• Maramboi Walking Activity
  • Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge
  • Unguja Beach Lodge
  • Maramboi Tented Camp

Tanzania Walking, Safari & Beach Holiday

This is one of our most popular trips, combining the best of Northern Tanzania’s safari destinations, such as the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, nature walks in the Usambara Mountains and a relaxing  beach holiday on Zanzibar Island.

DAY 1: Arrival

Transfer by luxury coach and 4×4 vehicle from Dar-es-Salaam to the Usambara Mountains, a mountain range and boidiversity hotspot that forms part of the Eastern Arc Mountains, which stretch from Kenya through Tanzania. Check into your lodge located approximately 20 km outside Lushoto. This spacious, colonial-era farmhouse is perched on a beautiful green hillside, a most relaxing and peaceful retreat. Anna, your host, will make you feel at home in their cosy and comfortable facilities.

Overnight at Mountain Lodge on Full board basis.

DAY 2: Usambara Mountains

Mullers Lodge is very near the Magamba Forest Reserve, where you can enjoy nature walks ranging from 2 to 10 hours. Some of the more popular walks are the Waterfall, River Loop, and Mountain Top and Grant’s Loop walk. The area is well known for it’s rich bird life, so get your binoculars out!

Overnight at Mountain Lodge on Full board basis.

DAY 3: Usambara Mountains

A nature walk to Irente viewpoint, part of Tanzania’s cultural tourism programme – entirely run by members of the local community. The proceeds are invested in improvement of farming and irrigation systems to raise the local standard of living. Irente viewpoint, reached after couple of hours, provides spectacular views over Maasai plains almost 1000m below. On the way back you will visit Irente Farm for a lovely homemade lunch.

Overnight at Mountain Lodge on Full board basis.

DAY 4: Arusha

Transfer by 4×4 and luxury coach from Usambara Mountains to Arusha and checking into Karama Lodge, a small family run lodge with ensuite, cosy garden bungalows, famous for their evening buffet.

Overnight at Karama Lodge on Half board basis.

DAY 5: Tarangire National Park

This morning you will depart on your safari and transfer to Tarangire National Park. Tarangire covers approx 2,600 km2 with a landscape characterised by Baobab trees. It derives its name from the Tarangire River, whose permanent waters ensure a high biodiversity year-round with healthy herds of zebras, wildebeest, hartebeest, gazelle, buffalo and elephant. During the dry season, particularly August – October, Tarangire has one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Tanzania.

Overnight at Maramboi Tented Camp (or similar)  on Full board basis

DAY 6-7: Serengeti

Continue to the famous Serengeti National Park. Serengeti in Maasai language means endless plain, which is probably the best description for this flat plateau covered in extensive grasslands, interspersed with rocky outcrops called kopjes. The Serengeti is best known for the wildebeest migration, however large herds of elephants, zebras, giraffes, buffalos, impalas and antelopes can be seen all year round. It is also popular for its lions, cheetahs, hippos, crocodiles, large birds (e.g. ostrich) and little birds (e.g. superb starling). Balloon safaris in either the Seronera area or Western Corridor of the Serengeti are available on request.

Overnight at a Safari Lodge / Tented Camp (depending on season) on Full board basis.

DAY 8: Ngorongroro Crater

Leave the plains of the Serengeti behind and transfer back in the direction of Arusha to the Ngorongoro Crater through the Ngorongoro Conservancy. The Ngorongoro Crater is a spectacular caldera (inward collapsed volcano) with a diameter of 19 km and a depth of 600 m. It houses a great number of species, including wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, buffalos, elephants, lions, hippos, a large flock of lesser flamingos and last but not least black rhinos.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Rhino Lodge (or similar) on Full board basis.

DAY 9: Crater Game Drive

An early descent into the crater for a game drive (6 hours game drive max). Afterwards you will return to Arusha.

Overnight at Karama Lodge (or similar) on Half board basis

DAY 10: Travel to Zanzibar

After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival at Zanzibar airport, you will be transferred to the Southern tip of the island and check into Unguja Lodge.

The best known coastal area is the Zanzibar Archipelago, comprising two main islands Unguja or better known as Zanzibar and Pemba, and about 50 smaller islets. The Zanzibar Archipelago offers palm-fringed white sandy beaches, turquoise waters with pristine coral reefs and an eclectic history. It has ideal beach weather for most of the year, except for the rainy season during April and May, and is blessed with an average of 7-8 hours sunshine/day. A pleasant sea-breeze is often present to relieve the summer heat.

Unguja lodge is peaceful and secluded. It is well away Zanzibar’s busy tourist beaches, and the whole concept of the lodge has been developed to ensure it works in harmony with the natural environment and the people who live around it. This philosophy gives the place a distinctive air of tranquility that makes your stay a genuinely relaxing and enriching experience. Various day excursions are available on the island which can be booked and arranged through the lodge.

Overnight Unguja Lodge or similar, Sea View Villa, Half board basis

DAY 11-13: Zanzibar Beaches

Just indulge and relax under a coconut palm on the beach with spectacular views across the coral reefs and the azure Indian Ocean beyond. Additional activities can be arranged through the lodge.

Overnight Unguja Lodge or similar, Sea View Villa, Half board basis

DAY 14: Jozani Forest and Stone Town

Day trip to Jozani Forest – home of the Red Colobus monkey – only found on Zanzibar. Jozani has an excellent nature trail to discover the impressive flora and fauna of this island. Some time left in afternoon to further explore Stone Town and maybe try Forodhani Gardens for an infamous Zanzibar pizza.

Overnight at The Swahili House on a Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 15: Stone Town

It has always had powerful trading links with Arabia and Persia, providing a gateway for amongst others slaves, gold, ivory, wood, spices, glass and textiles. In Stone Town, you will be staying at a hotel with the feel of a traditional Zanzibarian house, conveniently located for exploring the labyrinth of narrow streets. Visit the Beit el Ajaib (formerly Sultan’s palace), the Old Fort, the Anglican Cathedral and Old Slave Market and you get a real taste of Stone Town’s exotic history.

Overnight at The Swahili House on a Bed and breakfast basis.

DAY 16: Departure

Last day on Spice Island Early morning pick up for return flight to Dar in time for your connection home.

 

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The above itinerary is a suggested sample tour and can be tailored to suit your requirements, interests and budget.

Price is subject to availability and subject to change due to currency fluctuation and peak season supplements.

Terms and Conditions apply.

 

When

From January - December

Price

On request

Includes

Accommodation & meals, Safari in private vehicle, Activities & Park Fees as indicated.

"There is no question that the whole family would agree this is the best holiday we have ever been on. The organisation was superb, the experience unbeatable - Northern Tanzania Adventure Camping Safari

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- Graham Botwright

 
 
 
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