Nine days in Tanzania’s top locations. Arusha is the indisputable gateway to the northern Tanzania safari circuit. Over 500 different bird species visit Onsea House’s vast, manicured gardens. It overlooks the Maasai Steppe and Mount Meru from a hill outside town.
You next go to an exclusive tented camp that follows the Wildebeest Migration across Tanzania’s premier conservation area, the Serengeti National Park. Olakira Migration Camp spends months in southern and northern Serengeti to see all the action. River crossings and calving season may be seen depending on the season. The Serengeti has the most wildlife on Earth and is a spectacular safari destination.
Finally, visit a palm-fringed beach with powder-white sand and turquoise sea. Spend your last days relaxing in Matemwe Lodge’s oceanfront bungalows on Zanzibar’s north-eastern shore. Day tours to Stone Town, Prison Island, and the fragrant spice plantations round out Spice Island. Snorkel, scuba dive, sea kayak, sail, or just relax in your hammock or pool.
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You will be picked up at Kilimanjaro International Airport and driven to Onsea House outside of Arusha. Step inside your peaceful and comfortable accommodation after being greeted by the helpful staff. Take a stroll through the estate's beautiful gardens and unwind with a sundowner while taking in the panoramic views of the Maasai Steppe and Mount Meru. Don't miss out on the chance to have a dinner made by Michelin-starred chef Axel Janssens, who trained at one of Europe's top culinary academies.
You will be taken to Arusha Airport after breakfast to catch your flight to the Serengeti. You will next enjoy a picturesque journey to the Olakira Migration Camp, a movable facility that moves with the Wildebeest Migration every year. Make yourself at home in your roomy tent and prepare for a few days of Serengeti magic.
A couple of days from now, you'll be in the midst of the largest migration of terrestrial mammals on the globe, the Great Wildebeest Migration, and one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders, famed for its enormous population of lions. Campers in Olakira in the northern Serengeti's Bolongoja district between June and November will be just 300 meters (980 ft) from a Migration crossing point on the Mara River. Travel south to Ndutu with Olakira between December and March to experience exceptional game viewing and to observe the birthing season of the Migration (about February).
The Serengeti is great for game viewing all year round thanks to the region's temperate climate and plenty of resident animals, including buffalo, elephant, giraffe, and all the big cats.
Let the nomad romance of Olakira move you; it's the veritable seal of approval for any safari lodge. Relax with a drink and swap safari tales around the campfire as the cooks make a delectable meal using fresh ingredients from the area's organic farms.
Your short-haul flight to Zanzibar leaves from the nearby airstrip, so you'll return there after breakfast. The exceptional Matemwe Lodge is located on the northeastern shore and is reached by road transfer from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport. Relax on your private porch of your roomy apartment in the garden, which overlooks the stunning white sand beach and crystal blue waters. You'll want to spend the next few days lounging in the hammock and on the couch.
You may want to do nothing after your Serengeti adventure but relax in the lodge's pool or on your hammock while sipping a cocktail from the bar. Treat yourself to a relaxing massage or spa session.
If you're in the mood for some activity, dive or snorkel the waters of Mnemba Atoll to see its famous reef and amazing marine life. You can also go kayaking in the lodge's free kayaks to check out the stunning water environment. It is possible to arrange a day trip to the island's capital, Stone Town, a historic district filled with colorful marketplaces and authentic cuisine.
Dine at Matemwe's cozy lounge or by the pool on excellent seafood prepared with local ingredients. African and European meals are served side by side at lunch, while fish, pork, and vegetarian alternatives are available at supper. Every night, while sipping a tasty beverage, you can gaze in awe at the breathtaking sunset.
Say your goodbyes to Zanzibar as you make your way back to Abeid Amani Karume International Airport to catch your aircraft to Dar es Salaam's Julius Nyerere International Airport.