9 Days Serengeti Safari
9 Days Serengeti Safari circuit brings you to some of Africa’s most stunning natural wonders, lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and the magical Zanzibar Island.
You will see a large variety of wildlife and you will encounter indigenous tribes and learn about their habits and culture, and Zanzibar is an idyllic beach holiday island, its pristine reefs, sandy white beaches and clear blue waters are among the best in the world. The accommodations chosen are of the good and affordable standard available.
Day 1: Arusha, Tanzania’s Safari Gateway
Arrive in Kilimanjaro International Airport where our driver guide will transfer you to Arusha City. Located below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, Arusha has a temperate climate. The city is close to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Lake Manyara National Park, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and Arusha National Park on Mount Meru. Arusha City is a major international diplomatic hub. You will be given a briefing about your Wildlife & Wilderness Safari. Overnight at Zawadi House (bed and breakfast)
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Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast depart for Lake Manyara National Park, en-route game drive, picnic lunch served in the park. Nestled at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is one of the most beautiful places in Africa. The Park is dramatically marked off by lush green vegetation consisting of tall trees of the ground water forest, which provide home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. Further down, the forest opens up into woodland, grassland, swamps and beyond, the soda lake itself where over 350 species of birds, including the lively flamingo, pelican, sacred ibis, grebe and stork can be viewed. At the southern end of the Park are hot sulphur springs called MajiMoto. Manyara is noted for its numerous buffalo, elephant, giraffe, impala, hippo, as well as a great variety of smaller animals, and of course the very elusive tree-climbing lions. In the afternoon, you will proceed towards Ngorongoro conservation Area. Diner and overnight at Ngorongoro Farm House (full board).
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park
After breakfast descend to the Crater floor for game drive, lunch at hippo pool picnic site. The bottom of the crater dotted with watering-holes, shelters almost 30 000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. Ngorongoro is the largest unbroken caldera in the world and surrounded by very steep walls rising 610m from the floor. Covering an area of 259 sq. kms, it is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Natural World and is a veritable haven for wildlife. In the afternoon, you will proceed towards Serengeti National Park probably the greatest park on earth. This park, undoubtedly the most famous in the world, covers over 14 000 sq. km and offers among many other things the biggest concentration of big cats in the world Cheetahs, Lions, Leopards, Wild cats, birds, impala. Diner and overnight Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park
Early morning game drive in Serengeti National Park, before your breakfast. Mid and afternoon game drives, followed by a picnic lunch served in the park. Many different landscapes can be found in the Serengeti: Savannah with the big plains to the south, hills & woods to the west, the Kopjes area to the east, and bush land to the north. Important rivers also run through the park. Many different species of mammals can be spotted during game drives, elephant, buffalo, giraffes, antelopes, hippo and crocodile can also be found. Diner and overnight Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp.
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
After breakfast, depart for a morning game drive. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the outsized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Serengeti National Park.
After lunch depart to Karatu, we will visit the Olduvai Gorge. This place is commonly referred to as “The Cradle of Mankind”. It is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering understanding of early human evolution. We proceed to Karatu where we will have dinner and overnight at Tloma Lodge
Day 6: Zanzibar Beach Vacation
After breakfast at the lodge, you will take a walk escorted by a guide through one of the very attractive paths in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Departure for Arusha Airport for air transfer to Zanzibar Island.
Our driver will meet you at Zanzibar Airport and transfer to East coast. The Swahili culture was born there in the seventh century. Stone Town is the ideal place “to feel” the atmosphere, and soul of Zanzibar. Elegant trader’s houses, old coral stone buildings set behind large carved doors, some with Koranic inscriptions in Arabic, narrow alleyways with covered balconies, wonderful shops and tiny stalls, spice and fish market, and in the evening sounds and smells from the Forodhani Gardens where fish and lobster are grilled on barbecues. A guided tour to spice farms and plantations is an option here. Zanzibar is an idyllic beach holiday island, sandy white beaches and clear blue waters are among the best in the world. Overnight at Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel.
Day 7-8: Zanzibar Beach Vacation
Breakfast served at the hotel. Full day at leisure and optional excursions can be booked from our desk office: Visit of the historical Stone Town, Spice tour, Prison Island, Safari Blue, sandbank picnic and many more. Zanzibar is known as the Spice Islands and was once the world’s leading producer of cloves. A guided tour to spice farms and plantations is an option here. Here you can see, smell and taste aromatic species, scented plants among them, guava, mangoes, vanilla, cloves, nutmeg, ginger, chillies, black pepper and cinnamon. Zanzibar is an idyllic beach holiday island, its pristine reefs, sandy white beaches and clear blue waters are among the best in the world. Overnight at Villa Kiva Boutique Hotel.
- Park fees (for non-residents)
- All activities (unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation (unless listed as upgrade)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
- All flights during the tour
- All Taxes/VAT
- Round-trip airport transfer
- Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (as specified in the day-by-day section)
- International flights.
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour.
- Tips (tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
- Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
- Some meals (as specified in the day-by-day)
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