10-Days Tanzania Wildlife Safari & Beach Holiday

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Get to know Tanzania at its finest, from the Serengeti’s lush grasslands to the crystal-clear waters of Zanzibar. The highlights of this 10-day trip include safari game drives in volcanic craters in search of the Big Five game creatures, including lions, leopards, rhinos, and more. Visit less-visited national parks like Manyara and Tarangire to see elephant herds and flocks of flamingos.


Day 1: Arrive in Arusha

You’ve arrived in Tanzania! This beautiful country is a safari-dream, goer’s with pristine national parks and some of Africa’s most famous game reserves. Tanzania, in the Great Lakes area of East Africa, is renowned for its extensive undeveloped landscapes. The Serengeti habitat, home to millions of plains animals during their annual migration, is located in this country. On a game drive at Ngorongoro Conservation Area, you have the best chance of seeing all five of Africa’s “Big Five” animals—lions, elephants, leopards, buffalo, and black rhinos.

Your driver will be waiting for you at the airport in Arusha, a city in Tanzania’s northern highlands. Take a break from unpacking and relaxing to take in the scenery. In addition to being located at the base of the 14,980-foot (4,566-m) Meru Volcano, this city also offers views of Kilimanjaro’s snow-capped peak from select vantage points. If you enjoy robusta or arabica coffee, you should visit a café in this country. After all, Tanzania is the continent’s third-biggest coffee producer, and the country’s top export

Day 2: Transfer to Karatu, Lake Manyara Game Drives

You will leave Arusha in the morning and travel west to the Karatu area, which is central to the Tanzania safari circuit. You will visit Lake Manyara National Park immediately following your lodge check-in. The flora and fauna of the area’s eponymous body of water have earned it worldwide renown. Manyara is an alkaline lake where millions of pink flamingos gather to create a vibrant pink carpet on the surface of the water.

Morning and afternoon wildlife drives will introduce you to the thrill of a safari for the first time. These vibrant birds can be seen searching for food in the water along the shoreline while giraffes graze nearby during 4×4 safaris. Tree-climbing lions of East Africa and Tanzania’s greatest elephant population can both be found here. Go back to your lodge in time for supper.

Day 3: Transfer to Serengeti National Park

Get up early to make the trip from Manyara to Serengeti National Park in the northern part of Tanzania. This famous nature preserve is the ultimate location for a safari. The word Serengeti comes from the Maasai language and means “endless plains,” which is exactly what you’ll find in this 14,763-square-kilometer protected region. The park is home to the greatest concentration of plains game in the world, including the Big Five, and is recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Biosphere Reserve.

If you make it to the Serengeti between June and November, you could be lucky enough to see the Great Migration. More than a million wildebeest, together with hundreds of thousands of zebras and Thomson’s gazelles, make the lengthy journey to new grazing grounds, creating the “largest animal display on earth.” You will travel to the Serengeti’s southern plains, namely the Ndutu region, where your chances of witnessing this phenomenon are highest.

When you get there, you’ll set up camp on the plains with a view of Lake Ndutu. Even though it’s a tent camp, guests here will find all the comforts of home, including private restrooms, clean sheets, and hot showers. You’ll have supper and call it a night in camp.

Day 4: Serengeti Game Drive

A safari through the vast Serengeti plains is the stuff of wild-life enthusiasts’ and nature-lovers’ wildest dreams. Because the animals are most active in the mornings, that’s when you’ll get started. While lions stalk wildebeest and gazelles in the distance, you can observe grazing giraffes, zebras, and possibly even them. You may also see leopards and rhinos, however these are rarer than elephants and buffalo. You will continue your game drive into the afternoon, stopping for lunch wherever you like (on the road or back at camp).

Day 5: Serengeti to Ngorongoro

You’ll have breakfast at camp after a Serengeti early wildlife drive. Return for another wildlife tour before lunch. Ngorongoro Conservation Reserve awaits you and your guide. This region’s fertile grazing pastures attract exotic animals and plains game like the Serengeti.

Stop at Olduvai Gorge en route. Paleoanthropological sites in this 30-mile-long, 300-foot-deep valley have helped us comprehend human evolution. Its evolutionary insights of early human development are notable. Hundreds of fossilized bones and stone tools from millions of years ago suggest humans evolved in Africa.

Ngorongoro has several exotic animals. Almost 20,000 huge animals live in this African Seven Natural Wonders site. Buffaloes, elephants, lions, cheetahs, leopards, hippos, hyenas, jackals, ostriches, warthogs, and large gazelle herds are here. Anti-poaching patrols make the crater one of the rare East African spots to sight black rhinos.

After lunch and animal viewing, you’ll drive to your hotel. This camp lies inside the park’s eastern Ngorongoro crater rim. Each guest tent features an own bathroom with a shower, vanity, and flush toilet.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater and on to Tarangire

Get in your 4×4 and drive down to the crater’s base after breakfast for a 6-hour safari. On this safari, you will almost certainly see rare and uncommon animals. The highest concentration of lions in Africa may be found in this surreal “country that time forgot,” which is also home to bull elephants, buffalo, rhinos, wildebeests, and more. Some 40,000 Masaai tribespeople call Ngorongoro home, and their cattle grazes alongside the animals.

The trip to Tarangire National Park will begin in the late afternoon as you head south. Although it is just the sixth largest national park in the United States, this protected region of 1,000 square miles (2,600 square kilometers) is home to an abundance of amazing wildlife. There are about 500 different types of birds in the park, making it one of the best places in Tanzania to go birdwatching. Wildebeests, antelope, and zebras, among other plains game, congregate in astounding numbers from July to October, when they are on their annual migration route. Your tented lodge between Manyara and Tarangire is where you’ll stay when you arrive.

Day 7: Tarangire Game Drive

Morning and afternoon game drives will begin shortly after breakfast. Up to three thousand elephants call Tarangire National Park home from June through November. Giraffes, Thompson’s gazelles, larger and smaller kudus, elands, leopards, and cheetahs are some of the other common creatures. Rare sightings of the park’s real attractions—the dwarf mongoose, oryx, and gerenuk (also known as the “giraffe gazelle”)—are unfortunately the norm. The best part is that because Tarangire is a relatively unpopular park, you won’t have to compete with a lot of other people to see the animals making their annual migration.

Days 8-9: Transfer to Zanzibar, Optional Activities

You’ll fly to Zanzibar, East Africa’s most beautiful island, after breakfast. Your beach hotel driver will pick you up. You’ll visit a spice farm. This is a tasty way to learn about Zanzibar’s history as a spice producer. You’ll taste and learn about the farm’s spices, tropical fruits, and root crops. Lunch will follow.

After checking in, you can do as you like. Zanzibar’s beaches and optional activities keep visitors busy. You may lay on one of these beaches for days. Nungwi’s beach clubs and party atmosphere are perfect for socializing. Michamvi Kae offers solitude for leisure.

You could snorkel or dive. The Mnemba Atoll coral reefs are accessible from Matemwe on the northeast shore, making it ideal for either activity. Visit Jozani Forest to see unique wildlife like red colobus monkeys. Jambiani’s Kuumbi Caves offer more nature. Swimming, hiking, kayaking in mangrove woods, surfing on the southeast coast, riding throughout the island, and kite surfing are other choices. Sport-fishing for marlin and sailfish is another option.

Zanzibar has history and beaches. Stone Town, the capital’s historic heart, is UNESCO-listed. Zanzibar’s oldest and most historic structures are in this maze of passageways, shops, bazaars, and mosques. The 17th-century defensive Arab Fort stands out. Stone Town’s Arabic and Indian architecture is worth exploring. Visit the island’s solemn slave market to hear about its awful past.

Day 10: Departure

Your fantastic African journey must now come to an end. If you have an early morning flight, we can arrange for a vehicle to pick you up from your hotel and take you directly to the terminal. All right, folks, that’s all for now.

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