Serengeti is Lion country. As the sun sets across the plains the roars can be heard loud and clear as local disputes are settled and precedence in the pride reconfirmed. From ‘Born free’ to ‘The Lion King’, here the iconic plains are the source of inspiration for filmmaker, artist and author.
Our journey starts at the base of Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain. From here we head west to Lake Manyara National Park, famous for water birds, flamingos, hippos and baboons. The magnificent Ngorongoro crater is a veritable Garden of Eden. We enjoy a safari at the crater floor amidst the densest collection of mammals on earth. Here hundreds of thousands of hoofs tread across the savannah, and this is the best place in the world to see rhinos in the wild up close.
Then on to the Serengeti where the variety of wildlife is overwhelming – lion, cheetah, giraffe, gnu, zebra, antelope – they are all here, and we have enough time to see them all – with any luck we’ll even spy a leopard. In the Tarangire National Park we go in search of its huge elephant herds, which can be found scratching the dry river bed for the underground streams.
The core of our walking will take place in the Usambara Mountains located in the north east of Tanzania. Here we walk between villages and to viewpoints over spectacular scenery, meeting friendly locals on the way.
We end our journey on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, off the Tanzanian mainland. We spend one night in Stone Town and then move to the east coast for some seriously tropical R&R. In case white sand beaches, palm trees and swimming and snorkelling in turquoise waters don’t grab your imagination enough, we have arranged a spice tour of the island as well. This holiday is a wonderful combination of walking, safaris and relaxation. Pack your boots, your camera, your swimwear and enjoy!
Depart London Heathrow and fly with KLM to Kilimanjaro via Amsterdam. On arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, we will continue directly to our hotel in Moshi for our overnight accommodation.
We take a local walk in Moshi at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro.
We travel to Lake Manyara (about 210km/125miles), and stop en route for a packed lunch. On arrival at Manyara National Park we begin the first of our game drives. The park is famous for its enormous wealth of water birds including flocks of flamingos. There are large herds of hippos, monkeys, tree-climbing lions, giraffes and elephants. Later we continue to our hotel at Karatu (about 65km/40miles).
Today we take a walk in the Southern Ngorongoro Conservation area to the elephant’s cave and a waterfall. The walks will be very leisurely as we take our time to observe the points of interest along the way. In the afternoon we have an opportunity to visit some local shops in town, and then, the Shalom Orphanage to meet some of the 65 children who live here. Then we return by road to Karatu.
We drive towards the world renowned Serengeti National Park, for the first of our game drives. Recently proclaimed by UNESCO as the 7th worldwide wonder, the park is absolutely teaming with Africa’s most exciting wildlife. Later we return to our camp for the evening.
A further game drive in the Serengeti National Park. And later we return to our camp for the evening.
We drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater (50km/31miles approx) on our approach the views from the edge of the rim are glorious, we drive down to the base of the crater to begin our thrilling game drive. We will have the opportunity to see some of the big 5, including black rhino and lions in both a unique and scenic setting. After we return to our camp for the evening, which also enjoys a scenic setting with views of the Lake Eyasi.
Today we continue on Safari in Ngorongoro and Serengeti Conservation area. And later travel to Karatu for our overnight accommodation.
We travel to Tarangire National park (approximately 170km/105miles). Here we explore a landscape noted for its enormous Baobab trees, birds and wild animals. Later we travel to Moshi for our overnight accommodation.
Travel from Moshi to Usambara Mountains. We anticipate the journey taking around 4-5 hours, (285km/176miles) we will take frequent stops, including a picnic lunch en route, and enjoy the passing views of the plantations and towns. During the afternoon we take a short walk in the Usambara Mountains from our hotel and we may visit a nearby waterfall if time allows. Return to our lodge for the evening.
Today we travel to Lushoto Town to visit the colourful street market. During the afternoon we will walk to Irente viewpoint which provides a breathtaking view of the seemingly endless Maasai savannah. We do not anticipate the walk taking longer than 4 hours and will take a lunch stop during the day. Return to our lodge for the evening.
Today we walk to Kivuga Peak (around 4-5 hours) We walk through montane forest where we may be lucky enough to see some colourful birdlife, reptiles, butterflies, colobus monkeys and a beautiful array of mountain flowers. Return to our lodge for the evening.
Today we will drive to Tanga Airport (approx 4 hrs)for our flight to Zanzibar. On arrival we travel to Stone Town, where we will have our dinner and overnight.
We take a city tour of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and cultural centre of the island's capital. We stroll through the narrow streets and bazaars, and visit the former sultans’ palace. We then continue on to our island paradise, Kiwengwa, on the north east coast (about 1.5 hours).
Free time at leisure to relax, snorkel and swim from Zanzibar's white sandy beaches.
We enjoy a guided visit to a spice farm, where we can sample and or purchase local spices such as cinnamon, cardamom and cloves. The remaining time is left to relax, snorkel and swim.
This morning we are free at leisure. During the afternoon we travel back to Zanzibar Airport for a flight to Dar es Salaam Airport to catch our international flight back to the UK.
A morning arrival back into London Heathrow
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Located on the east coast of the island, the Sultan Sands Island Resort sits on the wide, sparkling beaches of Kiwengwa. A blend of Swahili and Arab architecture and décor creates a relaxed ambience, while first-class amenities and facilities ensure complete comfort. Sultan Sands is great place to relax. It enjoys an idyllic beach position, a relaxing pool and a wonderful choice of leisure and dining options. We can also use the facilities at the neighbouring Sultan Sands sister hotel, the Bluebay Beach Resort, including the famous Oasis Spa and the One Ocean Dive Centre. Internet is available and complimentary to guests.
The Highview Hotei s located at high elevation above the town of Karatu. The hotel has spacious and comfortable ensuite rooms with a spectacular view over the surrounding hills. The hotel is within easy access to Tarangire National Park, Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.
Ngorongoro Wild Camp is located in the South of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, approximately 50km south west of Karatu Town. The permanent camp is composed of 20 comfortable luxury tents and 6 cottages, as well as a large dining and reception area. Each tent contains a bed frame and mattress, with double, single or twin beds, a full length mirror and a dressing table, a separate area for the bathroom where the wardrobe is situated. There is a proper toilet and a shower which is divided by a wall.