Day 1: Nairobi – Arusha ---- 19th sept
Depart from Nairobi on a scheduled flight to Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania, where after clearing all formalities, you will be met by our local reception team, who will drive you to Lake Duluti Serena Hotel (60kms). Set against the backdrop of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this village-styled lodge stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of Lake Duluti and has been styled to echo the ambience of the coffee farm that originally stood on this site. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit’, the lodge offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, and canoeing on the lake.
Dinner and overnight at Lake Duluti Serena Hotel.
Day 2 & 3: Arusha – L. Manyara ----- 20th sept & 21st
Depart from the northern town of Arusha (adjacent to Kilimanjaro International Airport) and drive to the Lake Manyara Serena Safari Lodge, which stands on a cliff high above the lake and national park. After lunch, take a game drive in the National Park which lies at the base of the western wall of the eastern arm of the Rift Valley. Typically shimmering in a golden heat haze, the lake is often frosted with thousands of flamingos, while the trees that surround the lake are famous for their tree-climbing lions. The park also offers abundant sightings of; monkey, jackal, mongoose, hyena, hyrax, zebra, hippo, warthog, buffalo, Masai giraffe, duiker, waterbuck and impala. Significant numbers of elephant are also resident in the Park whilst sightings of black rhino and leopard are not uncommon. Dinner at the lodge.
Day 4 : L. Manyara – Ngorongoro Park ------ 22nd sept
Leaving the lodge after breakfast, drive to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area via Olduvai Gorge the ‘cradle of mankind’, and site of one of the most important and controversial Palaeolithic finds in recent history. Ascend the steep walls of the crater and drive around the rim, upon which is located the magnificent Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge. After lunch at the lodge, visit a traditional Maasai village or ‘boma’. In the evening, watch the sunset over the crater from your private verandah, perhaps take a short stroll around the grounds, then enjoy cocktails on the panoramic crater view terrace before sitting down to dinner in the stone built dining room, which centres on a blazing log fire.
Day 5 : Ngorongoro National Park ----- 23rd sept
After an early breakfast, drive the short distance to the crater and descend to its floor for a half-day tour inclusive of a picnic lunch by the hippo pools. Often referred to as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ the Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa’s best-known wildlife arenas. A World Heritage Site, it is also one of the largest volcanic craters in the world (almost 20 kilometres wide, 610-760 metres deep and covering a total area of 264 square kilometres). An utterly unique biosphere, the Crater harbours grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife, all enclosed within its towering walls. Due to its high concentration of wildlife, close-range viewing opportunities and striking scenery it is also Tanzania’s most visited destination. In the afternoon, ascend once more to the rim of the crater and the lodge, where you may like to take a massage or a guided walk before dinner.
Day 6 : Ngorongoro National Park-Serengeti ---- 24th sept
Depart after breakfast to Serengeti passing through Olduvai Gorge the site for Leakey’s family discoveries of fossils of human and animal ancestors dating back to almost two million years. Meals and overnight at the Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Day 7 : Serengeti National Park ---- 25th sept
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing experiences. After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife at its most active time. The park is renowned 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.
After lunch at camp, return to the parks open plains in search for more wildlife viewing and experiences. As the evening light approaches, you will be thoroughly rewarded with all you game spotting with sundowners at a picturesque location in the park. Overnight - Serengeti N.P. (B, L, D)
Day 8 : Serengeti National Park to Tarangire National Park ---- 26th
After breakfast you will drive to Tarangire national park. The park is home to over 500 bird species and various animals which live in the acacia and mixed woodland vegetation, baobab trees and old palm, black cotton grass Baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses.
On arrival you will go for a game drive where you will spot animals like the wildebeest, elephants, zebras, and hartebeest, giraffes, Impala, Eland, lesser kudu, waterbuck, gazelle rhinos, leopards, giant pythons, Thompson’s gazelle, greater and lesser kudu, cheetah, oryx and generuk, tree climbing lions, birds like Kori bustard, stocking-thighed ostrich, ground hornbills, colourful yellow-collared lovebird, drabber rufous-tailed weaver ,ashy starling ,dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet may be spotted too. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day 9 : Tarangire Park ------- 27th sept
Today we make the most of Tarangire National Park with both morning and afternoon game drives. The landscape is iconically African with open Acacia woodlands and Baobab trees scattered all over the area and wildlife galore - zebra, kudu, eland, impala, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, rhino just to name a few of what this park has to offer. Overnight - Tarangire National Park (B, L, D)
Day 10 : Tarangire Park – Arusha – Zanzibar --- 28 th sept
Journey to the Spice Island
After breakfast leave the Tarangire and drive to Arusha behind for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Overnight – Zanzibar Serena inn
(B, L, D)
Days 11 - 13: Zanzibar Relaxing 29th,30th,31st
Spend the next 3 days relaxing on the beautiful white sands soaking up the sunshine or perhaps opt for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving to see the incredible coral reefs teeming with exotic fish and even the odd dolphin in the azure waters. Overnight – Zanzibar in the Breezes Beach Resort (B:6, D:6)
Day 14: Zanzibar 1st
Transfer to Zanzibar airport in time for your onward to Nairobi to connect with a flight back home. (B)
Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.