Tanzania has long been one of the ultimate destinations for safari lovers and this 14-day itinerary ensures that you will tick every important box in this diverse and friendly country. Kicking off in Arusha, you will explore Tarangire National Park, a massive but little-visited reserve that is home to tree-climbing lions and the curious long-necked gerenuk. It is also the best place in East Africa to see enormous baobab trees, which easily withstand Tarangire’s elephants peeling off hunks of bark to eat. 

Your next destination is a place with some of the easiest game viewing on Earth: the incomparable Ngorongoro Crater. This ancient caldera has fertile grazing that supports plenty of plains game, which in turn support a healthy population of predators. Then it is the big one: the Serengeti, a place of endless savannah and, in season, the Wildebeest Migration. 

After a thrilling safari, jet off to the paradise island of Zanzibar for a classic combination of sand, sea and sun. Half beach idyll, half ancient history, Zanzibar has plenty of authentic African adventures and a fresh air that is laced with the scents of fresh spices

Itinerary Highlights

  • See the Wildebeest Migration in season
  • Discover little-known Tarangire
  • Spot the Big 5 in Ngorongoro Crater
  • Explore the plains of the Serengeti
  • Walks the historic streets of Stone Town
  • Unwind on a picture-perfect Zanzibar beach

Day to Day Itinerary

Days 1-2

The gateway to Tanzania

Your first glimpse of Tanzania will be as you jet into Kilimanjaro International Airport, where you will be collected for your transfer to Arusha Coffee Lodge. Depending on the cloud cover, you may be able to spot the distant peak of Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain – but if not, you will surely be able to smell the freshly roasted coffee fresh from the farmland at Arusha Coffee Lodge, where you will settle into a very comfortable Plantation Room.

Arusha is known as the gateway to Tanzania’s northern safari circuit and the lodge is ideal stopover to rest after a long flight before you begin a week of dawn wake-up calls for early morning game drives.

Days 2-4

Delve into Tarangire

After breakfast, it is time to get out your binoculars and make sure your camera is ready as you make your way from the Kuro airstrip to Oliver’s Camp in the southeast of Tarangire National Park. Be on the lookout for big herds of elephants and buffalo, not to mention about 550 different species of birds.

There are only 10 tents at Oliver’s, allowing you privacy and exclusivity. Wash off the dust under your open-air shower and enjoy a refreshing drink in the dining lapa before setting out on a guided nature walk or a classic 4x4 game drive – night drives to seek out nocturnal creatures like elusive leopards and owls are also on the cards. For two nights, you will drift off to sleep listening to the far-away calling of lions or the distinct whooping of hyenas.

Days 4-6

Explore a volcanic crater

Waving goodbye to the friendly staff at Oliver’s, you will be driven to Gibb’s Farm, another country-style homestead set on a lush coffee plantation just 30-minute drive from the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. Settle into your spacious cottage to freshen up before enjoying a relaxing Maasai treatment in the African Living Spa, a walk in the traditional English garden or perhaps a guided walk to the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

The crater is one of East Africa’s most famous places: formed millions of years ago, it is the largest unbroken volcanic caldera in the world and thousands of plains game thrive on the fertile grasses that grow from the mineral-rich crater floor. It is not uncommon to see all of the Big 5 here in a single game drive, which makes it an ideal spot for photographers.

There is also the possibility of a guided game drive to nearby Lake Manyara, which can appear pink at time from the millions of discarded feathers from flocks of indigenous flamingos.

Days 6-9

Where the wildebeest roam

It is time to head to the Manyara airstrip for the short hop to Kogatende in preparation for the Big One: the Serengeti. Probably the most famous safari region in the world, the Serengeti is where aspects of the Wildebeest Migration play out around mid-year. Your home for three nights will be Kimondo Migration Camp, a very comfortable tented camp that moves twice a year to be as close to the Migration action as possible.

Depending on the time of year, you may be lucky enough to see wildebeest on their way to crossing into Kenya – it is thrilling to be surrounded by thousands of animals all with the same focus in mind.

Days 9-13

Days on the beach

From the bush to the beach: after getting your fill of lions, elephants, buffalo and wildebeest, it is time to fly from Seronera to the Spice Island of Zanzibar, which lies off Tanzania’s coast in the warm Indian Ocean.

You are heading for Matemwe Lodge, which lies on the Mnemba Atoll, an idyllic spot for diving and snorkelling. After the rigours of safari life, indulge yourself with late mornings, lazy lunches and sunset cocktails as your personal butler ensures you have all you need at your fingertips. If the beach seems too far to walk, a few steps will take you to your private plunge pool, which is invaluable on a tropical summer’s day.

Days 13-14

Live like royalty

For your last night in Africa, you will retrace the footsteps of royalty as you check into the Mashariki Palace Hotel in vibrant Stone Town. A calm and cool haven amid the cobbled streets and imposing studded doors of this ancient city, the Mashariki effortlessly balances old and new with all the mod cons like Wi-Fi aside views of traditional dhows out on the azure ocean.

Day 14

Kwaheri Tanzania!

After a delicious supper and a blissful night’s slept at the Mashariki, pack your bags for the transfer to Zanzibar International Airport and your connecting flight’s home. As you take off, take one last look down on the island and breathe in the sweet scent of crushed cloves.


  • 1 Night at Arusha Coffee Lodge on bed and breakfast basis
  • 1 Night at Mashariki Palace Hotel on bed and breakfast basis
  • 2 Nights at Oliver's Camp on game package basis
  • 3 Nights at Kimondo Migration Camp on game package basis
  • 2 Nights at Gibb's Farm on full board basis
  • 4 Nights at Matemwe Lodge on fully inclusive basis
  • Transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Flights as specified in the itinerary
  • Half day Stone Town City Tour
  • One day Ngorongoro Crater or Lake Manyara Safari
  • Walking safari and Night game drive whilst staying at Oliver's Camp
  • Tanzania tourism development levy
  • Tarangire National Park entry fee


  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature

Additional Tour Notes

Kimondo Migration Camp is closed from 15 March until 30 June 2016 and the month of November during 2015 and 2016 (seasonal closures).

Tour Rates

  • dates rates from
  • 01 Jan 2016 - 28 Feb 2016 $8820
  • 01 Mar 2016 - 14 Mar 2016 $7990

Our rates are per person sharing unless we note differently.

Please treat all pricing as a guide only:

  • All rates are subject to availability and may change without notice
  • Single supplements may apply

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Lauren Johansson

Lauren Johansson

Africa Safari Expert

"A romantic safari that will take you from the highlands of the Ngorongoro crater to the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar. This tour is customised for travellers who want to pack in all the experiences the area has to offer from culture to wildlife, walks to night game drives."



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