Itinerary #1: Highlights of Tanzania
Experience the very best of Tanzania on a 14-day highlights tour that includes game drives in national parks, cultural exchanges with local tribespeople, and relaxing on tropical white-sand beaches.
|Day 1||Arrive in Arusha||Arusha|
|Day 2||Arusha to Tarangire National Park, Game Drive||Tarangire National Park|
|Day 3||Cultural Exchange in Mto Wa Mbu, Transfer to Ngorongoro||Ngorongoro|
|Day 4||Ngorongoro Game Drive||Ngorongoro|
|Day 5||Transfer to Serengeti National Park, Stop at Olduvai Gorge||Serengeti National Park|
|Days 6-7||Explore Northern Serengeti National Park||Serengeti National Park|
|Days 8-10||Transfer to Zanzibar, Optional Activities||Zanzibar Beach|
|Days 11-13||Transfer to Pemba Island, Optional Activities||Pemba Island|
|Day 14||Depart Tanzania|
You'll arrive in the northern Tanzania city of Arusha, which is an excellent base to explore the region's national parks. First up is a safari in the off-the-tourist-trail gem of Tarangire National Park, home to thousands of African bush elephants. Next, enjoy cultural tours in a farming community where all of Tanzania's 120 tribes live alongside each other. On day four, you'll embark on a 4x4 game drive around the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest intact volcanic caldera in the world. Its fertile plains are home to thousands of game animals, including the coveted Big Five: lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and African buffalo.
Then head to Serengeti National Park. Over a few days, you'll explore this legendary wildlife reserve and see Big Five animals and herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, and more. The trip takes a dramatic shift on day eight when you fly from Arusha to Zanzibar, the most beautiful island archipelago in East Africa. Not only will you visit Zanzibar's famous white-sand beaches, but you'll also enjoy activities like caving and cycling. The last stop is just north of Zanzibar and the smaller island of Pemba, known for its great snorkeling conditions and fertile valleys teeming with fruit trees. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Kenya & Tanzania Adventure
Combine a trip to Kenya with Tanzania over 14 days of safari excursions in the legendary Serengeti and the neighboring Maasai Mara National Reserve.
|Day 1||Arrive in Nairobi||Nairobi|
|Day 2||Conservation Tour of Nairobi||Nairobi|
|Day 3||Transfer to Maasai Mara, Afternoon Game Drive||Maasai Mara|
|Day 4||Morning Game Drive in Maasai Mara||Maasai Mara|
|Day 5||Transfer to Lake Victoria||Speke Bay|
|Day 6||Lake Victoria Activities||Speke Bay|
|Day 7||Lake Victoria Activities, Transfer to the Serengeti||Kati Kati|
|Days 8-9||Explore Serengeti National Park||Kati Kati|
|Day 10||Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area||Ngorongoro|
|Day 11||Ngorongoro Game Drive||Ngorongoro|
|Day 12||Lake Manyara Game Drive||Ngorongoro|
|Day 13||Transfer to Arusha||Arusha|
|Day 14||Depart Africa|
This packed safari itinerary begins in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, which sits on its own national park, home to exotic wildlife. After visiting local giraffe and elephant sanctuaries, you'll head south to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, a 580-sq-mile (1,510-sq-km) game reserve that borders Tanzania and the Serengeti. Together, these locales host the Great Migration, an annual occurrence in which thousands of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles migrate to new grazing grounds. Over a couple of days, you'll enjoy game drives across these savanna plains and see grazing wildebeests and big cats hunting for prey.
Then hop the border into Tanzania for a couple of days, relaxing at Lake Victoria. Here you'll go birding in the wetlands and take a mountain-biking tour of tribal villages. Leave the lake on day seven and spend time on game drives in the Serengeti before transferring to Ngorongoro. This area is not only home to exotic animals like black rhinos but over 40,000 Maasai tribespeople as well. Cap the trip with a stop at Lake Manyara National Park. The waters of this alkaline lake are a haven for countless pink flamingos, while onshore, you'll see African bush elephants and grazing giraffes. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Tanzania & Kenya Road Trip
Hop in a 4x4 and hit the road across mainland Tanzania, stopping at cities and towns most tourists never see while also visiting game reserves and camping with local tribespeople.
|Days 1-2||Arrive in Zanzibar||Zanzibar Beach|
|Day 3||Flight to Dar es Salaaam||Dar Es Salaam|
|Day 4||Drive to Dodoma||Dodoma|
|Day 5||Drive to Shinyanga||Shinyanga|
|Day 6||Drive to Mwanza||Mwanza|
|Day 7||Mwanza Optional Activities||Mwanza|
|Day 8||Drive to Kisumu||Kisumu|
|Day 9||Full-Day Village Tour||Kisumu|
|Day 10||Masai Mara National Reserve, Game Drive||Maasai Mara|
|Day 11||Masai Mara Game Drives||Maasai Mara|
|Day 12||Transfer to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp||Maji Moto|
|Day 13||Maasai Bush Camping||Maji Moto|
|Day 14||Return to Nairobi, Depart|
Before embarking on your road-trip adventure, spend two days soaking up the sun in Zanzibar and strolling its medieval Stone Town. Afterward, fly to Dar es Salaam, the largest city in the country. It's here on Tanzania's coast that your road trip begins. The drive will take you northwest across the country to Lake Victoria, stopping at the capital of Dodoma and the city of Shinyanga, home to the Sukuma, Nyamwezi, and Sumbwa tribespeople. Take a break from the road and explore the protected islands around the lakeside city of Mwanza, which are home to exotic waterbirds and a chimpanzee sanctuary.
From Mwanza, drive north to the port city of Kisumu to stay at an impala sanctuary. Then tour tribal villages and visit community projects like schools and a women's weaving center. Continue north into Kenya for a few days of game drives on the Maasai Mara. Spend the remainder of the trip in an authentic Maasai community to witness warrior training. Visit a women's village to see how Maasai widows support themselves through crafting and beadwork. The trip ends camping under the stars with the Maasai people and enjoying a traditional barbecue and campfire rituals. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Uganda & Tanzania Safari
Divide 14 action-packed days between the highland jungles of Uganda and the unspoiled savannas of Tanzania—complete with a hot-air-balloon safari over the Serengeti.
|Day 1||Arrive in Entebbe||Entebbe|
|Day 2||Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Day 3||Bwindi Gorilla Trekking||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Day 4||Optional Gorilla Trekking||Bwindi Impenetrable National Park|
|Day 5||Ishasha Village & Queen Elizabeth National Park||Queen Elizabeth National Park|
|Day 6||Queen Elizabeth Game Drive||Queen Elizabeth National Park|
|Day 7||Transfer to Serengeti National Park||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 8||Serengeti Balloon Safari||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 9||Serengeti Game Drives||Serengeti National Park|
|Days 10-11||Seronera Region Game Drives||Serengeti National Park|
|Days 12-13||Ngorongoro Crater Game Drives||Ngorongoro|
|Day 14||Tarangire National Park Game Drive, Depart|
A day after arriving in Uganda's lakeside city of Entebbe, you'll fly to the country's far south and visit Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. Over two days, you'll embark on treks through the mountain rainforests to spot some of the last remaining gorillas in the wild—a truly awe-inspiring sight. After a cooking class in a tribal village, you'll head to Queen Elizabeth National Park, a protected area home to diverse ecosystems that include savannas, lakes, forests, and wetlands. On game drives, you'll see elephants bathing in rivers, lions hunting for antelope, and more.
Then cross the border to Tanzania for more safari fun on the Serengeti. But this is no ordinary game drive. Instead, you'll take to the sky in a hot air balloon and get a bird's eye view of the abundant wildlife below as the aerial route follows the Seronera River. Land-based game drives follow, as does a stop at the Seronera Region of the park, a network of river valleys home to many hippo pools. Transfer to Ngorongoro to spot more Big Five animals, then finish the trip in the off-the-beaten-path Tarangire National Park to see its thousands of bush elephants. Learn more
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