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Africa’s size and diversity is often taken for granted. Even the term “safari” can mean something different depending on which part of the continent you’re in. Interested in a classic African safari to spot the Big 5? Your best bet could be a game drive in Kenya. Want to travel by boat to spot hippos instead? Head to Botswana. Our knowledgeable Travel Advisors will help clarify all the magnificent options available.

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What We Love About Africa

When we think of Africa, we usually think of a safari but there are so many types of trips you can take here.  You can trek for a rare gorilla sighting in Rwanda, see giant waterfalls in Zambia, enjoy the beaches in South Africa, the pyramids of Egypt and did you know that you can also find penguins in Africa? It's diversity is just one of the many things we love about Africa.

Our Favorite Hotels
  • Sanctuary Swala

  • Sanctuary Kichakani Serengeti Camp

  • One&Only Nyungwe House

  • Four Seasons Serengeti

Traveller's Compass

Our Favorite Sites

  • Victoria Falls, Zambia & Zimbabwe 

  • Table Mountain, South Africa

  • Pyramids of Giza, Egypt

  • Sphinx, Egypt

  • Djemaa el Fna, Morocco 

Bucket List Experiences

Spot "The Big Five"

Take in Victoria Falls

Hang with the Masai Mara

Giraffe Manor

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Ideas for Your Trip to Africa

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Tanzania

  • DAY 1

    ARUSHA TANZANIA You’ve Arrived

    • Airport with Meet & Greet - Vehicle/Driver-Guide

  • DAY 2

    TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Design Your Own Day

    • Explore a Coffee Estate, walking the plantation to see                                

    • how fine local coffee is grown, harvested, dried and                                                               produced.

    • Return to your lodge for lunch, and then fly to Tarangire National Park, where open grasslands, acacia trees and the Tarangire River paint a wild landscape. This afternoon, set out on a game drive.

  • DAY 3

    TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK Abundant Game Viewing 

    • Today, enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in search of elands, oryxes, wildebeests and zebras as well as the park’s large elephant population. Keep your eyes trained for hartebeests, gazelles and exotic birds like the bateleur and martial eagle.

    • This evening, you may choose a game drive by moonlight. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of your safari vehicle as you venture into the park, as it is transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen by visitors. Among the species you may encounter are an African wildcat or the elusive leopard, or you may feel the round eyes of a bush baby peering down at you. 

  • DAY 4

    NGORONGORO CRATER Amphitheater of Animals

    • As you cross the Great Rift Valley, stop to visit a market in Mto wa Mbu, where stalls brim with vibrant local produce. Then, see the village from a different perspective as you ride on a tuk-tuk, viewing the local community and rice fields as you go.

    • Ttake a scenic drive to tranquil Gibb’s Farm, where you stop for a lunch made with organic, just-picked ingredients.

    • Visit the natural amphitheater of Ngorongoro Crater, a 2,000-foot-deep caldera. A fascinating microcosm of East African wildlife — including buffalo, flamingos, lions and leopards – resides inside. Climb the outer wall, passing through dense vegetation until a breathtaking view across the crater floor appears.

    • Arrive at your camp, nestled in a wooded area with easy access to the crater floor and featuring elegant, tented accommodations adorned with handwoven rugs, comfortable beds with crisp linens, and en suite bathrooms with flush toilets. Relax on your veranda to view the natural wonderland.

  • DAY 5

    NGORONGORO CRATER Explore a Natural Wildlife Haven

    • This morning, descend into the crater, arriving ahead of most visitors — thanks to the closer proximity of your ideally located accommodations — to view the resident wildlife at its most active time of day.

    • Take a break from game viewing to enjoy a picnic lunch, in a location apart from crowded picnic sites, as a symphony of wildlife sounds envelops you.

    • This afternoon, visit with an elder at a Maasai village, where you learn about the tribe’s traditional, nomadic lifestyle and coexistence with wildlife. Sense the incomparable spirit of this pastoral, nomadic people who have kept their tribal traditions alive through countless generations of life in East Africa.

  • DAY 6

    SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Searching the Vast Plains 

    • Fly to the fabled Serengeti National Park and settle into your remote and authentic camp. Then, set out on the boundless Serengeti, one of the oldest and least-changed ecosystems on earth, where the circle of life plays out every day. For a portion of each year, dictated by weather patterns and the unpredictable nature of wild animals, vast herds of wildebeests and zebras move through the Serengeti in search of grass and water as part of the year-round Great Migration cycle.

    • This evening, sip a cocktail and reflect on the majesty of Africa during a relaxing sundowner experience.

  • DAY 7

    SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK Where the Big Five Roam 

    • Venture out on morning and afternoon game drives in the protected Serengeti refuge, where flowing rivers support a plethora of species. In addition to the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos), keep your camera handy for sights such as a cheetah bolting after a fleet Thomson’s gazelle. Enjoy ideal game viewing, as your highly experienced driver-guide strives continually to keep you in the heart of the action.

  • DAY 8

    DEPART ARUSHA 

    • Fly to Arusha and relax in a comfortable dayroom before transferring to the airport for your flight home.

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