16 Days Luxury Camping with Zanzibar beach extension
Experience an exciting combination of Tanzanian Safari
This trip will be taking in the wonders of Ngorongoro Crater and the famed Serengeti National Park, Tarangire and the tree lions of Lake Manyara, and ending on the exotic island of Zanzibar. Enjoy luxury camping deep in the wild, staying in large tents with private verandahs and full en-suite facilities. Between mobile camps you will relax at a small lodge on an old coffee plantation, and in a fabulous lodge on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater. Transportation is by modified 4WD safari vehicles meet and be escorted by experienced safari guides of Tanzania.
DAY 1 - ARRIVE TANZANIA
Arrive at Kilimanjaro Airport where you will be met by our representative, and transferred to Mt. Village Lodge. The Mountain Village Lodge is situated on a coffee plantation with views of Mt. Meru and Kilimanjaro. Your accommodation will be in one of the charming stone cottages sit amidst beautiful gardens overlooking Lake Duluti.
Dinner and Overnight at Mt Village Lodge, Arusha (D only)
DAYS 2 & 3 - TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will depart by road to your private tented camp, situated at the boundary of Tarangire National Park. Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park is known for its majestic baobab trees that dot the landscape, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The park supports a great diversity of wildlife, especially during in the dry season of July to November, when the Tarangire River provides the only permanent water supply in the area. During this season wildlife, including up to 6,000 elephants concentrate along the river.
For a cultural experience, walking in the area and visits to some neighboring tribes is offered. Maasai live in the area as well as the Datoga, another tribe of semi-nomadic pastoralists who migrated into this area many decades ago, looking for good grazing land. The Datoga have resisted neighboring tribes' cultural infiltrations. The women still wear fat treated goatskin gowns and carve their faces and bodies to beautify themselves. Learning about their history is as fascinating as the views are breathtaking from the several hilltop peaks in the area.
Dinner and Overnight at Tarangire Treetops, Tarangire or similar (FB)
DAY 4 - TARANGIRE - LAKE MANYARA- GIBB'S FARM
After breakfast you’ll drive across the floor of the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park. This beautiful park with its lush vegetation and tropical forests of giant fig and mahogany trees, takes its name from the Maasai 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.
After a game drive and a picnic lunch in the park you’ll depart for the Ngorongoro highlands and your overnight accommodation at Gibb's Farm. This delightful farm is situated on the outer slopes of Ngorongoro Crater and is renowned for their friendly service and excellent cuisine. In the evening a hike is possible to the coffee plantation or to the water fall.
Dinner and Overnight at Gibb’s Farm, Lake Manyara or similar (FB)
DAY 5 - NGORONGORO CRATER.
This morning your drive takes you the short distance to the "eighth wonder of the world", the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken caldera on earth. The floor of this collapsed volcano spreads for 102 sq. miles and the walls are 2000ft high, a truly awesome sight. The crater floor is a virtual "Noah's Ark", inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the black named lion and the endangered black rhino. The crater contains a river, several swamps, and a soda lake complete with flamingoes, a forest and open plains. With a picnic lunch you will descend the crater walls and spend the afternoon and early evening wildlife viewing on the crater floor, returning to your lodge in time for a sundowner on the verandah.
Your lodging for the next two nights will be at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Perched on the edge of the crater, this beautiful lodge affords panoramic views of the crater floor.
Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro or similar (FB)
DAY 6 - NGORONGORO CRATER
After an early breakfast, you will depart for a half day of wildlife viewing on the crater floor. The half day game drive is mission possible from July 2006.
On this day you can visit Empakaai and Olmoti Craters instead of Ngorongoro Crater game drive, less famous and less visited, but very interesting for Walking Safaris off the beaten track.
Dinner and Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro or similar (FB)
DAYS 7, 8, 9 & 10 - SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, depart for Serengeti National Park with a stop en route at Olduvai Gorge. Olduvai is the famous archeological site where the Leakey’s discovered remains of Australopithecus, Homo habilis and Homo erectus, bringing crucial understanding to the study of the evolution of the human species.
From Oldupai you’re off to the “Great Serengeti”, likely the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world. The vast Serengeti plains cover an area of over 14,763 square kilometers and during the months of the migration, is the habitat of huge numbers of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle with estimates of up to 1.5 million. From December through March they concentrate at the Ndutu and Salei plains, where the calving season takes place, attracting the attention of predators like lion, cheetah and hyena. In June and July they move into the western corridor and in October and November the herds can usually be found in the northern Serengeti. The Serengeti "Kopjes", massive boulder islands of granite standing in a sea of grass, provide shelter to a great variety of plants and animals, from the elusive leopard to the tiny dik. You will spend four nights in a luxury private camp, set in a wilderness area, depending on the season and movement of the animals.
Dinner and Overnight at Luxury Private Camp, Serengeti or similar (FB)
DAY 11 - SERENGETI - ARUSHA
Today you’ll enjoy a final game drive across the Serengeti plains en route to the Seronera Airstrip where you will board the scheduled flight to Zanzibar. Thereafter, transfer to your hotel.
Dinner & overnight at the Breezes Hotel, Zanzibar or similar (FB)
DAY 12 - 14 BEACH HOTEL ZANZIBAR
Relax and enjoy Zanzibar’s Beaches. Besides relaxing there are lots of water sports activities you can do there, like sailing, diving and snorkeling.
Dinner & Overnight at the Breezes Hotel, Zanzibar or similar (FB)
DAY 15 ZANZIBAR - STONETOWN
Today we will transfer you to your hotel in Stone town. On the way we will do the 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 our guides' home, where you can taste the spices and fruits.
In the afternoon we will do the City Tour to show you Zanzibar’s bustling markets, ancient buildings and monuments. A guided tour through Stone town is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer.
Dinner & Overnight in the Emerson & Green Hotel, Zanzibar or similar (FB)
DAY 16 ZANZIBAR – AIPORT
After breakfast, departure to airport Zanzibar for your out bound flight back home.
END OF TRIP
Between January and June: instead of visiting Tarangire National park we will go to Arusha National Park or extend two nights in the Serengeti, as in Tarangire there are only few animals due to the migration.
The tents are Selous style large, walk-in, insect proof canvas tents with private verandahs. Private Bush shower and toilet are attached to the back of the tent. Towels are provided. Two wash basins are available for washing up after game drives and in the morning (or whenever you like, all you have to do is ask for warm water). Your beds are comfortable wooden frame beds with thick foam mattresses, made up with fresh linen, two blankets and an African style bed-cover. King size beds can be arranged upon request (before the safari begins). Other furnishings in the tent include: A wooden bedside table, a hanger stand, a writing table, two safari chairs, two woolen African style carpets, 1 kerosene hurricane style lantern, 1 electric lamp and 1 flashlight, kanga table cloths, mirrors, waste and laundry baskets.
Meals are taken in a spacious mess tent with insect proof windows (depending on the group size). The tables are made of African olive wood and covered with local fabric table cloths. The area is lit with pressure lamps. The bar is stocked with cold soft drinks, mineral water and beer; wine and spirits are also available as is ice. It is suggested that clients bring their favorite spirits or order it in advance. All bottled beverages are billed at the end of the safari with the exception of half a bottle of wine per person for the evening meal.
Delicious 3 course meals are cooked in the bush kitchen, an open air affair, yet highly effective as your taste buds will tell you. Menus include: A selection of salads carefully washed with boiled water, soup, meat, fish, and vegetables, pasta or rice, fresh fruits, and cakes for dessert. Special dietary requests can be accommodated and should be booked in advance.
Breakfast: Coffee & tea served at your tent with the morning wake-up call. Fruit juices Fresh fruits and cereals, Cheese, Bread, butter, marmalade, jam and honey, Eggs, sausages and bacon
Lunch: Selection of salads from the buffet Cold cut beef, salami & ham and smoked sailfish, assorted cheeses, Fruit salad, Coffee & tea.
Dinner: Avocado vinaigrette, Cream of leek soup, Beef tournedos, pommes gratin and seasonal vegetables, Green salad, Lemon mousse, Coffee & tea.