African Safari: Tanzania & Zanzibar12 Days • 4 Cities African Safari: Tanzania & Zanzibar
Like an episode of “Planet Earth”, but IRL, Tanzania is a safari dreamland. You want elephants? Tanzania’s got ‘em. Lions? Yep. How about hippos, zebras, rhinos, and more birds than you can wrap your mind around? You bet your African grass! And on top of wild animal sightings, you’ll visit an indigenous tribe, stand in the world’s largest crater, and walk on land where humans literally came into existence. If it sounds like a big deal, it’s because it is.
What are the top highlights?
- Rub your eyes in disbelief as you encounter lions, wildebeests, elephants, and oh so many wild animals in their natural habitats
- Visit Olduvai Gorge, the site where scientists found evidence of early human ancestors from 1.75 million years ago
- Drive through Serengeti National Park, famous for the migration of millions of wildebeests
- Travel to an island named after a prison that never existed, full of giant tortoises
- Learn the way of life for the the Maasai tribe during a village visit
- Visit Ngorongoro Crater, the largest—and hardest to pronounce—intact crater in the world
- Relax in Zanzibar, the tropical island where the beaches of your dreams become the beaches of your reality
Your trip includes
- Round-trip flights & airport transfers
- Multilingual Tour Director & local guides
- Private Safari Vehicle
- 9 nights in hand-picked accommodations, including hotels, safari lodges, and two nights in a premium tented camp
- 4 game drives
- Welcome Dinner & three-course Farewell Dinner
- Daily breakfast
- Lunch & dinner during Safari portion (days 3-7)
- Entrances to several national parks and other select attractions
You’ll stay at accommodations hand-picked by our team of local experts, in rooms only for EF Ultimate Break travelers. This includes upgraded game lodges on Safari-style trips, such as this one. Each property is located in a safe, convenient area. You’ll receive your exact accommodations 30 days before your trip departs.
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- Flight costs are included in your monthly payment plan, so you can pay over time
- Airport transfers are included, so we’ll be waiting, sign in hand
- Flights are booked with major airlines
- 24/7 support no matter what time zone you’re in
- One checked bag included on most flights
- Option to make changes to your trip up to 99 days before departure
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Day 1: Overnight Flight
Has it hit you yet? You’re going to Africa, where human beings literally came into existence over 6 million years ago. You’ll touch down in Tanzania, home to the largest concentration of wild animals per square mile. Which means no matter where you look, you’ll see animals—kind of like a zoo, except you’re in Africa, not San Diego.
Day 2: Arrive in Arusha
Welcome to Tanzania! Just like people look for the place to get coffee, or the place to eat tacos, they also talk about the place to go on a safari. The answer? Tanzania. And in Arusha, you’re at the jumping off point for some of the best safari routes Tanzania has to offer. Take it easy today, orient yourself with the area around your hotel, and get ready for some serious fun tomorrow.
- Meet an EF representative at the airport.
- Transfer to your accommodations and check in.
- Receive the latest schedule from your Tour Director.
- Meet your fellow travelers as they arrive.
Day 3: Explore Lake Manyara National Park
Today will be the first of many game drives, which is fancy talk for “a trip into the wild to see animals in their natural habitat.” The Lake Manyara National Park is one of the smaller parks in Tanzania, but that doesn’t mean it makes a tiny impression. It’s filled with diverse vegetation, a big ol’ lake (except in the dry season), tree-climbing lions, and more species of birds than you can count. So we’ll just tell you. It’s over 400.
- Turn to your fellow travelers and say, “Let’s ride!” as you hit the road for game drive #1.
- Look out for flamingos—not in a be careful kind of way, just in a “cool, look at those flamingos” kind of way.
- Watch lions climb trees better than you ever could as a kid.
In the evening, it’s time for your Welcome Mixer. Enjoy appetizers and drinks with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot. Afterwards, take the party elsewhere.
Day 4: Explore Serengeti National Park
Biodiversity’s on point today at Serengeti National Park. But before you get to that, enjoy a visit to Olduvai Gorge, where in 1929, paleoanthropologists Louis and Mary Leakey found remains of australopithecines (i.e. not quite human, but not quite ape) from 1.75 million years ago. And once you get over how insanely old that is, you’re off for another game drive.
- Gaze out at Olduvai Gorge, where you can imagine you were one of the earliest human-like creatures living here almost 2 million years ago.
- Learn about the Leakey excavations from the early-mid 1900s at the Olduvai Gorge Museum.
- Enjoy an included lunch with a view of the African countryside.
- Venture out into Serengeti National Park for a chance at spotting the Big Five (lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, and buffalos).
- Embrace your adventurous spirit as you spend the night in a safari tent—don’t worry, it’s basically glamping.
Day 5: Discover Serengeti National Park
Need more Serengeti in your life? We’ve got the cure for that. Today will be a full day of driving around the park. One of the reasons this park is so famous is the enormous wildebeest migration. Over a million of these animals migrate across the Serengeti in search of fresh grass and water. It’s one of the most impressive natural events you’ll ever see, and it may or may not remind you of “The Lion King.”
- Wake up, walk outside your tent and breathe in that fresh Tanzanian air.
- Hop in the safari vehicle and keep those eyes peeled for [insert animal of your choice aside from unicorn here].
- Take a lunch break back at camp.
- Gather your second wind as you head back out to the park for more sightseeing, African-safari style.
Day 6: Travel to Ngorongoro via Maasai Village
You’re on the move again. This time you’re going to a place you likely won’t be able to pronounce: Ngorongoro. It’s home to a giant crater formed by a volcano two to three million years ago. But before exploring the crater, you’ll stop at a Maasai village to experience what life is like for this indigenous tribe.
- Hop on the bus and make your way to a Massai village.
- Watch as tribe members shake their hips, jump, and impress you with a traditional dance.
- Walk around the village and learn about a day in the life of the Maasai people.
- Arrive at Ngorongoro Sopa Lodge, have some dinner, and rest your photo taking finger; tomorrow is going to be epic.
Day 7: Explore Ngorongoro Crater
There’s a party in a crater today, and you’re invited. The Ngorongoro Crater is the largest intact caldera—which is basically a sinkhole caused by the collapse of a volcano’s mouth—in the world. A few million years ago, it was likely a terrifying sight, but today it’s an oasis for thousands of wild animals and lucky visitors like you.
- Conquer your fear of heights at the edge of the crater, and look down—way down—to the crater floor, nearly 2,000 feet below.
- Head into the crater with your guide and get ready for some serious animal sightings.
- Find a needle in a haystack, and by needle we mean black rhino, and by haystack we mean the crater.
- Eat lunch by the hippo pool—yes, it’s a real thing, and no, you can’t swim with the hippos.
- Enjoy another relaxing evening at your lodge, with dinner and views included.
Day 8: Travel to Zanzibar + Sunset Dhow Cruise
Need to get away? Time to fly to a new part of the country, to the island of Unguja (more commonly known as Zanzibar). Less than 30 miles from the coast of Tanzania, Zanzibar is nothing short of an island paradise. You’ve got white sand beaches, 12 months of sunshine, and plenty of exotic Swahili dishes to whet your appetite.
- Travel by plane to Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania.
- Try Zanzibar pizza, a popular street food in town. And while dough, egg, and mayonnaise doesn’t exactly sound like “pizza”, it’s certainly a tasty treat.
- Take a stroll through Stone Town, Zanzibar’s historic quarter.
Sunset Dhow Cruise(extra cost)
Picture this: Afternoon is slowly turning to evening, the sun is inching closer towards the horizon, and you’re surrounded by your new friends on a sailboat in the Indian Ocean. Not bad, huh? Spend the evening on board a Dhow, a wooden ship invented by the Arabs or the Indians (#boatdebate). Sit back, relax, and take in the peacefulness of the sea as the sun sets in the distance. And to top it all off, savor it with a glass of wine, a cocktail, or a beer.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 9: Explore Stone Town + Prison Island of Changuu
It’s time for a guided tour of Stone Town, the oldest section of Zanzibar. A local guide will lead you through the narrow alleys flanked by 200-year-old architecture, giving you a big-picture overview of Zanzibar history and culture. In the afternoon, join the optional excursion to Prison Island, which should probably be called “Giant Tortoise Island” because, yeah a bunch of big ol’ tortoises live there.
- Join a local guide on a tour of Stone Town.
- Treat your senses to a colorful, aromatic array of fruits, vegetables, and spices at the city market.
- Go green at the Forodhani Gardens.
- Admire the House of Wonders, a building given its name due to its running water and electricity in the late 1800s.
Prison Island(extra cost)
Not the most welcoming island name, Prison Island was never actually used as a prison. Instead, the island served as a quarantine for yellow fever patients, and is now a popular day trip for people visiting Zanzibar. Observe and feed the giant tortoises, without getting your hands too close, of course. Maybe even ask the oldest one (estimated to be 1921 years old) what her skin care regimen is. Lunch is included.
Why wait? Save money by booking this optional excursion before your trip departs.
Day 10: Free Day in Zanzibar
You’ve had a busy week. Take the day to slow down and do as you please. Relax on the beach, walk around the historic old town, and take some time to enjoy the island the way the locals do: through food.
- Hit the beach for one, two, or 10 hours, and be sure to reapply sunscreen constantly.
- See—and taste—all the colors of the rainbow at Stone Town’s open air market.
- Cool off and satisfy your sweet tooth with some local sugar cane juice.
Share some last laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included farewell dinner with the group.
Day 11-12: Fly Home
Translation: Goodbye, friends! Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “See you later.” The only question is, where? *Note: This flight departs the afternoon of Day 11, and arrives home on Day 12.
EXTEND YOUR TRIP 2 WAYS
1. Double the fun
A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.
2. Go ahead or stay behind
Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for a $30 fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.
Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.
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