Visit three of Tanzania’s finest game parks—Serengeti, Lake Manyara and Tarangire—including three nights in the heart of the Serengeti. Begin your days with early morning game drives, when nocturnal animals conclude their foraging and the grazers of the plains begin. Experience afternoon game drives as daylight gives way to dusk and the remarkable glow of the setting sun illuminates the African wilderness. Descend in a four‑wheel drive land cruiser into the impressive 12‑mile‑wide Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage‑designated Conservation Area.
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- Trip Type
- Group Travel Tour, International Land & Rail Voyages
- Departure Dates
Jan 26, 2023 - Feb 6, 2023
Feb 19, 2023 - Mar 2, 2023
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.
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day 1 & 2
Depart for Tanzania
Depart your home city and arrive in 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.
Arusha/Private charter flight to Serengeti National Park
Enjoy a scenic, privately chartered flight over the African plains to the legendary, UNESCO World Heritage-designated Serengeti National Park. On a game drive to the lodge, look for fauna such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffes, and leopards. Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge and enjoy a Welcome Reception.
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 following the ancient rhythm of Africa’s seasons in a 1,800-mile annual, circular trek through the Serengeti. Morning and afternoon game safaris afford opportunities to witness the majesty of the Big Five. Traverse savannas and woodlands which support 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 present, including European and North African migratory birds, and see the breeding plumage of resident species. An early morning hot‑air balloon flight option, conditions permitting, offers an exceptional aerial perspective of the Serengeti’s plains.
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 lavish fauna of this mammal-dominated ecosystem including Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah, and leopard. Visit Oldupai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” one of the world’s most important archaeological sites and the wellspring of our DNA. Here, Louis and Mary Leakey’s paleoanthropological work was made famous in 1959, when Mary unearthed the ‘Zinj’ 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, award winning Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, ideally situated on the edge of the magnificent crater. Each guest room offers famed views of the stunning crater floor, a wildlife haven.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, a four‑wheel drive land cruiser will take you on the 2,000 feet descent to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for over 25,000 mammals and hundreds of bird species. Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the 12-mile‑wide caldera shelters a perennial wildlife migration across diverse habitats: savannas, forests, marshlands, salt pans, and a soda lake. With bountiful grass and a permanent water supply, the crater floor supports herds of grazing animals, that attract lion, leopard, and cheetah. Look for zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo, elephant, eland, black spotted hyena, and jackals; watch for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in Ngoitokitok Springs and critically endangered black rhinoceros. Spot numerous indigenous species of birds including ostrich, augur buzzard, and the endangered gray crowned crane, and thousands of flamingos who converge on Ngorongoro ’s Lake Magadi. After a morning of game tracking, stop for a picnic lunch at the crater floor amid the captivating flora and fauna of this rare ecosystem.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area/ Lake Manyara National Park
Enjoy a scenic drive to the edge of the Great Rift Valley, a significant tectonic feature visible from outer space. Visit the Kibaoni Primary School, the first public primary school in Tanzania with a library, funded by the nonprofit Kibaoni Primary School Foundation. Meet the principal and view the school’s classrooms and library, compiled by book donations from visitors. Continue to Lake Manyara National Park and check into the deluxe Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, situated on a an escarpment wall overlooking the Great Rift Valley. During an afternoon game drive, traverse acacia woodland and bushland 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. Watch for Cape buffalo, wildebeest, elephant, and giraffe meandering the grassy floodplain and prides of lion basking in the sun.
Gibb’s Farm/Maramboi for Tarangire
Tarangire National Park
Rise with the African sun for a game drive following breakfast. Upon returning to the lodge, watch for elephants gathering near a riverbed and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, and eland grazing nearby. Keep a keen eye out for lion and cheetah, Tanzania’s most powerful predators, in their natural habitat on your afternoon game drive.
Tarangire National Park/Arusha/Depart for the U.S.
After a scenic drive from Tarangire to Arusha, enjoy lunch at the Arusha Coffee Plantation. Continue to the Arusha Serena Hotel for day‑room accommodations. This evening, transfer
to the airport for your return flight to the U.S.
Arrive in the U.S.
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