Best Of Tanzania & Zanzibar – High End
Duration: 11 Day
Destinations: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, and Zanzibar.
- Tour Price: $9625 per person
Accommodation Type: High End Hotels & Lodges
We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfer you to Onsea House Machweo lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Lake Manyara national park
After breakfast, you will drive to Lake Manyara national park for a game drive with picnic lunch. In this small but very beautiful park with the dense forest, you will have opportunity to see lots of monkeys, giraffes, elephants, impalas, dik-dik, flamingos in the lake and if you are lucky you may spot the rare tree climbing lions. In the afternoon you will continue to Neptune Ngorongoro luxury lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will drive to the Ngorongoro crater for a game drive with picnic lunch. This is the best place to see the endangered black rhino (less than 1000 black rhinos are left in the wild in the world). The crater has also many other animals like zebras, wildebeests, hippos, gazelles, hyenas and many more. All meals and overnight will be at Neptune Ngorongoro luxury lodge.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park (Central)
After breakfast, you will drive to One nature Nyaruswiga camp for lunch and a short siesta. In the afternoon you will depart for a game drive. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world and it is where you will see most of your exciting wildlife. The sightings will include prides of lions, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, giraffes, hippos, impalas, warthogs, topis, crocodiles and many more. Dinner and overnight will be at One nature Nyaruswiga camp.
Day 5: Serengeti National park (Central)
Morning and afternoon game drives in Central Serengeti with early departure looking for active predators and other wildlife. All meals and overnight will be at One nature Nyaruswiga camp.
Day 6: Serengeti National Park (North)
After breakfast drive to north Serengeti with game drive en route Lemala Kuria hills for lunch. In the afternoon you will depart for a game drive along the Mara river. In this area, you will have high chances to see the great migration (estimated to reach 3,000,000 animals now) crossing the Mara river while the crocodiles in the river try to attack them. All meals and overnight will be at Kuria hills lodge.
Day 7: Serengeti National park (North)
Morning and afternoon game drives in North Serengeti along the Mara river with early departure exploring the great migration crossing the Mara river. All meals and overnight will be at Kuria hills lodge.
Day 8: Zanzibar
After breakfast drives back to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, you will continue to Arusha airport for your flight to Zanzibar. In Zanzibar, you will be picked up and continue to Zanzibar Stone town for a short tour. Later you will be transferred to Zanzibar Melia lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 9 and 10: Zanzibar beach
The whole day will be spent relaxing at the beautiful Zanzibar beach. All meals and overnight will be at Zanzibar Melia (the lodge organizes activities like diving, snorkeling, village tour and others that you can book directly from the lodge and pay them).
Day 11: Departure
Depending on your flight time, you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your departure
- All meals and accommodations on an all-inclusive basis
- A very high-quality safari vehicle with WiFi (new vehicle guaranteed)
- A highly skilled/experienced guide (Earthlife top guide guaranteed)
- Drinks during the entire tour during the entire safari
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Unlimited game drives
- Flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar
- All transfers in the mainland and Zanzibar
- VIP airport meet/greet
- Stone town tour
- AMREF Flying doctors emergence rescue
The cost excludes:
- international flights
- Tips and any other things not mentioned above
Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?
- Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.
Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?
- If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
- Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari
Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?
- You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.
Qn4: How will I travel?
- On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
- Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
- We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari*
Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?
- We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
- On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
- The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
- I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.
Qn6: what should I pack?
- While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
- Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
- Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent.
Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?
- Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
- Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.
Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?
- Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
- The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
- You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.
Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?
- Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
- Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag
Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements
- Great, a valid visa is necessary.
- Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
- Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations
Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?
- Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
- If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
- We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.
Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites
I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.