Admire herds of elephant as they thunder across the savannah grasslands, see a pride of lions lounging in the African sun, and witness the free spirit of the birds flying overhead. On the Serengeti National Park game drives we may spot the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Then in the Ngorongoro Crater offers us the best possibility of seeing the rare black rhinoceros. Lake Manyara National Park is the home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon and Tarangire National Park, where a permanent water source draws in elephant, eland, zebra, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, and more. Along with great safaris for animal sightings, we also will have insights into the local culture by visiting a local family’s home and a local rural primary school. Join us on this small group, once-in-a-lifetime experience!
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13: OVERNIGHT FLIGHT TO TANZANIA
We begin our travels with an overnight flight from the U.S.A. to Tanzania.
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 14: ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Welcome to Africa! A free day to relax and prepare for an exciting week!
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 15: ARUSHA–TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Start today with a visit to the Shanga 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 our lodge. (B, L, D)
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 16: TARANGIRE
Today features morning and 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. We can also see wildebeest, eland, zebra, and Cape buffalo congregate around water holes. Relax at our lodge during the heat of the day. (B, L, D)
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17: 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 and 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)
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 18: LAKE MANYARA–TLOMA–NGORONGORO CRATER
Journey to the nearby village of Tloma. Here, we 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)
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 19: NGORONGORO
Descend into the crater for a full-day game drive. Ngorongoro Crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded one, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. We can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also our best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater. (B, L, D)
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20: 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, the Serengeti is great for game viewing year round. After lunch at our lodge, embark on an afternoon game drive. As the sun sets, savor sundowner drinks and watch a traditional Maasai dance performance. (B, L, D)
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21: SERENGETI
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Rise early for a morning game drive. Our skilled guide will help us 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. Afterwards, an exclusive bush breakfast awaits. Sip on a mimosa as you savor every moment of the memorable experience! Return to our camp and relax prior to our afternoon game drive. (B, L, D)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22: SERENGETI–ARUSHA–DEPARTURE
This morning, fly back to Arusha. We have a day room at the Mount Meru Hotel for us to use prior to our homebound overnight flight, arrive home on September 23. (B)
The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Serengeti National Park
- Fully Escorted by Travel Leaders / Destinations Unlimited’s Lori Nietert
- 8-night accommodations, taxes and luggage handling
- Airport transfers
- Sightseeing and admissions as per the itinerary
- 8 full breakfasts (B), 7 lunches (L) and 7 dinners (D) as specified
NOTE: This is a small group tour due to the size of the jeeps and resorts. Group size is limited to 19 passengers—so do not delay in signing up and missing this once-in-a-lifetime adventure!
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