Proving that experience is not confined by budget, this 11-day tour delivers a high-quality safari and beach holiday without breaking the bank. Perfect for couples and honeymooners as well as first-time safari travelers, the itinerary makes use of local flights rather than road transfers, giving you more time to relax and explore at your destinations.
Beginning with an easy night at a riverside lodge outside Arusha, the first part of the tour combines Tanzania’s must-see Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park, giving you the chance to tick off the Big 5 along with massed herds of migrating wildebeest and zebra. Your Ngorongoro accommodation lies close to the crater rim itself, allowing for spectacular views, while your Serengeti lodge is a mobile affair that sets up in different locations in the path of the Wildebeest Migration to guarantee you front-row seats to the action.
Then it is time to swap the golden grasslands of the Serengeti for the golden sand of Zanzibar’s north-west coast where you enjoy four nights at a secluded spa resort. Equally at ease offering diving and snorkeling tours as well as pampering massages and yoga classes, Hideaway at Nungwi Resort & Spa is the ideal place to wind down after a week on safari.
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be met by a member of the Katikati Safari’s team who will transfer you by road to a private luxury villa house, Onsea House. This gorgeous little town is situated at the base of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro.
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Overnight at Private yet personal with a world-class setting, Onsea House has the balance just right.
Catch a scheduled flight to the Manyara Airstrip and a road transfer to the simple but comfortable SANCTUARY NGORONGORO CRATER CAMP. Set in the shady forest close to the crater rim itself, this authentic tented camp has easy access into the Crater. You begin with an afternoon drive on the crater floor, followed by a full-day safari the next day. The world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, this steep-sided Crater is home to the densest concentration of large animals in Africa and has built its reputation on peerless Big 5 game viewing: look out for elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. Back at camp, you have a classic tented suite to return to, complete with a private bathroom with a hot-water bucket shower, as well as home-cooked meals served under the stars.
A flight from the Manyara Airstrip to the Serengeti means you have time to settle into your new camp before heading out to explore. KICHAKANI SERENGETI CAMP specializes in the Wildebeest Migration, moving easily between three different locations to ensure its guests enjoy grandstand views of the action, whether it is the massed herds on the move, the spectacular birthing season or the raw drama of the river crossings. There is always a great deal else to see on your game drives – abundant plains game and, of course, predators ranging from big cats and wild dogs to hyenas and crocodiles. Morning and afternoon game drives with expert guides take you into the heart of the action. Your tented suite has electric lighting, an en suite bathroom and a private viewing deck complete with easy chairs and a table. Your view from your: the unfettered Serengeti.
A scheduled charter flight takes you from the Serengeti savannah and into the island of Zanzibar. There may be a few stops on the way at other lodges, but before long, you can let your bags hit the floor of your air-conditioned suite and stretch your legs on a powder-soft beach. Set on the island’s idyllic eastern coast, Zuri Zanzibar Hotel & Resort blends privacy, relaxation and adventure in equal portions, allowing its guests to do as much or as little as they like. The resort offers scuba diving and snorkeling trips as well as pampering massages, beauty treatments, yoga sessions and a gym. Sunset dhow (traditional sailboat) cruises and fishing trips are available to book at the resort, while the hotel’s Spice Garden is the ideal spot for a stroll. Tours of Stone Town make for an excellent cultural and historical experience, while the short spice tour imparts insight into why Zanzibar is known as Spice Island.
After breakfast, you are driven back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport for your onward travel arrangements and the end of this tour.
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