Safari in Tanzania & Beach Holiday in Mombasa
Departure day, where you will fly to Tanzania with connecting flights along the way.
The plane lands close to Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro, which rises a majestic 5,895 metres from the savannah. The snow-capped peak is in sharp contrast to the fact that you are now in Africa.
Your driver/guide is waiting for you at the airport. Ahead of you lies an exciting sightseeing tour covering more than 200 km, before you arrive at Highview Hotel. The tour takes you past the villages of Chini, Kisongo, Makuyuni, Mto Wa Mbu and Karatu.
Highview Hotel enjoys a scenic location, perched on a hilltop, with a colourful panoramic view of the green and fertile valleys and coffee plantations, where elephants often wander past, morning and evening.
If time allows, the afternoon can be spent relaxing at the hotel or visiting Karatu and the local market.
Please note: Today you drive to Highview Hotel in Karatu, where you will stay overnight. Here, you are just a short drive away from the Tarangire National Park tomorrow, giving you the maximum amount of time in the park.
Overnight stay Highview Hotel
Today, we head to the Tarangire National Park, which is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania.
The park is named after the Tarangire river, which flows through the park. In dry seasons, the river is the animals’ only source of water.
The landscape and vegetation are incredibly varied. The hilly landscape has nine different growth zones, and you experience a savannah filled with majestic baobab and acacia trees, almost taking all the attention away from the many animals.
The diverse vegetation attracts a great many wild animals. The park is particularly famous for its large number of elephants. One of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world is found here, and it is not uncommon to see herds of several hundred. Gnus and zebras are also found in large numbers, and kudu, impala and gazelles thrive here. The abundant prey here attracts lions, leopards and hyenas, and if you’re really lucky, you might also see a wild dog.
In the afternoon, you head back to Highview Hotel to relax.
Overnight stay Highview Hotel
After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, we head through Ngorongoro’s hilly plateaus, where the red-clad Masai live in round huts, and their cattle graze between the zebras, gnus and giraffes of the savannah. Along the way, there is time to enjoy a packed lunch.
Via Nabi Hill Gate, the route heads north-west across the endless plains of the Serengeti, where animals galore await you; millions of gnus and zebras, thousands of antelopes and buffaloes, hundreds of lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, crocodiles, and thousands of birds. Serengeti offers one of the most amazing and unique wildlife and outdoor experiences on the planet.
Please note: Ikoma Wild Camp is located just outside the north-western section of Serengeti National Park. It offers a phenomenal view of the Serengeti plain, and the promise of some unique experiences that you cannot enjoy in the national park itself. If you wish to stay inside the Serengeti National Park itself, you can (against a supplement) choose to stay at the Serengeti Wild Camp.
Ikoma Wild 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.
If you choose to stay at Ikoma Wild Camp, you have the option to purchase the following tours:
- Ikoma Wildcamp: Walking Safari with “sundowner”
- Ikoma Wildcamp: Sundowner
- Ikoma Wildcamp: Night Game Drive
Full day safari in Serengeti, looking for the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. You have the whole day to enjoy the wildlife of the stunning Serengeti.
The ecosystem here in the park is considered to be one of the oldest in the world, and you’d be hard pressed not to feel both humbled and astonished when sitting in your land cruiser, absorbing all that you see before you. Outside the drought period, you will also see a large number of Thompson’s gazelles, buffaloes, topi, Grant’s gazelles, eland antelopes, warthogs, eagles, ostriches, etc., in addition to the animals already mentioned. Today, you will probably also see and smell the hippos wallowing in the hippo pools.
A hot lunch is served at Serengeti Wild Camp or Serengeti Wildebeest Camp.
A fantastic day, just waiting to be experienced and enjoyed!
Why not experience the Serengeti as the sun rises – from a hot air balloon?
To take part in a hot air balloon safari, you will need to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp rather than Ikoma Wild Camp. If you choose to purchase a balloon safari, it does not cost extra to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp.
New experiences await you when the safari heads south-east in Serengeti. A picnic lunch is enjoyed in the open at noon.
The tour then heads into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you visit the red-clad Masai in a local village, where you can experience how life is lived in a Masai village and look at their handicraft, which is mainly bead work. They are keen to sell, but remember to “haggle”!
Please note: Today, you drive to Highview Hotel for the night. This maximises the time you have to spend in the Ngorongoro crater in the morning. If you wish to treat yourself to an extra special experience, you might (against a supplement) like to upgrade to Ngorongoro Wild Camp.
The Ngorongoro crater is the largest inactive volcano crater. The volcano erupted some 2–3 million years ago and folded in on itself, leaving a gigantic hole, which is today home to 30,000 animals and 350 different species of birds, all of which have access to water all year round.
Once past the entrance to Ngorongoro, you pass through a lush area of rainforest before the descent along the inside of the crater begins. After an exciting drive down, you arrive at the 260 km2 crater floor. The rim of the crater towers 600 metres above you. You might be at the bottom of the crater, but you are actually high up, because the rim of the crater is 2,200 metres above sea level.
The day is spent in the crater – and there is plenty to look at! Lions, gazelles, elephants, gnus and zebras in their droves. If you are really lucky, you might see the endangered black rhinoceros, which is almost extinct in Africa due to poaching. In Ngorongoro, they are protected by the armed rangers.
Lunch is enjoyed in stunning surroundings on the floor of the crater, and at the end of the day you will be driven back to your hotel.
After breakfast and check out from the hotel, we head to Lake Manyara. This is one of Tanzania’s smallest national parks at 330 km2, of which the lake takes up 200 km2.
‘The area between the lake and the 600 metre high Rift Valley slopes in the west, offers open grasslands, a jungle like forest and swamps.
Lake Manyara is paradise to bird enthusiasts with 380 different species of bird. The park is also home to large groups of elephant and baboon.
After this last safari experience, we head to the airport for your flight to Mombasa.
Overnight stay Voyager Beach Resort
Spend the days in Mombasa at your own leisure.
Here is a small selection of tours that can be purchased during your beach holiday in Mombasa:
- Half day: Mombasa City Tour
- Full day trip to Wasini Island
- Full day safari to Tsavo East
- Evening cruise including dinner
Overnight stay Voyager Beach Resort
Upgrades in Mombasa:
The time has now come to leave Mombasa and head for home. You will be picked up from your hotel and driven to the airport to catch your flight to the UK, which will include connecting flights along the way.