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Highlights

  • Game drives in the magnificent Serengeti National Park
  • See elephant, hippo, giraffe and all the big cats year-round
  • Witness the dramatic Wildebeest Migration
  • Unwind in a secluded location in Zanzibar
  • Sensational views of powdery white-sand beaches and clear aquamarine waters
  • Easy access to Mnemba Atoll for superb diving and snorkelling

Overview

Spend nine days in some of Tanzania’s premier destinations. Start your adventure in the most tranquil of settings in Arusha, the undisputed gateway town to the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Onsea House is nestled in an idyllic estate with lush, manicured gardens frequented by a variety of exotic birds – there are over 500 recorded species in the area. It is perched on a hill just outside of the town and offers breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe and Mount Meru.

You then move to an intimate tented camp that follows the Wildebeest Migration across Tanzania’s flagship conservation area, the Serengeti National Park. Olakira Migration Camp spends several months in two different locations (southern and northern Serengeti) to ensure front-row seats to all the action. Depending on what time of the year you travel, you could see spectacular river crossings or catch the dramatic calving season. The Serengeti is home to the greatest concentration of wildlife on Earth and is a truly magnificent safari experience.

Finally, get whisked away from the action to a secluded, palm-fringed beach with powder-white sand and crystal-clear turquoise water. Spend your last few days unwinding in the peaceful atmosphere of Matemwe Lodge’s private ocean-front bungalows on Zanzibar’s north-eastern coast. Explore the rest of the Spice Island on day trips to the historical Stone Town and Prison Island, and the fragrant spice plantations. Go snorkelling, scuba diving, sea-kayaking, sailing, or simply just soak up the sun beside the pool or in your hammock.

Summary

  • Tour Duration: 9 Days

Accommodations Visited

Arusha, Tanzania

Onsea House

1 Night
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Itinerary

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Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania!

Arusha, Tanzania
Detailed breakdown

Day 1: Welcome to Tanzania! | 1 Night

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Arusha, Tanzania

After arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be transferred by road to Onsea House just outside Arusha. Receive a warm welcome from the friendly and professional staff, and step into your tranquil and comfortable room. Take a stroll through the gorgeous gardens in the estate, and enjoy a refreshing sundowner drink complimented by breath-taking views of the Maasai Steppe and Mount Meru. Do not miss the chance to savour a sensational meal prepared by renowned chef Axel Janssens, who studied at one of the most prestigious culinary schools in Europe and perfected his art at various Michelin-star restaurants.

Day 2: Journey to the Serengeti | 3 Nights

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Serengeti, Tanzania

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for your scheduled flight the Serengeti. From there, you will take a scenic drive to a mobile camp that follows the Wildebeest Migration throughout the year, Olakira Migration Camp. Settle into your spacious tented suite and get ready for a few days of Serengeti magic.

Days 3-5: Discover the world’s greatest concentration of wildlife

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Serengeti, Tanzania

For the next couple of days, you will explore one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa, renowned for its large population of lions and home to the biggest terrestrial mammal migration on the planet, the Wildebeest Migration. If you are staying at Olakira between June and November, you will be camping in the northern Serengeti's Bolongoja region, a mere 300 metres (980 feet) from a Migration crossing point at the Mara River. Between December and March, Olakira moves south to Ndutu where you will enjoy superlative game viewing and witness the Migration's birthing season (from about February).

Aside from the seasonal Wildebeest Migration, the Serengeti's pleasant climate and abundance of resident wildlife – like buffalo, elephant, giraffe and all the big cats – make it is an excellent year-round game viewing destination.

Be touched by Olakira's nomadic romance, the stamp of authentication for any safari camp. Cosy up beside the camp fire for a tipple and share safari stories while the chefs prepare your mouth-watering meal with organic produce from local farms.

Day 5: Get whisked off to Zanzibar | 4 Nights

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East Coast, Tanzania

After breakfast, you will return to the nearest airstrip for your scheduled short-haul flight to Zanzibar. After landing at Abeid Amani Karume International Airport, you will be transferred by road straight to the superb Matemwe Lodge on the north-eastern coast. Settle into your spacious suite, set in a beautiful garden with sensational views of the powdery white-sand beach and clear aquamarine waters from your private veranda. The comfortable hammock and couch are sure to be your ideal companions for the next few days…

Days 6-9: Relax in an idyllic island paradise

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East Coast, Tanzania

After all the Serengeti action, you might want to do nothing except soak up the sun beside the pool or in your hammock with a refreshing cocktail from the lodge's bar. Pamper yourself with wonderful, de-stressing massages and spa treatments.

If you are feeling active, set out on diving and snorkelling excursions to discover the Mnemba Atoll - a renowned reef and fascinating underwater world. Or simply hop onto one of the lodge's complimentary kayaks and explore the surrounding turquoise waters. Day trips can also be arranged to explore the historical cobbled streets of Stone Town, the island capital's old quarter, buzzing with colourful markets and local flavours.

Feast on fresh seafood combined with local produce in Matemwe's cosy lounge area or around the pool. Lunch is usually a buffet-style blend of African and European dishes, and dinner features various fish, meat and vegetarian options. Marvel at the gorgeous sunset every night with a delicious drink in hand.

Day 9: Farewell East Africa

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Zanzibar, Tanzania

Bid Zanzibar a fond adieu as you are transferred back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport for your scheduled flight to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es Salaam.

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Inclusions

  • Asilia Conservation Charge
  • Concession and Park fees
  • Flight from Arusha to Kogatende
  • Flight from Kogatende to Zanzibar
  • Flight from Zanzibar to DAR
  • Intercamp/airstrip transfers
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Exclusions

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

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Dates Price
2020-01-01 — 2020-01-05 $6,045
2020-01-06 — 2020-01-31 $5,355
2020-02-01 — 2020-02-29 $5,825
2020-03-01 — 2020-03-31 $4,685
2020-06-01 — 2020-06-30 $4,795
2020-07-01 — 2020-07-31 $6,260
2020-08-01 — 2020-08-31 $6,670
2020-09-01 — 2020-10-31 $5,770
2020-11-01 — 2020-11-14 $4,800
2020-12-01 — 2020-12-19 $4,800
2020-12-20 — 2020-12-31 $6,185
Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently. Please treat all pricing as a guide only:
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