Highlights of Tanzania

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Highlights of Tanzania

from £1,125
Duration: 11 days
Countries: Tanzania
Explore the wilderness of Tanzania on this safari adventure. Starting in Dar es Salaam, this trip begins with Zanzibar, before heading past Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Crater and The Serengeti
Summary

Highlights of Tanzania

After checking out the sights in some of Africa's best wildlife game reserves, the safari finishes in Nairobi, Kenya. With hotel upgrades in Zanzibar, ferry crossings, loads of tasty meals and a cultural Maasai village walk included, this amazing safari is guaranteed to impress.

Itinerary

Day 1: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Zanzibar
Combine the best of both worlds - safari adventure and paradise with this all-in-one! Our Africa adventure starts in Dar es Salaam, where we ferry across to the magical 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to spend three blissful nights. Discover the island’s idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, as well as its intriguing history as a major trading centre for spices. For centuries, Zanzibaris would trade with the people of the Arabian Peninsula and ply the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town, so keep your eyes peeled when wandering the city’s historic pathways. The next four days are on your own watch, so spend your time exploring at your own pace.


Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.

Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar

Day 2: Zanzibar

Variety is the spice of life, and on Zanzibar island, spices are abundant. Embark on a day tour to the nearby spice plantations and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents that infiltrate the air.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 3: Zanzibar
Don your comfiest walking attire and set out to explore Stone Town on foot. Get lost in the labyrinth of laneways at the bazaars, and marvel at the array of ancient maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings. Be sure to pay a visit to the city’s mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island.

Meals:
-Breakfast


Day 4: Zanzibar
Awake to another day in this dreamlike haven. If it's white sand, a sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, we will take you to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Day 5: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
Time to farewell this picture-perfect paradise. Sneak in some last-minute shopping or relish one last dip, before catching the ferry back to Dar on the African mainland. Tonight, our campsite on the coast awaits.

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner


Day 6: Dar es Salaam to Marangu
Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area; “Marangu” means “full of water” in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If the weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner


Day 7: Marangu to Arusha
Fingers crossed for clear weather today, as we might be treated to a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Cameras at the ready! Passing through the town of Moshi, we eventually reach Arusha, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and some two million people, all nestled in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru. With time to explore town, we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains.

This afternoon, we head out on a walk to one of the local Masai villages – inspecting a local school and clinic, a small but hugely interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park (if you dare!). It’s from here that we will prepare for our included two-night/three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Time to catch some important zzz’s.

Included today:
-Maasai Village walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 8: Arusha to Serengeti Naitonal Park & Ngorongoro Crater
This morning calls for a vehicle change-up. We hit the road in a more game park-friendly option and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Just try not to drop your jaw as we pass into the park and cruise around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains (we bet you can’t). We drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner


Day 9: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
Spend the morning game-driving out of the plains, and then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater (after a well-deserved lunch, of course). Pack your warmest jacket, as tonight we camp on the rim of the crater where wildlife also gallivant. At 326 square kilometres in area, the Ngorongoro Crater is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim at 2,400 metres above sea level is spectacular, the site from the crater floor some 600 metres below, will be equally mind-blowing.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Day 10: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
On the final day of the excursion we descend down the steep, dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving. Keep your eye out for all the major mammals – except the towering giraffes, which struggle to manage the steep slopes leading down onto the crater floor. After our game drive, we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, and then pack up our camp and enjoy lunch before retracing our steps to our campsite in Arusha.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner


Day 11: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater to Nairobi, Kenya
After a last night at camp, we make our way across the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital, where our amazing tour of Africa sadly ends. Until next time!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

 


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Bucket List Inclusions

Maasai village walk
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion
Exotic Zanzibar

More Inclusions

10 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners
6 nights in campsites & 4 nights hotels
Zanzibar ferry
Fully equipped safari vehicle
2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodated
Camping and cooking equipment
Awesome Trip Leader + Driver

Group Size

Maximum 24

Transport

Overland safari vehicle

Adventure Pass

Mandatory for this trip

Accommodation

Upgrade available

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