Experience the breadth of Tanzania's riches, from Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti, to the Western Corridor and exotic Zanzibar.

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 Elephants silhouetted against a sunset. Credit: Charles Robertson  Wildlife at Ngorongoro Crater  The landscape of Ngorongoro Crater  Giraffes in the wild  Lion in Ngorongoro Crater  Herd of zebra  Flamingos at Ngorongoro Crater  Grey-crowned Cranes  Elephants on the Serengeti  A lone cheetah looks out over the savanna.  Credit: David Schachter  Giraffes on the savanna  Leopards on safari  View of Zanzibar's Stone Town from the water  Cathedral and slave memorial in Zanzibar's Stone Town  The historic fort in Zanzibar's Stone Town  Traditionally decorative doorways in Zanzibar's Stone Town  Beautiful beach on Zanzibar  Fresh nutmeg at a spice plantation, Zanzibar  Sunset with traditional <i>dhou>/i> on the water off Zanzibar's Stone Town

Tanzania Safari

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar

15 days from $8,041 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience the breadth of Tanzania's riches, from Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti, to the Western Corridor and exotic Zanzibar.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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WHAT OUR TRAVELERS SAY

The enormous sweep of the grasslands and plain was amazing as was the symbiosis between such disparate creatures as the zebras and wildebeest. We watched a baboon jump on our land cruiser hood and proceed to unscrew an antenna. 

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SPECIAL VALUE

This tour is specially designed for a small group of no more than 18 Smithsonian travelers and offers outstanding travel value. Prices include airfare, airline taxes, fuel surcharges, and departure fees.

Overview

Journey to the depths of Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti, then to the Western Corridor and exotic Zanzibar on our comprehensive tour of Tanzania. Experience the thrill of seeing wildlife up close amid diverse landscapes, learn about the “cradle of humanity,” and encounter varied cultures from the nomadic Maasai to life on the “Spice Island” of Zanzibar.

Highlights Include

  • Arusha National Park: With a backdrop of snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, take a game drive in search of leopard, zebra, and giraffe.
  • Ngorongoro Crater: Descend to the floor of the crater, a World Heritage site that represents Africa in a microcosm: grasslands, swamps, lakes, forests, and some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, black rhino, lion, hippo, and zebra. Plus, visit a local Maasai village to learn about their traditional lifestyle.
  • Oldupai Gorge: Stop at one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites where in 1959 anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8 million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei—and revolutionized the study of human evolution.
  • Serengeti National Park, including the Western Corridor: Take exciting game drives through the Serengeti’s treeless plains teeming with Africa’s “Big Five” of lion, elephant, leopard, Cape buffalo, and rhino, plus wildebeest, cheetah, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle, and some 500 species of birds.
  • Zanzibar: Tour Stone Town, a World Heritage site, and visit a spice plantation to learn about Zanzibar’s reputation as the “Spice Island.”
  • Safari Comfort: Stay in deluxe Serena safari lodges and a deluxe river lodge for a full safari experience. 

The enormous sweep of the grasslands and plain was amazing as was the symbiosis between such disparate creatures as the zebras and wildebeest. We watched a baboon jump on our land cruiser hood and proceed to unscrew an antenna. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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Itinerary

Day 1 — Depart the U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2 — Arusha

Upon arrival after midnight, transfer directly to the hotel where your room is ready for early check in.

Day 3 — Arusha

At this morning’s briefing, learn about the journey ahead then set out on an afternoon game drive in Arusha National Park, where you may spot leopard, zebra, giraffe – and in the distance, possibly, snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Inside the park see Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak at almost 15,000 feet. Tonight, enjoy a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Arusha and Ngorongoro

Depart today for Ngorongoro Conservation Area, wildlife haven and homeland to the semi-nomadic Maasai people. Arrive in time for lunch at the safari lodge uniquely set on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, blending in so much with the landscape as to be invisible from the crater floor. This afternoon, visit a local Maasai village and see their traditional pastoral lifestyle up close. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Ngorongoro Crater

This morning descend to the floor of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site and at 100 square miles the world’s largest intact and perfectly formed volcanic caldera. The unique biosphere here has remained unchanged for eons; towering walls encircle the crater’s floor which represents Africa in microcosm: grassland, swamps, lakes, forests, and some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, black rhinoceros, lion, hippo, and zebra. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Ngorongoro, Oldupai Gorge, Serengeti National Park

En route today to the fabled Serengeti, visit 31-mile Oldupai Gorge. It was here in 1959 that anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8 million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of human evolution. Part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which itself is part of the Serengeti region), Oldupai is considered the “cradle of humanity” and ranks as one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites. Continue to Serengeti National Park, home to such plains dwellers as the lion, cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest. The Serengeti, the Maasai’s “endless plain,” is considered Africa’s finest park; begin to see why on this afternoon’s game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Serengeti National Park

In Tanzania’s northeast corner sits the vast Serengeti, 5,700 square miles (equal in size to Connecticut), one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges, and the Tanzanian portion of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. The Serengeti’s treeless plains teem with wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close. On today’s game drives, there’s an opportunity to see some – or all – of Africa’s “Big Five,” along with other plains animals and some 500 species of birds. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Serengeti National Park

Wake up to the sun rising over the Serengeti and begin another day to savor the spectacles and satisfactions of safari life in the Serengeti. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Central Serengeti and Western Corridor

Today drive across the rolling Serengeti plains into the park’s famed Western Corridor.  Framed by the Grumeti River to the north and the Mbalageti River to the south, the Western Corridor extends from the park’s western edge near Lake Victoria into the center of the Serengeti. Arrive at your well-appointed lodge in time for lunch together. The lodge offers sensational views across the Serengeti plains, and you dine here tonight as you will throughout your stay in the Western Corridor. (B,L,D)

Day 10 — Western Corridor

Experience a full day of game drives in the Serengeti’s magical Western Corridor.  The lodge sits near the seasonal Mbalageti River, which attracts all forms of wildlife, and the nearby Grumeti is home to massive crocodiles which hunt wildebeest, zebra, topi, and other animals drinking from (and attempting to ford) the river. In addition, buffalo and hippopotamus frequently bathe in and drink from the rivers, and a large population of non-migratory wildebeest live in the area. Adding to the allure here: the endless, tree-studded Serengeti. Enjoy all meals at the lodge today. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Western Corridor

Today is another day to appreciate your unique nature opportunities at this alluring outpost.  Between game drives, you can relax at the lodge, which features a stone-ringed outdoor swimming pool with sweeping views of the Serengeti, as well as several sun decks, a bar, and a small spa. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Serengeti and Zanzibar

Fly this morning to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago with a storied history. After checking in at your hotel, set out to discover Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital and East Africa’s only ancient town still functioning. A heady mix of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African influences (though predominantly Muslim today), Stone Town boasts a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with shops, homes, hidden courtyards, and extravagantly carved wooden doors, as featured on this afternoon’s tour. Highlights include the open air market, teeming with exotic fruits and vegetables; the 19th-century Cathedral on the site of a former slave market; the Old Fort, offering lovely views of the town and ocean; and “Tippu Tip House,” residence of Zanzibar’s late Sultans. Dinner tonight is on your own. (B,L)

Day 13 — Zanzibar

A morning tour of a spice plantation reveals why Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”– its bounty of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon have found their way around the world for centuries. Return to the hotel in time for lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure before meeting for dinner together tonight. (B,D)

Day 14 — Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam, Depart for the U.S.

Leave Zanzibar today and take the short flight to German-influenced Dar es Salaam, “Haven of Peace,” Tanzania’s largest city. There’s time for lunch on your own and to relax and repack in your hotel day rooms, then enjoy an early dinner prior to your departure this evening for the airport and your overnight flight to the U.S. (B,D)

Day 15 — Arrive in the U.S.

Arrive in the U.S. this morning and connect with your flights home.

Included meals are denoted as follows: Breakfast (B), Lunch (L), Reception (R), Dinner (D)