The Ohio State University Alumni Association

Best of Tanzania - A Migration Safari

Feb. 28 – March 11, 2018

Details

Experience and explore Tanzania while traveling to extraordinary national parks and reserves such as Tarangire National Park, known for its large herds of elephant and spectacular baobab trees.

Visit the Ngorongoro Crater, a garden of Eden and the only place in East Africa where a natural population of black rhino can be found; Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric sites on Earth; and the acacia dotted plains of the Serengeti National Park. Traveling in such diverse habitats, you’ll experience unparalleled wildlife viewing opportunities like no other in Africa, including the opportunity to observe the annual movement of wildebeest and other grazing herbivores in the Serengeti, one of the greatest spectacles of the natural world! While on Safari you will stay in deluxe lodges and tented camps, be treated to gourmet meals including a bush lunch on the banks of the Tarangire River and a bush dinner in the middle of the Serengeti under the star studded sky! You will have opportunities to explore villages and local communities and will be accompanied by highly skilled safari guides, who will introduce you to the vast wildlife and culture found in East Africa!

Tour highlights and included features

  • Meet and greet on arrival by Safari Legacy staff
  • Welcome Safari briefing
  • All transfers if arriving and departing with group; separate, private transfers are subject to additional costs
  • Welcome reception at Kikoti Safari Camp with a spectacular view
  • Full day exploring the Ngorongoro Crater with deluxe picnic lunch
  • All meals including Tarangire bush lunch and farewell Serengeti bush dinner
  • All game drives; activities; village and cultural visits
  • Olduvai Gorge and museum lecture
  • Expert Naturalist guides accompany you throughout your safari
  • Tanzania, unrivalled wildlife and habitat diversity
  • Exploration of the best known and most distinguished parks and reserves in East Africa
  • Accommodations include deluxe lodges and tented camps, carefully selected to emphasize wildlife viewing and comfort
  • Custom, comfortable 4x4 Land Cruisers ensure window seating and roof-hatch access, guaranteeing exceptional wildlife viewing experiences
  • Cultural interaction with the Maasai and unique village and school visits, Lake Victoria Fishing Village and school
  • Opportunities for a night game drive and a nature walk while at Kikoti Safari Camp in Tarangire National Park
  • Bottled water throughout; tea & coffee
  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and local spirits while at Kikoti Safari Camp
  • Flying doctors service
  • Scenic flight from the Serengeti back to Arusha

Dates Feb. 28 – March 11, 2018

Cost $7,425* (Airfare is not included. All prices are per person, based on double occupancy, and early booking deadlines. Dates, itineraries, and prices are subject to change.)

Type Land

Region Africa

Activity level

Operator

Contact Debbie Vargo
vargo.42@osu.edu
614-292-2372 or
800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1

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Itinerary

Connect in Amsterdam with your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, arriving late evening. You will be met on arrival by Safari Legacy and transferred to the Lake Duluti Lodge for overnight.

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After breakfast and safari briefing, visit the Ivory Orphans Elephant Orphanage, founded by the African Wildlife Trust. Afterwards continue to Tarangire National Park where you will enjoy game drives each day. Tarangire is known for a wonderful diversity of wildlife amidst the many baobab trees that dot this beautiful landscape. Tarangire is also known for its large herds of elephant and is home to more than 2,500 individuals and more than 260 bird species. Overnight at Safari Legacy’s Kikoti Safari Camp. (BLD) Our stay at Kikoti Safari Camp will include a welcome reception, bush lunch, nature walk with sundowner, morning and afternoon game drives, and an evening game drive.

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This morning we enjoy a morning game drive as we depart Tarangire National Park en route to a local Maasai Village. After our visit with the Maasai we drive to the local village of Mto Wa Mbu where we will explore and enjoy a traditional African lunch. This afternoon we will travel to the Ngorongoro Highlands where we overnight at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge located on the crater’s rim offering spectacular views of the crater.

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After breakfast, we make our descent into the Ngorongoro Crater, the Earth’s largest unbroken caldera. A veritable “Garden of Eden,” the Crater is reputed to contain the highest density of carnivores, which includes cheetah, leopard and lion. This is the only place in East Africa where one can easily observe a natural population of black rhino. Enjoy a full day exploring the crater with a deluxe picnic lunch. Overnight Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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Today we navigate around the crater’s rim descending to Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important prehistoric archaeological sites on Earth. It was here in the 1950's that Louis and Mary Leakey first uncovered the fossilized teeth and skull of one of our earliest ancestors. After an interpretive presentation, we continue to Tanzania’s most renowned national park, the Serengeti. Home to the greatest concentration of large mammals on Earth, the migratory herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle roam widely in search of green grass and water. Enjoy morning and afternoon drives each day. We spend the next two nights at the Serengeti Serena Lodge overlooking the acacia dotted plains of the Serengeti.

Optional Hot Air Balloon Safari during your stay at the Serengeti Serena Lodge is available. Advance reservation is recommended.

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Traveling west beyond the Seronera Valley, we enter the Western Corridor and Grumeti River region of the park. Known for its Nile crocodiles, the Grumeti is located in a lovely rolling hill and acacia woodland habitat. We enjoy morning and afternoon game drives each day which will provide an opportunity to explore this great park which provides a year round habitat for many of the Serengeti’s bird and mammal species. Enjoy a special visit to a fishing village and the Zariki School, located on the shore of Lake Victoria. We overnight two nights at the beautiful Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp. Enjoy a farewell bush dinner under the star studded sky on our last night in Africa.

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After our morning game drive we transfer to the Grumeti airstrip for our scenic flight back to Arusha. On arrival we have lunch and finish our shopping for woodcarvings, art or tanzanite at the Cultural Heritage Centre and Museum. We enjoy dayrooms at the Lake Duluti Lodge until our transfer to the airport this evening.

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Connect in Amsterdam and arrive in the U.S.

*Itinerary subject to change due to local conditions.

Contact

Contact Debbie Vargo at Ohio State Alumni Tours
Phone: 614-292-2372 or 800-852-TOUR (8687), ext. 1
Email: vargo.42@osu.edu

Space is limited. Book your tour now!

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