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Tanzania: Safari on the Serengeti during wildlife migration

February 26, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
  • A cheetah and cub seen during a safari in Tanzania.
A cheetah and cub seen during a safari in Tanzania. (Ron Glazier )

Watch herds of wildebeests and zebras on the move during a 12-day safari to Tanzania that's timed to catch the animals' annual migration across the Serengeti plains. Ron Glazier, retired director of the Santa Ana Zoo, leads the trip that's all about viewing elephants, cheetah, leopards and other wildlife in East Africa.

Highlights include visits to Arusha, Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and a stop at a Maasai village to witness local traditions.

"I am always amazed by the African wildlife and, with each trip, either see a new animal or two, or some animal behavior I have never seen before," Glazier writes via email. "I went to Africa to see animals but came away with an appreciation and fascination with its history and culture."

Glazier has traveled to East Africa regularly since 1997 and shares his expertise with others on the trip sponsored by the Friends of Santa Ana Zoo. Participants stay in first-class lodges and luxury camps near the western part of Serengeti National Park.

Pre-trip event: Meet Glazier and learn about his African safari experience at 1 p.m. March 10 in the Family Farm area of the zoo.

Date: The trip departs May 15.

Price: $5,995 per person, double occupancy. It includes meals, lodgings, ground transportation, flight between the Serengeti and Arusha, and guides. International airfare is extra.

Contact: Ron Glazier, (360) 933-1737, or Classic Escapes, (800) 627-1244,
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