Safari in Tanzania & Beach Holiday in Zanzibar
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. If you wish to treat yourself to an extra special experience, you might (against a supplement) like to upgrade to Ngorongoro Wild Camp – this maximises the time you have to spend in the Ngorongoro crater in the morning.
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, covering an area of 330 km2, 200 km2 of which is lake.
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 a paradise for large herds of elephants, buffaloes and baboons, and with more than 400 bird species registered there. You might also be lucky enough to spot the famous tree-climbing lions here.
After this final safari experience you are driven to the airport, where you round off the safari with an excellent hot lunch in a genuine safari tent before flying on to the exotic island of Zanzibar.
Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort
The days are spent at your leisure.
Located in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (unofficially known as Zanzibar) and Pemba, as well as myriad small islands. When it comes to nature and culture, the island of Zanzibar is truly spoilt: white sandy beaches, azure sea and a stunning coral reef. A hot, sunny climate all year round is conducive to relaxation and a beach holiday.
The island’s dramatic history includes Arab sultans, Portuguese seafarers, slave trade and European explorers, all of which have left their mark on the island. And it is also here that you will find one of Africa’s most exciting cities, packed with beautiful Arabic architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the friendly people.
Below is a selection of optional tours which can be purchased during your stay:
- Discover Stone Town
- Taste the island's spices
- Rainforest and red monkeys
- Full day boat trip
- Discover the local villages
- Experience Prison Island
Overnight stay Ocean Paradise Beach Resort
Upgrades available on Zanzibar:
You are picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport, when your journey home starts. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.