the safari heartland
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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The 13 Day Classic Tanzanian Wildlife Safari and Zanzibar Escape is one of our most popular itineraries – wildlife encounters, iconic destinations and cultural experiences will create a life time of memories. We can also create tailor made itineraries to suit the time of year you wish to travel and your personal interests.
NORTHERN TANZANIA AND ZANZIBAR SAFARI
Your guide will meet you and transfer you to Rivertrees Country Inn…Nestled in leafy gardens along the Usa River, Rivertrees combines old world ambiance, African country elegance, excellent farm cuisine and genuine warmth from your hosts. Enjoy the afternoon relaxing in the gardens or by the pool. Rivertrees (half board)
Depart after breakfast, with a picnic lunch for Tarangire National Park. This park offers a good opportunity for lion and leopard sightings. As well as supporting one of the highest population densities of elephants in Africa, Tarangire is also renowned for its spectacular diversity of birds. Game drive along the famous Tarangire River and the rugged baobab studded terrain before arriving at Ndovu Tented Lodge. The lodge is a very comfortable semi-permanent tented camp, located in the heart of Tarangire. Overnight Ndovu Tented Lodge (Full board, private vehicle)
It is worth rising for an early morning game drive. The elusive leopard is easier to spot, animals are more active and the morning light is beautiful. You can decide if you want to return to camp for lunch and cool off in the pool or take a picnic with you and continue game driving. Overnight Ndovu Tented Lodge (Full Board, private vehicle)
Leave Tarangire National Park for your journey through the African Rift Valley. As you wind your way up the Great Rift Valley wall, traversing 2000m through some of Tanzania’s richest farming country, you encounter dramatic views across the soda lake of Manyara. En-route pass through the town of Mtu wa mbu (river of mosquitoes), a busy little trading town selling souvenirs and sweet red bananas. Game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Continue up into the Ngorongoro Highlands, as you near the crater rim farm land gives way to lush high land forest and finally one of the most spectacular vistas will fill your senses-the ancient caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater and, several hundred metres below, the lost world within. This evening you will overnight in Rhino Lodge. The modest lodge with friendly, helpful staff is operated in partnership with the local Maasai Community. Overnight Rhino Lodge (Full Board, private vehicle)
Today’s game drive takes you to the crater floor and into one of the mostly densely packed wildlife areas in the world. It is possible to see rhino, bull elephants with huge ivory tusks, lion and leopard as well as hooved game – though no giraffe, as the crater walls are too steep for them to negotiate. Overnight Rhino Lodge (Full Board, private vehicle)
An early breakfast is followed by a game drive transfer to the world famous heritage site the Serengeti National Park. Your journey continues around the crater rim where Maasai dominate the scenery tending to their cattle. Soon you will leave the rim and make the descent into the vast open grass plains of the Serengeti. You now have time to explore the magic of the Serengeti, from the open plains to acacia lined rivers to kopjes – the tops of ancient mountain ranges buried beneath layer upon layer of volcanic dust that rise up in the plains as giant boulders. Enjoy a night in a luxury camp, where each beautiful room has an en-suite with hot running water. Be prepared for animals, including elephants and lions, moving through the camp at night creating the authentic African experience. This evening make a plan with your guide for the best way to explore the beauty of the Serengeti. Overnight Serengeti Camp (Full board, private vehicle)
A full day to discover the extraordinary environment of the Serengeti. Overnight Serengeti Camp (Full board, private vehicle)
Rise to another day of exploring the wilderness. Overnight Serengeti Camp (Full board, private vehicle)
After breakfast depart in a light aircraft to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met and taken through the typically narrow, twisting streets of Stone Town to Kisiwa House. In the afternoon take a short guided introductory tour through Stone Town. Your guide can take you back to Kisiwa House or leave you at the nearby Africa House-a fantastic spot for an early sun downer looking over the Indian Ocean – be warned that often they break the peace with hip hop don’t be tempted to eat there, but wander over to Forodhani Gardens for the night market – even if you don’t sample the expensive street food it is quite entertaining to watch all the local fun. Make your way back to Kisiwa house stopping for dinner at the Monsoon – sitting inside on big cushions, Arabic style or the Archipelago Restaurant across the road up a set of stairs or the very popular Livingstone’s which spills onto the beach. If you fancy Indian – The Silk Route is nearby. Overnight Kisiwa House (Bed and Breakfast)
After breakfast discover the secret delights of the island with a spice tour and sumptuous Swahili lunch served in a local house near the spice farm. Continue to Unguja Lodge. Away from the hustle and bustle Unguja Lodge is set by a marine park in the least developed part of the island-it is the perfect tropical island getaway. The lodge has excellent Swahili seafood, a pool and various optional extra activities including scuba diving, kayaking the mangroves, touring on a traditional wooden dhow, snorkelling on Sand Island and a village tour. Or just simply chill by the pool. Overnight Unguja Lodge (Full board)
Includes meals as per itinerary, all Tanzanian transfers, internal flights, camping and park fees, and a specially modified 4WD safari vehicle with private guide. It also includes regional emergency medical evacuation to Nairobi.
Excludes International flights, personal and travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.
Tanzania has many activities on offer including climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, chimpanzee trekking in remote Mahale Mountains National Park, horse riding and walking safaris, hot air ballooning, hunting with the Hadza bushmen or exploring the wild and remote southern parks such as the Selous or Ruaha.
Tanzania is also perfectly placed for including, in your African adventure, neighbouring Rwanda for gorilla trekking or Ethiopia for a unique ethnic experience.
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