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Tanzania Migration Safari

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania
Days 3-4: Tarangire National Park
Days 5-6: Mto wa Mbu / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Days 7-8: Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park - Seronera Valley
Days 9-10: Western Serengeti / Grumeti / Lake Victoria
Day 11: Serengeti / Depart Arusha
Day 12: En Route / Arrive U.S.
Optional Extension:
Day 11: Serengeti / Kigali, Rwanda
Day 12: Kigali / Kinigi
Day 13: Volcanoes National Park / Gorilla Trek
Day 14: Volcanoes National Park / Gorilla Trek
Day 15: En Route / Arrive U.S.

Please note: Locations selected for this safari promise excellent viewing of wildlife, whether migrating herds or resident populations. However, spotting specific wildlife cannot be guaranteed. Some activities are dependent on weather and seasonal conditions.

Day 1: En route from U.S

Day 2: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
After an evening arrival to the Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by an Orbridge representative who will assist with the transfer to your hotel.
Overnight: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Days 3-4: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast and a welcome briefing by your Orbridge Expedition Leader, depart Arusha to enjoy two days exploring Tarangire National Park with morning and afternoon game drives, plus a unique opportunity for a night game drive. Have your first look at Africa's natural beauty and the wonderful diversity of wildlife for which the park is known. Tarangire is exceptional for viewing herds of elephants and hundreds of colorful bird species. There is also time for delightful moments to relax and reflect, including a welcome cocktail at Kikoti Safari Camp, a bush lunch inside the park, and educational presentations by the camp fire.
Overnight: Kikoti Safari Camp (B,L,D)

Day 5: Mto wa Mbu / Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today your journey takes you to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Midday at Mto wa Mbu village, relax and refresh with a traditional lunch and a warm welcome from Maasai residents. Explore and enjoy the bustle of this trade center, get to know some of the many Tanzanian cultures represented here, and take a walk around a banana plantation. Our retreat for the next two nights, the friendly cottages of the Country Lodge in Karatu, is just 10 minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater.
Overnight: Country Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Your expedition continues to Ngorongoro Crater: the world's largest unbroken caldera and a legendary safari destination in Africa. The crater is a biosphere reserve often called a "Garden of Eden" for its wide range and ever-present abundance of wildlife attracted by the year-round water supply on the crater floor. A full day game drive here provides ample time for excellent viewing opportunities to look for leopards, lions and the best place in East Africa to spot the elusive black rhinoceros.
Overnight: Country Lodge (B,L,D)

Days 7-8: Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park - Seronera Valley
Navigate around the crater’s rim descending to Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites on Earth. It was here in the 1950s that Louis and Mary Leakey first uncovered the fossilized teeth and skull of one of our earliest ancestors. After an interpretive presentation, we continue to the Serengeti, Tanzania's premier game park, experiencing its vastness and beauty for the first time. Home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle roam widely in search of green grass and water. Morning and afternoon drives each day bring us to optimal viewing points to see what nature reveals.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge (B,L,D)

While in Tanzania, you can opt to take a once-in-a-lifetime hot air balloon safari. Guests choosing to reserve this excursion will enjoy a dawn ascent over the southern Serengeti. Experience incredible birds-eye views over the wildlife and vast landscape. Afterward, enjoy a champagne breakfast and a game drive before rejoining the group. (Note: This excursion must be purchased in advance to guarantee availability and is non-refundable inside 90 days to departure.)

Days 9-10: Western Serengeti / Grumeti / Lake Victoria Fishing Village
Traveling west beyond the Seronera Valley, enter the western corridor of the Serengeti and the Grumeti River region. Morning and afternoon game drives each day afford plenty of opportunity to observe, explore, and learn about these reserves and their wild diversity of bird and mammal species. On the banks of Lake Victoria is a fishing village where you are introduced to the local way of life, visit a school, and participate in a guided walk. A memorable bush dinner our last night on safari is a chance to bid a fond farewell to the sights, sounds, and magic of the Serengeti.
Overnight: Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp (B,L,D)

Day 11: Serengeti / Arusha / Depart
From Grumeti, take the short flight back to Arusha. On arrival, enjoy lunch and finish any last minute shopping for woodcarvings or art at the Cultural Heritage Center. Day rooms at the hotel provide comfort and downtime until your transfer to the airport this evening.
Day Room: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (B,L, light snack)

Day 12: En route / Arrive U.S.

B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner
(Itinerary subject to change.)

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This safari program requires an ability to walk safely over uneven and slippery ground without assistance, transport luggage a short distance, get in and out of a 4 x 4 Land Cruiser, and physically tolerate vehicle motion on sometimes bumpy Serengeti roads.

Average elevation: 5,000 feet