8 Days Bush & Beach Vacation
This 8 Day comfort Safari which is a combination of extensive wildlife game viewing drive in some of the best wildlife game viewing areas in northern Tanzania and relaxing by the beach in Zanzibar which offers miles and miles of sandy beaches allows us to experience the highlights of the Northern Safari Circuit. Tarangire National Park home to the huge concentration of herds of elephants and giant baobab trees, Serengeti National Park home to the big cats and famous for the annual wildebeest migration, the calving’s in south Serengeti and Ndutu area, the crossing of Grumeti River, and the Mara River crossing in the northern Serengeti, the Ngorongoro Crater a UNESCO world heritage site and home to the big “5” and lastly the Lake Manyara National Park with its large troupes of baboons, tree-climbing lions and home to the pink flamingo and other species of birds, this make the perfect combination this tour has to offer.
Day 1: Arrival at the Airport
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Arusha Airport (ARK) which caters for domestic flights, you will be met by African Big Cats Safaris representative who will drive you to your accommodation in Arusha. Overnight will be at your accommodation waiting for your safari on the following day. Overnight at Arusha Planet Lodge on Bed and Breakfast.
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Tarangire National Park. The Park is named after the Tarangire River which runs through it. This ‘river of warthogs’ is the only source of water for wildlife in the region during the dry season. In places, the vegetation is quite dense, including elephant grass, acacia woodlands, and lush groundwater forest. The Park is well known for its elephant families, which can often be seen congregating by the river. You may also see giraffe, bushbuck, and hartebeest. These animals are closely followed by a range of predators, including lions and leopards. There are more breeding species of birds found in Tarangire National Park than anywhere else on the planet! After Lunch and an extensive game drive, we head for our comfort partner lodges in Karatu for dinner and overnight at Kankari Lodge.
Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti National Park
Early morning after breakfast, we depart to Ngorongoro crater. When you first see Ngorongoro Crater, it looks like a forgotten world. Concealed by the steep volcanic walls is a pristine wilderness including sweeping savannah, pockets of acacia woodland, and glistening lakes and swamps. The Crater was created when a large volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself two to three million years ago. It is famous for both its geological delights and for being a natural reserve which is home to some of the densest large mammal populations in the whole of the African continent. The drive down the into the Crater is an adventure in itself and when you reach the Crater floor, you quickly find yourself amongst large numbers of wildebeest, zebra, gazelle, and more than 500 bird species. The Crater provides you with the best chance of seeing the endangered black rhino, which can sometimes be spotted in the open grasslands. After Lunch, we drive to the Serengeti National Park. Dinner and overnight at Kenzan Tented Camp.
Day 4: Serengeti National Park to Karatu
Early morning after breakfast, we continue with our en-route game drive in the Serengeti to Karatu. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequaled for its natural beauty and scientific value, it has the greatest concentration of plains game in Africa. It is the migration for which Serengeti is perhaps most famous. Over a million wildebeest and about 200,000 zebras flow south from the northern hills to the southern plains for the short rains every October and November, and then swirl west and north after the long rains in April, May and June. Late afternoon, drive straight to Karatu through Ngorongoro conservation area. Dinner and overnight at Kankari Lodge.
Day 5: Lake Manyara National Park to Arusha to Zanzibar (Stone Town)
After breakfast, drive to the nearby Lake Manyara National Park for game viewing drive. Your first encounter will probably be sporting large troupes of the baboon. With luck, you may spot the tree climbing lions which are common in this park. Visit Lake Manyara an alkaline soda lake and home to the pink flamingo and other bird species. Hippos can also be spotted by the lake. A packed lunch will be served at a picnic site. After lunch drive back to Arusha and on to Arusha Airport in time for your schedule flight to Zanzibar Airport. On arrival you will be met by our representative who will transfer you to Zanzibar Stone Town, following drive to Amani Beach Bungalows in the North Coast of the Island. Stays on Bed and Breakfast (Meals are not included).
Zanzibar is a Semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania in East Africa. It is the Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, which comprises town main islands of Unguja (Informally referred to as Zanzibar) and its sister island Pemba as well as about fifty smaller islets. The land area of the two main islands is approximately 2,332 square kilometers of which Unguja is 1,464 square kilometers. Zanzibar (Unguja) is mainly a low-lying island, with its highest point at 120metres above sea level.
Day 6 & 7: North Coast of Zanzibar (Nungwi)
After breakfast, you will head straight in the city of Stone town before traveling to the northern coast of Zanzibar known as Nungwi which has the kind of white coral sand that seems to glow even after nightfall. For its entire bustle, it can still feel secluded. Nungwi’s expansive coastline is wide open for swimming and snorkeling in some of Africa’s most pristine, reef-rich waters. It’s one of the rare Zanzibari beaches untroubled by severe undulations of high and low tides, making it perfect for all-day water activities. Deep-sea fishing near Nungwi is top-notch, with opportunities to catch kingfish, Dorado, yellow fin tuna, and enormous striped marlin from the Indian Ocean. There are plenty of activities on offer — walking tours, sunset cruises, diving excursions, and parasailing to name a few — but all it takes is a sunset sighting of traditional dhow boats bobbing in the sea to be captured by this enchanting African beach
You will spend 2 nights in this incredible place at Amani Beach Bungalows on Bed & Breakfast accommodation-sea view room/s. (Meals are not included).
Day 8: Onwards Transfer to the Airport/Ferry
After breakfast and depending on the departure time of your flight, you will be transferred to the airport or ferry to your next destination.
End of Safari
- Service of an English-speaking professional driver/guide.
- Transport whilst on safari in a 4×4 safari Land cruiser with pop-up roof for game viewing.
- All transfers upon arrival and departure as in the itinerary.
- Full Board Accommodations whilst on safari.
- All park entrance fees are as per the itinerary.
- All game drives as detailed in the itinerary.
- Drivers’ salary and allowances plus park fees for driver and vehicle.
- Government taxes & levies.
- Complimentary bottled drinking water whilst on safari.
- International & internal flights.
- Airport arrival or Departure taxes.
- Tips and gratuities to driver/guide, hotel/camp and restaurant staff, and room service.
- Items of a personal nature i.e., telephone/internet usage, laundry.
- Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages, etc.
- Change in itinerary/accommodation rather than those specified.
- Activities, visits, and tours that are not mentioned in the package.
- Extra Expenses, insurances, Visa’s & validity of travel documents.
- Extra drinks and meals that are not mentioned in the package.
- Easter/Festival/High season/New Year’s supplements as per lodge/hotel policy.