Tanzania & Zanzibar: Savannah adventures & majestic wildlife
Encounter the Big 5 in Serengeti National Park, snorkel through the reefs of Mnemba Atoll and sail around the coast of Zanzibar
Tanzania & Zanzibar: Savannah adventures & majestic wildlife
Glamp at a safari camp in the heart of the Serengeti
Uncover the Big 5 in their natural habitat on epic game drives through Serengeti National Park
Sail around Zanzibar in a traditional dhow boat and snorkel the corals of Mnemba Atoll
Relax on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar
About your trip
Majestic wildlife, white sand beaches and pristine corals – your all-encompassing African adventure starts here.
On this 9-day expedition, you’ll explore the vast wilderness of Serengeti National Park; venture into the lush landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater; sail around the coast of Zanzibar and unwind on some of the region’s most beautiful beaches.
From lions to elephants, you’ll encounter the majestic Big 5 in their natural habitat, before sleeping beneath the stars in the wild savannah. Let’s go.
- Accommodation in twin rooms
- Local transport
- Most meals included
- Max 14 travellers per group
- Private airport transfers
Remember, flights aren't included and prices are based on sharing a twin room. If you'd like to upgrade to a single room, you can add this during the booking process or by contacting our Customer Experience team.
Day 01 Hello, Tanzania
Welcome to Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa and home to some of the world’s most spectacular wildlife. After arriving by 4pm, a private transfer will take you to your hotel in Arusha. Here, you’ll find a lively city waiting to be explored – a contrast to the lush wilderness of the north. Meet your fellow travellers and expert guide at the hotel, before heading out to celebrate your first night with welcome drinks.
Day 02 Seek out majestic wildlife in the Serengeti
This morning will see you head out into the wilderness of Serengeti National Park. En route, stop by the historic Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley, where the earliest evidence of human activity is found. After your light archeology lesson, you’ll then arrive in one of the most spectacular safari destinations in the region. Depending on the season, you’ll experience either the sun-parched beauty of the dry months, or the lush abundance following rainfall. This afternoon, head out with your group on a game drive into the Serengeti in search of the Big 5.
Day 03 Morning game drives & starlit camping
Wake up early this morning to head into the Serengeti on a morning game drive. Discover a wild landscape as you drive deeper into the national park in search of wildlife. This is a unique opportunity to encounter some of Africa’s most sought-after animals. Then, enjoy lunch back at camp before heading out again for another game drive. Watch the terrain transform from open plains to forested scrubs, passing sunbathing lions and roaming wildebeest. As the sun sets over the grasslands, head back to camp for a night under the stars. * As an optional extra, you can take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti instead of the morning game drive. Please get in touch with our Sales Team for more details.
Day 04 Discover Africa’s Eden
Today’s adventure will take you to the Ngorongoro Crater, a 10-mile stretch of wilderness brimming with biodiversity. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, this region is known as Tanzania’s Garden of Eden, and within this ancient volcanic caldera, you’ll find one of the largest wildlife populations on earth. From lions and elephants to flamingoes and the (critically endangered) black rhino, the range of species you’ll encounter here is breathtaking.
Day 05 Arrive on the azure shores of Zanzibar
Head to Arusha Airport this morning and catch a short flight over to Zanzibar, where you’ll find crystal-clear waters and medieval city sights. Spend the rest of the day exploring the Stone Town, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the historic heart of Zanzibar City. With its narrow alleys, crumbling Arab architecture and medieval port, you could spend hours happily lost in these charming streets. Alternatively, we suggest taking a boat trip to Prison Island, an islet that used to confine WWII prisoners and is now home to a giant tortoise sanctuary. Then, in the evening, gather with your group for dinner at a local restaurant, with cocktails overlooking the Indian Ocean.
Day 06 Delve into the history of Spice Island
Discover why Zanzibar is known as Spice Island, as you spend the morning visiting its famous spice plantations. The island was an important trading port in the 19th century, renowned for its fragrant spices and fresh produce. Surrounded by cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, learn about the history of the spice trade from your expert guide before moving onwards to the village of Nungwi. Spend the rest of the afternoon settling into your new beachside retreat, with soft white beaches and the Indian Ocean at your doorstep. Not bad at all.
Day 07 Sail the coast of Zanzibar on a dhow boat
After a hotel breakfast, hop aboard a traditional dhow boat to set sail along the northern coast of Zanzibar. Your first stop will be Mnemba Atoll, a marine conservation site boasting magnificent coral reefs and vibrant wildlife. Snorkel through the reefs alongside turtles and shoals of fish, before docking up on Muyuni Beach for a seafood barbecue on the white sands. After lunch, sail onwards with your group to Mnemba Island. Keep an eye out for inquisitive dolphins as you explore the rich variety of coral reefs.
Day 08 Explore the sights of Stone Town
We’ve left this day free for you to spend at leisure. Whether you choose to sprawl out on the beach with a book, or head into the Stone Town for a day of culture, take things at your own pace as you savour your final day of adventure.
Day 09 Take off from Tanzania
After breakfast, it’s up to you to make your own way to the airport. The quickest option is to fly from Zanzibar, but let us know if you want to catch the ferry to Dar es Salaam instead. We recommend pairing this trip with our Rwandan adventure, which will see you trek alongside gorillas and explore a lush volcanic landscape.
Our Favourite Hotels
Browse a selection of our favourite hotels, for a flavour of where you may stay on this trip.
Ang’ata Camps, Serengeti
Safari camp in the heart of the Serengeti
With airy interiors opening out onto the savannah, you’ll find all the best wildlife sights of the Serengeti at your doorstep.
Why we stay here
This is a true wilderness experience. Fall asleep to the sounds of the night, with unpolluted skies alive with stars.
Farm of Dreams Lodge, Karatu
Immaculate lodge hotel in the African bush
Polished wooden floors, mosquito nets and fans are standard fare in the rooms here. A mix of African and international meals are served in its pretty, fireside dining room.
Why we stay here
This is the perfect place to truly relax – and we imagine that will mostly happen around the palm-fringed pool and cosy Lounge Bar.
What Flashpackers say
"This was my first time travelling with Flash Pack and my first group trip. It was exceptionally good! I travelled to Tanzania, a beautiful country. This was a well paced trip, starting with a once-in-a-lifetime safari seeing the Big 5 and finishing on the most incredible beaches in Zanzibar. I was confident I would like my group and we'd have a good time and it turned out I couldn't have been with a better bunch of people or have a better time. Friends for life, I hope!"
"This is my 3rd trip with Flash Pack and I'd say probably the best one yet. The safari experience over three days was amazing; we saw every type of animal you could hope to see and the accommodations were excellent (especially the tented camp). On the boat trip in Zanzibar we saw pods of wild dolphins and were able to swim with them. I was lucky to share this with a fantastic group of people from all over the world who all had different levels of travel experience, but I think they all would agree with my review. The real star of the show was our Flash Pack guide, Gilbert. One of the nicest people I've ever met, very knowledgeable and always happy to share stories with the group."
"The customer service is absolutely excellent. They answer all questions promptly and tirelessly. After contacting them barely few times you get the friendly feeling that everyone knows exactly who you are and where you’re going."
"Flash Pack were great for my first safari. I’d highly recommend them for solo travellers with a sense of adventure. So long as they keep the groups small enough to bond over the shared experience."
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Fly into Arusha Airport (ARK) OR Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO) and fly out of Zanzibar – Abeid Amani Karume Airport International Airport (ZNZ).
Please try to arrive before 4pm on day 1, and depart at your own leisure on day 9.
Please be aware that the itinerary, activities and hotels are subject to change. These changes can happen with little notice due to availability, poor weather, seasonal changes, or other circumstances beyond our control – but we’ll always do our best to ensure it has little impact on your experience. From time to time, we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh and exciting.
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