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23463
Tanzania

Extension: Three Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania

Further your studies of Tanzania as you explore the ecosystems and wildlife on exciting game drives in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Central Serengeti National Park.
Program No. 23463RJ
Length
8 days
Starts at
4,859
Tanzania

Extension: Three Wildlife Safaris in Tanzania

Further your studies of Tanzania as you explore the ecosystems and wildlife on exciting game drives in Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Central Serengeti National Park.
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8 days
Starts at
4,859
Program No. 23463 RJ
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After learning about the unique landscapes of Mt. Kilimanjaro, revel in the opportunity to discover the wildlife that Africa is known for at two national parks and one conservation area. Search for elephants playfully splashing about in Tarangire National Park, keep an eye out for zebras galloping in the grassland at the unbelievable Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy game drives in central Serengeti National Park – a popular destination for big cats. Alongside local experts, study the animals’ social structures and special behaviors to gain a unique perspective on the incredible wildlife that calls Tanzania home.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Explore one of the more remote and underrated national parks, Tarangire National Park, to search for wildebeests, giraffe, elephant, dik-dik, buffalo and more.
  • Learn about the ecosystem of the Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable “Noah’s Ark,” during a full-day game drive.
  • In Central Serengeti National Park, study archaeological history at Olduvai Gorge and search for lions with your top-notch instructor.

General Notes

This program may only be taken as an extension of "Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Camp and Climb to the Summit" (#23462). Due to the nature of this program, listening devices are not available.
Visit the Road Scholar Bookshop
You can find many of the books we recommend at the Road Scholar store on bookshop.org, a website that supports local bookstores.
Bradt Safari Guide Northern Tanzania
by Chris McIntyre & Philip Briggs
A compact, practical overview of the history, wildlife and attractions of the Serengeti and surrounding parks, including Zanzibar.
African Wildlife: A Folding Pocket Guide to Familiar Species
by James Kavanagh
Ideal pocket-sized, folding guides for reference while on safari. This beautiful guide highlights over 140 unique species of mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians and includes a map of the continent's vegetation zones. This laminated foldout guide serves as an excellent resource for portable safari information.
Origins Reconsidered, In Search of What Makes Us Human
by Richard Leakey & Roger Lewin
A personal account of hominid evolution, looking back at the evidence and conclusions from the original 1977 book "Origins," augmented with a thoughtful consideration of what makes us human.
Out of Africa
by Isak Dinesen
The perennially best-selling tale of a naive young woman who leaves Denmark for East Africa, Dinesen's (AKA Karen Blixen) autobiography draws us into life on a struggling coffee plantation. It's a moving story inspired by a love for Kenya and its people. Includes the novella Shadows on the Grass.
Tanzania - Culture Smart!: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture
by Quintin Winks
This pocket guide provides essential information on attitudes, beliefs and behaviors in Tanzania to ensure you arrive with an awareness of basic manners, courtesies and sensitive issues. This guide is an excellent reference for what to expect, how to behave and how to interact to help steer clear of embarrassing cultural misunderstandings and to help feel confident in situations that may be outside of your comfort zone. Content includes discussions on: customs, values, traditions, history, politics, religion, home life, leisure, eating and drinking, as well as, cultural taboos and spoken and unspoken rules of communication.
The Worlds of a Maasai Warrior
by Ole Saitoti
Bridging several worlds with tremendous grace, Saitoti looks back on his life among the Maasai Mara, both as spokesperson for his tribe and as one of the first Maasai safari guides.
The Tree Where Man Was Born
by Peter Matthiessen
A classic portrait of East Africa, enthralling in its detail on nature and daily life. Includes Maasai, Ngorongoro, the Kenyan highlands and Mathiessen's field trips, safaris and adventures in the Serengeti.
African Heroes, Samburu-Maasai
by Matteo Guzzini
Guzzini captures the rituals and travels of the mysterious Masaai communities of Tanzania and Kenya in beautiful, untouched photographs that honor the people and their land.
Serengeti: The Eternal Beginning
by Boyd Norton
Stunning photo anthology featuring 250 gorgeous color photographs with firsthand travel accounts on the Serengeti, Masai Mara and Ngorongoro Crater by author/photographer Boyd Norton. Norton's visual opus beautifully captures the history, animals and the Great Migration that make this region one of the most amazing places on Earth.
Wildlife of East Africa
by Martin B. Withers, David Hosking
This compact guide to 475 common species of birds, mammals, reptiles, insects, trees and flowers of East Africa features full-color photographs with detailed descriptions on facing pages.
Birds of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro
by Adam Scott Kennedy
Featuring a habitat-based approach to more than 270 bird species, this handy guide to fowl in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Speke Gulf includes 480 color photos and accessible text.
Green Hills of Africa
by Ernest Hemingway
Hemingway paints the true story of his ramblings on safari in this classic, exquisitely written tale of hunting around Lake Manyara, which includes some of the best writing on the land itself and original pencil drawings. Originally published in 1935.
Lonely Planet Swahili Phrasebook
by Lonely Planet
A pocket phrasebook, dictionary and language guide for the traveler to East Africa.
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8 days
7 nights
19 meals
6 B 7 L 6 D
DAY
1
Transfer From Main Program, Tarangire National Park Safari
Tarangire National Park
L,D
Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Activity note: This program may be taken only as an extension of Program 23462, “Hiking Mt. Kilimanjaro: Camp and Climb to the Summit.” Please be aware that indicated times are approximate and that program activities and schedules could change due to local circumstances such as weather, traffic conditions, etc. In the event of changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Driving approx. 100 miles to Tarangire; about 3 hours. Game drive is approx. 3 hours in an enclosed vehicle with pop-up roof.

Morning: We will be collected from the lodge by our Group Leader for the extension program, and we will ride in our enclosed, 4x4 safari vehicles to Tarangire National Park. We will have these same vehicles throughout our program, using them for activities and transfers.

Lunch: A packed lunch will be provided, enjoyed at a picnic site in the park; bottled water provided.

Afternoon: We will embark on an afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is one of the least-visited of northern Tanzania’s parks, yet provides one of the most prolific game-viewing areas. Recognizable by its vast number of baobab trees, the park draws dense herds of plains game, especially during the dry season, thanks to the permanent water source provided by the Tarangire River (note that seasonality plays a large part in the amount of animals in the area). Wildlife that migrates to the river’s banks include wildebeest, elephants, zebras, eland, hartebeest, buffalo and oryx. Other animals that are typically seen year-round include giraffe, waterbuck, impala, kudu and dik-dik, as well as hundreds of species of birds. In the late afternoon, we will exit the park and check-in at our camp, with time to settle into our rooms. Before dinner, we will gather with our Group Leader for a discussion on elephant behavior and social structure.

Dinner: At the lodge, dinners will be a 4-course, plated meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
2
Full Day Safari in Tarangire
Tarangire National Park
B,L,D
Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Activity note: Extended game drive lasts approximately 8 hours, conducted in an enclosed vehicle with pop-up roof.

Breakfast: At the camp, breakfast will be a buffet including hot egg dishes cooked to order, cereals, yogurt, fresh fruit, and breads, plus fruit juices, milk, coffee, tea, water.

Morning: We will set out from camp for an extended game drive in Tarangire National Park on a search for animals not seen yesterday, keeping an eye out for predators such as lions, cheetahs, and leopards.

Lunch: At a scenic location inside the park, we will enjoy a packed lunch including bottled water.

Afternoon: Our game drive in Tarangire will continue, driving through the park and along the river seeking out the myriad of birdlife resident in the area, along with the big game. We will return to camp mid-afternoon with time to rest, relax and enjoy the camp's amenities before dinner.

Dinner: Camp plated meal.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
3
Nature Walk, To Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania's History
Ngorongoro Crater
B,L,D
Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp

Activity note: Walk approximately 2 miles; incline/decline. Driving approximately 120 miles total; about 4.5 hours.

Breakfast: Camp buffet.

Morning: With our Group Leader, we will embark on foot from camp, climbing up Sangaiwe Hill. Our Group Leader will talk about the interesting flora and bird life we may see during the walk. From the top of the hill, we will enjoy views towards Tarangire National Park, Lake Burunge, and the surrounding villages. Upon return to camp, we will check-out and transfer in our safari vehicles from Tarangire to the Ngorongoro Crater, arriving in time for lunch.

Lunch: At the lodge, we will enjoy a 3-course buffet with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Our camp is located on the crater's rim, and we will have time to settle in and enjoy the scenery. The views from the crater rim are breathtaking as they look out over the ten-mile-wide floor and the forested walls rising roughly 1,950 feet. Gathering around the campfire before dinner, our Group Leader will give an overview of Tanzania's political history, from colonialism to Marxism to democracy.

Dinner: At the lodge, dinners will be a 3-course buffet with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
4
Safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
Ngorongoro Crater
B,L,D
Ang'ata Ngorongoro Camp

Activity note: Driving approximately 30 minutes round-trip between camp and the crater floor. Extended game drive in the crater will last approximately 7-8 hours, including lunch stop.

Breakfast: At the lodge, breakfast will feature a small buffet with cold cereals, toast, and fresh fruit, with hot items cooked to order, plus coffee, tea, fruit juice, milk and water.

Morning: We will set out from the lodge in our safari vehicles, descending the road that snakes down the crater's sides to the floor below. Once down at the bottom, we will embark on our extended game drive in the crater. The Ngorongoro Crater, one of the natural wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest intact caldera in the world. The crater’s floor is home to the largest permanent concentration of game in Africa, including elephant, black rhino, wildebeest, buffalo, gazelle, zebra, lion, leopard and hyena. Ecosystems found in the crater include open grasslands, forests, swamps, rivers and a large soda lake where flamingos and other water birds tend to congregate.

Lunch: At one of the picnic sites on the crater's floor, we will enjoy a picnic lunch with bottled water.

Afternoon: Our game drive in the crater will continue. Mid-afternoon, we will ascend the road back to the crater's rim and the lodge where we will have the rest of the afternoon to relax and enjoy the lodge’s amenities.

Dinner: Lodge buffet.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out and transfer in the morning.

DAY
5
To the Serengeti, Olduvai Gorge
Serengeti National Park
B,L,D
Serengeti Safari Lodge

Activity note: Driving approximately 90 miles to the central Serengeti; about 5 hours; gravel roads can be bumpy.

Breakfast: Camp buffet.

Morning: We will board our safari vehicles for our drive to the central Serengeti. Along the way, we will stop at Olduvai Gorge and visit the museum at this important archaeological site. In the steep sides of the gorge, layer upon layer of exposed rock and volcanic ash have produced numerous artifacts and fossil remains of human ancestors. Louis and Mary Leakey pioneered the archaeological digs in this area back in the 1950s, and excavation work continues to be carried out to this day. Important finds in the area include the remains of hominids “Nutcracker Man” and “Toolmaking Man,” which have led to the gorge being referred to as the “Cradle of Mankind.” A local expert will give us a brief overview of human evolution, and how the findings at Olduvai Gorge have advanced the evolution theories. Following our stop at Olduvai, we will continue the drive to our camp, arriving in time for a late lunch.

Lunch: At the lodge, we will enjoy a 3-course buffet with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: We will have a chance to settle into our rooms and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. Mid-afternoon, we will gather with our Group Leader for a discussion on how climate change is affecting the Great Migration. Afterwards, we will board our safari vehicles to explore the Central Serengeti ecosystem, seeking out the Big Five (lion, rhino, elephant, leopard, buffalo) as well as numerous species of antelope, including topi, reedbuck, eland and dik dik. We will return to camp at dusk with time to freshen up before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge, we will have a 4-course buffet meal with coffee, tea, water; other beverages available for purchase.

Evening: At leisure.

DAY
6
Extended Game Drive in the Serengeti
Serengeti National Park
B,L,D
Serengeti Safari Lodge

Activity note: Game drive lasts between 6 to 7 hours; conducted in enclosed 4x4 safari vehicle with roof pop-up.

Breakfast: At the lodge, breakfast will be a small buffet of cold cereals, toast, fresh fruit, and hot items are cooked to order; coffee, tea, fruit juice, milk, water included.

Morning: On an extended game drive today, we will explore parts of the Serengeti we haven’t yet seen. Highlights we will search for include the Great Migration herds of wildebeest and zebra, and the predators that are never far behind.

Lunch: In the park, we will enjoy a picnic lunch with bottled water included.

Afternoon: We’ll continue our game drive in the park, then return to the camp in the mid-afternoon with time to relax before dinner.

Dinner: At the lodge, we’ll enjoy a delicious buffet farewell dinner. Share some of your favorite experiences from the program with new Road Scholar friends.

Evening: At leisure. Be sure to prepare for check-out, flight transfer, and departures tomorrow.

DAY
7
Fly to Arusha, Program Concludes
In Flight
B,L

Activity note: Driving approximately 7 miles to Seronera airstrip; about 1/2 hour. Getting on/off plane; flight time is approximately 2 hours; there may be stops at other airstrips en-route to Arusha. Driving about 35 miles from Arusha to Kilimanjaro Airport; about 1.5 hours.

Breakfast: Lodge buffet.

Morning: We will have time to pack and enjoy the serenity of the Serengeti from our private decks. By mid-morning, we’ll check out of the lodge and drive in our safari vehicles to the Seronera Airstrip, where we will say goodbye to our Group Leader and board our scheduled flight to Arusha. Landing in Arusha, we will be met at the airport by a local coordinator and drive to our lunch venue.

Lunch: At a local restaurant, we will have a multi-course buffet with several meat and vegetable dishes, as well as dessert. Water and coffee will be included; other beverages available for purchase.

Afternoon: Following lunch, we will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). This concludes our extension program.

DAY
8
In Transit from Program
In Flight

Morning: Morning arrivals back in North America.






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