Sweet Nature Travel with the NC Zoo Society
Connecting people to wildlife, wilderness and the world.
Visit Africa's spectacular Tanzania, the Cradle of Mankind and the home of the Serengeti Plains.
An experienced guide accompanies every travel group and a portion of every travel payment comes back to Asheboro to help keep the magic alive at the North Carolina Zoo. Travel with Dr. Ryan DeVoe, the Zoo's own Senior Veterinarian and Shadow a Veterinarian Leader!
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THE PLACES YOU'LL GO
ARRIVE KILIMANJARO, TANZANIA / ARUSHA
Feb: 17 Sunday
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport you are met by an African Travel representative and escorted to your lodge to spend your first night under the star-studded African skies.
FEB 18 MON
ARUSHA / LAKE MANYARA
Drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. Lake Manyara Park is most famous for its tree-climbing lions and large herds of elephants. As there are five different vegetation zones found in the park, there is a great diversity of wildlife, including 400 species of birds. Even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration.
Stay at Kirurumu Manyara Lodge, which sits high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley. Facilities include 27 tented rooms with 2 honeymoon suites and 2 family cottages. Fully ensuite bathrooms with hot and cold running water, electricity, bar with sun deck and panoramic views of the Rift Valley and dining room with waiter service.
FEB 19 TUE LAKE MANYARA / SERENGETI
Begin your journey to the Serengeti - Africa's most acclaimed game park, for lunch and an afternoon game drive. "Serengeti is derived from the Masai language meaning "endless plains". The Serengeti offers the most spectacular array of wildlife seen anywhere in Africa.
FEB 20 WED SERENGETI
More game drives into the Serengeti, home to the greatest concentration of plains animals in Africa. More than two million wildebeest, half a million Thompson's gazelle and a quarter million zebra gather for annual migrations, attracting a great deal of predator attention from lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena.
FEB 22 FRI SERENGETI / NGORONGORO
Today begins with a morning game drive and picnic lunch en route to Olduvai Gorge, site of some of histories most important archeological excavations. Explored extensively by Dr. Louis Leakey and his wife, this site has surrendered some of the earliest human fossils. You will have time to walk through the museum where you can view copy displays of some of the finds as well as pictures of what life was like for the gorge’s earliest inhabitants.
Afterwards, continue to your lodge set high on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where you spend the next two nights.
FEB 23 SAT NGORONGORO CRATER
Today, descend through the morning mist to the crater floor some 2000 feet below the rim to explore this extinct, collapsed volcano, one of Africa’s most captivating wildlife areas. Vast herds of zebra, wildebeest, gazelle and their predators roam the crater. Look for the rare black rhino grazing in and near the lakes.
FEB 24 SUN NGORONGORO CRATER / ARUSHA / KILIMANJARO / DEPART
Return to Arusha in time for lunch. A dayroom has been arranged with the Impala Hotel until your transfer to Kilimanjaro Airport for your international departure flight.
DAYROOM ACCOMMODATIONS: IMPALA HOTEL (B,L)