Great Migration Safari & Beach Holiday
Duration: 14 Days
- Destinations: Arusha,Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar
- Price: $5478 per person
Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps
A Great Migration & Beach holiday in Tanzania is hard to beat with the Serengeti being the setting of the largest herd movement of animals on the planet and Zanzibar offering some of the best tropical beaches in the world. Enjoy the endless savannah plains, overwhelming wildlife, wildebeest calves being born, breathtaking sunsets and the sound of the Indian Ocean that gently rolls onto the white beaches. This itinerary is best from December to April.
Day 1: Arrival – Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the African Tulip Hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
Day 2: Tarangire National park
After breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park where your safari starts. This lovely park boasts 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. After dinner at the Tarangire Safari Lodge you will depart for 2 hours of night game drive to look for nocturnal animals that are never seen in day time, like aardvarks, porcupines bush babies and others. Return to Tarangire Safari Lodge for overnight. Read more about Tarangire National Park.
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. In the late afternoon continue to Manyara wildlife camp for dinner and overnight. Read more about Lake Manyara National Park.
Day 4: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a beautiful game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon continue to Ngorongoro Sopa lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 5: Ndutu area
Explore today one of the areas with the best wildlife viewing during the green season. Ndutu is the zone between South Serengeti and North West Ngorongoro where the Great Migration will come to graze and calve between December to April. This short grassland area has highly nutritious grass due to the minerals found in the area. An amazing experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. The forests around Lake Ndutu is home to beautiful resident wildlife. In the evening you return to Serengeti Ang’ata camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Ndutu area
Rise up early so that you can depart your camp for an morning drive, moving with the herds across the plains exploring the Great Migration. Ndutu is one of the very few places in the parks where off-road game drive is permitted and the best place to see hunting lions and cheetahs. All six cat species reside here year round – leopard, lion, cheetah, caracal, serval and African wildcat. Other animals you can spot include hyenas, warthogs, elephants, giraffes and many more. After the afternoon game drive you return Serengeti Ang’ata camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Serengeti National Park
Enjoy the views of endless plains and stunning wildlife like cheetahs, elephants, giraffes, hippos, ostriches, warthogs, aardvark, pangolin and lots of beautiful birds. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world. Discover all this beauty on an afternoon game drive. Lunch, dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Sopa lodge. Read more about Serengeti National Park.
Day 8: Serengeti National Park
Spend the morning and afternoon game driving in the stunning Serengeti National Park, where over a million wildebeest and zebras crowd together, hooves kick dust and lions hunt at dawn. This wildlife hotspot is absolutely one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Africa. Enjoy the infinite plains, overwhelming wildlife, breathtaking sunsets and the sound of elephants trumpeting in the distance. Lunch, dinner and overnight will be at Serengeti Sopa lodge.
Day 9: Serengeti – Zanzibar
In the morning your driver transfers you to Seronera Aistrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival at Zanzibar Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Next Paradise Boutique Resort for dinner and overnight in a beachfront bungalow. This resort is protected by a coral reef and set along a white sand, palm-fringed beach offering views of the Indian Ocean. Read more about Zanzibar.
Day 10 and 11: Zanzibar
Today will be at leisure to relax or explore as you like. Wash off the dust of your safari with a dip in the Indian Ocean. Enjoy laid-back beach life or go active with some surfing, sailing, snorkeling or scuba diving in these crystal blue waters. Swim among the wonderful reef fish and enjoy the sights of many diverse marine creatures like turtles, rays, barracudas, octopus, zebrafish, moorish idols, lions fish and many more. Or sail towards the golden sunset on a traditional sailing boat while you spot pods of dolphins. Zanzibar offers a wide variety of activities. All meals and overnight will be at the Next Paradise Boutique Resort.
Day 12: Zanzibar
Today you drive to Jozani Forest, the last indigenous forest on Zanzibar with impressive mangroves. Here you can view different kind of monkeys, like the rare red colobus monkeys, trees and plants. You continue your tour to the historical heart of this island, Stone Town. It is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways that are a joy to explore. Discover the architectural gems, tasteful restaurants, churches, markets and gardens. There are plenty of interesting places to visit on a cultural tour, like the House of Wonders, Darajani market place, Sultan’s Palace and the Slave Market. The mix of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences makes Stone Town absolutely unique. Return to Next Paradise Boutique Resort for dinner and overnight.
Day 13: Zanzibar
Today will be at leisure to relax or explore as you like. All meals and overnight will be at Next Paradise Boutique Resort.
Day 14: Departure
This morning and beginning of the afternoon will be at leisure to relax or explore as you like. In the afternoon you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport and fly to Dar es Salaam for your departure flight.
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.