Baby Boomer Safari-11 Days

For Baby Boomers who like to keep active, are culturally curious and are fascinated by wildlife and the environment

Safari tour package:
A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Price per person*:
$4105 - $5093
Includes internal flights:
Length of safari:
11 days
Best months:
January - February, May - December
Countries visited:
Parks visited:
Activity level:
Moderate - Game walks, Cultural visits
Safari type:
Adventure safaris Big five Romantic safaris Romantic Cultural safaris Cultural Self-drive safaris Self-drive
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You may be looking at early retirement and are active and healthy. Perhaps you have traveled the capitals of Western Europe, but have always had Africa in the back of your mind for when you had the time was right. Maybe you backed-packed through Europe in the 60’s during your college years and didn’t have enough money to make it to Africa. Time may have made you eco-culture conscious and you would prefer more naturalistic kinds of travel experiences. You may be culturally curious and interested in challenging your own cultural assumptions. If any of these are the case, a Baby Boomer African safari is designed for you.

In most places you have travelled, you may have traveled more on your own. Traveling in the African bush is different. 30% of Tanzania’s lands are located within national parks to preserve their unique environment, ecosystem and wildlife. In order to enter them, you are required to travel through a licensed tour operator so you get into and out of the bush safely. To preserve the intimate kind of travel you may be used to, Zohar limits the number of travel guests to small groupings of 4-7 people. You can personalize your safari by selecting from a wide range of options based on your specific interests.

Zohar Baby Boomer itineraries are carefully designed to blend a balance of game viewing, recreational activities and interaction with the colorful indigenous peoples who live in remote areas of the African bush. Visits to traditional communities are culturally sensitive and designed to allow for maximum interaction between guests and hosts by connecting through their daily activities. They are not pre-rehearsed performances or just photo ops. The bush peoples benefit from hosting visitors, as it provides a form of income to compensate for the loss of land they depend that has been misappropriated.

DAY 1: Arrival – Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our representative will meet you and transfer you to your hotel for an overnight stay. Your professional safari guide will brief you during dinner on various aspects of your itinerary.

Overnight at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (Bed & Breakfast)

DAY 2: Tarangire National Park 

After breakfast, your driver-guide will pick you up from your hotel and you will enjoy the 2 hr (74 mile/120km) leisure drive southwestwards to Tarangire NP. In this region in Tanzania, Hemmingway often went on big game hunting safaris. After the formation of its national parks in 1970, Tanzania turned the seasonal marshes and the endless savannah that you see today into, once again, profitable hunting grounds. Today however, cameras have thankfully replaced elephant guns.

The Tarangire National Park has the highest concentration of elephants in North – Tanzania and you can view these animals all year round where elephant herd populations can reach as many as 3,000. The Tarangire River has water all year around. During the dry season (July-October), many animals from the surrounding areas come to the river to drink. If you visit the park during the dry season, you will witness an unforgettable natural wonder as you observe exotic big mammals such as lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, zebras and various types of antelopes such as gazelles. During the dry season, Tarangire is a haven for bird watchers with over 550 different species including the Maasai Ostrich-the world’s largest bird. Around lunchtime, you will stop at a suitable picnic place. The afternoon is dedicated to more wildlife watching.

Overnight at Tarangire Safari Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 3: Tarangire NP – Mto Wa Mbu Recreational Activities and Cultural Visit.

Drive to Mto wa Mbu for a full day of recreational activities and cultural visit. Included in your safari is participating in two of the following activities. You may participate in a third activity if you have extra time for an additional cost.

*Mountain Biking/ Cycling

Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs

*Forest Hike

Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs

*Nature Walk

Duration; 1hr to 1.5hrs

*Village Walk

Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs

*Lake Manyara Canoeing (depending on the day’s weather)

Duration; 2.5 to 3hrs

After engaging in the late morning/early afternoon activities of you’re choice, will walk through the traditional village for hot local lunch. Later drive to the lodge for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Overnight atLake Manyara Serena Hotel(Full Board)

DAY 4: Manyara National Park – Karatu Local Market Tour – Lake Eyasi Sunset 

You will depart early to Lake Manyara National Park for half day game viewing. The park is green throughout the year because of its underground water sources. Its verdant color attracts hundreds of spectacular varieties of migratory and wetland birds flying overhead. It also attracts huge populations of flamingos because its shallow alkaline-saline (salt) soda lake creates an ideal environment for microorganisms to grow that feed flamingos. Manyara’s natural habitat also includes large troops of baboons, velvet monkeys, blue monkeys, and tree climbing lions, elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalos, elephants, warthogs, impalas, Thomson-gazelles, and Grant gazelles.  Leopards, cheetahs, rock/tree hyrax, kudus, elands, bushbucks, waterbucks, and dik-diks also live in this park.

After game drive, enjoy leisure to Karatu for local market tour and later proceed to Lake Eyasi for sunset, dinner and night stay.

Overnight at Kisima Ngeda Luxury Tented Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 5: Visits to Hadzabe Bushmen and Datoga Tribes 

Depart for a cultural visit with the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the most remote and last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth. We participate in various interactive daily activities with the Hadzabe, including bush trek, hunting, honey gathering, baobab fruit foraging, tribal chanting, dancing and sitting around their daily campfires. Time spent with the Hadzabe Bushmen, as with other cultural groups visited, is not choreographed in a specific way. We just join in whatever they are doing during their day. Things need to stay flexible because, if game is near, the Hadzabe dash off into the bush for it and we join them.

In the late afternoon, we join the Datoga tribe, another well preserved traditional tribe in the Lake Eyasi area, and participate in whatever they are doing, such as making yogurt in a calabash, milking cows, making butter and joining their traditional dances. We may also observe their blacksmith designingand fashioning metal objects. Later in the evening, drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Exploreans Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 6: Olduvai Gorge – Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you depart to the Serengeti plains by way of the lush Ngorongoro Crater Highlands where fertile soils grow crops such as wheat, corn and coffee. En route to the Serengeti, you will visit Olduvai Gorge where the famous archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered evidence of the oldest prehistoric human civilization and a human skull dating back 1.8 million years ago. There is also a small museum that documents their work. Afterwards, we proceed further into to the Serengeti.

The name “Serengeti” comes from the Maasai word siringitu, meaning “endless plains”, and you will see why once you see its “ocean” of grassland savannas stretching to the horizon. The Serengeti ecosystem is one of the oldest and most well preserved on earth. The essential features of climate, vegetation, fauna and flora have barely changed over the past million years. The patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.

After game viewing, we return to our lodging for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 7: Serengeti National Park 

Before breakfast, we depart for a game viewing drive.  After returning to the lodge for a hot breakfast, we depart with a picnic lunch for another game viewing drive.The Serengeti plains are only interrupted by the Kopjes, bizarre rock formations formed by the weathering of granite outcrops. This is often where leopards and the other big cats can be found, and where you will most likely have the opportunity to view these magnificent creatures in their natural habitat. We return toour lodging for dinner and an evening at leisure.

Overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 8: Serengeti Walking Safari – Ngorongoro Crater Rim Walking Safari 

Before breakfast, we depart for a 1-to 2-hour walking safari in the Serengeti. We return for breakfast, thendepart with a picnic lunch for our final game viewing drive in Serengeti National Park. After lunch, we proceed to the Ngorongoro Crater. As soon as you have reached the edge of the crater rim, and view it’s bottom a half-mile below,and view its 100 square mile expanse, you will be transfixed by this jaw-dropping natural wonder. We will be getting out of the safari jeep to enjoy the view while walking along the crater rim for an hour. Afterwards, you will proceed to Karatu for evening leisure and hot dinner.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 9: Olmoti Crater Hike – Empakai Nature Walk — Nainokanoka Maasai Village

After breakfast, we depart to Olmoti Crater for a hiking adventure. Olmoti Crater is located at the northern part of Ngorongoro crater at the altitude of 3,088 meters above sea level.  A visit to Olmoti is only possible by foot in the company of an armed ranger. It takes about 35 minutes to walk to the rim of this shallow crater. Many different species of antelope, land reedbuck buffalo bushbuck, along with Maasai livestock can be found here.  From here, you can walk to the waterfalls of the Munge River or hike to the Empakaai Crater.

After lunch, you proceed to Nainokanoka, a Maasai village located near the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. From here, you will have surreal view of the Ngorongoro crater rim from its eastern side where the moist warm air from the Indian Ocean meets the warm dry air of the Serengeti, creating a fascinating cloud formation that curls into the western side of the crater’s rim.

The highlight of your visit to Nainokanoka will be meeting the leader of a four-generation Maasai family boma (homestead), and seeing his 7 wives, 50 children, and their manyatas (igloo like homes). As this boma is a bit off the beaten track, it is not frequented by outsiders, creating a great opportunity to meet a Maasai family that is as excited to meet you as you are to meet them. You can also walk through the Empakaai green highlands just for fresh air while observing hundreds of grazing Maasai cattle.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (3 meals)

DAY 10: Ngorongoro Crater – Kilimanjaro International Airport

After breakfast, we return to the Ngorongoro Crater and descend into it for a day of game viewing.The crater has a unique ecosystem that is inhabited by more than 25,000 animals. In the grass steppes and acacia forest you can encounter almost every animal species of the East African savanna, including the “Big Five” (rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard) and most of the species found in the Serengeti, including zebra, hippos, wildebeest, and cheetahs.

Later in the day, you will be driven to Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight to your next destination or back home.

You may want to extend your safari by relaxing in on Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches after your safari. Just ask us about options available.

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • * Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • * Tarangire Safari Lodge
  • * Lake Manyara Serena Lodge
  • * Kisima Ngeda Luxury Camp
  • * Ngorongoro Exploreans Lodge
  • * Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • * Serengeti Serena Lodge
  • * Ngorongoro Serena Lodge

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