12 Days African Big Cats Safari and Zanzibar Excursions
All year round
This is our guest’s combination favorite journey. 12 Day Ultimate Serengeti Luxury Safari combines different activities including the game drive, Cultural interactions & Night Game Drive.
After an amazing wildlife safari in Northern Tanzania, you will fly to Zanzibar to experience this beautiful tropical island before you fly back home.
- Incredible views of the Masai Mara
- Great Wildebeest Migration viewing in season
- Private beach bliss at Alfajiri Beach Villa
- Ideal for bush & beach honeymoon
12 Days, 11 Nights
The minimum age required for this tour is 3 years.
English, Guides speaking other languages are available on request
Luxury Hotels and Lodges
This tour can be customized
Game viewing, Cycling, Walking safari, hiking, Balloon safari, Mountain Biking
Private group tour
Start & End
This tour will start in Arusha, end in Zanzibar
Flexible for any departure date
Maximum of 6 people per open-sided, pop-up roof 4×4 vehicle
Day to day itinerary
Day 1: Arrival at Arusha
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your Ultimate Serengeti drive guide and transferred to the hotel in Arusha for dinner and overnight.
Day 2 - 3: Arusha to Tarangire National Park
After breakfast, you drive to Arusha National Park for a game drive with a picnic lunch. This lovely park is the kingdom of elephants, birds, and baobabs. With four of the Big Five residing within the park, this park is a great spot. If you are lucky you can even spot the tree-climbing python. In the evening you do bird watching around the camp with your safari guide.
Day 4: Lake Manyara
After early breakfast, you set off towards Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, a large population of baboons, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos, and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. After your picnic lunch, you will depart for a 2-hour nature walk in the park, guided by an armed ranger. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about different plants with their medicinal uses, animal tracks, insects, etc. In the late afternoon, you will continue to the lodge for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 - 7: Serengeti National Park | 3 Nights
Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is home to more than 3000 Lions and Leopards. Apart from the Big Five, the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds, and vultures, just to name a few.
Enjoy your 3 days supreme game viewing in the savannah until the last day where your driver-guide will take you to the Ngorongoro crater.
Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater
After early breakfast, your driver guide will take you to the Ngorongoro crater floor. You will enjoy an amazing view and sighting of different animals species. Ngorongoro Crater is the only crater in the world where you can find all African Big 5 animals.
After a game drive, you will be tranferred to Arusha for your flight to Zanzibar.
Day 9 - 12: Zanzibar
After a tough and exciting game drive experience, you will fly to Zanzibar to relax at the beautiful Nungwi Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the island has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water that gently rolls onto the beach. You can spend the entire day at the beach since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. If you like to be more active, the resort organizes lots of activities like village walks, scuba diving, and snorkeling. You can book and pay for these activities directly.
- All Accommodation
- All meals
- All transfers
- All activities indicated in the itinerary
- All park fees
- All Transport on Safari in 4 x 4 open-roof Land Cruisers
- Bean bags
- Complimentary transfer from the Airport on arrival & departure
- An English-speaking professional safari guide
- Mineral water
- Unlimited game drives
- All excursions not included in the itinerary
- Drinks at the camps or lodges
- International flights
- Laundry Service
- Medical Insurance
- Post night accommodation in your arrival
- Rescue Fee
- Travel Insurance
- Walking safaris
Good to know
- Your flight should arrive at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
- Our service will start upon your arrival at JRO
- Official name: United Republic of Tanzania
- Country Currency: Tanzania Shilling
- Population: 56 million (estimated)
- Capital: Dodoma
- Political stability: Stable (No historical civil wars since its independence in 1961)
- Location in Africa: East Africa
- Dialing code: 255
- Timezone: GMT +3
- Language: Swahili and English. Kiswahili is the official language, although English is widely spoken in commercial areas including the major parks and reserves. The terms Swahili and Kiswahili are used interchangeably, though the term Swahili normally refers to the people while Kiswahili refers to the language.
- Total Area: 945,087 sq km (364,900 sq miles)
- Religion: Christian, Muslim, and traditional beliefs
- Longest distances: 1,223 kilometers (760 miles) from north to south; 1,191 kilometers (740 miles) from east to west
Electricity supply, travel plugs & adapters
- Plugs & Adaptors: Tanzania use plug type G and plug type D
- Electrical supply: 240V
Transactions, Credit Cards & ATMs
- Most tourist-class hotels quote rates in US dollars, and many will expect to be paid in USD currency.
- Airport taxes and national park fees are paid in US dollars.
- ATMs are available in all big Towns and Cities.
- You can use your credit card to withdraw money from ATMs (You will get only local currency)
- Most ATMs accept visa and master cards only
- You can also use your credit card in some places, but you might be charged a fee of 4% to 5% of the transaction.
- You can use your credit card for making payments to some of the big hotels, but most small hotels and restaurants accept cash only.
- Foreign currency can be changed into Tanzanian Shillings at any bank or any Bureau de change (forex bureaux)
- Bring banknotes printed in 2006 or later as notes printed before 2006 are rejected by most banks and bureau de changes.
- Most banks operate from 08.30 am to 17.00 on weekdays and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Saturday.
Most travelers coming from America, Europe, and Asia will require a Visa before they visit Tanzania. If your country is on a list of the visa-free country for Tanzania, you won’t be required to apply for a visa, you will have to undergo immigration formalities at the entry point upon arrival.
Learn more about visa applications, a list of visa-free countries, types of visas, and more on this link
Weather & Climate Conditions
Tanzania has a tropical climate with variations depending on altitude. In the higher regions temperatures can range from 10-20°C throughout the year whereas in the lower regions temperatures rarely fall beneath 20°C. Humidity increases closer to the coastal regions. The hottest period of the year tends to be from October to February. The two main rainy seasons are between March to May and November and February.
Additional travel information
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Malaria, Immunization & other safety information
Tanzania has a tropical climate and different bacteria, flora, and fauna. It is advisable to take a few health precautions when traveling to make sure your trip goes as comfortably and smoothly as possible. Malaria is usually top on the list of visitors’ worries, and prevention goes a long way towards keeping you protected. Make sure to visit your doctor to get a prescription for the anti-malarial drug the best suit you.
Food & Hygiene
If you eat every meal you are offered, anywhere in the tropics, you will undoubtedly become ill. Be selective. Possible disease hazards range from minor bouts of travelers’ diarrhea to dysentery and more serious parasitic diseases that may ruin your trip, so precautions are worthwhile. Always choose food that has been freshly and thoroughly cooked, and is served hot.
Only drink water that you know is safe. Don’t drink tap water or brush your teeth with it, stick to bottled or canned drinks – well-known brands are safe. Have bottled mineral waters opened in your presence, and regard all ice as unsafe.
Vaccines commonly recommended for travelers to Africa include those against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio, Typhoid, Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Yellow fever, Rabies, and Meningitis.
It is always best to seek advice on immunization well in advance, if possible around 6 weeks before departure.
All Tanzania national parks are protected by park rangers. If you are on an organized safari then you will be very safe as your guide will always be there to ensure your overall safety. The only thing you have to do is to follow the park’s rules that you will be directed by your guide.
Payment & Cancellation Policy
Payments & Tour Confirmation
- This tour will be confirmed upon the receipt of 20% of the total price, the remaining payment should be paid 45 days before this has departed.
- Full payment is required if this tour has been booked in less than 45 days before departure.
- Cancellation will be confirmed in writing or by emails and it will be in effect upon receipt.
- 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled 45 days prior to the tour start date.
- 50% loss of deposit will be effective if the tour will be canceled less than 45 days prior to the tour start date.
- 100% loss of deposit will be effective if the cancellation received 20 days prior to the tour start date.
Frequently asked questions
Is it safe to visit Tanzania?
Tanzania is a politically stable, multi-democratic country with no recorded civil war since its independence in 1961. Tanzanians are warm-hearted and generous people who eager to help visitors get the most out of their stay. Hotels are safe and have watchmen.
As in all countries, a little common sense goes a long way and reasonable precautions should still be taken, such as not walking alone at night, not walking with a large amount of cash in streets as well as locking valuables in the hotel.
How much does a Tanzania Safari Cost?
Personal interests, the company you use and the time that you are planning to visit can determine how much you are expected to spend on safari in Tanzania.
If you are planning for a standard guided safari, the price per day can go as low as $200 per person sharing, for vising parks like Serengeti and Ngorongoro.
The debate of how much can a safari cost also goes with the level of service. From the above example, a typical budget safari can even go as low as $150 per day per person sharing, and it can go up to $1500 per day per person sharing, for luxury or high-end safari.
Please contact us to get the actual price based on your itinerary.
How can I get a Tanzania visa?
You can get a Tanzania visa by using an online application procedure through the immigration website. We advise each visitor who is planning to visit Tanzania to apply for a visa in advance of their trip. All visa applications should be done on the Tanzania immigration office website (www.immigration.go.tz ). You should also note that the only website to apply for Tanzania’s online visa is www.immigration.go.tz. Tanzania immigration does not recognize any agent or website that claims to be a Tanzania visa application center.
Upon the submission of your application, you will expect to get feedback from two to three weeks, so make sure you apply as soon as possible before the departure date of your trip.
You can also get a visa on arrival, but we highly recommend the online application so as to avoid some delays at the airport as the procedure might take up to two hours.
An ordinary single-entry (tourist) visa costs $50 and $100 for a multiple entry visa.
What are the don’ts and do’s when visiting Tanzania?
Tanzania is a developing country with many kinds of people, the educated and the uneducated, and so on. If you are coming from a developed country, don’t come with the mindset that you know everything as there also people who are well educated there. Generally, just behave in a proper manner like talking & smiling to people, helping them and so on. These are very few practices but they will help you to have a great experience when you visit.
The most important thing is to follow the rules especially when you are in the parks and in this case, just listen to your guide on what you are supposed to do. Off-course we don’t ask you to accept everything, there are other situations that might need you to take action by using common sense.
However, this should not bring fear to you, Tanzanian people are overall a very nice people. We just want to prepare you to have the best experience when you visit this beautiful country.
When is the best time of the year to visit Tanzania?
Most national parks in Tanzania are accessible throughout the year. If you want to have the best wildlife safari experience, it better to visit in the drier season. It is easy to sight animals in the drier season because of short grasses, which make it easy to spot small or short height animals.
The best time to visit Tanzania for a wildlife experience is from June to October which is a dry season. January and February (hot season) can also provide the best animal sighting options though in some of the parks it might not as best as in the dry season.
The best time to climb mount Kilimanjaro is from January to March and also from June to October.
The best time to visit Tanzania is highly affected by the type of trip and activities that you want to experience in Tanzania.
Please contact us to get an idea of which time in a year you should visit Tanzania based on your interests.
Are there any flights to Tanzania?
From Europe to Tanzania
There are several flight options from Europe to Tanzania. If you are coming from Europe, there are only two direct routes from Europe to Tanzania. You can either use KLM Royal Dutch Airlines that fly daily to Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro from Amsterdam or Turkish Airlines from Istanbul Ataturk International Airport.
Apart from direct flights, there are dozens of alternative e-routes like Addis Ababa, Cairo, or Nairobi.
Nairobi options tend to the most favorite for alternative routes. Kenya Airways has direct flights from London or Amsterdam to Nairobi, and it has daily departures from Nairobi to Tanzania. Other Nairobi options include Swiss Air from Zurich, British Airways from London, and Air France from Paris.
You can also connect to Dar es salaam through Ethiopian Airways via Addis Ababa, Oman Air from Muscat, Qatar Airways from Doha, Etihad Airways from Abu Dhabi, Egypt Air from Egypt, and Emirates from Dubai.
North America to Tanzania
Travelers from North America can get into Tanzania by flying directly to Johannesburg from New York (JFK) or Washington-Dulles with South African Airways. You can also fly from Atlanta with Delta Air Lines then connect with South African Airways to Tanzania.
Alternatively, You can en route through Instabul or Amsterdam. Turkish Airlines has direct flights from more than 10 cities in North America to Instabul, then from Istanbul, you get a direct flight to Tanzania. This also applies to KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, but you will have to use Amsterdam as your en route to Tanzania.
Asia to Tanzania
If you are coming from Asia, visitors can a link with Air Tanzania which flies directly from Mumbai to Dar es salaam.
Kenya Airways has up to three direct flight links with Bangkok, Hanoi, and Mumbai to Tanzania.
There are also optional en routes via a hub in the middle east using Emirates, Etihad, Omar Air, or Qatar Airways.
From South America and Australia
There is no direct flight from these two continents. The most common option is to en route via Johannesburg, then to Tanzania by using South African Airways.
Alternatively, other best options are either Europe or the Middle East by using Ethiopian Airways, Emirates, Turkish Airlines, KLM, Etihad Airways, or Qatar Airways.