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Tanzania Explorer - AAA Exclusive Safaris

11 days from $3,699 per person

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

1 Night Arusha 2 Nights Tarangire National Park 2 Nights Lake Manyara National Park 3 Nights Serengeti National Park 2 Nights Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Highlights of Tanzania Explorer

Explore Tanzania’s prolific parks in comfort and style on this eleven day photographic safari. The vast plains of the Serengeti and the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater are just two of the areas you will encounter Africa’s wildlife, while on expertly guided safari drives.


Highlights

Explore UNESCO's Great Serengeti plains, renowned for its great migration of wildebeest and grazing wildlife.

Discover Ngorongoro Crater, hailed as one of the Natural Wonders of the World, and home to both predator and prey.

Enjoy unusual wildlife viewing - Lake Manyara's seasonal pink flamingos and surreal vistas framed by gigantic baobabs.

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. Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tanzania, Tarangire National Park

Tarangire Sopa Lodge is nestled among the small rocky hills or kopjes scattered with ancient baobab trees. All spacious rooms at this lodge have a private lounge with a mini bar. Each room has two queen-size beds with a mosquito net around them. Ceiling fans keep the rooms cool and glass sliding doors open out on to a balcony, with a great view of the landscape beyond.  Wildlife can sometimes be spotted while sitting on the balcony. The bar is located between the lobby and the dining room furnished with comfortable seats for total relaxation. The dining room is a large, spacious, and airy room with an enormous outdoor patio.  All meals are included.

3. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Tanzania, Lake Manyara

Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge offers peace and tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness. The two story ensuite rondavel rooms are strung out along the edge of the cliff to allow for maximum views. The interior décor reflects the blue of the lake and the pink of its flamingos. Each room has a telephone, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers and Wi-Fi connectivity. Grouped around a central vanishing horizon pool, the lodge features a reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which lies the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views of Lake Manyara National Park is the pool bar and observation point.  The lodge has a gift shop, room with satellite TV, laundry service.

4. Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Tanzania, Serengeti National Park

Set high on an acacia tree-clad ridge with panoramic views across the Serengeti, the lodge has been designed to blend into the landscape. Inspired by a traditional African village, the stone-built, thatched rondavels feature ensuite bathrooms, telephone, Wi-Fi and private balconies. Hairdryers are available from the reception desk. The two-tiered dining room is supported by massive pillars and embellished with traditional ‘Makonde' carvings. A circular terrace looks out over the grounds and the swimming pool. Breakfast and lunch are presented in buffet-style, while dinner is a table d'hôte menu. Bush dining for breakfast, lunch, or dinner can also be arranged at an additional cost. Additional facilities include a gift shop, room with satellite TV, laundry service, at an additional cost and a safety deposit box at reception. All meals are included.

5. Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Tanzania, Ngorongoro Conservation Area

This unique lodge clings to the rim of the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater. Designed to blend completely into the landscape, the lodge takes its inspiration from the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge, which lies close by. Linked by arched stone passages and timbered decks, the walls are decorated with stylized prehistoric cave paintings and lit by torches. The rooms are set around the Crater rim and each has a rock-enclosed balcony, with uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater below. All rooms have a telephone, hair dryer, bathrobe, slippers and Wi-Fi connectivity. The dining and bar area features a wall of windows, which look down on the crater below,  while double doors lead out on to a broad viewing terrace. Additional facilities include a gift shop, room with satellite TV, laundry service, at an additional cost and a safety deposit box at reception. All meals are included. 

Itinerary

Day 1. Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Touch down at Kilimanjaro airport where you’ll be greeted and transferred to your well-appointed lodge in a lush garden setting near central Arusha. You’ll soon meet your fellow travelers and receive a briefing about your upcoming adventure. Relax and enjoy the remainder of your day.

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

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Day 2. Arusha / Tarangire National Park

Depart after breakfast and travel overland to Tarangire National Park, home to one of the greatest concentration of elephants. Arrive in time for lunch. This afternoon join your expert safari ranger for an afternoon game viewing activity. The grassy acacia woodlands and gigantic baobabs make for spectacular vistas. Tarangire National Park supports a great diversity of wildlife - elephants, giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, zebra, lion, leopard and cheetah. (BLD)

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

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Day 3. Tarangire National Park

Enjoy your morning at leisure with an optional balloon safari. After lunch depart on a game drive in the Tarangire National Park. Your guide is an experienced wildlife expert whose knowledge and ability to spot the animals and birds will astound you. Not knowing what you'll see next is all part of the fun of a safari! (BLD)

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

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Day 4. Tarangire National Park / Lake Manyara

After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, arrive in time for lunch. Join your safari guide for an afternoon game viewing activity. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting praised by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa". Return to lodge in time to freshen up before dinner. (BLD)

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

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Day 5. Lake Manyara

Enjoy a relaxing morning at leisure and an afternoon game drive in the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. This small but uniquely diverse national park is home to leopards, lions, cheetahs, elephants, blue monkeys, dik-dik, gazelle, hippo, giraffe, impala, flamingos and nearly 500 species of birds. (BLD)

Lake Manyara Serena Lodge

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Day 6. Lake Manyara / Serengeti National Park

This adventure continues as you set off after breakfast to the vast plains of the Serengeti arriving at the lodge in time for lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive in the greatest game sanctuary in the world, fantastic in its natural beauty. Watch territorial hippos lounging in the water, giraffes foraging in the tree tops and lions relaxing in the shade before the evening hunt begins. (BLD)

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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Day 7. Serengeti National Park

Depart during the early morning splendor of an African sunrise for your first game drive of the day. Your expert ranger will maneuver you to the perfect spots to collect a gallery of thrilling images as the morning unfolds. Watch alert elephants carefully guarding their young as they traverse the bush; a startled warthog running with its tail erect; ungainly herds of wildebeest grazing alongside zebra. This afternoon, relax at the lodge until the day cools down and the animals become more active for your afternoon drive. Before retiring, stretch out and listen to the sounds of the wilderness and watch the illumination of the infinite African sky. (BLD)

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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Day 8. Serengeti National Park

During morning and afternoon 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. (BLD)

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

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Day 9. Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater

Continue your journey to explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ngorongoro Crater. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy your afternoon at leisure or choose some optional activities such as a walking safari or a Maasai village visit. (BLD)

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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Day 10. Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast descend 2,000 feet through the early morning mists, to explore the crater floor of this extinct volcano. You'll be in awe of the profusion of wildlife concentrated here. Zoom in on the elephants ambling along well-worn tracks. Listen for the roaring lion guarding its large pride. You might spot the endangered rhino feeding down by the lake. Enjoy a picnic lunch before returning to your lodge. Share the day’s magical moments with your safari companions as the sun sinks over the horizon. (BLD)

Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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Day 11. Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha

After breakfast, drive to Arusha town in time for lunch. Thereafter transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport in time for your departure flight. Bid farewell to Africa until the next time. (BL)

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Pricing

Land Arrangements (Price per person)

Departure Dates May 3, 2018 - May 13, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $3,699
Single Room Supplement From N/A
Departure Dates Aug 14, 2018 - Aug 24, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $5,199
Single Room Supplement From $650
Departure Dates Nov 12, 2018 - Nov 22, 2018
Share Twin/Double From $4,199
Single Room Supplement From $550

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Air Arrangements (Internal Airfare)

No internal air is required for this itinerary.

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