Return to Africa

Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar
| March 4 – 12, 2023

A safari that takes in some of the most iconic natural reserves in the world: in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro, we will cover Tarangire National Park, Manyara National Park, the Ngoro Ngoro crater that will remind you of the original Garden of Eden, and the infamous Serengeti. Our accommodations are all top of the line and include treetop huts, colonial stye lodges, and luxury tented camps.
We will wrap up the trip with a flight to the dreamy island of Zanzibar for some downtime on the sandy white beaches in a beautiful resort hotel, and including guided visits of Stonetown and excursions by boat to the sand bars and for swimming with dolphins.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1Arrival in Arusha, known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania, and resting at the foot of Mount Meru and in the shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro. Transfer and checkin at the Four Points by Sheraton The Arusha Hotel. Depending on the time of arrival, either rest and enjoy the pool at the hotel, take a tour of the city, or take a drive outside to get closer views of Kilimanjaro. Dinner at the hotel.
Day 2
After breakfast, we begin our safari with a drive towards Tarangire National Park (2 hours drive). Tarangire is known for the diversity of wildlife that can be spotted, but also for its spectacular baobab trees. Large herds of elephants and migratory wildebeest, as well as zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland gather here. Not surprisingly the predators follow, with lion being among the most commonly spotted animal. Overnight at the Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge. Picnic lunch during the game drive, and dinner at the lodge.
Day 3In the morning, we take a short drive to the Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its stunning views, tree-climbing lions, and pink flamingoes that cover the lake. We will also spare some time to enjoy our next lodge where we will spend the night, the Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge. Picnic lunch and dinner at the lodge.
Day 4After breakfast we drive towards the Ngorongoro crater (1.5 hours) for a game drive and wildlife watching with picnic lunch. This amazing and vast volcano crater with its lakes and huge diversity of animals will feel like the original Garden of Eden…In the afternoon we continue crossing the highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the entrance of the legendary Serengeti National Park (2 hours drive). We continue the game drive towards our accommodation, the Ole Serai Luxury Camp Turner Springs.
We will have a private and special dinner in the bush.
Day 5We will dedicate the day to exploring the Serengeti Park, the most famous park of all Africa, and which, with an area of more than 15,000 square kilometers, is the setting for the huge animal migrations. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite and scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams. The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, buffalot, elephant, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more.
As an optional extra, you can book a sunrise balloon ride over the plains, an experience that is hard to capture in words…
Dinner and overnight at the Ole Serai Luxury Camp Turner Springs.
Day 6In our final morning in the Serengeti, you can either enjoy a lazy morning at our hotel, or go for an early morning final game drive. We will then transfer by 11 AM to the nearby airstrip for our flight that will take us directly to Zanzibar.
In Zanzibar, transfer to the beautiful Zuri Zanzibar Hotel in Kendwe for a relaxing afternoon on the beach or by the pool. In the evening, we can take an optional excursion to nearby Nungwi, the center of nightlife and beach parties in Zanzibar.
Day 7We will start with an excursion by boat to the sandbars and to hopefully swim with some dolphins, before having lunch on the beach on one of the smaller islands. We then return to Zanzibar and the hotel to change, before proceeding to Stonetown for a guided walking tour of this town where several civilizations and styles are juxtaposed. We will then enjoy a sunset drink, before returning to the hotel.
Day 8This is a free day to enjoy the pool and beach, or return to Stonetown for some shopping. For lunch, we will have reservations at the iconic The Rock restaurant, a must-see in Zanzibar!
Day 9Checkout and transfer to Zanzibar airport for departure.

Price Options

The price per person in double occupancy (Please enquire if you are interested in single occupancy):

Group of 8: Safari US$4800   Zanzibar $1750  Total: US$6550

Group of 10: Safari US$4650    Zanzibar US$1730  Total: US$6380

Price Includes:

– All accommodations in lodges and hotels mentioned in the itinerary.

Tarangire Kuro Treetops Lodge

Lake Manyara Kilimamoja Lodge

Ole Serai Luxury Camp Turner Springs.

Zuri Zanzibar

  • Full board during the safari (picnic lunches during the game drives, and dinners at our hotels including one special bush dinner)
  • Half board in Zanzibar
  • Airport transfers
  • 4×4 vehicles with private professional guide and mineral water, including all park permits and entrance fees.
  • Domestic flight from Seronera Airstrip in the Serengeti to Zanzibar airport
  • Private tour of Stonetown in Zanzibar.
  • Private boat and swimming tour to Prison Island and the sandbars in Zanzibar.

Price Does Not Include:

  • International airfare from your point of departure to Arusha and from Zanzibar to final destination.
  • Necessary vaccinations.
  • Visa processing.
  • Travel insurance.
  • Hot air balloon rides in the Serengeti.
  • Lunch at The Rock in Zanzibar.
  • Any activity not mentioned above, including optional private taxi rides in the evening in Zanzibar.

Payment and Terms

Trip Status: This trip is open for reservation. A downpayment of 25% is requested to confirm your spot.

Group Size: Minimum 8   Maximum 10  Guests

Payment Options

All guests:

1- Cash payment in USD, or

2- Bank transfers  (please enquire about bank details)

For Guests Residing in Lebanon:

20% of the payment can be made in LBP cash at the current exchange rate.

The remaining amount must be settled by one of the methods above.

Terms

1- To confirm your spot, a downpayment of 25% is requested. Balance is requested 90 days  prior to departure, on December 4.
2- Trip will be cancelled if the minimum group size is not reached by December 4. All down payments will be returned.
3- Trip will be confirmed as soon as a minimum group size of 8 is reached.

4- All downpayment are refundable (minus 5% bank transfer fees) as long as the minimum group size has not been reached.

5- Cancellations after a group of 8 is formed and confirmed are subject to a 50% penalty until 60 days before the trip start date; within 60 days, cancellations are only possible by vouchers for future safari trips.

With all cancellations, every effort will be made to minimize penalties.