10 Days Serengeti Calving Season & Zanzibar Luxury Holiday

10 days 9 nights Luxury Private
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10 Days

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Overview

This action-packed itinerary takes you to the very heart of the Wildebeest Migration’s calving season before whisking you away to the white sand beaches of Zanzibar to wrap up an unforgettable African

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adventure. You'll spy adorable Wildebeest calves on the Serengeti, spot the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, explore the historic streets of Stone Town, and wrap it all up with some well-earned R&R on Zanzibar's world-class beaches. About Calving Season (December to March) Life begins for a huge number of animals in the Ndutu region that straddles the southern Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. In the space of a few short weeks, the calving season sees half a million young wildebeest brought into the world - with an average of 8,000 wildebeest born each day. It is here that the vast herd begins to take shape, and it is here that the predators begin their yearlong assault upon the herd. With so many young and weak calves stumbling around, it becomes easy for the lions, leopards, and cheetahs to pick off a tasty morsel.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wildebeests in Serengeti National Park
  • Flamingos in Lake Manyara
  • Wildebeests in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Slave Market Memorial with Church in the Background in Stone Town on Zanzibar Island
  • Wildebeest and a calf & Zanzibar Beaches
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Itinerary

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  • Arrival in Arusha

    Upon arrival in Tanzania, you'll be greeted at the airport and taken to our Kahawa House in Arusha. You'll have the evening to relax and enjoy Africa's unique ambiance.

    • Grand Melia Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Arusha – Lake Manyara National Park

    You'll depart from Arusha after breakfast for the drive to Lake Manyara National Park. The journey takes approximately two hours, but we'll pass through the market town of Mto Wa Mbu along the way. This agricultural and fresh produce market is a melting pot of local cultures and a souvenir hunter's paradise. After a brief stop at the village market, you'll enter Lake Manyara National Park. The park is truly a photographer's playground and offers some of the best game viewing in the world. You can expect to see many of Africa's most well-known animals, with the tree-climbing lions a particular treat. These proud predators lounge in acacia trees practically begging to be photographed. Bird-watchers will find Lake Manyara is an absolute delight, with a huge variety of birds on display in the park. Even the novice can expect to be amazed by large flamingo flocks, circling birds of prey, and the brightly colored lilac-breasted roller. You'll then retire to your chosen accommodation for dinner and a good night's rest.

    • Marera View Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Ngorongoro Area – Serengeti National Park (Ndutu Region)

    We'll take an early breakfast, as we've got a big day of exploration and adventure ahead of us! We'll begin the day with the scenic drive towards the Serengeti. Along the way, we'll pass through the mist-shrouded rainforests of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area where you might be lucky enough to glimpse cape buffalo, baboons, or even elephants and leopards in the dense undergrowth. It's a nearly four-hour drive to the Serengeti park gates, but you can choose to break up the drive with one or both of the below optional activities:

    Oldupai Gorge Museum: Sometimes known as the Cradle of Mankind, the Oldupai Gorge Museum commemorates some of the oldest evidence of human habitation ever found. Here you can see some of the oldest fossil evidence in the world of human habitation, visit the Oldupai Gorge Museum to learn more about the human journey, and take in the stunning views of this stark gorge country.

    Maasai boma visit: Pay a visit to one of the famous Maasai bomas, where you'll have the opportunity to witness (and participate in) traditional Maasai dance, tour an authentic Maasai village, and even do a little souvenir shopping at the local market.

    Both of the above activities attract an additional cost. Speak with your safari expert about adding them to your itinerary. You'll then make your way into the Ndutu region of the park, where tens of thousands of young Wildebeest take their first steps on the long road towards the distant Maasai Mara. You'll have time for an afternoon game drive through the region before checking into your accommodation.

    • Lake Masek Tented Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Explore the Magic Offered By Ndutu

    You'll be up before dawn so that we can enjoy a sunrise game drive along the shores of Lake Ndutu. As far as the eye can see, thousands upon thousands of animals graze on the lush grass. You'll then head to the nearby Gol Plains, where you'll have the chance to spot carnivores such as cheetahs and lions in action while it is still cool enough for them to hunt. Here, it's on to Lake Masek, a freshwater lake that is home to water birds and hippopotamuses. Surrounding the lake is enough undergrowth to attract elephants, giraffes, and antelopes, making it a fantastic place to snap pictures of these beautiful creatures against a unique backdrop. You'll then venture out onto the Serengeti proper for a game drive. Here you'll have the chance to spot graceful giraffes and leaping antelopes, foraging hyenas, lean cheetahs, shy leopards, and the regal lions that have become symbolic of Africa.

    • Lake Masek Tented Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ndutu Region – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

    After breakfast, we get right on the road back towards the Ngorongoro Crater. Our drive takes us back through the Serengeti via a different route, offering plenty of opportunities to spot the animals that eluded you on day two. As far as the eye can see, you’ll spot thousands upon thousands of animals in herds; wildebeests and zebras migrating together, tall and graceful giraffes, jumping antelopes and gazelles, the powerful African elephant and the most respected group of animals: the predators. You will have the chance to spot lean cheetahs and shy leopards, foraging hyenas, and last but not least, the king himself; the lion. Dinner and overnight on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

    • Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha – Zanzibar

    After breakfast, you'll depart for Ngorongoro Crater; considered by some to be the Eighth Wonder of the World. When you get your first glimpse of this vast, verdant caldera from the panoramic viewpoint, you'll soon understand why it has earned such a lofty reputation. Home to over 120 species of mammal including the fabled Big Five, the Ngorongoro Conservation Area is one of the most sought after safari destinations in the world. It's a particularly good place to see the endangered black rhinoceros enjoying a lonely meal out on the grass plains, as well as a place to see large numbers of hippopotamus enjoying the cool water. From the comfort of your open-top vehicle, you'll be able to observe and photograph some of Africa's most recognizable faces. The crater is home to a large number of predators including lions, leopards, cheetahs, jackals, and hyenas, as well as a large population of wildebeest, zebras, antelope, Cape buffalo, and more. It is truly one of Africa's premier safari destinations. After the thrills and excitement of the day, you will have a picnic lunch by the park's famous hippo pool. Thereafter, you will drive back to Arusha for your scheduled flight to Stone Town. Upon arrival, a Moonlight Tours Expedition driver will whisk you away to your Stone Town accommodation.

    • Zanzibar Serena Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Stone Town

    After breakfast, you'll be picked up by your guide for a day of cultural exploration. Your day starts with a guided tour of Stone Town's labyrinthine alleys, bustling market bazaars, and historic sites. You'll learn about the city's history as a spice port, its dark period as a major slave port, and the many times control of the island has changed hands. After your exploration is complete, you'll head to a local spice plantation for your chance to taste, smell, see, and even cook with the herbs, spices, and tropical fruits that first put Zanzibar on the map. It's a terrific way to engage with the local culture and have a delicious meal at the same time!

    • Zanzibar Serena Hotel
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    Stone town – Zanzibar Costal {Nungwi}

    You'll be picked up after breakfast and whisked away to your beachfront accommodation. You'll have today to relax and enjoy Zanzibar's famous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Upon request, Moonlight Tours Expedition can assist in arranging additional guided tours and day trips.

    • Matemwe Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Relax On Nungwi Beach

    You'll have today to relax and enjoy Zanzibar's famous white sand beaches and turquoise waters. Upon request, Moonlight Tours Expedition can assist in arranging additional guided tours and day trips.

    • Matemwe Lodge
    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    Zanzibar Costal – Stone Town

    You'll be picked up after breakfast and taken to Zanzibar Airport for your onward travel.

    • None/On Request
    • Meals: Breakfast & Lunch

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Matemwe Lodge

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Lake Masek Tented Lodge

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  • Bar
  • Bedrooms
  • Dining Area
  • Bathrooms
  • Child friendly
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Reviews

4.9

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Wonderful and luxury Safari

Moonlight has prepare a special trip for us : Starting from Kilimandjaro airport Passing through Tarangire national parc Ngorongoro crater Conservation area Ndutu migration Area Serengeti National parc Recommanded moonlight accomodation : Melia lodge serengeti Dream Farm karatu Moonlight tours expedition are very professional. They have do their best to satisfy us during this memorable trip. We enjoyed all the trip. Frédérick know very well his job , he never disturb us during the trip . He make our dream unforgettable. I recommend highly this tour operator : Very Good meet and greet in the airport Very Good choose for the lodges and hotels Very Good food ! We eat very well ! Very Good Safari experience Very Good picnic launch in the safari Very Good Safari price Very Good luxury experiences

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How 2 Book Your Safari

• You make an inquiry.

• We contact you to set up an initial phone consultation (one person or whole group).

• We develop a first draft itinerary.

• Several variations are made until the perfect itinerary is reached.

• Prior to going to contract we have our office in Arusha run a comprehensive availability check on all accommodations and request provisional bookings.

• If all accommodations are available, you are sent a final contract/itinerary for signing and your deposit is due (see Terms & Conditions). If availability is not possible at some of your desired locations, we seek out alternate options prior to going to contract.

• Once you sign and return your contract, our office in Arusha submits booking vouchers and makes necessary deposits to all the accommodations to finalize the bookings.

• Signed and stamped booking vouchers are scanned and emailed to you as confirmation of your bookings.

Late Bookings

When booked well in advance (6 months or more), there is usually no problem in securing all the desired accommodations. However, when we encounter full locations, we place immediate bookings at alternate locations and then, time permitting, present these options to you for a final decision. Typically, we have been very good at getting excellent locations, even last minute. While it is true that many lodges do indeed fill up quickly, we find that rooms usually open up as the date gets closer due to the release of rooms from block bookings.

What are block bookings?

It is common for large tour operators who organize group tours to book a block of rooms in anticipation that their pre-­planned itineraries will operate at full capacity. Many lodges allow block bookings without deposit, but force the tour operators to pay for these rooms or release them as the actual dates get near (between 45 and 60 days in advance). What does this mean for a private tour? It means that sometimes it can be difficult to secure certain accommodations that cater to group tours.

Included

  • Park fees
  • All activities (unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation (unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • All Meals (as specified in the day-by-day section)
  • Drinking water on all days

Excluded

  • International flights (from/to home)
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Tips (tipping guideline from $10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items (souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees
  • Alcohol drinks

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