Itenerary advice for Tanzania Safari

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Itenerary advice for Tanzania Safari

I am planning a surprise trip to Tanzania to celebrate my wife’s birthday. She has always wanted to do this, as she absolutely loves wildlife (particularly big cats).

This is our first time to Tanzania, to be more specific we have never been to Africa, we have a general knowldge but not the specific, we would like to get as much information from the people that have either doing Safari to Tanzania, or tour operators that have enough knowldge of the destination!

We will only be two of us, no one else, and we would like to do a private Safari, only two of us with no one esle!

I have started investigating things and have come up with the following itinerary: (Itenerary advice for Tanzania Safari)

Day 1, Thu Feb 19th – Depart 18:25 from London to Dar-es-salaam
Day 2, Fri Feb 20th – Arrive DAR 07:00, Travel to Arusha
Day 3, Sat Feb 21st Safari Day 1 (Ngorongoro?)
Day 4, Sun Feb 22nd Safari Day 2 (Ngorongoro?)
Day 5, Mon Feb 23rd Safari Day 3 (Serengeti?)
Day 6, Tue Feb 24th Safari Day 4 (Serengeti?)
Day 7, Wed Feb 25th *BIRTHDAY* Hopefully Serengeti Balloon Safari
Day 8, Thur Feb 26th Back to Arusha (or somewhere that has transport to Zanzibar)
Day 9, Fri Feb 27th Travel to Zanzibar (Shooting Star Lodge /maybe Stone Town)
Day 10, Sat Feb 28th Shooting Star Lodge
Day 11, Sun Mar 1st Shooting Star Lodge
Day 12, Mon Mar 2nd Shooting Star Lodge
Day 13, Tue Feb 3rd Travel back to DAR (stay in DAR)
Day 14, Wed 4th Depart 09:55 from DAR to London (BA0046)

Does this seem like a more sensible plan? Is there anything that I should change/add/remove?

I would really value any comments or opinions and would also welcome suggestions about reputable operators for the Safari.

Thanks in advance for any help or suggestions.

Regards

REG!

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  1. Congratulation for the great idea to take your wife to Tanzania, perfect place for big cats, she will be very happy I believe!
     
    First, your flights: safaris start from Arusha, so you might consider flying KLM, which goes directly into Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) rather than flying to Dar. The connection would be LHR-AMS-JRO. To return from Zanzibar, you could fly on KLM out of Dar, DAR-AMS-LHR.
     
    Go to http://www.kayak.com to look at the flight schedules and pricing. Otherwise, you would probably have to stay overnight in Dar and fly to JRO the next day. There are flights from the Serengeti that go through Arusha (the domestic airport, not JRO) and onward to Zanzibar. I used Regional in September to do so, but I think that ZanAir also does that.

    As to the safari, I too agree that you should consider more time than on the beach. The drive from Arusha to Ngorongoro is almost 5/hrs so would suggest you stop mid-way at Lk. Manyara for game drive and lunch at Gibb’s Farm, continuing to Ngorongoro for overnight. Schedule the morning crater tour which isn’t as crowded as the afternoon often having a few hours to yourself. You can then overnight here or nearby Karatu for following drive to Serengeti.

    As to the Serengeti, February is very very busy and with only 1/lodge,, you’d have to consider some of the tented camps in Ndutu or Southern Serengeti. Spend at least 2, preferably 3/days before heading to Central Serengeti for the early morning balloon lift-off. After the balloon you can catch a 10am flight via Arusha to Zanzibar.

    19 Feb – Lv LHR 6:25pm
    20 Feb – Ar DAR 7am, mid-morning/early-afternoon flight to Arusha – o/n
    21 Feb – Drive to Manyara, lunch at Gibb’s, continue to Ngorongoro – o/n
    22 Feb – morning crater tour – o/n on rim or in Karatu
    23 Feb – Drive to Ndutu/S.Serengeti – o/n
    24 Feb – Ndutu or S.Serengeti – o/n
    25 Feb – w/game drive to Central Serengeti – o/n
    26 Feb – Balloon, fly to ZNZ
    27 Feb – 2 Mar – ZNZ
    3 Mar – Drive to Stone Town; town tour – option: fly to DAR for o/n or o/n Stone Town
    4 Mar – Transfer to DAR airport for 9:55am homebound or early flight from ZNZ to DAR for 9:55am homebound.
     
    The Shooting Star Lodge is nice (I’ve stayed there), but it’s on a cliff above the beach. I also like Pongwe Beach Lodge, which is directly on the beach. However, SSL has air conditioning and Pongwe does not. In February, it’s going to be rather hot. Even if you don’t stay in Stone Town, I’d suggest doing a tour. If you went directly to the beach for 2 or 3 days, you could do the tour on your last day before flying over to Dar for your flight home.

    Now, you just have to hope there is lodging/camp space available during this very busy time. Good luck!

  2. This is the best arrangement:

     

    19 Feb – Lv LHR 6:25pm
    20 Feb – Ar DAR 7am, mid-morning/early-afternoon flight to Arusha – o/n
    21 Feb – Drive to Manyara, lunch at Gibb’s, continue to Ngorongoro – o/n
    22 Feb – morning crater tour – o/n on rim or in Karatu
    23 Feb – Drive to Ndutu/S.Serengeti – o/n
    24 Feb – Ndutu or S.Serengeti – o/n
    25 Feb – w/game drive to Central Serengeti – o/n
    26 Feb – Balloon, fly to ZNZ
    27 Feb – 2 Mar – ZNZ
    3 Mar – Drive to Stone Town; town tour – option: fly to DAR for o/n or o/n Stone Town
    4 Mar – Transfer to DAR airport for 9:55am homebound or early flight from ZNZ to DAR for 9:55am homebound.

     

    Write back, if you have any other issue of concern!

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