Aerial view of  a beach in Zanzibar, Tanzania

Best of Both Worlds: Serengeti Safari & Spice Island Vacation

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Places Visited

Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Serengeti, Stone Town, Dongwe...

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Suggested Duration

14 Days

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.

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Trip Highlights

  • 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

Detailed Description

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.

Starting Price

$8,549 per person (excluding international flights)

Your Zicasso trip is fully customizable, and this sample itinerary is a starting place for your travel plans. Actual costs are dynamic, and your selection of accommodations and activities, your season of travel, and other such variables will bring this budget guideline up or down. Throughout your planning experience with your Zicasso specialist, your itinerary is designed around your budget. You can book your trip when you are satisfied with every detail. Planning your trip with a Zicasso travel specialist is a free service.

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