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Begin this 11-day Tanzanian tour on glorious Lake Manyara, which is inhabited by thousands of pink-hued flamingos and other intriguing water birds. Enjoy 4x4 game drives in the Lake Manyara National Park - known for its tree-climbing predators - and take refreshing dips in the lodge’s infinity pool with epic views of the sapphire lake waters below.

Head into the Serengeti for two nights on the doorstep of the Great Migration – wildebeest and zebra occasionally running right past the window of your suite. Make your way to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, which is set on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater with incredible views of the extinct volcano and extensive floor that is home to the densest population of animals found anywhere in the world. Your next stop is Tarangire Sopa Lodge nestled in a wooded valley within the Tarangire National Park and inhabited by black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants in Africa.

Fragrant Zanzibar and historical Stone Town are next up, where you and your family stay at Kisiwa House, which has remained in the same family since the reign of the most infamous 19th-century Sultan of Oman. From inner city to island getaway, your final destination is Sultan Sands Island Resort in the east-coast village of Kiwengwa, where you find it easy to balance watersports action with toes-in-sand relaxation and family time.

Itinerary Highlights

  • Opportunity to witness the Great Migration in season
  • Explore Ngorongoro Crater’s phenomenal wildlife 
  • Visit Tarangire’s black rhino & Africa’s largest elephants
  • Stay in national monument in historical Stone Town
  • Relax at island resort near Kiwengwa

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1

Begin at Lake Manyara

You are met by a representative in Arusha and transferred by vehicle to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge, which is situated in the northern Tanzanian village of Mto wa Mbu. Built high on the edge of a towering escarpment, this glorious lakeside lodge affords commanding views over the glistening waters of Lake Manyara, stretching 50km along the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment. With more than 400 species recorded, the lake and its national park are a fantastic introduction to Tanzania’s prolific birdlife. The lodge is fronted by a vast infinity pool, the water’s edge seemingly flowing directly into the lake below to create the illusion that you are swimming with thousands of flamingos.

Sit down to a buffet lunch in the Maasai-inspired dining room overlooking the lake where a pink haze of flamingos compete for your attention with long-crested eagles and grey-headed kingfishers. Head out in the afternoon on a 4x4 game drive in the national park known for its tree-climbing leopards and lions. Big cats aside, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, giraffe – some so dark in colour that they appear to be black from a distance – and a variety of antelope and monkey inhabit this untamed wilderness.

Days 2-3

Be awestruck by the Serengeti

After breakfast, bid farewell to the friendly staff at Lake Manyara Serena Lodge and take the drive to Serengeti National Park. Synonymous with the Great Migration that occurs annually between May and October, this reserve is Tanzania’s stalwart and on the must-do list of every safari enthusiast. Serengeti Sopa Lodge is a tranquil oasis on the doorstep of this mass ungulate exodus with wildebeest and zebra sometimes running right past the window of your African-themed suite.

Make yourself comfortable for lunch in the open-air dining area from where you are afforded possibly the most spectacular view this side of the game-rich Serengeti plains. Set off on an afternoon 4x4 game drive within the Big 5 national park famous not only for thousands of zebra and wildebeest during migration season but also for its dense predator population as well as numerous Nile crocodiles.

Then it is back into the 4x4 for your evening drive and a chance to take in some of the Serengeti’s fascinating birdlife. Grey-breasted spurfowl and parrot-like Fischer's lovebird are highlights of your twitching experience. Back at the lodge, armchair game viewing is enjoyed from your suite’s balcony from where you are able to keep an eye on the waterhole and ready your camera to snap a giraffe with legs splayed drinking in the soft light of dusk. Evenings are never short of entertainment with Maasai dancers and the staff choir joining for a most harmonious accompaniment to your 3-course dinner.

Days 4-5

Discover the Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, drive through the scenic Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge where you arrive in time for a marvellous lunch on the eastern rim of the caldera. This luxurious accommodation offers awe-inspiring views of this extinct volcano crater and its extensive floor, which is home to the densest population of animals found anywhere in the world. Make the most of sunny days in the swimming pool peering into the crater with forever rolling hills and purple mountains beyond.

Take a 4x4 tour of the floor, with a sumptuous picnic lunch packed if exploring for the entire day. On your way down, scan the forests for brilliant birds and curious monkeys, admiring the uninterrupted view across Lake Natron and to Mount Kilimanjaro in the distance. With 600-metre high walls, this mineral-rich volcanic floor of open grasslands is arguably the world’s most prime Big 5 location, its nutritious grasses much to the liking of large herds of zebra, wildebeest and buffalo. Endangered black rhino and some of the largest tusker elephants in Africa also make the impressive list of wildlife found here.

Day 6

Be bewitched by Tarangire

Depart this morning for Tarangire Sopa Lodge, a peaceful retreat nestled in a wooded valley on the eastern side of the Tarangire River within the Tarangire National Park. Home to the highest concentration of elephants in Africa, this park is also a twitchers’ paradise with an enormous number of endemic bird species. This African village-style lodge is a playground for elephants, which can often be seen feeding on acacia trees right outside the rooms. On your afternoon game drive, pass hillocks and baobab trees, and traverse grasslands dotted with hundreds of termite mounds, some of which are inhabited by dwarf mongoose. In season, migratory zebra and wildebeest are spotted in vast numbers and, bumping along the riverbank, you might catch sight of a yellow-collared lovebird, bright as a jewel against the evening sky.  

Day 7

Set off for the Spice Island

This morning you are transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight to Zanzibar where you are chauffeured to Kisiwa House in historical Stone Town. Conveniently located on a quiet street near to shops, restaurants, museums and beaches, this landmark has belonged to the same family since the reign of the most infamous 19th-century Sultan of Oman. With a remarkable collection of antique furniture, brass ornaments and Persian rugs, the hotel’s interior design is a charming reflection of Zanzibari history. Hanging plants, tranquil water features and traditional Taarab music make the Courtyard Lounge the ideal setting to linger over a freshly brewed coffee or traditional Zanzibar tea. 

Days 8-10

Beach bliss on Zanzibar

After a sumptuous breakfast on the roof terrace with captivating views of Stone Town’s harbour and the Indian Ocean, you are chauffeured to the Sultan Sands Island Resort in the east-coast village of Kiwengwa. Set in tropical garden with over a thousand palm trees, this idyllic beach resort of traditional African architecture is an island home away from home. The Oasis Spa will restore body and mind, while the extensive range of water sports offered on the cerulean water fronting the resort are sure to send your adrenaline levels surging. Kivuli Bar & Restaurant offers a delightful toes-in-the-sand dining experience, while Mawimbi Bar is a convivial spot serving ice-cold drinks and fruity cocktails. Retiring to your thatched-roof bungalow each evening you are afforded gorgeous views from your furnished verandah.

Relax in the tropical sun or wallow in the gin-clear waters – try snorkelling and scuba diving on the nearby coral reef or enjoy the thrill of water skiing. Unwind with a good book on the stylish sun beds around the pool. Gather the family together for a game of tennis on the floodlit court or take a dreamy stroll along Sultan Sands’ pristine beach before a sumptuous 4-course dinner in the seaside restaurant.

Day 11

Homeward bound

After breakfast this morning you are transferred to Zanzibar International Airport for your departure home.

Inclusions

  • 6 nights accommodation on full board basis
  • 1 nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis
  • 3 nights accommodation on dinner, bed and breakfast basis
  • Game drives in Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Tarangire National Park
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Scheduled flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • Government taxes and levies
  • Park entrance fees
  • Medical evacuation cover

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Apr 2014 - 31 May 2014 $3150
  • 01 Jun 2014 - 31 Oct 2014 $4140
  • 01 Nov 2014 - 20 Dec 2014 $3790
  • 21 Dec 2014 - 31 Dec 2014 $4140

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Liesel van Zyl

Liesel van Zyl

Product Manager

"Enjoy this comprehensive safari experience topped with an all inclusive blissful beach break - a perfect combination."

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