Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha (Tanzania). On arrival we are met by a Silver Africa Tours representative, briefing then we board our private shuttle. Drive across the plains and part of Amboseli Game Reserve to Namanga Border, this will be your first of many meetings with the colorfully beaded Masai. After border requirements enter Tanzania. The lowering sun highlighting the dust clouds as the Masai bring their cattle across the parched awesome countryside and into Arusha by 6pm. Accommodation at the New Arusha Hotel. This hotel is the center point of the ancient Cape to Cairo route, recently beautifully rebuilt and set amongst gardens, yet right at the town center. Arusha is the safari base for the northern area. Mt Meru towers above the busy dusty "grown-up" market town. Almost city status now, it hosts the Rwanda Tribunal headquarters and East African Congress. Includes: (B, D).
Day 2: Arusha - Tarangire National Park. After breakfast walk on the slopes of Mt Meru, once the home area of your escort. A gentle introduction to the town lifestyle as the town workers and their farm produce come down from the cooler slopes and villages. We collect last minute fresh fruit from the busy food market. Last chance for personal banking and shopping requirements, as you will be away from supply shops. The Safari begins! 4x4 for the next 9 days, beginning with a two hour drive out to Tarangire.
We stay at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, a permanent safari style tented camp, on an escarpment. Take a game drive in the evening, before a relaxing dinner on the wide terrace overlooking the river. Tarangire National Park - 20,000sq km. is noted for its Baobab trees and ‘mobs’ of elephants. The swamp areas attract 550 bird varieties, migratory wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, buffalo, impala, gazelle and many of the smaller animals like mongoose and porcupine. Includes:(B, L, D).
Day 3: Tarangire - Lake Eyasi. This morning is an early game drive before breakfast. After breakfast leave Tarangire, crossing the plains to the Rift Valley escarpment. Pass through villages and Lake Manyara, arriving at Lake Eyasi around midday. Here you will have the special opportunity to join a hunting trip. We stay at Kisma Ngeda Camp, a new tented camp on the shore among palm and acacia trees, with a colossal rock backdrop and natural spring. Look for the small dikdik, vervet monkey, buck, fish eagles and maybe hippo. Lake Eyasi – the home of the Hadzabe. Hunter gatherers, this group of people is one of the last of its kind in Africa. Small in stature and speaking an ancient click dialect they survive by their ability to blend into and subsist through their surroundings. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 4: Lake Eyasi - Ngorongoro Crater. Drive across the crater rim, passing through the grey lichen covered rain forest, then down 600m to the crater floor. Spend the rest of the day game driving in the crater, with our picnic lunch by the hippo pool. We leave the Crater early evening to our lodge on the rim. Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge. Ngorongoro Crater has its own eco system. The soda lake shimmers with flamingos and is dotted with blobs of hippos. Only male elephants descend into the crater, as the female stay on the rim. You will see the zebras and wildebeest, milling about close to your vehicle. Also warthogs, rhino, lions, jackal, buffalo, hyena and ostrich in their own kingdom. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 5: Nainokanoka Village - Olmoti Crater - Serengeti. After breakfast drive to Nainokanoka village, where we walk up to the small crater and visit Mange waterfalls. This area is not often included on a safari. It is an opportunity to see how these residents live in this harsh climate. We head north-west to the Serengeti, passing through Naabi Hill Gate, where we should start to see larger gatherings of animals. We arrive at Ikoma tented Lodge where we will be based for three nights, living the safari experience. The Serengeti – the greatest natural show on earth. A million wildebeest. Each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive route in the inescapable cycle of life.
Survival of the fittest. This is Africa. Tanzania’s oldest park. It is famous for the annual migration, when over six million hooves pound the plains as the zebras and, gazelle join the wildebeest, providing stunning viewing. A vast landscape, in some seasons a horizon to horizon vista of slowly moving animals. Even when it is not the migration season, this area gives the best game viewing in Africa. The ongoing spectacle of predator versus prey continues daily. Popular as the Serengeti is you may still be the only group watching a kill – until the vultures gather in nearby trees which alert the hyena. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 6: Serengeti. Early game drives before breakfast, at leisure to absorb the atmosphere of Africa. Full days of lions, wildebeest, zebra, giraffe, buck, gazelles, monkeys, baboons, mongoose, many stunning the birds, hopefully cheetah and leopard. Night drives can also be arranged. Overnight at Ikoma Tented Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 7: Serengeti. Relaxing in camp or more games drives. Find those even smaller animals, the gaudy agama lizards, the rock hyraxes pr dung beetles. Watch the birds, from flocks of peacock, hued starlings, the yellow weavers to ugly vultures and soaring eagles. Overnight at Ikoma Tented Lodge. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 8: Serengeti - Lake Manyara. We travel all day through to Lake Manyara game viewing around the koppies on the journey. Stop at Olduvai Gorge ‘the cradle of mankind” at the small museum where the Leaky family discovered the first evidence of homo sapiens. Overnight at Kirurumu tented Lodge on the Rift Valley edge looking across Lake Manyara. Lake Manyara National Park is nestled under the escarpment on the Eastern side of the Rift, known for the lions who rest in the trees, the Lake with its millions of flamingos and the diverse flora and fauna attracting many of East Africa s brilliant birds. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 9: Arusha. Walking safari before breakfast along the Rift Valley game drive at Lake Manyara National Park stopping at a coffee plantation on the way to Arusha, arriving mid afternoon. Two nights accommodation at the New Arusha Hotel. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 10: Okokola Community Environmental Project. We meet Agripina and Martha who take us out to a Maasi area where they work in a community development project. Your tour escort has been involved with this Project. This is not a tourist area, we will be guests. You will be able to quietly observe the progress which has been made and the huge effort of these two Chugga (Kilimanjaro tribe) women. We will meet some of the Maasi in their homes. Mid afternoon at leisure to explore Arusha, buy some Tanzanite, the now becoming rare stone, carvings or art work. Tonight is a farewell dinner in town with your guides. Includes: (B, L, D).
Day 11: Arusha - Zanzibar. Drive to KIA, Kilimanjaro International Airport. Weather permitting we will see Kilimanjaro. Look at NZ a Rotary funded market at Tengeru. Drive through coffee and bananas plantations before your flight to Zanzibar about mid day. Overnight at Tembo House, a traditional coastal hotel right on the sea wall in the heart of Stone Town. There are many dining opportunities in town. Zanzibar - where time moves slower. On the “The Swahili Coast” the delights of tropical island living are endless. Stone Town has history of sultans, slaves and spices.
The sweet spicy smell of cloves is with you constantly in Zanzibar, as is the distinctive taarab music. Giant carved doors and fortresses are crammed into tiny spaces linked with narrow cobbled streets. Historic House of Wonders, the Slave Market area and the Museum are haunting to visit. The Dhow harbor is always busy with trading. The melodious warble calls the faithful to prayer each morning in Stone Town’s mosques, which are hidden in the bewildering clutter of alleyways. Stone Town has good souvenir shopping also tiny stores spring up each day along the harbor, which at night again changes to a outdoor "food hall" of spicy traditional foods. There are miles of endless white sand beaches. Includes: (B).
Day 12: Spice Tour - Hakuna Majiwe. This morning we leave Stone Town to absorb the spices of Zanzibar, visiting small farms and homes to sample nutmeg, cloves, ginger, cocoa, fruits, coconuts, pepper vines, vanilla, allspice and have a spicy lunch Drive south east to the lesser known Hakuna Majiwe Hotel, meaning "place without stones" boasts 6 kilometers of palm fringed almost deserted white sand. Accommodation is for two nights. Includes: (B).
Day 13: Beach. Spend the day as you choose, snorkeling, swimming in the pool or sea, deep-sea fishing or bike riding. Overnight at Hakuna Majiwe Hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 14: Jozani Forest - Stone Town. We leave the beach this morning passing at Jozani forest, to see the red Colobus monkeys and also the rare blue monkeys. Return back to Stone Town to relax as you wish. Overnight at Tembo House. Includes: (B).
Day 15: Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam. Relaxed morning in Stone Town. Early afternoon we travel by ferry to Dar es Salaam – back to mainland Tanzania. On arrival we drive along the beach road passing the fish market, State House, to the Msassani Peninsular staying overnight at the Sea Cliff Hotel. Includes: (B).
Day 16: Dar Es Salaam - Depart. Today we visit special interest areas of the city, including the Mkonde carvers, Tinga Tinga artists, the Slipway for great local shopping and a small fishing village in the city. Depart for Dar es Salaam International Airport early evening for your outbound flight.
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