10 DAYS TANZANIA SAFARI WITH MAFIA ISLAND

PRICE:  from $3 284 p/person sharing

During this experience, you’ll visit the Northern Circuit and the less visited island of Mafia. This safari includes the park with the highest population of big cats, Serengeti National Park. It also includes Tarangire National Park known as the elephants’ playground and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Best time for this tour is December to end of February, and June to October.

DAY 1: ARRIVAL AND TRANSFER TO ARUSHA

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by one of our representatives. All of our guides are local Tanzanians and, with over 10 years of experience, they know this country and its secrets well. After a meet-and-greet you will be transferred to your hotel for your overnight stay.

Accommodation: Mvuli Hotel
Meals: Bed & breakfast
Drinks not included

DAY 2:  ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast at your hotel your driver guide will pick you up and head off to Tarangire National Park. Despite the relative secrecy of Tarangire, during the dry season it is part of the migratory movement, and is second only to Ngorongoro Crater in concentration of wildlife. There are more than 500 species of birds in Tarangire National Park. Thousands of parched animals flock to the watering holes and thousands more make their long way to the permanent water of the Tarangire River. Transit time 2 hrs.

Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

DAY 3:  KARATU TO SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

After breakfast transfer to the iconic Serengeti, which is known for the highest number of the big cats in Africa. Drive through the plains of the singing grass and the magnificent rocky outcrops – the Kopjes. Serengeti has it all! Transit time 4 hrs.

Accommodation: Into the Wild Africa
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

DAY 4:  SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK

Today you will enjoy a full game drive in the Serengeti. Overnight at Into the wild Africa.

Accommodation: Into the Wild Africa
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

DAY 5:  SERENGETI NATIONAL PARK TO NGORONGORO CRATER TO KARATU

After breakfast at the lodge, drive to the crater floor. Just 10 miles wide, Ngorongoro Crater was formed from a collapsed volcano. It is now a self-sustaining ecosystem with the densest predator population in all of Africa – you may be able to spot the Big 5 in a single afternoon. Later in the afternoon head off to Karatu for overnight. Transit time 3 hrs.

Accommodation: Marera Valley Lodge
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

DAY 6:  KARATU TO ARUSHA AIRPORT TO MAFIA ISLAND

After breakfast you’ll be transferred to Arusha airport for your flight to Mafia island. At Mafia airstrip, you will be transferred to your lodge for your overnight stay. A short ride across the island from the airport and the main town of Kilindoni, the lodge overlooks Chole Bay in the Mafia Island Marine Park. This intimate and lovely resort, situated in an old cashew and coconut plantation, provides a luxury stay amidst stylish décor and magnificent natural surroundings of the protected marine park. The swimming pool is surrounded by verdant gardens with sunbeds and alfresco lunchtime seating on the pool terrace. Transit time 3 hrs.

Accommodation: Kinasi Lodge
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

DAY 7 – 9:  MAFIA ISLAND

Over the next three days you can organize your own activities at your lodge (optional). Your lodge is not far from the main town of Kilindoni.

On your last day, transfer from the lodge to Mafia airport and then to Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar es salaam for your return flight home.

Accommodation: Kinasi Lodge
Meals: All meals included
Drinking water 1.5 litres (other drinks not included)

Price includes:

  • All accommodation as per the itinerary
  • Meals and activities as specified on detailed quote
  • Drinking water 1.5 litres per day
  • Park fees
  • English speaking driver guide
  • Land cruiser 4×4, with open roof, 2-way radio, fridge and a pair of binoculars
  • Tourism Levy & Conservation Fees
  • Flight from Arusha to Mafia
  • All the transfers including Mafia Island

Price excludes:

  • International flights
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance
  • Some meals, drinks & activities as specified on detailed quote (on request)
  • Items of a personal nature – e.g. tips for driver guide and the accommodation’s telephone, laundry etc.

Note:  Availability is subject to change at the time of confirmation.

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