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6 Day Lodge Safari

On this 6-day safari you will make your way from Arusha to the Indian Ocean. Away from the usual safari routes, you are given the chance to witness some beautiful sights. You will visit the mountain village of Marangu at the foot of the majestic Mt. Kilimanjaro as well as colonial Lushoto in the Usambara Mountains. In the seaside town of Pangani you will discover the fantastic underwater world during a snorkelling trip before the journey continues to the Saadani National Park. From here it is on to the historical town of Bagamoyo before the safari comes to an end in the bustling city of Dar es Salaam.

Horned chamaeleon Usambara mountains

Highlights

Day 1-6 | Tanzania

  • Marangu – Chagga Live Museum,
    waterfall hike to the “Mamba Caves”
  • Usambara Mountains –
    Walk to Irente viewpoint, forest walk
  • Lushoto – Guided city walk
  • Pangani – Snorkelling excursion, Swimming
  • Sadaani National Park – Game drives
  • Bagamoyo – City tour

Facts

Scheduled safari:
Mountains, Beaches & Colonial Traces
Tourcode: ET06EASLOD
From: Arusha
To: Dar es Salaam
Min. number to guarantee tour: 2
Max number of participants:
7 per vehicle (window seat guaranteed)
Departure day: every Friday
Price: 2,070 USD
Single Supplement: 100 USD
safari-vehicle lodges

Day 1 Arusha – Marangu – Chagga Experience Programme

In the morning, we will collect you from your hotel in Arusha and take you to Marangu, a village located in the fertile hills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Here, you will be joined by a village guide who will take you to the Chagga Live Museum, where you will gain insight into the traditional lifestyle and family history of this agricultural society. Thereafter, your guide will lead you through coffee and banana plantations to a spectacular waterfall. On the way there, he will tell you more about the flora and fauna of the region. At the waterfall, you will have lunch and if you wish, you may take a plunge in the refreshing waters. In the afternoon, you will be driven to Mamba – a small village famous for its caves, which were once used to hide women and children for weeks during the Chagga-Massai wars. In Mamba you will also visit a local blacksmith who still forges spearheads in the traditional manner until this day. Late in the afternoon, you will be taken to the Fortune Mountain Resort for dinner and your overnight stay.
Lunch; Dinner

Day 2 Marangu – Lushoto – Village Walk

From Marangu the tour heads south and after approximately 4 hours you arrive in the quaint town of Lushoto. Formerly known as Wilhelmstal during the German colonial rule, the town proved to be very popular with foreign settlers. You will head straight to the Irente Farm where you will be treated to lunch consisting of fresh ingredients produced on the farm. Afterwards, a visit to the famous Irente viewpoint which overlooks the Mkomazi floodplains will provide some spectacular photo opportunities. The rest of the afternoon will be dedicated to an insightful village walk in Lushoto town followed by the check-in at the Mullers Mountain Lodge on the rolling slopes of the Usambara Mountains.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 3 Lushoto – Forest Walk – Pangani

After breakfast you will partake in a scenic walk through the forests on the foothills of the Usambara Mountains. Upon completion, you will enjoy a well-deserved lunch, followed by some time to rest. Thereafter it is time to continue towards the coastal town of Pangani where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Upon arrival at the Beach Crab Resort, you can immediately take time out to enjoy the idyllic beach setting.
Breakfast; Lunch; Dinner

Day 4 Pangani – Snorkelling Trip

Pangani has been blessed with truly amazing coral and sea life along its coastline and today you will have the opportunity to explore this beautiful environment by joining a snorkelling excursion. Your group will head out on a traditional wooden dhow boat to one of two main sites, Fungu Mzinga Island or Maziwi Island Marine Reserve. Both sites are excellent for beginners as well as the more experienced. During your snorkelling trip you will have a chance to explore some of the more than 400 different species of fish and 35 genera of hard and soft corals and maybe even spot some sea turtles. Whilst you are exploring the waters your crew will set up sun shades and prepare a picnic feast consisting of sandwiches and cake which will be waiting for you upon your return. The rest of the day is set aside to enjoy the tranquil beaches lining the warm Indian Ocean waters. You will spend another night at the Beach Crab Resort.
Breakfast; Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 Pangani – Saadani National Park – Bagamoyo

An approximate 1 hour drive will take you from Pangani to the gates of the Saadani National Park, Tanzania’s only national park bordering the Indian Ocean. Unlike anywhere else, animals basking in the sun along the shoreline are a common occurrence here. The park is also home to 4 of the “Big 5” and with a bit of luck, lions, elephants, buffaloes and even leopards might be spotted. The park is also one of the few places where Nile monitors can be found. Furthermore Saadani offers a unique combination of both marine and mainland flora and fauna altogether in a culturally fascinating setting. After extensive game drives and lunch, it is time to head even further south for your overnight stay at the Travellers Lodge in the coastal town of Bagamoyo.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 Bagamoyo City Tour – Dar es Salaam

After breakfast you will partake in a city tour of Bagamoyo. History, culture, influences and everyday life will be explained to you, making you appreciate the sheer beauty of this special settlement. After lunch it is time to head to the biggest city in Tanzania, Dar es Salaam, where you will bid your driver farewell and continue with your onward journey.
Breakfast; Lunch

Items included:

  • Lodge safari according to the itinerary
  • Transportation in a 4×4 safari vehicle
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Overnight accommodation according to the itinerary
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water
  • All mentioned activities
  • All national park fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari

Items excluded:

  • Flights
  • Optional activities
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Visa fees
  • Tips
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
  • Travel insurance
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  • The size of the group varies between 2 and 7 people per vehicle with travellers coming from near and far.
  • Officially there is no age limit but due to the many hours that are spent in the vehicle, we don’t recommend this trip for children under the age of 6 years. However, if parents can confidently say that their children are comfortable in travelling long distances, they are of course welcome. However, parents are responsible for their children at all times.
  • You will stay in hotels, safari lodges or permanent tented camps (with en-suite bathrooms). Safari lodges are solid buildings, whereas tented camps are permanently set-up, walk-in safari style tents that offer the same service as hotels and lodges.
  • We only use specially converted 4×4 safari vehicles (i.e. Toyota Landcruiser) that are able to take on the harsh Tanzanian road conditions. Each guest will enjoy a window seat and during game drives the roof will open, ensuring unspoilt views.
  • Meals are included as stated in the itinerary and mineral water is also supplied during the safari. All other drinks such as soft drinks and alcoholic beverages are excluded and need to be settled by yourself.
  • You will dine at the respective accommodations. For breakfast, a buffet is usually set up, whereas a three course menu is typically served for dinner. Lunch is mostly enjoyed en-route in form of pre-packed lunch (lunch-box) consisting of sandwiches, boiled eggs and fruits or grilled chicken thighs.
  • Please let us know if you have any special dietary requirements or food allergies and we will do our outmost to cater for them (only possible with advanced notification).
  • Upon booking you will receive a detailed packing list that will assist you in deciding what to bring.
  • Yes there are and due to the fact that space in the vehicle is limited, luggage is restricted to 15 kg in a soft bag or rucksack. In addition thereto, guests are allowed one small piece of hand luggage. Please refrain from bringing bulky suitcases as this can cause problems when storing the luggage. Furthermore, please do not forget to read up on your airlines respective luggage policy.
  • Yes you should bring along some cash for extras like drinks, snacks, souvenirs and tips.
  • Please make sure that your USD bills that have been printed after 2004 as any earlier dated bills will not be accepted.
  • Tipping after a safari is customary and we recommend 15-20 USD per day per group for the guide.
  • Although most nationalities can obtain a visa upon arrival in Tanzania, it is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of all required documents. We therefore strongly suggest that you contact your respective embassy for the latest visa regulations.
  • Officially no vaccinations are required but seeing that Tanzania is located in a yellow fever region, we suggest getting a yellow fever vaccination for your own piece of mind.
  • Despite the fact that Tanzania does not require you to be vaccinated against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio or Hepatitis A&B, we would strongly advise to have those shots up to date.
  • Malaria is also a concern and we therefore recommend that some precautionary measures are taken. For more detailed information on prophylaxes and the effects and possible side effects, please contact your doctor or travel clinic.
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