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Zimbabwe Tanzania Safari IG13A
This unforgettable 13-night green season safari takes you to major wildlife parks and lodges in Tanzania where the migrating wildebeest return to breed in vast numbers. Followed by a visit to the world wonder - Victoria Falls. What could possibly be better?
1 Night Arusha, Tanzania
*This package is available between December and March ONLY
Recommended add-ons – 3 nights Hwange National Park (Zimbabwe) and / or 3 nights Cape Town. Please allows us to arrange a quotation for you.
This unforgettable 13-night green season safari takes you to major wildlife parks and lodges in Tanzania where the wildebeest return after their migration to breed in vast numbers. Followed by a visit to the world wonder - Victoria Falls. What could possibly be better?
Beginning in the pristine but often overlooked and therefore quieter Tarangire National Park. This park boasts an amazing array of diverse wildlife and is famous for its large herds of elephant. Then travel to the mind-blowing Ngorongoro crater – the largest inactive volcanic caldera in the world. With an impressive diameter of 22km, great wildlife sightings, and incredible scenery, it is easy to see why most consider it to be the eighth wonder of the world.
The south and central Serengeti region are next in the itinerary. There is a greater diversity of animals in this region than anywhere else in the Serengeti. At this time of year, the Wildebeest return to these nutrient rich, grass covered plains to breed in their hundreds of thousands – a truly awe-inspiring sight and experience.
After transiting in Nairobi, the last part of your safari takes you south to Africa’s Adventure Capital – Victoria Falls. Enjoy comfortable and romantic accommodation, along with exciting Victoria Falls activities such as bungee jumping and white-water rafting, or the more serene tours or upper Zambezi cruises and canoeing (activity prices not included in package price).
Tanzania seasons in brief:
Inspired Journey Overview
Notes: Day 1
Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent starting point from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti National Parks.
Overnight: African Tulip
Is an elegant and charming Luxury Boutique Hotel located along Serengeti Road right in the heart of Arusha. A warm and friendly welcome awaits guests who want to experience the best of Tanzanian hospitality. The hotel has been designed with safari travellers, business persons, families, honeymooners, elite and leisure travellers in mind. It has amenities of convenience whilst offering a high standard of luxury.
Notes: Day 2
Tarangire National Park
Stretching nearly 1,100 square miles between the meadows of Masai Steppe in the south, to the Great Rift Valley in the north, Tarangire National Park boast an amazing array of diverse wildlife.
The park’s vast expanses of open plains, dotted with Acacia and Baobab trees, takes its name from the Tarangire River - the lifeblood that flows through the park, attracting large herds of zebra, antelope, buffalo, and wildebeest in the dry season.
While Tarangire contains the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, this park is best known for its unrivalled elephant sightings. Here in the “Land of the Elephants,” it’s not uncommon to see herds of 150 elephants roaming together at once or basking in the park’s burnt orange mud, which tints their skin an ocherous hue.
As one of only four parks in Tanzania, Tarangire is often missed, meaning a visit here can offer pristine game viewings with little obstruction from other jeeps and travellers.
Overnight: Tarangire Balloon Camp
Tarangire Balloon Camp is a new camp in Tarangire National Park, offering great value for this level of accommodation and is getting superb reviews. Situated approximately 120 km from Arusha, it is beautifully located close to Boundary Hill which offers some of the best views in the park.
Accommodation is in ten luxury safari tents with king-size four-poster beds and large open plan bathrooms. There is a large deck outside where guests can enjoy the spectacular sunsets for which Tarangire is famous.
Notes: Day 3 & 4
Once a gigantic volcano -- now the world’s largest intact caldera -- The Ngorongoro Crater shelters one of the most breath-taking wildlife havens on earth. Often described as the 8th wonder of the world, the Crater is said to contain the highest density of wildlife in all of Africa. It’s also one of the few places the nearly extinct black rhino still roams free, making it your best opportunity for seeing the Big Five.
Measuring 10 miles wide with walls 2,000 feet high, this UNESCO World Heritage site is an exceptional stage for viewing the circle of life and death in the wild. Its sprawling plains of nutritious short grasses creates the perfect habitat for large herds of zebra and elephants to raise their young, and creates an unbeatable environment for lions and cheetahs to find their next kill.
From sunrise to sunset, the Crater’s sapphire skies dotted with billowy clouds creates an unforgettable backdrop for wildlife viewing all year-round.
Overnight: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Facing the always magnificent sunsets to the west, and located at the highest point on Ngorongoro crater’s entire rim, Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge stands well over half a kilometre above the crater floor and offers unparalleled views across this enormous caldera.
Themed around traditionally circular African houses with conical roofs, and decorated with examples of Africa’s rich tapestry of artistic traditions by way of rich woodcarvings and sculptures, the lodge harmonizes perfectly with its dramatic surroundings. But the drama does not just stop with the great outdoors: it also flows through the split level interiors of the main building which all offer an unsurpassed generosity of space while somehow managing to combine an almost magically welcoming ambience of both warmth and cosiness.
Notes: Day 5, 6 & 7
DAY 5, 6 & 7
Wildlife viewing is spectacular as over two million animals will be spread across the open plains. In addition to the large migratory herds, predators (lions, cheetahs and hyenas) are abundant. This is the Serengeti at its finest! See pink flamingos in shallow soda lakes and encounter Maasai herders who graze their cattle on the rich sweet grass of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area – part of the Serengeti ecosystem.
Get up early to catch a 6:30am lift off in the hot air balloon and enjoy an hour drifting in the air with a bird’s eye view of the scenery, and the impressive wildlife found on this side of the Serengeti.
The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than 1.5 million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.
Overnight: Lake Masek Tented Lodge
Situated in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This unique location is witness to the southern Wildebeest Migration which takes place from December to April each year when the animals start to drop their young. In the area there is resident Big 5 game all year round.
From the private terrace of your tent you can observe the wildlife of the area. Many animals visit the lake in search of water and therefore this camp is in a privileged observation point. This is one of the few areas in northern Tanzania's wildlife parks where going off-road and getting closer to animal sightings is allowed – making it a particularly appealing to photographers.
The camp which has 20 luxury Tents with en suite facilities is ecological friendly without losing in comfort and attention. The electricity is generated by solar panels and the water is rain water collected during the rains. All the products used are biodegradables.
Notes: Day 8 & 9
DAY 8 & 9
This resident prey in turn attracts the highest concentrations of large predators in Africa (lion, hyena, leopard and cheetah) and a multitude of smaller predators (mongoose, jackal, serval and bat-eared fox). Also, leopards are easily spotted here. Explore this central Serengeti, including legendary locations like the famous Maasai kopjes, the Museum of Olduvai Gorge, Seronera and the Grumeti River.
Situated in the heart of Kenya, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams.
The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more. Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.
Overnight: Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge
Kubu Kubu Tented Camp, is an exciting new addition to Tanganyika Wilderness Camps’ collection of luxury safari accommodation. Breath-taking views over the Serengeti plains and a modern African appearance, create a fresh, sleek, yet comfortable ambiance. Situated in the stunning central part of the Serengeti, the camp is strategically positioned in one of the main migration areas so that guests can enjoy this awesome natural wonder from the comfort of their tents.
There are 25 spacious en-suite tents which offer absolute comfort, exclusivity and a genuine African bush experience. In the central restaurant guests can enjoy exceptional food and wines, and the cozy lounge area has been creatively designed to give an atmosphere of intimacy and exclusivity. There is a swimming pool in which to relax after a long game drive and internet access is available in the camp’s central area.
Kubu Kubu Tented Camp is perfectly positioned to be within easy reach of different parts of the park and an array of areas of interest and diverse habitats and wildlife, including the famous Maasai Kopjes, Olduvai Gorge Museum, the southern plains, the Seronera valley and the Grumeti River.
Notes: Day 10
Situated along the Nairobi River in beautiful Kenya is the capital city, Nairobi. Africa’s 4th largest city and East Africa's most cosmopolitan, it is a vibrant and exciting place.
In 1899, when the British built the railway line from Mombasa to Uganda they decided to set up camp at "Ewaso Nai´beri", a Maasai name meaning "a place of cool water", and they had no idea that they had just sown the seeds of what would become the largest city in the region. Being unable to pronounce this name, the camp was called "Nairobi".
Today the beautiful green foliage and the fact that Nairobi is the only city with a national park within its boundaries, earned it the dual identity of "the green city in the sun" and "the safari capital of the world".
Overnight: Ole Sereni Hotel
Located just off Mombasa road Ole-Sereni is the only hotel bordering a National Game Park. The title of the hotel is taken from the Maasai name for the area meaning 'place of tranquillity'. Ole-Sereni captures the essence of Nairobi. The hotel offers its guests views of animals in their natural surroundings at the waterhole in the park from the restaurants, bar, swimming pool and other parts of the hotel.
As 'The City Hotel by the Game Park' Ole-Sereni combines the best features of a modern City Hotel and a traditional wildlife lodge where guests can enjoy nature's tranquillity from a very close range. Ole-Sereni is strategically positioned close to the Airport and the city centre, offering world-class facilities and personalized services to business as well as leisure travellers.
Day Notes: 11, 12, 13 & 14
DAY 12 & 13
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
One of the original natural wonders of the world, the Victoria Falls is a World Heritage Site and an extremely popular tourism attraction. Known locally as ‘The Smoke that Thunders’, this spectacle is accessible from both Zambia and Zimbabwe and it is an ideal place to combine a game viewing and water sports. There is excellent fishing, a terrifying bungee jump and arguably the best commercial white water rafting in the world.
Overnight: Ilala Lodge
The warmest of welcomes awaits you at Ilala Lodge Hotel. A gracefully distinguished ambiance. Attentive yet discrete service that always comes with a smile. The sublime surroundings of our boutique hotel will reawaken your senses while the power of the majestic Victoria Falls renews your spirit.
Relax in luxurious style. Listen to the meditative rhythm of the great Zambezi as you drift off to sleep. As morning comes, gently awake and lift your head to see the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls across the unspoiled horizon – and let your soul sigh.
Feel at ease in our elegant and spacious rooms with African Teak furniture, soft, crisp linen – all en-suite facilities, bathroom with separate shower, air conditioning, overhead fan, satellite TV, hair dryer, tea & coffee making facilities, free Wi-Fi and a safe. The view from your room looks across the lawns to the National Parks where elephant, warthog, impala or the occasional buffalo might be passing by or simply grazing on the lawn or in the tree line.
Experience new tastes, indulge in unusual flavours and enjoy delectable dishes at our award winning restaurant "The Palm”; dine in view of the spray of the majestic Victoria Falls!
Cruise down the river of time and follow the route that ancient explorers took, on the luxurious Ra-Ikane. She is the only one of her kind in Victoria Falls; The Ra-Ikane is a small luxury cruise boat that is out-fitted to suggest, in exquisite detail, an ambiance of a bygone era. Sip chilled white wine, or Gin & Tonics whilst nibbling on canapés, as well as the sumptuous high tea, whilst you glide up to Elephants feeding on the shoreline.
Total Price for all 13 Nights: US$ 9 603.00* Per person sharing
* This package includes international flights, which are dependent on flight classes available at the time of booking, therefore prices quoted might vary.
*Price above based on 6 pax travelling. If the number is less, the price will increase. If numbers are more, the price will decrease. This is because the cost of hire for a private guide and vehicle in Tanzania is a fixed total price.
Recommended add-ons: 3 nights Hwange National Park and / or 3 nights Cape Town. Please allows us to arrange a quotation for you.
Included in this safari
TANZANIA & KENYA
• Dinner and drinks at Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi
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