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15 days

Safari in Tanzania & beach holiday in Zanzibar

A Tanzanian safari, a must for your safari wish list. An amazing safari experience including Serengeti & Ngorongoro. A 4-star beach stay, on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar a perfect ending.  

Safari in Tanzania & beach holiday in Zanzibar Safari in Tanzania & beach holiday in Zanzibar
15 days

Safari in Tanzania & beach holiday in Zanzibar

A Tanzanian safari, a must for your safari wish list. An amazing safari experience including Serengeti & Ngorongoro. A 4-star beach stay, on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar a perfect ending.  

Why choose this tour

  • Feel the adrenaline rush when lions, elephants and giraffes walk right past the Landcruiser, and see the huge herds of wildebeest and zebras on the savannah
  • With visits to no fewer than 4 national parks, you’re in with a really good chance of seeing the Big 5 on this tour
  • The time you have there is really used to the full with as much safari as possible in both Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Look forward to rounding off the tour with a 4* beach holiday in exotic Zanzibar, including half board

Our prices always include

  • All international and domestic flights
  • All destination transfers
  • All specified excursions and activities
  • All accommodations

The tour in short

The most striking thing about a safari in Tanzania is the sheer number and variety of animals you see. It’s almost impossible to imagine how many animals there are. As far as the eye can see, you can see the animals you recognise from the nature programmes on TV. This is where they live, and for the next 7 days, you’ll be visiting them.

On this tour, you’ll visit 4 of Tanzania’s iconic national parks, each with its own distinctive features.

Tarangire offers majestic baobab and acacia trees and large herds of elephants. The diverse wildlife of the Ngorongoro Crater in a relatively small area takes most people’s breath away, while the opposite is almost the case with Serengeti. It’s impossible to imagine how big it is – and how many animals there are here. The safari ends at Lake Manyara, where you can enjoy the lush nature and profusion of birds.

You’ll mainly be staying in tent camps, so you’re as close to nature as possible, but you get to sleep in proper beds, and the tents have electricity and their own shower and toilet with running water.

Following an unforgettable safari experience, you head to the wonderful Zanzibar, where you can relax on the white sandy beaches, explore the historic Stone Town, savour the island’s spices and exotic fruits, take a boat trip in a traditional dhow or explore Jozani Chwaka Bay National Park.

What is included in the price?
This package includes the following
  • Flights from the UK to Kilimanjaro incl. transfer
  • Local English speaking guide/driver
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in Tanzania incl. full board
  • Tarangire National Park – Over several hundred elephants
  • Serengeti National Park – Search for ”The Big 5”
  • Visit to the Masai village
  • Ngorongoro Crater – Paradise to around 30,000 animals
  • Lake Manyara National Park- Home to tree climbing lions and large herds of elephants
  • Window seat in a four-wheel drive vehicle and a free bottle of water during safari tours
  • Park fees
  • Flights from Tanzania to Zanzibar incl. transfer
  • 6 nights’ accommodation in Zanzibar at Ocean Paradise Beach Resort**** incl. half board
  • Possibility to extend the beach holiday in Zanzibar
  • Flights from Zanzibar to the UK incl. transfer
  • ATOL certificate
  • Emergency hotline staffed 24/7 throughout your trip
  • Departure guarantee – the tour will take place regardless of the number of participants
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Detailed Itinerary
Day 1: Flight to Tanzania

Today is the day you set off from the selected airport and head to Tanzania with connecting flight(s) on the way.

Day 2: Highview Hotel

You land at Kilimanjaro’s international airport. You might have been lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Africa’s highest mountain from the air. Kilimanjaro towers a whopping 5.8 km from the savannah, and the snow-capped peak is in sharp contrast to the fact that you are now in Africa.

At the airport, you will be met by our local guide who will guide you through immigration. You will then set off on an exciting sightseeing drive of just over 200 km to the small town of Karatu, where you will spend the night. The advantage of driving to Karatu today is that tomorrow, on your first safari in Tarangire National Park, you will have plenty of time to really experience the park, which is just 90 km from Karatu.

Sit back, enjoy the drive and soak in the African countryside. You’ll be in no doubt that that’s where you are. Small villages with markets, Masais with their herds of cattle and women in beautiful colourful dresses rush past the window.

Highview Hotel, where you will be staying, enjoys a scenic location, perched on a hilltop, with a colourful panoramic view of the green, fertile valleys and coffee plantations, where elephants often wander past, morning and evening.

If time allows, the afternoon can be spent relaxing at the hotel or visiting Karatu and the local market.

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

A whole day of exciting safari experiences awaits you in Tarangire today.

Before that, though, we highly recommend that you get up early. Enjoy the fresh air and sight of the morning mist slowly lifting over the coffee fields.

After a hearty breakfast, you head to Tarangire National Park, which is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania.

The park is named after the Tarangire river, which flows through the park. In dry seasons, the river is the animals’ only source of water.

The landscape and vegetation are incredibly varied. The hilly landscape has nine different growth zones, and you experience a savannah filled with majestic baobab and acacia trees, almost taking all the attention away from the many animals.

The diverse vegetation attracts a great many wild animals. The park is particularly famous for its large number of elephants. Wildebeest and zebras are also found in large numbers, and kudu, impala and gazelles thrive here. The abundant prey here attracts lions, leopards and hyenas, and if you’re really lucky, you might also see a wild dog.

In the afternoon, you head back to Highview Hotel to relax. If you wish, you can visit a nearby children’s home – the guide will accompany you if you choose to do this.

Day 4: Via Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Serengeti National Park

You can certainly look forward to today’s drive!

From Karatu, you head through Ngorongoro’s hilly plateaus, where the red-robed Masai live in round huts, and their cattle graze between the zebras, wildebeest and giraffes of the savannah. Nevertheless, the Masai also live in the 21st century, and it is almost impossible not to smile when you see a Masai leaning against his shepherd’s crook while looking at his mobile phone.

Via Nabi Hill Gate, the route heads north-west across the endless plains of the Serengeti, where animals galore await you; millions of wildebeest and zebras, thousands of antelopes and buffaloes, hundreds of lions, elephants, leopards, hippos, crocodiles and thousands of birds. Serengeti offers one of the most amazing and unique wildlife and outdoor experiences on the planet.

Along the way, there is time to enjoy the packed lunch that you have with you.

You will spend the next two nights at Ikoma Wild Camp, which is located on the border of the north-western section of Serengeti National Park, offering a wonderful location and views over the Serengeti plain. You will be camping in the comfortable way, yet close to nature and the animals. The location outside the national park also allows for a number of unique experiences that you cannot get inside the national park itself.

If you wish to stay inside Serengeti National Park itself, you can opt to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp. You could also treat yourself to an upgrade to the gorgeous 4* Serengeti Safari Lodge with its pool and fabulous luxury tents. The view from the restaurant here is absolutely phenomenal!

Day 5: Safari in the Serengeti National Park

Today, you’ll be going on a full-day safari in Serengeti to look for the “Big Five”: lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos and buffaloes. You have a packed lunch with you and thus the whole day to enjoy the wildlife of the fantastic Serengeti.

The ecosystem here in the park is considered to be one of the oldest in the world, and it’s difficult not to feel both humbled and astonished when sitting in your Landcruiser, absorbing all that you see before you. Outside the drought period, you will also see a large number of Thomson’s gazelles, buffaloes, topi, Grant’s gazelles, eland antelopes, warthogs, eagles, ostriches, etc., in addition to the animals already mentioned. Today, you will probably also see and smell the hippos wallowing in the hippo pools.

A fantastic day, just waiting to be experienced and enjoyed!

If you wish to start the day with a memorable, out-of-the-ordinary experience, you can purchase a balloon safari at sunrise over the Serengeti. Watching the sun rise from the basket of the balloon is indescribable. The animals walk about and graze below you, and you can see contours of the landscape that you cannot see from the ground. Enjoy the silence that is broken only by the burner of the balloon – and perhaps a couple of impalas roaring beneath you.

To take part in a hot air balloon safari, you will need to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp rather than Ikoma Wild Camp. If you purchase a hot air balloon safari, it does not cost extra to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp.

Optional tours

Why not experience the Serengeti as the sun rises – from a hot air balloon?

To take part in a hot air balloon safari, you will need to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp rather than Ikoma Wild Camp. If you choose to purchase a balloon safari, it does not cost extra to stay at Serengeti Wild Camp.

Day 6: Safari in Serengeti, a visit to a local school and experiences in a Masai village in Ngorongoro

In Serengeti, you rise at the same time as the sun. After a hearty breakfast, you can look forward to yet another safari on the magnificent plains. Will today be the day that you’re lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the timid leopard? And don’t forget to just enjoy the view and breathe in the fresh morning air. That’s the advantage of having plenty of time in Serengeti – there’s also time to enjoy the outstanding landscape.

At midday, you will enjoy the packed lunch you have with you in the open air. Afterwards, you head into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you visit the red-clad Masai at a local village and experience how life is lived in a Masai village and look at their handicraft, which is mainly bead work. They are keen to sell – and the jewellery is beautiful – but remember to “haggle”! Enjoy how the landscape has now changed from flat plains to hills with trees that the giraffes hide behind.

If you wish – and time allows – it is also possible to visit a kindergarten/school in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area this afternoon. Africa Safari has donated the kitchen building to the school and also makes a monthly contribution for uniforms, school materials and food. The school has place for 52 children aged 3–6. In the morning, the children help at home, and at midday, they go to school. The school day starts with a hearty meal to ensure they are full and ready to learn. When the children start school, they only speak the local Masai language. They must therefore start by learning Swahili and then English (which are the two official languages in Tanzania) before they can actually start learning to read.

Today’s destination is Karatu with its scenic coffee fields. The hotel is a mere 20-minute drive from the gate into Ngorongoro, which means that you will be one of the first guests to arrive at the crater tomorrow. Although the crater is large, and there is a limit to the number of people that are allowed to visit it every day, it’s an advantage to get there early in the morning, while you’re still in with a chance of being one of the first to spot the animals.

Day 7: Full-day safari in the Ngorongoro Crater

The Ngorongoro crater is the world’s largest inactive volcano crater. The volcano erupted some 2–3 million years ago and folded in on itself, leaving a gigantic hole, which is today home to 30,000 animals and 350 different species of birds, all of which have access to water all year round.

Once past the entrance to Ngorongoro, you pass through a lush area of rainforest before the descent along the inside of the crater begins. After an exciting drive down, you arrive at the 260 km2 crater floor. The rim of the crater towers 600 metres above you. You might be at the bottom of the crater, but you are actually high up, because the rim of the crater is 2,200 metres above sea level.

The day is spent in the crater – and there is plenty to look at! Lions, gazelles, elephants, wildebeest and zebras in their droves. If you’re really lucky, you might see the endangered black rhinoceros, which is almost extinct in Africa due to poaching. In Ngorongoro, they are protected by the armed rangers.

Lunch is enjoyed in stunning surroundings on the floor of the crater, and at the end of the day you will be driven back to your hotel, where you can relax by the pool, purchase a massage or perhaps visit the local market one last time.

Day 8: Lake Manyara National Park – Zanzibar

After breakfast and check-out from the hotel, you head to Lake Manyara. This is one of Tanzania’s smallest national parks, covering an area of 330 km2, 200 km2 of which is lake.

The area between the lake and the 600-metre-high Rift Valley slopes in the west offers open grasslands, a jungle-like forest and swamps.

Lake Manyara is a paradise for large herds of elephants, buffaloes and baboons, and with more than 400 bird species registered there. You might also be lucky enough to spot the famous tree-climbing lions here.

After this final safari experience, you will be driven to the airport where you will catch a plane to the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Days 9-13: Relaxation and experiences on Zanzibar

The days are yours to do as you please.

Located in the Indian Ocean, Zanzibar consists of the main islands of Unguja (unofficially known as Zanzibar) and Pemba, as well as myriad small islands. When it comes to nature and culture, Zanzibar is truly spoilt: white sandy beaches, azure sea and a stunning coral reef. A hot, sunny climate all year round is conducive to relaxation and a beach holiday.

The island’s dramatic history includes Arab sultans, Portuguese seafarers, slave trade and European explorers, all of which have left their mark on the island. And it is also here that you will find one of Africa’s most exciting cities, packed with beautiful Arabic architecture. Not forgetting the delicious Swahili cuisine and the friendly people.

Day 14: The journey home begins

You are picked up at the hotel and driven to the airport, when your journey home starts. You will fly to the UK with connecting flights along the way.

Day 15: Arrival back home

You arrive in the UK after a wonderful trip.

Day Distance Approx km
Day 2 Kilimanjaro Airport - Highview Hotel 200
Day 3 Highview Hotel - Tarangire National Park 80
Day 4 Highview Hotel via Ngorongoro Conservation Area - Ikoma Wild Camp 250
Day 5 Safari in the Serengeti - game drive ---
Day 6 Via Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Highview Hotel 250
Day 7 Highview hotel to Ngorongoro Crater and back approximately 130
Day 8 Lake Manyara and to Kilimanjaro Airport is approximately 195

 

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Discover Stone Town, 2 nights

If you love Marrakesh, you’ll love Stone Town too. Narrow, winding streets without pavements, constant swarms of children and adults, bicycles, donkeys and merchants peddling everything in small shops sitting right out into the road. At the square’s “barazas” (built-in benches) in the middle of the labyrinth, men sit and talk over cups of strong coffee while children play ball and a cat stretches lazily in the sun.

At first sight, the city looks quite ramshackle, but just take a look at the doors! The big, heavy, elaborately decorated wooden doors are in many ways synonymous with Zanzibar’s biggest city.

There are markets and museums here, plenty of excursion opportunities and a vibrant waterfront. During the day, the waterfront is well-frequented by locals taking strolls, young men making trips from the quay as well as fishing and tourist boats both arriving and setting off. In the evening, there is a local market here.

Stone Town is in many ways practically an experience of the senses. Here you will find smells and sounds, flavours, colours, history and culture – Stone Town has it all. It is no mystery that the town is on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

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