Arusha Arrive in time to meet your fellow travelers for a welcome gathering this evening. Your arrival transfer is included.
Arusha/Mto wa Mbu Duck under the giant leaves of banana trees as you explore the lush farmlands surrounding the vibrant village of Mto wa Mbu. Take a guided walk through the village, learning about local history, industry, and cuisine from members of several Tanzanian tribes. Enjoy lunch with a local family, tasting different types of banana and rice dishes harvested from nearby farms; and visit the workshops of village artisans to try your hand at painting. Continue to the Rift Valley escarpment and settle into our lodge overlooking Lake Manyara.
Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park Set out into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, centered around an enormous volcanic caldera where animals of all kinds gather to graze or hunt. Spot buffalo, wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles as they bound across the grass. Delve into the story of human origins at the Olduvai Gorge Museum and Visitor's Center, located near the site where National Geographic archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered early hominid fossils and stone tools. After lunch, continue to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and go on a safari across the wild Serengeti Plain, keeping an eye out for galloping giraffes and lounging lions; then settle into our tented camp under the setting sun.
Serengeti National Park Today, get to know the incredible creatures of the Serengeti. Choose to get a bird’s-eye view of the park as you float above it on an optional sunrise hot-air balloon safari. Or set out on morning and afternoon wildlife-viewing adventures. Ride in a 4x4 over golden plains, gazing out from the pop-up roof to glimpse wildlife through binoculars, or watch as animals walk right by us! Watering holes also draw all kinds of visitors, from towering giraffes to the tiny dik-diks, a miniature species of antelope. With luck, spot all of Africa’s “big five”—lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo.
Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater/Karatu On a morning safari, look out for cackling jackals, brave honey badgers, or long-necked ostriches strutting through the grass. Enjoy a picnic breakfast surrounded by the vast savanna, then head out of the Serengeti and stop for lunch on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the caldera for an afternoon safari drive, ready to be mesmerized by zebra stripes and the eland’s spiral horns. Settle into our safari lodge in Karatu this evening.
Karatu Wake up and smell the coffee at a morning tour of a local farm, where we’ll learn about coffee cultivation and preparation. Return to the lodge for lunch and enjoy an afternoon to relax by the pool and soak up the views of the valley.
Karatu/Arusha Enter the Great Rift Valley, a vast trench where the African tectonic plate splits in two. Visit a Maasai village to chat with locals and learn about the G Adventures–supported Clean Cookstoves project, which seeks to reduce household air pollution. Meet one of the project’s female engineers and lend a hand during the installation of a new stove in a village boma, or traditional home. Return to Arusha and spend the afternoon relaxing, or opt to explore the city’s cultural heritage center. In the evening, gather for a farewell dinner and share stories about our exciting adventures.
Arusha Depart at any time.