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16 days Tanzania Luxury Safari with Beach Holiday Extension in Zanzibar

Duration 16 Days  15 Nights
Country Tanzania
Start Point Arusha Town
End Point Zanzibar Island
Physical Condition Comfort
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16 days Tanzania Luxury Safari with Beach Holiday Extension in Zanzibar

Take in the wonders of the amazing Ngorongoro Crater, the world famous Serengeti National Park, Tarangire with its gigantic Baobab trees and huge elephant populations, and the tree climbing lions of Lake Manyara, ending at the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Enjoy a bit of luxury camping deep in the bush staying in large tents with private verandas and full en-suite facilities. Between mobile camps you will relax at a small lodge on an old coffee plantation, and in a fabulous lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater.

ITINERARY | Places to visit

DAY 1: ARRIVE Kilimanjaro International Airport

Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by our representative, and transferred to Mt. Village Lodge. The Mountain Village Lodge is situated on a coffee plantation with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Your accommodation will be in one of the charming stone cottages sat amidst beautiful gardens overlooking Lake Duluti.

Overnight at Arusha Serena Hotel or similar. Dinner included.

DAYS 2-3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, you will depart by road to your private tented camp, situated at the boundary of Tarangire National Park., which is Tanzania’s third largest national park, and is known for it’s majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them.

The park supports a great diversity of wildlife, especially during the dry season of July to November, when the Tarangire River provides the only permanent water supply in the area. During this season wildlife, including up to 6.000 elephants concentrate along the river.

Overnight at Tarangire Treetops or similar. All meals included.

DAY 4: TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA

After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park with it’s lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai word for “euphorbia tirucalli”, a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle.

Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippo’s. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree. The bird life is also abundant, with flamingos, pelicans, horn-bills and plenty of forest species.

Overnight at Plantation Lodge or similar. All meals included.

DAY 5: NGORONGORO CRATER

This morning your drive takes you the short distance to the “eighth wonder of the world”, the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera on earth. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2,000ft high, a truly awesome sight.

The crater floor is a virtual “Noah’s Ark”, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the black named lion and the endangered black rhino. The crater contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake – complete with flamingos, a forest and open plains. With a picnic lunch you will descend the crater walls and spend the afternoon and early evening wildlife viewing on the crater floor , returning to your lodge in time for a sun-downer on the veranda.

Your lodging for the next two nights will be at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Perched on the edge of the crater, this beautiful lodge affords panoramic views of the crater floor.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar. All meals included.

DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER

After an early breakfast you will depart for a half day of wildlife viewing on the crater floor (where from July 2006 only half day game drives are possible).

On this day you can visit Empakai and Olmoti Craters instead of Ngorongoro Crater game drive, less famous and less visited, but very interesting for Walking safaris off the beaten track.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge or similar. All meals included.

DAYS 7-10: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast depart for Serengeti National Park with a stop en-route at Oldupai Gorge. Oldupai is the famous archeological site where the Leakey’s discovered remains of Australopithecus, Homo Habilis and Homo Erectus, bringing crucial understanding to the study of the evolution of the human species.

From Oldupai you’re off to the “Great Serengeti”, likely the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration, is the habitat of huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle with estimates of up to 1.5 million.

From December through March they concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains, where the calving season takes place, attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. In June and July they move into the western corridor and in October and November the herds can usually be found in the northern Serengeti.

The Serengeti “Kopjes”, massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik dik.

You will spend four nights in a luxury private camp, set in a wilderness area, depending on the season and movement of the animals.

Overnight at Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge. All meals included.

DAY 11: SERENGETI – ARUSHA

Today you’ll enjoy a final game drive across the Serengeti plains en-route to the Seronera Airstrip where you will board the scheduled flight to Zanzibar. On Zanzibar transfer to the Kasha Boutique Hotel (or similar). Breakfast and dinner included.

DAYS 12-14: BEACH HOTEL ZANZIBAR

Relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s Beaches. Besides relaxing there are lots of watersports activities you can do there, like sailing, diving and snorkeling. Overnight in the Kasha Boutique Hotel or similar. Breakfast and dinner included.

DAY 15: ZANZIBAR – STONE-TOWN

Today we will transfer you to your hotel in Stone Town. On the way we will do the famous Zanzibar Spice Tour. We have developed a special tour with in-depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicines, cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at our spice restaurant, where you can taste the spices and fruits.

In the afternoon we will do the City Tour to show you Zanzibar’s bustling markets, ancient buildings and monuments. A guided tour through Stone Town is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.

Overnight in the Emerson & Green Hotel (or similar). Breakfast included.

DAY 16: ZANZIBAR – AIRPORT

Departure to Zanzibar airport.

—All accommodations depending on availability —

THE TENTS –

The tents are Selous style large, walk-in, insect proof canvas tents with private verandas. Private bush shower and toilet are attached to the back of the tent. Towels are provided. Two wash basins are available for washing up after game drives and in the morning (or whenever you like, all you have to do is ask for warm water).

Your beds are comfortable wooden frame beds with thick foam mattresses, made up with fresh linen, two blankets and an African style bed-cover. King size beds can be arranged upon request (before the safari begins). Other furnishings in the tent include: A wooden bedside table, a hanger stand, a writing table, two safari chairs, two woolen African style carpets, 1 kerosene hurricane style lantern, 1 electric lamp and 1 flashlight, kanga table cloths, mirrors, waste and laundry baskets.

BUSH CUISINE –

Meals are taken in a spacious mess tent with insect proof windows (depending on the group size). The tables are made of African olive wood and covered with local fabric table cloths. The area is lit with pressure lamps. The bar is stocked with cold soft drinks, mineral water and beer; wine and spirits are also available as is ice. It is suggested that clients bring their favorite spirits or order it in advance. All bottled beverages are billed at the end of the safari with the exception of half a bottle of wine per person for the evening meal.

Delicious 3 course meals are cooked in the bush kitchen, an open air affair, yet highly effective as your taste buds will tell you. Menus include: A selection of salads carefully washed with boiled water, soup, meat, fish, and vegetables, pasta or rice, fresh fruits, and cakes for dessert. Special dietary requests can be accommodated and should be booked in advance.

Sample Menu:

Breakfast: Coffee & tea served at your tent with the morning wake-up call. Fruit juices Fresh fruits and cereals, Cheese, Bread, butter, marmalade, jam and honey, Eggs, sausages and bacon

Lunch: Selection of salads from the buffet Cold cut beef, salami & ham and smoked sailfish, Assorted cheeses, Fruit salad, Coffee & tea.

Dinner: Avocado vinaigrette, Cream of leek soup, Beef tournedo, pommes gratin and seasonal vegetables, Green salad, Lemon mousse, Coffee & tea

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