For millions of years, human ancestors and wildlife have co-existed peacefully. Today, wildlife and people come into ever increasing conflicts, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tanzania. Some of the last great wildlife refuges are under increasing pressure from a growing human population. At the same time, people are in need of more land, food, and water resources. Join us as we address the burning question: Can we live together? As we see Tanzania’s greatest wildlife treasures, we’ll examine issues such as conservation, land management, hunting, and the survival of traditional cultures.
Day 1: Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport. We’ll meet you and take you to the Dik Dik Hotel just outside Arusha. Overnight here.
Day 2: Enjoy breakfast, then we’ll meet with an expert specializing in community/wildlife conservation. Then, drive to the Longido area for an African lunch and tour of Maasai homes and range land where we’ll discuss how this traditional culture lives amongst the wildlife. Return to the Dik Dik. Dinner and overnight here. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Have breakfast, then drive to Ngorongoro Crater. After a stop to take in the incredible view from the crater rim, continue on to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge for lunch. Drive into the crater to enjoy this serene caldera and it’s abundant wildlife, including wildebeest, zebras, hippos, lions, hyenas, buffalo and the rare black rhinoceros. Dinner and overnight at the lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: Rise early and enjoy breakfast, then a game drive in the crater with picnic lunch. Return to the crater rim to meet with representatives from the Maasai who have lived in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area since being expelled from the Serengeti many years ago. Dinner and overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Have breakfast, then drive to Olduvai Gorge, site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s famous anthropological discoveries. Have a picnic lunch at Naabi Hill Gate, then drive through the world-famous Serengeti Plains to Seronera, heart of the Serengeti. Here, where the plains meet the woodlands, there is always an exciting variety of wildlife. Dinner and overnight at the Serengeti Serena. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Enjoy a full day exploring the Serengeti, Tanzania’s flagship national park. Overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge. All meals included. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: The Serengeti is huge and there are a variety of distinct and interesting habitats to explore. Enjoy another day in this pristine reserve. Overnight Serengeti Serena Lodge. All meals included. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: Have breakfast, then say goodbye to the Serengeti. Drive back through the Ngorongoro Highlands to the fertile farmlands of Karatu. Have lunch at the quaint Plantation Lodge, then enjoy an afternoon visiting a local school or just relaxing on the grounds of the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Plantation Lodge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Have an early breakfast, then make the bumpy drive to picturesque Lake Eyasi. Here, you’ll meet with local residents who can explain the history and beauty of the area. Enjoy a picnic lunch, then visit with members of the Hadzabe tribe, an ancient hunter/gatherer people and find out why their traditional way of life is threatened. Return to Plantation Lodge for dinner and overnight. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Today after breakfast, you’ll make your way to Lake Manyara National Park for a half-day game drive. Eat lunch, then you’ll explore the bustling town of Mto Wa Mbu and meet with people living on the edge of the Manyara/Tarangire ecosystem. Dinner and overnight at the Lake Manyara Serena. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 11: Enjoy an early breakfast, then continue on to Tarangire National Park. Famous for it’s elephant herds, large baobab trees and abundant bird life, Tarangire is a park that is threatened on all sides by people trying to survive in dry, barren country. You’ll drive through the park on your way to Oliver’s Camp on the reserve’s eastern boundary. Have lunch and a rest. In the afternoon you’ll tour the area just outside the park to learn about the impact of farming and hunting on wildlife migration routes. Dinner and overnight at Oliver’s Camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 12: Enjoy a final morning game drive and then leave the park to return to Arusha. After lunch, you will have a free afternoon to explore in town. You’ll have dinner then drive to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight home. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
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