21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar

21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar

This 21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar beach holiday is a great itinerary.  It offers great wildlife experiences and enough time to relax at the beaches and enjoy great adventure. You will experience the highlights of Kenya and Tanzania, the tour includes visits to Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Samburu and Mount Kenya and proceed to Lake Manyara National Park, Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National and Zanzibar Island for the beach holiday ideal for honeymooners. 

The wildlife tour covers especially the northern Tanzania safari circuit, designed especially for tourists who would want to have a great wildebeest migration experience in the Serengeti National Park and visit other parks ending the trip with relaxation at the Zanzibar island beaches. The wildebeest migration is an annual movement of millions of wildebeest, zebras, and gazelles through the Serengeti ecosystem up to Masai Mara Game Reserve in Kenya.

Brief 21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Itinerary

  • Day 1: Depart Nairobi for Masai Mara
  • Day 2: Masai Mara
  • Day 3: Masai Mara
  • Day 4: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru
  • Day 5: Lake Nakuru – Samburu
  • Day 6: Samburu
  • Day 7: Samburu to Mount Kenya
  • Day 8: Mount Kenya to Nairobi (dinner at Carnivore)
  • Day 9: Nairobi to Arusha 
  • Day 10: Transfer to Lake Manyara National Park
  • Day 11: Transfer to Serengeti National Park
  • Day 12: Full day experience at Serengeti National Park
  • Day 13: Transfer from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater via Olduvai Gorge
  • Day 14: Ngorongoro Crater tour with picnic lunch – Transfer to Tarangire National Park.
  • Day 15: Full day at Tarangire National Park
  • Day 16: Transfer by flight to Zanzibar
  • Day 16 – 21: Zanzibar Island
  • Day 21: Departure from Zanzibar

Detailed 21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi> Mara. 

Departure from Nairobi for Masai Mara. Picnic lunch en route in Narok. Upon arrival to the camp / lodge. After a short rest and if there is enough time, we do a game drive in search of the blackmaned lions, leopard, cheetah, buffalo and other game. Return to the camp / lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: AA lodge Mara

Day 2: Masai Mara. 

After breakfast an early morning game drive. In the early morning, wild animals such as felines have just woken up and are hunting for prey. This is often the right time to watch a lion catch prey. However, it is also a matter of luck. After the game drive, return to the camp / lodge for lunch. After lunch we do another game drive. Dinner and overnight at the camp / lodge.

Accommodation: AA lodge Mara

Day 3: Masai Mara.

A full day with game drives, optional a walk or a visit to a Masai village in between meals. The Masai village is located within walking distance of the camping pitch in the Mara. The Masai live in a manyata where the houses are built of clay and cow dung. Dried by the sun, it forms a very hard mass that protects against rain and wildlife.

There is a musty smell in the huts because the hut is almost completely closed except for the entrance. Cooking, firing and living here is done in a very limited space that is also shared with the goats and chickens. A visit to the Masai village is not included and costs about USD 10 per person. Dinner and overnight at the camp / lodge.

Accommodation: AA lodge Mara

Day 4: Mara> Nakuru. 

After breakfast departure to Lake Nakuru National Park, picnic lunch en route, arrival in Nakuru late afternoon. Here we check into a budget hotel outside the park. The cook prepares dinner and we have it in the restaurant of the hotel. If you have booked a safari lodge, you will spend the night at Lake Nakuru sopa lodge. We don’t do a game drive until the next day.

Accommodation: Lake Nakuru Sopa Lodge

Day 5: Nakuru> Samburu. 

After breakfast, you will proceed for an early morning game drive. This park is known for the millions of flamingos and rich in other bird species. Also present is a rhino sanctuary and of course there are other wild animals. Upon arrival we disembark to walk to the lake which offers a magnificent view of the millions of pink flamingos. After lunch we leave for Samburu. Arrival late afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp / lodge.

Accommodation: Saruni Sambura Lodge

Day 6: Samburu. 

After breakfast to the park for an early morning game drive. Return to the camp / lodge for lunch. Another game drive in the afternoon. Dinner and overnight at the camp / lodge. Samburu is known for its Roth shield giraffes, these have a different markings than the Masai giraffes. Also known is the Grevy zebra, which has a different stripe pattern than the other zebras that can be seen in the other parks. The Grevy zebra is only found in Samburu. Furthermore, this park has elephants, lions and other felines.

Accommodation: Saruni Sambura Lodge

Day 7: Samburu> Mount Kenya. 

An early morning game drive in Samburu. Departure after breakfast for Mount Kenya. This mountain has a height of 5199 m and has already been climbed by many tourists as an aperitif to the highest mountain in Africa, Kilimanjaro. Mount Kenya has an animal kingdom of elephants.

Accommodation: Mt Kenya Lodge

Day 8: Mount Kenya> Nairobi. 

After breakfast you will leave for Nairobi arriving in time for lunch, dinner and overnight in a budget hotel or if you have booked a lodge safari a mid-class / luxury hotel. (It all depends what you have requested and paid for)

Accommodation: The Monarch Boutique Hotel

Day 9: On this day you will travel from Nairobi by shuttle to Arusha.

At arrival check in the hotel/lodge and have free time to relax and take a rest for the ongoing program the following day. (Optional is a flight from Nairobi to Arusha at additional cost)

Accommodation: Arusha Safari House

Day 10: Transfer to Lake Manyara

After breakfast at your accommodation, an allocated Tanzania tour guide will be at the hotel or place of residence for pick up and briefing about the trip. After the briefing, you will then drive to Lake Manyara National Park. On arrival at the park, you have lunch then proceed for an afternoon game drive. The park is home to the shallow soda lakes which attracts a variety of wildlife species including one of Africa’s largest concentration of elephants.

One of the unique attractions in the park includes the tree climbing lions as well as the large flocks of flamingos attracted by the algae in the lake. After the game drive, you will transfer to a booked hotel/lodge for dinner and overnight.

Accommodation: Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge 

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge

Lake Manyara Wildlife Lodge is situated outside the Park on 80 acres of land, built on the edge of the Great Rift Valley escarpment with panoramic view of Lake Manyara National Park and the soda lake; it is less than 10 minutes drive to Manyara airstrip, and approximately 2 hours’ drive (130 km) from Arusha town.

Day 11: Lake Manyara> Serengeti National Park. 

Start the day with breakfast then transfer to Serengeti National Park driving through the beautiful high lying farmlands of Karatu and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Serengeti plains are at times referred to as endless because of the vastness of the park. Game drive and lunch en-route. Arrival at the campsite/ lodge for dinner and overnight. 

The Olduvai Gorge Museum is located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Northern Tanzania on the edge of the Olduvai Gorge. The museum was founded by Mary Leakey and is now under the jurisdiction of the Tanzanian government’s Department of Cultural Antiquities and is managed by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority. It is a museum dedicated to the appreciation and understanding of the Olduvai Gorge and Laetoli fossil sites

All meals and overnight at Africa Safari Maasai Boma

Africa Safari Maasai Boma is a unique accommodation. Not only because of its ideal location, with Kenya’s Maasai Mara in the background and situated between Lake Natron in the east, Serengeti National Park in the west and Ngorongoro in the south, making a roundtrip really a roundtrip, but also because of its construction. As the name suggests, the accommodation is inspired by a traditional Maasai boma.

Accommodation

Elegant tents built on raised wood platforms with an en-suite facilities and an outside shower. After a day on safari guests can enjoy a refreshing shower under the stars. Each tent has its own private terrace from where to enjoy the landscape and the environment. The family tent consists in two tents interconnected and a shared bathroom and private porch.

Day 12: Full day in Serengeti National Park

Full day into Central Serengeti; enjoy morning/afternoon game viewing drives.  Apart from the Selous, this is the largest of all the Parks in Tanzania, summed up as ‘one of the most unique areas in the world’. The Serengeti contains the largest remaining concentration of plains game in Africa, on a scale that has no parallel anywhere in the world. 

Even during the height of the migration towards the Masai Mara, there is a huge concentration of plains game in the Reserve, mainly concentrated around the watering places, and with good chances also of seeing the predators at work.

All meals and overnight at Africa Safari Maasai Boma

Day 13: Serengeti > Ngorongoro Crater. 

After breakfast you will be transferred to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. There will be a stopover at the famous Olduvai Gorge which boasts a history dating back to the start of humanity. At the Olduvai Gorge is where anthropologists Dr. Louis and Mary Leakey discovered skulls of the early man. Lunch on the way.  Boasting a high population of wildlife, the Ngorongoro crater offers spectacular wildlife viewing sights. Later on, you will visit Lake Magadi which is a large but shallow alkaline lake in the south-western corner that attracts the pink flamingos. Transfer to campsite or lodge for your dinner and overnight. 

Picnic lunch will be served at one of the designated picnic sites on the crater floor

As the sun sets on the western side of the crater rim, ascend and drive to the Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge to arrive in time to refresh for dinner.

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

The Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge is built onto the rim of this amazing natural phenomenon, a stunning plant and local creeper covered stone lodge where guests co-exist in perfect harmony with the surrounding natural environment and wildlife

All meals and overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Day 14: Norongoro Crater> Tarangire National Park. 

After breakfast, you will head out to the beautiful Ngorongoro crater for a tour. Have a game drive in the crater then enjoy a picnic lunch at the famous hippo pool. After enjoying lunch with very spectacular views, you will then be transferred to Tarangire National Park. 

On arrival at the park, check-in and drive through the gigantic Baobab at the entrance, see the mischievous monkeys darting about in the shade. Continue inside the park to the Tarangire River that is lined with acacia and Baobab where wildlife cluster all day long. With the river being a collective point for most of the wildlife from the Masai steppe. Have a short game drive en route to your booked accommodation facility for dinner and overnight.

Tarangire National Park

Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge

Named for the river that runs through its stunning landscape, the Tarangire National Park offers visitors a unique experience of Tanzania. The park is home to the country’s largest population of elephants (during the dry season you can see herds of 300 digging in the Tarangire riverbed) and also features other native wildlife such as impalas, rhinos, and hartebeest buffalo. Though safaris are a popular attraction in the area, nature-lovers will delight in experiencing such native vegetation as the baobab tree—otherwise known as the tree of life—and the park’s complex network of swamps.

 Be a privileged spectator from this luxury camp on the shores of Lake Burunge

From the elegant wooden central platform where the Lake Burunge Tented Lodge restaurant stands it’s possible to watch the lakeshore waiting for the animals that come to drink there.

Because the camp is strategically located in the natural corridor between Manyara and Tarangire, so the spectacle of the migration it’s guaranteed. The camp is located 10 minutes from the entrance to the park known as Sangaiwe.

Accommodation

This camp is the perfect place to relax in comfort after a day of game drives in Tarangire, simply carried away by the breeze and the colours of the African sunset from your private terrace.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Day 15: Full day at Tarangire National Park. 

After breakfast at the hotel, head out to the park for a game drive. Some of the animals that can be spotted here include the Greater kudu, Fringe-Eared Oryx, and the Ashy Starling. After the game drive, have a picnic lunch with a view of the Tarangire River, but be watchful of your food as the monkeys will roam around. Return to Arusha for overnight. 

Dinner and overnight at Lake Burunge Tented Camp

Day 16 – 21: Spend 5 nights 6 days at the tropical beautiful Island Zanzibar.

Enjoy the white pearly sandy beaches, discover Stone town with the Arabic vendors in the small streets, smell the species and swim with turtles. There is plenty to do. Or just relax after the adventurous safari and cherish the memories of the experiences in the bush.

Accommodation: Neptune Pwani Beach Resort & Spa 

End of this 21 Days Tanzania Kenya Safari and Zanzibar

Package cost offer includes the following services:

  • Flight fares to Zanzibar
  • Meals during safari up to last day
  • Drinking water
  • Accommodation as agreed 
  • Transfers from and to airport
  • Exclusive Safari transport in custom made Safari 4x4WD Land Cruiser with AC
  • Services of English-speaking driver guides
  • Park entrance fees
  • Concession fees

Package cost excludes the following services

  • Visa
  • Personal expenses
  • Tips

GENERAL INFORMATION

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:

All visitors to Tanzania must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Tanzania Embassy or Consulate.

LANGUAGE:

Kiswahili and English

TIME:

GMT +3

VOLTAGE:

220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the National Grid in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.

CURRENCY:

Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.

CLOTHING:

Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.

BAGGAGE:

Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.

WATER:

You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration. 

HEALTH;

East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards:

Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray

Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.

DIETARY REQUIREMENTS:

For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure the Hotel is notified prior to travel

GRATUITIES:

As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following:

The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day

Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day

PHOTOGRAPHY:

Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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