15 day tour
- Safaris in world famous wildlife parks
- World class accommodation in special places
- Relax at the end of the holiday on the exotic island of Zanzibar
This 15-day safari shows you the best of Northern Tanzania. It takes you beyond the gorgeous landscapes and fascinating wildlife to also show you the cultural side of Tanzania. This safari gives you a chance to see the day-to-day life of Tanzanians in the village of Mto wa Mbu. Of course you will also visit the game parks in Northern Tanzania; go in search of the Great Migration in the Serengeti; explore one of the natural wonders of the world, the Ngorongoro Crater; and enjoy Tarangire National Park which is famous for its high density of elephants and baobab trees.
15 day tour of Tanzania:
Route: Kilimanjaro – Arusha – Tarangire – Mto Wa Mbu – Manyara – Serengeti – Karatu – Ngorongoro – Arusha – Zanzibar
Day 1 – Kilimanjaro Airport to Arusha
On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by our local representative and taken on a one-hour drive to a lodge in Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania.
Day 2 – Arusha
Today you will spend a day in Arusha. You can recover from the journey and relax at the swimming pool. Or you can explore Arusha city. Arusha is the safari capital of Tanzania, yet is also rich with history and offers plenty of shopping. You can visit the Cultural Heritage gallery, do some shopping at the Maasai market and buy your first souvenirs or stroll around the lively markets and experience the local Arusha life. Can’t wait to go on your first safari? Then you can already visit Arusha National Park, only a 40-minute drive from Arusha. Arusha National Park is home to beautiful scenery and a variety of wildlife.
Day 3 – Arusha to Tarangire National Park
Your private driver with private safari vehicle is waiting for you! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals, nature and much more, and is very passionate about it. The coming days, he will show you the beauty of his country. Tarangire National Park may not be a very famous park, but it has a lot to offer! With 550 different bird species, it is a bird’s paradise. The park is well known for its high density of elephants and baobab trees. It is about a 2-hour drive to Tarangire National Park. On your way to the park you travel through the Maasai steppes, pass Maasai villages and see the Maasai herding their cattle.
Day 4 – Tarangire to Mto wa Mbu
After a relaxed breakfast the driver will take you to the village of Mto wa Mbu. It is approximately a 1-hour drive. Mto wa Mbu is a green oasis in the wide Maasai Plains. Because of the availability of water, even rice and bananas are grown here. The fertile area has attracted many different people from various backgrounds. You can find people here from more than 40 different tribes.
On a mountain bike you go for a bike ride to Lake Manyara and cycle through the village to experience the local village life. Later in the afternoon you will leave Mto wa Mbu and proceed to your next lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.
Day 5 – Manyara to Serengeti National Park
In the morning you start your descent into the plains of the Serengeti National Park. Today you will experience a big game drive. Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous and impressive wildlife parks of Africa and has a wide variety of animals, including elephants, giraffes, zebras and buffalo. There is also a chance to see small wildlife, such as birds and lizards. Vast numbers of wildebeest accompanied by large numbers of zebras, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelles, Thompson’s gazelles, elands and impala move through the park during what is called the Great Wildebeest Migration.
Day 6 – Serengeti National Park
Wake up early in the morning and enjoy a delicious breakfast. Your driver is ready for you again to take you back inside the park in search for more wildlife! As far as the eye reaches you find plains, interrupted only by the occasional tree, kopjes (rock formations) or wildlife. During the Great Migration these plains are literally covered in wildebeests, zebras and other animals participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth. However, Serengeti National Park has more to offer than the Great Migration, large herds of buffalos, various kinds of antelopes like the topi, hartebeest, dikdik, thomson and grant gazelles. It is the best place for spotting a lion, or more accurately: lions. The open plains also form an ideal hunting ground for the fastest mammal on earth: the cheetah.
Day 7 – Serengeti to Karatu
You will enjoy a game drive in the morning, after which you will leave the Serengeti and drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, game drive on route. In the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you get a fantastic chance to have a look at how the Maasai live as you pass their ‘bomas’ (villages) or when watching them herd their cattle in the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area. You will arrive back in Karatu, where you will stay in a farmhouse. The lodge organizes ‘walks around the farm’ that take about an hour. A guide will show you the vegetable garden and the animals that live on the farm to give you an idea how a farm is managed. Of course, there is also a nice swimming pool to refresh yourself!
Day 8 – Karatu via Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
Today your driver takes you to one of the most special places of East Africa: the Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world. Before you descend into the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim. The crater is a non-active volcano and the drive down to the Crater floor is a very steep, yet exhilarating and exciting descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity of animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the ‘Big Five’ (elephant, black rhino, buffalo, leopard and lion) can be found in the crater. At the end of the day you leave the crater to drive back to Arusha.
Day 9 – Arusha to Zanzibar
In the morning of day 9 you will be transferred to Arusha Airport. You will fly straight to Zanzibar! The flight will take you approximately 1.5 hours and the views on the flight there are spectacular.
The first night you will stay in Stone Town. Stone Town isn’t just any town. It is a sensory experience not found anywhere else in the world. This UNESCO World Heritage Site in Zanzibar City was once a flourishing trading hub. The history and melting pot of African, Arab, Indian and European cultures; the vivid shades of every colour imaginable; the textures; the vibrant energy of the seafront and markets; and the locals who greet you with “jambo!” (hello) and “karibu” (welcome) everyday will captivate you.
The central market is fun to visit at night and to find yourself among the locals. In Stone Town you can find plenty of nice restaurants.
Day 10 – 14 Zanzibar
In the morning you can wander through the maze of winding roads and alleyways of Stone Town. Visit the former slave market, join a spice tour, explore the grand architecture and admire the famous Zanzibari doors or buy some souvenirs. Around noon you will be picked up to go to Jambiani, an hour’s drive from Stone Town. Jambiani Beach is miles of startling white sand down the coast. The charm of Jambiani Beach in Zanzibar is that it sits at the edge of where the swaying coconut palm trees meet the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. Here you will stay for the next 5 nights. There is always a nice breeze in Jambiani. You can find a water sports centre nearby where you can enjoy different water sports. Along the beach there are many restaurants. Like other beaches on the eastern coast, the tide goes out far. At high tide it is less easy to walk along the beach.
An essential part of your Zanzibar holiday experience is a cruise on a traditional wooden ‘dhow’ (small wooden sail boat). Glide silently across the Indian Ocean to the sound of clean white sails billowing in the wind. Cruise around the several surrounding islands, and jump overboard to explore a few of them.
Day 15 – Last day – Departure from Zanzibar / Return home
Your journey through Tanzania comes to an end today. A transfer will be organized from your hotel to the airport where you will board your flight home.