Tanzania has long been one of the ultimate destinations for safari lovers and this 14-day Exotic itinerary ensures that you will tick every important box in this diverse and friendly country. Kicking off in West Kilimanjaro, you will explore Tarangire National Park, a massive but little-visited reserve that is home to tree-climbing lions and the curious long-necked gerenuk. It is also the best place in East Africa to see enormous baobab trees, which easily withstand Tarangire’s elephants peeling off hunks of bark to eat.
After pick up from Kilimanjaro Airport you will drive to west Kilimanjaro a masai village and lodge, a spectacular, scenic eco-lodge that offers exclusive luxury coupled with unparalleled touch of Culture in the midst of Mount Kilimanjaro & Mount Meru where Guests enjoy the Serene and vastness of the Maasai steppe and experience peaceful moments, extraordinary Rock Trees, awe-inspiring Sunsets and unsurpassed customized service by our Maasai staff.
The Lodge features a fantastic Swimming Pool, Sauna, “warm your heart” Meditation Room, Bonfire Nights, authentic Maasai entertainment. On-site catering with Food options, Wines & Drinks, a Bar and (18) eighteen comfortable Maasai Bungalows with hand crafted furnitures – It is just one step out of your bed where Mount Kilimanjaro greets you with her snowy smile!
Your next destination is a place with some of the easiest game viewing on Earth: the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater. This ancient caldera has fertile grazing that supports plenty of plains game, which in turn support a healthy population of predators. Then it is the big one: the Serengeti, a place of endless savannah and, in season, the Wildebeest Migration.
After a thrilling safari, jet off to the paradise island of Zanzibar for a classic combination of sand, sea and sun. Half beach idyll, half ancient history, Zanzibar has plenty of authentic African adventures and a fresh air that is laced with the scents of fresh spices.
Your first glimpse of Tanzania will be as you jet into Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be collected for your transfer to West Kilimanjaro Osiligilai Maasai Lodge.
Depending on the cloud cover, you may be able to spot the distant peak of Kilimanjaro - Africa’s highest mountain – but if not, you will surely be able to meet a welcoming smile faces of chagga and masai from kilimanjaro, where you will settle into a very comfortable Room.
Next day morning after breakfast, you will visit a Maasai Village. On this tour you will learn about their culture and nomadic lifestyle; spend time at the authentic Maasai Village “Olpopongi” Museum and take a village tour. You will eat a traditional lunch and go for a walking tour to learn about the Maasai’s hunting techniques and natural medicines. In the evening you will enjoy a program with Maasai ceremonies, a campfire and barbecue dinner. Your night will end sleeping on a comfortable cowhide bed in your private Maasai house.
After breakfast, it is time to get out your binoculars and make sure your camera is ready as you make your way from the West Kilimanjaro to Oliver’s Camp in the southeast of Tarangire National Park. Be on the lookout for big herds of elephants and buffalo, not to mention about
550 different species of birds.
There are only 10 tents at Oliver’s, allowing you privacy and exclusivity. Wash off the dust under your open-air shower and enjoy a refreshing drink in the dining lapa before setting out on a guided nature walk or a classic 4x4 game drive – night drives to seek out nocturnal creatures like elusive leopards and owls are also on the cards. For two nights, you will drift off to sleep listening to the far-away calling of lions or the distinct whooping of hyenas.
Waving goodbye to the friendly staff at Oliver’s, you will be driven to Gibb’s Farm, another country-style homestead set on a lush coffee plantation just 30-minute drive from the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Settle into your spacious cottage to freshen up before enjoying a relaxing Maasai treatment in the African Living Spa, a walk in the traditional English garden or perhaps a guided walk to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.
The crater is one of East Africa’s most famous places: formed millions of years ago, it is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world and thousands of plains game thrive on the fertile grasses that grow from the mineral-rich crater floor. It is not uncommon to see all of the Big 5 here in a single game drive, which makes it an ideal spot for photographers. There is also the possibility of a guided game drive to nearby Lake Manyara, which can appear pink at time from the millions of discarded feathers from flocks of indigenous flamingos.
It is time to head to Kogatende in preparation for the Big One: the Serengeti. Probably the most famous safari region in the world, the Serengeti is where aspects of the Wildebeest Migration play out around mid-year. Your home for three nights will be Kimondo Migration Camp, a very comfortable tented camp that moves twice a year to be as close to the Migration action as possible.
Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see wildebeest on their way to crossing into Kenya – it is thrilling to be surrounded by thousands of animals all with the same focus in mind.
From the bush to the beach: after getting your fill of lions, elephants, buffalo and wildebeest, it is time to fly from Seronera to the Spice Island of Zanzibar, which lies off Tanzania’s coast in the warm Indian Ocean.
You are heading for Aluna Beach Lodge, an idyllic spot for diving and snorkelling. After the rigors of safari life, indulge yourself with late mornings, lazy lunches and sunset cocktails as your personal butler ensures you have all you need at your fingertips. If the beach seems too far to walk, a few steps will take you to your private plunge pool, which is invaluable on a tropical summer’s day.
For your last night in Africa, you will check into Tembo House Hotel in vibrant Stone Town. A calm and cool haven amid the cobbled streets and imposing studded doors of this ancient city, Tembo effortlessly balances old and new aside views of traditional dhows out on the azure
After a delicious supper and a blissful night slept at Tembo House, pack your bags for the transfer to Zanzibar's Abeid Amani Karume International Airport and your connecting flight’s home. As you take off, take one last look down on the island and breathe in the sweet scent of crushed cloves.
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