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17 September
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Tuesday
18 September
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Wednesday
19 September
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Thursday
20 September
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21 September
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Saturday
22 September
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Sunday
23 September
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Zebras am Wasserloch

​Five stunning safari game drives in 4 amazing National Parks will leave you lost for words. Experience wildlife at its finest before relaxing on the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Shutterstock 60854839 Mount Kilimanjaro

Why Go?

  • Tanzania: rich landscapes to idyllic beaches
  • Stunning game drives - a photographers' paradise
  • Discover the wilds of Tarangire
  • Lake Manyara, famous for its tree climbing lions
  • Breathtaking sights & sounds
  • Serengeti to search for the 'Big Five'
  • Optional balloon flight to view the plains
  • Relax on the spice island of Zanzibar

Lake Manyara

A sea of pink Mto Wa Mmbu Village with its circular adobe and thatch houses provides a glimpse into the culture and agriculture of the people. Nearby are the shores of Lake Manyara. Stretching for 50km along the base of the rusty-gold high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as ‘the loveliest I had seen in Africa’. Here salt water laps the legs of storks, pelicans and pink flamingos. Tree-dwelling lions, grazing buffalo and strolling giraffes wait to make eye contact...

Serengeti's great plains

Today, we’ll go in search of the ‘Big Five’ and hope to catch a glimpse of the elusive cheetah stalking in the long grass or lazy lions basking on Pride Rock. The Serengeti National Park is one of the most celebrated wildlife reserves in the world and was created to preserve the path of the world’s largest migration circuit covering nearly 15,000 square kilometres. The name Serengeti comes from the Masaai name meaning ‘endless plains’. Two days in the park include the opportunity of an early morning optional balloon flight, gazing down over thousands of zebra, impala and other species casting long shadows over the plains (be sure to book your place before departure).

Life on the edge: Ngorongoro

Travelling into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we’ll discover Olduvai Gorge or the ‘cradle of life’. This steep sided long ravine, which forms part of the Great Rift Valley has revealed, courtesy of centuries of erosion, fossils and remnants of early humankind. Then, standing on the rim of a collapsed volcano, Ngorongoro Crater opens out below like an Aladdin’s cave. Our jeeps gently enter in search of wildebeest grazing and hippos wallowing. The crater is one of the few places where the endangered Black Rhino still thrives.

The elephants of Tarangire

With binoculars and cameras at the ready, our jeeps set off to the wilds of Tarangire National Park. This protected area is famous for the hundreds of elephants that march, eat and play here, watched by 550 species of birds - a beautiful and special location to begin our amazing safari adventure. Migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland can sometimes be seen around watering holes - a smorgasbord for predators. Remember, the fruit of the sausage tree can often disguise the swish or twitch of a tail!

Optional Extension

4 nights at The Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

More than just a beach resort, this fabled ‘spice island’ is a fascinating mix of Arab, African and other cultures. Unwind and enjoy the atmosphere, beautiful beaches and fragrant markets around Stone Town. Situated on a sparkling white sandy beach and surrounded by tropical gardens, facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, bicycles and watersports including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. There is also a delightful spa with a range of treatments on offer and a specialist dive centre for diving or snorkelling adventures (extra charges may apply). Guest rooms have air-conditioning, a balcony or terrace, satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer and safe.

Your Trip at a Glance

  • Day 1 London - Kilimanjaro (day flight)
  • Day 1 Arusha
  • Day 2 Tarangire
  • Day 3 Lake Manyara
  • Days 4 & 5 Serengeti
  • Days 6 & 7 Ngorongoro Crate
  • Day 8 Kilimanjaro - London - (overnight flight)
  • Day 9 Arrive London

Beach extension - Zanzibar (4nts):

  • Days 8-11 Zanzibar
  • Day 12 Zanzibar - London (overnight flight)
  • Day 13 Arrive London

Safari:

We stay in comfortable accommodation throughout as detailed below (or similar):

Mountain Village Serena Lodge (Arusha)
Serena Lodge (Lake Manyara)
Serena Safari Lodge (Serengeti)
Serena Lodge (Ngorongoro)
Sopa Lodge (Tarangire)

The Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa

The Bluebay Beach Resort & Spa is situated on a sparkling white sandy beach and surrounded by tropical gardens.

 

Facilities

Facilities include a large outdoor swimming pool, tennis court, bicycles and water sports including kayaking, sailing and windsurfing. There is also a delightful spa with a range of treatments on offer and a specialist dive centre for diving or snorkelling adventures (extra charges apply to some facilities).

Rooms Include

Rooms have air conditioning, a balcony or terrace, telephone, satellite TV, minibar, hairdryer and safe deposit box.

 

Approx. Flight Time

11 hours

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Useful Information

Transfer Time
The transfer from Kilimanjaro airport to your hotel in Arusha will take approximately 45 minutes.

Included Programme
A full day to day itinerary is planned during your stay. Details of this will be sent with your flight tickets prior to your departure. However, we would like to point out that roads in Tanzania and Zanzibar can be quite bumpy and therefore journeys may take longer than expected. Lunches will be taken in the lodges where possible, however these may be replaced with packed lunches where local conditions prevail. Whilst every effort is made to follow the itinerary as planned, the content and sequence may vary according to local conditions, and is up to the decision of your local Guide.

More to Explore
You will have the chance of some optional tours when you arrive in Zanzibar. Listed below, are just a sample of those on offer to you. Full details will be given by your Tour Leader upon arrival. Tours may be paid for in either US$ cash or travellers cheques. Credit cards can be used but will be subject to a surcharge, generally 5ϿYour Tour Leader will help arrange these for you but may not necessarily accompany you.

Jozani Forest
This is a 3 hour guided tour which will take you to the Jozani Natural Forest. You will walk through the nature trail of the forest which is a habitat for many species of animals and is famous for its Red Columbus Monkeys.

Cost: Approx $42

Kizimkazi
A boat ride and snorkelling trip to view dolphins. Cost: Approx $53

Stone Town
A half day tour visiting the Town Market, Slave Market, National Museum of Zanzibar, High Court Building, Slave Chambers, Old German Consulate, Africa House (former English Club), Tip-Top House, Kelele Square, Old British Consulate, and much more!

Cost: Approx $32

Spices
A half day guided tour taking in the tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants, for which Zanzibar is known as the “Spice Island”.

Cost: Approx $25

It may be possible to combine Stone Town and Spices tour together into a full day tour. This would then incorporate an excellent lunch and the cost will be approximately $52

Evening Cruise
A 1 ½ hour cruise, including drinks

Cost: Approx $32 + transfer approx $20

Gratuities
There is often confusion on the question of gratuities, since it frequently depends on the type of holiday, location and, of course, your attitude towards tipping, as to what is normally expected. In order to give you a rough idea, we have given appropriate guidance below.

We suggest a group collection, ideally in US dollars, at the beginning of your holiday to cover drivers, guides, porters and hotel staff (including restaurant, kitchen and reception staff) of approximately $80.00 USD for the main safari and $100.00 USD to include the Zanzibar extension (or the equivalent amount in local currency). Your Tour Leader will collect this on your behalf and distribute it accordingly, thus relieving you of the burden of who, when and how much to tip. The tipping of bar staff and housekeeping will be left to your individual discretion (a small amount left in your room on departure should cover this and would be much appreciated). As is customary, ‘the hat’ will be passed around for the driver and guide on all optional excursions. For any meals that are not included in your itinerary, or taxi fares, your Tour Leader can advise of an appropriate % to add on.

 

Dress Code
In the main we recommend lightweight, natural fibres in neutral colours where possible. Black and navy clothes are to be avoided as they attract tetse flies. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. In general, this is a casual dress holiday. Layers of clothing are best for the most changeable of climates. Don’t forget your swimsuit although towels are supplied by the hotels/lodges.

On safari, it is advisable to cover up against the extremely strong rays of the sun during the day. Long sleeves and trousers provide protection against mosquito bites. Rainwear is also advisable. Night time can get cold, so be prepared and bring jumpers, socks etc. Useful items to remember to pack are a torch and alarm clock (for those early mornings), a spare set of batteries and a pair of light binoculars.

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Depart Return Nights Age Group Price COMMENTS  
25 Apr 2019 07 May 2019 12 All Ages £ 3975 BOOK

What's Included:

  • Scheduled return flights London Heathrow/Kilimanjaro/Dar es Salaam/London Heathrow (via Amsterdam both ways) with KLM & transfers
  • Airport taxes & charges
  • Safari: Single room with private facilities
  • Welcome drink & information meeting
  • Window seat guaranteed on game drives
  • 2 game drives in the Serengeti & 1 game drive in Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park
  • Visit to Mto Wa Mmbu Village
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge
  • Park entrance fees
  • Accompanying Solos Tour Leader
  • Safari: Breakfast, lunch & dinner
  • Extension

  • Internal flights Kilimanjaro/Zanzibar/Dar Es Salaam
  • Twin/double room for single use with private facilities
  •  Breakfast & dinner

 

What’s extra:

  • Tanzanian visa - currently £40
  • Optional balloon safari - currently £372
  • International flight upgrades (Business Class) from £1200 one way
  • Insurance see here

Optional excursions (beach extension)*:

  • Spot Red Colobus Monkeys
  • Watch for dolphins on a boat cruise

* Subject to availability

NB: A reasonable level of fitness/mobility is required as we include plenty of sightseeing/ travelling, sometimes with early starts.

 

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