Tour no VE-P3: A three week tour combining a two week exploration of wildlife and cultures of the northern circuit with a week long stay at the spice island Zanzibar. For this particular tour, we recommend you to book a flight arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport with return from Dar es Salaam, alternatively arriving at Nairobi Airport with return from Zanzibar.
Day 1. Transfer from point of arrival to Arusha. Overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 2. Depart Arusha at 09.00 am for a 30 minutes drive to Arusha National Park. Here you will participate in a half day walking safari and a half day game drive. You will be accompanied by an armed ranger for the walk, who will guide you through the forest up to the waterfall and the point for viewing the black and white colobus monkeys. During the game drive you will see the 7 Lakes of Momella and the Ngurduto Crater. At sunset, you will return to Arusha for dinner and overnight at; L: Ngurdoto Mountain Lodge, H: Kigongoni Lodge, M: Momella Wildlife Lodge, B: Colobus Camp
Day 3. Depart Arusha at 09.00 am for a full day in Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its green scenery, varied bird life, tree-climbing lions, hippos and baboons. Overnight at the rim of the Great Rift Valley, overlooking Lake Manyara. Overnight at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: E Unoto Retreat, M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 4. A half day game drive Lake Manyara National Park and a half day cultural tour at Mto wa Mbu Village. Overnight at; L: Lake Manyara Serena, H: E Unoto Retreat, M: Lake Manyara Hotel, B: Panorama Camp
Day 5. Transfer to Lake Eyasi, the largest soda lake in Tanzania with diverse cultures settled around the area. Explore the real bushmen, the Hadzabe and the Datoga tribe. Overnight at; L: Kisima Ngema Tented Camp, H: Kisima Ngema Tented Camp, M: Kisima Ngema Tented Camp, B: Chem Chem Camp
Day 6. Early morning hunting with the Hadzabe bushmen. In the afternoon, transfer to Karatu for overnight. Overnight at; L: Gibbs Farm, H: Octagon Safari Lodge, M: Octagon Safari Lodge, B: Ngorongoro Resort Camp
Day 7. Early breakfast at 6.00 am. Game drive en route to Serengeti National Park. Serengeti is the largest and most famous park in Tanzania, known worldwide for its endless plains, wildebeest-migration, herds of lions and other predators like hyenas, cheetahs and leopards. Crocodiles can be found in the Grumeti River, as well as hippos, giraffes, antelopes, and gazelles. Dinner and overnight in the heart of Serengeti at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 8-10. Three full days of exploring Serengeti. Overnight at; L: Serengeti Serena, H: Serengeti Sopa Lodge, M: Seronera Wildlife Lodge, B: Seronera Camp
Day 11. Another game drive in Serengeti. In the afternoon you drive en route (optional stopover at Olduvai) to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater for dinner and overnight with an excellent view of the crater floor! Overnight at; L: Ngorongoro Serena, H: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, M: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B: Simba Camp
Day 12 A full day in the Ngorongoro Crater. There is a very high possibility of spotting the big 5 in one day: lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Lunch will take place at the picnic site at the crater floor. Overnight on the rim of the crater at; L: Ngorongoro Serena, H: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, M: Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, B: Simba Camp
Day 13. A full day in the Ngorongoro Crater. Overnight in Tarangire National Park. Overnight at; L: Tarangire Treetops, H: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, M: Tamarind Tented Camp, B: Kigongoni Camp
Day 14. Transfer to Tarangire National Park for a day of game viewing. This park is often referred to as the “home of elephants”, you have a great chance to spot elephants in large groups gathering around the Tarangire River. Other animals to be spotted include leopards, lions, giraffes and even tree-climbing pythons! Overnight at; L: Tarangire Treetops, H: Tarangire Sopa Lodge, M: Tamarind Tented Camp, B: Kigongoni Camp
Day 15. Transfer to Arusha for a cultural tour at Ngiresi village. Overnight at; L: Serena Mountain Village, H: New Arusha Hotel, M: Mount Meru Hotel, B: Arusha Travel Lodge.
Day 16. Transfer to Arusha Airport for flight to Zanzibar, where you will unwind for six days. Highlights include exploring the Arabic architecture, tropical fruits & spices, deep sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkeling and last but not least the white palm fringed beaches and the azure waters of the Indian ocean! Overnight at; L: Karafuu Beach Hotel, H: Karafuu Beach Hotel, M: Mnarani Cottages (deluxe rooms), B: Mnarani Cottages (standard rooms)
Day 20. Transfer to Stone Town for a last night on the legendary spice island of Zanzibar. Overnight at; L: Zanzibar Serena Inn, H: Zanzibar Serena Inn, M: Dhow Palace Hotel, B: Kids Play Hotel
Day 21. Return to Arusha or Dar es Salaam for connecting flight home.
L = Luxury
Five star accommodation while in Arusha, on safari and on Zanzibar.
H = High end
Upper end standard while in Arusha and on safari. Five star accommodation on Zanzibar.
M = Medium
Medium standard while in Arusha, on safari and on Zanzibar.
B = Budget
Basic camping while on safari, budget class accommodation in Arusha and on Zanzibar.
We can provide French and Spanish speaking guides on request.
You can find photos of the different accommodation options offered here
* Transfer from Kilimanjaro / Arusha / Nairobi Airport and return. Note that for transfer from Nairobi Airport we use Impala Shuttle Service with departures daily at 0800 and 1400.
* Accommodation on bed and breakfast basis while in Arusha
* Accommodation on full board basis while on safari and Kilimanjaro
* Accommodation on half board basis while on Zanzibar
* Fourteen days safari as described above including park entry fees, camping fees / lodge accommodation, 3 meals a day while on tour, English speaking driver/guide, 4WD Landcruiser with open roof and sliding windows, cook, camping equipment, unlimited game viewing within park opening hours, AAR Emergency Rescue & Evacuation Insurance.
* Domestic flight to Zanzibar including transfer to Arusha Airport and transfer from Zanzibar Airport to hotel and return.
* Entry visas
* International flights
* Dinner on day 1, 8 and 15
* Lunches while on Zanzibar
* Items of personal nature (mineral water, alcohol, phone calls etc)
* Tipping to the crew
* Island excursions on Zanzibar
* Return to Arusha, Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam or Nairobi on day 21 (this will cost between 50-250 USD per person)