Trip Background. (Year round except April & May)
Tanzania offers one of the greatest wildlife spectacles on earth amidst a dramatic setting of endless savannas, volcanic calderas and snow-peaked equatorial mountains. Tanzania boasts more national parks and protected land than any other country in Africa. On this special safari, you will study and photograph wildlife in four of the finest game parks in Tanzania. You’ll also experience firsthand the cultural richness of the Tanzanian people, who are friendly, warmhearted and relaxed. Despite having more than 120 ethnic groups, Tanzania is a very safe, peaceful country devoid of tribal conflict.
Highlights of your "private" safari will include unparalleled wildlife viewing in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater; hot air ballooning over the Serengeti plains (optional); meeting with Masai villagers; tracking elephants in Tarangire National Park; observing hippos in the lively hippo pool of Lake Manyara; visiting a secondary school and village to experience local culture; meeting with a local historian and storyteller; and learning of the origins of man at Olduvai Gorge. These are but a few of the experiences you’ll never forget!
We also offer extensions to Kenya, Zanzibar, Seychelles and Uganda/Rwanda (mountain gorillas). Call for details.
You have the option of choosing a lecture from the topics listed below. Delivered by a regional specialist, this lecture will supplement the information conveyed by your top-notch guides. Some lectures may not be available on certain departures.
- Wildlife lecture on mammals or ornithology
- Tanzania’s peoples and cultures
- Rehabilitation of orphaned elephants and rhino
- Overview of Tanzanian history
- The Life of Julius Nyerere
- Archaeological findings at Olduvai
- East African art
- Spiritual beliefs of the Masai people
Note: We will gladly customize an itinerary to meet your preferences.
Days 1-2: En route to Arusha.
Fly to Arusha, Tanzania, arriving on the evening of day 2. Transfer to your hotel, where you may rest after your international flights. Arusha Hotel.
Day 3: Tarangire National Park.
Note: June through October is the best time to visit Tarangire. If you are traveling during another month, then we can replace this park with more time elsewhere or we can shorten the safari by one day.
Morning transfer to Tarangire, a lovely park notable for its large concentrations of elephant, zebra, wildebeest, eland and oryx. Tarangire is also famous for its many baobab trees, instantly recognizable with their massive trunks. Tarangire’s hills, rivers and swamps provide a variety of vegetation zones and habitats, which attract diverse mammals and birdlife (300 species). You’ll enjoy two game drives within Tarangire. Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B,L,D).
Note: You may upgrade to Swala, a deluxe tented camp, for a surcharge.
Day 4: Lake Manyara.
This morning you will transfer to Lake Manyara National Park, stopping en route to visit Mto Wa Mbu village and Ganako secondary school to learn about the local culture. Set in the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara is a lush green park famous for its tree-climbing lions, large elephant herds, monkeys, hippos, and its incredible birdlife, including flamingos. Despite its small size, Lake Manyara offers a diversity of habitats including open grasslands with rocky outcrops, forests, and swamps,
and the lake itself. Afternoon game drive. Lake Manyara Serena Lodge (B,L,D)
Note: Optional upgrade to Lake Manyara Tree Lodge.
Days 5-6: Ngorongoro Crater.
Morning transfer to Ngorongoro Crater, stopping en route at Gibbs Farm, a former coffee plantation with lush gardens. You'll enjoy a guided nature walk and a meeting with Daniel Tewa, a local historian and storyteller. Then it's on to Ngorongoro Crater, a 2000-foot-deep caldera created by the collapse of an extinct volcano.
Ngorongoro is a self-contained “Garden of Eden” which is home to some thirty thousand large mammals: zebra, wildebeest, elephant, black rhino, waterbuck, gazelle, eland, and hartebeest, as well as predators such as lion, hyena and jackal. Birdlife is also plentiful and varied. Ngorongoro is truly one of the great wildlife wonders of the world, and staying at Crater’s edge (two nights) will be one of the major highlights of your safari. You'll enjoy a full day of game drives in the crater (with picnic lunch) on day 6. Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (B,L,D). Note: You may stay at the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge for a huge surcharge.
Days 7-8: Serengeti National Park.
On your way to Serengeti, you’ll enjoy a fascinating visit to Olduvai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind” where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the earliest human fossils after 28 years of searching. You’ll then head to the world-renowned
Serengeti, a 5,600 square mile park which offers perhaps the most spectacular array of wildlife on earth. During your two full days of exploration, you will likely see lion, leopard, cheetah, buffalo, elephant, giraffe, jackal, hippo, baboon, dik dik and many other animals. The Serengeti is the site of one of the greatest animal migrations in the world; however, resident populations of animals are plentiful and varied year-round. On your game drives, you will have excellent opportunities for observing and photographing these fascinating animals. You'll also meet with Masai villagers and, if you like, go hot air ballooning (optional)! Serengeti Serena Lodge (B,L,D).
Note: You may stay at deluxe tented camps such as Kusini, Migration, Grumeti, and Kirawira for a surcharge.
Days 9-10: Homeward Bound.
One final game drive in the Serengeti before your flight to Arusha, where you will connect with your return international flight. (B) End of tour.
(Code: B-Breakfast; L-Lunch; D-Dinner)
Extension options to Zanzibar, Seychelles and Uganda/Rwanda (mountain gorillas). Call for details. Note: We will gladly customize an itinerary to meet your preferences.
Single Supplement from:
-$1,540 (core season); $1,610 (high season)
-Trip Grade: Easy
-Accommodations: First Class*
-Trip Length: 10 days
-International airfare (est.) $1,600 (from New York)
-Internal airfare from: $230 (Seeengeti to Kilimanjaro).
- Tour cost is seasonal - $4040 (low season), $4305 (high season) - and based on two travelers.
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