Classic Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar Circuit

The best of northern Tanzania and Zanzibar. This is one of our most popular itineraries. The camps here are the best value for money camps you will find in Tanzania and Brilliant has exclusive access at the best rates.
11 Days

Classic Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar Circuit - 11 - $6,795

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Trip Summary

Day 1-2: Arumeru River Lodge, Arusha

Day 2-4: Bashay Rift Lodge, Karatu

Day 4-7: Mara River Post, Northern Serengeti

Day 7-11: Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa, Zanzibar

Landmarks potentially visited on Classic Northern Tanzania & Zanzibar Circuit


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 1-2: Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport, transfer to Arusha

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport. Note: We have a dedicated flight partner in the US who can help you find and book the best international flights for you. 

On arrival, you will be met and transferred to your lodge, settling in after your flights. 

Overnight: Arumeru River Lodge (1 night)

Day 2-4: Lake Manyara National Park

After breakfast, you'll depart for Lake Manyara National Park for a day of game viewing. Late afternoon, you'll drive up the escarpment and to your lodge in the Karatu Highlands. 

Overnight: Bashay Rift Lodge (2 nights)

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater 

Today you have an exciting game drive to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, taking picnic lunches with you. You'll return to the crater rim in the afternoon and back to your lodge for sundowners. 

Day 4-7: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airstrip and board a light aircraft flight to the northern Serengeti plains. Incredible views as you fly over. You'll be met at the airstrip and transferred to your camp. Settle in for lunch before heading out on a game drive this afternoon. 

Overnight: Mara River Post (3 nights)

Day 5-6: Serengeti National Park

Spend two days enjoying morning and afternoon game drives in this world-renowned wildlife area. 

Day 7-11: Zanzibar

After breakfast, you'll be transferred to the airstrip and board a light aircraft flight to Zanzibar. You'll be whisked away to your gorgeous beach hotel, settling in for the afternoon. 

Overnight: Gold Zanzibar Beach House & Spa (4 nights)

Day 8-10: Zanzibar

Spend three days relaxing on the stunning beaches of Zanzibar and exploring at leisure. 

Day 11: Return Home

Final day at leisure. Today, you will be transferred to the airport in time for your onward flight arrangements. We hope you will be leaving with some incredible memories and photos of your time here. 

Prices and Inclusions

Prices are per person based on two people travelling together during 2024 high season (July - October). Prices for 2025 may differ. 

No Price Shock Guarantee

Unlike other travel companies, we don't put misleading 'from' prices on our trips. All of the trips on our website are priced at 2024 high season rates which means the price can only go down, not up. 

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Simple Booking Process

  1. Talk to our team to discuss this trip or plan a tailor-made itinerary.
  2. Once you're happy, we'll take a 30% deposit to confirm your trip.
  3. The balance will be due 70 days before you travel.

Flexible Payment Options

  • Bank or wire transfers ✔️
  • Visa & Mastercard accepted ✔️
  • Pay in instalments ✔️


All Brilliant trips include:

  • Experienced safari guides
  • All domestic/internal flights
  • All road transfers and airport pickups/drop-offs
  • All accommodation as per the itinerary (accommodation can be amended based on budget and preferences)
  • Fees for guides/scouts/drivers/cooks
  • All entrance and park fees
  • Fees for all activities as per the program
  • Shared or private daily game drives (depending on your route and preferences, please enquire for more details)
  • Meal plan full board unless specified otherwise
  • Select local brand drinks on safari
  • AMREF Flying Doctors Cover
  • Conservation charge

You'll also get...

  • Brilliant Africa’s Bucket List Safari System: work one-on-one with a dedicated specialist with decades of experience in East Africa. We'll help you cut through the noise, navigate the thousands of options, design the trip that's right for you and have confidence you'll get what you expect (results in 98% 5* reviews)⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 
  • Highest-rated African travel company on Trustpilot: so you know you'll be in safe hands with our team.  
  • Ground Support Team: our local ground team are on hand to help if you ever need support during your trip. 
  • Dedicated Pre-Travel Support: access to a dedicated customer support specialist to help you with all of your pre-travel questions and help you prepare for the adventure of a lifetime. 
  • Get Me To Africa Flight Package: we'll connect you with our flight specialist who will find and book the right international flights on your behalf*
  • Personalised Guest Portal & Mobile App: access to your individual guest portal, including video guides to common questions, and everything you need to know to prepare for your African adventure.
  • WhatsApp Contacts: your local support team will be easily contactable via WhatsApp.   
  • Safety Briefing: 1:1 consultations with our specialists to answer any of your questions about safety when travelling in Africa. 
  • Done-With-You Visa Service: we’ll send you step-by-step video guides on how to apply for your visas and required travel documents, saving you hours of time, stress and headaches.

*For customers based in the US only. 

'Life Happens' Postponement Guarantee

If life gets in the way and you need to postpone your trip, we won't charge any fees to postpone your trip and all payments you have made towards the original trip will be applied to the postponed trip.

*T&Cs apply, enquire for details 

No Price Shock Guarantee

Unlike other travel companies, we don't put misleading 'from' prices on our trips. All of the trips on our website are priced at 2024 high season rates which means the price can only go down, not up. 

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