This 11-Days Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach extension is our most iconic Tanzania safari itinerary for those who are looking for an unforgettable holiday experience. During this tour you will have the chance of, not only visiting all the parks of the northern circuit of Tanzania (including 3 nights in the Serengeti which is, for us, the ideal time-frame), but also have fascinating cultural experiences in lake Eyasi with the Hadzabe tribe. Finally, you can relax and enjoy the Zanzibar Island with amazing landscapes.
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Day to Day Itinerary
We will pick you up from your hotel in Arusha at 8am and take you to a very special Tanzania safari park. Tarangire is famous for its diverse landscape with nine different vegetation zones. The Tarangire park is particularly known for the abundance of Ancient Baobab trees (the largest trees in the continent) which fill the landscape and dwarf the animals next to them. The river of the park is full of wildlife ranging from a large variety of birds to lions, leopards, zebras, giraffes, buffaloes, antelopes and, of course, African elephants. In fact, Tarangire has the largest concentration of elephants in the whole country and provides unique chances to observe the interaction between elephant families. In the afternoon we will still do a game drive before continuing to your accommodation.
Pickup from your accommodation in the early morning for a full day game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Although small in dimension (205 sq. miles), the park has breathtaking scenery and well famous for its lush acacia forest, giant figs and mahogany trees, as well as to a growing population of baboons and blue monkeys. Permanent residents of this park also include giraffes, elephants, impalas and a huge amount of buffaloes. The lake is also home to a large number of hippos. Some unique facts about this park include the tree climbing lions, flamingos in the lake shore, as well as the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. The landscapes of Lake Manyara are something that can not be described with words, and the game drives along the lake provide stunning photo opportunities of giraffes and buffaloes in the foreground and the lake (and its flamingos) in the background. During this day, some extra tours are possible, including a bike tour or a boat excursion. In the afternoon, transfer to the lodge or camp for dinner..
Full days in the Serengeti safari Park. We are completely flexible with your preferences and this day will be organized according to your wishes. On every day of the safari tour, your guide will discuss with you the best timings for you, including the game drives and the wake up time. For example, on this day, you could do a morning game drive, return to the lodge or camp for lunch and relaxation and finish with an afternoon game drive, or you could do a full day game drive with picnic lunch.
On this day we suggest a very early wake up in order to do an early morning game drive (when the animals are more active) and see one of the best sunrises you’ll ever witness. It’s really one of the most beautiful experiences to have. After the game drive, we return to the camp for a rewarding brunch and then we’ll proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the 8th wonder of the Natural World. The crater spreads for 102 sq. miles and has 2.000 ft high walls, making it virtually a Noah’s ark and inhabiting almost every species of wildlife that is indigenous to East Africa. It’s one of the very rare locations in the whole continent where you can witness the black Rhino. The concentration of African wildlife if the greatest in the continent. The crater has a river, several swamps, a soda lake with a great concentration of flamingos, a forest and open plains. It’s also famous for its elephants which are the largest in the world and have huge tusks. This is due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. Ngorongoro Crater is truly a Wonder of the Natural World.
You will reach Ngorongoro in time for a sundowner.
Today will be a very special and different day. You will wake up very early, just before sunrise, and follow your guide until he finds the Hadzabe tribe, one of the last true nomadic tribes in Africa. After some explanations about the tribe, you will join them in their daily morning activities. This experience is out of the beaten track and does not feel touristic by any means. The photographic opportunities are out of this world. This tour will definitely be a highlight of your safari. The experiences you do with the tribe can either be joining the men in their daily hunting, or the women in their fruit gathering session. In either of them, you will learn about many aspects of the hadzabe way of living.
After finishing the activities with the tribe, we will visit the beautiful Lake Eyasi, a season shallow salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley and in the afternoon flight to Zanzibar.
Safari Tour includes the following:
- A 4×4 Private safari vehicle with the pop-up roof, which enable you to spot wildlife easier
- All park entry fees
- A professional English speaking driver guide
- All meals
- Mineral water 1.5lt per person per day
- Daily safari briefing (To keep you aware and help you be prepared for the next day)
- Activities as per itinerary above
Safari Tour excludes the following:
- Optional activities
- Visa fees
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Travel insurance
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.