SAFARI, CULTURE & ZANZIBAR

 

14 DAYS SAFARI, LOCAL CULTURE & ZANZIBAR

Combine a safari with discovering local culture and spend a few days on Zanzibar to rest after all those adventures. 

You’ll start by exploring Moshi, the closest city to Kilimanjaro, and if you’re lucky you might get a glimpse of the highest mountain in Africa from there. You’ll even go for a hike on its lower parts. We’ll complete your itinerary with a refreshing plunge into the Kikuletwa hot springs and a guided visit of Moshi including a Tanzanian cooking class.  

The 5-day safari is perfect for anyone who’s hoping to see all of the big five – lion, leopard, rhinoceros, elephant and cape buffalo. You can find elephants in Lake Manyara or Tarangire National park, dozens of lions in the Serengeti and buffaloes more or less everywhere. Leopards and rhinoceros are a bit more difficult to find, with only a few dozen rhinos left in Ngorongoro crater, but we’ll do whatever we can to help make it happen. And of course there’s so many other species that are just as interesting, and of which you’ll be able to see plenty as well! 

After your safari, you’ll fly to Zanzibar for 5 days on the beach. You can spend them simply relaxing or we can add some excursions if you feel a little bit more active. 

SAFARI, LOCAL CULTURE & ZANZIBAR

Price per person

14 days – budget accommodation

2 PEOPLE

3630 USD

4 PEOPLE

3020 USD

6 PEOPLE

2800 USD

Prices for adults, based on the cheapest combination of single, double and triple tents/rooms. Prices for high season, low season discounts and/or Holiday supplements might apply. Discounted prices apply for children under 16.

Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five

 

ITINERARY

Please pick your desired comfort level below to see the matching itinerary. 

We use exactly the same cars and guides for each comfort level and excursions are identical as well. You’ll visit exactly the same places and there is no difference in comfort or quality during your game drives or visits. The choice you make below only impacts your accommodation.

For this option we suggest a glamping safari and budget accommodation options in Moshi and Arusha and on Zanzibar. Accommodations are simple but you’ll get a decent level of comfort without breaking the bank. You’ll sleep in permanent tents or rooms. These are usually not huge but they have real beds with proper bed linen. Meals are prepared in the restaurant of your accommodation and served at comfortable tables. Your safari accommodations won’t have a swimming pool but some of our options in Moshi and Arusha do. And of course, so do those on Zanzibar. 

Day 1: Arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO) and transfer to Moshi

Upon your arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport (JRO), our driver will be waiting for you. He’ll drive you to your hotel in Moshi in about 1 hour. Once arrived, you can finally rest after your long flight and start taking it all in. If there’s enough time, you can spend some time in the center of Moshi, or simply relax at your hotel. If you arrive early, we can even arrange an activity for you during the day (to be booked in advance). We’re more than happy to help you with information about places to go, where to eat and other practical arrangements.

AccommodationBristol Cottages, Moshi (standard room).

Meals: dinner included.

Day 2: Half day relaxing & Tanzanian cooking class 

You’ll start the day with a bit of relaxing to recover from your flight and be well rested for your upcoming activities. After lunch, your guide for the day will pick you up at your accommodation. You’ll go to the market to buy groceries, because tonight you are the chef! Once you have bought everything, you will go to your guide’s house to prepare a typical Tanzanian dinner. 

AccommodationBristol Cottages, Moshi (standard room).
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 3: Hike from Materuni to Shimbwe with coffee experience

Your guide will pick you up at your accommodation in Moshi around 9am and you drive to Materuni village, which takes around 45 minutes. After a fairly easy walk of 45 minutes (we advise you to wear good shoes because in case of rain it slips a little) you arrive at the waterfall. During your walk, your guide will explain more about Chagga culture, plants, etc. You can enjoy the view, and if you are not afraid of the cold, even swim. Then you continue the walk towards Shimbwe and the trail gets steeper in places. After about 2 hours you will arrive at the local guest house where you will enjoy a delicious fresh meal and the impressive views of Kilimanjaro (on a clear day). After or before the meal there is a coffee experience and after that we let you choose what you want to do. Stay a little longer in the guesthouse to rest and enjoy the view, take a short walk around the village of Shimbwe or go for another walk, e.g. to the start of Kilimanjaro National Park at about 1900 m altitude. You take the road back to Moshi around 4 p.m.

AccommodationBristol Cottages, Moshi (standard room).

This excursion is also possible with overnight in Shimbwe.

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
MATERUNI WATERFALLS AND COFFEE TOUR DAY TRIP, TANZANIA

Day 4: Kikuletwa hot springs

The hotsprings are a small oasis not far from the main road between Moshi and Arusha, and the perfect place to relax. And it’s not just the destination that matters, the drive to the hot springs is one that is well worth it too. We pick you up from your accommodation in Arusha in the morning and drive approximately 2 hours before reaching Kikuletwa Hot Springs. You’ll be leaving to drive to Arusha around 4 p.m., and it’s entirely up to you what to do in the meantime. Take a swim in the refreshing water (Surpriiiiise! The water is not as hot as you might expect, but very pleasant!), take a stroll around, watch the local boys and their jumps in spectacular water, or eat a local meal while you rest in the shade of palm and fig trees.

AccommodationCrest Safari Lodge in Arusha (standard room).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 
Kikuletwa hotsprings, Tanzania / Things to do in Moshi, Arusha / Hot springs / Chemka, Maji Moto / Day trip

Day 5: Arusha – Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park

We’ll pick you up at your accommodation in Arusha and drive about 2 to 3 hours to Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park. We’ll pick the park depending on things like the time of the year in order to give you the best experience. As all our tours are private, you can of course also request the park of your choice, if you have any. You’ll have lunch in the park and spend the rest of the day game driving. Lake Manyara and Tarangire are both famous for their huge amounts of elephants, and in Lake Manyara you might even catch a glimpse of a tree-sitting lion! We’ll bring you to your accommodation before the evening sets in, either in the park or outside of it depending on the type you picked. Dinner will be served at the accommodation.
Accommodation: glamping at Migombani camp in Mto wa Mbu (standard tent)

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner included. 

Day 6: Serengeti National Park

After breakfast, it’s time to hit the road. You have quite a bumpy ride ahead of you today, as you’ll have to drive through Ngorongoro conservation area before reaching the entrance of Serengeti National Park. You’ll have lunch and the rest of the afternoon is reserved for a stunning game drive through the central part of the Serengeti. You’ll witness an extraordinary nature, as well as an abundance of animals like lions, gnus, Thomson gazelles and zebras. In the evening we’ll bring you to your accommodation, where you’ll have dinner and an early sleep.

AccommodationKananga Special tented camp inside the Serengeti (standard tent).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

You’ll start the day with breakfast at your accommodation, after which it’s time to spend the entire day game driving. You can fine-tune the exact planning for the day together with your guide, as your safari is fully private. So don’t hesitate to tell him all your wishes! Whether you want to see a specific animal, start the day at a certain time, or anything else, your guide will tell you what’s possible and do his absolute best to make you happy! You’ll spend another night in the Serengeti, in the same accommodation as the night before.

AccommodationKananga Special tented camp inside the Serengeti (standard tent).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 8: Serengeti National Park

The morning is dedicated to another game drive in the central part of the Serengeti, and we can plan the day keeping in mind your wishes. Our top tip: get up early to witness the Serengeti at sunrise (from your accommodation or during a short game drive), have breakfast at your accommodation and spend the rest of the morning game driving. In the afternoon, you’ll start heading back towards Ngorongoro conservation area, with the chance to stop and see more wildlife along the way. We’ll provide dinner at your accommodation again.

AccommodationRhino Lodge inside Ngorongoro Conservation Area (standard room).

Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

The days starts early again today. After breakfast you’ll head towards Ngorongoro crater for the last day of your trip. You’ll enter the crater over the steep path that leads down. Get ready to take in the amount of different animals you’re about to see – only giraffes and a few other species are absent, but other than that the wildlife density in this area is nothing less but impressive. You’re almost guaranteed to see large numbers of gnus (wildebeest), zebras, buffaloes and gazelles and chances are you’ll be able to spot rhinos and leopards. You’ll have lunch in the park and drive back to Arusha after that.

AccommodationCrest Safari Lodge in Arusha ((standard room).
Meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. 

Day 10: Flight to Zanzibar and transfer to beach hotel

Our driver will pick you up at your accommodation in Arusha and drive you to Arusha Airport for your flight to Zanzibar. The flight is included in this package. Upon arrival, another driver will be waiting for you to drive you to your beach hotel. You have no other activities planned for today, so you can start enjoying the beach directly after arrival.

AccommodationFun Beach Hotel, Jambiani (front pool bungalow).

Meals: breakfast. 

Day 11-13: Beach holiday

Spend your day at the beach and be just as active or lazy as you want! We can arrange extra activities for you if you wish or you can organize them directly through your hotel.

AccommodationFun Beach Hotel, Jambiani (front pool bungalow).

Meals: breakfast. 

Day 14: Safari njema! Transfer to Zanzibar Airport (ZNZ) for your flight home

Our driver will pick you up at your accommodation and drive you to Zanzibar airport. We wish you a safe flight and hope you’ve had an unforgettable time! 

Accommodation: not included

Meals: breakfast. 

 

OUR OFFER – PRICES AND SERVICES

SAFARI, LOCAL CULTURE & ZANZIBAR

Price per person

14 days – budget accommodation

2 PEOPLE

3630 USD

4 PEOPLE

3020 USD

6 PEOPLE

2800 USD

Prices for adults, based on the cheapest combination of single, double and triple tents/rooms. Prices for high season, low season discounts and/or Holiday supplements might apply. Discounted prices apply for children under 16.

Didn’t find exactly what you’re looking for? Don’t worry, there’s lots of other options! Please get in touch for different accommodation options in any price range, different room types and group sizes or groups including children, as well as if you wish to add extra options to your trip.  

The following services are included in our package:

  • Entrance fees to the national parks (Tarangire or Manyara, Serengeti 24h, Ngorongoro 24h). 
  • Transport in a 4×4 safari vehicle from your hotel in Arusha to the parks and drop-off in Moshi after your safari
  • Game drives in the parks
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Accommodation as mentioned in our offers. 
  • Meals as described above. During your safari, lunch is served in a lunchbox. Freshly prepared lunches are available at a supplement. 
  • Drinking water, tea and coffee
  • Accommodation in Moshi and Arusha as described.
  • Airport transfers as described.
  • Excursions: private transport with English speaker driver or guide, entrance fees, activities and meals as described, drinking water.
  • Domestic flight from Arusha to Zanzibar with Flight Link.
  • Accommodation on Zanzibar as described. 

This package however doesn’t include:

  • Tips for the crew. We recommend a tip of 25 USD per day for your guides and 15 USD per day for your drivers, to be divided between each member of your group. 
  • Travel insurance
  • Visa
  • International flights
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Personal spending money for souvenirs, laundry, etc.
  • … and all other services that are not mentioned as included.
Wildlife safari - 4 days 3 night, Lake Manyara or Tarangire National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro conservation area / crater, Tanzania - big five