12 Days Tanzania Bush to Beach Safari


This is a classic short private safari to the world-famous wild parks of Tanzania including the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro crater. Then you have time to relax and enjoy the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar Island. We have added one of our favorite small beach resorts but we can upgrade or downgrade the hotel on request. Patrol Africa takes the view that your accommodations are just as important as the safari itself. That is why we make sure that the accommodation we book for you is of excellent standard. Virtually all accommodations are built according to the same principle, in a central location, with a partly open restaurant surrounded by a varying number of guest rooms sleeping two or more people.

  • This bush-to-brach safari is a tour to the best of the Northern Parks of Tanzania and the fine white sand of Zanzibar.
  • Experience the game-filled plains of the famed Serengeti National Park, an endless plain and the home of the wildebeest migration, the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park with its large number of elephants, and then finally, fly to the beautiful spice island of Zanzibar for the beach leisure and relaxation after a long journey to wild.
  • Let our experts design you’re truly once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Airport Pickup and Drop–Off
  • Private Jeep 4×4 equipped with refrigerator, portable charging stations, and pop-up roof
  • Unlimited mileage game drive
  • Professional, English-speaking guide
  • Meals according to the itinerary
  • Mineral water on all days
  • All mentioned activities
  • All park entrances fees
  • Flying Doctors insurance (AMREF) during the safari for emergence evacuations
  • All government taxes
  • Flights(International)
  • Alcoholic and soft drinks
  • Tips for safari guide
  • Personal expenses in nature such as money for souvenirs travel insurance, visa fees, etc.
  • Visa fees (100 USD for American and 50 USD for non-American)
  • Immunization documents (yellow fever recommended for visa processing on arrivals)
  • The government imposed an increase in taxes and /or park fees

Location Map

Tour Timeline

  • 1
    Day 1: Arrival - Tarangire

    Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro Airport, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the hotel, located between Tarangire. This lodge offers beautiful views over Lake Tarangire. Settle into your hotel ready for the game drive in Tarangire the following day.

    Estimated Driving Distance: 2-3 hours

    Accommodation & Meals: Tarangire Safari Lodge

  • 2
    Day 2 : Tarangire National Park

    Today start your safari. After breakfast, you will do game drive in the park. This lovely park boasts the largest concentrations of elephants in the world and the highest number of breeding bird species. Especially during the dry season, Tarangire National Park is packed with wildlife. Big cats like lions, cheetahs, and leopards, but also the seldom seen Kudu, Oryx, and Gerenuk. The Tarangire River draws huge herds of wildebeest, zebras, gazelles, as well as predators who prey upon them. Later in the afternoon, you drive to your lodge in Karatu for Diner and overnight.

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge on Full Board Basis

  • 3
    Day 3: Lake Manyara National Park

    After early breakfast, you set off towards Lake Manyara National Park for a game drive. This park is known for its huge soda lake filled with pink-hued flamingos, a large population of baboons, incredible birdlife, and breathtaking views. You can see giraffes, elephants, hippos, buffaloes, zebras, flamingos, and if you are lucky you spot a tree-climbing lion. After your picnic lunch, you will depart for a 2-hour nature walk in the park, guided by an armed ranger. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about different plants with their medicinal uses, animal tracks, insects, etc. Later in the afternoon we will drive back to the lodge for dinner and overnight.

    Estimated Driving Distance: 2-3 hours

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Ngorongoro Coffee Lodge on Full Board Basis

  • 4
    Day 4 : Lake Eyasi – The Bushmen/Coffee Tour

    You will depart early in the morning carrying a picnic breakfast with you and drive to Lake Eyasi. This day will be full of culture, with interesting encounters with local tribes. This is an untouched and scenically beautiful area where you can get a real insight into the way of life of the rural tribes like the Datoga and Hadzabe Bushmen. Visit their habitat and experience their culture firsthand. Later you will return to your lodge for a late lunch. After lunch, you will do a guided coffee tour on the nearby Shangrila farm. Coffee is one of the main cash crops in Tanzania and here you get detailed information about coffee growing. This is the best place for you to buy your arabica coffee should you want some. You will then return to the accommodation for dinner and overnight.

    Activity: Cultural Tour

    Accommodation & Meals: Kisimangeda Tented Camp on Full Board Basis

  • 5
    Day 5: Ngorongoro Crater

    Today you set off towards the Ngorongoro Crater for a beautiful game drive. It shelters close to 30.000 animals including the Big Five. The crater teems with zebras, buffaloes, lions, wildebeest, warthogs, baboons, elephants, flamingos, ostriches, hippos, cheetahs, and a small population of the rare black rhino. The beautiful colors and dancing clouds make the crater almost surreal. Because of its natural beauty, the Ngorongoro Crater is chosen as one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders. After your picnic lunch, you will return to the lodge and spend the afternoon enjoying the pool at this boutique luxury lodge. Free optional Karatu town market tour can be arranged on request.

    Estimated Driving Distance: 2-3 hours

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Ngorongoro Serena Lodge on Full Board basis

  • 6
    Day 6: Serengeti National Park

    After breakfast, you will collect your picnic lunch from the hotel drive to Serengeti National Park, which has the largest concentration of big game in the world. If you want to spot the Big Five – lion, elephant, leopard, rhino, and buffalo- all in one park, then Serengeti is the best place to do so. Depending on which time of the year you visit this park, you can also witness the famous Great Migration. It’s an impressive experience to see all those hoofed mammals, followed by iconic predators, migrate in a clockwise circle every year. Late in the afternoon, you continue to recommend accommodation for dinner and overnight.

    Estimated Driving Distance: 2-3 hours

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Serengeti Serena Lodge

  • 7
    Day 7: Serengeti National Park

    Another day of morning and afternoon game viewing in the Serengeti. With so many wildebeest, gazelles and zebras present it is no wonder the Serengeti is also home to 4,000 lions and 1,000 leopards. Apart from the Big Five, the Serengeti boasts the cheetah, jackal, hyena, serval, aardvark, pangolin, porcupine, crocodiles, giraffe, python, black mamba, spitting cobra, ostrich, martial eagle, lovebirds, and vultures, just to name a few. Enjoy this supreme game viewing and return to recommended accommodation in the evening for dinner and overnight.

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Serengeti Serena Lodge on Full Board basis

  • 8
    Day 8: Serengeti – Zanzibar

    Explore the Serengeti for the last time during a morning game drive with a picnic lunch. You continue your journey to Seronera Airstrip for your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival on the tropical island Zanzibar you will be transferred to the lodge in Stone Town, where you can enjoy dinner and the beautiful views over the garden and the blue Indian Ocean.

    Activity: Game Drive

    Accommodation & Meals: Verde Hotel on Full Board basis

  • 9
    Day 9: Zanzibar

    After breakfast you will be picked up from your hotel, for 3 hours Stone Town Tour, after the tour you will have lunch at Maru Maru, and after lunch proceed to do spice tour, and then back to your hotel for dinner and overnight.

    Activity: Cultural tour of Stone Town & Spice Tour

    Accommodation & Meals: Hotel Verde on Full Board basis

  • 10
    Day 10: Zanzibar

    Today, after breakfast, you will be transferred to Nungwi beach, relax at the beautiful Beach. This is one of the best beaches on the island has a relaxed atmosphere with beautiful white sandy beaches and turquoise water that gently rolls onto the beach. You can spend the entire day at the beach since the beaches in this northern part of the island are not as tidal. If you like to be more active, the resort organizes lots of activities like village walks, scuba diving, and snorkeling. You can book and pay for these activities directly.

    Activity: Village walk or water sports

    Accommodation & Meals: Double Tree by Hilton Zanzibar-Nungwi on Full Board basis

  • 11
    Day 11: Zanzibar

    Spend your day at leisure. Enjoy laid-back beach life or sail towards the golden sunset on a traditional sailing boat while you spot pods of dolphins. Another option is to visit the nature reserve for turtles in Nungwi, where you can feed the turtles and even swim with them. This lovely fishing village has also many good bars.

    Activity: A visit of Nature reserve, or Dolphins Tour

    Accommodation & Meals: Double Tree by Hilton Zanzibar-Nungwi on Full Board basis

  • 12
    Day 12: Departure

    On the last day of your journey, you will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport for your departure flight.