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Safari & Beyond Expedition Overview
Tanzania personifies the vision one has when it comes to East Africa. From the world-famous plains of Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and exotic Zanzibar Island just to name a few of the country’s highlights, Tanzania has proven time and time again that untouched, pristine natural wonders that guests love to discover and make the best memories. Home to Africa’s highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro is a captivating wonder. The beauty of the country will draw you in, the friendly people and fascinating culture will make you want to stay and experience more. The exquisite landscapes and rich wildlife are all wrapped up in a warm and welcoming package that is Tanzania.
As we travel across the northern circuit we will encounter the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania. From the world-renowned plains of Serengeti to Tarangire National Park to the deep caldera of Ngorongoro Crater and flying out to the beautiful Island of Zanzibar with breathtaking moments in the Indian Ocean.
This private customized tour will enable us to experience the vast African savannah, fly to Zanzibar for a beach vacation and engage in local Give Back Charity projects with Masjids and reconstruct water wells. Enjoy and explore the local culture of Arusha with us by shopping at the Masaai Market, visiting Tanzanite Museum and having lunch in town.
On this journey you will experience up close the animals in their natural habitat, Tarangire National Park will enlighten us with a high concentration of Elephant herds, Lions, Leopards and more than 300 bird species. Tarangire is at its best during the dry season (June-December) when many of the migratory wildlife species return to the waters of the Tarangire River. Tarangire is the first stop on our northern expedition, followed by driving through Lake Manyara the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Carter.
The Serengeti is also home to the Big Five – Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino and Leopard. The most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world the plains of the Serengeti host Africa’s highest concentration of game. The Serengeti plains is home to abundant wildlife and site of the annual Great Migration with over a million wildebeest and zebra. July to November is traditionally thought of as the best season to view the Great Migration. The wildebeest move into Kenya’s Maasai Mara, crossing the Mara River in large numbers. These river crossings are among the most desired and highly regarded moments of the migration.
Ngorongoro Conservation Area, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Descend almost 2,000 feet to the floor of the crater, more than 12 miles in diameter the largest non-flooded caldera in the world, containing diverse ecosystems and an astounding concentration of birds and animals. Expect to see a variety of animals from wildebeests, zebras, elephants, ostriches, lions and look for the rare black rhino.
The east coast of Tanzania is blessed with beautiful untouched white beaches and warm waters of the Indian Ocean, home to water sports, snorkelling, deep sea fishing and top-rated scuba diving. Exotic and full of color, Zanzibar captures the imagination with its ancient character and special charm. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the island’s capital of Stone Town features the famous spice market and Prison Island.
When you travel with us, you build life long memories. You will visit new places, you will give back, you will build relations and connect with your Husna family. When you travel with Husna Vacations, you support us in offering you more inshallah. Be part of the first adventure on this journey with Husna’s Safari & Beyond Experience.
Departure from your city and book your own flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Land at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and transfer to your hotel in Arusha. Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, our staff and driver will pick you up and transfer you to the accommodations in Arusha. Spend the rest of the day relaxing at Mount Meru hotel arriving in time for dinner and overnight stay. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recharge for your adventureOvernight: Arusha Mount Meru Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Check out and early breakfast.
Meet in the lobby at 7:30 AM and be ready spend the day exploring Tarangire National Park. Driving time to Tarangire 2.5 hours . The park runs along the line of the Tarangire River and is mainly made up of low-lying hills on the Great Rift Valley floor. Tarangire National Park is reputed to contain some of the largest elephant herds in Africa. A box lunch will be served at the picnic site while in the park. The park is also home to around 550 species of birds and the afternoon game drive is sure to be exciting. Capture photos of the park’s gigantic Baobab trees. Be ready to see giraffes, buffalos, zebras, lions, leopards, and cheetah. Our game drive will continue till the evening.
Overnight: Lake Manyara Serena Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Check out and early breakfast.
8:30 AM: Meet in the lobby to depart for Serengeti National Park. Driving time 3.5 hours. Travel to Serengeti National Park, the most famous wildlife sanctuary in the world, via the beautiful high lying farmland of Karatu and the Ngorongoro conservation area. Several picture opportunities to capture the beauty and landmarks along the way. Visit with the Maasai People (indigenous Nilotic ethnic group) to learn about their culture, habitat and famous BOMA’s (live in huts). Our journey this day will take us through Olduvai Gorge one of the famous archaeological sites. Box lunch and break right on the plains of Serengeti.
Overnight: Serena Serengeti Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6:00 AM - 8:15 AM: Check out and early breakfast.
After your early breakfast, meet in the lobby at 8:30 am . The early morning game drive is the best time to see the animals. Next will be an expedition into the heart of wild Africa, to the centre region of the park, known as the Seronera area featuring the Seronera River, which provides a valuable source of water to this area and therefore attracts most of the Serengeti wildlife. The areas that you visit will depend upon where the migrating herds are (predators usually follow closely behind the trekking animals). We enjoy an adventurous game drive en- route to the northern Serengeti looking for the famous wildebeest crossing at Mara river. The yearly trek is determined by the rainfalls and the location of the herds might vary from year to year but your guide will know where to find the animals and where to see them best. Apart from wildebeests and zebras you might also spot predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs.
Overnight: Serengeti River Camp Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
After your early breakfast 6:00 am - 8:00 am be ready for a full day of game drive. From July to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – actually finding a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of mother nature. A herd can be seen next to river and only decide to cross or not cross until a couple of days later.
OPTION 1 Rise and shine early for those who want to see the plains of the Serengeti in the most talked about Air Balloon Safari (Additional cost $600 USD / person, breakfast included on site).
OPTION 2 Right at the break of dawn arrange for an early morning special safari, view the animals as the sun rises. (arrangements made with your driver night before).
Overnight: Serengeti River Camp Lodge, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6:00 AM - 8:00 AM: Check out and early breakfast.
Meet in the lobby at 8:00 am. We are on our way to the airport for your flight to Zanzibar at 11:00 am. Upon arrival in Zanzibar our driver will transfer us to Neptune Beach Hotel. Simply rest, relax and explore the hotel. The evening entertains us with a beachside dinner while watching the sunset. Be ready to discover Zanzibar.
Note the flight time to Zanzibar is subject to change
Overnight: Neptune Hotel, Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
6:30 AM - 8:30 AM: After a relaxed breakfast
9:00 AM : Meet in the Lobby to embark on our tour of Zanzibar. Discover the Swahili culture and spices of Stone Town on this guided walking tour. Enjoy lunch in Stone Town and enjoy the local fresh delicacies. Now a tourist attraction, the abhorrent Prison Island was once a place where slaves were detained and processed. The boat ride from Stone Town takes 20- 30 mins. While you are on this magnificent archipelago you will be able to swim around in the turquoise shallow waters that are suitable for all ages. Take pictures with the famous Peacocks and Giant tortoises, most of these animals are 70 to over 100 hundred years old. Don’t forget your camera!
Today August 24th transfer to Abeid Amani Karume International airport for your return flight back home. Note most flights are evening or late-night departures.
Safari & Beyond Expectations
The Husna Safari & Beyond is a holistic experience crafted for the adventurous. The Safari adventure spans 14 days, with stays at multiple hotels and lodges, with 4-6-hour wildlife viewing drives across the scenic African savannas
The Safari adventure starts in the early morning, noted to be the best time to see the wildlife. With purpose built 4×4 vehicles, the uneven ruggedness of the Serengeti terrain is minimized. With comfortable seating for up to 7 persons, rest is well assured for the drives between lodges and wildlife sightings. The 4x4s offer multiple viewing windows and lift off roofs for fresh air and direct views. Drives between safaris parks can range from 2-4 hours
Being deep in the savanna, the Safari parks offer clean and well-maintained bathroom facilities, but may not have the modern style one would expect in other parts of the world. Bathroom breaks are taken at lunch and before leaving the game drive and returning to the lodge.
Guided walking city tours allow the adventurer to experience the Arab, Portuguese, African and Indian heritage that forms the rich culture and the hustle and bustle of Tanzania and Zanzibar.
Moderate to light walking is required, and comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
Tours include frequent stops and last 3-5 hours.
The archipelago of Zanzibar is renowned for its idyllic beaches, and the clear, warm azure blue waters of the Indian Ocean, rich with its marine diversity and coral reefs. A perfect under-water destination for snorkelling and diving. Boat rides of 30-40 minutes are included with registered operators, and guests can expect an exciting time experiencing the waves on the open ocean waters. For those with uneasy stomachs, a ‘lighter than usual’ breakfast is definitely recommended on boat ride days! For those faint of heart, there is always the option of lounging on the beaches with an exotic local fruit drink. Husna staff and local English-speaking staff are always on hand to ensure your enjoyment and safety.
Many of the accommodations are built in the traditional local style with distinct character and reflect the craftsmanship of Africa. The Safari Lodges and Hotels are unique and rated as 4-star accommodations. Husna has carefully selected each accommodation based on experience, location, value, food, service, and cleanliness. All rooms are standard double beds rooms with private bathroom facilities, Special requests such as beds, connecting rooms are subject to availability. Some of our accommodations do offer queen beds similar to that of North American standard.
All meals are Halal and as stated in the itinerary. For breakfast, enjoy scrumptious buffets encompassing the multitude of bounty that Tanzania has to offer. The full course Dinners, worthy of a King, feature cuisines from all over the globe.
Lunch is mostly enjoyed while on safari in form of a pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) and commonly include healthy wraps, chicken wings, potato wedges, fruits, cookies and drinks. Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater to them (possible with advanced notification)
Safari & Beyond Preparation
We suggest you consult with your health-care provider before signing up for this tour. Always better to be safe and know what vaccines you may need when travelling to Tanzania. Advice on Malaria and taking pills is recommended in East Africa, please consult with your family physician. Anyone who has any special medication should take enough supplies to last the duration of the trip and also pack extra in case of emergency extended stay.
If entering Tanzania East Africa directly there is no requirement for any vaccines, but always consult with your physician especially if you have not had certain vaccines for some time.
Tanzania requires all travelers to be fully vaccinated for travel. All travelers, must provide proof of being fully vaccinated before joining any trip. Proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test result will not be accepted as an alternative. Please check with your local authorities as well for boarding flights and their policies for travel. All travelers must submit proof of vaccination to Husna Vacations within 7 days prior to the start of the trip. COVID-19 testing will be required when landing at (JRO) Kilimanjaro Airport in the form of a Rapid Test ($10.00 USD). For safety and peace of mind we also recommend that you test yourself and family members 24-72 hours prior to departure from your home country.
All travelers must complete an online health assessment and submit to Husna Vacations within 24-48 hours of departure. If the Guest answers “yes” to any symptoms on the health assessment or has close contact with an individual with suspected infection, it may result in their inability to participate on the safari. The health assessment will screen for:
Please make sure that you have reviewed any advisories or restrictions that may be in place for travel. In addition, please be sure you are familiar with our booking and cancellation policies. travelers who are or may be at increased risk of severe illness due to contracting COVID-19 should consult with their health care provider before traveling. By traveling with Husna Vacations you voluntarily assume all risks related to exposure to COVID-19
By traveling with Husna Vacations, you are consenting to adhere to these Health and Safety Protocols. Husna Vacations is not liable in any way for the failure of other participants to abide by the Health and Safety Protocols and the Health and Safety Protocols are subject to change at any time at the sole discretion of Husna Vacations.
Passports must be valid for 6 months or more and have clear free pages if possible. It is a good idea to obtain a visa for Tanzania before leaving your country of origin, however, visas can also be obtained at the airport on arrival. If you are planning to get your visa at the airport (NOT RECOMMEDED). Zanzibar does not require a separate visa as its part of Tanzania. Please note that the visa application can only be made within three months of the date of travel.
The CDC requires anyone 2 years of age and over entering or re-entering the United States (including U.S. citizens and Legal Permanent Residents) to present a negative COVID-19 test before boarding their flight. Travelers will need to produce a negative viral test result within one day of travel to the U.S prior to the trip (24 hours). The Canadian Government requires the same. We will provide our guests with information on how to obtain the required testing on your trip, most tests will be conducted on the day prior to your departure. The cost is $50.00 USD and is subject to change.
Travelers will be required to monitor themselves and family members for COVID-19 symptoms daily. Should a traveler display COVID-19 symptom, Husna Vacations and the tour operator will determine whether they can continue on the trip. Expedition leaders will include health and safety reminders specific to each day’s itinerary in daily briefings.
Travelers face coverings-mask are optional. Physical distancing will not be required during indoor activities unless required by the local regulations. Travelers may be required to wear a face covering during some indoor activities. Travelers are not required to physical distance indoors while wearing masks. Face coverings are optional during outdoor activities and physical distancing outdoors is only required when stated by the local regulations. Guests must use a face covering-mask while in shared transportation (safari vehicles) with other guests not part of your family. Capacity during shared transportation in safari vehicles has been limited to 5 persons to obtain some distancing and reduce the spread of infections. Families in 1 vehicle are not required to wear a mask or face covering. Face coverings are not required when eating or drinking, or when participating in water activities, excursions or local attractions. (Please not that all points listed are subject to change at any time based on local and international regulations). Husna staff and tour staff must also follow guidelines for face covering and physical distancing throughout the trip.
Husna Vacations and the Tour operator will continue making every attempt to select providers of local services – such as restaurants, hotels, activities, excursions and transportation – that operate in accordance with health and safety protocols. We are not able to guarantee that all service providers will implement measures such as face coverings, physical distancing. All providers must adhere to the most current guidelines issued by their local, region-country and national health authorities.
Husna Vacations strongly encourages travelers to purchase their own travel insurance, including medical coverage, evacuation insurance, and trip cancellation or trip interruption coverage. Husna Vacations does not offer Insurance when you purchase your vacation package. Third party insurance providers can share the correct type of insurance you may require. Credit card companies also offer certain types of insurance based on your card type. It is always best to check with them before hand to make sure the insurance coverage is suitable for your trip.
International travel to Tanzania is now open and eligible citizens can apply for a Tanzania visa online. All passengers must have either a COVID-19 vaccine certificate showing full vaccination, or a negative COVID-19 NAAT or RT-PCR test taken at most 96 hours before departure. Proof of recovery is also accepted. Passengers are also required to complete a “Traveler’s Surveillance Form” within 24 hours before arrival in Tanzania. Arrivals from certain countries must also take an antigen test at their own expense on arrival. Children aged 5 and under are exempt from all test requirements
Safari & Beyond Pricing
Prices are per person based on double occupancy and do not include international airfare to/from your destination. Single travel supplement fees apply at $995.00 USD inclusive for all accommodations. All prices and fares are quoted in U.S. dollars and subject to change. See the terms and conditions for this trip for more information (Itinerary). For children 3-4 years of age, the rate will be approximately 50 % of the adult fare. Children ages 5-12, the rate will be approximately 75 % of the adult fare. Children 2 and under will be free.