The Living Desert Tanzania Adventure Safari

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

11 Days, May 27 – June 6, 2018

The Living Desert is the Sponsoring Organization for this very special safari, escorted by The Living Desert CEO/President Allen Monroe.  This is no ordinary safari!  See the world with a deeply informed, conservation-minded, well-traveled expert on Africa who can share knowledge to provide context and broaden perspectives.

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  • 1 Night  at  SERENA LAKE DULUTI HOTEL –  Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania 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, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.
  • 1 Night at LAKE MANYARA SERENA LODGE – Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, the lodge is designed to reflect the brilliance of the area’s unique birdlife.
  • 2 Nights  at  KUBU  KUBU  TENTED  CAMP SERENGETI  –     This  camp  is strategically located to ensure that all areas of the Serengeti are within reach, including legendary locations like the famous Maasai kopjes, the Museum of Olduvai Gorge, Seronera and the Grumeti River.
  • 2 Nights at NGORONGORO SOPA LODGE – This all-suite lodge has magnificent views into the Ngorongoro Crater. Each suite has a solarium with comfortable rocking chairs, the perfect place to relax.
  • 1 Night at MARAMBOI TENTED CAMP – Offering permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore both ecosystems.
  • 7 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
  • Airport transfers via safari 4×4 cruiser and driver, including a ‘Great Safaris Meet and Greet’ service on arrival into Tanzania.
  • Thrilling morning  and  afternoon  game  drives  at  Lake  Manyara,  Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire Parks.


Sunday, May 27 USA – Kilimanjaro, Tanzania

Your exciting adventure begins today, as you board your international flight, bound for Tanzania.

Monday, May 28 En-route to Tanzania

Tuesday, May 29 Arrive Kilimanjaro – Arusha

Touch down today at Kilimanjaro Airport. After Customs and Immigration formalities, you will be greeted by your “Great Safaris” representative and driven to your lovely accommodations outside Arusha.

Arusha is northern Tanzania’s center of commerce and trade, and may well be one of East Africa’s fastest growing cities.  The city, 5,053 ft above sea level, is surrounded by fertile lands that nurture crops of coffee, maize, bananas and flowers.  It is the central point in Africa between Cape Town and Cairo.  Arusha has a vast number of curio shops brimming with handicrafts, carvings and gemstones.


Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this unique hotel in Arusha Tanzania 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, Lake Duluti Serena Hotel 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’, this Arusha 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.

Serena Lake Duluti Hotel

Lake Duluti Serena Hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant, boutique and business center. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the new building echoes the hotel’s original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times.

Wednesday, May 30 Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and morning at the lodge. After lunch, your safari guide will greet you in the lodge lobby, assist with check-out, and then drive you across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara. Enjoy your first glimpse of both urban and rural lifestyles during the 2 1/2 hour drive. The closer you get to Lake Manyara, the more numerous will be the wildlife sightings, and your guide will be happy to meander at a pace  that  allows  for  close-up  photographs.  Once  you  arrive  at  your  lodge,  the afternoon’s activities will at your leisure, taking in the beauty of the area.

As the sun starts setting over the African landscape, stop to stretch your legs and enjoy the serene atmosphere. When the evening’s long shadows are cast, the colors of the land soften and the sounds of the bush subtly change to reflect the emergence of nighttime predators and prey.


Standing high on the edge of a towering terracotta escarpment with panoramic views over the glittering alkaline waters of Lake Manyara, Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge offers a unique blend of tranquility, wildlife discovery, and ornithological richness.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Grouped around a central ‘vanishing horizon’ pool, this highly unusual lodge features a simple timbered reception area, built in traditional African style, which is accessed via a bridge over a small stream. Beyond reception, lies the central dining room, bar and veranda, below which is the pool. Perched on the very edge of the cliffs, with stunning views over the lake is the pool bar and observation point. Dotted around the grounds, all with views over the lake, are a series of circular two-story ‘rondavels’, which house the rooms.

Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge

Designed to reflect the brilliance of Lake Manyara’s unique birdlife, the architectural motif melds swooping avian curves with the gentle concentric patterns of traditional Masai ‘Bomas’, while the vibrantly hued wall frescoes depict the colorful intricacy of bird migratory patterns. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Thursday, May 31 Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park

After an early  breakfast,  you  will  be  taken  on  a  morning  game  drive  around  Lake Manyara National Park.


There are elephants, giraffe, buffalo and hippo a-plenty in this park, and as there are five different vegetation  zones,  there  is  a  wonderful  diversity  of  wildlife.    Manyara  also provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded to date, which include pink-hued flamingos (by the thousands during migration), as well as other large water-birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

But the ‘secret’ attraction of this area are the famed ‘tree climbing lions’.  If you are lucky (very lucky), you just might espy one resting nonchalantly on an Acacia tree branch!

Afterwards, you will be driven to the famed Serengeti National Park, arriving at your lodge in time for lunch.

This afternoon you will gather with fellow safari-goers over tea and coffee in preparation of this afternoon’s game drive.

It was 1913 and great stretches of Africa were still unknown to the white man when Stewart Edward White, an American hunter, set out from Nairobi. Pushing south, he recorded: “We walked for miles over burnt out country… Then I saw the green trees of the river, walked two miles more and found myself in paradise.”

He had found Serengeti. In the years since White’s excursion under “the high noble arc of the cloudless African sky,” Serengeti has come to symbolize paradise to many of us.

The Masai, who had grazed their cattle on the vast grassy plains for millennia had always thought so. To them it was Siringitu – “the place where the land moves on forever.”

Return to you camp this evening, as the sun sinks beyond the horizon and millions of stars become visible overhead.   Relax and refresh before dinner and then a well- deserved night’s rest.


Kubu Kubu Tented Camp is an exciting new addition to Tanganyika Wilderness Camps collection of luxury safari accommodation. It has a modern African appearance, creating a fresh, sleek, yet comfortable ambiance. Situated in the stunning central part of the Serengeti, the camp is strategically positioned in one of the main migration areas so that guests can enjoy this awesome natural wonder from the comfort of their tents.

Kubu Kubu Tented Camp is perfectly positioned to be within easy reach of different parts of the park and an array of diverse habitats and wildlife, including the famous Maasai Kopjes, Olduvai Gorge Museum, the southern plains, the Seronera valley and the Grumeti River. Kubu Kubu offers stylish tents build on wooden platforms with ensuite facilities, overlooking Serengeti National Park. All rooms feature a balcony with views. (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)

Friday, June 1 Serengeti National Park

Morning and afternoon game drives in and over the vast plains of the Serengeti. It is the annual migration for which this area is most famous, and depending on time of year. The animals are mating, foaling, marching or munching!

Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. So strong is the ancient instinct to move  that  no  drought,  gorge  or  crocodile  infested  river  can  hold  them  back.

The  Serengeti  ecosystem  is  one  of  the  oldest  on  earth.  The  essential  features  of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Early man himself made an appearance in Olduvai Gorge about two million years ago. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

With rich memories of your stay in the Serengeti, you’ll return to your lodge with plenty of photos to commemorate your experience in Africa’s glorious bush.

Kubu Kubu Tented Camp


Saturday, June 2 Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater

Enjoy breakfast at the lodge, followed by your final game drive in the Serengeti. After lunch you will be driven to ‘Africa’s Eden’ or the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World,’ – UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Ngorongoro Crater.

Continue to your lodge on the Crater rim. You will have time to freshen up before enjoying a delicious dinner, followed by a well-deserved night’s rest.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge


Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge opened in 1992 and is an all-suite lodge having 96 suites, most enjoying magnificent views into the Ngorongoro Crater. Each suite is fully carpeted and heated by oil fired central heating radiators in the winter months. The spacious bedrooms contain two queen sized beds with deep sprung mattresses to ensure a comfortable nights rest.

The fully tiled bathrooms are equipped to a high standard with bath, shower, WC, bidet, wash hand basin, hair dryer and shaver socket. Each suite has a solarium with comfortable rocking chairs, the perfect place to relax. A small private lounge with writing desk provides extra privacy and mini bars are available on request.

The meals are served in the main restaurant and are prepared in international and local flavors by professionally trained chefs. After meals, guests can take time to relax in the lodge gardens overlooking the crater or in the main lounge with cup of tea or coffee. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is perched on the rim of the collapsed volcano, and its position on the Eastern rim allows the most spectacular and uninterrupted views of the sunset. (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Sunday, June 3 Ngorongoro Crater

A memorable day is in store, as you meet your guide after breakfast, and head off for a day’s adventure on the floor of the extinct crater.

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge pool

Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge

Ngorongoro Crater is often called ‘Africa’s Eden’ and the ‘8th Natural Wonder of the World.’ Within the crater rim, large herds of zebra and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Just outside the crater’s ridge, tall Masai herd their cattle and goats over green pastures through the highland slopes, living alongside the wildlife as they have for centuries.

The crater is said to have the densest concentration of wildlife in Africa, and the floor consists of a number of ecological environments that include grassland, swamps, forests and Lake Makat, a central soda lake filled by the Munge River. All these various habitats invite wildlife to drink, wallow, graze, hide or climb.

Although animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring source lakes on the crater floor tend to incline both grazers and predators to remain throughout the year.

Access to the crater floor is via a steep road the winds along the crater’s sloping side, and as your vehicle descends the views grow ever more spectacular. A rich and rewarding day of wildlife viewing and photography is enhanced with a picnic lunch in a scenic area. At day’s end, climb back out from the crater floor and on to your lodge for dinner and overnight.


Monday, June 4 Ngorongoro – Tarangire

After a hearty breakfast, depart for a drive through the highlands district where you will view the scenic wheat plains and coffee plantations.

Your destination today is Tarangire, the third largest national park in Tanzania. An unusually large population inhabits this sanctuary. Majestic baobab trees are a main feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. During the dry season from June to November, animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in Maasai land. The area supports a great diversity of wildlife, including giraffe, buffalo, lesser kudu, eland, oryx and zebra. Lion, leopard and cheetah are also present. Up to 6,000 elephants inhabit Tarangire in the dry season.

Upon arrival, you will enjoy an afternoon wildlife drive in Tarangire National Park. After sunset, drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight.


Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore both ecosystems.

An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives visitors an amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro Highlands and on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai a sacred mountain to the Maasai.

In the wet season, the Manyara and Tarangire Pans fill with water which attracts huge flocks of flamingos and other wading birds. The area is also the only place in East Africa where one is often able to see the migration herds of tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, followed by predators. Although the migrations do occur in other areas of Tanzania, the tree cover prohibits a view of the magnitude that you are able to see at Maramboi Tented Camp because of the exposed nature of the surrounding grassland.

Forty spacious tents built on ample wooden decks, among them there are twenty-six standard rooms, ten suites and two units with two rooms interconnected, ideal for families with children. They all have en suite facilities and private veranda with twenty- four hours of electric lighting.

Maramboi Tented Camp

Maramboi Tented Camp

Activities include game drives, bird watching on the shores of the not too distant Lake Manyara and cultural interaction with Datoga and Maasai tribes, whose bomas populate the adjacent land.

Wildlife calls at the door of Maramboi Tented Camp. Zebras, giraffes, warthogs, gazelles,… you could see them appear between the palm trees from the terrace of your exclusive tent, from the swimming pool whilst enjoying a cool drink after a walk with a Maasai guide or whilst you enjoy a delicious dinner under the stars.

Tuesday, June 5 Tarangire – Arusha – Kilimanjaro – Departure

Enjoy a delicious meal this morning as you bid ‘farewell’ to the African bush. You will be driven back to Arusha in time for lunch before being transferred to the airport for your onward international flight – with memories and photos to last a lifetime! (Breakfast)

Wednesday, June 6 Arrive USA

Arrive home with memories and photos to last a lifetime!

Care to linger longer in East Africa? Extensions available to Zanzibar and Kenya, at additional cost.

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Tanzania: A visa is required for Tanzania and may be obtained in advance, or upon arrival into the country.

We recommend one blank visa page for each country visited. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond intended period of stay.

A valid yellow fever certificate may be required for entry to Tanzania if travelers have visited/transited through a yellow fever endemic area previously. The vaccination must be administered at least 10 days prior to travel to Tanzania. For those who do not wish to have the vaccination, your physician can provide a waiver. However, malaria tablets are highly recommended. You may obtain these pills by prescription from your regular physician.

Luggage restrictions for this safari are 33 pounds per person (including photographic equipment). Please pack in soft sided bags. This restriction is rigidly enforced for your safety, and due to space limitations.

Prices for domestic flights, airport taxes or park fees may be changed without prior notice. This is beyond our control and any increase levied will be passed along to the clients.

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