17 Days Gorillas, Northern Tanzania Migration and Zanzibar Luxury from US$12,098.- plus US$600 gorilla permit

Explore the best of East Africa in this memorable journey. Track the endangered mountain gorillas in their habitat. Discover Ugandan countryside. Mingle with the million wildebeest and zebras and keep an eye out for the big cats that follow them. Continue into Ngorongoro Crater to search for the “Big-5”. Diverse habitat awaits you in Lake Manyara and Tarangire National Park which also features walking safaris and night drives. Revel in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in the final days of your journey. This safari flies from camp to camp for birds-eye views of the Serengeti.

Accommodation Destination Basis Room Type Duration
Hotel No.5 Entebbe B&B 1x Luxury Double Room 1 Night
Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp Bwindi Impenetrable Forest FB 1x Luxury Tented Rooms 2 Nights
Sanctuary Kusini Camp Southern Serengeti FB+ 1x Spacious Tents 3 Nights
Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp Ngorongoro Crater FB+ 1x Classic Safari Tent 2 Nights
Sanctuary Swala Camp Tarangire National Park FB+ 1x Luxury Tented Room 4 Nights
Zawadi Hotel Michamvi Peninsula FB 1x Ocean Front Villa 4 Nights

Key
B&B: Bed and Breakfast
FB: Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch
FB+: Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and safari Activities

Price

US$12,098.- plus US$600 gorilla permit

Price per person, sharing occupancy

Price valid during February 2020. Please inquire about other dates.

To stay at Qambani Luxury Resort “Sultan unit” in Zanzibar please deduct US$752 per person.

Journey starts at Entebbe Airport and ends at Zanzibar airport. Inquire about including chimp trekking.

Included

Accommodation and meals as per package; safari activities as per package, all transfers, National Park fees,  1 gorilla permit,  standard beverages including house wines, beers and local spirits at all lodges except HotelNo5 in Entebbe, laundry at safari lodges and gorilla forest camp, flights as per package;

Ngorongoro Crater Camp: 1 x crater visit,

Swala Camp: 1 walking safari, 1 night drive

Zawadi Hotel: snorkel equipment, kayak and paddleboard

Flights:

Entebbe to gorilla tracking area

Gorilla tracking area to Northern Tanzania (vie Entebbe)

All Northern Tanzania domestic flights (between camps and to Zanzibar)

Excluded

Flight USA to Entebbe and from Zanzibar to USA, optional tours, visas, airport tax and departure fees at international airports, travel and evacuation insurance, excess baggage, premium drinks or champagnes; boat snorkeling tour, sailing and motorized watersports  at Zawadi Hotel;

Day 1:           Hotel No.5, Entebbe       (Wed, 12 February)

Uganda

Once referred to as the “Pearl of the British Empire in East Africa”, visiting Uganda, being one of the most beautiful countries on the African continent is like visiting the Garden of Eden. Uganda is a land of contrasts.  In half a day you can drive from mist –shrouded volcanic mountains to hot, hazy savannah dappled with wildlife. Serene undulating lush hills of tea plantations give way to tangled jungle and rainforest with the musical accompaniment of chaotic, cacophonous birdlife. Uganda is alive with these contrasts: The tiniest sunbirds, iridescent in the morning light, the massive lumbering yet silent elephant, the chimpanzees crashing about the forest canopy, the majestic gorilla, chewing thoughtfully in  the bamboo thicket.  This is Africa the way it should be!

Ugandas biggest tourist draw are of course the mountain gorillas with almost half of the world’s population located in one of East Africa’s most famous national parks, the World Heritage listed Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.   There is nothing in comparison to the thrill to observing these magnificent, peacefull apes in their native environment. But they aren’t the country’s only great apes. Humankind’s closest relative, the chimpanzee, is found in several of areas of Uganda.

Parks with varied wild life covering different habitats, few tourists and friendly people make for a memorable experience well worth visiting. And as Uganda combines both Central African forests and East African savannahs , it is home to more than half of all Africa’s species of birds!

Entebbe

Situated on a peninsula in Lake Victoria, the former seat of Uganda’s government, Entebbe is just a short drive from the current capital and offers plenty to keep visitors amused. This charming town features tree-lined streets and serves as an excellent base from which to explore the surrounding area. Tourists can look forward to spending days on beautiful beaches along the banks of Lake Victoria, stroll through the fields and forests of the magnificent Botanical Gardens, or pay a visit to Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary, a haven for country’s orphaned chimps.

Day Itinerary

Arrive in Entebbe and meet your driver taking you to your hotel for rest and relaxation.

Consultant Notes

If your flight arrives very late in the evening you might consider spending another night in Entebbe as the flight to the gorilla area departs early morning and you are still adjusting to the time change.

Overnight: Hotel No.5         View iBrochure

Nestled in the leafy suburbs of Entebbe, is the new and stylish boutique hotel, Hotel No.5. From the moment you arrive, you are warmly welcomed and cared for. With luxurious rooms opening onto the garden and swimming pool, this is a great option for guests looking for an intimate stay in a tranquil setting.

Make yourself at home – unwind beside the swimming pool, pamper yourself with a spa treatment, or work up a sweat in the hotel gym. For one of the most flavoursome dining experiences in Entebbe, carefully planned menus are paired to an international wine list, and served with pride.

Attention to detail and an attentive guest experience are synonymous with Hotel No. 5, making it the perfect choice for a restful stay in this busy town.

Luxury Double Room

The luxury double rooms are located on the second floor. Each room has a small outside sitting area facing the gardens and swimming pool, and an en-suite bathroom with shower. All rooms offer Wi-Fi internet access, a guest safe, flat screen television, direct dial telephone, filter coffee making facility and mosquito nets over the beds

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Day 2:           Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest         (Thu, 13 February)

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is where you have the best chance of spotting a mountain gorilla family going about their business. Once you have your permit you are led across the rugged terrain and though the awe inspiring jungle to where the gorillas were seen the day previously and then you track them down. Aside from the amazing gorilla interactions there are numerous forest walks and 346 species of birds to track down, many of which are amazingly coloured.

Bwindi Impenetrable Forest is one of Africa’s  most ancient habitat. With an altitude span of 3,800’ to 8,550’ this antiquity has produced  an incredible diversity of flora and fauna, even by normal rainforest standards. And we do mean rainforest; up to 8.2 feet  of rain falls here annually.

Day Itinerary

Take a morning flight to Kihihi where you will meet your guide and driver. Transfer to Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Drive is approximately 2 hours with interesting scenery  through villages and fields.

Consultant Notes

I highly recommend to visit “Ride for Women” project during your Bwindi village walk. If your guide does not have it already included please ask him to include. It’s a very worthy project and good place to purchase souvenirs that directly benefit the women you watch making them.

Activities

Bwindi Village Walk included

Batwa Community Walk

Bwindi Village Walk

Embark on a community walk through the local villages surrounding Bwindi Impenetrable Forest. Optional activities include visits to traditional home, local orphanage and school, banana alcohol brewing demonstrations and even meeting traditional medicinal healer. This three to four hour walk is easily tailored to your individual schedule and interests.

Batwa Community Walk

Since their removal from Bwindi Impenetrable Forest when it was designated a National Park , the Batwa Pygmies are living mostly on the fringes of existing villages, or in remote areas just outside the forest, where farming is difficult.

The Batwa tribe members are gradually learning to live in fixed agrarian communities now that their nomadic forest existence is no longer possible. Outreach programs are working to help them maintain their ancient traditions and culture while building their new lives.

Pygmy people are ancient dwellers in the forests, they were known as The Keepers of the Forest.

Overnight: Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp        View iBrochure

Once-in-a-lifetime encounters with Uganda’s endangered gorillas await when you stay in one of these eight private luxury tents in the heart of the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest.

Ecologically respectful, contemporary-yet-classic in style, Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp blends in sensitively with the dramatic African mountain landscape and, situated uniquely inside the national park, you are only minutes away from the start of your gorilla trekking adventure.

Located in one of the remotest areas of Africa, these comfortable canvas spaces are dressed with indigenous prints and furniture made from natural materials. Beds are draped in neutral-toned linens, and local artefacts set a scene that ensures memorable moments both inside and out the accommodation. Each tent has a spacious, stone-walled bathroom with private sections, and a free-standing bath for a relaxing soak after a day’s trekking. The trees around the camp light up in the morning when the sun starts shining, and thanks to there being so few tents, the camp retains an intimate, exclusive feel, enabling you to experience Africa’s magic with the lightest of footprints yet with practically every mod con.

lounge

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 3:           Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest         (Fri, 14 February)

Day Itinerary

Today is the big day –

Get up early at 6:00 and report to the Park headquarters with your  packed lunch for briefing by the senior park ranger guide. You will  then set out to track the gentle giants through thick vegetation as you hike up and down slippery slopes. Be vigilant to listen to their vocal communications and follow them until you finally come eye-eye with them. An hour with them is possible as you observe and learn their habits while taking photos. It is an extraordinary feeling, sitting in the dense rainforest knowing you are with a few of the last remaining and critically endangered mountain gorillas.

For more information about gorilla tracking please see here.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 4:           Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Southern Serengeti       (Sat, 15 February)

Tanzania

The name Tanzania conjures up images of wildebeest stampeding across vast savannah, rain forests teeming with monkeys and birdlife, and great plains brimming with legions of game. All of these natural wonders and more are on offer in this exceptionally diverse African nation. Visitors typically visit Tanzania to partake in at least one of the four well known Tanzanian tourist experiences: a relaxing seaside vacation on the picturesque island paradise of Zanzibar, an underwater tour of some of the world’s most renowned dive sites around the gorgeous Spice Islands, a safari adventure in some of Africa’s most impressive game reserves, or a hiking excursion around Mount Kilimanjaro National Park. Whichever of these incredible holidays you choose, you will undoubtedly be welcomed by some fabulously friendly and peaceful inhabitants who, despite being divided into 120 different ethnic groups and cultures, live in harmony with one another and provide some of the most wonderfully exotic local cuisine you could imagine. With all of this diversity on offer, the most difficult part of your Tanzanian holiday experience is likely to be deciding where to go!

Southern Serengeti

The Serengeti together with Kenya’s Masai Mara Game Park form Africa’s most famous wildlife park. The image of acacia trees on an endless grass plain epitomises Africa for many, and then add a Masai warrior and some cattle to the picture and the conversation need go no further. The annual wildebeest migration through the Serengeti and the Masai Mara is the largest mass movement of land mammals on the planet – with more than a million animals following the rains. But that is not where the game viewing ends; large prides of lions, elephants and giraffes in grasslands, gazelles and eland to mention but a few.

Note: Animals are wild and sightings can not be guaranteed.

Day Itinerary

This morning fly back to Entebbe and directly into The Serengeti.

Overnight: Sanctuary Kusini Camp          View iBrochure

Set on a rocky outcrop, or kopje, Sanctuary Kusini is a semi-permanent tented camp in the vast southern Serengeti. Each of the 12 tents, all with secluded private showers and terraces, overlook the plains where zebras, cape buffalo, wildebeest, lions and leopards are a common sight all year round. Relax in the communal tent with its own library, sitting room and veranda. Bush sundowner cocktails are served on the giant boulders of the kopje. Our local guides know the wildlife and the people of this region well; ultimately, it is their knowledge and experience that makes this Serengeti experience absolutely unforgettable.

Spacious Tents

Accommodation is offered in twelve double tents scattered around the main kopje. Each extremely spacious tent has ensuite facilities with an indoor shower. Large private decking with comfortable furnishings extends in front of each tent, with views of the surrounding bush below where zebra, buffalo and lion are a common sight year-round. The tented rooms feature mosquito netting, hairdryers and in room safe. Guests also have a personal tent attendant to look after their every need during their stay.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 5:           Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Southern Serengeti       (Sun, 16 February)

Activities

Game Drives
Cosmic Safari

Game Drives

Sanctuary Kusini is one of the great places in the world to see large predators – lion, cheetah and even the elusive leopard can be seen lying in the kopjes nearby camp. Between January and March the great migration returns and wildebeest and zebra cover the plains as they give birth to their young. The treeless plains in this area provide the perfect habitat for cheetah who have made his area of the park their permanent home. Our experienced guides know every inch of the territory around the camp and this remote corner of the vast eco-system never disappoints – buffalo, elephant, hyena and giraffe, all can be seen close to the camp. There are no other permanent camps round here so adventurous travellers can be sure of unobstructed viewing from our customised safari vehicles. Bird life is particularly good on the forest edge where woodpeckers and brightly coloured kingfishers can often be seen.

Cosmic Safari

Most visitors come to Africa looking for the wildlife and the beauty, yet one of the most spectacular sights of all is hardly ever mentioned – the African night sky, offering some of the best star gazing in the world. In the evening, sit on a comfortable cushion up on top of the main kopje or around the campfire and allow the camp manager to uncover the universe. With a green laser pointer to show you the way, embark on a walk through the stars where you can look back millions of years in time and get lost in the beauty of the night sky. Weather conditions and moon phases must be taken into consideration when planning your perfect cosmic safari.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 6:           Sanctuary Kusini Camp, Southern Serengeti       (Mon, 17 February)

Activities

Game Drives
 

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 7:           Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Ngorongoro Crater     (Tue, 18 February)

Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro Crater, once a gigantic volcano, is the largest intact caldera in the world. Some maintain that before it erupted, it would have been higher than Mt Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa. Today, long since having collapsed and eroded, it is an extensive highland area with the famous 600 meter deep Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. Nearly three million years old, the ancient caldera shelters one of the most beautiful wildlife havens on earth. Fresh springs and a large soda lake quench the thirst of all the inhabitants.The Ngorongoro Crater is game viewing gone crazy and it is not surprising that it is one of Tanzania’s major tourist drawcards Black rhino are protected within its rim, giant tusked elephants wander the forests, black-maned lions stalk the grasslands, and flamingos crowd the soda lakes. It is also one of the view places where hyenas can be seen roaming during the daylight. Outside of the crater Masaai herdsmen can be seen tending to their flocks of goats and herds of cattle.

Day Itinerary

Take a game drive this morning and take to the sky again. Do a game drive at Lake Manyara National Park and ascend to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Spend the night on the Ngorongoro Crater tonight so you are one of the first ones to enter the Crater which has a tendency to get crowded later in the day.

Overnight: Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp           View iBrochure

Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp comprises ten luxury safari room tents – each with its own ensuite bathroom and indoor bucket shower. The room tents also feature hairdryers, plug points and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents. The three large and comfortable communal tents provide a dining area where scrumptious meals are served, a lounge area perfect for afternoon relaxation, and lounge bar where pre-dinner drinks are served. All of the main areas include breathtaking views of the spectacular surrounding scenery and large trees surrounding this intimate camp. For a more intimate experience you can choose to dine on individual tables set in special spots around the camp.

Classic Safari Tent

The camp offers ten classic safari room tents – each with its own en-suite bathroom and indoor bucket shower, with personal tent attendant filling your bucket shower to the perfect temperature whenever required from the outside. The room tents also feature hairdryers and plug points and a small sitting area in front of each of the tents where early morning coffee and biscuits can be enjoyed before starting the day of incredible game viewing. The main common areas include a dining area, bar area and lounge area as well as comfortable sofas placed in specially-selected locations around the camp.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 8:           Sanctuary Ngorongoro Crater Camp, Ngorongoro Crater     (Wed, 19 February)

Day Itinerary

Descend Ngorongoro Crater early this morning for your best opportunity to see rhino. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater .

Activities

Ngorongoro Crater Safari

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 9:           Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park          (Thu, 20 February)

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park is known for having the greatest concentration of wildlife outside of the Serengeti eco-system. Named after the river that crosses through it, this park at 1,100 square miles located southwest of Arusha, is sometimes sadly missed by those heading for the more well known of the National Parks in Tanzania. Yet we can highly recommend it for its elephant migration, quiet authentic atmosphere and fantastic birding opportunities. During the dry season, the river is the only source of water for many animals, with thousands migrating to it from the nearby Lake Manyara National Park. The landscape here is diverse, with a mix of habitats that are unique to the area and not found anywhere else: hilly landscapes are dotted with vast numbers of baobab trees, dense bush and high grasses. Herds of up to 300 elephants congregate here, whilst migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala and eland can also be seen, with the accompanying predators following along behind. On drier ground you find the Kori bustard, the heaviest flying bird; ostriches, the world’s largest bird; and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys.

The park is also famous for the termite mounds that dot the landscape. Those that have been abandoned are often seen to be home to dwarf mongoose.

The swamps, an oasis of green year round, are where you will find over 550 bird species, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world. It is a birder’s dream with frequent sightings of yellow-collared lovebirds, which can be seen during a game drive alongside the river.

Tarangire’s pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Lake Manyara National Park

With the Lake on its east and the Manyara Escarpment to its west the Lake Manyara National Park offers breathtaking views and a large variety of habitats. Acacia woodlands, water forests, baobab strewn cliffs, algae-streaked hot springs, swamps and the lake itself. Manyara has the largest concentration of baboons anywhere in the world. It lends itself for a picnic stop on the way to Ngorongoro Crater.

Day Itinerary

Fly to Tarangire National Park. Transfer to your safari camp with game sightings along the way.

Overnight: Sanctuary Swala Camp           View iBrochure

In the heart of Maasai country and a remote corner of the Tarangire, in total seclusion amongst giant acacia trees and looking out beyond the flat savannah, Sanctuary Swala offers a very exclusive safari experience. The picturesque landscape is filled with ancient baobab trees, ambling elephants and birds in flight. Built to the highest eco-friendly standards, this camp has a particularly low-carbon footprint.

Sanctuary Swala’s welcoming communal spaces blend chic style with relaxed open-air living. Traditional peaked thatch roofs harmonise beautifully with the surroundings bush and keep these areas cool in the hot months. Set on stilts around ancient towering baobab trees, the elevated dining area, lounge and library, are sound-tracked by the sing-song of the hundreds of species of birds that have their home in the mature acacia trees’ canopy. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the main area and in guests’ tents.

Twelve spacious canvas pavilions ensure unrivalled tranquillity, overlooking a popular watering hole. King-size beds swathed in neutral linens mingle fresh design with a new take on safari living. Indoor and outdoor bush-view showers ensure more magical moments because connecting with wildlife is key: the floor-to-ceiling 180° views, and the pavilions’ private decks, mean you won’t miss a sight.

Luxury Tented Room

Twelve spacious canvas pavilions ensure unrivalled tranquillity, overlooking a popular watering hole. The wood-floored open-plan rooms have been staged with elegant neutral-toned interiors, matching safari-chic furnishings with rich African textiles, blending seamlessly with the raw and natural beauty of Tanzania’s cinematic savanna. King-size beds swathed in neutral linens mingle fresh design with a new take on safari living. Indoor and outdoor bush-view showers ensure more magical moments because connecting with wildlife is key: the floor-to-ceiling 180° views, and the pavilions’ private decks, mean you won’t miss a sight. Intriguing art has been thoughtfully placed, and each furnishing considered based on its eco-friendly design; from repurposed artefacts to bespoke creations. Sanctuary Swala treads with the lightest of footprints, without compromising on luxury.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 10:        Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park          (Fri, 21 February)

Day Itinerary

Enjoy walking safaris and night drives in addition to your standard shared vehicle safari at this camp.

Activities

Game Drive
Bush Breakfasts, Picnic & Dinners
Walking Safari
Night Game Drives
Beekeeping Project

Game Drive

Sanctuary Swala is at the heart of Tarangire National Park, where Northern Tanzania’s largest population of elephant makes its home, as does a rare white giraffe. Abandoned termite mounds become the sanctuary of dwarf mongoose. Drives out from Sanctuary Swala reward you with Big Five encounters, while herds of elephant, a crash of hippos and prides of lions all roam within sight and earshot of the camp. The low volume of visitors to the park offers a truly unique and private experience and our customised open safari vehicles offer unobstructed viewing and great photography opportunities.

Bush Breakfasts, Picnic & Dinners

You may have decided with your guide to take a picnic breakfast or lunch with you but equally lovely in the evening is to enjoy a bush dinner. A secluded clearing is prepared for a traditional East African meal in the middle of the Tarangire bush. With a sundowner in hand watch as the sun swiftly sinks and your setting becomes illuminated by a magnificent log fire. Once you have settled into your surroundings let our chef introduce you to traditional Swahili fare and experience a memorable evening under the African night sky.

Walking Safari

Put on your walking shoes and experience beautiful Tarangire National Park from a different perspective with a walking safari at Sanctuary Swala. With our professional walking guide and armed ranger, guests can now explore the grassland around camp in one of the most secluded areas of the park. Our qualified guide has a wealth of knowledge and will explain how to understand animal behaviour while tracking a variety of game. You may encounter zebra, waterbuck, impala, ostrich, elephant as well as a number of birds. Sanctuary Swala is one of only a few camps within Tanzania’s Northern Park that is able to offer walking safaris. (Maximum 6 people per walk, please note that our Walking Safari activity is currently unavailable and will restart at the beginning of the next dry season (15th July 2018)).

Night Game Drives

Experience the wonders of a safari at night in Tarangire. As dusk falls, relax in the comfort of Sanctuary Swala’s customised safari vehicle as you venture into the park transformed by night. Search for nocturnal animals rarely seen as this is one of the few places in northern Tanzania where you can enjoy a safari by moonlight. At night, you may encounter an African wild cat, the elusive leopard or feel the round eyes of a bushbaby peering down at you as the moon rises into the sky. With specialised lighting you will be able to look for lion and hyena, as well as smaller creatures such as spotted genet, serval, bat eared foxes, owls and nightjars. (Maximum 5 people)

Beekeeping Project

Sanctuary Swala has developed a beekeeping project located in the village of Mwika on the border of Tarangire National Park. Through beekeeping we are able to preserve the natural environment while providing a valuable source of income to the community. Sanctuary Swala not only provided the village with the materials to make the hives, but with the knowledge and the equipment to keep bees which produce organic acacia honey. The honey that is harvested is sold through Sanctuary Swala with all proceeds going back to the project. With the success of the first harvest of honey in August 2010 the project has plans to develop and grow to over 100 hives, providing more families with income from a traditional foodstuff. While at Sanctuary Swala you have the opportunity to meet with the beekeepers on a visit to Mwika village and learn firsthand how the project operates.

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 11:        Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park          (Sat, 22 February)

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 12:        Sanctuary Swala Camp, Tarangire National Park          (Sun, 23 February)

Basis

Full Board Plus – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast, Lunch and Activities

Day 13:        Zawadi Hotel, Michamvi Peninsula             (Mon, 24 February)

Michamvi Peninsula

Stretching over 10 kilometres in length and situated in the southeastern corner of Zanzibar, Michamvi Peninsula is renowned for its spectacular natural beauty, and its array of luxury hotels and tropical island retreats. The peninsula is famed for its pristine palm-fringed beaches lapped by calm crystal-clear waters. Visitors can look forward to a wide range of activities including: snorkelling in the calm waters, jumping on a diving excursion to the thriving barrier reef, and relaxing on the countless unspoilt beaches that line this scenic peninsula. Don’t miss the opportunity to visit Zanzibar’s most idyllically-set restaurant; perched on a coral outcrop and only accessible at low tide, ‘The Rock’ serves an impressive array fresh seafood including: prawns, fish, crab, and even crayfish.

Day Itinerary

After your last morning game drive take a flight to Zanzibar where you will be expected and transferred to your beach lodge.

Overnight: Zawadi Hotel    View iBrochure

Zawadi Hotel sits atop a cliff, with a spectacular view of the Indian Ocean, framed by swaying coconut palms and bougainvillea.  It is a private, intimate getaway beach retreat with only nine spacious villas. Designed in an elegant laid back beach style,  Zawadi is relaxed luxury at its best, lying on one of the most coveted  locations on the island of Zanzibar.

Zawadi Hotel offers breathtaking unrivalled views of the Indian Ocean stretching as far as the eye can see. At the center of the property the cliff recedes, creating a beautiful cove of pristine white sandy beach.  Guests can enjoy swimming in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean throughout the day and can go snorkeling straight from the beach.

Zawadi offers guests accommodation in 100 sqm villas with en-suite bathrooms and a spacious terrace directly overlooking the ocean. With a relaxed atmosphere and understated elegant beach decor, it is a tranquil, laid back hideaway offering guests an all-inclusive stay with the very best cuisine and personalized service.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 14:        Zawadi Hotel, Michamvi Peninsula             (Tue, 25 February)

Day Itinerary

Relax and enjoy the beautiful view over the Indian Ocean. Snorkeling, kayaking, tennis court or use of gym is available.

Or join optional snorkel trips to Oba Oba Lagoon. Sailing, kite surfing, diving are optional activities.

Consultant Notes

Low tide is at noon, so your best bets for swimming in the ocean without issues are early mornings and later afternoons. Low tides are lovely for searching for shells and other marine life left in pools near the shore.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 15:        Zawadi Hotel, Michamvi Peninsula             (Wed, 26 February)

Day Itinerary

Optional Tours available (add about one hour travel time from your hotel) NOT INCLUDED

Spice tour in Zanzibar is a 3 hour guided tour. Guest will have an opportunity to discover tropical fruits, spices and herbs, and some rare plants.  Get to see Zanzibar’s cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, cardamom, curry, pepper, tamarind, ginger, menthol and many other spices and herbs brought by the sultans of Oman across the Indian Ocean. Our guides will give you the detailed descriptions of what the various plants are used for, though not all of them are for food, some are used for medicine.

Jozani forest tour is a half day guided tour. The forest is also known as jozani chwaka bay national park. This forest holds the rare Red Colobus Monkeys that can not be seen anywhere else in the world.

Tourists may start by visiting a natural forest whereby the smaller trees and bushes make several sub-canopies under the highest canopy. However this attraction (natural forest) and the nature walk are just options to our clients.

Prison island tour is an half day tour. Prison Island is also known as Changuu island. The name “prison island” came after this unique island was used by some sultans of Zanzibar to detain the recalcitrant slaves.  Reached by about 25 to 30 minutes boat ride (motorized).

While you are on this Island, you will be able to swim, snorkel and take pictures with giant tortoises. When snorkeling watch colorful school of tropical fish eg black snapper, orange lined triggerfish, spotted garfish, barracuda, longfin bannerfish, emperor angelfish, rabbit fish, clown triggerfish, bluestripe snaper etc

This day tour will be best for snorkeling lovers and as well as beach relaxers but it also includes historical sites and the tortoises.

Stone Town  City Tour

Stone Town is an atmospheric and mystical town and is the cultural and historical heart of Zanzibar. It was constructed from coral stone during the 19th and 20th century. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 2000. Get to know the town, see historical sites and architecture, visit a local market,  the old slave market memorial and church, and the old sultan’s palace.

Stone Town is a very lively place where you’ll find a mixture of Arabic, African, Indian and European cultures living comfortably together. As you walk through the labyrinth of streets too narrow for cars to pass, you can see mosques, churches and temples side to side.

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 16:        Zawadi Hotel, Michamvi Peninsula             (Thu, 27 February)

Basis

Full Board – Dinner, Bed, Breakfast and Lunch

Day 17:        End of Itinerary   (Fri, 28 February)

Day Itinerary

Transfer to Zanzibar airport for your flight home.

Basis

Bed and Breakfast

Date Flight Airline Departure Airport Time Arrival Airport Time Class Ref
  Scheduled   Entebbe International Airport [EBB]   airstrip serving Gorilla Forest Camp      
  Charter Flight   Airstrip serving Gorilla Forest Camp   Serengeti Airstrip      
  Scheduled   Serengeti Airstrip   Airstrip serving Ngorongoro      
  Charter Flight   Airstrip serving Ngorongoro   Airstrip serving Swala Camp      
  Scheduled   Airstrip serving Swala Camp   Abeid Amani Karume International Airport [ZNZ]      

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