Tanzania Unmatched - Heaven's Wild Refuge

Discover infinite beauty as you follow in the historic footsteps of writers and explorers such as Ernest Hemingway and David Livingstone to Tanzania, where little has changed throughout the centuries. Discover the thrill of spotting wildlife in the wild in Tarangire, Ngorongo Crater and the Serengeti: elephant, zebra, giraffe, black rhino, wildebeest and hippo, all under the watchful eyes of leopard, lion, cheetah and hyena. Each evening, share the day’s events while relaxing in luxurious lodges and tented camps. A magical crater, ancient baobab trees, the footsteps of early modern man, herds of beasts and graceful creatures set the scene for an exotic adventure with unforgettable memories.

Degree of Difficulty - Two Paws

Slightly Active. May involve some walking and climbing.

Weather Reports - When To Go

Tanzania is located close to the Equator. The temperature, therefore, does not vary too much. During our summer months (June through August) it is about 10 degrees cooler, but days will be warm and can reach 80’s and evenings can be cool and can drop to the 40’s in the higher elevations. The program includes some high elevation spots – the rim of the crater is at 7,500 feet. The rainy season is in April/May (long rains) and November (short rains). However, it does not rain every day, or all day, and rainstorms are quickly followed by brilliant sunshine which makes for incredible photographic opportunities. Wildlife viewing is good year-round, however the migration of zebra and wildebeest follows the following cycle:

  • January-March – southern sector of the Serengeti and the animals are massing and giving birth to their young
  • April-June – central Serengeti and the animals begin to move
  • July – western corridor of the Serengeti and on the move towards Kenya
  • August-October – northern Serengeti and mostly into neighboring Maasai Mara in Kenya
  • November-December – returning back to the Serengeti and making their way to the southern sector.

Zanzibar follows a similar pattern with rains (longer rains in April & May with short rains in November) but it does not rain every day and all day, rather short showers. Being so near the equator, Zanzibar is tropical year round, but in summer (December/January) it’s usually windy, so there are pleasant sea breezes.

Days 1/2 WASHINGTON DC/ADDIS ABABA/ARUSHA

Begin your journey and board your overnight flight to Addis Ababa, then on to Arusha, Tanzania. Your naturalist guide will greet you with a cheerful ‘jambo’ (hello) when you arrive, then escort you to your historic hotel, located in the heart of Arusha since 1894, an oasis of tranquility in its own tropical garden. Enjoy a welcome dinner tonight. ARUSHA HOTEL. (Meals Aloft,D)

Days 3/4 TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Wake up feeling refreshed and eager to begin your safari adventure. Start with a drive to Tarangire National Park, where the gently rolling countryside is dotted with the majestic baobab trees which seem to dwarf the animals that feed beneath them. This stretch of Africa is spectacular in the dry season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebra, eland and oryx gather to stay until the onset of the rains when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Tarangire is a birdwatcher’s dream with over 300 bird species. But in addition to all those magnificent trees, birds and beasts, Tarangire is known to house the largest population of elephants in northern Tanzania, now numbering close to 2,500. Your permanent safari camp is comprised of spacious tents and is built in a wildlife rich area within a 60,000-acre concession set aside for conservation by the local Maasai Community. MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 5/6/7 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Your drive takes you through the Rift Valley and spectacular scenery to the Serengeti – the crown jewel of Tanzania’s protected areas and host to the annual centuries-old migration of over a million wildebeest and hundreds of thousands of zebra. Watch as cheetah, lion, leopard, and hyena keep a keen eye on the herds. Explore the open plains for giraffe, topi, buffalo, and Thomson’s and Grant’s gazelle. Look for elephants and hippo pools inhabited with scores of water birds. Soar through the skies on a balloon safari for exhilarating views (at additional cost). Also a World Biosphere Reserve, visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre to learn more about the park’s diverse ecosystems. Your semipermanent mobile tented camp is strategically located in the wildlife-rich Central Serengeti and is comprised of ten cozy mess tents with en suite facilities. KATI KATI CAMP. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 8/9 OLDUVAI GORGE/NGORONGORO CRATER

Discover Olduvai Gorge, the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ where Louis and Mary Leaky uncovered the early origins of modern man. Tour the museum to learn about their paleoanthropological methods and remarkable finds. Stop at a Maasai Village to see how this semi-nomadic tribe lives and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage site, an extinct volcano and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Watch as Maasai protect their cattle herds on your descent 2,000 feet through misty clouds to the crater’s floor for a treasure trove of wildlife and scenery. Swaggering prides of black-mane lion roam the grasslands, home to large herds of wildebeest, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and zebra, with hyena close behind. Protected around the clock, this is the best area to see the rare black rhino. Colorful flamingo inhabit the shores of the soda lake, and Hildebrandt’s Francolin lurk in the forest while Verreaux’s Eagle soar high above. Bull elephant with massive tusks charge the plains while their female counterparts, and the solitary leopard, meander through the forests. Located on a coffee farm and facing the Oldeani Volcano, your home provides an experience reminiscent of the atmosphere of old times, and is comprised of three separate and intimate camps of 9 comfortable bungalows attractively built in the style of an old colonial farm and rustically decorated with local materials. You will enjoy excellent homemade cuisine prepared using the dairy and fresh vegetables produced by the farm all year around. NGORONGORO FARMHOUSE. (B,L,D Daily)

Days 10/11 NGORONGORO/ARUSHA/ADDIS ABABA/WASHINGTON, D.C.

Drive back to Arusha and transfer to the airport for your flights home, eager to share your memories and photos with family and friends. (B; Meals Aloft)

OPTIONAL POST EXTENSION TO ZANZIBAR

Finish your adventure on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar beginning in Stonetown – a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars and unique wooden doors. Stay at the ZANZIBAR SERENA INN on the Indian Ocean – a haven of tranquility and old-world opulence. Dazzle your senses at a spice plantation and watch rare, red colobus monkeys frolic overhead in Jozani Forest. Or take an optional excursion (at additional cost) to Mangapwani to dip your toes in the Indian Ocean.

YOUR JOURNEY INCLUDES:

  • Flight between Arusha and Zanzibar on the post extension.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals, starting with dinner on day 2, and finishing with breakfast on Day 10. (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All wildlife viewing by private land cruiser driven by a naturalist driver/guide.
  • Complimentary bottled water in vehicles and with meals.
  • Professional naturalist with a minimum of 10 travelers.
  • All applicable hotel/lodge taxes and gratuities for baggage handling.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Complimentary baggage tags.
Prices starting at $4,495. For further booking, date, and pricing info please contact info@classicescapes.

Does not include international or domestic flights. Prices are based on 10 or more travelers, and are subject to change.