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September 3-14, 2025


Dear Friends:
Come with us on Safari in Tanzania! See the finest wildlife reserves in East Africa, and see the Total Lunar Eclipse September 7, 2025! With leadership by excellent safari guides this will be a exceptional experience.

We fly into Kilimanjaro, then explore Arusha National Park for a day.
For the eclipse, we drive through the Tanzanian countryside this morning to Tarangire National Park. This park is famous for its large concentration of African elephants and baobab trees. Here we will find the very definition of the African bush: open savanna, acacia trees, roaming herds of elephant, zebra, and an impressive array of predators. In the dry season, the permanent waters of the Tarangire River lure animals from across the gamelands of Northern Tanzania.
The next day, the excitement will build as we anticipate the Total Lunar Eclipse in this fantastic location. The Lunar Eclipse will begin at 7:27 pm with the Total beginning at 8:30 pm. (So this won’t be a 2 am Lunar Eclipse!). This will be ideal for photography.

Tanzania Map

The safari continues at Ngorongoro Crater. We see the countryside and villagers in the town of Karatu. As you reach the rim of Ngorongoro Crater, there are breathtaking views of this immense volcanic caldera. Clouds billow up along the rim of the crater, while wildlife grazes below in this extraordinary wildlife sanctuary. We will descend in our safari vehicles into Ngorongoro Crater and explore this vast wildlife reserve, looking for the “Big 5”: buffalos, lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, and more! We travel with our excellent driver guides and stay in excellent bush lodges and safari camps.  

Continue to Serengeti National Park, one of the largest and most important wildlife sanctuaries in the world. It has an exhilarating ecosystem for African plains animals and riverine wildlife. This idyllic landscape, dotted with kopjes and acacia trees, and search for leopard, lions, zebras, Thompson’s gazelles, cheetah and many more animals. 
For an added highlight, you can also sign up for an optional Hot Air Balloon flight for a stunning view over the Serengeti.
In the evenings, we will have the extraordinary viewing of the Milky Way before Moonrise. 

What to Expect: This safari is planned for the travel enthusiast who would enjoy exploring the superb wildlife reserves in Tanzania on a classic African safari and see the Total Lunar Eclipse September 7, 2025. Travel is by 7-passenger safari vehicles with experienced driver naturalist guides and an excellent Betchart astronomy leader. Each passenger will have a window seat in the safari vehicles. Typically, temperatures will be in the upper 70’s to low 80’s. This safari is a tremendous experience for travelers with an appetite for adventure who can tolerate some insects, heat, and bumpy dirt roads for the lifelong experience of seeing the Lunar Eclipse and Milky Way over the Serengeti. There is some possibility the skies will be obscured by clouds, but there are excellent prospects for viewing the Lunar Eclipse. (No smoking in vehicles, during talks, or meals, please.)

giraffeWe hope you will join us!
Best Regards,

Margaret M. Betchart
President, Betchart Expeditions Inc. for AAAS, Sigma Xi, ACS
& The Planetary Society

$5,995 per person twin share + air fare
Please call 1-800-252-4910 or email Info@BetchartExpeditions.com or just return the reservation form from the Brochure. 

Brochure (PDF)

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