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15 Days Tanzania Wildlife Safaris, Mafia & Zanzibar Island

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15 Days
San Francisco
Min Age : 11+
Max People : 42

This is a 15 – Day private safari to northern Tanzania national parks, Mafia Island & Zanzibar beach holiday. The highlight of this safari will be the 3 days and 3 nights spent at the Serengeti national park to witness the migration of animals from Serengeti towards the Mara river in the north. You will also visit Tarangire national park, Ngorongoro crater, and Lake Manyara national park.


Day 1Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport - Arusha


Welcome to Tanzania. Our representative will meet you at the airport (JRO) and will transfer you to Arusha town. The journey is about 45 minutes to the hotel.

Accomodation – Mvuli Hotels Arusha 

Meals : Half Board Basis (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 2Arusha city to Tarangire National Park

Transfer by road this morning to Tarangire National Park. Stop for a picnic lunch along the way, then enter the park and enjoy an exhilarating wildlife drive en route to your camp/lodge this afternoon. This seldom-visited park, known as the “Home Of Elephants,” teems with wildlife. Enormous herds of elephants scratch the dry riverbed for underground streams while migratory wildebeest, zebra, buffalo, impala, gazelle and eland crowd the lagoons, and wild dogs roam the plains. Tarangire is also the one place in Tanzania where visitors regularly see dry-country antelope such as the Oryx and gerenuk. After the game drive, you will be dropped at your lodge where you can rest and dine with the beautiful view of African nature. Dinner & overnight at Marera Valley Lodge 

Day 3Tarangire – Mto wa Mbu – Cultural tour


The day will start with a Sunrise game drivesat 0615am to capture the best photos of the rising sun in the African wilderness. Interesting wildlife activities by sunrise not to be missed. Drive back to the lodge for a hearty breakfast and a rest. Depart for Manyara, Mto wa mbu village. Check in the lodge.Cultural tour day!

Today you and the family can have an early morning sunrise game drive in the national park and see the animals as they search for food early morning. Afterwards you will return to the lodge for a lovely breakfast/ brunch and refreshment.

Or optional; Depart for a cultural/eco tour in the village riding mountain bikes! Enjoy a hot African lunch in the village prepared by Local women who run a Self-Help community development group. Amazing green village of farmers and a small business community. It is a village whereby a good number of different tribes from different parts of Tanzania live together in harmony and peace. From Nilotics to Cushitic, From Bantu to Xhosa etc. Evening visit a Maasai village for more cultural interaction. Dinner and overnight;

Accomodation – Tarangire Sopa Lodge 

Meals : Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4 Lake Manyara National Park – Maasai Village Visit


Breakfast, drive leisurely down to lake Manyara Park.

The Park is formed with 5 different vegetation zones. These zones support a good variety of wild animals and birds. The park has the biggest baboon troupes in Tanzania. The lake is decorated with many aqua birds and singing hippos. It is here where you can see the tree climbing lions!

In the afternoon you have the option to visit a nearby Maasai village for more cultural tourism.

Accommodation – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge. 

Meals : Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 5Serengeti National park


Depart for Serengeti after your breakfast.

It has abundant wildlife, large numbers of big cats and quintessential Serengeti landscapes of acacia-studded savannah. Resident wildlife makes this part of the Serengeti a fantastic year-round destination, and you can watch the herds of the Great Migration pass through the area. Serengeti National Park is undoubtedly the best-known wildlife sanctuary in the world and it has the greatest concentration of animals in Africa. They also attract the attention of predators like cheetah and hyena and you may be able to see a pride of lions’ gang up for a hunt.

Accomodation – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge 

Meals : Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 6Serengeti National Park


Full day wildlife game drive in the incredible Ndutu plains area of the Serengeti with beautiful landscapes. This starts from sunrise to late afternoon whereby you will have a short break to enjoy your picnic lunch before you proceed with late afternoon to sunset game drive.

Enjoy the day in the plains migration route which are teeming with hundreds of thousands of wildebeest, Zebras, gazelles. Enjoy more game drives around the lake Ndutu area before you retire to the camp for dinner and overnight. (This is very special day for your safari. Migration of wildebeests are among the best event to spot in your visit to Tanzania).

Accomodation – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge 

Meals : Full Board Basis (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7Serengeti National Park

On this day our safari focus will be the Seronera area of the Serengeti – popular for seeing the big cats – leopards, lions, and cheetahs. Enjoy non-stop Game Drives with our guide giving you details of the various animals you will see. Accomodation – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge  Full Board Basis – All Meals Included

Day 8Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, you will travel through the adventurous trail that takes you into the Ngorongoro crater. Grass steppes and acacia forests are home to almost all the species of animals found in the East African savannah. In only a few hours driving from Tarangire NP, you will have the chance of spotting the big five – lion, elephant, buffalo, rhinoceros and leopard. Designated as a World Heritage site, the crater measures 259km2, and is surrounded by walls towering to 610m. The mineral-rich crater floor – enclosed on all sides – has virtually formed its own ecosystem. From forested walls to grassy plains, and woodlands to lakes, the diversity of habitats are home to a wide variety of bird and animal life, in large numbers. You will get an opportunity to see predators such as lion, hyena, jackal and bat-eared fox, the cheetah and leopard. Lunch would be at hippo pool picnic site. After extensive game viewing and a picnic in the crater, you will retire for overnight at the luxurious Ngorongoro Serena lodge. Accomodation – Serengeti Serena Safari Lodge

Day 9Transfer to Arusha – Town tour – Local traditional lunch.

Today you will leave Ngorongoro crater for a leisurely drive back to Arusha town. You will pass through the Ngorongoro highlands and enjoy seeing wild animals on the route. Enjoy a town tour of Arusha with a very good lunch at a local restaurant accompanied by our guide. Accomodation – Arusha Serena Hotel  Meal – Full board basis

Day 10 Upare Mountain Village (Usangi)

The day will start with a drive towards Mount Kilimanjaro for a great view of Africa’s tallest mountain. From there you will head to the Upare mountain ranges towards the village of Usangi. This is about 2 hours drive from Arusha. There are two mountain ranges – North and South Pare ranges, which rise to 2,463 m at Shengena Peak. They form part of the Eastern Arc of mountains. The Pare people live in the area. Enjoy the cultural visit to the village of Usangi and interact with local women in the market and in a selected local homestead. Enjoy local food prepared by the women of Usangi. Accomodation – Mwanga Hotel  Meal – Half board basis (Breakfast & Dinner)

Day 11Kilimanjaro International airport (JRO) - Zanzibar

Local flight to Zanzibar Islands. Accomodation – Nungwi dreams / Neptune Beach / Marijani Beach Resort / Ocean Paradise /Baladin  Zanzibar Beach Hotel Meal – Full board basis

Day 12Zanzibar Safari blue - Snorkeling

For those who want to experience a little of everything that makes Zanzibar so special, the popular Safari Blue program is a perfect choice. This full-day experience takes you on a day of sailing, sunbathing, snorkeling, and feasting as you explore the fabulous Zanzibar coast. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to sunbathe on isolated sand banks, spot dolphins playing in the waves, and feast on delicious BBQ seafood over the water. From scuba diving to water sports to snorkeling, there’s no shortage of ways to experience Zanzibar’s warm waters. After the tour, you will be dropped at your hotel for a night. Accomodation – Nungwi dreams / Neptune Beach / Marijani Beach Resort / Ocean Paradise /Baladin  Zanzibar Beach Hotel Meal – Full board basis

Day 13Transfer to Mafia Island by local flight

Accommodation: Ras Mbisi lodge, Kilindoni town, Mafia Island. Meals : Full Board Basis

Day 14 Relaxation day at lodge in Mafia

Today you will relax at the lodge and visit Kilindoni beach is in the south part of the island. It is an exotic island paradise blessed with palm fringed shores, fishing villages, lush plantations, and sandy beaches. Accommodation: Ras Mbisi lodge, Kilindoni town, Mafia Island. Meals : Full Board Basis

Day 15 Transfer to Dar es Salaam/ International Flight

This is the end of the holiday program and you will check out of the lodge and go to Mafia airport to catch your flight to Dar es Salaam to connect to your international flight. Meals : Breakfast


  • All meals and accommodations during the entire safari
  • A very high quality safari land cruiser with pop up roof
  • A highly experienced safari guide
  • Unlimited mineral water during the entire safari
  • All park fees for all the national parks
  • Airport transfers
  • All transfers in the mainland as indicated on above itinerary
  • Binoculars


  • Soft drinks, beer, wine and spirits (as well as gifts like local crafts etc)
  • International flights tickets (airline) + Airport transfer.
  • Tips for staff such as guides and the cook staff
  • Fees for passport, visas, immunizations and insurance
  • Laundry, phone and other items of a personal nature
  • Visit and supports for the orphans center – these can be arranged and paid for direct to the center
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