„Tanzania is an unparalleled travel destination for animal lovers and safari lovers. Nowhere else on Earth do you see as many wildebeest, zebra and antelope as here. We strongly recommend that you explore the country with your family.”
Tanzania is more than eleven times larger than Austria in the Indian Ocean coast of East Africa.
The two federal states of the country once were British mandates: Tanganyika won its independence in 1961 and merged with Zanzibar in 1964.
Most of its surface is dominated by the wavy savannah of the East African Highlands. From the plateau, there are huge volcanoes in the north, of which the peak of the Kilimanjaro Mountains; Kibo is the highest point in Africa. Tanzania's diverse geographical features are combined with a variety of climatic conditions. The plateaus are characterized by the tropical climate, in many areas the nights are rather cool.
The Indian Ocean coast is hot, humid, tropical and somewhat relieved by the proximity of the sea. However, the weather in the north-eastern mountain slopes of the country is moderate throughout the year.
Day 1 - Arriving, Arusha city Tour
Arriving at Kilimanjaro Airport – Hotel transfer
Day 2. - Meeting with the Masaai - Mto wa Mbu
Travelling to Lake Manyara, where we can reach in one and a half hour.
Our journey leads us through local villages and savannah. The accommodation is near the Great Rift Valley, located at the junction of Lake Manyara.
After dropping off our luggage we will visit a Masaai village by bicycle (or tuk tuk).
We have lunch in a local restaurant then get to know the local culture.
In the evening we will return to our accommodation.
Mto wa Mbu is also known as the gate of the Manyara National Park. It is close to the wall of the Great Rift Valley in northern Tanzania. Because of its good fertility a neighborhood is a cultural melting pot. In relatively small area many different group of people live together, respecting each other's traditions. In this small town the "chaggas" make banana bear, "makondes" make wood carvings. In the surrounding area many Masaai family still live in their traditional and take care of their flocks.
Day 3. - Safari in the Tarangire National Park
Tarangire National Park is the sixth largest national park in the country. In the dry season, thousands of animals migrate from Manyara National Park to Tarangire. The landscape and vegetation are very diverse, which is nowhere else on the Northern Safari Circuit. The hilly landscape is dominated by baobab trees, thick bushes and tall grass. The park is also famous for its many elephants.
Day 4. - Serengeti National Park
Safari in Serengeti National Park, in one of the largest wildlife reserves in the world. It is Africa's first national park, developed by the British in the thirties. The 15,000 km2 area is in Tanzania, along the Kenyan border, about 150 km eastwards from Lake Victoria. The word "Serengeti" comes from the Masai language, meaning endless plains. The vast plain is home to countless predators, herbivorous mammals and many bird species. There are a large number of wildebeest, tomson and grant gazelles, buffaloes, giraffes, impalas and elephants. The lion (Panthera leo) is especially nice among the predators, but there are also leopards (Panthera pardus) and cheetahs (Aciononyx jubatus). Striped and spotted hyenas, as well as jackals, and many vultures. Researchers have identified more than 500 species of Serengeti birds, including giant bustards, ostriches and secretary bird. The savannah's acacias are crowded with weaver birds and their nests.
Day 5. - Safari and travelling to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area
In the morning hours we do our last game drive inside of Serengeti. Then we continue our way to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, near the crater. It is one of greatest wonders of our world, part of the UNESCO World Heritage.
Day 6. - Ngorongoro Crater - Safari in the volcanic crater
The Ngorongoro Crater is one of the greatest natural wonders of our planet, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The crater arose after a huge volcano exploded and collapsed about 2-3 million years ago. The caldera is 610 meters deep with a diameter of about 20 kilometers and an area of 260 km2. At present, it is the largest volcanic cauldron of our planet with a rim intact, serving as home to over 25,000 mammals. We descend into the savannah inside the crater, where we have a good chance to catch the famous "Big Five", ie. the leopard, the lion, the African elephant, the buffalo, and the highly endangered black rhino.
Day 7. - Flight to Zanzibar - Beach
Day 8. -13. - Zanzibar - Resting day
Optional programmes available
Day 14. - Zanzibar - Resting day - Departure