Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday, tailor made

“Combine a week of wildlife watching in East Africa's Tanzania with the sublime relaxation of a week on the beach in Zanzibar.”

Highlights

Tanzania safari | Lake Manyara National Park | Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Conservation Area | Great Rift Valley | Africa's 'Big Five' | Arusha | Zanzibar | options to dive and snorkel over coral reefs |

Description of Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday, tailor made

Just the thought of a Tanzania safari and beach holiday in Zanzibar is enough to get you packing your binocs and flip-flops which is why this awesome two week break in southern Africa is well-worth getting all excited about.

Get things started on a five day safari in Tanzania where you'll explore the country's northern safari park circuit including limitless wildlife drives in Lake Manyara National Park and across the Serengeti.

Ably accompanied by your private local guide this Tanzania safari is the perfect way to find out more about the environment and wildlife of East Africa. A spectacular visit to the infamous Ngorongoro Crater is just one of several magnificent highlights to experience on this Tanzania safari holiday.

Any Tanzania safari and beach holiday has to include Zanzibar and as you bid the national parks farewell you'll be whisked off to the white sand beaches and glass clear shallows of Zanzibar to rest, revive and relive those incredible safari scenes from the comfort of a gently swaying hammock.

Day-by-day experiences

Day 1:Lake Manyara - We will meet you on arrival at Kilimanjaro (JRO) Airport, look out for your personal welcome sign, and we drive the approx 2.5 hours to Lake Manyara where you stay at a comfortable lodge with great views overlooking the park for the night with all meals included. Overnight: Lake Manyara, Meals: (_/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 2:Lake Manyara to Ngorongoro Crater Rim - Leave your lodge after breakfast and drive to the stunning Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive. The extraordinary birdlife, burgeoning primate population and tree climbing lions are amongst the most important lures of the park. Mid-morning affords you a range of activities including mountain bike trails on the escarpment, canoeing and motorboat trips out on the lake, village visits and more. Enjoy a hot lunch before we drive on to your new lodge situated on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater itself. The afternoon is free at your leisure: the perfect time to go for a short walk around the crater rim or simply relax and drink in the views. Overnight: Ngorongoro Crater, Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 3:Ngorongoro Crater to Serengeti - This morning you have an early breakfast as we then descend to the floor of the crater in the morning light before the crowds arrive. Often described as the ‘Eighth’ Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater is utterly spectacular and a natural sanctuary for over 25,000 animals, including the endangered Black Rhino. Around midday we ascend out of the crater and drive to Serengeti National Park, making a brief stop at the Olduvai Gorge Museum. Olduvai Gorge the 'Crater of Mankind' is world famous for the archaeological discoveries made there by Dr. Louis Leakey and Mary Leakey. Picnic lunch will be served at a pretty spot en route to Serengeti. This afternoon enjoy your game drive en-route to your Serengeti Luxury Camp or Lodge. We arrive in the evening in time to check in and freshen up for dinner. Overnight: Serengeti, Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 4:Serengeti - Your Serengeti adventure continues with a full day as you explore deep into the heart of the park. You can either head out for the entire day with packed lunch in tow or have a game drive in the morning, return to camp for hot lunch, and head out again in the afternoon. If you’re on the hunt for the ‘Big 5’ then the Serengeti’s vast, fertile expanse is the perfect territory as Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhino can all be found - if you know where to look! Our expert guides have a minimum of five years’ safari guiding experience and know the park inside out so you can simply relax, enjoy the African landscapes and the magnificence of the wildlife. Return to your accommodation for dinner and then retire for the night. Overnight: Serengeti, Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 5:Serengeti - A second full day exploring the incredible wildlife of Serengeti National Park with morning and afternoon game viewing drive in the park. If you're particularly interested in seeing the Great Migration then your exact location within the park will be determined by the time of year you are looking to travel. Our Tanzania specialists will help you to determine the best location. Regardless of the migration, the Serengeti is simply extraordinary and is a staggering park for year round wildlife viewing. Return to camp before sunset for your final night beneath the Serengeti stars. Overnight: Serengeti, Meals: (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Day 6:Fly to Zanzibar - This morning you will be driven to the airstrip in the Serengeti from where you fly on a light aircraft to Zanzibar. You are met on arrival in Zanzibar and driven to your beach hotel where you stay for the following 7 nights on a half board basis to relax and enjoy consummate relaxation. Overnight: Zanzibar, Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Days 7-12:Zanzibar - Six days to enjoy this exotic paradise at your leisure. Many travellers simply unwind and enjoy the sun, sea and sand, as worldly worries wash away. If you’re not content to just soak up the sun there are opportunities to explore further with diving, snorkelling and much more! In the water you can find the most beautiful coral landscapes and underwater life in both shallow and deep water. Another popular local activity is to venture out to some of the smaller islands on a traditional dhow boat. Overnight: Zanzibar, Meals: (Breakfast/_/Dinner)
Day 13:Today is your departure day and after breakfast we transfer you back to the airport for your return international flight to complete your journey. Many travellers will be flying back to London from Nairobi and there are direct flights routes from Zanzibar to Nairobi to connect you. Meals: (Breakfast/_/_)

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Environment

Our local safari guides all have at least 5 years safari guiding experience and are experts at finding game while causing a minimum of disruption to the wildlife. Furthermore our continuous approach to training ensures that best practices are always continuing to evolve.

The carbon emissions created in Tanzania by this holiday are all offset Africa through our partnership with a local environmental charity. These offsets are paid for out of our company profits so that you can travel with a green conscience and at no extra cost to you.

Many travel companies offer their customers the chance to offset the carbon emissions from their international flights too but we have gone a step further and offer to share this cost with you 50/50. If you select to compensate for your international flight emissions when you book with us then what you put in, we put in too!

To ensure that we are offering ground-breaking itineraries and are always keeping up-to-date with the latest developments abroad, our UK staff travel regularly to our destinations. This ‘work’ also leaves a carbon footprint and we compensate for all our staff travel by donating carbon-mitigating funds to our charity partners.

Our UK office takes a leading role in setting the standards for an environmentally friendly work environment. We work with local government to recycle our waste and continually look for new ways to be greener.

Community

Our cultural tourism initiatives, such as the Maasai village visit, are diligently structured so that they mutually benefit the community and the curious traveller. We encourage you to be proactive and respectful when engaging in such activities. We also remind you to always ask permission before taking photographs.

We employ local guides and support staff who we pay fair wages, often exceeding government standards which we still consider too low, and thereby remove the reliance on tipping from travellers for livelihoods.

Our accommodation choices make use of locally owned properties where possible and often include adventurous, authentic choices such as local homestays which therefore involve local people and their communities in the very fabric of our holidays.

We encourage all our travellers to research local customs and read your trip notes before you depart to ensure you are conscientious and respectful in a different culture.

In most cases we strongly recommend that you do not give money to children beggars. If begging is a successful enterprise, parents are encouraged to forsake their children’s education in pursuit of this opportunity.

Talk to us about packing for a purpose and see if you can get involved by making a small material contribution to the communities you are visiting. We have developed partnerships with charities and accommodations throughout Tanzania and are constantly working to extend our reach with the help of our travellers.

6 Reviews of Tanzania safari and Zanzibar beach holiday, tailor made

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Reviewed on 30 Jul 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Seeing the wildlife in three different parks.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


1. Take a couple of days to recover from the flight in - do some local trips in
Arusha.
2. We underestimated the cold at Ngorogoro - either stay in a lodge or take more warm clothes. We were limited for luggage 15kg in total due to light aircraft, but we could have got away with a bit more!!!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Definitely! It was fabulous to be looked after by Tanzanians in Tanzanian businesses!

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was great - we felt like we’d been away for ages and had so many adventures.

Reviewed on 09 Jan 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The wildlife - both on safari and in the marine park. The animals are just going about their day and you're watching the whole show unfold in front of you.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


I was worried about days without electricity but it really wasn't an issue. Our two teenagers never even missed their phones. My husband never had to check
in with work. Bring books! Be prepared to relax.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes, we were always with locals. All of the staff seemed genuinely pleased to be working at such amazing places. We only ever had solar power, which worked well. I hope we helped support conservation efforts.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Every hour was an amazing adventure for the whole family. We spent 10 days enjoying each other and seeing awe-inspiring sights.

Reviewed on 13 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The wildebeest migration and the overwhelming animal numbers in the Serengeti

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Do it through Tom who run the holiday company

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes and there were several memos to this effect

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Outstanding and exceeded all expectations

Reviewed on 13 Oct 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The whole adventure was a brand new experience for us so its very hard to pick the most memorable part, the first time seeing all the wonderful flora and fauna, every safari trip... If I was pushed to pick the absolute favourite part then it was the stay at the Mwagusi camp, a truly magical experience.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


US Dollars are the most accepted currency. Have plenty of small bills for tips. In Stone Town arrange a guide for your first tour round the town before you head out . Be prepared for more form filling and questions at immigration entry points even if you have the visa in advance.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The safari aspect did help in the conservation area and work for local people, particularly at Mwagusi where they teach and train the staff from the locality at the camp. Less so on Zanzibar although some locals were employed at the hotel and the resort.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


It was an amazing adventure which would be really hard to find fault with.

Reviewed on 06 Sep 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were so many highlights, but I have to say that our Balloon Safari over the Serengeti was just magical

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Good binoculars will make all the difference, and you'll also want a good zoom lens on your camera to capture the memories.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I feel that the holiday definitely supported conservation and benefited local people, and our guides emphasised the wise old maxim that we should make sure that nothing was taken except photographs, and nothing left behind except our footprints.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Fantastic - I know that my whole family will have amazing lifelong memories of a shared magical experience, what more can anyone ask of a holiday?

Reviewed on 16 Aug 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


All of the safari part and swimming with rescued turtles on Zanzibar.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Don't go to the Western Serengeti if it is not the 'migration' season. From what we heard out there, probably go in February- March for best safari sights.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - definitely supported conservation. Yes benefitted local people. I am not sure re environmental impact.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent!

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