the true African wilderness experience. An alternative became apparent to me: The Private Safari. Group safaris and packaged tours meant unpleasant congestion, generic itineraries, and bickering clients with competing agendas. The value of a Private Safari became as obvious to me as a million thundering wildebeest. Wildlife-focused itineraries, personalized service, and off-the-beaten-path adventures quickly became hallmarks of Africa Dream Safaris.

Driven by passion, Africa Dream Safaris has grown. We now engage over 100 individuals, most local Tanzanians, including over twenty of the finest driver-guides in all of East Africa. From our personal safari planners in the U.S. to our gracious meet and greet staff in Tanzania, the entire ADS team aims to exceed our guests' expectations. From the moment you sign up with us, you will become one of our family. We've all fallen in love with Tanzania, and we know you will too. We can't wait to take you there!

Michael Wishner

Co-Founder / Africa Dream Safaris

Private Vehicles: No mixed groups, no competing for views with strangers, and no conflicting interests. With Africa Dream Safaris, you will enjoy the exclusive use of a private vehicle providing for maximum flexibility, comfort and wildlife viewing.

Tanzania Specialists: We have chosen to specialize in Tanzania, which makes us experts in the local wildlife and regions, and allows us to create a special and unique experience for our clients (as opposed to other "generalist" companies offering standard tours to many different African countries).

Adventure Game Drives: Many companies shuffle their clients only through the most heavily trafficked areas on the normal "safari circuit" - but we will take you deep into the isolated wilderness where these packaged tour companies don't go!

Sunrise Safaris: We offer early morning (before sunrise) game drives to witness the predators in action and also the herbivores in more active states. We'll pack a picnic breakfast to enjoy in the pristine ambience of the bush while the package tours are having their 'buffet' meals back at the lodge.

Signature "Fly In - Drive Out Itineraries": The best way to begin your safari is to skip long vehicle transfers and instead take a short flight into the middle of the action - right away! On your very first day on safari, we will fly you into the majestic Serengeti to witness this famous park's teeming wildlife firsthand.

Unlimited Game Drives: Each safari offers unlimited game drives with no mileage restrictions and exclusive access to the most secluded and wildlife abundant areas in Tanzania. Most other companies operate shorter, limited game drives and never end up making it far from the lodge - or the other tourists.

Flexible Travel: By choosing Africa Dream Safaris, you have the luxury of setting your own agenda (with our help) and you won't be shuffled through the rigid itineraries and fixed timetables that other companies often require you to adhere to.

VIP Visa Service: We offer VIP Tanzania Visa services, making your arrival to East Africa easy and efficient. With Africa Dream Safaris you'll skip the long lines.

Wildlife Viewing Maximized: All our itineraries are strategically designed on a monthly basis to take advantage of seasonal wildlife concentrations, and all safaris incorporate specific game drives to witness the great Wildebeest Migration.

Variety of Activities: Choose from a large selection of unique optional activities including authentic cultural tours, scenic flights, field talks, balloon safaris, bush picnics and walking safaris.

Personalized Experience: You are in complete control of when, where and how long you game drive, what animals you look for, how long you stay at each sighting and when you return - it's all up to you.

Professional Driver Guides: On safari you will receive complete and focused attention by your professional driver-guide, with the expert knowledge and skill required to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime.

Safety: Your safety is of ultimate importance, as well as your comfort and peace of mind. We have offices both in the U.S. and Tanzania to support all segments of your trip, and all safaris are 100% escorted and chauffeured from arrival to departure.

Credibility: We are fully accredited in both the U.S. and Tanzania with memberships in the Tanzania Association of Tour Operators, Tanzania Tourist Board and are proud to hold an extremely high 'A+' company rating with the Better Business Bureau's Reliability Program. We hold a Class 'A' tourism license to conduct safaris in Tanzania.

Welcome Package: Upon your booking, a detailed welcome package will be mailed to your residence which will contain your confirmed itinerary, national park and wildlife information, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater ecosystem map, ADS safari shirts, ADS safari hats, luggage tags as well as the comprehensive ADS handbook, a 100-page information guide (includes packing and reading lists, weather and safety information, health and travel recommendations, useful safari tips, wildlife checklists, etc) to ensure that you are 100% prepared for your safari.

Binoculars: A pair of high quality binoculars are provided for each person while on safari. Other companies may provide binoculars, but you will have to share. At Africa Dream Safaris we know you'll want your own pair when the action occurs!

The Ultimate Safari Destination: Tanzania boasts unparalleled concentrations of wildlife - there is no country that can compete with the sheer number and density of wild animals. Tanzania is home to the great migration and more national parks than any other African county - including two of the most renowned wildlife parks in the entire world. It is also a politically stable and safe country with gracious people and little crime.

Unsurpassed Service: We are committed to provide you with an unsurpassed level of service. Our passion, commitment, and expertise are what set us apart.

|*Intro*|Tanzania hosts some of the last untouched places left on this planet. It is a place of vast horizons and untamed wilderness; a place of breathtaking beauty and humbling majesty. You can easily lose yourself its sweeping vistas, endless blue skies, and timeless rhythms..|*Intro*|

Tranquil yet raw, primitive yet serene - there is hardly any other place like it left on earth. The sights, smells and sounds of this place are completely unique, and may be totally different from anything you've ever experienced before. All the stale routines or nagging worries back home will undoubtedly begin to fade to distant memory, and quintessential Africa will captivate your senses with new vibrancy.

You will lose all track of time as the sun rises and sets over the Serengeti plains. You will listen without words to the deafening chorus of grunts and the pounding of hooves as thousands of migratory wildebeest and zebra thunder past your vehicle.

You will get chills as you gaze into the luminous eyes of a wild lion in his natural habitat (from the safety of your vehicle of course!) The seclusion is magical and the solitude is an inspiration to the soul. Sharing the authentic richness of Tanzania with a spouse, friends or family can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lifetime.

Why choose Tanzania?

  • Unparalleled concentrations of wildlife - there is no African country that can compete with the sheer number and density of wild animals in Tanzania; these include lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, rhino, hippo, impala, hartebeest, eland, Thompson gazelle, baboon, vervet and blue monkeys, as well as many birds and other smaller animals.
  • Home to the Great Migration - over a million wildebeest and zebra sweep through the Serengeti plains in search of food and water in a timeless cycle.
  • More National Parks than any other African country - including two of the most renowned wildlife parks in the entire world - the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.
  • Undiscovered and untamed wilderness, with relatively few tourists, offers a truly unique and authentic safari experience that other African countries just can't offer - not anymore. Politically stable and safe with gracious people and little crime.
  • The sunny climate and high elevation of north Tanzania ensures that you have comfortable, spring-like temperatures for wildlife viewing year round, as opposed to many lower lying areas in Africa that can get very hot and muggy.
  • Spectacular and varied scenery - imagine sweeping grasslands teeming with animals and granite kopjes baking in the sunshine; imagine glittering soda lakes covered in pink flamingos and collapsed volcanoes that look like a set from Jurassic Park; imagine towering mountains and endless blue skies - it is hard to believe that one country hosts such an incredible variety of habitats.

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We have chosen to specialize in Tanzania, which makes us experts in the local wildlife and regions, and allows us to create a special and unique experience for our clients (as opposed to other "generalist" companies offering standard tours to many different African countries). It is our passion and honor to share this magical place with our clients. Our ongoing efforts in Tanzania include:

  • Developing optimal safari itineraries.
  • Monitoring weather and wildlife movements.
  • Training and retaining the top driver-guides.
  • Perfecting logistics.
  • Inspecting lodge and camp quality.
  • Maintaining rigorous vehicle standards.
  • Working with various wildlife conservation and research projects.
  • Creating new and unique game drive circuits.
  • Tracking the great wildebeest migration.

|*Intro*|Are you interested in seeing Lions? Leopards? Cheetahs? Maybe it is your dream to experience the legendary Wildebeest Migration, or you want to photograph Elephants at sunrise. Maybe your favorite animal is the Giraffe or Zebra, or you just can't wait to see the rare black Rhino in its natural habitat. Maybe you are more interested in viewing different species of birds. It may sound rather obvious, but one thing we've found from our many years of experience in this industry is that different people are all interested in different things. This of course is a simple fact of life, and it doesn't become a problem until these different interests start competing with one another on a group safari.|*Intro*|

One person might be set on photographing a Lilac Breasted Roller perched demurely on a branch in the perfect light, while another person is anxious to follow that pride of lionesses getting ready to hunt. One person might want to leave the lodge before sunrise to see animals in their more active states, while another party wants to enjoy a hearty breakfast at the lodge. The unfortunate result of trying to force different priorities into the same agenda is often disappointment by one or more parties. With a private safari, the risk of compromising your once-in-a-lifetime-trip to accommodate the once-in-a-lifetime-trip planned by somebody else is effectively eliminated.

Choose Your Own Travel Style

Posh lodges or moderate hotels? Opulent permanent tented camps or real camping, luxury style? You may choose the style of accommodations based on your specific interests and budget. As we work together to design your perfect itinerary, our staff will help guide you to choose appropriate accommodations. No matter the style of accommodations or season of travel, all of our trips are adventurous, educational and safe.

Do you have a preference on what time of year you wish to travel? How many days can you spend? One of the most commonly asked questions by our first time clients is "what time of year is the best time to go on safari?" The answer to this question lies hidden in your interests, time constraints and budget - and we'll help you find it. With our expert knowledge of the different regions and wildlife habits, we'll also assist in guiding you to the optimum locations that will maximize your game viewing opportunities no matter what season you decide to travel.

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Set Your Own Agenda

By choosing Africa Dream Safaris, you have the luxury of setting your own agenda (with our help) and you won't be shuffled through the rigid itineraries and fixed timetables that other companies often require you to adhere to.

The journey begins in our office with a general discussion of your travel plans and your specific interests with one of our company representatives. He or she will guide you through a customized itinerary to incorporate all of your specific interests and maximize game viewing for the season you will be traveling.

Expert Guide Just for You

Once in Tanzania and throughout the rest of your entire journey, you will be accompanied by your expert driver-guide. Local to Tanzania yet fluent in English, your guide will be well educated about the local wildlife and culture of the areas you will be visiting. He will know all the secret spots to optimize your game viewing and help to avoid the crowds of other travelers from the packaged tour groups. Gracious and accommodating, your guide will structure the timetable of each day to fit the special activities you have chosen to incorporate.

All Africa Dream Safaris are private and personal experiences. Your safari will be shared with just you and your spouse, friends or family. Throughout your entire journey, you will be in the company of your professional guide who will be your companion, your teacher, and at your service for the duration of your safari. You will game drive, explore or relax when and where you desire. You are the boss and you make the decisions. Your days will be spent as you choose. You determine what time to leave for a game drive in the morning (do you want to leave the lodge in time to see the sunrise, or do you prefer to move at a more leisurely pace?); you determine what time you return (do you want to have lunch back at the lodge or do you prefer to maximize wildlife viewing and have a picnic lunch in the bush?) We will offer educated suggestions based on our experience, but ultimately your day is planned according to how you best see fit. At your discretion, you may incorporate full day adventure game drives, nature walks, cultural interactions, bush breakfasts and lunches or any other activities and tours that interest you.

Private Safari Advantages:

Personalized Wildlife Viewing - You decide which animals and corresponding habitats to seek out and how long to spend with each sighting. You may choose to focus on the predators (lions, cheetahs and leopards), the large herbivores (elephants, giraffes, rhinos, zebra, and the wildebeest migration) or perhaps a mix of species. Maybe you are interested in bird watching; if so your guide will focus on education and sightings of the many birds that can be seen in Tanzania. If birding is not your cup of tea, then your guide will focus more on the mammals. The bottom line is that individual animal preferences are extremely varied and with a private safari you get to spend the time enjoying the animal species that interests you.

Private Guide and Vehicle - No mixed groups, no politics, no competing for views with strangers, and no conflicting interests. You will game drive, explore, or relax at your leisure when and where you desire. Your safari includes the private use of a specially outfitted 4-wheel drive Stretched Land Rover providing for maximum flexibility, comfort and wildlife viewing. You will have complete use of this vehicle with no mileage restrictions and unlimited game drives for the duration of your safari. Your guide will have expert knowledge about each area you will be traveling, and he will be completely devoted to your party - answering all your questions and tailoring each day to maximize your interests.

Customized Activities - You have the flexibility to do what you want, when you want, and how you want. There are numerous activities and tours to choose from. Naturally, some choices are more appealing to certain people and other choices are more appealing to others. With Africa Dream Safaris, you choose how long you stay out on game drives, how long you stay viewing each animal, when you eat, when you go out, and when you return - it is all up to you.

Flexible Game Drives - You have the flexibility to choose the number and duration of game drives. You may game drive and wildlife view as much or as little as you wish. Some people enjoy wildlife viewing from sunrise to sunset. Others prefer a more leisurely pace with two or three shorter game-drives each day. A private safari offers the flexibility to meet each individual's specific requirements.

Exclusive Access - Timing is everything and knowledge is key. All day game drives are a must to access the more remote areas of the parks. A private safari affords the flexibility to fully explore secluded areas of the Serengeti, which cannot be accessed on traditional packaged tours. This feature, combined with our exclusive access to certain areas, allows for the most spectacular game viewing in several hidden gems of the Serengeti including Barafu Kopjes, Mara River, Lamai Triangle, Gol Kopjes, Hidden Valley, Wogakuria Plains, Matiti Plains, Angata Kiti and the Sametu Marsh and Kopjes.

Flexible Departures - We understand that you demand flexibility and our goal is to provide unlimited choices to meet the requirements of your busy life. With our private safaris, you may depart on any day of your choice and for any duration of your choosing. Everything is completely flexible with your private safari and you can choose and adjust your lodges and camps, duration of trip, and safari activities, etc. with customized itineraries.

Wildlife Viewing Maximized - We realize that one of the most important factors for a successful safari lies in the number and quality of wildlife encounters. With your private safari, you have the flexibility to conduct early morning (before sunrise) game drives to witness the predators in action and also the herbivores in more active states. Additionally, early morning and also early evening game drives allow for better photography, less vehicle concentrations, cooler conditions and, in general, more action. With your private safari, you will maximize your wildlife by including 'bush' meals and game driving at those times when the package tours are having their 'buffet' meals back at the lodge. All private safari itineraries are strategically designed on a month-by-month basis to take advantage of seasonal wildlife concentrations.

Custom Tailored Itinerary - Every Africa Dream Safari is custom designed based upon your personal interests and requirements, as well as the season you will be traveling. Itineraries can be designed for couples, families or friends. Each trip may be customized to incorporate a focus on a specific animal, cultural experiences, or photography interests. We offer a variety of lodging combinations and options to suit your preferences including traditional safari lodges, permanent tented lodges and private mobile camps. You have the freedom and flexibility to customize your itinerary how you best see fit, but of course you are not on your own in the planning! Our expert staff is there to assist you every step of the way in planning your safari, utilizing our experience to help you optimize your itinerary based on your interests and Tanzania's seasonal highlights. The result will be the trip of a lifetime.

Tanzania hosts some of the last untouched places left on this planet. It is a place of vast horizons and untamed wilderness; a place of breathtaking beauty and humbling majesty. You can easily lose yourself its sweeping vistas, endless blue skies, and timeless rhythms. Tranquil yet raw, primitive yet serene - there is hardly any other place like it left on earth. The sights, smells and sounds of this place are completely unique, and may be totally different from anything you've ever experienced before. All the stale routines or nagging worries back home will undoubtedly begin to fade to distant memory, and Africa will captivate your senses with new vibrancy. You will lose all track of time as the sun rises and sets over the African plains. You will listen without words to the deafening chorus of grunts and the pounding of hooves as thousands of migratory wildebeest and zebra thunder past your vehicle. You will get chills as you gaze into the luminous eyes of a wild lion in his natural habitat (from the safety of your vehicle of course!) The seclusion is magical and the solitude is an inspiration to the soul. Sharing the authentic richness of Africa with a spouse, friends or family can be one of the most rewarding experiences of your lifetime.

For many, an African Safari is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Planning the fulfillment of such a dream is nothing less than an art, and should be tailored for each client to make sure the experience exceeds his or her wildest expectations. Why jeopardize the success of a once in a lifetime trip by joining a group safari with strangers? Why worry about being crammed into a vehicle competing for the best seats and views? Why compromise your interests for the agendas of others? Don't make that mistake. Together we will work to design the perfect trip of a lifetime - just for you.

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Your safari will be custom tailored to be the perfect fit for you to fulfill your unique safari dreams. Everything will be based on YOUR interests, time frame, accommodation preferences, and budget. Itineraries can be designed for couples, families or friends, or for specific animal, cultural or photography interests. You have the freedom and flexibility to customize your itinerary how you best see fit, but of course you are not on your own in the planning! Our expert staff is there to assist you every step of the way in planning your safari, utilizing our experience to help you optimize your itinerary based on your interests and seasonal wildlife highlights. The result will be the trip of a lifetime.

Posh lodges or moderate hotels? Opulent permanent tented camps or real camping, luxury style? We offer a variety of lodging combinations, and you may choose the style of accommodations that best fits your specific interests and budget. We do not have set itineraries or "biased" relationships with any major lodging chain over another. We are able to make reservations at any of the lodges and do so based purely upon your interests, budget, and what makes the most sense in terms of where the migratory animals will be located during your month of travel. As we work together to design your perfect itinerary, our staff will help guide you to choose appropriate accommodations.

Do you have a preference on what time of year you wish to travel? How many days can you spend? One of the most commonly asked questions by our first time clients is "what time of year is the best time to go on safari?" The answer to this question lies hidden in your interests, time constraints and budget - and we'll help you find it. With our expert knowledge of the different regions and wildlife habits, we'll also assist in guiding you to the optimum locations that will maximize your game viewing opportunities no matter what season you decide to travel.

No matter the style of accommodations you select or what time of year you choose to travel, all of our trips are adventurous, educational and safe. We are committed to work with you to design the most optimal itinerary. For many, an African Safari is the fulfillment of a lifelong dream. Planning the fulfillment of such a dream is nothing less than an art, and should be tailored for each client to make sure the experience exceeds his or her wildest expectations.

We realize that one of the most important factors for a successful safari lies in the number and quality of wildlife encounters. All our safari itineraries are strategically designed on a monthly basis to take advantage of seasonal wildlife concentrations, and all safaris incorporate specific game drives to witness the great Wildebeest Migration. With our all day game drives, signature fly-in/drive out itineraries, special park permits, and our unparalleled experience and understanding of the animals, you will be assured the finest wildlife viewing opportunities available.

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Isolated Wilderness

Many companies shuffle their clients only through the most heavily trafficked areas on the normal "safari circuit" - but we will take you deep into the isolated wilderness where these packaged tour companies don't go! With Africa Dream Safaris, you will maximize your wildlife sightings by including 'bush' meals and game driving at those times when the package tours are having their 'buffet' meals back at the lodge.

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Migratory Behavior

The amazing abundance of wildlife in Tanzania is due to the adaptation of many species of animals to a migratory existence. Due to this migratory behavior of many animals, some areas will be prolific with animals in one month and almost devoid of life in another. We understand these wildlife patterns and all of our itineraries are tailored to the specific month of travel to facilitate the most optimal game viewing conditions. By putting you in the right areas at the right times, you will be assured superb wildlife viewing. This is our specialty, which enables us to provide you with amazing encounters with the most sought after animals including lion, leopard, elephant, cheetah, rhinoceros, giraffe and the great wildebeest migration.

How do we maximize your wildlife viewing?

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  • Professional Driver Guides - On safari you will receive complete and focused attention by your professional driver-guide, with the expert knowledge and skill required to make sure you have the trip of a lifetime. Local to Tanzania yet fluent in English, your guide will be well educated about the local wildlife and culture. He will know all the secret spots to optimize your game viewing and help to avoid the crowds of other travelers from the packaged tour groups.
  • Unlimited Game Drives - Each safari offers unlimited game drives with no mileage restrictions and exclusive access to the most secluded and wildlife abundant areas in Tanzania. If you feel adventurous, we'll pack picnics and remain out on safari all day! (most other companies operate shorter, limited game drives and never end up making it far from the lodge - or the other tourists.)
  • Sunrise Safaris -We offer early morning (before sunrise) game drives to witness the predators in action and also the herbivores in more active states. The early morning game drives allow for better photography, less vehicle concentrations, cooler conditions and, in general, more action. We'll pack a picnic breakfast to enjoy in the pristine ambience of the bush. Africa is pure magic in the light of early morning.
  • Signature "Fly In - Drive Out Itineraries" - The best way to begin your safari is to skip long vehicle transfers and instead take a short flight into the middle of the action - right away! On your very first day on safari, we will fly you into the majestic Serengeti to witness this famous park's teeming wildlife firsthand.

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