12 DAYS SAFARI AND ZANZIBAR

About This Trip

Description

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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Avocet Tanzania Luxury Safaris bring you to the world’s best safari destination. When you book with us you get:

  • Amazing lifetime experience
  • Unlimited Safari Mileage
  • Experienced Safari Guide
  • Quality Service

Detailed Itinerary

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

Highlights;

  • Walk and hike the slopes of Kilimanjaro
  • Coffee tour
  • Drive to out skirts of Moshi
  • Meet and Interact with the Chagga people
  • Relax and have fun by the waterfalls
  • Drive back to Arusha for a relaxing day lazing around
  • Dinner and overnight at Gran Melia Hotel/Four Point by Sheraton/Arusha Serena Hotel

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.

Highlights;

  • Drive to Meserani Snake Park
  • Learn about East African deadliest reptiles
  • Pose for a photo with snakes
  • Enjoy camel rides
  •  Nature walks
  • Canoe in the tranquil waters of Lake Duluti
  • Enjoy bird watching
  • Drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight at Gran Melia/Four Point by Sheraton/Arusha Serena Hotel on half board basis

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.

Highlights;

  • Drive to Lake Manyara
  • Clearance into Manyara National Park while enjoying bird watching, blue monkeys and olive baboons at the gate.
  • Game drive towards Lake Manyara
  • Lunch at a picnic site
  • Game drive until late afternoon
  • Drive to Mto wa Mbu Escarpment for an overnight stay and dinner at  Lake Manyara Lodge/Manyara Serena Hotel on full board basis

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

Highlights;

  • Drive to Olduvai Gorge and Serengeti 
  • See The Great Rift valley 
  • Clearance into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
  • A view of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit Olduvai Gorge “The Cradle of Mankind”
  • Game drive towards the Endless Plains with views of Maasai Bomas along the way.
  • Park entry and clearance into the Serengeti National Park and proceed with game drive
  • Lunch at the picnic site
  • Watch the sunset against the magnificent Endless Plains “Serengeti”
  • Drive to Melia Serengeti/Serengeti Serena Lodge for an overnight stay and dinner on full board
  • Night creature sounds (Mostly lions and hyenas)

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.

Highlights;

  • Have breakfast and watch the Sunrise against majestic Serengeti plains 
  • Game drive across the Serengeti following the Great Migration depends on their location and time of the year
  • You might witness predators (mostly lions and cheetahs) on the hunt
  • Bird watching
  • Lunch at the picnic site
  • Proceed with game drive until late afternoon
  • Drive to Melia Serengeti/Serengeti Serena Lodge for an overnight stay on full board
  • Watch the Sunset against the majestic Endless Plains and have dinner 
  • Night creature sounds (Mostly lions, jackals and hyenas)

 

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.

Highlights;

  • Have breakfast and watch the Sunrise against the magnificent Serengeti plains 
  • Game drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area gate clearance.
  • Visit a Maasai Boma for an orientation with the Maasai and witness a traditional Maasai Dance
  • Descend the crater and proceed with game drive
  • Picnic lunch at the Hippo Pool.
  • Ascend the crater and drive to Neptune Ngorongoro Luxury Lodge/The Manor at Ngorongoro for an overnight stay and dinner on full board

Day 8: Arusha – Zanzibar Island 

The exotic spice island of Zanzibar is a land of sun-kissed beaches, Arabian dhows and swaying palms, where the rich smell of spice in Stone Town’s old quarter mingles with colonial and Arabic architecture to create a perfect getaway island. Zanzibar’s glorious scenery, fascinating culture and remarkable history makes any visit to the island a captivating experience, with beaches and reefs to explore, plantations to wander through and a rich history of conquests, slavery and pirates to investigate. 

Highlights;

  • Drive to Arusha
  • Transfer to Arusha Airport 
  • Unaccompanied flight to Zanzibar
  • Upon arrival meet up with company rep and transfer to Park Hyatt Zanzibar/Zanzibar Serena Hotel for relaxation, dinner and overnight on half board basis
 

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. 

Highlights;

  • Walking tour around Stone Town
  • Visit historical sites
  • Visit a clove plantation
  • Learn about spices, and their uses.  
  • Prison Island Visit
  • Dinner and overnight at Park Hyatt Zanzibar/Zanzibar Serena Hotel on half board basis

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. 

Highlights;

  • Drive to Nungwi
  • Explore freely
  • Relax and have fun by the beach
  • Dinner and overnight at Essque Zalu Zanzibar/Royal Zanzibar Beach Resort all inclusive

 

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.

Highlight;

  • Unaccompanied day
  • Explore freely
  • Relax and have fun
  • Overnight stay at Essque Zalu Zanzibar/Royal Beach Resort all inclusive

 Day 12: Trip ends in Zanzibar

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.

Included

  • All government taxes/VAT
  • Transfer + Accommodation in Zanzibar as mentioned in the tour description
  • Park fees in all the parks
  • Accommodation while in Safari on full board basis
  • Drinking water
  • Transportation in a customized a 4*4 Land cruiser all with pop-up roof to facilitate game viewing and photography
  • All game drives as mentioned in the tour description
  • Services of professional tour driver/guide
  • Internal Flight: Arusha- Zanzibar 
  • Airport transfers as mentioned

Excluded

  • International flights from home and back
  • Tips & porterage
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel insurance
  • Other personal items
  • Cultural visit to a Maasai Village: $30 per person
  • Hot Air Balloon ride $600 per person

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