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FROM THE SERENGETI TO ZANZIBAR

from £3999
The Serengeti is probably the most famous national park on earth, but it is not the only jewel in Tanzanias crown.
  • Product Code 48400
  • Holiday Type Pioneer Holidays, Rich In Wildlife Holidays, Experiential Holidays
  • Grade

    Grades 1, 2 & 3 - Leisurely grades

    Grades 4, 5 & 6 - Moderate grades

    Grades 7, 8 & 9 - Challenging grades

    Grade 4
  • Holiday Duration 17 Nights

The Serengeti is lion country. As the setting sun lights up the plains, roars reverberate in the distance as local disputes are settled and precedence in the pride reconfirmed. This is the animal kingdom in its most raw and pure form.

The Serengeti is probably the most iconic national park on earth, but it is not the only jewel in Tanzania’s crown. Our journey begins at the base of Kilimanjaro. From here we head west to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for water birds, flamingos, hippos and baboons. This experience is matched only by the magnificent of Ngorongoro Crater, a veritable Garden of Eden. We enjoy a safari on the crater floor amidst the densest collection of mammals on earth.

Next is the Serengeti where the variety of wildlife is overwhelming – lion, cheetah, giraffe, gnu, zebra, antelope – they are all here, and we have enough time to see them all! In the Tarangire National Park our focus is on its huge elephant herds, which can be found scratching the dry riverbed for underground streams.

The core of our walking will take place in the Usambara Mountains located in the north east of Tanzania. We walk between villages and admire spectacular viewpoints, meeting friendly locals on the way.

Our journey ends with a more relaxed pace on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar. We spend one night in Stone Town, before moving to the east coast for some seriously tropical R&R. If golden sand beaches, palm trees, swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters don’t grab your imagination, we have also arranged a spice tour of the island.

This holiday is the perfect blend of walking, safaris and relaxation. Lace up your walking boots, pack your camera and swimwear, and enjoy! 

Holiday Highlights

  • Meander the Serengeti plains and lush Ngorongoro Crater in search of the Big Five.
  • Unwind on the beautiful spice island of the Zanzibar archipelago.
  • Explore four of Tanzania’s most diverse national parks.
  • Admire the rugged landscape of the Usambara Mountains.
  • A local wildlife expert will introduce and educate us on Africa's most prolific wildlife. 
The holiday inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What's included in this holiday Items that are covered in the cost of holiday price.

      Return flights from Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam returning Dar es Salaam to Heathrow via Amsterdam (KLM Airlines). Internal flight Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
      Airport transfers  
      Half board en suite accommodation and ten lunches  
      All excursions, game drives and entrance fees as included in the programme 
      English speaking local guide to enhance your experience 
      All local transport costs. 
Whats not included in this holiday Items that are not covered in the cost of holiday price.

  • Entrance fees to some museums and historic buildings (unless otherwise specified)
  • Personal expenses (such as your bar bill)
  • Discretionary tips
  • Optional excursions
  • Insurance
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Please see Holiday Information Sheet for this holidays individual departures itinerary (located under View Departures & Book tab)

Whilst every effort will be made to adhere to the outlined itinerary and advertised programme, local conditions can change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. This may mean that routes and timings need to be amended or the order of days may change, sometimes at short notice.

This departure: Grade 4

  1. Day 1

    Depart London Heathrow and fly with KLM to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, we will continue directly to our hotel in Moshi for our overnight accommodation. 

  2. Day 2

    In the morning we have the opportunity to visit the New Generation Children Centre in Moshi to meet the children who are supported by the centre. After lunch, we'll take a local walk in Moshi at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.

  3. Day 3

    We travel to Lake Manyara (about 210km/125miles), and stop en route for a packed lunch. On arrival at Manyara National Park we begin the first of our game drives. The park is famous for its enormous wealth of water birds including flocks of flamingos. There are large herds of hippos, monkeys, tree-climbing lions, giraffes and elephants. Later we continue to our hotel at Karatu (about 65km/40miles).

  4. Day 4

    Today we take a walk in the Southern Ngorongoro Conservation area to the elephant’s cave and a spectacular waterfall. The walks will be very leisurely as we take our time to observe the points of interest along the way. Then we return by road to Karatu.

  5. Day 5

    We drive towards the world renowned Serengeti National Park, for the first of our game drives. Recently proclaimed by UNESCO as the 7th worldwide wonder, the park is absolutely teaming with Africa’s most exciting wildlife. Later we return to our camp for the evening.

  6. Day 6

    A further game drive in the Serengeti National Park. Later we return to our camp for the evening.

  7. Day 7

    We drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater (50km/31miles approx). On our approach the views from the edge of the rim are glorious, we drive down to the base of the crater to begin our thrilling game drive. We will have the opportunity to see some of the big 5, including black rhino and lions in both a unique and scenic setting. After we return to our camp for the evening, which also enjoys a scenic setting with views of the Lake Eyasi.

  8. Day 8

    Today we continue on Safari in Ngorongoro and Serengeti Conservation area. And later travel to Karatu for our overnight accommodation.

  9. Day 9

    We travel to Tarangire National park (approximately 170km/105miles). Here we explore a landscape noted for its enormous Baobab trees, birds and wild animals. Later we travel to Moshi for our overnight accommodation.

  10. Day 10

    Travel from Moshi to Usambara Mountains. We anticipate the journey taking around 4-5 hours, (285km/176miles) we will take frequent stops, including a picnic lunch en route, and enjoy the passing views of the plantations and towns. During the afternoon we take a short walk in the Usambara Mountains from our hotel and we may visit a nearby waterfall if time allows. Return to our lodge for the evening.

  11. Day 11

    Today we travel to Lushoto Town to visit the colourful street market. During the afternoon we will walk to Irente viewpoint which provides a breathtaking view of the seemingly endless Maasai savannah. We do not anticipate the walk taking longer than 4 hours and will take a lunch stop during the day. Return to our lodge for the evening.

  12. Day 12

    Today we walk to Kivuga Peak (around 4-5 hours). We walk through montane forest where we may be lucky enough to see some colourful birdlife, reptiles, butterflies, colobus monkeys and a beautiful array of mountain flowers. Return to our lodge for the evening.

  13. Day 13

    Today we will drive to Tanga Airport (approx 4 hrs) for our flight to Zanzibar. On arrival we travel to Stone Town, where we will have our dinner and overnight.

  14. Day 14

    We take a city tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural centre of the island's capital. We stroll through the narrow streets and bazaars, and visit the former sultans’ palace. We then continue on to our island paradise, Kiwengwa, on the north east coast (about 1.5 hours).

  15. Day 15

    Free time at leisure to relax, snorkel and swim from Zanzibar's white sandy beaches.

  16. Day 16

    We enjoy a guided visit to a spice farm, where we can sample and/or purchase local spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The remaining time is left to relax, snorkel and swim.

  17. Day 17

    This morning we are free at leisure. During the afternoon we travel back to Zanzibar Airport for a flight to Dar es Salaam Airport to catch our international flight back to the UK.

  18. Day 18

    A morning arrival back into London Heathrow

Travel Details

  • Return flights from Heathrow to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam returning Dar es Salaam to Heathrow via Amsterdam (KLM Airlines). Internal flight Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
  • Arrival transfer by air and road c.1hr
  • Upgrades are available on most flights. For scheduled flights this may be Premium Economy, Business or First Class. Please ask us for details and a competitive quote.
  • We can offer regional flight options and often there will be up to two transfer vehicles (which may include coaches, minibuses or taxis) from the airport to the hotel and vice versa which will minimise any waiting time at the overseas airport.
  • Visa is required

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Our Accommodation on this holiday

Below is the accommodation featured on this holiday. If you are on a multi-centre holiday, these are highlights of the places where we stay. Please refer to your Holiday Information sheet (which can be found under View Departures & Book), for your departure date and for all your accommodation details.

Sultan Sands Island Resort, Zanzibar

Located on the east coast of the island, the Sultan Sands Island Resort sits on the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa. A blend of Swahili and Arab architecture and décor creates a relaxed ambience, while first-class amenities and facilities ensure complete comfort. Sultan Sands is great place to relax. It enjoys an idyllic beach position, a relaxing pool and a wonderful choice of leisure and dining options. We can also use the facilities at the neighbouring Sultan Sands sister hotel, the Bluebay Beach Resort, including the famous Oasis Spa and the One Ocean Dive Centre. Internet is available and complimentary to guests.


Highview Hotel

The Highview Hotei s located at high elevation above the town of Karatu. The hotel has spacious and comfortable ensuite rooms with a spectacular view over the surrounding hills. The hotel is within easy access to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

 

 

 

 

 


Ngorongoro Wild Camp

Ngorongoro Wild Camp is located in the South of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, approximately 50km south west of Karatu Town. The permanent camp is composed of 20 comfortable luxury tents and 6 cottages, as well as a large dining and reception area. Each tent contains a bed frame and mattress, with double, single or twin beds, a full length mirror and a dressing table, a separate area for the bathroom where the wardrobe is situated. There is a proper toilet and a shower which is divided by a wall.