Africa Safari Migration Tour - TDU
Number of Days: 20
The newest addition to our ‘Africa’ portfolio is a spectacular 20-day journey to Mozambique, Tanzania and Zanzibar. It is a remarkable mix of vibrant culture, breathtaking scenic beauty, and perhaps the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth – the annual ‘Great Migration’.
The tour begins in mysterious Mozambique, a little visited country that still moves to centuries-old rhythms of its African, Arabic, Indian and Portuguese influences. Indeed the country’s infectious music, tantalising cuisine and social etiquette are entirely reminiscent of Brazil! We then move to the endless plains of East Africa, a stage that hosts an annual migration of 1.5 million animals. It is a veritable natural film set in the Serengeti, in which 1.4 million wildebeest and 200,000 zebra and gazelle, travel in a clockwise movement, for nearly 3,000kms each year in search of rain-ripened grass. We also descend into the Ngorongoro Crater, an area of stunning beauty and one of the oldest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. From here we fly directly to the spice island of Zanzibar and its UNESCO World Heritage-listed capital, Stone Town. Stepping back some 200 years, the heart of Zanzibar remains a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses.
- Two-night stay on the World Heritage-listed Mozambique Island
- Take a boat ride around the island and also explore it on foot
- Enjoy a cocktail party in the lower gardens of Cardoso Hotel overlooking Maputo
- Explore the extraordinary city of Maputo
- Visit Maputo’s cultural heart, the Mafalala district, and enjoy an exclusive party with the locals
- Dine on the platform of Maputo Railway Station, one of the 10 most beautiful stations in the world
- Two-night stay at Ngorongoro
- Enjoy game drives across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater
- Two-night stay in Serengeti National Park
- See the massive herds of wildebeest and zebra on their annual migration
- See the huge concentration of crocodile and hippos at the Grumeti River
- Enjoy safari drives and see hyena, lion, buffalo and elephant
- Discover the many endemic species of bird that gather on the Grumeti River banks
- Two-night stay in the UNESCO heritage-listed capital, Stone Town
- Explore the maze of alleyways and the bustling bazaars of Stone Town
- Day excursion to a spice plantation
01/06/2018 Australia – Johannesburg
Fly from your preferred capital city to Perth to connect with our flight to Johannesburg.
Depart Perth South African Airways SA 281, 23.50
02/06/2018 Johannesburg – Maputo (LD)
Arrive Johannesburg 05.40
Depart Johannesburg South African Airways SA 142, 09.45
Arrive Maputo 10.45
On arrival in Maputo we transfer to our hotel.
03/06/2018 Maputo (BLD)
Maputo is a city of Mediterranean-style architecture with wide avenues, lined with jacaranda and flame trees. It’s a thriving metropolis with a fascinating old town, known as Baixa. Portugese colonial buildings provide a striking background as Indian and Arab traders do brisk business in the narrow side streets. Along Maputo’s waterfront, fishermen line the roadside, selling their day’s catch to passing drivers. Today we take a city tour of Maputo and in the evening we enjoy an exclusive dinner with local entertainers in the city’s cultural heart, the Mafalala district.
04/06/2018 Maputo (BLD)
The village of Catembe sits just across the bay from Maputo and early this morning we board a ferry for the brief crossing to the village. Here we have the chance to see lives that are unaffected by the rapid, modern growth of Maputo just across the water. As we return by ferry in the evening, the views to the Maputo skyline are breathtaking.
05/06/2018 Maputo – Nampula – Mozambique Island (BLD)
Depart Maputo Aero Mozambique TM 190, 06.30
Arrive Nampula 08.35
This morning we transfer to the airport for our flight to Nampula. On arrival we make the two-hour transfer to the Indian Ocean and the fascinating UNESCO World Heritage-listed Mozambique Island (Ilha de Mozambique), the oldest settlement in East Africa. Mozambique Island is just three kilometres wide and 1.5 kilometres long, and was a meeting point of various civilisations – Arab, Dutch, English, Persian and Portuguese – as it was one of the main trading ports in the Indian Ocean.
Ilha de Mozambique
06/06/2018 Mozambique Island (BLD)
Mozambique Island is noted for its beautiful colonial architecture – a legacy of the Portuguese who ruled the country for nearly 500 years. This morning we take a boat ride around the island and admire the colonial buildings reflected in the sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean. In the afternoon we take a walking tour of this extraordinary settlement.
07/06/2018 Mozambique Island – Nampula – Arusha (BD)
After breakfast we make the two-hour drive to Nampula, where we board our flight to Nairobi and on to Arusha.
Depart Nampula Kenyan Airways KQ 754, 13.10
Arrive Nairobi 18.40
Depart Nairobi Kenyan Airways KQ 6728, 22.20
Arrive Arusha 23.20
On arrival we transfer to our hotel which nestles in the shadows of Mount Meru. This is the gateway to the North Tanzanian safari circuit.
Lake Duluti Serena Lodge
08/06/2018 Arusha – Ngorongoro (BLD)
This morning we embark on a four-hour drive on good roads to the great Ngorongoro Crater. A large volcanic caldera, this is an area of unparalleled beauty and is one of the world’s most unchanged wildlife sanctuaries. The crater was formed when a volcano collapsed on itself some 2.5 million years ago, and today it is more than 600 metres deep and covers an area of 260square kilometres.
Ngorongoro Serena Lodge
09/06/2018 Ngorongoro (BLD)
We enjoy spectacular game viewing this morning as we travel across the floor of the Ngorongoro crater. Here Zebra and wildebeest graze alongside the rare and endangered black rhino, while lions seek shade under acacia trees. The crater is a mini biosphere with a fantastic array of fauna and bird life.
10/06/2018 Ngorongoro – Serengeti National Park (BLD)
After breakfast we pass through the Ngorongoro conservation area and then make our way across vast savannah plains that are home to massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, as well as buffalo, elephant and giraffe. This area holds the earliest evidence of human habitation.
Serengeti Serena Lodge
11/06/2018 Serengeti National Park (BLD)
Today we witness the amazing spectacle of the annual wildebeest and zebra migration, when more than one and a half million animals traverse the open plains in in search of fresh grasslands to the north in the Masai Mara.
12/06/2018 Serengeti National Park – Grumeti (BLD)
Leaving behind the treeless savannah plains we head to the western corridor of the Serengeti and the Grumeti region where a hugely varied topography and vegetation welcomes us. Here the Grumeti River dominates the landscape and we discover a huge concentration of crocodile and hippos.
Kirawira Serena Camp
13/06/2018 Grumeti (BLD)
Our camp’s location on a tributary of the Grumeti River means that it is ideally positioned for sightings of dramatic river crossings when the wildebeest migration is in the area. Even without this migration the wildlife experience here is thrilling with a staggering density of year-round wildlife. Today we venture out into the wide open plains of what are quintessential Serengeti landscapes in open 4×4 safari vehicles. With the Grumeti River providing a permanent water source, the area is particularly rich in predators, with massive lion prides and extensive clans of hyena, numbering up to a hundred, frequently spotted. The river also attracts large herds of buffalo and elephant, while the open plains are the ideal habitat for cheetah. It is an area that attracts ornithologists from all over the world as massive numbers of endemic species of birds collect on the river’s bank.
14/06/2018 Grumeti – Mwanza (Lake Victoria) (BLD)
Today we leave the Serengeti as we start our drive to the south side of Lake Victoria. A shallow depression with an average depth of 40m, Lake Victoria is the second largest lake in the world by surface area. Thousands of small rivers flow into the lake but only the White Nile flows out. Three major towns nestle on the lake, Entebbe in Uganda, Kisumu in Kenya and Mwanza in Tanzania.
15/06/2018 Mwanza (BLD)
Surrounded by hills and unique rock formations, Mwanza is the second largest city in Tanzania. A city with a fascinating Indian mix, it is the busiest port on the lake. The city is also the centre of the Sukuma tribe, the largest tribe in Tanzania, who have inhabited and farmed the region for centuries. Today we set out by canoe to explore some of the fascinating and unspoilt Sukuma fishing villages.
16/06/2018 Mwanza – Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (BD)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our flight to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
Depart Mwanza Precision Air PW 491, 11.10
Arrive Dar es Salaam 13.20
Depart Dar es Salaam Precision Air PW 713, 16.00
Arrive Zanzibar 16.30
On arrival we transfer to our hotel located in historic Stone Town.
17/06/2018 Zanzibar (BLD)
The capital of Zanzibar, Stone Town, is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses. This maze of labyrinthine alleyways brings to life the ghosts of centuries past, and reminders of this layered history are everywhere. In many places in the world such a settlement would now be a museum, yet Stone Town is a thriving community where life has changed little in 200 years. Today we enjoy a full exploration of the town.
18/06/2018 Zanzibar (BLD)
In days past, Zanzibar was known as a spice island, exporting cloves, vanilla, nutmeg and cardamom across the world. The spices were brought over from Asia and South America and flourished in the tropical climes. Today the plantations are a tribute to the island’s past and after breakfast we explore this fascinating heritage.
19/06/2018 Zanzibar – Johannesburg (B)
After breakfast we transfer to the airport for our journey back to Australia via Johannesburg.
Depart Zanzibar Kenyan Airways KQ 434, 10.45
Arrive Nairobi 12.00
Depart Nairobi Kenyan Airways KQ 762, 12.55
Arrive Johannesburg 16.10
Depart Johannesburg South African Airways SA 280, 21.10
20/06/2018 Johannesburg – Australia
Arrive Perth 12.20
- All flights between Australia and South Africa (inc. domestic from your preferred capital city)
- All flights within Africa
- All ticketable air taxes (may be subject to change)
- All accommodation (twin share)
- All ground transport in Africa
- Meals as specified
- Travel Directors’ tour leader throughout
- Expert local guides
- All entrance fees in specified sightseeing
- Visas and courier fees
- All tips and gratuities
- From $16650 per person twin share. Single supplement + $3695