If you are looking for a great beach holiday, to relax and unwind after a safari on the African mainland through Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti, Zanzibar might be the ideal island for you. Surrounded by powder-white beaches and a barrier reef on the eastern side, Zanzibar holidays are also great for diving and snorkeling. There the long palm-fringed beach stretches beside turquoise waters, creating a classic location for a beach holiday.
Day1: Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park
Upon arrival, check in at the hotel, have lunch then later in the afternoon proceed to Lake Manyara for game viewing. The majority of the land area of the park is a narrow strip running between the Gregory Rift wall to the west and Lake Manyara, an alkaline or soda-lake, to the east. It is famous for its population of flamingoes. Lake Manyara is used as an alternate or extension to Ngorongoro, located just outside the conservation area gate. Guests can sightsee in two completely different temperate zones only 90 minutes apart. From soaring groundwater forests and a tranquil lake, to the mountain escarpment of the Great Rift Valley, Lake Manyara National Park boasts an incredible wealth of habitats and diverse African wildlife. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day2: Lake Manyara to Ndutu (Ngorongoro Conservation Area)
Enjoy early breakfast then depart for game drives in Ndutu with your expert guide. The Ndutu area and southern Serengeti are the best place to be from December to March for the annual wildebeest migration. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day3: Ndutu to Serengeti National Park
Early morning breakfast then depart for a morning game drive in Ndutu, before proceeding to the Serengeti with your expert guide. February is the peak of the calving season. Predators are always close-by to watch the weak and the careless. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day4: Full day in the Serengeti National Park
Leisurely breakfast then depart for a full day of game drives in the Serengeti. Focus on a safari in the Northern Tanzania circuit during this season should be on the Serengeti southern short grass plains and Ngorongoro eco-system. The annual wildebeest migration arrives on these plains from December onwards. It is here where they congregate and give birth to thousands of calves in February and March. These mineral rich plains are where the great herds stay for as long as feeding permits. Apparently the iron and zinc found in the fodder of these plains is what the wildebeest are after. The movement of almost two million wild animals is the driving force of the ecology of most of the Serengeti eco-system. Predators follow these herds like sharks following a shoal of fish. Great wildlife viewing is guaranteed because the young animals make easy prey. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Rim
Enjoy morning game drive in central and southern Serengeti then drive toward Ngorongoro Crater rim via Olduvai Gorge. You can have an optional stop in the Olduvai area, where the homonid and other significant archaeological discoveries have been made. (Optional activity: fees extra). You can also visit a Maasai Village in the Olduvai area. (Optional activity: fees extra.) The Maasai people who inhabit Kenya and northern Tanzania are semi-nomadic. Traditionally, they were pastoralists famous for their fearsome reputations as warriors and cattle-rustlers. You can spend some time interacting with the villagers and learn about their lifestyle and culture. In late afternoon, proceed to your lodge located on the crater rim for relaxation and overnight stay. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater is at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera of the once-volcanic Ngorongoro shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth, ringed with towering walls and sheltering forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
Leave very early in the morning for game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Descend into the Ngorongoro caldera to view the wildlife on the crater floor. The Ngorongoro Crater is often called “Africa’s Eden” and the “8th Natural Wonder of the World”. A massive extinct volcano, the sheet walls drop thousands of feet to a “Noah’s Ark” of animals on the verdant floor below. Large herds of zebra, buffalo, antelope and wildebeest graze nearby while sleeping lions laze in the sun. At dawn, the endangered black rhino returns to the thick cover of the crater forests after grazing on dew-laden grass in the morning mist. Leave the crater late afternoon and drive back to Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Day7: Arusha to Zanzibar
After a leisurely breakfast, you can go for an optional tour around Arusha town to visit the Maasai Market, Cultural Heritage, Arusha Museum of Natural History, curio shops, or the Tanzanite Experience before transfer to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar. On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your beach hotel in Nungwi.
Day8: Full day at Zanzibar
The outstanding corals of Zanzibar snorkeling offer a stunning experience for every snorkeler on a holiday in Zanzibar, regarded among the best in the world; Zanzibar snorkeling and diving areas will thrill you and give you an unforgettable holiday to Zanzibar. More than 350 different fish spices are recorded here alone, and most of the reefs are covered in beautiful hard and soft coral. Dinner and overnight at the lodge.
Day 9: Full day at Zanzibar
Nungwi is located at the northern tip of Zanzibar. A 20-minutes stroll from the hotel along the beach will land you in the small fishing village of Nungwi. You will find the natural aquarium (home to sea turtles), a boat building yard and the fish market. The best way to round off the day is to go on a sunset cruise and experience the calming sensation of sailing in a dhow. Dinner and overnight at the lodge
Day10: Zanzibar Nungwi to Stone Town
Leisurely breakfast then depart for optional activities in stone town. Transfer to Zanzibar airport to check in for your departure flight.