Trip Summary and Itinerary Map
I walked up the beach, heading north. Kitesurfers whistled past. Small, rickety boats rocked alongside one another in their wake, the hulls meeting in a soft knock. Behind a curtain of trees, lodges hid out of view, the robin’s-egg-blue of their tiled walls peeking through. Music played from a couple of them, the songs muffled through the leaves. A racket of birds moved from bough to bough, the unmistakable call of a Colobus monkey echoed overhead.
The itinerary below is designed to give you an overview of the route. Get in touch with our team for a full travel itinerary, or to create a tailor-made trip.
Day 1: The adventure begins!
Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, you'll be met by a representative who will assist you with your luggage and take you to your driver. From here you will drive to a working coffee plantation set in the foothills of Mount Meru, on the outskirts of the vibrant town of Arusha, to Legendary Lodge.
Retreat to the seclusion of your own cottage, with oversized beds for your first night in Tanzania.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 2: Arusha to Ngorongoro
Head to Arusha Airport and fly to Manyara Airstrip, where you'll be met by a representative and transferred by road to your lodge in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. A stunningly beautiful place, it's often referred to as the ‘Garden of Eden’. Ngorongoro has been the site of numerous archaeological discoveries over the years, and it's now one of the best places for a safari in East Africa.
You'll arrive just in time for delicious lunch whilst enjoying the magnificent views of &Beyond Crater Lodge, where you'll be spending the next two nights. This lodge comes with a game package that includes shared game drives and shared return airstrip transfers.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area
An exciting day! Today you'll descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with an experienced guide on a shared tour. The landscape here shifts greatly depending on the season, and you're guaranteed to observe scenes found nowhere else in Tanzania.
The park was established as a conservation area for wildlife and the semi-nomadic Maasai population that reside in it. Variations in climate, landforms, and altitude produce a range of habitats that can support a variety of wildlife and has led to a network of overlapping ecosystems.
The rarest animals found here are the black male lion and the black rhino. Interestingly, there are no giraffes in the crater; it is thought that they cannot get up the steep sides.
Day 4: Ngorongoro to Singita Sabora
Transfer from the Ngorongoro Crater lodge to Manyara Airstrip where you'll fly to Sasakwa Airstrip. Drive from the Sasakwa Airstrip to Singita Sabora, where you'll spend the next four nights. Sabora Tented Camp is set in 350,000 acres of protected wilderness in Singita Grumeti, which provides guests with a front-row seat to some of the most prized game viewing on the continent – including the Great Migration.
This lodge comes with a game package that includes shared game drives and shared return airstrip transfers. You can book a private vehicle at a 50% discount based on the shoulder season pay/stay offer - they will have to book it for the entire stay should they book it.
Meal plan: Full Board
Day 5 & 7: Serengeti National Park
Select from a variety of exciting activities offered on-site to make the most of your day, including morning and afternoon game drives.
The Serengeti is one of the best places for a safari in Africa thanks to the huge numbers of big game that reside here. Tanzania’s oldest park, covering a whopping 1.5 million hectares, it's home to an incredible diversity of animals. As well as the famous wildebeest migration, the park is home to the Big Five: rhino, lions, leopards buffalo, and elephants. Alongside these, you'll find giraffes, mongooses, baboons, aardvarks, colobus monkeys, monitor lizards, and giant Nile crocodiles.
Day 8: Serengeti to Zanzibar
Transfer from the lodge to the Sasakwa Airstrip. From here you will board your plane to the relaxing archipelago of Zanzibar. The Zanzibar archipelago is the meeting point between Africa, Arabia and India. This semi-autonomous region is a popular post-safari destination, providing a tropical beach paradise to close out your East African safari.
Transfer from Zanzibar International to Mnemba Island via the Port for the Boat trip to the Island. Spend the next four nights in paradise in an exclusive paradise featuring twelve rustically chic beachside bandas, for just 24 guests, connected to the breathtaking Mnemba atoll.
Meal plan: Full Board
Area: Mnemba Island
Days 9 - 11: Zanzibar Archipelago
Spend the next 3 days enjoying the onsite activities - take part in exciting water sports such as windsurfing or paddleboarding one day and relax on the sandy beaches with a drink in hand the next.
Mnemba Island is largely regarded as one of the best dive and snorkel spots in the area, but Zanzibar offers a number of outdoor activities and water sports, including cycling, kitesurfing, diving, or just general island hopping.
Let’s not forget that the Zanzibar archipelago is, rather exotically, also known as the ‘Spice islands’ for its historical role as the centre for the spice trade. It's well worth taking a tour of the spice farms that still operate today and can be reached from Zanzibar city.
Day 12: Off towards your next adventure
Transfer from Mnemba Island via the Port for the boat trip, then onto Zanzibar International ahead of your international flight.
Prices, Departures and Inclusions
- Prices are per person based on two people travelling together. Travel during some peak season months will incur higher rates.
- Small adjustments to accommodation choices, routes, and activities can make a big difference to the cost of a trip in East Africa. The prices shown should be used as an indication only. Our team can create a tailor-made trip to suit your budget.
- Domestic flights.
- All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs.
- All accommodation as per the itinerary. Accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences.
- All camping equipment where necessary.
- Fees for guides, scouts, drivers, and cooks.
- All entrance fees as per the program.
- Meal plan as per accommodation
- Fees for all activities as per the program.
- Conservation charge.
- Emergency flying doctors service
- International flights and visa fees.
- Activities not mentioned or stated as optional in the itinerary.
- Other personal expenses, souvenirs, tips and gratuities, etc.