TANZANIA: THE SERENGETI & BEYOND - 2017
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Karibu — the Swahili word for welcome. Admire herds of elephant as they thunder across the savannah grasslands, see a pride of lions lounging in the sun, and witness the free spirit of the birds flying overhead. Highlights on this tour include Tarangire National Park, with the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. With its permanent water source, it’s a great place to see elephant, eland, zebra, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, and more. Lake Manyara National Park is home to the world’s largest concentration of baboons and over 400 species of birds. Also visit Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest park and home to the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Ngorongoro Crater, which is technically a caldera, offers you the best possibility of seeing the rare black rhinoceros. This trip offers amazing opportunities to see wildlife as well as insight into the local culture. In the village of Tloma, visit a local family's home to learn more about the local lraqw culture and their traditional way of life.
Visit a local family's home, learn about Iraqw culture
Visit a local primary school
Bush breakfast at Ngorongoro Crater
Farewell bush dinner in Serengeti National Park
Traditional Maasai dance performance
Extend your trip to Zanzibar (QZE)
Extend your trip to Selous Game Reserve (QZE1)
- 4-wheel-drive safari vehicles carry a maximum of six passengers, ensuring you’ll always have a window seat. They also feature a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography.
- Check with your physician regarding the latest health requirements for travel to Tanzania.
- All game viewing is done at your own risk. We will require a signed liability waiver prior to travel.
- We do not recommend this vacation to people with serious back problems, as it can be quite rough on some East Africa roads and game park trails.
- Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles and flights, your suitcase must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 lbs (15 kg) including hand luggage.
- Some minor changes in your daily itinerary may be expected due to wildlife migrations and viewing.
Visit the Shanga workshop.
- TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Three game drives; sundowner drinks.
- LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK
Two game drives.
- TLOMA VILLAGE
Visit a local family's home to learn about Iraqw culture and visit a local primary school.
- NGORONGORO CRATER
Full-day game drive; bush breakfast.
- SERGENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Five game drives; sundowner drinks; farewell bush dinner; traditional Maasai dance performance.
4-wheel drive safari vehicle, between destinations and for game drives, with a pop-up roof for easy game viewing and photography. We limit each vehicle to a maximum of 6 people, ensuring you'll always have a window seat.
- BOTTLED WATER
Included on all game drives and with all meals.
- INSIDE VISITS and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Personalise your tour ahead of time with additional excursions. Visit our website for details and conditions.
American breakfast (B) daily, 9 lunches (L), 8 dinners (D).
Day by Day
ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA.
Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
ARUSHA-TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK.
Start today with a visit to the SHANGHA WORKSHOP, a remarkable place dedicated to providing employment opportunities to Tanzanians with disabilities. Here, workers use recycled materials to make a variety of handicrafts. After lunch, drive south to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, where the savannah grasslands are dotted with baobab and acacia trees. Enjoy a GAME DRIVE en route to your lodge. (B,L,D)
Today features MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. The Tarangire River provides the park a permanent water source, which makes for great game viewing year round. This is highlighted by a large population of elephants. You can also see wildebeest, eland, zebra, and Cape buffalo congregate around water holes. Relax at your lodge during the heat of the day. This evening, stop for SUNDOWNER DRINKS as the sun sets over Lake Burunge. (B,L,D)
TARANGIRE-LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, depart for LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES, with the chance to see elephant, giraffe, zebra, and Cape buffalo. The park is also home to the world's largest concentration of baboon. (B,L,D)
LAKE MANYARA-TLOMA VILLAGE-NGORONGORO CRATER.
Journey to the nearby village of TLOMA. Here, you will visit a LOCAL FAMILY'S HOME to learn more about the local Iraqw culture and their traditional way of life. Also stop at a LOCAL PRIMARY SCHOOL to visit with the children and learn about the educational system in rural Tanzania. After lunch at beautiful Gibb's Farm, continue on to the rim of NGORONGORO CRATER, which is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area. (B,L,D)
Descend into the crater, where an exclusive BUSH BREAKFAST has been arranged for you. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Afterward, begin your FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera-the world's largest unflooded one, in fact, at more than 610 metres (2,000 feet) deep with a floor covering over 164 kilometres (102 square miles). Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater. (B,L,D)
NGORONGORO-SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK.
This morning, depart Ngorongoro Crater for SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania's largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, the Serengeti attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. After lunch at your lodge, embark on an AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
NOTE: The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES and search for the "Big 5"-lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino-as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, warthog, gazelle, and eland. Between game drives, spend some free time at your lodge. Before dinner, stop for SUNDOWNER DRINKS in the bush as the sun sets over this magnificent landscape. (B,L,D)
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 14,763 square kilometres (5,700 square miles), so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning "endless plains." Continue exploring this vast park during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. Tonight, join your travelling companions for a special FAREWELL BUSH DINNER and a TRADITIONAL MAASAI DANCE PERFORMANCE-the perfect way to end your safari! (B,L,D)
This morning, fly back to Arusha, where your tour ends. We have secured a day room at the Mount Meru Hotel for you to use prior to your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm. (B,L)
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