“It was so exiting watching thousands of wildebeest crossing the serengeti, it was an experience of its own, never seen such a thing before, just in Tanzania, just with Ipam Safaris.”
--- Colms Coleman---
CEO Ceba Company
14 days and 13 nights
Fly from connect with a day flight to Tanzania. On arrival in the evening you will be met and transferred to Arusha.
Overnight at Serena Mountain Village, Arusha.
Enjoy the morning at leisure. After lunch at your hotel proceed with your group to Lake Manyara National Park.
Overnight at Lake Manyara Burudika Lodge
Day 3 - 4
Continue to the Serengeti National Park through the vast African plains. Enjoy a day of morning and afternoon game drives.
Two nights at Serengeti Serena Lodge.
Day 5 - 6
after breakfast proceeds to the Ngorongoro Crater for an afternoon game drive. Descend 2000 feet by four-wheel drive vehicle for game viewing on the crater floor.
Two nights at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge.
Day 7 - 8
Depart this morning to Tarangire National Park. Enjoy a morning and afternoon game drives in Tarangire National Park which is the third largest national park in Tanzania.
Overnight at Tarangire Roika Luxury Tented Camp.
Return to Arusha airport for your onward scheduled charter flight to Zanzibar.
Overnight at Tembo House Zanzibar.
Enjoy a morning at leisure to explore Stone Town. This afternoon you will be transferred to the coast. Two restaurants and three bars to choose from as well as diving, windsurfing and other beach activities are offered here.
Overnight at Uroa bay beach.
Day 11 - 12
Two days at leisure.
Two nights at Z-HOTEL North coast.
Day 13 - 14
You will have the morning at leisure. Fly to Dar Es Salaam (or Nairobi which is at an additional cost). On arrival you will be met and enjoy a short city tour and dinner before transferring to the airport.
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(Home of the Chimps)
Gombe Stream National Park.
It is Tanzania's smallest parks, covering an area of 52 sq.km, Gombe is a narrow strip of chimpanzee habitat on the shore of Lake Tanganyika. Its chimpanzees – habituated to human visitors – were made famous by the pioneering work of Jane Goodall’s studies.
Due to the park being heavily forested, large game animal are not found in this area, but the park is home to a number of different species of monkey including the red colobus, red-tail and blue monkey, grey duiker, bushbuck and bushpig as well numerous species of bird including trumpter hornbills, Roos's turaco, crowed eagle, narrow tailed starling to mention a few.
The park can only be accessed by boat
Location: North-western Tanzania, 16Km North of Kigoma town. Usually requires flight with Precision Air from Dar Es Salaam (daily) or charter flight from Arusha
Activities: Chimpanzee trekking, swimming/snorkeling
Mahale Mountain National Park
Mahale National Park is home to some of the last remaining wild chimpanzees: Tracking the chimps is a fascinating experience. T likely that you will observe them grooming each other in small groups, squabbling noisily, or bounding from tree to tree swinging on vines.
Watching a mother chimp with her offspring is truly remarkable. Difficult to reach and relatively expensive, Mahale has few visitors each year. And although chimpanzees are admittedly the main attraction, the park supports a diverse forest fauna, including troops of red colobus, red-tailed and blue monkeys, and a colorful array of forest birds.
Location:Western Tanzania, reachable by flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam
Activities:Chimpanzee Trekking, Hiking, Swimming and Fishing.
Katavi National Park
Isolated, untrammeled and seldom visited, Katavi is a true wilderness, providing the few intrepid souls who make it there with a thrilling taste of Africa as it must have been a century ago.
Tanzania's third largest national park, it lies in the remote southwest of the country, within a truncated arm of the Rift Valley that terminates in the shallow, brooding expanse of Lake Rukwa.
The bulk of Katavi supports a hypnotically featureless cover of tangled woodland, home to substantial but elusive populations of the localized eland, sable and roan antelopes. But the main focus for game viewing within the park is the Katuma River and associated floodplains such as the seasonal Lakes Katavi and Chada.
It is during the dry season, when the floodwaters retreat, that Katavi truly comes into its own. The Katuma, reduced to a shallow, forms the only source of drinking water for miles around, and the flanking floodplains support game concentrations. With an abundance of giraffe, zebra, impala and reedbuck provide easy pickings for the numerous lion prides and spotted hyena clans whose territories converge on the floodplains.
Location:Western Tanzania, reachable by flight
Activities: Game Driving, Walking Safari, Fly camping
Time: Stay at least 3 or 4 days. Best in dry season, June-October and late December-early March
Coastal Zone (Home of the virgin beaches)
The only place in East Africa where fresh water and salt water meet, hence provide perfect breed site and spot fishing destination. Maziwe Island provide romantic picnic site for lunch in the middle of Indian Ocean.
Although it is not well known as a coastal destination, this small and historic town has attractive sandy beaches, a friendly and laid-back atmosphere, and a wealth of decaying colonial buildings dating from the slave trade and the German occupation. It is also a good place for Swahili cultural visits.
For those who like a beach without the crowds, this is a good alternative to Zanzibar.
Location: Northern Tanzania coast, Southern of Tanga. Can be reached by fight or in conjunction with a trip to Amani Nature Reserve and/or Lushoto Mountain.
Activities: Diving, Snorkeling, Boat ride, Fishing, Bird watching, Cultural tours and walking
Bagamoyo is gaining ground as a popular alternate to Zanzibar. It is here that you will find similarities to Zanzibar (beautiful beaches and historic sites) without the large numbers of tourists.
Bagamoyo is now little more than a small town, but it used to be one of the most important ports in East Africa. It was a leading port for the ivory and slave trade. The area around Bagamoyo features a number of ancient buildings, some dating back more than 800 years.
Location: Only 150minites from Dar Es Salaam
Activities: Diving, Fishing, Historical tour, Dance & Drum Classes.
Dar Es Salaam
Dar es Salaam is a major African city with more than 3 million people. Due to the timing of flights, we do occasionally recommend overnights in Dar. The best bet for a half-day in Dar is to head to Mwenge where there are some good souvenir shopping, especially wood carvings. And near there is the Makumbusho Village Museum where you can find a collection of authentic homes from 18 Tanzanian tribes. You can get a short tour and a broad overview of village life in Tanzania.
There are also some decent beach hotels in/near Dar es Salaam, but for anything more than a 1 or 2 night visit, these are mostly outshined by nearby Zanzibar, which is where most people go. Near Dar, just a couple hours north, is Bagamoyo. This is a laid-back large village that has several very nice beach hotels.
Saadani National Park
Is where the beach meets the bush. The only national park in East Africa to boast an Indian Ocean beachfront, it possesses all the attributes that make Tanzania’s tropical coastline and islands so popular with European sun-worshippers. Yet it is also the one place where those idle hours of sunbathing might be interrupted by an elephant strolling past, or a lion coming to drink at the nearby waterhole!
Of the big five, lion, leopard, elephant and buffalo are present, the rare Roosevelt sable is indigenous, whilst plains game such as giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, eland and hartebeest are more frequently seen in larger herds.
The southern boundary is marked by the Wami River, which attracts fabulous bird life, large pods of hippo and massive crocodile. Bottle-nosed dolphins are common off the Southern coast of the reserve, whales pass through the Zanzibar Channel in October and November, and there is a green turtle breeding beach at Madete in the North.
Location: On the north coast, 100km (60miles) northeast of Dar Es Salaam
Activities: Game drive, nature walk, boat trip and village tour
Amani Nature Reserve
The Amani Nature Reserve is well off the beaten path of the usual safari circuit, but makes a perfect stopover on longer trips and while driving to the Coast Zone. It’s quiet, tranquil setting offers the perfect opportunity to relax from the rigorous schedule of vehicle-based safaris.
For the aspiring African botanist, Amani Nature Reserve’s incredible diversity of plant life -- between 600 to 1,000 different species -- is sure to attract. And of the 350 species of birds living in the Usambara forestry, many are rare and endanged. Three bird species found strictly in the Amani Nature Reserve are the Usambara alethe, Naduck eagle and the Usambara weaver.
Guided nature walks, prohibited in Tanzania’s national parks, are a unique feature of the nature reserve and offer an exciting opportunity to view the flora and fauna of the area up close. Most of the trails in the Amani Nature Reserves are available for hiking and a few can be used driving tour.
Location: Northeast Tanzania, near Tanga
Activities: Hiking, Biking, night walk.
(Unexplored paradise…waiting for you)
Mikumi National Park
Mikumi, transected by the surfaced road from Dar es Salaam to Iringa is the most accessible park in the Southern circuit. The centerpiece of Mikumi is the abundant wildlife of the Mkata Floodplains that draw frequent comparisons to the more famous Serengeti Plains. Wildlife is abundant with giraffe, zebra, buffalo, hartebeest, wildebeest being amongst the most commonly sighted game, but elephant, wild dog and tree climbing lions are also found here along with smaller mammals and reptiles. The park is also home to over 300 different species of birds.
Location:Southern Tanzania, between Selous and Ruaha
Activities:Game Driving and Walking.
Ruaha National park
Ruaha National Park is the first largest National Park in Tanzania and Africa. The Great Ruaha River and Iefu wetland fascinates with its variety of mammals and birds coming to drink. This is one of Tanzania's least accessible parks and as a result it is relatively untouched. Ruaha is known for its large elephant and buffalo herds and one of its principal attractions lies in being able to see greater and lesser kudu as well as the majestic sable and roan antelope within the same area. As well as an abundance of lion, leopard and cheetah it is also home to the increasingly rare wild dog.
Location: Southern Tanzania, reached by flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam
Activities: Game viewing and walking.
Selous Game Reserves
The Selous Game Reserve is the largest reserve in Africa and one of the largest protected wildlife areas in the world. It is home to some of the biggest quantities and variety of animals and birds in Africa. It has the world's largest number of big game, elephants, buffaloes and rhinoceros. In addition, the Selous contains Africa's greatest concentration of hippopotamus, crocodile and wild dog. The Selous is a rare combination of woodlands, marshes, savannah and open grass plains, crisscrossed by many rivers, one being the mighty Rufiji River.
Location: Southern Tanzania, between Ruaha National Park. Usually reached by flight from Arusha or Dar Es Salaam. Works nicely with a visit to Ruaha National Park.
Activities: Game Drives, Boat Safaris, Walking Safaris
Udzungwa Mountain National Park
Udzungwa is the largest and most biodiversity of a chain of a dozen large forest-swathed mountains that rise majestically in Eastern Tanzania.
Known collectively as the Eastern Arc Mountains, it has also been dubbed the African Galapagos for its treasure-trove of endemic plants and animals, most familiarly the delicate African violet. It is a magnet for hikers, with its excellent network of forest trails.
Ornithologists are attracted by the avian wealth of more than 400 species. Of six primate species recorded, the Iringa red colobus and Sanje Crested Mangabey (discovered in 1979) both occur nowhere else in the world.
Location: South of Mikumi, between Ruaha National Park and Selous Game Reserves
Activities: Nature Hiking
Kitulo Plateau National Park
Locals refer to the Kitulo Plateau as Bustani ya Mungu - The Garden of God – while botanists have dubbed it the Serengeti of Flowers, host to ‘one of the great floral spectacles of the world’. And Kitulo is indeed a rare botanical marvel, home to a full 350 species of vascular plants, including 45 varieties of terrestrial orchid, which erupt into a riotous wildflower display of breathtaking scale.
One of the most important watersheds for the Great Ruaha River, Kitulo is well known for its floral significance – not only a multitude of orchids, but also the stunning yellow-orange red-hot poker and a variety of aloes, proteas, geraniums, giant lobelias, lilies and aster daisies, of which more than 30 species are endemic to southern Tanzania. Big game is sparsely represented, though a few hardy mountain reedbuck and eland still roam the open grassland.
Northern Zone ( Home of the Big five)
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park has incredible volcanic scenery, wonderful views of Mt Kilimanjaro (on clear days), a beautiful rainforest and plenty of wildlife. The main features are Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes. The Momella Lakes attract a wide variety of birds, particularly flamingos. Guests sometimes enjoy this park just as much as the Serengeti. Its close proximity to Arusha usually means that it gets put first on a Northern Parks itinerary.
Location: 45 minutes driving from Arusha town
Activities: Game Drives, Canoeing, Forest walk, Mt. Meru Climb.
Lake Manyara National park
Lake Manyara has a considerably different landscape from any of the other parks. Picture lush woodlands and the beaches of this Rift Valley soda lake, where giraffe, elephants and wildebeest enjoy an endless supply of water. You will often see these enormous animals in the water, sitting, sipping or just cooling off. Due to this unique habitat, there are hundreds of bird species able to live in the forests and the ultimate site-seeing prize of this area is the tree-climbing lion. Is the only place you can practice night game driving within the park boundaries.
Location: 2.5 hours form Arusha on the road to Ngorongoro or 45 minutes from Tarangire National Park
Activities: Game drive, Mountain biking, Forest hiking, Night Game drive
The Conservation area is a fine blend of landscapes, people, wildlife and Africa main archaeological site. The Ngorongoro Crater is regarded as a natural wonder of the world (the 8th) and has been declared a World Heritage Site. It is the largest intact crater in the world and is teaming with wildlife, with virtually all the big game species found here, including, zebra, wildebeest, black rhino, antelope, elephants, giraffe, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard. The area is also an ornithologists' paradise, with the thousands of flamingos wading in the shallows of Lake Magadi and hundreds of other species of birdlife.
Location: Northern Circuit, 4 hours from Arusha town on the way to Serengeti national park
Activities: Game drive, Nature Walk, Hiking, Visit a Maasai Boma, Visit Olduvai Gorge
Serengeti National Park
Tanzania's oldest park, the Serengeti is the country's most popular and famous park. "Serengeti" is a Maasai word meaning "endless plain", very apt, as the park consists of flat, treeless plains stretching as far as the eye can see, one of the highest concentration game sites in Africa.
The annual wildebeest migration is one of the most spectacular and breath-taking events in the world. From the Serengeti to Kenya’s Masai Mara over 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, relentlessly tracked by Africa’s great predators, migrate in a clockwise fashion over 1,800 miles each year in search of rain ripened grass. This mass of moving animals is so large that even when it is in Kenya's Masai Mara, parts of it are still in the Serengeti.
Note that even the time when most of the wildebeest are expected to be in the Masai Mara, the wildlife is still plentiful in the Serengeti, as the ‘resident’ animals opt to stay where they are instead of follow the migration.
Location: Northern Circuit, 7 hours from Arusha, 2.5 from the Ngorongoro Crater
Activities: Game drive, Hot Air Ballon, Bush Walk.
Tarangire National Park
This park is known for its elephants. You will see these enormous creatures travel in families and you surely will not miss the extraordinary care they take of their young. The elephants tend to travel in packs and in the same paths as they have taken year after year. When they see your vehicle coming closer they will gather around their young to protect them and lead them on their way.
Tarangire River winds through the middle of the park providing nourishment for the animals and great viewing for visitors. Daily large herds of animals and birds gather around this river so you will be sure not to miss anything.
It also boasts many Baobab trees, impressive trees that can live for thousands of years. Animals can be found in the rainy seasons, but the concentration of wildlife tends to be better during the dry seasons.
Location: Almost 1.30 hours from Arusha on the way to Ngorongoro and/or Serengeti National Park
Activities: Game drive
For those on a Tanzania holiday getting the chance to discover more about the people of Tanzania is really an opportunity that should not be missed. How do every day Tanzanians live their daily lives, where do they live and work, what do they do to socialize? How are Tanzanian children educated? All of these questions can be answered by arranging to visit some of the many towns and villages that will be near your African safari base.
For holidaymakers and tourists who are interested, their local guides can arrange for them to visit local schools, medical centers, markets or to see the work being done by the many conservationists who make it their life work to help preserve the unique Tanzanian environment.
If the arts are of interest to you can do more than just purchase arts and crafts to take home with you, you can actually go and see local artisans at work or local entertainers rehearsing and performing. You can probably even give some of it a try yourself.
CULTURE TO KNOW WHEN IN TANZANIA
The population in Tanzania is very diverse one and while many Tanzanians still celebrate and honor their personal heritage they have also embraced the modern world. There are a few tribes in Tanzania though who have the most part resisted modernization and its trappings and still lead a very traditional existence. Arranging to visit some of them while you are on Tanzania holiday is something your local guide can do and such a trip will give you a glimpse at not only the way these peoples live their lives today but how they did in the past as well.
Near Lake Eyasi you can meet with members of a small tribe called the Hadzabe. They speak a click language and as master hunters and gatherers can show you how to light a fire without a match or the best way to hunt using only a bow and arrow!
The Maasai on the other hand are probably the most recognized tribe in East Africa and tribe members are happy to show tourists how they construct their mud homes, allow them to meet – and sing – with their children and the gentlemen are always ready to demonstrate their legendary jumping prowess for an admiring crowd.
HOME VISITS AND STAYS
If you truly want to experience what it is like to live in Tanzania while you are there on a Tanzania holiday then you should consider asking your guide to arrange for you to spend a day and night with an everyday Tanzanian family in their home.
There you will be able to learn all about their daily routines, what they like to do or simply exchange stories and anecdotes while you enjoy a home cooked meal. If you are staying overnight you will have your own room and will be offered a hearty breakfast before you bid your new friends farewell and continue on your African safari holiday.
For those going on their first safari and beach holidays in Tanzania there are always a concern about just what they should expect and how they should prepare. This is understandable; Tanzania is a very different place than the one you are coming from. What should you pack? What will the weather be like? What precautions should you take? How should you behave?
We hear all of these questions from those going on an African safari holiday to Tanzania as well as many others. All though we cannot give you definitive answers to all of your questions over the next few pages we hope we have answered and a lot of them and you can always feel free to contact us with anymore we might not have.
Visas and Passport
Typically Tanzanian tourist visas are valid for 6 months from the date of issue. So, while planning ahead for visas is a good thing, make sure the visa is still valid for the length of time you plan to travel in Tanzania. Application details and forms can be found on Tanzanian Embassy web sites. Tanzanian embassies issue single ($50) and double ($100) entry visas (handy if you're planning to cross over to Kenya or Malawi for a few days). They do not issue visas for more than two entries.You can obtain a visa at all airports in Tanzania as well as at the border crossings, but it is advised to get a visa ahead of time. Every traveler should also carry their passport at all times and the passports must be valid for 6 months from date of entry
Tourists from the following countries do not require a visa for entry to Tanzania:
For stay up to 90 days and nationals of;
There is now also a legal requirement that all visitors to Tanzania provide both biometric fingerprints and photographs on arrival and departure from the country so do be prepared to comply with that policy.
Entry requirements may change from time to time and should be checked with the High Commission of Tanzania for the latest requirements well in advance of your planned departure date.
“When on a Tanzania holiday travellers from the following countries should carry their visas with them at all times”
·Most countries in the EU
Health and Safety
If you are going on a Tanzania holiday the best thing to do is to contact your GP about eight weeks prior to you trip to discuss specific vaccination and other preventive medical treatments. There are no mandatory vaccinations for travelers from the UK but some may be advisable. Malaria is still common in Tanzania and so discusses the proper precautions with your health care provider as they best apply to you.
Those on African safari in Tanzania should be aware of the fact that outside Dar es Salaam medical facilities are quite limited, so making sure that you do have adequate travel health insurance that will not only cover immediate medical treatment but also possible repatriation is important. The national medical emergency telephone number in Tanzania is 112 and from a call to that number an ambulance may be dispatched in the case of a severe medical emergency.
The people of Tanzania are generally warm friendly and welcoming to tourists and the majority of those who visit the country enjoy a trouble free Tanzania holiday. As is the case in many parts of the world though the incidence of muggings, especially in more urban areas have increased so visitors need to exercise common sense to stay as safe as possible. As a general rule you should never walk by yourself, something that is especially true for females and if you are walking on the road walk towards the traffic whenever possible and carry bags facing away from the road at all times.
You should not make yourself an obvious target for pickpockets or others by carrying large sums of cash, wearing expensive jewellery or displaying a lot of cameras or electronics. If possible only use transportation arranged by your local accommodations staff and avoid unlicensed taxis. Licensed taxicab drivers in Tanzania carry official identification and licensing and you should always ask to see that before accepting the transport.
Driving can be difficult in Tanzania as the road conditions are often less than perfect so considerable care should be exercised if you chose to drive rather than using a local driver. The conditions in certain areas of the National Parks can be particularly hard to navigate for a first time visitor, so there you may be best leaving most of the driving to those who have traveled the roads before! if you are stopped while driving at any time ask to see official identification immediately as there have been cases where persons posing as police officers have collected 'fines' from unsuspecting tourists.
Weather and Seasons
As it contains both the lowest and the highest points in Africa the fact that the climate in Tanzania varies a great deal should be no surprise to those on holidays to Tanzania and Zanzibar. The beautiful coastline of Tanzania, including the exotic Zanzibar is almost always hot and a little humid while the higher elevations of the Central region can bring much cooler temperatures.
Between June and October, the average temperatures in Tanzania can range from about 68F (10C) in the northern most highlands to around 73F (23C) on the coast. From December to March, almost every day dawns warm and sunny and there is often not a single cloud to be seen in the sky.
Tanzania's proximity to the Equator famously brings two rainy seasons to the land every year. The long rains – known locally as the masika – fall from the middle of March until the end of May. The land then dries up again until the vuli – the short rains – begin to fall, intermittently most of the time, through November and December.
Money and Foreign Exchange
The official currency of Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tshs) but the easiest form of currency to exchange in the country is actually the US dollar as the Shilling is a weaker, less stable currency and many merchants prefer to work with the stronger dollar. You should have a mixture of currency on hand though as many local merchants and smaller accommodations will still prefer you pay in Shillings and you may get a better price that way.
Those traveling on a Tanzania holiday will find that there are foreign exchange bureaus and banks in most of the larger towns and cities as well as at the airport. Banks tend to operate at very similar times to the banks back home – including being open on a Saturday – while most foreign exchange bureaus tend too have longer and more flexible hours.
Using Credit and Debit Cards
VISA and MasterCard debit and credit cards are accepted at most of the larger hotels, lodges and dining establishments in Tanzania and you can find ATM machines in most of the larger towns and cities.
Those on a Tanzania holiday should not rely solely on their credit and debit cards though, as outside the more urban areas of the country they are not widely accepted at all and you will need to have cash on hand to pay for most things. You should also keep small bills on hand for tipping purposes.
Airports in Tanzania
Most people heading to Tanzania on holiday will arrive at one of the two international airports in Tanzania – JK Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-Salaam or the Kilimanjaro International Airport (KIA) near Arusha. In addition domestic air service is available at the following major airports:
Small charter flights take off from many other destinations and your tour guides will advise you where those are if you are planning such a flight.