Be wowed by the wonders of Tanzania
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Serengeti National Park Serengeti National Park lion yawning
Super safari

Spot the Big 5 in their natural habitat on epic game drives through Serengeti National Park

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Hiking Serengeti Zebras in the grass.
Walking the bush

Head off-radar with a unique walking safari, and see life on the plains in a more intimate way

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nights by the campfire nights by the campfire
Luxury camping

Embrace safari life with luxury tents and nights by the campfire, with a chorus of wildlife all around

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Ngorongoro Crater Bathing flamingoes
Africa’s Eden

Jeep through the ancient Ngorongoro Crater, with black rhino, flamingoes and other incredible fauna

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Zanzibar dhow boat
Zanzibar sailing

Fly to Zanzibar and hop aboard a private dhow boat for a day’s sailing around the island coast

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dowh boat Mnemba Atoll snorkelling
Ocean beauty

Snorkel the coral reef of Mnemba Atoll, spot out dolphins and stop for a seafood beach barbeque

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What's included

  • 8 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 6 dinners, including a beach barbeque

  • 8 nights’ accommodation in twin rooms in a luxury safari camp, boutique lodges and an oceanfront hotel

  • All activities, from safaris to snorkelling, included. Local Flash Pack guide and driver

  • Max 14 Flashpackers

  • 1 flight to Zanzibar

  • Private airport transfers anytime on Day 1, country travel in private minibus and safari jeeps

About the trip

Who’s ready for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure through the diverse, animal-rich lands of Tanzania?

From wild lions to giant tortoises and critically endangered black rhinos, it’s no surprise that Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometre in the world, with over four million wild creatures roaming across its plains.

To make the most of this, we’ll explore the Serengeti on a walking safari and jump in jeeps in search of the Big 5, alongside cheetahs and hippos. We’ll sleep beneath the stars in luxury safari tents and descend into Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania’s very own “Garden of Eden”.

We’ll gaze at Mount Kilimanjaro from a boutique lodge and discover village life around a coffee farm, before ending our escape in the tropical Zanzibar. We’ll snorkel coral reefs and discover golden beaches as we sail the day away on a traditional dhow boat.

This is true bucket-list stuff – are you game?

Where you will stay

Farm of Dreams Lodge, Karate Farm of Dreams Lodge, Karate

Farm of Dreams Lodge, Karate

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 a place to kick back – and we imagine that will mostly happen around the palm-fringed pool and cosy Lounge Bar.

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Mapito Tented Camp Serengeti

Charming safari camp in the heart of the Serengeti

Large, well-equipped safari tents (think cosy beds and furniture that wouldn’t look out of place in a high-end hotel) with private terraces and open-air bathrooms.

Why we stay here

After a busy day spotting the Big 5 on safari, you’ll welcome the sundowners around the campfire. Remember to look up: an area untouched by light pollution means an incredible starry sky.

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Kigongoni Lodge, Arusha Kigongoni Lodge, Arusha

Kigongoni Lodge, Arusha

Hilltop lodge with views of Mount Kilimanjaro

Set on a 70-acre coffee plantation, these traditional African cottages have high ceilings, fireplaces, spacious bathrooms and private viewing decks looking out to Mount Kilimanjaro or Mount Meru.

Why we stay here

Get set to unplug, from lazing around the pool and wandering the nature trails, to curling up in one of the snug fireside chairs and toasting your trip at the bar with your Flash Pack pals.

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The Flash Pack Promise

Here at Flash Pack, we’re committed to unique adventures that deliver great value for money. We pack our trips with epic experiences (unlike other companies, all activities are included), hand-pick stylish hotels and match you with like-minded people.

Itinerary

Day 1

Touch down in terrific Tanzania

Step off the plane at Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and let those pre-trip endorphins sink in. Welcome to your wild adventure in Tanzania! East Africa’s largest country is home to some of the best wildlife in the world, Africa’s highest mountain and the dreamy Zanzibar archipelago. Please arrive by 4pm, ready for a private transfer to your hotel in Arusha, where you can settle in and freshen up. Here you’ll find a large and lively city that contrasts to the lush beauty of the rugged national parks to the north. Come evening, you’ll meet your expert guide, the source of all Tanzanian wisdom. Enjoy welcome drinks in this safari gateway with your fellow Flashpackers, getting to know the like-minded adventurers you’ll be sharing the ride with. Toast to new horizons and relish the thought of all that is to come. Tomorrow the Serengeti awaits…

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Cape buffalo

Day 2

Tick a Serengeti safari off your bucket list

Today we head to the wilderness of the Serengeti National Park, stopping en-route at the historic Olduvai Gorge in the Great Rift Valley, home to the earliest evidence of the existence of humans. Then we’ll hit the Serengeti plains, one of the earth’s most rewarding safari destinations. Depending on the season, you’ll arrive either in the striking sun-parched beauty of the dry months, or a lush green abundance following the rains. This afternoon, we’ll jump aboard jeeps for a first taste of a Serengeti game drive, in search of the mesmerising Big 5. Drink in this magical glimpse of savannah life, as you see lions roaming through the grasslands, giraffes munching on acacia trees and elephants splashing in waterholes. From cheetahs sprinting across the plains to 500 different bird species, there’s so much to see here. Keep your eyes peeled for zebras, gazelles, crocodiles and more, with each new landscape more incredible than the last. After a captivating safari jaunt, retreat to your luxury tents at Mapito safari camp, where sundowners and a cosy campfire await.

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Serengeti National Park

Day 3

A magical walking safari

Rise to the sounds of the Serengeti, and head out on a four-hour walking safari with an expert guide. This is your chance to see some of Africa’s best-known animals in their natural habitat, in a highly intimate and moving way. Discover a wild, off-radar landscape as you meander across the plains, exploring places that can’t be reached by car. Afterwards, we’ll return to camp for lunch, before hopping in jeeps for another stunning game drive. Watch the terrain change from open plains to forested scrubs, as you pass by sunbathing lions and migrating wildebeest. We may stop at Simba Kopjes, an impressive rocky outcrop where cheetahs sheltering their cubs can sometimes be spotted. Have your binoculars at the ready for amazing scenes, whether that’s herds of buffalo roaming across the savannah or hippos wallowing by the muddy riverbanks. As the sun sets over the grasslands and the hyenas begin to howl, head back to camp for dinner and stargazing beneath the vast African skies.

 

Please note: As an optional extra, you can take a hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti, instead of the morning walking safari. It’s an amazing way to admire the stretching African vistas. Ask us for details.

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Serengeti National Park

Day 4

Discover Africa’s Eden

Today we head to the Ngorongoro Crater, a 10-mile stretch of wilderness hailed as “one of the greatest natural wonders of the planet”. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is known as Tanzania’s Garden of Eden, with wide open vistas, forested rivers and freshwater lakes. An ancient volcanic caldera, it’s home to one of the largest wildlife populations on earth. Elephants, cheetahs and spotted hyenas all wander freely here, as do lions, wildebeest and critically endangered black rhinos. Watch as pink flamingos take flight over the shimmering crater lake on our spectacular game drive, alongside zebras, gazelles and ostrich. We’ll then head on for some poolside R&R at our boutique farm hotel in Karatu. For those wanting a glimpse of Tanzanian life, there’s an optional visit to the village of Mto wa Mbu, where you can get involved with a community programme. Supper is served at your farm oasis, with the chefs cooking up a seasonal Swahili storm.

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Day 5

Who can spot Mount Kilimanjaro?

Take in amazing views of the mountains this morning, as we hit the road to Arusha. Providing the weather is on our side, this is an awesome route from which to admire vast rolling plains and jagged mountain peaks rising in the distance. After two and a half hours, we’ll arrive at our hilltop lodge nestled on a historic 70-acre coffee farm. The rest of days is yours to do as you please in your new bucolic home.  Take a dip in the turquoise pool, drinking in breathtaking views across the lush forest to the iconic Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru. Need a nature fix? Wander through the teeming jungle all around, or to get to know the local customs with a cultural visit to a nearby village, your guide leading the way. Come evening, share your stories of local encounters over dinner with your Flashpackers.

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Mount Kilimanjaro

Day 6

Hit the skies to Zanzibar

Wake up and grab your shades, today we’re heading to the tropical islands of Zanzibar. We’ll head to Arusha airport, where we’ll catch the scenic hour-and-a-half flight over the shimmering Indian Ocean and watch as the paradise archipelago comes into view. Home to pristine white beaches that are ranked as some of the best in the world, Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous region of Tanzania with its own distinct vibes and easygoing culture. Upon arrival, we’ll hop on over to the northern village of Nungwi and our coastal beach retreat. Here you are free to do as you please, be it hitting the luminous stretch of white sand at Nungwi beach or jumping on a boat trip to Prison Island. Once used to confine WW2 prisoners, this enclave is now home to a giant tortoise sanctuary. This evening, be sure to hit up a local beach bar with your Flackpacker pals, drinking in sundowners and sunset views in roughly equal measure.

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Zanzibar beach

Day 7

Sail away on a dhow boat

After breakfast at our hotel, we’ll hop aboard a traditional dhow boat to sail along the northern coast of Zanzibar. With the sun  bouncing off the waves, we’ll stop at the world-famous Mnemba Atoll, a stunning marine conservation site where you can snorkel through the coral reef and swim alongside turtles and shoals of tropical fish. From here, we’ll dock up on the white sands of Muyuni beach for a delicious barbecue of freshly-caught seafood. We’ll then sail onto Mnemba Island, looking for pods of dolphins and snorkel hot spots. From shallow coral gardens to a deep reef abyss, the crystal-clear waters here are a snorkelling paradise. In the afternoon, we’ll float on back to Muyuni for a private feast in a rustic beach banda, with views across to Mnemba Island and a palm-shaded hammock with your name on. After a day of soaking up the sun we’ll return along the coast to Nungwi, riding high from the sunshine and a cool ocean breeze.

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Dhow boat at sunset

Day 8

Spices, stone towns and sundowners

This morning Zanzibar will live up to its name of the Spice Island, as we take a visit to the famous spice plantations. Touch, taste and smell your way through the lush forest, sampling local flavours such as cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger. Your guide will bring to life the history of the renowned spice trade and rustle up teas made from local spices. From here, we’ll carry on to Stone Town, the historic heart of Zanzibar City and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take a culture-packed foray through this exotic port town, seeing palaces, forts and mosques and getting the chance to stock up on some Zanzibar treats at the market. Then, as the sun begins to set on your Tanzanian adventure, we’ll have a farewell dinner at a seafront restaurant. Gather together for sundowners overlooking the Indian Ocean, raising a glass to new horizons and fresh friendships.

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Stone town

Day 9

Take off from Tanzania

Flashpackers, the end is nigh for our Tanzania adventure. After breakfast, 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. Either way, as the Zanzibar archipelago fades into a turquoise speck, take a moment to reflect on all the experiences of the past nine days. You’ve taken epic game drives across the rolling savannah, marvelling at elephants, lions and more in their natural habitat. You’ve unearthed the magic of a walking safari through the Serengeti plains, seeing the savannah in an entirely different and more personal light. You’ve jeeped in Ngorongoro Crater amid wildebeest and zebras, with flamingos soaring above glistening lakes. And you’ve sailed between golden beaches by a dhow boat in Zanzibar, snorkelling through coral reef and embracing island life. Flashpackers, it’s been a non-stop showcase of jaw-on-the-floor moments: few holidays could even come close.

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Zanzibar beach bars

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Important notes
  • Fly into Arusha Airport OR Kilimanjaro International Airport and fly out of Zanzibar – Abeid Amani Karume Airport International Airport.
  • 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. From time to time we may also make changes to your itinerary to try out new ideas and keep things fresh.
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