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8 Days Best Tanzania Wildlife & Zanzibar

Explore the three main parks of the Tanzanian northern safari circuit in this 8-day adventure.

Safari tour package: A custom, tailor-made, private safari
Prices: $2170 - $2170
Includes internal flights: No
Length of safari: 8 days
Best months: All year
Countries visited: Tanzania Tanzania
Parks visited: Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti
Activity level: Easy - Game drives, bush dinners
Safari type:
  • Big five
Explore the three main parks of the Tanzanian northern safari circuit in this 8-day adventure. Led by a professional guide, and staying in lodges or luxury mobile tented camps, you’ll visit Lake Manyara National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater and the incredible Serengeti. This trip concludes with a splendid finale on idyllic Zanzibar, famous for its white sand beaches, crystalline seas, pristine reefs and prolific marine life. Collection from the airport (or hotel). Accommodation before the tour departs can be arranged for an extra cost.

DAY 1: KILIMANJARO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT /  ARUSHA TOWN

After your arrival into Kilimanjaro International airport, your driver-guide will transfer you to Arusha. Tucked into the foothills of Mount Meru, Arusha is known as Tanzania’s safari gateway town due to its proximity to many of the country’s major national parks. Its pleasant temperate climate is ideal both for coffee-growing and for relaxing prior to a safari. Your first night is spent in Zawadi House, a boutique lodge, where you’ll receive an informative briefing about your forthcoming safari.

 Main destination: Arusha 

 Accommodation: Zawadi House Lodge

 Meals & drinks: Breakfast included; lunch, dinner and drinks not included

 

DAY 2: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK AND NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA

Morning departure for Lake Manyara National Park. Positioned at the foot of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, this beautiful park has a diverse range of habitats. Dense, lush ground water forests shelter troops of baboons and blue monkeys, while elephants and Manyara’s famous tree-climbing lions inhabit acacia woodland. Buffalo, giraffe, impala and warthog can be found on the grassy plains, while Cape clawless otter, klipsringer and dik-dik are only some of the more elusive residents of this magnificent park immortalised by Hemingway in his “Green Hills of Africa”. At the centre of the park is a soda lake. The thousands of flamingos are undoubtedly Manyara’s most spectacular avian resident but more than 350 other species of bird have also been recorded. At the southern end of the park two sets of hot springs, Maji Moto and Maji Moto Ngogo, boast water temperatures of up to 60 degrees Celsius.

In the afternoon, you’ll proceed to your lodge in the foothills of the Ngorongoro Highland Forest, which is just outside the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Main destination: Lake Manyara National Park

Accommodation: Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Meals & drinks: All meals included; lunch, dinner and drinks not included

 

DAY 3: NGORONGORO CRATER AND SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast, we descend 610 feet to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater for a game drive and lunch at the hippo pool picnic site. The largest unbroken caldera in the world, you’ll soon see why Ngorongoro is considered to be one of the natural wonders of the world. Dotted with water-holes, the crater floor is one of the few places where it is possible to spot all of the “Big Five”, sometimes even including the highly endangered black rhino. In the afternoon, we’ll make tracks for the vast plains of the Serengeti. Famous the world over, the Serengeti covers more than 14,000 sq. km, and is home to one of the highest concentrations of big cats anywhere. Lions are common sights but no less thrilling for that, particularly if you are fortunate enough to see them tracking the migratory herds of wildebeest and zebra. Leopards, too, are frequently seen, as are their smaller relative, the cheetah.

 Main destination: Serengeti National Park

 Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp

 Meals & drinks: All meals included; drinks not included

 

DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Today you have a full day for game drives in the Serengeti. Your camp is located in the middle of the savanna, near to the river Seronera, which is the main water source for all the animals living in this part of the park. This is a particularly good spot to watch for predators: leopards prefer to lie up in the branches of the acacia trees that overhang the river while lions prefer to rest in the shade of the rocks. The Seronera area is also one of the best parts of the reserve to catch the annual migration of the wildebeest and zebra as they move in search of calcium-rich new grass. The animals are on the move between December and mid-June, and the wildebeest calving takes place in February.

 Main destination: Serengeti National Park

 Accommodation: Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp

 Meals & drinks: All meals included; drinks not included

 

DAY 5: SERENGETI – ZANZIBAR ISLAND

After breakfast, you enjoy a game drive en route to Seronera airstrip for your onward flight to Zanzibar. Your driver will meet you at Zanzibar airport for the transfer to the magical Nungwi beach, on the North Coast. Your accommodation is in the beachfront Z Boutique hotel, which boasts a lovely rooftop bar and an infinity pool.

Main destination: Zanzibar Island

 Accommodation: The Z Boutique Hotel

 Meals & drinks: Breakfast included; lunch, dinner & drinks not included

 

DAYS 6 - 7: ZANZIBAR BEACH VACATION

After breakfast, you have a full day at leisure to enjoy beautiful Zanzibar. You might choose to spend it relaxing on the beach, swimming, snorkelling or diving in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, or you may decide to opt for one of our excursions. These include a visit to historic Stone Town, with its coral-coloured stone buildings, narrow alleyways, covered balconies, and spice and fish market, and a tour of local spice plantations, where you can see, smell and taste some of the spices that helped make Zanzibar famous.

Main destination: Zanzibar Island

 Accommodation: The Z Boutique Hotel

 Meals & drinks: Breakfast included; lunch, dinner & drinks not included

 

DAY 8: ZANZIBAR AIRPORT

Enjoy a final morning at leisure on the hotel beach before transferring to the airport for your onward flight.

 Main destination: Zanzibar airport

 Accommodation: No accommodation (end of tour) 

 Meals & drinks: Breakfast included; lunch, dinner & drinks not included

Listed below are hotels/lodges/resorts that the safari tour operator can accomodate for you.

  • Zawadi House Lodge
  • Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
  • Serengeti Kati Kati Tented Camp
  • The Z Boutique Hotel

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