Day 1

Arrive Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to a lodge/hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
 

Day 2

9:00am: pick up from Arusha and drive to Tarangire National Park with picnic lunch

Tarangire is home to some 300 herds of elephants that scratch the dry river bed to tap into underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland crowd the lagoons as they shrink in the dry season. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem - a smorgasbord for predators – and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and the peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.    

Afternoon: game drive in the park

Evening: dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

Day 3

6:00am: early morning walk in the reserve area; return to camp for breakfast (Maramboi).

After breakfast: morning game drive in Tarangire National Park followed by transition to Lake Manyara National Park (with picnic lunch)

Lake Manyara national park provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large water birds such as pelicans, cormorants and storks.

After lunch: afternoon game drive at Manyara, with late afternoon transfer to Karatu area

Evening: dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp

 

 

Day 4

Morning: breakfast at the lodge/camp, then depart for Lake Eyasi (with picnic lunch)

Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. Seasonal water level fluctuations in the lake are dramatic, though the northwestern shore is constrained by the cliffs of the Serengeti Plateau. The Datooga and Hadzabe live around the lake though Hadzabe are the indigenous inhabitants of the area.

Afternoon: visit to Datooga boma and blacksmith

Evening: dinner and overnight at a lodge/tented camp FB

 

Day 5

Morning: Breakfast at lodge

After breakfast: depart for the Serengeti National Park; picnic lunch along the way, plus a brief stop at Maasai Boma to see Maasai way of life.

The Serengeti is Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, as well as a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder. The Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers some of the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

Afternoon: Game drive in the Serengeti

Evening: Dinner and overnight at a Serengeti lodge or tented camp FB

 

Day 6

Morning: Breakfast at the lodge/camp

After breakfast: depart for full day game drive in Serengeti 

Evening: Meals and overnight at lodge or tented camp

Day 7

5:00am: OPTIONAL balloon ride or

6:00am: depart for an early morning game drive in the Serengeti followed by breakfast back at camp

10:00am: Depart for the Ngorongoro Conservation Area with picnic lunch

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera.

OPTIONAL brief stop at Olduvai Gorge

Olduvai was the first place where traces of an early stone tool culture were discovered, and gave the name to the Oldowan, nowadays considered as the earliest human technology. Olduvai is also one of the first sites in Africa where the earliest Acheulean was first discovered, and where the traditional view of the Oldowan-Acheulean transition was established.

Evening: dinner and overnight at  a lodge/tented camp FB

Day 8

Morning: breakfast at the lodge/camp, then descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for a half day crater tour with picnic lunch.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a breathtaking natural wonder. It’s a deep, volcanic crater, the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world. About 20kms across, 600 meters deep and 300 sq kms in area, it is home to lions, elephant, wildebeest, hippopotamus, rhinocerous, hyena, jackals, ostrich, baboon, and many other animals.

Midday: picnic lunch at the crater floor.

Late afternoon: drive to Karatu area for dinner and overnight at a lodge FB

DAY 9

Morning: breakfast  at  lodge , then  depart  to Arusha  airstrip  for  afternoon flight to Zanzibar (with picnic  lunch)

Midday: arrive Zanzibar and transfer to Stone Town Hotel

 The Stone Town of Zanzibar is a fine example of the Swahili coastal trading towns of East Africa. It retains its urban fabric and townscape virtually intact and contains many fine buildings that reflect its particular culture, which has brought together and homogenized disparate elements of the cultures of Africa, the Arab region, India, and Europe over more than a millennium.

Evening: overnight at a hotel  in Stone Town BB

 

DAY 10

Morning: breakfast at the hotel followed by a Stone Town tour, taking in its many winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand houses with ornate wooden doors carved in distinct styles that reveal the builder's heritage.  We'll visit the former slave market for East African Slave trade, the Arab Fort, cathedrals, and mosques.

Midday: lunch at a restaurant in Stone Town

Afternoon:  a spice  tour followed by transfer to a beach  hotel on the north or east coast.  

Evening: dinner and overnight at the beach resort HB

 

DAYS 11 – 15

Morning: breakfast at the hotel

Relax at the beach or optional water sports activities

Evening: dinner and overnight at the beach resort HB

 

DAY 16

Morning: breakfast at the hotel, followed by transfer to Zanzibar airport for departure flights.

END OF SERVICE

Sixteen Days Northern Circuit & Zanzibar

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