During this 12-day journey of a lifetime, observe one of Earth’s greatest natural spectacles—the annual Great Migration— by land and air, the best way to experience Africa’s premier safari destination. Visit four of Tanzania’s finest game parks— Lake Manyara, Tarangire and the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater—with deluxe accommodations in Serena Safari Lodges and a comfortable tented camp in Tarangire. Enjoy unique perspectives aboard a privately chartered flight from Arusha to Serengeti and daily game drives revealing vast herds of elephant, wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo, as well as magnificent lion, cheetah and leopard.
To enhance your experience, a qualified safari guide accompanies you and shares insight into Tanzania’s wildlife and the environments it inhabits.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
- Mar 2, 2020 - Mar 13, 2020
Mar 18, 2020 - Mar 29, 2020
Feb 6, 2021 - Feb 17, 2021
The Deluxe, Award-Winning Serena Hotels and Safari Lodges
This program has been specially designed to feature Serena Hotels and Safari Lodges that have provided award‑winning, deluxe accommodations for over 40 years. Ideally located in the heart of game reserves and lush mountain villages, these lodges immerse you in the largest concentration of wildlife and offer a unique local experience with tasteful, modern facilities.
- day 1
Depart for Tanzania.
- day 2
Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport near the city of Arusha, nestled at the foot of Mount Meru and the gateway to Tanzania’s renowned national game parks. Transfer to the deluxe Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa built amid verdant, landscaped coffee fields next to tranquil Lake Duluti.
- day 3
Arusha/Serengeti National Park
Enjoy breakfast in the Arusha Serena Hotel before your privately chartered, scenic flight passing over the sweeping African plains to Serengeti National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site. Check into the distinctive Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge located within the park’s boundaries, with prime proximity to its largest year‑round concentration of wildlife. Join your traveling companions this evening for the Welcome Reception at the lodge. (b,l,r,d)
- days 4-5
Serengeti National Park
Experience a sublime spectacle of nature surrounded by great herds of wildebeest, Grant’s gazelle, topi, zebra, and Cape buffalo, only a fraction of more than two million animals inhabiting a mere 5,400 square miles of savannas and woodlands. During morning and afternoon game safaris, traverse the trackless grasslands supporting the abundance of grazing animals and scan the plains for granite kopjes (outcrops) favored by large cats, especially lion and leopard. Enjoy prolific, world‑class birdwatching possibilities with more than 500 species in the expansive marshland, attracting thousands of waterbirds. An early morning hot‑air balloon flight option, weather conditions permitting, offers an exceptional aerial perspective of the Serengeti’s plains. (2b,2l,2d)
- day 6
Serengeti National Park/Olduvai Gorge/ Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Enjoy game viewing opportunities en route to the UNESCO World Heritage-designated Ngorongoro conservation area. See the abundant fauna of this vast ecosystem including Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah and leopard. Stop to visit Oldupai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” one of the most important archaeological locations in East Africa and the wellspring of our DNA. Here, Louis and Mary Leakey’s paleoanthropological work was made famous in 1959, when Mary unearthed the skull of Paranthropus boisei, an early hominin that proved invaluable to the study of human evolution. A year later, the Leakey family also discovered a 1.8‑million‑year‑old Homo habilis. Meet the local curator for a discussion. Check into the deluxe Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, perched on the precipice of the magnificent crater, where each guest room offers stunning views of the natural surroundings and wildlife. (b,l,d)
- day 7
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, board a four‑wheel drive land cruiser and descend 2,000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species. Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the 12-mile‑wide natural caldera shelters a perennial migration of incredible wildlife in diverse habitats: savannas, forests, marshlands, salt pans and a freshwater lake. With bountiful grass and a permanent water supply, the crater floor supports herds of grazing animals that, in turn, attract lion, leopard and cheetah. Observe zebra, wildebeest, gazelle,
Cape buffalo and elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros; and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Springs. Spot numerous species of birds that find a home in the crater, including ostrich, crowned crane, flamingo and other waders.
After a morning of game tracking, stop for a picnic lunch amid the distinct flora and fauna of this rare and enthralling ecosystem. Later, survey the crater and its ample wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, directly on the crater’s rim. (b,l,d)
- day 8
Ngorongoro Conservation Area/ Lake Manyara National Park
Take a scenic drive to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, a significant geographical detail visible from outer space. Observe Tanzania’s educational system firsthand with a visit to the Kibaoni Primary School, the first public primary school in Tanzania with a library—visitors to the country donated most of its book collection. Meet the principal and see the school’s classrooms. Continue to Lake Manyara National Park and check into the deluxe Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge. Embark on an afternoon game drive in search of hippopotamus and brilliantly hued flamingo found in pools along the shoreline. Comb the landscape for troops of baboons and blue monkeys scampering along tree branches; Cape buffalo, wildebeest, elephant and giraffe meandering the grassy floodplain; and prides of lion. (b,l,d)
- day 9
Lake Manyara National Park/Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, visit a typical Maasai village to meet the local people dressed in colorful traditional vestments. Massai here have held fast to their ancestral ways centered around their cattle, providing them with sustenance and clothing and shaping their lifestyle. Continue to Tarangire National Park and check into the Tarangire Safari Lodge. See a vast array of wildlife on an afternoon game drive along the banks of the Tarangire River, and try to spot the stocking‑thighed ostrich and the kori
bustard, the world’s heaviest flying bird and found only in Africa. (b,l,d)
- day 10
Tarangire National Park
Rise with the African sun for a game drive following breakfast. Upon returning to the lodge, watch herds of elephant gather near a riverbed while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and eland wander nearby. Keep a keen eye out for lion and cheetah, Tanzania’s most powerful predators, in their natural habitat on your afternoon drive. (b,l,d)
- day 11
Tarangire National Park/Arusha
After a scenic drive from Tarangire to Arusha enjoy lunch at the Arusha Coffee Plantation. Continue to the Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa for day‑room accommodations. This evening, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (b,l)
- day 12
Arrive in the U.S.
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