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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Tanzania Safari

The Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Zanzibar

15 days from $8,297 | 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

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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. 

- Previous Journeys Traveler

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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 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.

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.
  • Zanzibar: Learn about Zanzibar’s reputation as the “Spice Island” and discover Stone Town, an ancient town that is Tanzania’s capital and a World Heritage site.

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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2017 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)

2018 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 Tarangire National Park

Depart today for the two-hour drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s 1,100-square-mile park known especially for its high concentration of elephants and for the many baobab trees dotting the savannah. Enjoy a game drive en route to your lodge, located within the park. After lunch and some time at leisure, late afternoon enjoy another game drive in the park, where you may see zebra, wildebeest, cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, and of course, elephants. (B,L,D)

Day 5 — Tarangire

In store today: morning and afternoon game drives in this gem of a park slightly off the beaten path. Along with the abundant game, you’re sure to see some of Tarangire’s 550 species of birds, as well as the many termite mounds scattered amid the grass- and swampland here. (B,L,D)

Day 6 — Tarangire and Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This morning depart for Ngorongoro, wildlife haven, and homeland of the semi-nomadic Maasai people. Arrive in time for lunch at your safari lodge uniquely set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, blending in so much with the landscape as to be invisible from the crater floor. This afternoon is at leisure; the views of the crater from your lodge, spectacular. (B,L,D)

Day 7 — 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 8 — Ngorongoro, Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti National Park

En route today to the fabled Serengeti, visit 31-mile Olduvai 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), Olduvai is considered the “cradle of humanity” and ranks as one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites. Then visit a Maasai village before continuing on to Serengeti National Park, home to such plains dwellers as lion, cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest. The Serengeti, the Maasai’s “endless plain,” is considered Africa’s finest park, and you begin to see why on this afternoon’s game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 9 — Serengeti

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. Twice a year (Jan–Feb and Jun–Oct), some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights and the world’s largest migration. But the Serengeti’s plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close, perhaps on today’s game drives. (B,L,D) 

Day 10 — Central Serengeti and Western Corridor

As you drive across the rolling Serengeti plain to the park’s famed Western Corridor, you’ll likely spot game along the way. Arrive at your well-appointed lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. (B,L,D)

Day 11 — Serengeti and Lake Victoria

Enjoy game viewing this morning en route to Lake Victoria – 210 miles long, 150 miles in breadth, and with 2,000 miles of coastline – Africa’s largest lake and the world’s second largest freshwater lake after Lake Superior. Take in the immensity of this storied waterway, enjoy lunch together, and visit a local fishing village, where you meet some of the residents and learn about their way of life. Then return to your safari camp in time for dinner there tonight. (B,L,D)

Day 12 — Serengeti and Zanzibar

Fly this morning to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semi-autonomous Indian Ocean archipelago with a colorful history. Upon arrival mid-afternoon, 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 you see on your tour. From here travel to your beach resort on Zanzibar's eastern coast. (B,L,D)

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 your hotel in time for lunch on your own and an afternoon at leisure. Then celebrate your Tanzania adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner. (B,D)

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

After a day at leisure at your resort hotel, fly to German-influenced Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. Have an early dinner at a local restaurant, then depart 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)