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Soul of Tanzania Safari + Zanzibar Beach Holiday

The soul of Tanzania safari will cover a northern Circuit destination and Zanzibar beach. When coming to Tanzania for Safari don’t forget the first encounter will be the Serengeti + Ngorongoro Crater + Zanzibar beach and Kilimajaro the Seven wonders of the world.

Day 1: Arrival in Tanzania

On arrival at Kilimanjaro international airport meet our representative and transfer to Green Mountain Hotel in Arusha, This charming lodge is placed at the suburb of Arusha town and it offers stunning views of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. Later meet our safari manager for detailed bush and beach Zanzibar safari briefing.

Day 2: Arusha – Arusha National Park – Arusha

You will depart from Arusha Town in the morning with your private guide and travel to Arusha National Park; it’s only a short 40-minute drive from Arusha Town. Your day trip includes a visit to the Ngurdoto Crater which is well known as the “Little Ngorongoro”.

After a delicious picnic lunch, you will continue your Tanzania safari package within the Arusha National Park. After plenty of time observing the wildlife, you will return to Arusha for Dinner and Overnight at Green Mountain Hotel

 

Day 3: Arusha -Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will leave for Tarangire National Park. The driving is via Arusha city where you can still do any last-minute purchase, leaving Arusha city you will drive along Masai steppe & across few villages before reaching the Tarangire gate. After check-in you will start the game drive right away, the park runs along the lines of Tarangire River and is made up of low lying hills dominated by scattered acacia woodland and huge African baobab trees.

Tarangire River and the swamp on the southeast are the main water sources in the entire park and they act as refugee places for wild animals during the dry season. Tarangire is reputed for its large number of elephants found nowhere else in Africa; the rare species of Great Kudu, fringed-eared Oryx, as well as the Ash stalling, have inhabited the park. Overnight at Kitela lodge. Dinner and breakfast included.

 

Day 4: Tarangire to Lake Manyara National Park

After your breakfast, and then we drive to Lake Manyara National Park for your Tanzania Camping Safari. This impressive National Park is one of Tanzania’s most dramatically located wildlife areas, consisting of a massive but shallow soda lake (covering two-thirds of the park) at the foot of the Great Rift Valley Western escarpment. The Park varied habitat attracts a wide variety of animals, including one of Africa’s largest concentrations of Elephants; Manyara is famous for a Tree-climbing lion, as well as large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. Dinner and overnight at the Kitela lodge

Day 5: Lake Manyara – Serengeti National Park

Our exceptional bush and beach Zanzibar on this day takes you Serengeti National Park, the drive is along the Great East African Rift Valley and up to Ngorongoro highlands. After check-in at the Ngorongoro gate, you will proceed to the crater viewpoint for some fine picture of the crater floor from the rim.

Then you will drive along the crater rim and down to the endless rolling plains of Serengeti, you will visit one of the Masai villages whereby some Masai warrior invites you & take you in and around their houses with some story of their nomadic life around this area, you will meet the kids and other members of the family & ask questions.

Later they will sing a farewell song which involves jumping high. Afterward, proceed to Naabi Hills Gate for check in to Serengeti. After registration and other park formalities, start your game drives in the Serengeti. You can have your packed lunch at Naabi Hills gate or at the Copjes (rocky outcropping) just a few steps from the gate. Spend the rest of the afternoon doing game drive searching for the world phenomena Wildebeest Migration. later drive to the camp for dinner and overnight.

Overnight at Serengeti Kubu kubu tented lodge Central Serengeti or similar. All meals included.

Day 6:  Serengeti National park- The Soul of Tanzania Safari

After breakfast, you will have a Northern Tanzania Safari game viewing at Serengeti National Park. The Serengeti, Tanzania’s largest National Park, covers nearly 6,000 square miles of grassland plains, Savannah, kopjes, hills, woodlands, and River line forest systems serve as critical water sources and are often excellent sites for wildlife viewing. Beyond the heralded migration of wildebeest and zebra, the Serengeti is best known for its big predators, including cheetah and Leopard, as well as large pride of Lions and clans of Hyenas and many animals, dinner and overnight at Seronera Kubu kubu tented lodge.

 

Day 7: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast your bush and beach Zanzibar safari will depart for Ngorongoro and ascend 600 meters into the crater floor for a wonderful game drive, ascending is along the very stunning road. Ngorongoro Crater is referred by many as the 8th wonder of the world and the Eden of Africa where the Big Five which includes buffalo, elephant, rhino, leopard, and lion can be seen in the course of one day of game drive, other animals to be seen are eland, topi, zebra, warthog, wildebeest, etc.

Another drown card in this picturesque crater is the dense number of predators which include lion, hyena, cheetahs, jackal and the ever-elusive leopard that needs trained eyes to the sport. You will also visit Lake Magadi the large but shallow alkaline Lake on the northwest corner of the crater frequently visited by a flock of flamingos & hippos. Packed lunch will be served at the picnic site inside the Crater floor. Later afternoon drive Kitela lodge in Karatu town for dinner & overnight.

Overnight at Kitela lodge. All meals included.

 

Day 8: Karatu – Arusha – Zanzibar

After leisurely breakfast, check out and drive and drive back to Arusha airport to catch your flight to Zanzibar Island. On arrival at Zanzibar airport meet our representative and drive to Sunset hotel Zanzibar, at the hotel, you will go through your bush beach Zanzibar safari program with our representative before he leaves you to enjoy the beach holidays.

Overnight at Sunshine hotel Zanzibar in North East of Zanzibar Island. Breakfast and dinner included.

 

Day 9:  Dolphin  soul of Tanzania Safari tours

 

Dolphin safari tours – The most popular dolphin spotting location in Zanzibar is in Kizimkazi village located on the Southern coast of Zanzibar Island where you can see both bottle-nose and humpback dolphins.

 

The shallow coastal waters around Kizimkazi are a favorite hangout for dolphins that come here for the reliable food supply, to nurse their calves, rest and socialize. Several bottle-nose dolphins stay at Kizimkazi all year-round. There are also rather shyer humpback dolphins that put in an appearance here, although their schedule is a little more erratic. Dolphin tour is best very early in the morning, because in the afternoon as the sun rises  seawater  tends to become warm, therefore dolphins dive deep down the sea bottom to escape heat, for the guests who stay in Stone town hotel, we pick them up from their hotels at 06:00 am and 05:00 am from beach hotels.

You can do the trip later in the afternoon but the probability to see dolphins is very small, not only that but at this time there might be many boats at the dolphin sites this scare the dolphins which are not good for their sustainability.

 

Although dolphin-spotting is a popular activity, sightings aren’t guaranteed 100%, and actually managing to swim with dolphins is a rare occurrence, like with other wild animals spotting dolphins require time and patience as they are not confined in a cage or a zoo, they are in their natural environment.  Dolphin trips last two to three hours. Kizimkazi is also the site of a 12th-century mosque, the earliest evidence of Islam in East Africa, and is thus worth a visit for both cultural and historical reasons.  We advise clients to wear their swimming costume also to wear waterproof sandals for boarding the dhows and to bring sunscreen, towel and spare T-shirt for snorkeling.

 

Day 10:  Jozan Forest- A Tanzania Safari

 

Jozan forest. This forest is one of the last remaining sanctuaries in the world of the red colobus monkey. The forest is 2,512 hectares (6,207 acres) in size and was declared a nature reserve in the 1960′s. Wonderful photo opportunities and sightings of these rare creatures living in the forest reserves are possible on the pathways. Our guides are also naturalists and nature lovers will have a wonderful time in the nature reserve.

 

They were an endangered species, but numbers have increased in recent years thanks to conservation work by the nature reserve working closely with the local people. It is estimated that there are now between 2,000-2,500 monkeys. The monkeys are wild, but it is possible to get close to them and they carry on their normal activities as though human visitors do not exist.

 

The elusive Zanzibar leopard (last sited several years ago) is said to feed here at night perhaps this is why the reserve is only open during the day?! Jozani has an excellent nature trail and the guides are well trained and informative. A walk through this impressive flora and fauna is one of the highlights Zanzibar has to offer. At Jozani, you will also visit the Mangrove swamp and walk around the Mangrove forest.

 

Day 11: Prison Islan- Tanzania Safari

 

Prison Island. This 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 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 home to a colony of beautiful peacocks. For the rest of the trip, you can either enjoy the marine life or just relax under the warm glow of the sun until you head back to Stone Town.

 

 Day 12: Spice Tour- Soul of  Tanzania Safari

Spices and herbs were originally introduced to Zanzibar by Portuguese traders in the 16th century, brought from their colonies in South America and India.

This tour is a walking tour on a spice farm (shamba). While there, you shall see how the spices, herbs, and fruits grow and are cultivated. Your tour guide will describe how the crops can be used. You will be smelling and tasting spices, herbs and tropical fruits such as clove, lemongrass, nutmeg, cinnamon, turmeric, vanilla, coconuts, papaya, chili, black pepper, jackfruit, cardamom, cassava, and oranges. The tour finishes with a stop at a spice stall selling fresh packaged spices (cash only).   

 

 Day 13: SAFARI BLU- SOUL OF TANZANIA SAFARI

 

Safari Blue explores the Menai Bay Conservation Area, which is home to two different species of dolphins, the indo-pacific humpback and the bottlenose. You are lucky enough to see dolphins on 85% of your excursions Safari.

 

You will sit down on one of the beautiful sandbanks where one can relax, swim or snorkel. There will be plenty of good quality snorkeling equipment and very experienced snorkeling guides will show you the pristine coral reef, which teems with tropical sea life. Instruction is also available for beginners. After snorkeling cold drinks, fresh coconuts and local snacks there, after you will go to Kwale Island where you have your “desert island “restaurant.

 

The buffet lunch includes fish, slipper lobster, calamari, rice, and sauces all served hot from the grill. The crew also prepares and presents a gastronomic fruit tasting with a large selection of delicious tropical fruits. Join the crews for a sail on “Ngalawa” a local canoe with outriggers that has been carved from a single trunk of a tree. As Safari Blue comes to an end and you will return by traditional lateen sail, the full splendors of the African Sunset reveal itself.

 

Day 14: NUNGWI VILLAGE TOUR- SOUL OF TANZANIA SAFARI

Nungwi Village is one of the best white sandy beaches in Zanzibar; this would be a half-day guided tour that takes you to Nungwi Village (The North Large Coastal Village) Northern tip of Zanzibar Island via Mvuleni Portuguese Houses where you can visit the Ruins of the Portuguese Barracks.

At Nungwi you will find white sandy beaches a deal for swimming, snorkeling sunbathing and relax. There are many beach Resorts and Restaurants in this part, It is a deal for all looking for African Village researches as well as marine knowledge, you will also visit a place where traditional Dhows are built. Nungwi aquarium to watch out sea creatures including fishes and sea titles. Excellent delicious lunch or dinner can be served in one of the beach restaurants fronts to the sea, this trip is highly recommended especially for all sea and beach lovers.

  

 

Day 15:  Zanzibar City Tour- The Soul of Tanzania Safari

 

Zanzibar City Tours – It may not have a particularly romantic name, but Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of Zanzibar, a little changed in the last 200 years. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brassstudded, carved, wooden doors – there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. You can spend many idle hours and days just wandering through the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways.

 

This is a walking tour that takes you through fabled Stone Town, where history appears to stand still. With visits to the House of Wonders, the former slave market for East African Slave trade, and the Arab Fort amongst others, it is a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. The architectural style of Stone town buildings is a unique mixture of various influences and culture.

 

You will see Zanzibar’s bustling market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques! Stone Town has some excellent gift shops with plenty of souvenirs and handicrafts to choose from.

 

A guided walk through this colorful and alternating city with tour knowledgeable tour guides, who knows not only funny of Stone town but also cruel stories to tell about the life of the old times in Stone town. Stone town tour is a walking tour and takes almost 3 hrs. of walking in the narrow streets. Later transfer you to the Airport for your onward flight to home.

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Included for  your Soul of Tanzania Safari

Private transfers in Arusha & Zanzibar

Luxury safari accommodation
Transportation in a private 4×4 safari Land Cruiser with photographic roof thatch (window seat for everybody

Service of a professional English speaking safari driver-guide

All Accommodation and meals as per itinerary

1.5 liter of Mineral water during game drives

All the mentioned activities (Masai village visit)

All national park fees including VAT

Domestic flight Arusha to Zanzibar

 

NOT INCLUDED for your Soul of  Tanzania Safari

International flights

Optional activities

Alcoholic and soft drinks

Visa fees

Tips/gratitude for safari driver guide & lodge staff (please tip separately)

Personal spending money on souvenirs etc.

Travel insurance and medical evacuation cover