Highlights
  • Views of Kilimanjaro - Walk on the slopes of Kilimanjaro and meet local people in their villages surrounded by coffee plantations.
  • Ngorongoro - Stunning wildlife in the world's largest crater
  • Serengeti - Seeking out predators in the most iconic national park in Africa.
  • Stone Town - Labyrinthine of alleys and whitewashed houses
  • Zanzibar - Swimming in crystal clear water

On this exhilarating family holiday we track Africa's greatest wildlife, visiting three of Tanzania's famous safari parks in the search of the Big Five. We walk through coffee plantations and waterfalls on the slopes of Kilimanjaro, we canoe on a crater lake and visit local tribes in their villages. From the mainland we fly to the exotic Spice Island of Zanzibar, where we explore the narrow streets of Stone Town and unwind beside the Indian Ocean. TRIPLE ROOMS This trip allows the option for triple rooms to be included within the booking on a selected number of night stops within the holiday. If you would like this option, a discount may be applicable on the cost of the trip - please ask our Sales team for further information.

Trip Description

Rift Valley & Serengeti Plains
We drive first to Lake Manyara, famed for its prolific birdlife as well as large elephant and hippo populations. We spend the night high above the park on the western escarpment of the Great Rift Valley overlooking the lake. Next we enter the great Serengeti plains. We're at once among vast herds of wildebeest, zebra and Grant's gazelle. Other wildlife includes lion, hyena, jackal, topi and cheetah. We'll also visit the archaeological site of Olduvai Gorge, where Louis Leakey found the fossil of 'Nutcracker Man'.


Ngorongoro: Garden of Eden
Driving down a steep, narrow track we enter Ngorongoro crater, believed by some to have been the proverbial “Garden of Eden”. The 100-square-mile sunken floor is the world's largest intact caldera and contains one of Africa's largest permanent concentrations of wildlife. Rhino, lion and elephant are the big attraction, whilst flamingo occupy pride of place on the shallow soda lake, Lake Magadi. Our safari ends in Tarangire National Park, where a wide variety of animals including lion live among the dramatic landscape of primeval baobab trees.


Exotic Zanzibar
Steeped in history, blessed with an idyllic year round climate and surrounded by some of the Indian Ocean's finest beaches, the spice island of Zanzibar is the perfect end to our journey. You may like to explore old Stonetown and the spice plantations before we head north, via Jozani Forest Reserve (home to the Red Colobus monkey), to the coast to relax on Zanzibar's tropical palm-fringed beaches.

 
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Itinerary

Day 1 - In Moshi; coffee plantation visit

Description

This afternoon we take a walk around our lodge that comprises of 30 acres of arable land that is all situated in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. We stroll through lush gardens, visit the coffee plantation and learn about how coffee is grown, harvested and processed.

Included Meals : Dinner

Day 2 - Visit Materuni Waterfalls and forest walk

Description

Today we head out to the small village of Materuni which is a short distance outside Moshi and set in dramatic landscape with hills and deep valleys covered in tropical rain forest. You will get a taste of life of the local Chagga tribe who live here. From the village it is a short walk to a 150m high waterfall passing smaller waterways and irrigation systems along the way as well as seeing farmland where local famers grow coffee, bananas and other fruit and vegetables. You can even take a swim near the waterfall.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 - Visit Lake Duluti for canoeing, drive to Arusha and visit Meserani Snake Park

Description

Today we will visit Lake Duluti, a small crater lake located 11km east of Arusha. The dense forest around the lake is home to a variey of wildlife, reptiles and over 140 species of birds including giant kingfisher, fish eagle, darters and barbet. The canoeing will last a couple of hours on the tranquil waters of the lake, allowing you the opportunity of getting close to nature in the serene surroundings. We will then continue onwards to Arusha and our hotel. In the afternoon we will visit the Meserani Snake Park. Here you will learn about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, from the Black and Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra and Puff Adders as well as watch the crocodiles at feeding time.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Drive to Lake Manyara National Park: afternoon game drive

Description

Our adventure begins this morning as we drive toward the Great Rift Valley, one of the continent's most geologically important features. We continue our journey on to the western escarpment and the dramatic setting of Lake Manyara, a shallow soda lake that abounds with birds, hippos and elephants. On arrival at our lodge you may like to take an optional walk down to the edge of the lake with a local guide from our lodge to enjoy the surroundings with the local baobabs and prolific birdlife in the area. Alternatively you may prefer to relax and take a swim in the pool. In the afternoon we will embark on our first game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Despite being one of Tanzania's smallest parks its incredible diversity has earned it status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and much of the 360 sq km of parkland is taken up with water, affording a spectacular variety of habitats along the shoreline for a dazzling concentration of animal and birdlife. The algae rich waters of the lake attract huge flocks of flamingos, while the rich vegetation and cooling pools attract elephant, hippo and buffalo in large numbers. Antelope, zebra, giraffe and baboons also graze along the lakeshore and the rare sight of tree-climbing lions has also been seen in the park sharing the branches with some of the 380 recorded species of birds found here.
Please note that drones are not permitted in any Tanzania National Park without a permit, please refer to the equipment section of the trip notes for more information.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Full day’s drive to Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Description

Today we have a long but rewarding journey into the world famous Serengeti National Park. The scenery and views are spectacular as we drive along the Ngorongoro Crater and through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pass several Maasai homesteads and then arrive at the Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959, anthropologists Dr and Mrs Leakey discovered the remains of an almost intact human skull named Nutcracker Man. It was here at this important prehistoric site, together with other startling discoveries, that have contributed to the furthering understanding of early human development. Olduvai Gorge and the fossils that it contains give a unique insight into the way that this part of the world has changed and humans with it. Accompanied by a local guide we visit Olduvai Gorge visitor centre and museum to learn more of this fascinating place and its secrets. Later today we will enter the Serengeti at Naabi Hill Gate. Serengeti is the Maasai name that means the endless grass plains and it is through these plains interspersed with granite outcrops that we travel to our lodge. Once in the Serengeti we'll move slowly through the park, keeping a close eye out for game.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Game Drives in Serengeti National Park

Description

Covering some 15,000 sq km the Serengeti is the oldest and largest park in Tanzania. It is on these plains that we focus most of our attention with early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the 'Big 5' and so much more. Our exact movements are dependent upon the location and concentration of wildlife. We may head to the Retima Hippo Pool, the Moru Kopjies or perhaps the Seronera River area in search of leopard and lion. Cheetahs are often seen out on the Serengeti plains and during the annual migration hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra move north-westward, covering some 800 km from the central plains through the park's 'long corridor', towards richer grazing lands and fresh water. These spectacular journeys are often fraught with danger as their long trek invariably draws the attention of the ever present predators - lion, leopard, hyena and crocodile. This is nature in its rawest sense, where the struggle for survival is played out daily across these expansive plains.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 - Drive back through the Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing and continue on to Karatu

Description

This incredible natural amphitheatre presents us with the perfect setting for some remarkable game viewing and this morning we enter the caldera in search of big game. Not that we have to look far, as this setting provides a rich haven for herbivores and carnivores alike. The open plains thunder beneath the hooves of countless zebra, buffalo, black rhino and antelope, whilst predators like lion and hyena thrive amidst this plentiful open-air buffet, and all against a stunning backdrop of dramatic cliffs and lush vegetation that present perfect photo opportunities. After our morning's safari we drive back through the Serengeti with further opportunities for game viewing including descending into the crator where we have lunch before heading to Karatu were we stay overnight.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Drive Arusha; fly to Zanzibar

Description

This morning we may have the opportunity of visiting a village orphanage in Mto Wa Mbu before returning to Arusha for our onward flight to Zanzibar. If you would like to give useful gifts such as stationary, footballs and toys to the children, this is possible - mention this to your Explore Leader before the visit itself. The exotic spice island of Zanzibar, a land of sun-kissed beaches, Arabian dhows and swaying palms, where the rich smell of spice in Stone Town's old quarter mingles with colonial and Arabic architecture to create a perfect getaway island. Zanzibar's glorious scenery, fascinating culture and remarkable history makes any visit to the island a captivating experience, with beaches and reefs to explore, plantations to wander through and a rich history of conquests, slavery and pirates to investigate.

Included Meals : Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9 - In Stone Town; optional ‘Spice Tour’

Description

Today we take a walking tour of Zanzibar's ancient capital of Stone Town. We meander through a landscape of labyrinthine alleys and whitewashed houses, where the pungent aroma of coffee and spices permeate the town and the backstreets are filled with a cacophony of noise and colour. Much of the town was built on the back of trade and slavery, which at its height saw some 60,000 unfortunate souls processed through these narrow streets, to be shipped off to the far lands of Arabia, India and the overseas colonies of the European powers. The town still retains the feel of its Arab roots, many of the existing buildings dating back to the reign of Sultan Barghash in the 19th century. The end of the slave trade and a devastating cyclone saw the end of Zanzibar's heyday. The island passed from Arab to British to African hands over the intervening years and neglect followed, until Stone Town's inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage Listings saw a return to something of its previous glory. Those who wish to learn something of Zanzibar's rich history, visit the Sultan's palace and see clove plantations established by the Sultan in the 19th century can take an optional 'Spice Tour' of the island (including lunch).

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 10 - Drive to Nungwi and relax on the beach

Description

Today we drive to Zanzibar's north coast, an enchanting community of fishing vessels, coral reefs and wild beauty. The rest of the day is free to explore, or just relax on the beach.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 11 - Free day for optionals & beach activities

Description

Our final day on the island has been left free for optional activities. It’s easy to spend time watching the fishermen bringing in their catch. Stroll along the beach admiring the idyllic vistas, or venture out by boat onto the colourful offshore reefs with mask and snorkel. The rich seas around the island teem with a colourful array of tropical fish and marine life, everything from sharks and turtles to tiny bright damsel fish. For anyone qualified these waters also present fabulous opportunities to scuba dive.

Included Meals : Breakfast

Day 12 - Tour ends at Zanzibar Airport

Description

Today we drive back to Stone Town, where our tour ends at the international airport.

Included Meals : Breakfast

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International Departure Taxes

Please note that a $48 departure tax is applicable on all international flights departing from Zanzibar. Most international tickets should include this tax in the cost of the ticket, please ensure you check with your flight agent/company concerning this. If your international ticket does not include the tax, it must be paid in cash at the airport.

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Optional Activities

Optional Excursions

Zanzibar: Half day Spice Island Tour from Stone Town US$27 - 40pp, from North Coast Beach Hotel US$43 - 82pp; Sunset Dhow cruise from Stone Town US$47pp, from North Coast Beach Hotel US$75 - 107pp; Full day boat ride from Stone Town US$43 - 94 pp, from North Coast Beach Hotel US$55 - 119pp; North Coast Tour from Stone Town US$43 - 88pp. Excursions fees are dependent on number of passengers booking.

Accomodations

Accommodation Notes

Our first two night's accommodation is located at the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro and is an ideal base for safaris into the National Parks. The lodge is surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens with facilities that include a bar and restaurant which is in the main building that was originally the farmhouse for the coffee plantation. Local and international cuisine is served. The swimming pool has great views of Kilimanjaro itself and the rooms are tastefully decorated in a traditional design. We then move onto a hotel that is just outside Arusha city, located with splendid views of a banana plantation and close to the countries National Parks. The rooms are stylish, with all modern amenities combined with a restaurant, bar and lounge facility. There is also a veranda which overlooks the swimming pool with an extensive sun deck. The safari camp in Manyara is close by the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Manyara game reserves and is set in wilderness surrounded by the rugged hills of the rift valley escarpment and views of the hills and Lake Manyara. Accommodation is in safari tents and cottages, complete with modern facilities with a restaurant serving continental classics and contemporary Indian and traditional dishes - vegetables and herbs are grown from the local villages. The swimming pool is located in front of the dining area which is great for cooling off after a day spent on safari. We then move into the Serengeti National Park with a stay in tented accommodation with dining and lounge facilities that have been specifically designed for minimum impact on the environment and to blend into the surrounding habitat. Each tented unit contains an en-suite shower and toilet facility which uses solar water heating and a deck that overlooks the savannah woodland of the Serengeti. Power connections are available for charging telephones and cameras. As the camp is located in a wilderness area, wildlife can frequently enter the camp which provides a close up safari experience. We stay on an old colonial farm house in Karatu which faces the Oldeani Volcano. The accommodation is rustically decorated with local materials and rooms are spacious with en-suite bathrooms and built in showers. Meals are normally served in the main building close to the pool. Our hotel accommodation in Zanzibar once served as the American consulate and has a range of antique furniture and ornaments from all over the world including wood carved furniture which are rarely seen in other countries. We sleep on the unique Swahili beds with most rooms over-looking the beach and swimming pool courtyard. Each air-conditioned bedroom is self-contained. Facilities include a restaurant, swimming pool and roof terrace. The final two nights are spent in the beach resort in the north of the island in bungalows by the beach with great views of the Indian Ocean. All the properties used on this tour have Wi-Fi.

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Guides

A Tour Leader is an integral part of any Explore tour and your tour will be led by one of our experienced Tour Leaders who have been handpicked and expertly trained. We believe that our Tour Leaders are the key to the success of our tours; they are passionate travellers who are bursting with first-hand local knowledge which they love to share. Your Tour Leader will also take care of all the planning and organisation throughout your journey. Their passionate approach will make this tour fun and inspiring, bringing the destination to life whether you're travelling alone or with others. There are some instances on this tour where the Tour Leader may not travel on every day of the itinerary and in these instances, a local representative or guide will be present. Your Tour Leader will be with you throughout the safari however they will not continue with you to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the island our local representative will meet you, assist with the airport transfer and be available for booking excursions, but essentially this section of the tour is unaccompanied.

Tour Staff

Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s), Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)

Age Notes

Min. Age: 11

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