Travel into the majestic grasslands of Africa’s renowned safari destinations to see vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo and encounter elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard at close range. 

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 Giraffes in the wild  Wildlife at Ngorongoro Crater  The landscape of Ngorongoro Crater  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  Leopards on safari

Classic Tanzania Safari

Featuring the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire

13 days from $8,695

Travel into the majestic grasslands of Africa’s renowned safari destinations to see vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo and encounter elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard at close range. 

or Call 855-330-1542

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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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Overview

Travel into the majestic grasslands of Africa’s renowned safari destinations to see vast herds of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle and Cape buffalo and close-range elephant, lion, cheetah, and leopard. See Tarangire and the World Heritage sites of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater for immersive game drives; explore the Serengeti’s Western Corridor, a thriving center of animal activity; and fly to Arusha for an aerial perspective of the sweeping African landscape. 

Highlights Include

  • 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 rhinoceros, lion, hippo, and zebra. Plus, visit a local Maasai village to learn about their traditional lifestyle.
  • Serengeti National Park: Take exciting game drives in search of Africa’s “Big Five,” plus wildebeest, zebra, and Thomson’s gazelle.
  • Arusha and Tarangire National Parks: Take game drives in search of leopard, zebra, giraffe, and elephants in these two spectacular parks.
  • Deluxe Accommodations: This tour 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 deluxe lodges immerse you in the largest concentration of wildlife and offer a uniquely local experience with tasteful, modern facilities.

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

2019 Itinerary

Day 1 – Depart the U.S.

Depart the U.S. on your flight for Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2 – Arusha, Tanzania

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 & Spa, built amid verdant, landscaped coffee fields next to tranquil Lake Duluti.

Day 3 – Arusha / Tarangire National Park

Enjoy lunch in the Arusha Coffee Plantation Lodge, then drive to Tarangire across the sweeping African plains to the distinctive Maramboi Lodge Tented Camp, ideally located just outside of Tarangire National Park on the shores of Lake Manyara. Join your fellow participants this evening for the welcome reception. (B,L,R,D)

Day 4 – Tarangire National Park

On your early morning game drive in Tarangire National Park, try to spot the kori bustard, the largest flying bird native to Africa, and the stocking-thighed ostrich.

Enjoy lunch at the Tarangire Safari Lodge, where you may see herds of elephant gather near the drying riverbed in search of underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and eland crowd the banks.

During your afternoon game drive, keep an eye out for lion and cheetah—Tanzania’s most powerful predators—in their natural habitat. (B,L,D)

Day 5 – Tarangire National Park / Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Rise with the unforgettable African sun for an exclusive walking safari at Lake Manyara. After breakfast, observe firsthand Tanzania’s educational system on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, during a stop at 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 headmistress and see the school’s classrooms. Enjoy lunch amid authentic natural scenery at Gibbs Farm.

Continue to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage site, and check into the deluxe Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, which clings to the rim of the magnificent crater, where each guest room offers stunning views of the natural surroundings and wildlife. (B,L,D)

Day 6 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Board a four-wheel drive land cruiser and descend 2000 feet to the floor of Ngorongoro Crater, a remarkable sanctuary for hundreds of mammal and bird species, for breakfast and a morning of game tracking. Born from the collapse of a massive volcano over two million years ago, the 12-mile wide crater shelters an immense year-round concentration of incredible wildlife, lively with personality and unique behavior.

The profusion of game reflects the diversity of habitats found on the crater floor: savannas, forests, marshlands, salt pans and a freshwater lake. With abundant grass and a permanent water supply, the crater supports herds of grazing animals that, in turn, attract lion, leopard, and cheetah. Observe parades of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle, Cape buffalo and bull elephant; watch for the critically endangered black rhinoceros, and look for hippopotamus seeking refuge from the midday sun in the Ngoitokitok Springs. Also, watch for the numerous species of birds that find a home in the crater, including ostrich, crowned crane, flamingo, and other waders. Together, the distinct flora and fauna of the crater make this a truly unique ecosystem.

This afternoon, visit a typical Maasai village to meet a local tribe; dressed in colorful traditional vestments, these Tanzanians have held fast to their ancestral ways, centered around their cattle, which provide them with sustenance and clothing and shape their cultural values. This evening, survey the crater and its abundant wildlife from your lodge’s viewing terrace, right on the crater’s rim. (B,L,D)

Day 7 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area / Oldupai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

Following breakfast, check out of the lodge and visit Oldupai Gorge, the “cradle of mankind,” the most famous archaeological location in East Africa and the wellspring of our DNA. Here, Louis and Mary Leakey’s paleoanthropological work was made famous when, in 1959, Mary unearthed the skull of Zinjanthropus, an early hominin that proved invaluable to the study of human ancestry. A year later, the Leakey family also discovered a 1.8‑million‑year‑old Homo habilis. Meet the local curator for a discussion.

Continue on a game drive to the legendary Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage site. See the diverse and abundant fauna of this vast ecosystem, such as Thomson’s gazelle, giraffe, cheetah, and leopard.

Check into the deluxe Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, located within the park and selected for its proximity to the park’s largest year-round concentration of wildlife. (B,L,D)

Days 8 & 9 – Serengeti National Park

During morning and afternoon game safaris, traverse the trackless grasslands that support an abundance of grazing animals and scan the plains for granite kopjes, "outcrops,"  favored by large cats, especially lion and leopard.

Enjoy prolific, world‑class bird‑watching possibilities with more than 500 species in the expansive marshland, which attracts thousands of waterbirds. (2B,2L,2D)

Days 10 & 11 – The Western Corridor of Serengeti National Park

Experience a spectacle of nature, the great migration of wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra and Cape buffalo, only a fraction of countless animals that inhabit the expansive savannas and woodlands of the Serengeti’s Western Corridor.

Stay in the Kirawira Serena Camp, which immerses you in a luxury safari experience during the region’s migration season; on morning and afternoon game drives, be among the high drama of foraging wildlife braving the nearby Grumeti River.

On your final evening, enjoy a farewell reception and savor your last views of the vivid stars blanketing the infinite African night sky. (2B, 2L, R, 2D)

Day 12 – Serengeti National Park / Arusha

Enjoy breakfast before your picturesque flight from Serengeti National Park back to Arusha.

Continue to the Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa, where day rooms have been reserved. Enjoy time at leisure, and after dinner on your own, transfer to the airport for your return flight to the U.S. (B,L)

Day 13 – U.S.

Return flight to the U.S. arrives later today.

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