Women Gone Wild: 9-Day Ladies-Only Big Five Adventure Safari


SAFARI DATES: January 30 – February 7, 2025





What could possibly be better than 12 adventuresome women on an incredible safari together?

THE ANSWER: 12 adventuresome women on an incredible safari WITH Wanderful Tanzania’s Founder (Susie Langley) during Tanzania’s GREEN/BABY season!

With over a decade of leading amazing trips to the most beautiful and interesting places in the world, Susie has created what she calls a “Thrive Tribe” from all of the women who have been on these explorations with her. The deep friendships and close bonds that form between these women provide them with a sisterhood of strength, support, companionship, and memories to last a lifetime. And, in Susie’s fashion, they are all very focused on traveling with the intention of leaving only love, joy, compassion, and good vibrations in their wake.

This is YOUR personal invitation to join the Thrive Tribe too, when you join in on this incredible safari! Susie will be with you every step of the way, so you’re sure to understand exactly how Tanzania stole her heart, stoked her passion, revived her purpose, and has become her beloved home away from home.

Why is “green season” so special?

THE ANSWER: If you picture a golden lion standing in an endless field of golden grasses blowing in the gentle breeze when you think of Africa, you are not alone! That iconic image is 100% accurate for the majority of people who travel to Tanzania on safari, as the vast majority of those visitors come during high season… which is also dry season (July-September). That is the time of year when the Great Migration herd is crossing the treacherous Mara River in pursuit of the rains and new grasses up in Kenya, to the north.

Now picture that same scene, but imagine your golden lion standing in an endless sea of bright green grasses and wildflowers! Following the short rainy season, Tanzania springs back to life… becoming as green as Ireland from January through March! The volume of tourists is a fraction of what it is during the dry season, and that Great Migration has once again returned to Serengeti’s southern plains in order to give birth to more than 400,000 babies in just a few weeks’ time! Love is in the air, and the babies are bountiful at this time of year!

It is magical to behold, and a photographers dream!


More benefits of a GREEN SEASON safari:

  • Smaller crowds
  • Little to no dust
  • Fun mud-bogging is possible (and sometimes necessary)
  • Access to the spectacular Ndutu region (seasonal region of the Serengeti)
  • Soft light and drama!!! This time of year there are dramatic clouds and breathtaking skyscapes in every direction (a photographer’s dream!)
  • Rainbows over the savannas
  • A chance to hear the sound of rain on your tent as you sleep
  • You’ll be immersed in the Great Migration as they gather on the Ndutu plains, where they will give birth to more than 400,000 babies between January and March.
  • There are beautiful birds, everywhere!
  • Love is in the air! (while the Great Migration is busy bearing their young, it seems like everyone else is mating!)


Your Itinerary

Your safari begins the moment you exit the Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and are greeted by your guide(s). They will help you with your luggage, and will take you to your first night’s accommodation at a beautifully appointed safari lodge in Arusha.

On this first day of your safari, you’ll head out for a few hours in the beloved Arusha National Park (ANP) where you will join one of the park rangers for an amazing Walking Safari. ANP’s close proximity to both Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro can make for some spectacular backdrops for your photos, if the weather cooperates!

This small park is super easy to access from Arusha and is home to many varieties of African animals, including elephants, lions, zebras, giraffes, hippos, and so forth.

There is no guarantee as to which animals you will encounter during your visit to ANP, as the animals are truly free to roam in and out of the park at will, with no barriers or restrictions.

Following your time in this park, you will make the drive to the Karatu region, passing through farmland and pastures, small villages, and even past a military base along the way. Time permitting, you may have time to stop at the African Galleria to grab a few authentic souvenirs before getting to your beautiful accommodations that evening.

It is worth the early wake up to be one of the first groups to reach the crater floor on “Crater Day!” The primary goal of this day is to be on the lookout for the endangered Black Rhino (shown below). This will be your best shot at finding this element of the Big Five!

Although Tanzania has many wilderness and wildlife show pieces, this one is particularly difficult to put into words. With remarkable views from the ridge above, to the real action on the crater floor, the crater embodies a constant stir of wildlife and unspoiled scenes to keep you engrossed.

One of our past guests described Ngorongoro as “Where Heaven Meets Earth!” Another said it was like “A mixture of Narnia and Seuss, with just a dash of Jurassic Park!” However YOU describe it, it is a MUST-SEE on any Tanzanian safari!

Millions of years ago this enormous volcano collapse and formed this massive CALDERA that we mistakenly refer to the “Ngorongoro Crater.” Present day, this caldera is now an incredible, self-sustaining ecosystem that boasts the highest density of African wildlife on Earth, and a UNESCO World Heritage site to boot!

Your next adventure will take place on the Ndutu Plains in the Southern Serengeti. This area was made famous by documentary and cinematic filmmakers, and by researchers such as Jane Goodall.

The best months to visit the Ndutu Region are from December (when the Great Migration herds start to arrive from the north) until April when the millions of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle have begun their next march northwards once again.

In the early months of the year – with a peak in February – the wildebeest herds are calving on the verdant grassy plains (upwards of 8,000 baby animals are born in this region each day during calving season), which, in turn, also attracts the attention of cheetahs, lions and hyenas. All six of the big cat species can be found in the area all year – lion, leopard, cheetah, caracal, serval and African wildcat.

Lake Ndutu and Lake Masek form shallow basins where water accumulates from the nearby highlands. The water in both lakes are extremely saline… too saline for human consumption. Lake Ndutu comes alive with animals during the migration because it is surrounded by the dense woodlands and short-grass plains, which provide ample cover and food.

The majestic and world famous Serengeti is the thing that dreams are made of! Granite kopjes (pr. co-pees) pop up, seemingly out of nowhere, and dot the landscape like islands in a sea of wind-blown grasses. The park has a well-earned reputation for reliable and unforgettable wildlife encounters which, at times, seem to be around every bend in the road! You should have no problem spotting elephants, giraffes, zebras, antelopes, hippos, and more! Your guide(s) will help you spot the big cats, as those are usually much harder to locate. And the birds in the parks of Tanzania are nothing short of mind blowing in terms of volume, variety, and beauty!
There’s time for just one last mini-game drive on the way to the airstrip. Saying goodbye to your safari guide(s) at the end of an incredible journey is bittersweet. They have shared their knowledge, expertise and passion for Africa’s wilderness with you, making your safari experience safe, comfortable, and unforgettable. These guys were complete strangers just 10 short days ago, but now they are your forever friends. Be sure to look out the windows as your plane lifts off from the tiny dirt runway, and silently say your thanks and goodbyes to the mighty Serengeti too! Upon landing back in Arusha, new guide(s) will meet you and escort you through your final day in Tanzania. Time permitting, they may offer a lunch and shopping opportunity, and/or a few hours in day-use rooms so that you can repack, refresh, and prepare for your long flights home again. Either way, the goal of this day is to ensure you get to the airport in plenty of time to negotiate the check in and security process, and then relax onto your homeward flight… with your heart and mind full of the wonderful memories from your time in Tanzania! Once home, we truly hope that you’ll tell your friends about the epic adventure and fun you had with Wanderful Tanzania!



  • Pre-trip preparation and guidance, including detailed Tour Packet and series of infographics designed to make sure you are ready to safari
  • Arrival welcome by your safari guide(s) as you exit the Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania
  • All transfers throughout the safari (to/from airports, hotels, tour-related excursions, etc.)
  • One-way bush plane flight from the Serengeti to Arusha (or vice versa)
  • Experienced, local, professional driver(s)/guide(s) (English speaking)
  • All accommodations at a variety of tented camps, safari lodges/resorts
  • All breakfasts and dinners, chef-prepared daily
  • All lunches (either hot lunch or box lunches, depending on daily schedule)
  • All snacks, water, coffee, and tea (alcohol & sodas are on your own)
  • All ground transportation in safari-modified Land Cruisers, inclusive of fuel
  • All taxes related to tourism
  • All park, service, conservancy, and entrance fees associated with safari itinerary



  • Airfare to/from Tanzania
  • Tips for driver(s), guide(s) and the staffs of the various camps & lodges – tipping guidelines are offered in Tour Packet
  • Beverages (beer, wine, liquor, soft drinks) purchased from lounges, camps, restaurants or stores. (Beverages are generally very inexpensive in Tanzania)
  • Travel and evacuation insurance (strongly recommended)
  • Pre- or Post-Safari accommodations, transportation, meals, or tours