14 Wilderness Safari Cultural Experience And Zanzibar

Duration

14 Days

Max People

26

Min Age

12+

Pickup

Airpot

Overview

This safari provides you with the experience of some of Africa’s most stunning natural beauty including Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and the Zanzibar Spice Island. You will encounter large varieties of wildlife and indigenous Hadzabe Bushmen at Lake Eyasi and learn about their habits and culture. Zanzibar is an idyllic beach holiday island, with pristine reefs, sandy white beaches and clear blue waters. The island is among the best in the world.

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Tour Plan

Day 1 Mc-Ellys Hotel, Arusha

Arusha

Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds. Visitors can look forward to exploring the wildlife-abundant Serengeti National Park; the magnificent Arusha National Park; and taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by one of our customer service representatives who will assist you with your belongings and take you to Mc Elly’s Hotel. Here you will check-in, enjoy dinner and turn in for the night.

Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs)

Overnight: Mc-Ellys Hotel

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Located in the city center at Wasukuma Street in Arusha, Tanzania, the Mc Elly’s Hotel is near the Arusha Airport and is only 45 km away from the Kilimanjaro Airport. Situated close to health and fitness clubs in Arusha, the hotel is only a 15 minute walk away from the Arusha International Conference Center, Forex Bureaus, shopping malls and curio shops. Guest accommodations at the hotel, are suitable for tourists, backpackers and business travelers.

Basis

Dinner

Day 2 Tarangire Tortilis Camp, Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park, situated within Tanzania’s spectacular Manyara Region, is an awe-inspiring national park comprising of granite ridges, river valleys, mixed vegetative landscapes, and free-roaming wildlife. During the annual dry season the Tarangire River is a magnet for thirsty wildlife. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather and not surprisingly the predators follow. With lion being among the most commonly spotted animal, it is a rare day that a visitor does not spot this majestic animal prowling or grazing. Tarangire is also the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as oryx and gerenuk are seen regularly. This expansive area is also known for its spectacular baobab trees, its breathtaking views of the Masaai Steppe and the wondrous mountains to the south.

Day Itinerary

After an early breakfast, with a picnic lunch in hand, you will drive to Tarangire National Park to witness the famous African elephant population. Here you will have the unique experience of viewing nature combined with the original way of life of the Maasai. Tarangire offers unparalleled game sightings. During the dry season herds of elephant abound. Families of these pachyderms play around the ancient trunks of the baobab trees and strip acacia bark from the thorn trees for their afternoon meal. You will see breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe and the mountains to the South make a stop at Tarangire a memorable experience. Later in the evening, you will return for dinner and your overnight stay at Tarangire Tortilis Camp. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Overnight: Tarangire Tortilis Camp

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Located within the mesmerising Tarangire National Park, Tarangire Tortilis Camp is centred around an iconic baobab tree and offers views of the distinctive Mamire Hill. While staying at the camp there are a variety of activities available, including day and night game drives, balloon safaris, walking safaris, and bush dinners.

The camp offers a selection of tents designed with comfort in mind. The tents at the camp feature king-size or twin beds, an ensuite bathroom with a shower, and solar lights. Guests can enjoy delicious meals prepared by the camp chefs while staying at the camp. The camp offers a selection of areas where guests can relax including The Waterhole Bar, The Lounge, and The Fireside.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 3 Octagon Lodge, Karatu

Karatu

Travellers heading for the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater will inevitably pass through the town of Karatu in the green hills of Tanzania’s northern highlands. Presided over by the towering Ol Deani Volcano, this small, colourful town serves as a popular overnight stop for visitors exploring the area’s many game parks. The town offers a variety of activities including browsing the bustling marketplace, sampling beer at a local brewery, visiting a traditional Iraqw homestead, or taking a guided walk through the Ngorongoro Forest in search of waterfalls and elephants caves. Whether you are looking for cultural tours, hiking and biking opportunities, a chance to enjoy an authentic rural Tanzania experience, or simply a break between safari game drives, this underrated town has plenty to offer.

Day Itinerary

After an early breakfast, you will check-out and take off for an exciting game drive in Tarangire National Park. On this safari, you will have the chance to see many herds of elephant, and also other wildlife life such as buffalo, zebra, wildebeest, mango, lion, and 500 species of bird. With your lunch packed to enjoy along the drive, you will head to Karatu. You will arrive in the evening where you will check-in, have dinner, and turn in for the night at the Octagon Safari Lodge. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction)

Overnight: Octagon Lodge 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

The Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes away from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Tanzania. Ideal for visitors on a private vacation or trip, it is situated amid exotic gardens and provides an ideal base for visitors to the northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. The accommodations at the Octagon Lodge consist of twelve chalets and two stone cottages, as well as 1 large one bedroom unit. Most of the chalets are arranged as twin beds, while some are also arranged as double rooms with queen sized four poster beds. The cottages are oriented for families or groups of friends on a safari vacation or African holiday. All rooms contain en suite bathrooms with shower. The beds are extra large with four poster draping nets for protection against insects. Each room also has a private veranda where guests can sit out and enjoy the sun, read a book or write a postcard.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 4 Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge, Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi

Tucked between the Kidero Mountains in the south and the Eyasi Escarpment in the north, Lake Eyasi is set in a remote, dry, arid landscape located just south of Tanzania’s renowned Serengeti National Park. This seasonal lake features dry salt beds; a variety of birdlife such as flamingos and pelicans; and is surrounded by woodlands, forests and ancient baobabs. Visitors can learn about local cultures and visit the pastoralist Datoga people as well as the nomadic hunter-gatherer Hadzabe group. Other popular activities include: bird watching, hiking, walking safaris and soaking up the spectacular views. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the nearby Oldeani Mountain, the swampy valley of Yaeda and spectacular Serengeti.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast you will drive southwest, arriving at the Northern Shore of Lake Eyasi. The drive will continue to the Yaida Valley to a place barely visited by tourists. Here you can find the Hadzabe Bushmen who have make Lake Eyasi and surrounding bush their home. With a local Hadzabe guide, you will pay a visit to their home. These bushmen are nomadic by nature and are the last existing East African hunters and gatherers and still live in the ways of their ancestors. You may participate in local hunting, see the way poison arrows are made, experience how to make fire, or learn about the types of trees used for that purpose. You can learn how to collects honey, learn different types of local medicine used to treat different diseases and many more just to mention a few. Later in the evening, you will head to Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge for dinner and your overnight stay.

Overnight: Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Located on a gentle slope overlooking the lake, Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge offers stunning views over the seasonal soda lake and up to the Ngorongoro Conservatio Area. All the 14 spacious rooms are scattered within the vast property and are tastefully furnished with great attention to detail, the décor blends elements from the surrounding landscape with modern comfort, and have private verandah overlooking the lake.

The region of Lake Eyasi,South-west of Ngorongoro, is home to the Hadza bushmen, the last survivors of a civilisation that knows nothing of agriculture, livestock, pottery, and metals. They live by hunting with bows and arrows, and gathering wild berries and fruits. They are the last heirs of the homines sapientes who took their first steps right here, along the Rift Valley, about two hundred thousand years ago.

Their way of life has remained unchanged over the millennia and they live in small wandering groups of about twenty individuals. The Hadza people of Lake Eyasi are the heirs of the very first human beings, the kids of Olduvai Gorge and Koobi Fora who still have a symbiotic relationship with the environment, the purest example of anarchic society with no rules, no chief, no dont’s.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 5 Kananga Special Tented Camp, Seronera

Seronera

The Seronera region, in the central Serengeti, is set directly on the Great Migration route, and offers excellent viewing of this incredible annual phenomenon, when countless wildebeest flood across the plains. While migratory game populations fluctuate seasonally, Seronera is still a wildlife hotspot at other times of the year, sheltering the Big Five, among many other species. A number of small campsites provide accommodation and visitors can enjoy hot air balloon trips and walking safaris as well as guided game drives.

Day Itinerary

After an early breakfast, you will check-out, with your picnic lunch in hand, and drive from Lake Eyasi to the famous Serengeti National Park; enjoying an exciting game drive along the way. On the drive you will have a chance to see the “Big Five” and the annual migration of wildebeest; depending on the season you are traveling. Since you will have more time in Serengeti you can follow Migration if it’s not far from central Serengeti. In the evening you will take part in a game drive before heading to Kananga Special Tented Camp for dinner and your overnight stay. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Overnight: Kananga Special Tented Camp

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Kananga Special Tented Camp is a very comfortable tented camp at Seronera, in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. Hidden in an enclave, surrounded by spectacular views and abundant wildlife, the special tented camp sits at the foot of the Banagi hills, overlooking a beautiful savannah resplendent with the emblematic East African Thorn trees.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 6 Kananga Special Tented Camp, Seronera

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will embark on an early morning game drive with a picnic lunch to enjoy in the afternoon. On the drive, you will have the chance to see lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard, and many other wild animals including hippo, zebra, wildebeest, cheetah, hyena, Thomson gazelle, just to mention a few. The wild paradise of the Seronera area will provide you with a chance to see thousands of wild animals and also the annual migration of wildebeest; depending on the season. There is also an evening game drive offered in the famous Serengeti National Park. Later in the evening, you will return to Kananga Special Tented Camp for dinner and your overnight stay. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction)

Activities

Game Drive

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 7 Rhino Lodge, Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations. Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest. It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast with a picnic lunch in have, you will take off on a morning game drive in the Serengeti; heading towards Ngorongoro in the afternoon. You will make a stop at Olduvai Gorge believed to be the home of the first human being. The skull of homo sapiens were discovered here by Dr. Leakey. There is an optional tour like Maasai Boma Visit nearby until late in the evening. You will then drive to the crater rim for dinner and your overnight at Rhino Lodge. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Overnight: Rhino Lodge 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Located within the Ngorongoro Cater Rim, Tanzania, Rhino Lodge is an excellent option for a nature vacation. The property features a selection of 24 comfortably furnished rooms which are equipped with bathrooms and wood-burning stoves. Breakfast is served daily, and guests can enjoy meals and drinks at the on-site dining room and bar.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 8 Octagon Lodge, Karatu

Karatu

As previously described

Day Itinerary

After breakfast you will check-out and descend to the crater floor of the world’s seventh wonder; an amazing caldera that was formed as a result of the great movement of the earth that formed the Great Rift Valley. The Ngorongoro Game Reserve is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the big cats, more than four hundred bird species, lion, elephant, buffalo, leopard and rhino, and many more wild animals. Later in the afternoon you will ascend to the crater rim and drive to Karatu Village for dinner and your overnight stay at the Octagon Safari Lodge.

Overnight: Octagon Lodge

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

The Octagon Lodge is a small and private lodge located twenty minutes away from the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Gate in Tanzania. Ideal for visitors on a private vacation or trip, it is situated amid exotic gardens and provides an ideal base for visitors to the northern parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. The accommodations at the Octagon Lodge consist of twelve chalets and two stone cottages, as well as 1 large one bedroom unit. Most of the chalets are arranged as twin beds, while some are also arranged as double rooms with queen sized four poster beds. The cottages are oriented for families or groups of friends on a safari vacation or African holiday. All rooms contain en suite bathrooms with shower. The beds are extra large with four poster draping nets for protection against insects. Each room also has a private veranda where guests can sit out and enjoy the sun, read a book or write a postcard.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 9 Mc-Ellys Hotel, Arusha

Arusha

As previously described

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will check-out and take off with a picnic lunch to enjoy along the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. This enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. It is very famous for its stunning bird variety. The park is also home to a large number of buffalos, giraffes, elephants, impalas, and a Hippo lake, where large numbers of hippos usually gather. This park has become famous for its tree-climbing lions and the flamingos in the lakeshore. The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of animals in the foreground with the lake, flamingos, and flat plains on the horizon. Later in the afternoon, you will drive to Arusha Town arriving for dinner and your overnight stay at Mc Elly’s Hotel. Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Overnight: Mc-Ellys Hotel 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Located in the city center at Wasukuma Street in Arusha, Tanzania, the Mc Elly’s Hotel is near the Arusha Airport and is only 45 km away from the Kilimanjaro Airport. Situated close to health and fitness clubs in Arusha, the hotel is only a 15 minute walk away from the Arusha International Conference Center, Forex Bureaus, shopping malls and curio shops. Guest accommodations at the hotel, are suitable for tourists, backpackers and business travelers.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 10 Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort, Kendwa

Kendwa

Situated on the tropical island of Unguja, just off the Tanzanian coast, Kendwa is a village along the northwest coast of this beautiful island. It is renowned for its powder-fine white-sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters boasting an untouched underwater wonderland and fringed by an array of tourist resorts. Visitors can enjoy snorkelling excursions to explore the abundant marine life living in these azure waters or jumping on a local wooden dhow boat for a picturesque sunset trip. For those looking for some evening entertainment, the full moon party is a definite must. Don’t miss the opportunity to give back to the community and learn about local Zanzibari culture on a fascinating village tour, great for those looking to go beyond the usual resort activities. Other popular activities include: parasailing, banana boating, scuba diving, and jet skiing.

Day Itinerary

After an early breakfast you will check-out and drive to Arusha National Park; famous for its amazing view of Mt. Meru and Mt. Kilimanjaro. You will enjoy an afternoon game drive, with a picnic lunch to enjoy in the park viewing many animals like elephant, giraffe, zebra, just to mention a few. In the late afternoon, you will drive to Arusha Airport for your flight at 0445pm to Zanzibar arrival at 0600pm. Upon arrival you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to the beach hotel North Coast Kendwa Beach for dinner and your overnight stay at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel (Junior Suites Room). Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Overnight: Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Kendwa Rocks is located a one hour drive away from Zanzibar Town, towards the northern tip of the island. The road descends to a fantastic beach in the east Africa. From the beach guests can see the lighthouse of the nearby Tumbatu Island. The activities include sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, fishing and small boat trips on the turquoise waters. The choice of accommodation is ample, featuring a spacious suite or family room, coral stone or palm wood bungalow, or just a simple palm wood banda. The rooms are surrounded by coconut trees and lush tropical gardens.

Basis

All Inclusive – Bed and All Meals

Day 11 Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort, Kendwa

Kendwa

As previously described

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you will have time to relax at your leisure or participate in various sea activities like snorkeling near the many coral garden reefs around the Ningwi Sea. You can enjoy some great diving sites in the Nungwi Sea or scuba dive at Mnemba Island Conservation area or deep sea fishing at some of the best fishing sites in the world especially the Pemba Channel in between Unguja Island and Pemba Island. There are so many recreational possibilities. All the above activities can be booked in advance with us or when you are at the hotel. Later in the evening dinner and overnight at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel (Junior Suites Room). Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction)

Overnight: Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort 

Reference No: HASTZP0013-14

Kendwa Rocks is located a one hour drive away from Zanzibar Town, towards the northern tip of the island. The road descends to a fantastic beach in the east Africa. From the beach guests can see the lighthouse of the nearby Tumbatu Island. The activities include sunbathing, snorkeling, diving, fishing and small boat trips on the turquoise waters. The choice of accommodation is ample, featuring a spacious suite or family room, coral stone or palm wood bungalow, or just a simple palm wood banda. The rooms are surrounded by coconut trees and lush tropical gardens.

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 12 Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort, Kendwa

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you again can relax at your leisure or participate in the many recreational possibilities offered with lunch served when you want to eat. All of these activities can be booked through us in advance or while in the hotel. Later in the evening you will enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel (Junior Suites Room). Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction).

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 13 Kendwa Rocks Beach Resort, Kendwa

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, you again can relax at your leisure or participate in the many recreational possibilities offered with lunch served when you want to eat. All of these activities can be booked through in advance with us or when you are at the hotel. Later in the evening you will enjoy dinner and your overnight stay at Kendwa Rocks Beach Hotel (Junior Suites Room). Accommodation can be upgraded to higher-level options (at extra costs) or downgraded to more economic ones (price reduction)

Basis

Half Board – Dinner, Bed and Breakfast

Day 14 End of Itinerary

Day Itinerary

After breakfast you will check-out and be driven to the Zanzibar Airport for your flight home. This is where your safari will end

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Tour Map

Google Map for Zanzibar, Tanzania.

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