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12 Days Zanzibar Beach Holidays and Safari in Arusha, Tanzania

Arusha - Zanzibar - Dar-es-Salaam

Tanzania Safari Adventure and Beach Holiday

Experience nature's wildlife and habitat of small and large mammals, birds, and reptiles in their natural areas. During this safari, you will visit several national parks and lakes where you will be able to admire a huge variety of birdlife, while also having the chance to relax by the pristine beaches of Zanzibar. If you are looking for a holiday that combines the adventure and excitement of discovering wild Africa with the relaxation of exotic beaches, then this safari is for you!

Key information

  • Starting point: Arusha
  • Ending point: Dar Es Salaam
  • Professional English speaking guide
  • Park fees are included.

Highlights

  • Discover Zanzibar beaches
  • Game drives in Tanzania's famous parks
  • Spot elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, and more
  • Visit Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro, and Lake Masek
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Daily meals and water
  • Airport transfers

Styles


12 activity days
Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport
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Accommodation

During this safari, you will stay either in a private or a shared room at several locations in Tanzania.

Serengeti Acacia Camps

This intimate safari camp offers guests the perfect blend of old, African charm and elegance in the heart of the Serengeti National Park. It is tucked beneath an acacia tree and has breathtaking views of the savanna plains of the park. In this camp, you can experience full luxury in the wild. It has 10 canvas tents that are all furnished with en-suite bathrooms, flush toilets, and other essential amenities.

These tents have paved pathways that connect them to the centralized lounge and dining areas, which are located under a soaring canopy of acacias in front of the camp. The en-suite options include a double tent which is ideal for couples, a family tent which is ideal for two adults and two kids, and a triple tent which is perfect for groups of three.

Blue Oyster Hotel

The Blue Oyster is a small and cosy family-run hotel, directly adjacent to the white sandy beach of Zanzibar. It is situated in Jambiani, a small traditional fishing village on the south east coast. You can stay at an ocean view room and enjoy the sunrise from your balcony or terrace with an amazing view of the colorful ocean. Additionally, there are rooms that offer nice views of tropical gardens and are only steps away from the ocean.

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

The lodge is located on the outskirts of Karatu town about midway between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater. There are 32 cottages set throughout the lushly landscaped property.

There are 10 rooms in five double cottages are located in our coffee garden. The rest of the rooms are located surrounding the pool area. Each cosy room is mosquito-netted with king or twin beds, dressing area, a fireplace, large bathroom with shower, and a veranda from which to enjoy the views of the lush tropical gardens.

Kati Kati Tented Camp

This is a mobile tented camp located in Central Serengeti, strategically located to cover the vast Serengeti Plains. The camp offers comfortable accommodation and a unique opportunity to enjoy a real safari camp experience. The camp is only a two-hour scenic drive from Olduvai Gorge Museum and Grumeti River.

Rhino Lodge

Ideally located on the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater rim, this lodge offers a perfect base from which to explore the crater and its surrounding area. With 24 comfortable, en-suite rooms, a cozy living space, friendly local staff, and generous, African-inspired meals, the Rhino Lodge welcomes its guests to Africa's most remarkable game park.

All guest rooms have a veranda overlooking a stretch of high, montane forest. Each room has its own shower, toilet, and hand basin. To keep away the cold, each room has a wood-burning stove, and hot-water bottles can be filled if you want one. In the bar/dining room, there are two large fires which are a natural focus for guests to meet and exchange stories of the day. You can also enjoy the view and nearby wildlife from the outside terrace behind the restaurant.

Sangaiwe Tented Lodge

Located near the new Sangaiwe gate to Tarangire National Park with stunning views over Lake Burunge, Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers travelers to Tanzania luxury tented accommodation, great service and fresh food. Enhance your safari experience by joining on your visit to Tarangire on the northern circuit in Tanzania.

Sangaiwe Tented Lodge offers a peaceful setting wherein to relax after your busy safari days. Sit on the deck of your tent and enjoy the uninterrupted views over Lake Burunge to the Great Rift Valley escarpment beyond.

Tarangire Roika Tented Camp

Roika Tarangire Tented Lodge is situated roughly 125 kilometers from Arusha town. Each one of the 21 luxury en-suite tents has a unique theme with beautifully handcrafted furniture and uniquely built animal shaped baths as well as showers.

The tent has got coffee making facilities for self preparation of a cup whenever you desire and of course a private balcony that affords you a relaxed view of Tarangire’s wilderness.

Tembo House Hotel

Decorated with wood carved furniture, and offering a Swahili four-poster bed, each room features a seating area with television, air conditioning, and a bathroom with shower and a traditional hammam bath. Most of the rooms feature a balcony with sea or pool views. The hotel's restaurant offers local as well as international cuisine.

Twiga Campsite and Lodge

The lodge is located at Mto wa Mbu, one and a half hour drive from Arusha town. Its extensive facilities and beautiful setting has made Twiga a very popular stopover along the route to many Northern Circuit tourist attractions. Twiga Lodges and campsite offers camping and lodge services as well as providing you with all amenities to make you feel at home.

Program

As this is a private safari, it is ideal for families as the proposed itinerary below can be designed specifically to meet your requirements and pace. Experience and enjoy the nature, wildlife and habitat of small to large mammals, birds, and reptiles in their natural areas. The driver guides are knowledgeable and competent.

Day 1 - Arrive to Tanzania

This day you will arrive to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and be transferred to your hotel.

Day 2 - Lake Manyara National Park starting in Arusha

After breakfast, you will be transferred to Lake Manyara National Park. A major attraction of the park are the tree-climbing lions. Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will spot them. However, there are other things to see like elephants, hippos, zebras, impalas, buffaloes, baboons, and plains animals as well as huge variety of birdlife, both resident and migratory.

At certain times of the year, Lake Manyara is home to thousands of flamingos attracted by the lake itself, which form a shimmering pink zone around the lake shore. Other birds found here include ostriches, egrets, herons, pelicans, and storks, as well as African spoonbills, various species of ibises, ducks, and the rare pygmy geese.

The most noticeable of the landscape within this park are the very impressive baobab trees with their huge trunks. You will spend the night at Twiga Lodge Bougamvilia Safari Lodge.

Day 3 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the Serengeti National Park with lunch box and game en-route. Serengeti is perhaps most well known for the annual migration that takes place across the great savanna plains.

This is a phenomenal sight of thousands upon thousands of animals, particularly wildebeests, as far as the eye can see. During the rainy season, which goes from November to May, the wildebeests, whose population has been estimated at around 1'500'000, are found in the eastern section of the Serengeti and also the Masai Mara in Kenya to the north.

When the dry season begins at the end of June, the annual migration commences as the animals move in search of food pasture. The Serengeti is also famous for cheetahs, leopards, and lions, some of which migrate with the wildebeests while others remain in the central plain.

The elephant population in Serengeti was decimated by poaching, estimated to have fallen fivefold during the 1970 and 1980, since then, the numbers have slowly increased.

Birdlife is prolific in the park and includes various species of kingfishers, sunbirds and rollers, ostriches, egrets, herons, storks, ibises, spoonbills and ducks. Birds of prey include Ruppell's vulture and the hooded vulture, several varieties of kestrels, eagles, goshawks, and harriers.

There is also a hippo pool by the name of Retina where you can have clear views of the hippopotamuses and even crocodiles. You will have dinner and spend the night at Katikati tented camp.

Day 4 - Full day game drives in Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will drive with your lunch box for full day game viewing, around 1 p.m. you will stop at the picnic site for picnic and have lunch, then you will continue with game viewing in Serengeti National Park and track the great migration. Late evening you will drive back to your lodge for dinner and overnight at Katikati Tented Camp.

Day 5 - Olduvai Gorge

After breakfast, with packed lunch and game en-route, you will drive to Ngorongoro Olduvai Gorge, the archaeological site. The conversation area encompasses Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge, famous for its paleontological relics, and Lake Masek.

The crater is a home to small number of black rhinoceroses, sustains a huge population of ungulates, and has the most concentrated numbers of lions know.

However, there are an estimated 30,000 animals living in the crater.

Encounters with animals are frequent and there is a wide variety of game in the crater. These include lions, elephants, and rhinos as well as buffaloes, Thompson's gazelles, wildebeests, and zebras.

You are also likely to see ostriches and Lake Magadi, the soda lake at the floor of the crater, is home to thousands of flamingos. There are also dive and bombing kites which are recognized for their skills of snatching visitors' foods at the Lerai Forest, which is a good place for a picnic lunch. You will have dinner and spend the night at the Rhino Lodge.

Day 6 - Ngorngoro Crater

After breakfast, you will descend into the crater for a tour around the unbroken caldera that encloses the wildlife. You will have lunch at Ngorongoro, after lunch is your chance to visit Maasai Boma. You will have an evening drive to Tarangire and spend the night at Tarangire Roika Tented Lodge.

Day 7 - Tarangire National Park

After breakfast, you will enjoy game drives in Tarangire National Park. You will enjoy hot lunch at the lodge and then drive back to Arusha for dinner. You will spend the night at Tarangire Roika Tented Camp or Sangaiwe Lodge.

Day 8 - Arusha to Zanzibar by flight

You will depart from Arusha at 11 a.m. with Precissionair and arrive in Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) at 12:15 a.m., meet and greet at the airport and transfer to Tembo House Hotel for overnight.

Day 9 - Excursions in Zanzibar - East Coast beaches

After breakfast, you will be picked up from your hotel for any tour mentioned such as spice, historical stone town, Jozani Forest, Prison Island, or sunset cruise. A dolphin tour can be arranged upon request. Later you will be transferred to the East Coast for overnight at the Blue Oyster Hotel.

Day 10 and 11

These days you will rest and relax at leisure, and spend the night at your hotel in the coast.

Day 12 - Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam

This day you will be picked up from your hotel and transferred to Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) for your flight to Dar-Es-Salaam in connection to your departure flight back home.

Included excursions

During this safari, you will enjoy various excursions that include a visit to Lake Manyara National Park, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Olduvai Gorge archaeological site that encompasses the Ngorongoro Crater, Embagai Crater, Olduvai Gorge, famous for its paleontological relics, and Lake Masek. You will also have an evening drive to Tarangire and enjoy game drives in Tarangire National Park.

Location

This safari will take place in Arusha, Tanzania. Throughout the safari, you will visit several locations. You will start at Arusha where you will visit Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Oldupai Gorge Site, the Ngorongoro Crater, and Tarangire National Park. During the seventh day, you will fly to Zanzibar where you will visit the coast and relax at the beach.

All these parks are the home to small and large animals including birds and reptiles, also inside the parks there are standard to luxury lodges, luxury tented camps to budget camping sites.

Food

In this safari, you will enjoy three daily delicious meals plus a liter of mineral water per day. During the excursions, you will have a lunch box.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

During this safari, you can arrange a hot air balloon ride over Serengeti for an additional cost of 570 USD. A dolphin tour or a visit to Maasai Bom can be arranged for an additional cost.

What's included

  • 3 airport transfers
  • 3 daily delicious meals
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfer from and to Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Airport transfer from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
  • All parks and crater entrance fees
  • Excursions to discover the beaches in Zanzibar
  • Flight from Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) to Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ)
  • Flight from Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ) to Julius Nyerere International Airport (DAR)
  • Flying doctors insurance
  • Game drives in Tanzania's most famous parks
  • One and a half liter of mineral water daily
  • Salary for the professional English drive guide
  • Sightseeing as specified in itinerary
  • Transport on a four-wheel drive vehicle with the pop-up roof
  • Visit to the archaeological site in Olduvai

What's not included

  • Additional activities
  • Hot and cold drinks
  • International airfare
  • Olduvai visit of Maasai Boma
  • Tips and gratuities

How to get there

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Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Lights on Africa Destinations and Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

Airport: Kilimanjaro International Airport Airport transfer included: Kilimanjaro International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 45 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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