Wildlife Adventure & Zanzibar
Duration: 14 Days
- Destinations: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Serengeti , Ngorongoro and Zanzibar
Price: $3839 per person
Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps
If you’re looking for an amazing safari experience that combines superb wildlife viewing with tropical beach life, this safari has it all. Visit the best wildlife parks in northern Tanzania like the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, where you can spot all of Africa’s big game including the Big Five. From here, travel to the tropical island of Zanzibar, where you discover the fascinating cultural history of Stone Town, and relax on the white sandy beaches, surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Ambureni coffee lodge in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
Day 2: Arusha National Park
After breakfast you drive to Arusha National Park for morning game drive with picnic lunch. This is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, but it has a rich variety of wildlife and landscapes. From the swampy Ngurdoto Crater and alkaline lakes to dense jungle and the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon you go on a 2-hours forest hike on the base of Mount Meru to the Tululusia waterfall. Apart from the amazing view of this mountain from the park, it is also the best place to view the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. In the late afternoon return to Ambureni coffee lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about Arusha National Park.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a nature walk at the edge of the huge soda lake. After this walk you hop in the safari vehicle to continue for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park 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 you will continue to Eileen’s trees inn for dinner and overnight. Read more about Lake Manyara.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
Day 4: Serengeti
After breakfast drive to Serengeti national park for game drive with picnic lunch. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world. Here you will see most wildlife and this will probably be the highlight of your entire safari. Animals in the Serengeti include prides of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, impalas, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, lots of birds and many more. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti bush camp for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Serengeti.
Day 5: Serengeti
Today you go on a morning an afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti bush camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Ngorongoro
After breakfast you depart for a morning game drive in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. In the afternoon you visit a traditional Maasai village to get an insight in the lifestyle of these graceful warriors. After this exciting cultural experience, you drive to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: 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 return to Eileen Trees Inn for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 8: Arusha – Zanzibar
In the morning you drive back to Arusha. After lunch you continue to Arusha Airport for a flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the tropical island you will be transferred to the historical Zanzibar Coffee house at Stone town for dinner and overnight. Read more about Zanzibar.
Day 9: Zanzibar Stone town
Spend a full day exploring the historical 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. In the late afternoon you return to Zanzibar Coffee house for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Zanzibar Stone Town
Today you go on a spice tour. Walk with a guide through the villages and spice plantations where pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc grows. The guide will explain how the plants grow and what we use it for. You continue your tour 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. In the late afternoon you return to Zanzibar Coffee house for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, 12 and 13: Zanzibar Nungwi
The next 3 days you can relax at the beautiful Nungwi Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the island. It has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water that gently rolls onto the beach. You can spend the entire day at the beach, since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. If you like to be more active, there are plenty of options, from village walks and sailing to scuba diving and snorkelling. You can book the activities at the Warere Beach Hotel where you stay.
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast your private driver transfers you to Zanzibar Airport 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.