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Tanzania & Zanzibar Lodges & Camping safari, 15 days

 On this tour you will visit Tanzania national parks which enjoy worldwide fame. In the legendary Ngorongoro Crater and the endless savannas of the majestic Serengeti National Park the "big five" are easy to observe. In Tarangire National Park majestic baobabs and diverse wildlife will keep you fascinated. In Zanzibar, the Swahili culture is intriguing. Wander through the narrow streets of Stone Town and relax on the most beautiful palm-fringed, white sandy beaches with a turquoise sea. 

Join our international groups with active travelers, of all ages. Most will come from Holland and Belgium, but you will find they have an excellent command of English. Your tour leader addresses the group in Dutch and English. Our skilled land crew have worked with Djoser for over 30 years.

Join us for unforgettable cultural, nature and local experiences!

Itinerary

  1. Arusha
  2. Arusha – Mto wa Mbu
  3. Mto wa Mbu, optional excursion Lake Manyara NP
  4. Mto Wa Mbu – Serengeti N. P., afternoon, game drive
  5. Serengeti NP, morning and afternoon, game drives
  6. Serengeti NP. – Ngorongoro Crater, game drive – Karatu
  7. Karatu – Tarangire NP., game drive – Arusha
  8. Arusha – Pangani
  9. Pangani – Dar es Salaam
  10. Dar es Salaam, ferry to Zanzibar (Stone Town)
  11. Zanzibar (Stone Town)
  12. Zanzibar (beach)
  13. Zanzibar (beach)
  14. Zanzibar, ferry to Dar es Salaam
  15. Dar es Salaam

Day by day

 On the Road With Djoser

Djoser's active journeys offer an ideal balance of guidance and freedom. Our guide-assisted adventures cover the globe and feature wildlife, beautiful natural settings, historic sights and authentic cultural experiences. For most Djoser trips the daily schedule is not rigidly set, however on safari, the route and safety issues in national parks will often dictate our daily schedule and activity options.

Our travel days are obviously fixed, but each day the program may deviate depending on the preferences of the group, in consultation with the tour leader. The tour guide offers a program daily, with planned excursions. You are never obligated to participate. Those who desire more freedom may go out exploring or may dine on their own. Your tour leader can offer suggestions for safe explorations and fun restaurants. You will find that Djoser participants will take advantage of this flexibility. We believe a sense of discovery is an integral element of a great trip.

We offer the land program only. Below, you will find the day-to-day description days numbered to correspond with that of the Dutch participants (which includes their transit days from/to Amsterdam). This is so that when you are traveling and refer to this day-to-day description, all travelers will be “on the same page” or the same day number.

Arusha and Lake Manyara National Park
Day 1 Arusha
Day 2 Arusha - Mto Wa Mbu
Day 3 Mto Wa Mbu, optional excursion Lake Manyara National Park

You will book your flights into Kilimanjaro as our land program begins / Tanzania safari in Arusha. We travel by safari truck and take time to observe wildlife during many game drives. We stay mostly in hotels, lodges and at the beach in Pangani and Zanzibar, in nice bungalows. Five nights (day 2/6), you stay in a tent (that you will pitch yourself) in a campground in the middle of beautiful nature. A camp courier prepares fantastic meals for us in on safari. Participants are expected to help with preparation and clean up of meals on a rotational basis.

We travel the next day from Arusha to Mto wa Mbu. Along the way, we can all enjoy scenic views and we see Masai herders wearing bright red shawls. In the village of Mto Wa Mbu, you can see how banana beer is brewed. The village is in a beautiful setting. A walk or a cycle ride is a good way to explore nature.

It is possible to participate in an optional excursion to the beautiful Lake Manyara National Park. The lake is situated in a gorge of the mighty Rift Valley. We drive through a dense forest where apes and baboons stare us down. Also in the park is the forest instead of a plain with mopane bushes around the lake for which the park takes its name. This is the meeting place for many animals including waterbuck, hippos, wildebeest, impala and other predators. The lake is also a stopping place for several bird species like flamingos, pelicans and ospreys.

Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
Day 4 Mto Wa Mbu - Serengeti national park, afternoon game drive
Day 5 Serengeti national park, morning and afternoon game drive
Day 6 Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater, game drive - Karatu

Serengeti is the Masai word for "endless plain". It is the most famous park in Tanzania. Along with the Masai Mara in Kenya, the area is a large ecosystem with the largest remaining concentration of animals in Africa. The Serengeti National Park is ideal for safari. The park is renowned for its density of wildlife. The nature is magnificent. The park consists of open grasslands, rocky outcrops, savannah and forested areas. In the Serengeti live large herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles. Also you have a chance to encounter lions, cheetahs and leopards. Of course we take time for extensive game drives and we sleep two nights in the park in the wild.

On the way to the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater we pass manyattas, the villages of the Masai. We can see the herdsman with their red shawls from afar. Ngorongoro, the largest crater in the world, has a diameter of 12.4 miles. This is Tanzania's most visited park. The permanent presence of water attracts the large concentration of wildlife, including the “big five”.

Hippos share the pools sometimes with flamingos and with any luck we can see the black rhino. At the edge of the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, we leave the truck behind. With Land Rovers we descend to the bottom of the crater. After our visit we travel back to the town of Karatu.

Tarangire National Park
Day 7 Karatu - Tarangire National Park, game drive - Arusha
Day 8 Arusha - Pangani
Day 9 Pangani Day - Dar es Salaam

In Tarangire National Park, the river ensures that there is always water available, making this park ideal for the large herds of elephants throughout the year. Elephants toss red dust on their backs with their trunks to cool off. Baby elephants frolic in a pool of water with their elders. Predators like cheetahs, leopards and hyenas keep watch on the buffalo, zebras, giraffes and various antelope species closely.

The lions of this park are expert tree climbers. Wetlands attract foraging birds all year, including pelicans. At the edges of the vast grasslands are a thousand years old baobabs. We stay overnight in Arusha.

Zanzibar
Day 10 Dar es Salaam, ferry to Zanzibar (Stone Town)
Day 11 Zanzibar (Stone Town)
Day 12 Zanzibar (beach)
Day 13 Zanzibar (beach)
Day 14 Zanzibar ferry to Dar es Salaam
Day 15 Dar es Salaam – land ends

In Dar es Salaam, we catch the ferry to Zanzibar. The exotic spice island is a perfect end of this particular journey. The first two nights we stay at a hotel in the historic Stone Town. You can spend hours wandering through the maze of narrow streets with small shops and along old houses with beautifully carved wooden doors. Check out the house of David Livingstone or the old slave dungeons.

The last days we stay in beach bungalows. You can snorkel or dive or take interesting excursions on the island. We take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where our program comes to an end.

Dates and prices

Departure dates 2018

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Dec-23-18Jan-06-19$3,6500 seats

Departure dates 2019

Land Begins Land Ends Price Availability  
Jan-06-19
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Jan-20-19$3,5206 seatsbook now >
Feb-24-19
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Mar-10-19$3,6506 seatsbook now >
Apr-21-19
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May-05-19$3,4559 seatsbook now >
Jul-15-19Jul-28-19$3,52020 seatsbook now >
Jul-29-19Aug-11-19$3,52016 seatsbook now >
Aug-12-19Aug-25-19$3,52018 seatsbook now >
Sep-16-19Sep-29-19$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Sep-30-19Oct-13-19$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Oct-14-19Oct-27-19$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Oct-28-19Nov-10-19$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Nov-11-19Nov-24-19$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Dec-23-19Jan-05-20$3,52020 seatsbook now >

Departure dates 2020

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Jan-13-20Jan-26-20$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Feb-24-20Mar-08-20$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Apr-13-20Apr-26-20$3,45520 seatsbook now >
Apr-27-20May-10-20$3,45520 seatsbook now >

Conditions "Guaranteed leave"

Price includes

 Included in our Tanzania safari package: land package (begins & ends at hotel), lodgings , tour leader (as a logistics coordinator, not a lecturer) speaks Dutch & English, city-to-city transport by private bus, excursions according to program, domestic flights, breakfasts.

Inclusives value = $350

Price excludes

 Excluded in our Tanzania safari package: international flights from/to United States, dinners in Nairobi Dar es Saalam, and optional excursions, entrance fees if not specifically named as included, Tanzania tourist visa, exit taxes (if applicable), tips, personal expenses, travel insurance, airport transfers at arrival & departure.

Cost Overview

$440 Single accommodations

$210 Estimated out of pocket weekly 

$40 . Tip pot per person (does not include tip for guide) 

$150  Zanizibar - Hotel extension - Single Room 

$150  Zanizibar - Hotel extension - Double Room 

Practical information

Accommodations & Meals

 Accommodations - In Arusha and Dar es Salaam we stay in hotels and in Pangani and Zanzibar in beach bungalows. In Dar es Salaam rooms are available so you can freshen up for the return flight home. We stay in the various wildlife parks (5 nights from day 2/6) in easy to set up dome tents, equipped with mosquito netting. We take care of all the camping gear and a sleeping mat. You will need to bring a sleeping bag. The campgrounds are simple but they arein great locations surrounded by nature so you get the most of your Africa experience.

Some examples of our usual hotels (subject to change)

Arusha Outpost Lodge
Zanzibar Sunset Bungalows
Dar el Salaam Kipepeo Lodge

Single room - Djoser is single friendly! If you are traveling solo, we will match you with a same-sex roommate. If we cannot match you, there will be no additional room charge. For a reasonable charge, you may request single accommodations, subject to availability. Just indicate this preference on your booking form. You will find pricing for single accommodations on "Dates & Prices" page.


Hotel extensions - It is always great to be well-rested when you begin a journey such as this. If you would like to book an extension hotel night upon arrival in the city where the land program begins, let us know on your booking form. You will find the prices for extension nights listed in the "Dates & Prices" page.

Meals - The meals during the Tanzania safari (camping nights) are included in the price. During the trip a camp courier accompanies the group. He will purchase and prepare meals on safari. Breakfast and lunch during the safari usually consist of a snack with jam, cheese, fruit / pasta salad, (fried ) eggs, coffee and tea. The evening meal usually consists of a western meal. On all these trips we ask of our participants to lend a helping hand in the preparation and clean-up of meals and dishes, on a rotating basis. In Arusha, Pangani, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar meals are not included and you have the freedom to choose where and with whom you will eat. In some places in Zanzibar only African cuisine is served, for example at the night market on the quay. Western meals are also served in various hotels and restaurants in the center of town. There are India, Chinese and Italian restaurants.

Flights & Transportation

 Booking your international flight - We provide the land package and transportation within the program as described. We do not arrange international flights from or to the United States or Canada. The land program will begin approximately two hours after the arrival of the Netherlands (NL) participants who will be arrive from Amsterdam. The land program will end about 4 hours prior to their scheduled departure time, which allows for time to get to the airport. The proposed flights for the Dutch participants and the land beginning and end times are listed in this section. They are subject to change based on flight delays or changes. We will keep you posted of any flight changes that we are aware of prior to the trip. When scheduling your flights, keep the following times in mind:

Dutch participants' proposed flights: (subject to change)
Airline: Turkish Airlines
NL participants arrive: Arusha 1:15  AM
NL participants depart: Dar es Salaam 5:40 AM

Before you book your flight - To avoid flight change or cancellation costs get email confirmation from our office that the trip has enough participants to be a “GO”.

Verify the spelling of your name-within 24 hours - When you book your flights, double check your flight records to confirm that your name is spelled on your ticket exactly as it appears on your passport. Some companies (for example, ORBITZ) will only allow a 24 hour window to correct any errors without penalty. You may incur heavy fees for changes, forfeiture of your flight ticket, or even worse, you could be denied entry to a border upon arrival.

Send us a copy of your flight itinerary - We will forward to the tour leader so they will know when to expect you at the hotel and when you will be departing.

Keep in mind hotel extensions - If the Dutch travelers arrive early in the morning, we recommend that you arrange to fly in the day or night before so you will be meet the group. Some trips involve an immediate transfer from airport to the next town so make sure you will arrive before the others so you don’t miss the first meeting or transfer to the next location. We can arrange an extension hotel night for you. Prices for hotel extensions can be found in the "Dates & Prices" section

If the Dutch participants arrive in the late evening - Should they arrive very late in the evening, the group will have their first meeting in the morning in the hotel lobby. You can check in earlier and relax or explore on your own.

Airport transfer to/from hotel – not Included - If you will be arriving and or departing on the same flight as the Dutch travelers let us know. Then you can join them on the bus for the group transfer at no additional charge. Notify us in advance so we can alert the tour leader. If you schedule your flight at the same time as theirs, or later, you can join them on the group transfer to the airport at no additional charge. Otherwise, you can take an authorized taxi to the first hotel on the list we have provided for you. Private airport transfers can be very costly . If your flight is delayed, they are difficult to reschedule or cancel. With a taxi, you are not charged for waiting time or cancellations.

Useful Links for booking your flights
Orbitz.com
Expedia.com
Kayak.com

Local transportation - During this trip we use a safari truck that can handle the the dirt roads in the wildlife parks well. The roads on most main routes are paved. We use specially equipped for safari trucks. These are practical, equipped trucks with storage space for luggage, camping equipment and supplies. During the stay in Zanzibar we do not have transportation. Transfers are performed here with minivans.

Money Matters

 A summary of all trip costs can be found on our "Dates & Prices" page. Prices may fluctuate throughout the year depending on currency exchange, gas costs, etc.

Included in our Tanzania safari prices

Land package (begins & ends at hotel)
Transport by safari truck
Ferry crossings
National park fees
Use camping equipment
Meals during safari (day 2 until lunch day 7)
English speaking driver / guide
Breakfast at Pangani, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar
Services of traveling camp courier / cook
Hotel and five nights camping
Game Drives according to program
Excursion in the Ngorongoro Crater with jeeps
National park fees and meals during safari worth $400


While you are traveling

Local currency: Tanzania - Shillings
ATM Machines: Avail in larger cities
Other Cash accepted: U.S. dollars. Small denominations. Newer, undamaged bills
Credit cards: Accepted only at larger hotels. Not accepted in smaller places

Tipping - It is customary to tip for services rendered. The tour leader will organize a tip jar at the beginning of the trip, from which tips to drivers, guides, hotel staff are paid. Depending on the size of the group, each participant will be asked to contribute $40 to $50. This does not include a tip for your tour leader. Tipping the tour leader is appreciated and the amount up to your discretion.

** You will find a list of all trip costs in the "Dates & Prices" section, including your estimated out of pocket costs.

Excursions

 Freedom and choice are important elements of a Djoser trip. In addition to scheduled group activities, wherever possible, you may decide which attractions you wish to visit, and with whom. Unless otherwise indicated, entrance fees are not included in the price, so you have the freedom to make your own choices. One person may prefer to stroll through the market in search of bargains, while someone else may want to relax by the pool, go to a museum, or take a bike ride. Join the guide or break off with others in the group to explore on foot or with the local transport. Some attractions should not be missed, or they are not easily accessible, or are en route to our next overnight location and are therefore built into the program. In the "Dates & Prices" section you will find the estimated out-of-pocket, weekly expenses that have calculated in typical entry fees in addition to meals and other costs.

During our Tanzania safari tours, the following excursions are included in the program:

Entrance fees and game drive in Serengeti National Park
Entrance fees and all day game-drives in Serengeti National Park. We take a picnic lunch
Entrance fees and a game drive with four wheel drive cars in Ngorongoro Crater
Entrance fees and game drive in Tarangire National Park

Travel Documents

 When you book a trip we will provide you with more details about necessary documents. Passports should be current and valid for at least 6 months beyond your departure date. If a visa is required, you may need extra pages in your passport for your stamps. Check all visa requirements carefully and leave yourself plenty of time to send and receive documents before your trip.

Travel documents needed
Tanzania tourist visa needed - YES Consulate link

Visa expeditor - If you are anxious about the visa process, or if you are short of time, you can pay an additional fee for an expediting service. They will look over your paperwork and should be able to guaranty a swift return of your visa or passport. We recommend TRAVISA.

Health Issues & Insurance

 Health - Check for the Center for Disease Control – Travelers information for recommendations. Keep in mind that they may recommend an inoculation or medication such as malaria pills, which may be necessary for one specific part of a country but not another, or for a particular season. Shots are expensive. Make sure to get only what is needed. We recommend asking your doctor for a prescription to combat a more serious intestinal disorder.

When you book a trip we will provide you with information regarding the usual recommendations for the region we will visit. You will be responsible to check with your travel clinic or physician to review your plans and to find out the most up-to-date recommendations and needs for your particular situation. Plan to get your inoculations four to six weeks in advance of your trip. Some offices may need to preorder the medicines so call in advance. It is wise to pay careful attention to what you eat. Also, we recommend you bring medicines such as pain-killer and for remedy for intestinal disorders (such as immodium) Bring a small first aid kit. Tweezers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, insect repellant, salt rehydration tablets. The tour leader will have a first aid kit.

Climate and altitude changes can sometimes cause illness. Be sure to drink plenty of water. Bottled water is readily available. Excessive alcohol intake contributes to dehydration and makes you more vulnerable to illness. Make sure that you get plenty of rest and enough food and drink during the trip.

Most people are recommended to get

Vaccination against DTP, hepatitis A and possibly yellow fever.
Malaria tablets
Vaccination against yellow fever in Tanzania sometimes required if you are coming from a country with yellow fever. Check the latest requirements as they change constantly!
A cholera certificate is mandatory for Tanzania.
Insurance - For peace of mind, we recommend that you procure travel insurance. In the event of an illness or injury, an emergency evacuation can be incredibly expensive and you would want access to the best possible facility. Also, lost baggage or missed flights can mean added expenses. Even events at home may prevent you from taking a trip, such as a lost job or ailing family member. It is important to get travel insurance immediately after booking. Most companies have a brief window (within 10 days of booking) for coverage for a preexisting condition. You will be asked to provide us with travel insurance contact information before your departure.

You are free to choose your own provider. Over the years, we have recommended Travelex. They offer a variety of plans and most importantly, they are responsive. Should you choose to go with Travelex, you will contact them directly and the cost of your coverage will depend on the plan you choose. The cost will be based over the total cost of your trip and flights, and the amount is also subject to your age. Ask about the TRAVEL PLUS plan and the more economical TRAVEL LITE plan. * Arrange for insurance immediately after booking your trip so that you are covered for any pre-existing situation. TRAVELEX 1-800-228-9792

Group Composition

 Djoser travelers are active, enthusiastic travelers of all ages. Join an international group with travelers from the Netherlands, Belgium and North America, who will be the minority group on these trips. Most of our trips range from a minimum of eight participants to a maximum of 20 or 22. You will find couple and singles on our trips. Feel free to call us if you wish to know the demographic make-up of a particular trips (number of singles and age range).

Minimum group size: 10
Maximum group size: 20

What to expect when traveling with an international group - Djoser, Inc. (the United States office) has been a Tanzania tour operator for over 10 years. Djoser, B.V. (the Netherlands office) has been a Tanzania tour operator for over 25 years. So together we bring vast experience. Most of our trips are arranged in cooperation with Djoser, B.V. in the Netherlands. Because they cater to the voracious travel appetites of the Dutch, we can offer a vast number of programs around the world with hard-to-find itineraries, with numerous departure dates.

On our Tanzania safari tours, you will travel with an international group, with most participants from Holland and Belgium. The international make-up of our groups is the attraction for many regular Djoser travelers and adds another cultural element to the trip. Typically, there are only one to five North Americans per group. You will find that almost all of your fellow travelers have an excellent command of English and most are very willing to socialize. It’s a great idea to extend an invitation to a few travel mates for coffee or a drink early in the trip. They will appreciate your effort and this is a great way to break the ice. It will be easier for them to test out their English skills in a quiet, one-on-one setting. Group members tend to warm up to one another in a day or two. As with every tour group, compatibility has most to do with individual personalities.

The Dutch are experienced and hearty travelers. We attract travelers of all ages and we enjoy the mix! You will find our participants welcome opportunities for independent explorations in addition to group activities. No matter their age, Djoser travelers expect, and are up to lots of walking, hiking, biking, or whatever comes our way. The Dutch and Belgian travelers will fly as a group from Amsterdam. You will meet the group and tour leader at the hotel where you will begin the land program with the group.

Tour Leaders & Support Staff

 The journey will be accompanied by a local English speaking crew. The crew consists of an experienced driver and a tour guide and camp courier. The guide is responsible for the organizational and technical aspects of the journey. Their extensive travel experience, and expertise adds value to your trip. The camp courier shops for groceries and prepares meals during camping nights.

Our experienced land representatives are situated in the destination country you will visit. We work closely with them and they function as the liaison between our office, the guide, drivers and hotels. They are also available in the case of an emergency and their number will be provided on your emergency contact list.

Climate & Geography

 Due to the topographic variety in Tanzania there are huge differences in climate. We recommend bringing warm clothing for the evenings. Rain will fall during the “long rainy period” from March to May and during the "short rainy period" from mid October through December. Showers usually fall in the evenings. They are short downpours, but they don’t interfere with travel during these times. In the North, around Lake Turkana, temperature can vary greatly, from 96 degrees Fahrenheit during the day to 68 degrees Fahrenheit during the night. The little rain that occurs here mainly falls in November with short, but violent thunderstorms. The shore region has a humid tropical climate with temperatures around 90 degrees Fahrenheit all year round. Even though the traditional travel season for Tanzania is December and January, when you are likely to witness the best of the Great Migration, you may travel there any time of year.

Our trips are organized with weather conditions in mind. On our website, we will provide you with a weather summary of the region: Check temperature and rainfall for specific cities on your trip, during your month of travel at worldweather.org

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Highlights

 Meals during safari
Park entrance fees included
Safari SUVs in Ngorongoro included
Visit the most beautiful wildlife parks of Tanzania
Experienced, English-speaking African crew
Relax on tropical beaches in Zanzibar
International group - all ages