DAY 1: ARRIVAL
Arrive JRO Airport. You will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel after briefing. Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel https://www.mountmeruhotel.co.tz/
DAY 2: ARUSHA – TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for Tarangire National Park. Lunch at the lodge. In the afternoon proceed for a game drive. . The park consists of natural vegetation mainly of Acacia woodland and giant African Baobab trees, with huge swamp areas in the south. Both the river and the swamps act like a magnet for wild animals, during Tanzania's dry season. The Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa.
This African National Park is also home to three rare species of animals - the Greater Kudu, the Fringed-eared Oryx, as well as a few Ashy Starlings. At dust return to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge. https://www.tarangireroikatentedlodge.com/
DAY 3: TARANGIRE – LAKE MANYARA
Breakfast at the Lodge. Proceed to Lake Manyara with picnic lunch. Enjoy a full day game drive. The park has varied habitat that attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa's largest concentrations of elephants, Lake Manyara's unique tree-climbing lions, zebra, buffalo, giraffe, baboons, warthog, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight at Lake Manyara Acacia Lodge. https://www.karatuacacialodge.com/
DAY 4: LAKE MANYARA – SERENGETI
Breakfast at the lodge. Proceed to Serengeti National Park with its endless plains, rolling into the distance as far as the eye can see. Arrive in time for lunch and enjoy an afternoon game drive in the Park. Serengeti National Park, in northern Tanzania, is known for its massive annual migration of wildebeest and zebra. Seeking new pasture, the herds move north from their breeding grounds in the grassy southern plains. Many cross the marshy western corridor’s crocodile-infested Grumeti River. Others veer northeast to the Lobo Hills, home to black eagles. Black rhinos inhabit the granite outcrops of the Moru Kopjes. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge. https://www.sopalodges.com/serengeti-sopa-lodge/the-lodge
DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart with picnic lunch for a full day game drive. The park is a home for lion, leopard, elephants, cheetah, buffalo, wildebeest migration, eland, wild dog, gazelle, crocodiles and many more. A variety of birds decorate the park with different sounds. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Sopa Lodge.
DAY 6: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for the last full day game drive in this famous park. Picnic lunch will be served in the park. In the evening proceed to the lodge. Dinner and overnight at Serengeti Serena Lodge. https://www.serenahotels.com/serenaserengeti/en/default.html
DAY 7: SERENGETI – NGORONGORO CRATER
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart with picnic lunch for Ngorongoro Crater. Descend the crater for a full day game drive. The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the most densely crowded African wildlife areas in the world and is home to an estimated 30,000 animals including some of Tanzania's last remaining black rhino. Supported by a year round water supply and fodder, the crater supports a vast variety of animals, which include herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, eland, warthog, hippo, and giant African elephants. Another big draw card to this picturesque national park is its huge population of predators, which include lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and the ever-elusive leopard. We will enjoy a picnic lunch on the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge. http://ngorongorocoffeelodge.com/
DAY 8: NGORONGORO – LAKE EYASI
After breakfast depart for Lake Eyasi. Lunch at the lodge. Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic salt lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau, just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania. Dinner and overnight at Lake Eyasi Safari Lodge. http://lakeeyasi.com/
DAY 9: LAKE EYASI – ARUSHA
Breakfast at the lodge. Depart for a tour that will take you to the Hadzabe Bushmen and the Datoga of the most Mbulu tribes. A visit with the Bushmen is worthwhile and they will graciously show you where and how they live and hunt. They subsist entirely off the bush and by bow hunting. Everything they use is made from local materials, including their bows which are strung with giraffe tendon and their arrows which are coated in lethal poison. Their language resembles that of Kalahari Bushmen tribe (who were featured in the 1980 film ‘The Gods Must Be Crazy’) with clicking noises used. After the tour proceed to Arusha to arrive in the afternoon. Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel.
DAY 10: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast at the hotel. Proceed for a game drive in Arusha National Park. Arusha National Park covers Mount Meru, a prominent volcano with an elevation of 4566 m, in the Arusha Region of north eastern Tanzania. The small national park includes the slopes, summit, and ash cone of Mt. Meru, the Momela Lakes, Ngurdoto Crater, and the lush highland forests that blanket its lower slopes. Game viewing around the Momela Lakes is at a laid-back and quiet pace, and while passing through the forest many visitors stop to search for troupes of rare colubus monkeys playing in the canopy. Overnight at Mount Meru Hotel.
DAY 11: ARUSHA – ZANZIBAR
Breakfast then transfer to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met and transferred to your hotel. Later depart for Stone Town and Spice tour. The tour will focus on exploring the city’s UNESCO World Heritage Center with a highly knowledgeable and engaging Zanzibari guide – spending time focusing on aspects that interest you most, be that traditional medicine, cuisine, the role of women, the structure of education, architecture, the social lives hidden in concealed courtyards, or any number of questions that may arise as you journey past the more well-known landmarks and the hidden gems. Visit the spice and fruit farms of Zanzibar and you will understand its true value. This island is a veritable treasure trove of spices that were worth more than currency, sometimes bartered traded. Even as your knowledgeable guide talks to you about the many uses of spices aside from being used as food flavoring, you will understand that these spices have curative properties that were invaluable in the olden days, in the absence of modern medicine. The ancients also used them as coloring for fabrics and revered them in their religious rites. In the evening drive back to you hotel. The rest of the day at the beach. Dinner and overnight at Zanzibar Serena Hotel. https://www.serenahotels.com/serenazanzibar/en/default.html
DAY 12: ZANZIBAR – JOZANI FOREST TOUR
After breakfast join your guide and proceed to Jozani Forest. The forest is a natural pharmacy, an amazing source of natural remedies! Every plant or tree cures something. What is so beautiful about Jozani forest tour, that height of the trees and the palms are just outstanding!
Jozani is also famous for rare red Colobus monkeys and even harder to spot – Zanzibar Sykes’ monkey, a very rare monkey species unique to Zanzibar. Along with Red Colubus Monkeys you can expect to see Bush baby, 50 different species of butterflies and 40 species of birds. Transfer to your hotel after the tour. The rest of the day at the beach. Dinner and overnight at Bluebay Beach Resort. http://bluebayzanzibar.com/
DAY 13: DOLPHIN EXCURSION
After breakfast depart for a Dolphin Tour. The dolphins are best seen early morning. The tour includes sandbank picnic, BBQ sea food lunch, fruits and drinks. Zanzibar friendly bottle nose dolphins are often seen and can swim with them closer. Return to the hotel in the afternoon. Rest of the day to enjoy the beach. Dinner and overnight at Bluebay Beach Resort.
DAY 14: PRISON AND TORTOISE FARM TOUR
Breakfast at the hotel. Depart for a full day Prison Island and Tortoise Farm Tour. The prison – which is now owned by a hotel – was built in 1893 and was originally intended to house violent prisoners from the mainland and sick people.
You will get the opportunity to visit the tortoise sanctuary, which contains a large colony of giant tortoise imported from the Seychelles in the late 19th century. The average weight of these creatures is 200 kg, and many of them are said to be over 150 years old. There will be a chance to touch the tortoise and take photos. The island is also a home to a colony of beautiful peacocks.
For the rest of the trip you can either enjoy the marine life as you snorkel (extra cost) around the coral that fringes Prison Island or just relax under the warm glow of the sun, until you head back to your hotel. Dinner and overnight at Bluebay Beach Resort.
DAY 15: ZANZIBAR – JRO AIRPORT
Breakfast at the hotel. Depending on flight time, transfer to the airport for your flight to Kilimanjaro Airport. On arrival connect to your onward flight.