Serengeti Crater and Zanzibar Safari

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Serengeti Crater and Zanzibar Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 1,960 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Nairobi

Safari Ends: Nairobi Number of Days: 14
Countries visited: Kenya, Tanzania
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AF3

Safari Price Includes:

Fully Escorted Tour
Kumuka Tour Leader
Driver and Cook
All Activities
Sightseeing
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
All Meals Whilst Camping - Breakfast and Dinner Whilst on Zanzibar - National Parks and Reserve Entrance Fees - Zanzibar Ferry - All Tolls and Taxes

Safari Price Excludes:

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

Serengeti Crater and Zanzibar Safari

The open savannah of the Serengeti and enclosed eco-system of the Ngorongoro Crater provide a contrasting view of African wildlife and landscapes. Added to this is the spice island of Zanzibar; take a tour to find, smell & taste the spices, explore the alleyways of Stone Town with its imposing doors, dive or snorkel the unspoilt reefs or simply sit back in one of the bars and enjoy the African sunset.

Serengeti Crater and Zanzibar Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

Amboseli National Park and Arusha

   

The tour will depart from the Hotel at 10am. Our destination today is Amboseli National Park. On a clear day the park gives stunning views of Mount Kilimanjaro which make a wonderful backdrop for photographs. Kilo measures 5895m and is Africa's highest mountain.
Amboseli is very much elephant country and huge herds, many still with relatively large tusks, can be seen at most times of year. Also present in the park are small numbers of lions, hyenas and jackal as well as abundant populations of zebra, giraffe and many species of plains antelope.
The following day we cross over the border into Tanzania. When we arrive at the border be ready to be swamped by Masai ladies selling jewellery, you can pick up some great bargains from them whilst we clear customs and immigration formalities.
Our route to Arusha takes us through the Masai tribe lands and along the western slope of Mt Meru. Arusha is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Meru and was originally a coffee town. Today safaris have taken over as the town's primary industry and it is now the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti National Park. In town you will find an excellent market and bakery, along with a post office, banks and e-mail facilities and we will have an opportunity to indulge in some curio shopping here.


Day 2: Amboseli National Park and Arusha    

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Day 3: Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

It is not possible to take large trucks into the Ngorongoro Crater, so for the next few days we will be using a local operator with four wheel drive vehicles.
Starting early we begin our journey to the Serengeti, en route stopping at the village of Mto Wa Mbu (Mosquito Creek), where there is a good curio market for more purchases. Prices here are quite expensive so be prepared to haggle for a good deal. Further along the road we pass Lake Manyara, the largest soda lake in East Africa, where we will stop briefly to enjoy the magnificent views from the escarpment. Driving through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area we skirt our way around the rim of the crater itself, before heading down onto the short grass plains, arriving at the gate to the Serengeti National Park mid-afternoon. The Serengeti is the oldest and largest National Park in Tanzania, its name coming from the Masai word meaning “endless plains”. The landscape here varies from the long and short grass plains in the south, to the central savannah, the hilly wooded areas in the north, and extensive wooded areas in the west. This park is world renowned for its immense concentration of game, in particular its lion and zebra populations and the annual wildebeest migration which commences in July. July is generally the beginning of the dry season and the time when the wildebeest herds and some Zebra move north towards the Masai Mara in search of better pasture. The migration is a time when you will see the full circle of life for these animals sometimes called “the clowns of the plains”. The migration journey is hazardous and many of the older and weaker animals will lose their lives to predators such as lions and crocodiles. The migration also coincides with the annual rutting season, the calves being born at the beginning of the rains when there is plenty of fresh grass for feeding.
After crossing into the park, we game drive through the long grass plains to our campsite in the Seronera Valley at the very heart of the national park. Campsite facilities here are very basic.
The following morning an early start finds us game driving in search of big game. There is also an opportunity to experience a hot air balloon ride over the fabled Serengeti plains. After approximately an hour ballooning, smartly dressed waiters serve a full English breakfast, together with continental pastries, accompanied by champagne and fruit juice on long white clothed tables in the middle of the plains.
We return to camp for lunch before making our way back across the plains to the Ngorongoro Crater. Tonight we camp right on the rim of the Crater, where, weather permitting, we enjoy a spectacular view into this ‘Garden of Eden’. Camping facilities are again basic.
Early the next day we descend onto the crater floor for a morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. Measuring 19kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a World Heritage site and boasts a unique eco system. The crater itself reflects a mini Rift Valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains and a forest area. There is a high concentration of animals here and it is also a home to a small population of black rhino. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater, before heading back to camp for lunch. Watch out for the black kites - renowned for stealing many a Kumuka passenger's lunch!
In the afternoon we journey back to Arusha and rejoin our truck for the onward journey to Dar es Salaam and the exotic island of Zanzibar.


Day 4: Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 5: Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 3 for Itinerary


Day 6: Segera and Dar Es Salam Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The next few days are spent covering the distance between Arusha and Dar Es Salaam. En route we have another chance to see snow capped Mount Kilimanjaro. We also pass through large sisal plantations and a number of small villages and towns. The temperature becomes noticeably hotter as we get to the port city of Dar Es Salaam, (translated from Swahili as ‘Haven of Peace’). This predominantly Muslim city is an absolute hive of activity. It started off as a humble fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming the capital in 1891. It is a city with most of its colonial character intact, though like most African cities there are stark contrasts between the harbour fringed with palms and mangroves with Arab dhows and dugout canoes dotting the horizon, to the busy and dusty streets with their colourful and exotic atmosphere.


Day 7: Segera and Dar Es Salam Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8: Zanzibar Hostel  

Day 8 is camping in Dar - but for anyone who wishes to have additional time in Zanzibar then can take ferry on Day 8 - accommodation will be at own expense. Our ferry crossing from Dar Es Salaam takes us 1½-2 hours and soon we are stepping ashore on the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. The name promises to take your senses to another world and has lured travellers to its shores for centuries. Many different cultures have made a home here: Sumerians, Assyrians, Egyptians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Dutch, Omani Arabs and the English all have contributed to, and influenced, Zanzibar. It is easy to see the strong Arabic influence as you listen to the Muslim prayer chanting and see the traditional dress. Hidden among the narrow winding streets of Zanzibar are countless bazaars, mosques and palaces. Marvel at the whitewashed, coral-rag houses, with over-hanging balconies and the richly detailed carved brass-studded doors.
We stay in the historic Stone Town in a local Zanzibari inn. There are many options to enjoy in your leisure time. Take a trip to Prison Island to see the ruins of the old prison and the giant tortoises thought to have originated in the Seychelles. Most people will take the opportunity to enjoy a Spice Tour of the island. On the Spice Tour your local guide will show you a variety of different spices and fruits grown locally, as well as explain more of its fascinating history. Zanzibar was a major centre for the slave trade in the 19th Century and at its height 50,000 slaves a year passed through before being sent overseas or to local plantations. Your guide will take you to the site of the old slave market and you can visit one of the chambers where the slaves were imprisoned upon their arrival on the island.
In the evening we can enjoy a ‘sundowner’ watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean before sampling the delights of the local restaurants or maybe a trip to the night food markets to savour the myriad of fresh seafood available. Try a Zanzibari Pizza - not a pizza at all, but well worth a try!
From Stone Town we travel to the northern beaches. Here you can enjoy a boat ride in a traditional Arabic sailing dhow, go snorkelling or even dive in the beautiful waters of the Indian Ocean. Its coconut palms, white sands and clear blue sea make it a peaceful tropical setting for the final part of our tour.


Day 9: Zanzibar Hostel  

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Day 10: Zanzibar Hostel  

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Day 11: Zanzibar Hostel  

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Day 12: Nairobi    

After bidding a fond farewell to Zanzibar we catch our return ferry to mainland Dar Es Salaam. Enjoy a last opportunity to shop for souvenirs at the nearby markets, where you can watch the tradesmen handcrafting their wooden carvings.

The last two days of our safari are spent on our return journey to Nairobi arriving at approx 5.30pm on the last day of the tour.

 


Day 13: Nairobi    

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Day 14: Nairobi - Tour Ends    

NO accommodation is included on Day 14.



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Serengeti Crater and Zanzibar Safari Departure Dates

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