May 16

NEWARK. Following arrival in Newark , New Jersey , our group will depart for Arusha , Tanzania via Amsterdam . D

May 17

ARRIVAL ARUSHA-FIELD COURSE ORIENTATION. Following our arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport outside of Arusha , Tanzania we will be met by our Tanzania Field Course Staff and transferred to our hotel. After dinner there will be an orientation session to our Tanzania Field Course. Overnight Arusha. B

May 18

LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK. Early this morning, we will depart for serene and beautiful Lake Manyara . Aside from its peaceful setting, Manyara's main attractions are a wide variety of bird life, lions, and hippos that can often be seen at very close range. There is also a sizable elephant population found here. At certain times of the year Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos. Although one of the smaller National Parks in Tanzania , its vegetation is quite diverse, ranging from savanna to marshes and acacia forests, in combination, giving rise to a wide variety of wildlife habitats. Late this afternoon, participants will return to Lodge for dinner and overnight. B L D

May 19

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK. After an early breakfast, our group will depart for Serengeti National Park . The Park covers 9153 squares miles and is contiguous with the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya . It is Tanzania 's largest and most famous National Park. Its vast, treeless plains are home to several million hoofed animals, which are constantly on the move searching for fresh grassland to feed on. The wildebeest is the most numerous herbivore present, where there are thought to be two million or more. They are also the major food source for large carnivores found here, including lions and hyenas. One of the Serengeti's biggest attractions is its annual migration of the wildebeest. During the rainy season, March-May herds of wildebeest are spread out over the southern sections of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Conservation Areas. Following the rains, these areas dry out quickly and the herds move north and west in search of food, where they spend the dry season. The Serengeti is also well known for its large numbers of cheetah and giraffe. Late this afternoon, we will travel to the Lodge for dinner and overnight. B L D

May 20

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK. Early this morning we will continue with activities wildlife viewing in Serengeti National Park . Dinner and overnight. B L D

May 21

SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK. Continued activities and wildlife viewing Serengeti National Park . Dinner and overnight. B L D

May 22 SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK. Continued activities and wildlife viewing Serengeti National Park . Dinner and overnight. B L D
May 23 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA. Early this morning, we will travel to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA). This region is composed of the the Ngorongoro Crater and a number of interrelated ecosystems, including the Crater Highlands and vast stretches of plains, bush and woodland. The entire NCA covers approximately 5150 sq miles. Near its center is Olduvai Gorge , where many famous fossils have been unearthed. To the west are the alkaline Ndutu and Masek Lakes . Ndutu is actually just inside Serengeti National Park . Both lakes are particularly good for wildlife viewing, especially during the rainy season. In the eastern NCA there are a string of volcanoes and calderas. Most, but not all are inactive at this time. Further east, just outside the NCA's boundaries, is the archaeologically significant Engaruka. Along the NCA's southern border is Lake Eyasi , a salt lake around which the Hadzabe people live. They are believed to be descendants of one of Tanzania 's original ethnic groups. To the northeast of the NCA, on the Kenyan border, is beautiful Lake Natron . The Ngorongoro Crater Highlands consist of an elevated range of volcanoes and calderas that rise from the side of the Great Rift Valley and run along the eastern edge of the NCA. The area offers some of Tanzania 's most rugged and unusual scenery. Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa 's best know wildlife viewing areas. It is more than 12 miles wide and one of the largest calderas in the world. The Crater is home to a variety of animals and vegetation types, including grasslands, swamps, forests, salt marshes and a freshwater lake. Here we are likely to see lions, elephants, rhinos, buffaloes, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle and zebras. Lake Magadi , located at the base of the crater is home to thousands of flamingos. Despite its steep walls, there is considerable animal movement between the Crater and the Serengeti. Permanent water and grassland habitat on the Crater floor make it a favored spot for wildlife. Local Maasai tribes have grazing rights for their cattle in around the crater and most likely will also be seen. Late in the afternoon, our group will travel to the Lodge for dinner and overnight. B L D
May 24 NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA-ARUSHA. After an early breakfast, we will have one last chance for wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Following lunch, our group will transfer to Arusha for farewell dinner and overnight. D
May 25 DEPARTURE. Following breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for our return flight to Newark . Upon arrival, we will connect with your flight home.
May 26

Arrive back in Newark .

Note: Due to weather conditions and circumstances beyond the control of Field Course Staff, certain activities may be changed or done on different days in the best interest of the group.

MEAL CODES: B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner

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