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2018 Out of Africa: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania

Zimbabwe: Hwange • Zambia: Kafue • Botswana: Chobe, Okavango Delta • Zimbabwe: Victoria Falls • Kenya: Nairobi, Lake Nakuru, Amboseli • Tanzania: Tarangire, Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater, Serengeti National Park

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34 Days from only $9890 including international airfare

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Amboseli

Feel the pulse of life in Amboseli National Park where the wildlife takes center stage.

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In Kibera: A Girl's Life

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Watch this vintage 16mm footage of a Zulu tribe taken in 1948 by two adventurous film enthusiasts in what is now Zambia.

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Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5

Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

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Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

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Moderate

Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

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Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

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Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Itinerary Overview

Join O.A.T. for an epic Africa adventure–we’ve combined our Ultimate Africa and Best of Kenya & Tanzania safaris into one comprehensive, 34-day journey that spans five countries. From the unspoiled wilderness of Botswana, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, to Kenya and Tanzania, which have long been two of the most sought-after safari destinations, we'll set out in search of  the "Big Five," including lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and Cape buffalo. Immersive in every sense, you’ll explore the Okavango Delta by mokoro, meet local schoolchildren in a Hwange community, and picnic within the Ngorongoro Crater.

Please note: Travelers who reserve a January departure of this adventure will spend Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park instead of Kafue National Park, with minor differences in included activities and transfer times. 

Make It Your Adventure

Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred flights and air routing, to “breaking away” to spend more time in a destination.

  • O.A.T’s team of Adventure Specialists makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other options for personalizing your air itinerary, which include:

    • Choose your departure city and airline: We list the most popular gateway cities on our website, but not all of them. If you don’t see yours listed, or there’s one that better suits your needs, let us know. You can also tell us if you have an airline preference and we will try to accommodation your request.
    • Depart from one city and return from another: Just because your flight leaves from one city doesn’t mean you have to return there. Maybe you flew out of Boston and wish to visit friends in Los Angeles after your trip is over. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll do our best to get you there.
    • Fly the way you want to: We’ll gladly arrange a flight upgrade to business or premium economy class if it’s available. And when you fly economy class, we’ll do our best to see that you get your choice of seating preference or even add a special meal request if you have dietary restrictions or needs.
  • You can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring on your own. Stay for a day, a week, or even a month in a favorite locale. Or consider arriving a few days early in Johannesburg for a fresh start or staying overnight in a connecting city like Amsterdam before or after your adventure to break up a lengthy flight. Our Adventure Specialists can provide you with information on the accommodations we will use at the beginning of your trip so that you can make your own arrangements. That way, you'll know that you will be exactly where you need to be to meet your group.

  • Many of our travelers choose to take another trip directly after their first one ends. Think about it: If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the region and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Many of our travelers have taken two or three consecutive trips before returning home. Out of Africa already combines The Best of Kenya & Tanzani and Ultimate Africa into one comprehensive adventure. 

  • Many O.A.T. travelers simply don’t want their trips to end. With an array of pre- and post-trip extensions to choose from, you have the chance to experience more of the places you’ve traveled so far to see, including Thornybush Game Reserve: Quest for Africa's Big 5. Plus, you lower your average per-day costs because you’re taking advantage of your already included international airfare.

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  • 4 nights from only $1595

    A 34,595 acre private and intimate game reserve, Thornybush is bursting with wildlife, housing more than 500 bird species and 140 species of mammals, including the famed “Big Five.” This rugged landscape—mostly open savanna, complemented by the beautiful Drakensberg Escarpment in the distance—borders Kruger National Park and is ideal for spotting the rich diversity of game here. And because this is a private, isolated reserve, you’ll be able to enjoy activities like going off-road in search of elusive wildlife without the crowds.

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  • You’ll depart the U.S. for an overnight flight to Johannesburg, South Africa.

  • Today, arrive in Johannesburg, South Africa. You will be met and transferred to your hotel for an overnight stay. Here, you'll be joined by those who traveled on our optional Thornybush Game Reserve: Quest for Africa's Big 5 extension.

  • This morning, we’ll fly to Victoria Falls, arriving in the early afternoon. Then, we drive to Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe's largest park. Our total transfer time is up to 6 hours.

    Hwange is home to many diverse habitats, from teak forests to palm islands to vast savannah plains. Likewise, you may behold a rich menagerie of game that can include elephant, buffalo, eland, wildebeest, impala, lion, leopard, cheetah, and more than 400 known bird species. The park is also known for its herds of sable antelope, an elegant animal with large, graceful horns.

    In the late afternoon, we'll enjoy a short game-viewing drive, followed by dinner at our lodge this evening.

  • Today, we'll have the opportunity to enjoy morning and evening game-viewing drives with one of our professional guides in Hwange National Park, which offers game viewing year-round due to its man-made waterholes. During these drives, you will learn about the region's flora and the intricate cycle of life in the bush. We will learn to identify which animals have passed through the area. Our expert guides may also expound on everything from how elephant dung can be used as mosquito repellent, to how the giraffe is able to eat leaves off of the thorny acacia trees. After our first drive, we’ll stop to enjoy brunch back at the lodge. 

    After our second game-viewing drive, we’ll return to our camp for some time at leisure before dinner together.

  • Today, we'll take a break from game viewing to learn more about Zimbabwe's residents as we enjoy A Day in the Life of a village near the park. We'll meet a village leader, who takes us on a short tour that reveals how local people live, tend to their animals, and raise their crops. We'll learn a few words in the language of the local Nambya people, before sitting down with a family to gain insight into their culture first-hand. We'll also have an opportunity for hands-on discovery when we take part in some farming activities (season permitting)—like planting, milking cows, and collecting eggs.

    Then, we'll visit St. Mary's Primary school (when in session), which is supported in part by Grand Circle Foundation as part of the World Classroom initiative. We have the unique opportunity to meet the teachers and children. Once we return to camp, we'll enjoy an included lunch and an evening game-viewing drive before dinner.

  • After an early breakfast this morning, we drive from Hwange, Zimbabwe to Livingstone, Zambia, where we'll take a light aircraft transfer to Kafue National Park. Our total transfer time today is up to 7 hours. 

    One of Zambia's most impressive parks, Kafue is one of the first to join an initiative to link the national parks of five African countries into what will eventually become a 108,000-square-mile park, to be known as the Kvango-Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (also the Okavango-Upper Zambezi TFCA). Our campsite is situated in the northern section of the park along the banks of the Kafue River, one of the three rivers nourishing the park. From the decks of our safari-style tented rooms, we can view the slow-moving river—where we might enjoy the chance to fish for bream and pike during our stay.

    After we settle in, we enjoy our first game-viewing excursion this evening, by boat or safari vehicle. Kafue boasts a distinction that we'll appreciate on our game-viewing drives: in addition to an impressive 55 mammal species, it is home to 500 species of birds—as many in this park as in all of Europe. Our guides will help us keep our eyes peeled for Black-cheeked Lovebirds, Bohm’s Bee-eaters, Pel’s Fishing Owls, a variety of cranes, and Zambia’s only endemic species, the Chaplin’s Barbet. We'll also be on the lookout for the elegant puku, an antelope found only in Zambia and the Congo.

    We return to camp in time for dinner, gathering around the campfire afterward to compare notes on the animals we saw today.

    Please note: Travelers who reserve a January 2018 departure of this adventure will drive to Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park today instead of flying to Kafue National Park, and will enjoy a wildlife-viewing cruise along the Zambezi River. 

  • Today, we'll enjoy two game-viewing excursions during the most temperate hours—early morning and late afternoon—when the wildlife is at its most active. Keep your eyes peeled for the yellow-billed oxpecker, trumpeter hornbill, and grey crowned crane. Along the rivers that feed the park, we might also encounter the white-backed night heron, African finfoot, or saddle-billed stork. Between wildlife excursions, you may choose to linger at camp, enjoying Kafue River views at leisure, or elect to join our Trip Leader on a nature walk.

    We gather for dinner this evening at the camp.

    Please note: Travelers who reserve a January 2018 departure of this adventure will enjoy a city tour of Livingstone, Zambia today—visiting a museum and local market—followed by a white rhino tracking excursion on foot through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. 

  • Two more game-viewing excursions await you this morning and afternoon, as you explore the outer reaches of the park by boat or safari vehicle. It’s impossible to exhaust the discoveries at Kafue, one of the continent’s largest national parks—at 8,600 square miles, it is roughly the size of the entire state of New Jersey. Kafue’s habitats span riverine forests, floodplains, woodlands, and dambos (open grasslands). There will also be opportunities to fish along the banks, as well as a sundowner cruise in the afternoon.

    We gather for dinner tonight, swapping memories of all we’ve encountered on our explorations in this truly stunning locale.

    Please note: Travelers who reserve a January 2018 departure of this adventure will meet the residents of a local village near Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park today, before embarking on two game-viewing excursions—both a drive and a sundowner cruise along the Zambezi River.

  • This morning, after an early breakfast, we fly by light aircraft from Kafue to Livingstone. We then travel by road and boat to Chobe National Park in northern Botswana, enjoying a light packed lunch on our way. After arriving at our lodge, we'll get a briefing on the area and share an afternoon tea. This evening, take a game-viewing drive before returning for dinner at the lodge.

    Please note: Having spent Days 6-8 in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park instead of Kafue National Park, travelers who reserve a January 2018 departure of this adventure will drive approximately one hour to Chobe National Park instead of flying.

  • The next two days are devoted to seeking out game in Chobe National Park, the second-largest (and first-established) national park in the country. Chobe National Park is home to one of the world's largest elephant populations—the present herd is estimated at 50,000. This enormous region offers variety in both wildlife and terrain. Riverine forest, flood plains, and mopane are home to large and small game. Elephants gather around baobab trees, drawn by the water stored in their bark.

    During the dry season, the Chobe River attracts so much game that thousands of animals may congregate on its banks, and hippo are submerged in its waters. Large groups of giraffe amble about the land, and hyena, cheetah, leopard, and wildebeest may also be glimpsed in this thickly populated habitat. The birdlife here is spectacular, ranging from eagles and bustards to plovers and rollers, and bee-eaters bustle near their sandbank nests. There are also water birds, such as egret, ibis, and heron, along the river.

    This afternoon we visit Mabele Village, where we get to know the local people. While there, the village women will show us their weaving and we may even try our hands at the craft ourselves. We return to camp just before sunset and gather to soak in the views of the golden sun sinking behind a nearby watering hole. We then sit down to enjoy dinner together.

  • Our safari schedule in Chobe today features a full-day game-viewing drive in Chobe National Park. During a full day of game viewing in the park, we'll spot some of the park's magnificent elephants, in addition to zebra, Cape buffalo, hippo, and crocodile. We will be out in our vehicles during lunchtime, so we will take along a picnic lunch.

    We'll cap off the day with a relaxing sundowner with our fellow travelers. Then, dinner tonight is a traditional South African braai, similar to our barbecue but more closely connected to the outdoor life, culture, and laid-back lifestyle of southern Africans.

  • After breakfast, we board a minibus that takes us to Kasane, Botswana. From here, we catch a light aircraft flight to our camp in the Okavango Delta region. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours.

    Our lodge is a Tented Camp adjacent to the border of the Moremi National Park in the northern region of the Delta. Upon arrival, we enjoy a game-viewing drive en route to our camp, followed by lunch. Afterward, you are free to relax at our lodgings before we gather together for another game-viewing drive, returning to our lodge for dinner this evening.

  • Today, we continue to explore the Okavango Delta. We'll split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • Today, we continue to search for wildlife in the Okavango Delta region. We'll again split into groups and explore the area by mokoro on the Delta (if conditions permit), followed by a game drive. After lunch in camp, we enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive in the neighboring savannah.

    Please note: Mokoro excursions are dependent on safety and water levels, which fluctuate constantly in the Delta, regardless of the season. When you arrive in the Delta, your Trip Leader will monitor conditions and advise you of whether it's possible to explore by boat.

  • After breakfast, we depart our camp and drive to Victoria Falls. Our total transfer time is up to 4 hours. Here we visit the largest curtain of water in the world—and one of the world's Seven Natural Wonders. These awe-inspiring cataracts, whose African name (Mosi-oa Tunya) means "the smoke that thunders," are nearly twice as high as Niagara, one and a half times as wide, and generate three times as much water. On a clear day, you can see the mist sprayed into the air from these crashing waters from more than 50 miles away. At peak flood times, 1.4 billion gallons of water per minute pass over its edge.

    After lunch, we'll enjoy a guided tour which includes exploring walking trails and lookout points—each with different views. There are five main cataracts, including the most dramatic, the Main Falls and Devil's Cataract. The flora around the falls is naturally profuse: You'll see ebony, fig trees, and many flowering species. The rain forest surrounding the falls is particularly lush, fed by Victoria's perpetual spray. (It's a good idea to wrap your camera equipment, cash, and other valuables in plastic.)

    This evening enjoy dinner at our hotel.

  • After breakfast, enjoy a walk through Chinotimba township, where we can observe everyday life in the neighborhood that is home to the majority of people living around Victoria Falls. Then, after lunch back at our hotel, you can join a combination of optional tours, one of which includes a helicopter ride over Victoria Falls. Or, you can walk through town on your own to check out the local handcrafts, such as the famous Shona stone carvings and a variety of wooden carvings. You'll also find a selection of brilliant African textiles, malachite, basketry, and more. This is one of the places where bartering is appropriate, often expected—and can be great fun. American goods like T-shirts, sweatshirts, and baseball caps with designer logos can be good “currency” here. Please ask your Trip Leader for advice about where else it may be appropriate to barter in this manner. This evening, we'll enjoy dinner while cruising along the Zambezi River.

  • After breakfast this morning, we’ll gather for a talk on the life of David Livingstone before we drive to the airport and board our flight to Johannesburg. After a brief meet and greet at our hotel, we'll have leisure time before dinner on our own.

  • We depart Johannesburg on a late-morning flight, arriving in Nairobi, Kenya this afternoon. We will be met and transferred to our hotel, where we'll enjoy a Welcome Drink and a briefing on our upcoming explorations.

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    After breakfast at the hotel, we travel to the nearby Karen region, named for famed author Karen Blixen. Our first stop is the Giraffe Center, where you can get close to these towering animals and photograph them. In 1974, Jock and Betty Leslie-Melville relocated five orphaned and rare Rothschild giraffe to their home here, which was quickly dubbed "Giraffe Manor." Over the years, the giraffe have thrived, and now have their own young. The center plays an important part in the conservation of the Rothschild giraffe species.

    Leaving the Giraffe Center, we visit a museum dedicated to Karen Blixen, who wrote Out of Africa under the pen name Isak Dinesen. The Kikuyu people she wrote about with great affection are still one of Kenya's major ethnic groups. The Danish writer, as you may know, "had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills," where she lived from 1914 to 1931. The Danish government gave her beautiful house to the country of Kenya upon its independence, and today it is a museum furnished with much of her original period furniture and is open to visitors. A visit to this museum offers a fascinating peek into the lives of early 20th-century Kenyan settlers.

    After enjoying lunch at the Karen Country Lodge, we'll depart for the Kazuri Bead Factory. Founded in 1975 in an effort to provide more job opportunities for local women, the factory now employs over 300 women—most of whom are single mothers—who work together to produce handmade beads, pottery, and jewelry that gets exported to over 20 countries around the world. We'll enjoy dinner together in a local restaurant this evening.

  • This morning we'll depart for the Lake Nakuru area, traveling through the Rift Valley and enjoying splendid views as we go. Our lodge is located near Lake Nakuru National Park, in a setting that boasts more than 430 different avian species. After lunch back at our lodge, we'll enjoy some time at leisure before embarking on an afternoon nature walk. Be sure to keep those cameras ready—this is a great chance to explore the diverse landscape and colorful birdlife here. Tonight, we'll enjoy dinner at our lodge. 

  • After breakfast, we'll travel overland to Lake Nakuru National Park where we'll enjoy a full-day game-viewing drive. Lake Nakuru is home to a relatively large population of black and white rhinos. These are normally elusive due to their dwindling populations, but recent conservation efforts have made Lake Nakuru one of the most likely spots in East Africa to lay eyes on one of these stunning beasts. While we're out today, we'll enjoy a hot buffet lunch, and afterwards return to our lodge for dinner.

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    After breakfast today, we head back overland towards Nairobi, stopping en route in Kibera, one of the largest slums in Africa. Despite the stark poverty here, there is a thriving, entrepreneurial community. And it's not unusual to see the smiling faces of people who have learned to make the best of their circumstances. On our visit to Kibera, we'll meet some residents, enjoy lunch in a local restaurant, and develop a better understanding about life here. We may also have a chance to explore the Nubian Quarter, which houses the descendants of soldiers who first settled here during World War I. Once we arrive in Nairobi, we'll take a city tour before enjoying dinner together in a local restaurant this evening.

  • Departing Nairobi, we continue overland to Amboseli National Park, set on the border of Tanzania and in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. We enjoy a game-viewing drive en route to our camp. Upon arriving at Amboseli, we check in at our tented camp in time for lunch, and then enjoy an afternoon game-viewing drive.

    The park shelters more than 400 bird species, including pelicans, flamingos, kingfishers, and ibis. But by far, elephants are the kings of the park. Amboseli's elephants, which are said to be among the largest in the country, are fond of the swamps, where they share the cool waters with the hippos that hide beneath the papyrus. Amboseli is also home to a large population of wildebeest and Burchell's zebra. Dinner is at our camp this evening.

  • We rise early to enjoy a light breakfast before traveling to experience A Day in the Life of a Maasai village and visit Amboseli Primary School (when in session). We will join the local children for their walk to school. At the school, we'll meet more students, take part in some morning activities, and discuss the school's future with the headmaster.

    Upon our return to the village, we'll learn more about Maasai culture, including how they tend their livestock, make their natural medicines, and create their ceremonial dress. We'll take part in daily activities both inside and outside the boma huts and enjoy free time to mingle with the villagers.

    After bidding our Maasai hosts farewell, we return to our tented camp in time for lunch.

    After lunch and a short rest at our lodge, we embark on an afternoon game-viewing drive. Look for the elusive gerenuk, a delicate antelope with a long, giraffe-like neck that enables it to browse the middle branches of acacia trees. You may see families of giraffe, herds of zebra and antelope—and if you are lucky, you may spot the rare serval cat. Because Amboseli's abundant elephants are tracked almost constantly by researchers, they largely escaped the ravages of 1980s poaching, so you are apt to see some older “tuskers” here. You'll be fascinated by the abundant birdlife—from the colorful little lilac-breasted roller and the comical guinea fowl to graceful hawks and eagles. We return to our camp in the early evening in time to relax before we gather for dinner.

  • After breakfast today, we depart for the Kenya-Tanzania border, enjoying a game-viewing drive en route. We continue to the town of Arusha, Tanzania, where we'll have lunch at the Arusha Coffee Lodge. We then transfer to Tarangire National Park, where we'll settle into our lodge. Upon arrival, we'll have the option to join a guided walk of our surroundings before dinner at our lodge.

  • Today, we rise early to experience Tarangire's diversity on a full-day game-viewing drive, during which we'll pause to enjoy a boxed lunch in the park. As Tanzania's third-largest national park, it features nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops, Tarangire offers a diverse geological landscape, as well as diverse wildlife—including the largest recorded concentration of breeding bird species in the world. Baobab trees dot the landscape, and the valley of the Tarangire River dominates the entire scene. Each of our driver-guides has extensive knowledge of the behavior of the native animals.

    After our full day in the park, we'll return to our lodge for dinner this evening.

  • Today, we embark on an early morning game-viewing drive at Lake Manyara National Park, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. Encompassing an area of just 125 square miles, the park is relatively small, but is still one of East Africa's most popular and beautiful wildlife sanctuaries. Lake Manyara National Park is known for its tree-climbing lions. Chances are also good we'll see wildebeest, giraffe, blue monkeys, vervets, impala, zebra, buffalo, bushbuck, and baboons.

    We’ll stop at the park’s hippo pool, then enjoy a picnic lunch by the hot springs. From here, we’ll get a unique perspective of the nearby wetlands as we walk along a boardwalk.

    As we make our way back to Karatu, we’ll see the valley unfold below us and with Lake Manyara stretching in the distance. We may see baboons or other wildlife along the roadside. We arrive at our lodge with some time to rest or take a stroll through the extensive grounds before dinner.

  • This morning, we experience a rare opportunity to visit two neighboring tribes: the Hadzabe and Datoga peoples. We'll depart from Karatu with a packed breakfast and arrive at Lake Eyasi, where we'll first spend time visiting with the Hadzabe tribe. These hunter-gatherers have changed very little in 10,000 years and use a clicking based dialect. From there, we'll move on to discover the Datoga tribe. The Datoga are skilled farmers and craftsmen, and can be recognized by circular scarification patterns on their faces.

    We then return to our lodge, where we'll enjoy lunch before continuing our explorations nearby.

    We enjoy the rest of the afternoon at leisure. Dinner is at our lodge tonight.

  • After breakfast, we depart on a morning game drive through the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage. We'll discover the diverse flora and fauna that make up this vast expanse of highland plains, savannah, savannah woodlands, and forests. Then, we'll enjoy lunch at a picnic site in the famous Crater before beginning our climb through the cloud forest and out of the Crater floor.

    We'll return to our lodge in the late afternoon for time at leisure before dinner.

  • This morning after breakfast, we'll set out for Serengeti National Park, perhaps the most famous wildlife-viewing destination in Africa. We'll embark on a game-viewing drive into the infinite expanse of the Serengeti Plain, where masses of wildlife roam the stunning landscape. The Serengeti stretches over 5,700 square miles of plains, riverine bush, and acacia woodland, with savanna grassland as the dominant environment. We enjoy lunch in the park and another game-viewing drive en route to our lodge, where we'll arrive by the late afternoon.

    During the next few days, we venture out from our lodge in our safari vehicles to try and spot a wide range of wildlife species—lion, cheetah, hyena, and jackal stalk herds of gazelle, zebra, wildebeest, and impala. Comical warthog bend down on their front knees to graze and elegant cheetah rest in the shade of acacia trees after a hunt. Isolated rock groups, called kopjes, provide shelter to lion, leopard, and cheetah—and to the tiny rodent-like rock hyrax, closest relative of the elephant.

    We dine at the lodge this evening.

  • This morning, you may have the option of rising before dawn for a balloon flight. As you float high over the Serengeti, watch the morning sun wash across the plains. The views you'll observe during this one-hour ride are spectacular. On this optional tour, you'll celebrate with a Champagne toast. After touchdown, enjoy a special breakfast out on the plains with your fellow travelers.

    For those who did not take the optional balloon tour, we'll set out on an early-morning game-viewing drive with a packed breakfast. The Serengeti's varied landscape of savannahs, grassy plains, and riparian woodlands make it one of the world's most hospitable places for wildlife, which you will likely see in large numbers.

    Those on the optional tour will then join the rest of the group as we continue our game drive, followed by a picnic lunch. Then, we all head into the bush again for an afternoon game-viewing drive when animals resume activity.

    Dinner is at our lodge this evening.

  • We set out in the morning for a game-viewing drive, and then we'll have a relaxing picnic lunch at the Seronera Visitor and Information Center before returning to the bush in the afternoon for a second game-viewing drive. The great diversity of Serengeti wildlife is also evident here—look for buffalo, hippopotamus, elephant, lion, giraffe, antelope, and Thompson's and Grant's gazelle. In certain seasons, you may also see the spectacular migration of the wildebeest herds, which travel from the Serengeti to the Masai Mara each year.

    We return to our lodge in the early evening and gather for dinner.

  • After breakfast, we continue to explore the vast ecosystem of the Serengeti at a pace that allows us to truly focus on observing animal behavior and interaction.

    While we're out today, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch in the park before heading out to enjoy one more game-viewing drive. Our final night in the Serengeti is spent at our lodge, where we enjoy our Farewell Dinner under the vast expanse of the African skies.

  • Today, we rise early, departing the Serengeti for our flight to Arusha, where we'll enjoy lunch at our hotel for the day. 

    Later this afternoon, we'll check out and travel overland to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our overnight flight back to the U.S.

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