Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari

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The legendary plains of the Serengeti teem with one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, and elephant vie for survival here amidst grand backdrops, such as magnificent Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, a twelve-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep caldera. Travel to Tanzania and explore it all, as our expert Tri...
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Overview

Trip type
Small Group Tour
Lodging level
Premium - 4 star
Physical level
Moderate
Trip pace
Full schedule

Highlights

    • Explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti
    • Explore the surrounding village of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Highlands
    • Distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland
    • Enjoy a picnic lunch in Tarangire National Park
    • Experience Tarangire's diversity on a morning game-viewing drive

What's this trip about?

    The legendary plains of the Serengeti teem with one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, and elephant vie for survival here amidst grand backdrops, such as magnificent Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, a twelve-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep caldera. Travel to Tanzania and explore it all, as our expert Trip Leaders and driver-guides help you seek out the most elusive African game. And we immerse ourselves in the local culture through rewarding visits to schools and villages. At night, we retire to unique and varied lodgings, including Tanzanian lodges and a four-night stay at our OAT private tented safari camp in the Serengeti, where delicious cuisine and first-rate service close out each day of discovery.

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Details

Itinerary focusOff the Beaten Path
Group sizeSmall Group - max of 16 people
Age rangeNo age restrictions
Flights and transportN/A
Start CityArusha
End CityNgorongoro

Travel Themes

  • Cultural
  • Local Immersion & Homestays
  • National Parks
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Relaxing Retreats
  • Safari

Destinations

  • Africa

Attractions

  • Aarhus
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Olduvai Gorge
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Tarangire National Park

Activities

  • Bird watching
  • Culture
  • Game drive
  • Nature
  • Wildlife viewing

Trip includes

    • International airfare, airport transfers, government taxes, fees, and airline fuel surcharges unless you choose to make your own air arrangements
    • All land transportation
    • Accommodations for 12 nights
    • 16 small group activities, including up to 8 game-viewing drives
    • Services of a resident, English-speaking OAT Trip Leader
    • Gratuities for local guides, drivers, lodge and camp staff, driver-guides, and luggage porters
    • 5% Frequent Traveler Credit toward your next adventure—an average of $320
    • Special Good Buy Plan Discount

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Itinerary

DAY 1
Depart U.S. Depart today for your overseas flight.

DAY 2
Arrive Arusha, Tanzania via Amsterdam Meals included: D Accommodations: Moivaro Lodge or similar You arrive in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in the morning. After a short stop, you depart on a flight for Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. You arrive late in the ev...
DAY 3
Arusha; Optional Contemporary African Dance Performance OPTIONAL TOUR Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Moivaro Lodge or similar

After breakfast at our lodge and a briefing by our Trip Leader, you can either spend some time at leisure or join us for an optional Co...

DAY 4
Overland to Tarangire National Park Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Lake Burunge Camp or similar

Today, we have breakfast and then depart for Tarangire, Tanzania's third-largest national park.

With nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to ...

DAY 5
Game viewing in Tarangire National Park Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Lake Burunge Camp or similar

Today we experience Tarangire's diversity on a morning game-viewing drive, during which we'll pause to enjoy a picnic breakfast in the bush.

The variety o...

DAY 6
A Day in the Life of a Maasai village • Arrive Ngorongoro Highlands FOUNDATION VISIT Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Farm House Valley Lodge or similar

A Day in the Life Watch OAT travelers dive into daily life in Tanzania’s remote Karatu village. This morning, ...

DAY 7
Discover Oldupai Gorge • Travel to Serengeti camp Meals included: B L D Accommodations: OAT Private Tented Camps

Today we have breakfast together and then set off for Oldupai Gorge. It was here, in 1959, that Louis and Mary Leakey discovered fossil fragments, which le...

DAY 8
Explore Serengeti National Park Meals included: B L D Accommodations: OAT Private Tented Camps

Today, we explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti, where the wildlife sightings are typically at their peak in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the temperature...

DAY 9
Optional Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Ride • Explore Serengeti National Park OPTIONAL TOUR Meals included: B L D Accommodations: OAT Private Tented Camps

An optional Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari may be offered today, at an additional cost. If you choose to take this ...

DAY 10
Enjoy Serengeti Game-viewing drives Meals included: B L D Accommodations: OAT Private Tented Camps

Today, we move at a relaxed pace, which will allow us to truly focus on observing animal behavior and interactions. We don’t just stop to photograph the next animal on a...

DAY 11
Discover Ngorongoro Highlands Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Farm House Valley Lodge or similar

Early this morning, we drive to Ngorongoro Crater. We descend to the floor of Ngorongoro for some game-viewing. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of ...

DAY 12
Discover Ngorongoro Highlands FOUNDATION VISIT Meals included: B L D Accommodations: Farm House Valley Lodge or similar

Today we'll have the opportunity to explore the surrounding village of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Highlands for a full day of Learning and Discovery ...

DAY 13
Overland to Arusha • Return to U.S. or begin optional trip extension Meals included: B L We'll return to Arusha this morning and enjoy the opportunity to shop for local crafts before having lunch at our lodge. You will have a day room available for the remainder of this ...

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Last Updated: 8/2/2018

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Accommodation

We spend 11 nights in comfortable but basic lodges and tented camps Our lodges use generator electricity and lantern lighting at night, and do not have air-conditioning. There could be a 1- to 5-minute walk from our tents to the main lodge All accommodations feature private baths,Moivaro Lodge Arusha, Tanzania Located amongst tropical gardens and a coffee plantation just outside of the town of Arusha, Moivaro Lodge offers 40 spacious thatched cottages, each with a private bath, private veranda, and fireplace. Other amenities include an international restaurant, bar and lounge, swimming pool, and wireless Internet. Lake Burunge Camp Tarangire, Tanzania Situated near Tarangire National Park, our private campsite is set in a shaded grove on the shores of Lake Burunge. Each of the 30 walk-in tents features a private bath and veranda. The lounge and dining areas in the thatched-roof main building are located on a raised wooden deck that offers beautiful views. Ngorongoro Farm House Tarangire, Tanzania Located just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and facing the Oldeani Volcano, Ngorongoro Farm House is a 52-room lodge surrounded by a 500-acre coffee farm. All rooms come equipped with en suite bathrooms, a private verandah, and mosquito nets. Amenities on the property include a swimming pool, dining hall, and Internet access. OAT Private Tented Camps Serengeti, Tanzania In the Serengeti, we camp in walk-in canvas tents with comfortable beds, fresh cotton linens, and private baths with showers, flush toilets, dressing tables, and towels. There are no electrical outlets in individual tents, but opportunities for recharging items are provided. We dine on cuisine prepared by our camp staff. At night, we share our safari experiences under the starlit skies of the African plains. Farm House Valley Lodge Karatu, Tanzania Nestled within a 500-acre coffee farm, the Farm House Valley Lodge is located just outside of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Karatu and consists of 30 bright and well-appointed guest rooms. The rooms include views of Oldeani volcano within the Rift Valley, as well as en suite bathrooms, electrical outlets, large beds with mosquito nets, and room service. Other lodge amenities include a running track, lounge area, and swimming pool. Karen Country Lodge Nairobi, Kenya Tucked away amidst a tranquil forest setting in Nairobi, the Karen Country lodge features 12 themed cottages with individual balconies in each. Amenities include two bar and lounges, an international restaurant, and secluded outdoor area, perfect for sun-downers or cocktails. Sentrim Masai Mara Lodge Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya Located on the border of the Masai Mara Game Reserve, the lodge features a reception area, restaurant, bar, and lounge. With 10 tents set among acacia trees, the lodge is the perfect size for our group. Each spacious tent features an en suite bath, hot and cold shower, and a private balcony for views of the surrounding hills and wildlife. Moivaro Lodge Arusha, Tanzania Located amongst tropical gardens and a coffee plantation just outside of the town of Arusha, Moivaro Lodge offers 40 spacious thatched cottages, each with a private bath, private veranda, and fireplace. Other amenities include an international restaurant, bar and lounge, swimming pool, and wireless Internet. Kambi Ya Tembo Camp Sinya, Tanzania Situated on a private reserve near Tanzania’s shared border with Kenya, Kambi Ya Tembo offers magnificent views of Kilimanjaro, excellent game viewing, and cultural interaction with resident Maasai. Each of the 14 tents features an en suite toilet and shower facilities. Swahili House Zanzibar, Tanzania Located in the center of bustling Stone Town, the Swahili House offers 20 traditionally appointed rooms complete with modern amenities and easily accessible to the town’s shops, market, and restaurants. The rooftop terrace boasts stunning coastal views along with a bar, lounge, and restaurant, while the sundeck offers a plunge pool which overlooks the Indian Ocean. Fumba Beach Lodge Zanzibar, Tanzania Nestled on a secluded stretch of the Menai Beach Conservation area, Fumba Beach Lodge offers a tranquil, coastal setting complete with 26 spacious island-themed ocean view rooms. Lodge amenities include numerous restaurants, a spa and massage therapy studio, swimming pool, beach access, and a variety of waterfront activities.

Transportation & Flights

Travel by 18-passenger coach, and in closed-sided 5-passenger  Land Cruisers with a roof hatch, hard seats, and no air-conditioning,

Transportation & flights

Travel by 18-passenger coach, and in closed-sided 5-passenger  Land Cruisers with a roof hatch, hard seats, and no air-conditioning
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Meals Included
  • 33 meals—daily breakfast, 11 lunches, and 11 dinners
Age Requirements
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