Zanzibar & Tanzanian Game Parks Safari (North)

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $1349 R18950 £1055 1186 A$1865 C$1805 NZ$1962 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Ends at Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Hotel / Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Ferry / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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2019 Itinerary Overview 2018 Info

Travel from Tanzania's Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island where we relax on the idyllic northern beaches and enjoy optional adventure activities, including scuba diving and snorkelling. Take a Spice Tour and head south to explore the markets and unique architecture of old Stone Town. 

Return to Dar es Salaam by ferry, then take a scenic drive through Tanzania to the lively seaside town of Bagamoyo. Upgrade to a three-day camping trip in the world-famous Serengeti Park or spend an unforgettable day wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. Experience local Tanzanian culture in Karatu and do some optional activities before returning to Arusha. Then cross into Kenya, heading for Nairobi where we wrap-up this great-value Zanzibar & Tanzanian Wildlife Safari.

This affordable Zanzibar Island & Tanzania Parks Tour combines one of Africa's top wildlife destinations with one of its best beach destinations creating a compact and eventful budget African adventure!

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Zanzibar & Tanzania Safari Highlights

  • Zanzibar Island - Nungwi beaches and Stone Town
  • Coastal Bagamoyo & lively Arusha town
  • Karatu activities & Ngorongoro Crater

Day 1 - 3: Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

This Zanzibar & Tanzania Game Parks Safari kicks off in Tanzania's Dar es Salaam where you meet up with your safari group.

A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar Island. Arriving in Zanzibar we take a Spice Tour to experience the tastes, aromas and colours of the exotic spices that give the islands their epithet - 'the Spice Islands'. Then we transfer to the northern part of Zanzibar Island where we will spend our time relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the turquoise Indian Ocean.

At Nungwi Beach on the main island of Zanzibar, there are various activities available, as well as excursions to explore the off-lying tropical islands and other parts of the main island. Favourite activities include snorkelling and scuba diving in the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean to see the assortment of marine life and colourful reefs. Rent a scooter and explore on your own, or visit the Turtle Sanctuary and Jozani Forest.

We spend our third night on Zanzibar in Stone Town, exploring the historical and unique architecture of this culturally diverse town. Walk along the cobbled lanes and take in the vibrant atmosphere of the town, visit local markets and sample the fresh seafood.

  • Optional Activities: Dolphin Cruises, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling, Dhow Cruises, Fishing, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest
  • Activity Package: Zanzibar Trip (plus Ferry) & Spice Tour
  • Meals: Dinner (day 1) / Breakfast & Dinner (day 2 & 3)

Activity Package:

An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes highly-recommended activities, considered as "essential activities" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package. See the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 4: Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo – Tanzania

This morning there is time for a final bit of exploring before we leave the beach paradise of Zanzibar Islands, catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where our safari truck awaits.

Then we drive to the historic coastal town of Bagamoyo, which was once a major port in the slave and spice trade route along the East Coast of Africa. Arriving in the vibrant town we make our way to our next overnight stay, located along the beach.

The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to swim in the warm Indian Ocean, stroll on the beach and enjoy the sea views at sunset.

  • Activity Package: Zanzibar Trip (return Ferry) & Stone Town Tour
  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 5: Arusha – Tanzania

Today we follow a scenic route to Arusha, the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania. The world-famous Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area are the best-known destinations on the Northern Safari Circuit.

We overnight in Arusha which is located at the base of Mount Meru, Africa's fifth highest peak. This growing town is set in an area of Tanzania that has a cool climate and features lush green hills. From here you have the option of taking a three-night Serengeti Camping Trip as an upgrade at extra cost. This evening our local guide briefs those taking the Upgraded Serengeti Trip and there is time to pack for your upcoming wildlife adventure in Serengeti National Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 6: Karatu – Tanzania

Leaving Arusha today we drive to Karatu, in the Ngorongoro Highlands area. This busy small town lies between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater serving as our base for exploring the Northern Safari Circuit.

Once in Karatu, your guide will tell you more about our full day trip to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, planned for the following day.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Please note: Those taking the Upgraded Serengeti Trip will head off this morning from Arusha and rejoin the group on day nine.

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater – Tanzania

Rise and shine early this morning for an action-packed day of 4x4 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater. You are collected from the camp and set off for the Crater where most of your day is spent exploring. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts one of the densest large animal populations in Africa offering superb wildlife viewing. Members of most of Africa's large mammal species are found roaming freely in the crater so a wide range of wild animals is usually spotted on the day trip.

After a memorable day of wildlife viewing in the Crater, we ascend to the rim and return to Karatu.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Full day 4x4 Safari in Ngorongoro Crater

Day 8: Karatu – Tanzania

Today is set aside for optional activities and free time to take it easy at camp. You can explore on your own, walking around the town or visiting nearby villages to experience rural life in Tanzania. A cultural tour of Karatu is included today for those wanting to join.

Day trips to the scenic Lake Manyara National Park are another popular option. Optional game viewing and cultural activities need to be booked at the camp directly when we arrive in Karatu.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Karatu Cultural Tour

Day 9: Arusha – Tanzania

On day nine we return to Arusha. Here our group meets up again when those who did the Serengeti Camping Trip Upgrade return. This evening we exchange stories of the various incredible wildlife adventures we enjoyed over the past few days on Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit.

  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner

Day 10: Kenya – Nairobi

After crossing the border into Kenya we travel to Nairobi where this accommodated Zanzibar Beaches & Tanzanian Wildlife Safari comes to a close.

Most safari groups choose to end this African Budget Safari off with an optional meal at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.

  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Nairobi
  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

You can do this affordable East African Safari in the reverse order - Tanzania Game Parks & Zanzibar Safari (South), if you prefer to start in Nairobi and end in Dar es Salaam.

We recommend arriving the day before your safari and only booking flights for the day after the safari ends. We can help arrange accommodation before and after the safari on request.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Tanzania Mainland Activities:

  • Serengeti Camping Trip Upgrade
  • Lake Manyara National Park day trip
  • Karatu cultural & game viewing activities

Zanzibar Island Activities:

  • Zanzibar lunches
  • Jozani Forest 
  • Turtle Sanctuary
  • Village Tours
  • Fishing Trips 
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Scuba diving & snorkelling
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Tanzania Mainland Activities:

  • Serengeti Camping Trip Upgrade
  • Lake Manyara National Park day trip
  • Karatu cultural & game viewing activities

Zanzibar Island Activities:

  • Zanzibar lunches
  • Jozani Forest 
  • Turtle Sanctuary
  • Village Tours
  • Fishing Trips 
  • Dolphin cruises
  • Scuba diving & snorkelling
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