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Thrill & Chill Big 5 Serengeti with ZanzibarTanzania

From £4,245 per person for 9 nights (based on 2 adults sharing)*
See Tanzania’s game-filled national parks and glimpse a fascinating ecosystem in relative peace, spotting the Big Five as you travel. Then, after a busy week on safari, why not take some time to relax in the tropical oasis of Zanzibar.

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Wonders of Wildlife


Our Big Five Serengeti Safari sweeps through the dramatic landscapes of Tanzania, taking in some of Africa’s most spectacular sights – from the lush plains of the Ngorongoro Crater to shimmering orange sunsets over the Serengeti and vast herds of wildebeest thundering across the savannah. This is the place to savour Big Five sightings and view myriad other species: the wildlife here is among the continent’s most diverse, with cheetah, antelope and Nile crocodile among the animals to be found in the country’s uncrowded national parkland. 


  • See elephants – everywhere – in pachyderm-heavy Tarangire National Park
  • Search out lion, leopard and hyena along the endless plains of the stunning Serengeti
  • Spot the Big Five in Ngorongoro Crater, one of the best places in the world to see them
  • Spend time with Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes on earth, in the peaceful surrounds of Lake Eyasi 

Serengeti Summary

The adventure starts with a trip to Tarangire, home to thousands of elephants, before continuing towards the famous Serengeti, for thrilling game drives and neon-infused sunsets. Next, it’s time to explore the ancient volcanic caldera of the Ngorongoro Crater, now the country’s best place to see the Big Five, especially lions - the crater has one of the densest populations of these felines in the world. 

You'll spend two days at the crater, spotting black rhinos, hippopotami, cape buffalo, and many other species. Then you'll end your Awesome Experience with the privileged opportunity to spend time with the Hadzabe Bushmen, one of the last hunter gatherer tribes left in the world. Along the way, you’ll learn more about the cradle of civilisation and spend your nights under the stars of wide African skies.


Zanzibar – actually the name of the collection of islands rather than the island itself – is an archipelago of islands off the coast of Tanzania in the Indian Ocean. You’ll be visiting Unguja (colloquially called Zanzibar), the biggest of them all, also known as Spice Island. Bursting with culture and history, it is a destination which has drawn traders, merchants and seafarers from far and wide for hundreds of years. The dazzling white-sand beaches and incredible marine life are some of the best in the world while the capital, Stone Town, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a fascinating place to visit. Its labyrinthine alleys lead you to bustling markets and impressive mosques and the whole city is a mix of Middle Eastern, Indian and African influenced architecture, making for a captivating place to visit. 

Zanzibar Hotel Aerial

Our hotel is in a stunning location with breakfast included and private transport from mainland Tanzania directly to your hotel. The perfect way to rest and recuperate before you head back home, this 4 day trip has no organised activities, meaning that your time on this beautiful island can be as relaxed or as active as you want it to be. 

Please click the Full Itinerary tab for the full daily itinerary, details of what's included and information about children and solo travellers. 


Your transfer from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is included in the experience price, along with private transfers to and from your hotel. Flights home from Zanzibar are not included once the experience has finished. 

Experience start point: Kilimanjaro (JRO). Arrive any time.

End point: Zanzibar (ZNZ). Hotel check out 12pm. 

Full Itinerary



Day One: Arrival in Tanzania

Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro airport, you’ll be met and transferred to Arusha, the lively town that’s the gateway to Tanzania’s top safari spots. The rest of the day is yours to relax: perhaps you’ll eat at one of its great restaurants, haggle for souvenirs among the Technicolour stalls of the Maasai Market, or simply take in the incredible views of Mount Meru (the country’s second highest peak) rising above the town.

Overnight in Arusha 

Classic - Outpost Lodge Arusha

Premium - The African Tulip Lodge

Deluxe - Rivertrees Country Inn

Meals included: None

Mount Mera

Day Two: Surrounded by Elephants

After breakfast, you’ll make the two-hour journey to the Tarangire National Park, and elephant country. Here, among a scorched landscape dotted with Baobab trees, thousands of these great animals come to drink at the Tarangire River, the only source of water in the area. During an afternoon game drive, you’ll spot plenty of them, alongside other wildlife including lion, cheetah and leopard. Then you’ll overnight in a camp or lodge within the park, with all the sounds and smells of this incredible place for company.

Overnight in Tarangire 

Classic - Whistling Thorn Tented Camp

Premium - Tarangire Safari Lodge

Deluxe - Sanctuary Swala Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner


Day Three: Spectacular Serengeti

Time to head to one of Africa’s most beautiful National Parks, the Serengeti, a protected area that’s home to the oldest ecosystem in the world. Famous for its wildebeest and zebra migrations, it’s also home to a huge array of other wildlife, including lion, cheetah, leopard, hyena and a plethora of rainbow-coloured birds. You’ll make the four-hour drive during the morning, so you can spend your afternoon on a game drive between high grass and skittish gazelle before a night in one of the park’s atmospheric camps.

Overnight in Serengeti National Park 

Classic - Kati Kati Tented Camp

Premium - Angata Serengeti Camp

Deluxe - Kubu Kubu Tented Camp

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner


Day Four: Dawn Searches

You’ll wake early today, to try and catch a glimpse of the Serengeti’s big cats before they retreat from the blazing African sun. You’ll spend a few hours driving around the incredible landscape in the peace and gentle light of the morning, before making the three-hour journey to the Ngorongoro Crater, where you will find your accommodation for the night. Formed from an ancient volcanic caldera, its lush, fertile plains are the best place in Tanzania to see the Big Five, and also home to some of the country’s most incredible scenery – expect dazzling purple sunsets over its glittering lake and green and gold plains.

For an even more unforgettable adventure, Awesome Experiences can arrange two optional activities for Day Three. The first is a balloon ride over the Serengeti – one of the most incredible experiences we’ve had. With no power lines or fences, you have an unobstructed view of this vast area and can spot hyenas, hippos and elephants from high above, savouring absolute peace. Another option is to make a stop off at Olduvai Gorge, a deep ravine that offers an incredible insight into human development. Here, hominid footprints were found embedded in rock that’s 3.6 million years old. Wander the museum, with its hominid replicas, and listen museum staff explain the challenging years of earliest man, on this very spot. For the costs of these optional excursions, please see the Extras tab.

Overnight at Ngorongoro Crater 

Classic - Rhino Lodge Ngorongoro 

Premium - Sopa Lodge Ngorongoro 

Deluxe - Serena Safari Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner

Lion safari

Day Five: Into the Crater

Start your day by descending into the crater, formed three million years ago by a volcanic explosion. Its lush, fertile landscape is a haven for many types of wildlife – rhino, prides of lion and cheetah are regularly spotted. After your drive, you’ll enjoy a picnic lunch overlooking the hippo pond, where you can spot these gigantic animals as their heads bob above the water. Then you’ll begin the two-hour drive to Lake Eyasi, a lesser-visited and strikingly beautiful lake, filled with flamingos from June to November, and eerily empty for the rest of the year. This afternoon is for settling in to your camp here ready for exploration tomorrow.

Overnight at Lake Eyasi

Classic - Tindiga Tented Camp

Premium - Kisema Ngeda Tented Camp

Deluxe - Ziwani Lodge

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 


Day Six: Tribe Life

This morning you’ll spend time with the Hadzabe Bushmen who call Lake Eyasi their home. Living entirely in harmony with their natural surroundings, they communicate using a clicking language and are one of the last hunter-gatherer tribes left on earth. Join them as they hunt through the bush with traditional bows and arrows and you’ll gain a once in a lifetime insight into their culture and ways. After this fascinating experience, you’ll have lunch before being driven back to Arusha, where you’ll spend the night.

Overnight in Arusha 

Classic - Outpost Lodge Arusha

Premium - The African Tulip Lodge

Deluxe - Rivertrees Country Inn

Meals included: Breakfast; lunch; dinner 

hadzabe tribe hut


Day Seven: Onwards to Zanzibar

This morning you will be transferred to Kilimanjaro airport, in time for a flight to Zanzibar departing Kilimanjaro 10am, and arriving in Zanzibar 11am (exact times may differ). 

Upon arrival at Zanzibar airport, you will be met and transferred to Ocean Paradise Resort for check-in. With the rest of the day to relax, you can settle in and take in the stunning landscape around you. During your stay breakfast and dinner are included. 

Days Eight & Nine: Time to Relax

The next two days will be at your leisure to enjoy this beautiful island paradise. You could go snorkeling, visit Stone Town, go on a boat trip and swimming with dolphins, take a spice tour, go horse riding through coconut groves or just relax on the beach, it’s all up to you. Your Zanzibar extension can be as active or relaxing as you like.

Day Ten: Heading Home

This morning you will be transferred back to Zanzibar airport for your flight home after your incredible African adventure!


Premium - Ocean Paradise Resort (Garden Room)

Zanzibar Rooms Exterior

Zanzibar Room Interior

Your hotel option for this experience is Premium:

Premium ★★★★

Premium hotels are typically upper mid range (usually four star), with more amenities than our classic choices. They all have comfortable rooms with private facilities and have received good client feedback.

When booking an experience, please remember that the hotel category you select is for the whole tour. The table below displays the hotels listed for each category. Please note that the actual hotel selection will be driven by availability at time of booking.

Overall meals included: 6 Breakfasts; 6 lunches; 5 dinners

What's included:

  • Private English-speaking guides unless stated otherwise
  • Private transfers unless stated otherwise
  • Meals as listed
  • Mandatory taxes and service fees

What's not included:

  • International flights to/from the start/end point of our experiences
  • Tips for guides, drivers, porters and other staff
  • Any visa, customs, airport taxes or similar charges before or after the tour
  • Drinks during meals unless stated otherwise
  • Personal expenses, such as laundry and equipment to hire

We will send you a detailed packing list upon booking, or you can hire equipment locally. 

For Home Office travel advice to this country, read more here.


Your transfer from Kilimanjaro to Zanzibar is included in the experience price, along with private transfers to and from your hotel. However, flights home from Zanzibar are not included once the experience has finished. 

Experience start point: Kilimanjaro (JRO). Arrive any time.

End point: Zanzibar (ZNZ). Hotel check out 12pm. 

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