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18 Days Tanzania safari + Zanzibar vacation (golden hotels)

The hotels in this trip are Golden hotels. These are quite luxurious hotels / lodges, enjoy the excellent service, rooms and food. If you want only five star accommodations, please check our Platinum hotels / lodges.

Day 1: Arrival Kilimanjaro - Arusha

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you will meet your Tanzania Specialist guide. This will take you to your hotel and the rest of the day is at leisure, you can relax and enjoy the African atmosphere. Your personal and experienced Tanzania Specialist guide not only knows a lot about the Tanzanian culture, but can also tell you a lot about the beautiful national parks and sights of the country. So don’t be afraid to ask your Tanzania Specialist guide questions – he will be happy to answer them all.

This trip is an exclusive private safari so you can enjoy your trip to the fullest! You can decide for yourself when to leave in the morning and when to return in the evening. You can also observe a specific animal or herd for as long as you like during the safari. You don’t have to be considerate of anyone. Your personal guide will advise you during the safari so that your trip will be an unforgettable experience.

Tomorrow morning your safari will begin!

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Arusha Villa

Day 2: Arusha

Today is at leisure to give you time to acclimatize. You can relax at the swimming pool or explore the environment surrounding the lodge. Your guide will visit you at the lodge for a safari briefing. If you like to do an activity today, just let us know, there are plenty of options like walking, canoeing or a city tour.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Arusha Villa

Day 3: Arusha National Park

After breakfast your guide will pick you up at your hotel and drive you to Arusha National Park, where your safari starts. This charming park has a rich diversity of landscapes and wildlife. From lakes, waterfalls and swamps to volcanos, mountains and tropical rainforest. They attract many beautiful birds including silvery-cheeked hornbill and thousands of pink-hued flamingos. This park is also the only place in northern Tanzania where you can easily spot the black-and-white colobus monkey.

One of the popular safari activities in this national park is a canoe or walking safari with an armed ranger. A great change to enjoy wildlife up close, from a different perspective than sitting in a safari vehicle.

More information about Arusha National Park.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Arusha Villa

Dag 4: Arusha

Today is at leisure. You can choose to relax at the pool or go on one of the many activities, such as:

  • Mountainbike tour through villages and beautiful nature
  • Visit the Materuni Waterfalls at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro
  • Walking tour through coffee plantations
  • Visit local market
  • Horse riding
  • Nature walk or canoeing at Lake Duluti
Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Arusha Villa

Day 5: Tarangire National Park

Today you depart after breakfast to Tarangire National Park for a full day game drive. Since this is one of the less known parks in Tanzania, it still has an authentic safari atmosphere. The hilly landscape scattered with grand Baobab trees against the blue sky is breathtaking. Witness the world’s largest concentration of elephants. Herds of up to 300 elephants can be seen around the Tarangire River, drinking or enjoying a mud bath. Apart from elephants, Tarangire is a paradise for bird lovers. In the area around these swamps you can also see lions, leopards, cheetahs and even tree-climbing pythons.

More information about Tarangire National Park

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Ang’ata Tarangire Luxury safari camp

Day 6-8: Serengeti National Park

Today you continue your safari in the Serengeti national park. Its stunning landscape can be seen in some of the most impressive nature documentaries. The endless plains and abundance of wildlife are unsurpassed. The annual wildebeest migration with more than a million wildebeest is probably the highlight of the Serengeti. It is a true spectacle and impressive to watch millions of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles thunder across the endless plains of the Serengeti. Together with your private guide you will be looking for the herds across the plains. Apart from the migratory animals you will also get to see lots of other animals, like lions, cheetahs, leopards, and many more. Expect to be impressed by the natural beauty of Africa’s most famous park.

If you like to watch wildlife from another perspective, we recommend you to go on a balloon safari. It is an amazing experience to drift silently above the plains with herds of wildlife.

For more information about Serengeti National Park.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast you will drive to Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On this route there will be a high chance of seeing a lot of wildlife. After arriving at the crater rim you will descend to the Ngorongoro Crater floor. The views are amazing! This collapsed volcano creates a unique ecosystem with a wide variety of vegetation. Enjoy the beautiful colors of the landscapes and the diversity of animals. The crater is home to the highest concentration wildlife in Africa and is full of elephants, lions, buffaloes, hippos and even the rare black rhino. This is one of the best places to spot all of the Big Five. The views from the crater rim over the crater floor are incredible. Because of its natural beauty the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders.

There are a range of activities to do in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, like visiting a Maasai village.

More information about Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Marera View Lodge

Day 10-17: Zanzibar

Unwind and enjoy laid-back beach life on the tropical Zanzibar Island. Miles and miles of white sandy beaches dotted with palm trees, surrounded by the clear azure water of the Indian Ocean. These days are at leisure with no activities planned. You can explore the amazing coral reefs and swim among tropical reef fish. The beautiful beaches offer plenty of opportunities for surfers, snorkelers, divers and sunbathers.

More information about Zanzibar Island.

Golden hotels

You will stay in hotel:
Next Paradise Boutique Resort

Dag 17-18: Zanzibar - departure

Today will be at leisure to relax or explore, depending on your flight. Your driver transfers you to Kilimanjaro Airport for your departure flight and on vday 18 you will arrive back home.

You like to extend Zanzibar Island with another beach destination? Tanzania offers more paradises to unwind. Check out the pristine islands Pemba and Mafia.

How to book this safari?

1. Make your choice on: Silver / Golden or Platinum lodges (see right above the first day of this trip).
2. Press on the button below.
3. Fill in your departure date (or an indication).
4. Send us your request and we will respond as soon as possible.

Price information:

 

18 days safari golden hotels 2 persons 4 persons 6 persons
Low season
(April + May)
$ 4819 $ 4069 $ 3818
Mid season
(The rest of the year)
$ 5733 $ 5106 $ 4897
High season
(July + August + 20 dec- 10 jan)
$ 6550 $ 5706 $ 5425
* Above prices are per person
* Discounted rates are used for persons under 16 years (will be calculated after your request)

This price includes:

  • Pickup Kilimanjaro Airport and transfer to the lodge
  • Transfer from the Lodge to Kilimanjaro Airport
  • Accomodations
  • Game drives trough the National Parks
  • Luxorious private 4×4 Safari Jeep with pop-up roof and big windows, especially designed for high end safari game drives
  • English speaking private guide during the whole safari
  • Park Fees for all national parks
  • Crater Fee
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner during your safari (full board), excluding day 1, because most likely you will arrive in the evening.
  • Zanzibar will be based on all inclusive
  • 24/7 service from our local office in Tanzania
  • Fully accredited and bonded under SGR (more info)
  • Reservation costs
  • Drinking water in our safari jeeps
 This price excludes:
  • International flight tickets and visa
  • Travel insurance  (travel- /cancellation insurance, flying doctors)
from $3818 p.p. *