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Trip Extensions

Exotic Zanzibar

Duration: 5 days

Escape to Zanzibar, the “Spice Island”. This tiny African island offers great contrast to the mainland: beaches ideal for snorkeling, rich history and Muslim culture. Experience town and village life, the reefs and the inner natural forest.

Kambi ya Tembo

Duration: 3 days

This extension is a great beginning or ending to any safari. The adventure begins or ends at the Kambi ya Tembo Camps, located near the Kenyan border. From here, in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will have the opportunity to experience n... read more

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.

Day 1: arrive tanzania

Jambo! Jambo!

Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar, for your overnight.

 

Those arriving early might want to take a walk to neighborhing Usa Village for a taste of an authentic market, visit a local school or go for a sundowner.  Alternately, enjoy the grounds of the Meru Game Lodge and its animal sanctuary and rest up to prepare for your safari.

Lodging
Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar

Day 2: tarangire national park

You'll see elephants every day.You'll see elephants every day.

After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park. This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old baobab trees, Masai and herds of elephant.

 

Stop for lunch at a picnic site beautifully sited on a bluff over-looking the Tarangire River.   The afternoon is spent on a game drive in our 4xx4 vehicles exploring this wonderful park.  It is not uncommon to see heards of 50+ elephant as well a very other mammal species, including the rate Kudu and the Oryx.  The park is also known for it prolific bird life and the occasional sighting of cheetah and the rare African Hunting dog.   In the dry season, July through October, this park surpasses even the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as the herds congregate around the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.

 

In the evening we drive to Rift Valley Lodge for dinner and overnight.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Rift Valley Photographic Lodge

Day 3: lake natron & ol doinyo lengai volcano

The majestic giraffe.The majestic giraffe.

After an early breakfast, drive to Lake Natron Tented Camp and arrive in time for lunch. The camp is situated at the base of the world's only active carbonatite spewing volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai (Mountain of God).  Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The lake is home to millions of tiny crustaceans and it is one of the only regular, and therefore the most important, breeding ground in the world for the Lesser Flamingo, which is generally found here by the thousands in July.  After lunch, embark on the gentle 2-hour walk to Engaresero Water Falls.  Return to camp for dinner and to prepare for your nighttime ascent of Oldonyo Lengai.  At sunrise you will be at the peak surveying the beauty of dawn breaking over the African landscape.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Lake Natron Tented Camp

Day 4: lake natron

The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo.The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo.

After memorable sunrise summit photos, start the 2-3 hour descent to the base of the mountain to meet your driver for the return trip to camp for brunch.  In the afternoon, drive to Lake Natron for expeditions and a short hike. Return to the camp for a brief rest and visiting Maasai Bomas.  This evening, attend a Maasai Dance.
 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Lake Natron Tented Camp

Day 5: serengeti national park

Zebras are everywhere!Zebras are everywhere!

Depart to the Serengeti after breakfast, game driving en route to Buffalo Luxury camp.  The Serengeti National Park is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometers. Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses and plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark, among a whole range of other African wildlife seen in awe-inspiring numbers. Return to the camp for dinner, after which you have the chance to do a night game drive in the park.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Buffalo Luxury Camp

Day 6: serengeti national park

Wildebeast migration.Wildebeast migration.

Enjoy a day of hiking and game drives in the Serengeti. Track the wildlife as it takes advantage of the cool temperatures to find water and food. Your guides are invaluable when it comes to finding tracks and spotting distant animals, but the principal attraction is learning about the birds and plant-life that form such an important part of the Serengeti eco-system. Your driver-guide will choose your route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions, but the Serengeti rarely disappoints. You will have a packed lunch to take with you so as to make the most of the day, but your trip might include a trail along the banks of the Grumeti River in search of basking lions, tracking cheetah through the Gol Kopjes, or hunting leopard (with cameras) along the Seronera River. Return to camp for your dinner and overnight.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Buffalo Luxury Camp

Day 7: serengeti/olduvai gorge

After breakfast and with packed lunches in hand, head to Ngorongoro with a final Serengeti game drive en-route. Stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the ‘Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilized footprints that date back 3, 6 million years. Sunset walk is a tradition when guests arrive at Olduvai Camp, to stretch your legs and walk, accompanied by the Maasai hosts to another nearby kopje. If help is required, they lend a hand to scramble up to the top of one of the huge boulders, where the views over the Serengeti plains are simply amazing.

 

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Olduvai Camp

Days 8-9: ngorongoro crater

The alert lioness.The alert lioness.

After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Crater. Over the next two days, you will descend down the 2000-ft walls of the Crater, a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals, for game drives. Here you have a great chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House, or similar, arriving just before dusk.

Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Lodging
Ngorongoro Farm House

Day 10: arusha / onward

Drive back to Arusha for lunch. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to the exotic island of Zanzibar or to Ng'iresi or Longido villages.

Meals
Breakfast

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,950
COSTS based on 2-7 pax in the vehicle 2 pax $5,950 pp sharing 3-4 pax $5,475 pp sharing 5-14 pax $5,175 pp sharing Christmas supplement: $60/day All bookings falling on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec 14 & 01st Jan 15
Single Supplement:
$950
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 22-31, 2017

Need to Know

Day rooms are available, on request, for an additional cost.

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable permanent tented camps & lodges
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Travel over rough roads, hiking
Group Size:
2-14
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy. NOTE:COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELING ON THIS SAFARI! 

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

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Zebras are everywhere!
Zebras are everywhere!
You will see elephants every day
You will see elephants every day
The majestic giraffe
The majestic giraffe
The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo
The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo
The alert lioness
The alert lioness
A rare picture of relaxation
A rare picture of relaxation
Wildebeast migration
Wildebeast migration
Maasai Village
Maasai Village
Jambo!
Jambo!

Salt Lake, Lava & The Big Five

Ngoronogoro, Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Natron and Oldonyo Lengai volcano

overview

The safari is a classic 4x4 guided exploration with a twist. You will witness the greatest wildlife concentrations on earth, but also leave the main safari trail for special environmental and cultural experiences. Visit the wildlife rich Tarangire National Park before heading to alkaline Lake Natron, always otherworldly and home to thousands of Lesser Flamingos in the month of July.  Camp at the base of Oldonyo Lengai, the only active volcano on earth the erupts carbonatite (an igneous rock rich in carbonates such as calcite and dolomite), and enjoy a hike in the surrrounding savanna and an early morning summit.  Drive on to the vast Serengeti Plains where your guide will know where to locate the seasonal migration of wildebeest and zebras, always attended by resident predators.  Finally, visit Ngorongoro Crater.  Your trip will afford opportunities to meet the Maasai people and visit Olduvai Gorge.  

Please Note:  Serengeti accommodations vary seasonally.

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overview

The safari is a classic 4x4 guided exploration with a twist. You will witness the greatest wildlife concentrations on earth, but also leave the main safari trail for special environmental and cultural experiences. Visit the wildlife rich Tarangire National Park before heading to alkaline Lake Natron, always otherworldly and home to thousands of Lesser Flamingos in the month of July.  Camp at the base of Oldonyo Lengai, the only active volcano on earth the erupts carbonatite (an igneous rock rich in carbonates such as calcite and dolomite), and enjoy a hike in the surrrounding savanna and an early morning summit.  Drive on to the vast Serengeti Plains where your guide will know where to locate the seasonal migration of wildebeest and zebras, always attended by resident predators.  Finally, visit Ngorongoro Crater.  Your trip will afford opportunities to meet the Maasai people and visit Olduvai Gorge.  

Please Note:  Serengeti accommodations vary seasonally.

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itinerary

Anticipated itinerary; actual route may vary.
  • Day 1: arrive tanzania
    Jambo! Jambo!

    Jambo! Welcome to Tanzania. Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met and transferred to the Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar, for your overnight.

     

    Those arriving early might want to take a walk to neighborhing Usa Village for a taste of an authentic market, visit a local school or go for a sundowner.  Alternately, enjoy the grounds of the Meru Game Lodge and its animal sanctuary and rest up to prepare for your safari.

    Lodging
    Mt. Meru Game Lodge, or similar
    Show on a map
  • Day 2: tarangire national park
    You'll see elephants every day.You'll see elephants every day.

    After breakfast, depart for Tarangire National Park. This is the classic Africa of lore with shimmering acacia stands, old baobab trees, Masai and herds of elephant.

     

    Stop for lunch at a picnic site beautifully sited on a bluff over-looking the Tarangire River.   The afternoon is spent on a game drive in our 4xx4 vehicles exploring this wonderful park.  It is not uncommon to see heards of 50+ elephant as well a very other mammal species, including the rate Kudu and the Oryx.  The park is also known for it prolific bird life and the occasional sighting of cheetah and the rare African Hunting dog.   In the dry season, July through October, this park surpasses even the Serengeti in terms of animal concentration as the herds congregate around the permanent waters of the Tarangire River.

     

    In the evening we drive to Rift Valley Lodge for dinner and overnight.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Rift Valley Photographic Lodge
    Show on a map
  • Day 3: lake natron & ol doinyo lengai volcano
    The majestic giraffe.The majestic giraffe.

    After an early breakfast, drive to Lake Natron Tented Camp and arrive in time for lunch. The camp is situated at the base of the world's only active carbonatite spewing volcano, Ol Doinyo Lengai (Mountain of God).  Lake Natron is one of the most alkaline lakes in the world. The lake is home to millions of tiny crustaceans and it is one of the only regular, and therefore the most important, breeding ground in the world for the Lesser Flamingo, which is generally found here by the thousands in July.  After lunch, embark on the gentle 2-hour walk to Engaresero Water Falls.  Return to camp for dinner and to prepare for your nighttime ascent of Oldonyo Lengai.  At sunrise you will be at the peak surveying the beauty of dawn breaking over the African landscape.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lake Natron Tented Camp
  • Day 4: lake natron
    The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo.The most dangerous animal in Africa - the hippo.

    After memorable sunrise summit photos, start the 2-3 hour descent to the base of the mountain to meet your driver for the return trip to camp for brunch.  In the afternoon, drive to Lake Natron for expeditions and a short hike. Return to the camp for a brief rest and visiting Maasai Bomas.  This evening, attend a Maasai Dance.
     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Lake Natron Tented Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 5: serengeti national park
    Zebras are everywhere!Zebras are everywhere!

    Depart to the Serengeti after breakfast, game driving en route to Buffalo Luxury camp.  The Serengeti National Park is easily Tanzania’s most famous national park, and it’s also the largest, at 14,763 square kilometers. Large prides of lions laze easily in the long grasses and plentiful families of elephants feed on acacia bark, among a whole range of other African wildlife seen in awe-inspiring numbers. Return to the camp for dinner, after which you have the chance to do a night game drive in the park.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Buffalo Luxury Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 6: serengeti national park
    Wildebeast migration.Wildebeast migration.

    Enjoy a day of hiking and game drives in the Serengeti. Track the wildlife as it takes advantage of the cool temperatures to find water and food. Your guides are invaluable when it comes to finding tracks and spotting distant animals, but the principal attraction is learning about the birds and plant-life that form such an important part of the Serengeti eco-system. Your driver-guide will choose your route based on his extensive knowledge of the park and local conditions, but the Serengeti rarely disappoints. You will have a packed lunch to take with you so as to make the most of the day, but your trip might include a trail along the banks of the Grumeti River in search of basking lions, tracking cheetah through the Gol Kopjes, or hunting leopard (with cameras) along the Seronera River. Return to camp for your dinner and overnight.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Buffalo Luxury Camp
    Show on a map
  • Day 7: serengeti/olduvai gorge

    After breakfast and with packed lunches in hand, head to Ngorongoro with a final Serengeti game drive en-route. Stop at Olduvai Gorge to visit the site where Mary and Louis Leakey first discovered the remains of Zinjanthropus Bosei, a distant ancestor of man believed to be 1.8 million years old, Australopithecus Bosei, the ‘Nutcracker Man’, a species that became extinct about 1 million years ago and fossilized footprints that date back 3, 6 million years. Sunset walk is a tradition when guests arrive at Olduvai Camp, to stretch your legs and walk, accompanied by the Maasai hosts to another nearby kopje. If help is required, they lend a hand to scramble up to the top of one of the huge boulders, where the views over the Serengeti plains are simply amazing.

     

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Olduvai Camp
    Show on a map
  • Days 8-9: ngorongoro crater
    The alert lioness.The alert lioness.

    After breakfast, depart for Ngorongoro Crater. Over the next two days, you will descend down the 2000-ft walls of the Crater, a World Heritage Site and home to nearly 25,000 animals, for game drives. Here you have a great chance of spotting the big five: lion, elephant, endangered black rhino, buffalo and leopard. Overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House, or similar, arriving just before dusk.

    Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Lodging
    Ngorongoro Farm House
    Show on a map
  • Day 10: arusha / onward

    Drive back to Arusha for lunch. In the evening, transfer to the airport for your flight home, or extend your stay with a visit to the exotic island of Zanzibar or to Ng'iresi or Longido villages.

    Meals
    Breakfast
    Show on a map

Price and Date Details

Land Cost:
$5,950
COSTS based on 2-7 pax in the vehicle 2 pax $5,950 pp sharing 3-4 pax $5,475 pp sharing 5-14 pax $5,175 pp sharing Christmas supplement: $60/day All bookings falling on the 24th, 25th, 26th, 31st Dec 14 & 01st Jan 15
Single Supplement:
$950
The single supplement is applicable if a roommate is not available or if single accommodation is specifically requested. While single accommodation is not available on all trips, we will try and honor this request whenever possible.
Privately on Request
Jul 22-31, 2017

Need to Know

Day rooms are available, on request, for an additional cost.

Duration:
10 days
The number of days, or duration, in a destination corresponds with the itinerary as published. This is the time period covered by the land cost.
Comfort Level:
●●○○○
(see full descriptions)
Comfortable permanent tented camps & lodges
Activity Level:
●●●○○
(see full descriptions)
Travel over rough roads, hiking
Group Size:
2-14
Terms & Conditions: 

Southern, South Africa, Tanzania

Please note that this trip operates under different payment and cancellation policies than those described in our Terms and Conditions as noted in our Global Expedition Catalog, on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Included in costs: Meals as noted in (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner), each night in double occupancy accommodations, land transfers between components, English speaking guides, park or site entry fees, surface transport, equipment other than personal gear, government tax, airport transfer assistance, in-country ticket reconfirmation & check-in assistance (where permitted), complete pre-departure packet, toll-free pre-departure phone assistance.

Not included in costs: Meals not noted as included, gratuities, beverages (except tea or coffee at meals), international or domestic airfare unless specified, airport departure taxes not included with air tickets, visas, itinerary changes after confirmation, any services not included in itinerary, any costs incurred due to canceled or delayed flights, acts of nature or other happenings beyond our control, or other costs as are more fully described in Journeys Terms & Conditions.

Deposit and payment schedule: A non-refundable twenty-five percent (25%) deposit per person per trip or the applicable amount based on the trip and the proximity of the departure date. A second deposit of $1000 per person is due four months prior to departure, and final payment for land arrangements is due 60 days prior to departure. Airlines require full payment when tickets are issued. The deposit may be made by Visa, Master Card, American Express, Discover or check, and the Reservation Form may be submitted via our website. Full payment schedule and cancellation penalties are described in our Terms and Conditions as noted on our website and elsewhere. Please request these if you do not have them before advancing a deposit.

Insurance: When you make your application, we strongly recommend the purchase of comprehensive travel insurance in case of emergency situations. Please contact us for a recommended policy. NOTE:COMPREHENSIVE TRAVEL INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY FOR ALL PASSENGERS TRAVELING ON THIS SAFARI! 

Air fares: Journeys can make complete air arrangements applicable to your trip as noted in this itinerary. If you wish to redeem frequent flyer mileage or arrange flights directly with the airline, you may do so on your own at no penalty. If you do, please consult with us on exact arrival and departure dates and times before having your tickets issued to avoid errors.

Itinerary Change Fee: There will be a $40 fee for changes once an itinerary has been confirmed and approved. Additional cancellation penalties or change fees may apply as per our terms and conditions. The passenger is responsible for such fees.

Trip Extensions

Exotic Zanzibar

Duration: 5 days

Escape to Zanzibar, the “Spice Island”. This tiny African island offers great contrast to the mainland: beaches ideal for snorkeling, rich history and Muslim culture. Experience town and village life, the reefs and the inner natural forest.

Kambi ya Tembo

Duration: 3 days

This extension is a great beginning or ending to any safari. The adventure begins or ends at the Kambi ya Tembo Camps, located near the Kenyan border. From here, in the shadow of majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro, you will have the opportunity to experience n... read more

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