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Tanzania Adventure

Serengeti to Zanzibar

From $7,297
total price from New York
$6,195 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $1,102 airline taxes and fees
Tour Days
14 days
Tour Membership
12-18 guests

Overview

From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti plains and off-the-beaten-path Tarangire to tropical Zanzibar, our small group encounters the breadth of tranquil Tanzania’s riches: abundant wildlife, exquisite landscapes, and diverse cultures.  It’s Africa as it was – and still is.

Tour Details

Tanzania Adventure

Serengeti to Zanzibar

From $7,297

total price from New York
$6,195 air, land, & safari inclusive plus $1,102 airline taxes and fees

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-18 guests

Tour Days
14 days

Tour Membership
12-18 guests

Overview

From the depths of Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti plains and off-the-beaten-path Tarangire to tropical Zanzibar, our small group encounters the breadth of tranquil Tanzania’s riches: abundant wildlife, exquisite landscapes, and diverse cultures.  It’s Africa as it was – and still is.

Small Group Highlights

  • Tanzania’s unparalleled game viewing
  • Guaranteed window seats in safari vehicles
  • Tarangire’s elephants and baobabs
  • Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
  • Olduvai Gorge, site of world’s oldest prehistoric remains
  • Vast game-filled plains of the Central Serengeti
  • Tropical Zanzibar
  • Stays in top-rated game lodges

Day-by-Day Itinerary

When To Go On Safari…

• January to February: Summer – dry and warm; cooler at Ngorongoro because of elevation.  Migration picks up, with plenty of game throughout central/southern Serengeti.

• March: Rains become possible, bringing plains animals in search of fresh grass and food.  Significant movement of antelope and other game to the plains for calving season; predators follow.

• June to October: Dry season; can be cold on the rim of Ngorongoro.  Wildebeest and plains game begin migrating in search of water.  By July, wildebeest migration is in full swing, with opportunities for excellent game viewing and predator kills.

• November to December: Season of the “short” rains (brief daily thunderstorms); comfortable at Ngorongoro; warm in the Serengeti, with plentiful game.

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Depart U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania
Depart U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania
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Arrive Arusha
Arrive Arusha

Upon arrival tonight, we transfer directly to our hotel.

Upon arrival tonight, we transfer directly to our hotel.

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Arusha
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Arusha

We meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead.  Then we get our first taste of life on safari as we set out this afternoon on a game drive in Arusha National Park, where we may spot waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, flamingos, monkeys, and more.  In the distance, we may see iconic snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and, at 19,340 feet, Africa’s highest peak – and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.  Inside the park, we see Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth-highest peak at 15,000 feet.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

We meet our Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director and fellow travelers at this morning’s briefing about the journey ahead.  Then we get our first taste of life on safari as we set out this afternoon on a game drive in Arusha National Park, where we may spot waterbuck, zebra, giraffe, flamingos, monkeys, and more.  In the distance, we may see iconic snowcapped Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano and, at 19,340 feet, Africa’s highest peak – and the highest freestanding mountain in the world.  Inside the park, we see Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth-highest peak at 15,000 feet.  Tonight we enjoy a welcome dinner together.

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Arusha/Tarangire National Park
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Arusha/Tarangire National Park

We depart today for the two-hour drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s 1,100-square-mile park known especially for its high concentration of elephants and for the many baobab trees dotting the savannah.  We enjoy a game drive en route to our lodge, which is located within the park.  After lunch and some time at leisure, late this afternoon we enjoy another game drive in the park; we may see zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, and of course elephants.

We depart today for the two-hour drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s 1,100-square-mile park known especially for its high concentration of elephants and for the many baobab trees dotting the savannah.  We enjoy a game drive en route to our lodge, which is located within the park.  After lunch and some time at leisure, late this afternoon we enjoy another game drive in the park; we may see zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, and of course elephants.

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Tarangire
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Tarangire

In store today: morning and afternoon game drives in this gem of a park slightly off the beaten path.  Along with the abundant game, we’re sure to see some of Tarangire’s 550 species of birds as well as the many termite mounds scattered amid the grasslands and swamps here.

In store today: morning and afternoon game drives in this gem of a park slightly off the beaten path.  Along with the abundant game, we’re sure to see some of Tarangire’s 550 species of birds as well as the many termite mounds scattered amid the grasslands and swamps here.

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Tarangire/Ngorongoro Conservation Area
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Tarangire/Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This morning we depart for Ngorongoro, a wildlife haven and homeland of the semi-nomadic Maasai people.  We arrive in time for lunch at our safari lodge uniquely set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, blending in so well with the landscape as to be invisible from the crater floor.  This afternoon is at leisure; the views of the crater from our lodge are spectacular and sure to entertain.

This morning we depart for Ngorongoro, a wildlife haven and homeland of the semi-nomadic Maasai people.  We arrive in time for lunch at our safari lodge uniquely set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, blending in so well with the landscape as to be invisible from the crater floor.  This afternoon is at leisure; the views of the crater from our lodge are spectacular and sure to entertain.

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Ngorongoro Crater
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Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we descend to the floor of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO site and at 100 square miles the world’s largest intact and perfectly formed volcanic caldera.  The unique biosphere here has remained unchanged for eons; towering walls encircle the crater’s floor which represents Africa in microcosm: grassland, swamps, lakes, forests, and some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, giraffe, lion, hippo, and zebra.  Afterwards we return to our lodge for an afternoon at leisure.

This morning we descend to the floor of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO site and at 100 square miles the world’s largest intact and perfectly formed volcanic caldera.  The unique biosphere here has remained unchanged for eons; towering walls encircle the crater’s floor which represents Africa in microcosm: grassland, swamps, lakes, forests, and some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, giraffe, lion, hippo, and zebra.  Afterwards we return to our lodge for an afternoon at leisure.

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Ngorongoro/Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park
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Ngorongoro/Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park

En route today to the fabled Serengeti, we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge.  It was here in 1959 that anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of human evolution.  Part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai is considered the true “cradle of humanity” and ranks as one of the world’s most important prehistoric archaeological sites for its rich fossils and early hominid remains.  We visit a Maasai village before we continue on to Serengeti National Park, home to plains dwellers such as lion, cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest.  The Serengeti, the Maasai’s “endless plain,” is Africa’s finest park, and we begin to see why on this afternoon’s game drive.  Today’s safari outing concludes at our lodge, which we reach in time for dinner.

En route today to the fabled Serengeti, we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge.  It was here in 1959 that anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of human evolution.  Part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai is considered the true “cradle of humanity” and ranks as one of the world’s most important prehistoric archaeological sites for its rich fossils and early hominid remains.  We visit a Maasai village before we continue on to Serengeti National Park, home to plains dwellers such as lion, cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest.  The Serengeti, the Maasai’s “endless plain,” is Africa’s finest park, and we begin to see why on this afternoon’s game drive.  Today’s safari outing concludes at our lodge, which we reach in time for dinner.

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Serengeti
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Serengeti

In Tanzania’s northeast corner sits the vast Serengeti National Park, the Tanzanian portion of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.  It reaches 5,700 square miles (equal in size to Connecticut), making it one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.  Twice a year (Jan–Feb and Jun–Oct), some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands in the area, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights and the world’s largest migration.  But the Serengeti’s plains teem with animal life year-round, as we’ll see on today’s game drives.

In Tanzania’s northeast corner sits the vast Serengeti National Park, the Tanzanian portion of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve.  It reaches 5,700 square miles (equal in size to Connecticut), making it one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges.  Twice a year (Jan–Feb and Jun–Oct), some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands in the area, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights and the world’s largest migration.  But the Serengeti’s plains teem with animal life year-round, as we’ll see on today’s game drives.

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Serengeti
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Serengeti

We embark on more game drives today.  We have the chance to see some – or all – of Africa’s “Big Five": lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard, along with wildebeest, zebra, eland, gazelle, other plains animals, and some 500 species of birds.

We embark on more game drives today.  We have the chance to see some – or all – of Africa’s “Big Five": lion, Cape buffalo, elephant, rhino, and leopard, along with wildebeest, zebra, eland, gazelle, other plains animals, and some 500 species of birds.

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Serengeti/Zanzibar
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Serengeti/Zanzibar

We fly this morning to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semiautonomous Indian Ocean archipelago with a colorful and storied history.  Upon arrival today, we set out to discover Stone Town – Zanzibar’s capital, a UNESCO site, and East Africa’s only ancient town that is still functioning.  A heady mix of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African influences (though predominantly Muslim today), Stone Town boasts a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with shops, homes, hidden courtyards, and extravagantly carved wooden doors, as we see on our tour today.

We fly this morning to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semiautonomous Indian Ocean archipelago with a colorful and storied history.  Upon arrival today, we set out to discover Stone Town – Zanzibar’s capital, a UNESCO site, and East Africa’s only ancient town that is still functioning.  A heady mix of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African influences (though predominantly Muslim today), Stone Town boasts a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with shops, homes, hidden courtyards, and extravagantly carved wooden doors, as we see on our tour today.

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Zanzibar
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Zanzibar

A morning tour of a spice plantation reveals why Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island” – its bounty of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon have found their way around the world for centuries.  We return to our hotel in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure, perhaps to relax at the beachfront pool of our hotel.  Tonight we celebrate our Tanzania adventure at a farewell dinner.

A morning tour of a spice plantation reveals why Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island” – its bounty of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon have found their way around the world for centuries.  We return to our hotel in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure, perhaps to relax at the beachfront pool of our hotel.  Tonight we celebrate our Tanzania adventure at a farewell dinner.

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Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam/Depart for U.S.
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Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam/Depart for U.S.

This morning we take a quick flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.  Upon arrival, we will have a day room at a local hotel and an afternoon at leisure.  After an early dinner tonight, we return to the airport for our flights to the U.S.

This morning we take a quick flight to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city.  Upon arrival, we will have a day room at a local hotel and an afternoon at leisure.  After an early dinner tonight, we return to the airport for our flights to the U.S.

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Arrive U.S.
Arrive U.S.

We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

Tour Price Includes

  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities and all flights within itinerary
  • 11 nights’ accommodations in Superior First Class hotels and lodges
  • 31 meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing and sightseeing as described, including all park entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private safari vehicle transportation throughout your trip with guaranteed window seating
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local driver/guides, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)

Average Daily High by Month (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Ngorongoro 71 72 83 83 63 66 68 72 70
Serengeti 80 81 81 79 79 80 81 82 82
Zanzibar 89 91 91 83 82 83 84 86 88

Average Temperature (°F )

  Jan Feb Mar Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov
Ngorongoro 71 72 83 83 63 66 68 72 70
Serengeti 80 81 81 79 79 80 81 82 82
Zanzibar 89 91 91 83 82 83 84 86 88

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Tour Directors

Harlequin Mlay

“Odysseys Unlimited could not find a better person for this assignment. Harlequin exceeded all expectations. He always showed genuine concern for each participant’s needs and interests.”

William & Nancy Waechter
Gold Canyon, AZ

Emanuel Mollel

“[Emanuel] was a wealth of knowledge not only about the animals we were there to see in Tanzania, but also the culture, traditions, customs, and politics of the country."

Mary Ann Henderson
Baltimore, MD

Augustine Mbuya

“Expansive and comprehensive knowledge. Thinks ahead, very personable, committed to protecting ecosystems – the BEST tour director we have ever experienced.”

Robert & Diane Wespiser
Lee, MA

Maulidi Nguma

“Kind, thoughtful, had our interests at heart, efficient, good sense of humor. Excellent tour directors are another reason we keep coming back [to Odysseys]!”

Ernie & Ronnie Bubb
Fairfax, VA

Tour Directors

Augustine Mbuya

“Expansive and comprehensive knowledge. Thinks ahead, very personable, committed to protecting ecosystems – the BEST tour director we have ever experienced.”

Robert & Diane Wespiser
Lee, MA

Harlequin Mlay

“Odysseys Unlimited could not find a better person for this assignment. Harlequin exceeded all expectations. He always showed genuine concern for each participant’s needs and interests.”

William & Nancy Waechter
Gold Canyon, AZ

Maulidi Nguma

“Kind, thoughtful, had our interests at heart, efficient, good sense of humor. Excellent tour directors are another reason we keep coming back [to Odysseys]!”

Ernie & Ronnie Bubb
Fairfax, VA

Emanuel Mollel

“[Emanuel] was a wealth of knowledge not only about the animals we were there to see in Tanzania, but also the culture, traditions, customs, and politics of the country."

Mary Ann Henderson
Baltimore, MD

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Guest Photos & Testimonials

Awesome trip! We went to see the ‘Big 5’ and came back with a new appreciation for the people of Tanzania. We saw the soul of Africa.
John Stelzer
Baton Rouge, LA
Our tour guide and driver were excellent. They made every effort to find and show us the hidden animals, including a python hidden up in the tree.
Gail & James Mann
Bainbridge Island, WA
Outstanding tour director, outstanding driver guide. Numerous viewing opportunities in all national parks.
Kent Tomlinson & Jane Schille
Prairie Village, KS
Awesome trip! We went to see the ‘Big 5’ and came back with a new appreciation for the people of Tanzania. We saw the soul of Africa.
John Stelzer
Baton Rouge, LA
Our tour guide and driver were excellent. They made every effort to find and show us the hidden animals, including a python hidden up in the tree.
Gail & James Mann
Bainbridge Island, WA
Outstanding tour director, outstanding driver guide. Numerous viewing opportunities in all national parks.
Kent Tomlinson & Jane Schille
Prairie Village, KS
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