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11-day Rediscover Zanzibar & Serengeti (Accommodated)

Tour Code 22RZS11A. Rediscover Africa
11 days from
$2'545 USD
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Plus 820 USD mandatory Safari Pass
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Group Size: Maximum 16. Age Group: Open Age

Enjoy beautiful East Africa relaxing on Zanzibar and searching for the 'big 5' in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater

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This accommodated tour will take you to some Tanzania's best attractions. Starting on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar before heading to the mainland for a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro then game drive excursions in the Serengeti plains and Ngorongoro Crater.

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Day 1. Dar es Salaam - Stonetown, Zanzibar Island Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.

We start our tour early to catch the ferry to Zanzibar. We travel across the channel and on to Stone Town - the capital of Zanzibar. Once we've settled into our accommodation we have the rest of the day free to head out and explore!

Walk the winding alleyways and old cobbled streets in search of local market wares and souvenirs or find a local restaurant with a rooftop and view to admire while sipping a delicious fruit cocktail. Stone Town has a mix of the old Arabic and new modern influences making for an eclectic and vibrant experience.

Day 2-4. Zanzibar Island Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

This morning we travel to the northern part of the island stopping off along the way for those who wish to enjoy an optional tour of the spice and fruit plantations. See where a pineapple grows or how to scoot up a coconut palm!

Once we settle into our beach accommodation there's nothing left to do but relax, and enjoy the fabulous beach activities. Take a Dhow boat out on a sunset cruise or book a scuba dive or snorkel trip to a local reef or atoll.

With its powdery white beaches, azure water and colourful coral reefs, Kendwa is the perfect spot to kick back and relax during our stay on Zanzibar.

Day 5. Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our accommodation on the coast for the evening.

Day 6. Dar es Salaam – Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The accommodation takes its name from the surrounding area.

"Marangu" means "full of water" in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If the weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Day 7. Marangu - Arusha Highlights. Maasai Culture Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s safari capital, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling fusion of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

With time to explore town we head out to our accommodation just outside the city at the edge of the Maasai plains.

This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the nearby Maasai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Maasai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park.

It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 8. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.

This morning we transfer to smaller game park friendly vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (mosquito creek) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

We pass into the park and drive around the Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti is simply huge - indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – the place where the land moves on forever.

We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) accommodation for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby for an unforgettable experience.

Day 9. Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater.

We spend the night on the rim, where wildlife also roams free (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the high altitude here). At 326 square kilometres in area the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site.

The view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, and the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Day 10. Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

We wake early and descend the dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive in this remarkable wildlife haven. All major mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor).

After our game drive we ascend to our accommodation on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park where we will stay overnight.

Day 11. Arusha, Tanzania

Today our tour comes to an end.

Optional departure points, either Arusha after breakfast or we can arrange upon request a shuttle service to cross the Maasai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier, Nairobi at an additional cost.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

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Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.

Chalet huts with a view Views of the Indian Ocean Comfortable rooms with mosquito nets White sandy beaches Ocean view from resort

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
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Meserani Snake Park

On the outskirts of Meserani, a short drive from Arusha is the Meserani Snake Park and accommodation. With rustic accommodation, a campsite, snake park and Masai Museum, there is plenty to see here. Accommodation offered is twin room or camping with shared facilities.

Outside of rooms Bathrooms

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Zanzibar early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival, but you can also pre book this with Acacia.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin / Double share accommodation with facilities (8 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some camps may have a bar or swimming pool.

TRANSPORT: Self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle with ‘club lounge’ seating for 8 including tables, 16 forward facing seats, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, music player input, safety features and 70-litre individual luggage compartments.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit. These local services are included in the Safari Pass.

TOUR STYLE:
Your help with occasional day to day duties, such as helping with shopping, cooking, dishes and keeping the Acacia vehicle tidy is entirely on a voluntary basis. It’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. It contributes greatly to the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment.

Meals
10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Accommodation
Twin share accommodation with facilities (8 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights)

Includes.
Transport
Accommodation
Meals as indicated
Services of driver/guide
All road tolls and vehicle taxes

Highlights Include:
Zanzibar, return ferry & accommodation
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in purpose-built vehicles, dame drives with resident guide
Excludes.
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature or health related
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Safari Pass

Each small group tour, Short Safari & Trek, Short Break and City Stay has a Safari Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

820 USD or * (If prepaid)

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

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