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11-Day Guided African Safari with Airfare, Accommodations, and Meals from Safari Ventures

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Tanzania: Serengeti Plains Rife with Wildebeests, Lions, Elephants, and Giraffes

Each year, a great wildebeest migration takes place in East Africa's vast plains, as millions of ungulates trek more than 600 miles in search of fresh grass. Thomson's gazelles, zebras, and other prey animals join with the wildebeests en masse, and predatory lions, hyenas, and jackals follow the herd as a promising food supply. Safari Ventures, named one of the World's Best Adventure Travel Companies by National Geographic in 2009, sends tour groups in four-by-four vehicles on a circular trek across the Serengeti plains in search of migrating wildebeests and other big game.

The itinerary includes the following and is available on select dates:

Days 1–2: Flights on Ethiopian Airlines depart from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) and arrive at Tanzania's Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) the next day (after a stopover in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia). Upon arrival, visitors are transferred to the nearby Kia Lodge for an overnight stay. Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest mountain in Africa at more than 19,000 feet, is visible in the distance on a clear day.

Days 3–4: After breakfast, tour groups head to Lake Manyara National Park for the first of many game drives. There, zebras and buffalo rove the plains, and more than 400 bird species fly above. Blue monkeys, bushbucks, mongooses, and flamingos also comprise the area's native population. Visitors retreat for the night to Migunga Tented Camp.

Days 5–7: After breakfast, tour groups enter Serengeti National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site they'll explore for the next three days. On the way to Serengeti, the caravan stops at a Masai village to learn about the local tribe's culture and heritage. Most of the time in the park is spent on game drives, searching for the wildebeest, elephants, giraffes, lions, and jackals. Guests stay overnight in Ikoma Tented Camp.

Days 8–9: After a breakfast and one last morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, the safari heads toward the Ngorongoro Crater. Along the way, the tour makes a pit stop in Olduvai Gorge, an archaeological site where paleontologists discovered fossils that date back nearly two million years. Within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, safari drivers seek out the big four animals: lions, elephants, leopards, and rhinoceros. Nightly accommodations are at Crater Forest Lodge.

Days 10–11: On the final leg of the safari, the caravan makes the return trip, passing through the town of Mto wa Mbu. Here, safari-goers can stretch their legs and browse local markets. Later that evening, guests take a homeward-bound flight on Ethiopian Airlines from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO).

View the FAQ page for more information. Pre-trip excursions to Mount Kilimanjaro and the beaches of Zanzibar are also available for an additional fee.

What You Get

Read about Travel with a Friend and Solo Traveler packages here

Eleven-day migration safari through Tanzania; each option includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • All meals, excluding drinks and meals on the day of arrival and departure
  • Accommodations at authentic camps
  • All airport pickups and transfers
  • Guaranteed window seat on safari
  • Airline tax

Choose from the following options (See What It's Worth in the Fine Print & Details for specific dates):

Tours with March or April departures

  • $4,917 for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required)
  • $5,452 for a Solo Traveler

Tours with May or August departures

  • $5,449 for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required)
  • $6,084 for a Solo Traveler

Tours with June or July departures

  • $5,849 for a Travel with a Friend package (two Groupons required)
  • $6,484 for a Solo Traveler

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The Fine Print

  • Book by 2/17/12 for Mar departures, 3/1/12 for April departures & 4/2/12 for the rest
  • Complete travel 11 days from departure date
  • $500 fee for canceling 46 days or more in advance, fee up to 1/2 Groupon price for 45-31 days in advance & fee up to Groupon price for 30 days or less in advance
  • 18+ to check in; 4 or older to stay
  • Must sign waiver & have valid visa
  • Not valid w/reward points
  • Travel insurance, & gratuities for travel guides, drivers, & servers not included
  • Airfare taxes included

Other Details

How To Book

  1. Purchase Groupon.
  2. Call or email Safari Ventures by 2/17/12 for March departures, 3/1/12 for April departures, and 4/2/12 for all other departures.
  3. Choose a date based on option purchased.
  4. Mention your Groupon and provide your credit-card info.

Hotel Policies

  • Check in: anytime on day of arrival
  • Check out: anytime on day of departure
  • Parking: not applicable
  • Rollaways: not available
  • Smoking policy: no smoking allowed inside property
  • Pet policy: pets are not allowed inside the property.
  • Room upgrades: optional trip extensions are available upon request during booking.

What It's Worth

Eleven-day migration safari through Tanzania; each option includes the following:

  • Round-trip airfare from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • All meals, excluding drinks and meals on the day of arrival and departure
  • Accommodations at authentic camps
  • All airport pickups and transfers
  • Guaranteed window seat on safari
  • $558 airline tax included

Choose from the following options:

Tours leaving on March 21 or April 20

  • $4,917 for a Travel with a Friend package (up to a $7,823 value)
  • $5,452 for a Solo Traveler (up to a $8,458 value)

Tours leaving on May 11, May 31, August 2, August 9, August 16, or August 23

  • $5,449 for a Travel with a Friend package (up to a $8,711 value)
  • $6,084 for a Solo Traveler (up to a $9,346 value)

Tours leaving on June 7, June 13, June 21, July 5, July 12, or July 19

  • $5,849 for a Travel with a Friend package (up to a $9,377 value)
  • $6,484 for a Solo Traveler (up to a $10,012 value)

Getting There

  • By plane: Round-trip flight from Washington-Dulles International Airport (IAD) to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) included

Traveler's Tips

  • Guests who wish to depart separately from the group on the final trip to the airport for departure will have to pay for separate transportation costs.
  • Safari Ventures can accommodate most diets, including vegetarian.
  • Wildebeests migrate across Tanzania throughout the entire year, but the migration is particularly impressive in May and June, when the wildebeests cross through the Serengeti National Park to the permanent water holes on the western side of the park.
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