Tanzania Highlights
Tanzania Highlights
Tanzania Highlights
Tanzania Highlights
Tanzania Highlights

Tanzania Highlights

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Small Group Safari (min 8 / max 18 passengers)
14 Days / 13 nights ex Nairobi
2024 Departures: 19 Sep; 31 Oct  
(Fully Booked Dates: 27 Jun; 08 Aug 24)
2025 Departures: 26 Jun; 07 Aug; 18 Sep
(Fully Booked Dates: 30 Oct)  

Tanzania offers vast wilderness areas including popular Serengeti NP and the impressive Ngorongoro Crater. Both these areas are known for their variety of game including the Big 5. The safari also visits Olduvai Gorge - one of the most important paleoanthropological sites in the world and Marangu with its coffee plantations and Chagga tribe. End your safari in Zanzibar with a few days in historic Stone Town and then head to Nungwi Beach for complete relaxation.


  • Game drives in the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit a coffee plantation
  • Learn about the Chagga tribes people
  • Zanzibar Stone Town – history, architecture, seafood, sunsets with cocktails
  • Learn about the spice trade and what goes in our cooking
  • Relax on the pristine beaches of Nungwi

Day 1: Nairobi

Jambo! Arrive in to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital. You will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. Remainder of the day at leisure.

Day 2: Nairobi (B)

Free day to kick back, catch up on your washing, emails, shopping etc. There is a good choice of restaurants and bars close-by, plus a modern supermarket where you can stock up on personal supplies. Option to visit the nearby elephant orphanage at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust.

Day 3: Karatu (BLD)

Today cross into Tanzania via the Namanga border and drive through Arusha and the northern highlands. After climbing the Manyara Escarpment, the vegetation becomes more lush and green, especially around the highlands of Karatu where you overnight. The extinct volcano of Ol Deani has gentle slopes and is a prominent feature of the landscape.

Day 4: Serengeti (BLD)

You will be picked up this morning in 4WD vehicles and driven to The Serengeti National Park. The largest national park in Tanzania, the Serengeti is famous for its migratory herd of more than 1.5 million wildebeest, along with masses of zebra and their predators. This afternoon there will be a game drive before arriving at your tented camp.

Day 5: Serengeti – Ngorongoro (BLD)

Morning game drive before travelling across the plains to Naabi Hill where a stop will be made for lunch. In the afternoon continue on to Ngorongoro where you will stay overnight on the edge of the crater rim.

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha (BL)

Ngorongoro Crater is a huge volcanic caldera covering 264 sq km. Measuring over 16km across and 610 metres deep, it is home to many animals including black rhino, hyena, jackal and the densest lion population in the world. This morning descend into the crater for a game drive then after lunch drive back to Arusha for your overnight stay.

Day 7: Arusha - Marangu (BD)

Today visit Shanga River House. The Shanga Foundation was set up to provide locals with disabilities the chance to learn a craft and earn a living. You will be impressed with the unique and quality products which have been handmade from recycled materials. Time here for lunch at the restaurant. Later in the afternoon arrive in Marangu, which is situated on the lower slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro. The accommodation for the next two nights has magnificent views of the mountain.

Day 8: Marangu (BLD)

Today you will learn about the Chagga people – Bantu speaking indigenous Africans and the third largest ethnic group in Tanzania. Take a walk through the village with a local guide, wander through banana and coffee plantations, visit a picturesque waterfall where you are free to have a swim in the refreshing water. Finally explore the caves – an elaborate system of underground tunnels and caves once used to hide the Chagga people and livestock from marauding Maasai.

Day 9: Stone Town, Zanzibar (B)

Today you will take a domestic flight from Kilimanjaro Airport to Zanzibar and transfer to “Town”. Little has changed in the last 200 years in Stone Town. It is a place of winding alleys, bustling bazaars, mosques and grand Arab houses whose original owners vied with each other over the extravagance of their dwellings. This one-upmanship is particularly reflected in the brass-studded, carved, wooden doors - there are more than 500 different examples of this handiwork. The afternoon is free to explore the fascinating labyrinth of narrow streets and alleyways. Later watch the sun sink into the sea over a cocktail before dinner.

Day 10: Spice Tour - Nungwi (B)

The history of Zanzibar would be not be complete without the cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper and many other spices which brought the Sultans of Oman and the beginnings of the infamous slave trade. Today's half day tour will wow you with the sheer number of spices produced and their incredible value for many ailments. Later this afternoon drive to Nungwi Beach at the northern end of the island.

Days 11-12: Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar (B)

Two free days to relax and unwind at Nungwi Beach. Diving, fishing and sailing on a Dhow are just some of the optional activities you can do here. At the end of the day there are plenty of bars to enjoy a sunset cocktail and a variety of beachside restaurants to dine in.

Day 13: Nungwi - Stone Town, Zanzibar (B)

Today head back to Stone Town where you will have free time to do some last minute shopping or exploring. The last night together will be spent over a fine meal and refreshments whilst taking stock of your adventure!

Day 14: Zanzibar Departure (B)

You will be transferred to Zanzibar Airport today for your onward flight.


  • 13 nights accommodation as indicated
  • Meals as indicated (B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner)
  • Sightseeing as indicated
  • Services of experienced driver/guide plus camp/cook assistant
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle, with camping/cooking equipment
  • All road tolls, vehicle taxes, National Park entry fees
  • Domestic flight from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar
  • Airport transfers on Day 1 & Day 14 only between 6.00am and 6.00pm


  • International airfares
  • Travel Insurance - mandatory
  • Entry Visa to all countries
  • Items of a personal nature (e.g. drinks, souvenirs)
  • Gratuities/Tipping
  • Any other optional activities you choose to take yourself

Accommodation based on the following or similar


Tamarind Tree Hotel


Kudu Lodge


Kati Kati Camp – permanent tent with ensuite


Rhino Lodge


Mr Meru Hotel


Marangu Hotel

Stone Town Zanzibar

Forodhani Park Hotel


Amaan Bungalows


Forodhani Park Hotel

  • These safaris are designed for travellers aged 40+  
  • The average age group is 55-65 years of age. If you have a sense of adventure, get on with people from all walks of life, don't mind getting a bit dusty during the day, and have a reasonable level of fitness and health then you are perfectly suited to our safaris!  
  • If you are travelling solo and would like to twin share with same gender, we will endeavour to find you a room mate.
  • If you are aged 75+ a Medical Certificate is required confirming your fitness for the safari.
East Africa:
Scania Series 4 | 260 hp
  • Coach seats for up to 18 guests
  • Air bag suspension
  • Roll up PVC sides for unencumbered views
  • Open air bench seat behind cab for game viewing
  • Secure safe for money and passports
  • 250 litre water tank providing free safe drinking water
  • Cool boxes to keep food chilled
  • Camp stools
  • Charging facilities for NZ or UK plugs
  • PA system

The Safari Company are are renowned for providing wholesome tasty meals using fresh ingredients. We cook outside on charcoal and gas BBQs. Meals are served buffet-style on a main table and we have camp stools to sit on.  

Most days we include 3 meals (specified in itinerary):
B - Breakfast (cereal, fresh fruit, toast, tea, coffee along with cooked options eg. eggs, bacon, sausage)
L - Lunch (cold meat, salad, bread, fruit, juice)
D - Dinner (vegetable soup, meat & vegetables, eg. bbq, curry, stew)


Safaris feature a variety of accommodation including upmarket lodges, first class hotels, unique cottages/chalets, permanent tents with ensuites.  

Bush camping is only on our Southern Explorer safari.  Roomy dome tents high enough to stand up in and a 50mm mattress. You will bring your own sleeping bag.

Africa is huge and we do need to do some long days on the road to get to our favourite destinations. The roads vary between modern bitumen highways to bumpy dusty tracks and everything in between but there's always something interesting to view from your seat high up on the truck. Toilet stops are often roadside behind a bush - Africa is not blessed with a lot of public toilets outside of the cities. The truck is naturally air-conditioned with fresh air blowing in the window.
Getting onboard the truck is via steepish steps but once on-board you are rewarded with fantastic views and the sweet sounds and smells of Africa. On our Eastern safaris there is the opportunity to sit up above the cab in the open air.

Trip prices and dates are correct at the time of the website going live, however all offers are subject to reconfirmation at the time of booking. All featured tour itineraries and offers maybe subject to change due to seasonal variations without notice, or due to local conditions or other conditions. Please confirm all details at time of booking. Travel insurance is mandatory for all Innovative Travel bookings. All passports must be valid for 6 months prior to your return to your home country. Visas are the responsibility of the traveller. For full terms and conditions, please refer to our Booking Conditions page.

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