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Tanzania Cool Cats Safari 
The Tarangire Safari Lodge

The Tarangire Safari Lodge

Lake Manyara National Park

Lake Manyara National Park

Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai Gorge

Our most requested safari...

Tanzania Cool Cats Safari

July 12-21, 2016

10 Days / 9 Nights

See the Africa you’ve always dreamed of!

Don’t just watch Wild Kingdom or Animal Planet to view the Big Five, grab your camera and step into the coffee table book world and experience it all first hand. Experience life in a Maasai Village, game drives in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, track lion in the Ngorongoro Crater and race across the Serengeti plains.


July 12 - Arrive, Arusha, Rivertrees Country Inn
July 13-14 - Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Safari Lodge
July 15-16 - Center of Serengeti National Park, Serengeti Kati Kati
July 17-19 - Northern Serengeti National Park, Bologonja Under Canvas
July 20 - Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
July 21 - Olmoti Crater hike and Maasai visit, Rivertrees Country Lodge Depart

July 12 - Arrival - Rivertrees Country Inn, Arusha, Tanzania

One of our friendly drivers will meet you upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport for transfer to your overnight accommodations in Arusha.

Rivertrees Country Inn is nestled between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru in natural gardens along the Usa River, outside of Arusha Town. Combining old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, personal service and a genuine warmth from your hosts - Rivertrees is simply a magical place to stay.

Meals: Breakfast

July 13-14 - Tarangire National Park

Depart after breakfast for safari country and picturesque Tarangire National Park, the “Baobab Capital of the World.” The park is known for its wild landscapes, resident elephants, large prides of lion, leopards, giraffe, buffalo, the last remaining pack of wild dogs in northern Tanzania, and excellent year-round bird-watching with more than 300 bird species. The Tarangire River is the only permanent water source within the 2,600 square kilometer park. During the dry season herd animals of all kinds (wildebeest, zebra, gazelles) migrate from the surrounding areas to this life-sustaining source of water. Also in the dry season the amazing giant rock pythons leave the swamps to live in the trees at the swamp edge, from where they will attack and kill large animals of all kinds, providing a most unusual natural spectacle. Arrive in time for lunch at your lodge before an afternoon and early evening game drive in the northern sections of the park along the Tarangire River.

Tarangire Safari Lodge sits on a bluff overlooking the Tarangire River, the park’s only permanent water source and a popular watering hole for elephant, buffalo, and other grazing herds. Accommodations are in bungalows and permanent luxury tents with full amenities strung out along the ridge. The lodge has excellent buffet meals, a full bar, and a swimming pool.

Meals: Full Board

July 15-16 - Center of Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we head west ascending the great Rift Valley Wall and enter the Ngorongoro Highlands, traverse the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater on our way to the famed Serengeti Plain. We have the option to visit Elephant caves or Olduvai Gorge Stretch your legs with a guided two hour light hike through the forested highlands inside the fabulous Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where a majestic 150‐meter waterfall awaits. Along the way, visit the elephant caves, so‐called because the deep recesses in the valley wall are created by elephants digging up the earth to ingest the mineral‐rich soil. This rich soil also attracts buffalo, bushbuck, waterbuck, and baboons to the area.

Or stop en route in Olduvai Gorge reveals the site of Louis and Mary Leakey’s archeological discoveries of early human ancestors, tools and other prehistoric fossil remains. The small, comprehensive museum on the rim offers a view of the anthropological treasures collected there. Also, we can descend to visit some of the dig sites. We’ll chow down on a picnic lunch at the gorge.

The packed Serengeti is among the world’s most famous wildlife sites with 4 million animals packed into its borders.

It’s also home to one of the most magnificent events of the natural world: the migration of more than a million wildebeest in a cyclical process that occurs in different stages and areas throughout the year.

The vast park offers breathtaking scenery. Scattered throughout the southeastern short grass plains are kopjes, geologic wonders comprised of exposed gneiss and granite shaped by the wind and temperature fluctuations. Different environments emerge as you head deeper into the Serengeti, where you will find riverine forests, acacia woodlands, hills and open grassland that create a vast geographic mosaic.

Serengeti Kati Kati Camp is a permanent tented camp located in the private Makoma camp site in the central Serengeti, strategically situated for accessibility to several regions of the vast Serengeti Plains. Enjoy the unique opportunity to experience a true safari camp in style with comfortable accommodations in one of 10 large en suite tents. Meals served in the cozy dining tent located in the center of camp, where an outdoor campfire is lit every evening for appetizers and snacks before dinner.

Meals: Full Board

July 17-19 - Northern corridor of Serengeti National Park

We migrate northwest to explore this new environment. Your guide, a trained expert in East African wildlife and ecology, will explore with you the vast Serengeti in search of the best game-viewing opportunities, dependent on the daily migration patterns. Enjoy early morning pre-dawn game drives and late afternoon drives at dusk with a rest at camp for lunch or enjoy a full-day game drive with a picnic lunch to explore a greater range of the Serengeti. It’s your choice.

At this time of year, the Serengeti wildebeest migration, other ungulates, and attendant predators are concentrated in the far northern Serengeti, in search of the most succulent grasses. We migrate north on a game drive into the rolling hills and acacia woodlands near the Kenya border. Today and tomorrow enjoy unlimited game drives in search of river crossings and other natural spectacles found only on the East African plains. You may take early morning pre-dawn game drives and late afternoon drives at dusk – the times of the day at which the animals are most active – with a rest at camp for lunch; or enjoy a full day game drive with a picnic lunch to explore a greater range of the Serengeti.

Bologonya Under Canvas exclusive mobile tented camp allows you to experience the wild African bush firsthand, yet in complete comfort and privacy. The spacious tents are fully furnished with either a king or twin beds and en suite facilities (flush toilet, wash basin with running water, and hot showers). The delicious meals are served in a separate tent, though as weather permits dining may be done outside. At this time of year, following the Great Migration, the camp is located in the northern Serengeti, along the banks of the Bologonja River.

Meals: Full Board

July 20 - Ngorongoro Crater Rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

We bid the fabulous Serengeti an early farewell to head south and east up into the cooler Ngorongoro Highlands for our last night together. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of seven World Heritage Sites designated in Tanzania. It is the world’s first multi-purpose land use experiment, combining tourism, research, archeology, wildlife management, and traditional livestock grazing for the Maasai pastoralists for whom the reserve is home.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge perched on the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, the Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge commands magnificent views over the crater floor and a spectacular front row seat of the African sunset. Each of the 90 double bedrooms is very spacious with two queen-sized beds, a separate dressing area and a glass-fronted verandah. The lodge includes a swimming pool, extensive gift shop and a stunning restaurant with a high roof and large glass windows with views to the crater. Meals: Full Board

July 21 Departure, Arusha

It’s time to head home, but not before a 2-hour guided walk into Olmoti Crater. It’s an enchanting walk through spectacular scenery far from the more heavily touristed destinations of the conservation area.

Olmoti Crater is shallow and grass-filled, perfect for Maasai cattle and antelope, with a beautiful waterfall where the Munge River escapes on its journey south. We visit a Maasai boma (homestead) for an exciting cultural interaction and glimpse of the lives of this fascinating tribe, known for their beaded jewelry, dramatic dancing and steadfastness to their indigenous culture.

After a hot lunch at the lodge, we continue east passing through Arusha Town for another chance to shop for souvenirs. Enjoy a final relaxing dinner at Rivertrees Country Inn on the verdant outskirts of town prior to transfer to the Kilimanjaro International Airport and your flight home.

Meals: Dinner


Prices based on number of people sharing

$5,847 per person double occupancy for 8 people
$6,098 per person double occupancy for 5-7 people
$6,329 per person double occupancy for 4 people
Single supplement: $950

  • Accompanied by expert guide Jody Cole throughout
  • All accommodations, meals and activities (as noted in itinerary)
  • Services of English-speaking guides and drivers on safari
  • Park fees and unlimited mileage on game drives in fully-equipped 4x4 safari vehicle with pop top
  • Bottled drinking water in vehicle
  • All road transfers within Tanzania
  • Bologonya Under Canvas : Mineral water, soft drinks, beer, house wine and house spirits (Champagne excluded)

NOT INCLUDED (unless noted above)
  • Cold beverages and alcohol.
  • Laundry
  • Optional activities on safari and at lodges that require additional charges
  • Gratuities to trip leader, guides, drivers, crew or other staff
  • International airfare
  • Airport departure taxes
  • Additional accommodations made necessary by airline schedule changes or other factors
  • Pre-trip expenses, such as medical immunizations, travel insurance, passports, visas and any expenses of a personal nature.


Prices are subject to change and availability until a signed application and 20% deposit are received, at which time accommodations are booked and a final itinerary prepared. Modifications to the itinerary may result in a change in price.

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