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UNESCO'S Tanzania

Tanzania

10 days from $9,095 per person

* Prices are in US dollars, based on double occupancy.

1 Night Arusha 3 Nights Serengeti National Park 2 Nights Ngorongoro Crater 3 Nights Selous Game Reserve

The Highlights of Unesco's Tanzania

Starring UNESCO’s wondrous Ngorongoro Crater, the Great Serengeti and remote Selous National Park, Tanzania delivers unmatched Big Five wildlife viewing and the untamed ambiance of the Africa of generations ago. Join your expert rangers for daily game drives and bush walks. Boat along the rich waterways of the immense Rufiji River, haven to some 400 animal species. Wrap up your days with sundowners, delicious dining and brilliant stargazing from your ideally-situated camps. 


Highlights

Explore Ngorongoro Crater, a unique biosphere, which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time.

Discover safariing by boat along the great Rufiji River in giant, remote Selous National Park, home to some 60,000 elephants and 200,000 buffalo.

Experience the thrill of tracking Africa's Big Five in the Great Serengeti, recognized by UNESCO for its massive annual migration of millions of wildebeest and grazing animals.

Enjoy Maasai and classic “Out of Africa”-style safari hospitality at luxurious lodges and tented camps, strategically located for prime wildlife viewing.

Accommodations

1. Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Tanzania, Arusha

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers several cottage-styled rooms in extensive landscaped grounds.  The rooms are accommodated in banana-stem thatched huts, each with a private balcony that boasts magnificent views of the surroundings.  Each room has a telephone, Wi-Fi connectivity, hair dryer, marble bathroom and large, comfortable bed.  Other room amenities include a ceiling fan, mini bar and satellite TV.  A safety deposit box is available in guest services.  The bar and restaurant have an elegant, yet relaxed ambience with blazing log fires and views of the lake and garden.  Cuisine includes local and international dishes.  The hotel also has a lounge, library, boutique and business center.

2. Kirawira Serena Camp

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park

Kirawira Serena Camp is the epitome of a classic safari camp. Located adjacent to the western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, the spacious tents are raised on timber platforms with glorious views of the plains. Each tent is furnished in antique Edwardian style with steamer-trunks, writing desk, brass lamps, rugs, sepia photographs and four-poster beds. All the tents have an en-suite bathroom with shower and flush toilet. In keeping with the colonial theme, the dining tents feature Edwardian-styled dining furniture, while the central meeting tent is furnished with a selection of chintz-covered chaises lounges and carved rocking chairs. The extensive menus feature full English breakfasts and five-course luncheons and dinners from delicate soups to lavish roasts, salads, home-made sorbets and freshly-brewed Arabica coffee, while the extensive wine cellar reflects the best of both European and South African choices. After a game drive, spend some quiet reading time in the library, or lounge by the pool. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the lobby and swimming pool areas.

 

3. Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater

Lemala Ngorongoro is an intimate permanent camp set in a delightful ancient acacia forest on the rim of the crater.  The spacious canvas tents ensure intimacy and minimal impact on the pristine forest environment.  The tents are equipped with warm duvets, gas heater to warm up the tents in the evening, wooden flooring with rugs and 24-hour solar lighting. The en-suite bathrooms contain a dressing area, flush toilet and a large safari shower.  The mess tent is beautifully furnished with grand sofas, lamps, bookshelves and corner cabinets in old wood, chests and rugs.  In the evening, guests gather around the campfire for cocktails before dining under chandeliers with the camp manager.  The camp works closely with the local Maasai community and often there are dances and talks on Maasai traditions and ceremonies providing guests the opportunity to interact with the tribe. 

4. Serena Mivumo River Lodge

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park

The Serena Mivumo River Lodge stands high on the banks of the slow, brown Rufiji River, with glorious views down to the plunging torrents of Stiegler's Gorge.  The lodge offers a sanctuary in one of the world's last undiscovered wilderness frontiers.  The traditionally thatched timbered chalets each with a private viewing deck and plunge pool feature high vaulted ceilings and picture windows.  Each air conditioned room presents a charming mix of Edwardian crystal chandeliers, marble basins, classic safari antiques and subtly understated modern leather and rattan furniture.  The spacious and opulent country-house-inspired bathrooms have an exterior shower with wilderness views.  Slightly raised on timber decks above the famous Rufiji River, the open-sided dining room offers a selection of exclusive seating areas, an elegant library, a charming lounge, a safari bar and an infinity pool.  All overlook the river with uninterrupted views of the hippos, elephants and crocodiles that congregate on its banks.  Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style and feature a wide range of international choices.  The table d'hôte dinner menus feature a salad buffet, soup, entrée, pudding, cheese and biscuits and tea or coffee.  

 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

After a warm Tanzanian welcome, you’ll be on your way to your lovely lakeside hotel.

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

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Day 2. Arusha / Serengeti National Park

Fly to your camp in Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site recognized for its annual Great Migration of more than two million wildebeest and grazing animals - along with the lions and top predators that track them. Your camp is ideally situated on the famous Western Corridor near the herds’ migrating paths. Meet your expert ranger for an afternoon game drive in search of the Big Five. (BLD)

Kirawira Serena Camp

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Day 3. Serengeti National Park

Capture the early splendor of an African sunrise as you depart for your day’s first game drive. Collect a gallery of striking images as the morning unfolds: a lioness relaxing after her morning hunt, alert elephants guarding their young and ungainly herds of wildebeest grazing alongside zebra and gazelle. Relax at camp while the day cools down before setting out for your afternoon game drive. Tonight, gather around a crackling campfire to share stories with your fellow safari companions. (BLD)

Kirawira Serena Camp

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Day 4. Serengeti National Park

During today’s game viewing activities, your ranger continues to lead you to spectacular locations of outstanding natural beauty where you can observe the wildlife at your leisure. As the afternoon light turns soft and gold, gather for sundowners, followed by a lamp-lit bush dinner. (BLD)

Kirawira Serena Camp

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Day 5. Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater

Your adventure continues with a short flight to Manyara airstrip. Meet your driver/guide and depart on an afternoon game drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This small but uniquely diverse park is a wonderful introduction to Tanzania's bird life. Your guide will diligently seek out the park’s fabled tree-climbing lions and blue monkeys to round out your photo gallery. Continue to your ideally-situated lodge, just minutes from the Ngorongoro Crater, recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. (BLD)

Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

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Day 6. Ngorongoro Crater

Immerse yourself in a morning of exploring the Ngorongoro’s immense crater floor. The bottom of the collapsed volcano is a haven to herds of elephants, large prides of lions, and countless grazing herds of zebras and wildebeest. Settle into a wildlife viewing nirvana and enjoy a picnic like no other. This evening, gather for sundowners and join your camp host for dinner beneath the glowing chandeliers. (BLD)

Lemala Ngorongoro Camp

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Day 7. Ngorongoro / Selous Game Reserve

Fly off to the remote Selous Game Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage site and Tanzania’s second largest national park. Your hosts welcome you to your intimate safari camp, high above the Rufiji River. Selous - larger than the entire nation of Switzerland – boasts more than half of Tanzania’s elephant population. Begin your safari with a boat ride down East Africa’s largest river, the mighty Rufiji. Your expert boatman will quietly maneuver along the inlets to help you get close-up photos of the many hippos and crocodiles. Be sure to grab your binoculars for some of the world’s best water birding. Tonight, your wildlife immersion continues as you relax on your veranda watching the animals on the riverbanks. (BLD)

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

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Day 8. Selous Game Reserve

Following a leisurely breakfast, join your expert ranger for a game drive as the animals come down to the water to drink. Traverse the woodlands and plains, largely untouched by man, as you look out for some 60,000 elephant, 200,000 buffalo and nearly a third of the world’s approximately 4,000 remaining rare wild dogs. Spend the midday lounging near the pool at your camp and continue your exploration of the reserve’s wetlands this afternoon. After a fine dinner, tuck in for the night to a chorus of bellowing hippos and whooping hyenas in the distance. (BLD)

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

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Day 9. Selous Game Reserve

Rise early for a gentle stroll through the wilderness, taking a closer look at the smaller life in the bush with your guide. Depending on your interests, learn about the area’s ecology, birding, tracking and medicinal uses of trees. Later, venture to the stunning Stiegler’s Gorge, carved where the Great Ruaha River flows into the Rufiji River. Return to try some fishing on the lake or set out on an afternoon game drive. Toast your day’s adventures and enjoy a hearty dinner prepared by your chef. (BLD)

Serena Mivumo River Lodge

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Day 10. Selous Game Reserve / Depart

Revel in your last morning soaking up the pristine wilderness. You’ll soon be on your way to the airstrip for your scheduled flight to Dar es Salaam and your onward travel arrangements. (B)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates Jan 3, 2017 - Feb 28, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $10,155
Single Room Supplement From $1,475
Departure Dates Mar 1, 2017 - Mar 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,095
Single Room Supplement From $795
Departure Dates Jun 1, 2017 - Oct 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $11,355
Single Room Supplement From $1,795
Departure Dates Nov 1, 2017 - Dec 15, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $9,575
Single Room Supplement From $1,195
Departure Dates Dec 16, 2017 - Dec 31, 2017
Share Twin/Double From $11,355
Single Room Supplement From $1,795

**Surcharges Apply Jan 01-03, Dec 20-31. This itinerary does not operate in April or May.

Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

Tour Flights

Included in Land Arrangements

Add-Ons

Add-on $825

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