11 Day tanzania wildlife safari and zanzibar beach holiday

Sectors covered: Arusha | Tarangire National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Serengeti National Park | Zanzibar

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DAY TO DAY OVERVIEW

Day 1 – Arrival Arusha
Day 2&3 – Tarangire National Park
Day 4 – Ngorongoro Crater
Day 5-7 – Central Serengeti
Day 8-10 – Zanzibar
Day 11 – Return Flight

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Trip Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Arusha

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (airport code: JRO). Please ensure your passport is valid for at least 6 months past your arrival date and with at least 2 blank pages. The tourist visa fee is payable in cash at the airport visa control. Our staff will meet you at the exit door of the airport to welcome you to the beautiful country of Tanzania.

 It’s approximately a 45-minute transfer to your accommodation in a lush environment outside of Arusha. Rivertrees Inn comprises tastefully designed chalets along a river, each with private bath tub and separate shower. The Rivertrees Inn is an elegant and refined lodge suitable for discerning clients who wish to spend the first nights of their safari in the bush rather than within Arusha. The dining experience is equal to the elegance of the lodge facilities.

DAY 4 – Ngorongoro Crater

Today you will explore the world’s famous Ngorongoro Crater. We suggest you leave early in the morning to experience the crater’s widlife at their most active state.

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the highlights of an East African safari. The crater is the largest intact caldera in the World, which was formed by a huge ancient volcano. This creates a breathtakingly beautiful setting for some of the highest densities of wildlife in Africa. As one of the most renowned natural wonders in Africa, it can get busy with visitors and its not uncommon to have many vehicles on a lion sighting. For this reason, the number of vehicles in the park is limited, and you can only drive in one direction through the park.

The Ngorongoro Crater was formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed around 3 million years ago. Its cone collapsed, creating the caldera which today creates one of the most famous settings for a safari on the planet. Going on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater is the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five. The crater has a population of Black Rhino and is home to some of Africa’s last Big Tusker Elephants. The crater is also home to good populations of lion, leopard and hyena along with healthy herds of wildebeest, buffalo and zebra. Other wildlife here includes serval cat, cheetah, jackal, Grant’s and Thompson’s gazelle and flocks of flamingos.

The Ngorongoro Crater is not the only crater in the region, but it is the largest. The whole area forms a UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diversity and density of wildlife which occurs there. Archaeological research at Laetoli has uncovered the first evidence of bipedalism and finds in the Olduvai Gorge have been instrumental in studying the development of early hominin species, including early man.

We advise you to dress warmly as it might get chilly here at this time of year on an altitude of 2000 meters above sea level. 

 You will stay overnight in the casual luxury Serena Lodge located on the rim of the Crater. Nestled high above the plains into the Crater’s jagged rim, cloaked in river stone and indigenous vines, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is barely visible to the naked eye. Rooms are looped around the Crater rim. Each has its own rock-enclosed balcony, and all enjoy completely uninterrupted views of the volcanic amphitheater far below. 

DAY 8-10 – ZANZIBAR

After breakfast short transfer to Serengeti airstrip and board a flight to bring you to Zanzibar. Flight approx 2,5 hrs with short stopover in Arusha. Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport private pick up and transfer to your beach hotel.

Some time spent on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar is often added in a bush and beach safari vacation. Zanzibar is an archipelago which forms part of Tanzania. Most people know the two main islands, Unguja often called Zanzibar and Pemba Island. Zanzibar is steeped in culture and history. It is a melting pot of people and cultures which gave rise to the Swahili culture.

The island of Zanzibar made its reputation through the growing of spices like cloves and nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper. Visitors can enjoy tours of a spice plantation while visiting the island. Spend some time exploring Stone Town.

Stone Town is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which has a long history. The labyrinth of winding alleyways and bustling marketplaces. The town is a fusion of Arabic and African cultures among others which gave rise to Swahili culture. The town is known for its beautiful intricately carved wooden doorways, beautiful mosques and residences. The Island was heavily involved in the slave trade, and visitors can visit the old slave market where a poignant monument can be found.

Most of the sandy white palm-fringed beaches which visitors dream of occur in the north of the island. Another major attraction is the Jozani Forest Reserve, Zanzibar’s only national park which is home to the rare Kirks red colobus monkey and Ader’s duiker.

DAY 2&3 – Tarangire National Park

After an early breakfast you’ll be picked up by your private safari guide. Head on towards Tarangire National Park for your first wildlife viewing drive. Have a short stretch at the park gate while your guide will take care of the paper works.

The Tarangire National Park is one of the closest safari regions to Arusha and is part of what is referred to as the northern circuit. Yet it is not as visited as the Serengeti which means that there are fewer crowds. From July through October the park has an excellent concentration of game, especially if you love Elephants. Tarangire is often referred to as ‘the land of giants’ due to the many giant baobab trees which occur in the park.

While you might expect to see leopards in a tree during your luxury safari in Tanzania, it is less common to see lions up in the branches. However, Tarangire is famous for its tree-climbing lions. Visitors can see all the species that you would see in the Serengeti as well as unusual ones like the long-necked gerenuk. Peak season also sees good numbers of wildebeest and zebra as well as giraffe, buffalo, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, eland, leopard and cheetah. Between June and October in Tanzania’s dry season, the wildlife gathers along the Tarangire River, creating some of the best game viewing in East Africa.

In the late afternoon we’ll drive to your Lodge. Tarangire Safari Lodge is located within the national park boundary of Tarangire National Park, approximately 10 km away from the main entrance. Perched at the edge of a natural bluff, the lodge is renowned for it’s panoramic views of the Savannah and Tarangire River below, providing breathtaking scenery and game viewing. The quintessential safari tents, with thatched roofs and large, mesh-screened windows, provide the perfect opportunity to connect with the sights and sounds of nature

Each tent has a comfortable verandah, ideal for bird and game viewing or reading your favorite book after a dusty safari. With a choice of twin, double, or triple accommodation, all tents are equipped with en-suite bathrooms with solar-heated showers, ample cupboard space for your gear, and a cultural touch of local textiles. The five circular bungalows, built in a similar style to the Maasai boma, offer a more spacious option for family and triple accommodation. The airy rooms are situated near a large watering hole, creating the opportunity to watch wildlife from the shaded veranda. The bungalows are set away from the main lodge, providing privacy, and all are equipped with large en suite bathrooms with solar heated showers, and comfortable bedding made from local textiles.

DAY 5-7 – CENTRAL SERENGETI

The Serengeti – no name is more evocative of the wildlife spectacle of Africa. It is a familiar place to visitors around the World through many nature documentaries. It is one of those rare safari destinations which often exceeds visitors’ expectations. The Serengeti has been declared a World Heritage Site due to the abundance of wildlife found there. The landscape is quite varied with seemingly endless plains dotted with rocky outcrops called kopjes.

The park is known for the Great Migration as well as its excellent sightings of predators, including Lions, Cheetahs and Leopards. It is also home to Elephants, Buffalo, Giraffes, Baboons, Crocodiles and many species of primates. The Serengeti is one of the best places to enjoy a safari vacation, unlike any other. It is home to all the Big Five as well as some of the best safari camps in Africa.

The Great Migration

The greatest attraction on an African safari in the Serengeti is witnessing often called the greatest wildlife spectacle in Earth. It is a common misconception that the Migration is always happening in the Serengeti. It is the annual movement of over two million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of gazelles and zebra seek better grazing areas. The herds move south in the Serengeti before moving into the Masai Mara in Kenya before returning to the northern Serengeti. The herds must cross the Grumeti and Mara Rivers which are home to some of the largest crocodiles in Africa. They do this all year

Your accommodation for the next days is the Nyumbani Luxury Tented Camp – a contemporary, mobile-tented camp in prime location of the eastern side of the Park. The location is arguably the best spot for cheetah and lions sightings in Tanzania. It’s a best kept secret with superlative access to an ncredible game viewing all year around. Comprising only eight luxury, tented suites, your exclusively personal setting provides for a memorable wilderness adventure. Each spacious safari tent offers its own indoor sitting area where you’re invited to relax through the day and gaze across the star-filled sky at night. Elegant furnishings have been chosen from custom-made Indian rugs, crisp linens, cozy duvets, bathrobes and include eco-friendly, reclaimed wood crafted by local artisans and carpenters in Arusha.

DAY 11 – RETURN FLIGHT

Sadly, all good things must come to an end and today will be your last day in Tanzania – for now.

According to your flight schedule you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Zanzibar Airport.                         

We wish you a safe jouney back home and hope to welcome you back soon.

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