26 Aug 2023
10 Days Best African Safari Vacation.
Safari Overview. Embark on an epic African adventure with our unbeatable Tanzania safari program! Brace yourself for the ultimate thrill as we journey to the heart of northern Serengeti, where millions of wildebeest cross the Mara River in a stunning display of nature's raw power. But that's not all – we'll also explore the world-renowned Ngorongoro conservation area, where exotic wildlife roam free and the scenery is nothing short of breathtaking. For the ultimate safari experience, you'll want to join us between June and October, when the river crossing is at its peak, or from December to March when the herds migrate southward to calving grounds in southern Serengeti. And if you want to take your adventure to new heights, we highly recommend adding a balloon safari to your itinerary – it's an experience you'll never forget! So, what are you waiting for? Join us on our Tanzania safari and create unforgettable memories that will last a lifetime! Day 1. Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Upon arrival at the International Airport, you will be warmly welcomed. One of our knowledgeable safari guides will meet you and make you feel at home. Your journey begins with a friendly guide. You will be escorted to your opulent lodging in the lavish city of Arusha. Our professional guides are dedicated to highlighting all the hidden gems of Tanzania, ensuring an unbeaten experience from start to finish. So, take a moment to unwind and prepare to embark on an extraordinary adventure with us! Today you’ll stay at Rivertrees Country Inn Lodge About the Lodge Rivertrees Country Inn is a serene retreat at the base of Mount Meru. The extensive gardens feature fig trees and playful Sykes' monkeys, while the sound of the nearby river creates a peaceful atmosphere. The inn offers luxurious stays throughout the gardens, forest, and riverbank, catering to a diverse range of preferences. Day 2. Arusha – Tarangire National Park. After your breakfast this morning, your knowledgeable private guide will meet you and take you to Tarangire National Park. At the park's entrance, you may experience a slight delay depending on the level of activity. Game viewing will begin as soon as you enter the park. After an extensive game drive, you will stay at Nyikani Tarangire Camp. About the Camp For the next two nights, you'll stay at Nyikani Tarangire Camp. This exclusive camp, situated among a collection of Acacia and Kigelia trees, is conveniently located near the Tarangire River. It boasts twelve deluxe and tastefully designed safari tents that provide optimal privacy throughout the surrounding bushveld. The camp is located in a breathtaking region of the park where a variety of animals routinely go from the west hills to the east wetlands, as well as from the north to the south along the river. Following your arrival at the camp, you can unwind and then embark on an exhilarating game drive with your guide this afternoon. Also, you may discuss the option of partaking in a magical night drive during your stay. Extra Activity! Looking to add a spark of adventure to your wedding anniversary, family reunion, or honeymoon? Or perhaps you're just craving a one-of-a-kind experience during your safari? Look no further than a heavenly bush dinner, nestled on the plains of the Tarangire National Park. This is dining at its most daring and romantic! Picture this: your table is set up outside the camp, amidst the vast savannah plains, but close enough to feel safe. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking sunset over the Tarangire and the crackling of the roaring campfire, all while indulging in a sumptuous dinner. Gaze up at the sky, twinkling with a thousand stars as you listen to the sounds of the wild - from the bleating zebras and wildebeests of the great migration to the awe-inspiring roar of the mighty lion. An experience that will stay with you forever! WE CAN ADD THIS TO YOUR ITINERARY AT AN EXTRA COST. Day 3. Full day on safari in Tarangire National Park Get ready for an unforgettable adventure in Tarangire! Set off early and prepare for the ultimate wildlife experience. In this incredible park, you'll roam through the swamps and woodlands in a custom-designed vehicle, or go off the beaten path and journey on foot from camp. Fun fact: Tarangire National Park boasts the highest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti ecosystem! Don't let this gem of a park slip under your radar – spanning over 1,100 square miles, Tarangire's stunning landscapes and fantastic wildlife will take your breath away. In the dry season, animals flock to the river, their only source of water for miles around. You'll witness herds of elephants from afar, sometimes totaling up to a whopping 300 Elephants, as you venture through the wild, be sure to keep an eye out for the majestic wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, and eland, gracefully making their migratory journey. Later today you’ll return to your safari camp for an overnight. Day 4. Depart from Tarangire and make a stop at Lake Manyara en route to the Ngorongoro Crater. We will depart from Tarangire and proceed towards Lake Manyara, where we will enjoy a game drive through the park the duration of which will depend on the sightings along the way. We will have ample time to explore the northern region of the park and indulge in a leisurely picnic lunch before continuing our journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Authority Area. Upon entering this distinguished area, we will ascend higher on a narrow and winding path, experiencing a shift from the drier lowlands to a lush rainforest-like ecosystem of mature trees and hanging vines. Upon arrival at the crater rim, take a moment to pause and appreciate the breathtaking view of the crater floor from the designated viewpoint. Afterward, make your way to Rhino Lodge, where you will be lodging tonight. About this Lodge This exceptional lodge is situated in an isolated area on the untamed edge of the crater rim, providing an unmatched wildlife encounter while also providing an authentic glimpse into the surrounding landscape and culture. Day 5. Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park. Your private guide will accompany you on a full-day excursion to experience the Ngorongoro Crater. Conveniently located only 25 minutes away from the Soneto Descent Road, Rhino Lodge offers the opportunity to be among the first cars down to the crater floor in the morning to capture the spectacular golden light. Recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage site and renowned as one of the most iconic wildlife areas globally, the Ngorongoro Crater is an impressive natural phenomenon. Created approximately two to three million years ago, the Crater is the world's largest inactive and intact volcanic caldera, formed after a massive explosion that led to its collapse. Across an area of 100 square miles, the crater's floor is mainly covered by grasslands, two small wooded areas, and a seasonal Salt Lake, also known as Lake Magadi or Lake Makat, at the center of the crater. The eastern crater wall features the Ngoitokitok, which serves as the other significant water source. Wildlife sighting is a relatively easy and exciting experience in the crater, and you can expect to cover a considerable area within a day. Later you’ll proceed to Serengeti National Park for your overnight. Today you’ll overnight at Kati Kati Tented Camp The term "Kati Kati" means "center" in Swahili and is situated in the stunning central Seronera area of the Serengeti. This mobile camp comprises ten en-suite guest tents, ensuring a serene and intimate ambiance that's further enhanced by the amiable staff. Revel in an authentic bush experience while staying at this camp, and relish snacks and beverages around the campfire in congenial company, recounting your safari exploits of the day. Savour a moment to yourself in the lounge tent or library when not out exploring the wilderness, or simply soak up the untamed landscape while relaxing on your veranda, scanning for wildlife sightings. Day 6 – 7. Serengeti National Park. You will have a total of two days at your disposal to indulge in a private safari in Serengeti, an exceptional wildlife viewing destination throughout the year thanks to the abundance of games that call this area their home. An array of species such as zebra, topi, gazelles, impala, buffalo, and giraffe can be frequently spotted going about their routines in the region. While leopard sightings are rare, lions tend to be nearby. This lush and rolling grassland where watercourses are dotted with trees marks the northernmost location of the migration journey, alongside Kenya's Masai Mara. From July to October, the herds congregate on both banks of the Mara River, often braving the crocodiles as they cross back and forth in response to local weather conditions that only they appear to have grasped. While watching the renowned "River Crossing" is a must-do for many explorers, the event is unpredictable and ultimately subject to chance. You’ll stay in Mara Kati Kati Tented Camp The camp presents a remarkable chance to relish an authentic safari camp encounter while indulging in comfortable accommodations. It is nestled in the north of Serengeti, a mere ten-minute drive from Mara River. At the heart of the camp lies a warm and welcoming mess tent, where delectable meals are served. Indulge in appetizers and snacks before dinner by the campfire, set ablaze every evening. Guests can accommodate themselves in ten double tents, equipped with en-suite amenities. Additionally, a family tent is also available that can comfortably accommodate two adults and two children. Day 8. Serengeti National Park – Zanzibar Your flight schedule will determine whether you can embark on a final game drive with your guide before their departure. Afterward, you will take an internal flight to Zanzibar via a scenic light aircraft adventure. Once you arrive at Zanzibar Airport, you will be warmly welcomed and transferred to Fumba Beach Hotel. Located beachfront, you will be staying for four nights on a half-board basis, experiencing a wonderful retreat amidst the beautiful landscape. Day 9-10. Unwind and appreciate the exquisite beauty of Zanzibar. During your stay in Zanzibar, you will have three entire days at your disposal to discover the island at your own pace. Whether you choose to engage in a wide variety of activities or simply take it easy and relax, the choice is entirely yours. Numerous exciting adventures await you, such as visits to the tortoise sanctuary on Prison Island or the Zanzibar red colobus monkey habitat in Jozani Forest. Additionally, you may want to consider taking a day trip to Stone Town or visiting one of the local spice plantations. At the plantations, you will have an opportunity to engage in a hands-on experience, tasting and smelling Zanzibar's renowned spices. As part of your tour, you will also savor a delicious, locally cooked lunch. All of these and additional activities can be prearranged ahead of time or organized through Fumba Beach Hotel while you are here. Day 11. International Departure. It's time to bid adieu to the mesmerizing Fumba Beach Hotel, for your adventurous soul is craving for more. Buckle up to be driven to Zanzibar Airport for your return international flight, marking the conclusion of your Tanzanian escapade. But wrinkles on the map do not bother a true adventurer like you, so where does your compass lead next? The world is your playground, let the journey unravel.