14 Days Wildlife Adventure and Beach Excursion
Arusha National Park, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar
If you’re looking for an amazing safari experience that combines superb wildlife viewing with tropical beach life, this safari has it all. Visit the best wildlife parks in northern Tanzania like the famous Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, where you can spot all of Africa’s big game including the Big Five. From here, travel to the tropical island of Zanzibar, where you discover the fascinating cultural history of Stone Town, and relax on the white sandy beaches, surrounded by the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
Day 1: Arrival
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to Ambureni coffee lodge in Arusha for dinner and overnight. Settle into your accommodation, ready to start your safari proper in the morning.
Day 2: Arusha National Park
After breakfast you drive to Arusha National Park for morning game drive with picnic lunch. This is one of the smaller national parks in Tanzania, but it has a rich variety of wildlife and landscapes. From the swampy Ngurdoto Crater and alkaline lakes to dense jungle and the towering peaks of Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro. In the afternoon you go on a 2-hours forest hike on the base of Mount Meru to the Tululusia waterfall. Apart from the amazing view of this mountain from the park, it is also the best place to view the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro. In the late afternoon return to Ambureni coffee lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 2: Lake Manyara National Park
In the morning you drive to Lake Manyara National Park for a nature walk at the edge of the huge soda lake. After this walk you hop in the safari vehicle to continue for a game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon you will continue to Eileen’s trees inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 3: Lake Manyara
Today starts, after breakfast, with a game drive in Lake Manyara National park. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, large population of baboons, incredible birdlife and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. In the late afternoon continue you drive to Manyara Wildlife Camp for dinner. Enjoy a night game drive after dinner. Discover nocturnal animals like porcupines, pangolin, aardvark and others. After the night game drive you return to Manyara Wildlife Camp for overnight.
Day 4: Serengeti
After breakfast drive to Serengeti national park for game drive with picnic lunch. Serengeti is the park with the largest concentration of big mammals in the world. Here you will see most wildlife and this will probably be the highlight of your entire safari. Animals in the Serengeti include prides of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants, impalas, giraffes, hippos, warthogs, lots of birds and many more. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti bush camp for dinner and overnight. Read more about the Serengeti.
Day 5: Serengeti
Today you go on a morning an afternoon game drive in the famous Serengeti National Park. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino and buffalo- all in one park, the Serengeti is one of the best places to do so. The abundance of wildlife in this park is unmatched anywhere else in Africa. Depending which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. In the late afternoon you will continue to Serengeti bush camp for dinner and overnight.
Day 6: Ngorongoro
After breakfast you depart for a morning game drive in the Serengeti with picnic lunch. In the afternoon you visit a traditional Maasai village to get an insight in the lifestyle of these graceful warriors. After this exciting cultural experience, you drive to Eileen’s Trees Inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater
Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a beautiful game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colours and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. In the late afternoon return to Eileen Trees Inn for dinner and overnight.
Day 8: Arusha – Zanzibar
In the morning you drive back to Arusha. After lunch you continue to Arusha Airport for a flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the tropical island you will be transferred to the historical Zanzibar Coffee house at Stone town for dinner and overnight. Read more about Zanzibar.
Day 9: Zanzibar Stone town
Spend a full day exploring the historical Stone Town. It is a fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways that are a joy to explore. Discover the architectural gems, tasteful restaurants, churches, markets and gardens. There are plenty of interesting places to visit on a cultural tour, like the House of Wonders, Darajani market place, Sultan’s Palace and the Slave Market. The mix of Arab, Persian, Indian and European influences makes Stone Town absolutely unique. In the late afternoon you return to Zanzibar Coffee house for dinner and overnight.
Day 10: Zanzibar Stone Town
Today you go on a spice tour. Walk with a guide through the villages and spice plantations where pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, etc grows. The guide will explain how the plants grow and what we use it for. You continue your tour to Jozani Forest, the last indigenous forest on Zanzibar with impressive mangroves. Here you can view different kind of monkeys, like the rare red colobus monkeys, trees and plants. In the late afternoon you return to Zanzibar Coffee house for dinner and overnight.
Day 11, 12 and 13: Zanzibar Nungwi
The next 3 days you can relax at the beautiful Nungwi Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the island. It has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water that gently rolls onto the beach. You can spend the entire day at the beach, since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. If you like to be more active, there are plenty of options, from village walks and sailing to scuba diving and snorkelling. You can book the activities at the Warere Beach Hotel where you stay.
Day 14: Departure
After breakfast your private driver transfers you to Zanzibar Airport for your departure flight.