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"I loved EVERYTHING!!! And I mean everything! I had the time of my life. Thank you for one of the best experiences of my life!"
--Theresa, Middleton NY
(Global Expeditions Club Member)
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African Safari: Luxury Serengeti Safari & Cultural Group Tour - 8 Days

GEC Trip Type: GROUP TOUR

*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! We provide free roommate matching - unless you'd prefer to purchase a single room.

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TRIP DESCRIPTION:

2018 group departure dates:
-- February 17 - 24, 2018
-- September 15 - 22, 2018


Considered by many to be one of life’s great adventures, an African safari through the world famous national parks of Tanzania is a trip that simply can’t be missed. On this exciting locally guided group adventure you will do it in comfortable, yet luxurious style!

Join other like-minded adventure travelers and together experience plenty of opportunities for big game viewing and to take in the vast and incredible natural attractions of Tanzania.

Hunt down Africa’s big five with a loaded camera and come home with memories that will last a lifetime. Here you will find the highest concentration of big game animals in the world, including elephants, rhinos, lions, leopards, and water buffalos (the big five), as well as countless giraffe, cheetahs, zebras, wildebeests, hyenas, jackals, antelope, ostridge, warthogs, and so many more. Whether it’s the beauty of nature that you seek, the amazing culture that lives in harmony with this great land, new travel friends, or simply the vast variety of animals that roam the plains, this is the "once in a lifetime" Ultimate African safari of your dreams. This is Africa at its truest and most magnificent.

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Places Visited:

Group Safari to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, Lake Eyasi, Bush Tribe Visit, Olduvai Gorge, Arusha


Trip Itinerary:
B: Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner

Brief Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrive in Tanzania. Afternoon Orientation at Hotel in Arusha.
Day 2: Local Cultural Tour (B)
Day 3: Travel Arusha to Tarangire NP. Safari Tarangire. (B, L, D)
Day 4: Safari Olduvai Gorge & Serengeti (B, L, D)
Day 5: Full day safari in Serengeti. (B, L, D)
Day 6: Safari in Ngorongoro Crater. (B, L, D)
Day 7: Visit Bush Tribe. Afternoon return to Arusha. (B, L)
Day 8: Trip Ends. Transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport. (B)


Detailed Itinerary:

Day 1:
ARRIVE IN TANZANIA. PM ORIENTATION

Arriving in Tanzania, if you have purchased airport transfers, you are met at the airport and transferred to your 5* hotel in Arusha. Or you arrive at the hotel on your own.

In the afternoon you will get together for a Trip Orientation with the local guide/Trip Leader. During this orientation, the guide will discuss the itinerary and answer any last minute questions. You will also get to meet your fellow travel companions for this trip. The remainder of the day/evening is yours to relax and enjoy the beautiful gardens and outdoor pool of the 5* hotel


Day 2:
LOCAL CULTURAL TOUR

After breakfast, your guide will take you on a visit to local cultural sites that are near and dear to their heart. Visits could include a local tribal village, local schools, coffee farm, some local game viewing, etc. The goal will be to get you a bit off the beaten path to see the Tanzania that most tourists don't get a chance to see. (Breakfast included).


Day 3:
TARAGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After a hearty breakfast you will meet up with your guide and drive 2-3 hours through the countryside from Arusha to Tarangire National Park which is located slightly off the main safari path. You’ll stop for lunch enroute.

In the afternoon your guide will take you on an exciting game drive through the park. The park is famous for its huge variety of birdlife (almost 400 different species) and for its elephant population and tree-climbing lions.

Overnight is an excellent safari lodge.

*** Please note that during this entire trip we leave it open to the expertise of your local safari guide to choose where exactly to visit based on current animal concentration, location of sightings by other guides, weather, etc., so the exact schedule may change slightly. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included)


Day 4:
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Getting another early start, you will drive 2-3 hours to the gates of the world famous Serengeti National Park, view various animals along the way and stopping at the Olduvai Gorge for lunch. After lunch you will be taken on a spectacular afternoon game drive through the Serengeti Plains tracking the great animals of Africa.

For the next two nights you will overnight in luxury tent camps in the Serengeti. This is definitely a favorite and an amazing experience that you'll remember forever! (Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included)


Day 5:
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Following a delicious breakfast you will head out and spend a full day continuing to explore the vast and spectacular Serengeti. Your guide will know the best places to find the constantly moving and sometimes elusive animals of these great plains. Again you will spend another amazing night in the Serengeti. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included)


Day 6:
NGORONGORO CRATER & MASAI MARA VILLAGE VISIT

Leaving the amazing Serengeti Plains after a morning game drive, you will make a stop at an authentic Masai Mara Village (guide may change the day that you visit the Masai Mara Village). Here you'll get a chance to interact with this famous tribe and see how they live day to day.

After visiting the Masai Mara Village, you'll make your way to the incredible Ngorongoro Crater National Park. Perhaps more awe-inspiring than the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater is not only one of nature’s true wonders, it is also a photographer’s dream. Being the largest intact crater in the world, Ngorongoro is the massive remnants of a once mighty volcano that collapsed upon itself 2 million years ago. The result is an unbroken circular wall that measures 2,000 feet high, 10 miles across and features a flat, fertile floor. Due to its height, passing clouds get caught up on the crater, providing precious rainwater all year. Today the crater is a self-contained, year-round Garden of Eden for 30,000 plus animals of all kinds and the perfect spot for safaris any day of the year. Ngorongoro is, beyond question, a sight that you will never forget. Overnight is an excellent luxury safari lodge. (Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included)


Day 7:
VISIT BUSH TRIBE

In the morning, you'll travel deep into the countryside and visit a nomadic Bush Tribe. You'll see how the Bush people live day to day, make their own bows and arrows, and if it's a hunting day you may have the opportunity to join them as they search for food for the tribe.

In the afternoon, travel back to Arusha. (Breakfast and lunch are included)


Day 8:
TRIP ENDS

Your adventure ends at the hotel after breakfast. At the appropriate time, if you purchased airport transfers, you are transferred to the airport for your flight home. (Breakfast is included)



Important Information



This is a locally guided Global Expeditions Club small group trip that is open for anyone to join. You can sign up as a solo traveler* OR join with a spouse, friends or other family members. All are welcome!
*Solo Travelers: You're in luck! No mandatory single supplements. We provide free roommate matching - unless, of course, you'd prefer a single room which you can purchase during checkout.


This tour requires a total minimum group size to run. Please DO NOT purchase your airfare or any personal travel requirements until you receive a written confirmation of guaranteed departure.

Prices are based on double occupancy in twin rooms. If you would like your own hotel room, please choose the optional single room supplement at check out. If you do not mind being paired up with a roommate of the same gender, then the single supplement does not apply.

Please note that effective July 1, 2016 there is an additional tax of $450 per person, due to changes in Tanzania's mandatory VAT tax regulations.

Your passport should be valid for at least 6 month following the last day of the tour.

Visas are required for entry to Tanzania for most nationalities, including US and Canadian citizens. You are required to obtain a Visa before traveling to Tanzania. As regulations constantly change, please check your nearest Tanzanian Embassy or Consulate for current requirements. NOTE: it is the traveler's responsibility to obtain any and all visas for entry to Tanzania. Visa can take up to 2 weeks to obtain and are typically valid for only 6 months, so plan accordingly. Please contact us or the Global Expeditions Club with questions.

Please contact us with questions and/or if you would like advice on how to find the best flight.

Trip ID: AF1215
PRICING
Departure Dates:

Tanzanian Govt. VAT Tax
$450.00
Optional Add-Ons
 
RT - Kilimanjaro Airport/Hotel Transfer (highly recommended)
$39.00
OPTIONAL: Single Room (choose only if you want your own hotel room)
$1,299.00

Price Includes
  • 8 day / 7 night Luxury African safari!
  • 7 nights luxury African hotels, lodges and luxury tent camp
  • Fully guided safari through some of Africa's greatest national parks, including the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Expert local safari guide and driver
  • Local cultural visits
  • Bush Tribe visit
  • Masai Mara Tribe village visit
  • Comfortable 4x4 Land Cruiser type vehicles with open viewing roof
  • All meals while on safari and breakfast in Arusha
  • National Park gate fees
Price Does Not Include
  • International Airfare
  • Airport transfers
  • Meals and beverages not indicated
  • Travel medical insurance (details) mandatory
  • Optional tours and activities not mentioned in itinerary
  • Tanzania VAT tax
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips for Guides and Driver
Number of Days
  • 8 days, 7 nights
Accomodation Included
  • 7 nights luxury African hotels and lodges (or luxury tents)
Transportation Included
  • Comfortable 4x4 vehicle with viewing roof for use during game drives
Meals Included
  • All meals on safari
  • Breakfast at the hotel in Arusha
Seasonal Info
  • High season is December - March and June - October
  • Low season is April - May and November (although full game viewing is still very possible)


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