Experience Tanzania’s diverse habitats and abundant wildlife on safari in four national parks—from Tarangire to the Serengeti—and discover a rich cultural heritage on the enchanting island of Zanzibar.

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 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
 Viewing 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 and Zanzibar

Featuring the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

14 days from $8,397 | includes airfare, taxes and all fees

Experience Tanzania’s diverse habitats and abundant wildlife on safari in four national parks—from Tarangire to the Serengeti—and discover a rich cultural heritage on the enchanting island of Zanzibar.

or Call 855-330-1542

Tour Details

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. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

JOURNEYS DISPATCHES

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Overview

Activity Level 3:  Active

Expectations: This is a Land Journey with long touring days and several full-day safari drives. Although safari vehicles are comfortable, the drives involve sitting for several hours at a time during long, bumpy rides over rough and dusty terrain. While some roads have been cleared in the game parks, the surfaces are unpaved and there can be deep tire ruts cut into the roadbeds. Walking is sometimes over difficult terrain. Morning game drives require very early departures as wildlife is very active at dawn. Generally, there is afternoon leisure time on days with morning game drives. Transfers from one lodge to the next is over gravel roads in safari vehicles. Guests will also ride in small planes to access remote areas.  

Appropriate for: Travelers who are physically fit and comfortable with long days of touring (both walking tours and driving time).

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

Itinerary

Day 1-2 — Depart the U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Fly overnight to Tanzania and transfer directly to the hotel, where your room is ready for early check in.

Day 3 — Arusha

Meet your fellow travelers at a morning briefing about the journey ahead. Then set out on an afternoon game drive in Arusha National Park, watching for leopards, zebras, and giraffes against the silhouette of Mt. Kilimanjaro.  The park encompasses Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak at almost 15,000 feet. Tonight, gather for a welcome dinner. (B,L,D)

Day 4 — Arusha and Tarangire National Park

Depart on a two-hour drive to Tarangire National Park, a 1,100-square-mile park known for its high concentration of elephants and for the many baobab trees dotting the savannah. Enjoy wildlife viewing en route to your lodge, located within the park. After lunch and time at leisure to enjoy the pool or to relax in your suite, set out on a late afternoon drive, during which you may see zebras, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffes, lions, leopards, and much more. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tarangire National Park

Enjoy another day to explore this less-visited park. On morning and afternoon drives, look for cheetahs, elephants, and some of Tarangire’s 550 species of birds. Stop to see one of the enormous termite mounds scattered on the savanna and swampland here. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Travel into the Ngorongoro Highlands, a wildlife haven that is home to the pastoralist Maasai people. On the way, stop for a a visit to Mto Wa Mbu, a small town where members of some 120 Tanzanian tribes co-exist. Visit with farmers and schoolchildren, merchants and artisans, and get a firsthand look at the diverse traditions of different tribes. Stroll through the market, watch weavers create papyrus mats or woodcarvers plying their trade, and top off your guided visit with lunch at a banana plantation. Later, settle into your safari lodge, perched on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater and designed to blend in with the surrounding landscape. Take advantage of an afternoon at leisure to relax at the lodge and admire spectacular views of the vast crater below. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — Ngorongoro Crater

Descend to the floor of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a 100-square mile, intact volcanic caldera that harbors some 25,000 creatures in a range of habitats—from grassland and swamps to lakes and forests.  On today’s safari, seek out elephants, black rhinos, lions, hippos, and all manner of birdlife. (B,L,D)

Day 8 — Olduvai Gorge, and Serengeti National Park

Depart the Ngorongoro Highlands and stop at Olduvai Gorge, a 31-mile chasm that has yielded historic fossil finds. 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 World Heritage-listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai ranks as one of the world’s most important paleontological sites. Pay a visit to a Maasai village to learn about local traditions. Then continue to Serengeti National Park, named for the Maasai word meaning “endless plain.” On an afternoon safari, encounter large herds of zebra and wildebeest in the grasslands and predators on the hunt. (B,L,D)

Day 9-10 — Serengeti National Park

Located in Tanzania’s northeastern corner, bordering Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve, the vast Serengeti stretches across an area the size of Connecticut.  From January to February and June to October, it plays host to one of the most legendary wildlife spectacles on the planet: the migration of some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle. The Serengeti’s plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lions and cheetahs up close. Enjoy two full days to explore the park on morning and afternoon drives, watching for Africa’s “Big Five”—lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard—as well as ungulates, hyenas, and some 500 species of birds. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Zanzibar

Fly to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago. Upon arrival, take a walking tour of Stone Town, Zanzibar’s intriguing capital, where Arabian, Indian, and African influences speak to a colorful history. Explore the labyrinthine lanes of this World Heritage-listed town, lined with shops, hidden courtyards, and beautifully carved wooden doors. From here travel to a beach resort on Zanzibar's coast and enjoy time to relax. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Zanzibar

Set out on a morning tour of a spice plantation, learning how cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon are grown. Later, cruise to Prison Island, a tiny, idyllic isle that is home to a colonial prison that never held any inmates. Here, pay a visit to a sanctuary for rare Aldabra tortoises. Then celebrate your Tanzanian adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner. (B,D)

Day 13-14 — Dar es Salaam, Depart for the U.S.

A quick morning flight brings you to the capital city of Dar es Salaam, where you have a day room at a local hotel. After a free afternoon and an early dinner, transfer to the airport for an overnight flight and arrive in the U.S. the next morning. (B,D)

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

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