Private Serengeti Safari and Zanzibar
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This 14 day safari combines the very best of Tanzania’s game parks with the very best of Zanzibar’s beaches. Each day reveals a hidden gem that is in complete contrast to the day before: the pace of the trip varies; the wildlife is wonderful and Zanzibar is a dream!
Your driver and private car will meet you at Kilimanjaro airport (we can, of course, arrange flights to get you there!) and drive you to a near-by inn for the first night. The drive takes about 30 mins and brings you to a small lodge with rather good views of Kilimanjaro to the north and the equally impressive Mount Meru to the northwest. D.
After breakfast drive to Lake Manyara National Park which is about 3 hrs away. Game drive in the park with picnic lunch; Lake Manyara National Park is on the floor of the Great Rift Valley tight up against the escarpment. It contains a variety of habitats and an equally varied range of animal species. Most famous are the tree-climbing lions but the Park has over 40 species of large mammals and some 380 bird species. Dinner and overnight at the lodge on the park’s boundary.
In the morning return to Lake Manyara NP for a second game drive. Lunch will be prepared back at the lodge. Set off when you’re ready and ascend the escarpment to reach the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Later in the afternoon walk at the crater rim, and if there is one view in the whole of Africa that is guaranteed to stop you in your tracks, it’s this one! Stunning, is the only word for it. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera of 380 Km² and a world heritage site. It is a fantastic natural wildlife sanctuary as well as a unique home to the pastoralist Maasai tribe. There is a small lake on the floor of the crater which is alkaline, and home to flamingos. It doesn’t get any better!
Of all the Parks in all of Africa, Ngorongoro remains special. Sure it’s busy and there are always other safari-goers about, but is it uniquely beautiful and “a vision of Africa personified”. Drive down to the crater floor for a full day of game drive with picnic lunch in the crater. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge.
After breakfast drive further westwards, leaving the Crater behind and entering the Serengeti National Park. Between these two iconic Parks lies the excavation site of Olduvai Gorge where Dr Leaky discovered the 2 million-year-old human “Lucy”; a visit to the nearby museum is included.
Moving on from the gorge you will begin to encounter the herds for which Serengeti is famous. Continue into the heart of Serengeti, far beyond the zebra-striped cars, to reach the simple bush luxury that is Mapito Tented Camp.
Serengeti is probably the most famous National Park in the world and contains the highest concentration of wildlife on earth. The rolling grass savannah, dotted with rocky outcrops (“kopjes”) is quite distinct, and with the addition of vast herds of game, and their attendant predators, this is the most exciting landscape to explore.
Game drives in the Serengeti and wonderful hospitality at Mapito. Precisely where you go and exactly how long you stay out depends on what the guide hears/sees/senses and where the safari leads you. There are no rules and no guidelines: you are here to become part of the Serengeti for a day or so, and the art is to go with the flow and see what the day reveals.
The day begins at first light with an early morning safari, returning to camp for a welcome breakfast. Transfer to the airstrip for your flight at 11:05 hrs to Zanzibar. Serengeti is pretty spectacular at ground level; to fly over it is a real bonus! And you gain a perspective of precisely how big this Park is.
And now for something completely different! The flight takes you down to the coast, over Dar es Salaam (“The haven of peace”) and out into the Indian Ocean, touching down on Zanzibar Island. Your car and driver will meet you upon arrival and drive you the short distance to Shooting Star Lodge – your personal slice of paradise! Diner at the lodge.
Day 8 to 11; 5 nights on Zanzibar
Full board at Shooting Star Lodge. For a description of the lodge, please click here.
After breakfast, when you’re ready, set off for a Spice Tour: if you’ve ever wondered where your cardamom, nutmeg and lemon grass come from, here’s your chance to find out. This memorable trip will reveal the secrets of Zanzibar’s spices and it’s hands-on, with plenty of opportunity to taste the freshest of spices.
Lunch on a spice plantation and continue on into Stone Town, the island’s capital. Plenty of time for you to wander around this atmospheric town and explore at your own pace. Overnight at Tembo, right in the centre of town. B&B.
After breakfast your local guide will meet you and set off for an intimate look around Stone Town. There’s a rich heritage from history from a kaleidoscope of different cultures. As well as some shocking remnants from the slaving era. Later in the day you have the opportunity to discover more of Stone Town on your own or relaxed at the hotel. B&B at Tembo Hotel.
Today we’ll co-ordinate your return to the airport for your onward flight or onward travel.
£4,350 per person based on 2 persons travelling together.
Starts: any day.
Accommodation on full board during the safari.
Shooting Star Lodge B&B
Tembo Hotel B&B
All land transport as detailed.
Game drives in 4×4 Land Cruiser or Land Rover
National Park entrance fees
Service of a professional safari guide
3 lt of bottled water per day while on safari
Spice Tour in Zanzibar
Tour of Stone Town.
Flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar.