- Climb Cape Town's iconic Table Mountain and abseil part of the way down
- Stay in a luxury safari lodge and go on incredible game drives and bush walks
- Paddle board alongside the penguins of Cape Town
- Learn how to surf on the waves of Kynsna Lagoon
- Swim with seals in Plettenberg Bay and go whale-watching in Hermanus
- Go vineyard-hopping and wine-tasting in the valleys of Stellenbosch
See the Serengeti in style with 2 nights at an epic safari camp, staying in luxury tents after spotting the Big Five on bucket list safaris. Explore Africa’s ‘Garden of Eden’ at Ngorongoro Crater for an incredible game drive through its wildlife-packed landscape. Look out to views of Mt Kilimanjaro from a boutique lodge and go off the beaten path to discover authentic village life. Dive into the tropical paradise of Zanzibar to set sail on a traditional Dhow boat, snorkel through the coral reef of Mnemba Atoll and tuck into an al fresco beach feast.
There are few countries in the world where you can come eye to eye with a wild lion, a giant tortoise and a critically endangered black rhino. Fewer still that are home to epic craters that resemble the Garden of Eden and ancient gorges that hold the oldest recorded remains of our human ancestors. In fact there is only one such country, and that Flashpackers, is the incredibly diverse kingdom of Tanzania. With more than 4 million wild animals roaming across its horizon stretching plains, Tanzania has the largest concentration of animals per square kilometre in the world. This adventure therefore, is one for you animal lovers. Join us as we explore the Serengeti on foot on an amazing walking safari and jump in jeeps in search of the Big 5, stopping to spot cheetahs lurking in long grasses and hippos wallowing in waterholes. Along the way we’ll sleep beneath the stars in luxury safari tents and descend into Ngorongoro Crater on a spectacular game drive. We’ll look out to Mt Kilimanjaro from a boutique lodge and go off the beaten path to discover authentic village life, all before ending your adventure in the tropical paradise of Zanzibar. Here you can snorkel through coral reefs, learn of its spicy history and sail past dolphins on a traditional dhow boat. It’s an adventure of once in a lifetime experiences and unforgettable encounters, this is bucket list stuff right here.
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- Spot the Big 5 on epic game drives through the Serengeti National Park
- Go off the beaten path on a Serengeti walking safari
- Set sail on a traditional dhow boat for a day of sailing and snorkelling through Zanzibar
- Stay in a luxury Serengeti safari camp
- Relax on the some of the best beaches in the world in Zanzibar
- Drive through the incredible landscape of the Ngorongoro Crater on an awesome game drive
- Explore the medieval streets of Stone Town, a UNESCO world heritage site
- Enjoy awesome views of Mt Kilimanjaro from your lodge located on a 70 acre coffee farm
Day 1: ARRIVE IN ARUSHA
Welcome to Arusha – the gateway to safari adventure! Sip back welcome drinks in this lively city and get to know your fellow Flashpackers, making the most of city life before we head into the Serengeti wilderness tomorrow…
Step off the plane at Arusha or Kilimanjaro Airport and let those pre-adventure endorphins sink in. Welcome to your wild adventure in Tanzania, the largest country in East Africa and home to some of the best wildlife in the world, Africa’s highest mountain and the sizzling Zanzibar archipelago. Please arrive by 4pm, ready for your airport transfer to whisk you to your hotel in Arusha where you can settle in and freshen up. Come evening, you will meet your expert Pack Leader who will be your source of all Tanzanian wisdom. Here in Arusha, you’ll find a large and lively city that contrasts to the lush beauty of the wild national parks to the north. Enjoy welcome drinks in this safari gateway with your fellow Flashpackers, getting to know the like-minded adventurers who 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…More +
Day 2: TICK A SERENGETI SAFARI OFF YOUR BUCKET LIST
Get set for a bucket list day in the Serengeti, stopping by the historic Olduvai Gorge before jumping in jeeps in search of the big 5. Tonight you’ll sleep beneath the stars in luxury safari tents and gather round the campfire to the sound of buzzing nightjars and howling hyenas.
Bid farewell to the city today as we head to the vast wilderness of the Serengeti National Park. Along the way, we’ll stop by the historic Olduvai Gorge that’s home to the earliest evidence of the existence of humans. The gorge itself can be found in the Great Rift Valley, where hundreds of fossilised bones and stone tools have been unearthed by Paleoanthropologists flocking from far and wide. It’s then time to hit the wide open plains of the Serengeti, known as ‘the place where the land moves on forever’ and it’s not hard to see why. Welcome to one of the most epic safari destinations on earth, a true bucket list destination in every sense of the word. Depending on the season, you’ll either arrive in the striking sun-parched beauty of the dry season or the green abundance following the rains. Here you’ll find lions roaming through the long grasses, giraffes munching through the striking acacia trees and elephants making a splash in the inviting waterholes. This afternoon we’ll jump aboard jeeps for your first taste of a Serengeti game drive where we’ll be cruising across the open savannah in search of the Big 5. Keep your eyes peeled for an elusive leopard lurking in the grasses or the distinctive silhouette of a rhino, but there’s so much more to see than the Big 5. There are meerkats to spot popping up from their burrows, cheetahs sprinting across the open plains or the 500 different bird species flying overhead. In true safari style, your home for the night can be found in the typical safari tents of the Mapito safari camp where a cosy campfire awaits – this is the life.More +
Day 3: STROLL THROUGH THE SERENGETI
Go off the beaten path on a morning walking safari, feeling at one with the wild landscape for more personal wildlife encounters. Cruise across the beautiful plains of the Serengeti on an afternoon game drive with your expert guide showing you the best wild hangouts. From sunbathing lions to migrating wildebeest, have your cameras at the ready. Come evening, head back to your boutique safari camp for dinner and Serengeti sundowners.
Rise and shine to the sounds of the Serengeti, ready to get out on foot for an awesome walking safari. This is a thrilling way to view the wildlife in the most authentic way, feeling at one with the landscape around you rather than a mere spectator in a jeep. Here you can be a participant in this wild world, enjoying more personal encounters with the wildlife surrounding you. Make the most of discovering the untouched wilderness on foot with your expert guide leading the way, taking you off the beaten path and up to great viewpoints that you can’t reach by car. Then, after 3 – 4 hours of off-road exploration, we’ll return to camp for lunch. This afternoon we’ll hop in jeeps once more for another epic game drive. Watch the landscape change from the open plains of the centre to the forested scrub in the north, with the stunning savannah in between. You may also stop by the Simba Kopjes, an impressive rock outcrop where you’ll find sleepy lions basking in the sun or protective cheetahs sheltering their cubs. Have your binoculars at the ready as you witness the amazing scene unfold before you, whether this is thousands of wildebeests roaming across the plains or hippos wallowing in a watering hole. Then as the sun begins to set and the hyenas begin to howl, head back to your cosy camp for dinner. Here you can gather around the campfire, look up to the star lit skies and embrace the cheesiness for all its worth.
Please note: If you would like to float above the Serengeti in a hot air balloon, you can choose this optional extra instead of the morning walking safari. This sunrise safari is an amazing way to admire the the stretching vistas below, showing you a unique bird’s eye view and landing wherever the gentle breeze takes you. Ask us for details.More +
Day 4: DISCOVER AFRICA’S EDEN
Descend into the ancient caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater for a spectacular game drive through its diverse ecosystems, known as Africa’s Garden of Eden. Admire the dazzling wildlife – including the highest density of predators in Africa – before carrying on to Karatu where you can relax by the pool at your boutique farm oasis.
Enjoy one last breakfast at your safari camp before we head to the incredible expanse of the Ngorongoro Crater. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is often referred to as the Garden of Eden, with its diverse microcosm of different ecosystems ranging from wide open vistas to forested rivers and freshwater lakes. This ancient volcanic caldera spans across 300km2 and is 600m deep, where a dazzling array of wildlife call it home – including the highest density of predators in Africa. We’ll be driving through this Edenic landscape on a spectacular game drive, looking out for the highly endangered black rhino and thousands of flamingo casting their pink reflections across the crater lake. We’ll then ascend upwards out of the crater and carry on to your boutique farm hotel in Karatu where the rest of your day can be spent relaxing by the pool. Alternatively, for those wanting to get an authentic glimpse of typical Tanzanian life beyond the tourists, there is an optional visit to the village of Mto wa Mbu. Here you’ll find a small but lively village where you can get involved with the local community program. Dinner is then served back at your farm oasis, with the chefs cooking up a seasonal Swahili storm.More +
Day 5: WHO CAN SPOT MT KILIMANJARO?
Hit the road back to Arusha, passing by mountain peaks to reach your hilltop lodge found on a stunning coffee farm. Here you can look out to views of Mt Kilimanjaro and relax by the pool, explore the local nature trails or immerse yourself in village life.
Take in the 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 to look out to vast rolling plains and jagged mountain peaks in the distance. We’ll then arrive at your hilltop lodge sitting pretty on a 70 acre coffee farm. Enjoy breathtaking views across the lush forest to the iconic Mt Kilimanjaro and Mt Meru with your cameras at the ready. The rest of the afternoon is yours to do as you please in this idyllic setting, making the most of the surrounding views and relaxing at your leisure. Need even more Tanzanian nature? Take a walk through the lodge’s teeming forest. Or to get to know the local cultures and customs, head into the nearby village for a cultural walk with your expert guide leading the way. Come evening, regather with your fellow Flashpackers and share your stories of wild sightings and local encounters over dinner.More +
Day 6: HIT THE SKIES TO ZANZIBAR
Hop on a flight to the tropical paradise of Zanzibar where an award-winning beach hotel awaits. Found on the shores of Nungwi beach, check into your stylish rooms and make the most of the infinity pool and white-sand beaches. Then hit up the awesome beach bars with your Flash Pack pals.
Wake up and grab your shades, today we’re heading to the tropical islands of Zanzibar. First up we’ll check out of the lodge and head to Arusha airport where we’ll catch the scenic 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 laid back culture. Upon arrival, will whisk you onwards to the north village of Nungwi. Here you are free to do as you please, be it hitting the luminous stretch of white sand at Nungwi beach or hopping on a boat tour of Prison Island, initially used to confine WW2 prisoners, it is now home to a giant tortoise sanctuary. This evening be sure to hit up a local beach bar with your Flash Pack pals and enjoy sundowners and sunset views.More +
Day 7: ALL ABOARD YOUR DHOW BOAT
Step aboard your private dhow boat and cruise through the ocean for a day of sailing, swimming and snorkelling. Discover the coral reef of Mnemba Atoll, sail past pods of dolphins and tuck into a beach bbq of freshly caught seafood.
Wake up today knowing that the day before you holds nothing but tropical escapism. After breakfast at your hotel, hop aboard a traditional dhow boat with its double masts and triangular sails that have been used by Arabs and fishermen for hundreds of years. We’ll be cruising our way through the Indian Ocean on one for a day spent sailing and snorkelling through the northern coast of Zanzibar. Here you’ll find 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 sand of Muyuni beach for a delicious barbecue of freshly caught seafood. We’ll then sail onwards to Mnemba, looking out for pods of friendly dolphins and diving into its diverse snorkel sites. From shallow coral gardens to a deep reef abyss, the crystal clear waters here are a snorkelling paradise. Your dhow will then steer you to Muyini beach for a private feast in a rustic beach banda with views across to Mnemba and a palm-shaded hammock with your name on it. After a day of soaking up the sun we’ll then set sail back to Nungwi, vitamin D levels at full capacity.More +
Day 8: A SPICY TOUR & A STONE TOWN
Go on flavour-packed tour of Zanzibar’s spice plantations and explore Stone Town – the historic heart of Zanzibar. Wind your way through the beautiful streets of this UNESCO World Heritage Site before savouring a farewell dinner at an oceanfront restaurant to end your adventure in style.
This morning Zanzibar will live up to its name of the Spice Island with a visit to the famous spice plantations. Here you can touch, taste and smell your way through the lush forest, sampling local cinnamon, vanilla, and ginger. Your guide will bring to life the history of the renowned spice trade and provide authentic 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. Here you will be led on a culture packed tour through this exotic port town, winding your way through its narrow medieval streets and past elaborate doorways. You’ll see palaces, forts and mosques and get the chance to stock up on some Zanzibar souvenirs at the colourful market. Then, as the sun begins to set on your Tanzanian adventure, we’ll go for a farewell dinner at a seafront restaurant. Here you can enjoy sundowners overlooking the Indian Ocean, raising a glass to the amazing memories you have made.More +
Day 9: TAKE OFF FROM TANZANIA
The end is nigh so head back to reality with amazing new experiences to look back on. From admiring the dazzling wildlife of the Serengeti to diving into the shimmering ocean of Zanzibar, fly home with amazing new memories made and friendships forged with your fellow Flashpackers.
It’s the end of the road for your Tanzanian adventure so the time has come to bid your farewells. After breakfast, check out of your hotel and make your way to the airport depending on the time of your flight. The best option is to fly from Zanzibar airport so let us know if you are considering catching the ferry over to Dar es Salaam airport instead. Either way, as the Zanzibar archipelago fades into a turquoise speck beneath you, think back on all the awesome experiences of the past 9 days. You have ticked a Serengeti safari off your bucket list and slept beneath the stars in a safari tent. You have cruised through the wild beauty of Ngorongoro Crater on a wildlife packed game drive, looked out to epic views of Kilimanjaro and had the option to get involved with authentic community life. Finally, you embraced island life in Zanzibar and set sail on your own private dhow boat, snorkelled through coral reefs and learnt all things spicy and history in Stone Town. It’s been a wild adventure so fly safe in the knowledge of saying yes to new experiences.More +
Fly into: Arusha Airport (ARK) OR Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO)
Fly out of: Zanzibar – Abeid Amani Karume Airport International Airport (ZNZ)
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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