Inside visits and special features are shown in UPPERCASE in the tour description, including admission charges where applicable.
Day 1 ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA
Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 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 your lodge.
Day 3 TARANGIRE
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.
Day 4 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.
Day 6 NGORONGORO
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 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. 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.
Day 7 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. NOTE:The Great Migration is a natural event, and the exact arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly from year to year.
Day 8 SERENGETI
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.
Day 10 SERENGETI–ARUSHA–SELOUS GAME RESERVE
Fly to SELOUS GAME RESERVE (via Arusha & Dar es Salaam), the second-oldest game reserve in the world and Africa’s largest at more than 15,000 square miles. The reserve is relatively untouched by humans and was named a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to its amazing ecological diversity, including a wide variety of animals and habitats such as woodlands, grasslands, riverine forests, and swamps.
Days 11-12 SELOUS
Explore this magical place on MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME ACTIVITIES both days. The reserve is home to roughly half of Tanzania’s elephant population and what many consider to be the world’s largest populations of lion, hippo, and the rare wild dog. In addition, there are a myriad of other animals you’ll have a chance to spot, including leopard, giraffe, cheetah, Cape buffalo, wildebeest, Nile crocodile, impala, and more! Spend the middle of the day at your leisure.
Day 13 SELOUS–DAR ES SALAAM–DEPARTURE
One last GAME-VIEWING ACTIVITY this morning before flying to Dar es Salaam, where your vacation ends. We have secured a day room at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel for you to use prior to your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 5 pm.