Combined African Safaris

For many travelers and explorers, an African safari is a proper bucket list holiday. The rare opportunity to see plains game sweeping across huge savannahs, rivers full of hippo and crocs, big night skies filled with bright stars, lions snoozing in the long grass and leopards lolling in trees is the unforgettable wildlife experience. But what if you could have all this classic and delicious safari taste, and top it off with a unique and magical wildlife cherry: seeing mountain gorillas, up close and very personal. Too much to ask? Not at all. In fact, you can binge on all this wildlife in a single, week-long break. You just have to know where to go.

8 Days Tanzania and Uganda Safari

Tour overview Starting from: Kilimanjaro International airport JRO. End: Entebbe

The perfect way to remember every outstanding moment of your Tanzanian wildlife safari is to record it photographically. BeTravel photo safaris can improve the quality of your image souvenirs. With the advent of digital photography, clear pictures are available to everyone, but there are increasing levels of expertise in DSLR shooting making use of the very best of new and old techniques for which you will benefit enormously from professional instruction. Imagine how disappointed you would be to capture the moment when a giant crocodile dragged a struggling gnu beneath the waters of the Mara River, only to find that it was out of focus, foreshortened, or out of the frame. Much can be done with computer tools to enhance a less than perfect wilderness tour image, improve exposure, shift color values, non-authentically erase and clone unwanted patches, but to catch that magical moment, surely and swiftly, with all its tension, you need to know your subject, know your setting, and know your camera. BeTravel photography field-trip puts you in the care of a hand-picked photographic instructor so that you will learn how to get the very best out of your camera, out of the moment, and out of your dream Tanzania safari. Taking advantage of state-of-the-art digital cameras, and the intuitive abilities of a first class guide to lead you to the action, you can easily fix spectacular shots of lion cubs at play in Serengeti, rhinoceros taking cover in Ngorongoro woodland, elephants digging for water at Ruaha, hippos heaving in muddy wallows in Katavi, and African crested eagles stooping to take baby monkeys in Selous. Your expert tutor will show you how to use automatic tracking for birds, zoom battling buffalo and racing cheetahs, and also macro for miniature flowers and insects.

Experienced photographers will learn how to adjust “blur” lengths to dramatize action shots, or freeze shutter speeds to catch a moment of impact, and how to balance light and exposure for color, mood, and atmosphere, especially for morning and evening African fauna and scenic holiday shots. At all levels of expertise, there is still more to learn. New “Hipstamatic” and even more advanced mobile apps constantly extend the range of photographic possibilities from simple record keeping, photo-story telling to art forms. BeTravel experts choose the best Tanzania safari parks and reserves for photographic subjects, balancing the interests and expertise of small groups of participants, who stay at accommodations selected, not for luxury, but for the most rewarding subjects, although comfort is assured and accommodation can be customized to your preferences. Under supervision, you will practice composition and balance of static and action shots. You will learn to use essential filters to define landscapes, like the expansive crater iconic of an excursion of Ngorongoro; skies, streams, lakes, waterfalls, sunlight, rain and rainbows, like the hot springs at Lake Manyara and the glaciers seen on a trip to Kilimanjaro, and to estimate optimum distances for best nocturnal flash images of slinking leopard, round-eyed bushbaby, shy crested porcupine or weird aardvark with pig’s snout, rabbit ears and rat’s tail. Video safari cinematography is another popular area where knowledgeable instructors can be invaluable. You will learn quickly and enjoyably under instruction from experienced professionals who have devoted years of their lives to the science and art of photography, earning their living in the process. To do replicate that, you need to have outstanding camera talent and a wealth of experience.

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4 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday

The 4 Day Zanzibar Holiday and Tour Package includes the
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4 Days Zanzibar Cheetah Rock Tour

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5 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday

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6 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday

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9 Days Zanzibar Beach Holiday

The 9 Day Zanzibar Package includes the Prison Island Boat

Welcome to spice islands

Once a bustling trading center and an important port on the spice route, Zanzibar Island is today a tranquil, coastal location where you can spend long hours on your idyllic Indian Ocean vacation in Africa, strolling along the beaches with soft, delicate white sands sinking below your feet. The gentle waves from crystal clear waters are seemingly subdued by the unending miles of seashore that embraces its marine ecology. Looking out over the vast ocean and the shimmering turquoise waters dotted with white, triangular sails of the picturesque traditional fishing dhows will take your breath away. Enjoy the spectacular sun rises from the east of the island or revel in the golden colors of the stunning sunsets on the west coast. The lush tropical vegetation creates a vibrant, verdant contrast to the purity of the sands even as colorful Zanzibar birds like yellow-collared lovebird create flitting rainbows among them. Zanzibar is not simply a single island, but an archipelago of islands that comprise of Unguja or Zanzibar, Pemba Island on the north and surrounding isles like Mnemba, Chapwani, Chumbe, Bawe, Changuu and more. As you will learn on your coastal tour with AfricanMecca, there are also a host of smaller islands that lie along the coast, each more scenic than the other. Some of these islands are actually ancient coral beds that nature has covered with dense vegetation while avian and marine life have moved in to make them their home. On the northern tip of Zanzibar, lies the Nungwi Beach that is accessible with a long, winding drive through its charming, laid-back village. On the northwest is Kendwa Beach, a favored hip strip for partygoers on a full moon. Should you beach holiday at one of the resorts in this section of the island in Zanzibar, you are likely to spot monkeys frolicking in the trees. Matemwe Beach lies to the northeast of the island. Explore a little off the coast and you will encounter the tiny atoll island of Mnemba. The marine park at the atoll is a wondrous haven for marine life, visited by snorkelers and scuba divers around the world. Indeed, an Eden on earth, the island also hosts the diminutive suni antelope along with migratory birds, nesting turtles and butterflies.

CONGRATULATIONS: It’s your special life time!

Tanzania honeymoon safari packages are designed with all needed ingredients for safari & Zanzibar beach holidays to make this special event for newly married couples a life time experience & a memorable trip in Africa. At BeTravel safaris we have many options for such an important event but we always invite you to go through all options & we lastly compile all thoughts & ideas to design a honeymoon package of your dreams.

Serengeti Wildebeest Migration, The big 5 & the big cats is what you may expect to experience during the safari before enjoying the white sand beaches of Zanzibar islands.

What is the cost of Tanzania honeymoon safari & Zanzibar Beach?  When designing Tanzania honeymoon safari packages we consider following things:- Traveling dates, accommodation type being luxury, mid-range or budget as well as number of days on safari & Zanzibar, when all these are discussed then we can figure out what will be the total cost of your Tanzania honeymoon safari.

Tanzania honeymoon safaris

Our honeymoon tour will include game viewing safari to the most highlighted Northern Tanzania parks of Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater & lastly Zanzibar beach vacation. Cultural tours of bushmen visit at Lake Eyasi and Lake Natron can be part of your Tanzania honeymoon tour. We can as well organize nature walks & Masai village visit if needed. The total cost of your honeymoon package in Tanzania will be generated based on your preferences &  ideas.

Choose any of our customizable honeymoon safari packages which include beach holidays in Zanzibar. The packages can be altered to be of safari only or otherwise, just tell use your preference & wishes. Total cost for Tanzania honeymoon safari packages are mostly based on what has been mentioned above however, regardless of how small your budget is, we are open for discussion. Our Tanzania honeymoon safari experts are always there to help you arrange a honeymoon package of your dreams. We say, Karibu Tanzania!!!

Join us for unforgettable Tanzania honeymoon packages which combines wildlife safari & beach holidays in the exotic islands of Zanzibar.

ARE YOU PLANNING FOR BIRDING WATCHING SAFARI?

Tanzania is one of the finest bird watching destinations in Africa, with 1140 species including 200 migrants and 74 marine birds present. Tanzanian avian safaris are best in the rains for migrants and residents in breeding plumage. The preeminent birding locations include Arusha National Park, with 400 birds in a diversity of habitats contained in a small area. You may observe on a white-faced whistling duck, with its whistling three-note lament, or a dusky flycatcher. Tawny eagles and buzzards hover above Ngurdoto Crater, whilst the Momella Lakes is the place for water birds and waders. Lake Manyara National Park offers pink flamingos, pelicans, storks, cormorants, hornbills and many more with over 400 recorded species. Greater and lesser flamingos are also found in Ngorongoro Crater and millions mass on their breeding ground at Lake Natron. Tarangire’s swamps are home to over 550 species, with weighty kori bustards, ostriches, secretary bird and helmeted guinea fowls on the drier plains, where weavers and lovebirds are also common. A Serengeti 500 birding species safari reveals endemic Fischer’s lovebird, a bright-hued small parrot also found in Ngorongoro Conservation Area, grey crowned crane, and the brown snake eagle. Buff-crested bustards and spike-heeled larks nest on the plains below Mount Kilimanjaro, best known for Abbot’s starlings with white bellies and purple capes, alpine hill chats and scarlet-tufted malachite sunbirds, whilst lammergeyer haunt its upper slopes. A bird watching trip to the southern parks with AfricanMecca overlaps the ranges of both southern and eastern species. With over 440 recorded listing for the vast Selous Game Reserve, the Rufiji and the Great Ruaha Rivers provides ideal habitats for mangrove kingfishers, yellow-billed stork, malachite kingfishers, African skimmers and palm-nut vultures.

A twitchers paradise, Ruaha National Park holds 570 species including the yellow-collared sunbird, giant kingfisher and ashy starling. Katavi also has a large population of waterfowl in the wet season. Zanzibar protects 268 species including great frigatebird, African paradise flycatcher, forest batis, buff-spotted flufftail and stunning Fischer’s turaco with iridescent blue cap and wings. An African birding holiday among the river inlets and mangroves of Saadani finds many migratory waders amongst their 400 species. The Eastern Arc Mountains are important with 30 short-range endemic species. Kitulo Plateau National Park is the place to spot the blue swallow and Denham’s bustard whilst Mkomazi Game Reserve shelters Friedmann’s lark and Shelley’s starling. The Udzungwa mountain forests protect Udzungwa partridge, olive-flanked robin-chat, white-chested alethe, and Sharpe’s akalat. The Uluguru Mountains contain loveridge’s sunbird and the Uluguru bush-shrike. While Usambara Mountains are not well-studied, a forest birding watching tour will find globally threatened Usambara eagles, Sokoke and scops owls, long-billed tailor birds, and Usambara weavers, whilst Lindi coastal forests contain Livingstone’s flycatcher and southern banded snake eagles. BeTravel can customize a Tanzanian bird watching holiday to visit the most likely feathered habitats with a trained spotter and guide to assist you to add many amazing checkmarks, birding photos and videos to your visual checklist.

Serengeti wildebeest migration

The great Serengeti wildebeest migration is the movement of vast numbers of the Serengeti’s wildebeest, accompanied by large numbers of zebra, and smaller numbers of Grant’s gazelle, Thomson’s gazelle, eland and impala. These move in an annual pattern which is fairly predictable. They migrating throughout the year, constantly seeking fresh grazing and, it’s now thought, better quality water. The precise timing of the Serengeti wildebeest migration is entirely dependent upon the rainfall patterns each year.

Month by month: The Serengeti wildebeest migration

The Southern Serengeti’s huge grass plains extend into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. From December to March the Serengeti Migration congregates in large herds around Lake Ndutu in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. When it reaches the area the herd splits up and spreads out leaving wildebeest herds as far as the eye can see. Ndutu Lodge and Kusini are the only permanent lodges in the area; Kusini is best towards the end of the period whereas Ndutu Lodge works throughout.  Asilia’s Dunia Camp is also a good option at the beginning of December and again when the herds push north in March.

This is rainy season in Tanzania. The Wildebeest migration moves north into the plains of the southern Serengeti with front runners stretching out to the Western Corridor and centre of the park at Seronera.  Asilia’s Dunia Camp is a great option at this time as are any of the central Serengeti hotels such as the Serena or Sopa.  Early herds may well have pushed up to the Grumeti River Camp, Kirawira and Mbalageti Lodge area of the Western Corridor.

June is mating season for the herds, so can be very noisy if you catch many together. By June there are wildebeest herds spread from the Western corridor through the heart of the park. One group tends to head West into the Western Corridor and crosses the Grumeti River before leaving the park and entering the exclusive Singita Grumeti Reserves.  This herd will then head up through the Ikorongo game reserve on the Serengeti’s Western corridor before the front runners arrive into the Kogatende area in July.  The other herds head directly to the north of the Serengeti, passing straight up the middle through Seronera, Lobo and up to the Bologonja river area near the Eastern border with the Loliondo reserve at Kleins.  It is true to say that at this time herds can be anywhere from the Western corridor through to the Eastern side of the park.  Splinter herds will break from the main herds, covering huge areas in their search for fresh grasses.  We would recommend Grumeti River Camp, Faru Faru, Sasakwa, Sabora, Mbalageti Lodge and Kirawira for the Western corridor, whereas some herds will have pushed up as far as Migration camp in the Northern Lobo area.  Late July will see any of the Kogatende permanent lodges having good herds, Serengeti Lamai and Sayari Camp being the places to go towards the end of July.

From August through to October the herds are in the Northern Serengeti at Kogatende as well as in Kenya’s Masai Mara. River crossings often happen daily here.  With only a fraction of the visitor numbers that flock to the Mara, Kogatende is an exceptional destination. Given that the herds are simply following local rainfall, some move north, some move south… and many move in both directions in the same day. The sprawling mass moves in a circular fashion throughout these months – and as a result this is a fantastic time of year to see the herds.

People who do not aware of the specific movements of the Migration often make the mistake of assuming the herds head north from June, cross into Kenya and stay there until October, only returning in November when the pastures are all grazed. This would be a logical thought, but it is simply not the reality! You will see at the river crossings, they may cross over, then suddenly cross back the other way – it is not a structured single mass movement but a series of hectic snap decisions “to cross or not to cross”!

If one wildebeest takes the leap of faith, many may cross too, and similarly if one decides to turn back and cross over again, many will most likely follow suit; there may be 10 which decide to cross or 10,000. This means that there are excellent opportunities to see a crossing in Tanzania due to the amount of different crossings (and various crossing points along the Mara River), and due to the fact that they are always in the northern Serengeti from July – October (as opposed to them only sometimes being in the Masai Mara at this time!).

In late October and November the herds start their second Great Migration south towards the fertile lands of the Ndutu plains where the rains will have rejuvenated the grasses since the herds were last there earlier in the year. This can be a tricky time to catch the mega herd, as it covers vast distances every day. However, this is not set in stone as one of our team caught this mega crossing in November a few years back..

By the beginning of December, the herds are returning to Ndutu to calve, and the whole process is ready to start all over again.

We must reiterate….wildebeest are not the most predictable of animals!  The Migration is also entirely dependent upon rain, with the herds constantly searching for fresh grasses. As a result, it is a challenge to predict with any confidence where the herds will be during any particular week, and therefore to decide where best to stay. Choosing a permanent camp or mobile camp for your Tanzania safari that is located in the ‘right’ area for the time of year will clearly increase your chances, but there are no guarantees.

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KENYA TOURS AND SAFARIS

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TANZANIA TOURS AND SAFARIS

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UGANDA TOURS AND SAFARIS

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ZANZIBAR TOURS AND SAFARIS

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WILDEBEEST MIGRATION SAFARI

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ZANZIBAR BEACH HOLIDAYS