An intimate journey from the plains of Serengeti to the islands of Zanzibar
Key points of the trip
This itinerary offers you a complete safari during which you will visit 3 national parks. Manyara and its salt lake, Tarangire and its elephants and the mythical Serengeti. The Ngorongoro Crater is also on the programme to complete a perfect safari in Northern Tanzania.
COMFORT & CHARM
The great plains of Serengeti welcome you in superb, comfortable tents. Enjoy an aperitif around the campfire as you watch the sun set, followed by a delicious dinner. Comfort and tranquillity are the hallmarks of this charming accommodation.
NIGHT IN A WILDERNESS CAMP
Experience a unique night's adventure. Alone in the world in the middle of the bush in a remote bivouac. You're in Massai country, and a warrior will be in charge of camp security at night. An experience off the beaten track! Magnificent views of Kilimanjaro on a clear day. A change of scenery guaranteed.
DID YOU SAY BIG 5?
You may be lucky enough to meet the BIG 5. The parks you'll be passing through include the group of five mammals mentioned by Hemingway: the lion, the leopard, the elephant, the buffalo and the rhinoceros. The rhinoceros will require the most luck, as it is unfortunately on the brink of extinction.
An extra day or two? An extension to the island of Zanzibar? Climb Kilimanjaro? It's all possible! This trip can be modified in every way, according to your wishes. Your journey must be just right for you. Our advisors are here to help you build the trip of your dreams, step by step.
DAY 1: ARUSHA
Welcome to Tanzania! The ideal destination for safari lovers. This East African country is home to a vast array of wildlife that populates its savannah parks and green forests. On this itinerary, you'll discover three of the main national parks in the north.
Welcome by our team on arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to your hotel.
Dinner and overnight in a lodge in the Arusha region
DAY 2: A WALK THROUGH MASSAI COUNTRY
After breakfast, drive to the western region of Kilimanjaro. Lunch on arrival, followed by a walking safari with a ranger in a former game reserve returned to the Maasai people. You may be lucky enough to see giraffes or antelopes.
The experience is unique and off the track, you are in the heart of the Tanzanian bush.
You will also come across the Masai accompanying their herds to the waterholes. If the weather is fine, you'll have a lovely view of the snow-capped summit of Kilimanjaro.
Overnight in Maasai country in bivouac tents at a wilderness site. All equipment is provided and a cook will be on hand to take care of the food.
DAY 3: OREMITI LODGE
After breakfast, a final exploration of the surrounding area, followed by a drive to the shores of Lake Manyara.
Arrival for lunch and then a free afternoon at the lodge.
Overnight at Oremiti Lodge on a full-board basis
DAY 4: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
Full day game drive in 4x4 in Tarangire National Park. Picnic lunch inside the park. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. and you are free to set your own schedule within this timeframe!
Created in 1970, Tarangire National Park is now considered one of the country's finest wildlife sanctuaries. The Tarangire River, from which it takes its name, never dries up completely and attracts large numbers of animals in the dry season. You are sure to see many African elephants here.
Overnight at Oremiti lodge on a full-board basis
DAY 5: LAKE MANYARA NATIONAL PARK - MTO WA MBU
Morning game drive in 4x4 in Manyara National Park.
Manyara Park is part of the Rift Valley, and its immense lake will allow you to discover colonies of pink flamingos and all kinds of birds living on the lake's shores. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of the famous lions in the trees. The park is very narrow, wedged between the lake and the cliffs of the Rift Valley. The rainforest is very dense, especially in the north.
Lunch in the village of Mto Wa Mbu in the form of a buffet of Tanzanian specialities: ugali, makende, plantains, pilao, etc. Afternoon walk to Mto Wa Mbu, climbing Balla Hill to admire the view and descending through the village banana plantations.
Overnight at Oremiti on a full-board basis.
DAY 6: NGORONGORO CRATER
Early morning departure for the Ngorongora Crater and 4x4 safari in the crater.
The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is not really a crater, but a caldera - the explosion of the cone of a volcano. It contains fresh and salt water, savannah and forest, and is home to around 100 animals per km².
Depart mid-afternoon for the neighbouring Serengeti Park.
Overnight in a charming tented camp in full board. The camp is right inside the Serengeti Park in the central Seronera region.
DAY 7: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
This day will be devoted to safari in the famous endless plains of the Serengeti. You can set off early in the morning, with breakfast to hand, to watch the savannah awaken.
The Serengeti is one of Africa's largest parks. It was declared a National Park in 1951. It is home to a wealth of wildlife in all seasons. Some 3,000 lions can be seen almost everywhere.
Second night in a charming tented camp in the central region of the park.
DAY 8: SERENGETI - ZANZIBAR
Drive to the Serengeti airfield. From here, you will take a small plane directly from the park to the town of Arusha and then to the island of Zanzibaa.
On arrival at Zanzibar airport, our local team will welcome you and accompany you to the east coast. Check into your hotel by the sea.
Overnight in a hotel with swimming pool, directly on the seafront, with your feet in the sand.
DAY 9: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
Free day on the beach of Zanzibar.
There are plenty of activities on offer: diving, kite surfing, snorkelling, boating, quad biking, etc.
Zanzibar certainly conjures up images of the legendary spice trading post of yesteryear. Arab merchants, and in particular the Sultan of Oman, were quick to see the potential of its fertile land and advantageous geographical location.
Ivory and slaves from the African continent also made this trading post rich.
Today, Zanzibar is best known for its white sandy beaches, dolphins and comfortable hotels. Tourism has developed a great deal, especially in the last 15 years, but Zanzibar and above all its inhabitants still live at a pace and in a culture completely different from the rest of the world.
Second night in a hotel with swimming pool, directly on the seafront with your feet in the sand.
DAY 10: ZANZIBAR ISLAND
Second full day on the beach.
Why not go snorkelling? Or take a stroll through the old town of Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Third night in a hotel with swimming pool, right on the seafront with your feet in the sand.
DAY 11: ZANZIBAR AIRPORT - END
VYour driver will take you back to Zanzibar airport. You can catch a return flight to Europe directly from this airport with a number of airlines.
Price from US$3990 per person based on 2 adult participants in low season.