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The world’s biggest zoo – Tanzania

Home to 'the Big Five', a big mountain and a whole host of experiences, Tanzania is a must for every traveller who sets foot on the African continent.

Bursting with wildlife, the national parks of Tanzania will have you continually reaching for your camera. Travelling across the undulating plains of the Serengeti, go in search of the iconic Big Five: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. Descending into the dramatic Ngorongoro Crater, a microcosm of famous east African scenery and wild game, lose yourself in the herds of zebra and wildebeest.

 

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

  • For an ideal start of a Tanzanian safari, stop at Arusha coffee lodge. Relax in the luxurious colonial atmosphere, with the wonderful views of the towering Mount Meru.
  • Acquaint yourself with Arusha, Tanzania's safari capital. Small by African standards, with a pleasant climate and lush green surrounds, the city exudes a friendly, small-town vibe. Here you can explore the Ngaramtoni Market for some exceptional handicraft shopping.
  • Move on to Tarangire National park, noted for its Elephant population and spectacular baobabs of every shape creating a beautiful setting. Walking safaris are a specialty here, and the guides make the experience unforgettable.
  • Depart to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley. Stop by the charming village of Tengeru and learn more about this community. Then try to spot Lake Manyara's legendary tree-climbing lions and watch out for the herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo roaming the surrounding plains of this stunning national park.
  • Move on to Ngorongoro and descend into the '8th Wonder of the World', a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo).
  • Transfer to Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight to the Kogatende airstrip in the Northern Serengeti.
  • Travel to the Serengeti, where golden plains stretch as far as the eye can see.
  • At dawn and dusk explore the unrelenting cycle of life on the African savanna and uncover the many animals that call Serengeti its home. The Northern Serengeti supports a good number of resident herbivores including giraffe, hippo, topi, impala and Thomson's gazelle.
  • To pamper yourself after this exhilarating journey relax in the lap of luxury, by the ** shores of Zanzibar.
  • Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000, Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar where little has changed in the last 200 years.
  • You may take a full day trip to the North East of Zanzibar to experience some local villages, stop by Jozani forest to visit the home of red colobus monkeys and visit Paje and Michamvi Beach( North East ) for relaxation or a swim.
  • Be it kitesurfing, diving, snorkeling, spa treatment, cruising on a dhow or sipping a martini, whatever fancies you – Zanzibar has it all.
  • Try to spot big cats lazing in the sun during an early-morning game drive. Soak up final views of the sweeping Serengeti plains while enjoying a picnic lunch, before travelling on to the immense Ngorongoro Crater. The following day, descend to the floor of volcanic Ngorongoro on a 4x4 safari. An abundance of species coexist in this area, including gazelle, zebra, buffalo and elephant.
  • Wind down through the Rift Valley to Tarangire National Park. Embark on a game drive through the acacia woodlands and expansive grasslands to our eco-lodge accommodation, keeping a keen eye out for herds of elephant and sauntering giraffe.
  • Return to Arusha. Why not get the group together for a final dinner and recount the trip highlights.

DID YOU KNOW

  • A lot of migratory animals aim to reside here during the dry season. You can see groups and herds of animals like 600 elephants followed by zebras, buffalos and oryxes who ventured from the Maasai to the Tarangire in search for water. There are also a few lions prowling around and looking for unsuspecting preys around the jungle. Some of the other animals that you may see here are antelopes, warthogs, hippos, cheetahs, leopards, foxes, jackals and waterbucks.
  • depart to the beautiful Lake Manyara, a shallow alkaline lake that shimmers in a cleft in the Great Rift Valley.
  • Stop by the charming village of Tengeru and learn more about the local Meru community. Then try to spot Lake Manyara's legendary tree-climbing lions and watch out for the herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo roaming the surrounding plains of this stunning national park. tucked below the majesty of the Rift Valley wall, Lake Manyara National Park consists of a thin green band of forest, flanked by the sheer 600 m high red and brown cliffs of the escarpment on one side and by the white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake on the other.
  • Acacia woodland shelters the park's famous tree climbing lions, lying languidly among the branches in the heat of the day. Lake Manyara safaris offers many unique views including elephant, giraffe, buffalo and wildebeest can be found grazing in unexpected clearings or heading towards the water to drink or wash, and the rivers and riverbeds provide scenic vistas for possible animal spotting. Warthog seem to thrive here, growing notably fat and tuskered, and it is a natural playground for baboons and monkeys.
  • Ngorongoro descend into the '8th Wonder of the World', a unique biosphere that has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. Enclosed within its towering walls are grasslands, swamps, forests, saltpans, a fresh water lake and a glorious variety of birdlife. Here too are all the members of the 'Big Five' (lion, elephant, rhino, leopard and buffalo) as well as a large cast of plains game and one of Africa's densest populations of predators. Enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor before driving back to your lodge for relaxation before dinner.
  • Transferred this morning to the Manyara airstrip for your scheduled flight Regional Air ETD 0840hrs arriving at the Kogatende airstrip at 0930hrs in the Northern Serengeti.
  • Travel to the Serengeti, where golden plains stretch as far as the eye can see. Venture through the wilderness and around rocky outcrops on safari to uncover the many animals that call the Serengeti home. Explore the national park at dawn and dusk, when both predator and prey are most active. Witness firsthand the unrelenting cycle of life on the African savanna. Try to spot big cats lazing in the sun during an early-morning game drive. Soak up final views of the sweeping Serengeti plains while enjoying a picnic lunch.
  • Spend three days with morning and afternoon game viewing drives. Other activities available include interpretative bush walks, walking safaris, bush breakfasts, and cultural visits. The Northern Serengeti supports a good number of resident herbivores including giraffe, hippo, topi, impala and Thomson's gazelle.
  • This area is home to the largest remaining concentrations of elephants and buffalo in the Serengeti. All four large carnivores (lion, leopard, cheetah and hyena) are also resident in the Northern Serengeti. Set close to the banks of the Mara River, and boasting dramatic views out across the wide plains of the northern Serengeti, Sayari Camp offers an exclusive window and unparalleled access to the greatest migration on the planet. And it does it all in remarkable luxury, with 15 tasteful hillside suites to retire to after a day of safari adventure.
  • Intimate, stylish and elegant, it's no surprise that this luxury Serengeti lodge is regularly voted one of the top safari escapes on the planet.

WHEN TO TRAVEL

The best time to go to Tanzania for the Serengeti Migration is between November and August but you'll need to be in the right place at the right time to catch all the action. General game viewing in the Serengeti and Tanzania's other parks is at its peak during the June to October dry season. Mount Kilimanjaro is best climbed either between July and October or January to March, while the best time to visit Tanzania's coast, its islands and Zanzibar is between August and October - avoid the coast during the long rains of March to May

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