Day 1: Arrive Tanzania. Arrive mid-day or evening into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met and transferred to Mt. Village Lodge. The Mountain Village Lodge is situated on a working coffee plantation with with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Your accommodation will be in one of the charming stone cottages sit amidst beautiful gardens overlooking Lake Duluti. Overnight - Mt. Village Lodge.
Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park. After breakfast, you will depart by road to your first private tented camp, situated along the boundary of Tarangire National Park. Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park is known for it’s majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The park supports a great diversity of wildlife, especially during in the dry season of July to Novmeber, when the Tarangire River provides the only permanent water supply in the area. During this season wildlife , including up to 6.000 elephants concentrate along the river.
For a cultural experience, walking in the area and visits to some neighboring tribes is offered. Maasai live in the area as well as the Datoga, another tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrated into this area many decades ago, looking for good grazing land. The Dataoga have resisted neighbouring tribes' cultural infiltrations. The women, still wear fat treated goatskin gowns and carve their faces and bodies to beautify themselves. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from the several hilltop peaks in the area. Overnight - Luxury Private Camp (all meals and activities).
Day 4: Tarangire - Lake Manyara - Gibb's Farm. After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park with it’s lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for "euphorbia tirucalli", a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippo’s. . If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an "Acacia tortilis" tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species. After a game drive and a picnic lunch in the park you’ll depart for the Ngorongoro highlands and your overnight accommodation at Gibb's Farm. This delightful farm is situated on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater and is renowned for their friendly service and excellent cuisine. In the evening a hike is possible to the coffee plantation or to the water fall. Overnight - Gibb’s Farm (all meals and activities.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater. This morning your drive takes you the short distance to the "eighth wonder of the world", the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera on earth. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2000 ft high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual "Noah's Ark", inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the black named lion and the endangered black rhino. The crater contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake - complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. With a picnic lunch you will descend the crater walls and spend the afternoon and early evening wildlife viewing on the crater floor. , returning to your lodge in time for a sundowner on the verandah. Your lodging for the next two nights will be at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Perched on the edge of the crater, this beautiful lodge affords panoramic views of the crater floor. Overnight - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (B,L,D)
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater. After an early breakfast you will depart for a half day of wildlife viewing on the crater floor (where from July 2006 only half day game drives are possible). On this day you can visit Empakaai and Olmoti Craters instead of Ngorongoro Crater game drive, less famous and less visited, but very interesting for Walking Safaris off the beaten track. Overnight - Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar (all meals included).
Days 7-10: Serengeti National Park. After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park with a stop enroute at Oldupai Gorge. Oldupai is the famous archeological site where the Leakeys discovered remains of Australopithecus, Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus, bringing crucial understanding to the study of the evolution of the human species.
From Oldupai you’re off to the "Great Serengeti", likely the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration, is the habitat of huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle with estimates of up to 1.5 million. From December through March they concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains, where the calving season takes place, attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. In June and July they move into the western corridor and in October and November the herds can usually be found in the northern Serengeti. The Serengeti "Kopjes", massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik. You will spend four nights in a luxury private camp, set in a wilderness area, depending on the season and movement of the animals. Overnight - Luxury Private Camp (all meals & activities).
Day 11: Serengeti - Arusha. Today you’ll enjoy a final gamedrive across the Serengeti plains enroute to the Seronera Airstrip where you will board the scheduled flight to Arusha. Upon arrival at Arusha Airport you will be met and transferred to Mt Village Lodge. Overnight at Mt Village. (all meals & activities).
Day 12: Departure transfer to the airport for the flight to Zanzibar for trip extension, or flight back home. Extension Zanzibar (additional charge)
Day 12 Arusha - Zanzibar. After breakfast you will be transfered to Kilimanjaro airport for your flight to Zanzibar. After arrival on Zanzibar we will do the Spice Tour on the way to our Eco Resort Chumbe Island. You will learn about Spices and herbs Zanzibar is famous for. After we will go by motor boat to Chumbe Island, your home for the next three days.
Days 13-14: Beach Hotel Zanzibar: Relax and enjoy Chumbe Island. Lots of activities are waiting for you on and around Chumbe Island. The whole of Chumbe Island is a nature reserve and you may explore its beauties either under the competent guidance of park rangers or at your leisure. Snorkel through our unique shallow water Reef Sanctuary or explore the Forest Reserve and historical monuments. Take an excursion out scuba diving the nearby reefs, or perhaps just allow yourself a lazy day watching dhows and outrigger boats go by.
Day 15: Zanzibar - Stonetown. Today we will transfer you to your hotel in Stonetown. In the afternoon we will do the City Tour to show you Zanzibars bustling markets, ancient buildings and monuments. A guided tour through Stonetown is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.
Day 16: Zanzibar - Airport. The Tents: The tents are Selous style large, walk-in, insect proof canvas tents with private verandahs. Private bush shower and toilet are attached to the back of the tent. Towels are provided. Two wash basins are available for washing up after game drives and in the morning (or whenever you like, all you have to do is ask for warm water). Your beds are comfortable wooden frame beds with thick foam mattresses, made up with fresh linen, two blankets and an African style bed-cover. King size beds can be arranged upon request (before the safari begins). Other furnishings in the tent include: A wooden bedside table, a hanger stand, a writing table, two safari chairs, two woolen African style carpets, 1 kerosene hurricane style lantern, 1 electric lamp and 1 flashlight, kanga table cloths, mirrors, waste and laundry baskets.
Bush Cuisine: Meals are taken in a spacious mess tent with insect proof windows. The tables are made of African olive wood and covered with local fabric table cloths. The area is lit with pressure lamps. The bar is stocked with cold soft drinks, mineral water and beer; wine and spirits are also available as is ice. It is suggested that clients bring their favorite spirits or order it in advance. All bottled beverages are billed at the end of the safari with the exception of half a bottle of wine per person for the evening meal. Delicious 3 course meals are cooked in the bush kitchen, an open air affair, yet highly effective as your taste buds will tell you. Menus include: A selection of salads carefully washed with boiled water, soup, meat, fish, and vegetables, pasta or rice, fresh fruits, and cakes for dessert. Special dietary requests can be accommodated and should be booked in advance.
- Breakfast: Coffee and tea served at your tent with the morning wake-up call Fruit juices Fresh fruits and cereals, Cheese, Bread, butter, marmalade, jam and honey, Eggs, sausages and bacon.
- Lunch: Selection of salads from the buffet Cold cut beef, salami and ham and smoked sailfish, Assorted cheeses, Fruit salad, Coffee and tea.
- Dinner: Avocado vinaigrette Cream of leek soup Beef tournedo, pommes gratin and seasonal vegetables, Green salad, Lemon mousse, Coffee and tea.
- From September to November you will spend 3 nights in Tarangire as shown in the above itinerary. For the rest of the year, you will spend 2 nights in Tarangire and 4 nights in the Serengeti
- We do not have a limited number of people travelling.
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