Tanzania Safari and Beach
Our two-week ‘Tanzania Safari and Beach’ holiday brings together world-class safari game viewing in the iconic wildlife reserves of Northern Tanzania, plenty of exciting activities to keep the children engaged and time on a gorgeous beach in Zanzibar.
Spotting elephant in Tarangire
Cycling through banana plantations
Safari in Ngorongoro & Serengeti
Meet the Bushmen of Eyasi
Zanzibar beach & Stone Town
15 days from £2,625 pp
Plus international flights from £550
A 2-week holiday for a family of four in Tanzania (including both safari and beach) will usually cost from £10,500 (excluding international flights) based on mid-range accommodation.
A safari is one of the more expensive types of holiday that we arrange. Prices in Tanzania do vary significantly depending on the season but are generally highest over Christmas and during the summer holidays in July and August. The exact cost will depend on how many of you there are, when you are travelling and whether the children will share a room with your or are old enough to be on their own.
As a guideline, a 2-week holiday for a family of four in Tanzania (including both safari and beach) will usually start from around £10,500 (excluding international flights) based on comfortable mid-range accommodation.
If you would prefer to stay in some of the more luxurious lodges and tented camps, and perhaps take some internal flights, the price will start from around £16,000 for a two week trip for a family of four.
If you would like to climb Kilimanjaro, the price for a 10-day round trip from Arusha will start from £8,500 for a family of four (excluding international flights).
Can you do Tanzania on the cheap?
Although Tanzania is a relatively expensive destination, there are things that we can do to bring the price down. Chief amongst these is the option to stay in public campsites near the national parks. These can be quite busy during peak periods but they are ideal for those travelling on a budget. We will provide all camping equipment including tents, bedding and sleeping bags as well as a cook who will cater for you throughout the trip.
If you camp throughout, the cost of a 2-week holiday (safari and beach) for a family of four will be around £8,500.
The most expensive element of any trip to Tanzania is always the safari, as once you get to the beach there are many relatively inexpensive beach resorts. Therefore if you need to keep the price of your holiday as low as possible, one way of doing this is to reduce the duration of the safari and increase the duration of the time on the beach.
All prices exclude international flights. Flights to Tanzania from the UK start from around £850 per person.
Most itineraries start in Arusha and finish either back there or in Zanzibar. There are two airports in Arusha but the international airport (which you will fly into) is Kilimanjaro Airport.
You can arrange ‘open jaw’ flights into Arusha and back from Zanzibar.
There are no direct flights into Arusha from the UK. The quickest flights are usually with Kenya Airways but there are often good connections with the Middle Eastern airlines. The flight time is from 15 hours upwards.
Flights are available for booking approximately 11 months in advance. If travelling during UK school holidays we suggest that you book your flights as far in advance as possible to get the best fares. Prices will rise considerably the closer to departure that you book.
In general we don’t impose age limits on any of our tours but we will be happy to discuss what will be suitable for your family. Also please see here for our thoughts on taking younger children on safari.
For the Family climb of Mount Kilimanjaro there is a minimum age of 10. This is imposed by the National Parks authority and is strictly enforced so we don’t have any flexibility in this.
Rest assured that you have 100% financial protection if you book with us, as we are members of the Travel Trust Trade . All monies paid to us by you are deposited into a trust account and the funds are only released to Stubborn Mule after you have completed your holiday.
All you need to do is let us know a few key details about you and your family and we will do the rest. After a chat to understand more about you, we can produce an itinerary as a starting point and can tweak this until we get it exactly right.
Tanzania Safari & Beach day-to-day itinerary
Arrive in Arusha where you will be met by a Stubborn Mule Travel representative and transferred to your hotel.
Day 2 Arusha
A full day of activities in Arusha National Park. This small park seldom appears on safari itineraries for Tanzania, which is a surprise as it is one of our favourites. At the centre of the park is the beautiful Ngurdoto Crater, flanked by steep cliffs and home to an abundance of buffalo that roam the marshy ground found within. Further into the park the Momella lakes are also scenic, with an abundant bird population as well as large populations of hippo and buffalo.
You will start the day with a short game drive, followed by a guided walking safari across the plains in the shadow of Mount Meru. Giraffe wander past just a few metres away and herds of buffalo graze on the grasses.
From here continue to the Momella Lakes where you take a gentle canoe ride across the peaceful waters of the lake, stopping to learn about the birds that you see along the way and perhaps catching a glimpse of a lumbering hippo.
Day 3 Tarangire
This morning drive to Tarangire where you will spend the night in a delightful tented camp with views towards Lake Manyara. The camp has possibly our favourite pool in Tanzania, on a deck overlooking the plains, with wildlife such as zebra, wildebeest and giraffe coming almost right up to the edge.
Have a relaxing afternoon before heading out for a sunset walk across the plains in search of wildlife. Antelope, zebra, giraffe and ostrich can all be found here and you can finish up by the campfire as the sun sets.
Day 4 Tarangire National Park
A full day of game drives in Tarangire National Park. The park is cut through by the Tarangire River which proves a magnet for all manner of wildlife during the long dry season when the surrounding area becomes completely parched. During the wet season the wildlife is more scattered but you are still almost guaranteed sightings of Tarangire’s extensive elephant population. Large herds roam the riverbed whilst zebra, buffalo, gazelle and wildebeest try to avoid the predatory advances of lion and leopard. There is also a remarkable profusion of bird life as the Tarangire swamps are home to 550 bird varieties including many rare species.
Day 5 Mto Wa Mbu
After breakfast drive to the small village of Mto Wa Mbu, at the base of the Rift Valley Escarpment. Take a bike ride through the banana plantations, rice paddies and small villages that surround the town. (Families with younger children can take a tuk tuk ride instead). You will also stop at the main produce market in Mto Wa Mbu and a local school. Creative children may enjoy a visit to an artists’ co-operative where you can try your hand at doing a traditional African painting on your own canvas.
Join a local family for a traditional Tanzanian lunch before driving on to Karatu for the night.
Read More Day 6 Meet the Bushmen Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater The views are superb, from the first glimpse of the crater at ‘Heroes’ Point’, through the thick rain forest that covers its sides, down to the rich grassy plains that form its centre. Spend the night in a hotel close to the crater rim. Day 8 Mount Makarot – Serengeti Later continue by road to the Serengeti, with the option to stop en route at Olduvai Gorge. You will spend the night in a remote tented camp, with a campfire at night and a blanket of stars overhead. Days 9 – 10 Serengeti The Serengeti National Park is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s game parks and offers arguably the best game viewing in Africa. The setting is perfect – a sea of endless plains that stretches to the horizon, dotted with the occasional acacia tree and termite mound. This savannah is home to huge herds of buffalo that every year make the mass migration north, through crocodile infested rivers, in a frenzied mixture of mating and galloping that is driven by instinct. Prides of lion rule here, their hungry gaze sweeping the savannah for a chance to attack the thousands of eland, impala and gazelle. Solitary leopard stake out their place in the high branches of the acacia tree and herds of elephants roam at will. This is the Africa that you have always dreamed about. Day 11 Serengeti – Zanzibar Days 12-14 Zanzibar Beach Another great activity is a snorkelling excursion on Mnemba Island, home to some of the best snorkelling in East Africa. The visibility is superb and the coral provides a home to darting moray eels, brightly coloured star fish, stingrays and turtles. Day 15 Airport
An exciting day today as you head to Lake Eyasi, home to a number of different tribal groups. Most popular for the children will be a visit to a Hadzabe (bushman) family. Learn how to make fire by rubbing a stick vigorously into a hardwood block until wisps of smoke appear which are then used to light dried grass. Practice firing a bow and arrow at a grass target, causing much hilarity with the local boys who will then demonstrate their (vastly superior) shooting skills! You may even be invited to join the bushmen on a hunt in the bush in the search for small wild animals – usually rabbits, squirrels or birds.
You have a full day to visit the Ngorongoro Crater, an ancient volcanic crater that is home to an extraordinary concentration of wildlife including a very dense population of lion and spotted hyena. By now children will be very accomplished ‘wildlife spotters’ and you are almost guaranteed to see all of the ‘big five’ (lion, rhino, leopard, elephant and buffalo).
An exciting morning today as you climb an extinct volcano. Located in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, at 3,132m Mount Makarot soars above the surrounding landscape offering superb views not only of Ol Deani Volcano but also the Olduvai Plains. Accompanied by a park ranger you will follow a seldom-used route to the peak, passing at times through waist high grass and almost other-worldly forest. You may well see various antelope species en route and possibly buffalo.
Two full days to explore the Serengeti with both morning and afternoon game drives.
A morning game drive before transferring to the Seronera airstrip for a flight to Zanzibar. On arrival you will be met by a guide for the transfer to your hotel, in a gorgeous location on a lovely white sand beach. The rest of the day is free for you to relax.
Three full days to enjoy Zanzibar. Although it may be hard to tear the children away from the beach or the pool, there are some wonderful excursions here. Perhaps spend a morning exploring the wonderful labyrinthine streets of Stone Town. Most of the city was built in the 19th century when Zanzibar was a thriving trading community, a vital stop on the Spice Route where traders would stock up on cardamom, cinnamon, pepper and more. It is beautifully well preserved and you can spend hours wandering the narrow streets, stopping in small cafes to sample the local cuisine, following your nose into little alleyways flanked with crumbling colonial buildings, wrought iron balconies and thick wooden doors decorated with brass studs.
Transfer to the airport for your flight home.
Day 6 Meet the Bushmen
Day 7 Ngorongoro Crater
The views are superb, from the first glimpse of the crater at ‘Heroes’ Point’, through the thick rain forest that covers its sides, down to the rich grassy plains that form its centre.
Spend the night in a hotel close to the crater rim.
Day 8 Mount Makarot – Serengeti
Later continue by road to the Serengeti, with the option to stop en route at Olduvai Gorge. You will spend the night in a remote tented camp, with a campfire at night and a blanket of stars overhead.
Days 9 – 10 Serengeti
The Serengeti National Park is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania’s game parks and offers arguably the best game viewing in Africa. The setting is perfect – a sea of endless plains that stretches to the horizon, dotted with the occasional acacia tree and termite mound. This savannah is home to huge herds of buffalo that every year make the mass migration north, through crocodile infested rivers, in a frenzied mixture of mating and galloping that is driven by instinct.
Prides of lion rule here, their hungry gaze sweeping the savannah for a chance to attack the thousands of eland, impala and gazelle. Solitary leopard stake out their place in the high branches of the acacia tree and herds of elephants roam at will. This is the Africa that you have always dreamed about.
Day 11 Serengeti – Zanzibar
Days 12-14 Zanzibar Beach
Another great activity is a snorkelling excursion on Mnemba Island, home to some of the best snorkelling in East Africa. The visibility is superb and the coral provides a home to darting moray eels, brightly coloured star fish, stingrays and turtles.
Day 15 Airport
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Tanzania in pictures
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