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The Start of the Migration

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The Start of the Migration

We hope that this example holiday will give you give some inspiration to help you begin to plan your own dream holiday to Africa.

The next couple of pages show a summary of the itinerary, followed by a detailed page on each destination.

Important travel information for visitors to Tanzania is included at the back of this document.

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The Start of the Migration

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Holiday Title: The Start of the Migration

Holiday Destination: Holiday to Tanzania for 12 nights

Passengers: 2 Adults

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Summary Of The Itinerary

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Holiday Title: The Start of the Migration

Passengers: 2 Adults

Day 1

Arrive into Kilimanjaro Airport. Go through Immigration, collect your luggage and clear Customs, then make your way to the Arrivals Hall where you will be met by your transfer driver who will be holding a sign board with your name on it. You will then be transferred to Arusha. Depending on the time your flight lands, this first night is either a necessity as you will be arriving late at night OR included so that you can relax and rest after an overnight flight, ready to start your safari adventure fresh the next morning.

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, the Arusha Serena Hotel stands amid coffee plantations overlooking the tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid extensive landscaped grounds.


Day 2

You will be met after breakfast by your safari driver-guide and driven to the Lake Manyara National Park in your private 4x4 safari vehicle, which has a pop up roof for easy game viewing and photography opportunities. The drive is about 2.5 to 3 hours on a tarred road.

The Lake Manyara National Park is renowned for its excellent bird-watching opportunities, as more than 400 different bird species have been recorded. Other wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, cheetah, hippo, Masai giraffe, wildebeest, impala, zebra, warthogs, large troops of baboons and the legendary but rarely seen tree-climbing lions. You will stop at the picnic area for a packed lunch midway through the day before continuing with your game drive to see what else you may spot amongst the trees.

You will then depart for the drive to Escarpment Lodge, which is set high on the edge of the Great Rift Valley, enjoying a marvellous, uplifting and panoramic view over Lake Manyara. The lodge is a short drive from the Lake Manyara National Park.


Day 3

Depart after an early breakfast for the drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Main Gate - this will take about an hour and is on a tarred road. At the gate your driver will need to fill in some paperwork, so while you wait for him you can visit the small information centre. You then drive up the narrow, winding road through magnificent trees and foliage to the crater rim itself, stopping at the view point to take in the most amazing view across the entire Crater. The road then continues but be prepared for the next 2 to 2.5 hours to be bumpy and dusty, as the road is 'corrugated'. You will arrive at your lodge in time for a late lunch.

Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is built to blend into the natural environment dominated by acacia trees with a clear view of Lake Ndutu. This is an ideal place to stay to view the great migration and specifically when the wildebeests are carving around mid February to early March. The area is also very good for lion, cheetah and excellent plains game along with the millions of wildebeest.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

2 nights at Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

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Depart after lunch for a game drive. Marvel at the millions of wildebeest as they congregate on the plains here ready to give birth to the next generation.


Day 4

Depart after breakfast on another game drive across plains that are alive with the sounds of snorting and grunting. In close proximity may be leopards, cheetah and lion who like to keep the newly born calves within their sight. Return to the camp for lunch and maybe a short siesta, after which mid-afternoon you will depart on another drive to see what other wildlife you can spot near the lodge.


Day 5

Depart after breakfast for the drive back to the Ngorongoro Crater, arriving in time for lunch followed by a free afternoon. Nestled beneath a quiet grove of red thorn acacia trees, high atop the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater is Lions Paw Camp. One of a only a few tented properties located in the Ngorongoro Crater Area, this camp is ideal for those looking to escape the tourist congestion. The area was carefully selected for its sense of privacy and intimacy with nature, as well as its panoramic views of the Crater Highlands.


Day 6

Set off early this morning on your game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater. Over 30,000 animals live within this enormous natural bowl, making this the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa. Watch out for wildebeest, elephant, lion, dik-dik and warthog, whilst on the lakeside you may find flocks of pelican, ibis and flamingos. Explore every inch of the caldera floor, with a break to enjoy a picnic lunch, before heading back to your camp mid to late afternoon.


Day 7

After an early breakfast you will depart with a packed lunch and your driver-guide will drive you back to Arusha (about a 3 hour drive on tarred roads once you exit the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Main Gate). You will be taken to Arusha Airport where you will check in for your afternoon flight to Zanzibar.

Tropical Air (Light Aircraft): Fly from Arusha (ARK) to Zanzibar (ZNZ) - arrival and departure times to be confirmed

Upon arrival into Zanzibar Airport and having collected your luggage, make your way through the Arrivals Hall and exit the terminal building. You will be met outside by your driver holding a sign with your name - there is normally a mass of drivers waiting so be prepared to search for the right sign board. You will then be transferred to your beach hotel.

Sunshine Hotel is located in Matemwe on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Set right on the unspoiled white sandy beach, lined with palm trees and washed by warm, turquoise waters of Indian Ocean, it's a perfect getaway from every-day life.


Day 13

You will need to check out of your room this morning but you can remain at the hotel and use all the facilities until you are collected for your transfer back to the airport. Alternatively, if you have an evening flight, the hotel may be able to arrange a late check out for you (additional cost and payable directly to the hotel) subject to the availability of the room.

 
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Arusha Serena Hotel

Arusha: 1 Night

Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, the Arusha Serena Hotel stands amid coffee plantations overlooking the shores of the tranquil Lake Duluti. Designed to echo the traditional style of the colonial coffee farm, which originally stood on this site, the hotel offers a range of tastefully presented cottage-styled rooms set amid landscaped grounds.

The hotel features a stone-built reception with adjoining lounge, library, restaurant and boutique shop. Imposing in stature and spacious in concept, the design of the building echoes the hotel's original incarnation as a working coffee farm dating back to colonial times.

Both the bar and restaurant offer blazing log fires, lake and garden views, and an elegant yet relaxed ambience. Cuisine includes local and international dishes and weekend buffet events are held on the broad open-air terraces. The hotel also offers a range of acrobatic and cultural shows for guest's entertainment on certain evenings.

Guests can enjoy a broad range of activities at an additional cost, which include massage treatments, guided walking trails, mountain biking, and canoeing on the lake. If you have time to explore Arusha itself, the hotel can arrange a trip for you. The streets here jostle with safari vehicles, market traders, and Masai warriors in traditional dress. Curio markets offer the opportunity to buy good quality crafts and gifts at reasonable prices.

The rooms and suites are presented in the style of stone-built cottages, which are grouped in clusters around a flower-filled central ‘village square'. Spacious and elegantly presented in classic country-house style, they feature marble bathrooms, leaded windows and double French doors giving way to tgarden and lake views, a stylish work or vanity area, and large comfortable beds.

The hotel is approximately 20 km from Arusha and 40 km from Kilimanjaro Airport.

Example Details For Arusha Serena Hotel

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Cottage
Includes: Breakfast is included.

Location

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Arusha Serena Hotel

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Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Lake Manyara: 1 Night

Escarpment Luxury Lodge is set into the edge of the escarpment which towers over Lake Manyara in Northern Tanzania.  You will be able to enjoy this incredible view from the wide and spacious deck of the main lodge - there is also the possibility of sighting some of the wildlife that inhabits Lake Manyara National Park. 

The main area is spacious with split level architecture and a wrap around deck to maximise the views. Inside is a lovely colourful bar area boasting comfortable sofas and private spaces for that quiet moment. There is also a computer area tucked away out of view with internet access.  The dining area has fantastic views across the lake, and the verandah has tables and chairs that are set for meals in good weather and also overlook the lake and camp fire terrace.

Activities from the lodge include bicycle tour to a local masai village, game drives into Lake Manyara National Park and nearby Tarangire National Park, and short nature walks round the lodge with a Masai guide.

Escarpment Luxury Lodge boast 16 excellently appointed and private chalets.  Each chalet has its own private deck from which you can view the lake below you and watch wildlife as it drifts through the lodge grounds. Abundant bird life fills the trees and bushes which grow right up to your deck giving you the sense of being immersed in the natural bush of Africa whilst still luxuriating in your private chalet.

Wooden floors and wide windows and doors add to the natural feel of the lodge and every effort has been made to ensure comfort and luxury - including large beds with sumptuous linen, leather sofas in your own small lounge area, and a large, deep bath from which you can survey the bush and the lake.

Example Details For Escarpment Luxury Lodge

Nights: 1 Night
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Chalet
Includes: All meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Escarpment Luxury Lodge

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Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Ngorongoro Conservation Area: 2 Nights

The beautifully designed Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge is situated in Ndutu in the south-eastern Serengeti Plains within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a prime location for game drives and an ideal stopover to the neighboring Serengeti National Park. The lodge is built to blend into the natural environment dominated by acacia trees with a clear view of Lake Ndutu.

The plains around Ndutu are the main holding ground for migratory animals where vast herds congregate and linger for more than 4 months, from December to April, before they start moving across the Serengeti in search of greener pastures and water. Calving usually takes place between January and March. Ndutu is also famous for its resident game, including lions, cheetah, leopard, genets, striped hyena, elephants, impala, hartebeest, giraffes, dik dik, and reedbucks which can be viewed throughout the year.

The lodge has an in-house restaurant thatched with makuti (palm fronds) and standing on a raised platform with a large wooden deck looking out on to the savannah. The bar is the perfect place to unwind and chill out after a long game drive or the other activites offered at the lodge, and has a spectacular view of the lake. Evenings are refreshing social gatherings around a crackling campfire in a serene and quiet surrounding interrupted by occasional distant calls of wildlife.

The lodge has 20 well appointed en-suite guest tents (including Family Suites) offering a true African safari experience. The tents are spacious and rest on wooden stilts and a platform elevated a metre from the natural ground and nestling under makuti roofing for shade and protection against the elements. They all feature a large bedroom with wooden floor and oversize floor-to-ceiling glass panels at the front affording guests a wide view from inside to the natural scenery outside over the balcony. Fresh colours and natural carvings with the traditional African culture are used as the central theme of interior decor.

Example Details For Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Tented Room
Includes: Ngorongoro Conservation Area fees; concession fees; coffee/tea; and all meals are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

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Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

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Lions Paw Camp

Ngorongoro Crater: 2 Nights

Open all year round and nestled beneath a quiet grove of red thorn acacia trees, high atop the eastern rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, is Lions Paw Camp. One of a only a few tented properties located in the crater area, this camp is ideal for those looking to escape the tourist congestion associated with the larger lodge accommodation options.

The camp's location was carefully selected for its sense of privacy and intimacy with nature, its panoramic views of the Crater Highlands, and its proximity to the crater floor which is a mere 10 minutes away. It’s one of the few camps in the crater area that allows you to experience the beauty of the crater floor before the crowds descend.

The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest unflooded, intact volcanic caldera in the world. The actual crater is about 20 km across and 600 meters deep, and covers 300 sq km. Within the rim there are an estimated 30,000 animals, making this one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.

The camp features 10 spacious rooms, a Honeymoon Suite, plus two Family Rooms consisting of 2 separate bedrooms and a shared bathroom.

Each tent comes equipped with its own private en-suite bathroom that includes running water from a marble-topped single basin vanity, a separate shower area elevated on teak wood flooring, an enclosed private flush toilet and a dressing area.

In addition, the tents also have their own private verandah, where you can watch spectacular sunsets descending over the western rim.

Example Details For Lions Paw Camp

Nights: 2 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Safari Tent
Includes: Full Board Package: All meals; Conservation/crater fees; and tea/coffee are included. Game drives are taken with your private driver-guide.

Please Note: As the animals are wild, it is not possible to guarantee what you will see during your safari.

Location

Lions Paw Camp Location Map
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Lions Paw Camp

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Sunshine Hotel

Zanzibar: 6 Nights

Sunshine Hotel is located in Matemwe on the north-east coast of Zanzibar. Eco friendly, stylish and cosy, the hotel was carefully designed to create a unique chilled-out ambiance to make you feel happy and relaxed. Set right on an unspoiled white sandy beach, lined with palm trees and washed by warm, turquoise waters of Indian Ocean, it's a perfect getaway from everyday life.

You can relax on your room balcony or veranda, cool down with a refreshing drink by the swimming pool or chill out on the comfortable traditional benches in the lounge area. The restaurant serves a wide variety of delicious food, and the menu is changed daily so you will not get bored!

Diving on Zanzibar offers you a stunning underwater world with schools of tropical reef fish, turtles, dolphins, nudibranchs and beautiful hard and soft coral formations. The diving is done mainly around the Mnemba Atoll which is regarded as the best diving area on Zanzibar. The hotel uses a PADI dive centre which offers daily diving and snorkelling trips to Mnemba and other north-east coast reefs - the centre is situated inside the Sunshine Marine Lodge (sister hotel) and free transfers are provided.

In every room you will find a comfortable queensize bed with a large mosquito net, and a private bathroom with shower and W/C. The rooms do not have air-conditioning, as they were designed to use the ocean breeze to cool down the rooms. All rooms do have a ceiling fan, however. There are 15 rooms in total.

The 12 Sunshine Suites are located in 3 bungalows surrounded by the tropical garden, and each has either a spacious balcony or veranda.

The Honeymoon Suite is located right on the beach, and has its own garden with a beach banda and a plunge pool on the veranda. The Blue Breeze Suite is situated on the first floor above the Honeyumoon Suite, with a spacious terrace and great views over the ocean.

Finally, the Garden Suite and the Garden Deluxe Suite are also set in the gardens.

Example Details For Sunshine Hotel

Nights: 6 Nights
Adults: 2 Children: 0
Room: 1 x Sunshine Suite
Includes: Breakfast is included. Half Board rates available on request. PLEASE NOTE: The rate excludes the US$1 per person per night Infrastructure Levy - this is payable directly to the hotel upon check out. For stays over Peak Period (20 December - 10 January) there is a minimum 5 night stay and Half Board is mandatory.

Location

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Sunshine Hotel

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Important Travel Information For Tanzania

Passport, Visa and Entry Requirements

Additional requirements and restrictions may apply for travel during the Covid-19 pandemic. Travel Butlers aim to highlight these requirements to affected clients, however the onus remains with the traveller to ensure they are aware of any requirements and restrictions that will apply to their own trip.

For up-to-date travel information from the UK government, please check:

UK Government Advice: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/tanzania

It is expected that these rules will be lifted and that the entry requirements will revert to normal as soon as the government of South Africa deems it safe to do so.

Normally, holders of the following passports require a visa to enter Tanzania when travelling as a tourist:

United Kingdom; United States of America*; Canada; Australia; New Zealand; Belgium; Netherlands; Italy; France; Germany; Spain; Ireland.

If you are a passport holder from another country, please contact your local Tanzania High Commission or Embassy for up-to-date visa requirements or check this website which lists countries whose nationals are NOT required to apply for a visa to enter Tanzania: http://immigration.go.tz/index.php/en/services/visa-information - so if your nationality is not listed, you will be required to obtain a visa.

Visas are issued online via the Tanzania Immigration website https://eservices.immigration.go.tz/visa/ or single entry visas can be obtained on arrival. You cannot get a multiple entry visa on arrival.

* American nationals applying online MUST select Multiple Entry Visa type.

Please note that getting a single entry visa on arrival can take a substantial amount of time and if possible, we would advise getting your visa online prior to travel IF YOU ARE ARRIVING INTO TANZANIA via the following international airports/border posts  – Kilimanjaro (JRO), Julius Nyerere/Dar es Salaam (DAR), Zanzibar (ZNZ), Namanga Border Post (road border between Tanzania and Kenya) and Tunduma (road border between Tanzania and Zambia). NOTE: Zanzibar Airport is referred to as Abeid Amani Karume International Airport on the online visa application.

Other entry ports/border posts are not currently equipped to validate online visas, so if you are entering Tanzania via any other border post (such as Tarime – between the Mara and Serengeti) then obtaining the visa ON ARRIVAL is still recommended.

Zanzibar is part of the United Republic of Tanzania, so the same single entry visa can be used upon arrival at Zanzibar.

Single entry visas obtained at port of entry currently cost USD 50 per person (but USD 100 per person for US nationals) - costs all subject to change - and the cost is payable in USD cash only. We recommend small denominations of dollars as officials are not in the position to give change. You must also bring 2 recent passport size photographs of yourself if getting the visa on arrival.

Online visa applications for minors under 18 years travelling alone or with only one parent/legal guardian must also be accompanied by a consent letter, jointly signed by both parents or legal guardians approving the travel.

Please note that if you are applying online, you need to allow 2-3 weeks to receive your visa.

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Tanzania and have sufficient blank pages for entry/exit stamps (AT LEAST 4 consecutive pages).

IMPORTANT: Plastic bags are banned in Zanzibar and mainland Tanzania. Arriving visitors are requested to avoid bring plastic bags into the country - this includes in suitcases and carry-on hand luggage.

Please check hand luggage before disembarking and any plastic bags (including plastic duty-free shopping bags and the transparent plastic bags that some airlines require passengers to use for keeping liquids, cosmetics, etc) should be left in the plane.

Ziploc bags that are specifically used to carry toiletries will be permitted as they are expected to remain in the permanent possession of visitors and are not expected to be disposed in the country.

PLEASE NOTE: Countries can change their entry requirements at any time. Travel Butlers try to ensure that the information displayed here is correct, but the onus remains with the traveller to verify the information with the relevant High Commission or Embassy and ensure that they can comply with the applicable entry requirements.

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Medical

You are advised to contact your doctor or clinic around 4-8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations and to get their professional medical advice regarding travel to Tanzania.

To help prevent diarrhoea, avoid tap water – drink only bottled water and use bottled water for tooth brushing, and avoid ice made with tap water – and only eat fruit or vegetables that are cooked or can be peeled. To help avoid heatstroke, drink plenty of bottled water/fluids, and keep out of the midday sun.

There is a risk of malaria in all areas of Tanzania and Zanzibar - check with your doctor about suitable antimalarial tablets. Dengue fever can also be transmitted via mosquito bites. Try to avoid mosquito bites wherever possible - wear loose long-sleeved clothing and trousers, and use a repellent on clothing and exposed skin.

Tsetse flies are found throughout most of Tanzania's Northern and Southern Parks, especially in wooded areas. There have been some cases of sleeping sickness occurring after a tsetse fly bite, although these are mainly amongst farmers/locals who have repeated exposure to bites. However, the fly can still deliver a painful bite, so it is advisable to take necessary precautions - don't wear dark colours, especially black and blue (including denim), wear long-sleeved clothing/trousers, and don't walk through bushes during the hottest part of the day.

Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, however, in accordance with International Health Regulations, Tanzania requires all travellers over one year of age to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate on arrival if:

They are arriving from a yellow fever risk country

They have been in transit longer than 12 hours at the airport of a yellow fever risk country

They have left the airport whilst on transit in a yellow fever risk country. These countries include Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda but it is up to the traveller to check the full list via this website http://www.who.int/ith/2015-ith-annex1.pdf?ua=1

PLEASE NOTE: Although Tanzania is not listed as a yellow fever endemic country, Zanzibar immigration officials MAY ask to see yellow fever vaccination certificates or exemption certificates upon arrival from the Tanzania mainland. We would therefore suggest that if your holiday includes both mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar, each traveller considers getting/travelling with a Yellow Fever certificate to avoid any complications upon arrival at Zanzibar.

Languages And Culture

Kiswahili is the official language of Tanzania. However, English, as the second official language, is the spoken commercial language and is widely understood.

We would ask that all travellers are respectful of the local culture as follows:

Loud and aggressive behaviour, drunkenness, foul language and disrespect, especially towards the older generation, is likely to cause offence. Kissing in public or display of affection is not customary to Zanzibar. Drinking alcohol in public places (outside of clubs/restaurants) may offend the residents.

As over a third of the population in Tanzania is Muslim, it is important to dress modestly out of respect for the Muslim culture.

On the beaches and within the confines of hotels/beach resorts, normal swimwear is acceptable but nudity/topless sunbathing is not.

Away from beach resorts, women should avoid walking around in public areas (especially in Stone Town) displaying their legs, midriff and shoulders - ‘short’ shorts, miniskirts, vests and tank tops are viewed as a sign of disrespect.

A dress code in public places (such as the airport, Stone Town, markets and shopping centres) has now been introduced and ALL tourists must now cover their bodies from shoulders to knees in public areas. The authorities will penalise visitors for inappropriate appearance and penalties and fines will be given out - depending on the severity of the offence, the fine could be up to $700 or more.

Homosexuality is illegal on mainland Tanzania and on the island of Zanzibar. Many of the local communities are also very traditional and conservative, and whilst everyone is of course entitled to their own sexual preferences and gender identity, we would advise all clients (and this includes members of the LGBT+ community as well as members of the heterosexual community) to refrain from overtly public displays of affection which may cause offence to some local citizens and in some cases public displays of homosexuality such as kissing in public or holding hands could even lead to an arrest and imprisonment.

You should always ask permission before taking anyone’s photograph. Military and security sensitive areas cannot be photographed.