A 5 night safari holiday followed by 6 nights in a beach hotel on the north-east coast of Zanzibar within steps to a white powder beach. Could you be persuaded? This holiday is best enjoyed in February, when millions of wildebeest calve on the Ndutu plains - but outside of this narrow time frame, the game viewing is still good. From June through November, when the plains are dry and the great herds gone, the resident animals converge around Ndutu's waterholes and marshes - elephants, giraffes, impalas, every kind of cat, and a profusion of birds. From December onwards, the migrating herds of wildebeest make an appearance, and the plains become alive with activity.
After one night in Arusha, to recover from any lost sleep from the international flight and to ensure you are fully rested, you begin your safari with a game drive in the Lake Manyara National Park. Home to the legendary tree-climbing lions and an outstanding array of birdlife, head to your lodge and settle back with a drink overlooking the panoramic Rift Valley as the sun sets on your first day on safari.
Then it is off to Ndutu Plains. Your tented lodge is right in the heart of the very start of the Great Migration - as it is here that the wildebeest give birth to the next generation.
You end your time on safari sipping sundowners in a small tented camp overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, having spent a full day in the crater itself for a memorable day of game viewing. Home to an estimated 30,000 animals, this is one of the densest concentration of wildlife within Africa.
A 4 hour drive followed by a short flight from Arusha then takes you across to Zanzibar, where your holiday ends with 6 nights on the beach at a magical place where you will experience the charm of a tropical island. Eco friendly, stylish and cosy, the Sunshine Hotel offers a unique chilled-out ambiance to make you feel happy and relaxed. 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 everyday life.
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.
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, with 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 in general, 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.
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 - 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.
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.
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.
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.
Set off early this morning on your game drive into the Ngorongoro Crater. Over 30,000 animals live within this enormous natural bowl, 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, stopping for a picnic lunch before heading back to the camp, arriving in time for dinner.
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 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.
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.
Holiday Destination: Holiday to Tanzania for 12 nights
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