Tanzania Lodge Safari

Arusha to Zanzibar

       

Tanzania Lodge Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 2,449 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Arusha

Safari Ends: Zanzibar Number of Days: 12
Countries visited: Tanzania
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Safari Price Includes:

10 nights wildlife and beach lodges/comfortable camping
1 night hotel
All breakfasts
5 lunches and 10 dinners included.

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals / Drinks unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Tanzania Lodge Safari

This trip includes all the essential ingredients for a wonderful safari experience in Northern Tanzania. Explore its abundant wildlife parks: from the small and intimate Lake Mayara National Park, with its excellent birdlife and bountiful elephant population, to the mighty Serengeti, this is unsurpassable safari country. Here, at certain times of year on the wide open plains we can witness the world's greatest wildlife spectacular, the migration of millions of wildebeest. During the rest of the year this park will not disappoint; with lions, zebra, rhino and leopards. More wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater, home to Africa's greatest permanent concentration of wildlife. This really is the safari that never ends, while in the evening we retire to our lodges located on the edges of the park. The tour finishes with time to relax on the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar, enjoy the crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean or the historic streets of Stone Town.

Tanzania Lodge Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arusha    

Arrive Kilimanjaro and transfer to our hotel in Arusha.


Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park    

Today we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day of game drives. This is one of Tanzania's smaller parks but still offers a rewarding and diverse safari experience. The lakeshore at Manyara teems with birdlife, and while you are looking for the birds, you might spot one of the elusive tree-climbing lions. There are a surprising number of other large mammals and the striking cliffs of the Rift escarpment form a dramatic backdrop. In the late afternoon we make a short journey from the park to our permanent tented camp.


Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater    

Today we drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Ngorongoro is a special place in that it is a Conservation Area, not a National Park; this means that the whole area is managed for both the animals and the local Masai people who graze their cattle alongside the indigenous wildlife. During the drive in Ngorongoro we have a chance to glimpse something of the Masai way of life. After stopping at the entrance gate, where there is a chance to learn ore about this fascinating volcanic landscape, we will drive around the rim of the Crater itself, and from here we can look down and see the herd of wildebeest or buffalos. Finally we descend into the crater. The crater walls provide a natural sanctuary for the animals, which means there is plenty to see: lions, elephants, buffalo, rhino and leopard (if you are lucky). The only animal you won't see in here is a giraffe, whose long legs are unable to cope with the steeps sides of the crater


Day 4: Serengeti    

We head towards the Serengeti National Park. En route there is an opportunity to visit Olduvai Gorge. It is within this steep sided ravine that Louis and Mary Leakey made some of the world's most important archaeological discoveries in the 1950s. Here in a small museum we are able to see evidence of our ancestors that have been dated back 2.5 million years. After lunch we drive into the Serengeti itself and the rest of the afternoon is spent game viewing in the vast plains that are broken only by stands of acacia trees and the occasional kopje. In December, January and February we will normally meet the migration with large herds of wildebeest, zebra, and gazelle. There are always plenty of resident animals, such as giraffe, buffalo, and elephant, and many large predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard. We return to our lodge for the night.


Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater    

We return to the Ngorongoro Crater for a further game drive here, an area with some of the most prolific game in all of East Africa. In the late afternoon we travel just outside of Ngorongoro Conservation Area to our permanent tented camp.


Day 6: Tarangire National Park    

From our permanent camp we drive to Tarangire National Park, for more excellent game viewing. Although Tarangire is small by comparison to Serengeti it offers some excellent sights. Generally in the dry seasons Tarangire comes alive as wildlife and birdlife congregate on the Tarangire River, which is a permanent source of water. We return to Arusha for the night.


Day 7: Zanzibar    

Today we fly to Zanzibar, and on arrival we transfer to our beach resort on the east coast of the island, a distance of about 70kms. . The remainder of the day is free to relax on the beach or by the pool.


Day 8: Zanzibar    

Free time on the beach. At the hotel there is a water sports center. Diving and snorkelling are great options and give you a chance to explore the coral reef and the colourful marine wildlife. For those who wish to dive we would only recommend this to competent certified divers. Snorkelling is open to everyone who can swim! On the other hand, you might want to just to relax and enjoy the beautiful beach and the swimming pool! Another option is a spice tour; much of inland Zanzibar is dominated by the production of exotic spices and we can visit several farms with a professional guide, with the chance to taste and buy!


Day 9: Zanzibar    

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Day 10: Zanzibar    

See day 8 for Itinerary


Day 11: Stone Town    

After breakfast we transfer to Stone Town, a journey of about 45 minutes. Here we can discover the delights of Stone Town, with its twisting, narrow streets, some beautiful old houses, the infamous former slave market - and some good possibilities for buying souvenirs.
An evening celebration dinner can be taken in one of the excellent local restaurants, enjoying the finely spiced food.


Day 12: Stone Town    

Free morning, afternoon transfer to the airport for our flight home via Nairobi.



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