21 Days Gold Safari
Day 1: Arrival Day
Upon arrival at Arusha Airport (ARK) or Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), our driver will drive you to your hotel in Arusha. Depending on the time of arrival you will also have time to explore the city and the vibrant Maasai market where you will shop for souvenirs. If you arrive late, do not worry, you will still have time to go shopping on the last day of Safari. Dinner and overnight accommodation at your hotel in Arusha.
Day 2-7: Kilimanjaro Climb
From day two to day seven(inclusive), you will climb and descend Mount Kilimanjaro on either Machame Route, Rongai Route or Umbwe Route; you will do the six days version of whichever of the route you select. Please follow the links in the tour details section above to see the detailed day by day climbing itinerary for each route. On the day of descent (the seventh day), our driver will drive you from the mountain gate to your hotel in Arusha; the rest of the day will be spent relaxing as you prepare to go on safari the next day.
Day 8: Cultural Tour: Maasai Village
Today you will visit Olpopongi Maasai Village where you will experience traditional Maasai culture in an authentic setting; you will interact with the Maasai as they go about their daily routine. In the afternoon, you will head out to Shanga Cultural Village where you will interact with friendly locals dedicated to promoting local arts and crafts. At Shanga you will also have the opportunity to sample local cuisine served in an open-air restaurant.
Day 9: Arusha – Tarangire National Park
After breakfast your driver will drive you to Tarangire National Park for a day of game viewing; although dominated by elephants, Tarangire also offers a great opportunity to see giraffes, waterbucks, impalas, baboons, warthogs, hippos, and spotted hyenas. Lions, leopards, and cheetahs can also be seen in the park, but they are rarer compared to the other animals. Dinner and overnight accommodation at a lodge around Tarangire.
Day 10: Tarangire National Park – Lake Manyara National Park – Karatu
Early in the morning, you will be driven from Tarangire National Park to Lake Manyara National Park where you will enjoy a day of game viewing. Lake Manyara National Park is located within the Great Rift Valley and is dominated by a towering escarpment on one side and an extensive shallow lake on the other side. At Lake Manyara National Park, you will see elephants, the world famous tree-climbing lions, giraffes, buffaloes, wildebeests, hippos, impalas, baboons, and monkeys. The lake also attracts many birds; you will see many resident and migratory birds but the most noticeable of these birds are the pink-hued flamingos. In the evening, you will be driven to Karatu for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 11: Cultural Tour: Hadzabe Bushmen
After breakfast your driver will drive you to Lake Eyasi; this region is home to the Hadzabe bushmen who have managed to preserve the ancient ways of life. At Lake Eyasi an authentic cultural experience awaits you; the Hadzabe bushmen will willingly show you where they live and how they hunt and live their daily lives. On this day you will also pay the Dagota pastoral nomads and herdsmen a visit; this is another tribe whose culture is well preserved. The Dagota culture resemble that of the Maasai but apart from being pastoralists, they are also blacksmiths; they make knives and arrowheads which they trade with the Hadzabe bushmen. The weather around Lake Eyasi is nearly always very hot and intense, but this is what the experience truly African and unique. Late in the afternoon, your driver will drive you back to Karatu for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 12: Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast, you will be driven to Ngorongoro Crater a place like no other in world; here, the largest unflooded caldera in the world is home to approximately 30,000 animals at any time. Ngorongoro Crater has the highest concentration of wild animals in Africa and these animals co-exist with humans; the Maasai people live and graze their animals inside the crater along the wild animals. You will see herds of buffalos, elands, zebras, wildebeests, warthogs, hippos, rhinos and elephants; large populations of predators such as lions, cheetahs, leopards and hyenas also thrive here due to the rich availability of prey. In the evening, you driver will drive you to a hotel on the crater rim for dinner and overnight accommodation.
Day 13: Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti National Park
After a very early breakfast, your driver will drive you to the Serengeti – a land of endless plains, huge herds of wildebeests and the finest of African predators. Serengeti is the most visited park in Tanzania due to its grandeur and diversity of big game and predators. You will arrive around noon and late in the afternoon, you will head of four a game drive before return to you hotel/camp for dinner and accomodation.
Day 14 – 15: Serengeti National Park (full days)
These two full days will be spent following the great migration in the Serengeti; depending on the time of the year, you will observe one of the following aspects of the great migration. – Wildebeest Calving (Calving Season – Ndutu Region): January to March – Grumeti River Crossing – Grumeti River: May to July – Mara River Crossing – Mara River: August to October – Migration back to the Serengeti (from Masai Mara): November & December Follow the link in the tour detail/ description (above) for a detailed description of the migration pattern. Dinner and overnight accommodation at a lodge/ a wilderness camp inside the Serengeti.
Day 16: Serengeti National Park – Zanzibar
After breakfast, your driver will drive you to Seronera Airstrip which is located inside Serengeti National Park; from here, you will fly on a light aircraft to the spice islands of Zanzibar. On arrival in Zanzibar, our guide will drive you to your hotel in Stone Town; late in the afternoon, you will head out for a tour of Prison Island. Prison Island, is home to a historical slave museum and giant tortoises. In the evening, you will head out to Forodhani Gardens where you will enjoy seafood with the locals; here the catch of the day is prepared and sold to locals and tourists. Dinner and overnight accommodation at your hotel in Stone Town.
Day 17: Stone Town Tour
After breakfast, you will head out to the historical Stone Town where time seems to have stood still; here you will see ancient wind alleyways as they were walked upon by the inhabitants of the city hundreds of years ago. You will also see historical buildings and places such as the House of Wonders (Beit al ajaib), the Palace Museum(People’s Palace), the Arab Fort and the Slave Chambers amongst many other attractions. You will also visit crafts shops, coffee shops, and the central market. Late in In the afternoon, you will be driven to Nungwi beach where the rest of the day will be spent at leisure on the beach. Dinner and overnight accommodation at your beach hotel in Nungwi.
Day 18 – 20: Zanzibar Beach Relaxation
The three days will be spent at leisure on the beach; you can add in a number of water sports to your beach routine. Depending on your preferences, you can also engage in diving, snorkeling, paragliding, jet skiing and beach volleyball. Late in the afternoons, you will enjoy watching beautiful sunsets as the sun disappears across the turquoise Indian Ocean. Dinner and overnight accommodation at your beach hotel in Nungwi.
Day 21: Departure
On this day we will drive you to Zanzibar Airport for your departure flight back home.