An introduction to Northern Tanzania

This tour is a wonderful introduction to Tanzania. You can choose to stay in comfortable lodges or (dome) tents in beautiful and unspoilt landscapes, with a fascinating culture, countless wild animals and wonderful beaches. An adventure that you will experience together and never forget!

You will visit the Tarangire National Park, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro crater, where you will make special safaris in the middle of large groups of animals. In search of the Big Five. Zanzibar Island guarantees a relaxing and tropical beach holiday; a wonderful end to this tour through Tanzania!

  • Travel schedule Click to view
  • Arusha Day 1
  • Tarangire Day 2 - 3
  • Serengeti Day 3 - 5
  • Ngorongoro Crater Day 5 - 6
  • Zanzibar Day 7 - 12
  • Zanzibar - back home Day 12 -13

Travel schedule

Get to know the untouched nature, friendly people and delicious food in Tanzania. You will visit several parks in the north of Tanzania, each with its own and diverse landscape.
Tarangire with its many elephants, the Ngorongoro crater where you can spot the Big Five (elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard and rhinoceros) and experience the great migration of wildebeest in Serengeti National Park. Countless wildebeest and zebras move through the area in an annual rhythm, looking for fresh grass, and with many predators in their wake waiting for their chance.

You can then relax on the tropical island of Zanzibar, off the coast in the Indian Ocean.


The journey starts in Arusha city, the safari capital of Tanzania. You will be welcomed at the airport and spend the first evening in a comfortable hotel with a tropical garden on the outskirts of Arusha.

This starting point of your safari is a great place to recover from your flight with a nice drink.


The Explore Tanzania guide will pick you up and together you will start the safari. You drive west through the Maasai Steppe to Tarangire National Park. This park is known for the gigantic baobab trees and large groups of elephants.

Depending on your chosen option for the rest of your safari, you will spend the night in an attractive lodge, in this case just outside the park, or a tent on a camping spot in the park.


Today you leave after breakfast for a beautiful drive to the Serengeti. You drive past Lake Manyara, the village of Mto wa Mbu and through the Ngorongoro area. The road from the Ngorongoro Highlands to the Serengeti is one of the most scenic routes in Tanzania.

Serengeti literally means ‘endless plains’. You’ve probably never been able to see that far in your life. Millions of animals flock to this park all year round, which has so much to offer. You will spend the night here in an attractive tented lodge or in a (dome) tent on a camping spot.

With a lunch box, you go on safari the next day and enjoy all that untouched nature and wild animals. One of the few places in the world where nothing has changed in 500 years (just like the Ngorongoro crater by the way).

Ngorongoro Crater

Today you quietly drive out of the Serengeti, towards your next destination. There is still plenty of time for special encounters with the animals here. Observe and enjoy is the motto.

You continue to the Ngorongoro Highlands, the Maasai area. In the course of the afternoon you will arrive at your lodge (or camping spot on the edge of the crater) and relax.

The next day you do a half day safari in the world famous Ngorongoro Crater where you might see the Big Five with a bit of luck.


After breakfast you leave for Arusha and pass through the bustling village of Mto wa Mbu. It is recommended to stop here for an (optional) village walk or mountain bike safari and have a chat with the people here and/or (optional) enjoy a local lunch. Or do the Treetop Walkway and meet the baboons in this forest.

In the afternoon you fly from the airport in Arusha to Zanzibar Island. A beautiful flight with special views. The coming days you will enjoy sun, sea and beach on the tropical island of Zanzibar.

If you don’t want to stay alone in your hammock, there are countless options such as a spice tour, a visit to the historic Stone Town (UNESCO World Heritage). Or you can opt for a sailing trip in a traditional dhow, snorkelling and a fresh seafood BBQ on a deserted sandbank.

Zanzibar - back home

After a last day at the beach and a goodbye to your hammock, you fly in the evening from Abeid Karumi Airport on Zanzibar back home where you arrive the next morning, full of new stories and experiences that you will take with you for the rest of your life.

Maybe you have caught the ‘Tanzania virus’ and you want to go back as soon as possible to discover much more in this beautiful country that is 23 times the size of the Netherlands.

Trip Details

This introductory safari with Explore Tanzania is completely private.
You travel with your group in your own permanent jeep, together with a professional safari guide from Explore Tanzania.


  • Large herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park
  • The animals up close in Ngorongoro Crater (World Heritage Site)
  • The great migration in Serengeti National Park
  • An attractive lodge on the beach on Zanzibar Island

Price indication

Comfortable lodges *
€ 3830 p.p. bij 2 personen
€ 2960 p.p. bij 4 personen

Camping **
€ 2800 p.p. bij 2 personen
€ 2210 p.p. bij 4 personen

Note 1: This is the price for the most common travel period. This can work out lower in the low season, favorable exchange rate, the number of travelers and/or children. This can work out slightly higher during holidays or less favorable exchange rates.

Note 2: This example trip is indicative and will be adapted to the season you travel, for the most interesting safari experience.

* = Please view the options on our overview page and use the ‘filter’ to select your favorite accommodation.

**= With this adventurous saving option you sleep in simple accommodation in Arusha and Zanzibar, and in between you spend the night in dome tents on public campsites in the various parks, where several travelers are also staying and you sometimes share the sanitary facilities with them .


  • All transfers
  • Simple and attractive accommodations
  • All meals (except Zanziabar: breakfast only)
  • Private safari in a 4WD jeep with a very knowledgeable guide
  • Mineral water, coffee, tea & snacks during safari
  • Drinks at safaris (beer, wine & soft drinks)
  • Flying Doctors insurance
  • Entrance fees to National Parks
  • Domestic flight Arusha – Zanzibar Island
  • SGR guarantee


  • International flight
  • Tanzania Visa
  • Travel and cancellation insurance
  • Tips
  • Optional Activities
  • Lunch on Zanzibar


Tanzania, an introduction. Video by customer Herwin Kwint


Experience the Tanzanian adventure together with a varied safari, in beautiful landscapes, and a wonderful beach holiday at the end!

Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Green Camp - wandelen in Serengeti
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Serengeti vakantie
Vakantie Tanzania augustus
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Kati Kati Tented Camp
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction
Tanzania and Zanzibar, an introduction

Your tailor-made trip

This is an example trip. Your trip is fully customized just for you. Your wishes, the activities you can undertake, the season and budget are taken into account.


Choose your favourite example trip

Add your adjustments and wishes

Receive your personal trip advice

Need help creating your trip?

Have a look at other example trips that can be fully adapted to your wishes or
contact us directly!

Example trips Trip advice