Safari in Tanzania

and the island of Zanzibar

Tour Highlights

Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa, is considered by many to offer the best game viewing on the continent and the greatest variety of wildlife in the world.  
On this tour we will enjoy several exciting game drives in the finest National Parks and game reserves, including Lake Manyara and the Serengeti Plains. Expect to see rhinos, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, elephants, buffalo and the common plains game such as zebra, giraffe, a variety of bird life and several species of antelope and monkey.

We will travel safely and comfortably in specially designed 4 x 4 vehicles seating six people with large viewing windows (each person has a window seat to afford unobstructed viewing). Your driver / guide is an expert on the local customs, traditions and location of wildlife.  

This part of the world also boasts an amazing natural environment, as we will see when we visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater with its striking scenery and close range viewing of wildlife.

The island of Zanzibar, just 40 kms off the coast of Tanzania, is a tropical paradise with mile upon mile of pristine white sand beaches, fringed by coconut palms.  During our stay we visit Stone Town (also a World Heritage Site), with its maze of narrow streets and alleys that have changed little over the last 200 years. You will see why Zanzibar is often referred to as "The Spice Island" as we visit a local Spice Farm and learn about the rich history that makes this destination so intriguing.  

While on safari we will enjoy a mixture of accommodations including beautiful lodges. While in Zanzibar we will stay at a First Class hotel.

This tour is suitable only for the fit and active traveller.

Tentative Itinerary

We depart for Kilimanjaro, with a change of planes in Amsterdam.
We arrive in Kilimanjaro in the evening and transfer to our hotel.
We travel to Lake Manyara National Park and our lodge overlooking the Great Rift Valley and the stunning Manyara Soda Lake. The wall of the Rift Valley forms a fantastic backdrop to the park and its forest, open grassland, swamp and lake. Wildlife includes baboons, rhino, impala, giraffe, leopard, water buck and blue and vervet monkeys. The lions here have honed their tree-climbing skills. Manyara is also noted for its wonderful bird life.
This morning we enjoy a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park, home to a variety of primates and other wildlife. The extraordinary birdlife has made this place world-renowned among ornithologists, who come to observe the masses of pink flamingos and great birds of prey. After lunch we fly to Serengeti National Park. The National Park here, considered the finest in Africa, has spectacular concentrations of migrating game.
We enjoy two days of safari in the Serengeti. Travelling through this unique conservation area provides a spectacular game-viewing experience. We take our game drives in the early morning to catch the animals as they start their day and again in the evening to spot the nocturnal beasts that are beginning their prowl.
We depart for the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ngorongoro Crater. Our lodge is perched atop the uppermost rim of the crater and offers breathtaking views of the crater floor far below. The 100 square miles of this collapsed volcano is 10 miles across and 2,000 feet deep.
We descend in to the crater for a full-day game drive. This is the world's largest intact caldera, the floor of which is primarily grassland with freshwater ponds, a salt lake and small forests. It harbours 20,000 large animals - a virtual Noah's Ark! Buffalo, wildebeest, zebra and gazelle graze the grassland while elephants roam the wooded areas and hippos gather in the marshes and ponds. Lions, spotted hyenas and jackals are easy to spot. Resident ostriches, crowned cranes and kori bustards are joined seasonally by other migrating birds.
This morning we enjoy a special Bush Breakfast in the crater, followed by some more game viewing. In the afternoon we visit a Masaai village.
We travel to Karatu where we stay at an exclusive local farm facing the Oldeani Volcano. We will enjoy a walk with a guide from the farm to see how the farm runs, visiting the vegetable garden and farm animals. This evening we will enjoy a farm-fresh dinner.
We depart for Arusha where we will have lunch before boarding our plane to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, we transfer to the Bluebay Beach Resort and Spa located on the beautiful north-east coast.
We have a morning city tour of historic Stone Town and later visit a spice farm for an interesting and educational tour.
A day at leisure. You may consider taking an optional Blue Safari Fumba boat trip with a beach visit and lunch included. Tonight is our Farewell Dinner.
At leisure at our resort hotel, with late check-out, until we fly back to mainland Tanzania to connect with our international flight home.
We fly home via Amsterdam.

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