For 13 Days you get to explore every corner of Tanzania with this wildlife safaris and Zanzibar beach getaway adventure. This itinerary is specially designed for those wildlife safari enthusiasts seeking to relax on the magnificent sunny beach of Zanzibar after a long and worthwhile safari in the wild side of Tanzania National Parks like the Tarangire National Park, the Ndutu in the Southern Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 1: Arrive in Kilimanjaro airport
You will be met by your safari driver for greetings and then transfer to Moshi stay at Keys Hotel BB booked. After that you will have good time to relax at hotel for overnight and diner at Indian restaurant.
Day 2: Hike to Mandara Hut and back to park gate
After breakfast at your hotel, you will meet your guide, drive to the Kilimanjaro National Park Gate (about 1 hour), register and commence the climb. Walk through the rainforest to the Mandara encampment. A side trip to Maundi Crater is a good way to see the surroundings including Northern Tanzania and Kenya. In the rain-forest, look for towering Eucalyptus trees, bird life, and Colobus monkeys.After lunch, hike back to park gate and drive back to Moshi. Dinner and overnight at Keys hotel.
• Elevation: 1860m/6100ft to 2700m/8875ft
• Distance: 8km/5mi
• Hiking Time: 3-4 hours up / 2-3 hours down
• Habitat: Montane Forest
Day 3: Moshi – Ngorongoro
Non game-viewing travel time: 4 hours
Distance: 40 km
Pick up from hotel and drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation area. We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge and after lunch we will descend over 600 meters into the crater to view wildlife for an afternoon safari tour.
Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the Ngorongoro National Park supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park, is it’s dense population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard, which sometimes requires a trained eye to spot. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south western corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually been seen here. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge.
Day 4: Ngorongoro – Ndutu
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 90 km
After breakfast we will head to the Lake Ndutu area, situated in the Ngorongoro conservation area, part of the southern Serengeti eco-system. Lake Ndutu is alkaline, like most of the other Rift lakes; however the water is still drinkable and used by a wide array of local wildlife.
We arrive in time for lunch at the lodge or camp, and after lunch we will do an afternoon game drive in the Ndutu area. The majority of the wildebeest migration can normally be found on the short-grass plains from December to April. The area is usually heavily populated with elephant, birds and resident game. Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Tented camp.
Day 5: Ndutu
After breakfast, enjoy a full day game drive in the Ndutu area. Explore the range of different habitats that include swamps, woodland, soda lakes and the world famous Serengeti short grass plains. See great herds of wildebeest and zebra. During a short time frame around February, normally lasting for about 3 weeks, the majority of the wildebeest calve. The sea of grass provides little cover and the young are easy pickings for a variety of predators. Wildebeest calves can run minutes after they are born and within 3 days they are normally strong enough to keep up with the herd. Lunch, Dinner and overnight at Ndutu Tented camp.
Day 6: Ndutu – Serengeti Plains
Non game-viewing travel time: 2 hours
Distance: 80 km
After breakfast we head towards the central Serengeti National Park, also known as the Seronera. We descend into the heart of wild Africa – the Serengeti National Park – with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. We head to the Seronera area, one of the richest wildlife habitats in the park, featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable water source to this area and therefore attracts wildlife well representative of most of the Serengeti’s species. We arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti national park. Dinner and overnight Serengeti kati kati tented camp.
Day 7: Serengeti Plains to Tarangire
Be one of only a few fortunate people to glide in a Hot Air Balloon over the Serengeti Plains (available at supplementary cost by pre-arrangement). Floating silently above the awakening bush, while spotting wildlife and enjoying the amazing scenery of Africa, across rivers and over numerous small villages. After breakfast enjoy a full day game drive in the Serengeti National Park. The majority of the wildebeest migration normally passes through the Seronera in late November to middle November, when they migrate from Kenya’s Masai Mara in north to the Ndutu area in the south. The migration then passes through this area again in April when they move west to the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park. After all exploration we will drive to Tarangire national park for dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge tented camp.
Day 8: full day game view Tarangire National park
After breakfast you continue to explore the Tarangire National Park which is the third largest national park in Tanzania. This day you will spend full day of game drives in this fabulous national park highlighted with the gigantic baobab trees and abnormally large herds of elephants. At Tarangire you will have the chance to sight the rare Oryx, and other animals’ likes of zebras, giraffes, warthogs, leopards, cheetahs etc. The Tarangire River which is the life blood of this national park ensures a year round supply of water and the river beds takes center stage when animals gather to get this rare commodity resulting into magnificent wildlife actions when the predators try to grab a meal taking advantage of the moment. Later in the evening you will drive to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Outpost lodge.
DAY 9: Arusha to Zanzibar by domestic flight
Arrive Zanzibar airport transfer to Stone Town Hotel for check-in at 2:30pm have a trip after check inn you will continue with stone town tour takes around the historical culture and architectural important town of Zanzibar with a century history. It includes a visit to former slave market site, now stands as Anglican church built in 1871, town market, visit the Zanzibar Memorial Museum, House of Wonder built in 1883 (Beit – Al-Ajab), old Arab Fort, Palace Museum, Old Indian Dispensary (cultural centre) at 2:00pm transfer to North or East coast hotel via Maruhubi Palace ruins, Living Stone House and to the Spice tour on this tour you wil see and taste the tropical fruits, spices plantation or plots in the island. A variety of spices plants used as ornament, medicines, flowers, fruits an another interesting flora can be seen during spice tour and visit to Kidichi bath built in 1850 by the first Sultan for his wife Sheharzad (grand daughter of Fateh Ali Shah of Persia), dinner and overnight at Tembo house Hotel.
DAY 10: Experience Dolphin tour
At 8:30 south coast dolphin tour trip to dolphin watching tour, a day trip to Kizimkazi, wonderful you may swim with hundreds of spinner & bottle-nose dolphins playing off Kizimkazi beach & give you chance to experience special natural message in the Indian ocean, at 2:30pm driving to back to hotel for dinner and overnight at Kizimkazi Beach Hotel.
DAY: 11 to 12: February 2017: Relax day
Full day beach relax at the hotel dinner and overnight at Kizimkazi Beach Hotel.
DAY 13: Departure day
Pick up from the hotel transfer to airport for departure back to home.