Experience one item on everyone’s bucket list – a Serengeti Safari.
Experience one item on everyone’s bucket list – a Serengeti Safari. Camp in the wild outback among lions and zebras, under a glowing bed of stars and galaxies. Visit a Maasai village, the only remaining tribe in this region of Africa who still live off the land, with traditions and lifestyle untouched from modern society – aside from having a personal cell phone. Next, migrate to the island of Zanzibar. Stone Town was a monumental force in the early trade industry, and the city is still teeming with history, culture, and vibrate experiences unlike anywhere else in the world. Spend a day sailing the crystal-clear waters, snorkeling, feeding giant tortoises, and feasting on fresh seafood. Adventure awaits on Pajé Beach, where smooth shallow waters create the perfect kiteboarding conditions. Intimidated? Good! That means this trip with grow you, challenge you, and change you. And you won’t regret a single moment.
Jambo (hello)! Welcome to Africa! Upon arrival to JRO, a tour operator will be holding a sign with your name on it. After soaking in the “I’ve finally arrived!” feeling, they will drive about 45 minutes to Arusha, where we all meet. If time allows, you may stop in Arusha for supplies, food, coffee, and souvenirs. Enjoy local artwork such as paintings and woodwork, not to mention beautiful (and expensive!) Tanzanite jewelry and stones. In the evening, we come together for dinner, introductions, a welcome bag, and trip overview.
Meet with local NGO who benefits from the State of Unity travelers. Meet the founders, learn the mission, and experience firsthand the impact of your assistance. Following, head to the local markets for souvenir shopping followed by dinner at a local favorite. Early to bed for an early start the following morning.
Early departure from Arusha takes us along the rim of Ngorongoro (gō-rō-gō-rō) Crater allowing for possible animal sightings before arriving to Serengeti National Park. The golden savannah and plains stretch as far as the eye can see, home to zebras, wildebeest, and giraffes. Picnic lunch is served on Naabai kopje for viewing of Serengeti’s famous pink-headed lizards. Don’t fear, they’re much smaller than we are! Following lunch, we continue deeper into the Serengeti. The drive is slow and leisurely to allow for wild game spotting. A traditional Maasai village Finally, we arrive to our campsite for dinner and games.
Today begins with a game drive into the central Serengeti. Songbirds and sunlight fill the savannah. The tour guide is an expert in animal prints, sharing knowledge and animal sightings along the way. The day is filled with scenic landscape, wildlife, and African culture. Overnight tenting in Ngorongoro Conservation allows for another night of group bonding and stargazing.
Early bird gets the worm! After breakfast, we hurry to Ngorongoro Crater to see wild game in their morning routine, then continuing on around the crater. The crater holds an animal ‘oasis,’ making it a likely place to spot the Big 5 (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant, Cape buffalo). Picnic lunch is enjoyed at a small lake that is home to hippos and migratory birds. It’s also quite likely to see hyenas, zebras, wildebeest, flamingos, and more. After a full day of sightseeing and animal spotting, we proceed to Mto wa Mbu to partake in Maasai culture.
An early and fast one-hour flight gets us to Stone Town. Former palaces and Arab mansions along the twisting streets of Stone Town hint at a grander age for this port city on the western coast of Zanzibar. The Old Fort, built in the 1700s to fend off the Portuguese, now hosts local performances, a café and an art gallery. Overstuffed bazaars lend an air of nonstop bustle, lined with local artwork, clothing, and cafes. An optional walking tour highlights the colorful history of the port. Enjoy time to walk the cobblestone streets, take a spice farm tour, explore the history center (strongly recommend), or relax at a café. In the evening, we get together as a group to hit the Forodhani Gardens Food Market. While Stone Town is one of the more touristy spots on this tour, it is predominately Muslim and conservative dress is recommended. You may also discover there are not many places serving alcohol/beer/wine.
Pack the sunscreen and get ready for a day on some of the brightest blue waters that exist. After breakfast, we meet our guides and jump aboard the dhow (Arab sailboat) for an island tour. One stop includes the popular Prison Island, a place rich with history and breathtaking views. Enjoy the unique opportunity to touch and feed the Aldabra Giant Tortoise or pass the time snorkeling in the crystal-clear water. The Pange Sandbank is equally as enchanting. Relax, snorkel, eat, breath. A tent on the beach for a feast fresh seafood, fruits, and local favorites is set up just for us. With full bellies and sun-kissed cheeks, we sail back to Stone Town as the sun sets on the horizon.
Enjoy the morning in Stone Town to finish up shopping, relaxing, or a quick tour before heading to Pajé Beach. Suit up for your first kite lesson! From the beach, your instructor will go over the basics of how to fly and control a kite. Or if you don’t care for kiting, soak in the sun, walk the beach, shop, or dine. The options are plentiful! In the evening, join the group for dinner at the world-famous Rock Restaurant and enjoy traditional spice tea, chocolate sausage, and handmade ice cream by a French chef.
Transport to Zanzibar airport or continue to travel on your own. Farewell, friends! We’ll be happy to share advice on what else to do if you’d like to extend your time. Adding on the Kilimanjaro or Mt. Meru hike before or after is the perfect way to take advantage of all Tanzania has to offer.
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