Zoo Travel: African Safari

TANZANIA: 10 Unforgettable Days Starting September 20, 2017


call Theresa Perez at AAA Travel at (239) 594-5006 ext 2251.

Join Tauck, AAA, and Naples Zoo for a life-changing tour through northern Tanzania's world-famous national parks as you meet her people and see the incredible wildlife. We'll observe the herds roaming the plains, descend into the lost world of Ngorongoro Crater, see elephants among the giant baobab trees, and much more. We'll even float over Serengeti at dawn in a hot air balloon – capped by a champagne breakfast in the bush. We travel in open-top safari vehicles, and stay in exotic safari lodges including the luxurious Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti and a classic tented camp overlooking the Tarangire River and its wildlife! 
Plus you'll get the professional service and worldwide connections of our local AAA Travel agents. And you'll enjoy it all with Naples Zoo's President & CEO Jack Mulvena and his wife Jess. Naples Zoo will once again be traveling with Tauck, consistently rated as a "World's Best" travel company and we concur. Tauck brings over 90 years of experience to make your trip both memorable and hassle-free. They are the global leader in premium guided travel adventures. And with Tauck's inclusive packages, you won't be nickeled and dimed with fees throughout your trip.

So leave the troubles of traveling behind and go wild this year! You will get the personal assistance of Naples Zoo professionals who have traveled through these parks. You'll even enjoy a pre-trip meet and greet where you can get all your questions answered. And a few months after you return stateside, you can relive your African memories at a reunion party at Naples Zoo!

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DAY 1: Arrive Arusha, Tanzania

Africa tour departs: Kilimanjaro International Airport. A transfer is included from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arumeru River Lodge in Arusha. Your African lodge, set in dreamlike tropical gardens, is located on the grounds of an old coffee farm. Settle in for a good night's rest as your African adventure begins in the morning! 

DAY 2: Hiking in Kilimanjaro or a game drive

A choice of adventures awaits to kick off your Africa tour and safari today! You can choose to hike with us in Kilimanjaro National Park – home to Mount Kilimanjaro, one of the world's highest mountains. While you won't be going all the way to the top, you'll take an exciting walk up (and down) Kilimanjaro's Marangu Trail, keeping an eye out for inquisitive monkeys, doe-eyed antelopes and abundant birdlife; you'll also visit the traditional home of a member of the Chagga tribe.

Or, you can join an experienced local guide on a full-day game drive in Arusha National Park (the first of many on your journey) to look for gentle giraffes, boisterous baboons, colorful flamingoes and big buffalo. Later, everybody meets back at the lodge for a welcome dinner tonight to share stories of the fun you'll have on this Africa tour.

DAY 3: Tarangire, where legends say life began

Today, we head to Tarangire National Park – the place where life began, according to Maasai legend, and immortalized in many movies about Africa. Marvel at the classic African savannah stretching out all around you, the wildlife-rich plains studded with massive baobob trees. Hop aboard our open-topped safari vehicles for an afternoon game drive; look for big cats lounging under baobab trees or elephants cooling off at a watering hole.

Enjoy dinner and the evening at Tarangire Safari Lodge, a tented camp overlooking the river and a landscape of acacia trees.

DAY 4: Game drives in the African bush

An up-close look at wildlife in Tarangire today begins with a morning game drive to Silale Swamp. After returning to the lodge for lunch and and some hands-on learning of Maasai crafts, head back out into the bush for an afternoon game drive and even more experiences guaranteed to create shared memories that will last lifetimes. Following dinner back at camp, learn some Swahili around the campfire!

Day 5: A village school, Lake Manyara & a Maasai boma

Make your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area today. En route, you'll stop for lunch overlooking Lake Manyara National Park; meet the students and teacher at a new primary school that Tauck helps support; and visit a Maasai boma (a traditional hut village preserving Maasai cultural customs).

Arrive late afternoon at your colonial lodge in Karatu, where your cottage-style accommodations for the next two nights are mingled among a coffee plantation and beautiful gardens.

DAY 6: Ngorongoro Crater, Africa's "Garden of Eden"

In the morning, you’ll drive into Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site. This is the remnant of a volcano estimated to once have stood over 16,000 feet tall and is the largest unbroken and unflooded caldera on our planet. After driving up the forested outer wall to the rim, you’ll descend about 2,000 feet down into the crater where you’ll see wildebeest, zebra, lion, cranes, elephant, hippos, and more - possibly even one of the critically endangered black rhinos that live here.

After a thrilling morning, settle in to a fun picnic lunch followed by looking for lions resting in the afternoon or listening to elephants crunch branches in the Lerai Forest. Then it’s back to your lodge in Karatu for drinks and the evening repast.

DAY 7: The "Cradle of Humankind," Oldupai Gorge

Awake to the crisp air of the highlands and select from a buffet of items to pack your own box lunch before leaving the Ngorongoro area and heading out to the famous Oldupai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley. Here, you’ll see the place where renowned anthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey found the fossilized remains of one of the first humans to walk upright. Check out the Oldupai Museum and enjoy a talk by a docent. 

Then cross into Serengeti National Park to see the endless views of the plains. Break for lunch break at Naabi Hill where you can get a 360 degree view. Then head to the Seronera River looking for leopards before arriving at Four Seasons Safari Lodge Serengeti, where you’ll spend the next three nights in high luxury safari lodge accommodations.

Day 8: Ballooning over the Serengeti & more

Rise before dawn for a whole new perspective on the landscapes and wildlife of Serengeti National Park – an unforgettable sunrise ride floating over the vast plains in a hot air balloon – followed by a champagne breakfast in the bush and some game viewing later in the morning.

After lunch at the lodge, look for cheetahs, hyenas, waterbuck and more on an afternoon game drive with your local guide. Back at Four Seasons lodge tonight, enjoy a special dinner, where you’ll have more stories to share.


day 9: Maasai traditions & a final game drive

Your Four Seasons lodge in the Serengeti enables you to savor the African landscape, view even more wildlife, and discover local Maasai traditions and daily life.  Learn about Maasai crafts and local conservation projects in classes at the lodge's Discovery Center and walks with the Center's Maasai staff.

After lunch, enjoy a farewell game drive in Serengeti National Park, where you can often see wildebeest and large numbers of lions and cheetahs, as well as herds of giraffe and zebra – an unforgettable spectacle of Africa's circle of life, right before your eyes!

Equally impressive are Tanzania's magical sunsets, which you'll enjoy during a farewell reception on the terrace of your lodge on your final night on safari, followed by a festive farewell dinner and some authentic Maasai fun.


DAY 10: Back to Arusha & journey home

After an early breakfast, look for wildlife on the drive to the airstrip for quick one-hour flight back to Arusha. Then it's off to the Cultural Heritage Center for a shopping paradise and magnificent art museum. After lunch, enjoy a guided tour of a local coffee plantation. Then grab a shower and relax and repack as you wish in your day room back at the Arumeru River Lodge.

Flights departing Africa leave late tonight. A transfer is included from Arumeru River Lodge to Kilimanjaro International Airport where your Tauck tour ends.


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EASY TRAVEL PRICING: Double (Two Per Room)  $7,240 - Single Rate $7,996
includes hot air ballon ride, gratuities to Tauck Director, local guides, and drivers plus airport transfers, 27 meals (9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners), service charges, taxes, national park admission fees, and porterage. Pricing above reflects $250 per person in addition to standard Tauck rates for this exclusive Naples Zoo departure hosted by Naples Zoo's President & CEO as well as pre-departure meet and greet with additional travel tips, checklist review, and general Q&A. Participants also enjoy photo/camera Q&A help, post-trip reunion party, and post-trip photo sharing. NOTE: Pricing does not include international airfare, laundry, or alcoholic beverages.

For more info or to book your safari, call Theresa Perez at AAA Travel at (239) 594-5006 ext 2251.

Itinerary subject to change.