12 Days Zanzibar, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Safari

Tour Guides Language:

  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari an additional fee may apply.

Start in: Arusha
End in: Arusha

Recommended Packing list: Camera with enough zoom and memory space and extra batteries, binoculars, light clothes, safari boot, mosquito repellents, sunhat, sunglasses with UV radiation filtering etc.

Tour Guides Language:

  • English, Spanish, French, German, Italian
  • For other languages please send a special request prior to your safari an additional fee may apply.

 

Itinerary Description by Day
Day 1: Join Trip in Moshi

Arrive in Moshi, the gateway, and capital of the Kilimanjaro region of Tanzania.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to arrive at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you’ll need to arrive at Arusha International Airport (airport code JRO), which is 25 miles, around 45 minutes from the airport.

Your local leader will meet you on the morning of day 2. If your flight arrives earlier in the day you can use the hotel swimming pool or take a walk on the hotel’s extensive grounds.

Day 2: Visit Materuni Village
 

Our Leader plans to meet you at the hotel reception at 8.30 for the welcome meeting.

Heading directly from the lodge, the day starts with a walk around the grounds, comprising 30 acres of arable land, all situated in the foothills of Kilimanjaro. We stroll through lush gardens, visit the coffee plantation and learn how coffee is grown, harvested, and processed.

Heading further afield, we drive to the small village of Materuni, a short distance outside of the town of Moshi, and set within a dramatic landscape covered in the tropical rainforest. The village is home to the Chagga tribe. From the village, it is a short walk to a 150m high waterfall. We pass along a network of waterways and irrigation systems feeding farmland where coffee, bananas, and other fruit are grown.

There is ample opportunity for a refreshing swim near the waterfall, after which we return to our vehicle and drive back to Moshi. The rest of the day is free.

Day 3: Visit Lake Duluti
 

Today we visit Lake Duluti, a small crater lake located to the east of Arusha. The dense forest around the lake is home to a variety of mammals, reptiles, and over 140 species of birds including giant kingfishers, fish eagles, darters, and barbet.

Take a canoe trip and paddle for a couple of hours on the tranquil waters of the lake, allowing us the chance of getting close to nature in these beautiful surroundings. Returning to Moshi and our hotel in the afternoon we make a stop at the Meserani Snake Park. Here we learn about some of the most dangerous snakes in the world, from the Black and Green Mamba, Egyptian Cobra, and Puff Adders as well as watch the crocodiles at feeding time.

Day 4: Drive to Lake Manyara – Afternoon Game Drive
 
Our safari adventure really begins this morning as we drive toward the Great Rift Valley, one of the continent’s most geologically important features. Today’s destination is the western escarpment of Lake Manyara, a shallow soda lake that abounds with birds, hippos, and elephants. On arrival at our lodge, you may like to take an optional walk down to the water’s edge with a local guide who will tell you about the flora and fauna of the area including the prolific birdlife. Alternatively, why not relax and take a swim in the pool.

This afternoon we will embark on our first game drive in Lake Manyara National Park. Despite being one of Tanzania’s smaller parks its incredible diversity has earned its status as a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve and much of the 360 sq km of parkland is taken up with water, affording a spectacular variety of habitats along the shoreline for a dazzling concentration of animal and birdlife. The algae-rich waters of the lake attract huge flocks of flamingos, while the rich vegetation and cooling pools attract elephants, hippos, and buffalo in large numbers. Antelope, zebra, giraffe, and baboons also graze along the lakeshore and the rare sight of tree-climbing lions has also been seen in the park sharing the branches with some of the 380 recorded species of birds found here.

Please note that drones are not permitted in any Tanzania National Park without a permit, please refer to the equipment section of the trip notes for more information.

Day 5: Full Game Drive At Serengeti National Park via Ngorongoro Conservation Area
 

Today we have a long but rewarding journey into the world-famous Serengeti National Park. The scenery and views are spectacular as we drive along the Ngorongoro Crater and through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We pass several Maasai homesteads before arriving at Olduvai Gorge, where in 1959, anthropologists Dr. and Mrs. Leakey discovered the remains of an almost intact human skull named Nutcracker Man. It was here at this important prehistoric site, together with other startling discoveries, that have contributed to the furthering understanding of early human development. Olduvai Gorge and the fossils that it contains give a unique insight into the way that this part of the world has changed and humans with it. Accompanied by a local guide we visit the Olduvai Gorge’s visitor center and museum to learn more about this fascinating place and its secrets.

Later today we will enter the Serengeti at Naabi Hill Gate. Serengeti is the Maasai name that means the endless grass plains and it is through these plains interspersed with granite outcrops that we travel to our lodge. Once in the Serengeti, we’ll move slowly through the park, keeping a close eye out for the game

Day 6: Game Drive in Serengeti National park
 

Covering some 15,000 sq km the Serengeti is the oldest and largest park in Tanzania. It is on these plains that we focus most of our attention with early morning and late afternoon game drives in search of the ‘Big 5’ and so much more. Our exact movements are dependent upon the location and concentration of wildlife.

We may head to the Ratina Pool, the Moru Kopjes or perhaps the Seronera River area in search of leopard and lion. Cheetahs are often seen out on the Serengeti plains and during the annual migration, hundreds of thousands of wildebeest and zebra move north-westward, covering some 800 km from the central plains through the park’s ‘long corridor’, towards richer grazing lands and fresh water. These spectacular journeys are often fraught with danger as their long trek invariably draws the attention of the ever-present predators – lion, leopard, hyena, and crocodile. This is nature in its rawest sense, where the struggle for survival is played out daily across these expansive plains.

Day 7: Serengeti National park to Ngorongoro Crater
 
This incredible natural amphitheater presents us with the perfect setting for some remarkable game viewing and this morning we enter the caldera in search of a big game. Not that we have to look far, as this setting provides a rich haven for herbivores and carnivores alike. The open plains thunder beneath the hooves of countless zebra, buffalo, black rhino, and antelope, whilst predators like lion and hyena thrive amidst this plentiful open-air buffet and all against a stunning backdrop of dramatic cliffs and lush vegetation that present perfect photo opportunities. After our morning’s safari, we drive back through the Serengeti with further opportunities for game viewing including descending into the crater where we have lunch before heading to Karatu where we stay overnight.
 
Day 8: Drive back to Arusha, fly to Stone Town on Zanzibar
 

This morning we may have the opportunity of visiting a village orphanage in Mto Wa Mbu before returning to Arusha for our onward flight to Zanzibar. If you would like to give useful gifts such as stationery, footballs, and toys to the children, this is possible – mention this to your local leader before the visit itself.

The exotic spice island of Zanzibar is a land of sun-kissed beaches, Arabian dhows, and swaying palms, where the rich smell of spice in Stone Town’s old quarter mingles with colonial and Arabic architecture to create a perfect getaway island. Zanzibar’s glorious scenery, fascinating culture, and remarkable history make any visit to the island a captivating experience, with beaches and reefs to explore, plantations to wander through and a rich history of conquests, slavery, and pirates to investigate.

Your Tour Leader will be with you throughout the safari however they will not continue with you to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the island, our local representative will meet you, assist with the transfers and be available for booking excursions, but essentially from this day onwards the tour is unaccompanied.

Day 9: Walking tour of Stone Town
 

Today we take a walking tour of Zanzibar’s ancient capital of Stone Town, meandering through a landscape of labyrinthine alleys and whitewashed houses, where the pungent aroma of coffee and spices permeate the town and the backstreets are filled with a cacophony of noise and color. Much of the town was built on the back of trade and slavery, which at its height saw some 60,000 unfortunate souls processed through these narrow streets, to be shipped off to the far lands of Arabia, India, and the overseas colonies of the European powers.

The town still retains the feel of its Arab roots, many of the existing buildings dating back to the reign of Sultan Barghash in the 19th century. The end of the slave trade and a devastating cyclone saw the end of Zanzibar’s heyday. The island passed from Arab to British to African hands over the intervening years and neglect followed, until Stone Town’s inclusion on the UNESCO World Heritage Listings saw a return to something of its previous glory. Those who wish to learn something of Zanzibar’s rich history, visit the Sultan’s palace, and see clove plantations established by the Sultan in the 19th century can take an optional ‘Spice Tour’ of the island (including lunch).

Day 10: Drive to Nungwi
 
Today we drive to Zanzibar’s north coast, an enchanting community of fishing vessels, coral reefs, and wild beauty. The rest of the day is free to explore, or just relax on the beach.
 
Day 11: Free day for optional & beach activities on the Indian Ocean
 
Our final day on the island has been left free for optional activities. It’s easy to spend time watching the fishermen bringing in their catch. Stroll along the beach admiring the idyllic vistas, or venture out by boat onto the colorful offshore reefs with a mask and snorkel. The rich seas around the island teem with a colorful array of tropical fish and marine life, everything from sharks and turtles to tiny bright damselfish. For anyone qualified these waters also present fabulous opportunities to scuba dive.
 
Day 12: Trips end in Zanzibar
 

The trip ends after breakfast at our hotel on the coast.

It’s possible to extend your holiday with additional nights on the coast or request a late checkout, please speak to our reservations team should you wish to do so.

There are no activities planned today, so you are free to depart from Zanzibar at any time. If you would like to receive a complimentary airport transfer today, you’ll need to depart from Zanzibar International Airport (ZNZ), which is around 90 minutes drive, 40 miles.

Tour Includes

● All Park entrance fees & taxes
● All Accommodation
● All prices are quoted in US Dollars
● Game safari to national park as specified
● Private 4×4 wheel drive vehicle with a roof hatch and sliding windows for 360 degree view of the wildlife surrounding you
● First aid kit – Every safari vehicle comes standard with a fully stocked first aid kit. Our guides
are all trained in providing basic first aid
● Spare tires – for any unforeseen issues that may arise on bumpy African outback
● Charging station – Each car includes a charging station so you can charge your phone, camera
battery, or laptop while on the road
● Binoculars – 1 pair per car
● Professional English speaking safari and tour guide / driver
● Mineral Water during safari

Tour Excludes

● Visas
● Tips
● Personal Items
● Insurance

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DavidGunn1
DavidGunn1
2020-02-24
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Excellent Safari My wife and I have been on 3 safaris and we were very happy with our experience organized by Serengeti Sons Safaris. The tour coordinator, Grace, and our driver, Simon, made every effort to meet our needs. We booked a custom 6 day safari and saw a huge variety of animals and birds. Simon was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and dealt with some very difficult, muddy driving to ensure that we had the best wildlife views possible. Simon also had a strong photographic sense which helped us find the best viewing locations. Accommodation was excellent and provided some interesting variety. We would strongly recommend Serengeti Sons as a responsive, price competitive safari provider.
Mbakwe C
Mbakwe C
2019-11-13
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The Serengeti Experience - A worthwhile Experience I have visited many parks like the Kruger Park in South Africa and the Akagera ParK in Rwanda, but the Serengeti Experience was out of this world. Among other attractions, I was able to see 4 of the 'Big Five' (the lion, the leopard, the buffalo and the elephant) in one game drive within two hours. Another major attractions was seeing the lions mating and stalking (in an ambush for) a prey. I am planning seriously to witness the migration in another visit to the Serengeti.
Tina Binder
Tina Binder
2019-09-07
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A wonderful safari experience with Serengeti Sons We (2 persons) booked a 7 day Safari with Serengeti Sons quite to Tarangyre, Ngorongoro, Serengeti and Lake Manyara. They managed to organise a most wonderful trip, really tailored to what we liked: as much walking as possible and staying most closely to nature as possible. It was even greater than we had expected - nature, accomodation, organisation etc. Specials thanks to their flexibility since we booked with only about 10 days in advance!!! Highly recommended...
Peter Smith
Peter Smith
2019-06-24
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Thanks Serengeti Sons for amazing trip. We are the foreign experts who live in Tanzania,We did our short safari of two days in Lake Manyara National Park and Ngorongoro Crater,since we started arranging our safari we thought it would be a very difficult to find the company that suit our demands,luck enough after we communicate with several tour companies we came across with Serengeti sons,Grace she was very kind and quick to answer our questions.She real knew what we wanted!thanks for that Grace you are amazing.Our driver guide Simon,he is knowledgeable, he real knows what do on safari you will never get tired of him,he showed us a lot of animamals with great explanation we recommend him to everybody who book with Serengeti sons. Lastly the Serengeti Sons team work is amazing and any believable,made our trip awesome. We real recommend Serengeti Sons as a great company to anybody
Alberto G
Alberto G
2019-06-23
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Safari Probably one of the best trips I have ever taken. George our tour guide was amazing. Highly recommend him. If it wasn’t for him, I don’t think we would’ve had the same experience. George is like the unofficial president of Tanzania. He knew everyone there and he was always a phone call away from helping us find whatever animals we wanted to see. I highly recommend Serengeti Sons.
Guy M
Guy M
2018-10-28
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Great experience Our safari tour with Serengeti Sons was a great experience. Before the actual trip, Grace proved very reactive and she really went to a great deal of trouble for us when we lost 3 our 4 pieces of our luggage on the plane. Jonas, our driver, was quite experienced and knowledgeable, and always keen on learning more about birds. We felt safe with him and he made it a point of honour to keep the car clean. He had a real knack to find animals : we will never forget how he managed to be in the best spot to introduce us to a magnificent leopard. The food was excellent. Thanks again for such a great experience.
Dorothy M
Dorothy M
2018-03-07
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Book with Serengeti Sons Safaris From the moment we began communicating with Quintin his goal was to determine what kind of experience we were looking for.This is tough when it's your first time.He took the time to get to know us and then customized a Safari and Zanzibar beach vacation.We wanted a little of everything and were willing to scrimp on some things so that we could splurge on others. Quintin's extensive knowledge and expertise delivered a package we loved. Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Serengeti, Lake Victoria, Ngoronogoro and then off to Zanzibar to relax on the beach. Grace in the office couldn't have chosen a better guide for us, George, who met us at the airport with his big beautiful smile and was the perfect match. He was transformed from guide to FRIEND! We had a range of accommodation experiences, again to fit our budget, that delivered the basics and then others that went above and beyond, our favorite, that we truly didn't want to leave, was the Serengeti Acacia Central Camp. The staff were exceptional, the ambiance absolutely delightful and they deserve the tips. Our 5 star experience was Acacia Farm Lodge - fabulous! The thing about Safari is that you can never be guaranteed what you see but our guide, George, had eagle eyes at spotting animals.How he found that leopard in the tree still baffles us. George understands customer service and we are grateful to have been blessed to experience his hospitality. He kept his Land Cruiser exceptionally clean (we joked about how we had our daily massage with all the bumpy roads) he shared his wealth of knowledge about the animals and surrounding areas while quietly and enthusiastically fulfilling our every request. He's a good man! We chose to have a private experience rather than be in a group which worked wonderfully for us. We could stay longer where we wanted and move on at any time without sacrificing getting to know fellow travelers at the end of the day for dinner and socializing. We know of others that have flown around Africa to see a wider variety of parks but honestly the Serengeti region has it all, there is no need to go elsewhere. Our best animal experience - watching(and filming)a lioness hunt and take down a zebra which she then shared with her pack of 16. Oh by the way - if you're wondering whether the financial investment is worth it - it is the trip of a lifetime. Tip where warranted. Rest assured that OUR experience leaves us eager to recommend Serengeti Sons Safari. A company with integrity.
Dru A
Dru A
2017-10-30
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Wonderful experience. Serengeti Sons were a terrific experience. My driver Simon was experienced and knowledgeable and had a good sense of humour. We logged a few miles together on some rough roads and survived and laughed through most of it! Our accommodations were excellent, once out of Arusha, and our tent camp experience will remain a highlight of my visit to Africa. I saw my first leopard and cheetah in the Serengeti which was an experience to remember! Overall Serengeti Sons took wonderful care of me and I felt like I was in good hands.
prasadrr
prasadrr
2017-07-07
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Excellent Safari Serengeti Sons Safari is on of Best Safari in Anusha at Tanzania., Safari Ride with big Car with roof top open ., Driver are so helpful to find out animals ., We can zebra ,Wild Beast ,deers& Many animals with big group of them .,
j r
j r
2017-01-25
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serengeti a voir et a vivre; tout regarder tout apprécier. peu de voitures ou 4x4; les animaux nous regardent passer et les observer. les enfants ont été conquis