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This East African jewel is a country known for its incredible natural beauty as well its diverse population and languages- over 100 languages are spoken here! While Tanzania is home to the famed Serengeti, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Lake Victoria, and the great Ngorongoro Crater, there is more to explore beyond the familiar sites. Getting to know the friendly people and fascinating cultures makes Tanzania all that more inviting.

[B, L, D indicates whether Breakfast, Lunch and/or Dinner is provided each day.]

FULL ITINERAY:

DAY 1: Arrival

Upon arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met and transferred to The School of St Jude for overnight. (D)

Sleep: St Jude                                                                                                                         

DAY 2: St Jude School

During our time at St. Jude we will tour the campuses, meet the staff, peak in the classrooms and of course meet all the kids that call this amazing place home. (B,L,D)                                                                       

Sleep: St. Jude

DAY 3: Community Engagement

We will have another day at the school and depending on what needs to be done- we will jump into help! (B,L,D)

Sleep:St. Jude

DAY 4: Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is almost 3000 square km in size and is probably best known for its huge numbers of elephants and baobab trees. The name of the park comes from the Tarangire River which crosses through the park. Tarangire is especially spectacular during the dry season (June - November) as wildlife concentrations rival that of the Serengeti (since enormous populations of elephants and other animals are drawn to the Tarangire River as their only source of water). With its varied habitats and permanent water in the Tarangire River the park is home to over 2000 elephants and 500 bird species. (B,L,D)                                                                                          

Sleep: Twiga Lodge
                                    

DAY 5: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast we head out to Lake Manyara which is a beautiful little park famous for its tree-climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A short visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush green jungle habitat is of stark contrast to the other parks you will visit during your safari. (B.L,D)                                                                                  

Sleep: Twiga Lodge

DAY 6: Maasai Culture

En route to the Serengeti National park we will pass through some conservation efforts in order to preserve the Maasai culture of this region. The Serengeti National Park is the world's last great wildlife refuge as it contains an estimated three million large animals, most of which take part in a seasonal migration that is one of nature's wonders. The area covers 14,763 sq kms and the name Serengeti comes from the Maasai 'Siringet', meaning endless plains. We will arrive at Thorn Tree Camp, a classic tented safari camp located in Seronera area of Serengeti National Park (B,L,D)

Sleep: Thorn Tree Camp

DAY 7: Central Serengeti NP

Those who choose will get up very early today for an epic sunrise hot air balloon ride!! (at an added cost) Not to be missed!!! We will follow this by a bush breakfast before setting off to see more of the Serengeti NP. The Central Serengeti offers superb game viewing all year round due to its abundance of resident animals. Specifically, the Seronera River Valley in the Central Serengeti is a ‘must see’ on every safari regardless of the specific month of travel. Game viewing in Central Serengeti is at its best during the dry season (June - November) as resident animals are more concentrated in the immediate area due to the lack of water on the plains. Resident herbivores include impala, buffalo, hippo, warthog, topi, hartebeest and giraffe. Resident carnivores include lion and leopard. (B,L,D) 

Sleep: Thorn Tree Camp

DAY 8: Northern Serengeti NP

Travel to the northern part of Serengeti to stay near the Mara River (where the migration should be). We hope you get to see some of the migration as well as getting a chance to see some crossing the river. (B,L,D)

Sleep: Kati Kati Mobile Camp

DAY 9: Migration

The endless plains of Serengeti are also the setting for the world’s greatest wildlife spectacle – the 1.5 million wildebeest endless migration in search for fresh pastures. Each year they trek over 2,500km and are constantly threatened and followed by some of Africa’s greatest predators. (B,L,D)

Sleep: Kati Kati Mobile Camp

DAY 10: Migration

We will continue to track the animals. Last chance to get some photos of the 1.5 million wildebeests! (B,L,D)

Sleep: Kati Kati Mobile Camp

DAY 11: Ngorongoro Crater

We make our way to rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Often called the eighth natural wonder of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact crater in the world. About 2 million years ago the Ngorongoro volcano erupted, and its walls collapsed. The volcano floor sank to create a natural enclosure with its 600m tall walls. Now, at over 19 kilometres wide, Ngorongoro Crater is filled with great areas of acacia forest, hippo filled swamps and open grasslands. These different habitats contain over 30,000 animals – including elephants, warthogs, flamingoes, magnificent birdlife, the rare black rhinoceros and all the predatory cats. The Maasai can also be seen grazing their cattle alongside the buffalo and wildebeest. (B,L,D)

Sleep: Rhino Lodge

DAY 12: Descend into Ngorongoro Crater

Today we descend to the crater floor and have a crater game drive. There are several documented resident lion prides just within a one-hour game drive radius from Seronera. During the dry season, the resident prides begin to shift west and north in their territories and concentrate in the central region of the park. The dry season is a particularly good time for lion viewing in the Central Serengeti. The Central Serengeti is also one of the best areas in Africa to spot the elusive leopard! You may be lucky enough to encounter this majestic cat in the branches of the sausage trees that dot the banks of the Seronera River. (B,L)                                                                 

Sleep: Arusha Planet Lodge

DAY 13: Return to Arusha & Shopping

Today we will visit a nearby coffee farm. We will meet the farers and see everything from harvesting to roasting. On the way back there will be some time to shop at the Cultural Heritage center. (B)

Sleep: Arusha Planet Lodge

Day 14: Departures

Today you will be picked up from the lodge and transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your international flight out. (B)