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Zimbabwe Tanzania Safari IG14A

This 14 night Privately Guided Safari in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, unequivocally offers some of Africa’s best locations, including three World Heritage Sites in eastern and southern Africa and two bucket list experiences – the Wildebeest Migration and the Victoria Falls

1 Night Arusha, Tanzania
3 Nights Northern Serengeti, Tanzania
2 Nights Southern Serengeti, Tanzania
2 Nights Ngorongoro, Tanzania
2 Nights Tarangire National Park, Tanzania
1 Night Nairobi, Kenya
3 Nights Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

15 Days / 14 Nights
Reference: IG-14A
Starts Kilimanjaro Airport / Ends Victoria Falls Airport


Total Price 14 nights: US$ 9742.00*
per person sharing

*This package is available between June and October 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.

Destination North Serengeti, Tanzania

Destination South Serengeti, Tanzania

Destination Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Destination Tarangire Park, Tanzania

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe


Safari Overview

This phenomenal 14-night safari in Tanzania and Zimbabwe, encompasses undoubtedly some of the best that Africa has to offer, including three World Heritage Sites in eastern and southern Africa and two bucket list experiences – the Wildebeest Migration and the Victoria Falls.

Tanzania is synonymous with safaris and the incredible wildebeest migration. We take you on this bespoke, privately guided safari to exclusive camps in the best locations but as far away as possible from the maddening crowd, with guides who know the area intimately to ensure you have an experience second to none.

Begin with 5 days exploring the north and south Serengeti, to witness the spectacular and awe-inspiring wildebeest migration. Then move onto the Ngorongoro Crater – one of the most breath-taking wildlife havens on earth and the largest caldera in the world.

Your last stop in Tanzania is Tarangire National Park, which despite its fantastic game viewing is often missed, meaning a visit here can offer pristine game viewings with little obstruction from other jeeps and travellers.

On the last few days of your safari, connect to Victoria Falls via Nairobi. Your final 3 nights in Victoria Falls is at a top safari lodge with views of the national park and a nearby waterhole. Enjoy exhilarating activities in Victoria Falls which include seeing the world's largest waterfall, and more.

It’s hard to imagine a better way to spend 15 days and is sure to leave you spellbound and aching to return.

Tanzania seasons in brief:
• June-October is HIGH season. This is when the migration heads to the northern Serengeti, crosses the Mara river to Maasai Mara in Kenya. The most interesting area at this time is the Northern Serengeti.
• December-March is the PICK season. This is when Migration heads south again to the famous Serengeti/Ngorongoro Plains to breed. This area also is known to have large populations of cheetahs and lions.
• November is LOW season but still a good month to visit all the National parks although not for the migration as such, prices are lower and there are fewer vehicles around.
• April/May are the RAINY season and are still reasonable for the migration in Central Serengeti. .

Map of safari itinerary from the serengeti and wildebeast migration to Victoria Falls

Map of the Tanzania section of the safari itinerary from the serengeti and wildebeast migration to Victoria Falls

Inspired Journey Overview

Accommodation
Nights 1 - Deluxe Room at African Tulip (Arusha)
Nights 2, 3 & 4 - Safari tent at Akiba-kibwe luxury mobile camp (Northern Serengeti)
Nights 5, & 6 - Room at Serengeti Sopa Lodge (Southern Serengeti)
Nights 7, & 8 - Room at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge (Ngorongoro Crater)
Nights 9, & 10 - Luxury tent at Osunyai Lamarkau camp (Tarangire National Park)
Nights 11 - Deluxe room at Ole Sereni Hotel (Nairobi)
Nights 12, 13, & 14 - Waterhole facing room at Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (Victoria Falls)
 
Transfers Included
Day 1 - Road Transfer: Kilimanjaro Airport to African Tulip (1 hour)
Day 2 - Road Transfer: African Tulip to Arusha Airport (30 mins)
Day 2 - Road Transfer: Kogatende Airstrip to Akiba-kibwe Camp
Day 5 - Road Transfer: Akiba-kibwe to Serengeti Sopa Lodge
Day 7 - Road Transfer: Serengeti Sopa Lodge to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Day 9 - Road Transfer: Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge to Osunyai Lamarkau Camp
Day 11 - Road Transfer: Osunyai Lamarkau Camp to Kilimanjaro Airport
Day 11 - Road Transfer: Nairobi Airport to Ole Sereni Hotel (20 mins)
Day 12 - Road Transfer: Ole Sereni Hotel to Nairobi Airport (20 mins)
Day 12 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Airport to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge (30 mins)
Day 15 - Road Transfer: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge to Victoria Falls Airport (30 mins)
 
Flights Included
Day 2 - Flight: Arusha Airport to Kogatende Airstrip (2.5 hrs)
Day 11 - Kilimanjaro Airport to Nairobi Airport (1 hr)
Day 12 - Nairobi Airport to Victoria Falls Airport (2 hrs 15 mins)

 


 

Destination Arusha, Tanzania

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Notes: Day 1

DAY 1
On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by one of our guides and transferred straight to Arusha town. This is about an hours’ drive from the airport to the African Tulip lodge within the town of Arusha. Depending on your time of arrival you might want to have a look around the town or you can simply relax after your international flights. There are no scheduled activities for this day.

Arusha Tanzania

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.

 


 

Destination North Serengeti, Tanzania

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Notes: Day 2, 3 & 4

DAY 2
Today, you will be transferred to Arusha Airport for a charter flight to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. Here you will meet your friendly guide who will be your companion, friend, protector and confidant for the next 9 days. He will drive you to Akiba Kibwe Camp for the three-night stay in this northern section of the Serengeti. With its westerly setting, this camp epitomizes the true spirit of a romance under canvas. You can relax after your travels but we are sure you will be itching to get out on an afternoon game drive.

DAY 3 & 4
Sitting in the very north of the Serengeti National Park, Akiba Kibwe lies directly in the route of the migrating wildebeest and zebra as they head towards the Mara River. Game viewing has a completely different feel to the south with a twist of similarities that compliments both locations. The river creates an exciting backdrop and alternative wildlife haven to the surrounding short grass plains and kopje systems that dot the valleys of the north. Akiba Kibwe activities are all about big game-predator and prey interaction, full day game drives being the order of the day.

Dining and relaxing are well taken care of in the separate tents with their billowing fabrics rippling in the African breeze. Menus are individually crafted to take in your preferences, whilst a selection of southern African wines, beers and soft drinks, compliment the culinary experience. A full bar is always open.

Northern Serengeti

The vast, rolling savannah of the Northern Serengeti is known as the hub of the great migration. The landscape is characterised by vast stretches of savannah interspersed with acacia trees and riverine woodlands. Wildlife can be seen along the banks of the Mara River and visitors can view the annual spectacle of one and a half million migrating wildebeest. Commonly spotted wildlife includes a multitude of plains game such as buffalo, zebra, gazelles, impala, giraffe as well as lion and leopard. Visitors can look forward to bird watching, hot air ballooning, game safaris and guided bush walks.

Overnight: Akiba Kibwe Tented Camp

Akiba Kibwe Tented Camp is tasteful, extremely comfortable and above all mobile, allowing a complete freedom to follow the movement of the great migratory herds.

Your own private river-facing suite offers quiet refuge and is one of only eight luxuriously styled and spacious lodges, each complete with bath, indoor and outdoor showers and a private outdoor living area.

Taken from the designs of old, they have modified and improved on the original style of Camps creating what we believe to be the finest mobile camp available.

All tents are en-suite with Queen or twin bedded sleeping arrangements, silver service dining and of course Wildlife Explorer’s renowned well-balanced menus served al Fresco under the African stars or in the candlelit-dining tent.

 



Destination South Serengeti, Tanzania

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Notes: Day 5 & 6

DAY 5
Breakfast is served after which it is time for you to head towards the Central Southern Serengeti. It is about a 200km drive through the national park with game viewing along the way. Your destination Serengeti Sopa, is in a particularly good spot to see the wildebeest migration passing by.

DAY 6
Enjoy a buffet breakfast before heading out for a full day of game viewing in the park. Lunch will be a bush picnic served during your safari. The Serengeti is vast and there is an astonishing population of plains game with an estimated 1.5 million wildebeest, half a million zebra, tens of thousands of antelope, eland, impala, hartebeest, and so on. You can expect a healthy predator population with these kind of numbers. Although there is resident wildlife in the area, the majority take part in the amazing migration.

Southern 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.

Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Located on the edge of the escarpment overlooking the plains of the south-western Serengeti National Park, home to many thousands of wild and rare animals, Serengeti Sopa Lodge lies within an area of outstanding natural beauty. An oasis of cool relaxation from the equatorial sun. The lodge allows its guests to experience magnificent sights and enjoy interaction with the land and animals difficult to find elsewhere, whilst at the same time enjoying the highest level of cuisine and hospitality.

 


 

Destination Ngorongoro Crater, Zimbabwe

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Notes: Day 7 & 8

DAY 7
After an early and hearty breakfast, you will drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. The drive is 165 kms across multiple game reserves, so you will be seeing wildlife along the way. This drive ends on the eastern side of the Ngorongoro crater at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. Enjoy something to eat and take a dip in the pool. Marvel at the spectacular view of the crater from the deck over sundowners. Dinner will be served in the dining area and finally rest before day 8 activities.

DAY 8
Start early with breakfast in the dining area, and then head out on a full day excursion in the Ngorongoro Crater. This drive takes you down to the floor of the crater, starting in the busier western section and working your way back to the lodge, which is located in the eastern side of the crater, which experiences less traffic. Lunch will be served somewhere on the crater floor.

Ngorongoro Crater

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.

 


 

Destination Tarangire National Park, Zimbabwe

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Notes: Day 9 & 10

DAY 9
Rise early for breakfast on your last morning in the Ngorongoro region. Then drive about 160kms south-east, through game areas and past Lake Manyara and Lake Burungi, to Osunyai Lamarku Camp. After you arrive in camp, have a bite to eat and take some time to unwind. In the afternoon, take a game drive into the wilderness with a qualified guide, complete with bush sundowners and an evening game drive back to camp. Dinner will be served in the mess tent in the dining area.

DAY 10
Enjoy an early breakfast before going on a morning bush walk, exploring the flora and fauna of the Tarangire area on a personal level, with your nature guide and Maasai scout. You may encounter some of the larger species of game, but the main focus are the smaller, less seen creatures – what you will most likely miss on a game drive. Return to camp for brunch/lunch and some quiet time. Later in the afternoon, a cooler box will be packed and accompany you on an afternoon game drive, which is only complete with sundowners in the bush. Your guide will find a nice spot for you to watch the famous African sunset while you listen to the sounds of the savanna nightlife come alive. Head back to camp for dinner on your last night at Osunyai Camp.

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: Osunyai Lamarkau

Osunyai Lamarkau lies within the territory of one of Tarangire’s largest Lion prides numbering over 20 individuals controlled by 4 splendid Black Maned Lions. The camp sits facing the rising sun on the edge of the wilderness zone, affording stunning game viewing by 4WD or on foot accompanied by an armed Ranger. Night game drives are also available, as are small ‘fly camp’ overnight sleep outs for the more adventurous.

Due to the location of Osunyai Lamarkau and the sunrise setting, the camp affords a glimpse of true exclusivity. With only 16 beds and catering for either 2 small groups only or a larger group on an exclusive basis, the feel of Osunyai Lamakau is deliberately one of privacy.

Add in the location on the edge of the wilderness zone within Tarangire-far from the main circuit, Osunyai Lamarkau is, without a doubt the most remote of any accommodations within the park.

 


 

Destination Nairobi, Kenya

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Notes: Day 11

DAY 11
Sadly, your East African safaris is almost over but there is still a Natural Wonder of the World to come. After breakfast you will leave Tarangire and head to Kilimanjaro Airport. It’s time now to sadly say goodbye to your private guide. Your one-hour flight to Nairobi departs at around 2 pm. After arriving in Nairobi, you will be transferred to the nearby Ole Sereni Hotel. There is a bit of time if you have energy, for a short tour of nearby places and market, but it is an optional extra. Return to the hotel in time for dinner and a good night’s rest.

Nairobi

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.

 


 

Destination Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

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Day Notes: 12, 13, 14 & 15

DAY 12
The flight to Victoria Falls leaves from Nairobi at 7.30am so it’s a very early start. This direct flight, on Kenya Airways takes about 2 hours 15-minutes, arriving mid-morning in Victoria Falls. Here you will be met by one of our representatives and transferred by road to Victoria Falls Safari Lodge. This section is not privately guided as we feel it is not entirely necessary in Victoria Falls and adds to the expense but it can be arranged on request at an additional cost. Lunch (not included) can either be at the exceptional Safari Lodge restaurants, or take the complimentary shuttle into town and have lunch at one of the restaurants there. Although activities are not included in the package price, please let us help you to arrange an itinerary of activities suitable for you. Have a look at these Victoria Falls activities and discounted packages to see what is on offer.

DAY 13 & 14
You have 2 full days to soak up the wonderful atmosphere of Victoria Falls, it is the adventure capital of Africa and there are activities on offer to cater for everyone’s needs. View the mighty Falls, partake in the many activities on offer or wander around the streets to do a bit of curio shopping, then finish off at a café for refreshments and a bite to eat. Please have a look at the available Victoria Falls Activities and contact us to arrange a suitable itinerary just for you.

DAY 15
Sadly, this is the last day of your safari. Around mid-morning, you will be picked up for your transfer to Victoria Falls International Airport for your departure flight.

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: Victoria Falls Safari Lodge

Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is renowned as a supreme property at “Wonder of the World” destination Victoria Falls, and is showcased in numerous awards of high repute, including the 2012 Top 10 Resorts & Safari Camps in Africa as voted by the distinguished international Conde Nast Traveler magazine.

The 72-room Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is rich in ambience and offers sublime hospitality. With views of the waterhole and wild African bush, it's hard to beat this prime setting that is perfectly positioned to enjoy activities above and below the Falls. The staff are warm and personable providing faultless delivery to guests during their stay.

 



Price

Total Price for all 14 Nights: US$ 9729.00* 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
• Accommodation
• Daily Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
• All Park fees
• Safari vehicles and private guide
• Water and soft drinks in the car all the time

VICTORIA FALLS
• Accommodation
• Daily Breakfast

TRANSFERS
• Air transfers from Arusha to Kogatende Airstrip
• All road transfers between camps/hotels, and airstrips/airports
• International flights from Kilimanjaro to Nairobi, and Nairobi to Victoria Falls Airports, economy class.

Excluded

• Dinner and drinks at Ole Sereni Hotel Nairobi
• Lunch and Dinner Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
• Victoria Falls activities and park fees
• All other flights and transfers not mentioned
• Alcoholic beverages
• Gratuities
• Items of a personal nature
• Travel insurance
• Visas

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