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10 Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari (North)

On this Highlights of Tanzania safari relax on the beaches of Zanzibar and experience wildlife in the famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

R17,150

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 12700


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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Tanzania, Kenya
Starts Dar es Salaam
Ends Nairobi
Group Size Max 20
Age Range 16 – 65 Years and older
 

 

10 Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari (North) Tour Overview

Departing from Dar es Salaam
Ends in
Nairobi

Experience the highlights of Tanzania on this 10 day East Africa adventure. Relax on the incredible beaches of Zanzibar and experience your ultimate wildlife viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Great combination of beach and bush! The Activity Package allows you to pre-purchase select popular activities, reducing the amount of money you need to take on tour. It is not compulsory.

Included

  • Meals - 9 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 9 Dinner
  • Accommodation
  • Registered guides
  • Transport

Excluded

  • All items of a personal nature
  • Alcohol
  • Soft Drinks
  • Bottled Water
  • Snacks
  • Souvenirs
  • Tips
  • Activity Package and Optional activities

SKU: CAE0439
 

10 Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari (North) Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Zanzibar Excursion

Leaving our truck behind, we climb aboard a local ferry that transports us from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. We are then transferred to the northern part of the island where we devote some time to unwinding on the golden beach. You need not bring your entire backpack to the island as a day pack is usually enough. Upon our arrival in Zanzibar, we are met by a local tour guide who you will be able to arrange extra activities through. There are also various spice and seafood markets to enjoy. We travel to Stone Town where you will be spending the third night before leaving back to Dar es Salaam.

Due to the dominant Islam religion in Zanzibar, conservative clothing should be worn most places except on the beach, where your regular clothes and swimsuits are acceptable. It is recommended that women wear t-shirts and knee-length shorts or skirts in town. The Islamic religion frowns upon the showing of arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should also remain covered and no revealing necklines are acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive, allowing them to wear shirts and shorts. However, on the beach or in our resort, there are no dress codes other than the regular ones adhered to in most pool/public areas.

If you happen to be visiting Zanzibar during the month of fasting (Ramadan), please speak to your local guide about the customs adhered to during this period. Regular eating times during the day are forbidden and most locals will be sure to make you aware of this. Majority of shops and restaurants will be closed during Ramadan, but it is acceptable as a foreigner to have meals at hotels or resorts. Your guide will be able to inform you of what is appropriate and when.

Zanzibar is a semi-independent portion of the United Republic of Tanzania. Comprised of the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean located 25-50 kilometres off the mainland’s coast, Zanzibar is comprised of numerous small islands and two bigger ones, Ungula (the main island informally referred to as Zanzibar) and Pemba. At one point in time, Zanzibar was in fact a completely separate state boasting a lengthy trading history within the Arab world. However, it merged with Tanganyika to create Tanzania in 1964 and still maintains a high level of independence within the union.

Zanzibar is well-known for its supply of spices and it also produces raffia. Tourism is also flourshing in this beautiful city. In addition to this, Zanzibar is also home to the extremely endangered species of the Red Colobus Monkey. The word ‘Zanzibar’ was derived from the Persian term ‘zangi-bar’ meaning ‘coast of the blacks’. However, it is believed that the name could have also originated from the Arabic ‘Zayn Z’al Barr’ meaning ‘fair is this land’. ‘Zanzibar’ frequently refers specifically to Unguja Island and is sometimes referred to as the Spice Islands, though this term is more often associated with the Indonesian Maluku Islands.

Accommodation: Two Per Room: Amaan Bungalows (2 nights in the NW of the island)  or  Ocean View Hotel (1 night in Stonetown)  or similar
Facilities: En-suites Per Room Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry ± 80km, Stone Town to Nungwi Beach ±60-70 km
Included Highlight:  Spice Tour and City Tour
Optional Activities: Swimming with Dolphins

PLEASE NOTE: If you have not purchased the Activity Package, you will be staying at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for these three days.

Day 4

Dar es Salaam – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar behind, we climb aboard a ferry that transports us back to Dar es Salaam, where we return to our truck. We make our way to Bagamoyo who’s name means “lay down your heart” and goes back to the days of slavery.  Drop you bags and spend the rest of the day in the warm Indian ocean.

Accommodation: Camp: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry ±80 km; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo ± 80 km
Included Highlight: Stone Town

Day 5

Arusha, Tanzania

Today we embark on a picturesque drive to Arusha where we will spend the night. Enclosed by some of Africa’s most well-known landscapes and National Parks, Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru – on the eastern edge of the Great Rift Valley’s eastern branch. The city experiences mostly balmy weather due to its location on the hills of Mount Meru. Within close proximity to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park and Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha contains its very own National Park, situated on Mount Meru. The main industry of this area is agriculture. Producers of huge vegetables and flowers send superb produce to Europe. Small-scale farming was negatively impacted by the somewhat recent ‘coffee crisis’ and has therefore transformed into mostly subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant as well as a big pharmaceuticals manufacturer.

Accommodation: Camp: Ndoro Lodge no website available
Facilities: Campsite with Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered
Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha ±550 km

Day 6 - 8

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion, Tanzania

Today we set off on an optional three night camping adventure in the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This region contains one of the most dense animal varieties in all of Africa. We are given time to visit the Oldupai gorge and museum on our first day journeying from Arusha to Ngorongoro. Our Serengeti expedition takes place in an open-topped 4X4 safari vehicle in order to take on the obstacles we come across whilst driving through the Park’s gravelly and narrow roads. For those who opt not to partake in this excursion, simply devote your time to relaxing and soaking in the sun as well as the vibrant local cultures surrounding you. Be sure to take with you a small day pack with a change of clothing, binoculars, cameras, warm clothes (for the cold rim of the crater), plenty of insect repellent, a few dollars for tips and curios, provisions and, of course, your sleeping bag and pillow. There is also a variety of Optional Activities in which to partake for those who aren’t going on this expedition, including a range of Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking, village tours and other day trips.

The Serengeti is world famous for hosting the biggest and longest overland migration on earth, deemed a ‘natural travel wonder of the world’. During October, almost 2 million herbivores journey from the hills of the north to the plains of the south, crossing through the Mara River in search of food and water. During April, these animals return to the north via the west, once more crossing the Mara. This spectacle is often called the Circular Migration. More than 250 000 wildebeest are fated to die along the trip from Tanzania to the Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total distance of 800 kilometres. Their death is frequently caused due to wounds, exhaustion or by being hunted by the stalking predators that follow close behind the herds. Around 70 bigger mammals and approximately 500 various bird species can be found in this migration. The massive assortment of species that composes the migration is due to the wide range of habitats ranging from river forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Some of the common mammals that can be spotted in this area are Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos.

The Ngorongoro region makes up part of the ecosystem of the Serengeti and, to the northwest it meets the Serengeti National Park and lies adjacent to the southern plains of the Serengeti. These plains spread to the north into the unguarded Loliondo division and are open to wildlife due to the farming habits of the Masai. Volcanic highlands lie to the south and west of the region whilst the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall defines the southern and eastern boundaries. This wall serves to prohibit animals migrating in these directions.

Accommodation: Bush Camp: Seronera Campsite, Simba Campsite  or similar
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Arusha to Serengeti National Park ±250 km
Optional Activity: Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)

For more information on the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater Camping Excursion please click here

Day 9

Arusha, Tanzania

Our group meets up today and we have the opportunity to swap tales of our wondrous experiences we’ve had over the past couple of days.

Accommodation: Ndoro Lodge  no website available
Facilities: Shared Ablutions Please visit the website of the accommodation provider for a full list of the facilities offered.
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha ±250 km

Day 10

Nairobi, Kenya

Once we’ve crossed the border into Kenya, we carry onwards to Nairobi. Tour ends

‘Nairobi’ is derived from the Masai phrase ‘Enkare Nyirobi’ meaning ‘the place of cool waters’. However, it is most well-known as the ‘green city in the sun’ and is surrounded by a number of growing villa suburbs. Nairobi was established in 1899 as a rail depot on the railway joining Mombasa and Uganda and developed rapidly, becoming the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and finally the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. Throughout the colonial years of Kenya, Nairobi developed into a centre for the colony’s tea, coffee and sisal industry and is presently the most inhabited city of East Africa with an approximation of around 3 million people.

Nairobi is currently one of the most important cities of Africa in both politics and finance. Plenty of companies and organisations now exist in Nairobi, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa. The city is now the central point of business and culture with the Nairobi Stock Exchange (one of the largest in Africa) and is thus ranked fourth with regards to trading quantity and being able to produce 10 million trades daily.

Accommodation Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through us
Route: Arusha to Nairobi ±270 km
Optional Activity: Dinner at Local Restaurant
Border Post: Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

 

10 Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari (North) Activities

The Activity Package (optional on this trip) includes the following:

  • Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people) Tanzania ZAR12700 


Other Activities

  • Zanzibar Sunset Sailing Trips, Snorkelling and more
  • Zanzibar Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more
  • Nairobi Dinner Out

 

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10 Day Highlights of Tanzania Safari (North) Price

R17,150

+ Optional Activity Package ZAR 12700


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