12 Day tour tanzania
12 Day Tours tanzania
Day 1 : Airport / Nairobi (Kenya)
Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, is only 4 hours drive from the city of Arusha (Tanzania), the gateway to any safari, both in Kenya and Tanzania. Therefore, the easiest way is to take the flight from Spain to Nairobi.
Day 2 : Nairobi (Kenya)/ Arusha (Tanzania)
To get from Nairobi to Arusha we can take a shuttle (local bus) or transport from the agency with which we have booked the safari to the border of Namanga. On our first day of transfer we will sleep in the city of Arusha, with time to have our first contact with Tanzania and rest to be able to start our safari the next day with energy.
Day 3 : Arusha / Tarangire
Our first day of safari we will head towards Tarangire National Park, famous for concentrating the largest population of elephants in the country (more than 3000) and for the numerous and impressive baobabs that we will find on our way. On the way to the park, we will enter the Masai terrain and see their inhabitants dressed in the typical reddish blankets so characteristic. This will be the first day that we will sleep very close to the animals in a campsite set up to set up our tent.
Day 4 : Tarangire / Serengeti
Early in the morning, we will head towards Serengeti National Park, passing for the first time through the Ngorongoro Protected Area, which with its more than 8292 square kilometers is declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The ideal is to stop on the way to the top of the crater to contemplate the views and all its magnitude, with its bluish-green color. It is sure to take your breath away. Upon arrival at the Serengeti we will go to one of the campsites to set up the tent and spend the next few nights there.
Day 5 : 6 Serengeti full day
In the most exceptional park in Africa, time seems to stand still. Wildlife can be seen there all year round. It is recommended to dedicate at least two full days to explore the park, walking its trails among the vast plains, in search of Africa’s “big five”: elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard. You just have to be patient and wait for the right time in the right place. It is more than likely that some of these animals (or many) will cross our path, we may experience scenes of lion hunting or find a “family reunion” of these felines. But the best thing is to end the day with a breathtaking sunset on the savannah and sleep under the stars in a tent… listening to the roar of the lion.
Day 7 : Serengeti / Ngorongoro
The ideal is to get up early, preferably before sunrise, so as not to miss any detail of the animal life. We will enjoy the park for the last time and go in search of zebras, buffaloes or hyenas and in the best case we will see if we find any lion. Later we will head to the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area visiting, on the way, the Olduvai Gorge, where important prehistoric fossils have been found.
On these tracks we can find the Maasai community, who live in “manyattas”, villages with a circular shape, in mud and wood houses. The cows are their most prized possession, since they pay the marriage dowry with them. Although the Maasai usually ask for some money to visit the village and show their customs and dances, it is a good opportunity to see what their daily life is like.
In order to be able to visit the Ngorongoro Crater early the next morning, it is ideal to sleep in a lodge near the crater.
Day 8 : Ngorongoro Crater / Arusha
We will spend a full day in the Ngorongoro Crater, which is said to be like a “Noah’s ark made landscape”. And when you get to this place you realize that it has something magical: it is one of the largest intact calderas without lake in the world, 19 km wide, where there is a natural habitat of more than 25,000 mammals: antelopes, wildebeest, buffalo, zebras, lions, ostriches … Including the black rhino, for many the main attraction of the crater, as it is not easy to see because it is in danger of extinction and there are few specimens. So, going into this crater is to live the constant adventure of crossing with all kinds of wild animals in a very unique place. After spending the day in the crater we will head to Arusha to finish our safari.
Day 9 : Arusha / Zanzibar
From the small airport of Arusha we take a small plane to the airport of Zanzibar and from there it is ideal to have an agreed transport to take us to one of the beaches of the east of the island that we have chosen.
Day 10 : Beaches of Zanzibar
The most beautiful beaches of Zanzibar are the eastern ones. The best known are Matemwe, Kendwa, Pongwe or Jambiani, with white sand, palm trees and turquoise water. A paradise that is usually a honeymoon destination, so the ideal is to get lost in one of the beaches not so well known near them. Although not everything has to be sunbathing and soaking a while on the beach; if you like scuba diving, you are in the perfect place to practice it. Tanzania’s underwater wonders are as fascinating as those on land, with a magnificent variety of corals and a diversity of animals, such as rays, hawksbill and green turtles, barracudas and sharks.
Day 11 : Zanzibar Beaches / Stown Town
Enjoy one more day in the paradise of the beaches of Zanzibar to relax and end up combining it with some diving and a good meal of fruit and fish barbecue to regain strength. It is the last day of relaxation and you have to take advantage of it until the last minute. In the afternoon it is time to go to Stone Town, one of the most touristic cities of Zanzibar, which is close to the airport.
Day 12 : Stone Town / Dar es Salaam / home town
It is the last day of transfers and flights to finish the trip. From Stone Town we have to go by cab to Tanzania Airport to take the flight to Dar es Salaam (the former capital of Tanzania) and from there another flight to our place of origin. The trip is over, but the incredible landscapes of the savannah with its wild animals and the paradisiacal beaches will remain engraved in the retina forever.
If you have already read the entire route, it means that you have less and less time left to set foot on Tanzanian soil, so now it’s time to enjoy the planning and the trip. We recommend that you put into practice the motto of the Masai: HAKUNA MATATA! (no problem)