The Big 5 & Zanzibar Beach
- Duration: 8 Day
Destinations: Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar
- Price: $1914 per person
This itinerary takes you from outstanding wildlife areas to the tropical white sandy beaches of Zanzibar. Explore three famous parks in northern Tanzania, like the beautiful Ngorongoro Crater, which is home to almost 30,000 animals, including the Big 5. Or Tarangire National Park: the kingdom of elephants, birds and baobabs. Four of the Big 5 reside within this lovely park (only no rhino’s). Enjoy a village walk in Mto wa Mbu where you can see the traditional way of life of the villagers and interact with them. From the north of Tanzania you travel to the exotic island Zanzibar where you can wash off your safari dust with a dip in the Indian Ocean and enjoy laid-back beach life.
Day 1: Arrival – Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Venus Hotel in Arusha. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning. If time allows, a complimentary town tour to explore Arusha town and visit a local market can be arranged.
Day 2: Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park where your safari starts. This lovely park has the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them. Later in the afternoon you drive for dinner and overnight to Sangaiwe Tented Lodge, a peaceful setting with great views over Lake Burunge. Read more about Tarangire.
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
Today starts, after breakfast, with a walking tour in farming town Mto wa Mbu. This village is unique in Tanzania since it is home to over 120 different tribes from across Africa and forms a colourful mix of languages and customs. Your walking guide will take you to rice and banana plantations, a local beer factory, a school and a carving factory. Discover the traditional way of life of the villagers. Continue to Lake Manyara National park, which is only a few minutes drives from Mto wa Mbu. Lake Manyara is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. Read more about Lake Manyara.
Day 4: Ngorongoro crater
Discover today one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders, called the Ngorongoro Crater. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big 5. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. In the late afternoon you visit a traditional Maasai village to get an insight in the lifestyle of these graceful warriors. After an exhilarating day on safari, you will return to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and overnight. For those who have still energy left, you can visit a night club, dance and have some drinks. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 5: Zanzibar beach
In the morning your driver transfers you to Arusha for lunch. After lunch you head off to Arusha airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Warere Beach Hotel for dinner and overnight. This hotel lies in Nungwi, a lovely fishing village in the north of Zanzibar, which offers one of the best beaches on the island. Read more about Zanzibar.
Day 6: Zanzibar beach
Enjoy laid-back beach life on this tropical island. You can spend the entire day at the beach, since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. The village has a nature reserve for turtles where you can feed the turtles and even swim with them. The hotel also organizes activities like a village walk, scuba diving, snorkelling, jet skiing and fishing that you can book and pay directly. All meals and overnight will be at Warere Beach Hotel.
Day 7: Stone town, Spice tour
After breakfast you drive to Stone town, where you go on a spice tour. After this you visit the lively Sone Town, which is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. Stone Town is a melting pot of Arab, Persian, Indian and European cultures which makes Stone Town so unique. In the late afternoon you return to Warere beach hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Departure
You will wake up and have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast your private driver transfers you to Zanzibar Airport for your international flight.
- All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
- A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop-up roof (and WiFi)
- A highly experienced English speaking safari guide
- Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
- Kilimanjaro tea/coffee during game drive
- All park fees for all the national parks
- Unlimited game drives
- All transfers
- Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
- Zanzibar activities as in the itinerary
- Maasai village visit
- Mtowambu cultural walk
- AMREF flying doctors rescue cover
- International flights
- Drinks at the lodges
- 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.