Itinerary

Itinerary

Venture into the wilds of Tanzania on a family safari and encounter a mind-boggling array of wildlife. Here, humans are but tiny dots on a sweeping savanna, surrounded by zebras and wildebeest, lions and cheetahs, elephants and rhinos, and hundreds of colorful bird species. Settle into a remote camp in a part of the eastern Serengeti known for its vast numbers of giraffes and elands. Get to know local Maasai people, who welcome us into their homes and schools and share their vibrant traditions. With the help of our trip leader and local rangers, learn to identify tracks and interpret animal behavior, and encounter an incredible diversity of wildlife on safari in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania

Karibu! Arrive into Kilimanjaro International Airport in Tanzania and transfer to our hotel in Arusha.

Accommodations:

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Days 2-3: Eastern Serengeti

Take a short flight to the eastern Serengeti and continue to a private nature refuge, nicknamed “Giraffic Park.” Explore on foot or by safari vehicle and meet young Maasai warriors. Venture into a typical boma settlement, and “jump” into a traditional Maasai dance. Cap off the day with a thrilling nighttime safari. The next morning, take a bush walk with a wildlife expert and visit a Maasai village school during the Kid to Kid Connection. If you wish, hike into the wilderness with our rangers for a night of authentic bush camping under the stars.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:

Eastern Serengeti Nyumba Camp

Days 4-6: Serengeti National Park

Enjoy three days on safari in the legendary Serengeti observing a mind-boggling array of animals. Float over the savanna on an optional early-morning hot air balloon ride or spot wildlife on a dawn game drive. Visit a women's craft collaborative, learn the game of bao, try Tanzanian cuisine, and identify animal prints with trackers.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner Daily
Accommodations:Central Serengeti Nyumba Camp
Day 7: Ngorongoro Highlands

Examine fossils at Olduvai Gorge where Louis and Mary Leakey discovered Homo habilis remains on a National Geographic–sponsored expedition. Then settle into a coffee estate on the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Relax on the veranda, visit the farm animals, or ride a bike to the nearby village.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Gibb's Farm

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

Descend 2,000 feet to the crater floor and spend a full day on safari surrounded by some 25,000 wild animals. Later, gather around a fire to hear tembo (elephant) folktales before our farewell dinner. Enjoy a rare chance to spot nocturnal bush babies tonight.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodations:

Gibb's Farm

Day 9: Arusha

Today, meet an Iraqw storyteller and his artisan wife at their home, visit an art center, and browse local handicrafts. Relax in day rooms in Arusha before heading to the airport for your overnight flight home.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations:

Mount Meru Hotel