Tanzania

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Highlights

Search for elephants, giraffes, zebras and more from open-roofed safari vehicles

Sleep under the stars in a luxury camp deep in the Serengeti

Join a night expedition to see nocturnal creatures and learn about their unique adaptations that allow them to roam in the dark

Swap stories with your Tanzanian pen pal on a visit to a local school

Ponder our origins on a visit to Olduvai Gorge, where major paleontological discoveries have helped answer important questions about human evolution

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Itinerary

December 21 –29, 2022
Day 1

Arusha, Tanzania

Fly into Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to our lodge, located amid lush coffee plantations, and enjoy a welcome snack before settling in for the night.

Hotel – Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort and Spa

Day 2

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

A short scenic flight takes us to a private 12,000-acre private nature reserve, located adjacent to Serengeti National Park and part of that ecosystem. After a safari briefing, head out for our first taste of wildlife viewing. Giraffe, eland, dik dik, ostrich, leopard and even wild dog can be seen in this unique wildlife haven, dubbed “Giraffic Park” by past visitors.

Hotel – Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 3

Eastern Serengeti Ecosystem

This region is the very definition of “off-the-beaten-path,” and the Maasai in this part of Tanzania have maintained their traditional culture more than most other cultures have been able to. Here we can take part in unique cultural visits that are not possible in other parts of the world. Highlights today include a visit with a Maasai storyteller, a tour of a Maasai boma (a settlement of circular mud-and-dung homes), a nighttime wildlife viewing drive and guided nature walks, where Young Explorers can search for wildlife by foot.

Hotel – Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4

Serengeti National Park

Depart our private nature refuge for Serengeti National Park, traversing the Serengeti’s acacia-covered northern corridor. View wildlife along the way, arriving at our campsite in the early afternoon. After a late-afternoon wildlife viewing drive, relax at our camp while our local guides teach kids traditional Tanzanian games, including rede and bao, and perhaps a bit of Swahili.

Hotel – Serengeti Serena Lodge

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 5

Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a full day of wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park. At the end of the day take in the spectacular colors of an equatorial African sunset from the cozy comfort of our camp, then after dinner, relax around the campfire and gaze up at the millions of stars overhead.

Hotel – Serengeti Serena Lodge

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

As we depart the Serengeti, the grasslands eventually give way to wooded knolls and then desert-like bush country. Stop at Olduvai Gorge, where major paleontological discoveries have helped to answer important questions about human evolution. Learn the various ways to wrap and wear a Tanzanian kanga, a traditional garment worn by women throughout East Africa, made of two pieces of brightly colored, patterned cotton cloth, with a saying or motto printed around its border, from religious and political statements to traditional phrases or thinly veiled warnings for your nosey neighbor. Enjoy a traditional Tanzanian dinner this evening, rich with spices and fresh local vegetables, at our camp set on the crater rim.

Hotel – Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy an entire day exploring the floor of the magnificent 102-squaremile wildlife haven of Ngorongoro Crater to observe an unforgettable spectacle: a teeming world of elephants, rhinoceroses, lions, hyenas, zebras and wildebeests living in harmony in this self-contained environment. This evening, relax at the tembo fire, traditionally lit to keep elephants (tembo in Swahili) from feasting in the organic gardens, now an open-air sitting area for evening conversation and star-gazing.

Hotel – Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8

Ngorongoro Highlands

Today visit a local primary school in the Ngorongoro Highlands where Young Explorers meet their pen pals, followed by an informal soccer match. Check into our lodge and enjoy a festive dinner with fellow travelers.

Hotel – Gibb’s Farm

Meals – breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 9

Arusha / Home

Return to Arusha this morning and celebrate at our lodge with a farewell lunch. Day rooms are available to rest and prepare for an afternoon departure. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for flights home.

Hotel – Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort and Spa (day rooms)

Meals – breakfast, lunch

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