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Arusha | Tanzania →
Tarangire National Park | Tanzania →
Serengeti National Park | Tanzania →
Ngorongoro Crater | Tanzania →
Zanzibar | Tanzania →

10-Day East Africa Bush and Beach
Holiday

Starts
Arusha
Ends
Zanzibar

Highlights

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Ngorongoro Crater Descent
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Serengeti Big 5 Safari
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Zanzibar Beach Relaxation
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Cultural Village Visit

Embark on a transformative 10-day East Africa bush and beach itinerary, from the breathtaking landscapes of Tanzania’s renowned national parks to the serene beaches of Zanzibar.

This adventure seamlessly blends exhilarating wildlife safaris with tranquil beach relaxation, offering a unique juxtaposition of Africa’s raw natural beauty and peaceful oceanic bliss. Begin with the thrilling exploration of Tarangire’s baobabs and Serengeti’s vast plains, home to the majestic Big 5, before descending into the Ngorongoro Crater, a world heritage site teeming with wildlife.

Conclude this unforgettable voyage on the pristine sands of Zanzibar, where turquoise waters and cultural richness invite you to unwind and reflect on the wonders experienced, promising a journey that touches the soul and awakens a deep connection with nature.

Arusha

Itinerary Details

Day-By-Day

Day 1

Arusha | Tanzania

Arusha is a dynamic city in Tanzania, known as the gateway to some of Africa’s most renowned national parks and the starting point for many safaris. Positioned at the foot of Mount Meru, it offers a blend of bustling city life and access to the serene natural beauty of Tanzania’s landscapes. The city serves as a crucial diplomatic hub, hosting numerous international conferences with its vibrant markets, diverse cultural experiences, and a rich history that attracts travellers from around the globe.

Surrounded by fertile lands, Arusha is central to Tanzania’s coffee and tea plantations, adding an agritourism aspect to its tourism portfolio. The city’s temperate climate and rich cultural tapestry make it an essential stop for visitors keen on exploring East Africa’s wildlife and heritage. From the bustling streets of Arusha, adventurers set off to climb Mount Kilimanjaro, explore the vastness of the Serengeti, or marvel at the Ngorongoro Crater, making it an indispensable part of Tanzania’s tourism, especially for those interested in East Africa Bush and Beach experiences.

Enjoy a VIP meet and greet on arrival with one of our dedicated Safari365 staff at Kilimanjaro International Airport. From here, you will be transferred to the 4-star African Tulip Hotel located in a leafy suburb. After check-in, you can relax and freshen up in your comfortable hotel room. Experience African Tulip and Tanzanian hospitality with personalized service. There is an outdoor swimming pool at this boutique hotel, offering a tranquil retreat amidst the hustle and bustle of the city, ideal for unwinding after a day of exploring or preparing for your upcoming East Africa Bush and Beach adventures.

Private transfer from the airport to your hotel
Starts:

Kilimanjaro International Airport

Ends:
African Tulip Hotel

African Tulip Hotel

African Tulip Hotel

The African Tulip Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania, is an elegant boutique establishment nestled in the heart of this bustling safari town. It offers travellers a cozy retreat with its warm hospitality, luxurious rooms, and a serene swimming pool. The hotel is committed to sustainability, engaging in practices that minimize environmental impact and support the local community. A perfect start or end to your safari adventure, the African Tulip provides an authentic Tanzanian experience with its uniquely designed interiors and personalized service. For a special evening, dine at the on-site restaurant, renowned for its delicious cuisine featuring local and international dishes.

Tarangire

Day 2

Tarangire National Park | Tanzania

Tarangire National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is renowned for its breathtaking landscapes and diverse wildlife. The park is named after the Tarangire River, which flows through its terrain, attracting a multitude of wildlife during the dry season. Visitors to Tarangire can expect to encounter large herds of elephants, along with other iconic African species such as lions, zebras, giraffes, and wildebeests.

One of the park’s highlights is its ancient baobab trees, which dot the landscape and provide a stunning backdrop for wildlife viewing and photography. Tarangire is also a birdwatcher’s paradise, boasting over 500 bird species, including the iconic lilac-breasted roller and yellow-collared lovebird. Visitors can explore the park on game drives, guided walks, or even hot air balloon safaris for a unique perspective of the vast savannah plains and the Tarangire River winding through the wilderness. With its rich biodiversity and striking scenery, Tarangire National Park offers an unforgettable safari experience for nature enthusiasts and wildlife lovers alike, making it a must-visit destination in East Africa Bush and Beach adventures.

After a hearty breakfast, your dedicated and knowledgeable guide will collect and transfer you through to the iconic Tarangire National Park. This park is known for its diverse landscapes, baobab trees, wonderful birding, large numbers of game and tree climbing lions. After settling experience your first afternoon private game drive with our guide in the Tarangire in search of many wildlife species. Game drives take centre stages in this national park and it offers some of the best wildlife viewing in Tanzania.

Private transfer from Arusha to Tarangire in a Landcruiser 6-seater with English driver
Starts:

Arusha

Ends:
Tarangire

Afternoon game drive

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Tarangire Sopa Lodge is nestled within the picturesque landscapes of Tarangire National Park in Tanzania, offering guests a luxurious safari experience amidst the wilderness. Situated strategically atop a hill, the lodge provides panoramic views of the surrounding savannah plains and the Tarangire River. Its spacious and well-appointed rooms feature traditional African decor and modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable stay for visitors.

In line with sustainable tourism practices, Tarangire Sopa Lodge implements eco-friendly initiatives such as waste management, energy conservation, and community engagement to minimize its environmental footprint and support local communities. Guests can participate in guided wildlife safaris led by experienced rangers, providing opportunities to witness the park’s diverse wildlife, including large herds of elephants, lions, leopards, and various bird species. For a memorable experience, guests can also enjoy bush dining under the starlit African sky, immersing themselves fully in the magic of the Tanzanian wilderness.

Serengeti

Day 3

Serengeti National Park | Tanzania

Serengeti National Park, located in northern Tanzania, is renowned for its vast savannah plains, iconic wildlife, and spectacular annual migration of wildebeest and zebras. Spanning over 14,750 square kilometers, the park is home to an incredible diversity of wildlife, including the Big Five – lions, elephants, buffalos, leopards, and rhinoceroses – as well as cheetahs, giraffes, hyenas, and numerous bird species. Visitors to the Serengeti can witness breathtaking wildlife encounters against the backdrop of sweeping grasslands, rocky outcrops, and acacia-dotted landscapes.

Sustainability initiatives within Serengeti National Park focus on conservation efforts to protect its delicate ecosystems and wildlife populations. These include anti-poaching patrols, habitat restoration projects, and community involvement in conservation education and awareness programs. Travellers can embark on guided game drives, hot air balloon safaris, and walking safaris to explore the park’s diverse habitats and witness its wildlife in their natural environment. Serengeti National Park offers a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience, immersing visitors in the untamed beauty and rich biodiversity of the African wilderness. It’s an essential destination for those seeking unforgettable adventures in East Africa Bush and Beach expeditions.

This morning you can either choose to relax and have a leisurely breakfast or your guide can take you on an early morning game drive in the Tarangire. After the morning activity, you will head on out to the Serengeti National Park via the Ngorongoro conservation area. Lunch on the way depending on the time of departure could be a picnic lunch stop. In the afternoon arrive at your lodge – Serengeti Tortilis Camp. This is an authentic and classic tented camp which is located in central Serengeti. After orientating yourself in the camp with views of the endless plains, you can enjoy a late afternoon game drive with your personal guide. In the evening retire to your spacious and well appointed tent with comfortable beds.

Transfer from Tarangire to Serengeti with your private guide
Starts:

Tarangire

Ends:
Serengeti

Private Morning and afternoon game drive

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

Located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Serengeti Tortilis Camp offers a unique safari experience amidst the iconic African wilderness. Set against the backdrop of the vast savannah plains, the camp provides guests with panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, including sightings of the Great Migration during certain times of the year. The camp’s tented accommodations blend seamlessly with the natural environment, providing a comfortable and immersive stay in the bush.

Sustainability is at the forefront of Serengeti Tortilis Camp’s operations, with initiatives focused on reducing its environmental footprint and supporting local communities. The camp utilizes eco-friendly practices such as solar power, waste management, and water conservation to minimize its impact on the fragile ecosystem. Additionally, the camp is involved in community development projects aimed at empowering nearby villages through education, healthcare, and sustainable livelihoods. Visitors to Serengeti Tortilis Camp can contribute to these efforts by participating in guided safaris led by knowledgeable local guides, gaining a deeper understanding of the park’s wildlife and conservation challenges while enjoying an unforgettable safari experience.

Serengeti

Day 4

Serengeti National Park | Tanzania

Today you will spend have 2 amazing and private game drives, one in the early morning and one in the afternoon. This will be unforgettable activities with breathtaking vistas as you embark on thrilling safaris.

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

Morning and afternoon game drives

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5

Ngorongoro Crater | Tanzania

Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Africa’s most renowned wildlife destinations. At its heart lies the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural amphitheater teeming with diverse wildlife, including the iconic Big Five. Surrounding the crater is a stunning landscape of grasslands, forests, and volcanic peaks, offering breathtaking vistas and unparalleled opportunities for wildlife viewing.

Visitors to Ngorongoro can embark on thrilling game drives within the crater, where encounters with lions, elephants, buffaloes, and other wildlife are virtually guaranteed. The area is also home to the semi-nomadic Maasai people, who coexist harmoniously with the wildlife and offer cultural insights through guided tours of their villages. Beyond wildlife viewing, activities such as hiking, birdwatching, and picnicking allow visitors to immerse themselves in the natural beauty and rich biodiversity of this unique conservation area.

After check out take a scenic drive with your private guide through to the Karatu area close to Ngorongoro. On the way this will be a game drive as you will see wildlife on the plains. Sit back and relax while being expertly guided to the next destination of this Bush & Beach East Africa itinerary. The driving time will be about 4.30 hours. After arriving in the Ngorongoro Conservation area, you will descent into the large volcanic caldera. The crater is the world’s largest intact caldera and eroded over nearly three million years and today is an expansive wildlife haven. The crater is 600-metres deep and the abundance of photographic opportunities awaits. A packed picnic brunch will be provided while you can expect much more than just sighting of the ‘Big Five’ animals. Late afternoon settle into the Bougainvillea Safari Lodge. The lodge is a few minutes from the Ngorongoro Conservation area gate and provides spacious cottages. Stretch your legs in the afternoon by strolling through the landscaped grounds or relax around the refreshing swimming pool. You can also have some retail therapy at the lodge gift shop. The freshly prepared delicious meals are from locally grown ingredients in their own garden. A variety of meals are served including international and African-inspired dishes. There is a well-stocked bar with a stunning view of the lodge and lush tropical gardens.

Transfer from Central Serengeti National Park to the Ngorongoro escarpment
Starts:

Central Serengeti

Ends:
Ngorongoro Crater

Ngorongoro Crater Descent

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Bougainvillea Safari Lodge

Located near the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge offers a serene retreat amidst the breathtaking natural beauty of East Africa. Nestled amidst lush gardens, the lodge provides a tranquil oasis for travellers seeking comfort and relaxation after exciting wildlife safaris. Each room is elegantly appointed, featuring modern amenities and private balconies or terraces overlooking the surrounding landscape.

Committed to sustainability, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge implements eco-friendly practices such as energy conservation, waste management, and community engagement. The lodge also supports local conservation efforts and initiatives aimed at preserving the region’s rich biodiversity and cultural heritage. Guests can enjoy delicious meals prepared with locally sourced ingredients, as well as personalized safari experiences guided by knowledgeable experts. For an unforgettable stay in the heart of Tanzania’s wilderness, Bougainvillea Safari Lodge offers an ideal blend of luxury, comfort, and environmental stewardship.

Zanzibar

Day 6

Zanzibar | Tanzania

Zanzibar, an archipelago off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean, is renowned for its idyllic beaches, vibrant culture, and rich history. The main island, Unguja, is famous for its stunning white sand beaches lined with palm trees, offering visitors the perfect backdrop for relaxation and water sports. Meanwhile, the historic Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, fascinates travellers with its narrow streets, ancient architecture, and bustling markets, reflecting centuries of Arab, Persian, Indian, and European influences.

Apart from its picturesque beaches and cultural landmarks, Zanzibar also boasts incredible marine biodiversity, making it a paradise for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. The surrounding coral reefs teem with colorful fish, turtles, and other marine life, providing unforgettable underwater experiences for visitors. Whether you’re seeking a peaceful beach retreat, cultural exploration, or thrilling aquatic adventures, Zanzibar offers a diverse array of experiences that cater to every traveler’s preferences.

After breakfast, your guide will transfer you to the Manyara airstrip where you will wave goodbye to the guide and then board a light aircraft flight through to the tropical island of Zanzibar. Upon arrival as you exit the airport, one of our local representatives will meet you and transfer you to the beach resort of Nungwi Beach by Turaco. The flight is at 11h55 and arrival is at 14h25. The resort is a decent 4-star is the drive is 45 minutes from Abeid Amani Karume International Airport in Zanzibar. There are gardens, pool and in the evening there is live entertainment and guests can have dinner at the Fisherman’s Seafood Bar & Grill which services international fusion cuisine.

Transfer from Ngorongoro to Manyara Airstrip. Scheduled light aircraft flight from Karatu to Zanzibar.
Starts:

Ngorongoro

Ends:
Zanzibar

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco, located on the picturesque northern tip of Zanzibar, offers an idyllic escape to the shores of the Indian Ocean. This beachfront oasis is just a stone’s throw away from the vibrant village of Nungwi, providing guests with the perfect blend of seclusion and cultural immersion. The resort’s architecture and design pay homage to Zanzibar’s rich heritage, incorporating local materials and styles to create a serene and luxurious atmosphere.

Emphasizing environmental stewardship, Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco is committed to sustainability practices, including water conservation and supporting local conservation projects, to ensure the natural beauty of Zanzibar remains unspoiled for generations to come.

Location: Prime beachfront position in Nungwi, offering easy access to one of Zanzibar’s most beautiful beaches.

Sustainability: Focuses on eco-friendly practices and community engagement to minimize its environmental footprint.

Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a sunset dhow cruise, where you can enjoy the tranquil beauty of the Indian Ocean while soaking in the spectacular Zanzibar sunset—a truly unforgettable experience.

Zanzibar

Day 7

Zanzibar | Tanzania

Spend 4 nights and 5 days at the Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco. Enjoy all the activities from beauty treatments at the wellness centre, to fishing, snorkeling, scuba diving or having a beverage at the swim-up bar in the refreshing swimming pool. It is only a 5-minute walk from Nungwi village.

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Zanzibar

Day 8

Zanzibar | Tanzania

On day 8 at Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco, immerse yourself in the tranquility and beauty of Zanzibar’s northern shores. After a leisurely breakfast, consider indulging in a pampering session at the wellness centre, where a range of beauty treatments await to rejuvenate your body and spirit. The rest of your day is yours to enjoy as you please—perhaps taking a refreshing dip in the swimming pool, sipping on your favourite drink at the swim-up bar, or exploring the vibrant marine life with a snorkeling or scuba diving adventure.

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Zanzibar

Day 9

Zanzibar | Tanzania

Day 9 offers another opportunity to savor the relaxed pace of island life. Enjoy the resort’s amenities or venture out for a fishing excursion to experience the thrill of the catch against the backdrop of the Indian Ocean. Alternatively, take a leisurely 5-minute walk to Nungwi village, where you can immerse yourself in the local culture and pick up unique souvenirs. As the sun sets, unwind by the beach, reflecting on the unforgettable experiences and the serene beauty that Zanzibar has to offer.

Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco

Zanzibar

Day 10

Zanzibar | Tanzania

Today marks the end of this fantastic 10-day Bush & Beach East Africa trip.

Private transfer from the resort to Zanzibar International Airport
Starts:

Nungwi Beach Resort

Ends:
Zanzibar International Airport
Summary

10-Day East Africa Bush and Beach Holiday

Start / End
Arusha | Zanzibar
Accommodation
1 night at African Tulip Hotel, 1 night at Tarangire Sopa Lodge, 2 nights at Serengeti Tortilis Camp, 1 night at Bougainvillea Safari Lodge, 4 nights at Nungwi Beach Resort by Turaco.
Meals & Drinks
9 Breakfasts, 4 lunches & 8 dinners.
Activities

Morning and afternoon game drives, Ngorongoro Crater descent.

Transport
Private transfers, private game drives and flights in a light aircraft flight from Manyara to Zanzibar.

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