The Safari Heartland

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Tanzania is often thought of as the quintessential safari destination and rightly so. The Serengeti, Ngorongoro, Zanzibar and Kilimanjaro are all household names for a good reason. Boasting the world's tallest free standing mountain, the largest natural migration and the biggest game reserve (the Selous), Tanzania also has the world's longest, deepest and cleanest equatorial lake (Lake Tanganyika). Tanzania also has many other things you won't find elsewhere. It has an estimated one third of the world's lions and a diverse culture from the sophisticated Zanzibari architecture to the nomadic Maasai; and the last of the world's hunter-gathers (the Hadzabe).

Whether you choose to visit the popular wildlife packed North, the more remote South or one of the many stunning sun drenched beaches, Tanzania remains one of the best travel destinations in Africa. For a wild, untamed safari as well as the perfect place for a harmonious mix of activity, relaxation and culture it's hard to beat.

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This is a sample, mid-range itinerary to give you an idea of what’s on offer, however all our itineraries are tailor-made to best suit the time of year you want to travel, your interests, timeframe and budget.

Northern Tanzania and Zanzibar Safari

This safari was created to include the best wildlife destinations using reliable, mid range accommodation in good locations, finishing with a taste of the Zanzibar culture and time to relax by the Indian Ocean.

Day 1: Relax at Rivertrees Country Inn. Atmospheric old world charm set in a coffee estate

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where your guide will meet you and transfer you to Rivertrees Country Inn near the town of Arusha. Rivertrees has a romantic, old world charm of its own, set in a coffee estate it tastefully utilizes the original buildings and farmhouse. It has a pool, good dining areas and WiFi. Relax in the shaded gardens under the cheeky gaze of a local monkey troop. Overnight Rivertrees Country Inn

Day 2: Appreciate the raw beauty of Tarangire National Park's abundant wildlife from the bush luxury of Oliver's Luxury Tented Camp

After breakfast your safari adventure begins. Your guide will collect you in a specially adapted 4WD safari vehicle and drive you to Tarangire National Park . Tarangire is a rugged, baobab studded terrain with the second densest population of elephants in Africa as well as excellent lion, leopard and other wildlife sightings. Spend the night at Oliver's Luxury Tented Camp- a luxury permanent tented camp. Each tent has an en-suite with flush toilet and running water. Enjoy the exclusivity and intimacy that brings you closer to nature. Overnight Oliver's Camp

Day 3: Spend another day exploring the wildlife of Tarangire

Today offers a full day game driving to explore Tarangire. You can also choose optional activities. Maybe a night game drive to see the more secretive nocturnal animals or ride in a hot air balloon and land for a champagne breakfast or use Oliver's Camp's specialist knowledge of the area to walk in this extraordinary wilderness. Overnight Oliver's Camp

Day 4: The Rift Valley, Manyara's soda lake and Maasai culture in the Ngorongoro Highlands at Mysigio Camp

Following breakfast leave Tarangire and cross the Great African Rift and game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Manyara has a mixed habitat of spring-fed rainforest, savannah and soda lake with a diversity of fauna to match including hippo, (often seen out of the water as they cannot spend extended time in the high alkalinity of the soda lake) flamingos, monkeys, giraffe, zebra, antelope and the elusive tree climbing lions. Later in the day ascend the Great Rift Valley Wall, traversing 2000m through some of Tanzania's richest farming country. As your journey brings you nearer the crater rim, farm land gives way to the lush cloud forest of the Ngorongoro Highlands and finally to the spectacular panorama of the ancient caldera the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue on to Mysigio Camp where you will spend the night. Mysigio Camp is an eco friendly semi-permanent small scale tented camp. It has large, comfortable walk-in tents with en-suite bathrooms, double beds, electric lighting and a cozy dining tent. Mysigio offers the opportunity to experience aspects of Maasai tradition and way of life. It is also well situated for tomorrow’s early start. Overnight Mysigio Camp

Day 5: Take a game drive on the Ngorongoro Crater Floor itself in one of the most wildlife packed places on the planet

After an early start, head down into the Ngorongoro Crater floor itself for a game drive in one of the world's most densely packed wildlife areas. In one game drive it is possible to see, along with lions and buffalo, the endangered black rhino and magnificent bull elephants, if you are lucky you may also see a leopard slinking through the forest. Late afternoon return to camp for the night. Overnight Mysigio Camp

Day 6: The endless plains of the Serengeti and stay at Nasikia Tented Camp - where the wildlife is only canvas thickness away

Leave the Ngorongoro Crater highlands and head into the Serengeti ecosystem. There is an opportunity to visit Oldupai Gorge most noteworthy for the plethora of early hominid fossils discovered by Mary Leaky. You can visit the small museum there. Stay at Nasikia Tented Camp. Nasikia Camp is a seasonal camp that moves with the herds of the great migration as they cross the Serengeti. Comfortable and tastefully decorated Nasikia tents have en-suite bathrooms with flushing toilets and running water, electricity and a snug dining tent. Overnight Nasikia Tented Camp

Day 7 : Explore the Serengeti for another day

Enjoy a whole day exploring the Serengeti before returning to camp for the night. Overnight Nasikia Tented Camp

Day 8: Fly to the Indian Ocean intrigues of Zanzibar and stay in the heart of old Stonetown at Kisiwa House

After breakfast fly out of the Serengeti by light aircraft to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met and taken through the typically narrow, twisting streets into the heart of historical Stone Town to Kisiwa House. Kisiwa House built by a wealthy Omani merchant over 150 years ago has been faithfully restored into an charming boutique hotel. In the late afternoon take a short introductory guided tour through Stone Town. See the House of Wonders, the old slave market and the sixteenth century fort. Your guide can take you back to Kisiwa House or drop you at the nearby Africa House for a stunning sunset over the Indian Ocean. Later wander over to Forodhani Gardens for the night market to sample popular street food or to watch the local fun. Overnight Kisiwa House

Day 9: Now relax by the turquoise waters of Zanzibar’s coast at Unguja Lodge

Today depart Stone Town and head for Unguja Lodge on the southern tip of Zanzibar. En-route discover the secret delights of nutmeg and mace, vanilla and cinnamon with a Spice Tour and a sumptuous Swahili lunch. Unguja is a family run lodge located by a marine park in the least developed part of the island. It has beautiful, spacious, self contained villas overlooking the Indian Ocean, a pool and excellent seafood. The Lodge offers a range of quality activities from SCUBA diving (the lodge has its own dive centre), village and island tours, sunset cruises in traditional sailing dhows and dolphin viewing trips. Snorkeling and swimming in the ocean is best done at high tide, while sunbathing and rock pooling at low tide. Overnight Unguja Hotel

Day 10 and 11: Spend two more days at Unguja Lodge- snorkel, scuba, take an island tour, sail in a traditional wooden dhow…

Spend 2 more days relaxing at Unguja Lodge.

Day 12: Fly a short distance to Dar Es Salaam and the end of your Tanzanian Safari

Today transfer to Zanzibar Airport and fly to Dar es Salaam for your onward journey home.

From $6500 USD per person sharing.

Other things you may want to consider are… climbing Mount Meru (3850m, 4 days), or Mount Kilimanjaro ( 5895m, 7 days), a southern savannah safari (to the Selous and Ruaha- wild and remote) chimpanzee trekking, horse riding, sea kayaking or relaxing on the mainland beaches (not as famous as Zanzibar but often quieter and more secluded).

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