A twin center holiday that is hard to beat
Visiting three of the best parks in Tanzania then on to the 'spice island' of Zanzibar this trip has it all
Northern Tanzania is home to numerous national parks and this trip incorporates four of them, as well as a week on the beach in Zanzibar – what more could you ask for?
Initially it may seem like there is a lot of ground to cover on this trip, but bear in mind that you will be in your own vehicle, with your own guide, driving through national parks and game reserves to get to your nightly destinations – the reality is that you are actually on one long game drive!
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1: Outbound travel
Fly, usually overnight, from Europe / USA to Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. The above price includes flights from London, if you are flying from elsewhere then it might to cost a little more!
2: Tarangire National Park
On arrival in to Kilimanjaro Airport you will be met by your driver and you will set off towards Tarangire National Park - your holiday starts here. We thoroughly recommend that you use this time to get to know your driver, he will have a wealth of stories and experiences that will only enhance you time in Tanzania.
You will check in at the Tarangire River Camp before setting off on an afternoons game drive. The River Camp is a traditional under-canvas camp with the benefit of a swimming pool, pre and post dinner drinks are served in the lounge and around the campfire.
Before you go to bed your driver with discuss tomorrow plans with you and provide advice on where and when to go.
3: Safari Day
The beauty of having your own driver and vehicle means that you are in charge of your plans, you can get up as early or late as you like and stay out all day if you wish!
Tarangire National Park is most famous for its elephant population, bird variety and authentic safari experience. Your driver will take you to the areas that they know best.
After your day out, you will return to the Tarangire Rivercamp for another night around the camp fire.
4: Head for Ngorongoro Crater
Checking out of the River Camp todays drive will take you through the National Park towards the Ngorongoro Crater, having an experienced guide ensures that you take the more scenic route and if you decide you want to stop and visit Lake Manyara then feel free. Watch out of the tree climbing lions!!
You will check in to the Kirurumu Ngorongoro Camp for one night, which is a small and intimate camp set in one of the most strategic and beautiful areas in the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will stay in one of the 10 en-suite tents, ideal for a cosy nights sleep after a busy day’s safari.
5: Crater visit and Serengeti
We recommend getting up early on day five so that you can make the most of your visit to the crater – one of the most impressive geological features in Africa. With a range of ecosystems within the crater the wildlife spotting opportunities are vast, with lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, hippos and rhinos all nearby.
When it’s time to leave the crater, your driver will head towards the Serengeti National Park, where you will be staying in The Wild Frontiers Wilderness Camp.
The Wilderness Camp has the advantage of being able to move to some of the best viewing areas and every 3-6 months it moves to a new location your will arrive in time for dinner and share safari stories with the other campers.
6: Safari Day
Your safari experience so far has been leading up to this day, a full day game drive in the Serengeti, one of Africa’s most famous National Parks! The Serengeti has some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in all of Africa and is a great destination to see the “big 5”.
When the sun starts setting you will return to the Wilderness Camp for one more night.
Suggestion – Depending upon the time of year you may wish to swap the Wilderness Lodge for Ndutu Lodge in order to maximise viewing potential for the annual Wildebeest Migration – speak to us at Far and Wild for more information.
7: Off to Stone Town, Zanzibar
After a mornings game drive, it’s time to say goodbye to your driver, and friend, as he will drop you at the airstrip in the Serengeti to catch your flight to the island of Zanzibar.
Upon landing you will be taken to the Zanzibar Palace Hotel where you can wash off the safari dust and head out to explore the cultural and historical wonder that is Stone Town. The Palace Hotel is hidden away in the streets on the town, providing the perfect base to visit the museums, markets and the Old Fort.
8-12: Off to the beach
After a leisurely breakfast you will be collected and taken to the beach, approximately one hour’s drive will see you transported to some of the world’s most stunning beaches and the Shooting Star Lodge. At this a beautiful beach side retreat, spend the days recharging your batteries on the beach or by the pool. If you are looking for something more energetic, then check out the lodges list of activities, including snorkelling, Scuba diving, dolphin spotting, kite surfing and parasailing, to name a few.
As well as relaxing and recuperating these few days on the beach give you chance to reflect and take stock on the wonders that you have just witnessed on safari.
13: Home time
You will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport to catch your flight home. You will arrive back refreshed and in awe of everything that Tanzania has to offer, ready to share your stories and photographs with your friends and family at home.
Duration: 13 Days
Location: Tanzania, Africa
No two safari trips are ever the same but this one really stands out due to the personalised service that you will receive throughout the first week, with your own driver and vehicle this really is the trip of a lifetime.
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