Safari to Tanzania with House of Lloyd Alumni & Friends

Travel in House of Lloyd Alumni & Friends style to one of the best wildlife viewing destinations in the world, Tanzania. Revel in the beauty of Tarangire National Park and search for tree-climbing lions and pink flamingos in Lake Manyara. Descend 2,000 ft into Ngorongoro, a 100 sq mile volcanic crater teeming with wildlife , and watch the endless plains of the Serengeti unfurl as you drive by 4x4 safari vehicle among its wild game. Imagine the bold colors of an African sunset as night falls - all the while enjoying special touches and exciting events planned just for you, as part of an exclusive House of Lloyd Alumni travel group.

Day 1: Depart from Dulles International Airport (Mon. October 26th)

Today you begin your adventure!

Day 2: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, Arusha (Tues, October 27)

Welcome to Africa! On arrival at Kilimanjaro International airport, you will be met by your Extraordinary Journeys representative and taken to Lake Duluti Serena Hotel, a charming property, perfect for resting after a long journey. Sleep well, as your safari begins tomorrow!

Meals Included: Breakfast

The city of Arusha sits in a pleasant, lush valley, divided by the Naura River near the base of 15,000-ft Mt. Meru. This bustling city, the safari capital of Tanzania, is the economic center of an area with a rich agricultural economy, thanks to fertile volcanic soil. Travel_Guide_top_strap

Overnight: Lake Duluti Serena Hotel

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, Mountain Village offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit', the hotel offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, canoeing on the lake, and trips to the nearby Arusha and Mount Meru national parks. Home_page Overnights at LAKE DULUTI SERENA HOTEL. Includes: Bed & Breakfast

Day 3-4: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park (Wed, Oct 28 to Thurs, Oct 29)

Your safari begins today and as drive to Tarangire National Park where you will spend two nights. You will stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge in the heart of the National Park, where you will enjoy two game drives per day. Here, you will get to see the famous and beautiful baobab trees, as well as lots of elephants!

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

After the Serengeti, Tarangire has the greatest concentration of wildlife in Tanzania and in the dry season (Sept and October), the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. This is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. Tarangire is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, and its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the mountains to the south.


Overnight: Tarangire Sopa Lodge

The Tarangire Sopa Lodge is a large resort type hotel in the heart Tarangire. The outbuildings may look strange when you arrive as the roof sweeps down to the floor. Upon entering, you see a whole other picture. The view from the lodge is spectacular, overlooking part of the Tarangire Hill. There is also a unique swimming pool which is located at the edge of a rocky gorge and it has its own bar and snack kitchen, offering a refreshing interlude between game drives. The hotel has 75 rooms all containing twin queen size beds. The décor is plain but pleasant. All rooms have a small lounge in the front portion, but the verandah provides for far better relaxation. All bathrooms are en suite and have amenities such as bidets and hair dryers.


Overnights at TARANGIRE SOPA LODGE. Includes: All meals and shared game drives.

Day 5: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, Lake Manyara National Park (Fri, Oct 30)

Today you will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park with picnic lunch to be enjoyed during a game drive in this beautiful park. After the picnic, you will visit Mto wa Mbu before being taken to Lake Manyara Serena lodge.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Lake Manyara National Park (80,300 acres,) tucked at the base of an escarpment that forms one edge of the Great Rift Valley, is fed by ground water that creates one of the most diverse habitats in East Africa. There is a lake that varies in salinity levels with wetter and drier climate cycles, and at times it is replete with flamingos, pelicans, storks and cormorants. Springs in the park's northern end support a dense groundwater forest of magnificent giant fig and mahogany trees which shelter an abundance of vervet monkeys, baboons, bushbuck, waterbuck, and elephant. South of the groundwater forest, acacia woodland and open grassland are frequented by buffalo, wildebeest, impala, giraffe, zebra, and lions – that are occasionally seen resting on the limb of an acacia. Probably the most remarkable tree found here is the baobab, which according to legend was uprooted and planted upside down. The park is an ornithological paradise with over 350 species of birds. Travel_guide_top_strap

Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Standing high on the bluff of a dramatic ochre and terracotta streaked cliff above the flamingo-frosted expanse of Lake Manyara’s gleaming alkaline waters, the Lodge commands panoramic views across the volcano-studded floor of the Great Rift Valley. Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the Lodge draws on an inspirational architectural motif that melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Maasai ‘Bomas’ (encampments) whilst the vibrantly coloured frescoes lining the walls are designed to depict the colourful intricacy of bird migratory patterns. The ambiance of the Lodge is a fusion of lakeside tranquility, towering volcanic splendour and adventure-packed sporting activity. As to wildlife, the park offers abundant sightings of; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Significant numbers of elephant are also resident in the Park whilst sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Manyara is also especially noted for its wealth of bird life, being visited by many thousands of sugar-pink Lesser Flamingos, significant numbers of Greater Flamingos and a host of other woodland, plains and water birds. MANYARApool Overnights at MANYARA SERENA LODGE. Includes: All meals daily, game drives in 4x4.

Day 6-7: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge, Central Serengeti (Sat, Oct 31 to Sun, Nov 1)

Today you will be transferred to the vast Serengeti National Park which is the Southern extension of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, famous for its annual wildebeest migration. Arrive for lunch at Serengeti Serena Lodge. You will experience exceptional game viewing that the Serengeti has to offer, and may get a glimpse of the wildebeest herds during your two nights stay.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Serengeti National Park (3,646,500 acres) is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s protected areas with over 3 million large mammals roaming its plains. The Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to all, including the local Maasai, for whom it is Siringitu - "the place where the land moves on forever." Today, the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and the Maasai Mara Game Reserve across the border in Kenya, protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact.


More than a million wildebeest, accompanied by hundreds of thousands of zebras and other herbivores, descend upon the short-grass plains of the southeastern Serengeti at the start of the rainy season around December. After calving in January and February, they scatter over the southern and central plains. By May the rain ends, the grass has been reduced to stubble, and the animals begin their long march to dry-season grazing grounds near the permanent waters of the Serengeti's northern woodlands and Kenya's Maasai Mara. Reaching these destinations by July or so, they remain until October, when they head back to the southeastern Serengeti. This struggle for survival continues unaided and unaltered through the millennia!

Overnight: Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Set high on the saddle of a tree-clad ridge, commanding panoramic views across the Serengeti, this lodge is the ultimate fusion of traditional African architecture and world-class style. Winner of numerous awards from the world travel press, it is perhaps the finest large venue the Serengeti has to offer. A series of traditional domed ‘rondavels' are widely spaced throughout the grounds, which are cooled by groves of acacia trees and watered by sparkling streams. On the very edge of the ridge is a ‘vanishing horizon' pool, which looks out over the ‘endless plains' after which the Serengeti is named. location_and_directionsmall3e63f7 Overnight at SERENGETI SERENA. Includes:All meals daily and scheduled game activities.

Day 8: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater (Mon, November 2)

Today, depart for the beautiful Ngorongoro Conservation Area, arriving at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge in time for lunch. Perched on the rim of the Crater, you will enjoy breathtaking views below of the UNESCO World Heritage site commonly referred to as 'Africa's Garden of Eden'.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. The volcanic cone is believed to have collapsed nearly two million years ago, and while standing, could have been as tall, if not taller, than Mt. Kilimanjaro. The crater (1,800 feet deep and 102 square miles) is a microcosm of East African scenery with abundant wildlife – more than 25,000 larger animals, mostly zebra and wildebeest. This is also the best place in Tanzania to see magnificent black-maned lion and black rhino. A soda lake changes size depending on the rains that are the lifeline of this amazing land. Colorful flamingoes and more than 100 species of birds found here and not in the Serengeti frequent the area. Patience may also reward you with glimpses of leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, elephant, warthog, buffalo, impala, buffalo, hartebeest, eland and lots of other antelopes. As you descend into the crater, you may see the local Maasai as they take their cattle down the steep walls of the crater.


Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

Perched on the jagged rim of the crater, wreathed in morning mist, camouflaged in river-stone and cloaked in indigenous creepers, the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is a triumph of ecological and architectural fusion. Sensitively constructed so as to take nothing from its environment while affording endless vistas over the heat-shimmering reaches of the crater below, the clustered boulder-built buildings of the Lodge hug the crater rim, linked by rope-lashed timber walkways that skirt the buttressed roots of ancient, liana-hung trees. The interior, radiating out from the primeval log fire glowing at the heart of the Lodge, blends the concentrated hush of a game-viewing hide with the ochre, rust and charcoal images of a prehistoric cavern. Lit by flaming wall-lanterns, clad in gigantic volcanic boulders and decorated by the iron spears, bright-beaded robes and intricately carved artifacts of the Maasai, the Lodge is a unique blend of world-class luxury and ethnic style. As for the views, from lilac-streaked sunrise, to indigo star-studded night, the Ngorongoro Crater delivers a theatre of vistas, most unchanged since the dawn of time. The rooms, each with its own rock-enclosed balcony, are strung around the crater rim. Rooms are fully air-conditioned and enjoy uninterrupted views over the Crater's unmatched splendor.



At the end of an action-packed day, guests can follow a gentle nature trail that loops around the Lodge through moss-hung glades and plunging ravines, take a guided walk to the Crater's rim, relax with a herbal massage, or watch as the burning sun sinks behind the mountains from a unique vantage point on the craggy heights of the Crater's rim. Overnights at NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE Includes: All meals daily and scheduled game activities

Day 9: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater (Tues, November 3)

The final highlight of your trip awaits you this morning as you depart to explore what is commonly referred to as the world’s largest wildlife zoo. After breakfast, you descend with a picnic lunch through the early morning mists and 2,000 feet into the crater. Ngorongoro Crater is the World’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Due to its size and diversity, the crater floor is comprised of several distinct areas, ranging from forest, swamps, lakes and springs, to open grassland. It’s an awesome wildlife experience. A picnic lunch is served overlooking a small lake populated with hippos. Return to the lodge in the late afternoon for our last night in Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner


Day 10: Departure (Wed, November 4)

Today you will bid farewell to Tanzania. You will be transferred from your lodge to Arusha where you will enjoy lunch at a hotel before being transferred to Kilimanjaro International Airport and continuing on your journey home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch


Day 11: Land at Dulles International Airport (Thurs. November 5)

Today you land back in the US to connect with any onward flights home.


The price, per person sharing for the indicated dates is $4400 including international airfare


  • Price noted is per person sharing
  • Round-trip international airfare on Ethiopian Airlines from Washington D.C. to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania and return.
  • Superior accommodations throughout as indicated or similar.
  • All meals, while on safari as indicated.
  • All wildlife viewing by 4 X 4 open roof vehicle shared with other guests, driven by a highly qualified naturalist driver/guide. Maximum 6 passengers per 7 seater vehicle.
  • Guide/group manager with 20 or more full paying passengers
  • Complimentary water in vehicles.
  • All applicable hotel and lodge taxes.
  • All game park entry fees as indicated.
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary.
  • Sightseeing and excursions only as specified in the itinerary.
  • Game viewing activities as specified in the itinerary.

Not included:

  • US and foreign airport taxes.
  • Passport and visa fees and service charges for obtaining visas.
  • Excess baggage charges levied by airlines.
  • Gratuities to driver/guides and other conveyance attendants.
  • Items of a personal nature, unless otherwise noted
  • Personal and baggage insurance.
  • Meals, drinks and laundry not specified in the itinerary.
  • Premium brand drinks, champagne, cognacs, cellar wines, cigars and cigarettes.
  • Sightseeing and excursions not specified in the itinerary.
  • Flights and transfers not specified in the itinerary.
  • National parks and concession fees not specified in the itinerary.

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