Great Migration Safari in Tanzania

13 day
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Expected Tanzania Safari Vacation Package Experience:

Accommodation: Lodges and Tented Camps (7 nts) Beach Resorts (3 nts) Hotels (2 nts)

Activities: Game drive in Tarangire National Park, Hadzabe cultural encounter, Ngorongoro Crater Game drive, visit to Olduvai Gorge, Serengeti game drives, visit to a Maasai homestead.

Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire National Park, Ngorongoro Highlands, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara, Arusha, Stone Town, Zanzibar

What to expect on this Great Migration Safari in Tanzania

A classic safari destination, Tanzania draws travellers to its many National Parks, rich tribal culture and diverse wildlife. This 13 Day Great Migration Safari tour incorporates the highlights of Northern Tanzania and carefully blends wildlife encounters with a level of healthy outdoor activity and cultural exploration. Start your Tanzanian journey at the gate-way to Northern Tanzania in the colourful safari capital of Arusha, nestled under the humble peaks of Mount Meru.

Search for allusive leopards and tree-top grazing giraffes amid lush Africa bushveld in Tarangire National Park. Visit the Hadzabe tribe on the serene shores of Lake Eyasi for a truly memorable cultural encounter. Descend into the volcanic Ngorongoro crater for close up wildlife opportunities with the Big Five. Traverse Olduvai Gorge, home to our earliest ancestors, before experiencing unparalleled safari opportunities in the impressive Serengeti National Park.

Sit under the shade of giant mahogany trees in Lake Manyara, which Ernest Hemmingway described as the “loveliest lake in Africa” home to a diverse set of landscapes and wildlife. Be whisked away to the legendary spice island of Zanzibar, where you roam the historic streets and aromatic alleyways of Stonetown to sun kissed days on Zanzibar’s, tropical coast.


Day 1: Arusha

Welcome to Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania. You will be met at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha, nestled under the humble peaks of Mt Meru and surrounded by lush coffee plantations. This evening a pre-departure meeting will be held where you will meet your tour guide and have the chance to ask any questions. If you arrive early take the time to explore the Arusha National Park one of Tanzania's smallest parks.

After the meeting we head into town and enjoy side street dinner at the infamous Kahn�s Barbeque, which doubles up as an auto-spares store by day and a popular and very earthy barbecue by night, with a heaping spread of grilled, skewered meat and salads. Why not try their renowned delicacy Chicken on the Bonnet.

Accommodation: Moivaro Coffee Plantation Lodge or similar
Meals: Dinner Included
Activities Included: Airport arrival transfer, pre departure meeting and dinner at Khans BBQ

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, begin your journey to Tarangire National Park and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the park. Miles of African woodland which is home to towering baobabs trees, herds of Elephants on the banks of the Tarangire River 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. Spot migratory Wildebeest, Zebra, Buffalo, Impala, Gazelle, Hartebeest and Eland. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem. 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.

Accommodation: Tarangire Safari Lodge or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Included Activities: Afternoon game drive in Tarangire National Park

Day 3: Ngorongoro Highlands

Wake up early to watch the dawn lighten the bushveld on a morning game drive in Tarangire. 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, antelope bounding in the distance and admire graceful Giraffes as they drink from the waterholes. Continue on towards Karatu, getting ever closer to the fabled Ngorongoro Crater. You have the afternoon to explore your rich surroundings with optional activities.

Accommodation: Crater Forest Tented Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Included Activities: Morning game drive in Tarangire
Optional Activities: A guided forest walk to nearby waterfalls, cultural village visit, mountain biking in the bush or visit a coffee estate for the afternoon.

Day 4: Ngorongoro Highlands

Today, head south following a dirt road to the settlement of Mangola near Lake Eyasi. Spend the day, socializing and interacting with the Hadzabe tribe and learn their unique way of life of living off the land. This is a memorable experience for all travellers. The lake is home to Tanzania� s only remaining tribe of true hunter-gathers, the Hadzabe. Some 300�400 Hadza live as hunter-gatherers, much as they have for thousands of years; they are the last functioning hunter-gatherers in Africa.

Accommodation: Crater Forest Tented Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Full day cultural encounter with the Hadzabe Tribe of Lake Eyasi

Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Wake up early in the morning to enter one of the natural wonders of the world. Descend into the famed Ngorongoro volcanic crater, where one can find the highest concentration of wildlife sharing this conservation area with the legendary Masai and their cattle. This spectacular natural arena supports the densest population of lion and spotted hyena and game viewing is almost guaranteed to provide the "Big Five.

In the afternoon we will transfer to the legendary plains of the Serengeti, stopping en-route at Olduvai Gorge, a ancient valley 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. Continue to make your way to the Serengeti, enjoying a game drive en-route to your camp. After dinner head out on a thrilling night game drive in the evening.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Included Activities: A morning Ngorongoro Crater descent with picnic lunch and game drive. A scenic drive via Olduvai Gorge and a visit to the on-site museum. A night game drive in the Serengeti.

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, travel deeper into the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The plains of the Serengeti personify the very spirit of Africa: wild, dramatic and staggering breathtaking. The park is home to a massive numbers of grazing animals and predators and the interaction between the many species often provide some of the best wildlife viewing opportunities in the world.

Perhaps see a pride of Lion stalking their prey; a solitary Leopard retrieving its kill from the high branches of an acacia tree; or even a herd of Elephant protecting their young from opportunistic predators. Depending on the time of year and the migration of the herds you can expect to see wildebeest, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras, monkeys, baboons, hippos, rhinos, antelopes and many birds and other species.

Accommodation: Ikoma Tented Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner Included
Included Activities: Morning and afternoon game drives.
Optional activities: A guided nature walk and Hot Air balloon safaris (own expense)

Day 7: Lake Manyara

After an early morning game drive leave the plains of the Serengeti and make your way towards the base of the Great Rift Valley, to Lake Manyara National Park. En-route visit a traditional Maasai Boma, where you will be welcomed into the village. You will have the chance to meet Maasai warriors, watch them perform their famous Moran dance; enjoy an orientation walk around the village whilst they tell you about their traditional nomadic way of life and trial customs.

Lake Manyara is renowned for its tree climbing lions, dusty herds of nomadic elephants and flocks of pink flamingos that often congregate on the shimmering lake surface during certain seasons. The lake is a bird watchers paradise as over 300 migratory birds can be seen.

Accommodation: Migunga Forest Camp or similar
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Included Activities: Morning Serengeti game drive, visit to Maasai Manyatta
Optional Activities: Mountain biking, a bird watching walk with a guide, visit Mto Wa Mbu on a cultural excursion.

Day 8: Stonetown, Zanzibar

Early in the morning set out on a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park en-route to Arusha. Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as �the loveliest I had seen in Africa�. After the game drive head towards Arusha and board a scheduled flight (approximately 1-2 hours) from Kilimanjaro Airport to the historic city of Stone Town on the spice island of Zanzibar.

On arrival in Zanzibar you will be met by our local representative and transferred to your hotel. You can spend the remainder of your day watching the sunset from the charming rooftop restaurants, sipping on fragrant coffee or coconut milkshakes, take a boat trip to the nearby island (extra cost) or spend hours wandering the labyrinth of passageways, colourful spice markets and haphazard roof tops of old Stone town.

Accommodation: Tembo House Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast and Dinner
Included Activities: Morning Lake Manyara game drive en-route to Arusha

Day 9: Stonetown, Zanzibar

After breakfast, our representative will meet you at your hotel and take you on a guided walking tour of Zanzibar�s fabled old town on our Historical Stone Town Tour. Take a walk through this UNESCO World heritage site, embracing the unique sights and sounds of Stone Town, exploring the labyrinth of passageways with ornately carved and studded doors, aromatic food stalls, the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, St John�s Cathedral, the Old Fort, Forodhani Gardens and the rhythmic harbour dockside, before returning to your accommodation.

Optional day trips can be easily arranged to the various smaller islands around Zanzibar, from visiting the giant tortoises in Prison Island, tracking giant coconut crabs in Chumbe Coral Island to exploring the marine life on a Safari Blue adventure or take a traditional Swahili cooking lesson at the Fort.

Accommodation: Tembo House Hotel or similar
Meals: Breakfast Included
Included Activities: Morning Historical Stonetown guided walking tour

Day 10: Zanzibar, East Coast

After breakfast travel to the east coast of Zanzibar. Stop en-route to the beach, in the forest Interior for a Zanzibar spice tour. This is a chance to observe how the different spices are locally grown and the quantity is truly impressive - Cloves, Vanilla, Ginger and Turmeric just to name a few favourites. It was the wonderful spice plantations that brought about the beginnings of Zanzibar�s infamous slave trade, dating back to the 1840s. Continue to your accommodation, where after settling in you have the remainder of the afternoon to explore your idyllic surroundings.

Accommodation: Langi Langi Beach Bungalows or similar
Meals: Breakfast included
Included Activities: Spice plantation tour en-route to coast

Day 11 & 12: Zanzibar, East Coast

The next two days are leisure days to sit back and soak up the sunshine and the timeless essence of Zanzibar. You can spend your time relaxing on the beautiful beach, 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 at Mnemba Atoll, visiting Prison Island and seeing the turtles, go to Jozani Forest nature reserve to see the red Colobus monkeys and the mangrove forests. Visit Kendwa and Nungwe to experience village culture, visit a dhow building yard or sail to Pemba Island (Voodoo Island) and see the Pemba fox exclusive to this island.

Accommodation: Langi Langi Beach Bungalows or similar
Meals: Breakfast Included
Optional Activities: Diving, snorkelling, Jozini Forest excursion, cultural visits and excursions to nearby islands.

Day 13: Stonetown

After breakfast, you will be collated at the beach resort by our representative and head back to the historic Stone Town, where you will be transferred to your port of departure either the airport or the ferry for your onwards travel arrangements.

Meals: Breakfast Included

Included

  • Arrival & Departure airport transfers
  • Transportation in custom built safari vehicles
  • Regional flight from Arusha International Airport (JRO) to Zanzibar International airport (ZNZ)
  • Accommodation per itinerary or similar
  • Services of a bilingual guide during safari portion and services of a local representative in Zanzibar
  • Excursions & activities as per itinerary
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • National park & game reserve entrance fees as per itinerary
  • Siyabona Africa families exclusively receive 3 hours complimentary babysitting during the safari
  • Bottled water and snacks provided during road transits
  • All meet and greet services

Not Included

  • Visas and related costs
  • Personal Border Taxes
  • Drinks, tips, laundry, telephone calls and other items of a personal nature
  • International flights and arrival and departure taxes
  • Meals not listed on the itinerary
  • Travel and personal accident insurance
  • Optional excursions and activities

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