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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Tanzania Safari Holidays & Tours - Private Guide: Serengeti + Zanzibar (or Pemba)

Tanzania Safari + Zanzibar - Private Guide
TPA10A
10 NIGHTS
FROM £4,695
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Tanzania Safari Holidays Tours Private Guide Serengeti Zanzibar Pemba

Our Tanzania safari holidays & tours allow you to travel at your own pace with your own private guide, as you explore the wildlife of Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater & the vast Serengeti plains - ideal for birding, photography & family groups. Also visit Olduvai Gorge before flying to beautiful Zanzibar (or quieter Pemba Island). English speaking guide, light aircraft flights, park fees, game drives & all transfers included.

Tanzania Safari Holidays Tours Private Guide Serengeti Zanzibar Pemba
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Serengeti & Zanzibar (or Pemba)
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Private Guide
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Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro
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Tarangire, Elephants
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Lake Manyara
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Olduvai Gorge
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Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
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Zanzibar or Pemba Island
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Tanzania Safari Holidays & Tours
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Serengeti & Zanzibar (or Pemba)
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Private Guide
• 
Arusha & Mt Kilimanjaro
• 
Tarangire, Elephants
• 
Lake Manyara
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Olduvai Gorge
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Wildebeest Migration (seasonal)
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Zanzibar or Pemba Island
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Tanzania Safari Holidays & Tours
Day 1
You will be met at Kilimanjaro Airport and transferred 2.5-hours to your safari lodge in Tarangire National Park.
 
One of the least visited of Tanzania's northern game parks, this wonderful wildlife reserve is renowned for its huge herds of elephants and giant baobab trees. Check into your lodge and enjoy the amazing spectacle of an East African sunset.
Day 2
Today enjoy game drives in the scenic Tarangire National Park, a huge wildlife conservation area of over 1,000 square miles (2,800 sq. km) which is known for its walking safaris.
 
The dense bush and hilly terrain is dominated by the perennial Tarangire River, which attracts large numbers of migrating animals during the dry months, especially between June and November. This park is home to the largest concentration of elephants in the country as well as large herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest and eland. You can also hope to see giraffe, ostrich, warthog, oryx, kudu, waterbuck, baboons, vervet monkeys, terrapins, hippo (in the south of the park) and much more. Birdlife is also abundant, with over 550 different recorded species including the hoopoe and white-backed vulture.
 
If arranged in advance there is the option of a walking safari, exploring the park on foot accompanied by an armed ranger. There is also the option of visiting a Maasai village and lodges located inside the park offer night drives, searching for nocturnal animals by spotlight.
Day 3
This morning we leave Tarangire and drive 3.5-hours to the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
 
Stretching across 8,300 square km, the high altitude Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a dramatic variety of volcanic landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. Its grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and also to the Maasai people, and has been declared a World Heritage site.
 
After checking into our lodge we spend the afternoon game viewing in the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact caldera forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 2,000 feet (600m) deep. Although some animals do move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - the highest density of big game found anywhere in Africa.
 
Prides of lions, endangered black rhino, hyena, buffalo, golden jackal, bat-eared jackal, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, zebra and many other animals can be found on the open savanna whilst elephants, monkeys, leopards and olive baboons live in the forests around the edge of the crater. You may see hippos and flamingos on Lake Masek and the abundant birdlife including the Kori bustard, Grey-crowned crane, Hamerkop, Marabou stork, Ostrich, Splendid starling, Egyptian goose and various lapwings. Cheetah also live on these open plains, but are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage. There are no giraffe in the crater, because there are no trees for grazing (only grasslands). Afterwards we check into our lodge for dinner.
Day 4
Today we drive 3-hours from Ngorongoro to the great Serengeti (meaning 'Endless Plains'), with its amazing game viewing.
 
Along the way we stop at Olduvai Gorge, where Louis and Mary Leakey famously discovered the remains of early man and enjoy an included picnic lunch. Expect bad roads on this section.
 
We then continue to the Ndutu Plains and Serengeti National Park, a World Heritage Site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again. Check into your safari lodge in this famous wildlife region.
Days 5 To 6
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park and adjacent concessions - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
At over 12,000 square miles (30,000 sq. km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masai Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestricted by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, dik-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding, with over 600 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Marabou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver, as well as many different bee-eaters, owls, swallows, chats, cuckoos, eagles, kestrels, falcons and other raptors.
Day 7
Today transfer to the airstrip for your light aircraft flight to Zanzibar.
 
You will be met at Zanzibar Airport and transferred 1-hour to your beach hotel on this beautiful archipelago. Check in and relax in your wonderful surroundings on this exotic East African spice island.
 
Note: As you will be flying in a light aircraft you must pack soft sports bags only, as rigid suitcases will not fit into the luggage pods. A baggage allowance of 15 kg (which includes your hand luggage) is strictly enforced for safety reasons.
Days 8 To 10
At leisure to relax and enjoy the gorgeous white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar Archipelago.
 
Activities vary depending on the size of your resort but usually include water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kitesurfing. You can sail in a traditional Arab dhow or enjoy a full day catamaran excursion around the island, with snorkelling opportunities. Be sure to try their refreshing iced hibiscus tea and some of the many spices grown on this island.
 
The best scuba diving is around Mnemba Island in the northeast and Nungwi in the north. Deep sea game fishing is also based out of Nungwi, where there is a privately owned turtle aquarium.
 
A variety of day excursions are also on offer including a walking tour of historic Stone Town, a spice island tour, snorkelling at Prison Island where you can see giant tortoises, a cultural tour to Uzi Island and Swahili cookery lessons.
 
If you would like to see local wildlife, you can visit Jozani Forest in the south of the island, where you can see rare indigenous red colobus monkeys and walk along a mangrove boardwalk to enjoy its birdlife and flora, including some giant baobab trees. There is a Butterfly Centre and Snake Park outside the gate. From late July to mid November you can also take a boat ride to see migrating humpback whales.
Day 11
After checking out of your beach hotel, transfer 1-hour to the island capital of Stone Town.
 
Here your guide will take you on a private walking tour of this UNESCO World Heritage town, that is now part of the Republic of Tanzania but was formerly controlled by the Sultan of Oman. As such it was an important trading nation, selling spices and other commodities to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was also at the centre of the notorious slave trade out of East Africa.
 
This Muslim city is today rather neglected and not what it once was, but most people still enjoy walking through the narrow streets of the historic old city. The merchant's houses are of particular interest, with their central courtyards and large ornately carved and studded wooden doors.
 
Visit the bustling market, see some of the many mosques and admire the huge Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the former slave market, where the slave pits and dungeon can still be seen. Time permitting you can also visit the Arab Fort, the Palace Museum and Dr Livingstone's house.
 
Afterwards transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your flight home.