9 Day Tanzania Safari Tour & Zanzibar Beach Holiday

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Overview

This 9 Day Tanzania Safari Tour & Zanzibar Holiday combines a wildlife safari in Serengeti and other top Tanzania national parks with a holiday extension to Zanzibar Island.

We start this trip with excellent game viewing in Lake Manyara National Park, then spend a few days on safari in Serengeti National Park. After your Big 5 Serengeti Safari, explore the wildlife-rich Ngorongoro Crater on an extensive game drive. Take in the beautiful scenery of the famous Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit, traveling through the Malanja Depression, Maasai villages, and the Great Rift Valley.

Next, fly from Arusha to Zanzibar Island for a laid-back tropical beach holiday. Spend four nights at a luxury beach resort on the east coast of Zanzibar.

Itinerary

Day 1
Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park

This morning we travel from Arusha to Lake Manyara National Park, on the Northern Tanzania Safari Circuit. Here we embark on the first thrilling game drive. Our guide takes you in search of the abundant wildlife and birds found in this compact Tanzania national park. Along the way, we pause to enjoy a picnic lunch in the wilderness.

After your first exciting game drive, you head to our booked accommodation near Lake Manyara National Park for dinner and your second overnight stay. Our accommodation options for this safari depend on your package type preference, We are happy to recommend top-notch lodge/ Camp options upon inquiry

Day 2
Lake Manyara to Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, we travel from Lake Manyara to the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Our drive takes us via the world-renowned Olduvai Gorge. Here, you have the option (at extra cost) of visiting the Olduvai Museum and Gorge. This famous archaeological site is where fossils of our earliest human ancestors and their tools were unearthed.

Then you have the option (at extra cost) of visiting a Maasai village to meet Kenya’s best-known ethnic group, the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe. We then proceed to Serengeti National Park, Tanzania’s top safari destination and one of the best national parks in Africa. Entering Serengeti, we embark on our first game drive in this legendary African game reserve. This game drive takes us to our booked accommodation in Serengeti’s central region, renowned for its outstanding wildlife sightings.

Day 3
Full Day Serengeti National Park

We spend the whole of day four game viewing in the Serengeti National Park of Tanzania! This guided Serengeti Safari is one of the top highlights of our Tanzania Safari Tour & Zanzibar Holiday.

In season, your guide will take you to see the spectacular Wildebeest Migration of Africa (peaking in June and July). Throughout the year, your full-day Serengeti Safari provides excellent opportunities to see the Big 5 of Africa. We mainly explore the central Serengeti area, famed for its outstanding leopard sightings and excellent game viewing. Central Serengeti is also one of the best areas for seeing rhinos, rarely found in other Tanzanian parks.

On this day, you can choose to return to the safari lodge for a hot/cooked lunch or take a picnic lunch with you on your game drive. At the end of an adventure-packed day on safari, we return to our accommodation inside Serengeti National Park.

Day 4
Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Day five begins with breakfast at our safari lodge in the heart of Serengeti National Park. Then we embark on a rewarding morning game drive on the Serengeti Plains, teeming with wildlife. Enjoy the classical African safari setting of open savannahs dotted with thorn trees and rocky outcrops, as we explore.

At about midday, we stop for a picnic lunch in the shade. After lunch, we leave Serengeti Park and head for Ngorongoro Crater. Our drive takes us through the Malanja Depression and various Masai villages to the renowned Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Our next accommodation is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We arrive at the lodge in time for dinner followed by a relaxing evening recounting our wildlife adventures on the Serengeti Plains.

Day 5
Ngorongoro Crater to Lake Manyara

After breakfast, we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater for an epic six-hour game drive in this exceptionally wildlife-rich African game reserve. The world’s largest unflooded caldera, Ngorongoro Crater hosts one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa. Almost every large mammal species of Africa is represented here and commonly sighted on game drives, from black rhino to spotted hyena. The crater is home to the Big Five of Africa. It is one of the best places to see rhinos on safari in Tanzania, as well as lions, buffalos and elephants.

While on our game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater, we stop to enjoy a picnic lunch. In the mid-afternoon, we make our way out of the crater and drive to Lake Manyara National Par. We spend the last night at our accommodation in the scenic Great Rift Valley, near Lake Manyara National Park.

Day 6
Lake Manyara to Arusha & Zanzibar Island

On day seven of this Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Holiday Package, we travel from our Lake Manyara lodge to Arusha after breakfast.

The last leg of our safari in Tanzania takes us via the beautiful Great Rift Valley. Along the way, we pass through the rural villages of Mto wa Mbu and Makuyuni, gaining insight into local life in Tanzania. At about midday, we arrive in Arusha where your guide drops you off at the airport. Say goodbye to your Tanzania safari guide and get ready to catch your included flight to Zanzibar Island.

This short flight takes you to the main island of the Zanzibar archipelago, upon arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport, at about 15h30, you are met by our friendly driver/guide. On arrival in Zanzibar you will be met and taken to your historic hotel in Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage City

Day 7
Stone Town

Today you will enjoy a tour of the backstreets of Stone Town, a wonderful introduction of Zanzibar that gives you the feeling of the rich cultural heritage. Magnificent architecture, narrow alleys, sand and stone ancient built houses where some of them are over 200 Years old that have Arab/Indian carved wooden doors. We begin this tour at the main City market which was opened in 1904, where tropical fruits, vegetables, spices and fresh fish from the island are sold. Our next stop will be at the Anglican Church of Christ built by Bishop Steers in 1873 on the site where slaves were being auctioned. Other highlights include the Sultan’s Palace, House of Wonders, The Africa House, Jamituri Gardens and a visit to the Old Fort

Day 8
Zanzibar Beach Resort

You will transfer to Nungwi. This large village at Zanzibar Island’s northernmost tip was once best known as a dhow-building centre. Today it’s a major tourist destination, thanks in part to the beautiful beach and stunning sunsets. The result: a place where traditional and modern knock against each other with full force. Diving, snorkeling, fishing and other water sports are the main attraction here. From Nungwi, frequented dive sites are mainly down the east coast or to Mnemba Island and reefs near Tumbatu Island. For swimmers, Nungwi’s local geography and tidal pattern mean swimming is possible at any time. Other activities available include yoga, cycling and guided tours of the village.

Day 9
Depart Zanzibar

Today is the final day of our adventure however extra nights in Zanzibar can be arranged upon request. Breakfast is served and savoured at our hotel after which we transfer to the airport or seaport according to the time of your departure back home or onwards replete with images and memories of our magical adventure.