Safari Swala Tomi – 14 Days Tanzania and Zanzibar Discovery

 

Highlights:

  • Serengeti National Park – “UNESCO World Heritage Site“
  • Ngorongoro Crater – “Where to Find the Big Five“
  • Lake Manyara – “Hike while Bird-watching“
  • Tarangire National Park – „“Elephants under Baobab Trees“
  • Grumeti Reserve – “Walk While Watching Wildlife“
  • Ngorongoro Conservation Area – “Maasai and Wildlife“
  • Stone Town – “The Home of the Sultan of Zanzibar“
  • Zanzibar – “Enjoy The Spice Islands With All Your Senses“

 

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport – Impala Hotel  – 55 km – 1h

On arrival at the airport you will be met by your driver-guide. You will then proceed to your hotel in Arusha. In the afternoon you can enjoy a short walk through the city of Arusha to get a first impression of African life. Optional you can have dinner in a restaurant in town or in your hotel.

Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park – Lake Manyara Wildlife Camp (B L D) – 110 km – 3h

After breakfast we proceed to see the first highlight of our Tanzania safari, Lake Manyara National Park. The parl is located in the North of Tanzania, in the Rift Valley. The soda lake in the park is surrounded by forest, where you can watch elephants, buffalos, giraffes, and different types of antelopes. The lions in this park like to climb the trees to avoid the wet grassland. We enjoy our first game drive in the park and have our picnic lunch here. Then we proceed to our camp, from which we can enjoy a wonderful view on the park and the lake.

Day 3: Serengeti National Park – Mapito Tented Camp (B L D) – 220 km – 4h

Today we drive to Serengeti, the second largest park in Africa. The protected area was founded in 1951 and is consequently the oldest in Tanzania. Many hills and maintain ranges criss-cross the Serengeti making a beautiful scenery. It is the heart of an impressive eco system with many species of animals like at no other place on earth. In Maa (Maasai language), Serengeti means “endless plains“. This is an effective description of this park, being the southern end of the Mara-Serengeti eco-system. The park is vast, extending for over 14,000 square kilometers. Thus, it’s not a surprise that the park is not crowded, although it receives many visitors. Wildlife is in plenty, ranging from the king of the jungle (the lion), leopards, cheetah, elephants, rhino, topi, giraffe and much more. Crocodiles and hippos haunt the Seronera River. Notably, the Serengeti is a UNESCO Wild Heritage Site and hosts the great wildebeest migration, together with the equally scintillating Maasai Mara in Kenya. We enjoy our first game drives in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. In the evening we reach Mapito Tented Camp, an eco camp with big luxury safari tents.

Day 4: Serengeti National Park – Mapito Tented Camp (B L D)

Optional you can do an early morning walking safari in the Grumeti Reserve. Enjoy the beautiful sunrise in the wilderness and later return for breakfast at the camp. After that we proceed again for game drives in the Serengeti, fascinating savannah grassland with enormous fauna richness, reminiscent of the natural and unspoiled world as it was thousands of years ago on earth. Dinner and overnight at our Camp.

Day 5: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (B L D) – 190 km – 3h

After breakfast, drive through the vast plains of the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the few places on earth where people and wildlife co-exist in harmony. It is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. The Maasai have tended to this area for a few hundred years. Learn a few facts of their rich culture and hospitality to wildlife and cattle. You will have your picnic lunch in the park and reach the lodge in the afternoon. The road takes you through lush mountain forests with a breath taking view of the caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater. Optional activity: in the afternoon you can enjoy a walking safari on the crater rim, guided by Maasai elders. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater – Endoro Lodge (B L D) – 50 km – 1h

After an early breakfast, head to the 600 m deep Ngorongoro Crater, home to a huge population of wildlife. Here you can find almost all species of animals found in East Africa. Full day game drives on the floor of the crater with picnic lunch. You will have very high chances of spotting and watching cheetahs, rhinos, buffalo, lions, elephants and others animals. Afterwards we drive to Karatu for dinner and overnight at Endoro Lodge.

Day 7: Tarangire National Park – Maramboi Camp (B L D) – 100 km – 2,5h

Today you will conduct extensive game drives through the “little Serengeti“, the Tarangire National Park. The Tarangire River and the big swampy areas in the southern part of the park attract many wild animals in the dry season. The Tarangire National Park covers about 2600 km². Huge Baobab trees abound and so do mighty herds of elephants. In addition, the landscape is breathtaking; birdlife is in plenty as well as plant life. Apart from the thousands of elephants, other animals that have made Tarangire their home include giraffes, impala, warthogs, oryx, gerenuk, lesser kudu and even the African wild dog. We take our lunch at a lodge within the park and later on proceed with game drives. In the evening we reach our camp for dinner and overnight.

Day 8: Airport Transfer – Flight to Zanzibar – Karafuu Beach Resort (B L D) – 180 km – 3,5h / 65 km – 1h

Early in the morning you can make a game walk in the game-rich area around the camp (optional activity). After breakfast we drive to the airport with lunch on the way. Proceed by plane to Zanzibar, East Africa’s largest island. On arrival you will be picked up and transferred to Karafuu Beach Resort, located on the South East coast of the island, where you start your beach holiday.

Day 9 – 12: Beach Holiday – Karafuu Beach Resort (B D)

Now it’s the time to remember the wonderful experience of  your Tanzania safari in your 4**** Beach Resort, while you relax at the pool, enjoy the white beach, discover the tropical fishes at the reefs on a snorkeling or diving trip, make a bicycle tour or spoil yourself with treatments in the Spa of your hotel. The typical Swahili food with fresh fish, seafood and exotic spices will give you a culinary experience you never had before.

Day 13: Excursion to a Spice Farm – Stone Town Tour – Tembo House Hotel / Dhow Palace Hotel (B D)

We leave the beach hotel and drive across the island to Stone Town. Enroute we visit a spice farm. Spices like cloves, vanilla, cardamom, coriander, nutmeg have been delivered worldwide from this island. Hence, Zanzibar is referred to as the spice island. Here you’ll get to know the different trees, plants and the cultural and culinary meaning of the spices – a pleasure for all senses. After you arrive in Stone Town you will have a fascinating walk through the Old Town. It was incorporated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site, owing to its richness in culture, most pronounced in the architecture of houses, mostly built from coral stones. One of the most used harbors in the 19th century, shipping business and slave trade helped the town annex immense wealth. Many gorgeous houses were developed in this period. The most captivating features of the houses are the stylish doors. Optional you can take your lunch at a typical historic city restaurant where you can once more enjoy the Swahili cuisine. Afterwards, you will have the option to go shopping around. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.

Day 14: Transfer to Airport Zanzibar (B)

After breakfast departure to the airport for your flight back to your home country.