20 Days Tanzania Safari Experience
This 20 days safari in Tanzania is one of our most popular safari packages, creating a great overview of the wildlife of Tanzania Northern Circuit. Enjoy the wildlife and breathtaking landscapes that the locations have to offer, as well as a taste of one of the local cultures. This 20-day Tanzania safari experience will take you to the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Natron, Tarangire National Park, Mount Kilimanjaro, and the island of Zanzibar.
Setting out from Arusha, We start our trip by going on safari and then proceed by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for 7 days via the Machame route then we proceed with a flight to Zanzibar. We start our safari adventure in Tarangire National Park, one of the Northern Circuit’s renowned national parks and particularly famous for its large herds of elephants and iconic baobab trees. Also, you will explore Lake Natron, which is located in the Masai settlement area, on this unique safari. Millions of waterbirds make the lake home, and it is one of the most important flamingo breeding places on the planet.
The area surrounding Lake Natron is without a doubt one of Africa’s most gorgeous and unspoiled locations, making your safari unique. Magnificent Serengeti is our next stop, with a program of game drives, letting us explore the endless plains and encountering countless wildlife along the way. We depart for another Tanzanian gem, the incomparable crater of Ngorongoro, on the lookout for a black rhino. After visiting these most popular parks in Tanzania you can finish your Tanzania safari with a flight to Zanzibar where you will spend precious time soaking it up on the beautiful white sandy beaches of this legendary island in Zanzibar.
20 Days Tanzania Safari-Itinerary
DAY 1: AIRPORT – ARUSHA
Our staff will pick you up from Kilimanjaro International Airport and take you to your accommodation, Arusha Coffee Lodge found at the foot of Mount Meru and hidden amongst one of Tanzania’s largest coffee plantations.
You will stay in one of the plantation cottages with its unique architecture that dates back to the early 1900s. The interiors permeate of coffee beans-themed design and amenities include a bar and cozy lounge as well as a swimming pool and garden terrace.
In the morning, you will wake up to the aromas of the morning brew coming from the main plantation as your breakfast is being prepared.
DAY 2: ARUSHA TO TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast, you will be picked up by your driver guide who will take you to Tarangire National Park, located in Manyara Region. Tarangire is the sixth largest national park in Tanzania after Ruaha, Serengeti, Mikumi, Katavi, and Mkomazi. Activities will include a wildlife game drive where you can see pythons climb trees, as well as lions and leopards among others.
For the bird lovers, keep an eye for the screeching flocks of colorful Yellow-collared lovebirds, and the somewhat drabber Rufous-tailed weaver and ashy starling. These are all endemic to the dry savannah of north-central Tanzania.
DAY 3: TARANGIRE NATIONAL PARK – LAKE NATRON
Your driver/guide will pick you up in the morning and drive for about 2 hours before leaving the main road. The ride will take you over bumpy paths, through remote Masai areas with stunning views of the ‘mountain of God’ Ol Doinyo Lengai, and if you’re lucky you might even see some zebra’s, giraffes, or other wildlife.
The drive takes around 2 half hours in total (you’ll stop for lunch) and once you arrive at the Lake Natron area entrance gate, a local Maasai guide will escort you to your accommodation. Visiting this whole area without a local guide is not allowed, so any excursion you do will be in his presence. You’ll check in and have time to freshen up, after which you’ll head to the lake.
Accompanied by your local guide, you’ll explore the lake on foot. The ground is quite slippery and muddy, so be prepared to slowly slide over it to avoid falling. It’s very shallow for quite some time though, so it’s up to you to see how far you want to go to get close to the flamingos. We’ll stay until sunset, as this is the time when the flamingos are most active, looking for food. After the visit, you’ll return to your accommodation, where dinner will be served.
DAY 4: LAKE NATRON – SERENGETI
The day starts early today, as we want to hike to a nearby waterfall before it gets too warm, and leave enough time to comfortably proceeding to Serengeti national park. The hike takes about 1 to 2 hours and takes you through the beautiful landscapes surrounding Lake Natron. Get ready to get wet, as you’ll have to cross the river a few times!
Once you finish your hike, you’ll continue north with a lunch box as the vehicle gently climbs along with multiple serpentine turns. Enjoy one last view at Lake Natron before departing the Rift Valley and continuing to the Northern Serengeti via the village of Wasso. Enter the Serengeti around late afternoon through Kleins Gate. Large herds of wildebeest can be seen crossing back to the southern plains between October and December. Lobo’s constant springs and broad grass plains dotted with kopjes sustain a diverse range of resident game, including leopards, lions, buffaloes, elephants, giraffes, and zebras.
DAY 5: SERENGETI (North Mara)
After breakfast at the Camp, depart with your picnic lunch for a game drive and to view the great migration in the North Serengeti.
Serengeti National Park — Resident wildlife numbers are exceptionally high in the Wagakuria area, with pride of lions up to 30 strong, however, from August to October the area turns into a wildlife paradise. The key feature is the Mara River and it is not uncommon to see the herds cross the Mara River north on one day and then back south a few days later. Please take note – to find a crossing is very difficult and is sometimes a matter of luck.
DAY 6: SERENGETI- NGORONGORO CRATER
After a hearty breakfast and morning game drive in the Serengeti, we make our way to the infamous Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive volcanic caldera. An abundance of wildlife graces this infamous area, known worldwide for its’ stunning landscape. Enjoy spotting a multitude of different species, from elephants, hippos, and giraffes to the majestic Crater Lions and ravenous hyenas. After a short glimpse of the crater, we wind our way upwards as we head to our campsite on top of the crater rim.
DAY 7: NGORONGORO CRATER
After breakfast, we will depart for a full-day game drive at the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. This is an extensive highland area along the eastern arm of the Great Rift Valley, with the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater as its focal point. It is not a national park in the strict sense of the word but was rather established to conserve wildlife and other natural resources.
It exists to safeguard the interests of indigenous people as well as promote tourism. Thus, guests on safari have the unique experience of seeing Maasai herdsmen with their cattle among the tremendous variety of wildlife found in the area.
DAY 8: BACK TO ARUSHA
After our morning visit to the incomparable crater and then lunch, we will have a 4-hour journey, covering the 250km back to Arusha.
DAY 9: MACHAME CAMP
We will pick you up at the hotel in Moshi after breakfast and drive about an hour to the Machame gate where the trek starts. From the Machame Park gate, it’s a gentle hike up through the dense rainforest to the Machame Camp.
DAY 10: SHIRA CAMP
The morning starts with a personal introduction to your trekking team. The hike is different today as the jungle gives away to zones of giant heather and moorland. If you have enough time you take a short hike to the Shira Caves after reaching camp.
DAY 11: BARRANCO CAMP
Leaving Shira camp in the morning you climb towards the main peak Kibo, with the western glaciers visible across the rugged high-altitude desert of volcanic rocks and boulders. The trail ascends to the Lava Tower site (15000 feet / 4600m) before descending back down into Barranco Valley. It’s 6 to 7 hours walking and the total ascent is only 110m total but having climbed much higher and dropped back down assists acclimatization.
DAY 12: KARANGA CAMP
After breakfast, we continue on a steep ridge up to the adventurous Barranco Wall to the Karanga Valley and the junction, which connects, with the Mweka Trail. This is one of the most impressive days to see the power, agility, and strength of your crew zip over this wall with what appears such ease.
DAY 13: BARAFU HIGH CAMP
We continue up toward Barafu Camp, and once reached you have now completed the South Circuit, which offers a variety of breathtaking views of the summit from many different angles. An early dinner and rest as we prepare for summit night. Overnight at Barafu Camp.
DAY 14: UHURU PEAK ALTITUDE
Excitement is building as morning comes with an early start between midnight and 2 a.m. This is the most mentally and physically challenging portion of the trek.
We continue our way to the summit between the Rebmann and Ratzel glaciers trying to stay warm and focused on the amazing sense of accomplishment that lies ahead. With a switchback motion in a northwesterly direction and ascend through heavy scree towards Stella Point on the crater rim. You will be rewarded with the most magnificent sunrise during your short rest here. Faster hikers may view the sunrise from the summit. From here on your remaining 1 hour ascent to Uhuru Peak, you are likely to encounter snow all the way.
Congratulations, one step at a time you have now reached Uhuru Peak the highest point on Mount Kilimanjaro and the entire continent of Africa!
After photos, celebrations, and maybe a few tears of joy we take a few moments to enjoy this incredible accomplishment. We begin our steep descent down to Mweka Camp, stopping at Barafu for lunch and a very brief rest. We strongly recommend gaiters and trekking poles for uncooperative loose gravel and volcano ash terrain. Well-deserved rest awaits you to enjoy your last evening on the mountain. Overnight Mweka Camp.
DAY 15: MWEKA CAMP TO ARUSHA
From the Mweka campsite, it is a 4 to 5 hours descent through the forest to Mweka gate to collect certificates and meet the vehicle. Drive to Arusha for the night and to have a final farewell dinner with your guides before you head out on your safari.
DAY 16: ARRIVAL AT ZANZIBAR AIRPORT
Pick up from Zanzibar airport and transfer to Amani bungalow resort for a beach and overnight. Today you will meet our guide at the airport and get briefings of Zanzibar with all activities explained and transferred to your hotel directly on the beach. http://oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
DAY 17: FULL DAY CULTURAL TOUR
After breakfast depart for a cultural tour. Today you will get a first-hand glimpse at the everyday lives and enduring traditions of the Zanzibar people, on a visit to two separate and very special villages and also visit a local School. After Lunch at a Local Restaurant, you return to your Hotel. In the evening, depart from the hotel for a sunset cruise along Stone Town waterfront
Return to the hotel overnight.
DAY 18: BEACH TIME AND FREE SPACE
Today you will be having individual space and beach relaxing at Amani bungalow resort this is your individual space and free time on the beach hotel where you can plan to do anything on your own. There are different activities such as water sports that you can enjoy. http://oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
DAY 19: SPICE FARM AND JOZANI FOREST TRIP
Today you go on an excursion to the spice and fruit plantations close to Stone town for the famous Spice Tour. We have developed a special Spice Tour with in-depth information not only about spices, but also organically grown herbs and a detailed description of their traditional uses in medicine cosmetics, and cooking. After the tour, we invite you for an opulent lunch at our guides’ home, where you can taste the spices and fruits. After experience all about spice tours, you will be back at the hotel for your hot lunch at Amani bungalow resort
on the way you pass Jozani Forest, the last habitat of the rare endemic Red Colobus Monkey. With a local guide, you stroll through Jozani Chwaka National Park and look at the rare monkeys. If you wish you can even wander down the boardwalk to the fascinating Mangrove Ecosystem. http://oceangrouphotel.com/amaan-bungalows/
DAY 20: DEPARTURE
Transfer to the airport after breakfast. A leisurely morning and prepare yourself to drive about one hour to the Zanzibar airport. Our driver will be there on time to pick you up and start driving towards the airport at an agreed time. Make sure you are prepared on time.
End of our 20 days Tanzania safari.