Highlights of this Safari
- Wildlife-intensive experience – great for photographers
- Big 5 viewing, wildebeest migration & gorilla trekking
- Wonderful scenery & Mt Kilimanjaro views
- Comfortable en suite accommodation throughout
Days 1 – 4: Golden Beaches
Arrive in Zanzibar Island, the jewel of the Indian Ocean and offering the sort of idyllic beach retreat befitting its royal setting. Your base is the wonderful Z Hotel, set in a tropical garden with steps to white powder of Nungwi’s award winning beach and temperate Indian ocean. Encircled by golden beaches, Zanzibar delivers the quintessential beach experience – go for an early morning stroll & then retire to a shady hammock to recharge. Zanzibar’s coral reefs & those of its outlying islands are justly famous for their pristine nature & amazing diversity; the snorkelling is great & several lodges specialise in scuba diving – ask us for more information.
Days 5 - 6: Discover Tarangire
The safari begins at Arusha Airport where you’ll meet your driver/guide and depart for Tarangire. Your accommodation – Kichuguu Camp – is a favourite among regular Tanzania safari travellers and its simple but comfortable en suite tents deliver an authentic safari feel. The camp is set in the park itself, giving you the chance to sit back on ‘first-out and last-back’ game drives and take in the dramatic scenery and its wildlife. Home to elephants, big cats and an extravagant birdlife, Tarangire is the ideal way to begin this wildlife-focussed safari.
Days 7 – 8: A Big 5 Safari
Driving north from the arid Tarangire savannah, you reach the fertile hills of the Rift Valley and the Ngorongoro region. Your base is the wonderful Gibb’s Farm, a working farm and the epitome of gracious hosting as well as making a great accommodation for families. There is Big 5 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater to look forward to – a full-day safari complete with picnic lunch on the crater floor. It’s one of the best places to see Africa’s heavyweights – lion, leopard, elephant, rhino and buffalo – as well as a host of other animals like hippo and zebra.
Days 9 – 11: The Serengeti Migration
Lying south of the Serengeti, the Ndutu area is the scene of one of the migration’s most dramatic chapters: the birthing season. With tens of thousands of young wildebeest on the open plains, it is an excellent time to see predators in action. A simple but comfortable tented accommodation, Chaka Camp sits at the heart of it all, offering morning and afternoon game drives with expert guides. And should you want to book this safari at a time when the migration has moved on from Ndutu, simply let us know and we’ll accommodate you at a camp where the migration is.
Days 12 – 14: Gorilla Trekking
Time to take a break between biomes! Arriving in time forafternoon tea of perhaps an afternoon stroll to the local village, you are now surrounded by the green lushness of the rainforests. Your stone and glass-fronted cottage looks out over the jungle, through which you’ll trek the next day for gorillas. It is a wet and muddy hike but an encounter with gorillas is almost guaranteed. You can pre-purchase a second gorilla permit or choose to spend the second day discovering other aspects of the forest – its birds, butterflies and other primates – as well as its people, the Batwa, formerly known as pygmies.
Day 15: The Journey Ends
After breakfast at the lodge you’ll transfer to the local Kihihi airstrip for the flight back to Entebbe International Airport and your onward connection or transfer to city accommodation.