Day 01 Arrival
You will be met at the International Airport of Kilimanjaro by our representative. We will take you to the Rivertrees Country Inn. This charming lodge is situated at the banks of picturesque Usa River on an old German coffee estate and offers stunning views towards Mt. Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Alternative accommodation is at Mount Meru Game Lodge, an atmospheric lodge located in the foothills of Mt Meru with an attached game sanctuary. Our safari manager will come to meet you and to provide you with a safari briefing.
NB –if you arrive into another airport than Kilimanjaro we’ll arrange a connection flight to Arusha either on arrival or the following day (at extra cost). From Nairobi also road transfers in private or shared vehicles possible.
Day 02 Lake Manyara
After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for your first game drive. This beautiful park with its lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Masai word for “euphorbia tirucalli”, a bush which is used to make a thorny hedge to protect their cattle. Elephant, giraffe, buffalo, zebra and a variety of antelope inhabit the park as well as a variety of monkeys and a large population of hippos. If you are lucky you may see the Manyara lions, well known for their tree climbing habits, lazily resting on the branches of an “Acacia tortilis” tree. The birdlife is also abundant, with flamingoes, pelicans, hornbills and plenty of forest species.
Driving time without game viewing approx 2,5 hours.
Overnight at Rift Valley Lodge overlooking Lake Manyara. All meals included.
Day 03 Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you will proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and descend into the crater for a wonderful game drive (with a picnic lunch) inside the Ngorongoro Crater often described as one of the wonders of the world .It is the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and a natural sanctuary for some of Africa’s densest animal populations. It is one of the few places where the rare black rhino can be observed in their natural setting. As very few animals migrate in and out of the crater with its 2000 ft. high walls, you can expect to see lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, jackals, rhinos, antelopes, many birds and other species. With a bit of luck the ‘Big Five’ can be spotted during one game drive only.
Driving time without game viewing approx 1 hour.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. All meals included.
Day 04 Ngorongoro – Arusha – Zanzibar
After leisurely breakfast overlooking the famous Crater your guide will take you back to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Transfer to the Ocean Paradise Resort. All meals included.
alternative accommodations on request e.g.
at a private villa like Milele Villas or similar
Day 05 – 07 Beach Extension
Relax and enjoy the beaches of Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner included
Tour Stonetown & Spice Tour
On one day you to on a guided tour. First you visit the Spice Plantations at Kidichi for the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description about their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics and cooking. After the tour we invite for an opulent lunch at the ‘Spice Restaurant’, where you can taste the spices and fruits.
In the afternoon we will show you Stone Town on our Historical Stone Town Tour. This tour takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the Anglican Church and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Transfer back to your beach hotel.
Day 08 Departure
Departure transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your departure. Breakfast included.
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All accommodations subject to availability