Essence of Tanzania
The “Endless Plains” of the Serengeti represent the essence of Tanzania’s wild realm of extraordinary landscapes and contain the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world. Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater are also spectacular game viewing destinations. Experience your African safari in Tanzania and see the authentic Africa up close.
No other name so captures the essence of an African safari in Tanzania as Serengeti. The “Endless Plains” of the Serengeti represent the essence of Tanzania and resembles a likeness to your own burning desire to roam free. Tanzania is a wild realm of extraordinary landscapes and contains the greatest concentrations of wildlife in the world, including the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth—the Great Migration of Wildebeest on the Serengeti. Famous for its diversity of wildlife, Tarangire National Park has the largest species of African animals, including large herds of elephants. The groundwater forest of Lake Manyara supports myriad creatures, including tree-climbing lions. Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world with over 30,000 mammals on the floor of this extinct volcano.
- The largest concentration of lions in Africa
- Large elephant herds of Tarangire
- Tree-climbing lions of Manyara
- Chances to discover the Big Five and Great Migration
- Otherworldly Maasai village visit
- Safaris on the crater floor of Ngorongoro, the “Eighth Wonder of the World”
- Abundant wildlife on the endless Serengeti Plains
- Options for hot air balloon rides over the plains and a champagne breakfast, bush dinners, and more
- Classic and intimate luxury safari camps brimming with romantic charm
“To witness that calm rhythm of life revives our worn souls and recaptures a feeling of belonging to the natural world. No one can return from the Serengeti unchanged, for tawny lions will forever prowl our memory and great herds throng our imagination.”
Days 1: Arrive in Arusha
Days 2-3: Tarangire
the most beautiful in Tanzania and is second only to Ngorongoro in its density of Tanzanian wildlife. At your luxury tented camp—where relaxation and romance dance together in one of the most beautiful settings imaginable—soak up all of the wide-open breathing space that is often lost in our usual day-to-day existence back home.
There are animals including lions, leopards, giraffes, impalas, gazelles, waterbucks, buffaloes, and zebras, which can often be seen in abundance. The name of the park originates from the Tarangire River that crosses through the park and is the lifeline for wild animals during dry seasons. Tarangire National Park is the sixth-largest national park in Tanzania and it is located in the Manyara Region. Thousands of animals migrate to Tarangire from Manyara National Park during the dry season (June through October), although visiting Tarangire during the rest of the year is a great experience. There are over 500 bird varieties—the most in one habitat in the world.
Days 4-5: Ngorongoro Crater
Drive down the 1900-foot crater wall from the rim of this spectacular extinct volcano. Here you will find Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife. Ngorongoro has been referred to as the “Eighth Wonder of the World.” Ngorongoro towers above the Northern Serengeti Plain and it is celebrated as containing some of the most magnificent scenery in the world. Ngorongoro’s 105-square-mile crater is the largest unbroken crater on Earth and is packed with just about every species of wildlife found in East Africa. It is possible that we will see the Big Five—all of them—in one day. Large plains game permanently inhabit the area and the scenery is sensational. Some 30,000 animals live in the crater and, because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can often be approached quite closely. It is also one of the few parks in Africa where rhinos are relatively easy to locate. Enjoy the awe-inspiring views from your lodge of the crater below (weather permitting), spying herds of buffalo and wildebeest that look like ants from the distance.
En route to Ngorongoro and before you enter Lake Manyara National Park, we come to Mto Wa Mbu, a thriving village that lies at the entrance to beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. The deep rusty brick-red colored earth seems to dust everything. It lightly covers the brightly colored storefronts and the whistling thorn and acacia trees, making everything seem from a different time. Cultures from across Tanzania are represented here and it is fascinating to walk through the village and shop for local crafts. You will need to hone your bargaining skills in Mto Wa Mbu. Lake Manyara National Park is a lovely scenic park famed for its tree-climbing lions, bountiful birdlife, and large numbers of hippos and baboons. Elephants are easily seen and its varied landscape supports other game, including zebras, giraffes, warthogs, impalas, dik-diks, waterbucks, and flamingos, which come to the park intermittently. The park is a combination of mahogany forest, marsh, and grasslands. Manyara is two-thirds water, one-third dry land and home to a spectacular concentration of game. The park is a flash of green amid an otherwise parched landscape. Over 350 species of birds populate the park.
Days 6-8: Serengeti
On the Serengeti Plain lives an estimated 2,500 lions and there are more cheetahs here than anywhere else in Africa. Hyenas, wildebeests, zebras, gazelles, ostriches, hippos, and other animals can be seen in abundance. Covering more than 5,700 square miles, the Serengeti is breathtaking terrain composed of acacia savannah, grass plains, and dense woodland grouped around kopje rock formations standing in a sea of grass. The kopjes provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik-dik. It is estimated that one million animals live in the area with more than one-third of them being wildebeests.
Day 9: International flight onward
- All airport arrival welcomes and departure farewells with private transfers
- Double occupancy accommodations throughout your African safari in Tanzania
- All meals
- Wildlife safari game-viewing drives
- Services of English-speaking guides and drivers
- All park and conservancy fees
- Membership in Flying Doctors Society
- All internal flights
- Customary tipping of guides
- Gratuities to lodge staff
- Bottled water while on safari
- Storage and organization of gear, baggage, and personal affects
- Services of our management team in the USA and Africa
- Guaranteed departures with just two guests
June 16 – June 24
February 9 – February 17
Why these dates?
In June (2022 Featured Journey) the herds of wildebeest and other animals including predators such as the lion move from the Western Corridor into the Grumeti and cross the croc-infested Grumeti River. It is also the start of the dry season but temperatures are very pleasant with little rain. We strategically place you in an ideal location in Serengeti to be in a position to capture all of the action that awaits you.
February (2023 Featured Journey) is an excellent month to visit the Serengeti and the other parks in this incredible itinerary. The wildebeest calving season in the Serengeti is arguably the greatest spectacle in what is known as the “greatest wildlife sanctuary in the world.” From late January through mid-March, 8,000 wildebeest are born every day. We strategically have you staying at your wonderful tented lodge in an optimal area to witness this incredible scene.
Complimentary Dining Experience in the Bush
Enjoy a complimentary dining experience in the bush with dinner by candlelight under the magical night sky or reveal in the open-air with breakfast to start out your safari. We set up the table for you and spoil you with an unforgettable dining experience in a natural setting like explorers of old. Your dining room: the open skies with a myriad of stars or sweeping plains all around you.
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Single Supplement: $2,100
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