12 Days Beach Holiday and Safari in Tanzania

  • Arusha - Serengeti National Park - Ngorongoro Crater - Tarangire National Park - Lake Manyara - Zanzibar Island

Tanzania Wildlife Safaris

Experience a holiday like no other with Siafu Tanzania Safaris! Starting in Arusha, you will spend the first week exploring the exciting wildlife of Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, and Lake Manyara. Observe and get closer to animals such as elephants, zebras, lions, and leopards. Following the safari in the wild, you will also have a week of rejuvenating beach trip on Zanzibar Island and enjoy its beautiful sandy beaches.

Highlights

  • Safari in Tarangire National Park
  • Full day safari in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Play with red colobus monkey in Jozani monkey forest
  • Beach trip to Zanzibar Island and visit to Kijichi Spice Farms
  • Watch tree-climbing lions in Lake Manyara
  • Daily meals and drinking water
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • Airport transfers
  • 12 activity days
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During this safari holiday, you will be staying at various accommodations, such as Green Mountain Hotel, Fanaka Lodge, Rhino Lodge, Kati Kati tent camp, and Zanzibar Bahari Villas.

Day 1 - Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)

Arriving at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be warmly welcomed by the experienced driver and guides, ready to greet and escort you to Arusha. You will stay overnight at the Green Mountain Hotel.

Day 2 - Tarangire National Park

In the morning, you will be collected from the hotel and driven to Tarangire National Park. Bush savanna, seasonal marshes, and formidable baobab trees make up the landscape of this nature reserve. The Tarangire Park is probably one of the best places in East Africa to watch and to get up close to elephants. This is not only because of an estimated 4000 animals, but also because the elephants are not bothered by the vehicles at a relatively near distance.

Aside from elephants, the park is the habitat for Maasai giraffes, various gazelle, antelopes, buffalo, lions, leopards, baboons, and more than a hundred different types of birds. There is definitely plenty of wildlife to watch. Late in the afternoon, you will arrive at the Fanaka Lodge for dinner and an overnight stay.

Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater

You will enjoy a morning and afternoon game drive of the world famous Ngorongoro Crater. The Ngorongoro Crater is the world's largest intact caldera (collapsed volcano). You will descend 600 meters into the crater by a four-wheel drive vehicle for a full day safari. Over 30,000 animals live within this enormous natural bowl, the most densely packed concentration of wildlife in Africa.

You should see wildebeest, elephant, lion, dik-dik, and warthog around. On the lakeside, there are pelican, ibis, and flamingo. You will have a picnic lunch at the site at noon. Afterwards, you will have dinner and stay overnight at the Rhino Lodge.

Day 4 - Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you will depart with lunch boxes for Serengeti game viewing via Olduvai Gorge and Ndutu Area. The Olduvai Gorge, popularly referred to as "the cradle of humankind", is the site where in 1959 Dr. Louis Leakey discovered the skull of "homo habilis", believed to have lived 1.75 million years ago.

The name Serengeti comes from the Maasai word "siringeti", which means endless plains. This name is well-deserved, as the grassland savanna in the south stretches to the horizon and is only interrupted by the so-called Kopjes. The plains are the perfect hunting grounds for leopards and other big cats. You will have a chance to view these significant creatures in their natural habitat. You will also enjoy an evening meal and stay overnight at Serengeti Kati Kati tent camps.

Day 5 - Serengeti National Park

You will spend a full day in Central Serengeti Park. Within its area of 14.763 square kilometers are more than four million large mammals living in total wilderness freedom. About 35 species of plains animals can be observed, including elephants, buffaloes, topi, wildebeest, gazelles, zebras, lions, leopards, cheetahs, and over 400 species of birds can be observed in the Serengeti National Park.

The Serengeti might be best known for its great annual migration, but the resident populations of animals are excellent all year round. After your lunch, you will have a game drive and drive back to Serengeti Kati Kati tent camp for dinner and stay overnight.

Day 6 - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Highlands

In the early morning before breakfast, you will have game drives at Serengeti National Park. Afterwards, you will return to the lodge, have breakfast, and proceed to Ngorongoro Conservation Area, where you will enjoy scenic views along the way. You will see both of the vast Serengeti landscapes and the highlands of Ngorongoro. You will have dinner and stay overnight at the Fanaka Lodge.

Day 7 - Lake Manyara National Park - Zanzibar

You will visit the last national park on the "Northern Circuit"'. The Lake Manyara National Park is known for its tree-climbing lions, which is uncharacteristic of lions. A large area of the park covers the alkaline Manyara Lake, which is seasonally visited by large colonies of flamingo and other water birds.

On the lake shore, you can see elephants, hippos, buffalo, banded mongoose, various antelopes, and gazelles. After plenty of wildlife watching, you will be driven back to Arusha Airport for departure flight to Zanzibar. You will meet and greet at the Zanzibar Airport before transferring to Matemwe, where Zanzibar Bahari Villas is located.

Day 8 - Zanzibar Island

Enjoy time to relax on the beaches and swim, snorkel, or dive in the clear, warm waters. A cocktail and a golden sunset go hand in hand, so be sure to indulge as the sun melts away and day turns to night. In the evening, wander the beaches and the white sands of Zanzibar. Beach volleyball, table tennis, and other games are some of the activities that you can indulge in your resort during the day and night. You will stay overnight at the Zanzibar Bahari Villas.

Day 9 - Kijichi Spice Farm

After breakfast, you will have a city tour until lunch time. Lunch will be at passing show restaurant. After lunch, you will be picked up to depart to Kijichi Spice Farms. You will get to know many categories of spices and taste different kind of seasonal fruits and spices cultivated in the farm. After spice farm tour, you will drive back to Zanzibar Bahari Villas to stay overnight.

Day 10 - Jozani monkey forest

After breakfast, you will transfer to Jozani monkey forest for a forest tour. Play with the rare red colobus monkey and take photos. You will have lunch at the forest's restaurant and visit the mangrove garden in the forest. After the tour, you will proceed back to Matemwe, where Zanzibar Bahari Villas are located.

Day 11 - Zanzibar Island

Enjoy time to relax on the beaches and swim, snorkel, or dive in the clear, warm waters. A cocktail and a golden sunset go hand in hand, so be sure to indulge as the sun melts away and day turns to night. In the evening, wander the beaches and the white sands of Zanzibar. Beach volleyball, table tennis, and other games are some of the activities that you can indulge in your resort during the day and night. You will stay overnight at the Zanzibar Bahari Villas.

Day 12 - Zanzibar Airport for departure

After breakfast, you will transfer from Jambiani to the Zanzibar Airport through the ferry terminal for the departure. The ferry terminal in Zanzibar is in Malindi.

This safari will take place in Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, and Zanzibar Island in Tanzania.

Lake Manyara National Park

Stretching for 50 kilometers along the base of the rusty-gold 600-meters high Rift Valley escarpment, Lake Manyara is a scenic gem, with a setting extolled by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa”. The compact game-viewing circuit through Manyara offers a virtual microcosm of the Tanzanian safari experience.

From the entrance gate, the road winds through an expanse of lush jungle-like groundwater forest, where hundred-strong baboon troops lounge nonchalantly along the roadside, blue monkeys scamper nimbly between the ancient mahogany trees, dainty bushbuck tread warily through the shadows, and outsized forest hornbills honk cacophonously in the high canopy.

Contrasting with the intimacy of the forest is the grassy floodplain and its expansive views eastward, across the alkaline lake, to the jagged blue volcanic peaks that rise from the endless Maasai Steppes. Large buffalo, wildebeest, and zebras herds congregate on these grassy plains, as do giraffes; some so dark in coloration that they appear to be black from a distance.

Inland of the floodplain, a narrow belt of acacia woodland is the favored haunt of Manyara’s legendary tree-climbing lions and impressively tusked elephants. Squadrons of banded mongoose dart between the acacias, while the diminutive Kirk’s dik-dik forages in their shade. Pairs of klipspringer are often seen silhouetted on the rocks above a field of searing hot springs that steams and bubbles adjacent to the lake shore in the far south of the park.

Manyara provides the perfect introduction to Tanzania’s bird life. More than 400 species have been recorded, and even a first-time visitor to Africa might reasonably expect to observe 100 of these in one day. Highlights include thousands of pink-hued flamingos on their perpetual migration, as well as other large waterbirds such as pelicans, cormorants, and storks.

Ngorongoro Crater

The famous nature zoo, Ngorongoro Crater, located 2,286 meters above sea level, is the largest unbroken caldera in the world. Surrounded by very steep walls rising 610 meters from the crater floor, this natural amphitheatre covers 260 square kilometers or 100 square miles. This is the home to over 25,000 large mammals. About half of the animals are zebras and wildebeests.

There are also gazelles, buffaloes, elands, hartebeests, warthogs, and the rare rhinoceros. Occasionally, Maasai can also be seen bringing their cattle down the crater walls to the lake below. Such vast numbers of animals attract many predators, including lions, hyenas, cheetahs, and leopards. More than 100 species of birds not found in the Serengeti can also be spotted here. Countless flamingoes from a pink blanket over the soda lakes.

The Crater has been declared a World Heritage site. The Ngorongoro Crater lies within Ngorongoro Conservation Area, which covers more than 8,000 square kilometers. It is bounded Lake Eyasi in the southwest and the Gol Mountains in the north. Roughly in the center is the Olbalal Swamp and the arid. Olduvai Gorge is dotted with extinct craters and high plains and to the north is Oldonyo le Ngai, a gray, forbidding perfect cone that is a still-active volcano.

Serengeti National Park

A million wildebeest, each one driven by the same ancient rhythm, fulfilling its instinctive role in the inescapable cycle of life: a frenzied three-week bout of territorial conquests and mating; survival of the fittest as 40 kilometers (25 miles) long columns plunge through crocodile-infested waters on the annual exodus north; replenishing the species in a brief population explosion that produces more than 8,000 calves daily before the 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) pilgrimage begins again.

Tanzania's oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a seventh worldwide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson's gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.

Yet even when the migration is quiet, the Serengeti offers arguably the most scintillating game-viewing in Africa: great herds of buffalo, smaller groups of elephant and giraffe, and thousands upon thousands of eland, topi, kongoni, impala, and Grant’s gazelle.

The spectacle of predator versus prey dominates Tanzania’s greatest park. Golden-maned lion prides feast on the abundance of plain grazers. Solitary leopards haunt the acacia trees lining the Seronera River, while a high density of cheetahs prowls the southeastern plains. Almost uniquely, all three African jackal species occur here, alongside the spotted hyena and a host of more elusive small predators, ranging from the insectivorous aardwolf to the beautiful serval cat.

But there is more to Serengeti than large mammals. Gaudy agama lizards and rock hyraxes scuffle around the surfaces of the park’s isolated granite koppies. A full 100 varieties of dung beetle have been recorded, as have 500-plus bird species, ranging from the out-sized ostrich and bizarre secretary bird of the open grassland, to the black eagles that soar effortlessly above the Lobo Hills.

As enduring as the game-viewing is the liberating sense of space that characterizes the Serengeti Plains, stretching across the sunburnt savannah to a shimmering golden horizon at the end of the earth. Yet, after the rains, this golden expanse of grass is transformed into an endless green carpet flecked with wildflowers. There are also wooded hills and towering termite mounds, rivers lined with fig trees and acacia woodland stained orange by dust.

Popular the Serengeti might be, it still remains so vast that you may be the only human audience when a pride of lions masterminds a siege, focused unswervingly on its next meal.

Tarangire National Park

The fierce sun sucks the moisture from the landscape, baking the earth a dusty red, the withered grass as brittle as straw. The Tarangire River has shriveled to a shadow of its wet season self. But it is choked with wildlife. Thirsty nomads have wandered hundreds of parched kilometers knowing that there is always water there.

Herds of up to 300 elephants scratch the dry river bed for underground streams, while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle, hartebeest, and eland crowd the shrinking lagoons. It's the greatest concentration of wildlife outside the Serengeti ecosystem, a smorgasbord for predators, and the one place in Tanzania where dry-country antelope such as the stately fringe-eared oryx and peculiar long-necked gerenuk are regularly observed.

During the rainy season, the seasonal visitors scatter over a 20.000 square kilometers (12.500 square miles) range until they exhaust the green plains and the river calls once more. But Tarangire's mobs of elephant are easily encountered, wet or dry. The swamps, tinged green year round, are the focus for 550 bird varieties, the most breeding species in one habitat anywhere in the world.

On drier ground, you find the Kori bustard, which is the heaviest flying bird, the stocking-thighed ostrich or the world's largest bird, and small parties of ground hornbills blustering like turkeys. More ardent bird-lovers might keep an eye open for screeching flocks of the dazzlingly colorful yellow-collared lovebird, and the somewhat drabber rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling - all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.

Disused termite mounds are often frequented by colonies of the endearing dwarf mongoose, and pairs of red-and-yellow barbet, which draw attention to themselves by their loud, clockwork-like duetting. Tarangire's pythons climb trees, as do its lions and leopards, lounging in the branches where the fruit of the sausage tree disguises the twitch of a tail.

Daily meals are included in the price. The meals served are mainly English food. There are also days when you will eat picnic lunch with lunch boxes.

  • 3 daily meals and drinking water
  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All national park fees
  • Airport transfers
  • Crater services
  • Drinking water during the safari
  • Drinks
  • English-speaking driver and guide
  • Local flights during the trip
  • Transportation in a land cruiser safari car
  • Additional activities
  • International airfare
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa

Arrival by airplane

Please book your flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO). Transfer from and to the airport is included. Siafu Tanzania Safaris will pick you up from the airport.

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 50% of the total price.
  • The deposit is fully refundable if the booking is cancelled up to 30 days before the arrival date.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

Arusha, Tanzania

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