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Tanzania: Serengeti Safari and Zanzibar - Itinerary
DATES 

March 2 - 11, 2020
10 Days / 9 Nights
Tour starts and ends in Kilimanjaro International Airport

$6,600 per person/ double occupancy
$2,180 optional single supplement
Additional nights: $340 single or $460 double room (including airport transfer) 
Includes all fees and taxes

TOUR DIRECTOR 
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This tour starts on Monday, March 2, 2020 in Kilimanjaro International Airport
We'll be having welcome dinner at 7:00PM on March 2, 2020, so if your flight arrives after 5:00PM that afternoon, you may miss it.

Day 1: Arrival in Kilimanjaro 

On arrival at the Kilimanjaro International Airport, you will be welcomed by our guide, offered assistance with Tanzanian visa, and transferred to Lake Duluti Lodge, where you can rest and relax after your long flight. Nestled at the foot of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, our first night in Tanzania will be spent on a coffee plantation on the shores of tranquil Lake Duluti. Lake Duluti Lodge is a peaceful country retreat, with only 18 beautifully designed African ‘kibandas’ (chalets) with private decks looking out to the lake. The lodge offers canoeing on Lake Duluti, hiking, bird watching, scenic walks, and tours of the coffee plantation. There is also a swimming pool, a lounge, a library, restaurant and a boutique gift shop. In the evening, you'll meet the rest of the group for our Welcome Dinner under the African stars.
Meals: Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Duluti Lodge

Day 2: Arusha - Ndutu 

In the morning, we'll transfer to Arusha Airport for our bush plane flight to Lake Ndutu. On arrival in the Serengeti's Lake Ndutu, we'll meet our ranger guides at the landing strip and transfer to Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge, just in time for lunch. This solar powered, eco-friendly lodge consists of luxury tented accommodations on raised wooden platforms, nestled underneath makuti (palm fronds) roofing for shade and featuring private terraces overlooking Lake Ndutu and the iconic African landscape dotted with acacia trees. In the afternoon, we'll enjoy our first game drive in open-sided safari vehicles. Lake Ndutu is famous for its off-track drives, which will allow us to get closer to the wildlife than in other park locations. We are likely to see lions, cheetahs, leopards, zebras, wildebeest, flamingos, elephants and hyenas. After sunset, we'll return to the lodge and enjoy dinner at the lodge's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater 

Today, we'll descend through the early morning mists 2,000 feet down into the Ngorongoro Crater for an awesome wildlife experience. The Ngorongoro Crater, one of the great natural wonders of the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is a remnant of an ancient volcano with one of the greatest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. It features the world's largest unbroken volcanic caldera with sides so steep that it has become a natural enclosure for a wide variety of wildlife. Deep within the crater, enclosed by towering walls, some 25,000 large mammals wander the plains, lakes and forests, dominated by enormous bull elephants, rhinos and lions. This area is also the location known as the Cradle of Mankind, and is the location of the prehistoric site of Olduvai Gorge which was occupied by Homo habilis 1.9 million years ago, by Homo erectus 1.2 million years ago and by Homo sapiens 17,000 years ago. Half way through the game drive, we'll stop at a scenic spot by a lake, where we can watch hippos playing in the water and savor a picnic lunch. On the way back to the lodge, we'll visit a Maasai village to learn about the tribe's unique culture, its connection to the Serengeti animals and to witness the Maasai dance, before returning for dinner at the lodge in the late afternoon.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Day 4: Lake Ndutu Safari 

Today, we'll spend the full day on game drives, tracking wildlife in the Lake Ndutu area and in the Serengeti Plains. The open plains surrounding the lodge afford spectacular views of the great migration of wildebeest, zebra, gazelles and their predators, and we'll be able to observe and photograph the wildlife at leisure. As enduring as the game-viewing can be, we are sure to be in awe of the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains. Today's meals will be served at the lodge's restaurant.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Day 5: Serengeti Central Valley 

After breakfast, we'll set out in our safari vehicles to Serengeti National Park's Central Valley where the grasslands and savannah sustain a huge animal population and are world-famous for the Great Wildebeest Migration. Tirelessly following almost the same pattern each year, the animals take an amazing yearlong 1,800-mile clockwise trek, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators. Known as the “greatest spectacle in the natural world”, the horizon fills with thousands of animals. Some fall prey to the giant crocodiles as they plunge through the rivers, while predators stalk others on the run. Golden-maned lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas, elephants, jackals and wild dogs are just a few of the species that live in the massive park. Halfway through the day, we'll enjoy a picnic lunch, and we'll return to the lodge in the late afternoon to relax over dinner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Lake Ndutu Luxury Tented Lodge

Day 6: Ndutu - Zanzibar 

This morning, we'll leave the Serengeti and transfer to Lake Ndutu airstrip for our flight to Zanzibar. On arrival in Stone Town, we'll be met by our driver and transferred to the Park Hyatt Hotel, where we'll spend the next four nights. Zanzibar’s allure is legendary. One of East Africa’s great trading centers, the archipelago has been for centuries at the crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences, where Africa, India and Arabia meet. It is the fabled Spice Island and a one-time center for the slave trade. Zanzibar’s capital, Stone Town, seems to have stepped out of the Arabian Nights, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares, edged by fine, white-sand beaches and the fifty shades of blue Indian Ocean. In the afternoon, we will get introduced to Stone Town during the walking tour of the famous town, where time appears to stand still. Visiting the House of Wonders, the Palace Museum, Dr. Livingstone's House and the Arab Fort will allow us a fascinating look at the essence of Zanzibar. We'll also see Stone Town's market, winding alleyways, ornately carved and studded doors, two cathedrals and countless mosques. For a different insight into the city's colorful history and vibrant culture, we'll round off the day with a visit to the site of Sultan Barghash's harem at Marahubi. Stone Town has excellent gifts shops with plenty of local handicrafts to choose from, and the evening will be free to enjoy the the town according to your individual interests.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Park Hyatt Zanzibar Hotel

Day 7: Spice Plantation and Cultural Village Tour 

Zanzibar and Spice is a romantic entanglement that dates back to the 16th century, and the history of Zanzibar would be incomplete without cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, pepper and many other spices which created prosperity for the Sultans of Oman, but also started the infamous slave trade. Spices and herbs were the foundation of the Golden Age of Zanzibar, and even today, spices are an essential ingredient in Zanzibar's everyday life. This morning, we'll visit the colorful spice plantation: we'll watch spice farm workers climb trees, seek out specific plants and cuts of bark, then letting us see, feel and taste everything. We'll learn all there is to know about spices: their cultivation, varieties, preparation for consumption and their uses in cooking and in cosmetics. Afterwards, we'll have a traditional Swahili lunch, and we'll taste the difference that spices make in food. We'll also have a chance to sample the exotic fruits of Zanzibar. After lunch, we'll set out for a cultural tour of some of the island's villages to get a glimpse of the traditions of the Zanzibaris: from a beach community of Pwani harvesting seaweed to the Mchangani village specializing in cultivation of coconuts and the Mgapwani village and its poignant Coral Cave, known as the place which housed& African slaves from the continent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Zanzibar Hotel

Day 8: Safari Blue 

This morning, we'll set out for a signature Zanzibar experience: the Safari Blue. Using African dhows, traditional boats hand-built with mahogany wood, we'll travel to the sandbanks, islands and the coral reefs of the Menai Bay conservation area to swim and snorkel around a pristine coral reef which teems with tropical fish and sea life. Instruction will be available for beginners, and fresh coconuts and local snacks will be served throughout the day. After snorkeling, we'll enjoy our "desert island" buffet lunch, accompanied by local entertainment, then we'll explore Kwale Island to swim in the natural lagoon surrounded by mangrove forests. As we sail back to the shore on a ngalawa, a canoe carved from a single mango tree, we'll look for humpback and bottlenose dolphins and admire the splendor of the African sunset.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Zanzibar Hotel

Day 9: Jozani Forest 

After a free morning, we'll set out in the afternoon on another Zanzibar adventure. We'll travel to Jozani Forest, the world's last remaining sanctuary of the red colobus monkeys. Accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide, we'll follow the pathways of the forest for wonderful opportunities to photograph these rare animals. Afterwards, we'll visit the mangrove swamp and walk around the Mangrove Forest, and we'll end the day with the Farewell to Africa dinner at the iconic Rock Restaurant, precariously set atop a coral rock rising from the ocean. 
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodations: Park Hyatt Zanzibar Hotel

Day 10: Zanzibar - Kilimanjaro International Airport  

After the free morning for relaxing on the beach or last minute shopping, we’ll have a group transfer to Zanzibar Airport for our flight to Arusha, where we'll transfer to Kilimanjaro International Airport for our flights back home.
Meals: Breakfast

The tour ends in the afternoon of Wednesday, March 11, 2020
at the Kilimanjaro International Airport. Your flight will most likely be leaving in the evening.

Itinerary specifics subject to change.

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