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Explore the Northern Parks of Tanzania and Zanzibar with Africa & Beyond in 2015.

Overview


Spend 4 nights on a spectacular safari in the world famous Northern Parks of Tanzania, including time in Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, before flying onto Zanzibar and spending 7 nights relaxing at the luxurious Breezes Beach Club & Spa, with the chance to explore this fascinating, historic and truly idyllic island.

Day One

Arrive London Heathrow in time to check in for your Kenya Airways KQ101 flight to Nairobi at 19h00. Please ask for regional airport departures.

Day Two

Land Nairobi at 06h30, remain airside and connect with your KQ6722 flight at 08h30 to Kilimanjaro. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro at 09h30 clear immigration and collect your luggage. You will then be met by your private driver-guide. He will now look after you throughout your safari.

After a short safari briefing you will depart Kilimanjaro and head to Lake Manyara National Park for an afternoon game drive. You should arrive around lunchtime after taking in a few stops en-route in local towns and villages.

Nestled in the Great Rift Valley at the foot of the western escarpment, this 320 sq. km. park is well worth a relaxed day of safari. Lake Manyara is a beautiful little park and is well known for its tree climbing lions, elephants and large troops of baboons. The park is home to an amazing variety of birds and animals considering its small size. A visit to this serene park will greatly diversify your safari experience as the lush ground water forest is of stark contrast to the other habitats you will encounter. The shallow, alkaline lake consumes the majority of the area of the park.

The land portion of the park is tucked between the lake and the sheer rock walls of the Rift Valley Escarpment that towers 2000 feet above. The park is home to three distinct habitats including open Flood-plains, acacia woodlands and a groundwater forest.

Late afternoon you will depart the park and head to Tloma Lodge near the town of Karatu. I feel it is important to experience both camps and lodges on safari. These options are of a good standard and most importantly they are all in superb locations and are small, friendly and personal. The larger options offer far less of an experience in my opinion. The gardens and pool at Tloma Lodge are the perfect place to end the day relaxing. Tloma Lodge Overnight with all meals and game drives in your private vehicle included.

Day Three

After breakfast depart for the Serengeti National Park. During the journey you may want to divert to the Olduvai Gorge visitor centre where you can view 2.5 million year old footprints of early man, and other fossils discovered by Dr. Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey.

Continue Kati Kati Camp to stay for two nights including all meals and game drives in your private vehicle. It is a friendly, comfortable and popular camp in a lovely location from which to explore the Serengeti.

Kati Kati Camp

The Serengeti National Park is one of the most famous wildlife areas in the world. The park’s 5,700 square miles are part of the 9,600-square-mile Mara-Serengeti ecosystem, home to incredible herds of wildebeest and other grazing animals. It is the largest national park in Tanzania, with a staggering animal population of about 4 million within 14,763 km sq. It is the largest wildlife sanctuaries in the world and the site of one of the most breath-taking events in animal kingdom-the migration of more than a million wildebeest. The area consists of treeless central plain, savannah dotted with acacia and granite outcroppings called kopjes, and riverine bush and forest in the north. The park’s name is derived from the Maasai language “SIRINGET” which means endless plains. The famous “Migration” that people dream to experience, is actually a dynamic process taking a full year to complete. There are different ‘events’ that happen at different times of the year and in different locations in this park. The basic migration occurs in a clock-wise direction, but it is guided by rain and the growth of grass, so at any time the animals can ignore “tradition” and just follow rain clouds in a more haphazard direction.

There are three “seasons” in the Serengeti. They are short rains, long rains and dry season. During the start of the “short rains” of November and December, the large wildebeest and zebra herds leave the northern part of the Serengeti Eco-system (the Mara in Kenya) and travel east and south around the Gol Mountains and into the short grass plains of the southern and eastern Serengeti. The female wildebeest need to be in this area to begin the calving, as they rely on this particular kind of grass for calving and milk production, that is high in calcium and magnesium. Wildebeest calving can begin anytime between January-March. More than 750,000 females will drop their calves within a 3-week period of time, so predator/prey activity is at a peak. The short grass plains also offer some of the best protection against predators, as they are more visible to the herd animals. Herd animals will remain in this area as long as there is decent rain that continues in the following months, although they only need short bursts of rain to be happy. April is usually the month of long rain, meaning it rains fairly constantly and heavy. At this time, the herd usually begins to move to the Central Serengeti and begins to prepare for the wildebeest rut of May and June. These are some of the most amazing herd sightings, as the male and females herd reunite for breeding. The herd movement continues both west and north between May usually to the end of July. At this point, the herd disperses a bit and males without females may migrate directly north to the Mara and some may move to the famous Western Corridor and remain year round in the Serengeti. If rains are normal, we can expect the majority of the herd to leave the Serengeti by the middle to the end of July. The dry season of July-October still remains excellent for viewing cats of all kinds. In fact, some cats are easier to locate because they must remain more active during the daytime to search for dwindling food. During these months, clients usually stay in the Central Serengeti or the Western Corridor. The famous “river crossings”, which everyone hopes to see, are hard to predict and can occur in a short number of days. But, there are herd that cross at a few different locations on the Grumeti River in Tanzania and the Mara River bordering Kenya and Tanzania. Crossings typically occur October-November on the Mara River and July on the Grumeti River in Tanzania

Day Four

Full day exploring the Serengeti with your private driver-guide.

Day Five

Today you will depart the Serengeti after breakfast and head towards the Ngorongoro Crater. You should arrive late morning and descend into the crater to spend the rest of the day exploring.

The Ngorongoro Crater is one of seven World Heritage Sites designated in Tanzania, and it is the world’s largest un-flooded caldera. This means the entire rim of the old volcano is intact. The Crater is a memorable experience, while only 100 square miles in total, it also offers six distinct habitats: acacia forest, swamp, and short grass, long grass, riverine and woodland. Each habitat attracts a variety of animals. NCA is also the world’s first multi-purpose land use experiment, combining tourism, research, archaeology, wildlife management, grazing rights and farming. The rim of the Crater sits at 7,800 feet in altitude and the Crater floor descends to 5,000 feet above sea level. The Crater is home to almost 30,000 animals in an area naturally enclosed by the slopes of the volcano. The Crater is the best location for viewing black rhino and the huge old bull elephants. There is not enough vegetation to support the large cow and calf herds, but the old males “retire” to the Crater for the wonderful swamp grass and acacia forest. The only animals you will not see in the Crater are the impala and giraffe. It is not known why impala do not inhabit the Crater, but giraffe are unable to descend the steep grade without lowering their heads, which raises their blood pressure to dangerous levels.

Late afternoon drive up the escarpment and drive to Ngorongoro Farmhouse in Karatu. The farmhouse is the perfect place for your last night on safari. Watch the sunset from the large decking with a sundowner drink in hand! Overnight with all meals and game drives in your private vehicle included.

Ngorongoro Farmhouse

Day Six

Today after an early breakfast you will say your goodbyes to camp and transfer to the airstrip for your light- aircraft flight to Zanzibar which will take just over an hour. Upon arrival you will be met by your driver-guide who will transfer you across the island to the beach. You will be staying at Breezes Beach Club and Spa for seven nights in one standard room on half board basis. (breakfast and dinner included).

Breezes Beach Club & Spa is set in tropical gardens on a peaceful beach on the East Coast of Zanzibar, about one hour from Stone Town.
 Accommodation consists of 70 en suite rooms and suites which are spacious, fully air-conditioned and tastefully furnished in a relaxed Zanzibar style. All rooms and suites offer terrace or balcony, refrigerator and safety deposit boxes. Standard rooms are located on the ground floor with terrace and garden views, and deluxe rooms are located closer to the beach. Suites are located on the upper floor with a large balcony and sun beds, walk-in dressing room, and large bathrooms.

Please do ask for room upgrade prices, special honeymoon extras/discounts and also if any date specific free night/early booking offers are applicable.

Breezes has four restaurants, three bars and a coffee lounge in which to relax. The Frangipani Spa is located in tropical gardens offering a world-class selection of facilities, health and beauty treatments.

Undoubtedly one of Zanzibar's most professional and experienced diving operations, the Rising Sun Dive Centre (PADI 5 star) offers all diving services from beginners to advanced. It is the only National Geographic affiliated Dive Centre in East Africa. Learn to Dive Courses can be taken with experienced diving instructors who provide personalised instruction on a one-on-one basis. Experienced divers can enjoy one of the most untouched and exciting parts of the Island, with a variety of 14 different dive spots.

Other activities on offer include snorkelling, tennis courts, fitness centre, kayaking, pedal boats, sailing, wind surfing and kite surfing.

  • Luxurious beach resort
  • Excellent honeymoon destination
  • Superb diving
  • Excellent cuisine
  • Frangipani Spa
  • Private ‘Island Ceremony’ weddings
  • Many complimentary land and water activities

Days Seven-Twelve

Roughly 25 miles off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar is an archipelago made up of Zanzibar and Pemba Islands, and several islets. With the historic Stone Town, white sandy beaches, exotic coral reefs and the only place in the world where you can find the Kirk's Red Colobus monkey, Zanzibar is a true paradise – the perfect place to relax and unwind – especially at the end of an adventurous safari.

Days spent at leisure or out on excursions around the island (at extra cost), which can be organised before you travel or when you arrive. Below is a bit more information on these –

Authentic Stone Town : Approximately 3 hours
Discover the streets, architecture, daily life and places of interest in the old city – by foot. An absolute must for all first time visitors.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide and local coffee or spiced tea stop

Spice Plantation : Approximately 3 hours
Another must for all visitors - a fascinating close up view of Zanzibar’s spice trade, including a ‘surprise’ workshop visit.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, Entrance Fees and Transport from town

Giant Tortoises (Prison Island): 3-4 hours
These amazing ancient creatures are well worth the lovely boat trip across from the old town. There’s a chance to swim & snorkel.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees and boat hire

North Coast Cultural Tour: 6 hours
For the culturally inquisitive –visit the dhow builders, a local blacksmith, a fish market, a natural aquarium and a workshop visit.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees and transport from town

Dolphin Spotting: 4 hours
We suggest an early start to gain a higher chance of finding these magnificent mammals, with about a 75% success rate of sightings.
Inclusions: Private English speaking guide, entrance fees, boat, transport from town

Red Colobus Monkeys: 3 hours
No visit to Zanzibar is complete without a visit to the immensely tropical Jozani Forest. This is the only home in the world for the Red Colobus.
Inclusions: Local English speaking guide, entrance fees & transport from town

Dhow Sunset Cruise: 2 HOURS (daily at 5pm) Enjoy sightings of the old city from a different perspective – from the ocean side. Sit back, relax.

Day Thirteen

Today you will check out of your room and you will be met by your private transfer for your transfer to Zanzibar Airport. Check in for your Kenya Airways KQ6715 19h35 flight to Nairobi. Land Nairobi at 21h15 and connect with your Kenya Airways KQ102 23h50 flight to London Heathrow.

Day Fourteen

Land London Heathrow at 06h45.

Pricing based on two people sharing

2015 - Month of travel –

January to June and September to December (excluding Christmas and New Year period – please ask for exact dates).

From - £2,950.00 per person.

July and August –

From - £3,395.00 per person.

Subject to availability and confirmation.

Please note:

Flight schedules are subject to change. Airport taxes are subject to change up until final balance is due. Kindly be advised that luggage on internal light aircraft flights is restricted to 15kgs per person in soft sided bags only.

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Our ATOL number is 9470.

Our ABTA number is Y5609.

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