Tanzania is an incredible country. Packed with game reserves, lakes, mountains, beaches and cultural and historical attractions, choosing where to go and what to do is a daunting task. The 9-day highlights package of Tanzania is a good place to start: visit the three iconic destinations of East Africa – Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Zanzibar – and add more destinations if you have time or you can take this luxury tour as is and enjoy the best of Tanzania.
9 days / 8 nights – Arusha • Serengeti National Park • Ngorongoro Crater National Park • Zanzibar
Arusha – The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. The city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
Serengeti National Park – Tanzania’s oldest and most popular national park, also a world heritage site and recently proclaimed a 7th world wide wonder, the Serengeti is famed for its annual migration, when some six million hooves pound the open plains, as more than 200,000 zebra and 300,000 Thomson’s gazelle join the wildebeest’s trek for fresh grazing.
Ngorongoro Crater National Park – Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Africa.
Zanzibar – Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous archipelago off the coast of Tanzania consisting of Zanzibar Island (locally, Unguja), Pemba Island and many smaller islands.
Day 1 – 2: Arusha
Fly in to Arusha, arriving at the Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer to Onsea House about half an hour by road. Onsea House is about 10 minutes out of Arusha – the charming highlands town in northern Tanzania and the launch pad for many a world-class safari expedition. Onsea House is a boutique guesthouse with just four guest rooms in a lush garden, a swimming pool, gourmet cooking from Michelin-starred chef Axel Janssens and epic views of Mount Meru.
Day 2 – 5: Serengeti National Park
A short flight takes you to the world-renowned Serengeti National Park of wildebeest migration fame and, on the open plains, exceptional general safaris. Staying at an exclusive safari lodge in a private game reserve gives you the best of the park without seeing any other tourist vehicles on game drive activities.
Singita Sabora Tented Camp is a charming colonial-styled safari lodge in the Singita Grumeti Reserves – a 140,000-hectare swathe of private land on the edge of the Serengeti National Park and right on the migration path of about a million wildebeest and zebra between June and August. The game viewing year-round is excellent and the secluded luxury at Sabora Tented Camp is complete.
Day 5 – 7: Ngorongoro Crater National Park
Fly from the Serengeti to Lake Manyara and transfer by road to the Ngorongoro Crater Lodge on the rim of the world’s largest intact caldera, the floor of which is a fertile habitat for 25,000 animals including the Big 5.
Ngorongoro Crater Lodge is an ultra luxurious lodge with private butler service in charming suites that combine regal European opulence with delightful Maasai roots. Game drives into the crater are always exceptional with such high concentrations of many plains game including some of the biggest lions you will ever see in the wild. Birding trips are a highlight and the Olduvai Gorge is a fascinating half-day excursion from the lodge.
Day 7 – 9: Zanzibar Islands
After your safari extravaganza, it’s time to relax on a tropical island paradise beach complete with coconut trees, egg-timer soft sand, Evian-clear water and soft blue skies. Fly from Ngorongoro to Zanzibar Island and transfer by boat to Fundu Lagoon Lodge on Pemba Island.
Fundu Lagoon Lodge is an idyllic island getaway with dressed down luxury that encourages going barefoot, dipping into the sea or pool, lying in the sun and enjoying some excellent diving. There is enough to do – dhow trips, kayaking, snorkelling and more – to fill several days; and there is also nothing to do if that’s your preference. Either way, a relaxing beach holiday is the best way to end off a magnificent Tanzanian safari.