Bush to Beach Safari Adventure
A combination of Zanzibar Beach Holiday and game-driving safaris through national parks, cultural destinations and unspoiled wilderness give the first time visitor a true “Taste of the North.” Your nights will be spent under the stars in a mix of lodges, permanent camps, and tented camping. Wake up in your own private camp in the heart of the Ngorongoro plains to the soft sound of Maasai cow bells as a new day begins over The Great Rift Valley. Top it all off with the Zanzibar beach-extension; 7 days of pure beach relaxation in luxurious accommodation. This is a trip to Africa that truly has it all.
Day 1: Welcome Arusha, Tanzania
Upon arrival in Arusha, you will be picked up at the airport and head to your hotel. The rest of the day is free. Relax, take a stroll, enjoy the sights and sounds. Get plenty of rest – tomorrow will be huge!
Bed and Breakfast at Mount Meru Hotel –
Day 2: Arusha to Manyara National Park
The day starts with a hearty breakfast and briefing from your tour guide, afterwards we will drive from Arusha and head to Lake Manyara. The park covers 330 sq. km, 70% of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of ground water forests, acacia woodland and open grassland along the lake shore and sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo. The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the Rift Valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds. Later in the evening we head to the hotel.
Dinner and Overnight at Bougainville Lodge
Day 3: Manyara to Serengeti
The Serengeti is a home to a staggering 1.6 million animals have been recorded moving through the park. We will do game drive until 1pm, when we break for lunch. After eating, there’s time for a little rest (perhaps a quick nap), then we’re back out on the plain looking for more big game. We follow the trail of the migrating wildebeest through the afternoon, then venture back to the lodge.
Dinner and over night at Kubu Kubu Luxury Tented Lodge
Day 4: Serengeti Central Areas
Your day will start with the charming of birds in the Africa savanna, when you are ready you will be served African breakfast. And after, you will start your full day game drive in the famous Serengeti and this day you will be witnesses to the 8th Wonder of the world – Wildebeest Migration. The migration can be seen on a long chain approximately 40 Km heading to the south western direction. Around 1230 and 1300 break for your lunch. After lunch have a rest for one hr, then proceed with your game viewing following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approx1.3 million wildebeest, 250,000 gazelles and 200,000 Zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass/ water which is the source of food for the millions of Animals in the Serengeti.
Dinner and over night at Katikati Tented Lodge.
Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Another early start, but trust us: it’s worth it, After breakfast we do game drive enroute heading back to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a 260km-wide volcano crater. Archaeology buffs and anyone interested in history have the option to stop at Odulpai Gorge, where some of the earliest known human remains have been found. The site was occupied by our genetic ancestors some two million years ago, and continues to offer clues about the origin of homo sapien. We can also pass by the Maasai Boma for a taste of real African culture and traditional living. After lunch, we keep exploring the Ngorongoro crater, venturing right up to the rim.
Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge
Day 6: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Tarangire
Today it will be another early start, after breakfast we will continue with the game drive at Ngorongoro and we will detour through a traditional Maasai village, watch some traditional dancing, and see what life is really like on the African plains. From there we descend to the crater floor in search of more big game. In the afternoon we will eat our packed lunch on the crater floor, at one of several picnic sites near Lerai Forest or Hippo Pool. If we’re lucky, we’ll spot the rare Black Rhinoceros. In the late afternoon we venture back up out of the crater and head onward to the lodge.
Dinner and Overnight at Bougainville Country Lodge
After an early breakfast, we will head to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is famous for African elephants – the world’s biggest mammals – are very common in this area. The park is also dotted with the iconic Baobab, shrub-like trees that can grow up to 30m tall. After full day of exploring Tarangire, we will start our drive back to Arusha. And if you are back early enough you can enjoy the sunset with a sundowner at lovely sundowner deck at Outpost Lodge
Dinner and over night at Mount Meru Hotel
Day 8: Arusha National Park – Arusha Airport – Zanzibar
We save the best for last. After breakfast, we embark on our final game drive through Arusha National Park, the park is part of a larger regional ecosystem of Mount Meru – Kilimanjaro – Amboseli along the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley. Major attractions include: “the Momella lakes, the Tropical montane forest, Meru and Ngurdoto craters, black and white colobus monkey, giraffe, forest and waterfalls. Within the relatively small confines of the Park, are a rich and uniquely diverse collection of habitats that ensure a diversity of flora and fauna. Later in the evening we will back to Arusha to catch a flight to Zanzibar.
Half Board and overnight at Z Hotel Zanzibar
5 Days in Zanzibar – (The Spice island)
Day 9 – 13: Full leisure days in Zanzibar
When in Zanzibar there is a lot of activities you can do in Stone town for full day Spice and prison Island tour. The full day tour will take you to the most scenic parts of the Old Town. This culturally rich town got it’s name from the use of coral stone as the main construction ingredient. Being the oldest town in East Africa, the historical roots and influences can be felt at every turn of the tour. Starting from the House of Wonders which is one of the prominent landmarks of Stone Town, you can proceed on to the Palace Museum which was a Sultan’s residence. The Arab Fort, the Dr Livingstone House, Fred Mercury’s home and the pub and Hamamni Persian baths are just a few of the many attractions in this relic of a town.
Half Board and overnight at Z Hotel Zanzibar
Day 14: Transfer from hotel to Zanzibar Airport
It’s the final day in Zanzibar and East Africa so be sure to grab any last minute souvenirs you may want and say one last goodbye to the tranquil blue waters before being transferred to Dar-es-salaam or Kilimanjaro International Airport for your flight back home.
Kwa heri ya kuonana – (Good bye and see you again).