Explore three East African bucket-list destinations on one unforgettable luxury safari in northern Tanzania — the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater, the endless wildlife-rich grass plains of the Serengeti, and the tropical beach paradise of Zanzibar. Our 15-Day Luxury Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari is a fully guided, private tour of Tanzania's best bush and beach destinations, and one of our most popular itineraries.

Highlights
  • Best of Tanzania's bush and beach destinations
  • Fully-guided private luxury tour
  • One night in a coffee plantation lodge in Arusha
  • Two nights at the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Three nights at a luxury tented migration camp in the Southern Serengeti
  • Three nights at a luxury tented camp in Big Cat country in Eastern Serengeti
  • Five nights at a tropical beach paradise in Zanzibar
  • Fully guided daily game drives in Ngorongoro and Serengeti

Map of our 15 Day Luxury Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari

Brief Overview

Day 1

Pick up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and drop off in Arusha. Overnight at Arusha Coffee Lodge. Bed and breakfast.

Day 2 - 3

Pick up from Arusha Coffee Lodge by your dedicated guide and drive to Ngorongoro Crater. This is a fully guided, private tour. En route, your guide will discuss the daily itinerary (guided game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater with a picnic lunch on the crater floor) with you. Overnight at Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge on the rim of the crater. Full board.

Day 4 - 6

Transfer from Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge to Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp in the Southern Serengeti. Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp follows the migrating herds of wildebeest and uses different locations at different times of the year. Depending on the season, you may encounter massive herds of wildebeest in their search for better grazing grounds. Explore the endless grass plains of the Southern Serengeti as you search for wildlife on leisurely game drives. Overnight at Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp. Full board.

Day 7 - 9

Transfer to the luxurious Olmara Camp in the Eastern Serengeti, well-known for its high concentration of cheetah and other predators. Explore the Eastern Serengeti's mountains, valleys, sweeping savannahs and granite outcrops on game drives. Overnight at Olmara Camp. Full board.

Day 10 - 14

Transfer to the local airstrip for your flight (included) to Zanzibar (layover in Arusha) where you will be met by the hotel shuttle service for the road transfer to your accommodation on the eastern coast of Zanzibar. Enjoy the quintessential beach island getaway. Swim with dolphins, explore the coral reef, go on forest excursions and sample the local fare. Overnight at Breezes Beach Club and Spa. Half board.

Day 15

Depart from your hotel for your flight back home.

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Ngorongoro Crater animals

(Image: © Hendrik Cornelissen I Unsplash)

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1

Arusha

Our epic 15-Day Luxury Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari starts in Arusha, the gateway to Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit. You will be collected from Kilimanjaro International Airport and transferred to Arusha Coffee Lodge on the outskirts of town. Arusha Coffee Lodge is tucked away on a beautiful, old coffee plantation and is the perfect place to relax after an international flight.

Day 2 to Day 3

Ngorongoro Crater

After breakfast, your private safari guide will collect you from reception and drive you to the Ngorongoro Crater. En route, you'll have the opportunity to speak with your guide about the details of your daily game-viewing itinerary.

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Ngorongoro lion cub

(Image: Dmitrii Zhodzishskii I Unsplash)

The Ngorongoro Crater in Northern Tanzania is the world's largest inactive prehistoric volcano. The crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is home to diverse wildlife, including the Big 5 and large herds of wildebeest and zebra. Game drives and picnic lunches on the crater floor, birdwatching, trekking, mountain biking and cultural safaris to a local Maasai village are some of the activities available to visitors.

Your safari lodge, Ngorongoro Serena Safari Lodge, is perched on the rim of the crater and offers the most spectacular panoramic views of the landscape below. Each en-suite, centrally heated room has a private balcony. The lounge and bar area share a large log fireplace that is always burning, and the split-level dining area has magnificent views over the crater.

Day 4 to Day 6

Southern Serengeti

On the morning of Day 4, you will depart for Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp in Southern Serengeti, a mobile safari camp that follows the migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra. This is the ultimate authentic tented camp experience, reminiscent of the pioneering safari days of yesteryear. But this is not a camping trip where you'll have to rough it without modern luxuries! Each comfortable tented suite has an en-suite bathroom and a private patio area with chairs and side tables. Meals are home-cooked, and camp staff are friendly and attentive.

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On safari in the Serengeti

(Image: Hu Chen I Unsplash)

Home to over three million large mammals, a safari in the vast Serengeti plains is an unforgettable experience. On your game drives, you may encounter migrating herds of wildebeest and zebra, large lion prides and elephant herds, leopard, rhino, buffalo, giraffes, eland, topi, impala, Thompson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, hyena and cheetah.

Day 7 to Day 9

Eastern Serengeti

The next leg of your 15-Day Luxury Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari begins on Day 7 when you head to Olmara Camp in the remote, wildlife-rich region of Soit le Motonyi in the Eastern Serengeti. This exclusive area, far away from the crowded tourist hotspots, is a hidden gem, previously known only to a select few researchers who dedicated 20 years to studying the big cats in the area.

This region was off-limits to jeep-led safaris for many years but has recently opened up to a limited number of visitors, and you won't encounter hordes of other safari vehicles here. This part of eastern Serengeti, where the acacia woodlands merge with the short grasses of the savannah, attracts a diverse range of wildlife, and you can expect to encounter a wide variety of plains game and thriving populations of predators on your game drives.

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Serengeti cheetah

(Image: Partha Narasimhan I Unsplash)

Olmara Camp's eight luxury canvas tents provide expansive and unobstructed views of the Serengeti. The spacious, eco-friendly safari tents have net-covered, king-size or twin beds, bedside tables, and lamps. The lounge areas within each tent have comfortable sofas and coffee tables, which create a cosy atmosphere, and the en-suite bathrooms are complete with a shower, two basins, and a flush toilet.

In addition to game drives, Olmara Camp offers professionally guided night walks and fly camping expeditions into the wilderness area north of the camp, where vehicles are not permitted.

Day 10 to Day 15

Zanzibar

After breakfast, you will transfer to the local airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar (layover in Arusha), where you will be met on arrival and taken to Breezes Beach Club and Spa in Dongwe, a charming seaside resort town on the beautiful eastern coast of Zanzibar.

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Tropical island paradise.

(Image: Breezes Beach Club & Spa)

An hour's drive from Stone Town, Breezes Beach Club and Spa is situated on a spectacular white-sand beach and offers a wide range of activities. From watersports and diving to intimate meals, a swimming pool, tennis courts and a spa, whether you want to relax, be active or combine the two, spending five nights at Breezes Beach Club and Spa is the perfect way to end your 15-Day Luxury Ngorongoro, Serengeti & Zanzibar Safari.

On the morning of Day 15, you will depart from Zanzibar for your flight home (flight not included).

Location, location, location!

This 15-day safari is one of our most popular trip ideas, and as always, the itinerary can be customised to suit your requirements. This tour is not rushed, and strikes a good balance between affordable luxury and prime game viewing. The suggested properties are picked primarily for their excellent location, and they are neither the cheapest nor the most expensive properties, but a good mid-range level of luxury. A great location for each lodge or camp is one of the key requirements if you're looking for a great African safari experience, and that is why this tour is always a winner. But take note, availability during peak season is limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.

Rates
Period Price per person (pp)
December 1, 2023 - March 31, 2024
$9,450
£7,440
€8,710
R177,583
June 1, 2024 - October 31, 2024
$9,625
£7,578
€8,871
R180,871

The rate is per person sharing and is subject to change without prior notice.

All rates on our website are provided to give a price estimate only and should not be seen as a firm quote. Likewise, our currency converter will give you a rough idea of the price in another currency, but should not be seen as a firm quote. It is only intended as a guideline, based on the daily interbank exchange rate. Please contact us to receive an accurate, free quote with no obligation.

Includes
  • Nine nights fully guided tours (guide and vehicle)
  • One night at Arusha Coffee Lodge (bed and breakfast)
  • Two nights at Ngorongoro Serena Lodge (full board)
  • Three nights at Nasikia Mobile Migration Camp (full board)
  • Three nights at Olmara Camp (full board)
  • One flight Serengeti - Arusha - Zanzibar
  • Airport transfer per vehicle one-way
  • Five nights at Breezes Beach Club and Spa (half board)
  • Airport transfer per vehicle one-way
Excludes
  • International flights
  • Visa and border crossing costs
  • Airport tax if applicable
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Meals not specified
  • Drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Personal expenses and optional extras
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