Ngorongoro – Serengeti – Zanzibar

Region - East Africa - Tanzania

Explore Tanzania is a ten-day/nine-night itinerary which takes you through Tanzania’s famous northern wilderness areas before ending on Zanzibar for a few days chill out.

Your first night will be in Arusha, close to the airport with time to enjoy the local scenes. Your private driver-guide will escort you in your own vehicle to Tarangire National Park for two nights followed by a night at the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater.

Next you’ll fly to the Serengeti for two nights, to explore the far-reaching grass plains, home to the wildebeest migration. End with three nights of chilling and enjoying a snowy white beach and azure blue seas on Zanzibar.

Expedition Itinerary

Day 1:

Arrive at Mt Kilimanjaro Airport in Arusha, Tanzania off your international flights. You’ll be met and transferred to your lodge for the night. There are no special activities today. If there’s time, you could enjoy a tour of the city or the local market, bead factory and other local options.

Note: Optional activities are an additional cost.

Day 2 and 3:

After a long journey and a good night’s rest, your guide will pick you up after breakfast, and you’ll drive to Tarangire National Park. Check-in to your fully inclusive lodge for two nights. You’ll enjoy two game viewing activities per day in the park.

The Tarangire River is the only source of water in the park during the dry season. Many animals congregate here to drink from the freshwater. Herds of up to 300 elephants, wildebeest, impala, buffalo, zebra, eland and hartebeest might be spotted. Predators may be seen hanging around the abundant prey species. Unusual species in the park include the long-necked gerenuk and the stately oryx.

Day 4:

Today, your guide will drive you onwards to the Ngorongoro Crater. Although popular with other visitors it’s worth a stop to see the UNESCO World Heritage Site.  There is stunning scenery and nutritious grasses to sustain large herds of herbivores. Lions, hyenas and cheetah quite often hunt amongst the game viewing vehicles!

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Day 5 and 6:

Your guide will drop you off at the airstrip to connect to the scheduled air charter to the Serengeti. You’ll be met and transferred to camp for the next two nights. The Serengeti is a beautiful and vast area of grass plains home to many animals. Some game resides here year-round. The plains host the massive wildebeest and zebra migration, a fantastic spectacle.

Your vehicle will have water and snacks onboard. If you’re out all day, then a lovely picnic will be included for your enjoyment.

Day 7, 8 and 9:

Today you’ll connect to your flight to Zanzibar via Arusha. Transfer by road through the centre of the island to your beach resort.

A long white beach stretches in front of the hotel, perfect for early morning walks. Relax or enjoy diving and snorkelling in the warm sea waters.

Day 10:

On your last day, you’ll connect to your homeward-bound flights from the Zanzibar Airport.

Notes: The wildebeest migration begins in December each year in the southern Serengeti.  Young are born in February and March. As the south plains dry out around May, the wildebeest turn towards the Grumeti River. The slow trek follows the new grass that shoots up after the rain. In July/August they’re usually in the Mara region of Kenya, before crossing back into the Serengeti around September. The river crossing back into the Serengeti has been shot on film many times.

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