TANZANIA SAFARI – NORTHERN PARKS 5 NIGHTS 6 DAYS

Day 1: Kilimanjaro International Airport – Arusha City

After arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be welcomed by our tour guide and transferred to Kibo Palace hotel in Arusha city one of the fascinating touristic towns in Tanzania. Depending on the time of arrival one can explore the town by the help of a local guide.
The Arusha Town is known as the safari capital of the world but it is often overlooked in favor of its more glamorous, better-known neighbors – Serengeti, Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. But Arusha has a wealth of experiences to offer from safaris in Arusha National Park, to breathtaking hiking on Mount Meru, Cultural tours, Tanzanite and more.

Day 2: Arusha – Tarangire National Park

After breakfast you will be heading into the Tarangire National Park for a morning game drive. The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Its natural vegetation mainly consists of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania’s dry season. In the afternoon you will eat your lunch at the picnic overlooking Tarangire River before you depart for Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you will overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House.

Tarangire- This National Park enables you to experience an unrivaled landscape of open plains, dotted with thousands of baobabs. Not only does the meandering Tarangire River attract a vast number of wildlife, but the Park is also especially renowned for its huge elephant herds, enabling its visitors the spotting of entire thick-skinned families!

Tarangire National Park has some of the highest population density of elephants as compared to anywhere in Tanzania, and its sparse vegetation, strewn with baobab and acacia trees, makes it a beautiful and distinctive location to visit.

Before the rains, droves of gazelles, wildebeests, zebras, and giraffes migrate to Tarangire National Park’s scrub plains where the last grazing land still remains.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons.
The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park

Your hotel is located just outside the gate of Ngorongoro Conservation Area that will take only 20 minutes to the entrance after your early breakfast. You then enter the conservation area of Ngorongoro and descend 600m into this magnificent crater for a morning, half-day game drive. The Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro Crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. You will enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater, after which you will climb up of the crater and travel to the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight shall be at Kubukubu Tented Lodge in Serengeti.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unbroken ancient volcanic caldera in the world. In 1979 this nearly three million-year-old area was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The former volcano crater is also considered to be “Africa’s Garden of Eden”, as it is a haven for thousands of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson’s gazelles and buffaloes. The crater is among the 8 Natural Wonders of the World.

Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa.

Established in 1952, it is home to the great migration of wildebeest and zebra. The resident population of lion, cheetah, elephant, giraffe, and birds is also impressive. The Park can be divided into 3 sections:

  •  The southern/central part (Seronera Valley) with its classic savannah dotted with acacias and filled with wildlife.
  • The western corridor is marked by the Grumeti River and has more forests and dense bush.
  • The north meets up with Kenya’s Masai Mara Reserve, is the least visited section.

It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous – over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. During the months of July-September, the herds will cross the Mara River again and again in search of fresh grass. They will have to face the mighty crocodiles in the river, who are waiting quietly in the water for their opportunity.

Serengeti is also known as the “endless plains” in the Masai language. This will be your area of exploration for the following two days. You will have the opportunity to discover this fascinating area and its wild inhabitants driving through the vast Serengeti Plains.

Day 4: Safari in Serengeti National Park.

Full day game drive in the Serengeti Plains. Dinner and overnight shall be at Kubukubu Tented Lodge in Serengeti.

Day 5: Serengeti – Olduvai Gorge – Masai Village – Karatu

After breakfast, you will depart towards the small town of Karatu and on your way, you shall stop at the Olduvai Gorge: one of the most important prehistoric, archeological sites in the world, located in the eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

The gorge is also commonly called “the cradle of mankind”, since it has revealed the remnants of the earliest human beings, being instrumental in the further understanding of the human evolution.
Later on, you will have the opportunity to visit Manyata, a village of the Masai Tribe, and get an insight into their unique customs and their everyday life.

The Maasai tribe lives in southern Kenya and northern Tanzania. They are known for their welcoming dances where the man sings and jump as high as possible with straight legs, to show how fit and strong they are. The woman stands at the side, singing with the man and do a special dance for woman only.
The Masai believes that all the cows in the world belong to them and where given to them by God. The wealth of a family is majored by the number of cows they own.

The Masai tribe lives in villages (Manyata) and each woman builds a small house (Boma) for her family. The bomb’s structure is made of wood and it is covered by a mixer of mud, wood and sticks, grass, cow dung, human urine, and ash. Traditionally, men are wearing sheets that are wrapped around the body. Usually, the main color is red but you can see some blue colors and a plaid pattern. Men and women are wearing ornaments made of colorful bids.

After our cultural encounter with this extraordinary ethnic group, we will continue getting out of Ngorongoro Conservation Area and overnight at Tloma Mountain Lodge.

Day 6: Lake Manyara – Arusha Airport

In the early morning, we shall begin our early morning tour in the place Ernest Hemingway described as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”: Lake Manyara Park.

Located beneath the cliffs of the Tloma Lodge on the edge of the Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park offers varied ecosystems, incredible bird life, and breathtaking views.
In contrast with the intimacy of the forest, is the grassy floodplain, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Masai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, and so do the giraffes.

Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, whereas the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and any visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day.

We shall then continue to Arusha Airport to catch your Zanzibar evening flight.

HOLIDAY ZANZIBAR: 3 NIGHTS STAY

Day 7: Zanzibar Day 1: Arrival

Arrival at Zanzibar Airport, meet and greet, road transfer to Aman Bungalow’s which is located in the heart of Zanzibar Stone Town. Check-in and relax. By your own, you will have free time to relax or have leisure walks in the narrow streets of Stone Town. Dinner and stay overnight at Aman Bungalows on Half Board basis.

Day 8: Zanzibar Day 2: Safari Blue

After breakfast, we drive to Fumba beach for safari blue tour. This is a full day trip on locally constructed sailing dhows, fitted with outboard motors, marine VHF radios, life jackets and other security requirements. The dhow anchors in a safe and shallow area to allow for snorkeling. High-quality snorkeling materials are provided, and a large range of sizes is available. Lunch is served on a sandbank or on one of the many uninhabited islands in the region. A traditional dish of barbecued fish, rice, lentils and fish curry is served. Chilled fruit juice, mineral water, and bottled soft drinks are available throughout the tour. After lunch, clients can sail on an outrigger canoe carved out of a single mango tree, snorkel and swim or just relax. Return to Fumba is by sail, wind permitting, and clients arrive back at their hotel at about 1730 hrs. Dinner and stay overnight at Aman Bungalows in HB basis.

Day 9: Zanzibar Day 3: Leisure Day

This will be your leisure day, you will be free to walk around Zanzibar stone town, go on shopping or just relax at the hotel. Dinner and stay overnight at Dhow Palace Hotel in Full Board basis.
Day 10: Zanzibar Day 4: Fly out of Zanzibar
After breakfast, we will pick you up to Zanzibar International Airport to catch your flight to Dar es Salaam or JRO Kilimanjaro and connect your flight home.

INCLUDED IN SAFARI PACKAGE

  • Full board (breakfast, lunch & dinner) accommodation while on safari
  • Transfers to and from the airport
  • All game drives viewing in a custom built 4×4 Safari Land Cruiser
  • All parks entrance fees
  • Transportation with a 4×4 vehicles with viewing roofs
  • Professional English/ Spanish/ Germany/ French speaking driver-guide during the safari.
  • Bottled safe drinking water in safari vehicles
  • Ngorongoro Crater car supplement fee (if any)
  • Current Government taxes and levies
  • 24-Hour support during the safari from our office in Arusha.

EXCLUDED IN SAFARI PACKAGE

  • Internal or International flights
  • Balloon and/or additional excursions while you are in Tanzania
  • Out-of-full board service at the hotel including body massage, hotel excursions, bar & laundry services
  • All-Terrain-Vehicle (Quad-bike) adventure
  • Entry visa to Tanzania
  • Travel and health insurance
  • TIPS to your guide, hotel staff, and porters
  • Meals, drinks, and excursions not described in the itinerary
  • Items of a personal nature, laundry, telephone and postage

OPTIONAL:

  • Flights links are available between Arusha/ Manyara and Serengeti.

INCLUDED IN ZANZIBAR PACKAGE

  • The price that covers all ground transfers as mentioned in the itinerary;
  • Accommodation at Dhow Palace Hotel on half board;
  • Logistics and lunch on safari blue tour, entry fees, travel permit, guide service, all government tax and VAT.

EXCLUDED IN ZANZIBAR PACKAGE

  • Flights/ferry boat to and from Zanzibar, Airport / Seaport tax, VISA & any things of personal nature.
  • Additional activities and/or excursions from the hotel during your leisure days.

Footnote:

  • We recommend Half Board (HB) hotels in Zanzibar giving the option for travelers to explore and enjoy food tourism offered by this Spice Island. The city tour guiding service & security measures are all inclusive of the package.
  • For special activities, we strongly recommend travelers to send their inquiries and share such information in advance for quotation and preparation.