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This 12-day Crater, Serengeti & Beach itinerary you spend 7 days exploring the wild regions of the Ngorongoro Crater. And in addition, the Serengeti National Park. After all that, enjoy rest and relaxation on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar.

Tarangire National Park

The Crater and Serengeti part of the trip starts off with a 2 night stay.  The camp is situated close to the main gate of the Tarangire National Park. Tarangire is Tanzania’s 6th largest national park. The area well-known for its large elephant herds. Iconic baobab trees dotting the landscape, as well as the passing herds of wildebeest and zebra. It also hosts the regions primary water source during the dry season. Hence, it makes for some exciting game viewing of a wide variety of animals during this time.

Ngorongoro Crater

From Tarangire head off to the Karatu region and stay at a tented safari camp for the next 2 nights. During your stay you spend a day exploring the nearby Ngorongoro crater. Formed two-three million years ago when a volcano collapsed in on itself. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area has a diverse ecology, with one side consisting of dense forest. The other side consists of grassland and bushland. This makes it a very interesting area to explore, due to the diversity of plant and animal life that can be found.


The next leg of your Crater, Serengeti & Beach holiday will see you moving off into the Serengeti for 3 nights. You will stop off for a picnic lunch at the Olduvai Gorge which forms a part of the African rift valley. It has an interesting archaeological history in terms of human evolution. During your stay in the Serengeti you will get a chance to visit the Serengeti National Park. The rich diversity of wildlife is what makes the park famous. Above all, here you can witness the great migration of wildebeest and other animals which occurs annually. The area is also home to the “Big 5”, as well as cheetah, hyena and East Africa wild dog amongst many others!


Straightaway from the hot and arid Serengeti, set off for the shores of Zanzibar. This is the final leg of your Crater, Serengeti & beach holiday. Spend your days soaking up the sun. Enjoy magnificent views of the crystal-clear Indian Ocean waters, while sipping on a cocktail. Hence, spend 4 nights at a luxury yet friendly and relaxed beach hotel. In addition, they offer a number of excursions to learn more about the region, and even do some snorkelling on the nearby coral reefs.

This 12-day itinerary offers an authentic safari experience in some of the wilder regions of Tanzania, ending it off with a relaxing time at a luxury beach resort, finishing off your holiday in style!

Your Itinerary

Days 1-2 - Tarangire

Arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport where a local representative will meet you and assist with your road transfer in a private 4×4 Land Cruiser to the Tarangire region. You spend the next 2 nights at Tarangire Safari Lodge, one of the oldest lodges in the Tarangire National Park. The lodge is situated in a busy area of the park, making for some great wildlife viewing from your veranda! Go on a full-day game drive in the area and look out for the large elephant herds, as well as zebra, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah and the elusive African wild dog. Your stay here is on a full-board basis.

2 nights at Tarangire Safari Lodge

Days 3-4 - Karatu

Today the road takes you to Kitela lodge in the Karatu region, where you will stay on a full-board basis for the next 2 nights. Arrive in time for lunch, followed by an afternoon coffee walk through the working coffee farm. The following day you will head off to the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater, where you will discover a myriad of plant and animal life, from black rhino to East African lions amongst many others. After a morning of game viewing, settle down for a decadent picnic lunch whilst taking in the views before heading back to the campsite.

2 nights at Kitela Lodge

Days 5-7 - Serengeti

The next 3 nights will be spent at Kati Kati Camp, located in the heart of the Serengeti, on a full-board basis. Following a drive through the Olduvai Gorge where you will stop for a picnic lunch, arrive in time to settle in before sundowners around the campfire and planning the next day’s activities. Explore the Serengeti National Park on a private game viewing basis and book a morning balloon safari over the Serengeti, followed by a picnic breakfast. You can also book a cultural trip to the local Masai village.

3 nights at Kati Kati Camp

Days 8-11 - Zanzibar

The start of your Zanzibar experience will see you being transferred to the Seronera airstrip, before catching a coastal light aircraft flight to Zanzibar. You will be met by a local representative who will assist with your transfer to Pongwe Beach Hotel, where you spend the final 4 nights of your trip. Spend your mornings enjoying the many activities and excursions on offer, such as snorkelling on Pongwe Reef, taking a trip to the interesting Stone Town and going on a spice tour or visiting the Jozani Rain Forest. Alternatively you can spend your time relaxing on the beautiful beaches or at the large and inviting hotel pool whilst sipping on a drink and soaking up the sun.

4 nights at Pongwe Beach Hotel

Day 12 - Return home

Today marks the end of your Crater, Serengeti & Beach holiday. Enjoy a last breakfast before you check out of the hotel by 10:00 am and spend the rest of the morning exploring the white sandy beaches. That afternoon you will be collected from the hotel and transferred to Zanzibar Airport before catching your international flight back home.

What's included?

  • Airport meet & greet
  • All internal transport including private road transfers between city airports or shared transfers from lodge runways as specified
  • All internal scheduled light aircraft flights as specified (note that all internal flights have a strict luggage limit of 15kg per person in soft-sided bags)
  • Accommodation as specified
  • Game activities as specified
  • All park fees and daily conservation levies
  • ZNZ Infrastructure Tax of US$ 1 per person per night is payable direct
  • All trips are ATOL protected or ABTA bonded to ensure you are fully covered
  • International Flights
  • Non-specified meals, drinks, excursions
  • Expenses of a personal nature, i.e. laundry, telephone expenses, gratuities, porterage fees, etc

Please note that the price is based on low-season rates and all prices are correct at the time of writing.

Flight prices change a lot and for this reason, the international flights are not part of the quote. The internal flights are subject to availability and price changes.

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