This 13-day safari offers some of the best Game-viewing available in East Africa, coupled with some excellent shorter excursions where you can meet the people and explore some of the region's natural attractions. This itinerary offers one the chance to see the "BIG 5" which consists of African Elephants, Cape Buffalo, African Lions, African Leopards and of course the highly endangered African Black Rhinoceros. On this tour you will have the best opportunities to see these animals in their natural habitat. The accommodation in use for this trip consists of safari lodges comparable to 3 stars establishments as well as luxury permanent tented camps. This trip offers an excellent mix of National Parks to visit that all offer a variety of terrain and wildlife. This is the ideal all-round classic safari with something for everyone and plenty to see and experience.
This itinerary has been crafted by our Local Agency with one idea in mind: to inspire you. Every element can be adapted to your needs and your interests, from duration to accommodation and activities.
Following your arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport or any of the bus terminals in Moshi, you shall be collected by our driver and transferred to the Lodge where you will stay the night.
Bed and breakfast accommodation is included
Spend a day with a local farmers on the slope of mount Kilimanjaro. On this tour you will learn how to harvest, process and prepare coffee as it has been done by the small-scale farmers from the Chagga tribe - a tribe known for growing both coffee and bananas. This experience culminates in a traditional lunch as well as a fresh cup of coffee from the very farm you stand in. The farm you will visit is in the Uru Shimbwe area which is situated approximately 45 minutes from your Lodge. The tour will start in the morning and continue until after lunch at which point you will return to your room.
After an early breakfast, you will be collected at the lodge and begin your safari by driving to Lake Manyara National Park. After enjoying a picnic lunch, you will go on the second game-drive of your safari and in this park; the afternoon is the best time to view animals. Large buffalo, wildebeest and zebra herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes, some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance. Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favoured haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions. Before dark you shall drive to the lodge for dinner and overnight stay.
On the following day you will explore further into this enchanting national park. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably hope to observe 100 of these in one day.
We will begin this day with an early morning drive to Serengeti National Park via Olduvai Gorge. This drive takes between 3 and 4 hours. It is an archaeological site located in the eastern Serengeti plains, where early human fossils were first discovered. Olduvai Gorge offers a brief glimpse into the origins of mankind. Following this, we will make our way towards central Serengeti with our guide using their skill and experience to give you the best possible game-viewing experience in this vast national park.
On this day you will begin with an early morning game-drive in central serengeti, but as the day wears on, your guide will begin to gravitate west towards Ngorongoro. In the afternoon you shall drive on to Ngorongoro Conservation Area and to a lodge with idyllic surroundings and wildlife roaming the grounds where you will have dinner and spend the night in comfort.
After breakfast, drive down into Ngorongoro Crater and enjoy a full day game drive. This is undoubtedly one of the best places to see the rare black rhino in Africa, not to mention the prides of lion and the magnificent black-mane lions. There are lots of colourful flamingos and the variety of water birds. In the crater you are also likely to see leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, many members of the antelope family, and small mammals of all sorts. In the late afternoon we will drive onward to Karatu town where you can settle in for dinner and rest at the lodge.
After an early breakfast, you will be collected at the hotel and begin your safari by driving to Tarangire National Park. This takes approximately 4 hrs depending on how long it takes to get through Arusha Town. This famous park is spectacular in the dry season through to well into the rainy season when many of the migratory wildlife species come back to the permanent waters of Tarangire River. Huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, elephants, elands and Oryx gather until the onset of the rain, when they migrate again to good grazing areas. Following your game drive you will make your way to the hotel to relax in the fading light while you await your dinner and a good night’s rest.
On this day you will have the opportunity to visit Moshi Town in the morning with a local guide to show you around. This is a perfect time to do some shopping for souvenirs and to sample some of the local cuisine. In the afternoon you can return to the Lodge to relax by the pool and soak in some sun after the rigors of your safari.
On this day after breakfast you will take a 1.5hr drive to one of the most stunning natural springs in Tanzania. In the rural village of Rundigai their lies an oasis among the dry scorched fields that the locals struggle to farm. The cold water that originate from Kilimanjaro's glacial melt bubbles up from a fault in the bedrock and over time this has encouraged the growth of plants and the flourishing of small fish and freshwater turtles. You will travel with a chef who will prepare you an excellent meal by the water while you swim and explore. This day-trip will continue until mid-afternoon at which point you will be driven back to the Lodge for the night.
In time for your scheduled flight you will be driven to Moshi airport where you will take a flight to Stone Town - Zanzibar for the beginning of your Swahili Island Experience. You will be collected at the airport and transported to Jambiani on the south eastern coast of the island. You will be spending the night in a non-pretentious but well appointed beachfront property. This location has 12 rooms, great food, excellent service and a management with a refreshing and sincere perspective on their role and responsibilities as part of the local community.
Zanzibar is a fantastic getaway with endless options for day excursions both on and off the water. On this day, you will have the option to visit Jozani Forest. This wetland forest is the only one remaining intact on the island. It is home to the surviving members of the Red Colobus monkeys (procolobus kirkii), a very rare species and only found in Zanzibar. This trip should only take a few hours in the morning, leaving you free to relax from lunchtime onward. The hotel also offers some excellent water sports activities upon request. As the sun goes down, enjoy the evening breeze and an excellent meal at your lodge.
At checkout and in time for your scheduled flight, you shall be transferred to Zanzibar International airport for your international flight. We hope that you enjoyed your tour and have an easy journey home!
The price reflects this specific itinerary and is designed to give you an idea of the budget required for this destination. Throughout the trip-planning process, our local agency will tailor your itinerary around your budget.
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