Day 1: Arusha
Welcome in Africa! Welcome in Tanzania!
After arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, our representative will transfer you to Arusha.
It is a 1 hour drive from the airport.
Day 2: Arusha
A nice day to relax! A representative will visit you today to answer all your questions.
The lodge has a nice garden and swimming pool with sun beds. You can walk into the city center yourself or take a guide with you. The guide will take you into public transport, the food market and show you how the Tanzanian’s live.
Many other activities are organized by the lodge, but perhaps relaxing at the pool is also a very good way to start your holiday.
Once you walk out of the gate of the lodge you can easily do a little hike around the lodge. We are pretty sure you will come back with some nice photos!
Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park
Your Safari starts! Your private driver with private safari vehicle is waiting for you! The driver is well educated and has a lot of knowledge about the country, animals and nature and even more, he is very passionate about it. He will show you the beauty of his country the coming days! He will discuss with you the day to day program.
The safari vehicle has 6 or 8 window seats, including the driver’s one. If you are inside the parks the rooftop will go up so you can see the animals close by. Inside the vehicle you can charge your phone or batteries.
After breakfast we set off to Manyara National Park for a game drive in the park, this will take around 2 hours to reach the gate at the park.
Lake Manyara National Park is well known for the tree climbing lions, the soda ash lake and its flamingos, we are talking about breathtaking scenery! Lake Manyara has a big number of elephants, so many giraffes; zebras, wildebeest, impala, Waterbuck and warthog, small known shy Kik’s dik dik as well as Klipspringer along the ramps of the escarpment. Leopards are hosted within the broken forests and escarpment, healthy lions that are widely known for their tree climbing pranks. Lake Manyara is regarded as to have Africa’s largest huge herds of baboons.
At a nice spot we will stop for a picnic lunch. At the end of the afternoon you will make your way to your next accommodation.
Day 4: Lake Manyara National Park
Mto wa Mbu is a green oasis in Masai area. As there is a lot of water around rice and bananas grow easily. The town attracted people from all over the country. In Mto wa Mbu more than 40 tribes are living peacefully together.
On the mountain bike you will make a 2 hour cycling tour on a flat area. During the tour you will pass the local farmers, schools, churches and local bars. The guide will stop and let you taste the red bananas. Local mama’s have prepared a local lunch, suitable for Western stomachs
Day 5: Central Serengeti
After breakfast you will start descending into the plains. Today is one big game drive, wherever you drive, you can encounter animals. And in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area you get a fantastic chance to have a look at how the Maasai live, when passing their “boma’s” (villages) or when watching them herd their cattle in the vast Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
The name Serengeti is derived from the Maasai word Siringiti: endless plains. When entering the Serengeti it becomes clear quite soon that this is a very fitting name. As far as the eye reaches you find the plains, only interrupted by an occasional tree, kopje (rock formation) or wildlife. During the Great Migration these planes are literally covered in animals, wildebeests and zebras, in search of grazing and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth.
However, Serengeti National Park has more to offer than the Great Migration, large herds of Buffalo's, numerous different kinds of Antelopes like the Topi, Hartebeest, Dik Dik, Thomson and Grant Gazelles and it is the best chance of spotting a Lion, or more accurately: Lions. The open plains form an ideal hunting ground for the fastest mammal on earth: the Cheetah.
At the end of the afternoon you will go to your accommodation for dinner and overnight.
Days 6 - 7: Northern Serengeti
Today we go direction Kogatende, Mara River where the migration is yearly crossing this famous river. Depending on weather conditions you will see it there! An amazing experience you will never forget. Here you will stay for 2 nights.
During the Great Migration these planes are literally covered in animals, wildebeests and zebras, in search of grass and water and participating in one of the largest annual movements of mammals on earth. During the dry season, the herds mass on both banks of the Mara River, frequently cross where many times the crocodiles are attacking the animals.
At the end of the afternoon you will make your way to your next accommodation for dinner and overnight stay.
Day 8: Central Serengeti
Day 9: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Today you have to rise early as your driver will take you to one of the most special places on this planet: The Ngorongoro Crater. The Crater is the largest intact caldera in the world, and before you descent in the crater you have a beautiful view from the crater rim.
The crater is a non-active volcano, to reach the crater floor you have to make quite a descent. In the Ngorongoro crater the diversity in animals and flora is immense. All the animals of the “Big Five” (elephant, black rhino, buffaloes, leopard and the lion) can be found in the crater. Today it is your chance to see the rare black rhino. In Lake Magadi, the alkaline lake in the crater, flamingos look for their food while hippos cool down in the sweet water pools after their grazing outing at night. In the Lerai Forest elephant with giant tusks pull leaves and branches from the trees while on the plains wildebeests, zebras and antelopes are grazing. Lions often look for the shade, sometimes even the shade of a car. The high numbers of animals and the imposing landscape with the crater walls make a day in the crater and overwhelming experience.
At the end of the afternoon you will make your way to Karatu. your next overnight address will be Bougainvillea Safari Lodge
Days 10 - 14: Jambiani
After breakfast you will be transferred to Arusha airport. It is about 2,5 hours drive. There you will say goodbye to the driver guide of the last week.
You will fly to Zanzibar in about 1 to 1,5 hour.
Please note: for this flight you are allowed to bring 20 kilos of luggage each, packed in soft bags!
At Zanzibar airport a driver will be waiting for you to bring you to Jambiani, it is a 1 hour drive.
The next nights you will stay at Fun Beach Hotel.
The hotel has 40 rooms. There are beach front rooms and rooms in the back with own swimming pool. All the rooms are the same and are located next to each other with big swimming pools with a total length of 63 meters in the middle. The hotel is located directly to the beach. Every bungalow has a private garden and veranda over-viewing the swimming pools and the sea from the terrace.
All rooms have a double bed and a single sofa bed, for a maximum of 3 persons in a room. There is air conditioning in all the rooms. All rooms have 2 bicycles which are offered as a complimentary.
The village of Jambiani is an authentic fishing village. The village is far from mass tourism and the big resorts. Beside the beautiful beach you will also experience some local life at the beach. Children playing at the beach, men working on their fishing boats and women gardening sea weed during low tide.
The atmosphere at Fun Beach Hotel is casual and trendy.
Via the beach it is easy to visit other accommodations for a lunch, dinner or drink. But watch the tides: the difference between low and high tide on Zanzibar is big. When the tides change, the sea gets the beautiful colors.
In Jambiani there is always a nice wind. That is why you will see kite surfers and other waterspouts being done.
At Fun Beach Hotel there is a game room, tv room, a waterspout desk and free wifi in the entire hotel.
Day 15: End of Itinerary
Depending on your flight details, a driver will transfer you to Zanzibar airport for your flight home.
Your holiday has come to an end. An unforgettable journey with long lasting memories that you share together.
In Kiswahili we say Kwa Heri (goodbye) and Karibuni Tena (welcome again).