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Great Safaris of Tanzania & Zanzibar Beach

12days from
£4,233*per person

Overview

THRILLING GAME DRIVES AND A RELAXING ISLAND GETAWAY

Tanzania’s vibrant natural world takes centre stage on a safari adventure like no other.  Pairing thrilling wildlife encounters with a gold standard in comfort and hospitality enjoy touches of luxury across a truly unique safari experience with stays in some of the finest, well located safari lodges, keeping you within viewing distance of the native wildlife.   Discover the cradle of mankind in the Ngorongoro crater, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the Olduvai Gorge, which offers a unique insight into the origins of human life and ancient civilisation. From unmissable game drive experiences to hearing the roar of lions from your safari lodge, you can witness the region’s bountiful wildlife before crossing the coast to idyllic Zanzibar, for an all-inclusive beach retreat where relaxation is front and centre.

Itinerary

  • Start your safari adventure with an overnight flight from the UK to Arusha, a city in Tanzania, situated at the base of Mt. Meru.
  • Touch down in gorgeous Tanzania, home to safari hotspots and coastal gems on the Indian Ocean. Upon arrival, you’ll be met by your friendly guide who’ll provide you with a packed lunch. You’ll then transfer, in the comfort of a 4x4, to Lake Manyara and settle into your hotel for dinner.
  • Fuel up for the day’s activities with breakfast before setting off on a morning game drive through the Lake Manyara National Park. Having been used for sport hunting up to 1920, this national park is now a protected environment and vital to the conservation of many of its resident species. From tree-climbing lions to the flamingos and hippos that dwell in the shallows around the park’s watering holes, wildlife is front and centre in Lake Manyara. Take a break from your safari experience at midday for a packed lunch in the Tanzanian bush.  After coming face-to-face with Lake Manyara’s vibrant ecosystems, your morning’s drive will continue deep into the northern Tanzanian savannah to the iconic Serengeti National Park. Known around the world as a safari mecca, home to the ‘Big Five’ and the staging ground of the Great Migration from July to September, there’ll be no shortage of thrilling wildlife encounters as you make your way to your next camp, the five-star Serengeti Explorer Lodge. Boasting luxury accommodation as well as spa treatments, an infinity swimming pool and fitness suites, this is a safari retreat like no other. Refresh yourself in the comfort of your new surroundings before heading down to your choice of the hotel’s restaurants for dinner.
  • After a relaxing night and early breakfast, you’ll join your guide on a game drive through the Serengeti National Park, a popular route of the Great Migration from July to September. This annual event regularly sees over one million newly calved wildebeest, gazelles and zebra traverse the Serengeti’s savanna terrain in search of water and grazing areas.  Outside of the summer months, and the Great Migration, the Serengeti is certainly not short of dramatic sights to behold either. From chasing the ‘Big Five’ – the African lion, leopard, black rhino, African elephant, and Cape buffalo – to witnessing East Africa’s famous big cats in their natural environment, the region promises thrilling wildlife encounters across its savannah landscapes year-round.   This evening, retire to your safari lodge for dinner under the Tanzanian sky with your fellow guests.
  • Enjoy breakfast at your hotel this morning before checking out and joining a game drive en route to your next hotel in Karatu. As you traverse Serengeti National Park, keep your eyes peeled for some of the most impressive wildlife known to man in their natural habitats with the endangered Black Rhino and other ‘Big Five’ species known to inhabit the area. You’ll also have the chance to refuel on the move with packed lunches provided.   As you make your way through Karatu, follow in the footsteps of some of history’s most well-known archaeologists as you come upon the ‘cradle of mankind’ in the Olduvai Valley. Renowned as one of the most important prehistoric sites across the face of the globe, the Olduvai Valley invites guests to explore the origins of human life and discover some of the best-preserved evidence of early civilisation.   Arriving at your next lodge in the late afternoon, why not treat yourself to a relaxing sundowner under the setting sun before dinner?
  • Ready yourself for the morning’s activities with breakfast at the hotel as you prepare to venture into some of Tanzania’s most renowned landscapes. Join your expert local guide for a drive through part of the Great Rift Valley, which stretches over 4,000 miles from Lebanon to Mozambique. Enjoy a packed lunch on the move, immersed in the region’s natural beauty, as you make your way towards the Ngorongoro Conservation area - a UNESCO World Heritage site teeming with diverse and colourful ecosystems.   The day’s focus, however, lies in the region’s namesake, the Ngorongoro Crater. This striking volcanic caldera, amongst the largest of its kind, boasts picturesque natural environments from dense forests to savannah plains. Descend along the imposing rock walls, standing at an incredible 2,000 feet at certain points, into the heart of the crater for an afternoon of sightseeing amongst herds of zebra, gazelles, and wildebeests. Home to over 30,000 different animals and a bounty of native plant life, and surrounded by dramatic volcanic landscapes, Ngorongoro Crater promises a truly unique safari experience   After an exciting outing, you’ll ascend and drive back to your lodge arriving before sunset for dinner.
  • Following a leisurely breakfast at your hotel, and with a packed lunch ready, you’ll be heading to Arusha’s airport for your short flight to Zanzibar - one of the jewels of the Indian Ocean. After landing, you’ll enjoy a scenic drive through the heart of the island, taking in traditional island villages nestled amongst swaying palms and makuti (a traditional African style of roofing using dried coconut leaves) thatched buildings.   Upon arrival on Zanzibar’s east coast, take your time settling into your base for the next four nights . Your resort, famed for its hospitality, offers luxury spa and pool facilities, and sits within touching distance of pristine white sand beaches. Perhaps enjoy some time to explore the grounds before dinner is served.
  • Enjoy the final three days of your tour on Zanzibar’s beachfront. You’ll have plenty of ways to spend your time available to you with an optional daily activity programme provided by the hotel’s staff. From kayaking on the Indian Ocean and an on-site diving pool to the resort’s African-inspired wellness centre – which boasts four treatment rooms, two Jacuzzis, a steam room, a sauna, and a fitness centre – you'll be spoilt for choice.  You can also immerse yourself in Zanzibar’s culture, if you’d prefer, with visits to the neighbouring palm-studded coastal towns, Kiwenga and Pwani Mchanga. Your stay in Zanzibar will be all-inclusive, so you’ll have more time to focus on what matters, enjoying breakfast, lunches, dinners, and drinks from the comfort of the resort.
  • Share unforgettable memories over breakfast, as you draw your safari and coastal escape to a close with a return flight to the UK.
  • Touch down in the UK this morning with memories to last a lifetime.

What's Included

Holiday Highlights

  • Discover the spectacular Lake Manyara, a haven for flocking impala, flamingos and wildebeest, with a game drive along its banks
  • Delve into the African wilderness with game drives in Serengeti National Park
  • For departures from July through to September, witness the Great Migration on safari as you follow columns of wildebeest through the Serengeti National Park
  • Explore the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ with visits to world-renowned archaeological sites in the Olduvai Gorge
  • Descend into the iconic Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO-listed caldera brimming with diverse wildlife and expansive savannah
  • Enjoy unparalleled comfort in your downtime with a selection of luxury safari lodges and resorts
  • Unwind on the white-sand beaches of picturesque Zanzibar, a jewel on the Indian Ocean

Our Price Includes

  • Nine nights’ full-board accommodation in Lake Manyara (1 night), Serengeti (2), Karatu (2) and all-inclusive accommodation in Zanzibar (4), plus two nights on the aircraft
  • Nine breakfasts, nine lunches, and nine dinners
  • All-inclusive package at your four-star Zanzibar resort with open bar service from 10 am to 11 pm on selected drinks
  • One game drive in Lake Manyara
  • One morning and one afternoon game drive in Serengeti National Park and two game drives en route to and from the lodge
  • A visit to the Olduvai Gorge prehistoric site and the Great Rift Valley
  • A full-day game drive in the UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Crater
  • Activities in the resort in Zanzibar, including kayaking, table tennis, billiards/snooker, darts, daily activity programme, beach volleyball, and nightly evening entertainment
  • Return flights to Arusha and internal flight to Zanzibar
  • Travel by comfortable 4x4 safari vehicles throughout
  • Fully escorted by a friendly, experienced tour manager and wildlife specialist
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N2702

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