• Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton
    Sydney Australia - credit Jackie Appleton

The Tanzania Beach and Safari Sandwich

A mixture of beach and wildlife covering one of Africa’s iconic destinations.

Summary

The Tanzania Beach and Safari Sandwich

The great thing about this sandwich is that you can reverse the “filling” to have either the safari or the beach in the middle. It also a wonderful answer to those of you that want to mix your stay in this fascinating country, but have never been on safari and are not too sure how long you want to spend out in the bush. This option allows you to have a taste without committing to whole holiday of safari.

Day 1: Zanzibar

Day 7: Arusha

Day 8: Tarangire

Day 9: Ngorongoro

Day 11: Serengeti

Day 13: Lake Manyara

Day 14: Pemba island

Day 20: Depart Pemba

Description

Description

Below is a suggested itinerary that will take you to the World famous parts of Tanzania and some that are off the beaten track.

Day 1: Zanzibar

Zanzibar has much to offer as well as some of the best snorkelling and diving in the region. Most water sports are catered for at Lodges at the higher end of the market or can be arranged when there. Alternative there are trips to the spice farms on the island and a huge variety are grown here. Perhaps add on a trip to swim with the dolphins on the north coast of the island.

Stone Town is fascinating both architecturally and historically. For centuries it was the centre for the slave trade to the Middle East and was a powerful sultanate that controlled much of the trade in East Africa. The museum of the slave trade is moving and well worth a visit. The town itself is narrow winding place that you can feel lost in very quickly. The doors on the various town houses are ornate and fascinating. Certainly having a sundowner overlooking the harbour is a must and, for the daring, have your supper down in the harbour – an experience of taste, fun and “real” Africa.

Six nights Zanzibar

Day 7: Arusha

Today, fly to Arusha in North Tanzania. If you’re lucky Mount Kilimanjaro might be out from the clouds whilst you are here in the North of Tanzania. It does make a good backdrop in some locations.

One night Arusha

 Day 8: Tarangire

Depart for Tarangire National Park, named after the river that flows through the length of the park and provides a constant water source for the thousands of animals making their home here. Enjoy a late afternoon game drive. Tarangire is famous for good herds of elephants and buffalo and its Baobab trees. The river will be a magnet for the animals at most times of the year as other sources of water often have dried up. 

One night Tarangire

Day 9: Ngorongoro

Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. Mornings are a great time to see wildlife as most are active and some of the night animals are still to be found. After breakfast, depart Tarangire and drive over to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, allegedly the birthplace of man. It is also home to the unique intact caldera, the Ngorongoro Crater. Whilst the big game is mostly in the crater, the rim has an abundance of monkeys, baboons and small antelope. Descend 2000 feet below the rim of the crater for game viewing. The crater is home to abundant game, including the “Big Five,” plus black rhino, jackal and Cape buffalo.

Two nights Ngorongoro

Day 11: Serengeti

This morning drive to Ol Duvai Gorge for a short visit to the site of the remains of prehistoric “Nutcracker man.” You will then continue your journey to one of the world’s best-known parks, the Serengeti. Named after the Masai word, “Siringet” for endless plains of short and long grass, the Serengeti is well known for its large prides of lion, cheetah and packs of wild dog and for nearly a million or so wildebeest, zebra and other antelope that migrate around this Park and the Masai Mara in Kenya. Later in the afternoon, enjoy a game viewing drive.

Two nights Serengeti

Day 13: Lake Manyara

After breakfast you will drive to Lake Manyara National Park via Ngorongoro conservation area. This Park is located on the edge of the Rift Valley and one of the hotels has views down in to the Park. Lake Manyara is home to numerous birds, elephant, its famous tree-climbing lions (to get away from the flies), hippos and buffaloes.

One night Lake Manyara

Day 14: Pemba Island

Enjoy an early morning game drive before breakfast. Later you will drive back to Arusha for a flight to Pemba Island.  This island is well off the usual tourist track and is famous for supplying about a quarter of the world’s cloves. The sea and the coral are protected and should be in very good condition and ideal for snorkelling and diving.

Six nights Pemba Island

Day 20: Depart Pemba

Today you’ll return to the airport for the onward or homeward journey.

Leopard 2 - PE

Courtesy of Peter Ellis


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Courtesy of Peter Ellis


Elephant drinking - PE

Courtesy of Peter Ellis


Lion 3 - PE

Courtesy of Peter Ellis

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Little Gems

Watching the Wilderbeest migrate across the sea of grass in the Serengeti.

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