This tour will enable travelers to visit three of the most popular national parks in Tanzania with very high chances to see the “Big Five”. In addition to wildlife, travelers will also do a cultural tour at Mtowambu village to have the opportunity to learn African life. The tour ends in Zanzibar where the traveler will enjoy relaxing in the beautiful beach of Zanzibar for 3 nights.
Day 1: Arrival, Arusha town
We will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and continue to Arusha town for dinner and overnight at Venus hotel. Depending on your time of arrival, a complimentary town tour to explore Arusha town, visit a local market, and a traditional bar can be arranged.
Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire
After breakfast depart for Tarangire, Tanzania’s third largest national park and sanctuary for an unusually large elephant population for game drive, with picnic lunch. Majestic baobab trees are an interesting feature of the park, dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. Animals concentrate along the Tarangire River, which provides the only permanent water supply in the area. There is a great diversity of wildlife including lions, leopards, cheetahs, and up to six thousand elephants. In the afternoon you will continue to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Tarangire to Manyara
After breakfast, you will drive to Mtowambu town on the floor of the Great rift valley, for a guided village tour. In this small but very busy town where people belonging to all 120 tribes in Tanzania live together, you will have the opportunity to see a typical daily life of Tanzanians. Your walking guide who comes from that area will take you to rice and banana plantations where you will interact with the people working in their farms, you will visit a traditional beer bar/factory, you will visit a school and carvings factory where the famous “Makonde” use ebony black wood to carve different statues. You will then continue to Lake Manyara national park for game drive with picnic lunch. In this small but very beautiful park with dense forest, you will have the opportunity to see lots of monkeys, giraffes, elephants, impalas, dik-dik, flamingos in the lake and if you are lucky you may spot the rare tree climbing lions.
Day 4: Manyara to Ngorongoro
After an early breakfast, depart with picnic lunch and drive to Ngorongoro crater for a full day of game drive. The crater has a good number of lions and cheetahs, and it is the best place to see the rare black rhino. In the late afternoon, you will return to the lodge for meals and overnight.
Day 5: Transfer to Arusha airport to Zanzibar
After breakfast drive back to Arusha for lunch. After lunch, you will be transferred to Arusha airport for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon your arrival in Zanzibar you you will be picked up and transferred to Nungwi for dinner and overnight at the hotel.
Day 6: Zanzibar
You will spend the day relaxing at the beach. Alternatively, the lodge organizes activities like village walk, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, fishing and others that you can book and pay directly. All meals and overnight will be at the hotel.
Day 7: Zanzibar island
After breakfast, you will drive to the Stone town where you will do a spice tour (Zanzibar spices are very famous worldwide). Later you will visit the historical Zanzibar Stone town. In the late afternoon, you return to your hotel for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Zanzibar
You will wake up and have a leisurely breakfast at the hotel. After breakfast we will be transferred to Zanzibar airport for your departure, depending on your international flight. You may want to fly to Dar es Salaam for your international flight connection as there is more flight options in Dar es Salaam.
- Park fees(For non-residents)
- All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
- All accommodation(Unless listed as an upgrade)
- Camping equipment(Sleeping bag excluded)
- A professional driver/guide
- All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinking water(On all days)
- Sleeping bag
- International flights(From/to home)
- Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
- Bath towels
- Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
- A government-imposed an increase in taxes and/or park fees