Journey from the depths of Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti to exotic Zanzibar. You'll discover the breadth of Tanzania's riches, including abundant wildlife, varied cultures, and valued traditions.

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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  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

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

Journey from the depths of Ngorongoro Crater and the vast plains of the Serengeti to exotic Zanzibar. You'll discover the breadth of Tanzania's riches, including abundant wildlife, varied cultures, and valued traditions.

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

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Accommodations

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The African Tulip

Arusha, Tanzania

A 29-room boutique hotel located close to Arusha’s city center, The African Tulip features contemporary Tanzanian art and local craftwork. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, poolside bar, lounge, outdoor pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, and a gift shop. Safari-themed guest rooms are air-conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, Wi-Fi Internet access (surcharge), in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Nestled in a copse of trees in the vast, game-filled Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Sopa Lodge offers an ideal oasis from which to observe Africa’s stunning wildlife.  Amenities of the lodge include a restaurant and bar with floor-to-ceiling views of the national park, as well as a bar, outdoor shaded dining tables, circular outdoor swimming pool with central island sun deck, billiards table, gift shop, laundry service (for a fee), and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas).  Each circular guest suite is a freestanding structure, complete with a high, conical roof and sheltered veranda perfect for game viewing.  As the lodge has no fence, elephants and other curious animals occasionally pay the lodge and its guests a visit.  Each suite includes private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets.   Please note:  This lodge does not offer air conditioning. 

Number of nights: 2

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater itself and offers endless and unparalleled views from its clustered boulder-built buildings.  Ethnic Maasai handcrafts – bright-beaded robes, intricate carvings, iron spears – decorate the lodge, and sensitivity to the environment marks all aspects of development here.  The lodge offers a dining room and bar; traditional music, culture, and dance; guided walks; massage and beauty treatments; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; laundry service (for a fee); and a gift shop and boutique.  Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, private balcony, and phone.

Number of nights: 2

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Situated high on a tree-clad ridge with panoramic views over the vast Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge fuses traditional African architecture with contemporary amenities.  Circular “rondavel” dwellings with thatched roofs and the winding paths of a traditional Maasai village mark the lodge that sits amidst groves of indigenous trees surrounded by streams and ponds. Amenities include an outdoor pool; two-tiered dining room dominated by a central barbecue area; traditional music and dance; massage and spa treatments; laundry service (for a fee); complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and safari boutique and gift shop.  Guest rooms, in individual rondavel huts, feature private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, wildwood balconies, intricately carved furniture, mosquito nets, and phone.

Number of nights: 3

Zanzibar Serena Hotel

Zanzibar, Tanzania

The Zanzibar Serena Hotel sits along a pristine stretch of white sand beach at the tip of the historic neighborhood of Stone Town, the oldest section of Zanzibar’s capital.  Amenities of this elegant hotel include two restaurants, bar, coffee shop, outdoor swimming pool overlooking the Indian Ocean, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access, and laundry service (for a fee).  Each of the 51 air-conditioned guest rooms is decorated in traditional Swahili style, with high ceilings, a white and light blue color scheme, and decorative dark wooden cabinetry and furniture.  All guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, private balcony, minibar, TV, and phone. 

Number of nights: 2

Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel (day room)

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The Dar Es Salaam Serena Hotel was recognized as Tanzania’s Leading Hotel in 2016 by the World Travel Awards.  The hotel sits adjacent to Dar es Salaam’s city center, directly next to a cricket ground and golf course, and a short walk from the beach.  The hotel offers a comfortable and chic atmosphere with two restaurants, pool bar, coffee shop, terrace; outdoor swimming pool; extensive tropical gardens; fitness center; sauna; complimentary Wi-Fi internet access; and laundry and dry-cleaning service (for a fee).  Each air-conditioned guest room has private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, in-room safe, minibar, TV, and phone. 

Activity Level

Activity Level 3:  Active


Expectations: Long touring days with many full-day safari drives. Although safari vehicles are comfortable, game drives can incur sitting for long periods of time during long, bumpy rides over very rough dusty terrain. Although some roads have been cleared through the game parks, the surfaces are unpaved and there can be deep tire ruts cut into the roadbeds. Walking is sometimes over difficult terrain. Safari viewing also requires very early morning departures from the lodge for better opportunities to spot animals. Generally, there is afternoon leisure time on those days. 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).

Testimonials

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
Reading List

Highly Recommended

Northern Tanzania Safari Guide: Including Serengeti, Kilimanjaro, Zanzibar (Bradt Travel Guides)
By: Philip Bruggs, Chris McIntyre
This thoroughly updated new edition of Bradt's Northern Tanzania Safari Guide remains the only full-length guidebook focused exclusively on the northern part of the country and Zanzibar. Tailored closely to the requirements of anyone going on a safari to northern Tanzania, followed by a few days on Zanzibar, it provides far more detailed coverage of the local safari circuit and other main attractions than other guides. As such, it offers complete and detailed lodge listings and also goes into greater detail about wildlife and where to see it. It is also the only guide to include detailed information on the many new private concessions that have opened up. Bradt's Northern Tanzania is written by Philip Briggs, the world's leading writer of guidebooks to Africa, and Chris McIntyre, CEO of specialist Africa tour operator Expert Africa. The guide reflects the growing trend away from large lodges towards small exclusive eco-friendly camps in remote parts of the Serengeti and other major reserves and this edition is more critically selective than previous editions, detailing the best on offer in all price brackets. Also new for this edition is a 48-page colour field guide, detailing all species a visitor can expect to find on a safari in the northern circuit, making this guide the most authoritative source available. Northern Tanzania is an essential travel companion for both first-time visitors and seasoned safari-goers. Northern Tanzania is dominated by Africa's finest safari circuit. Centred on the legendary Serengeti National Park and its world-famous wildebeest migration, this circuit also incorporates the Ngorongoro Crater and surrounding Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara and Tarangire national parks. Geographically it is one of the most varied regions in Africa, with a palm-fringed Indian Ocean coastline complemented by the scenic wonders of the Great Rift Valley, Africa's largest lake, and several impressive volcanically formed mountains, most notably snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa and a popular goal for hikers. Lesser-known gems include the prehistoric rock art at Kondoa (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the forested Arusha National Park and Amani Nature Reserve, and the spectacular Ol Doinyo Lengai – Africa's most active volcano. Tanzania is home to more than 100 ethnic groups, from the Arab-influenced Swahili of the coast to the traditionalist Maasai pastoralists and Hadza hunter-gatherers of the Rift Valley, yet it takes pride in a long history of post-independence tolerance, stability and safety. Northern Tanzania offers spectacular game-viewing all year round, and supports some of the world's largest surviving populations of lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, zebra, wildebeest and gazelle. Serviced by a well-developed safari industry, the superlative reserves of northern Tanzania are complemented by a stopover on the legendary Spice Island of Zanzibar. With its atmospheric old town, idyllic beaches and offshore reefs teeming with marine life, it is every bit as evocative as its name.
The Safari Companion: A Guide to Watching African Mammals
By: Richard D. Estes
Since its original publication in 1993, The Safari Companion has been the best field guide to observing and understanding the behavior of African mammals. An indispensable tool for naturalists traveling to Africa, this new edition has been revised to acknowledge the enthusiasm to those watching these magnificent animals at zoos and wildlife parks, and on film. The Safari Companion enables readers to recognize and interpret visible behavioral activities, such as courtship rituals, territorial marking, aggression, and care of young. Each account of over 80 species includes a behavioral table in which the unique actions of the hoofed mammals, carnivores, and primates are described for easy reference. In addition, useful maps show the major national boundaries, vegetation zones, and game parks relevant to the guide. The book includes an extensive glossary, as well as tips on wildlife photography, a list of organizations working to protect African wildlife, and advice on where and when to see the animals.
Green Hills of Africa: The Hemingway Library Edition
By: Hemingway, Ernest
New Map of Serengeti National Park
By: Maco Editions LLC.
Folded, hand-illustrated, tourist map of Serengeti National Park. The map shows Serengeti in the wet season on one side, and the dry season on the other. It also shows the different animal tracks that can be found within the parks borders, as well as different plants that live in the Serengeti. The map details the path of the migration for every month of the year, and describes why the animals move when they do. The map also contains an inset for the area of Lobo, and shows roads, kopjes, campsites, rivers, tracks, and lakes. Legend is in English.

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