Wildlife Safari and Cultural Exploration ~ Sept. 5-16, 2021

September 5:  ARRIVE AT KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (JRO)
We will meet you upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer you to your overnight hotel where a hot shower and a bed will be a much-welcomed sight after you long flight and travels.
Overnight: Green Mountain Hotel (www.greenmountainhotel.co.tz)

September 6:  CULTURAL DAY IN ARUSHA
After a leisurely breakfast, you will spend the day doing the town tour in Arusha.  You will visit the local markets.  Take a Tanzanite tour, as Tanzanite is a Gem found only in Tanzania.  You will also visit a local school to see what school life is like for kids in Tanzania.  If there is anything else you are interested in doing, please let us know and we can try to incorporate it into the day.  This tends to be a rather relaxing day as you will be adjusting to the time change.  You will enjoy a lunch and dinner at local restaurants to experience some local cuisine. (Note: lunch and dinner are NOT included in your meals for today.)
Overnight: Green Mountain Hotel (www.greenmountainhotel.co.tz ­)
Included Meals: Breakfast

September 7:  TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK FOR GAME VIEWING
You will leave your lodge after a leisurely breakfast and drive to Tarangire National Park.  Your first experience of safari life will be a thrilling game view through the Tarangire National Park.  You will marvel at the beauty of the pristine wilderness before arriving at your overnight lodge to check in and enjoy lunch.  You will have a short time to relax at the lodge before leaving to continue with game drive through the park. The Tarangire National Park, has some of Tanzania’s largest populations of Elephants and some diverse scenery, including the baobab trees that are seen throughout the park.  Your concentration will be game viewing at Lake Esilalei Swamp area and along the Tarangire River, a favorite watering place, which attracts an impressive number and variety of animals.  The park also is host to an enormous variety of birds; more than 500 species have been recorded. You will return to the lodge after sunset to enjoy dinner and a relaxing evening.
Overnight: Tarangire Safari Lodge (www.tarangiresafarilodge.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

September 8:  LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK FOR GAME VIEWING
You will leave your lodge after an early breakfast and drive to Lake Manyara National Park.  Despite the park’s small size, its vegetation is very diverse, ranging from savanna to marshes and acacia woodlands, enabling it to support a remarkable variety of habitat.  In addition to its striking setting and peaceful surroundings, Lake Manyara’s main attractions are its superb birdlife, its tree climbing lions, and its hippos, which you can observe at a closer range here than most other places.  To the East of the park, is the alkaline Lake Manyara, which at certain times of the years is host to thousands of Flamingos, as well as variety of other birdlife.  You will leave the park mid-afternoon and go on a cultural village walk at Mto Wa Mbu Village.  Mto Wa Mbu is very popular for its cultural diversity; the small village consists of people from all 120 different tribes from all corners of Tanzania.  It is also very popular for its art displays and red bananas at the local market.  We will leave the village after a couple hours and drive to your overnight lodge.
Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge (www.lakeeyasi.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 9:  HADAZBE AND DATOGA TRIBAL VISITS
You will leave very early in the morning (around 5:00am) to visit the Hadzabe Tribe.  The Hadzabe Tribe (also known as the Bushman) still maintain their traditional hunting and gathering way of life.  The visit is led by a local guide who will describe their lifestyle before taking you on a hunt in the area with their bows and arrows.  You will even be able to try a little bow and arrow target practice.  After your visit of the Hadzabe, you will make your way to the Datoga tribe.  The Datoga are skilled silversmith’s who live near the Hadzabe and supply them with iron tips, knives and spears in exchange for honey and fruits.  During the visit you will experience their culture first hand by visiting a traditional homestead run by the women.  You will have photo opportunities with the Datoga women in traditional dress as well as the opportunity to visit the traditional Datoga Silversmith’s in their outside workshops.  (During the village visits you will be able to purchase arrows, jewelry and other goods from the tribes if you desire, these items can only be purchased with Tanzania Schillings.)  After our tribal visits we will return to our lodge for brunch and some time to rest and relax.  In the afternoon we will walk down to Lake Eyasi to explore the lake and watch the sunset over the lake. We will return to the lodge in the evening in time for dinner.
Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge (www.lakeeyasi.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 10: DRIVE TO CENTRAL SERENGETI
You will leave your lodge early in the morning to drive to the Serengeti National Park.  The Serengeti is rich in wildlife all year long, so be sure to keep your eyes open as you don’t know what will be waiting for you around each corner.  Before we officially enter the Serengeti, we will pass by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area which is home to many Maasai tribes.  We will stop at one of the Maasai Boma’s (villages) which is a great way to visit and interact with the local Maasai in the area.  This visit will give you the opportunity to learn and explore the traditions, culture, and survival strategies of the Maasai people.  They will perform their traditional dances and if interested you can join them in the dance to get the full cultural experience.  When we leaving the Maasai Boma we will continue our drive to the central Serengeti stopping along the way for a picnic lunch.  After lunch you will continue with your game viewing to the central Serengeti as you make your way to your overnight lodge which is located inside the Serengeti National Park.
Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 11: FULL DAY IN SERENGETI ~ TRANSFER TO NORTHERN SERENGETI
You will leave after breakfast in the morning and spend part of the day game viewing in central Serengeti and Seronera River Valley, an area rich with wildlife all year long and a common place to see big cats especially Leopards and Lions. You will make your way towards the northern Serengeti, game viewing along the way. Your main goal for the day will be following the Great Migration of about 2 million Wildebeests and Zebras and a big number of predators hunting them as they migrate through the remote and untouched wilderness of the northern Serengeti. In the evening, you will drive to your overnight tented lodge located in the northern part of the Serengeti.
Overnight: Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast. Lunch and Dinner

September 12: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK ~ NORTHERN SERENGETI ~ TRACKING THE GREAT MIGRATION OF WILDEBEEST & ZEBRA
You will leave early in the morning for a full day of game viewing. You will spend the day following the great migration of the wildebeests and Zebras. This is where you will witness the wildebeest’s migration crossing the Mara River as seen on TV’s the Discovery Channel. The majestic landscape of the northern Serengeti is one of the best kept secrets of African safaris. Far from the tourist track, the area offers undisturbed exploration of the fantastic Serengeti. Endless rolling plains and woodlands are home to Lion, Leopards, Cheetahs, Elephants, large herds of antelopes and many other animals. The stunning Mara River filled with Hippos and Crocodiles, cuts through this land and hosts of the greatest spectacle nature has to offer. In the evening you will return to your overnight tented camp for dinner.
Overnight: Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 13: DRIVE FROM NORTHERN SERENGETI TO CENTRAL SERENGETI
You will leave your lodge after and early breakfast and make your way back towards the Mara River.  We will spend most of the morning exploring around the river and if you didn’t witness the amazing river crossing yesterday, perhaps today luck will be on your side and you will be able to witness the greatest spectacle nature has to offer. By late morning we will start making our way towards the central Serengeti doing game drive while in route.  We will stop for picnic lunch before continuing on towards the Central Serengeti for dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp (www.twctanzania.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 14: FULL DAY GAME VIEWING IN THE NGORONGORO CONSERVATION/NDUTU AREA
We will leave our lodge after a leisurely breakfast and spend the day game viewing through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  You will see a variety of animals throughout the day, but your main focus will be looking for cheetah, leopards and lions.  We will make our way to our lodge which is on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.  Upon our arrival at tonight’s lodge, you will have the option of going on a hike on the rim of the crater, or just relaxing at the lodge as tomorrow we will be leaving very early to be one of the first trucks in the crater.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (www.serenahotels.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

September 15: FULL DAY GAME VIEWING IN THE NGORONGORO CRATER
We will wake very early and leave our lodge to make our way down into the Ngorongoro Crater where we will explore The Ngorongoro Crater which is a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals and also giving you a very real change of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard along with countless other African mammal species.  You will witness the magnificent array of habitats, each with its own unique wildlife and flora.  You will enjoy both breakfast and lunch in the crater while spending the day game viewing before leaving the crater floor in the late afternoon to make your way to the Serengeti exit gate.  We will drive to the town of Karatu where we will enjoy dinner and overnight.
Overnight: Tloma Lodge (www.twctanzania.com)
Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner

Spetember 16: RETURN TO ARUSHA
After a leisurely breakfast we will drive back to Arusha stopping at a few roadside shops along the way for any last-minute souvenirs.  Once back in Arusha we will proceed to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home where we will sadly say good-bye, but leave with memories that will last a lifetime.
Included Meals: Breakfast

WILDLIFE SAFARI PRICE:

2 Person Wildlife Safari: US $10,745.00 Per Person
3 Person Wildlife Safari: US $8,928.00 Per Person
4 Person Wildlife Safari: US $8,156.00 Per Person
5 Person Wildlife Safari: US $7682.00 Per Person
6 Person Wildlife Safari: US $6,920.00 Per Person
Note: The above prices are per person based on double occupancy.  Single supplement is US $700.  This trip is fully accompanied by one of our USA representatives from the time you arrive in Tanzania to the time you leave Tanzania. Minimum of 2 people, maximum of 6 people.

WHAT’S INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • Airport transfers ~ Pickup and drop off at the airports
  • Local Tanzanian Driver/Safari guide
  • US representative as your tour leader
  • All Salaries for your driver guide
  • All accommodations according to your itinerary
  • All meals according to your itinerary
  • All cultural visits according to your itinerary
  • Unlimited bottled drinking water while on safari
  • All park entrance fees, conservation fees, government taxes, and any other related fees
  • Land transport in Arusha and on safari
  • Local flights from Arusha to a National Park (if applicable)

WHAT’S NOT INCLUDED IN THE PRICE:

  • International flights
  • Valid passport and Tanzania Visa
  • Vaccinations whether required or optional
  • Travel Insurance ~ We highly recommend you purchasing travel insurance
  • Any unforeseen changes in the government fees (park fees, taxes, etc.)
  • Gratuities or Tips ~ For your driver guide, porters and waiters at lodges
  • Any expenses incurred as a result of illness or injury ~ i.e. medical treatment, changes in hotel accommodations, meals, etc.
  • Laundry services at lodges
  • Alcohol and soft drinks
  • Airport taxes if applicable in any airport
  • Purchase of personal items or souvenirs

SAFARI EXTENSION OPTIONS

SERENGETI BALLOON SAFARI – A Panoramic view of the plains
Many people consider a dawn flight over the Serengeti plains as one of the “must do” safari experiences. And, truth be told, the romance of this adventure is unparalleled. You rise up over the African plains just as the dawn breaks, amidst skies awash with pink and gold. An hour later, your balloon sets down on the savanna, where you are served champagne and a full English breakfast. Around mid-morning, you return by road, game-viewing all the way, to join your group and continue the day’s exploration of the Serengeti.  Because of limited space, advance reservations are highly recommended.
Location:  Central Serengeti / Seronera area and Northern Serengeti
Logistics:  Easily incorporated into any itinerary which includes at least one night in the   Central Serengeti. Late May through late June and early November through early December are especially good times to schedule a ballooning expedition.  The          wildebeest and zebra migration may be thundering through the Central Serengeti during these times.
Itinerary:  You will be picked up at 5am from your chosen lodge in the Central Serengeti and will be driven to your awaiting balloon near the Maasai Kopjes.
Keep eyes out for nocturnal predators as you may encounter them returning from their nightly hunting forays on your game drive to the launching site. Arrive at the balloon-launching site for a quick briefing from your pilot. At dawn you will take off and float above the vast Serengeti while the sun rises over the savannah below.  With a little luck you will have good game viewing opportunities while you drift above the Seronera River Valley.  Please keep in mind that every flight is different and wildlife sightings cannot be guaranteed.  However, you will undoubtedly enjoy the spectacular views and the serene quiet as you aimlessly drift along with the prevailing winds. Your pilot can precisely control the altitude of your balloon while sometimes flying at treetop height and at other times ascending to 1000 feet.  Flight time is about one hour depending upon conditions. Scout vehicles will track your location from the ground and will be waiting for you wherever the winds have carried the balloon.  Your balloon safari ends with a champagne toast and an elegant breakfast at the landing site. Breakfast is served in the bush with silver, china and linen tablecloths. Breakfast consists of tropical fruits, warm freshly baked bread, eggs, sausage, bacon, mushroom and tomato. After breakfast you will be transferred to the Seronera Wildlife Lodge arriving at about 9.30a.m. We will be waiting for you to continue the day’s scheduled activities as indicated on your customized safari itinerary.
Note: If you are interested the cost is US$ 600 per person per trip. You can purchase your balloon safari directly from the balloon safari representative upon your arrival in the Serengeti, but we cannot guarantee you the availability. The only way we can guarantee you availability is to reserve with us in advance, so that we can reserve you a spot as early as possible.

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