DAY 1 – ARUSHA
Today is your arrival day, on which you can relax or explore this lively African city known to most as the safari capital from where most travellers begin their touring. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your lodge for the night. This evening a pre-departure meeting will be held where you will meet your safari guide and have the chance to ask any questions you might have. The remainder of the evening is free at leisure. Overnight at Moivaro Lodge, standard en-suite room. (D)
The colourful town is nestled under the humble peaks of Mnt Meru and surrounded by lush coffee plantations. If you arrive early take the time to explore the Arusha National Park one of Tanzania's smallest parks, but also one of its most beautiful and most topographically varied. Its main features include Ngurdoto Crater (often dubbed Little Ngorongoro) and the Momela Lakes to the east. Peruse the markets, aromatic food stalls or visit even the enlightening National Museum.
You will find a charming atmosphere together with every comfort - an ideal spot to enjoy the impressive flora and fauna of East Africa. Moivaro Lodge is situated right in the heart of beautiful, natural scenery and yet is only 7 km from the town of Arusha.
At Moivaro Lodge we will ensure that you are looked after in a unique, friendly and peaceful environment. Relax and enjoy the beautiful vista of Mount Meru from the comfortable veranda, or perhaps to laze at the pool nestling in the midst of tropical trees and coffee plants.
Picturesque garden cottages set in beautiful gardens, each with their own veranda and all the modern comforts. Facilities include a swimming-pool, children's play ground, 2km nature trail, massage room, internet facilities and room service.
DAY 2 – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we head west and begin our journey to Tarangire National Park, miles of African woodland which is home to towering baobabs trees, herds of elephants frolicking on the banks of the Tarangire River during season and numerous species of bird life. Keep your eyes open for a glimpse of a fringe-eared Oryx or Gerenuk during an afternoon game drive in the park. Travelling time today is approximately 2hrs 30mins. Overnight at Maramboi Tented Safari Camp, standard en-suite tent. (B,L,D)
Tarangire National Park
Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.
During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20,000 sq km (12,500 sq miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.
On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; the stocking-thighed ostrich, the world's largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.
More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colourful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling – all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting.
Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.
Maramboi Tented Safari Camp
This is a unique opportunity to experience and explore the Tarangire and Manyara ecosystem. Maramboi Tented Camp offers permanent camp facilities and endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of Mankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa's big picture. It is a complete semi desert experience focusing on safari walks and game drives.
An impressive landscape from the Rift Valley gives the visitor an
amazing natural welcome to an area extraordinarily rich in wildlife. The camp offers stunning views of the Manyara National Park, Rift Valley, Ngorongoro highlands and on clear days even Oldonyo Lengai a sacred mountain to the Maasai.
In the wet season, the Manyara and Tarangire Pans fill with water which attracts huge flocks of flamingos and other wading birds. The area is also the only place in East Africa where one is often able to see the migration herds of tens of thousands of Wildebeest and Zebra, followed by predators. Although the migrations do occur in other areas of Tanzania, the tree cover prohibits a view of the magnitude that you are able to see at Maramboi Tented Camp because of the exposed nature of the surrounding grassland.
10 tents spacious tents built on ample wooden decks. They all with en suite facilities and private veranda with 24 hours 220V electric lighting.
DAY 3 – NGORONGORO HIGHLANDS
Waking up early to watch the dawn lighten the bushveld on amorning game drive in Tarangire, we investigate the previous night’s wildlife activities, by tracking footprints, following bush trails and perhaps even a sighting the remains of an earlier kill. Sightings of elephants bullying each other, antelope bounding in the distance and perhaps even admiring graceful giraffes as they drink from the waterholes is excellent. We continue on towards Karatu, getting ever closer to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater. In the afternoon you embark on a guided walk in the surrounding forests, exploring your rich surroundings and spotting resident bird and wildlife. Travelling time today is approximately 3hrs 50mins. Overnight at Crater Forest Tented Camp, standard en-suite tent. (B,L,D)
The Ngorongoro Highlands includes some of Tanzania's most beautiful and game-rich areas. The sheer size of the awe-inspiring landscapes stretching out for miles can take your breath away, and the experience of watching herds of gazelles, prides of lions and even the rare black rhino is quite simply unforgettable.
Crater Forest Tented Camp
Enjoy romantic sundowners or twilight dinners on your veranda with the astonishing landscape views of the dense forest. Watch wildlife, like elephants, roaming through the forest, hear the lions roar and listen to the magical sounds of the tropical night. It will be an experience you will never forget.
The lodge is located in northern Tanzania, East Africa, set a ten kilometre scenic drive away from the main road leading from the bustling commercial centre of Karatu town to the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
Established on a highland coffee plantation called Kirin Coffee Estate, altitude 1,800 metres above sea-level, the lodge occupies previously cultivated fields directly bordering Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area (NCAA).
The land immediately surrounding the lodge is being restored to some of its natural forest habitat, with the lodge management overseeing the conversion from crop cultivation to regeneration of indigenous groundcover, helping the change along by reintroducing around the lodge trees and shrubs natural to the area.
DAY 4 – NGORONGORO CRATER & SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast you will experience your first breathtaking view of the Ngorongoro Crater, spanning approximately 260km of this extraordinary natural sanctuary from Heroes Point before descending 600m into the heart of the crater for a thrilling game drive. This spectacular natural arena supports the densest population of lion and spotted hyena and game viewing is almost guaranteed to provide the "Big Five. The Crater floor’s open grassland habitat supports resident herds of grazing herbivores and their attendant predators. Pillar wood, nuxia, mountain bersama, hagenia and ficus trees, all draped with lichens and epiphytic orchids dominate the cloud forest on the Crater rim. Lakes on the Crater floor attracts flamingos and other wading birds, while ducks and other waterfowl favour freshwater ponds. In the afternoon we will transfer to the famous plains of the Serengeti, stopping en-route at Olduvai Gorge, which cuts through a chronological sequence of rock beds preserving continuous archaeological and fossil records of life on the plains for over the past two millions years. While there we can also enter the little Olduvai museum for further enlightenment on this geological phenomenon. We enjoy a afternoon game drive on plains. Travelling time today is approximately 3 hours. Overnight at Ikoma Tented Camp, standard en-suite tent. (B,L,D)
One of the world's most stunning natural phenomenons, the Ngorongoro Crater lies in the north of Tanzania and offers one of the most exciting game viewing experiences available today. Covering approximately 8300 sq km, the crater is the world's largest collapsed and un-flooded volcanic caldera. The crater walls tower steeply above the crater floor, and provide a spectacular backdrop to the open landscape and teeming wildlife within.
The Ngorongoro Crater is home to many of Africa's most unique and endangered animals, including the rare black rhino, of which there are currently only about 3725 in the world. Ngorongoro Crater also has one of the densest concentrations of lions in the country, and it is fairly common to see male lions strutting through the long grass, or lionesses lounging in the shade of an acacia tree. The crater is rich in many other mammals, including the ubiquitous Thomson's gazelle, prey for the hungry lion, and herds of wildebeest, zebra and hartebeest. Serval cats, warthogs, spotted hyenas and jackals are also found here. Lake Magadi, a soda lake in the center of Ngorongoro Crater, hosts a part-time resident flock of flamingos.
Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti National Park is Tanzania's most famous national park and is world-renowned for its richness and diversity of wildlife. The park is the largest in Tanzania at 14,763 sq km and includes a diverse range of habitats, from grassland plains and savannah to lush riverine forest and dry acacia woodlands. The park is situated in the north of Tanzania, stretching right to the Tanzania-Kenya national border where it becomes the smaller Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Ikoma Tented Camp
Set in the midst of an incredible vista of savannah and skies, sheltered in a grove of acacia trees is Serengeti Tented Camp. Ideally situated along the path of the migrating wildebeest between Kenya and Tanzania, the camp is situated at the border of the world-renowned Serengeti National Park. There you will find yourself on probably one of the best game drives in the area - along the western corridor of the park, taking in Kirawira and the Grumeti river - home to the infamous wildebeest-eating giant crocodiles. There is no better place to take in one of the world's greatest wildlife spectacles.
DAY 5 – SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
A full day is spent exploring the park in both morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti. Travellers can relax and enjoy the wonders of the grassy rolling plains covered in teeming wildlife. This fascinating National Park is unequaled for its natural beauty and contains more than 3 million large mammals. The reserve is host to the spectacular annual migration of wildebeest followed by their tenacious predators in late May or early June. For those, who would like to experience a truly magnificent view of the panoramic vistas of the famous park, optional hot air balloon rides are easily booked and travellers are woken early to glimpse the golden dawn breaking over the savannah. Overnight as before at Ikoma Tented Camp. (B,L,D)
DAY 6 – SELOUS GAME RESERVE
The early morning finds us on a game drive amongst the rolling grasslands. Game viewing is never dull in the Serengeti, and patience is often rewarded with unique sightings: a pride of lion stalking their prey; a solitary leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; male wildebeest sparring to attract females into their harem; or even a herd of elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators. This is indeed nature at her most theatrical, offering you an African wildlife experience unsurpassed in the world. Afterwards you’ll be transferred to the airstrip, where you will board a light aircraft for your flight to arguably one of the most pristine remaining African wilderness on the planet, the fabled Selous Game Reserve. On arrival you’ll be welcomed by your driver-guide and transferred to your base camp for the next two nights. Overnight at Selous Mbega Camp, standard en-suite tent. (B,L,D)
Selous Game Reserve
The Selous Game Reserve officially came into being in 1922, and was granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 1982. The Selous Game Reserve is one of the largest areas set aside for conservation in the world, and covering almost 50 000 sq km is larger than Switzerland! Much of the Selous game Reserve is set aside for hunting concessions or as no-go areas for people, leaving the wildlife and habitats to flourish undisturbed. The north of the Selous is open to visitors on photographic or game viewing safaris, and the sheer size of the Game Reserve means people need to spend several days to truly get the most out of their Selous experience.
The location of the Selous Game Reserve in the south of Tanzania attracts a rare mix of Southern and Eastern African wildlife, both resident and migratory. The Selous is also particularly well known for its bird life, playing host throughout the year to a colourful and varied assortment of over 440 recorded bird species. The tributaries and main waterways of the Rufiji River and its delta attract good numbers of elephant, and are home to numerous noisy, grumpy hippos and silent crocodiles. The banks of the Rufiji River and Lake Tagalala attract a variety of game depending on the season, as herds of ungulates spread out across the plains after the rains and then return when the dry season begins.
There is a wide and pleasing range of habitats in the Selous due to its size. Environments range from lush green grasses and open plains to thick scrub and tangled vegetation. Along the rivers and waterways, stands of tall Borassus Palms grow up to 25m high, providing a dramatic silhouette against the clear African skies.
A trip to the Selous is a unique and memorable experience, and will leave the visitor gasping at the flourishing wildlife which surrounds them on every side.
Selous Mbega Camp
The Selous Mbega Camp is set up with twelve safari tents as well as a stone house with two rooms, that are all set up along the mighty Rufiji River. Just 500 metres away from the border of the Selous Game Reserve, in its own private 60 ha riverine forest reserve.
A green ceiling of tree branches and leaves, providing almost always shade throughout the day, covers the camp area. These trees are sometimes visited by a variety of monkeys, including the Angolan Black & White Colobus monkey, known in Kiswaheli as Mbega mweupe, or Mbega, to which the camp owes its name.
The Restaurant and Bar are situated under a palm leave thatched roof around a Mahogany tree, facing the Rufiji River. The kitchen provides a variety of different cuisines or so called "Bush Recipes"
The camp also has a “Dungu” (view tower) which looks at the created waterhole at the rear of the camp, with animal or bird activity during day and at night.
The accommodation at Selous Mbega Camp is in large safari tents, built on wooden platforms, mosquito & insect proof, with en- suite bathrooms, and a verandah. Twelve of our tents have a magnificent view over the Rufiji River.
Construction of the camp was commenced on the 31st of January 2000 by its owners & seven Tanzanian staff. The owners of the camp & their staff have been operating smaller fly- camps within the Selous Game Reserve & Southern Tanzania since 1997; however have been involved within the Selous Game Reserve since 1994.
DAY 7 – SELOUS GAME RESERVE
A full day to explore the park, on both morning and afternoon game drives in this remote and wild land. Due to its astounding natural diversity and untouched state, the park has been listed as a protected UNESCO World heritage Site since 1982. It was named after Englishman Sir Frederick Selous, a famous big game hunter and early conservationist who was killed in the reserve during WW1. This expansive park, spreads over 55 000 km’s and is home to vast array of fascinating and unique wildlife, with a phenomenally large mammal populations and even hosts some of Tanzania’s last remaining black Rhinos. Overnight as before at Selous Mbega Camp. (B,L,D)
DAY 8 – RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
In the morning, you will be transferred to the airstrip from where you will fly to Ruaha National Park on board a charted flight. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to the your lodge, where you have the afternoon at your leisure to explore your new surroundings. Ruaha covers an area of approximately 20 200 km and which forms part of a unique eco-system in this region and is home to Tanzania’s largest population of elephants and also hosts large herds of buffalo, kudus, prides of lions and leopards as well as giraffes, hippos and crocodiles. Travelling time today is approximately 3 hours. Overnight at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge in a standard en-suite cottage. (B,L,D)
Ruaha National Park
Second only to Katavi in its aura of untrammelled wilderness, but far more accessible, Ruaha protects a vast tract of the rugged, semi-arid bush country that characterises central Tanzania. Its lifeblood is the Great Ruaha River, which courses along the eastern boundary in a flooded torrent during the height of the rains, but dwindling thereafter to a scattering of precious pools surrounded by a blinding sweep of sand and rock.
A fine network of game-viewing roads follows the Great Ruaha and its seasonal tributaries, where, during the dry season, impala, waterbuck and other antelopes risk their life for a sip of life-sustaining water. And the risk is considerable: not only from the prides of 20-plus lion that lord over the savannah, but also from the cheetahs that stalk the open grassland and the leopards that lurk in tangled riverine thickets. This impressive array of large predators is boosted by both striped and spotted hyena, as well as several conspicuous packs of the highly endangered African wild dog.
Ruaha's unusually high diversity of antelope is a function of its location, which is transitional to the acacia savannah of East Africa and the miombo woodland belt of Southern Africa. Grant's gazelle and lesser kudu occur here at the very south of their range, alongside the miombo-associated sable and roan antelope, and one of East Africa’s largest populations of greater kudu, the park emblem, distinguished by the male's magnificent corkscrew horns.
A similar duality is noted in the checklist of 450 birds: the likes of crested barbet, an attractive yellow-and-black bird whose persistent trilling is a characteristic sound of the southern bush, occur in Ruaha alongside central Tanzanian endemics such as the yellow-collared lovebird and ashy starling.
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge
Ruaha Hilltop Lodge is 110km from Iringa, 5km from Tungamalenga village and near the boundary of Ruaha National Park. Ruaha has one of Tanzania's richest concentrations of animals, birds and plant life. The lodge stands on the slopes of Ideremle Mountain and the panoramic view is breathtaking.
The luxury self contained cottages are very comfortable and private, each with its own balcony with a beautiful view. Our water is heated by solar power.
The reception, dining room and bar are all under one roof, with a gallery to enjoy the spectacular African sunrise and sunset. Giraffes, elephants and baboons and kudus can sometimes be glimpsed not far way. Our experienced chefs provide both continental and Tanzanian cuisine, using fresh products from the local area. The bar is well stocked and we also serve fresh juice and bake our own bread.
The lodge also helps local people, providing and funding to expand a village school and other activities. We actively support a young single mothers association in Iringa, buying their craft products and helping to market them. We have got our own Curio Shop with some of these items.
DAY 9 – RUAHA NATIONAL PARK
We head out early for a guided walking safari in the National Park with an armed ranger. Experiencing a natural habitat by foot is probably one of the best ways to get close to nature and submerse yourself into the environment with little disturbance or impact, it is also a far more intimate and personal wildlife experience where you notice the smaller animals and birds which is sometimes missed during big game drive. Ruaha large population of elephants roam the vast area and is also well known as a birdwatchers paradise, residents such as hornbills, sunbirds and kingfishers flock to the bushveld. The name Ruaha derives from the Great Ruaha River which flows along the South Eastern margin of the park is often the main focus area for excellent game viewing. Overnight as before at Ruaha Hilltop Lodge. (B,L,D)
DAY 10 – ZANZIBAR
After breakfast, you board a morning flight from Ruaha National Park to the spice island of Zanzibar. A striking mix of Indian, Arabic and African cultural influences for centuries has produced one of East Africa’s prized possessions. With its dreamy beach scapes, alluring turquoise water, aromatic spice farms, forest interiors, cobbled alleyways and whitewashed mosques, all deeply seeped in history remnant of the old slave trade. Upon arrival you are met and transferred to your resort on the north coast. Spending the next few days relaxing, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins, or visiting a spice farms. Overnight at Langi Langi Beach Resort, Royal Zanzibari Suites. (B,L)
Zanzibar, a part of the United Republic of Tanzania, is a series of many islands, the main ones being Unguja and Pemba. The more populated of the two main islands, Unguja, is better known as Zanzibar Island and is home to Stone Town (also known as Zanzibar Town or Zanzibar City), an historic, bustling city of narrow alleyways and stone coral buildings. In addition to the two main islands, there are many other islands and islets in the Zanzibar archipelago which stretches from the top of Pemba to the south point of Unguja.
The people of Zanzibar are predominantly Muslim, about 95% of the population being followers of Islam. The remaining percentage is a mix of Christians, Hindus and followers of various other religions. Swahili is the official and national language of Tanzania but English is also spoken in Zanzibar, and a percentage of the population also has a working knowledge of Arabic.
Zanzibar is a few degrees south of the equator and enjoys a tropical climate that is largely dominated by the Indian Ocean monsoons. The kasikazi winds are from the north and occur in the winter months bringing the short rains. The long rains, known as mwaka, arrive in March and last until late May or June.
Langi Langi Beach Resort
Named after the aromatic flower, Langi Langi Beach Bungalows is situated on the Fines island of Zanzibar. A resort in Nungwi village on the North Coast, the most central accommodation and tourist destination. The resort is situated on North end of Zanzibar, famous for deep sea fishing, fantastic swimming beach and dhow making.
PADI diving courses, snorkelling and sailing are among the pastimes you'll enjoy here at Langi Langi.
Langi Langi beach bungalows is situated on the most beautiful area in Nungwi with its bungalows facing the ocean, pool or the garden. All our suites enjoy the magnificent view of Indian Ocean and white sand beaches.
Langi Langi offers exquisite bungalows designed and furnished in a Zanzibari tradition with all the modern amenities. Comfort and attention to detail, with a choice of king or twin size beds, AC, ceiling fans, hot and cold water, telephone, safe deposit box, fridge, hair dryer on request, internet service and fax are all here in paradise.
DAY 11 – ZANZIBAR
Today you can spend your time relaxing on the beautiful beach, soaking up the island spirit or explore the many captivating attractions of the area. There is a variety of optional activities to choose from in Zanzibar, such as Diving and/or snorkelling with turtles at Mnemba Atoll, Visit Prison Island and see the turtles, Go to Jozani Forest nature reserve to see the red colobus monkeys and the mangrove forest. Visit Kendwa and Nungwe to experience village culture, the aquarium, visit a dhow building yard or just spend the day sunbathing on white sand. Overnight as before at Langi Langi Beach Resort. (B)
DAY 12 - ZANZIBAR
Another leisure day of which you can choose to snorkel amongst the colourful reefs, visit the Jozani Forest, Sail to Pemba Island (voodoo island) and see the Pemba fox exclusive to this island. Go fishing in the Indian Ocean or take a sunset dhow cruise in the evening. Overnight as before at Langi Langi Beach Resort. (B)
DAY 13 – ZANZIBAR
You have the long African day to explore at your leisure, a chance to observe how some of the most aromatic spices are grown and produced in the area such as Cloves, Vanilla and Turmeric just to name a few or eye out some handmade crafts at the local markets as last minute shopping. Overnight as before at Langi Langi Beach Resort. (B)
DAY 14 – ZANZIBAR – STONETOWN (DEPARTURE)
After breakfast, you will be collected at your hotel and transferred to Stonetown. On arrival, you will be taken to your port of departure (airport or ferry). For those departing in the evening a day room can be provided (price on request) for your comfort and convenience until your evening departure. Your tour ends on arrival at the airport. (B)
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