Our 11 Days Luxury safari Tanzania and Zanzibar package was designed to offer you the very best Tanzania has to offer. Explore two of Tanzania’s most famous wildlife game viewing destinations (and one of its underrated gems) on this 11-day Tanzanian safari, ending with a couple of days kicking back on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.
Experiance the stunning beauty of Lake Manyara, one of Tanzania’s little visited destination, before journeying into the UNESCO listed crater of Ngorongoro. Witness with your own eyes why it has been designated as one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders, then continue to the iconic savannah of the Serengeti.
Spend 2 days exploring the wildlife rich Central Serengeti, then go to the north to explore all the action of the Mara River crossing. End your holiday on one of Zanzibar’s spellbinding beaches where you can do as much or as little as you like. This luxury safari Tanzania and Zanzibar includes all game drives, luxury lodge and camp accommodation, as well as meals and airport transfers. So all you have to do is book your flights, relax and soak up the unforgettable moments, as well as the exceptional Tanzanian hospitality.
If you have more time, considering pairing this Tanzania safari and Zanzibar tours with a thrilling Kilimanjaro climb
Day by Day Summary
All of our safaris in Tanzania are private, ensuring that you will get the most out of your experience in Tanzania.
Best Time To Visit
July to October
Fly into the Kilimanjaro International Airport where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the Gran Melia in Arusha. Take time to settle into your accommodation and overcome any jet lag, then enjoy dinner at the lodge’s restaurant.
After breakfast at the Gran Melia in Arusha, begin the drive towards Lake Manyara National Park, a small but incredibly beautiful park that is one of Tanzania’s hidden gems. It centres around a huge soda lake that’s fringed by pink flamingos and is surrounded by a dense forest where a large population of baboons, giraffes, elephants, impalas and dik-diks all reside. Lake Manyara National Park was described by Ernest Hemingway as “the loveliest I had seen in Africa” and once you arrive, you will understand why. Aside from an exceptional birdlife that will keep twitchers entertained for hours, it’s also renowned for its rare tree-climbing lions. In the late afternoon, you’ll depart Lake Manyara National Park and make your way to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge. Take time to freshen up before dinner at the lodge and a night at your leisure.
After breakfast at the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge, begin the spectacular drive down into the heart of the Ngorongoro Crater for an action-fuelled game drive. Aside from being one of the best places in East Africa to see endangered black rhinos (with less than 1,000 remaining in the world), the Ngorongoro Crater is also teeming with zebras, wildebeest, gazelles and hippos. It’s officially home to the “Big Five” (with the crater walls acting as a natural enclosure for wildlife to thrive) and has been designed as one of Africa's Seven Natural Wonders thanks to its staggering beauty. You’ll enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater during your game drive, then return in the late afternoon to the Ngorongoro Serena Lodge where you’ll spend the night.
After breakfast at the lodge, you’ll begin the drive into the legendary Serengeti National Park where you’ll be staying at the central One Nature Nyaruswiga Camp. Arriving in time for lunch, there will be time for a short siesta before your first afternoon game drive through the Serengeti’s iconic savannah. The park is famed for having one of the largest concentrations of big mammals in the world, as well as providing a setting for the annual Great Wildebeest Migration. This natural spectacle sees more than a million wildebeest traverse 3,000 kilometres across East Africa, followed by hundreds of thousands of zebras and opportunistic predators such as lions, leopards and cheetahs. Keep your eyes peeled for elephants, giraffes, hippos and impalas, as well as warthogs and crocodiles awaiting their prey in the Serengeti’s rivers.
In the late afternoon, you’ll return to the Serengeti Heritage Luxury Camp where you can relax before dinner is served.
Wake early for another day of exhilarating game drives through the Central Serengeti. Your expert guide will drive you to all the best-known spots for wildlife sightings, tailoring the safari to your interests. All meals will be served at the Serengeti Heritage Luxury Camp, with lunch offered as a picnic if you prefer to stay out in the field for the entire day.
After breakfast at Serengeti Heritage Luxury Camp, begin the drive to the North Serengeti, with plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife en route. By lunchtime, you’ll arrive at the Lemala Kuria Hills Camp where you’ll have time to relax and freshen up. In the afternoon, you’ll embark on another game drive along the Mara River where the annual migration gathers before crossing this waterway and making their way into Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve. At the peak of the migration season, around three million animals are congregated in the region, making for some exceptional wildlife encounters. A highlight is watching the wildebeest and zebras attempt to cross the Mara River while stealthy crocodiles lie in wait and pounce at every available opportunity to catch their prey. After an undeniably exciting day, you’ll return to the Lemala Kuria Hills Camp for a leisurely dinner recounting your adventures.
Spend another day wildlife spotting in the North Serengeti along the mighty Mara River during both morning and afternoon game drives. Wake early to experience the wildlife at its most active, returning to the camp in the middle of the day for lunch and time to relax. In the late afternoon, you’ll head out again on a game drive when the landscape is at its most photogenic as the sun slowly descends towards the horizon.
After breakfast at the Lemala Kuria Hills Camp, you’ll Spend another few hrs wildlife spotting in the North Serengeti then in the afternoon, you’ll be transferred to the Airstrip for your flight to the exotic Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar. On arrival at the Zanzibar International Airport, you’ll be picked up by one of our drivers for an afternoon exploring the atmospheric streets of Stone Town. Learn about the unique influences from Arab, Persian, Indian and European explorers who have all left their mark on this historic settlement, with charismatic churches and fascinating museums to discover. At the end of your Stone Town tour, you will be transferred to the beachside Xanadu Villas where you can enjoy dinner with majestic views across the Indian Ocean.
Spend the entire day at leisure relaxing on the picture-perfect beaches of Zanzibar or get active while snorkelling and scuba diving on the surrounding coral reefs. You can board a traditional dhow to explore some of the surrounding islands or join a village tour to learn about the unique culture and lifestyle of Zanzibar’s residents. All meals are included at the Xanadu Villas, which can also organise a range of additional activities for you.
The cost is $7,500 per person.
This Tanzania safari tour starts and ends in Arusha
A transfer from and back to the airport (or hotel) is included
Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour can be arranged for an extra cost
How soon do I have to book your tour?
We recommend booking your tour as soon as possible. Lodges and tented camps on safari are booked quickly, so we need to reserve those before they fill up. However, sometimes we do have space last minute as well.
Do I need a visa to travel to Tanzania?
A valid VISA is required for travel to Tanzania. A single entry VISA is valid for 3 months from the date of issue. VISAS-on- arrival are available at a Kilimanjaro international airport (JRO) for $ 50. (However for U.S citizens the cost is $100 for a multiple entry VISA). Is highly advised to visitors travelling from a country where VISA SERVISES ARE AVAILABLE SHOULD OBTAIN a visa prior to arrival in the country in order to avoid delays at the airport.
Can I Travel with children?
You can surely travel with children in Tanzania. Tanzanians love children and are especially helpful to mothers. However, canned baby foods, powdered milk and disposable nappies may not be available outside major towns. However, it is not appropriate to go on safari with babies as the roads are bumpy.
What type of vehicles do you provide?
We use 4 or 7 passenger 4×4-drive modern Land Cruisers, all with pop up roof for viewing, our safari jeep are facilitated with High Frequency radios, Refrigerator, Binoculars and first aid kits.
What about roads on Safaris?
You will experience bumpy roads when traveling throughout the region and during game drives. This may pose a problem for some individuals with back problems. Please inform us in advance and we can provide additional back pillows for extra comfort. While our vehicles are customized and equipped for rough roads, we still recommend our guests to always fasten their seat belts at all times, and hold on when standing on their seat to enjoy the view through the popped up roof. Please also make sure that your cameras and other electronic equipment are safely stored at all times in case of any damages due to bumpy roads
What do you mean by “Unlimited Game drives?
In our Tanzania safari packages include unlimited game drives with no restriction on mileage or fuel. If you wanna go far as much as you can it possible. Also if you wanna go for the full day game drive, we’ll pack picnic lunch so you will have an incredible time in the bush. We start our legendary early game drive at 6 o’clock in the morning whereby you create a big opportunity of seeing predators while they are active and other animals movement around. In that time you have the GOLDEN light therefore the pictures you take you take really good pictures.
Am I allowed to walk around the national park?
It is recommended to stay inside your safari vehicles at all times when you are in the national parks, unless your driver guide find a safe area to stop for lunch, or to stretch your legs. If you are keen on hiking, there are guided walks that are available in Tarangire, Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro. Within the Serengeti National Parks, long walks are not permitted during to conservation reasons; however, some lodgings will offer short walks near the lodge or camp.
Is tipping customary in Tanzania?
For our outstanding safari guide we recommend $ 40 to $ 50 per car per day while in the hotels it is $ 10 to $ 25 per group per day put in a tip box. Porters are usually tipped separately and it is $ 1 per bag.
Can I use my cell phone while in Tanzania?
Since you will be on a safari-type expedition, it’s unlikely that you will be close enough to any cell towers to be able to use your cell phone.
Do I need power adapters?
The power grid in Tanzania is 220-240v, meaning that you will need a converter for any 110v devices that can’t handle the higher voltage. Depending on where you are, you will also encounter both Type G (BS-1363) plugs and Type D (BS-546) outlets, which require converters.
What are the toilets like in Tanzania?
Camp, inn, lodge, or hotel, your Tanzania accommodations will offer a western style bowl toilet that flushes. It’s possible that if you are in more rural parts of the country on an expedition that you’ll encounter a squat toilet.
Can I drink the water in Tanzania?
Tap water in Tanzania is not safe to drink. Only drink the filtered or bottled water provided to you by your tour operator.
Will I be able to find ATMs?
Withdrawing from ATMs in Tanzania is possible in larger cities like Arusha, Moshi and Stone Town. However, problems with ATM machines in Tanzania are being reported more often. During your Tanzania safari in the national parks, as well as near the beach accommodations at Zanzibar, there are no ATMs available.
We advise you to take cash US Dollars to Tanzania, which can be exchanged to local currency.
Please note: only US Dollars as from the year 2006 are accepted in Tanzania! Always ask for new dollars when buying them abroad.
Credit cards are accepted in some accommodations, but they often charge high credit card fees. Cash payments are cheaper.
Should I purchase travel insurance?
Always. It’s a precaution that you’ll hopefully never use but it can save you thousands of dollars.
Can i book my safari directly with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris?
Absolutely you can, as we are trying to avoid mediators in between
We really appreciate your decision of booking your lifetime Safari with Ernest Magic Tours & Safaris.
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We can customize this private Tanzanian safari tour just for you. Note: We only organize private safaris in Tanzania.
We never join travelers together in groups!