12 Days Serengeti to Zanzibar Safari

12 Days,  11 Nights

From $8,550
  • Duration: 12 Day
  • Destinations: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Lake Eyasi, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Zanzibar
  • Price: $8,550 per person
  • Accommodation Type: Luxury hotels and lodges, All-inclusive package

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 hotel ready for the game drive in Tarangire the following day.  (all-inclusive)

Day 2: Tarangire National Park

Today start 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 luxury lodge in Lake Manyara.

Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park/Nature walk

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, a 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. After your picnic lunch, you will depart for a 2-hour nature walk in the park, guided by an armed ranger. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about different plants with their medicinal uses, animal tracks, insects, etc. In the late afternoon, you will continue to Neptune Ngorongoro luxury lodge in for dinner and overnight. (all-inclusive)

Day 4: Lake Eyasi – The bushmen/Coffee tour

You will depart early in the morning carrying a picnic breakfast with you and drive to Lake Eyasi. This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with local tribes. 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 silversmiths 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. Later you will return to your lodge for a late lunch. After lunch, you will do a guided coffee tour in the nearby Shangrila farm. Coffee is one of the main cash crops in Tanzania and here you get detailed information about coffee growing. This is the best place for you to buy your arabica coffee should you want some. You will then return to Neptune Ngorongoro luxury lodge for dinner and overnight. (all-inclusive)

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 colors 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. After your picnic lunch, you will return to the lodge and spend the afternoon enjoying the pool at this boutique luxury lodge. Free optional Karatu town market tour can be arranged on request. Dinner and overnight will be at Neptune Ngorongoro luxury lodge.  (all-inclusive)

Day 6: Serengeti National park

After breakfast, you will collect your picnic lunch from the hotel drive to Serengeti National Park, which has the largest concentration of big game in the world. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo- all in one park, then Serengeti is the best place to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in the world. Depending on which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the famous 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 continue to Kubukubu Tented Lodge for dinner and overnight.  (all-inclusive)

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 for dinner and overnight.  (all-inclusive)

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 Riu palace hotel, where you can enjoy dinner and the beautiful views over the garden and the blue Indian Ocean. Enjoy the luxury around you in this resort (all-inclusive) where you will stay for the next 4 nights.

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 snorkeling. You can book and pay for these activities directly. All meals and overnight will be at Riu Palace Hotel (all-inclusive).

Day 10: Zanzibar

Another day in paradise. You can relax at the resort, on the beach or so something more active. Explore a wide range of watersport activities, from snorkeling, 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 Riu Palace hotel (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. All meals and overnight will be at Riu Palace hotel on an all-inclusive basis.

Day 12: Departure

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

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