We enjoy the best that Tanzania has to offer during this 8-day safari and beach vacation. We travel to Tarangire National Park, which is popular for its elephant herds and Baobab trees. We also go to Ngorongoro Crater, which is a breathtakingly beautiful setting and the best place to see the Big Five in Tanzania. We travel to Zanzibar after our safari, where we can enjoy warm turquoise waters and white sand beaches on the Indian Ocean.
ITINERARY IN DETAIL
Arrival in Arusha on the first day
A Friendly Gorillas Safaris representative will pick you up from the airport and transport you to your Arusha lodging, where you will stay overnight, relax, and prepare for the adventures ahead. Ilboru Safari Lodge is a haven of serenity and beauty.
Day 2: Exploration of Tarangire National Park
Our personal safari guide will pick you up from your Arusha lodgings in the morning. We drove to Tarangire National Park through gently rolling Masai plains with acacia trees strewn around. We pass many Masai in their vibrant clothing walking along the roadside, riding bicycles, herding goats, and pulling donkey carts as we speed along. Tarangire National Park is renowned for its massive elephant populations, but it also has a diverse range of other animals. We explore the seasonal swamps, savanna, and life-giving Tarangire River from the open roof of our safari jeep, hoping to see a variety of animals including zebra, wildebeest, buffalo, elephant, and giraffe, to name a few. It’s likely that we’ll see lions hunting prey or leopards lounging in the woods above us.
We depart after our comprehensive game drive to drive to one of our mid-range partner lodges for dinner in a fine restaurant and a spacious space to accommodate our comfort and wild cat dreams!
Day 3: Lake Ngorongoro in the Ngorongoro Crater
Get up and shine! We’ll be leaving early this morning for the green highlands of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The world-famous Ngorongoro Crater, one of Africa’s seven wonders and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is our destination this morning. We descend the steep track into the 600 m deep caldera after reaching the crater rim to see a variety of animals, grasslands, birds, and a lake. About 25,000 mammals call the huge collapsed volcano home, including the “Big Five,” spotted hyenas, and some of the area’s more than 500 bird species. We’ll return to your hotel in karate for dinner and overnight after an extensive game drive and a picnic lunch in the crater.
Day 4: Stone Town to Lake Manyara
After breakfast, you’ll travel to Lake Manyara National Park, the final stop on this epic safari. This park is 120 kilometers west of Arusha and is relatively small but diverse. A small salt lake bears the park’s name. Thousands of flamingos and over 500 other bird species call it home. It covers a wide area of the park, flooding and drying with the seasons. Monkeys, giraffes, zebras, wildebeest, buffalo, elephants, and, with luck, lions can be seen lounging in the woods as you explore the park. The park is known for its varied habitats, which include open grassy plains, primate-filled woodlands, and cliffs lined with baobab trees. After lunch, you’ll return to Arusha, where you’ll arrive late in the afternoon and catch your flight to Zanzibar (Stone Town).
Day 5: Move to Zanzibar’s North Coast, where you can relax and explore.
You’ll be taken to Nungwi. This large village on the northernmost tip of Zanzibar Island was once best known as a dhow-building base. It’s now a popular tourist destination, thanks to the beautiful beach and breathtaking sunsets. As a result, you’ll find yourself in a position where old and new collide head-on. The key attractions here are scuba diving, snorkeling, fishing, and other water sports. The most common dive sites from Nungwi are along the east coast, Mnemba Island, and the reefs near Tumbatu Island. Swimming is possible at any time due to Nungwi’s local geography and tidal pattern. Yoga, walking, and village tours are among the other activities available.
Day 6: Spend the whole day on the beach.
Day 7: Departure and free morning. Today is the last day of our journey.
At our hotel, breakfast is served and enjoyed.
Transfer to the airport or seaport in time for your flight home or onwards, laden with photographs and memories of our magical adventure.
- Transportation in either 4X4 Safari Van or 4X4 Safari Land Cruiser all with Pop up roof & AC
- Professional English Speaking driver guide. (Any other foreign language speaking guide can be arranged on request.)
- Activity fees of the tourist activities mentioned
- Bottled water while on safari
- All Taxes/VAT
- Roundtrip airport transfer
- Meals (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- Drinks (As specified in the day-by-day section)
- General tips for the driver guide, site guides, and service staff at the lodges
- Laundry Services
- Other Beverages/drinks of personal nature like Alcohol
- International Flights (Arranged on request)
- Domestic Flights (Arranged on request)
- Optional Activity fees
- Other extras not mentioned in the Itinerary
- Airport Transfer (Arranged on request)
Best time to visit Tanzania
Tanzania is open all-year-long, the best wildlife viewing months in Tanzania are during the Dry season from late June to October.
Make sure you plan ahead if seeing the wildebeest migration is the main reason for your journey.
The best time to see the Serengeti migration is from June to September, but you’ll have to stay in various parts of the park at different times of the migration.
Must know before Traveling
June to October –Dry Season. Wildlife is easier to spot.
July to October are the best months to see the wildebeest migration It gets very busy and crowded in the most popular parks.
November to May –Wet Season
The scenery is beautiful and green Rates drop because it’s the low season.