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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 in U.S.

Optional Pre-Tour: Rwanda
Optional Post-Tour: Zanzibar

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
Following breakfast and a welcome briefing by your Orbridge Expedition Leader, depart Arusha to enjoy two days exploring Tarangire National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives, plus a unique opportunity for a night game drive, provide your first look at Africa's natural beauty, power, and wonder. This seasonal park has the second-highest concentration of wildlife (after the Serengeti), including diverse habitats such as dry open woodlands, thorny Acacia thickets, rolling hills, rocky outcrops, extensive swamps, the Tarangire River, and many huge, iconic Baobab trees.

Tarangire is known for elephants, and during the dry season, reportedly has the largest concentration of elephants in the world. Witness in sheer awe the commanding presence of these wild, majestic creatures dotting the landscape like cattle as males, females, and calves graze, play, and rollick in water.

In addition, the park boasts hundreds of bird species—the highest of any Tanzanian park. Notable common birds include the Ashy starling, Red-and-yellow barbet, Red-bellied parrot, Speckle-fronted weaver, Little bee-eater, and Tawny eagle. Bird lovers should keep an eye open for flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the equally striking feathered jewel, the lilac-breasted roller—with its greenish head, lilac throat and breast, blue belly, and bright wing feathers.

This ecosystem is also home to lions, and elusive cheetahs and leopards, all sustained by herds of zebras, wildebeest, giraffes, and more.

When not experiencing the thrill of wildlife viewing, savor delightful moments to reflect, including a welcome cocktail, a bush lunch inside the park, and educational presentations by the camp fire.
Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today's journey includes a game drive en route to the Ngorongoro Highlands. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, an important distinction for many avid travelers.

Just 10 minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater is your retreat for the next two nights—the tranquil and elegant Plantation Lodge in Karatu. Enjoy a well-prepared lunch at this property that grows its own vegetables, salads, and herbs.

The remainder of today is at leisure. Take advantage of the relaxing atmosphere by wandering the expansive, lush gardens. Unwind with a cup of locally grown coffee beneath the shade of tall rubber, eucalyptus, and banana trees. Take a dip in the pool, browse local gifts and jewelry at the curio shop, indulge in a massage (additional fee applies), or visit the cellar with its extensive selection of wines.
Overnight: Plantation Lodge (B,L,D)

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater
Imagine descending some 2,000 feet to the floor of an extinct volcano crater. Famous for being the largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera in the world, the Ngorongoro Crater lies 75 miles west of the town of Arusha. Thought to have developed millions of years ago from a large active volcano whose cone collapsed after an eruption, it has been hailed as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, with some referring to it as “the cradle of humanity.” The crater is a biosphere reserve 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 thrilling full-day game drive provides ample animal viewing opportunities, including but not limited to: buffalo, zebras, warthogs, wildebeests, Grant’s and Thomson’s gazelles, leopards, the densest population of lions in the world, and the best place in East Africa to spot black rhinoceroses.
Overnight: Plantation 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 man's earliest ancestors.

After an interpretive presentation, continue to the Serengeti, Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, to experience its vastness and beauty. Spanning 12,000 square miles, this ecosystem’s name is appropriately derived from the Maasai language meaning “endless plains.”

Daily morning and afternoon game drives bring our senses to life for what nature has to reveal. Settle in and travel the oftentimes bumpy roads in this east African savanna for expanses of blue sky stretching for miles in every direction above green and golden fields and their drama of everyday life—of predator and prey, coexistence, migration, and other natural rhythms. Inhale the fresh equatorial air and feel in tandem both the tranquility and pulsation of life in the wild. Get ready for what is arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa.
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. This relatively narrow corridor—made up of open savanna, woodlands, and floodplains—follows the path of the crocodile-infested Grumeti River all the way to Lake Victoria and is home to abundant resident wildlife, including rare Colobus monkeys.

Daily 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 immersed in the local way of life by visiting a school and participating in a guided walk.

A memorable bush dinner the 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, scenic 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 in 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 oftentimes bumpy Serengeti roads.

Average elevation: 5,000 feet