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Tanzania Odyssey 14D-13N

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Discover this wondrous land in all its glory! A grand 14-day tour of the best of Tanzania’s natural splendors – Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti, Zanzibar, Sadaani – that takes you through the myriad hues of Tanzania’s rich geographical, natural and cultural heritage. An odyssey for those wanting to carry home a part of Tanzania in their hearts!

Departure & Return Location

Arusha

Itinerary

Day 1ARUSHA

On arrival, you will be met by our representative outside customs and immigration halls. Afterward, you will be transfer to the hotel for check-in and overnight stay.

Day 2ARUSHA – LAKE MANYARA (2h30)

Leisurely breakfast at the lodge and check-out.You will be briefed on your safari and introduced to your driver-guide and then depart to Lake Manyara region. Check-in and lunch at CAMP. The Maramboi camp is located in a private sanctuary adjacent to the national park.
Afternoon drive to the Manyara National Park for a game drive till sundown.
Lake Manyara National Park is a thin, green band of forest, flanked on one side by sheer cliffs and on the other by white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake. Feeding on undergrowth or dozing in dry riverbeds are the country’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. Hippo’s wallow along the lake’s borders and a dazzling variety of birds fly overhead.
Dinner and overnight stay at the camp.

Day 3LAKE MANYARA

On this day, you have a choice of one activity: either visit the local villages accompanied by the local guide ( this activity is on foot)  in the region or go out on a bicycle nature safari with the camp’s guide.
Lunch at the camp.
In the afternoon drive to the nearby Tarangire National Park for a game drive.
Return to Camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 4LAKE MANYARA – NGORONGORO CONSERVATION AREA (1h30) / KARATU

After breakfast, you will depart to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
On arrival immediate descent into the Crater for a 6 hours game drive.
One of the wonders of the world, it is difficult to give a fair description to the enormity and beauty of the Crater. There is no comparison if only the Garden of Eden! A steep wall of thick forest surrounds the circumference, which looks like a natural amphitheater 260 km2 in size. An incredible ecosystem consisting of grasslands, swamps, lakes, rivers, woodlands, forests and an arid area of shifting dunes exists here, and thus the crater is able to sustain a vast resident population of game including elephant, buffalo, lion, hippo, wildebeest, gazelle, leopard, black Rhino, monkeys, and hyena.
A picnic lunch will be provided for you.
Later proceed to the
Crater Rim lodge/camp for dinner and overnight at your lodge.

Day 5NGORONGORO – SERENGETI (3h30)

In the morning, drive to the Serengeti National Park via the Olduvai Gorge. Stop at the museum and look around the site. Continue to Serengeti with game viewing en-route. Picnic lunches will be provided.
Arrive, check-in at the camp for dinner and overnight stay.

Day 6SERENGETI

Full day of game viewing in the Serengeti plains. Fullboard stay at the camp. Optional : Hot Air Balloon Safari
Tanzania’s first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its abundance of leopard and lion. With wide-open plains and huge herds of wildebeest, spectacularly seen during the annual migration, the Serengeti is considered an African Eden and the eighth wonder of the natural world.
The park covers 14,763 sq km of endless rolling plains, which reach up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria. The park is teaming with stunning wildlife – it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains. In May or early June you can witness the annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest in search of water and forage as the seasons change.

Day 7SERENGETI – LAKE EYASI

Drive to Lake Eyasi. Arrive for check-in and lunch at lodge/camp. In the afternoon we invite you to a unique excursion with a visit to a village of the Hadzabe and Wa-Datoga tribes. Dinner and overnight stay at the lodge/camp.

Day 8LAKE EYASI – ARUSHA – ZANZIBAR

Breakfast and drive back to Arusha. Lunch at the Shanga River House and then transfer to the airport for a domestic flight to  Zanzibar. NB: Baggage on this sector is limited strictly to 15 kgs per person – therefore we would recommend that you purchase an addition seat to cater for the excess luggage)
On arrival in Zanzibar, you will be met by our team and transferred to a Stone Town hotel
Check-in and overnight stay ( BB)

Day 9-10ZANZIBAR

Two days at leisure to discover this beautiful and unique part of the Indian Ocean coastline.
We shall arrange for a guided tour of the Stone Town and Spice farms on one of the days.

Day 11ZANZIBAR – SAADANI (the confluence of Wami River, The Indian Ocean and Saadani National Park)

This is a very special trip aboard a local “dhow” (traditional sailing boat).
Leaving early morning, the dhow set sails for the coast of Tanzania which takes Approximately 5h upto Saadani  En-route, we shall stop at sand bank for passengers to undertake some snorkelling if they wish.
06h00: You will meet with our Original Dhow Safaris team at the Zanzibar Serena Inn in the Stone Town for a briefing.
06h15: Climb onboard the dhow, meet the crew and put the safety jackets and set sail to Saadani Safari Lodge.
11h15: You will reach the Sandbanks where the corals are intact and spend 45 minutes snorkeling and then continue with your trip to lodge/tented camp.
13h15: Arrive at the Sadani Safari Lodge and disembark.
Transfer to the Lodge, check-in to your Bandas.
Lunch follows. Afternoon at leisure.
Dinner and overnight.

Day 12SAADANI

Visit the local villages of Saadani, or enjoy a boat trip on the Wami River, or a game drive in the Saadani National Park, or just relax on the beach of this beautiful location.

Day 13SAADANI – DAR-ES-SALAAM

Check-out and transfer to the airstrip for a scheduled flight to Dar-Es-Salaam.
Met on arrival and transfer to the hotel for the night.

Day 14DAR-ES-SALAAM – DEPART

Transfer to the Airport for your international return flight.

Location and park information

Arusha

Arusha is a city of northern Tanzania surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley. It has a pleasant climate and is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro. In Addition, it has its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.

Lake Manyara National Park

A wilderness of diverse habitats rich in game. Lake Manyara National Park is one of Tanzania’s smaller wilderness enclaves. It is this diversity of terrain, as well as plant and animal species that make Lake Manyara a truly remarkable and special place. Richly populated with game within a wealth of biodiverse habitats. A truly unique experience is sure to be had in this relatively small area.

Lake Manyara National Park is a thin, green band of forest, flanked on one side by sheer cliffs and on the other by white-hot shores of an ancient soda lake. Feeding on undergrowth or dozing in dry riverbeds are the country’s densest populations of buffalo and elephant. Hippo’s wallow along the lake’s borders and a dazzling variety of birds fly overhead.

Lake Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s birdlife. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Ngorongoro Conservation Area

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area spans vast expanses of highland plains, savanna, savanna woodlands, and forests. Established in 1959 as a multiple land use area, with wildlife coexisting with semi-nomadic Maasai pastoralists practicing traditional livestock grazing, it includes the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest caldera. The property has global importance for biodiversity conservation due to the presence of globally threatened species, the density of wildlife inhabiting the area, and the annual migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and other animals into the northern plains. Extensive archaeological research has also yielded a long sequence of evidence of human evolution and human-environment dynamics, including early hominid footprints dating back 3.6 million years.

Serengeti National Park

Tanzania’s first and most famous park, the Serengeti, is renowned for its abundance of leopard and lion. With wide-open plains and huge herds of wildebeest, spectacularly seen during the annual migration, the Serengeti is considered an African Eden and the eighth wonder of the natural world. The park covers 14,763 sq km of endless rolling plains, which reach up to the Kenyan border and extends almost to Lake Victoria.

The park is teaming with stunning wildlife – it is thought that over 3 million large mammals roam the plains. In May or early June, you can witness the annual migration of millions of zebra and wildebeest in search of water and forage as the seasons’ change.

Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebras and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

Lake Eyasi

Lake Eyasi is a seasonal shallow endorheic soda lake on the floor of the Great Rift Valley at the base of the Serengeti Plateau. Just south of the Serengeti National Park and immediately southwest of the Ngorongoro Crater in the Crater Highlands of Tanzania is where Lake Eyasi is located. This lake is elongated, orientated southwest to northeast, and lies in the Eyasi-Wembere branch of the Great Rift Valley. Tourist activities at Lake Eyasi are mostly cultural which include the visit to the Datoga, the Ironsmith, and the Hadzabe people. All these tribes live in the area around the shore of Lake Eyasi.

Zanzibar

Zanzibar’s coastline offers some of the best beaches in the world, but sand and surf vary depending on what side of the island you’re on. On the east coast, waves break over coral reefs and sand bars offshore, and low tide reveals small pools of starfish, small minnows, and anemones. Up north, ocean swimming is much less susceptible to the tides, and smooth beaches and white sand make for dazzling days in the sun.

The port city of Stone Town dominates the west coast, and although the beaches of Mangapwani, where slave caves are visible at low tide and nearby Bububu are less than half an hour’s drive away, a night or two spent on the east or north cost is well worth the extra hour it takes to drive there.

That said, the Chole Island Marine Park just off Stone Town – and nearby Prison, Grave, and Snake Islands – make a refreshing day-trip and a good break from exploring the winding passageways of the old city. On the south coast of Zanzibar lies the Menai Bay Conservation Area, a sea turtle protection area for the endangered species that come to breed on the island.

Roads to the southeast coast take visitors through the Jozani Forest, home to Zanzibar’s rare Red Colobus monkeys and a number of other primate and small antelope species.

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