Have fun luxuriously camping deep in the bush staying in large style walk-in tents with private verandas, and full en-suite facilities. Between mobile camps you will relax at a small lodge on an old coffee plantation, and in an award-winning lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater.
Transportation is by modified 4WD Land Cruisers. Our safari guides are so experienced, hospitable and have got good knowledge about the highlighted places. So be rest assured that they will not disappoint you. Alternatively you can extend your stay with a relaxing holiday on Zanzibar.
Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania East Africa's largest country.
Arrive mid-day or evening into Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met and transferred to Mt. Village Lodge. It is placed on a working coffee plantation with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. This accommodation site is in one of the charming stone cottages sit amidst gorgeous gardens overlooking Lake Duluti. As you wait for dinner and over night at Mt. Village Lodge.
Days 2-3: Tarangire National Park.
Having taken breakfast, you will depart by road to your first private tented camp, situated along the boundary of Tarangire National Park Tanzania's third largest national park .The majestic baobabs that lie on this mountain is known for dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. This park is known for it's wild life especially in the dry season.
Visit the tribes staying around it that is; the Dataoga who have resisted neighboring tribes' cultural percolation. Their persistence in the dress code is an attraction where by women still wear fat treated goatskin gowns and carve their faces and bodies to beautify themselves. Learning about their history is as charming as the views are breathtaking from the several hilltop peaks .Overnight - Luxury Private Camp. (FB)
Day 4: To Lake Manyara- Gibb's Farm.
Drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. This gorgeously natured park with it's luxuriant vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Masai word for "euphorbia tirucalli", a bush which is used to make a hedge fence to protect their cattle. Buffalo, elephant, zebra giraffe, large population of hippos, a variety of monkeys and a variety of antelope inhabit the park.
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 abundant bird life is also counted, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest bird 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 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 waterfall. (FB)
Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater.
Also known as 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 2000ft high, an absolutely poignant sight. Some people even chose to name it the practical "Noah's Ark". The place has well nigh all species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the black mane lion and the endangered black rhino.
The crater contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. You will be required to take a picnic lunch then descend to the crater walls spending the afternoon and evening wildlife viewing on the crater floor. You will return to your lodge in time for an eventide view on the verandah spending the two over nights at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. (FB) simply placed on the edge of the crater yielding to a panoramic view of the crater floor.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater.
Wildlife viewing on the crater floor is the main activity of this day having a short break for your picnic lunch. You will return to your lodge (Serena Lodge) for over night and meals.
Days 7-10: Serengeti National Park.
After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park with a stop en route at Olduvai Gorge. A famous archaeological 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. This is the place where she was buried.
You will proceed to the "Great Serengeti", likely the most popular wildlife sanctuary in the world. In the months of the migration, Serengeti harbors 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. Your meals and overnights will be at Serengeti, Olupai Luxury Private Camp or it's like. (FB)
Day 11: Seronera Air strip then En route to Arusha.
Have fun in a game drive crossing the Serengeti plains en route to the Seronera Airstrip that will connect you to either Arusha for your scheduled flight or to Zanzibar for an extensional package. Upon arrival at Arusha Airport you will be met and transferred to Mt Village Lodge. Overnight at Mt Village and transfer to the airport the next day for the flight to Zanzibar for the Zanzibar extension or flight back home.
Day 12: Arusha - Zanzibar.
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 Zanzibar 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.
Day 13-14: Beach Hotel Zanzibar.
Have fun at Chumbe Island taking part in the various recreation activities a wait. 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 Tanzania's unique shallow water Reef Sanctuary or explore the Forest Reserve and historical monuments. Go scuba diving the nigh reefs, or perhaps just allow yourself to relax the day while watching dhows and outrigger boats go by. Overnight at Zanzibar.
Day 15: From Zanzibar to Stonetown.
You will be transferred to hotel in Stonetown. In the afternoon we will do the City Tour to show you Zanzibar's bustling markets, ancient buildings and monuments. A guided tour through Stonetown is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.
Day 16: Zanzibar - Airport.
You will then be transferred to from Zanzibar to your airport for your scheduled flight back home.
Note: 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 Tarangire and 4 nights in the Serengeti.
The Tents: The tents are Selous style large, walk-in, insect proof canvas tents with private verandas. Private bush shower and toilet are attached to the back of the tent. 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). Towels are provided. 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.
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
Bush Cuisine - 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.
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 tablecloths. 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.
Sample Menu include:
- Breakfast: Coffee & 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 & ham and smoked sailfish, Assorted cheeses, Fruit salad, Coffee & tea
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.
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