10-Day Northern Circuit Safari with Zanzibar

10-Day Northern Circuit Safari with Zanzibar

Your driver/guide will pick you up from Kilimanjaro airport and transfers you to Ilboru Safari Lodge; a pleasant lodge with a beautiful garden and swimming pool.

Harmoniously woven into the surrounding African landscape, Ilboru Safari Lodge rests at the base of the majestic Mt. Meru.
Stay comfortably in your private bungalow reminiscent of a traditional Swahili ‘boma’. They are a uniquely African design and this version of the boma features a round layout with thatched rooftops while still providing the western conveniences you would expect.

Day 2: Lake Manyara NP OR Tarangire NP

Today you will travel to the first national park of this trip: Lake Manyara National Park or Tarangire National park.

When travelling between January – May or November – December you will be visiting Lake Manyara National park.
On arrival you will stretch your legs during a 2 to 3-hour village walk in cozy ‘Mto Wa Mbu’. Here you will meet the local community, taste homemade banana beer, learn about the Makonde woodcarvings. After the village walk, you will have a local lunch. In the afternoon you will go for a long game drive in Lake Manyara National park. You will sleep in Manyara Wildlife Safari lodge.

When travelling between June – October you will visit Tarangire National park.
This park hosts the biggest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti. It is also the only place in Tanzania where the oryx and gerenuk are regularly spotted. This park is known for its gigantic baobab trees. You will go for a game drive in the park.

 

Day 3: Serengeti National park

After breakfast, you depart for the most famous safari park in the world: Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti hosts the most extensive population of wild animals on earth and has a complex and untouched ecosystem. Serengeti means “endless plains” in the language of the Maasai, a description that the Serengeti completely lives up to. These endless plains have to be experienced to be fully appreciated!

You visit the heart of the Serengeti, Seronera Valley. This valley might be termed as the ‘classic’ Serengeti; short grass plains with all different kind of wild animals ranging from the impressive lion to the naughty mongoose. From the park entrance you game drive towards your accommodation for tonight.

 

ay 4: Game drives in the Serengeti

Early in the morning you leave the camp for a full day safari! Most of the national park is open and grassy. Ultimately, the success of any safari lies in the number and quality of encounters with big cats. There are thousands of lions in the Serengeti and you have a fair chance to see cheetahs, although they are difficult to spot. And when it comes to leopards, the Serengeti rarely disappoints!

We will find you a nice picnic spot to enjoy your packed lunch and then you slowly continue your safari back to Tortilis Camp before the night falls.

Back at the lodge you will have an excellent dinner and some time to relax.

 

Day 5: Game drive in Ngorogoro crater

Today you enjoy a long game drive on your way out of the beautiful Serengeti and continue to the Ngorongoro Crater.

In the afternoon, you will have a game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater!
As an UNESCO World Heritage Site the crater offers a unique biosphere which has remained virtually unchanged since the dawn of time. There are very few places in the world where you can find such a large population of wildlife throughout the year.

Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, you have a good chance of spotting ‘The Big 5’: Lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard. For the latter two you need a bit of luck as they tend to shy away. Approximately 30 000 animals live on the crater floor!

 

Day 6: To Zanzibar Island

Today it is time to fly to paradise! Your driver/guide will take you to Arusha airport for your flight with Auric air to Zanzibar island. The flight leaves around noon and in the early afternoon you will arrive on the Island. The representative of Casa del Mar will be waiting to take you to your hotel. The next coming days you will spend at Casa del Mar in the cozy town of Jambiani. This hotel is the best value for money with great service.

The tropical island of Zanzibar is one of a kind and a favorite holiday destination after a safari on the mainland of Tanzania. The picturesque capital city Stone town with its impresive buildings and lively markets, the tropical rainforest of Jozani in the centre of the island and ofcourse the many wonderful beaches.

Day 7: Relaxing and optional activities

Welcome to paradise! Your relaxing holiday can begin. Jambiani is a cozy town on the East Coast. There are several optional activities you can do in the area. All these optional activities can be booked through the reception of Casa del Mar.

Swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi
Visit Jozani forest
Snorkeling
Scuba diving
Sailing on a traditional Dhow
Spice tour
Kite surfing
Visit to the restaurant The Rock.

 

Day 8: Relaxing and optional activities

Optional visit to Stone town
What you cannot miss during your stay on Zanzibar Island is a tour of Stone town. This beautiful city is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site! A maze of small alleys and streets, colorful markets and historic buildings characterize Stone town.
Your hotel organizes a historic tour of spice tour to take you around the town. Everything is in walking distance so you can also explore on your own.

 

Day 9: Relaxing and optional activities

Welcome to paradise! Your relaxing holiday can begin. Jambiani is a cozy town on the East Coast. There are several optional activities you can do in the area. All these optional activities can be booked through the reception of Casa del Mar.

Swim with dolphins at Kizimkazi
Visit Jozani forest
Snorkeling
Scuba diving
Sailing on a traditional Dhow
Spice tour
Kite surfing
Visit to the restaurant The Rock.

Day 10: Departure

Today is unfortunately the last day of your trip with us! Depending on the time your flight departs, there might be some time left today to relax on the coast or explore stone town. All activities you plan for today are at your own expense.
The driver/guide will take care of your transfer to Zanzibar airport.

This is the end of a wonderful tour in Tanzania & Zanzibar!