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Safari in Serengeti & Ngorongoro, Beach Holiday in Zanzibar

Highlights on this trip:

Serengeti National Park, Masai village, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Zanzibar.

This package includes the following:

  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 4 nights’ accommodation in Tanzania incl. full board
  • Serengeti National Park – Search for ”The Big 5”
  • Visit to a Masai village
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Paradise to around 30,000 animals
  • Lake Manyara National Park – home to tree climbing lions and large herds of elephants
  • Window seat in a four-wheel drive vehicle and a free bottle of water during safari tours
  • Park fees
  • Flight from Tanzania to Zanzibar incl. transfer
  • 5 nights’ accommodation in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort**** incl. half board
  • Flight from Zanzibar to the UK incl. transfer
  • Possibility to extend the beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – Tour requires minimum 2 participants
Single room supplement: £565

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This tour takes you to the most important highlights on safari in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Lake Manyara National Park. where you have the chance of seeing all of Africa’s iconic animals on a short, compact safari. At the same time, you not only experience staying at a hotel, but at a tented camp, too, where you are really at one with the magnificent African nature. The tents have proper beds and en suite bathroom and toilet. This will be a highlight of your tour.

The tour rounds off with a beach holiday in the wonderful Zanzibar, where you can soak up the sun, bathe in the Indian Ocean’s warm, crystal clear waters, or simply lounge by the pool.

Detailed Itinerary
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Day 1: Flight to Tanzania
Day 1: Flight to Tanzania

Departure day, where you will fly to Tanzania with connecting flights along the way.

Day 2: Highview Hotel, Karatu
Day 2: Highview Hotel, Karatu

You land at Kilimanjaro Airport, which is near Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. The conical Mount Kilimanjaro is 5,895 metres high and enjoys a stunning location on the plateau on the border between Tanzania and Kenya..

Your driver/guide is waiting for you at Kilimanjaro Airport, ready to drive you to Highview Hotel. It is a combined drive and sightseeing tour of approx. 200 km, taking you through the villages of Chini, Kisongo, Makuyuni, Mto Wa Mbu, to the rolling landscape at Karatu, where Highview Hotel is located.

At Highview Hotel, you will be welcomed by the staff, who are Masai, dressed in their traditional attire. Perched on a hilltop, the hotel affords a colourful panorama over scenic valleys of small fields and coffee plantations. The farmers here employ many different ways of keeping the elephants and other animals from ravaging their crops, such as planting fences of chilli.

Once you arrive at the hotel, the rest of the day is at your leisure.

Overnight stay Highview Hotel

Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park
Day 3: Ngorongoro Conservation Area and Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, it is time to check out of the hotel and get ready for an exciting drive through the hilly highland plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area towards Serengeti National Park.

The ride takes you deep into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will have the chance to meet red-dressed Masai tribesmen in a local village. The Masai people are nomads, and their wealth is measured in cattle and goats. Their villages typically consist of a number of small huts arranged in a circle. The huts are built of branches, clay and cattle dung. The building style and the size of the huts illustrate how when the grass is exhausted in one area, the entire community can relocate to a different place where there is fresh pasture for the livestock. In the village, you can experience the everyday life of the Masai community and admire the traditional arts and crafts of the Masai women, which is primarily centred on work with beads. The Masai are keen to trade, and as the buyer you are expected to haggle.

After lunch, the tour continues to the impressive savannah landscape in Serengeti National Park. You will drive into the park via the north-western entrance at Nabi Hill Gate.

Serengeti is the oldest national park in Tanzania and covers an area of more than 14,500 km². The seemingly endless plains are interspersed with small lakes and occasional watercourses, and the park as a whole is home to pretty much all the animals inevitably associated with Africa: elephants, hippopotamuses, rhinoceroses, giraffes, buffalo, gnus, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs and ostriches, to name but a few … Serengeti actually holds the world record for animal numbers and is home to one of the world’s greatest animal-related marvels – the giant migration, in which gnus, zebras and gazelles in their hundreds of thousands wander from one part of the park to another, depending on the rainy season.

While you are on your game drive, you will be making your way towards the extraordinary Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wildebeest Camp* where you will be spending two nights.

*Serengti Wildebeest Camp is closed from 1st April to 31st May 2018 due to renovation. Your Serengeti stay will be booked at Serengeti Wild Camp or another suitable alternative.

Overnight stay Serengeti Wildcamp

Day 4: Safari in Serengeti National Park
Day 4: Safari in Serengeti National Park

The day starts with breakfast in the large communal tent, overlooking the majestic savannah. It is then time to head off on a full-day safari in Serengeti National Park. The objective is to capture photos of ‘The Big Five’: lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros and buffalo. The savannah is the habitat of countless gnus, Thomson’s gazelles, Grant’s gazelles, impalas, topi-antelopes, elands and warthogs, as well as all kinds of birds including Bateleur eagles, secretary birds, Guinea fowl, European rollers and crowned cranes. You are also sure to see (and smell) hippopotamuses, which gather in what are known as ‘hippo-pools’ – small lakes that can contain up to 50 hippopotamuses.

After a full day’s safari on the Serengeti plain, including a picnic lunch, you will return to Serengeti Wild Camp towards evening. You can then enjoy a hearty dinner before retiring to your tent for a good night’s sleep under the starry African sky, accompanied by the sounds of the savannah.

On day 4 it is possible to experience Serengeti from a Hot Air Balloon?

Overnight stay Serengeti Wildcamp

Day 5: Serengeti safari and the Ngorongoro Crater
Day 5: Serengeti safari and the Ngorongoro Crater

Exciting new safari experiences await you once again today. From Serengeti Wild Camp, you will be driven south-east towards the Ngorongoro Crater. En route, you will occasionally pass a Masai village. The Masai have always called the Serengeti home, and they continue to do so – even though it has now become a national park. In the late morning, you will reach Ngorongoro and drive up towards the crater, noting how the vegetation changes as you climb higher and higher. From the rim, the road winds along the inside of the extinct crater, taking you 600 metres down to the crater bed, a fertile stretch of land covering 260 km2. This area of countryside comprises savannah, swamp, lakes, small rivers, acacia woods and even a saltwater lake. The crater is home to 25,000–30,000 animals. Many people describe visiting the crater bed as being like ‘driving through Jurassic Park’, because there are animals everywhere. There are five families of lions in this relatively small area, as well as large herds of buffalo, flocks of flamingos and even a black rhinoceros or two. The only animal you will not see here is the giraffe, which has never crossed the boundary between Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

There will be a break for a picnic lunch at one of the selected spots in the crater.

Towards the end of the afternoon, you will be driven up from the crater and back to Highview Hotel, where you will spend one last night in Africa. If you wish to treat yourself to an extra special experience, you might (against a supplement) like to upgrade to Ngorongoro Wild Camp.

Overnight stay Highview Hotel / Ngorongoro Wild Camp

Day 6: Lake Manyara, flight to Zanzibar
Day 6: Lake Manyara, flight to Zanzibar

The day starts with an early checkout from Highview Hotel, after which you will be driven to Lake Manyara National Park – one of the smallest national parks in Tanzania. The park covers ‘only’ 330 km², of which the lake itself takes up 200 km². The area between the lake and the 600-metre slopes of Rift Valley to the west comprises a fertile landscape of open grass plains and jungle-like forest, as well as a stretch of swamp. A veritable El Dorado for birds, Lake Manyara is probably best-known worldwide for its enormous flocks of pink flamingos. Other animals to see here include hippopotamuses, elephants, zebras and baboons.

After lunch, you will be driven to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar.

Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort 

Days 7-10: Beach holiday, relaxation and experience Zanzibar
Days 7-10: Beach holiday, relaxation and experience Zanzibar

The days on the island are yours to do with as you wish.

Surrounded by the waters of the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (also called ‘Zanzibar’) and Pemba, as well as a number of smaller islands. The island of Zanzibar is a treasure trove of natural and cultural treats. Brilliant white sandy beaches, azure seas and a truly amazing coral reef. A warm and sunny climate all year round. A dramatic history, liberally sprinkled with Arabian sultans, Portuguese seafarers, unscrupulous slavers and European explorers, who have all left their mark on the island. And one of the most fascinating towns in Africa, dotted with fine examples of beautiful Arabian architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the accommodating population.

Here is a small selection of tours that can be purchased during your stay in Zanzibar:

Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort 

Upgrades available on Zanzibar:

Day 11: Zanzibar - UK
Day 11: Zanzibar - UK

The day is at your leisure until departure for the airport. After check in you fly from Zanzibar to the UK with possibly transfer en route, depending on the airline.

Day 12: Arrival in the UK
Day 12: Arrival in the UK

Arrive back in the UK following an intense, fantastic safari experience and wonderful beach holiday in Zanzibar packed with memories to cherish for the rest of your life.

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