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This tour starts with a camping safari in the northern national parks. Tanzania's northern parks are a true African experience and one of its main attractions. There, witness the Great Serengeti Migration, when millions of wildebeests, gazelles, and zebras roam the plains in search of food. The entire Tanzanian ecosystem is on display of birds, reptiles, mammals, and the mighty savanna acacia trees. The parks stretch across a varied landscape from wooded hills in the north to the southern grassy plains. After the budget camping safari, you will catch a flight to Zanzibar Island for a much-needed relaxation on the palm fringed white sandy beaches of Zanzibar.
During this safari, you will stay in igloo-type tents which can be shared by two people or for private use. While in Zanzibar, the accommodation will be in budget motels which are located next to the beach. Adventure camps are a budget option with guests bringing their own sleeping bags and towels and accommodations are in small dome tents with a mattress on the floor. Each tent has its own nearby cubicle with a flush toilet, safari shower, and wash basin.
The adventure camps are suitable only for those who do not mind "real camping" and can put up with some degree of "roughing it." Apart from the accommodation in simple dome tents, the meals and the guiding are at the same standard as the higher quality camps and game drives are in four-by-four safari vehicles. Safari or bucket showers are common in mobile or tented camps where there is no permanent plumbing.
They are an effective yet environmentally friendly way to shower where water is at a premium and provide plenty of hot water to wash comfortably. Generally, there is an en-suite private shower stall within your tent with a "rainfall" style shower head at which you can control the water flow. Outside the tent, there is a large waterproof bag or bucket which is filled with about 10 to 15 liter or, five US gallons, of hot water before being raised with a pully or rope system to either connect to the shower pipe or fill a cistern.
The water is delivered at the ideal temperature so it is best to use it as soon as it arrives. The staff typically fills the showers at a pre-arranged time of day or you simply need to give them a few minutes' notice so they can get it ready. Complimentary laundry service is offered at many camps and lodges.
Please note that the tour can be upgraded to a higher standard accommodation at an extra cost. It can also be cheaper if less expensive, but still good quality, accommodation is used. The final cost of the tour depends on your budget and preference.
Relax at Backpackers Hotel on night one.
Recharge in a Serengeti campsite on nights two and three.
Doze off at Ngorongoro Simba campsite on night four.
Unwind in a Manyara campsite on night five.
Have a well-earned rest in a Tarangire campsite on night six.
Have a well-earned rest in Zanzibar on nights seven to 10.
Upon your arrival in Arusha, you will be picked up at the airport and taken to your hotel. The rest of the day will be free. Relax, take a stroll, and enjoy the sights and sounds. Get plenty of rest for the next day will be huge! You will stay at Backpackers Hotel.
The day will start with a hearty breakfast and briefing with your tour guide. From Arusha, you will drive to the Serengeti. It is a home to a staggering 1.6 million animals that have been recorded moving through the park. You will do game drive until 01:00 p.m. You will have a break for lunch.
After eating, there will be time for a little rest, perhaps a quick nap, then you will back out on the plain, looking for more big game. You will follow the trail of the migrating wildebeest through the afternoon. Then, you will venture back to the campsite for dinner and the overnight stay at a Serengeti camp site.
Your day will start with the charm of the birds in the Africa savanna. When you are ready, you will be served with an African breakfast. You will then start your full day game drive in the famous Serengeti and you will be witnesses to the eighth wonder of the world, the wildebeest migration. The migration can be seen on a long chain, approximately 40 kilometers heading to the southwestern direction.
At around 12:30 p.m. and 01:00 p.m., you will have your lunch break. After lunch, you can rest for one hour. Then, you will proceed with your game viewing, following the move of the migrants on the southwest of the park. Approximately 1.3 million wildebeests, 250,000 gazelles, and 200,000 zebras have been recorded sharing the short grass and water which are the source of food for the millions of animals in the Serengeti. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at a Serengeti campsite.
You will need another early start but trust that it will be worth it, After breakfast, you will head back to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a vast UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in a 260-kilometer-wide volcano crater. Archaeology buffs and anyone interested in history has the option to stop at Olduvai Gorge where some of the earliest known human remains have been found.
The site was occupied by genetic ancestors some two million years ago and continues to offer clues about the origin of the Homo sapiens. You can also opt to pass by the Maasai boma for a taste of real African culture and traditional living. After lunch, you will keep exploring the Ngorongoro Crater, venturing right up to the rim for dinner and the overnight stay at Simba Campsite.
After breakfast, you will take a packed lunch and head back to the crater. You will detour through a traditional Maasai village where you can get acquainted with the locals, watch some traditional dancing, and see what life is really like on the African plains. From there, you will descend to the crater floor in search for more big game. The Ngorongoro Crater is rich in Tanzanian wildlife and November to December is the best time to see it.
The short rainy season is over and the animals come out in big numbers to enjoy the fresh water and green grass. You will eat your packed lunch on the crater floor, at one of several picnic sites near Lerai Forest or Hippo Pool. If you are lucky, you will spot the rare Black rhinoceros. In the late afternoon, you will venture back up out of the crater and head onward to Manyara National Park where you will
spend the night at a Manyara campsite.
After breakfast, you will start at 08:00 a.m. with a morning game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. The park covers 330 square kilometers, 70 percent of which is occupied by the lake. The varied ecosystem consists of groundwater forests, acacia woodland, and open grassland along the lakeshore sustains a wealth of wildlife, including the Big Five, the lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo.
The park is famous for the elusive tree-climbing lions that inhabit the woodland between the lake and the Rift Valley. It is also an ornithologists’ paradise and is host to over 400 species of birds. Dinner and the overnight stay will be at a Tarangire campsite.
The team will save the best for last. After breakfast, you embark on your final game drive through Tarangire National Park. African elephants, the world’s biggest mammals, are very common in the area.
The park is also dotted with the iconic baobab, shrub-like trees that can grow up to 30 meters tall. After a full day of exploring Tarangire, later in the afternoon, you will head to Arusha, at a small airport for a flight to Zanzibar. Dinner and the overnight stay will be in Zanzibar.
When in Zanzibar, there is a lot of activities you can do in Stone Town. You may enjoy a full day Spice and Prison Island tour. The full day tour will take you to the most scenic parts of the Old Town. It is a culturally rich town that got its name from the use of coral stone as the main construction ingredient. Being the oldest town in East Africa, the historical roots and influences can be felt at every turn of the tour.
Starting from the House of Wonders, which is one of the prominent landmarks of Stone Town, you can proceed on to the Palace Museum which was a Sultan’s residence. The Arab Fort, the Doctor Livingstone House, Fred Mercury’s home, the pub, and Hamamni Persian baths are just a few of the many attractions in this relic of the town. You will have free time in the afternoon for you to explore further on your own or to relax.
It will be the final day in Zanzibar and East Africa so be sure to grab any last minute souvenirs you may want and say one last goodbye to the tranquil blue waters before being transferred to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (ZNZ) for your flight back home. Kwa heri ya kuonana. Goodbye and see you again.
This safari will take place in Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara National Park, Tarangire National Park, and Zanzibar in Tanzania.
During this safari, breakfast, lunch, and dinner will be provided daily, as per the itinerary. The food available at most camps and lodges is of great quality and with an international style. Breakfasts include cereals, fruit, cold meats, eggs, bacon, sausages, fresh bread and more. Lunches and dinners may include soups, salads, cold meats, pasta, meat, fish dishes, and fresh fruits and vegetables.
Some properties can offer bush breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for an experience of dining in the wild. The water in many cities and small towns is purified and safe to drink but Nature Bound Africa recommends drinking bottled water or drinks which are readily available at hotels, camps, and lodges.
Julius Nyerere International Airport
Kilimanjaro International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) or Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR). Transfer from and to the airport is included in the price. Nature Bound Africa will pick you up from the airport.
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