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Small Group Tour Highlights
  • Tanzania’s unparalleled game viewing
  • Guaranteed window seats in safari vehicles
  • Tarangire’s elephants and baobabs
  • Ngorongoro Crater and Conservation Area
  • Olduvai Gorge, site of world’s oldest prehistoric remains
  • Vast game-filled plains of the Central and Western Serengeti
  • Exotic Zanzibar
  • Stays in top-rated game lodges
  • Deluxe Zanzibar beach resort
Day-by-Day Itinerary

Day 1: Depart U.S. for Arusha, Tanzania

Day 2: Arrive Arusha Upon arrival we transfer directly to our hotel.

Day 3: Arusha At this morning’s briefing we learn about the journey ahead then set out on an afternoon game drive in Arusha National Park, where we may spot waterbuck, zebra, giraffe – and in the distance, possibly, snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro. Inside the park we’ll see Mt. Meru, Africa’s fifth highest peak at almost 15,000 feet. Tonight: a welcome dinner. B,L,D

Day 4: Arusha/Tarangire National Park We depart today for the two-hour drive to Tarangire, Tanzania’s 1,100-square-mile park known especially for its high concentration of elephants and for the many baobab trees dotting the savannah. We enjoy a game drive en route to our lodge, located within the park. After lunch and some time at leisure, late afternoon we enjoy another game drive in the park, where we may see zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, leopard, cheetah, and of course, elephants. B,L,D

Day 5: Tarangire In store today: morning and afternoon game drives in this gem of a park slightly off the beaten path. Along with the abundant game, we’re sure to see some of Tarangire’s 550 species of birds, as well as the many termite mounds scattered amid the grass- and swampland here. B,L,D

Day 6: Tarangire/Ngorongoro Conservation Area This morning we depart for Ngorongoro, wildlife haven and homeland of the semi-nomadic Maasai people. We arrive in time for lunch at our safari lodge uniquely set on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, blending in so much with the landscape as to be invisible from the crater floor. This afternoon is at leisure; the views of the crater from our lodge, spectacular. B,L,D

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater This morning we descend to the floor of magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO site and at 100 square miles the world’s largest intact and perfectly formed volcanic caldera. The unique biosphere here has remained unchanged for eons; towering walls encircle the crater’s floor which represents Africa in microcosm: grassland, swamps, lakes, forests, and some 25,000 mammals, including elephant, black rhinoceros, lion, hippo, and zebra. B,L,D

Day 8: Ngorongoro/Olduvai Gorge/Serengeti National Park En route today to the fabled Serengeti, we visit 31-mile Olduvai Gorge. It was here in 1959 that anthropologist Mary Leakey discovered the 1.8-million-year-old skull of Australopithecus boisei – and revolutionized the study of human evolution. Part of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (which itself is part of the Serengeti region), Olduvai is considered the “cradle of humanity” and ranks as one of the world’s most important prehistoric sites. Then we visit a Maasai village before we continue on to Serengeti National Park, home to such plains dwellers as lion, cheetah, zebra, and wildebeest. The Serengeti, the Maasai’s “endless plain,” is considered Africa’s finest park, and we begin to see why on this afternoon’s game drive. B,L,D

Day 9: Serengeti In Tanzania’s northeast corner sits the vast Serengeti, 5,700 square miles (equal in size to Connecticut), one of the world’s last great wildlife refuges, and the Tanzanian portion of Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve. Twice a year (Jan–Feb and Jun–Oct), some 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra, and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle migrate to new grazing lands, sparking one of nature’s most spectacular sights and the world’s largest migration. But the Serengeti’s plains teem with animal life year-round, and this is the best place to see lion and cheetah up close, perhaps on today’s game drives. B,L,D

Day 10: Central Serengeti/Western Corridor As we drive across the rolling Serengeti plain to the park’s famed Western Corridor, we’ll likely spot game along the way. We arrive at our well-appointed lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive. B,L,D

Day 11: Serengeti/Lake Victoria We enjoy game viewing this morning en route to Lake Victoria – 210 miles long, 150 miles in breadth, and with 2,000 miles of coastline – Africa’s largest lake and the world’s second largest freshwater lake after Lake Superior. We take in the immensity of this storied waterway, enjoy lunch together, and visit a local fishing village, where we meet some of the residents and learn about their way of life. Then we return to our safari camp in time for dinner there tonight. B,L,D

Day 12: Serengeti/Zanzibar We fly this morning to tropical Zanzibar, Tanzania’s semiautonomous Indian Ocean archipelago with a colorful history. Upon arrival mid-afternoon, we set out to discover Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital and East Africa’s only ancient town still functioning. A heady mix of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African influences (though predominantly Muslim today), Stone Town boasts a labyrinth of narrow alleys lined with shops, homes, hidden courtyards, and extravagantly carved wooden doors, as we see on our tour. From here we travel to our beach resort on Zanzibar’s eastern coast. B,L,D

Day 13: Zanzibar A morning tour of a spice plantation reveals why Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island” – its bounty of cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chilies, black pepper, vanilla, coriander, and cinnamon have found their way around the world for centuries. We return to our hotel in time for lunch on our own and an afternoon at leisure. Then we celebrate our Tanzania adventure at tonight’s farewell dinner. B,D

Day 14: Zanzibar/Dar es Salaam/Depart for U.S. After a day at leisure at our resort hotel, we fly to German-influenced Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. We have an early dinner at a local restaurant, then depart for the airport and our overnight flight to the U.S. B,D

Day 15: Arrive U.S. We arrive in the U.S. today and connect with our flights home.

When To Go On Safari …

• January to February: Summer – dry and warm; cooler at Ngorongoro because of elevation. Migration picks up, with plenty of game throughout central/southern Serengeti

• March: Rains become possible, bringing plains animals in search of fresh grass and food. Significant movement of antelope and other game to the plains for calving season, predators follow

• June to October: Dry season; can be cold on the rim of Ngorongoro. Wildebeest and plains game begin migrating in search of water. By late July, wildebeest migration is in full swing, with opportunities for excellent game viewing and predator kills

• November to December: Season of the “short” rains (brief daily thunderstorms); comfortable at Ngorongoro; warm in the Serengeti, with plentiful game

B = Breakfast included L = Lunch included D = Dinner included

Tour Price Includes
  • Round-trip air transportation from listed cities; all flights within itinerary
  • 12 nights’ accommodations in Deluxe and Superior First Class hotels and lodges
  • 34 meals: 12 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 12 dinners
  • Extensive game viewing and sightseeing as described, including all entrance fees
  • Mineral water while on safari
  • Services of an Odysseys Unlimited Tour Director
  • Private safari vehicle transportation throughout your trip with guaranteed window seating
  • Luggage handling for one bag per person
  • Gratuities for local driver/guides, dining room servers, and airport and hotel porters
  • $100 frequent traveler credit towards your next Odysseys Unlimited tour ($200 after 3 tours; $300 after 10 tours)
Tour Dates & Prices

2018 Tour Dates & Prices
including international airfare and all taxes, surcharges, and fees

Oct 31
Nov 7
Oct 3
Oct 10
Aug 29
Sep 5
Sep 12
Jun 27
Jul 11
Jul 18
Jul 25
Aug 1, 8
Aug 18
New York$6,997$7,397$7,797$8,297
Balt, Boston, Chi,
Mia, Orlando, Phil,
Tampa, Wash, DC
Atlanta, Charlotte,
Cincinnati, Cleve,
Detroit, Houston,
Los Ang, Minn
Dallas, Denver,
Phoenix, Port (OR),
San Fran, Seattle

Please call if your city is not listed or for land only prices. Prices are per person based on double occupancy and include airline taxes, surcharges, and fees of $802, which are subject to change until final payment has been made.

Single travelers please add $895. Your $375 deposit is fully refundable up to 95 days before departure. All 2018 tour prices above (excluding airline taxes, surcharges, and fees) are guaranteed.

Business Class upgrade on round-trip Trans-Atlantic flight: $4,695 per person

A visa is required for this tour. Odysseys Unlimited will provide information about visa requirements upon reservation.

    The African Tulip, Arusha / Days 2-3 / Superior First Class 

    A 29-room boutique hotel located close to Arusha’s city center, The African Tulip features contemporary Tanzanian art and local craftwork. Hotel amenities include a restaurant, poolside bar, lounge, outdoor pool, laundry and dry cleaning service, and a gift shop. Safari-themed guest rooms are air-conditioned and have private bath with hair dryer, Wi-Fi internet access (surcharge), in-room safe, mini-bar, TV, and phone.

    Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park / Days 4-5 / Superior First Class 

    Nestled in a copse of trees in the vast, game-filled Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Sopa Lodge offers an ideal oasis from which to observe Africa’s stunning wildlife.  Amenities of the lodge include a restaurant and bar with floor-to-ceiling views of the national park, as well as outdoor shaded dining tables, circular outdoor swimming pool with central island sun deck, billiards table, gift shop, and complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in public areas).  Each circular guest suite is a freestanding structure, complete with a high, conical roof and sheltered veranda perfect for game viewing.  As the lodge has no fence, elephants and other curious animals occasionally pay the lodge and its guests a visit.  Each suite includes private bath with hair dryer, tea- and coffee-making facilities, minibar, ceiling fans, and mosquito nets.   Please note:  This lodge does not offer air conditioning.

    Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, Ngorongoro / Days 6-7 / Superior First Class 

    Perched on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater itself, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge offers endless and unparalleled views from its clustered boulder-built buildings. Ethnic Maasai handcrafts – bright-beaded robes, intricate carvings, iron spears – decorate the lodge, and sensitivity to the environment marks all aspects of development here. The lodge offers a dining room and bar; traditional music, culture, and dance; guided walks; massage and beauty treatments; internet access; laundry service; and a gift shop and boutique. Guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, private balcony, and phone.

    Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Serengeti / Days 8-9 / Superior First Class 

    Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge with panoramic views over the vast Serengeti, the Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge fuses traditional African architecture with contemporary amenities. Circular “rondavel” dwellings with thatched roofs and the winding paths of a traditional Maasai village mark the lodge that sits amidst groves of indigenous trees surrounded by streams and ponds. Amenities include an outdoor pool; two-tiered dining room dominated by a central barbecue area; traditional music and dance; massage and spa treatments; laundry service; internet access; and safari boutique and gift shop. Guest rooms, in individual rondavel huts, feature private bath with hairdryer, in-room safe, wildwood balconies, intricately carved furniture, mosquito nets, and phone.

    Mbalageti Serengeti, Western Serengeti / Days 10-11 / Deluxe 

    Located in the famed Western Corridor of the Serengeti, the Mbalageti Serengeti offers guests unparalleled access to the big game animals abundant in this area.  The lodge sits on the Mwamveni hill near the seasonal Mbalageti River, and was constructed using natural building materials and without harming any part of the natural environment.  Amenities of this deluxe lodge include a restaurant and outdoor bar, stone-ringed outdoor swimming pool, spa with massage tables and plunge pool, complimentary Wi-Fi internet access (in the Welcome Centre), and gift shop.  Guests stay in private, semi-tented chalets with a back wall of local rock, canvas sides, thatched roof, and wooden floor.  All chalets have private bath with hairdryer, mineral water, bathrobes, slippers, flashlight, umbrellas, walking stick, whistle, binoculars (on request), in-room safe, and mosquito nets. 

    Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar, Bwejuu Beach / Days 12-14 / Deluxe 

    Located along a pristine stretch of white sand beach on the southeast coast of the island of Zanzibar, Breezes Beach Club Zanzibar provides a tranquil oceanfront retreat.  The beach club’s many thatch-roofed buildings are set among swaying palms and natural vegetation, and amenities of the club include a number of restaurants, bars, and lounges, fitness center, tennis court, outdoor swimming pool, optional activities (including snorkeling, diving, and volleyball), and Wi-Fi internet access ($5 per 24 hours of use).  Air-conditioned guest rooms have private bath with hair dryer, in-room safe, and a private terrace.

Ratings are based on the Hotel & Travel Index, the travel industry standard reference.
Tour Directors for this Journey
Augustine Mbuya

“Expansive and comprehensive knowledge. Thinks ahead, very personable, committed to protecting ecosystems – the BEST tour director we have ever experienced.”
Robert & Diane Wespiser
Lee, MA

Harlequin Mlay

“Odysseys Unlimited could not find a better person for this assignment. Harlequin exceeded all expectations. He always showed genuine concern for each participant’s needs and interests.”
William & Nancy Waechter
Gold Canyon, AZ

Adam Mtanganyika

“Could not have been more pleased with our tour director, Adam. He was gracious, knowledgeable, and had a great sense of humor. Always a smile on his face!”
John & Christine McCarthy
Old Hickory, TN

Maulid Nguma

“Kind, thoughtful, had our interests at heart, efficient, good sense of humor. Excellent tour directors are another reason we keep coming back [to Odysseys]!”
Ernie & Ronnie Bubb
Fairfax, VA

Malley Simon

“He represented Odysseys and Tanzania very well! Welcoming, very knowledgeable, patient, attentive to details of job and requests from travelers. Very pleasant!”
Bill & Frances Potts
Kalamazoo, MI

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