Tanzania: Serengeti Safari Adventure

“I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.”

Ernest Hemingway

Imagine waking up in the heart of the Serengeti. You’re surrounded by the beauty of the wild savannah and the distinctive sounds of the African bush. A herd of impala graze quietly nearby as you relax in an amazing camp- outfitted with a comfortable bed and private bathroom. This is just a peek at what you can expect from the safari of a lifetime.

The perfect combination of rugged, wild and comfortable, your Serengeti safari begins with an exploration of Tarangire National Park where we’ll spend the afternoon looking for baboons and tree-climbing lions. Next, we’ll explore the remarkable Ndutu Conservation Area. Part of the famous Serengeti National Park ecosystem, the Ndutu Conservation Area is part of the Great Migration, which includes some 1.5 million animals. A morning game drive is followed by a visit to the famous Oldupai Forge, where the Leakeys spent 40 years studying the origins of man.

Then we’re on to the Ngorongoro Crater. Recognized as the largest intact caldera on the planet, and often referred to as the Eighth Wonder of the World, it’s also home to a staggering animal population. In fact, a permanent population of more than 30,000 animals occupy the relatively small 100 square mile area and you’ll enjoy a game drive into the crater itself.

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Details

  • Cost Per Person: $3,300
  • Optional Single Supplement: $700
  • Private Tour Minimum: 2
  • Activities: Trekking & Safari
  • Difficulty: All Ability Levels
  • Guides: TBD

Other Info: THIS TRIP NEEDS A MINIMUM OF 2 PARTICIPANTS AND IS LIMITED TO 16 PARTICIPANTS
For maximum comfort and animal viewing time, we recommend all groups purchase a one-way flight from the Serengeti back to Arusha at the end of the Safari. This is an estimated additional $300 per person cost.

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Trip Highlights

  • Visit the famous Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti ecosystem.
  • See lions, cheetahs, elephants, rhinos, and dozens of other animals in their natural habitats.
  • Safari vehicles are small, six- or eight-person in size, and have a pop-top that allows you to stand and get an open-air view of the wildlife.

Note: this schedule is subject to change slightly, based on the current migration patterns, availability of lodges, and group size. 

DAY 1

We change gears as we put away our trekking clothing and personas and take on the role of safari explorer.  Get your cameras ready! We depart Arusha early in the morning with picnic lunch boxes for the approximately 3-hour drive to the Tarangire National Park and our first game drive. Our vehicles are small, six-person or eight-person in size, and have a pop-top that allows us to stand up and get an open-air view of the wildlife.  Tarangire is a 50-kilometer long gem lying at the base of the Great Rift escarpment. The park is renowned for its large elephant population. We spend our afternoon observing them, as well as looking for baboon and the local tree-climbing lions before checking into our thatch-roofed tents at the beautiful Tarangire Safari Lodge. The safari tents provide the perfect opportunity to connect with nature.
Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge, Tarangire National Park

DAY 2

Be sure to look both ways before leaving your tent for breakfast this morning — elephant herds are often wandering the grounds!  After breakfast (which offers breathtaking scenery and game-viewing right from the terrace), we enjoy another game drive in Tarangire. June to October is the dry season, and there are unimaginable herds of animals like zebra that are attracted to the Tarangire River.  The elephant numbers at this time are amazing and the Baobab trees make for a unique backdrop. Later in the day we’ll make the approximately two-hour drive to our lodge at Ngorongoro. Because it is located at the top of a crater at over 7,000 feet in altitude, it gets chilly at night –  you’ll appreciate the warm fire at dinner and hot water bottles you can fill up and take to bed with you!
Accommodation: Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

DAY 3

We’ll get up early today and descend a steep road down into the short-grass plains and floor of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater.  This extinct volcano has year-round water flow, thus is a haven for many types of animals. The 100 square miles of crater is alive with lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, hyena, hippo and more.  It is an incredible concentration of wildlife! We then make the long (three or more hours) shuttle on somewhat rough dirt roads to the Serengeti, home to the Great Migration (which ranges in a large loop through East Africa).  Trust us, the drive will be worth it! With luck, on our afternoon game drive we’ll see many of the 1.5 million animals that engage in the annual trek. That afternoon we arrive at our mobile tented camp for a two-night stay and we eat all meals here, with excellent local cooks preparing fantastic dishes you would not expect in the bush.
AccommodationSerengeti Savannah Camp or similar, Serengeti National Park

DAY 4

The Serengeti is Tanzania’s oldest national park and remains the flagship of the country’s tourism industry.  The park is comprised of 5,700 square miles of grassland plains, savanna, riverine forest, and woodlands. Predator and prey interactions are the pinnacle of game viewing but there is much more to see in the park. We do two game drives today, in search of large predators and the gentle herbivores on which they feed. While the sun is at its peak and the animals seek cool shade, we will have time to lounge around our camp.
AccommodationSerengeti Savannah Camp or similar, Serengeti National Park

DAY 5

This morning we’ll have a final game drive, likely seeing the ubiquitous Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelles, warthogs, and perhaps a giraffe or two, with an eye open for crocodile, honey badger, mongoose, and some of the over 500 bird species in the park.  It is an absolute paradise for animal viewing. We will arrive at the main airstrip of the Serengeti — Seronera — for a morning flight that arrives in Arusha an hour later. You’ll be met upon arrival and transferred to our hotel in Arusha where a day room will be reserved for you to freshen up. Later you’ll be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport and catch your flight back home. Dinner is on your own tonight.

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Trip Accommodations

Night 1 >> Tarangire Safari Lodge / Tarangire National Park

Situated on a panoramic bluff in Tarangire National Park, with one of Tanzania's most spectacular views.

Night 2 & 3 >> Serengeti Savannah Camps / Serengeti National Park

A campsite within Serengeti National Park itself. These small tents with private bathrooms give us the real safari experience, although our attentive staff and cooks do make life easy.

Night 4 >> Rhino Lodge / Ngorongoro Crater

One of the few hotels perched right on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The views are amazing!

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Either you had joined us on the Kilimanjaro Trek already or you will be meeting up with the group in Arusha. We suggest arriving in Tanzania at Kilimanjaro International Airport at any time the day before the safari. We can arrange airport transfer and lodging in Arusha.

What's Included
  • A local guide accompanies each trip, with an American guide added for groups over 8.
  • Double occupancy lodging is included. If you are traveling solo, we will match you with another traveler of the same gender. However, you may pay a single supplement to have your own room.
  • All meals once you meet the group are included.
  • All your transportation is included once you meet your guides on the first day.
  • All group camping equipment is included.
  • NOT INCLUDED Beverages, desserts, lunches, gratuities to your guides, personal expenses and travel to and from the destination.

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