Itinerary #1: Tanzania Wildlife Safari & Beach Holiday
This 10-day escape to Tanzania begins with 4x4 wildlife safaris in the most epic national parks, then winds down on the beaches of Zanzibar, one of the most beautiful destinations in East Africa.
|Day 1||Arrive in Arusha||Arusha|
|Day 2||Transfer to Karatu, Lake Manyara Game Drives||Karatu|
|Day 3||Transfer to Serengeti National Park||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 4||Serengeti Game Drive||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 5||Serengeti to Ngorongoro||Ngorongoro|
|Day 6||Ngorongoro Crater and on to Tarangire||Tarangire National Park|
|Day 7||Tarangire Game Drive||Tarangire National Park|
|Days 8-9||Transfer to Zanzibar, Optional Activities||Zanzibar Beach|
Arrive in Arusha, which is near Tanzania's most popular safari destinations. Things kick off on day two with a drive to Manyara National Park, whose lake is blanketed with flocks of bright pink flamingos. Then you're off to the mother of all wilderness areas in Tanzania: Serengeti National Park. It covers 5,700 sq miles (14,763 sq km) of vast savanna and hosts the annual Great Migration. Thousands of wildebeests, zebras, and gazelles migrate to new grazing grounds during this yearly event. You'll explore this park on a full-day game drive, during which, if you're lucky, you might spot a leopard.
On day five, you're off to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, the largest volcanic caldera in the world, measuring 1,968 feet (600 m) deep and 100 sq miles (260 sq km) wide. Its fertile valley floor is home to thousands of animals, including the famous Big Five safari game: lions, leopards, elephants, buffalo, and black rhinos. After game drives on the crater floor, you'll visit Tarangire National Park, home to thousands of bush elephants. Then enjoy a couple of days relaxing on the powdery white-sand beaches and crystalline waters of Zanzibar, Africa's crown jewel of the Indian Ocean. Learn more
Itinerary #2: Kenya & Tanzania Adventure
Enjoy the highlights of two of the world's premier safari destinations on a 10-day tour of Kenya and Tanzania that includes game drives and spending time with tribal warriors.
|Day 1||Arrive in Nairobi||Nairobi|
|Day 2||Conservation & Culture Tour of Nairobi||Nairobi|
|Day 3||Transfer to Maji Moto Maasai Cultural Camp||Maji Moto|
|Day 4||Transfer to Maasai Mara National Reserve||Maasai Mara|
|Day 5||Maasai Mara Game Drives||Maasai Mara|
|Day 6||Maasai Mara to Lake Victoria||Lake Victoria|
|Days 7-8||Lake Victoria to Serengeti National Park||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 9||Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro||Ngorongoro|
|Day 10||Ngorongoro to Nairobi, Depart|
This time, you'll arrive in Nairobi, which sits on a national park filled with game animals. First up is a conservation tour of two wildlife sanctuaries: one for rescued elephants and the other a breeding center for Rothschild's giraffes (which you'll get to feed). On day three, spend the day with real Maasai tribal warriors and overnight in a traditional bush camp. Then transfer to the Massai Mara National Reserve, a 580-sq-mile (1,510-sq-km) park that borders the Serengeti and hosts the Great Migration. Hit the road on game drives over two days, or you can opt for an airborne safari in a hot-air balloon.
On day six, you'll cross the border into Tanzania and head to Lake Victoria, the largest lake on the continent. Here you'll overnight and perhaps do some fishing. Then spend a couple of days on morning and afternoon game drives of the Serengeti, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and biosphere reserve. If you didn't see any rhinos, not to worry, because, on day nine, you're going to the Ngorongoro Crater. Due to anti-poaching patrols, there's a healthy population of black rhinos here that you're all but guaranteed to see. Learn more
Itinerary #3: Active Tanzania
Choose this greatest hits adventure that includes the highlights of Tanzania, from the Serengeti and Zanzibar to Mount Kilimanjaro.
|Day 1||Arrive in Arusha, Transfer to Moshi||Moshi|
|Day 2||Pre-Climb Briefing, Optional Activities||Moshi|
|Day 3||Transfer to Kilimanjaro National Park, Hike to Machame||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 4||Machame Camp to Shira 2 Camp||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 5||Shira 2 Camp to Barranco Camp, Stop at Lava Tower||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 6||Barranco Camp to Karanga Camp||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 7||Karanga Camp to Barafu Camp||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 8||Barafu Camp to the Summit, Descent to Mweka||Kilimanjaro National park|
|Day 9||Kilimanjaro National Park to Moshi||Moshi|
|Day 10||Moshi to Arusha, Depart|
After Arriving in Arusha, you'll transfer to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro in northeastern Tanzania. Though you won't have time to summit this most famous (and tallest) of Africa's mountains, you will embark on a 5-6-hour day hike that will take you up 2,723 feet (830 m) to a lookout offering sweeping views of Kilimanjaro's peak and out to Kenya. Then take a short flight to the Serengeti for two days of game drives by road or in the air. Note if you come from June to November, you'll be privy to the Great Migration of thousands of plains game migrating around the savanna.
There's one more safari in store for you at Ngorongoro Conservation Area before hopping another flight—to Zanzibar. Besides world-class beaches, this island archipelago is famous as a major spice producer, and you'll tour a farm to learn about the cultivation of clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Over the next couple of days, enjoy optional activities that include snorkeling, surfing, caving, and more. You'll also want to stroll Stone Town, Zanzibar's medieval city center that is so well-preserved it enjoys UNESCO World Heritage status. Learn more
Itinerary #4: Hiking Kilimanjaro
Grab your hiking boots and trekking poles because you're off on a 10-day quest to summit Kilimanjaro, the world's largest freestanding mountain.
|Day 1||Arrive in Arusha, Transfer to Moshi||Moshi|
|Day 2||Day Hike in Mount Kilimanjaro||Moshi|
|Day 3||Moshi to Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park||Serengeti National Park|
|Days 4-5||Serengeti National Park Game Drives||Serengeti National Park|
|Day 6||Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive, Transfer to Arusha||Arusha|
|Days 7-9||Arusha to Zanzibar, Optional Activities||Zanzibar Beach|
|Day 10||Zanzibar to Arusha, Depart|
You've seen the images and heard the legends; now it's time for you to conquer this icon of Africa yourself. From Arusha, you'll transfer to the town of Moshi, at the foot of the mountain. After prepping on day two, you'll embark on a 6-day hike up this 19,341 feet (5,895 m) giant. The ascent is dramatic as you trek through five different ecosystems, from the hot and humid tropical forests near the base to the frigid glacial summit zone near the top. The starting point is the Machame Gate and follows a popular route that affords the best views of any circuit in Kilimanjaro National Park.
Each day's hike covers a few miles and takes at least four hours to complete. Every night you'll stop to rest at campsites situated amid unique geological formations and look out at incredible views. You'll cross alpine deserts and scramble over rock walls on your ascent to the crater rim of this dormant volcano. Eventually, you'll arrive at Uhuru Peak, the tallest of Kilimanjaro's three summit zones at 19,340 feet (5,895 m). Then it's a relatively quick descent back to Machame Gate, where you'll receive your certificate of completion. Learn more
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