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Visit Great Northern Tanzania

Visit Great Northern Tanzania

A very affordable private tour 8 – 19 August 2020

 The great migration of the wildebeest and zebra at the Mara River on the border of Northern Tanzania and Kenya is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Add a visit to Zanzibar for three days, and you have an unbeatable safari and beach combo!

Jeremiah, our safari guide

I teamed up with Jeremiah, a guide who took me on my first tour through the Serengeti, and his friend, Gideon, to arrange this special package through their company, HM Safaris. Our tour starts in Arusha, Kilimanjaro, introducing us to Tanzanian life and some local stores. We spend the first night at the luxurious Kibo Palace Hotel.

Then, it is off to the Tarangire National Park, where we overnight at the comfortable Kichuguu Camp. Besides the Big Five, Tarangire is famous for its tree-climbing lions and preponderance of baobab trees.

Our next stop is on the ridge of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we sleep at a Coffee Lodge situated on a working farm overlooking the Ngorongoro Forest Reserve. We also visit Mto wa Mbu Village for a Cultural Tour.

Serengeti Camp

Early the next morning, we enter the unique Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This largest unflooded caldera in the world is nearly 2000 feet deep and 12 miles wide, and populated with wildlife. We will look, in particular, for the endangered black rhino. We head for the Central Serengeti, where we stay at the Embalakai Tented Camp for two nights. It is a truly African experience staying in a tent on the wide-open plains, hearing a jackal call, or a buffalo snort. There are plenty of game-viewing opportunities, as well as some impressive scenery in this world-famous destination.

Our tour takes us further to the Northern Serengeti National Park, where we spend two days at the Serengeti Wilderness Camps offering simple luxury and friendly service. It is from here that we hope to see the dramatic Mara River Great Migration crossings.

Zanzibar Matemwe Beach Village

You will gaze in amazement at the herds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra. These animals follow the instinct to migrate in a year-long full circle through the Serengeti and into the green plains of the Maasai Mara in Kenya. At a precise moment, one wildebeest plunge into the river, and the others immediately follow. One can see desperate attempts by some to avoid the crocodiles, while on the opposite bank, other predators lie in wait for the feast to come.

We have a final game drive before being dropped off at the Kogatende airstrip for the onward flight to Zanzibar, a tropical island with a unique blend of cultures. Our accommodation, Matemwe Beach Village, is located on the North-east coast. We will enjoy the beach and various optional activities and tours, such as snorkeling or a Village or Spice Tour.

For further details, pricing, and booking, please email me at elsa@travelswithelsa.com. I would love to have you along on my third tour to the Serengeti! Or contact me here: