This a ten days family safari and beach holiday, exploring the best of Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara and Ngorogoro Crater; to watch the stunning landscapes and wildlife and then winding up with a few days on the beach. It’s a great itinerary for families who love wildlife, nature and beach vacation; additional attractions would include passing by the Olduvai Gorge and a distant view of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro.
This a 10 days beach and wildlife safari holiday in Tanzania, that starts in Arusha and ends in Zanzibar Island; the holiday begins with a drive from Arusha, passing by Olduvai Gorge to Serengeti national reserve, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara, then flying to Zanzibar for 3 days beach vacation. Major activities are focused on wildlife watching, exploring the crater, the beautiful landscapes along the region, a distant view of the famous Mount Kilimanjaro and relaxing on the beach.
Kindly note that accommodation is quoted as per person sharing and can be changed or adjusted to suite your requirements.
On this day, you will be picked from the airport or on an agreed venue in Arusha, briefed about the safari itinerary. Then driven to Moshi where you will spend an hour or so watching Mount Kilimanjaro, after that you will be driven to Arusha Coffee Lodge; where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and preparing for your family safari.
Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world; it’s a dormant volcanic mountain with the highest peak Kibo; rising about 5895 m above sea level. Mount Kilimanjaro is popular destination in visited to thousands of tourists every year.
On this day after breakfast, you will be driven through the beautiful maize, coffee and banana plantations as you travel to the Masai Steppe, down to Lake Manyara Serena Lodge; it’s a beautiful Lodge located on the edge of the Lake and has a stunning view over the lake. On arrival you will have lunch and a brief rest, before having your evening game drive at Lake Manyara national park.
Lake Manyara is a small but pretty national park situated between the Rift Valley escarpment and the large sodiforous lake on the road to Ngorongoro crater and Serengeti national reserve.
On this day, you will drive north to Serengeti national reserve, on arrival; you will drive through the park watching a few wildlife to Serengeti Serena Lodge, where you will have lunch and a brief rest before embarking on your evening game drive. Serengeti Serena Lodge is a beautiful large safari lodge located on the central areas of Serengeti, it’s nicely set on a hilltop overlooking the open plains full of wildlife.
Serengeti National Park is without a doubt one of the top wildlife national parks in Africa, it's home to thousands of wildlife that include all the ‘Big Five’, the famous wildebeest migration, hundreds of bird species and beautiful landscapes.
On this day, you will have a whole day tour; experiencing the true of Africa adventure, driving miles through the beautiful open grassland, the acacia forests, along the cliffs and ridges watching wildlife that include all the Big 5’s, hundreds of bird species, wildebeest among many others. Then return to the Lodge for a relaxed dinner around the fire and enjoy the peaceful atmosphere.
Note: - This day’s event can be adjusted or completely changed to suit your personal requirements, it can be adjusted by adding a midday cultural visit or with a nature walk, a morning hot air balloon flight or if it’s on the great migration period; you can change the whole day event to just track the great migration.
On this day after breakfast, you will leave the hotel with a packed picnic lunch, drive southwest to Ngorongoro national reserve, on arrival; you will have a game drive through the park watching more wildlife and the beautiful landscapes at Ngorongoro, then have a bush picnic lunch and a brief rest. Then continue with the drive through the park to Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge; where you will spend the rest of the day relaxing and enjoying various spa treatments and hotel amenities on offer.
Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge is a beautiful large lodge located on the rim of the Crater and has stunning view of the Crater.
On this day after breakfast, you will start with a nature walk descending into the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, passing through the forest, swamps, open grassland, the sandy dunes, down to the Crater Lake full of birds and surrounded by wildlife. On the way back, you will extend the walk to the famous Masai Villages; this are the homes for the famous Masai people, they are well known for their fascinating culture and traditions, you can easily spot them grazing their cattle at the crater unshaken by the presence of the wild animals.
Ngorogoro Crater is an impressive geological feature created by a collapsed volcano, leaving a huge bowl-like landscape; it has one of the best world geographical scenery, thousands of animals and birds species.
On this day, you will have a small morning game drive and then drive back to Arusha, where you will have lunch and a brief rest at Arusha Hotel, before being driven to the Airport for your flight to Zanzibar.
On arrival, you will be received by our representative who will then drive you northeast to Matemwe House. On arrival at Matemwe Retreat, you will check in, freshen up then enjoy an outdoor dinner set up by the beach side.
Matemwe Retreat is small stylish beach lodge with just four self-contained Villas, located in the village of Matemwe, northeast coast of Zanzibar Island, it’s beautifully situated on large plot overlooking the Ocean and is ideal for families and honeymoon.
The following two days, will roughly be left on you to spend some quality time alone; either on the beach, by the poolside or in your private villa, enjoying various Spa treats or go for sailing trips, snorkeling, diving excursions among other activities at Zanzibar Island.
Zanzibar Island is home to some of the top beaches in Africa and is also known for its rich history that dates back to the 16th century; other major attractions include visiting the historical Stonetown, going on a Dolphin Tour, visit Jozani Forest the home to the Red Columbus Monkey or go on a spice tour with detailed information about locally grown herbs and spices. If you have an urge for discotheques or night clubs, you will find them scattered along the coastline offering the best night life.
On this day, you will say goodbye to the beautiful coastline, as you transfer back to the airport, for your return flight.
Note:- This safari holiday itinerary can be re-arranged or extended to better your requirements, let us know if you need any changes.