Craters, Cats & Coconut Palms

Classic Northern Tanzania Safari & Beach Holiday

Serengeti & Northern Tanzania, Zanzibar, Pemba & the Islands

Duration: 11 nights

Price: From £4,685 per person in mid season based on two adults travelling together and including all flights in economy class, accommodation, most meals, private transfers and taxes

Go on a wildlife adventure through northern Tanzania on this safari and beach holiday, taking in the Ngorongoro Crater’s Big 5 and the Central Serengeti’s game-rich plains. Head out on safari drives with camera in tow to catch the memorable great wildebeest migration, and get up close to Africa’s iconic predators. A few days of R&R on Zanzibar’s picture-perfect beaches provides a blissful finale to an unforgettable adventure.
Perfect forFirst-time visitors keen to combine the northern safari circuit with some downtime on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
In the knowTo catch the annual Great Migration in full swing, we recommend heading to the Central Serengeti in May/June or November/December.

Best for

  • First-timers
  • Wildlife & Nature
  • Beach
  • Snorkelling & Diving

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1 nightArusha

The gateway to northern Tanzania’s safari circuit, Arusha is your first port of call on this odyssey of craters, cats and coconut palms. Rivertrees Country House, an African-style rural retreat, away from the hustle and bustle of Arusha, will be your base for your first night. This charming inn offers the ideal spot to rest and unwind before your safari adventure, surrounded by 10 acres of tropical gardens.
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Ngorongoro Crater

2 nightsNgorongoro Crater

After a short flight from Arusha to Manyara’s airstrip, you will jump straight into safari adventures in one of East Africa’s most game-rich regions – the Ngorongoro Crater. Lemala Ngorongoro, your home for the next two nights, is a quality tented camp situated in an ancient acacia forest near the crater rim. The camp’s convenient location provides easy early-morning access to the crater floor, where extraordinary volcanic landscapes and Big Five game drives await you.
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3 nightsSerengeti

Continue on your journey with a flight to Seronera airstrip, the gateway to the Central Serengeti’s vast game-rich plains. Thanks to the reliable water sources here in the Seronera Valley, where Lemala Ewanjan - your camp for the next three nights - is located, animals great and small congregate in large numbers, making for incredible sightings (and photographs). Big cats are particularly renowned in the area, hunting the grasses in pursuit of stray wildebeest that may have digressed from the migratory herds.
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3 nightsZanzibar Beach

Bid farewell to the safari section of your trip and hop on a flight west to the paradisiacal beaches of Zanzibar for a few days of rest and relaxation. Pongwe Beach is a laid-back resort nestled on the sandy shores of the island’s east coast. Spend your days lazing in the sun and cooling off in the Indian Ocean with the wide range of water activities offered here.
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Stone Town

2 nightsStone Town

Your final taste of Tanzania’s diversity comes courtesy of bustling Stone Town, Zanzibar’s capital, located on the Spice Island’s west coast. Haggle for souvenirs in the vibrant markets, awash with sounds, smells and colour, and lose yourself in the labyrinth of narrow alleyways - a magical end to an unforgettable holiday.
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