Migration, Crater & beach

ToursGreat Migration SafarisMigration, Crater & beach

12 Days / 11 Nights

Highlights
  • Experience three unique wildlife areas in the North of Tanzania
  • Experience the phenomenon of the Great Migration in the Serengeti
  • Explore the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Relax on the white sands of the tropical Zanzibar island
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Overview

This itinerary takes you to three spectacular wildlife areas in the north of Tanzania in a combination of game drives and walking safaris. Begin in Tarangire and experience the thrill of walking alongside big game before making your way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to explore the breathtaking crater highlands region. In the Serengeti, watch as thousands of wildebeest fill the plains in the Great Migration and round off your safari on the white sands of tropical Zanzibar Island.

Itinerary
Day 1 - Arrive Arusha

Itinerary

On arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport you will be met by your representative and driver who will transfer you to Arumeru River Lodge for your overnight stay. Located just outside of Arusha, Arumeru River Lodge offers the ideal location from which to start your safari adventure. Freshen up after your journey to Tanzania and unwind in the lush gardens before enjoying a delicious meal. The garden is home to many Dikdiks, the smallest antelopes in Africa. These cute little animals can be observed at close range. Enjoy your first “wildlife encounter” by just walking in the tropical garden. Get an early nights rest before your safari itinerary kicks off in the morning!

Accommodation

Overnight at Ameru River Lodge, Arusha

Day 2 -Arusha - Tarangire National Park

Itinerary

After breakfast, you will be met by a representative for your transfer through Arusha town to Arusha Airport. You will then catch your connecting Air Excel flight to Kuro Airstrip in Tarangire National Park. On arrival at Kuro Airstrip, you will be met by a guide from Oliver’s Camp. A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea and coffee, cold drinks and snacks, allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. A short game drive takes you to Oliver’s Camp. On arrival at Oliver’s Camp, spend the afternoon settling into your stylish room and the beautiful surroundings before heading into the dining area for lunch. After tea, experience your first taste of the wild and beautiful Tarangire National Park on an afternoon game drive with one of the superb guides. Once back at camp you will have the opportunity to freshen up and relax. Once refreshed you either have the option of going on a night drive or heading straight to the dining area for dinner and a drink by the camp fire.

Accommodation

Overnight at Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park (B, L, D & activities)

Day 3 - Tarangire National Park

Itinerary

After an early breakfast in camp, head to the lounge area where you will be met your expert guide and head out into the bush on foot for a morning walking safari in the Tarangire National Park. There is no better way to experience the wilderness of East Africa up close and personal than on foot with the sun rising in the background. The morning walk will last for around 3-4 hours (temperature dependent). You stop in the shade where you will enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Oliver’s Camp before heading back to camp. Once back at camp, there is a chance to relax and wash away the day’s activity before heading to the dining area to a delicious three-course home cooked meal. You will then make your way to the camp fire where you will enjoy a gin & tonic while listening to stories of old times.

Accommodation

Overnight at Oliver’s Camp, Tarangire National Park (B, L, D & activities)

Day 4 - Tarangire National Park - Ngorongoro Crater

Itinerary

After breakfast you will depart for your transfer to Kuro Airstrip, and from there you will catch your connecting Air Excel flight to Manyara Airstrip. On arrival at Lake Manyara you will be met by an Asilia representative guide. In the afternoon, make your way up the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to The Highlands. While en route, don’t forget to admire the spectacular views of the ancient volcanoes that make up the landscape. You will also enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Oliver’s Camp in the shade of the trees at Lake Manyara National Park while on the game drive to The Highlands. Once in camp, relax and unwind after the adventure of the long day. Once refreshed make your way to the dining tent where you will enjoy a delicious three course meal prepared by the amazing chef. You will also have the opportunity to enjoy a drink by the bar or relax by the indoor wood burning camp fire.

Accommodation

Overnight at The Highlands Camp, Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D & activities)

Day 5 - Ngorongoro Crater

An early start to the day is best in order to avoid the later influx of tourists into the Ngorongoro Crater. The park gate opens at 0600, so it is best to be there as close to this time as possible. The Ngorongoro Crater is a large, unbroken, un-flooded caldera, formed when a giant volcano erupted and collapsed some three million years ago. Had it not become a caldera, it is possible that the volcanic mountain would be about the same height as Kilimanjaro. Down on the crater floor there is an abundance of wildlife including black rhino, wildebeest, zebra and eland. There are a number of lion which are typically larger in size than an average lion due the large amount of game in the area. The crater floor tends to get very busy, with there often being numerous vehicles at any wildlife sighting. Enjoy a packed lunch under the trees on the crater floor, but keep an eye out for the monkey’s which are always keen to take advantage of an opportunistic moment. In the afternoon, drive up and out of the crater, and back down the road towards camp.

Accommodation

Overnight at The Highlands Camp, Ngorongoro Crater (B, L, D & activities)

Day 6 - Ngorongoro Crater - Serengeti National Park

After an early breakfast, pack your bags and depart with your driver to Manyara Airstrip. You will then catch your connecting flight to Kogatende Airstrip in the Northern Serengeti. On arrival at Kogatende you will be met by a resident guide from Ubuntu Camp. A welcome table will be set up either at the airstrip or a short distance away, with tea & coffee, cold drinks and snacks allowing you to refresh while your guide briefs you on the surrounding area. Depending on your preference, you may enjoy a short game drive or head directly for camp. You will enjoy a delicious packed lunch from Plantation Lodge / The Highlands.

Accommodation

Overnight at Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti National Park (B, L, D & activities)

Days 7 to 8 - Serengeti National Park

Depending on your preference, there are a couple of options with regards to how your day is structured. One option is to break camp early and head out with a picnic breakfast on a morning game drive, returning to camp in time for lunch. Alternatively, you can eat breakfast in camp and head out with a picnic lunch on an afternoon game drive, returning in the mid-afternoon. Despite sharing vehicles on a Game Package basis, the camp will do everything it can to ensure that your ideal structure is met.

Accommodation

Overnight at Ubuntu Camp, Serengeti National Park (B, L, D & activities)

Day 9 - Serengeti National Park - Zanzibar

After breakfast, depart camp and make your way to the relevant airstrip (Kusini, Grumeti or Kogatende). Here you will bid your guide farewell as you board your Coastal Aviation flight to Zanzibar. On arrival at Zanzibar Airport you will be met by a representative from our Zanzibar ground handling company, Island Express, and transferred by road to Matemwe Lodge in the north east of the island. One of only a handful of boutique lodges in Zanzibar, Matemwe is perched on a coral rock outcrop overlooking a sandy beach gently sloping into the Indian Ocean. Adjacent to the lodge, the corals surrounding the Mnemba Atoll offer superb diving and snorkelling. Fresh seafood, refreshing cocktails and relaxing massages are just some elements of the laid-back daily routines of Matemwe’s guests. Matemwe is made up of only twelve beach chalets all overlooking the Indian Ocean. Each of the private verandas is furnished with large hammocks and sofas, perfect for whiling away the time as the occasional dhow drifts past in the distance.

Accommodation

Overnight at Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar (B, L, D & activities)

Days 10 to 11 - Zanzibar

There are a variety of activities available either at Matemwe Lodge, or that can be arranged through reception. Activities outside of the resort can usually be booked at 24 hours’ notice, so it is best to arrange these on arrival at the lodge. Your days are therefore open to be structured as you choose, with either as much relaxing by the pool, or as many activities as you wish.

Accommodation

Overnight at Matemwe Lodge, Zanzibar (B, L, D & activities)

Day 12 - Depart Zanzibar

Itinerary

After breakfast you will depart for Zanzibar Airport for your Coastal Aviation flight to Dar es Salaam Airport. You will then catch your connecting flight and bid farewell to your guide for your onward journey.

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