Classic Northern Tanzania safari and Zanzibar
Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar
- 12 nights
- from $10400 per person
This private guided safari explores three of Northern Tanzania's superb wildlife destinations: the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Manyara, before finishing on an idyllic white sand beach on Zanzibar for some relaxation and watersports.
At a Glance
Traveling with a private safari guide offers you total flexibility in your game viewing
Staying in a mobile camp in the Serengeti ensures you'll be in the best location for the wildlife
Relax after your safari on one of Zanzibar's best beaches
Explore three of Northern Tanzania's national parks - Manyara, Ngorongoro and Serengeti for a truly diverse safari
Enjoy snorkeling, diving, sailing or spa treatments at your Zanzibar hotel
At certain times of year, search for the great migration herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles.Scott Dunn team
Drive through the dramatic Great Rift Valley, exploring its lakes and volcanic craters.Scott Dunn team
Relax on one of Zanzibar's best beaches, soaking up the sun or exploring the shops and restaurants of Stone Town.Scott Dunn team
We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on 858 345 1761 to start planning your vacation.
Take in the dramatic landscapes of the Great Rift Valley, the varied national parks and abundant wildlife of of Manyara, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti, finishing with time relaxing on a Zanzibari beach.
Setting off from Arusha in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro, you will travel through the Great Rift Valley with your private driver-guide who will be with you throughout your safari. This gives you the flexibility to set the pace of each day, and spend as long as you wish with a wildlife sighting, rather than being swayed by other travelers in your safari vehicle.
You will drive up the side of the Rift Valley Escarpment, stopping on the way to admire the stunning views of Lake Manyara below, before continuing your journey through the coffee farms of the Ngorongoro Highlands. You will be based for three nights at Plantation Lodge, a charming colonial property with cottages set amongst pretty gardens. One day will be spent exploring the small but beautiful Manyara national park, home to flamingos, hippo, elephant, giraffe, and famed for its tree-climbing lions. This is a great introduction to the area and a great first day on safari. Another day will be spent exploring the unique Ngorongoro Crater, a dormant volcano whose caldera is home to high concentrations of wildlife including black rhino, lion, zebra, elephant and more. The backdrop of the volcano walls makes for some dramatic photographic opportunities.
Saving the best 'til last, you will continue your journey past Maasai villages and into the vast savannah plains of the Serengeti where you will spend four nights in a mobile tented camp. The camp moves every few months to provide you the best position for game viewing, and if you are traveling in migration season this should increase your chances of seeing the herds. Whatever time of year, the wildlife in the Serengeti is second to none. Watch herds of elephants roam the plains, lions lounging on the top of rocky kopjes (boulders), cheetahs standing on hills to search for their next meal, and hippos wallowing in large pods in the rivers. There is a huge diversity of birdlife here, too, as well as numerous species of gazelle. With your private safari guide, choose between morning and afternoon game drives, returning to camp for lunch, or fuller days exploring, taking a picnic lunch to enjoy under the shade of an acacia tree. Return to camp in the evenings to enjoy a hot shower and drinks around the campfire, before dining under the stars, listening out for the night time sounds of the bush.
After your safari adventures, you will fly from the Serengeti to Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean for some beach time. Spend your days here either totally unwinding, soaking up the African sun on the pristine beach and indulging yourself at the superb spa, or enjoying activities on and around the island. There is plenty to keep you busy here, from exploring the crumbling streets of Stone Town, to snorkeling and diving on the marine-rich reefs off-shore.
|Fly to Kilimanjaro (via Nairobi)|
|Road transfer Kilimanjaro to Ngorongoro Highlands||Day transfer|
Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
|The Plantation Lodge|
|Road transfer Ngorongoro Highlands to Serengeti||Game drive transfer|
Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
|Serengeti Safari Camp|
|Fly Serengeti to Zanzibar||Light aircraft flight|
Bwejuu Beach, East Coast Zanzibar
|Breezes Beach Club & Spa|
|Fly home from Zanzibar (via Nairobi)|
Location & Directions
Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar
Your safari begins in Northern Tanzania, where you will meet your private driver-guide at Kilimanjaro Airport. Travel by road in an adapted 4x4 safari vehicle through the Great Rift Valley and into the Ngorongoro Highlands, your base for exploring both Lake Manyara National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Continue onward into the Serengeti to stay at your mobile tented camp which moves around the park to be best located for the wildlife - you will game drive on your way through the park to reach your camp. After your safari comes to an end, you will fly out to Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean by light aircraft, enjoying beautiful aerial views of the Rift Valley below as you fly. Your beach hotel is an hour away from the airport and an ideal base for exploring the island.
When to go
Tanzania is a large country, with a varied climate. Generally, the long rains run from March to May - the temperature is warm and the humidity is high - in Northern Tanzania the roads can prove challenging in April and May. June to October is the long dry season, ideal for game viewing and time on the beach, and the short rains are in November and December, much lighter than the long rains. January and February are again dry (the short dry season) so this is another good time to visit.
In the Serengeti, December to March is the Wildebeest calving season where the million-strong herds congregate on the southern plains. In April and May, the rut begins and the plains dry out so the herd begin the journey north. In June and July the migration gathers momentum and the herds enter the Western Corridor. It's here that the wildebeest and their newborn calves meet their first serious barrier in the form of the Grumeti River and its vast crocodiles. Between August and November, the migration reaches its northern range: the grasslands on either bank of the crocodile-infested Mara River which the herds must cross not once, but twice, as they complete their migration, before returning south to graze and calve again.