19 Days / 18 Nights “Must – Do – Luxury” Tanzania & Zanzibar Island

Arrive /Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater – Central Serengeti – Chem Chem Concession – Ruaha National Park – Kendwa – Stone Town – Zanzibar Airport / Depart

Introduction

Accommodation preview

Destinations

Start

End

Basis

Duration

Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge Arusha Day 1 Day 2 B&B 1 Night
andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Ngorongoro Crater Day 2 Day 4 FB 2 Nights
One Nature Nyaruswiga Central Serengeti Day 4 Day 6 FB 2 Nights
Chem Chem Lodge Chem Chem Concession Day 6 Day 9 FB 3 Nights
Jabali Ridge Ruaha National Park Day 9 Day 12 FB 3 Nights
Zuri Zanzibar Kendwa, Zanzibar Day 12 Day 18 B&B 6 Nights
Park Hyatt Zanzibar Stone Town, Zanzibar Day 18 Day 19 B&B 1 Night
Not Included Transfer for International depart Day 19 Day 19 Bfast Not Incl

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast.

FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Internal Flight Information

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time
Day 9 Scheduled   Chem Chem Lodge   Jabali Ridge  
Day 12 Scheduled   Jabali Ridge   Zuri Zanzibar  

Transfers

Date Pick Up Drop Off Time   Vehicle
Day 1 Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO] Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge Transfer
Day 2 Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge Transfer
Day 4 andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge One Nature Nyaruswiga Transfer
Day 6 One Nature Nyaruswiga Chem Chem Lodge Transfer
Day 8 Zuri Zanzibar Park Hyatt Zanzibar Transfer

DAY 1: ELEWANA ARUSHA COFFEE LODGE, ARUSHA   

Arusha

Resting at the foot of Mount Meru, the sprawling city of Arusha is known as the safari capital of northern Tanzania. It serves as an excellent base from which to explore the remarkably scenic surrounding area which includes majestic Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as the Manyara, Tarangire and Ngorongoro National Parks. Arusha is a good spot to take a day or two off from the safari circuit as it features a temperate climate and lush surrounds. Visitors can look forward to exploring the wildlife-abundant Serengeti National Park; the magnificent Arusha National Park; and taking on the challenge of climbing Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain.

Day Itinerary

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport [JRO] ex – International flight, you will clear with customs and immigration procedures.

You will then be met by our AMA Safaris Tanzania representative outside the arrivals hall for transfer to your hotel. You will be assisted with check in formalities. Overnight at Arusha Coffee Lodge – BB.

Overnight: Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge   

Located in the middle of a verdant coffee plantation, Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge is a sanctuary of aromatic tranquillity and a welcome retreat after a long international flight, or the dust and excitement of a thrilling bush safari.Take residence in one of 30 luxury wooden chalets – 12 Plantation Suites and 18 Plantation Rooms – nestled amongst the surrounding gardens and sea of coffee trees.

Turning off the road, a tree-lined drive guides you to the warm and inviting main area with its quiet understated aura of luxury. Vibrant gardens, a spa, and a swimming pool await, and a restaurant, Bacchus, and café bistro, 3° South, boast menus to satisfy the most discerning of palates, successfully fusing international culinary prowess with locally-sourced ingredients.

Visitors are also welcome to enjoy convenient gift shopping at the Traders Walk Boutiques, located on site. Browse through a collection of five boutiques offering arts and crafts, jewellery, clothing, gourmet coffee and cakes and traditional Swahili food.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2: andBEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGES, NGORONGORO CRATER

Ngorongoro Crater

Located in Northern Tanzania, the Ngorongoro Crater is best known for its natural beauty and abundance of diverse wildlife; which makes it one of Africa’s most popular safari destinations.

Surrounded by Tanzania’s highlands, this UNESCO-listed crater is said to be the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera. Visitors can look forward to spotting the world-renowned Big Five and a host of other wildlife species including large herds of zebra and wildebeest.

It is famed as one of Tanzania’s best tourist attractions offering visitors an array of wonderful activities including excellent bird watching, trekking, wildlife viewing, mountain biking and visiting a local Maasai village. Don’t miss the opportunity to jump on an excursion to the magnificent Olduvai Gorge.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Lodge

Drive to Lake Manyara National Park with Picnic lunch, one of the Rift Valley numerous alkaline lakes which apart from its abundant birds life, is known for its tree – climbing lions. Check in followed by Lunch at Ngorongoro Crater lodge, then have the rest of the Afternoon at leisure.

(OR as an Option you can Visiting a local Maasai Boma, Biking or Visit a local School). Dinner and overnight at andbeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge.

Overnight: andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge  

Perched on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater,andBeyond Ngorongoro Crater Lodge comprises three separate camps totalling just 30 suites. Each stilted, handcrafted mud and thatch suite is adorned with antiques, chandeliers and elegant African treasures and floor-to-ceiling windows overlook the magnificent Crater below.

Ensuite bathrooms feature spacious showers and chandelier-lit bathtubs. A personal butler discretely caters for each guest’s every need, bringing tea in bed, stoking fireplaces and drawing luxurious bubble baths. Frequently described as Maasai meets Versailles, each camp has its own guest sitting and dining areas, as well as viewing decks. The domed dining room, with its fireplace, crystal, silver and massive wooden platters, turns every meal into a special occasion.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 3: andBEYOND NGORONGORO CRATER LODGE, NGORONGORO CRATER

Day Itinerary

This morning you will descend 2,000 feet into the giant caldera of an extinct volcano. This magnificent natural amphitheater contains the largest concentration of animals in all of Africa.

Prides of lion, black rhino and elephant share this land with the legendary Masai tribesmen. Because the grasses are short, game is easily spotted and can be approached quite closely.

You will spend a splendid morning on the floor of the crater observing wildlife in this ageless World Heritage Site, Stop for Picnic lunch at the crater floor. Dinner and overnight at Ngorongoro Crater lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 4: ONE NATURE NYARUSWIGA, CENTRAL SERENGETI

Central Serengeti

Situated in the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti encompasses the world-famous Seronera Valley which is known for its prime wildlife-viewing opportunities.

This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams.

The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, waterbuck, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, hyena, jackal, serval and much more.

Popular activities include: game viewing, cultural tours, horse riding safaris, and hot air ballooning over the spectacularly scenic terrain.

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Lodge then Drive to the Serengeti National Park, undoubtedly the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, unequalled for its natural beauty and the greatest concentration of plains game anywhere, arrive for lunch at your lodge. Afternoon game drives until sunset. Dinner and overnight at One Nature Nyarusigwa.

Overnight: One Nature Nyaruswiga

A “camp like no other” is the best way to describe this beautiful property. Uniquely located in the heart of the Serengeti and surrounded by breathtaking views of endless plains that are embraced by the Nyaruswiga Hills, this magical destination provides an almost surreal backdrop for the more than 1 million animals annually migrating through this valley.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 5: ONE NATURE NYARUSWIGA, CENTRAL SERENGETI

Day Itinerary

Breakfast at the Camp

With Picnic lunch. Enjoy a Full day game drive at Serengeti national park.

Dinner and overnight at One nature Nyarusigwa.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 6: CHEM CHEM LODGE, CHEM CHEM CONCESSION    

Chem Chem Concession

Sandwiched between the endless savannas of Tarangire National Park and the bird-rich waters of Lake Manyara National Park, Chem Chem lies in the renowned migration corridor.

This concession covers over 20 000 hectares of Tanzanian wilderness characterized by vast grasslands dotted with ancient baobab trees and inhabited by diverse wildlife including herds of elephant, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, impalas, and over 400 species of bird.

Visitors can look forward to dining under the African night sky, day and night wildlife safaris, and visiting a traditional Maasai village. Other popular activities including: horse riding, bird watching, fishing, guided bush walks, 4×4 trails, hiking, picnicking, and game drives.

Day Itinerary

After breakfast ,  drive to Tarangire National Park which hosts among other species ,Buffalo Elephant, Lion, Warthog, Eland, the Fringe – eared Oryx, Lesser and Greater Kudu, Gerenuk, and large numbers of Impala. Arrive at the lodge in time for Lunch. Enjoy an afternoon game drive at the Tarangire National Park.

Dinner and Overnight at Chem Chem Lodge.

Overnight: Chem Chem Lodge        

On the eastern edge of Lake Manyara lies a place of unending loveliness. Here is Chem Chem Lodge, ‘the sunset camp’, luxurious without being lavish. You arrive and immediately feel an affinity with the space, the silence, the serenity. You feel the echoes of a vintage safari lodge as urban stresses melt away.

The spacious eight tent-style suites (100m­²) offer ultra-luxurious accommodation under the immense African skies. Natural textures and surfaces such as wood, canvas, cotton and lava rock convey a sense of merging with your surrounds. Fall asleep in the softest bed linen to the distant laugh of a hyena, the click of crickets, a nightjar’s call. Awake to the sounds of the wilderness stretching and yawning.

This exclusive retreat rests on the far western border of a exclusive wildlife concession which forms part of the Burunge Wildlife Management Area that runs between Lake Manyara and wildlife-rich Tarangire National Park.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 7: CHEM CHEM LODGE, CHEM CHEM CONCESSION    

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, With Picnic Lunch you will have a full day game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Chem Chem Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 8: CHEM CHEM LODGE, CHEM CHEM CONCESSION    

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, With Picnic Lunch you will have a full day game drive in Tarangire National Park.

Dinner and overnight at Chem Chem Lodge.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 9: JABALI RIDGE, RUAHA NATIONAL PARK  

Ruaha National Park

Following its recent expansion, Ruaha is currently East Africa’s biggest national park and the second-largest on the African continent. It is also Tanzania’s most sizeable elephant haven and home to a profusion of bird species, including kingfishers, plovers, egrets, hornbills and sunbirds.

Crocodiles and hippos thrive in the Great Ruaha River, which flows along the sanctuary’s eastern border and in the dry season between July and November, animals flock to the last remaining water sources, presenting an exceptional wildlife spectacle. There are a number of accommodation options available but some close for the wet season in March and April.

Day Itinerary

After Breakfast, transfer to a local airstrip for scheduled flight to Ruaha National Park. On arrival at Msembe Airstrip (Ruaha) at, you will be met by the camp guide and transferred to the camp where you will spend the next 3 nights. Meals and activities as per the camp’s schedule.

Overnight: Jabali Ridge       

Set high on a rocky kopje overlooking a landscape dotted with bulbous baobabs, Jabali Ridge is a sophisticated base from which to explore Ruaha National Park. The remarkable beauty of Ruaha is not only in the landscape and its diversity of flora and fauna, or the impressive big game but in the feeling of having the wilderness all to you.

With only a handful of visitors at any one time in an area the size of New Jersey, this is an exceptional safari experience. There are just eight suites hidden amongst the rocky boulders that cocoon the property, designed to blend in with the environment while offering the highest class accommodation in the park.

There is a spectacular four-way infinity pool which overlooks the baobab valley, a spa offering pampering treatments, a gin bar to tempt you with pre- and post- dinner refreshment, and plenty of space to unwind when you aren’t on safari. Our team of expert safari guides will lead you on game drives and walking safaris to explore this spectacular wilderness area.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 10: JABALI RIDGE, RUAHA NATIONAL PARK

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, transfer to a local airstrip for scheduled flight to Zanzibar.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

DAY 12: ZURI ZANZIBAR, KENDWA    

Kendwa

Situated on the tropical island of Unguja, just off the Tanzanian coast, Kendwa is a village along the northwest coast of this beautiful island. It is renowned for its powder-fine white-sand beaches lapped by crystal-clear turquoise waters boasting an untouched underwater wonderland and fringed by an array of tourist resorts.

Visitors can enjoy snorkelling excursions to explore the abundant marine life living in these azure waters or jumping on a local wooden dhow boat for a picturesque sunset trip. For those looking for some evening entertainment, the full moon party is a definite must.

Don’t miss the opportunity to give back to the community and learn about local Zanzibari culture on a fascinating village tour, great for those looking to go beyond the usual resort activities. Other popular activities include: parasailing, banana boating, scuba diving, and jet skiing.

Overnight: Zuri Zanzibar      

Boasting some of the archipelago’s finest offerings, the Zuri Zanzibar hotel offers 300 meters of private, pristine beach and a lush spice garden. Guests can enjoy the region’s gorgeous African sunsets due to the property’s west-facing location on the northern edge of the main island of Unguja.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAYS 13 – 17: ZURI ZANZIBAR, KENDWA  

Day Itinerary

After breakfast at leisure with optional activities around the hotel, Lunch on own arrangement, dinner and overnight at Zuri Zanzibar

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 18: PARK HYATT ZANZIBAR, STONE TOWN

Stone Town

Situated on the beautiful island of Zanzibar, Stone Town is the old city and cultural heart of the island and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The town is famous for its winding alleys fringed by grand architecture, bustling bazaars, sultan’s palace, mosques, the House of Wonders, gardens and the extravagant merchants’ houses with their remarkably ornate doors.

Stone Town is home to over fifty mosques, six Hindu Temples, a Catholic and an Anglican Cathedral. Visitors can also look forward to visiting the Old Fort along the waterfront; pay a visit to the Palace Museum, and sampling local cuisine at Forodhani Gardens a local seaside market. Don’t miss the opportunity to enjoy a sunset dhow cruise.

Overnight: Park Hyatt Zanzibar      

Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the quintessential destination to experience the idyllic East African island of Zanzibar and embrace the rich culture, heritage and historical significance of the hotel’s location.

Sitting majestically on the beachfront in the heart of Stone Town, Park Hyatt Zanzibar provides the ultimate haven among Stone Town’s labyrinth of winding alleys, bustling markets, mosques and famed Zanzibar doors, featuring magnificent ornate wooden carvings.

The town’s key attractions are easily accessible by foot including Forodhani Gardens, the Old Fort, the Old Dispensary, the Peace Memorial Museum, the Palace Museum and the House of Wonders.

The hotel is housed in two buildings, one of them Mambo Msiige, a building steeped in history, grace and mystique with a story dating back to the 17th century. The new and purpose built Zamani residence connects to Mambo Msiige, blending old with new, historic with contemporary.

From the spacious, elegant guest rooms, authentic cuisine and spectacular views to the oceanfront infinity pool, Anantara Spa, fully-equipped fitness centre and exceptional meeting, event and private function facilities, Park Hyatt Zanzibar offers both discerning business travellers and luxury holiday makers rare, intimate and unforgettable experiences.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

DAY 19: END OF ITINERARY      

Day Itinerary

After breakfast, transfer to a local airstrip for scheduled flight to Zanzibar.

Basis

Breakfast

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