This trip was originally tailor made for someone who used to live in Tanzania when they were children, now more than 25 years ago. So this trip is for remembering the life she loved at the time, see the changes that have happened in the country, and explore so many yet unseen places.
This trip takes you to the most popular tourist places as well as the forgotten ones. This trip is a trip to remember – an experience you will never forget.
You get the best of everything, but you really need the time in the end for relaxation, because this trip is long, and all the new impressions and emotions will exhaust you.
Day by day description:
Day 1 – Arrival
You will be picked up at the airport of your driver/guide. Together you will plan tomorrow, so that you are ready for tomorrow’s adventures. Tonight you will sleep in a hotel close to the airport en route for tomorrow’s destination.
Day 2 – Lake Manyara National Park
After breakfast, we drive to the salt lake of Manyara. The lake, covered with beautiful pink flamingoes gives you a calm and romantic feeling. But Lake Manyara National Park is not only known by its flamingoes but also its tree climbing lions, baboon troops and elephants. Tonight you sleep and dine at the nice lodge close to Ngorongoro Crater, ready for tomorrow’s adventures.
Day 3 – Ngorongoro crater
After an early breakfast at day break, we drive down to the Ngorongoro crater, which used to be an enormous volcano. This unique crater is around 20 km in diameter and over 600 meters deep and encompasses a nature conservation area full of elephants, zebras, lions and other animals. The half nomadic Maasai tribe often comes to the crater to grace their cows. Around mid day you will have to leave the crater, and then you head for the famous Serengeti, ready for the magnificent views of the multitude of wildlife. On the way, we pass through the Olduvai Gorge, the cradle of mankind, where the oldest known remains of our forefathers was found. Tonight you will enjoy your relaxing stay at Ikoma Bush Camp inside Serengeti National Park.
Day 4 – From Serengeti to Musoma
On your drive through Serengeti on your way to Musoma, - your childhood village we will try to get as close to the wild animals as possible and learn about their habits. If the season is right, our main aim will be to see the migration – a spectacle of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomsons gazelle on their yearly pilgrimage. Tonight you will stay at one of the local hotels.
Day 5 – Musoma
Today you will explore this small town; see if you can recognize anything from when you were here 25 years ago. See the development, and meet your old neighbors. Tonight you will stay at one of the local hotels.
Day 6 – Mwanza
This day you will go for a full day sightseeing in Tanzania’s second biggest town, a beautiful town situated by the southern coast of Lake Victoria. Tonight you will stay at one of the local hotels.
Day 7 – Long drive to Singida
Today’s drive will be on an exciting, adventurous road that will show you some different parts of the culture. You will see the difference between the town people, the inland villagers and the mountain/highland people. Today’s final destination is a mountain village called Singida. A local hotel will accommodate you, but be ware of the low temperatures here up in the mountains.
Day 8 – Bush route to Ruaha
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive towards and into the largest national park in Tanzania, Ruaha. More than 20.000 km2, it’s larger, more wild and unspoiled than its more known “little brother” in the North – Serengeti. This day you have a full day on the road that reminds you about being “in the middle of nowhere”. You will be driving through Rungwe Game Reserve before reaching Ruaha National Park from the northern entrance.
Day 9 – Ruaha National Park
After breakfast at the hotel, we drive towards and into the largest national park in Tanzania, Ruaha. More than 20.000 km2, it’s larger, more wild and unspoiled than its more known “little brother” in the North – Serengeti. An afternoon game drive will make sure you understand the difference between the two very different parks, and their environment. Even the animals’ act differently to the two legged, or four wheeled intruders. Tonight you will enjoy sleep in one of the luxury lodges inside the national park. This lodge and national park may be the highlight of your journey, and tonight you will definitely feel you got good value for the money spent on this vacation.
Day 10 – Ruaha National Park
Today you will enjoy a full day of exciting game drive in Ruaha. You will early recognize one of the specialities of this park, its enormous elephants, both in size and in numbers. You will see a lot of hippos and crocodiles along the Great Ruaha River, where we’ll have a picnic lunch. Today you may also go for a walking safari in the Forrest like nature of Ruaha. Again you will enjoy the night in the luxurious lodge.
Day 11 – Ruaha National Park
After an early game drive you enjoy a nice picnic lunch. After lunch you will head out of the park boarders to visit a Maasai village to see some of their culture, and visit the local marked. In the afternoon we go to Tungamalenga, a village some 10 km outside the park. Here we spend the night at the Tungamalenga Lodge and enjoy some traditional dancing at night from the local Wahehe tribe.
Day 12 – Iringa
Today you drive back to Iringa town straight after breakfast. A small village outside town is the home of a well organized orphanage, run by a Norwegian lady. Today you will see, and learn about the inspiring work done in the local community. The orphanage will accommodate you in their facilities.
Day 13 – Mikumi National Park
After 10 days on the road and several national parks visited I am sure you will still love to take a stopover at Mikumi National Park since it is already en route to your final destination. Today you can choose between goings straight to the park, or if you are reptile lovers then a visit to Mikumi Snake Park would suit you perfectly.
Day 14 – Bush to beach
After an early morning safari it is time to head for one of Tanzania’s most precious beaches. You will arrive some time after dark, depending on the hectic traffic in Dar es Salaam
Day 15 to 17 – Relaxing beach life
Waking up to the view of an incredible beautiful sunrise, from your bed… The coming days is for enjoying a swim or snorkelling in the Indian ocean, sun bathing on the 2,5 km incredible white sand beach, or to get a closer feeling of the village life of the coastal people.
Day 18 – Fly to Zanzibar
A morning plane take you the 20 minutes plane ride in low height with a view of the sandbanks covered by the low tide. You will be picked up at the airport, and taken to your beautiful hotel Mtoni Marine – close to Stone Town, the heart of Zanzibar.
Day 19 – Safari Blue
Today you set sail for the wonders of the Indian Ocean, a full day on a dhow, an old Arab sail boat. Most days you can be lucky to get the shy dolphins jumping and playing, racing the boat while escorting you for some time. Exploring the mangroves with a dugout canoe, exploring the exotic snorkelling paradise and enjoying a delicious lunch with wonders from the sea and exotic fruits are just some of the activities you can enjoy today. When you again reach land you will be taken back to the hotel where you can get some rest.
Day 20 – Enjoy the peace at Zanzibar
This day is giving you time to pure relaxation. If you easily get bored there is still plenty of activity options you can book directly through the hotel, or just go for a town exploration by yourself. You can safely (during daylight) move freely in Stone Town which is only a short half hour walk from the hotel. Alternatively you can just book a taxi from the hotel reception (or get the phone number of your guide that will be more than happy to assist/take you). In the evening we recommend you to take a short taxi ride to Mercury Bar, named after the rock legend Freddie Mercury. The bar offers a comfortable atmosphere with a fresh breeze from the sea that rolls up on the beach right under your feet, in addition to delicious food and drinks.
Day 21 – Swimming with dolphins
After an early solid breakfast you will be taken to the southern part of the island. Another day on the ocean where you will be “hunting” for the big herds of bottle-nosed and humpback dolphins which in the early morning can be found a short boat trip from the shore. Today you will meet the social dolphins and actually get to swim with them, and some are lucky enough to get to play with them. After the dolphin safari you may need to stretch your muscles after your tough exercising before going to lunch. After lunch you go for a three hours guided tour to Jozeani natural forest (it is the only natural forest in Zanzibar); which is the home for the rare red colobus monkeys. The smaller trees and shrubs make several sub canopies under the highest canopy. You will walk through the nature trail of the forest, which is a habitat for many species of animals.
Day 22 to 26 – “Your home away from home!”
After checking out of the hotel, you will be transported to the port where you are ready for a two and a half hour by boat to Dar es Salaam. When you reach Dar es Salaam you will be met by one of our drivers that will take you back to The Lighthouse Beach Resort,- “Your home away from home!” Again you get the chance to enjoy the beautiful beach, quiet surroundings and the culture of the coast people. You’ll arrive just in time to check in before the traditional afternoon snack on top of the roof top veranda with a sunset view. A mouth watering dinner will be served in the lighthouse restaurant in the evening. Now your last five nights in Tanzania will be spent in this private paradise.
Day 27 – Guided tour in Dar es Salaam
Leaving the relaxing beach life to the hectic city life your guided tour take you through town from the fish market, passing the state house and other gems of the city before reaching the textile market and the famous wood carvers market. Tonight you will enjoy a nice dinner at a restaurant of your choice before you will be taken to the airport for goodbyes and departure. – Karibu tena! Welcome again!
This tailor made trip is made with thanks to our group of guests in December/January 2010/2011