This itinerary takes you to the north of Serengeti and Zanzibar for a chance to witness the Great Migration as well as the beach. While the sight of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebras thunder across the plains is spectacular, the Mara River crossing is absolutely one of the most breathtaking natural wonders in Africa. Dust exploding, lions stalking a moveable feast, gigantic crocodiles and fast flowing wild rivers await. It is sensational, impressive and dramatic at the same time.
The Zanzibar Archipelago vies with the Serengeti is Tanzania’s most precious natural asset, able to hypnotize even the most jaded traveler into focus contemplation. Undoubtedly, one of the jewels in East Africa’s crown, Zanzibar (Unguja) can only be described as peace of tropical heaven. Turquoise blue waters gently lap palm-fringed beaches, which stretch for miles; traditional white-sailed wooden dhows sail on warm sea breezes.
ARRIVAL IN ARUSHA
You will be met by our representative at Kilimanjaro airport and transferred to your hotel in Arusha. Overnight Mount Meru Hotel
ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA
After breakfast departure to Lake Manyara. You will stop at Mto Wa Mbu village and visit the market, walking and afternoon have local lunch. Manyara National Park, Ernest Hemingway wrote that it was ‘the loveliest he had seen in Africa’ …..This relatively small wilderness reserve was named after the alkaline lake filled with thousands of flamingos roaming the banks for food and hippos bathing in the water. However, the most famous inhabitants of this are the tree-climbing lions. Picnic lunch in the park. In the late afternoon, you will proceed to your lodge. Overnight at Tloma lodge
LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI
Today an early start takes you to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, a world-renowned conservation area and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The large volcanic caldera, which stands at 2236m above sea level and spans an area of 259 square kilometers, teems with wildlife and is considered to be one of the Wonders of the Natural World. Dotted with watering holes that attract a diverse variety of games, the bottom of the crater is home to more than 30 000 animals which are enclosed and protected by the slopes of the volcano. You will spend the day exploring this spectacular area, soaking up the breathtaking natural scenery and experiencing the incredible array of fauna and flora that reside within it. Late afternoon drive to central Serengeti.Overnight Kubu Kubu Tented Camp
SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, we head towards the far northern reach of the Serengeti National Park, also known as the Wagakuria. We will do a game drive en-route from Central Serengeti to the Lobo area and have a break for lunch. As we head north, good sightings of giraffe, plain game, herds of buffalo and elephants can often be seen.
After lunch will we enjoy an afternoon game drive en route to the Cogatende area near Mara River. The wildebeest migration can normally be found in the Wagakuria area from July August to October, depending on rainfall patterns. A long stretch of the Mara River runs through the northern Serengeti National Park and Mara River provides the migration with its most difficult obstacle. Witnessing the frantic herds of wildebeest crossing th Mara River is amazing. Overnight Kati Kati Tented
Full day game drive in the Wagakuria area. Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in this area of the park, with pride of lion up to 30 strong, however, from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and its not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later please take note- Finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck. A herd can be seen next to the river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days, later. This area is a stunning region with kopjes, woodland, riverine vegetation, and open plains. Overnight Kati Kati Tented Camp
SERENGETI – ZANZIBAR
After breakfast at the camp, we depart for Kogatende Airstrip and enjoy a game drive en route to Kogatende airstrip flight to Zanzibar.
Upon arrival in Zanzibar, you’ll be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel.
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century. A typical Zanzibar mansion centered around a peaceful courtyard, a retreat from the summer heat, Mambo Msiige is a unique gem with architecture that embraces Swahili culture alongside Arab, Persian, Indian and European elements. The new and purpose-built Zamara residence connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old with new, historic with contemporary. Overnight Park Hyatt Hotel.Overnight Park Hyatt Hotel
Breakfast at the hotel. Pick up by our guide for a morning walking tour of stone town. Stone Town is a wonder of architecture and an oriental atmosphere. Wondering through the narrow streets in the old Stone Town between light and shadow is magical.
After the walking tour, you will be transferred to your beach hotel, on the way you will enjoy a spice tour. Touch, smell and taste different spice an tropical fruits. Overnight Baraza Resort & Spa All Inclusive
2 days at leisure by the Indian Ocean Located along the Bwejuu – Paje beach that was named as one of the top 30 in the world by the prestigious Conde Nast Traveler magazine, Baraza is Zanzibar’s most exclusive boutique resort. Baraza Resort and Spa is a 5-star all-inclusive hotel voted as one of the 60 best new hotels in the world by Cone Nast Traveler, a prestigious World Wide travel magazine. With just 30 villas, this stunning fully inclusive resort evokes the heritage of Zanzibar dating back to the era of the Sultans. A fusion of Arabic, Swahili and Indian design, with Swahili arches, intricate hand-carved cement décor, beautiful antiques, handmade furniture, and intricate brass lantern; Baraza offers unparalleled standards of luxury on the Island of Zanzibar. Overnight Baraza Resort & Spa All Inclusive
STONE TOWN AND DEPARTURE
Morning leisure In the afternoon, transfer to Zanzibar airport for your onward flight.