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Tanzania Wildlife Safari

Day 1: En Route from U.S.
Day 2: Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania
Days 3-4: Tarangire National Park
Days 5-6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Days 7-8: Olduvai Gorge / Serengeti National Park - Seronera Valley
Days 9-10: Western Serengeti / Lake Victoria Fishing Village
Day 11: Serengeti / Flight to Arusha / Depart for U.S.
Day 12: En Route / Arrive U.S.
Optional Post-Tour: Rwanda

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: Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa

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: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today's journey includes a game drive en route to the Ngorongoro Highlands. Just 10 minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater is your retreat for the next two nights—the friendly cottages of the Country Lodge in Karatu. Enjoy lunch at the property and the remainder of the afternoon is at leisure.
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 / 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: Mbalageti Serengeti Tented Chalets (B,L,D)

Day 11: Serengeti / Flight to Arusha / Depart for U.S.
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: Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa (B,L, light snack)

Day 12: En Route / Arrive U.S.

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

Activity Level:

Moderate

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