If your primary reason for traveling to Africa is to experience an abundance of African wildlife in unspoiled wilderness, Tanzania should be your destination of choice. In this itinerary, enjoy the services of your private, world-class safari guide who will lead you to the most exciting wildlife moments the African continent has to offer. Then land in Zanzibar, where a boutique beach resort is waiting to rest your spirit before your return home.
Welcome to Tanzania! On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will proceed through customs and immigration (Visa on Arrival Fee: $100 USD per person - payable in US dollars - Cash). After clearing customs you will be met in the arrivals hall by our local representative (he will be holding a sign with your name on it) and transferred to your accommodations in Arusha (approximately 1 hour driving distance).
Arusha is the gateway to Tanzania's northern circuit, serving as a base for Kilimanjaro treks and wildlife safaris into Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater. Transport hub aside, Arusha even offers its own opportunities for exploration, including day trips to Arusha National Park, canoeing tours on Momella Lake and Meru coffee plantation visits. For those looking to just rest and recover from jet lag, Arusha also features the perfect stop to relax and recharge, before continuing your African adventure!
Enjoy a leisurely morning, then transfer to Arusha National Park for an introductory game drive.
Today you will enjoy a guided canoe trip on Lake Momella.
In the north east part of Arusha National Park, lies the area known as the Momella Lakes. Fringed by green hills, seven lakes nestle in valleys and depressions, punctuating the post-volcanic landscape. Their sodium rich contents and the formation of algae, make the lakes alkaline, especially the big Momella Lake and Lake Reshateni - therefore all year round they are a favorable feeding and resting areas for flamingos. Have your camera ready throughout the tour, for many beautiful photo opportunities.
This morning, you will be met by your private guide to embark on your safari expedition! From Arusha, you will be taken on a 3 hour drive to the legendary Tarangire National Park. Your first game drive begins upon entering the park. The sincere thrill of your initial wildlife encounter, will ignite an excitement that you will crave no matter how many safaris you have experienced! Continue game driving the rest of the way to your camp, where you will have time to rest before your next safari activity this afternoon.
Tarangire is one of the most diverse National Parks in Tanzania. Covering a promising area of 1,360 sq km, Tarangire is situated in the northwestern corner of Tanzania’s Masai Steppe, east of The Great Rift Valley. This region boasts large herds of elephant and buffalo, in addition to an impressive concentration of big cats. Featuring over 500 different species, Tarangire also offers the best bird diversity in East Africa. The rugged landscape offers a unique safari backdrop, that blends seamlessly between rolling grasslands, messy swamps and forests of baobab trees.
Enjoy a full day of game driving in the Tarangire National Park. With endless species roaming the area, it shouldn't be hard for your expert guide to lead you towards the action. Whether you encounter an entire herd, or a lone traveler, the thrill of observing the wildlife in their natural habitat is magical. Embrace each sighting and enjoy it to the fullest...you never know what the day may have in store for you!
Today, you will transfer into the Maasai Heartlands for a unique cultural experience. You will head into a village called Esilalei (Toothbrush Tree). This rural village is located in the wildlife corridor in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara. As you enter the village, you will be greeted by the village elders, children and Morani warriors. Your visit supports the building of their school here, which you will have the opportunity to visit.
Later this afternoon, you will game drive to Lake Manyara National Park. Enjoy a night time game drive tonight.
Lake Manyara National Park possesses an unexpectedly striking setting and peaceful surroundings. Dramatically bordered by the wall of the Rift Valley on one side and the shores of the lake on the other, this thin stretch of land contains diverse habitats that host a remarkable variety of wildlife. The open grasslands between the lake and the acacia woodland are littered with wildebeest, zebra, impala and giraffe, as well as the country’s densest population of buffalo.
If one is looking for the great taste of Tanzanian Culture, Mto wa Mbu Village is the optimal choice. Here, you'll find a melting pot of cultures from different corners of the country as there are inhabitants from 120 different tribes. Mto wa Mbu flourishes in the presence of three great rivers namely, Kirurumu river, Mahamoud River And Magadini river. Enjoy a guided bike ride to this village in the morning.
Later today, transfer to Lake Eyasi for overnight.
Lake Eyasi is a scenic region located along the Rift Valley escarpment, south of the Ngorongoro Crater. Due to limited fresh water resources, the region does not attract large game populations. Eyasi instead attracts those looking to get off the beaten track who desire a unique cultural interaction experience. Here you have the opportunity to immerse yourself into the daily lives of the indigenous Hadzabe bushman and the nomadic Datoga tribe. In fact this is the only place in Africa where you can go hunting with these Hadzabe, the last known tribe that lives by hunting and gathering honey and fruit.
Today you're in for an interesting cultural treat as you visit with a local Hadzabe tribe and join them for a morning of hunting and gathering. You'll have the rare opportunity to see how these extraordinary people live and join in the thrill of hunting small mammals and preparing them to cook.
This afternoon, game drive your way up into the Crater Highlands for an afternoon of resting and swimming at your lodge.
The Crater Highlands features an idyllic stopping point, on the journey from Tarangire and Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. This rural region is known for its lovely farmhouse lodges, vast landscapes, flourishing coffee plantations, working farms and local ethnic communities. Through a variety of cultural activities on offer in the area, you are invited to immerse yourself in the rhythms and beauty of rural farm life and the pristine surrounding nature.
This morning you’ll descend into the Ngorongoro Crater floor for game driving and exploration. Ngorongoro was a huge active volcano, probably larger than Kilimanjaro when the volcano erupted some 8 million years ago. Its cone collapsed leaving a crater or more appropriately a “caldera” 600m deep, 16km across and 265 sq km in area.
Many of Tanzania’s last remaining black rhino can be seen grazing on the open grassland of the crater floor surrounded by some of the 20,000 large animals that occupy the crater, including lion, cheetah, eland, zebra and gazelle. Flamingo, among other bird species can often be seen feeding at Makat Soda Lake.
The Acacia Farm Lodge offers a variety of activities on property to keep the family happy.
Enjoy an early morning bird and butterfly walk around the lodge grounds before breakfast. Mid-morning, the family can partake in bow and arrow lessons on the lodge's lawn.
This afternoon, you will transfer to the central zone of Serengeti National Park.
Enjoy a full day of game driving and exploration. Lions, zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, various gazelles, elands, impalas and warthogs among other animals dwell in high populations within the Serengeti. This is what makes the Serengeti one of the most amazing wildlife observation destinations in the world!
Today you'll game drive to the Northern Serengeti.
The Serengeti National Park is probably the best place on the planet to spot large game. Your three days here will be spent on different game drives searching for prides of lions, cheetah, leopard and much more. In the evening you’ll return to your beautiful tented camp for stories and dinner.
The Northern corridor of the Serengeti remains serene and quiet due to its relative inaccessibility, requiring extended drive times or alternatively domestic flight. From July through October the Migration is resident in the area and is the finest place to see the Migration's river crossings; as the herds often cross the Mara River daily. Here you'll find a diversity of landscapes - from forested hills, to open savannas and riverine vegetation.
Spend the day game driving in the Northern Serengeti. If you're lucky you might even get to see the scores of zebra and wildebeest attempting to cross the Mara River. Spend your morning and afternoon wildlife viewing as the sun rises and falls over the endless plains of the Serengeti.
This morning, bid goodbye to your safari guides as you are transferred to a local airstrip in the National Park.
Here you will board a charter flight to Zanzibar Island.
Arriving in Stone Town, Zanzibar, you will be met locally and transferred to the northern tip of the island.
Zanzibar is a tropical oasis located just 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania and is the perfect pre or post-safari beach getaway. Both the birthplace of the Swahili language and home to the only ancient East African city that still functions today, this Indian Ocean “spice” island weaves breathtaking sunsets, diverse cultures and beautiful beaches into a uniquely African tapestry.
Enjoy this free time at your leisure.
This morning you will be transferred back across Zanzibar to board your flight to Dar Es Salaam.
Connect here for your international flights home.
Rivertrees Country Inn can be found nestled in the foothills of Mount Meru, in view of the striking Mount Kilimanjaro. This peaceful country estate combines old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine, quality service and warm hospitality from your hosts. Located in a pristine natural setting, Rivertrees Country Inn invites you into a space of tranquility and comfort, following a long day of travels, an extensive safari expedition or a strenuous climb up Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.
Nasikia Tarangire Ndovu Camp is located in the heart of Tarangire, showcasing the best of Tanzania’s wild adventures. The camp is comprised of only 8 mobile tents, available in Tarangire during its most appealing time of year (June -October and December-March). During these dry months, the massive elephants herds travel through the corridor between Manyara and Tarangire and spend their time in and around the park. This is because of their incredible ability to uncover permanent sources of fresh water. Nasikia vows to retain the uniqueness and intimacy of the camp, while respecting the direction of the location, wildlife and other factors of sustainable tourism.
Perched high on the rim of the Great Rift Valley, Escarpment Luxury Lodge is a serene haven overlooking the wonder of Lake Manyara below. This lodge features the best of the African bush. Wide open expanses of windows and doors offer the opportunity to appreciate the pristine surrounding nature at all times. Whether you are lounging on the deck of the main lodge, or enjoying the comfort and privacy of your own luxurious en suite chalet, you are invited to make the most of this idyllic destination. Watch pelicans sweep through the sky, as you sip on sundowners, admire the sun disappear behind the majestic hills and listen to the sounds of Africa. Welcome to the wild!
Kisima Ngeda, a stylish camp that includes amazing cultural interaction opportunities, along with plenty of activities. Located on the shores of Lake Eyasi, the camp offers stunning views over the seasonal soda lake looking up to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area on the one side and across to the Alipi escarpment on the other. Here one can enjoy the spectacular landscape as well as experience the daily life of the last few remaining hunter/gatherers the Hadzabe as well as their pastoralist nomadic counterparts the Datoga tribes. With 7 spacious tents with private verandahs overlooking the lake. Intimate dining overlooking Lake Eyasi. Kisima Ngeda’s décor draws on elements from the surrounding landscape and incorporates elements of traditional Hadza culture. Cozy lounge area is a perfect place to relax before dinner or with an after dinner drinks or takes a dip in the pool after a long day.
Acacia Farm Lodge is a romantic Country Lodge nestled in an active mixed farm, located high on the spectacular Great Rift’s escarpment area. The property offers striking panoramic views of the amazing Karatu farmlands and the nearby Ngorongoro forest area. The area’s unrivaled natural beauty is finely complemented by the elegant lodge. A timeless tranquility emanates from the exuberance of birdsong, mature trees and the lovely coffee plants. The lodge is strategically located between the Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Parks on one side, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park on the other side, creating the perfect base from which to explore these world-famous reserves, as well as enjoy many other adventurous activities and impressive cultural experiences found in the area.
Don't worry about having to choose between sipping on a drink, while admiring endless views across the magnificent southern plains of the Serengeti, versus kicking your feet up in a tented suite, while listen to the calls of the wild, because at Naona Moru Camp you can do both! Alongside the opportunity for many more incredible experiences,this intimate camp of seven tented suites provides a luxurious and unforgettable stay. Combine crisp white sheets, gentle Serengeti breezes, running hot water, utmost comfort, hospitable service and WiFi - this is how wild elegance is served. Perch yourself on the veranda to watch the sun set on the horizon, or take a hot shower after a day of safari exploration. Located on an elevated viewing point beside the famous Moru Kopjes, this tented camp allows for drive in and game package clients to explore the resident and migratory wild game all year round. The landscape pans from the great southern plains of the Serengeti into the central hub of the most famous national park in Africa, close to Seronera Airstrip.
Nasikia Mobile Camps are an intimate collection of mobile luxury camps that progressively shift to the rhythms of the Great Wildebeest Migration. As the vast herds follow the rains and fresh grasses in a clockwise direction through the Serengeti, our camps mimic that pattern of movement. From the Southern plains of Ndutu to the Western expanses and north to the Mara River crossings – Nasikia Mobile Camps can offer you the prime locations and unique & luxurious surroundings to explore on your adventures. The tents have varying configurations. Each tent has its own ensuite bathroom with flush toilet, hand basin with running water, and you step into our twilight showers to thrill in Mother Nature. All the décor was handmade or sewn with local wares by local people – from basin stands to the flowing curtains and hand beaded cushions.
The 5-star Gold Zanzibar is a luxury beach resort set on a secluded spot of this incredible tropical island. Located on the fine white sandy beach of Kendwa, on the Northwest coast, this deluxe hotel boasts fabulous rooms, suites and individually decorated villas, real lavish retreats. All are provided with a terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean or the lush garden.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.