Two of Africa's most vibrant and authentic getaways, the Serengeti and Zanzibar create an indelible mix of safari, beach, and local culture. Both are filled with ancient fables, the tales stretching from iconic grasslands to the spice island. From a million wildebeest rumbling across the grasslands to an evocative maze of Swahili coral houses, lion prides battling with hyenas to empty white beaches that stretch for miles, these legendary World Heritage destinations are unchanged.
Ngorongoro Crater – Gazing down into the World Heritage Crater
Tanzania's history is evoked by gazing down into Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact volcanic caldera. The woodland spirals up the steep sides, and you glimpse the odd elephant rumbling down the slopes; a lake is tinged pink by flamingoes, contrasting the green of the surrounding grasslands; and the patchwork of dark dots you see are wildebeest and zebra grazing far below. Take in the panorama, and it's almost impossible to believe that such a place exists, that 30,000 wild mammals could occupy the remains of a volcano. And as you're inspired by this scale, a buffalo herd marches by, making their daily journey into the crater. The safari has already started, even though you're just gazing out from the lodge. Today you'll land at Kilimanjaro International Airport and transfer onto a local flight to Manyara, where you're greeted by your guide for the short journey into Ngorongoro Conservation Area and a lodge on the crater rim.
Ngorongoro Crater – Charming Game Drive through Tanzania's Garden of Eden
Ndutu (Serengeti) – Olduvai Gorge and Descending onto the Epic Plains
Ndutu (Serengeti) – Big Game Safari in Southern Serengeti
Day 5 - 6
Central Serengeti – Immersed in the Safari Wonders of the Serengeti
Stone Town – Touching down on the Spice Island
Stone Town – Evocative World Heritage History in Stone Town
Stone Town – Spice Plantations and Slave Caves of Zanzibar
Dongwe – White Beach Paradise in Eastern Zanzibar
Dongwe – Swimming with Wild Dolphins
Day 12 - 13
Dongwe – Tropical Bliss on an Untouched Zanzibar Beach
Stone Town – Departure
- Explore the epic grasslands, surrounding yourself with over a million mammals during four full days of safari in the Serengeti
- Continually encounter the big cats and watch the fabled hunters prowl for prey across the open plains
- Spend a charming day in Ngorongoro Crater, another of Tanzania's World Heritage sites and an idyllic introduction to the wildlife world of Africa
- Discover both the Southern Serengeti and Central Serengeti areas, tracking the herds and encountering all the giants, like hippos, elephants, buffalo, and more
- Lose yourself in Stone Town's ancient maze of coral houses, absorbing the mystical atmosphere of a town untouched for centuries
- Explore Zanzibar's World Heritage sites and connect with all sides to its history, including spice plantations and slave caves
- Complete the safari with four days of white-sand bliss on Zanzibar's east coast, where Indian Ocean waters lap gently against a beach without footprints
- Swim with wild dolphins at Zanzibar's southern tip, a dawn start enabling you to be in the water with entire pods
Tanzania is a land of fables, where the narratives of ancient history continue to play out uninterrupted. Two million mammals roam around the Serengeti plains, with wildebeest and zebra continuing their annual migration routes. Enchanting coral houses fill the narrow labyrinth of Stone Town, an inspiring ode to Swahili history and trading along Africa's Indian Ocean coast. Across the Serengeti, there are countless prints, made by lions chasing gazelle or elephants on long nomadic journeys. On Zanzibar's coastline, there's hardly a mark in the white sand, the turquoise ocean washing the beach clean every high tide. The World Heritage sites of Serengeti and Zanzibar make for a legendary mix of bush and beach, combining epic big game safari with serene island bliss. But this isn't the typical bush and beach getaway, as it's also a wonderful immersion in the ancient fables of lands unchanged.
This 2-week escape combines six nights on safari with seven nights in Zanzibar. The destinations visited shouldn't be rushed but savored; explored not only for the sights but for their ambiance and feelings. Go on a Serengeti safari for a day, and you'll see animals; spend six days on safari, and you'll lose yourself in the ancient rhythm of the wild. Visit Zanzibar for two days, and you can see a white beach and a hypnotic old town; stay for a week, and you're immersed in the beautiful nuances and serene atmosphere of the old spice island.
Your safari starts in Ngorongoro Crater, another of Tanzania's World Heritage sites. Descend onto the crater floor for a charming game drive through contrasting habitats, each few moments bringing another inspiring sight. This ancient volcanic caldera is home to the full big five, and an early start helps you see rhinos and lions on the move, along with some of Africa's largest elephant bulls. Next, you descend onto the Serengeti grasslands and explore the southern plains, a mystical home of prowling predators and roaming herds. This is a wonderful showcase of both the enormity and intricacy of the Serengeti; you're completely surrounded by animals. Explore the Central Serengeti the next few days, the beating heart of the landscape a prime place to see lions on their rocky perches. Regardless of the time of year, you will see huge herds of wildebeest and zebra, along with the vibrant collection of predators: lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, vulture, and a series of eagles.
Your week in Zanzibar is split between Stone Town and the idyllic beaches of the east coast. Both immerse you in a timeless atmosphere, from the 17th-century maze of coral houses to the white sand and turquoise waters. Private guided tours evoke the history of the island, including visits to the slave caves, old palaces, and spice plantations. On the beach, it's easy to take off the shoes and forget about time, with four days in Dongwe centered around Indian Ocean bliss. One iconic morning excursion is to the southern tip, where you can swim with pods of wild dolphins; it's an astonishing to be up close with dolphins in their natural habitat.
$8,549 per person (excluding international flights)
- In-country transportation
- Some or all activities and tours
- Expert trip planning
- 24x7 support during your trip
Your final trip cost will vary based on your selected accommodations, activities, meals, and other trip elements that you opt to include.
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