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The Leader in Small Groups on the Road Less Traveled
Never more than 10-16 travelers—guaranteed!

2017 Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari

Tanzania: Arusha, Tarangire, Oldupai Gorge, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater

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13 Days from only $5695 including international airfare

Courtesy David Conover & Paul Villanova
Travelogue: Arusha, Tanzania 1950

Venture back nearly 70 years to witness Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater and Maasai tribal lands in this vintage 16mm footage.

Courtesy of Stephen Fish
Ngorongoro Crater

Uncover Ngorongoro Crater’s treasure chest of natural beauty—from elephants to zebras and lions.

Courtesy Will Burrard-Lucas

Get a bird's eye view of the wildlife, flora, and fauna that await you in Africa.

Courtesy Regina Fraser and Pat Johnson
Exotic Zanzibar, Tanzania

Follow Regina and Pat to the spice fields, streets, and forests of Zanzibar—an island you can visit on our extension.

Courtesy Victor Castroverde
A Surreal Safari

Let an O.A.T. traveler guide you through the wild plains of Tanzania with footage from his “surreal” adventure.

including international airfare
12 DAYS FROM $3795 Small Group Adventure Only
  • 3 nights from only $695
    Single Supplement: $195
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Find the Adventure That’s Right for You

Our Activity Level rating system ranks adventures on a scale of 1 to 5 to help you determine if a trip is right for you. See the descriptions below for more information about the physical requirements associated with each rating.

Activity Level 1:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 25 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 1-2 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last at least 1-2 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 2:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Easy

Travelers should be able to climb 40 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 2-3 miles over some uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for at least 2-3 hours at a time. Altitude can range from zero to 5,000 feet.

Activity Level 3:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 60 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 3 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 3 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 5,000 to 7,000 feet.

Activity Level 4:

1 2 3 4 5

Moderately Strenuous

Travelers should be able to climb 80 stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 4 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 7,000 to 9,000 feet.

Activity Level 5:

1 2 3 4 5


Travelers should be able to climb 100 or more stairs consecutively, plus walk at least 8 miles over some steep slopes and loose or uneven surfaces without difficulty. Walks typically last for 4 or more hours at a time. Altitude can range from 10,000 feet or more.

Itinerary Overview

Small Groups: Never more than 10-16 travelers—guaranteed!

The legendary plains of the Serengeti teem with one of the densest concentrations of wildlife on Earth. Thomson’s gazelle, buffalo, and elephant vie for survival here amidst grand backdrops, such as magnificent Tarangire National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, a twelve-mile wide, 2,000-foot deep caldera.

Travel to Tanzania and explore it all, as our expert Trip Leaders and driver-guides help you seek out the most elusive African game. And we immerse ourselves in the local culture through rewarding visits to schools and villages. At night, we retire to unique and varied lodgings, including Tanzanian lodges and a four-night stay at our O.A.T. private tented safari camp in the Serengeti, where delicious cuisine and first-rate service close out each day of discovery.

Make It Your Adventure

Personalize your trip to meet your individual needs, from preferred flights and air routing, to “breaking away” to spend more time in a destination.

  • Did you know that you have control over the way you want to fly with us? O.A.T’s team of Adventure Specialists makes every effort to provide you with non-stop flights and acceptable connection times to and from your destination. You also have several other ways you can personalize your air itinerary, which include:

    • Choose your departure city and airline: We list the most popular gateway cities on our website, but not all of them. If you don’t see yours listed, or there’s one that better suits your needs, let us know. You can also tell us if you have an airline preference and we will try to accommodation your request.
    • Depart from one city and return from another: Just because your flight leaves from one city doesn’t mean you have to return there. Maybe you flew out of Boston and wish to visit friends in Los Angeles after your trip is over. Tell us where you want to go and we’ll do our best to get you there.
    • Upgrade your seat: We’ll gladly arrange a flight upgrade to business or premium economy class if it’s available. 
    • Fly the way you want to: When you fly economy class, we’ll do our best to see that you get your choice of seating preference or even add a special meal request if you have dietary restrictions or needs.
  • If you choose to purchase airfare through O.A.T., consider personalizing your flights to include a Stopover. Break up your lengthy flight to Arusha, Tanzania, and take time to relax, refresh, and add another stamp to your passport with a visit to Amsterdam before your main adventure—or before your pre-trip extension. An O.A.T. representative will meet you at the airport in Amsterdam and assist with your transfer into the city for three nights in a centrally-located hotel—the rest is up to you!

    From re-visiting the Old Masters at the Rijksmuseum to heading outside the city to explore picturesque Haarlem, there’s always something new to discover in this world-class city. Amsterdam Stopovers include three nights at the NH Barbizon Palace (or similar), daily breakfasts, and roundtrip airport transfers. Single Supplement is $195.

    Suggested Activities in Amsterdam

    • Gaze at an original Picasso sculpture as you stroll through Vondelpark. Created in 1965 to commemorate the park’s 100th anniversary, Figure découpée l’Oiseau—or, “The Bird”—is located in the southern end of the park.
    • Take a tour of the Heineken Brewery that dates back to 1867. Enjoy an interactive tour where you’ll get to sample beer and learn about the brewing process.
    • See the architectural stylings of 7 countries on one street. Commissioned in the late 19th century, this row of 7 houses on Amsterdam Street (called Zevenlandenhuizen) displays an eclectic mix of architecture from Spain, England, France, Russia, Italy, Germany, and the Netherlands all in one place.
    • Take a short train ride to St. Bavokerk Church in Haarlem, the Netherlands and view an organ that Mozart, Mendelssohn, and Händel played.
    • Visit Jacob Hooy & Co, an 18th century herbalist’s shop near Nieuwmarkt. Dating back to 1743 when visitors sought to cure illnesses with opium and tobacco, the shop retains its original décor and transports travelers back to a simpler time.
  • You can extend your time abroad and "break away" anywhere you'd like to do more exploring on your own. Stay for a day, a week, or even a month in a favorite locale. Or consider a stopover to make discoveries in Amsterdam, Holland, en route to Tanzania for your Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari adventure. Our Adventure Specialists can provide you with information on the accommodations we will use at the beginning of your trip so that you can make your own arrangements. That way, you'll know that you will be exactly where you need to be to meet your group.

  • Many of our travelers choose to take another trip directly after their first one ends. Think about it: If you’re already overseas, why not see more of the region and avoid the expense and length of another international flight? Many travelers take our Out of Africa: Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Kenya & Tanzania trip, which already combines our Ultimate Africa and The Best of Kenya & Tanzania adventures. And now you’ll save an additional $250-$350 per person when you reserve two trips right after one another.

  • Many O.A.T. travelers simply don’t want their trips to end. With an array of pre- and post-trip extensions to choose from, you have the chance to experience more of the places you’ve traveled so far to see, including Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve, Foothills of Kilimanjaro, and  Zanzibar, Tanzania Plus, you lower your average per-day costs because you’re taking advantage of your already included international airfare.

Day-to-Day Itinerary

  • 3 nights from only $695

    When you purchase airfare through O.A.T., you have the option to personalize your flights and add a Stopover. Break up your lengthy flight to Arusha, Tanzania, with a 3-night Stopover in Amsterdam before your main adventure or before your pre-trip extension. An O.A.T. representative will meet you at the airport and assist with your included transfer into the city for three nights in a centrally-located hotel—the rest is up to you! Take advantage of this opportunity to relax, refresh, and explore the lovely canals, art museums, and old European charm of the historic capital of the Netherlands before your Africa safari adventure. Breakfasts and roundtrip airport transfer are also included. Single Supplement is $195.

    Looking for ways to fill your free time in Amsterdam? Check out some of our suggestions.

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  • 4 nights from only $1795

    Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Reserve is a gem of wild beauty. Rolling grasslands yield to breathtaking views of distant mountain ranges. Rich in wild fauna, Masai Mara celebrates Africa at its most untamed. Discover this fascinating land on a 4-night trip extension of Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari.

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  • 3 nights from only $1045

    Begin your Safari Serengeti: Tanzania Lodge & Tented Safari adventure with an unforgettable private stay in the foothills of the incomparable Mount Kilimanjaro. Because of O.A.T.’s privileged relationship with the Maasai village of Sinya, we will camp within the Maasai’s 45,000-acre private game reserve that runs along Tanzania’s and Kenya’s shared border. From your tented camp, enjoy breathtaking views of Mount Kilimanjaro.

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Arusha Ngorongoro Highlands & Crater Expand All
  • Depart today for your overseas flight.

  • You arrive in Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport in the morning. After a short stop, you depart on a flight for Kilimanjaro Airport near Arusha, Tanzania. You arrive late in the evening. Your O.A.T. Trip Leader will meet you at the airport to assist your transfer to tonight's lodgings near Arusha, where we'll join travelers who took our optional pre-trip extension to either the Foothills of Kilimanjaro, Tanzania or Kenya's Masai Mara Game Reserve.

  • After breakfast at our lodge and a briefing by our Trip Leader, we'll visit Safe Water Ceramics of East Africa, where we'll learn about this non-profit organization's efforts to increase access to clean water for the people of Africa. After the shock of learning many Tanzanians didn’t have access to clean water in 2005, an American woman and volunteer pottery instructor co-founded the organization, which now produces affordable ceramic water filters which last five years. Here, we'll get a hands-on demonstration of how the filtration works.

    Later, we’ll regroup to spend the rest of the day diving into the local culture of Tanzania and exploring Arusha with our Trip Leader. This evening, we’ll return to our lodge for dinner.

  • Today, we have breakfast and then depart for Tarangire, Tanzania's third-largest national park.

    With nine distinct vegetation zones ranging from grassland to woodland, from deep gully vegetation to scattered rocky hilltops, Tarangire offers a diverse geological landscape, as well as diverse wildlife—including the largest recorded concentration of breeding bird species in the world. Baobab trees dot the landscape, and the valley of the Tarangire River dominates the entire scene.

    As we continue the journey west toward our camp, the scenery is outstanding, and we may see some wildlife en route before we reach the main park gate. We will enjoy a picnic lunch in Tarangire National Park. Next up, we'll visit a group of women to observe the art of basket making.

    After a discovery-filled afternoon, we'll exit the southern side of the park and head to our lodge, which provides stunning views of Lake Burunge. We stay for two nights at a permanent tented camp in the midst of the wilderness. Our camp features a solar-heated shower, solar electricity, and comfortable walk-in safari tents under thatched roofs.

  • Today we experience Tarangire's diversity on a morning game-viewing drive, during which we'll pause to enjoy a picnic breakfast in the bush.

    The variety of wildlife here is excellent, from lion, cheetah, and buffalo to a wealth of birdlife. Elephant are plentiful here, traveling in large herds that are not often seen elsewhere in Africa. Each of our driver-guides has extensive knowledge of the behavior of these great animals.

    We will return to our lodge in time for a relaxing lunch. In the afternoon, we’ll have time to take an optional nature walk in the Lake Burunge area. After, we enjoy dinner together at our camp.

  • A Day in the Life

    Watch O.A.T. travelers dive into daily life in Tanzania’s remote Karatu village.

    This morning, experience A Day in the Life of a Maasai village, where you'll meet with the Maasai and witness some of their long-standing traditions such as building a mud hut and intricate beadwork. We'll have the opportunity to join in on a dance celebration, as well as an intimate Q&A session with the village elders. We'll then depart the village and head to a local primary school to meet with the students and teachers. After spending some time with the children and touring the school, we'll arrive at the lodge for lunch. After lunch we continue to Karatu to visit a local market.

    Later, we'll return to our lodge for a tour of its 500-acre coffee plantation. Our tour will take us through the coffee-making process, from bean harvest to drying and roasting, and will conclude with a tasting of the various blends. This evening, we'll have a briefing on our upcoming activities in the Serengeti and Oldupai Gorge.

    Please note: Our A Day in the Life experience is dependent upon the time of year, and can take place on Day 12.

  • Today we have breakfast together and then set off for Oldupai Gorge. It was here, in 1959, that Louis and Mary Leakey discovered fossil fragments, which led them to a new understanding of human evolution. They developed the theory that the Oldupai Gorge was home to Homo habilis, a race of early humans that survived other species to become the ancestors of all present-day humankind. Then visit the small museum here, which explains the Leakeys' methods and findings. After a picnic lunch, we travel to our camp in the Serengeti. We’ll enjoy a game-viewing drive en route and arrive at camp in time for dinner.

  • Today, we explore the vast expanse of the Serengeti, where the wildlife sightings are typically at their peak in the early mornings and late afternoons, when the temperature cools. Serengeti, in fact, is the Maasai word that means “endless plain.”

    The multitude and diversity of wildlife species in this huge protected area are unrivaled anywhere on the planet.

    From our remote camp, we set out on morning and afternoon game-viewing drives. Our mobile tented camps are set up based on the animals' seasonal migration patterns and are in place before you arrive. Each is outfitted with camp beds, complete with linens, blankets, pillows, and en suite facilities (shower and flush toilets) with hot water. You have your own verandah with wash basin and two director's chairs. There is a dining tent with tables and chairs. Spend the night listening to the sounds of the animals in the distance.

  • An optional Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari may be offered today, at an additional cost. If you choose to take this excursion, plan on awakening before dawn for an early morning ascent. You will rejoin the group after breakfast for a morning game-viewing drive.

    The Serengeti stretches over 5,700 square miles of plains, riverine bush, and acacia woodland, with a dominant environment of acacia grassland. Visitors who dash from lodge to lodge catch only a fleeting glimpse of the Serengeti's rich diversity. But from the comfort of our bush camp, there is never a rush: We go where the animals are. We can return to a promising area, or range further afield.

    On our afternoon game-viewing drive, our guides again help us identify the more elusive animal species, such as Bat-eared fox and Golden jackal, as well as rare birds like the beautiful Purple grenadier and the Red-cheeked cordon bleu. See if you can spot the odd-looking Secretary bird or the elegant Grey crowned crane.

    We dine at our camp this evening.

  • Today, we move at a relaxed pace, which will allow us to truly focus on observing animal behavior and interactions. We don’t just stop to photograph the next animal on a list, but spend time really getting to know how different species behave. Isolated rock groups, called kopjes, provide shelter to the solitary leopard, pairs of cheetah, and prides of lion. You’ll learn the clues that tell you if one has recently hunted or is about to hunt. Their quarry is the lone gazelle or vulnerable calf spotted amongst the hundreds of thousands of hoofed herbivores: antelope, zebra, and the ever-present wildebeest.

    After another rewarding day of game viewing, we return to our camp for the evening.

  • Early this morning, we drive to Ngorongoro Crater. We descend to the floor of Ngorongoro for some game-viewing. The caldera of Ngorongoro marks the ancient walls of a collapsed volcano, which was probably once the size of Mount Kilimanjaro.

    The circular crater is some twelve miles across, with steep walls of more than 2,000 feet. The crater's rim is 7,500 feet above sea level, the highest altitude we reach on our trip. Because of a permanent supply of water and a precise balance of predator and prey, most of the wildlife remains here year-round. The forest areas are home to herds of bull elephant, including some large, old “tuskers.” There are several prides of lion, and many packs of hyena and jackal. If lucky, you may spot a bat-eared fox or a pair of cheetah. These predators stalk the numerous wildebeest, gazelle, and zebra. Here thrives a stable population of rhino, as well as herds of buffalo and groups of hippo. The birdlife is equally diverse, ranging from the scavenging vulture and bustard to the magnificent eagle and crested crane. Our experienced driver-guides, who are experts at locating the animals, determine our route. We'll have a picnic lunch before we leave the crater and travel to our accommodations in Karatu.

  • Today we'll have the opportunity to explore the surrounding village of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Highlands for a full day of Learning and Discovery with our Trip Leader. We gather for a Farewell Dinner at our lodge this evening.

    Please note: Depending on the time of year, Day 12 can include A Day in the Life experience at an Iraqw village and local school.

    • Meals included:

    We'll return to Arusha this morning and enjoy the opportunity to shop for local crafts before having lunch at our lodge. You will have a day room available for the remainder of this afternoon. After time at leisure, we'll transfer to the airport for our overnight flight to the U.S. via Amsterdam.

    Travelers on the post-trip extension to Zanzibar will depart for their flight to the island of Zanzibar.

    Zanzibar, Tanzania

    5 nights from only $1645

    Welcome to Zanzibar, an exotic archipelago just 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania. We’ll explore its unique heritage in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and on an excursion to a spice plantation. We'll also encounter everyday life in this autonomous region of Tanzania, and meet the women of a seaweed farm and soap-making facility.

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