7 Day Mount Kilimanjaro Adventures - Machame Route

Serengeti to Zanzibar Safari

  • Duration: 12 Day

  • Destinations: Arusha, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
  • Price: $5555 per person

  • Accommodation Type: Mid-Range Lodges & Tented Camps

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Highlight

Tanzania is one of very few countries in the world where you can enjoy an outstanding safari and tropical beach life at the same time. Discover the best wild parks in northern Tanzania, immerse yourself in the fascinating cultures of several local tribes and unwind on the white sandy beaches, surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean in Zanzibar. This itinerary is a beautiful blend of amazing wildlife, fascinating cultures and laid-back beach life.

Day 1: Arrival – Tarangire

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to  Maramboi Tented Lodge, located in between Tarangire and Lake Manyara National Park. This lodge offers beautiful views over the distant Rift Escarpment and Lake Manyara in the background. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Today starts your safari. After an early breakfast, you drive to Tarangire National Park with packed lunch for a game drive. This lovely  park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National Park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx and Gerenuk. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them. Later in the afternoon you drive for dinner and overnight to Escarpment lodge in Lake Manyara. Read more about Tarangire National Park.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

After early breakfast you set off towards Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. You return to the lodge for lunch then continue to Kisimangeda lodge for dinner and overnight. Read more about Lake Manyara National Park.

Day 4: Lake Eyasi – Ngorongoro

This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with local tribes. After breakfast, you drive to Lake Eyasi. This is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the rural tribes like the Datoga and Hadzabe Bushmen. The Datoga are farmers and silversmith’s who make iron knives and spears. The Hadzabe hunt on wild animals with bow and arrows, eating roots, honey and wild fruits. Visit their habitat and experience their culture first hand. Around lunchtime you drive to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area for a picnic lunch and a visit to a traditional Maasai village.  After a day full of exciting experiences you drive to Ngorongoro Serena lodge for dinner and overnight.

Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a beautiful game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. All meals and overnight will at Kubukubu Tented Lodge. Read more about the Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 6: Serengeti National park

Go on a morning and afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon you return to Kubukubu Tented Lodge. Read more about Serengeti National Park.

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to Kubukubu Tented Lodge in the evening.

Day 8: Serengeti – Zanzibar

Explore the Serengeti for the last time during a morning game drive with picnic lunch. You continue your journey to Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the tropical island Zanzibar you will be transferred to Hideaway of Nungwi, where you can enjoy dinner and the beautiful views over the garden and blue Indian Ocean. Enjoy the luxury around you in the Superior Suite of this resort (all inclusive) where you will stay for the next 4 nights. Read more about Zanzibar.

Day 9: Zanzibar

Relax at the beautiful Nungwi Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the island has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water that gently rolls onto the beach. You can spend the entire day at the beach, since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. If you like to be more active, the resort organizes lots of activities like village walks, scuba diving and snorkelling. You can book and pay these activities directly. All meals and overnight will be at Hideaway of Nungwi in the Superior Suite (all inclusive).

Day 10: Zanzibar

Another day in paradise. You can relax at the resort, at the beach or so something more active. Explore a wide range of watersport activities, from snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing to kite- and windsurfing. Swim among the wonderful reef fish and enjoy the sights of many diverse marine creatures like turtles, rays, barracudas, octopus, zebrafish, moorish idols, lions fish and many more. If you prefer a cultural experience, visit the historical Stone Town or go on a spice tour. All meals and overnight will be at Hideaway of Nungwi in the Superior Suite (all inclusive).

Day 11: Zanzibar

Spend your day at leisure. Enjoy laid back beach life or sail towards the golden sunset on a traditional sailing boat while you spot pods of dolphins. Another option is to visit the nature reserve for turtles in Nungwi, where you can feed the turtles and even swim with them. This lovely fishing village has also a number of good bars.

Day 12: Departure

On this last day of your journey you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your departure flight.

Price includes

  • All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
  • A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof (with WiFi)
  • A highly experienced English speaking safari guide
  • Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
  • Kilimanjaro coffee/tea during safari
  • All park fees for all the national parks
  • Unlimited game drives
  • Flight from Serengeti to Zanzibar
  • Airport transfers in the mainland
  • Airport transfers in Zanzibar
  • AMREF Flying doctors emergence rescue

Price excludes

  • International flights
  • Tips
  • Drinks at the lodges (except in Zanzibar you are on all inclusive)
  • Any other things not mentioned above

Qn1: How many holidaymakers in one group?

  • Apart from yourself and the people you decide to travel within your tour, there will be no one else. With the fact that our vehicles take a maximum of 7 travellers, more vehicles will be used in case of any added travellers in a group.

Qn2: What is the minimum age permitted?

  • If you have kids of less than 4 years old, you may need to wait a bit before bringing them to the safari.
  • Also, We strongly recommend children of 4-12 are with parents/guardians and the responsibility for each child should remain with you as a parent in the course of the safari

Qn3: Where will I stay during the night?

  • You’ll have your accommodation in safari lodges and permanent tented camps inside the parks. The rooms are with en-suite bathrooms.

Qn4: How will I travel?

  • On your safari, you’ll use our comfortable and safe 4WD Toyota Land Cruisers which have a lot of leg space and pop up roof for ideal wildlife viewing.
  • Again our vehicles are fully equipped with first aid kits, fridges, binoculars and bean bags for camera support. With well-maintained and fitted HF long-range radios, the communication is made easy in safari.
  • We appreciate that on the last day of your safari you might be a bit tired, on this regard light aircraft will take you back to where safari started. *For luxury safari* 

Qn5: Where Should I get my meal? And what kind of meal is provided?

  • We will provide you with meals as well as mineral water during the safari. However, we would kindly ask you to settle soft drinks and alcoholic beverages on your own. Our safari guide who will drive you in a safari will take you to the beverages shops if it’s your things.
  • On safari, all meals are usually taken at your lodge or camp, and standards range from adequate to excellent.
  • The good thing is, most lodges offer the option of a packed breakfast and/or lunch box, which are variable in standard, but does allow you to eat on the trot rather than having to base game viewing hours around meal times.
  • I would advise you to specify in advance if you are vegetarian or have other specific dietary requirements and we will do our very best to cater for them.

Qn6: what should I pack?

  • While upon booking we will provide you with a detailed packing list that will be helpful for you to decide what to bring,
  • Shorts and a T-shirt, long trousers and warmer clothing will be required, I would advise women not to wear too short clothes (above their knees, too tight clothes or clothes that will not cover part of their bodies) as well as avoiding clothes with too bright colours (especially blue) as they can attract some insects.
  • Binoculars and a good field guide, possibly a pair of sunglasses, cash, credit cards, passport and other necessary documents are important, not to mention other useful items including a torch, compact alarm clock and strong insects repellent. 

Qn7: Any luggage restrictions in safari?

  • Well, to make your safari as comfortable as possible, luggage is restricted with a maximum size of 25 cm x 30 cm x 62 cm (10″ x 12″ x 24″). I would highly recommend the luggage be packed in bag or rucksack which cannot exceed 15kg including hand luggage. Do not bring suitcases in safari.
  • Flights won’t take heavy luggage too kind. The luggage limit for most local flight is 15 kg ($ 3 per extra kilo will be charged) and 25 kg for the international flights.

Qn8: Should I take some cash with me?

  • Absolutely, extras like soft and alcoholic beverages, souvenirs snacks and tips should be settled with your cash.
  • The most important thing I must remind you is to ensure that your USD bills must be printed not before 2004. It is unfortunate that earlier than 2004 printed bills won’t be accepted.
  • You can use your credit card (visa and master card only) to make payments in some places but a 4%-5% fee will be charged while paying by credit card (most small hotels, shops and restaurants accept cash only but the big ones accept credit cards). You can also use your credit cards to get money from the ATMs (located in all the big towns), but they will only give you local currency.

Qn8: You mentioned about tips, how much should I give?

  • Well, Tanzania has also a tipping tradition and tipping is usually given at the end of service. While we strongly advise that you do tipping (especially to the safari guides who play the most important role into the success of the entire tour), tipping is not mandatory and you should only give if you’re happy with the service you have received.
  • Tipping guideline for your safari guide is $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 15 to $ 20 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag

Qn9: I am Curious to Know Visa Requirements

  • Great, a valid visa is necessary.
  • Depending on your nationality, you can get your visa ahead of time or buy it at the airport upon arrival.
  • Some nationalities require their visa bought ahead of time so I would recommend you contact your respective embassy to get the latest visa regulations

Qn10: Are there any things I need to Know about Vaccinations for Tanzania Safaris?

  • Absolutely, while you can read them herein details, (We can put a link for our post on vaccinations) the main concern is malaria. I strongly recommend that you take prophylactic drugs.
  • If you are from a yellow fever endemic country or have stayed there for more than 6 hours, you will need to get a yellow fever vaccine.
  • We will provide you with detailed travel tips that will also have more information on vaccinations including yellow fever countries list.

Qn11: I am afraid I won’t find proper ablution facilities at the campsites

I would like to ask that you cast that fear aside. There are fairly standard ablution facilities on all campsites so this should never worry you.

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