Tanzania wildlife, people and beach holiday

“From the Serengeti to the remote wilderness of Lake Eyasi, this trip delivers the best wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania, as well as introducing you to the local people.”


Lake Manyara | Ethnobotanical walk with Maasai guide | Lake Eyasi | Hike into the Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Eyasi Rift | Olduvai Gorge | Serengeti National Park game drives | Ngogongoro Crater | Stay in a treehouse on Chole Island | Optional: Maasai boma visit

Description of Tanzania wildlife, people and beach holiday

From the open savannah of the Serengeti, to the volcanic enclosure of the Ngorongoro Crater, and the wilderness around the beautiful Lake Eyasi, this trip will bring you the best in wildlife viewing in northern Tanzania, as well as introducing you to the local people whose lives are inextricably bound to this land.
After your safari, relax on the stunning island of Chole, off Mafia Island in the Indian Ocean.

This exciting trip begins with some stunning game viewing in Tarangire and the Serengeti (with its huge herds of wildebeest, antelope and zebra, and the attendant big cats), and the Ngorongoro Crater, an immense volcanic crater with prolific wildlife within its walls.

On this trip we also take you to remote Lake Eyasi. This is a salt lake in the Rift escarpment and it is home to the Hadzabe people, believed to be descendants of one of Tanzania's original ethnic groups that have lived here for 10,000 years.

After your safari you can relax and let the Indian Ocean wash away the dust of the African savannah. Chole Island is the perfect place to do this. It is a small island off Mafia Island covered by lush forest, mysterious ruins and shamba villages. The accommodation is the height of environmental responsibility - as well as being very comfortable and attractive. You will stay in wonderfully built treehouses set amidst huge baobab trees which give you both privacy and the feeling of living in the open.

Day-by-day itinerary

Day 1:Arrive Kilimanjaro airport. Your private driver/guide will collect you and drive you to Tarangire National Park. You stay in a gorgeous camp overlooking the park. Depending on your flight time, you will have your first safari this afternoon. (D)
Day 2:A morning's game viewing in Tarangire, then we'll head towards the Rift valley to the little-visited Lake Eyasi. You're staying in a lovely little lodge called Kisima Ngeda. (FB)
Day 3:Lake Eyasi is a huge soda lake. Either relax, or take walks near the lake, and meet some of the Hadzabe tribe who live in this area. Another night at Kisima Ngeda on the edge of the lake. (FB)
Day 4:Today you will hike up the Rift Valley escarpment to the Ngorongoro Conservation area, passing Hadzabe and Datoga dwellings. Some parts are steep, but give great views of Eyasi. At the top, near Mt Makarot, you are transferred by jeep to your incredibly-situated camp near Oludvai, between the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. (FB)
Day 5:Now you're in the Serengeti and you have two days here to see the amazing wildlife of this vast ecosystem. You stay in a really comfortable tented camp roughly in the centre of the park. (FB)
Day 6:Day’s game drives in the Serengeti. Tented camp. (FB)
Day 7:Drive to the Ngorongoro Crater. Exciting afternoon game drive in the Crater. Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge. (FB)
Day 8:This morning you'll be driven to Arusha in time for a midday flight to the coast. You fly to Dar, then on to Zanzibar and another 20 minutes on to the tiny island of Mafia. Here you travel to the even tinier Chole Island. Your eco-treehouse in a baobab awaits you. (B,D)
Day 9-10:You have two wonderful days at Chole Mjini. Relax, visit the village, take a snorkelling trip, take a boat trip to a sandspit beach ... We've left this part with no activities included as you can decide when you get here. (FB)
Day 11:You will be driven back to Mafia to fly back to Dar es Salaam in time for you homebound flight. (B)

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Departure information

This trip can be arranged at any time to suit you, and adapted to your requirements as necessary.
Our top tip:
Save space and pack only the essentials - most lodges have an excellent laundry service.
Trip type:
Tailor made.
Activity level:
4 nights tented lodge, 3 in safari lodge, 3 in treehouse.
Welcome, surcharges may apply at some accommodations
Accommodation, transfers, game drives, listed activities, private driver-guide.
9 breakfasts, 7 lunches, 9 dinners.
Holiday type

Tailor made holidays

This trip can be tailor made to create a unique holiday for your individual requirements by travel experts with intimate knowledge of the destination. It is a more luxurious trip that will suit those who enjoy immersing themselves in new cultures and environments before relaxing in comfort. As this trip can be tailor made it would be helpful if you could you provide the following information: rough budget per person (stating with or without flights), your address and postcode, contact phone number, preferred date of travel, length of trip, number of passengers, preferred countries and areas within those countries, specific interests & type of accommodation.

Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Tanzania wildlife, people and beach holiday

Ngorongoro highland treks: This is organised in cooperation with the members of a local Maasai village at the foot of Mount Makarot. This community benefits from each visitor as they provide guiding services, plus donkeys for carrying equipment where necessary. Specific boma visits are arranged at extra cost.

Chole Mjini was built by local people and these stunning tree houses were born and launched not only as a place to escape to, but also as an agent of positive change for the island's community. The success of Chole Mjini has allowed classrooms, teachers' housing, a hospital, library, market, and a women's centre to be built. Through their Chole Mjini scholarships there are now secondary school and university students and many people in permanent employment.

Flights are automatically carbon offset through The Travel Forest, which plants indigenous trees on your behalf (currently in Malawi). Whilst the primary motivation for planting the trees is to offset carbon emissions, the project also works as a poverty alleviation and environmental improvement scheme.

18 Reviews of Tanzania wildlife, people and beach holiday

4.5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed on 22 Feb 2017 by

The most memorable was The vast variety of animals and birds observed often in large numbers and close up. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Aug 2011 by

A marvellous holiday that exceeded expectations in all areas! Most memorable was the incredible wildlife in both Selous and Ruaha national Parks, plus the coral reefs we saw around Mafia Island - truly spectacular. Lack of other tourists was a major plus. Read full review

Reviewed on 04 Jan 2009 by

Everything was wonderful. The setting perhaps captures most of it - staying in beautiful places in the midst of the national parks and conservation areas, where the animals were everywhere (from in camp to close by during game drives). Read full review

Reviewed on 14 Oct 2008 by

We were lucky enough to see a cheetah hunting a gazelle. Unfortunately the cheetah was unsuccessful but it made the hairs stand up on the back of your neck and you really felt the thrill of the chase watching the animals in action. Read full review

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2008 by

Most memorable was seeing the great diversity of wildlife and landscapes, from the wildebeest on the plains, lions on the rocks, flamingos in the lakes and dolphins in the sea! Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Dec 2007 by

Besides the great location, accommodations and game drives; it was the staff that made this part most memorable and the highlight of our honeymoon. Our guide and driver were excellent, as was the hospitality of our hosts Gaia and Paolo. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2007 by

The whole holiday was remarkable from start to finish. The two game lodges in Selous we stayed in were both absolutely terrific and suitably different – from the jungle environment and terrific views at Sable Mountain lodge to the hippo filled river. Read full review

Reviewed on 11 Oct 2007 by

The sunsets from our treehouse at Chole Mjini were perfect. Excellent. A perfect honeymoon - we're already looking forward to going back one day! Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Jul 2007 by

Driving through the Serengeti with wildebeest, zebra, and giraffe as far as the eye could see. Also sitting eating lunch at the lodge looking across the acacia trees at the classic East African landscape. Read full review

Reviewed on 25 Nov 2006 by

It was our first visit to Africa. I can now understand why so many people have a love affair with Africa! It is impossible vast and breathtaking. The people were friendly and welcoming. It's a surprising land of contrasts. Read full review

Reviewed on 13 Sep 2006 by

The whole holiday was uplifting, awe-inspiring, life-changing. I defy anyone to go and not come back a different person! We will definitely be making another trip. Our guide was excellent. Can't recommend them enough. Read full review

Reviewed on 01 Apr 2006 by

Being able to interact in a non tourist environment with the Maasai community in Loliondo was the ultimate for us once we had experienced the animals this section of our trip was personally very rewarding and meaningful. Read full review

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2006 by

The best part was finding that despite exciting, big screen footage of animals in the wild on the Discovery Channel or Planet Earth shows that children see easily these days, there is nothing to beat the real thing and my three boys of 11, 14 and 16 were equally thrilled for the week we were in Northern Tanzania. Read full review

Reviewed on 03 Jul 2006 by

Apart from the obvious highs of seeing cheetah in the Serengeti and 6 rhino in Ngorongoro, we loved the fabulous locations of all of the tented camps - Kisima Ngeda at Lake Eyasi, and Mt Makarot in particular. Read full review

Reviewed on 02 Oct 2005 by

Most memorable was the very relaxing atmosphere at Sand River. The amazing architecture and people on pretty Chumbe. The dedication of the people working on Chumbe. All the animals. Sleeping under the stars in the Selous. Read full review

Reviewed on 09 Sep 2005 by

Kahawa Shamba in the foothills of Kilamanjaro was the highlight of the holiday. Amazing people. Read full review

Reviewed on 20 Feb 2005 by

The most memorable part of the trip was the tree house in Naitolia camp, the view over Ngorongoro from the rim & the campfire at ndutu camp. Read full review

Reviewed on 30 Dec 2005 by

Highlights were the safari in Serengeti, Camp in Serengeti and the lodge and hiking/guiding in the local area by Lake Eyasi. Read full review

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