Africa wildlife royal travel adventure safari
by Air and Road
Duration 10 days / 9 nights
Arusha, Western Serengeti, Selous Game Reserve and Zanzibar
Cost; from $5,433.00.00 per person
This extensive and highly varied air safari begins with a night in a stone-built ‘cottage’ room on the shores of Lake Duluti, which lies amid coffee plantations in the foothills of Mount Meru. Next, a short flight takes you into the heart of the mighty Serengeti, whose name means ‘the place of the endless plains’ and which is home to unrivalled herds of migratory plains game and their attendant cast of predators. Here, you will stay in classic tented accommodation and can enjoy a whole day on safari in Tanzania’s largest and most famous national reserve before flying on to Africa’s largest and least-visited reserve, the legendary Selous.
Here you will be accommodated in the exceptionally luxurious Mivumo River Lodge, which overlooks the Rufiji River, and offers a unique selection of river safaris, river-side sundowners and guided walks. Finally, fly north-east and over the Indian Ocean to the romantic island of Zanzibar where the superb Serena Zanzibar Inn stands in the centre of Stone Town, one of Africa’s most ancient Swahili settlements.
Duration: 10 Days
1Arrival - Arusha
This Safari commences from Kilimanjaro Airport, Arusha, Tanzania, where after clearing all formalities, you will be met by our local reception team, who will drive you to Arusha Mountain Village (60kms). Set against the backdrop of the wooded slopes of Mount Meru, this village-styled lodge stands amid coffee plantations on the shores of Lake Duluti and has been styled to echo the ambience of the coffee farm that originally stood on this site. Standing at the gateway to the famous Tanzanian ‘Northern Safari Circuit’, the lodge offers a broad range of attractions, which include: walking, mountain biking, and canoeing on the lake. Dinner and overnight at Arusha Mountain Village.
2Arusha to Western Serengeti
After an early-morning wake-up call and breakfast at Serena Mountain Village, depart by road to Kilimanjaro Airport to connect with your 8am flight to Grumeti Airstrip, Western Serengeti (arrival 9.30am). Arriving at 9.30am, you will be met by our local reception team, who will conduct you on a game drive through the world-famous Serengeti National Park before arriving at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp in time for lunch. One of the most exclusive of our many safari venues and a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World group, Kirawira promises the epitome of classic ‘Out of Africa’ safari camp style, while enjoying a unique location adjacent to the famous western corridor of the Serengeti National Park, the arena for the ‘Greatest Wildlife Show on Earth’, the annual migration of over one million wildebeest.
Morning and afternoon game drives, all meals and overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp.
Y3; Western Serengeti
With a whole day on safari in the Serengeti, you have unrivalled access to all that this renowned biosphere has to offer. Your package also includes game drives morning and afternoon and the services of a dedicated (English-speaking) driver/guide. Vast and sensational, the Serengeti covers 14,763 sq km of endlessly rolling savannah plains, and is Tanzania’s first-established, largest and most famous park. Here, twice a year, propelled by the rains, 1.3 million wildebeest, 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle gather to undertake an 800 km trek to new grazing lands. The precise timing of the migration varies but generally the herbivores congregate and move out at the end of May, sometimes over a period of weeks, sometimes over a period of as little as three or four days. Heading west on a roughly triangular 800-km circuit they head to the Masai Mara National Reserve of Kenya. When the grazing here is exhausted the tide of herbivores turns and reverses its progress returning to the short grass plains of Tanzania.
Morning and afternoon game drives, all meals and overnight at Kirawira Luxury Tented Camp.
4; Western Serengeti to Selous Game Reserve
After breakfast at the camp, drive to Grumeti Airstrip to connect with the 9.35pm flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport, Arusha, where you will connect with the onward 45-minute flight to Stiegler’s Airstrip in the Selous National Reserve. Upon arrival at 3.10pm, you will be met by our welcoming team and driven to Mivumo River Lodge with a game drive enroute. Built out on timbered decks above the banks of the mighty Rufiji River with long views down the plunging torrents of Stiegler’s Gorge, this traditional timber and thatch lodge offers just twelve luxurious chalets, each of which stands on its own river-view deck, with rain shower and private plunge pool. After an afternoon river boat safari, enjoy sundowners on a sandbank in the river before returning to the lodge in time for dinner overlooking the river, which is home to unprecedented numbers of hippos and crocodiles.
Lunch, dinner and overnight at Mivumo River Lodge.
5 / 6Mivumo River Lodge - Selous Game Reserve
With two days on safari in the magnificent Selous, you have a unique opportunity to experience everything that this vast and magnificent reserve has to offer. Covering 55,000sq kms of dense bush and savannah the Selous protects over one million large animals, the largest buffalo concentration in Africa; over half of Tanzania’s elephants and one third of Africa’s entire population of the rare and endangered wild dog. As for activities, your dedicated safari guide will be delighted to tailor a personal schedule that can include game drives, guided walks, river boat safaris, fishing trips, hot-spring bathing and your choice of river picnics and scenic sundowners.
All meals and overnight at the Mivumo River Lodge
7; Selous Game Reserve to Zanzibar
After breakfast at the lodge, depart for a morning game drive followed by a leisurely lunch at the lodge. After lunch, take another game drive arriving at Stigler’s Airstrip in time to connect to your 3.15pm flight to Zanzibar Airport. Upon arrival, you will be met by our representative, who will drive you the short distance into Stone Town, and the fabulous Serena Inn. Idyllically situated on the sea-front of ancient Stone Town, and flanked by an exotic mix of sultan’s palaces, Portuguese forts, ancient dhow harbors, and bright bazaars, the Zanzibar Serena Inn is a haven of tranquility and opulence amongst the bustle of one Africa’s most ancient and most enchanting towns. A member of the prestigious Small Luxury Hotels of the World, the inn has been styled to represent the epitome of Swahili style, ethnic elegance and Arabic opulence, Dinner and overnight at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.
8 / 9 Zanzibar Serena Inn / Stone Town
With two days to relax on this world-famous island, your choice of activities includes a guided tour of ancient Stone Town (to include The House of Wonders, the Sultan’s Palace, Livingstone’s House, The National Museum, the Hamamni Baths, the Chukwani, Mtoni and Maruhubi Palaces, the Persian baths of Kidichi, the cathedral and old slave market, and The Old Dispensary Cultural Centre); a tour of island’s famous spice gardens; and a trip on a traditional Swahili dhow, where cocktails will be served as you watch the sunset over the bay.
Y10; Departure from Zanzibar
Also included is a day trip at the Serena’s exclusive Mangapwani Beach Club, which is located on the unspoilt northwest coast of Zanzibar (a short drive from the Inn), and offers white sandy beaches, sumptuous seafood barbecue lunch, luxury day beds and changing facilities, swimming, nature trails and the famous Mangapwani Slave Caves.
Breakfast, dinner and overnight at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.
After a leisurely breakfast at the Inn, spend your time before departure relaxing by the pool or exploring the winding lanes of Stone Town. You will then be transported to Zanzibar International Airport to connect with your homeward flight.
One night’s full-board accommodation at Serena Mountain Village, Arusha, two nights full-board accommodation at Kirawira Tented Camp, three nights full-board accommodation at Mivumo River Lodge (inclusive of all activities, fine wines and spirits and laundry) and three nights half-board accommodation at the Zanzibar Serena Inn.
Private ground transportation in custom-built 4WD safari vehicles together with the services of an English-speaking driver-guide.
All flights (Arusha-Grumeti-Selous-Zanzibar) and internal transfers;
Park and reserve entrance fees.
A Stone Town tour, sunset dhow cruise, spice tour and day trip to Mangapwani Beach Club (inclusive of beach BBQ).
International air fares to and from your point of departure.
Visa charges for entry into Kenya and Tanzania.
All items of expenditure of a personal nature (other than those provided as indicated in the package), such as: drinks, laundry, telephone calls, gratuities, personal travel insurances etc.
TERMS & CONDITIONS
Rates: All rates are quoted on a per person basis unless otherwise stated and are inclusive of all relevant taxes, levies, surcharges and service charges. Tour costs are based on all known costs and rates of exchange as at the 01st July 2010. Should these be subject to change in the interim (due to reasons beyond the control of The Global Adventure Safaris ltd), they will be passed on to the client. The Global Adventure Safaris ltd retains the right to alter any arrangements (as outlined above), which may become necessary due to prevailing local conditions/and/or events beyond our control.
Confirmations and deposits: Upon confirmation of your safari details, we will require a 25% non-refundable deposit on the total cost of the tour, the balance of which must be paid 46 days prior to your arrival. We regret that in the absence of the above, we will be unable to confirm your safari; and in the absence of our receipt of full payment as indicated, your reservation will be cancelled (with the forfeit of the 25% deposit indicated).
Cancellations: All cancellations must be made in writing to us at the address indicated below. Cancellations will be incurred as indicated below:
Between 30-45 days prior to date of commencement of tour: no refund of deposit.
Below 30 days prior to the date of the commencement of the tour no refund of the remaining tour costs.
Refunds/cancellation levies: We regret that in the event that any portion of your safari is unused (after the safari has commenced) no refunds regarding the unused portion will be possible. Note: these
Cancellation terms do not include the cancellation penalties levied on airfares (locally or internationally).
Payment: We accept payment via the following credit cards: Visa, Access/Master Card, American Express, JCB, Senator, and Diners Club International. We also accept proprietary traveler’s cheques. We regret that we are unable to accept personal cheques in the absence of prior clearance.
Child policy: Children under the age of two sharing a room with one or two adults are accommodated on a complimentary basis. Children between the ages of two and twelve sharing a room with one or two adults will be charged 50% of the adult rate or 75% of this rate if they are accommodated in a separate room. Young adults between the age of 13 and 17 years of age will be charged 75% of the adult rate regardless of whether they are sharing a room with their accompanying adults, or occupying a room of their own.
Tour completion preclusion: The Global Adventure Safaris ltd retains the right to deny completion of the stated tour (as outlined above) to any person who, for whatsoever reason, is deemed to have caused undue hazard or inconvenience to his/her fellow travelers.
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