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Classic Serengeti & Zanzibar

Trips to East Africa can accomplish more than just ticking off a laundry list of incredible animal life sightings. On this 13-day tour through the Serengeti and Zanzibar, you'll have the opportunity to learn about local village life led by a local, see how huts are constructed in farmers' fields, and visit a local spice plantation. Of course, there's plenty of time for wildlife spotting on safari drives through Lake Manyara and Serengeti National Parks to acquire wildlife snaps that'll make your friends and family envious.

  • Duration: 13 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
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  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID: DKWZ/239897
  • Starts: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finishes: Stone Town, Tanzania
  • Age requirement: 12 +
You will Visit
  • Nairobi
  • Arusha
  • Mto wa Mbu
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro
  • Stone Town
  • Jambiani

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time.
There are no planned activities until an evening welcome meeting.

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Day 2: Nairobi/Arusha

Spend the day travelling to Tanzania.
Journey across the border into Tanzania, arriving in the picturesque town of Arusha in the afternoon. Spend some time exploring the town and its bustling markets, and have another night in the comfort of a hotel. Upon arrival into Arusha, you may be joined by other G Adventures travellers starting the Tanzania portion of the trip.

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Day 3: Arusha/Mto wa Mbu

Experience the Mto wa Mbu village with a guided cultural walk and traditional lunch with a local family. Take a wildlife safari drive in Lake Manyara NP.
Travel to Mto wa Mbu village and take part in a cultural walk to learn about village life in the area. Meet the women who run the village tours and enjoy a delicious home made traditional lunch.

Spend the afternoon viewing wildlife along the main road that winds through a lush cool forests of Lake Manyara National Park, overgrown with ficus trees and covered with bromeliads.

This area is truly stunning, as the western wall of the Rift Valley escarpment provides a gorgeous backdrop. Search for the phenomenal birdlife, tree-climbing lions, elephants, giraffes, and hippos.

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Day 4: Mto wa Mbu/Serengeti National Park

Visit an authentic Maasai village and the G Adventures-supported Clean Cookstove Project en route to the Serengeti.
Drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to Serengeti National Park. En route marvel at the sheer vastness of this territory, and spot the multitude of animal and birdlife while cruising through this acacia-accented savanna.

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Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Rise early for a morning wildlife safari drive, returning in time for lunch. Continue the search for the Big Five in the afternoon while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains.

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Day 6: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

Take a morning wildlife safari drive in the Serengeti before getting a spectacular view of the Ngorongoro Crater from its rim.
Enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savanna.

After, journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The vistas from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor.

Arrive at the campsite on the crater rim in the evening.

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Day 7: Ngorongoro/Arusha

Head out early for a wildlife safari drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, then return to Arusha for the night.
Embark on a early morning crater drive. The rich pasture and permanent water of the Crater floor supports a resident population of more than 20,000 to 25,000 large mammals.

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Day 8: Arusha

A free day to explore Arusha, or relax at the lodge.

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Day 9: Arusha/Stone Town

Fly to the beautiful island of Zanzibar and transfer to the hotel. Enjoy an orientation walk with your CEO in historic Stone Town, and opt to continue on for a longer walking tour, or explore on your own.
Transfer to the airport for a short, but scenic flight to this island paradise. Arrive in Stone Town in time for lunch and an orientation walk. If you opt to continue on for a longer tour of Stone Town, you will be visiting the Old Slave Market, House of Wonders, Palace Museum; entrance to these sites are optional and are to be purchased on site.

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Day 10: Stone Town/Jambiani

Visit a local spice plantation for a guided tour. Continue to the white-sand beaches and turquoise waters of Zanzibar's beautiful coast.

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Day 11: Jambiani

Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach, snorkel, or tour the island.

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Day 12: Jambiani

Enjoy free time to lounge on the beach, snorkel, or tour the island.

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Day 13: Jambiani/Stone Town

Morning group transfer from Jambiani. Depart Stone Town upon arrival in the late morning.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Your G for Good Moment: Mto wa Mbu Village Visit and Lunch, Mto wa Mbu Your G for Good Moment: Clean Cookstove Project Visit, Mto wa Mbu
    • Lake Manyara wildlife safari drive
    • Serengeti wildlife safari drives
    • Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive
    • Scenic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
    • Orientation walk in Stone Town
    • Spice plantation guided tour
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Simple hotels (7 nt), full-service camping (4 nts)
    • 12 breakfasts, 5 lunches, 3 dinners
    Transport
    • Public shuttle, 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle, plane, walking
    Group Leader
    • Chief Experience Officer (CEO), certified safari driver/guide, camp crew, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Enjoy wildlife drives in the Serengeti
  • Savour traditional cuisine in a local village
  • Take in the views at Ngorongoro Crater
  • Meet local artisans on a village walk
  • Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Stone Town
  • Take in the aromas of a spice plantation tour
  • Relax on a tropical beach.