Day 1 Arrive in Arusha, Tanzania.
Welcome to Africa! Hotel rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Day 2 Arusha–Tarangire National Park Area.
Travel south to TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK, where baobab and acacia trees dominate the landscape. After lunch, embark on an exciting AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)
Day 3 Tarangire Area.
Today features MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES in the savannah grasslands. Enjoy panoramic views of baobab and acacia trees as you search for the elephant, eland, zebra, and Cape buffalo that congregate around the waterholes. Relax at your lodge or camp between game drives. (B,L,D)
Day 4 Tarangire Area–Lake Manyara National Park–Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Drive to LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK at the base of the Rift Valley escarpment. This small park is ecologically diverse, with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. During a GAME DRIVE, watch for elephant, Cape buffalo, and giraffe. The park is also home to the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Then, drive to beautiful Gibb’s Farm for a relaxing lunch featuring sumptuous farm-to-table cuisine. Afterward, continue to the NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA for the night. (B,L,D)
Day 5 Ngorongoro Area.
Today, enjoy a FULL-DAY GAME DRIVE in Ngorongoro Crater. The crater is technically a caldera—the world’s largest unflooded, in fact, at more than 2,000 feet deep with a floor covering over 102 square miles. Game viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year round. You can see lion, Cape buffalo, hippo, elephant, and flamingo. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. A picnic lunch will be served in the crater. (B,L,D)
Day 6 Ngorongoro Area–Serengeti National Park.
This morning, drive to SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, generally between late November and July, it attracts visitors from around the world and is great for game viewing year round. Enjoy lunch prior to your AFTERNOON GAME DRIVE. (B,L,D)NOTE:The Great Migration is a natural event, and the arrival/departure of the migrating herds varies slightly year to year.
Day 7 Serengeti.
Today, enjoy MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES and search for the “Big 5”—lion, leopard, Cape buffalo, elephant, and rhino—as well as an abundance of other animals, including cheetah, giraffe, warthog, gazelle, and eland. Between game drives, take advantage of leisure time to relax. (B,L,D)
Day 8 Serengeti.
The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Continue exploring this vast park during MORNING & AFTERNOON GAME DRIVES. (B,L,D)
Day 9 Serengeti–Arusha–Stone Town, Zanzibar.
This morning, fly via Arusha to Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Transfer to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure. (B)
Day 10 Stone Town.
Today, explore the highlights of Stone Town on a PRIVATE GUIDED TOUR. Start with a WALKING TOUR featuring the Old Fort, National Palace, slave caves, and the spice markets. Afterward, visit JOZANI FOREST, where you will take a walk through the forest with a local Ranger. Learn more about the forest fauna, walk through the mangrove swamps, and see the rare red colobus monkey, found only in Zanzibar. The remainder of the day is at your leisure. (B,L)
Day 11 Stone Town–Dar es Salaam–Departure.
Fly to Dar es Salaam, where your vacation ends. We have secured a day room at the Dar es Salaam Serena Hotel for you to use prior to your homebound flight. Book homebound flights after 4 pm. (B)NOTE:The Arusha/Zanzibar and Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam flights, including taxes, are included in the vacation price.