15 days – Bush & Zanzibar Beach Tanzania with private driver guide

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15 days
Private Safari
Arusha - Zanzibar
Tanzania
Min Age : N/A
Tour Details

This is a classic short private safari to the world famous wildparks of Tanzania including the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater. Then you have time to relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island. 

Highlights

Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar Island.

Comfort and service in the wild
African Travels takes the view that your accommodations are just as important as the safari itself. That is why we make sure that the accommodation we book for you is of excellent standard. Virtually all accommodations are built according to the same principle, in a central location, with a partly open restaurant surrounded by a varying number of guest rooms sleeping two or more people. Each room has its own bathroom facilities. What they all share in common is the incomparable, unique safari atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with natural materials and colours, with romantic mosquito nets draped over large beds with soft and comfortable duvets and lovely crisp linens. Imagine watching the sun set over the breathtaking landscape, or chatting by the fire al fresco, under the stars. These memories will last you a lifetime. At night, you will sleep like a baby, and if you don’t, you can listen to the orchestra of the wilderness. Can you hear the elephants, the lions or the hyenas? Dinner and breakfast offer a wide choice of African and western dishes, usually served as a buffet. More and more accommodations feature swimming pools.

Beach extension
Tanzania has one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. White sandy beach, clear blue sea. On request we add an alternative beach hotel, boutique hotel, budget hostel or private villa. Ask us about the possibilities!

Optional excursions
Extra excursions such as a hot air balloon safari, a visit to a coffee plantation, bicycle tours, cooking class, etc. can be added to the travel program on request!

This is a customized trip. Additional overnight stays, upgrades and route changes are possible on request!

[Detailed Itinerary]

Departure & Return Location

Arusha – Zanzibar

Departure Time

Early morning on day 1 of itinerary

Price Includes

  • Accommodation and meals as stipulated in the itinerary.
  • Transport in a chauffeur driven Land Cruiser safari vehicle with pop-up roof for easy game viewing & photography
  • Services of a qualified English speaking driver-guide
  • Game viewing drives and parks entrance fees as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Guaranteed window seat in the vehicle (unless specified)
  • All Government taxes and levies
  • All meet and greet services
  • All arrival and departure transfers
  • 24 hours emergency support
  • On safari accessories in the vehicle: - First-aid kit, wildlife books, beanbags for easy photography, and a pair of binoculars, cool box and fire extinguisher.
  • Two-way long-range high frequency radio communication in each vehicle.
  • Reservation and handling fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund
  • Flight Serengeti - Zanzibar, economy class max 20 kg luggage in small bag

Price Excludes

  • Flights
  • Visas and insurance
  • All items of personal nature e.g. telephone call bills, fax/email bills etc.
  • Tips and gratuities to hotel, lodges, camp staff and driver- guide(s)
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
  • Supplement drop-off in Mombasa
  • Upgrade to 4* accommodation
  • Holiday supplements over Easter, Christmas and New Year.
  • Laundry services.
  • Any other item(s) and activities not included in our itinerary

Accommodation

14 nights in small guesthouses, tented camps and hotels

Pictures of Accommodation

Comfort and service in the wild
African Travels takes the view that your accommodations are just as important as the safari itself. That is why we make sure that the accommodation we book for you is of excellent standard. Virtually all accommodations are built according to the same principle, in a central location, with a partly open restaurant surrounded by a varying number of guest rooms sleeping two or more people. Each room has its own bathroom facilities. What they all share in common is the incomparable, unique safari atmosphere. The rooms are decorated with natural materials and colours, with romantic mosquito nets draped over large beds with soft and comfortable duvets and lovely crisp linens. Imagine watching the sun set over the breathtaking landscape, or chatting by the fire al fresco, under the stars. These memories will last you a lifetime. At night, you will sleep like a baby, and if you don’t, you can listen to the orchestra of the wilderness. Can you hear the elephants, the lions or the hyenas? Dinner and breakfast offer a wide choice of African and western dishes, usually served as a buffet. More and more accommodations feature swimming pools.

Itinerary

Day 1Arrival - Masai Stay

Welcome in Tanzania!

Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport and be greeted by our guide. Drive to Osiligilai Lodge in Arusha for the dinner and overnight.
Arusha is a city in northern Tanzania and the capital of the Arusha Region, with a population of 416,442 plus 323,198 in the surrounding Arusha District 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.

Day 2Safari Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, your guide will pick you up and drive you to Tarangire National Park for the day game drive with your picnic lunch boxes en route. In the evening, drive to lake burunge Camp for the dinner and overnight. The park is located slightly off the main safari route. Tarangire National Park is a lovely quiet park in Northern Tanzania that is most famous for its elephant migration, birding and quiet and authentic safari atmosphere. The majority of travellers to the region either miss out on Tarangire altogether or venture into the park for a matter of hours leaving parts of Tarangire virtually untouched.

Day 3Safari Tarangire National park + walking safari

After breakfast, proceed for a walking safari with an armed ranger. Later depart for a game drive till evening. This place is characterized by the large herds of elephants, tree-climbing lions, and the fascinating baobab trees also called the Tree of Life for its almost mythical powers that some cultures attach to it. This park is especially known for the Tarangire River which flows all year round and the only source of water for wild animals during dry seasons. In the evening, back to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 4Safari Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, depart and drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive and proceed to the lodge for lunch. Afterwards, proceed to an evening game drive.
The park derives its name from the Maasai word “manyara”, which is the name for the plant Euphorbia Tirucalli. The Maasai use this plant to grow livestock stockades

Day 5Ngorongoro Area + afternoon at leisure

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Explore the Ngorongoro crater rim by walking. Drive back to the lodge for lunch. Afternoon at leisure, enjoy the views from the pool.

Optional village walk, Tuk Tuk ride through the village, nature walks, mountainbiking available.

Day 6Safari Ngorongoro crater

After breakfast, drive to Ngorongoro for the game drive in Ngorongoro Crater and in the afternoon, drive to Serengeti National Park.
The jewel in Ngorongoro’s crown is a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, the
Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. We will visit Lake Magadi, a large but shallow alkaline lake in the southwestern corner, which is one of the main features of the crater. A large number of flamingos, hippos and other water birds can usually be seen here.

Day 7Safari Serengeti National Park

After a good breakfast at the lodge, proceed to a full day game drive in Seronera, the central part of Serengeti with a hot meal for lunch. In the evening, drive back to the camp for dinner and overnight. Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the
Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

We will spend three nights (two full days) in Serengeti National Park. Serengeti National Park gets its name from the Maasai word. Siringitu meaning endless Plain. The game drives in this park are exceptional and game viewing incredible. This park offers the best opportunity of viewing Cheetah, Leopards and Lions and when lucky the annual Great Migration!

Day 8Safari Serengeti

Wake up early for a morning game drive before sunrise with your packed breakfast and then drive back to the camp for a hot lunch. Enjoy the afternoon by relaxing. Later in the afternoon, resume your game drive and then back to the lodge/camp for dinner and overnight.
A million wildebeest… each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40km (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 km (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.

Day 9Flight to Zanzibar

After breakfast and your morning game drive in Serengeti, transfer to Seronera airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival, you’ll be met and greeted by your guide and then transfer to the hotel in Stone Town for a dinner and overnight.

Day 10Stone Town tour + Spice Tour

After your breakfast at the hotel, your guide will take you to Stone Town for a tour and in the afternoon, transfer you to Z Hotel for the dinner and overnight.
We have developed a special Spice Tour with in-depth information not only about spices but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description of their traditional uses in medicine, cosmetics and cooking. After the tour, your guide will invite you for an opulent lunch at his home, where you can taste the spices and fruits.
After lunch, he’ll take you to your beach resort.

Day 11 - 14Zanzibar beach days

The next couple of days are to relax or you may opt for a Jozani Forest Tour.
Jozani Forest, the last habitat of the rare endemic Red Colobus Monkey. With a local guide, you stroll through Jozani Chwaka National Park and look at the rare monkeys. If you wish you can even wander down the boardwalk to the fascinating Mangrove Ecosystem.

Right on the northernmost part of the island, the beach that surrounds this area is truly stunning. Azure waters and white sands are what awaits those that come here. The only drawback really is that many of the hotels have had to perch on the coral cliffs that run north from the village and, as such, lose their beaches at high tide.
Generally, however, this is not a problem and, with the small backpacker community in the village, this is a great place to head if you like to get out of the hotel for a drink or two.

Day 15Day of departure

After breakfast at the hotel, depending on your flight schedule, you will be transferred to the airport for your flight back home.

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