Zebras in the African savanna

Best of Tanzania Tour: Kilimanjaro Trekking, Serengeti Safaris, and Zanzibar

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Countries Visited

Tanzania

Places Visited

Kilimanjaro, Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Reserve, Ngorongoro Conservation Area...

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Suggested Duration

17 Days

Few tours will better expose you to the wonder and variation of the African continent. Beginning with a trek to the ‘roof of Africa’, watch the continent’s best sunrise from the glacial peak of Kilimanjaro. Descend to the savanna of the Serengeti embarking on the ultimate safari in Tanzania, across the golden plains stippled with migrating wildebeest and ominous predators. Descend further to the floor of the world’s largest...

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Trip Highlights

  • Watch the sunrise from the roof of Africa as you summit Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest walkable mountain in the world
  • Explore the varied and unique climactic zones of Kilimanjaro, as you climb the mountain on a five-day journey
  • Descend to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, a lush natural enclosure for Africa’s ‘Big Five’
  • Drive across the Serengeti in search of close encounters with the continent’s most famous wildlife including giraffe, lion, leopard and elephant
  • Visit an active Masai village, learning about the customs, beliefs and traditions of this famous and decorated African tribe
  • Wander throughout the cobbled streets seeped in Swahili culture in the historic city of Stone Town
  • Unwind on the pristine white shores of Zanzibar, slipping occasionally into the calm aquamarine waters of the Indian Ocean

Detailed Description

This tour begins with adrenaline and adventure as you embark on a five-day journey up the slopes of Africa’s tallest mountain: Mount Kilimanjaro. Spend days hiking through the varied climactic zones of this global landmark, pausing to admire rainforest waterfalls, giant lobelias and the alpine desert. Climb to the glacial peak at midnight, arriving on the roof of Africa just in time for one of the planet’s most dramatic sunrises. Descend quickly, claiming a certificate before venturing onwards to the other corners of the country.

From Kilimanjaro, move towards the quintessential African landscape as you enter into the Serengeti National Reserve. Drive across endless savanna as you seek out intimate encounters with elephant, lion, cheetah and giraffe. As an expert safari guide leads you around, stop to learn about the smaller insects, amphibians, birds and plants, which are fundamental to this phenomenal landscape. Indulge in a classic cocktail in a secluded corner of the bush as the sun descends around you, prompting a dramatic transformation of the sky at sunset.

Fly out of the bush, landing on the idyllic tropical shores of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Spend a day exploring the Swahili-steeped city of Stone Town, visiting monuments, palaces and delightful restaurants as you wander through a labyrinth of cobbled streets. Detour via a spice farm before concluding this unbelievable adventure on the soft white sand beaches of northern Zanzibar. Slip into the aquamarine water to explore the marine life below, or simply drift away in a daydream as you reflect upon the magic of it all. 

Ideal Travel Months

Given the variation in destinations and activities on this tour, the ideal time for visiting will depend largely on which sections of this trip are most important to you. Nevertheless, each area will still deliver an unforgettable experience. What follows are a few parameters that outline the best times to visit the varied region:

Kilimanjaro:  January, February and September are the warmest and driest months on the mountain, albeit they are also the busiest.Serengeti/Ngorongoro:  June to October, and January to February are the driest months in the bush, which make ideal game viewing conditions. October to April is the best for The Great Wildebeest Migration. Calving occurs in February in the Serengeti.Zanzibar: June to October, and December to mid March are the driest months on the island. The hottest and most popular months to visit occur between December and February. 

Starting Price

$7,645 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.

What's Included

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  • 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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