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.
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.
- 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
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic and soft drinks
- Visa fees
- Personal spending money for souvenirs etc.
- Travel insurance