Itinerary

Days 1 & 2

U.S. / Arusha, Tanzania

Fly independently to Arusha and overnight at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. (Meals Aloft)

Day 3

Arusha / Tarangire National Park

Begin the first full morning of our Tanzania wildlife safari adventure with a drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park, aboard our 4x4 Land Cruisers. Before checking into our comfortable accommodations at Tarangire Treetops, we journey through the rolling countryside searching for Tarangire wildlife, including endangered black rhino, antelope, leopard, lion and cheetah. (B,L,D)

Day 4

Tarangire National Park

Sunrise will just be sweeping across the savannah on our morning Tanzanian walking safari, where our naturalist travel guides will point out elephants and some of the park’s 260 recorded bird species. Tarangire also hosts migrating herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant’s gazelle, which we’ll look for during our escorted afternoon game drive. After a sundowner cocktail, enjoy a rare nighttime game drive. Spend tonight back at Tarangire Treetops. (B,L,D)

Day 5

Tarangire / Lake Manyara National Park / Karatu

Our Tanzania wildlife safari expedition itinerary takes us across the Great Rift Valley toward Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its herds of elephant and tree-climbing lions. Game drives here are an opportunity to see buffalo, baboon, waterbuck, flamingo and prides of lion. Continue into the highlands of Karatu to The Manor at Ngorongoro, our home for two nights. (B,L,D)

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater / Karatu

After a sumptuous breakfast, set out for the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, the world’s largest unflooded caldera (collapsed cone of a volcano). Protected from the outside world by a huge rim, Ngorongoro Crater’s abundance of food and fresh water supports more than 30,000 large mammals. We’ll descend 2,000 feet into the crater for thrilling game drives among Africa’s “Big Five” (lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard), but also search out the rare black rhino — this is your greatest chance to observe the East African black rhino in East Africa. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor, and continue to a nearby Maasai village. During a visit with these welcoming people, learn how this pastoral tribe still tends herds of cows and goats much as their ancestors did. (B,L,D)

Day 7

Karatu / Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park

Head for the Serengeti, en route visiting Olduvai Gorge, where the earliest evidence of man was found by the Leakey family in the late 1950s. The Serengeti Plains are home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, and our frequent game drives are a chance to see immense herds. After a picnic lunch and game drive continue to Pioneer Serengeti Camp, where we spend the next two nights under canvas. This intimate camp offer superb views of the Moru Kopjes and Lake Magadi. (B,L,D)

Day 8

Serengeti National Park

On game drives through the acacia savannahs and grasslands of the southern Serengeti, our guides point out wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, topi, impala and hartebeest along with predators such as lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena and wild dog. Along the network of rivers and lakes, we may find hippos and crocodiles. Verreaux’s eagles are sometimes spotted near the granite outcrops of Moru Kopjes. We have ample opportunity in camp to learn more about our expert driver/guides and staff, personable locals who strive to bring this land to life during our African safari. (B,L,D)

Days 9 & 10

Serengeti National Park

Continue to the northern section of the park and Serengeti Migration Camp – named one of Travel + Leisure’s “Top 10 Hotels in the World” – for two nights. The northern section of the park is hillier than what we’ve seen in the south, with thick scrub and forests. Enjoy a traditional African bush breakfast while observing thousands of wildebeest and zebra. (B,L,D Daily)

Day 11

Serengeti / Arusha / En Route

After a final morning game drive (time permitting) of our Tanzania wildlife safari adventure, travel to the local airstrip and fly to Arusha. Explore Shanga, a workshop that makes beautiful handmade beads, paper, candles, soaps and home décor using recycled materials. Dayrooms are available at the Arusha Coffee Lodge before transferring to the airport for your independent flights home. (B,L)

Day 12

Arrive

Arrive home and meet connecting flights to your final destination. (Meals Aloft)