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12 Days: Tanzania Cultural | Predators & Zanzibar Tours

 

Day 1: Arusha
On arrival to either Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) you will be picked up and a transferred for a brief departure meeting .thereafter Drive along for an unforgettable tour of Tarangire National Park. Located about 74.5 miles (120 kilometers) from Arusha and southeast of Lake Manyara National Park, this park is famous for its dense wildlife population and houses such species as buffalos, elephants, lions, warthogs, elands, Fringe-Eared Oryx, Lesser and Greater Kudu, Gerenuk, Impalas, tree-climbing pythons, myriad bird life, and much more.

Overnight at Meru Inn Hotel http://meruhouseinn.com/

 

Day 2 Mto wa Mbu Village/Lake Manyara (1B,1L,1D)
After breakfast continue on to Mto wa Mbu which means Mosquito River. Here we take part in a cultural walk to learn a little about what a typical village in the area is like. The village has over 18,000 inhabitants from 120 tribes. This two hour tour will take you from the village's local market through several different farms, local huts, and artisan shops, and back to the market, giving you the opportunity to get a true glimpse of northern Tanzanian culture. After our walk we have a local traditional lunch before continuing on to Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing in the park.

This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a backdrop for your search of the park's phenomenal bird life, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos. The afternoon is spent game viewing along the main road that winds for several kilometers through a cool, lush, mature groundwater forest dominated by large fichus trees and a tangle of green epiphytes.

The name Manyara is derived from the Masai word "Emanyara", which is a Euphorbia species of plant that is found around a family homestead in the area. The lake itself is a shallow, alkaline lake stretching 50km at the base of the sheer 600-metre high Rift Valley escarpment. This forms part of the national park that covers an area on roughly 330km sq.

Lake Manyara National Park is home to the giant fig trees, acacia woodlands, mahogany trees and grassy flood plains. The contrasts of this area are simply breathtaking, with the open plains, huge escarpment, central soda lake, dense woodlands, and distance volcanic peaks coming together in an area best described by Ernest Hemingway as "the loveliest I had seen in Africa".

Animals such as blue monkeys, hippo, impala, elephant, wildebeest, buffalo, warthog, and giraffe all roam the park's territory. The park is also home to legendary tree-climbing lions, and also has small populations of leopard. Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania's bird life, with over 400 species having been recorded within the parks boundaries. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

Overnight at FANAKA LODGE - http://fanakasafaricamps.co.tz/

 

Day 3-4 Serengeti National Park (2B,2L,2D)
Travel to the world famous Serengeti, one of Africa's premier game parks. Visit a Masai village to learn about the fascinating Masai people. Visit the Planeterra-supported Clean Cookstove project and meet the local women engineers who have installed clean cookstoves throughout these communities. Experience the impact of what cooking over an open fire is like before witnessing the transformation that occurs when a clean cookstove is installed. Learning about this project is paired with information about the day to day lives of the famous Masai people.

We continue on, driving through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Serengeti National Park. Along the way, we begin to experience the vastness of this territory and marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah.

En route we visit the archeological site of Olduvai Gorge where we will receive a brief history of the gorge with a professional guide from the Olduvai center .and then take a walk around the museum (approximately 10-15minutes) . We finally reach the Serengeti in the late afternoon in time for a game drive en route to our camp.

The Olduvai, or Oldupai, Gorge is commonly referred to as The Cradle of Mankind. It is a deep ravine that is roughly 30 miles (48 km) long. It is famous for the discovery of the 3.5 million year-old fossil fragments of an early human civilization. Accordingly, it is one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world and has been instrumental in furthering an understanding of early human evolution.

The Serengeti National Park is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game reserve is to Kenya, but with an area of 5,678 sq miles (14,763 sq km), it is actually over 7 times as large. The Serengeti, which derives its name from the Masai for "endless plain", is the jewel of Tanzania's protected areas. Combined with the Masai Mara and the Ngorongoro Conservation area it protects the most varied and greatest collection of wildlife on earth. With the Big Five, the Small Five and extensive amounts of wildlife, this region offers arguably the best wildlife viewing in the world. That said, with its vast size and varied terrain, game viewing is only one aspect of the Serengeti - the scenery is simply breathtaking.

There is no bad time to visit the Serengeti as every season has its own special highlight. Changing seasons and light patterns form the most beautiful backdrop to view Africa's majestic wildlife. It has more than 1.6 million herbivores and thousands of predators. Blue wildebeests, gazelles, zebra and buffalo are the animals most commonly found in the region.

This area is most famous for the migration that takes place every year; in October over a million herbivores travel toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River from the hills to the north. They continue west across the Serengeti, and then north once again, crossing the Mara River, after the rains around April. This phenomenon is sometimes also called the circular migration. Over 250,000 wildebeest alone will die along the journey from Tanzania to Masai Mara reserve in Kenya.
Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Savannah Camp - http://serengetisavannahcamps.com/

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Day 5 Ngorongoro Conservation Area (1B,1L,1D)

Games drives as we continue out of the Serengeti then rest you head this evening at a comfortable tented camp, enjoying the African sunset with a cool drink in hand over looking Lake Eyasi.
Overnight at Panorama Tented Camp - http://www.safarihq.com/accommodation/panorama-campsite/

 

Day 6 Ngorongoro Crater  (1B,1L)
Depart early into Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site for game drive and picnic lunch.

The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals. They are not confined by the crater walls, and can leave freely; they stay because conditions are favorable. Since most of the crater floor is grassland, grazing animals dominate: zebra, gazelles, buffalo, eland, and warthogs. The swamp and forest provide additional resources for hippos, some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhinos, giant-tusked elephants, waterbucks, reedbucks and bushbucks, baboons and vervet monkeys. All these animals in turn support large predators such as the lion and leopard, and scavengers such as hyenas and jackals.

The 5,150 sq miles (8,300 km2) Ngorongoro Conservation Area is named after its central feature, the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera. Ngorongoro Crater has often been described as one of the wonders of the world, not only because of its inherent geological significance, but also because it serves as an extraordinary natural sanctuary for some of Africa's most dense population of large mammals. The Ngorongoro was part of the original Serengeti National Park proclaimed in 1951, but it was made a separate conservation area in 1956 so that the Masai could graze their cattle there. The Ngorongoro Crater became a World Heritage Site in 1978.

Land in the conservation area is unique to Tanzania as it provides protection for the wildlife while allowing human habitation. The landscape is a blend of volcanoes, grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests. The southern and eastern boundaries are defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley, which also prevents animal migration in these directions. The annual ungulate migration passes through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, with wildebeest and zebra moving south into the area in December and moving north in June.
Overnight at Panorama Tented Camp - http://www.safarihq.com/accommodation/panorama-campsite/

 

Day 7  Depart Arusha (B)    2-3 hrs drive  250kms

After breakfast we will transfer back to Arusha for your fight to Zanzibar, In the afternoon arrive Zanzibar airport/ harbour transfer to Stone Town Hotel  for check inn, at 2:30pm have the Stone town tour takes around the historical culture and architectural important town of Zanzibar with a century history.

Overnight at Zanzibar Ocean Blue - http://www.zanzibaroceanblue.com/

 

Day 8
Zanzibar Tours
STONE TOWN TOUR

  • Visit Zanzibar's historic sites, the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, where Sultans once ruled
  • Walk through enchanting alleys and admire the typical carved doors of Zanzibar.

 

SPICE TOUR

  • Find out why Zanzibar is referred to as the Spice Island.
  • Breathe in the fragrant scents of clove, vanilla, cardamom and nutmeg
  • Discover rare tropical fruits and plants

Overnight at Zanzibar Ocean Blue - http://www.zanzibaroceanblue.com/

 

Day 9 to 11:RELAX ON BEACH

Overnight at Zanzibar Ocean Blue - http://www.zanzibaroceanblue.com/


Day 12:  Fly from Zanzibar to Nairobi. Return home from  Airport

 

 

HAVE A WONDERFUL TOUR - SEE YOU ON THE ROAD….......


TOTAL COST PER PERSON IS USD 2,980

 

 

 

PACKAGE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation as detailed in the itinerary
  • AMREF (Travel insurance) Flying doctors services in East Africa. (In case of emergency)
  • All meals noted in the itinerary. Each day generally includes Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner buffets consisting of both western and local dishes.
  • Transportation in standard game viewing safari vehicle complete with pop-up roof for easy viewing and photography.
  • Every passenger is guaranteed a window seat.
  • Your driver/guide speaks English and has in-depth knowledge of the flora, fauna, landscape, and Kenyan culture safaris.
  • A minivan outfitted with two-way, long range high frequency radio communications equipment.
  • Each 4x4 Toyota Hiace minivan carries safari accessories including window sills, a first-aid kit, an ice-chest, and a fire extinguisher.
  • Bottled mineral water during game drives.
  • Park entrance fees and game drives as noted in the itinerary.
  • All government taxes, levies, and fees
  • Pick up and drop off transfers

NOT INCLUDED:

  • International airfares and departures taxes.
  • Personal communications charges for telephone calls, faxes, email, etc.
  • Tips and gratuities for your driver/guide.
  • Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. (Bottled mineral water is provided in the minivan while on game drives.)
  • Laundry services.
  • Between meal snacks, parks, attractions, and events not included in your itinerary
  • Tips
  • Rain jackets, hand cloves
  • Balloon safari in Maasai Mara (USD$475)per ride
  • Personal needs
  • Maasai village visit.(15_20usd$)
  • Night game drive ($150 per person)
 
 
 
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