Arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport where, after clearing customs and immigration formalities, you will be met and transferred to Legendary Lodge. Driving away from the airport and out onto an open road with no city in sight…it feels like your safari has already begun!
This morning you will be picked up after breakfast for the short transfer to the regional Arusha airport for the flight to the Serengeti, where you will be met by your guide and transfer to Serengeti Bushtops Camp in time for lunch. You have three days to explore this vast wilderness on morning and afternoon game drives. Serengeti National Park is Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park. Its name means ‘endless plain’ in the Masai language. It is from here that massive concentrations of wildebeest, zebras and other animals commence the annual Great Migration in search of pastures new, providing one of the greatest natural spectacles to be found anywhere in the world. You can watch golden-maned lions stalking the migrating herds, spot leopards at rest in trees at dusk and take a hot-air balloon tour at dawn as the sun’s golden rays illuminate the land.
After breakfast you will be transferred to the airstrip for scheduled flight to Greystoke Mahale (there is a stop to refuel en route). You may have time to freshen up and discover your room before lunch is served in the shade on the beach. You are free to spend the remainder of the day in any way you choose. Soak up the heats sun on the beach or climb aboard the old wooden dhow for a sundowner cruise stopping along the way to fish. Arrive back at camp in time for piping hot showers followed by a three-course meal served on the whit sandy beach.
Chimpanzee Trekking, Mahale Mountains
The Mahale Mountains are home to some of Africa’s last remaining wild chimpanzees; a population of roughly 800. The mountain’s vegetation contains a wide array of habitat types ranging from overlapping rainforests, woodlands and bamboo forest to montane forest and grasslands supporting a unique mix of flora and fauna. Visitors are definitely in for a treat if they make it to this corner of unspoilt Africa.
Each morning, wake up at your own pace. Rise early for a chance to watch the sun rise over the lake as you sip on your morning coffee cup or perhaps enjoy a lie in followed by a delicious breakfast with your toes in the sand. You may choose to engage in activities such as forest walks, swimming, water sports or visit the Park’s famous chimpanzees. While away the remainder of the day chilling on the beach with an ice-cold drink or head out into the lush forest to discover the many birds, butterflies and mammals inhabit the park on a hike. Alternatively, you can swim in ice-cold pools in the mountain waterfalls, go kayaking on the lake or, best of all, going in search of the park’s famous chimpanzees. In the evening, enjoy your drinks in the bar and dinner on the white sandy beach.
Bid your guides farewell and return by boat to the Mahale airstrip for the flights via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, where you will be met and transferred to The Palm Beach Resort. This ancient island was once ruled by sultans and slave traders and served as a stepping stone into the African continent for missionaries and explorers. Aptly knows as the Spice Islands, Zanzibar and the nearby little-known Pemba and Mafia Islands are separated from the mainland by a narrow strait. The islands have some of the best white sandy beaches in Africa and are the perfect spot for a post or pre safari wind-down. The palm trees, tropical forests, colorful coral reefs and Arab dhows act as the perfect backdrop to lazy days of eating fresh seafood, exploring laid-back villages and swimming in the crystal blue waters on these island paradises. It is not difficult to see why Zanzibar is considered to be one of the world’s most romantic honeymoon locations, with many couples choosing to tie the knot here and spend their first few married weeks in paradise!
On day 13, sadly it’s time to depart. Enjoy one last breakfast on the beach before it’s time to return to the Zanzibar Airport for the short hop to Dar es Salaam, where you will be picked up and transferred to an oceanfront hotel where we have reserved a dayroom for you until it’s time to meet your departing flights home.