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15 Day The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari with Zanzibar - Friday Departure

15 Day The Serengeti & Beyond: A Tanzania Safari with Zanzibar - Friday Departure


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Itinerary

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1, Friday - Depart for Tanzania
Depart for Tanzania

DAY 2, Saturday - Arrive in Kilimanjaro
Arrive in Kilimanjaro; transfer to the hotel in Arusha, the safari capital of northern Tanzania, nestled at the foot of Mt Meru. The rest of the day is yours to rest, relax and get ready for the extraordinary adventure that lies ahead
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Dinner

DAY 3, Sunday - Tarangire National Park
This morning travel to the vast Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe as well as a remarkable variety of over 500 bird species. The Tarangire River and its tributaries provide the only permanent water supply on Maasai land during the dry season, thus supporting a great diversity of wildlife - up to 6,000 elephants, giraffe, buffalo, zebra, lion, leopard, and cheetah. The afternoon game drive is sure to inspire - be sure to capture photos of the park's gigantic Baobab trees silhouetted against the sky!
Overnight: Tarangire National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4, Monday - Tarangire Game Drives
The thrilling sounds of the animals and birds in the bush awaken you. Enjoy an early morning and afternoon game drive in beautiful Tarangire National Park. Time for personal pursuits before tonight’s delightful dinner
Overnight: Tarangire National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 5, Tuesday - Lake Manyara National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for Lake Manyara National Park, world-famous for its nimble blue monkeys and elephants. More than 400 species live here, along with an abundance of bird life that makes it a haven for bird watchers. The afternoon is at leisure to rest and enjoy the amenities of the lodge. This evening, a sumptuous dinner awaits with your fellow travelers
Overnight: Lake Manyara
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Wednesday - Serengeti National Park
After an early breakfast, depart for the fabled Serengeti National Park. Unequaled in its natural beauty and undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, the vast plains of the Serengeti host Africa’s highest concentration of game. Standing majestically in this vast savannah, outcrops of granite called kopjes provide a habitat for many creatures because of the thriving vegetation, caves and flowing rivers. The spectacular Simba Kopje was used as inspiration for some of the scenes in the movie The Lion King. The first game drive explores the lush Seronera Valley, renowned for its lion and leopard populations, as well as a variety of other wildlife. At dusk, return to the campsite, sip a glass of wine by a warming campfire and share tales of today’s remarkable experiences
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Thursday - Serengeti Game Drives
Rise before dawn to prepare yourself for the optional Sunrise Balloon Safari -- a truly memorable experience! Take off in a hot air balloon as the sun rises. Float softly over the tranquil landscape viewing wild game roaming the vast plains. A sumptuous champagne breakfast awaits you at the end of the journey. Continue game viewing as you drive leisurely back to camp. Then, an exciting exploration of Moru Kopjes (weather permitting), the jewel in the Serengeti’s crown, an area of stunning beauty and excellent game viewing all year round. This unique landscape is characterized by rocky cliffs (kopjes) along with boulders and caves that act as canvases for ancient Maasai paintings. At the lodge tonight, enjoy a magnificent dinner and great conversation
Optional: Serengeti Sunrise Balloon Safari & Breakfast (AM)
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8, Friday - Serengeti Game Drives
The early morning game drive takes you again into the protected Serengeti refuge. The breathtaking savannahs are a stunning backdrop to a diverse and abundant wildlife population throughout the entire year. On your return to the camp, a leisurely lunch and time to relax before setting out on the afternoon game drive. After dinner, tonight, listen to the sounds of the wilderness and gaze at the changing colors of the African skies
Overnight: Serengeti National Park
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9, Saturday - Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Olduvai Gorge Museum
After an early breakfast, bid farewell to the Serengeti plains and continue to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, stopping en route to visit the remarkable Olduvai Gorge Museum with its displays of fossils that provide significant evidence of our ancestors almost four million years ago. Tonight at the lodge, dinner together accented by a gorgeous African sunset
Overnight: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10, Sunday - Ngorongoro Game Drive
Explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Africa’s “Garden of Eden”. Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, one of the largest calderas in the world, containing diverse ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. You’ll surely be awed by the profusion and beauty of the wildlife in this natural enclosure! View herds of elephants slowly wandering along the trails as lions wait for their prey and guard their prides. You may spot gazelles, zebra and perhaps even the endangered rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch in this astonishing setting before you ascend to the crater rim and travel to Arusha. Time to relax before tonight’s delightful dinner. Bid a fond farewell to your Tour Manager and newfound friends as you share memories of your magnificent adventure in Tanzania
Overnight: Arusha
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 11, Monday - Stone Town, Sunset Dhow Cruise
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, transfer to the hotel in Stone Town, where you will be introduced to the historic capital of the Zanzibar Archipelago by your local host. The afternoon is at leisure to stroll through the town, named a UNESCO World Heritage Site, or simply rest, relax and enjoy the myriad delights of the hotel. This evening, board a traditional dhow in time to watch the fiery golden sun setting beyond the horizon. Enjoy the peacefulness of the ocean as the dhow silently glides through the water, while savoring a glass of chilled wine**The dhow ride may be impacted by local weather conditions
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 12, Tuesday - Tour of Stone Town, Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park
This morning, enjoy a guided walking tour of Stone Town, famous for its Swahili architecture, a maze of narrow alleyways, ornate wooden doors, and many historical buildings*. After lunch at a local restaurant, head to Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, home to a number of endemic species including the Zanzibar red colobus monkey. Embark on a guided tour along the nature trails of Jozani Forest, keeping an eye out for some of the forest's other residents, including the Sykes' monkey, chameleons and a variety of birdlife. Then, follow a boardwalk deep in the mangrove swamps and learn how this fascinating ecosystem protects the island's coastline. After your visit, return to your hotel in Stone Town*Please note that during the walking tour of Stone Town, you will go through part of the city with a large number of merchants who may try to aggressively sell their merchandise.
Overnight: Stone Town
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13, Wednesday - Mtoni Palace Ruins, Spice Farm, Kidichi Persian Baths
Journey to the western coast of Zanzibar to visit the ruins of Mtoni Palace, birthplace of Princess Salme, the youngest daughter of Sultan Said. Tour the grounds of the palace and enjoy a traditional coffee ceremony. A short drive takes you to one of the beautiful old Omani houses which once belonged to the Sultan's nephew. Then explore a lush spice farm, where your guide will introduce you to the various culinary and medicinal uses of the spices grown on the island. After lunch at a local house, visit the impressive Persian baths in Kidichi, which were built for Sultan Said's second wife, Sheherazade. Continue to your beachfront hotel for an evening at leisure
Overnight: Pingwe
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 14, Thursday - Day at Leisure
Today is at leisure to discover on your own. Relax, rejuvenate, enjoy your beautiful surroundings and treasure your last day in this paradise. This evening, savor a delicious dinner at the resort
Overnight: Pingwe
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 15, Friday - Depart Tanzania
Transfer to the airport for your flight to Dar es Salaam, where you will connect to your departure flight. Please select flights that depart no earlier than 3 PM
Meals: Breakfast

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Inclusions

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Package Includes

  • Small groups of maximum 22 travelers guaranteed
  • Flights New York-Kilimanjaro, Dar es Salaam-New York
    Other departure cities available.
  • Airline taxes & fuel surcharges
  • All intra-flights: Arusha-Zanzibar & Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam
  • 13 nights First Class accommodations
  • 2 nights Arusha
  • 2 nights Tarangire National Park
  • 1 night Lake Manyara
  • 3 nights Serengeti National Park
  • 1 night Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • 2 nights Stone Town
  • 2 nights Pingwe
  • Hotel porterage
  • All transfers included only with airfare purchase on package arrival & departure dates†
  • 36 meals: 13 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 13 dinners
  • Sightseeing per itinerary in modern 4x4 vehicles on safari and touring vans in Zanzibar
  • Services of English-speaking driver-guide on safari and local guide in Zanzibar
  • Comprehensive, guided sightseeing and entrance fees per itinerary
  • Active itinerary with unique cultural features
  • National Park Fees
  • Tour Highlights

  • Thanks to our small group size, we can get to the heart of our destination, visit places that other tours miss, and get to know the locals.
  • Travel to Tarangire National Park, known for its huge herds of elephants and giraffe
  • Game drives in Serengeti National Park, with Africa's highest concentration of wildlife
  • In the Serengeti, linger at the Simba Kopje, inspiration for scenes in The Lion King
  • At the Olduvai Gorge Museum view fossils that provide evidence of our ancestors
  • Visit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a World Heritage Site, Africa’s "Garden of Eden"
  • Explore Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the cultural center of the Zanzibar Archipelago
  • Enjoy a sunset cruise on a traditional wooden dhow
  • Explore Jozani-Chwaka Bay National Park, home to the endangered Zanzibar red colobus monkey
  • Tour a working spice plantation to learn about the crops of the Spice Islands
  • †Transfers are available for purchase for land only or on alternative flight dates

    *Not Included:
    Zanzibar Infrastructure Tax of $1 per person per night (payable locally), optional tours and gratuities.


    Additional Information:
    Land only price does not include arrival transfer, but does include departure transfer and flights Arusha-Zanzibar & Zanzibar-Dar es Salaam.

    Passengers should select flights on Day 15 from Dar es Salaam that depart no earlier than 3 PM.

    Due to limited space in safari vehicles, please pack your belongings in a soft-sided duffel bag. Traditional suitcases with rigid frames or hard plastic sides should not be used.

    Please note, all passport holders should have four or more entirely blank (unstamped) visa pages in their passport when traveling to Tanzania. for more information.

    Passengers traveling to Tanzania must carry proof of yellow fever vaccination if traveling from a country with risk of yellow fever.

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    Accommodations

    The African Tulip
    This first class hotel is situated in the heart of Arusha.

    Tarangire Sopa Lodge
    This first class lodge is located in the Nyarboro Hills within the Tarangire National Park.

    Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge
    This first class lodge has splendid views of Lake Manyara.

    Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Moru Kopjes
    The Ole Serai Luxury Camp is perfectly located within the Central Seronera area of world-famous Serengeti National Park. The campsite perched between the Rongai and Nyaroboro Hills is close to the banks of the river ensuring daily sightings of wildlife. Tastefully decorated luxury tents are designed with delightful amenities. Enjoy a wide choice of food in the dining tent or linger at the bar for sundowners and aperitifs to top off the day.

    Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Moru Kopjes
    The Ole Serai Luxury Camp is perfectly located within the Central Seronera area of world-famous Serengeti National Park. The campsite perched between the Rongai and Nyaroboro Hills is close to the banks of the river ensuring daily sightings of wildlife. Tastefully decorated luxury tents are designed with delightful amenities. Enjoy a wide choice of food in the dining tent or linger at the bar for sundowners and aperitifs to top off the day.

    Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Moru Kopjes
    The Ole Serai Luxury Camp is perfectly located within the Central Seronera area of world-famous Serengeti National Park. The campsite perched between the Rongai and Nyaroboro Hills is close to the banks of the river ensuring daily sightings of wildlife. Tastefully decorated luxury tents are designed with delightful amenities. Enjoy a wide choice of food in the dining tent or linger at the bar for sundowners and aperitifs to top off the day.

    Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Turner Springs
    This deluxe camp is located in the heart of the central Serengeti.

    Ole Serai Luxury Camp - Turner Springs
    This deluxe camp is located in the heart of the central Serengeti.

    Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
    This first class lodge features breathtaking views of the Ngorongoro Crater.

    Lake Duluti Lodge
    This first class lodge is located nearby Lake Duluti.

    Zanzibar Serena Hotel
    This deluxe hotel is located on the sea-front of Stone Town, one of Africa's most ancient and most enchanting towns.

    Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa
    This first class hotel is located on the finest white, sandy beach in Kiwengwa, on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar.

    Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
    This superior first class resort is set on a white sandy beach on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar.

    Karafuu Beach Resort & Spa
    This superior first class resort is set on a white sandy beach on the east coast of the island of Zanzibar.

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    Question: Is Airfare Included in the Price?

    Airfare from your point of origin to and from the trip is not included in the land price.

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