Classic Safari in Northern Tanzania

Visit all the major national parks in North Tanzania – Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater – in a 21-day journey finishing with a week at the spice island of Zanzibar.

While on safari you will journey though the most beautiful wildlife parks in Africa where you are likely to see the famous ‘Big Five’; lions, elephants, buffalo, leopards and rhinos. As well, you will be surprised by how much you enjoy observing the hundreds of ‘smaller’ species such as secretary birds, baboons, hyenas, rock hyrax, zebras and wildebeest. At night gaze up at the star-spangled African sky before retiring to your tent where you will drift off to sleep to the sound of rustling wildlife.

Accommodation on tour ranges from campsites to hotels, (tented) lodges and bungalows.

The tour finishes with a fabulous sailing voyage from the mainland to tropical Zanzibar on a traditional dhow.

You can even climb Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Kilimanjaro (5895m) on this tour if you wish. If you chose this option, the ascent will take place after the safari. For more information see day-to-day description.

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  • Visit five National Parks: Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater. Walking safaris in Arusha, Tarangire or at the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater are also possible as is canoeing in Lake Manyara or Arusha National Park.You can even do a night safari in the north Serengeti region.
  • Meet with different tribes: The Masai, the Iraqwe in Karatu; the Hadzabe hunter-gatherers and Wadatoque at Lake Eyasi, and the Swahili on Zanzibar.
  • Visit Marangu, a village at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. It is also possible to do a one-day hike to the first hut on Kilimanjaro or spend 5-7 days climbing the mountain itself. See also Kilimanjaro climb.
  • Tour Bagamoyo, a historic town. and swim in the Indian Ocean. You can cycle or take a motorbike to view local sights such as the museum or ancient ruines.
  • Sail from Bagamoyo to Zanzibar on a traditional dhow. On the way fish, snorkel around Prison Island and view the giant turtles.
  • Zanzibar: wander through the maze of alleyways in Stone Town and let the scent of cloves wafting up from the harbour take you back in time to the island’s exotic past. Visit the market bursting with fish, exotic fruit and spices. Meet African, Arabic and Indian locals who are always up for a spot of small-talk. And finally before flying home, unwind by snorkelling, diving or swimming in the sea-green ocean fringed by Zanibar’s romantic white sandy beaches.

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Departure dates

You can depart any time if you have your own group. If you would like extra travel companions for all or part of your trip we can put out a request for more people on our website.

The best time to view the migration of large herds of wildebeest is June to late July, December January and February

Prices 2023-2024

Costs for a camping safari include:
  • sleeping in a two person canvas tent large enough to stand up in with 8-10cm thick mattresses plus
  • a cook who will also put up the tents.
In the cities accommodation is in bed and breakfast hotels while on the beach in Bagamoyo and Zanzibar stay in bed and breakfast bungalows.

6 people From € 2095 p.p.
4 people From € 2320 p.p.
2 people From € 2875 p.p.
Prices based on shared twin.

After the safari part of the trip can also be in tented lodges. In a tented lodge you sleep in a luxury tent and have your own toilet and shower. The prices of a safari in a tented lodge are available on request. For two people prices start from € 2975,- p.p. and for 4 people from € 2235,-
A private tour can be tailored to your requirements. You may wish to visit the Lake Eyasi region where you can see flamingos on Lake Natron or climb Mt Oldonyio Lengai (known as the mountain of God in Maasai), a dormant volcano, the Maasai climb I this mountain believing this will help bring rain.
You can also camp as well as stay in lodges for part of the time, do a shorter safari or just do a safari and omit the rest of the itinerary. For families with children we look out accommodation with swimming pools. We also offer walking safaris in Ngorongoro Highlands and Lake Natron with the Maasai. If you chose this option, bags will travel either by camel or donkey.

  • Transfers to Arusha, Marangu and Zanzibar
  • Eight days game drive in a quality Landrover or Landcruiser
  • Experienced driver/safari guide and cook
  • First class bus ticket to Bagamoyo
  • Dhow trip to Zanzibar incl lunch on board
  • Visit Prison Island, turtles, snorkel and fish while on the journey to Zanzibar
  • Transfers to hotel and airport at Zanzibar
  • Domestic flight from Zanzibar to Dar-es-Salaam
  • All hotels and camping sites
  • Complete camping and cooking equipment (except for sleeping bag)
  • All meals at camping sites
  • Entrance to five national parks
  • Walking safari in Arusha national park
  • Excursion to the Hadzabe people
  • Dutch, English or Spanish speaking tour guides for group trips
  • Trustworthy contact people every step of the way

Not included
  • International flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Vaccinations
  • Meals outside the camping sites
  • Drinks and other personal expenses
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Visa for Tanzania, attainable at Dar-es-Salaam airport: $ US 50.00 cash, paid in US not no older than 2006

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What to Take

For information on what to bring look up general travel information.

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