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The start of your African Safari begins in the capital of safaris, Arusha. You will be collected from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to the lodge. Rest of the day is free to relax after your long flight.
After breakfast you will set out for the stunning and African postcard landscape of West Kilimanjaro. This area is renowned for its large population of the semi-nomadic people, the Masai, thorny acacia trees, and its unforgettable bull elephants.
Today we make the most of our magnificent surroundings by taking a morning and afternoon game drive. This area of Tanzania has its share of game to see but is better known for its spectacular scenery and location and the opportunity to interact with the local Masai, an unmissable and unique experience.
From West Kilimanjaro we will drive you to Tarangire National Park. You will be presented with endless vistas of rolling golden grasslands and palm lined desert between Tarangire and Manyara Lake. A visit to the area is essential for anyone interested in evolution and the origins of Mankind and an explanation of the Rift Valley and Africa’s big picture. It is a complete semi desert experience focusing on safari walks and game drives.
Today we make the most of Tarangire National Park with both morning and afternoon game drives. The landscape is iconically African with open Acacia woodlands and Baobab trees scattered all over the area and wildlife galore - zebra, kudu, eland, impala, gazelle, buffalo, wildebeest, leopard, rhino just to name a few of what this park has to offer.
Leaving the Tarangire behind you will drive to Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world-wide wonder, the Serengeti National Park. The park is renowned for its annual migration; when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing. Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa.
There’s nothing like an early morning start allowing you to experience one of the most ultimate game viewing sessions. After a hot cup of tea or coffee you will soon be wide-awake as you watch wildlife in its most active time. The cat family love to make appearances in the morning, while the early morning light makes photographing herds of wildlife a photographer’s dream. There is an option to do an early morning balloon safari over the Serengeti - let us know if you want to book this amazing experience.
Say goodbye to the enchanting Serengeti National Park only to be presented with another natural wonder, the Ngorongoro Crater. This incredible formation is part of the larger Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8300 square kilometres. The actual crater is 260 square kilometres and 620m deep. The original volcano was probably as high or higher than Kilimanjaro.
To experience the crater without the crowds you will rise early for a half day game drive. Reaching the crater floor as the sun begins to rise, you will undoubtedly be amazed at this natural phenomenon before you. The Ngorongoro Crater is home to about 25,000 animals and is one of the last places in Tanzania where the Big Five can be seen. It is considered one of the World Heritage Sites and also one of the International Biosphere Reserves. Enjoy a picnic on the edge of one of the crater’s lake as you watch elephants quench their thirst from afar.
We leave the Ngorongoro Crater after breakfast and head back to Arusha for the flight to Zanzibar (flight not included). Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport we will transfer you to the hotel.
Spend the next two days at leisure, relaxing on the beautiful white sands and soaking up the sunshine. For those feeling active, there's a wide range of excursions available locally. Perhaps opt for a spot of snorkelling or scuba diving to see the incredible coral reefs teeming with exotic fish and perhaps the odd dolphin in the azure waters.
We will transfer you to the ferry port for the ferry across to Dar es Salaam. On arrival we will meet you and transfer you to the hotel. This afternoon we will take you on a sightseeing tour of Dar es Salaam, seeing the old colonial style buildings in amongst the present day city.
We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Victoria Falls. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.
Zimbabwe is home to arguably the world’s most beautiful precipice, UNESCO-listed Victoria Falls. Victoria Falls, described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800’s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ - ‘the smoke that thunders’, is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. You have a tour of the Falls (inc entry fees).
We will pick you up from the hotel and take you to the helicopter site, for your scenic flight over the Falls, for a spectacular view of the Falls from above. Later on today you will have another amazing experience - to walk with lions! Walk alongside lions as part of the pride and enjoy the exhilaration of being part of a hunt as the young cubs learn to stalk their prey.
While away the next two days here, exploring the area and enjoying a range of incredible activities, which range from White river rafting / 111m solo bungee jump/ Elephant back safari /Night drive and bush dinner.
We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Johannesburg. On arrival we will check you into the hotel.
We will transfer you to the airport for the flight to Antananarivo, the capital of Madagascar. Welcome and assistance at the airport. After a short briefing, drive to Andasibe through the green and luxuriant vegetation of the east. This first step brings you to the humid part of the country with many primary forests and lakes. Along the way we will see Merina villages in the rocky mountains. Arrive at Andasibe around 18h00. Later this evening at approximately 19h00 enjoy a night walk in the area of Andasibe to observe night active lemurs and other nocturnal animals.
After breakfast, drive to Ambositra, the centre of Madagascar's wood carving industry. We are still in the highland, which is characterized by its architecture: The houses are made with ornately carved wooden balconies and shutters with bright colours. Further on you pass the ‘le col de tapia’, a type of tree resistant to the bush fires of the area. The landscape is still dominated by rice fields, pine and eucalyptus trees and rocky mountains. Onward to stunning Ranomafana National Park.
Parc National de Ranomafana with its rain forested hills and abundant wildlife, has long been considered one of Madagascar’s highlights, and is one of the most heavily visited of the country’s national parks. In addition to its densely forested hills, Ranomafana’s terrain is characterised by numerous small streams, which plummet down to the beautiful Namorona River. You will go for walks in the National Park for several hours spotting some of the lemurs, chameleons and other animals.
Today we head back to Antananarivo, arriving late afternoon, and check you into the hotel.
Your African adventure comes to an end today, with your departure transfer to the airport.