Tanzania Bush and Beach

Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti. Journey through the land of abundance, and close out the trip on the warm shores of the Indian Ocean. If you're looking for a once-in-a-lifetime East African safari, it doesn't get much better than this. Arusha, Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater, the Serengeti. Journey through the land of abundance, and close out the trip on the warm shores of the Indian Ocean. Read more...
12 Days

Tanzania Bush and Beach - 12 - $14,378

Trip Summary and Itinerary Map

Every trip to Tanzania is different. At Brilliant Africa, our job is to listen to what your dream East African adventure looks like and then create a tailor-made itinerary to match your dreams, budget, and appetite for luxury and adventure. 

The trip below is one example of what is possible in Tanzania, but get in touch with our team, and we'll help you understand if it's right for you. 

Landmarks visited on Tanzania Bush and Beach


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 Airport, you will receive a VIP Meet and Greet before being transferred to your hotel in Arusha - the beautiful Arusha Coffee Lodge on the rolling foothills of Mount Meru. The perfect start point to your Tanzanian adventure, you will meet your guides who will talk you through the plan for the day's ahead. 

Meal plan: Bed & Breakfast

Region: Arusha

Day 2: Arusha to Tarangire National Park

Transfer by road in a private vehicle to Nimali Tarangire, a stunning lodge situated in its own private concession beside the riverbank. Enjoy a picnic lunch en route.

You'll spend your next two nights here, enjoying private game drives in the Tarangire National Park, one of Tanzania's biggest reserves. Tarangire is one of East Africa's best wildlife destinations. It takes its name from the Tarangire River which flows through the park, providing the life-blood for the wealth of game that call the park home. 

Tarangire has some of the highest elephant populations in the country. During peak migration from July to October, around 5,000 of these gentle giants will migrate to Tarangire - you can sometimes see groups of 300 elephants at once.

Return to Nimali Tarangire for sundowners. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Region: Tarangire National Park

Day 3: Tarangire National Park

Full day on safari at Tarangire National Park with private vehicle and our expert local guides.

The vast grasslands and Baobab trees create a rugged, 'Out of Africa' feel that's quite distinct amongst Tanzania's national parks. It's also a birder's paradise, with over 500 species of bird calling Tarangire home. 

Choose from a private full-day drive with a picnic lunch or a morning/afternoon game drive. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Region: Tarangire National Park

Day 4: Tarangire National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Transfer via Lake Manyara (famous for its tree-climbing lions) to your next lodge, Nomad Entamanu, where you'll spend the next two nights immersed in the wild under the stars.

Located off the beaten track, the lodge is in the Maasai territory, with full panoramic views from Ngorongoro Crater to the Serengeti. With its lush green plains, woodland trees and wildflowers - this area is of the most popular travel destinations in Tanzania.

A stunningly beautiful place, it's often referred to as the ‘Garden of Eden’. Ngorongoro has even 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. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Region: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 5: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

An exciting day today. Descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with an experienced guide on a private tour. The landscape here shifts greatly depending on the season, and you're guaranteed to observe scenes found nowhere else in Tanzania.

A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the crater has a network of overlapping ecosystems due to its climate and location. What once was a fiery, lava strewn, inhospitable area is now home to 25,000 large animals, including lions, black rhino, elephants, and giraffes - you might even spot a rare black rhino if you're lucky. 

The caldera is an important landmark for human history, as well as an essential habitat safeguarding animal diversity. Despite its small area, the caldera has excellent bio-diversity, and several globally threatened species live on these plains. These plains form part of the route of the Great Migration.

Meal plan: Full Board

Region: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day 6: Ngorongoro to Serengeti 

Transfer via road in a private vehicle from Nomad Entamanu to Manyara Airstrip. Here you will board your light air flight to Kogatende and then to the luxurious Nimali Mara where you'll spend the next three nights. 

This lodge comes with a game package that includes shared return airstrip transfers and shared game drives around the famous Serengeti - one of Africa's best destinations for safaris.

The Serengeti comes from the Maa word ‘Serengit’, which translates to ‘the place where the land moves on forever.' It is the far-reaching, endless savannahs that inspired the Lion King, and is now the most popular safari destination in the world.  Whilst on a drive in the Serengeti with your experienced guide, keep an eye out for the Big 5: rhino, lions, leopards, buffalo, and elephants. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Area: Serengeti National Park

Day 7: Serengeti National Park 

A full day exploring the Serengeti National Park, including morning and afternoon game drives.There are also a number of optional activities available around the lodge. 

Tanzania’s oldest park, covering a whopping 1.5 million hectares, and home to an incredible diversity of animals - why not venture back into the plains of the Serengeti again, this time in search of the four endangered animal species in the park; the black rhino, elephant, wild dog, and cheetah. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Area: Serengeti National Park

Day 9: Serengeti to Paje Beach

Transfer from Nimali Mara to Kogatende Airstrip. From here, you'll board your light aircraft flight to Zanzibar International Airport. 

You will then be transferred to your final lodge - the stunning White Sands lodge on Paje Beach. 

Anchored 22 miles off Tanzania's coast, Zanzibar is an archipelago of over 50 islands and islets. 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. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Area: Unguja, Zanzibar Archipelago

Day 10-12: Paje Beach

Spend your time relaxing and unwinding on the Zanzibar beaches.

Uniting with Tanzania in 1964, Zanzibar is now one of the best beach holiday destinations in East Africa. Paje is one of the most popular sites, with crowded beaches for kitesurfing and diving, and a lively atmosphere.

Spend one day on the waters, doing everything from paddleboarding to windsurfing, and spend the next completely relaxed, sunbathing with a drink in hand.  Here, it's very different to mainland Tanzania and makes for a perfect end to an East African safari. 

Meal plan: Full Board

Area: Unguja, Zanzibar Archipelago

Day 13: Off towards your next adventure! 

Transfer from White Sands to the Zanzibar International Airport to connect with your international flight home. 

Prices, Departures and Inclusions

  • Prices are per person based on two people travelling together based on high/migration season.  
  • 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.

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