Savannahs & Sands tour

Savannahs & Sands tour

Tour Experience

10-day tour of the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and then a short stay on Zanzibar Island

Available

All year round departing on Saturdays

Location

Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar

A perfect mix of wildlife and relaxation, this tour combines the amazing wildlife of the Serengeti National Park with the relaxing tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island, and offers a great introduction to Tanzania.

Arriving in Nairobi we head south across the border to Arusha, gateway to the wildlife heart or Tanzania. From here we head out on a three day safari to the Serengeti National Park, making stops at the Ngorongoro crater, home to an unrivalled density or wildlife, and Olduvai Gorge, birth place of man. We also visit Lake Manyara and take the opportunity for plenty of game drives at each location.

After our wildlife experience we head towards the Zanzibar and the coast, via the mountain town of Lushoto, where there is a chance to do some walking through some spectacular mountain scenery. We spend the last three days of our tour relaxing on the tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island. There is plenty to do including historic Stone Town, markets, spice tours, swimming, snorkelling or just a bit of sunbathing. We finish with a transfer back to Dar es Salaam for your flight home.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 9 night's accommodation in hotels/lodges/guesthouses/camps
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals: 9 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 9 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights (available on request)
  • Visa fees if required
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1, Nairobi to Arusha

Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. Our base for this evening will be in Arusha where this afternoon we will make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.
We leave Nairobi this morning so we recommend you arrive at least 1 day pre-tour. If you need help in booking extra nights and airport transfers we can assist with this.
Route Nairobi to Arusha. ±290km
Optional Activities Extra night pre-tour in Nairobi, Nairobi Airport Transfers, Single Supplement, Activity Package
| OVERNIGHT
Ndoro Lodge
| MEALS
Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Single room supplement (KEOVSS), Extra day in Nairobi – pre-tour, Options available while on tour, Arrival airport transfer in Nairobi, Activity Package – Savannahs & Sands (The optional Activity Package is available for an extra fee, please contact us for details and prices)

DAY 2, Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari

The following days are set aside for a 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.
Note The campsites we visit are fully owned by the Tanzania National Parks Board. Over 90,000 tourists visit the Serengeti National Park annually. These facilities are sadly not sufficiently maintained by the Parks Board and we have attempted to offer our services to improve the situation, however our offers were not accepted. We do ask that you have an open mind when visiting the ablutions in the Serengeti National Park. Please supply your own wet wipes and toilet paper.
Note For those who have not purchased the Activity Package, you will remain behind at the accommodation establishment in Arusha. From here you will be able to participate in various optional activities including a visit to the Arusha National Park (day trip), Lake Manyara National Park (day trip), Maasai overnight stay or a visit to the Tarangire National Park.
Activity Package 4-day Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater excursion
Optional Activity Hot Air Ballooning over the Serengeti
| OVERNIGHT
Seronera Campsite
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Options available while on tour, Activity Package – Savannahs & Sands

DAY 3, Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari

The whole day today is spent game driving through the Serengeti, with our exact route dependent on the movement of the game and recent sightings.
| OVERNIGHT
Seronera Campsite
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Activity Package – Savannahs & Sands

DAY 4, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion

We’ll explore more of the Serengeti on safari today before descending to the bottom of the famous Ngorongoro Crater where we’ll aim to see as many different animals as possible.
| OVERNIGHT
Simba Campsite
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Activity Package – Savannahs & Sands

DAY 5, Serengeti to Arusha

For the members of the group who visited the Serengeti, you’ll meet back up with the truck in Arusha today where you can share memories with the other members of the group. This evening will be spent in Arusha.
| OVERNIGHT
Ndoro Lodge
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6, Bagamayo

We leave Arusha early and head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the beach. Tonight we will prepare for the Zanzibar excursion.
| OVERNIGHT
Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7, Zanzibar Excursion

Its a short drive down to Dar es Salaam, where we will be dropped off at the local ferry port and will take a ferry from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture of this World Heritage Site. There are also fascinating spice and seafood markets to be explored.
Route Dar-es-Salaam – Zanzibar (ferry)
Included Highlight Zanzibar Excursion, Spice tour and city tour
| OVERNIGHT
Stone Town, Ocean View Hotel
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 8, Zanzibar beaches

This morning we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach. There are a wide range of activities and options available to take advantage of your location here, from fantastic snorkelling and water based activities to spice tours on the island itself.
Route Stone Town to Nungwi Beach ± 60-70km
Optional activities Lunches, Spice tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.
| OVERNIGHT
Amaan Bungalows
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Options available while on tour

DAY 9, Zanzibar beaches

Today is another free day by the beach.
Optional activities Lunches, Spice tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.
| OVERNIGHT
Amaan Bungalows
| MEALS
Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS
Options available while on tour

DAY 10, Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.
Note – Your tour will come to an end once you arrive into Dar es Salaam. We recommend that you book at least 1 more night post-tour rather than flying out this evening incase of any delays. We can help you in organising extra nights if required.
Route Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 60-70km; Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry
| OVERNIGHT
N/A
| MEALS
Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS
Extra day in Dar es Salaam – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam

DURATION

10 Days

Price

A$2554

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