12 DAYS SAFARI AND ZANZIBAR
This 12 Days tour will give you a chance to explore Tanzania from part of its culture, waterfalls, walking, snake zoo, safari up to relaxation in Zanzibar. Your tour will start in Arusha and ends in Zanzibar.
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Day 1: Arrival Day – Kilimanjaro Airport – Arusha
Meet and greet on your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, and transfer to Arusha Town for relaxation dinner and overnight at Grand Melia Hotel/Four Point by Sheraton/Arusha Serena Hotel on half board basis. If your flight arrive early you will have a time to relax and enjoy the swimming pool of the hotel.
Day 2: Materuni Village
Breakfast then pick up and drive to Materuni Village. The day starts with a walk around the grounds, comprising of 30 acres of arable land, all situated in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. Stroll through lush gardens, visit the coffee plantation, learn how coffee is grown, harvested and processed. Materuni is a small village on the out skirts of Moshi town, set within a beautiful landscape covered in tropical rainforest. The village is home to the Chagga tribe and a 150m high waterfall that is sourced to irrigate, maize, avocados, coffee and banana plantations. You can pack your swim suits if you wish to take a dip at the water pool
Day 3: Meserani Snake Park and Lake Duluti
The Meserani Snake Park is reptile haven for some of Africa’s deadliest and most adorable reptiles. Black and Green Mambas, Egyptian Cobras, Puff Adders, Boom slangs, monitor lizards, and Nile crocodiles. One can also find one of the oldest Leopard Tortoises here.
Lake Duluti, a small Crater Lake located East of Arusha. The dense forest around the lake is home to a variety of mammals, reptiles and over 140 species of birds including giant kingfisher, fish eagle, darters and barbet. Take a canoe trip and paddle for a couple of hours on the tranquil waters of the lake, allowing us the chance of getting close to nature in this beautiful surrounding.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
Lake Manyara is a shallow soda lake that abounds with birds, hippos and elephants. Despite being one of Tanzania’s smaller parks its incredible diversity has earned it status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and much of the 360 sq. km of parkland is taken up with water, affording a spectacular variety of habitats along the shoreline for a dazzling concentration of animal and birdlife. The algae rich waters of the lake attract huge flocks of flamingos, while the rich vegetation and cooling pools attract elephant, hippo and buffalo in large numbers. Here tree-climbing lions share tree branches with over 380 recorded bird species.
Day 5: Olduvai Gorge-Serengeti National Park
The scenery and views are spectacular as we drive along the Ngorongoro Crater and through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pass several Maasai homesteads before arriving at Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959, anthropologists Dr. and Mrs. Leakey discovered the remains of an almost intact human skull named Nutcracker Man. It was here at this important prehistoric site, together with other startling discoveries, that have contributed to the furthering understanding of early human development. Olduvai Gorge and the fossils that it contains give a unique insight into the way that this part of the world has changed and humans with it
Day 6: Serengeti National Park
Covering some 15,000 sq. km the Serengeti is the oldest and largest park in Tanzania. Cheetahs are often seen out on the Serengeti plains and during the annual migration hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra move north-westward, covering some 800 km from the central plains through the park’s ‘long corridor’, towards richer grazing lands and fresh water. These spectacular journeys are often fraught with danger as their long trek invariably draws the attention of the ever present predators – lion, leopard, hyena and crocodile. This is nature in its rawest sense, where the struggle for survival is played out daily across these expansive plains.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
This incredible natural amphitheater presents us with the perfect setting for some remarkable game. The open plains thunder beneath the hooves of countless zebra, buffalo, black rhino and antelope, whilst predators like lion and hyena thrive amidst this plentiful open-air buffet, and all against a stunning backdrop of dramatic cliffs and lush vegetation.
Day 9: Stone Town, Zanzibar
A landscape of meandering labyrinthine alleys and whitewashed houses, where the pungent aroma of coffee and spices permeate the town and the backstreets are filled with a cacophony of noise and color. Much of the town was built on slavery and its trade, which saw some 60,000 unfortunate souls processed through these narrow streets, to be shipped off to the far lands of Arabia, India and Europe. The town still retains the feel of its Arab roots, many of the existing buildings dating back to the reign of Sultan Barghash in the 19th century. The end of the slave trade and a devastating cyclone saw the end of Zanzibar’s heyday. Stone Town’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage Listings saw a return to something of its previous glory.
10: Drive to Nungwi
Renowned for its white sandy beaches, Nungwi is located North of the Unguja Island. An enchanting community of fishing vessels, coral reefs and wild beauty.
Day 11: Free day for options & beach activities in the Indian Ocean
It’s easy to spend time watching the fishermen bringing in their catch. Stroll along the beach admiring the idyllic vistas, or venture out by boat onto the colorful offshore reefs with mask and snorkel. The rich seas around the island teem with a colorful array of tropical fish and marine life, everything from sharks and turtles to tiny bright damsel fish. These waters also present fabulous opportunities to scuba dive.
The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel on the coast. It’s possible to extend your holiday with additional nights on the coast or request a late check out, please speak to our reservations team should you wish to do so. There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Zanzibar at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you’ll need to depart from Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ), which is around 90 minutes drive, 40 miles.