9 days total
Arusha City – Ngorongoro Crater – Ngorongoro Conservation Area –
Serengeti National Park -Stone Town – Zanzibar Beach – Kizimkazi
Time to travel
All around the year except rainy months (March – June and November)
Tanzania, an Eastern African country located below the equator and offers colourful fusion of different people and cultures, offers the best Safaris in the world. It is a land that holds the remains of what is believed to be the oldest hominid fossils in the world; more than three million years old. It is a land where African charm strikes you and compels you to keep asking for more. The warmth of the culture touches you deeply as you are welcomed and greeted by Jambo by all, young and old! Jambo in the local Swahili means hello. Safari means “journey”, and it is now used around the world to represent the concept of travel in the bush.
The largest town in the archipelago is the capital, Stone Town, located in the middle of the west coast of Unguja, the main island. The town was named for the coral stone buildings that were built there largely during the 19th century, on the site of a very old fishing village. There are over 16,000 people in the town today, and over 1,700 recorded buildings.
Nungwi is the center of Zanzibar’s tourist industry. A developed area with a mix of luxury resorts and budget hotels, Nungwi has something for everyone. White sand beaches, swimming, excellent seafood restaurants, and vibrant bars cater to holiday makers of all ages. Though sometimes crowded, Nungwi’s large range of oﬀerings makes it an attractive place for people looking to mix a relaxing beach holiday with a dash of exciting nightlife.
Primarily known for dolphin tours that take visitors to swim with bottlenose dolphins, Kizimkazi is also an area rich in history and culture, being the first place Shirazis from Persia settled on the island of Zanzibar. Its mosque, built in the 12th century, was one of the first in East Africa. This southwest corner of Zanzibar has a unique landscape as well, with elevated coral rag cliﬀs and small coves rather than the wide beaches that line most of the rest of the coast. Kizimkazi embodies unadulterated local culture.
- Level: Easy
- Activity: Safari, cultural interaction, cultural sightseeing, dolphin watching
- Duration: 9 days
Most of Rahhalah’s ground handlers and safari guides are locally employed ensuring more authentic experience for travelers, as well as sensitivity to local customs and cultures.
Our local guides are highly experienced and nature simply has no secret for them. All of them have extensive knowledge and training in first aid administration and communication. We have first class drivers; the cooks are among the best in preparing delicious local and international meals.
Our safari is educative, you learn by going. Our trip leaders teach you to spot and identify game as well as track animals. You begin to see with new eyes. You become more curious and observant about animal behaviors, and you begin to understand how all the pieces of the ecosystem fit together. By the time you fly out of Africa you would be highly educated.
We run a low impact operation and we leave no traces behind, contributing to the efforts of protection of the local land, its people and culture.
Our safari provides exciting opportunities for our guests while enriching lives and protecting habitats in Africa.
We are committed to employing local people to the maximum extent possible. We pay our staff well and, just as important, we provide them with periodical training. In addition we emphasize on making extensive use of local products and enhance maximum economic benefits to the local communities.
As you all know 1% of our revenue go back to a local cause and Rahhalah directly takes care of that. This is our pay back promise.
Day 01: Arrival Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha City
Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our representative will meet you and drive you to your hotel for a first evening in Tanzania. Arusha is a major international diplomatic hub. The city hosts and is regarded as the de facto capital of the East African Community. Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, it has a mild climate.
Accommodation: Night at River-trees Country Inn http://rivertrees.com/
Included: Airport transfer upon arrival, Half Board (B-D) Accommodation.
Day 02: Arusha city
This morning will be spent learning how to make the local dishes in Tanzania. After breakfast you will be picked up from your lodge and shall be transferred to the home of a local mama. You will be received warmly and she will happily welcome you to her kitchen where you will spend the day to cook some local Tanzanian dishes. You will have a field day experimenting with the local spices and learn how to make mouth watering dishes from scratch.
A coffee plantation in Arusha will be done in the afternoon. You will have the opportunity to learn about the process of this wonderful beverage. Your guide will show you the process from the plants to the final tasting.
At the end of the day you will head back to your lodge arriving for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation: Night at River-trees Country Inn http://rivertrees.com/
Included: 4×4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Local culinary class, Coffee tour, Half Board (B-D), Accommodation.
Day 03: Arusha City - Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel/lodge by your driver guide ready to drive you to one of the world’s most famous places, the Ngorongoro Crater. You will drive past the Arusha sub-urban areas and onto the northern circuit. Today, you will visit the Ngorongoro crater, the main feature is a large, unbroken, unfolded volcanic caldera.The crater, which formed when a giant volcano exploded and collapsed on itself some two to three million years ago, is 610m (2,000 ft.) deep and its floor covers 260 km² (100 sq. mi). The crater floor is mostly open grassland with two small wooded areas dominated by Acacia xanthophloea.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a world heritage site, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and is commonly referred to as the 8th wonder of the world. The 2,000 feet high walls of the approximately 10 mile wide crater create a natural amphitheatre for the densest populations of large animals anywhere. It is a microcosm of the vast Serengeti National Park and in one day it is possible to see a staggering array of East African wildlife including all the big carnivores.
Game drives through the Ngorongoro Crater begin early in the morning in closed safari vehicles with pop – up roofs. Accompanied by an expert driver guide, a magnificent experience is sure to be had! The descent into the crater is one of scenic beauty, as you make your way through lush forests, home to numerous elephants and buffalo.
As you reach the inside of the Ngorongoro Crater, marvelling at the incredible landscape around you, your guide will take you through the grassy crater floor, the unbelievable fever tree forest, the banks of Lake Magadi and the surrounding marshes. Lunch is served picnic style, surrounded by the natural wonders around you as well as the exceptional wildlife, roaming freely, with which you share this extraordinary paradise.
Black Rhinoceros are to be found in the Crater. Ngorongoro Crater is one of the few places in East Africa where visitors have a chance of seeing this truly magical creature. Lions and bull elephants are also abundant in the Crater with the bull elephants descending regularly to the Crater floor. The large breeding herds can be found wandering throughout the forest rim searching for food.
After a full day game drive you will ascend back and drive to your lodge arriving for dinner and overnight.
Accommodation : Night at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge http://www.sopalodges.com/ngorongoro-sopa-lodge/overview
Included: 4×4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Park/reserve entrance & fees, Picnic lunch, Full Day Game Drive, Full Board (B-L-D) Accommodation
Day 04: Ngorongoro Conservation Area- Ngorongoro Crater
After breakfast you will undertake a walking adventure in the Ngorongoro Conservation area. This extraordinary adventure will bring you to the essence of a Tanzania Safari. While on foot, you might walk through a massai village or if it’s the green season, towards the herds of animal migrating through the Ngorongoro conservation Area to the Southern Serengeti Area. For sure you will see the most spectacular view of Africa. A Walking safari is an extraordinary adventure where the nature is linked with high sensation. Let yourself to be carried away through this adventure in the middle of the African Nature.
Tour a traditional Maasai Boma and learn about the proud and fascinating Maasai culture. A village chief will provide a tour of the Boma and explain their beliefs and way of life. You may watch or take part in a traditional dance. Pictures are welcome inside the Boma. There are several Maasai Bomas that our guides have relationships with that are located on your way to the Olduvai Gorge. The location provides for convenient access but is still far enough off the beaten path to avoid the main tourist circuit.
This tour you will be told about tribal customs and the methods in which they build their dwellings. The village we visit still preserves the traditional Maasai way of life and you will be enthralled by the truly wonderful and inspiring tales that these people will tell you about their history and way of life. You will also get a chance to learn how the Maasai women make their beautifully coloured and intricate jewellery. The money raised from the sale of their traditional jewellery goes directly back into the local community.
Accommodation: Night at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge
Included: 4×4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Guided Walking Safari, Cultural Visit, Full Board (B-L-D) Accommodation
Day 05: Ngorongoro Conservation Area – Serengeti National Park
Today we will leave Ngorongoro and head to the vast plains of the Serengeti! We will see wildlife along the way, and of course when we reach Serengeti National Park you will have the chance to see the many animals that make the park so famous. The best vantage points and worthwhile areas are chosen to give you the best possible chance to observe animals and to capture your perfect photo.
Depending upon the time of year, you have the chance to see the great migration with a hundred thousand wildebeests and zebras. During the small rainy season in October and November, you will typically see these herds moving from the Kenyan Masai Mara through the northwest Serengeti to the plains in the south.
After the long rainy season in April through June, the herds travel slowly back through the west and northwest Serengeti. With fluctuations in rainfall, this timetable can change the animals’ migration times and routes. Your guide will know where and when to find the animals and makes sure that you can see the animals from the best spots in the national park.
Accommodation : Accommodation at Four Seasons Serengeti Safari Lodge http://www.fourseasons.com/serengeti/
Included: 4×4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Park/reserve entrance & fees, Picnic lunch, Full Day Game Drive, All inclusive (B-L-D) Accommodation
Day 06: Serengeti National Park - Zanzibar Airport -Stone Town
You can set-off early with picnic breakfast for an early morning game drive safari. Morning game drives begin as the sun is rising and the nocturnal predators are ending their nightly hunts. There is always the chance of seeing a pride of lion lingering over last night’s kill or a leopard relaxing on a branch where it has wedged its prey. The smaller denizens of the bush come to life as the daylight hours make it easier for them to spot any predators still on the prowl. In the late afternoon, sit in the midst of antelope, buffalo and elephant as they make their way down to the river, either singly or in herds, for a last, refreshing drink.
You will then be driven to the Airstrip where you will board your flight out of Serengeti onto your next destination.
You will be required to arrive at the airstrip at least four hours before departure time. The flight usually takes about four hour so sit back and enjoy the scenic flight over the Serengeti plains and onto Zanzibar. The flight might touch down in Arusha to board other people.
Upon arriving at Zanzibar airport, you will be met by our representative who will pick you up and transfer you to your next destination.
Land Transport: Transfer from Zanzibar Airport to Stone Town.
Accommodation: Night at Serena Zanzibar Inn. http://www.serenahotels.com/serenazanzibar/default-en.html
Included: 4×4 open-top, private with English-private guide, Domestic flight, Airport transfer upon arrival, Bed & Breakfast (B&B) Accommodation.
Day 07: Stone Town - Zanzibar Beach
Start your day by exploring Stone Town. Follow your guide and learn about the events that shaped Zanzibar as you see the places relevant to its history such as the former Slave Market and the Anglican Cathedral. See the House of Wonders, the Sultans’ Palace Museum, the Old Arab Fort and Dispensary.
During the first part of the tour, we will explore the markets and see the children play in the streets of the residential areas as their mothers sit outside and the men play board games. There will be an optional stop at The Zanzibar Coffee House to provide rest from the heat.
Later, we will visit a spice farm. Touch, smell and taste different spices and tropical fruits. Try to guess which is which, from the crushed leaves, the fruits, shoots and vines and creepers crawling up the trees. Learn about their properties, their origins and their use as medicine and in food and drink. Get an insight into local life and the opportunity to try some Swahili dishes, taste the fruits in season and try some spiced tea.
Land Transport : Transfer from Stone Town to the Beach
Accommodation : Night at Melia Zanzibar (Terrace Room) http://www.melia-hotels.com/en/hotels/tanzania-26/zanzibar_ZNZ.html
Included: Excursion/visit, Local guide, Private land transfer, All Inclusive (B-L-D) Accommodation
Day 08: Kizimkazi - Zanzibar Beach
Today you will head-out to Kizimkazi on Zanzibar’s south coast for a day of dolphin spotting. Kizimkazi is home to large numbers of bottle-nosed and spinner dolphins, beautiful coral reefs and tropical fish. On your arrival you’re given a short safety briefing and the dos and don’ts when faced with these magnificent yet wild mammals. You then board a traditional ocean going dhow and set sail on the Indian Ocean in search of dolphins.
You can get as close as 10 to 20 metres away from these sleek and grey dolphins. They jackknife through the water sometimes showing off their acrobatics with jumps and twists. In the past, some tourists have been lucky enough to swim and snorkel with these magical animals.
However, the dolphins aren’t tame, and can be shy and elusive. Although visitors see dolphins on the majority of outings, there are no guarantees that there will be a sighting. But despite that you can enjoy two hours sailing and taking in the sights of the ocean. There’s superb snorkeling in the pristine coral reef and you can swim in the clear, warm water of the Indian Ocean.
You’ll return to the beach for lunch where you can swim in the shallower waters and chat with the crew who will regale you with sea stories about the one that got away!
Tips and advice
• Swim wear, towel and water resistant shoes.
• Hat and sunscreen.
Accommodation: Night at Melia Zanzibar (Terrace Room) http://www.melia-hotels.com/en/hotels/tanzania-26/zanzibar_ZNZ.html
Included: Excursion/visit, All inclusive (B-L-D) Accommodation
Day 09: Zanzibar Beach - Zanzibar Airport
Transfer from your hotel to Zanzibar Airport.
Included: Private transfer upon departure
4910 USD / 1495 KWD
per person in a group of min 12. Double occupancy
15 May 2017
- This cost is based on Double Occupancy. Single Supplement Applies.
- Full payment should be made 30 days prior the departure.
- All services stipulated above are subject to availability at the time of booking / reservation. All prices are subject to change.
- All the hotels, lodges and luxury tented camps mention hereby are subject to change to similar quality ones depending on the availability.
- All safari transport & game drives and services of English speaking driver/guide.
- 8 nights’ accommodation as described or similar
- Meals as described
- All park fees
- Guiding fees
- All airport transfers
- Domestic flight Serengeti – Zanzibar
- Transport as described
- Filter water at all times in your vehicle
- International airfare
- Visas costs and charges
- Health and travel Insurance.
- Excess baggage charges
- Optional activities
- Meals not specified
- Airport taxes.
- Alcohol and other drinks beverages at hotels and lodges.
- Laundry charges.
- All Items of personal nature.
- Tips and gratuities
Important: The itinerary and schedule are subject to change due to weather, road condition and operating conditions. In any case the guide has the RIGHT to change the program for the safety and convenience of the travelers.