14 days, 13 nights
Price Range: $10,182 – $29,205
(all-inclusive price per person, depending on dates & camps selected)
Tanzania is such a microcosm of Africa’s safari wonders that two full weeks in this single country can feel like a much longer, far-flung journey. In this case, you’ll travel from savanna to sea as you explore the teeming plains of the Serengeti; the wildlife-rich floor of Ngorongoro Crater; little-visited Tarangire National Park where underground springs draw huge numbers of animals—and the tropical Swahili coast, with a post-safari idyll on the romantic island of Zanzibar.
Our Expert Says
Tanzania is diverse indeed, and any safari-goer with a passion for “seeing it all” would do well to spend extended time here. Day to day the wildlife changes—one day it’s lions and leopards, the next it’s a million wildebeest! — and the environments change as well, from the world’s largest caldera, filled with animal life unique to that specific region, to the vast plains of the Serengeti, to the snowy peaks of Kilimanjaro. Yes, this special safari is truly an opportunity to see it all.
– Brad Hansen
Day 1: Arusha
Arusha is the safari capital of the world, the jumping-off point for the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Kilimanjaro. In the shadow of Mount Meru, where lush forest intersects grassy savanna, Arusha sits within an agricultural region famed for coffee and tea. Originally a German settlement, Arusha today is a lively city with an international flair. Arusha is noted for handcrafts, and the Cultural Heritage Center boasts an array of carvings, paintings, batiks and baskets.
Days 2-4: Tarangire Nat'l Park
Tarangire, the “Baobab Capital of the World,” boasts Tanzania’s largest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti, including 550 bird species that frequent its seasonal swamps. The Tarangire River sustains wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and huge herds of elephant during the dry season. Impala, gazelle and eland crowd the lagoons, while wild dog roam the red-dust plains. Tarangire is also home to two rare antelope, the fringe-eared oryx and gerenuk.
Days 5-6: Ngorongoro Crater
Within the walls of the world’s largest unbroken volcanic caldera is the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa. The crater floor, 12 miles across, is a wonder of the natural world. More than 30,000 animals live in this primeval Eden, including huge herds of gazelle and the lion and hyena that prey upon them. Wildebeest, zebra, eland and giraffe are abundant, with leopard and cheetah in pursuit. The very fortunate may also spot the endangered black rhino.
Days 7-10: Serengeti Nat'l Park
The Serengeti is legendary. Here on Africa’s Great Plains, where the blue sky arcs over shimmering gold grasslands, the number of animals is staggering. Buffalo, elephant and giraffe roam the savanna. Leopards rest in acacia trees, pursuing prey with lion, cheetah, jackal and hyena. While the Serengeti is riveting year-round, nothing matches the phenomenon of the migration, when 1.5 million wildebeest and zebra traverse the plains in endless columns of thundering hoofbeats.
Days 11-13: Zanzibar
Mystical, magical Zanzibar. One of those fabled destinations that has long seduced travelers in search of an exotic escape. This island on East Africa’s Swahili Coast has attracted visitors for centuries, drawn to its exquisite white sand beaches edging the Indian Ocean, the winding alleys and merchants of old Stone Town, and its legendary spices. Explore Zanzibar’s collage of cultures and palm-fringed coast, for the perfect postlude to any safari.
Day 14: Arusha/Home
Your safari adventure ends today in Arusha, Tanzania.