Africa is well known for its wild game and one of the best places for African safari vacations is Northern Tanzania. This region includes the wonderful game parks of Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, all teeming with wildlife in their natural habitats. With hundreds of different species, this land of the Big Five remains an envy of all other game parks across our globe. Tanzanian Northern Safari is a great vacation for families, couples or individuals. Our 7-day stay in Tanzania includes 6 exciting half-day game safaris chasing the Big Five and other species, and our small group sizes (maximum 7 persons) mean each person gets a window seat. Combine this safari with some relaxing beach time and fascinating cultural experiences by extending the journey to the historical island of Zanzibar.
|UNESCO World Heritage Sites covered in this tour|
|1.||Serengeti National Park||3.||Stone Town of Zanzibar|
|2.||Ngorongoro Conservation Area|
|Tour Duration||:||07 days|
|Min. Tour Size||:||02 persons|
|Max. Tour Size||:||07 persons|
|Includes international air|
|Tour Price (from)||:||US$|
Day 01: Arrive Kilimanjaro/Arusha (Drive)
Jambo! We are cordially welcomed as we arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and are transferred to our hotel in Arusha. Balance of the day is free. Arusha is the exact centre between Cairo and Cape Town and is the gateway to the safari game parks of Northern Tanzania.
Overnight: Serena Mountain Village, Arusha (1 night)
Day 02: Arusha/Lake Manyara (Drive)
Our Tanzanian safari starts as we drive from Arusha to Lake Manyara with a picnic lunch en route. We enter the majestic Lake Manyara Game Park and embark on the first of six Tanzanian safaris. This small park is sandwiched between the Rift Valley escarpment and Lake Manyara. It is a scenic location with a variety of game, including giraffe, elephant, baboon and the rarely seen tree-climbing lion.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 03: Lake Manyara/Serengeti National Park (Drive)
We depart for the famous Olduvai Gorge, one of the most important pale anthropological sites in the world. Olduvai Gorge is located in the eastern Serengeti Plains. The gorge is a very steep-sided ravine where some of the earliest evidence of humans was discovered by Mary and Louis Leakey. Since then, thousands of fossils, hominid remains and Olduwan tools dating from up to two million years ago have been found. Optional visit to a Masai Village and then proceed to Serengeti National Park* to enjoy our second game safari.
Overnight: Serengeti Serena Lodge, Serengeti (2 nights) (B, L, D)
Day 04: Serengeti National Park
The incredible Serengeti National Park is a must stop for any African safari vacations, It is world renowned for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra. This park is widely regarded as the best wildlife reserve in Africa due to its density of predators and prey. Early morning experience an optional balloon safari (see below for details). Then an exciting experience ahead as we take a full day game drive through the park, stopping for either a picnic lunch or hot lunch. (B, L, D)
Day 05: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro Crater (Drive)
After breakfast, we have yet another game drive before proceeding to the next highlight of our Tanzanian safari – the incredible Ngorongoro Crater*. We will use the Malanja Depression route, allowing us to see many Masai villages along the way.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, Ngorongoro (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 06: Ngorongoro Crater/Lake Manyara (Drive)
Following breakfast, we travel to Ngorongoro Crater for a 6-hour game safari. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The jewel in Ngorongoro's crown is a deep, volcanic crater, which is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20 kilometers across, 600 meters deep and 300 square kilometers in area, this crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. The rich pasture and permanent water of the crater floor supports a large resident population of wildlife, including up to 25,000 predominantly grazing animals such as wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, buffalo, eland, kongoni and warthogs. After the safari, we have an optional visit to a Masai village and meet folks belonging to this famous warrior tribe before proceeding to Lake Manyara for our overnight stay.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, Lake Manyara (1 night) (B, L, D)
Day 07: Lake Manyara/Arusha/Kilimanjaro (Drive)
After breakfast, travel by road to Arusha via the Great Rift Valley. Optional visit to see a traditional African village of Mto wa Mbu. Following arrival in Arusha, we are transferred to the airport for our flight. Ideal opportunity to add extensions to the historical spice island of Zanzibar, Seychelles, Madagascar – please ask for details. (B)
Day 07: Lake Manyara/Arusha/Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar (Flight)
After breakfast, travel by road to Arusha via the Great Rift Valley and African village of Mto wa Mbu. Following arrival in Arusha, we are transferred to the airport for our flight to Zanzibar, a great beach and cultural stop for African safari vacations, where we are warmly welcomed and transferred to our hotel.
Overnight: Zanzibar (3 nights) (B)
Day 08: Zanzibar
We enjoy a morning tour of the island beginning with the House of Wonders – the Zanzibar Museum. From here, we proceed to the deposed Sultan’s Palace, Livingstone House and Market (opened in 1904) and the local market. We end our tour at the Anglican Church, built in 1873 on the site of the old slave market in Stone Town*, which is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Afternoon is free to enjoy the narrow streets, shop and chat, or savour local fruits such as jackfruit, custard, apple, rambutan, carambola and durian. Our afternoon tour takes us to Prison Island (Changuuu Island) which never housed any prisoners. The island was once used by an Arab slave trader to contain the more troublesome slaves he had brought from the African mainland to prevent their escape before shipping them for auctioning. (B)
Day 09: Zanzibar
Day free to enjoy Zanzibar or Unguja, as it is called in the native Kiswahili language. The narrow streets provide an Arabian Nights flavour and are always a favourite with those who want to be immersed in the local culture. Optional Spice Farm tour. (B)
Day 10: Depart Zanzibar
Today we bid farewell to the spice island. Opportunity to combine with extensions to Seychelles, Madagascar, Southern Africa – please ask for details. We will be transferred to the airport or the ferry dock for the next leg of our journey. If you need further assistance, please do let us know. (B)
B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner
English Speaking Departures (Please contact us for information on French, German, Italian and Spanish speaking departures).
Jan 10 & 24; Feb 07 & 21; Mar 07 & 21; Apr 04 & 18; May 02, 16 & 30*; Jun 13 & 27; Jul 11 & 25; Aug 08 & 22; Sep 05 & 19; Oct 03 & 17; Nov 07 & 21; Dec 05, 19 & 23
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|Season(s) 2018||Per Person on Twin Sharing||Single Room Supplement|
Apr 04 & 18; May 02 & 16
|US$ 2460||US$ 195|
|Shoulder Season 1
Mar 07 & 21; Nov 07 & 21; Dec 05
|US$ 2795||US$ 395|
|Shoulder Season 2
May 30*, Jun 13 & 27; Dec 19
|US$ 3320||US$ 395|
Jan 10 & 24; Feb 07 & 21; Jul 11 & 25; Aug 08 & 22; Sep 05 & 19; Oct 03 & 17
|US$ 3475||US$ 440|
|Dec 23||US$ 3695||US$ 485|
|SPECIAL: May 30 departure special $150 off per person / 3 adults sharing one room discount of $100 per person|
For pricing of the optional Zanzibar 4-day extension, please refer to our program: Zanzibar: The Spice Island.
Estimated International Airfare (International airfare is NOT included in this tour)
This tour operates on a minimum of 02 and a maximum of 07 participants
If you would like to have a tour on dates other than the above ones or with a customised itinerary, please contact us and we will be happy to work out an exclusive program for you.
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