2023 Tanzania: The Serengeti & Beyond

Date: June 11 - June 22, 2023

For the first time in over 13 years, the NEW Zoological Society is hosting a conservation trip to Africa. Join NEW Zoo Curator of Animals, Carmen Murach, on a 10-day conservation trip through the African nation Tanzania that will include safaris and guided excursions.

Partnering with Sunset Family Travel and Globus, the NEW Zoological Society has designed a luxury trip to connect travelers with wildlife in the wilds of Africa.

Featuring exhilarating wildlife safaris through grasslands, woodlands, and swamplands—plus distinctive safari lodges that blend into the living landscape, this Africa vacation was designed for those who like to take a walk—or a nap—on the wild side. Wildlife safaris through Tarangire, Lake Manyara, and Serengeti National Parks—as well as the vast, volcanic Ngorongoro Crater—offer an opportunity for up-close views of the “Big 5” (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino, and Cape buffalo) as well as countless other majestic creatures. As you explore these mesmerizing parks, prepare to see zebra grazing, hippo bathing, elephants trumpeting and, if luck is on your side, cheetah sprinting. Marvel at Maasai Warriors jumping in celebration of life. There’s lots to fall in love with on this timeless Tanzania safari, including morning mimosas and sundowner drinks in the bush as you quench your thirst for knowledge and adventure.

Dates & Prices

Depart: June 11, 2023. Flight from Chicago O’Hare to Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.

Group Tour: June 12-21, 2023

Return: June 22, 2023. Flight home from Kilimanjaro, Tanzania to Chicago O’Hare

Roundtrip Deluxe Motorcoach group transfers between Green Bay and Chicago are included.


Price for Double Occupancy:

  • Price $10,254 per person
  • Deposit of $2000 per person is due at booking
  • Final Payment Due February 24, 2023.
  • There is an additional $100 processing fee if a credit card is used. No fee if payment is made with a personal or cashier's check. Cash is not accepted.

Single Supplement is an additional $208. There are only two single rooms available.

*Price includes: Roundtrip deluxe motorcoach group transfers between Green Bay and Chicago O'Hare, roundtrip airfare, land tour and lodging, pre-paid gratuities, intra-tour air, roundtrip group airport transfers in Tanzania, and optional travel protection priced at $299. Also includes 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, and 9 dinners with 1 beer or wine per person.

**Not included in the tour price: Airline baggage fees, passport and visa fees, meals not included in the itinerary, all items of a personal nature such as laundry, cleaning, telephone, internet, or fax expenses, beverages including tea and coffee (except at breakfast and at hotel dinners), liquors, and soft drinks.

Airfare Information

  • Roundtrip airfare with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines is included in the package price.
  • Airline baggage fees are NOT included in the package price.
  • Seats are grouped together in the Economy Class.
  • KLM/Delta points are not eligible for use towards these flights. You have the option to purchase these exact flights on your own to use points or upgrades; however, your flight reservation will not be monitored by Sunset Family Travel. It is important to be on the same flights as the group to ensure your roundtrip airport transfers are included.
  • BAGGAGE RESTRICTION: Due to limited capacity on safari vehicles, each suitcase and any hand luggage must be soft-sided and cannot exceed 33 pounds. Laundry facilities are available in most lodges and camps.
  • PLASTIC BAG BAN: In an effort to reduce pollution, several African governments have passed laws banning single use plastic bags. Due to this, plastic bags should be left at home and bags given for items purchased at the airport, including duty free, should be left on the plane when disembarking. Failure to comply could result in large fines. Multi-use toiletry/packing bags are not part of the ban, an at this stage, an exception is being made for tourists to carry Ziploc bags for toiletries.
  • CANCELLATION POLICY: The travel insurance included in the package price does not cover your flights. If you need to cancel your vacation, you will be given a travel voucher to use toward a future flight. You will NOT receive a cash/credit card refund for your cancelled flights.

Tour Map

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Tour Sights

World Heritage Sites are designated by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for having cultural, historical, scientific or other form of significance. The sites are judged to contain cultural and natural heritage around the world considered to be of outstanding value to humanity.

The following UNESCO World Heritage Sites can be seen or visited on this vacation:

  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • Serengeti National Park

Meals

Buffet

9 Breakfasts
9 Lunches
9 Dinners including 1 beer or wine per person per dinner

Itinerary

DAY 1 – MONDAY, JUNE 12 - ARRIVE IN ARUSHA, TANZANIA

Jambo! Welcome to Arusha, Tanzania, Africa

  • Your Globus Tour Director will greet you at the airport
  • One group transfer to your hotel
  • Dinner this evening upon arrival

DinnerLodging provided at the Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort, and Spa.

Dinner  Dinner

DAY 2 – TUESDAY, JUNE 13 - ARUSHA–TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

Depart this morning on a scenic drive to Tarangire National Park where baobab and acacia trees dot the landscape. The Tarangire River provides the park with a permanent water source which makes for great wildlife safari viewing year-round. This is highlighted by the large population of elephants. After a picnic lunch, embark on your first exciting late afternoon wildlife safari.

DinnerLodging provided at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 3 – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 14 – TARANGIRE

Rise early for a morning wildlife safari including an exclusive bush breakfast with mimosas. Be sure to watch for giraffes, zebra, Cape buffalo, and much more. Free time at your lodge before an afternoon wildlife safari.

DinnerLodging provided at Tarangire Sopa Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 4 – THURSDAY, JUNE 15 - TARANGIRE–MTO WA MBU VILLAGE–LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK

Young Baboon
Wading Stork

After breakfast, drive towards Lake Manyara National Park, a small, ecologically diverse park with groundwater forests, grassy plains, and alkaline Lake Manyara itself. It is also the home of the world’s largest concentration of baboon. Experience a guided tour and lunch at the Mto Mbu Village where 120 tribes live peacefully. Afterwards, continue to Lake Manyara for an afternoon wildlife safari, followed by sundowner cocktails in the bush with spectacular views of Lake Manyara.

DinnerLodging provided at Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 5 – FRIDAY, JUNE 16 - LAKE MANYARA–KARATU–NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA
Arusha Market
Ngorogoro Wildebeests and Zebras
Drive to Karatu where coffee farms dot the outer slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater. Check out the city highlights including their marketplace and brewery, and then enjoy a lunch at beautiful Gibb’s Farm. Continue to your lodge located on the rim of the crater.
DinnerLodging provided at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 6 – SATURDAY, JUNE 17 - NGORONGORO, EXCURSION NGORONGORO CRATER

NGORONGORO, EXCURSION NGORONGORO CRATER
Pride of Lions

Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a full-day wildlife safari which includes a picnic lunch. Wildlife viewing here is fantastic, as most of the animals stay in this area year-round. You can see lion, hyena, hippo, elephant, and more. This is also your best chance to see the rare black rhinoceros. Visit to a Maasai Village.

DinnerLodging provided at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 7 – SUNDAY, JUNE 18 - NGORONGORO–SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Serengeti National Park
Serengeti National Park3

Scenic drive to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s largest and most famous park. The Serengeti covers an area of roughly 5,700 square miles, so it is no surprise that the name comes from the Maasai word siringit, meaning “endless plains.” Enjoy a picnic lunch before an afternoon wildlife safari drive. You have the chance to see the big cats—lion, leopard, and cheetah—as well as an abundance of other animals, including the Nile crocodile, giraffe, gazelle, and eland.

DinnerLodging provided at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 8 - MONDAY, JUNE 19 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Wildebeests
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Continue your exploration during morning and afternoon wildlife safaris, with some leisure time in-between. Home to the annual Great Migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti attracts visitors from around the world and is great for wildlife viewing year-round. End the day with sundowners in the Mbwinge Valley.

DinnerLodging provided at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 9 - TUESDAY, JUNE 20 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Morning and afternoon wildlife safaris. Farewell dinner in the bush featuring a traditional Maasai dance performance. A celebration of an ancient culture amid the majestic wildlife who find sanctuary here. The Maasai people bring a history of colorful culture tied to this wilderness known as the cradle of life. The perfect ending to a spectacular safari adventure.

DinnerLodging provided at Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge.

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch Dinner Dinner

DAY 10 - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 21 - SERENGETI-ARUSHA

  • Morning wildlife safari
  • Intra-vacation flight from Serengeti to Arusha
  • Day room at the Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort, and Spa
  • Lunch at the hotel
  • Group transfer to the Kilimanjaro Airport for your flight home

Breakfast Breakfast Dinner Lunch

Accommodations

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Hotel as shown or similar

P.O Box 2551, Arusha, Tanzania

Hotel

ARUSHA SERENA HOTEL, RESORT & SPA

Hotel In Arusha

Arusha Serena Hotel, Resort & Spa is unlike any other hotel in Tanzania with authentic, bespoke experiences that stir the traveller’s soul while showcasing the breathtaking tranquillity of our surroundings. Set among the woodland slopes of Mount Meru at the edge of Lake Duluti, there’s no better destination for soaking in the beauty and magnificence of the Tanzanian “Northern Safari Circuit.”

Hotel Amenities

  • Concierge
  • Elegant dining room, library, and garden terraces
  • Extensive flower gardens and lawns
  • Lakeside dining
  • Gift shop, business center, Wi-Fi

Room Amenities

  • Private balcony with lake or garden views
  • A flat-screen television with cable and satellite channels
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • One King or two double beds
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Coffee/tea-making stations
  • Work desk and chair
  • 24-hour room service
  • Safe

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Hotel as shown or similar

Tarangire National Park. 129 Km from Arusha.

Tarangire Sopa Lodge, Tarangire National Park, Tanzania

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Hotel In Tarangire National Park

Built to blend in with the vastness of its surroundings, Tarangire Sopa Lodge lies hidden among the kopjes, ancient baobab and grasses of the Tarangire National Park - home to the greatest concentration of elephants in Africa. Many can be seen around the lodge, allowing visitors a close encounter.

Hotel Amenities

  • Bar
  • Lounge
  • Restaurant
  • TV room
  • Outdoor dining
  • Swimming pool
  • Gift shop
  • WiFi in public areas.

Room Amenities

  • One King or two double beds
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Work desk and chair
  • 24-hour room service
  • Mini-bar

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Hotel as shown or similar

Lake Manyara National Park,

Mto wa Mbu Escarpment, Northern Tanzania.

Lake Manyara

LAKE MANYARA SERENA SAFARI LODGE

Hotel In Lake Manyara National Park

Tanzania’s towering Mto wa Mbu escarpment provides a remarkable backdrop for a one-of-a-kind visit. Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge welcomes you with a peaceful location amidst the rich wildlife and unsurpassed tranquility of Lake Manyara National Park. The lake is home to over 300 migratory birds including flamingoes, long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfisher; our lodge is designed to mimic this extraordinary birdlife, with an architectural motif featuring swooping avian curves and vibrantly coloured wall frescoes depicting the intricacy of bird migratory patterns.

Hotel Amenities

  • Central dining room and bar
  • Outside dining terrace
  • Poolside bar
  • Swimming pool and pool deck
  • Gift shop, business center, Wi-Fi
  • Satellite TV available at the lounge

Room Amenities

  • Coffee/tea-making station
  • Bath amenities
  • Veranda
  • Welcome amenity
  • Robe and slippers
  • One king or two twin beds for a double room; triple rooms available upon request
  • Hair dryer
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Work desk and chair
  • Safe

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NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE,

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Ngorongoro Serena

NGORONGORO SERENA SAFARI LODGE

Hotel Right On The Edge Of The Ngorongoro Crater

Tanzania’s prehistoric Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as the Eighth Wonder of the World, has yawned heavenward for millennia. Deep within its immense walls is a breath-taking blue-green landscape dotted with plains, lakes, and forests; an eerie, otherworldly “land that time forgot” thick with massive bull elephants, rhinos, wildebeests, and the highest concentration of lions in Africa.

Hotel Amenities

  • 75 rock-built rooms with panoramic private balconies
  • Rock-built dining room and bar with central fire
  • Extensive viewing terraces
  • Gift shop and business center
  • Wi-Fi
  • TV room with satellite TV
  • Safe deposit box in room
  • Coffee/tea maker station
  • Telephone in room
  • Radiator

Room Amenities

  • Mineral water
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Eco Boutique bath amenities
  • 24-hour medical service
  • Laundry, valet, and shoeshine services
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Private balcony
  • Coffee/tea-making stations
  • Work desk and chair
  • 24-hour room service
  • Safe

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Hotel as shown or similar

SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE

Serengeti National Park Serengeti District, Tanzania

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SERENGETI SERENA SAFARI LODGE

A Magnificent Serengeti Safari Lodge

Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge is an award-winning gem of a hotel in one of the most beautiful settings in Tanzania. Seamlessly blended high into an acacia-lined ridge, our African-style lodge and infinity pool offer panoramic views across the Serengeti’s vast, endless grasslands, where lions and cheetahs stalk their prey and massive migrating wildebeest herds darken the landscape in a relentless search for fresh grazing grounds.

Hotel Amenities

  • Infinity pool overlooking the plains
  • Traditionally carved, domed dining room
  • Individual ‘rondavel' rooms with private balconies
  • Scenic safari bar with timbered terrace
  • Gift shop, business center, WiFi

Room Amenities

  • Private balcony
  • Standing/table fan
  • Complimentary wireless Internet
  • Mineral water
  • Tea and coffee-making facilities
  • Eco Boutique bath amenities
  • King bed
  • Bathrobe and slippers
  • Work desk and chair
  • Safe

Tour Director

You will be provided a local, professional and multilingual Tour Director for the duration of your tour.

Vaccinations

All passengers on the NEW Zoo Tour to Tanzania will need to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. The definition of being fully vaccinated for COVID-19 is having completed the primary vaccination series of two shots.

A valid COVID-19 vaccination certificate with a QR code will need to be presented before departure.

According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), it is highly recommended that all passengers traveling to Tanzania receive the following vaccines one month before departure:

  • Typhoid
  • Malaria

The CDC also recommends that passengers be up-to-date on all routine vaccines including, but not limited to:

  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Tetanus
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella
  • Polio
  • Chickenpox
  • Shingles
  • Rabies
  • Influenza

Please contact your personal health care provider to obtain any of these vaccines.

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