Here's an African adventure that starts among Tanzania's most famous wildlife reserves before taking you to remote under-explored national parks of the southern circuit. Embark on wildlife drives in Lake Manyara National Park (keeping your eyes open for the elusive tree-climbing lions), meet one of the researchers at the Serengeti Wildlife Centre, and scan your surroundings in the protected Selous Game Reserve for the zeals of zebras that call these grasslands home. Experience some of the best wildlife viewing in the world amid the landscapes of Tanzania.

Trip highlights

Clean Cookstove Project Talk, Enjoy an extended experience at a Masai village. Meet some of the incredible women who live here and learn how their lives have been impacted and their communities empowered through the G Adventures-supported Masai Clean Cookstoves Project.

Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive, Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture, Set in Serengeti National Park, the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre is a base for many of the region’s top wildlife researchers and scientists. Meet one of its researchers for a talk about the centre’s ongoing studies.

Itinerary - 12 Days

Day 1 Arusha

Our trips throughout Kenya and Tanzania have a maximum group size of six travellers in addition to a CEO and a driver who are both trained safari guides. That means everyone gets a window seat and twice the insight about the astounding wildlife all around you.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

Transport:
Arrival Airport Transfer (0.50 hour(s), 10km)

Day 2 Arusha/Lake Manyara National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

This western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment is truly stunning. It provides a backdrop for your search of the park's bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, hippos, and baboons. The afternoon is spent viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush, cool forest that’s dominated by large ficus trees covered in bromeliads and ferns.

Included Activities:
Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch
Lake Manyara National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (2.00-3.00 hours, 130km)

Day 3 Lake Manyara National Park/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)





Included Activities:
Clean Cookstove Project Visit
Clean Cookstove Project Talk
Olduvai Gorge Museum
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00-6.00 hours, 220km)

Day 4 Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Embark on morning and afternoon wildlife safari drives in our compact, safari 4x4, that features a pop-up roof for optimal wildlife observation. Visit the Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre, where wildlife researchers and scientists are working on projects within the National Park and surrounding protected areas. Enjoy a lecture by one of the visiting researchers. Topics will vary based on the studies being done at the time. Opt to take a sunrise balloon safari.

Additional Notes:
If you have pre-booked a Serengeti Balloon Safari, your flight will be early in the morning. You will miss the morning wildlife safari drive, but you will have a much better view from above.

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari
Serengeti Wildlife Research Centre Lecture

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle

Day 5 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue viewing wildlife on the drive out of the Serengeti to our comfortable tented camp. Relax this evening enjoying the African sunset on the deck with a cool drink.

Additional Notes:
Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning.

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)

Day 6 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L)

Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for a wildlife safari drive and picnic lunch. In the afternoon, drive to Arusha.

Included Activities:
Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)

Day 7 Arusha (1B)

Enjoy free time to explore Arusha.

Included Activities:
Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos

Day 8 Arusha/Ruaha NP (1B, 1L, 1D)

Catch a flight to Ruaha National Park — Tanzania's largest national park with an abundance of wildlife and vast, diverse landscapes. Transfer to our safari lodge, located beside the river for optimal viewing of wildlife. After, enjoy a wildlife safari drive in this incredibly remote park. Wildlife viewing is always exciting with a large concentration of elephant and buffalo herds, as well as abundant predators such as lions, leopards, cheetahs, wild dogs, and hyenas. Relax this evening by the bonfire.

Additional Notes:
Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Wildlife Conservation Discussions

Transport:
Plane (3.00 hour(s))

Day 9 Ruaha National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

At just over 20,000km2 (20,226km2) Ruaha is the largest National Park in East Africa, but add in the adjacent wildlife management areas, Villages and Private Reserves, the wildlife area grows to up to 50,000km2.

Included Activities:
Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park

Day 10 Ruaha/Selous (1B, 1L, 1D)

In Selous Game Reserve the order of activities can change and all activities are subject to weather and local conditions.

Additional Notes:
Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Wildlife Safari Drive in Ruaha National Park
Rufiji River Safari

Transport:
Plane (1.50 hour(s))

Day 11 Selous Game Reserve (1B, 1L, 1D)

Rise early and head out for a full day wildlife safari drive in this incredible reserve with our expert local guide. The park is known for its numerous lion prides and holds over 50% of the remaining endangered African wild dog populations as well as over 400 species of bird. There also is an abundance of zebras, impalas, giraffes, sable, kudu, baboon, wildebeests, colobus, and vervet monkeys. After a busy day, relax this evening enjoying sunset by the river and dinner in the boma.

Included Activities:
Wildlife Safari Drive in Selous Game Reserve

Day 12 Selous/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L)

Today we fly to Dar. The tour ends at the airport in the mid-to-late afternoon.

Additional Notes:
Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control.

Included Activities:
Walking Safari in Selous Game Reserve
Departure Day

Transport:
Plane (3.25 hour(s))

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