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Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Serengeti Wildlife Safari

Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park

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Trip Details at-a-Glance

Cost From: $11,245  
Length: 16 days
Arrive: Arusha, Tanzania
Depart: Nairobi, Kenya
Lodging: 3 nights hotels, 4 nights deluxe game lodges, 8 nights private camps
Meals: All meals included except 1 dinner
Activity: Safaris, Cultural Adventures, Walking, Wildlife & Natural History
Trip Level: 4WD gameviewing, optional guided game walks, evening game drives
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Highlights

  • Three-day symposium at historic Mt. Kenya Safari Club featuring five of the world’s top wildlife researchers, conservationists, and paleontologists
  • Experience incredible Ngorongoro Crater and the epic Serengeti, one of the world’s legendary wildlife paradises
  • Special activities include off-road travel, walking safaris, exploration in open vehicles, Masai culture
  • Private wilderness camps exclusive to our groups in spectacular settings, with extraordinary access to wildlife

Choosing the Right Trip

We work hard to help you choose the right trip for you, paying attention to your individual interests, abilities, and needs. If you have questions about the level of comfort or any of the activities described in this itinerary, please contact us.

References

We are proud to have an exceptionally high rate of repeat travelers. For more information, we would be happy to put you in touch with a client who has traveled with us.

Special Offer!

$1500 discount per couple ($750 per person). 
Jun 13-28, 2014 departure

Limit 4 people, new sign-ups only.

This itinerary is part of the Perspectives on East Africa Symposium & Safari Program, which offers the special opportunity to learn from and mingle with a remarkable group of world-renowned wildlife experts and conservationists.

The safari described on this page is one of six special journeys which are being offered in conjunction with the symposium. For information on the other symposium safaris click on these links:  Cradle of Mankind, Hemingway’s Africa, Kenya Photo Safari, Out of Africa, and Mountain Gorilla Safari.

On golden Serengeti savannas, the earth’s greatest gathering of terrestrial wildlife roams across a landscape little changed in centuries. Our dream Serengeti journey includes amazing gameviewing in Ngorongoro Crater plus our very own private safari camps on Masai-owned gamelands bordering the Serengeti, where we explore a pristine piece of wild Africa all to ourselves! This is the ultimate way to safari, with off-road travel, night game drives, exploration by open 4WD vehicle, and exciting game walks with a skilled tracker and Masai guides.

Itinerary at a Glance

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Days 1-3
Arusha, Tanzania / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater

After an overnight at Arusha’s lovely Serena Mountain Village, we enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the dramatic wall of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. We then head for Ngorongoro Crater, whose beauty and vastness is simply breathtaking. On the crater’s 105-square-mile grassy floor lives Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife in a phenomenally scenic setting. Overnights are at the luxurious Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, perched on the crater rim.

Days 1-3
Arusha, Tanzania / Lake Manyara / Ngorongoro Crater

After an overnight at Arusha’s lovely Serena Mountain Village, we enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, nestled at the base of the dramatic wall of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. We then head for Ngorongoro Crater, whose beauty and vastness is simply breathtaking. On the crater’s 105-square-mile grassy floor lives Africa’s largest permanent concentration of wildlife in a phenomenally scenic setting. Overnights are at the luxurious Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, perched on the crater rim.

Days 4-7
Serengeti National Park

During these four unforgettable days, we explore the Serengeti by 4WD vehicle from our own private camp in a secluded section of Serengeti National Park. Large prides of lions reside here, as well as clans of cheetahs and spotted hyena, and we may be lucky enough to spot a leopard. As the predators stalk the bountiful herds, we should see vast numbers of wildebeest and zebra, along with giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala, reedbuck, hippo, warthog, and amazing birdlife.

Days 4-7
Serengeti National Park

During these four unforgettable days, we explore the Serengeti by 4WD vehicle from our own private camp in a secluded section of Serengeti National Park. Large prides of lions reside here, as well as clans of cheetahs and spotted hyena, and we may be lucky enough to spot a leopard. As the predators stalk the bountiful herds, we should see vast numbers of wildebeest and zebra, along with giraffe, buffalo, topi, hartebeest, waterbuck, impala, reedbuck, hippo, warthog, and amazing birdlife.

Days 8-13
Olduvai / Tarangire National Park / Nairobi

We visit Olduvai, where Mary Leakey discovered the Zinjanthropus skull, then head to Tarangire, a scenic gem with expansive panoramas of wooded savanna stretching in every direction. Its permanent river attracts tremendous seasonal concentrations of animals—from enormous herds of elephants to smaller groups of oryx, kongoni, Grant’s gazelle, and troops of baboons. In this beautiful realm, we enjoy off-road travel and exploration in open vehicles, as well as exciting bush walks in the company of an expert guide. On Day 13, return to Arusha and fly to Nairobi.

Days 8-13
Olduvai / Tarangire National Park / Nairobi

We visit Olduvai, where Mary Leakey discovered the Zinjanthropus skull, then head to Tarangire, a scenic gem with expansive panoramas of wooded savanna stretching in every direction. Its permanent river attracts tremendous seasonal concentrations of animals—from enormous herds of elephants to smaller groups of oryx, kongoni, Grant’s gazelle, and troops of baboons. In this beautiful realm, we enjoy off-road travel and exploration in open vehicles, as well as exciting bush walks in the company of an expert guide. On Day 13, return to Arusha and fly to Nairobi.

Days 14-16
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium

Presentations, excursions, and other activities with our guest speakers at the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Depart from Nairobi on Day 16. Note: This safari is offered both pre- and post-symposium. The post-symposium safari features the same itinerary, but with the symposium at the beginning.

Days 14-16
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium

Presentations, excursions, and other activities with our guest speakers at the Mount Kenya Safari Club. Depart from Nairobi on Day 16. Note: This safari is offered both pre- and post-symposium. The post-symposium safari features the same itinerary, but with the symposium at the beginning.

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Please note that the sequence of visits on the pre-symposium safari has been changed since publication of the original program brochure, to provide an improved experience for participants. The sites visited and the number of days at each one remains the same, only the order of the itinerary has changed.

Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure

A Symposium & Safari Program in East Africa, June 2014
Enjoy a rare opportunity to meet the leading experts on East Africa’s wildlife, photography, and the origins of mankind, all in the magnificent setting of Kenya’s Central Highlands. Guest experts include Dr. Iain Douglas-Hamilton, Dr. Louise Leakey, and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience of East Africa. Space is limited, call soon!

View our Perspectives on East Africa 2014 Brochure brochure in three ways!

Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

What the Trip is Like

This trip is rated Level 2+, Easy to Moderate, according to our trip grading system. This is a camping and lodge safari with gameviewing by 4WD vehicle and nature walks that can be enjoyed by anyone in reasonably good health. There are a few long driving days over rough roads and rugged dirt tracks. At our private camps, we have opportunities for optional bush walks with a professional tracker as well as the flexibility to go out on game drives. The game-tracking walks are not difficult and are conducted at a pace that allows an intimate exploration of the African bush. Although this is not a particularly rigorous trip, we recommend that each participant undertake a preparatory program of physical conditioning. Daily walking or regular hiking, jogging, and stair-climbing are excellent ways to prepare for the trip. Any African safari is an adventure, and the traveler to Africa should bring along flexibility, a sense of humor, curiosity about new peoples and places, and an openness to the unexpected.

Explanation of Trip Levels

 

Departures & Leaders

2014
Jun 13-28, 2014  Mzee Justice Mangyangi
Jun 25-Jul 10, 2014  Mzee Justice Mangyangi

Program Cost

Prices are for 2014
$11245 (12-15 members)
$11745 (10-11 members)
$12245 (6-9 members)
Single supplement: $1150
Internal airfare: $290 (subject to change)
Park fees: $1660
more on pricing

Extension Costs
Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans
   from: $1995
Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island
   from: $5095
Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort
   from: $1495

Trip Cost Includes:

  • Program of presentations by Guest Speakers and symposium excursions
  • Accommodations based on double occupancy, including one night in Nairobi and two nights at the Mount Kenya Safari Club during the symposium, and hotels, lodges, and camps on safari
  • Meals from breakfast on June 26 through lunch on June 28 during symposium, and as designated in the detailed itineraries on safari
  • Charter flights during symposium
  • Land transportation during symposium and on safari, with guaranteed window seating on game drives
  • Expert leadership of a Wilderness Travel Trip Leader and local guides on safari
  • Camp staff and group camping and cooking equipment on camping safaris
  • Group airport transfers on scheduled arrival and departure dates
  • Beverages and laundry service at designated camps on safari

Trip Cost Does Not Include:

International airfare to and from Africa, internal airfare within Africa, meals not specified after each day in the detailed trip itinerary, park fees and permits, airport departure taxes, optional tipping or gratuities to leaders or staff, additional hotel nights that may be necessitated by airline schedule changes or other factors, cost of medical immunizations (if any), travel insurance, and other expenses of a personal nature (alcoholic beverages, laundry, etc.). Extensions and any optional side trips and excursions such as balloon safaris are at your own expense. Beverages and laundry service are included at certain camps on safari but not at all locations.

Trip Payment Schedule*

At time of reservation: $1000
180 days prior to departure: 25%
90 days prior to departure: Balance

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Cancellation and Transfer Fee Schedule*

Minimum cancellation fee: $500 per person
365-181 days prior to departure): $1000 non-refundable
180-91 days prior to departure): All deposits to date non-refundable
90 days prior to departure: 100% of trip costs, internal airfares, park fees, and permits non-refundable

*Please note that this differs from our regular catalog departures.

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Day 1 (1 night), Arusha, Tanzania

Nestled in a coffee plantation on the shores of Lake Duluti, this lodge is a well-run property with an excellent restaurant and a tranquil location. ...
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Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Days 2 to 3 (2 nights), Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is an international-style hotel with a spectacular setting on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater at 6,000 feet. The ...
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Private Mobile Camp

Private Mobile Camp

Days 4 to 7 (4 nights), Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Private Mobile Camp offers great comfort in a fantastic wilderness setting within Serengeti National Park. The camp is set in an area of outstanding ...
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Plantation Lodge

Plantation Lodge

Day 8 (1 night), Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Tanzania

With 16 cottages spread out across flowering gardens, this lodge has a peaceful setting and is in fact a working coffee plantation. While not a ...
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Osunyai Private Camp

Osunyai Private Camp

Days 9 to 12 (4 nights), Tarangire, Tanzania

Our private camp at Osunyai is perched along the banks of a sand river where elephants come to excavate for water. It features large, walk-in tents ...
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Nairobi Hotel

Day 13 (1 night), Nairobi, Kenya

In Nairobi, we stay at one of the following properties:

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Mount Kenya Safari Club

Days 14 to 15 (2 nights), Nanyuki, Kenya

Nestled in the foothills of snow-capped Mount Kenya, Africa’s second-highest mountain, the Mount Kenya Safari Club is an ideal base for our ...
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Extension Accommodations

If you would like to view the accommodations offered with our extensions options:

Note: Listed above are our signature accommodations for this trip. Although it is highly unlikely, we may make substitutions when necessary.

Mzee Justice Mangyangi

Mzee Justice, whose name means “revered elder” in Swahili, has been a professional safari guide since 1994. His guiding prowess incorporates a hunter’s eye and he can spot game in circumstances beyond the normal realm of most people’s visual abilities. Active in every aspect of his home country’s conservation efforts, he encourages awareness among his fellow Tanzanians of the huge value that wilderness and natural history can play in Tanzania’s progress. Mzee possesses a wonderful combination of charm, humor, and a wealth of knowledge.

Upcoming Trips:

Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Serengeti Wildlife Safari, June 13-28, 2014
Perspectives on East Africa Symposium: Serengeti Wildlife Safari, June 25-July 10, 2014

Client Testimonials:


Mzee Justice was very knowledgeable, professional, and well organized. He has a wonderful sense of humor. James D., Glendale, CA By the end of our safari, I believed that Mzee Justice was an eagle reincarnated! His skills as a guide and spotter are truly remarkable. His magical story telling skills made some of our longer drives quite fun. Pamela B., Long Beach, CA Mzee was a gem! His innate ability to find the animals was remarkable. His sense of humor kept us all laughing. We would definitely travel with Mzee again. Pam and David S., Camano Island WA
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
What a pleasure to spend time with such a delightful, knowledgeable, personable fellow. I could not have been more pleased. We all came to adore him and learned a ton over our short time with him! Gail G., Evanston, IL
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was wonderful. He had an incredible sense of humour, and he was very helpful to me in identifying birds. An excellent driver and story-teller. Anne T., N Vancouver, BC
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee made this a very enjoyable trip. His knowledge and kindness were greatly appreciated. Jane F., Mattapoisett, MA Mzee is a warm and gracious man. His knowledge is amazing and his ability to find the animals unbelievable. He has a fantastic sense of humor and was so much fun! Barbara B., Mountain View, CA
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was an excellent leader on so many levels. I had total confidence in him and his team from start to end. Carol B., Pacifica, CA
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was the most wonderful, knowledgeable, fun, helpful, interesting guide imaginable! He's really amazing and great! William L., West Hartford, CT
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was THE main reason the trip was so phenomenal. He is your greatest asset. Joseph J., West Hartford, CT
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Wonderful guide, knowledgable, fun, able to spot game I couln't even see with binoculars! Just the best. Bill and Judy P., Santa Fe, NM
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was terrific. His knowledge and love of the area, the animals, the insects, and plants was outstanding, and enthusiastically shared. Linda N., Palo Alto, CA
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was great. He worked nonstop to make sure we had a rich experience and he did it with unflagging humor and grace. Amy W., New York, NY
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was integral to the trip's success with his knowledge of the wildlife, the land, conservation/environmental issues, and his supernatural abiltiy to spot wildlife. He is also incredible with people, making everyone comfortable and accommodating everyone's needs and interests. Lynn Z., Tucson, AZ
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was an outstanding trip leader. He was caring and concerned for our health and comfort, and his sense of humor and approachability made for a very relaxed atmosphere. Melinda C., Sammamish, WA
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee eagerly shared his vast and impressive knowledge of wildlife behavior to give us a much greater appreciation of what we witnessed. He takes great care of the environment and helped us do the same. He is very personable and we looked forward to his company every day. Joanne M., North Vancouver, British Columbia
Serengeti Wildlife Safari
Mzee was amazing and made our trip spectacular! We can't thank him enough for his tireless work on our behalf. Ellen R., Key Largo, FL
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Optional Extensions

If you would like to continue your adventure, we offer the following extensions:

Rwanda

mountain gorillas silverback rwanda parc des volcans

Gorilla Tracking In Rwanda's Parc Des Volcans

One of the World’s Most Thrilling Wildlife Experiences

Hiking / Trekking, Wildlife & Natural History
4 days  -  Level 4

Tanzania

mnemba island zanzibar

Zanzibar Extension: Mnemba Island

Snorkeling and Diving in a Magnificent Aquatic World

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2

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Zanzibar Extension: Serena Inn, Breezes or Palms Resort

Tropical Island Beauty and Indian Ocean Snorkeling

Cultural Adventures, Sea Kayaking, Snorkeling
4 days  -  Level 2