Romantic Getaway TWO WEEKS
ALL OUR TOURS CAN BE TAYLOR MADE. THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A POSSIBLE CUSTOMIZATION FOR A DREAM HONEYMOON. IT OFFERS A LUXURIOUS 8 DAYS SAFARI FOLLOWED BY SOME NIGHTS IN THE PARADISIAC ISLAND OF ZANZIBAR. A LUXURIOUS AND UNFORGETTABLE JOURNEY.
Day 0: ARRIVAL
Pickup from Arusha or Kilimanjaro airport and transfer to Karama Lodge and Spa, a unique and beautiful lodge with a rustic, yet comfortable, ambiance providing a personalized service in a relaxing atmosphere. It is a peaceful secluded respite where you can enjoy the beauty around you to the sounds of the surrounding forest.
DAY 1: ARUSHA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast in hotel, depart to Arusha National park. One of the most interesting things about this park are the gorgeous landscapes. Though small, one can see three distinct landscapes at one given time. In the west, the second highest peak of Tanzania, Mount Meru, to the south-east, the grassland of Ngurdoto Crater, and to the north-east, the shallow Momella alkaline Lakes.
Arusha National Park provides unique safari experiences, allowing you to enjoy a rare and excitement walking safari as well as a fantastic canoe safari, which will bring you memories you will never forget.
In the afternoon, transfer to the beautiful Tarangire Safari Lodge.
DAY 2: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast depart for Tarangire National Park. Full day game drive in Tarangire National Park. Tarangire has a diverse landscape, with nine vegetation zones. Ancient Baobab trees (the largest trees in Africa) dot the landscape dwarfing the animals that feed beneath them. The Tarangire River, that meanders through the park attracts an abundance of wildlife, from elephants, lions, leopards, buffalos, zebras, giraffes, antelopes to a variety of colorful birds. The park is very famous for having the greatest elephant population in Tanzania, and during a safari there you will have the chance of quietly observing many families of elephants interacting. With a stop for a picnic lunch in an observatory inside the park where you will be able to view animals drinking water in the river (and many times lions attacking a thirsty zebra or wildebeest), continue game viewing and finally return to campsite for dinner.
Possibility for a night game drive in Tarangire.
Overnight at the beautiful Tarangire Safari Lodge.
DAY 3: Lake Manyara National Park
Depart after breakfast and drive across the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a full day game drive. Although only 205 sq. miles in size this enchanting park is noted for its beauty and incredibly lush acacia forest of giant fig and mahogany trees, which are home to troops of baboons and blue monkeys. The park is also home to a large numbers of buffalos, giraffes, elephants, impalas and a Hippo lake, where large numbers of hippos usually gather. Well known for its birds (over 400 different species), Lake Manyara is one of the few places where you’ll be able to see the Ground Hornbill and the Crested Eagle. This park has become famous for the the climbing lions and the flamingos in the lake shore. The landscapes of these park are absolutely stunning, very different from the Serengeti for example. The game drives are done along the shore of the lake, providing incredible views of giraffes and buffalos in the foreground with the lake, flamingos and flat plains in the horizon. Great photo opportunities! In the afternoon, return to campsite for dinner.
Extra tour recommended: Bycicle ride in Lake Manyara.
Overnight at Manyara Wildlife Safari Camp. This camp has ten luxurious canvas tented lodgings and sixteen self-contained cottages, all with private balconies overlooking the real Africa, majestic, unfiltered and unadorned. Their Honeymoon suite is particularly impressive, with two private viewing decks, Jacuzzi bathtub and King Size bed with rich furnishings including luxury bathrobes.
DAY 4: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
Today you’re off to the famous Serengeti National Park, home of the Great Migration. Your drive today is spectacular as you drive up the crater highlands, stopping at the rim for a birds-eye view of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Continuing on, as you crest the hillside, spread out before you, as far as the eyes can see, is the vast Serengeti. Serengeti mean “endless plains” in Kiswahili and this 6,900 sq. mile (18,000 sq. km) park is inhabited by more than 2 million large animals including more than a million wildebeest, hundreds of thousands of plains zebras, and Thomson’s gazelles. Large predators including lions, cheetahs, and hyenas are drawn to the area by this abundance of prey which migrate throughout the park. Many smaller animals like rock hyrax, bat eared foxes, mongoose, honey badger, jackals, monkeys, baboons and African hares also inhabit the area along with nearly 500 species of birds.
On the way into the Serengeti, option to stop at the famous Oldupai Gorge, where Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey made their discovery of the first man that walked the earth. After attending a short lecture describing the archeological digs and geology of the gorge, you’ll have time to visit the small museum. After enjoying lunch, you will depart on an afternoon game drive in the Serengeti.
Overnight at Ang’ata Lodge. Large tents and a comfortable lounge will ensure you enjoy your free time at Ang’ata Serengeti. Their chefs will make sure you enjoy not only the sights and sounds of the Serengeti but also the taste of their outstanding cuisine and will happily organize a bush lunch in the middle of the wilderness, the ultimate wildlife experience just for you.
DAY 5: SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast full day in Serengeti National Park(morning and afternoon game drives).
Extra tour recommended: The wonderful balloon flight over the Serengeti plains.
Overnight at Ang’ata Serengeti Lodge.
DAY 6: SERENGETI TO NGORONGORO
Today you will wake up very early to do an early morning safari before breakfast, to spot the animals when they are more active and also to have a fantastic sun rise in front of you. The sunrise in the african Savannah is one of the most beautiful experiences one can have. After the game drive, return to the camp for brunch. In the afternoon, transfer to Ngorongoro, the 8th natural wonder of the world. With walls 2,000 ft high and a crater floor that spreads for 102 sq. miles, the crater is a virtual Noah’s Ark, inhabited by almost every species of wildlife indigenous to East Africa including the rare black rhino. In fact, the crater has the greatest concentration of wild life in the planet. It contains a river, several swamps, a soda lake that, from the top, looks like steam, full of flamingoes, a forest and open plains. The large bull elephants that reside here have extremely large tusk, due to the rich mineral content of the volcanic soil and its grasses. They are the most incredible elephants you’ll ever see in your life.
Arrival in Ngorongoro in the afternoon. Possibility for an afternoon walking safari in Ngorongoro highlands.
Overnight at Ngorongoro Wildlife Lodge, located on the rim of the crater and where all the rooms have beautiful views over the crater.
DAY 7: NGORONGORO CRATER
Very early in the morning, descend down to the crater floor for a day of wildlife viewing in one of the most incredible places on Earth. After a stop for a picnic lunch near the hippo lake, and more wildlife viewing in the afternoon, drive up the steep road out of the crater and return to Arusha.
Overnight in a romantic bungalow in L’oasis Lodge. This hotel has African Style rooms, a lovely swimming pool, some of the best food in the country and staff that is always with a smile on their faces. The hotel is home to some rare animals like a stunning crowned crane that likes to sit next to the guests. Everything feels like Africa here.
DAY 8: OLDONYO SAMBU MAASAI VILLAGE
After breakfast in the hotel, transfer to Oldonyo Sambu Maasai Village: This is a traditional Maasai Village 40km away from Arusha and not a touristic show at all. In fact, many visitors to Tanzania consider this visit to be the greatest highlight of their trip. During the tour, you will be guided by a Maasai Chief, who will show you the village, how the Maasai live, their habits, how they cook, how they take care of livestock, what and how they study, dance, etc. Opportunity to watch the village women perform a local traditional dance. The whole experience provides fantastic photo opportunities.
In the afternoon, transfer to the airport and fly to the exotic island of Zanzibar. Transfer to Nungwi, home to some of the most paradisiac beaches in the world. Overnight at the luxurious Z Hotel.
This chic, boutique hotel situated in a secluded plot on the corner of an idyllic beach in Nungwi, is located on the northern tip of Zanzibar. It blends elegant, contemporary design with traditional Zanzibari features to create a unique cool and relaxing environment.Set in a lush, tropical garden with direct access to the white powder beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, the Z hotel has been finished to a high specification by an international team of architects and interior designers: each room has floor to ceiling glass doors leading onto a balcony which looks out across the Ocean. All rooms feature LCD TVs, DSTV cable television, Philippe Starck furniture and Wifi in all public areas, inc. pool, reception and restaurants.
The stay in Zanzibar can last as many days as desired, though we recommend at least 3 nights. Possibility to organize tours to the exotic city of Stone Town: A fusion of Arabic, European, African and Indian cultures famous for the birthplace of Freddie Mercury, labyrinthic streets, local markets and, of course, the famous spices. During your time in Zanzibar, we can also organize diving and snorkeling experiences or Padi courses.
After your stay in Zanzibar, we will transfer you to the airport to connect to your international flight out of Tanzania. On your flight back home, you will be able to organize all your memories and feelings of this once in a lifetime journey that will forever keep its place in your heart.
This tour can depart any day of the year.
- Submitted On : 11 Jun 2014