Africa

Highlights of Tanzania Itinerary

Duration
12 Days Itinerary
From
USD $4,995 Dates/Prices
Day
Day 1
1

Kilimanjaro to Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania! After arrival into Kilimanjaro International Airport we are transferred to Arusha.

We meet our small group this evening for a welcome dinner at the Arusha Coffee Lodge, situated on one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations. Our small group resides at the lodge for the next two evenings, giving us plenty of time to explore.

Note

Roads in Africa, particularly in the reserves and national parks, are comprised of dirt or gravel and as a result can be bumpy.

[Dinner]

Day 2
2

Arusha: Learn more about the local community

Arusha is the gateway town to Tanzania’s finest national parks but has also played an important role in the country’s modern history. Our small group spends the day exploring this town commencing with a walking tour. We visit the Clock Tower, the central point in Africa between Cairo and Cape Town. We also tour the Arusha Cultural Center, the Maasai Market and the Central Market before returning to our lodge for lunch.

In the afternoon we learn the journey of the coffee bean, from coffee bush to cup. We see how the bean is grown, harvested, dried and roasted before savoring a cup.

Special Experience

We also visit the Shanga project, a social enterprise that employs community members and produces handmade homewares and jewelry. Here we have the opportunity to take part in a Maasai beading workshop before returning to our lodge for our evening meal.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 3
3

Arusha to Tarangire: Incredible flora and fauna

A picturesque landscape dotted with baobab trees and patrolled by elephant herds lies before us today in Tarangire National Park. The game is in abundance in this lesser-visited national park, with an animal population second only to the Serengeti through the months of July to November. For the ornithologists in our group we can aim to spot some of the 550 species of birds that reside here.

We depart Arusha to journey to Tarangire, with time en route at a local flower farm. Arriving at our lodge we enjoy lunch before the first of our game drives in Tanzania. Here we may see Cape buffalo, giraffe, lion, cheetah, zebra and elephants across the savannah or herds of impala, kudu and eland grazing the marsh areas of the valleys and riverbeds.

Note

Our visit to the local flower farm is subject to seasonal restrictions and closures.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 4
4

Tarangire to Gibb’s Farm: The Ngorongoro Highlands

We wake early and set off into the park on an early game drive this morning. We return to our lodge for breakfast and depart for Gibb’s Farm with an immersive experience along the way.

Special Experience

Journey to the Mto wa Mbu area where we visit a local village and gain insight into their everyday lives. We see local farms, schools, local homes, the market and the milling machines that produce the colorful fabrics used in traditional clothing.

We continue to drive to the Ngorongoro Highlands and the colonial hotel property of Gibb’s Farm. We dine here this evening in a restaurant that prides itself on its ‘farm to table’ cuisine, using garden grown vegetables and locally raised meats in its dishes.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 5
5

Gibb’s Farm: ‘Rhythm of the Farm’

Special Experience

It’s time to slow it down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life. Our day is spent at Gibb’s Farm engaged in an array of activities to best understand the ‘Rhythm of the Farm’.

We can bird watch, bake a loaf of rustic bread in the morning, harvest vegetables from the verdant garden patch, roast coffee, milk cows and feed the pigs. Indulge in an afternoon high tea on the front lawns of the lodge and explore the forest trails. For those seeking a bit more adventure we can cycle the backroads to the local village or enjoy a 2-hour hike along the forested slopes of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area to the Elephant Caves. In the evening we can meet the artists in residence, gather around the tembo fire at sunset, and feed the bush babies with bananas.

Note

For an extra cost you might choose to work alongside the farm carpenters to construct school furniture for the local area schools, a very meaningful way to support the local community.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 6
6

Gibb’s Farm to Ngorongoro: Walk the Ngorongoro Crater Rim

Ngorongoro Crater, a virtual game park in its own right is home to lion, elephant, hippo, rhino and bird species. It is the largest unflooded and unbroken caldera in the world, believed to have been created by the implosion of a massive volcano. Today it is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. We leave Gibb’s Farm to travel here, enjoying lunch at our lodge on arrival.

In the afternoon we walk the Ngorongoro Crater Rim enjoying spectacular views into the crater.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 7
7

Spot the ‘Big Five’ in the Ngorongoro Crater

Explore the Ngorongoro Crater on a full day of game drives today. The crater is one of the rare places we may spot all five of the ‘Big Five’ – lion, buffalo, elephant, leopard and rhino. We enjoy picnicking on a packed lunch to maximize our time within the crater’s splendor.

Note

Tours of the Ngorongoro Crater may be subject to change due to restrictions imposed by authorities. Where this occurs the full day tour may be restricted to a half-day tour and is beyond our control.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 8
8

Ngorongoro to Serengeti

Located in northern Tanzania, the Serengeti is characterized by sweeping grassland plains and the Ngorongoro Crater looming on the distant horizon. Kopjes, rocky outcrops, dot the landscape and lions often laze the day away here. Cheetah sit atop old termite mounds scanning for their next meal.

Our small group departs Ngorongoro driving to Olduvai Gorge, one of the world’s most important paleoanthropological sites due to its abundance of ancient fossils.

We continue to the Serengeti, arriving at our lodge in time for lunch and an afternoon game drive.

Note

You might consider taking an early morning Hot Air Balloon Safari over the Serengeti tomorrow. This would be done in lieu of the early morning game drive that is scheduled. It is at an additional cost and requires separate organization. We suggest you discuss your intentions with our tour guide.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 9
9

Serengeti Safari

Lying before us this morning are the vast plains of the Serengeti, rich in wildlife and superb game viewing. Each year, in July to October, the Great Migration of zebra, wildebeest and Thomson’s gazelle commence here, making the journey to Kenya and the plains of the Maasai Mara.

We spend our day discovering its wonders looking for big cats, wild dogs, giraffes, zebra and gazelle. We return to our lodge for lunch with some time to relax before we head out again in search of more wildlife.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 10
10

Serengeti to Zanzibar

From the Serengeti today to Zanzibar, land of exotic spices, expansive white beaches, turquoise waters and a local culture of ethnic diversity thanks to centuries of trade with the Assyrians, Sumerians, Egyptians, Phoenicians, Indians, Chinese, Persians, Portuguese, Omani Arabs, Dutch and English.

Lunch is served to us on arrival before we explore the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Stone Town, Zanzibar’s historic center.

With over 500 highly decorated doors, displays of their owners’ wealth and status in the town, a walk through the alleyways is a delight as we seek the most ornate doors. Our small group tours the city market, the Anglican Church of Christ, Africa House, the Forodhani Gardens, the 17th century Omani Old Fort, Mercury House, the slave market, and then we learn about the Zanzibari royal family at the Sultan’s Palace Museum and the House of Wonders.

[Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner]

Day 11
11

Zanzibar

So much of what has shaped Zanzibar derives from its ancient trade in spices. Known as one of the Spice Islands for its trade in cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and pepper, the abundance of such fragrant spices attracted visitors from all over the world. 

Today we visit a local spice farm to learn about the ancient trade before making our way to Prison Island where we discover its beauty and learn about its fascinating history.

This evening we enjoy a farewell dinner together.

[Breakfast and Dinner]

Day 12
12

Depart Zanzibar

Our tour concludes after breakfast this morning and we bid farewell to our new friends and to the diversity of Tanzania.

[Breakfast]

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