Tanzania – Safari, Hot Air Balloon Ride and a Visit to the Beaches of Zanzibar
Start off in Arusha, Tanzania in a beautiful hotel located among the coffee plantations along the banks of Lake Duluti. Once you have recovered from your flight head out the next morning to spend two nights in the Ngorongoro Crater. This huge crater one of the world’s largest intact volcanic calderas – it was formed when a huge volcano collapsed about 3 million years ago. This is one of the best places to see the Big Five (lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo). The sides of the crater are so high that my ears popped riding up there just like I was on a plane!
Then transfer across to the Serengeti – another renowned game watching area. This is where you get to stay in a safari lodge equipped with traditionally styled grass huts.
Don’t worry – every comfort awaits including en suite bathrooms.
While here you will enjoy a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti. Then on to another unique accommodation – a tented safari camp. I have done this and the tents are amazing.
Again all mod cons including en suite bathroom.
I love the tented accommodations as you can easily hear all the animal noises at night.
Then board a plane and fly to Stonetown in Zanzibar. This was an important place in the slave market and many slaves were held here waiting for transportation. The old town is a UNESCO site. Next day you get to sail on a traditional dhow along the coast.
Fantastic experiences – oh I want to do this again.
CITIES & LANDMARKS
Serengeti National Park, Arusha, Lake Duluti, Oldupai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater, Zanzibar, Stone Town
On-Tour Air included (2 flights)
4 nights in Serengeti National Park – 2 in a Maasai "Rondavel"- styled lodge and 2 in a luxury tented camp; an authentic "sundowner" cocktail party
Two nights in Zanzibar include a "spice" walking tour and sailboat cruise on the Indian Ocean
|September 11, 2023||from $11,670 CAD||Per Person|
|1||Mon Sep 11||Tanzania|
|2||Tue Sep 12||Maasai Village, Lake Manyara & on to Ngorongoro|
|3||Wed Sep 13||Game drives & a picnic in Ngorongoro Crater|
|4||Thu Sep 14||Visit Oldupai Gorge en route to the Serengeti|
|5||Fri Sep 15||Ballooning over the Serengeti & game viewing|
|6||Sat Sep 16||On to the western Serengeti|
|7||Sun Sep 17||Wildlife wonders on the Serengeti plains<|
|8||Mon Sep 18||To Zanzibar & a Stone Town tour|
|9||Tue Sep 19||Cruise via dhow on an Indian Ocean "safari"|
|10||Wed Sep 20||A spice tour, then homeward bound|
Day 1 – Touch down in Tanzania
Tour begins: 12:00 PM, Arusha Serena Hotel. A transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport to Arusha Serena Hotel, is included. Welcome to Tanzania and the start of your African safari; your hotel overlooks Lake Duluti. Although most flights land at Kilimanjaro International Airport after the sun has set, thoughts of Ernest Hemingway’s “The Snows of Kilimanjaro” will come to mind as you journey the short distance from the airport to your hotel.
Day 2- Maasai Village, Lake Manyara & on to Ngorongoro
Depart your hotel in Arusha for a visit to Isoito, a Maasai boma (village), for an opportunity to learn about the Maasai cultural traditions and have a bush lunch. Enjoy your first game viewing opportunity as you continue on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, home to Ngorongoro Crater, a wildlife mecca; your lodge is built on the dormant volcano’s rim, with stunning views of the “lost world” below. Please join us for a welcome reception followed by dinner at the lodge this evening.
Day 3 – Game drives & a picnic in Ngorongoro Crater
Spend today exploring Ngorongoro Crater, long regarded as Africa’s “Garden of Eden.” Within the crater lie grasslands, forests and a freshwater lake, inspiring a continual migration of animals. Riding in your four-wheel-drive safari vehicle, you’ll have a chance to spot Africa’s celebrated “Big Five” – buffalo, elephant, leopard, the black-maned lion and the rare black rhinoceros. Dig into a hot lunch as you picnic in the heart of the crater, sure to be a highlight of your African safari. Back at the lodge to enjoy dinner and local entertainment this evening, you’ll be able to observe Ngorongoro’s wildlife-rich caldera below from the comfort of your private terrace.
Day 4 – Visit Oldupai Gorge en route to the Serengeti
Set off this morning to explore Oldupai Gorge, where archaeologists Louis and Mary Leakey discovered the fossilized remains of some of the earliest known human species, an estimated 1.8 million years old; learn more about the site’s significance on a docent-led tour. Continue wildlife viewing while driving the rough dirt roads across the plains and grasslands of the Serengeti. Arrive at your safari lodge in the Central Serengeti, which was inspired by Maasai tribal dwellings. Have dinner at your leisure at the lodge, and enjoy some local entertainment in the lounge this evening.
Day 5 – Ballooning over the Serengeti & game viewing
Lift off on an exciting hot air balloon flight* as dawn breaks over the vast Serengeti grasslands; from aloft, observe wildlife in the first light of day, an African safari thrill – and enjoy another thrill upon your return where a champagne breakfast in the bush waits for you. A morning game drive on the Serengeti plains may yield sightings of wildebeest, zebras, giraffes, hyenas, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, rhinoceros, hippos, buffalo, jackals, and gazelles. This is also one of the best places on the African Continent to see prides of lions. Return to the lodge for lunch, then enjoy an afternoon at leisure (or a lecture by an expert), followed by a special sundowner this evening before dinner at the lodge.
Day 6 – On to the western Serengeti
Spot more wildlife as you travel to the Serengeti’s remote Western Corridor, known for huge masses of migrating game animals thundering across the terrain. Arrive at Kirawira, your luxurious tented camp in the remote Grumeti River region for another unique African safari experience; animals you might see on an afternoon game drive across the treeless plains of the Serengeti include wildebeest, lion, buffalo, cheetah, warthogs, giraffes and zebra.
Day 7 – Wildlife wonders on the Serengeti plains
After awakening in the heart of the wilderness in your luxurious tent – surrounded by Edwardian-era accents that evoke the classic safari camps of a century ago – your safari guide shares fascinating insights about the African bush on your early morning game drive, as you observe the struggle of species to survive in the “circle of life” within Serengeti National Park. Later, after lunch and another game drive, relax by the pool at Kirawira as the setting sun streaks the Tanzanian sky – a classic African safari doesn’t get any better than this!
Day 8 – To Zanzibar & a Stone Town tour
Rise early for your final Serengeti game drive this morning, then fly midday to intriguing Zanzibar, an archipelago in the Indian Ocean that was once a wealthy trading center for spices. Upon arrival, set off with your local guide on a walking and driving tour of Stone Town, in the main port of Zanzibar City. Your home for the next two nights is a fabulous hotel overlooking the turquoise sea and white sand beaches.
Day 9 – Cruise via dhow on an Indian Ocean “safari”
Traditional Arabian sailboats called dhows have plied the Indian Ocean waters of the Swahili Coast for millennia, trading and fishing from one island port to the next. Sail out to sea from Stone Town aboard a traditional dhow for an “Indian Ocean safari” off the coast of Zanzibar this morning, as the captain and crew help you spot dolphins frolicking in the ocean blue; cast anchor on a sandy beach for swimming and perhaps some snorkeling near beautiful coral reefs. After returning to shore, the afternoon is yours to check out more of fascinating Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, on your own. Join us this evening for a farewell reception followed by a farewell dinner at your seaside hotel.
Day 10 – A spice tour, then homeward bound
Tour ends: Zanzibar. If you wish, join our local guides for a “spice tour” of Stone Town this morning, or just enjoy some time at leisure before checking out of your hotel. Fly late afternoon from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, for your flight home. Allow 3½ hours for flight check-in. Note: International flights out should be booked after 9:00 PM.
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