Tanzania - Discover Tanzania Safari & Dive Package

Discover Tanzania Safari zebrasZanzibar is a true tropical island, with superb weather all year round. Like the words Timbuktu or Casablanca, the name Zanzibar conjures up thoughts of romance, adventure and daydreams. The lure of Zanzibar is legendary, from exotic Stone Town with its fascinating labyrinths of narrow streets, to palm fringed beaches and pristine coral reefs. Zanzibar has something for everyone.

 

This romantic paradise island is situated in the Indian Ocean, about 35km off the coast of Tanzania. Zanzibar remains wonderfully unspoilt; it's an idyllic mix of palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas with a strong Arabic influence. It's the largest coral island off the coast of Africa, where centuries-old sailing dhows still sail in azure waters, ornately carved wooden doors still decorates its homes, and the scent of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg abound, giving Zanzibar the nickname "Island of Spices". If your idea of heaven is to lie on the most perfect of perfect beaches, undisturbed by anything more than the occasional hermit crab, you'll find picturesque long pristine white beaches that are gently caressed by turquoise waters or tiny abandoned coves where you can forget that the rest of the world exists. The only effort required will be to stir and to flop into the bath-warm sea.

 

Pemba Island is the ultimate diving destination! Diving off tropical Pemba is among the most spectacular to be found. It is characterized by dramatic clear, blue water drop-offs along with pristine shallow reefs. Hard and soft coral gardens are alive with schools of marine life, as well as the opportunity to explore several truly native island villages, virtually untouched by modern civilization.

 

Tanzania Safari - giraffeMarlins, Sailfish, Tuna, Wahoo, Turtles, Manta Rays and Dolphins are some of the morefamous residents of the Pemba channel. The Pemba channel separates Shimoni in Kenya from Pemba Island. The channel runs deep until it approaches the Pemba coastline and then begins a dramatic rise to create sheer wall off the coast. The western side is where the diving is conducted. Diving off tropical Pemba is among the most spectacular to be found in East Africa. At present the number of divers is small enough to ensure exclusive dive sites. It is the policy of the Commission for Tourism to protect Pemba 's marine resources and conservation areas are being designated to protect the reefs and islands. Spear fishing is illegal. Conditions here are ideal all year round, with the exception of May and June, which seasonally subjects to the long rains.

 

The famous Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site, since 1979, situated at the eastern edge of the Serengeti in northern Tanzania. The crater is the largest unbroken ancient caldera in the world. Nearly three million years old, the once-volcanic Ngorongoro is now considered "Africa's Garden of Eden" - a haven for thousands of wild game, including lions, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, rhinos, Thomson's gazelles and buffaloes. It is considered by some as the Eighth Natural Wonder of the World. The crater is ringed with steep walls and shelters forests, grasslands, fresh springs and a large soda lake at its center. The Ngorongoro volcano before it exploded and collapsed 2 million years ago, was one of the world's tallest mountains. The crater measures about 19 kilometres (12 miles) across and the rim is 600 metres (2,000 feet) above the crater floor.

 

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is inhabited by 30,000 animals, all protected within the confines of the crater walls. Resident zebra, wildebeest, Grants and Thomson's gazelle are a predator's dream. Tanzania's few remaining black rhino are protected and regularly sighted in the crater, as are large herds of buffalo. Huge tusked elephants, black-maned lions, cheetah and spotted hyena are also found, as well as thousands of lesser and greater flamingoes in the soda lake.

 

Tanzania SafariThe Maasai people live within the conservation area around the crater. Known as nomadic herders and warriors, a visit to these traditional, temporary villages "enkangs" is a highlight for all visitors to the area. Get a glimpse of their fascinating culture: see them in their bright red robes, watch as they create ornate beadwork and how they live off the land by utilizing cattle. The nomadic Maasai have grazing rights of the Ngorongoro Crater and treat cattle as a sign of wealth.

 

The magnificent Serengeti National Park is probably what most people envisage when they imagine "real" Africa. Wide-open plains teeming with wildlife, animals roaming freely in search of food and water and beautiful and dramatic landscapes as far as the eye can see - this is the heartbeat of the Serengeti. The Serengeti harbors the greatest remaining concentration of wild game in Africa and is home to the annual phenomenon where millions of herbivores migrate en masse across the plains of Tanzania.

 

"Serengeti" is derived from the Maasai word "Siringit" which means an extended place. The region is home to approximately a quarter of a million gazelles, two hundred thousand zebra and thousands of other herbivores, as well as huge prides of lion, high densities of cheetah and solitary leopards. The Serengeti region encompasses the Serengeti National Park itself, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and merges with the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.

 

The Serengeti's unique ecosystem and abundant flora and fauna have inspired writers, photographers and filmmakers and it's not difficult to see why. Considered the longest and greatest show on earth, the Great Migration takes place every year and is quite a spectacle to behold! The 800 kilometre-long trek begins suddenly in late May or early June, depending on the weather conditions. Millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle move away from the short grass plains between the Ngorongoro Highlands and Seronera and head towards the north and west in search of water and fresh grass. In their wake follow predators hungry for an easy kill: lion, cheetah, hyena and hunting dogs, which ensure that only the fittest of herbivores survive. Vultures and other birds of prey also descend upon the weak and dying, or scavenge on the kills left by the predators. The Migration moves west, then north crossing the Grumeti and Mara Rivers where hundreds more die through drowning, or being taken by predatory crocodiles. The survivors settle in the Western Corridor and northern reaches of the Serengeti and in the Masai Mara National Park in Kenya.

 

 

 

 

 

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Sample Itinerary

DAY 1:

  • Arrive in Zanzibar, where you will be met by your local Africa Tour representative. You will be transferred to your lodge of choice.

DAY 2, 3, 4:

  • Two dives per day with breakfast back at the hotel between your dives.

  • Relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches in the afternoon or why not explore this island that has so much to offer. Please speak to your local Africa tour representative to arrange any of the following Zanzibar Tours:

    • Jozani Monkey Forest

    • Kizimkazi village famous for dolphin encounters

    • Prison Island - definitely recommended!

DAY 5:

  • After breakfast we depart on a Stone town morning tour.

  • The guided tour will take you to the city market (opened 1904). Here you will be able to see and buy, tropical fruits and spices if you wish. You will also feel the pulse of Zanzibar and hear different dialects being spoken by the people at the market. We then proceed to the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1874 on the site of the old slave market. Visit the tiny and dingy room where the slaves were kept (Slave Chambers) before reaching the auction table in the Old slave market. You will then be driven or walk (optional) to the National Museum of Zanzibar (opened 1925) to see many interesting relics from the time of the Sultans and the early Explores. Then a drive along the beach road up to Forodhani Gardens where you will see:

    • Old British Consulate (the house where the body of late Dr. Livingstone was kept and later sent to Britain)

    • Arab Fort built (1700)

    • House of Wonders (built in 1883) National Museum of Zanzibar

    • High Court Building

    • Old German Consulate Africa House - (former English Club)

    • Tip Tip House

    • Kelele Square

    • Old British Consulate

    • Orphanage Home

    • Old Fort

    • House of Wonders (Current National Museum)

    • Sultan Palace (Palace Museum)

    • Custom House, Old Dispensary

    • Old Harbour

  • Afterwards a leisure walk through the narrow streets of Stone town (old part of Zanzibar town) where most of the houses date back to more than two hundred and fifty years. In this part of town you will find a lot of exotic small bazaars and shops. Meet Zanzibar People doing their local shopping. Finally you will be taken to Maruhubi Palace Ruins built by the third Sultan of Zanzibar in 1880 and Dr. Livingstone House built in 1866

  • For lunch we recommend Mtoni Marine Centre.

  • After lunch we take you on a Zanzibar Spice Tour.

    • Tropical fruits, spices and other rare species of plants are among the different vegetation to be seen in this guided tour. It is not only a tour but a rare experience to prove out why Zanzibar is referred to as the "Spice Island".

    • At Kizimbani Village you will visit Spice Farms to see smell and test varieties of Tropical fruits & Spices. Zanzibar offers many Fresh Spices including (cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, black peppers, roots gingers ,vanilla sticks, lemon grass , nutmeg) and many others, Tropical Fruits like jack fruit, bread fruit, pineapples, bananas, coconut, mangos, Malay apples ) and many others. Rare plants such as henna bush,Ylang Ylang (the perfume tree), anator (lipstick tree) are to be seen.

DAY 6:

  • After breakfast your local Africa Tour representative will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your departure to Pemba Island.
  • Arrive in Pemba , where you will be met your local Africa Tour representative. You will be transferred to Manta Reef lodge.
  • Manta Reef Lodge is situated on Pemba Island, off the Coast of Kenya and Tanzania. Caught between the tropical rainforest and the gentle blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Manta Reef is a unique wilderness resort. It is totally secluded, with access limited to sea and planes only - the ultimate in peace and tranquillity. The natural rustic open plan timber cabins are all sea facing with uninterrupted panoramic ocean views. The rooms all have en suite facilities with hot and cold running water. This unspoilt "bush & beach" wilderness is yours to experience on your own - never accommodate more than 20 guests.

DAY 7, 8, 9:

  • Two dives per day with breakfast back at the hotel between your dives.

  • Relax and enjoy the beautiful beaches in the afternoon. Speak to your local Africa Tour representative to arrange a city tour of Pemba.

  • For those wishing to experience adventure, there are plenty of excursions to join! Discover the hidden delights of the rainforest - the fauna & flora, the extensive rice plantations, fishing villages untouched by modern civilization or just take a relaxing stroll and explore the deserted beaches covered with sea shells. Excursions to the lighthouse and Ngezi forest can be arranged. The lighthouse with its fantastic views of the island, ocean and the Ngezi forest with its 150ft trees (now a protected forest) should surely not be missed.

DAY 10:

  • After breakfast your local Africa Tour representative will pick you up and transfer you to the airport for your departure to Arusha.

  • Arrive at Kilimanjaro airport, your local Africa Tour representative Hill transfer you to Arusha.

  • Overnight at lodge in Arusha

DAY 11:

  • Early departure for Tarangire in the morning, spend the day in the park looking for the Big5 and so much more!! Local lodge near Tarangire.

DAY 12:

  • Early morning departure for a game drive Tarangire Game Reserve. We return to the lodge for breakfast. After breakfast we transfer to Lake Manyara.

  • Overnight at a lodge near Lake Manyara

DAY 13:

  • After breakfast transfer to the Serengeti Nature reserve, spend the day looking for the Big 5.

  • Overnight at a lodge in Serengeti.

DAY 14:

  • Early morning game drive and transfer to Ngorongoro where we will visit the Shifting Sands, Olduvai gorge and Maasai Boma.

  • Overnight at lodge near Ngorongoro Crater.

DAY 15:

  • An early morning departure take us descending to the crater floor. We spend the day in the crater.

  • Overnight at lodge near Ngorongoro Crater.

DAY 16:

  • Transfer to Lake Manyara Airport for the Manyara - Arusha flight.
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