Tanzania from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar

15 DAYS, FROM SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 TO SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 22, 2024 

A comprehensive exploration of one of the ten natural wonders of the world, Tanzania’s amazing Serengeti Region, home of the Maasai tribe and hundreds of thousands of species of mammals and birds, plus the exotic Indian Ocean “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. The tour features accommodation in comfortable lodges and fine hotels as well  TOUR COST: $11,675.00 FROM TORONTO - “LAND ONLY” $8,975.00        SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $775.00

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September 08 - 22, 2024

$11,675 based on double occupancy

Land Only: $8,975 Single Supplement: $775.

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ITINERARY

Day 1 - Sunday, September 08: Depart Toronto for Amsterdam.

Evening departure from Toronto for Amsterdam with KLM airline. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.

Day 2 - Monday, September 09: Arrival in Tanzania

Morning arrival and connecting flight to Tanzania’s Kilimanjaro International Airport, located near the city of Arusha. Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, transfer to Mount Meru Game Lodge, and overnight. The lodge is located near Arusha Region, on the edge of the eastern branch of the Africa’s Great Rift Valley. 

Day 3 - Tuesday, September 10: Arusha National Park

After breakfast, we enjoy an introductory safari in Arusha National Park, offering spectacular views of Mt. Kilimanjaro, a dormant volcano, at 5,895 metres the highest mountain in Africa, and one the world’s most topographically prominent peaks on Earth. The park is home to animals such as giraffe, Cape buffalo, zebra, warthog, the black-and-white colobus monkey, elephant, bushbuck and countless birds. Return to the lodge in time for dinner.

Day 4 - Wednesday, September 11: Lake Manyara National Park

Departing from Mount Meru Game Lodge, we tour Lake Manyara National Park,  featuring a great variety of wild animals, including elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, hippos, leopards, and lions – often seen in trees!, and also, especially around Lake Manyara, thousands of flamingoes and about 400 other species of birds. Buffet picnic lunch in the park. Dinner and overnight in the beautiful 4-star Bashay Rift lodge in the Karatu Region, surrounded by coffee plantations. 

Day 5 - Thursday, September 12: Serengetti

After breakfast, departure for Serengeti, an immense National Park, featuring a combination of savannah and forests, valleys and kopjes (small hills), inhabited by the greatest concentration of felines in the world, plus countless buffaloes, giraffes, antelopes, crocodiles, and hippos. Arrival in the Serengeti around noon. A picnic lunch and meeting with our guides will be followed by a first exploration of the park. This evening, dinner, an evening around the campfire, and overnight in Mbalageti Lodge, where we stay in tented chalets, fully equipped with shower, toilet, etc.

Day 6 - Friday, September 13: Lake Victoria

Morning excursion to Lake Victoria, one of the African Great Lakes, the continent's largest lake by area, the world's largest tropical lake, and the world's second-largest fresh water lake by surface area after Lake Superior’ the lake is shared by three countries, Uganda, Kenya, and Tanzania. A visit to a local village will be complemented by a boat ride. After lunch, we return to Serengeti National Park, with the option of a full afternoon’s safari or free time. Lunch and dinner in the Mbalageti Lodge.

Day 7 - Saturday, September 14: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Today we return to the Ngorongoro area via the "Road of the Kopjes.” Look out for “big cats” such as lions, leopards and cheetahs! Picnic lunch en route. In the afternoon we explore the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site which, unlike the regular National parks, is also inhabited by humans. This is the homeland of the Maasai, a tribe of nomadic pastoralists who have maintained their traditional lifestyle and coexist with the local wildlife. Visiting a Maasai village, you will experience Africa as it was a few hundred years ago! Today we will also be able to admire some remarkable geological features, such as the Nassera Rock, a huge monolith that is home to all sorts of game and birds, shifting dunes of volcanic ash, sacred to the Maasai, and Olkarien Gorge, a canyon inhabited by a colony of vultures. Late afternoon arrival in Olduvai Camp, situated at an altitude of 1,400 m in the world-famous Olduvai Gorge, a nearly 50 km long ravine in East Africa’s Great Rift Valley that is one one of the most important prehistoric sites in the world, since excavations carried out there by the world-famous British/Kenyan paleoanthropologist-archeologist team of Mary and Louis Leakey revolutionized our understanding of early human evolution; millions of years ago this ravine  was inhabited by early species of humans, such as homo habilis and homo erectus, and so Olduvai became known as “the Cradle of Mankind.” Escorted by Maasai warriors, we enjoy a leisurely walk to the top of a nearby Kopje in order to admire the great Serengeti Plain at sunset. Dinner and overnight in the very comfortable, fully equipped tents of Olduvai Camp.

Day 8 - Sunday, September 15: Ngorongoro Crater

Today we explore the Ngorongoro Crater, measuring no less than 20 km in diameter, which is home to an incredibly rich variety of fauna, including rhinos as well as lions, leopards, and elephants. A picnic lunch will again be included.  Dinner and overnight in the 4-star Bashay Rift Lodge. How about a swim in the pool before dinner?

Day 9 - Monday, September 16: Tarangire National Park

Two-day safari in Tarangire National Park, the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, and famous for its rare antelopes, such as the kudu, the oryx and the gerenuk - a smorgasbord for predators! Picnic lunch on both days, and dinner and overnight in the small but exquisite Tarangire River Camp, located on a hilltop.
Day 11 – Wednesday, September 18:
Today we take a short domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar. This autonomous part of Tanzania, formerly an independent sultanate a.k.a. “the spice island”, and a British protectorate before becoming independent and merging with Tanzania, is a small island, approximately 90km long and 30km wide, situated in the Indian Ocean just off Tanzania’s “Swahili Coast”. Arrival and transfer to the beautiful Karafuu Beach Resort Hotel, where we will stay in fully equipped air-conditioned cottages. Balance of the day at leisure, and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 10 - Tuesday, September 17: Tarangire National Park

Second day in the Park

Day 11 - Wednesday, September 18: Flight to Zanzibar

Today we take a short domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar. This autonomous part of Tanzania, formerly an independent sultanate a.k.a. “the spice island”, and a British protectorate before becoming independent and merging with Tanzania, is a small island, approximately 90km long and 30km wide, situated in the Indian Ocean just off Tanzania’s “Swahili Coast”. Arrival and transfer to the beautiful Karafuu Beach Resort Hotel, where we will stay in fully equipped air-conditioned cottages. Balance of the day at leisure, and dinner in the hotel’s restaurant.

Day 12 - Thursday, September 19: Day at Leisure

Today is yours to enjoy in Zanzibar. Breakfast and dinner will of course be included, and some optional excursions and activities will be available, for example a boat trip to Kae, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, including a BBQ lunch, as well as a boat tour featuring a chance to snorkel with a colony of bottle-nose dolphins!

Day 13 - Friday, September 20: Island Tour

Departure from the hotel after breakfast. We’re off on a “spice tour” of this “spice island,” one of the few places in the world where saffron and many other Middle Eastern/Asian spices such as cardamom, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc. are grown, including visits to some the beautiful plantations. Also visit to the Jozani Forest, featuring some very exotic (and large) trees and ferns and other tropical types of vegetation and inhabited by a native species of monkeys, the Red Colobus, now nearly extinct. Return to hotel. Breakfast and dinner will again be included.

Day 14 - Saturday, September 21: Visit to Stone Town

Breakfast followed by a transfer to Stone Town, capital of Zanzibar with a unique blend of Moorish, Middle Eastern, Indian, and African traditions and architectures, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Guided walking tour of the old town, the waterfront, and the harbor, with sights such as the Arab Fort and the old Slave Market followed by free time for lunch. In the afternoon, transfer to airport for short flight to Dar Es Salaam for dinner and check in for your return flight to Amsterdam.

Day 15 - Sunday, September 22: Return flight to Toronto

Early morning arrival in Amsterdam or another European gateway and connecting flight to Toronto.

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INCLUDED

- Return flight to Tanzania, via Amsterdam, and domestic flights as shown in the itinerary. - Accommodation based on double occupancy in the camps and hotels mentioned in the itinerary, or similar - Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner daily during the safari part of the tour on the mainland (ending on day 11), and breakfast and dinner daily in Zanzibar - Overland transportation: land cruisers (of 4-6 seats) on the mainland, private coach in Zanzibar - All visits and sightseeing as outlined in the itinerary, including admission to parks and other sights mentioned in the itinerary - Services of expert guides - Gratuities for local guides and drivers - Hotel taxes and gratuities. - Tanzanian visa fee, value US$60

NOT INCLUDED

- All expenses of a personal nature - Beverages with lunch/dinner, but mineral water will be included during excursions - Travel insurance. We advise that everyone travel with appropriate travel insurance. Please inquire with the office for rates.

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