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Tanzania Safari & Zanzibar Packages

Mainland Tanzania and the Indian Ocean island of Zanzibar are stunning destinations and together they provide a wonderful experience of all that Tanzania has to offer. Visiting both means that you can enjoy a safari at one or more of the many national parks and reserves on the Tanzanian mainland, and then follow it up with a beach holiday on Zanzibar, which also has a superb cultural and architectural legacy. They’re two very different destinations, but they go perfectly well together in ways that allow you to experience the best that East Africa has to offer.

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6 Questions About Tanzania Safaris With Zanzibar Add-on


6 Questions About Tanzania Safaris With Zanzibar Add-on

Answered by Anthony Ham

Why is a Tanzania safari and a Zanzibar beach holiday an ideal combination?

“Trips that combine a Tanzania safari and Zanzibar will be a special experience because they’re easy to get between and yet they span such a variety of different worlds. The Tanzanian mainland has many different attractions that cover a range of activities. But above all else, Tanzania is famous as one of the best safari destinations on Earth. The incredible wildlife, with beautiful landscapes as a backdrop, fill national parks such as the Serengeti, Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Nyerere (formerly Selous Game Reserve), Gombe and more. Hiking is also brilliant in Tanzania, from the ascent of Mt Kilimanjaro or Mt Meru to the lesser-known Usambara Mountains. Zanzibar couldn’t be more different. The island is a fabulous beach destination, with a stunning coastline and resorts to match. It’s also home to Stone Town, a glorious maze of hybrid African and Arab architecture where the streets fill with the smell of spices and the call to prayer. Being able to experience all of this on one trip is simply wonderful.”


What can I expect from a safari to Tanzania and Zanzibar?

“Combining your Tanzania safari with Zanzibar means spending as much time as you can spare out in Tanzania’s fantastic national parks then flying directly onto the island of Zanzibar. How long you stay in each place, and the order in which you visit them (most people go on safari first), will be determined by where your greatest interest lies and how much time you have. But the flight between the two is just long enough for you to catch your breath in readiness for what comes next. On the Tanzanian mainland safari leg, you can expect to see the wildlife Tanzania is famous for, although what you see will depend on where you go. Most commonly, especially on their first trip to Tanzania, travelers make the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Lake Manyara their first priority. On Zanzibar, you’ll need to make the difficult choice between how much time to spend on the beach and how much time you need to explore Stone Town: a difficult choice because they’re both such pleasurable experiences.”


How much does a safari to Tanzania and Zanzibar cost?

“Costs vary greatly for trips that include a Tanzania safari and Zanzibar. As a starting point, expect to pay US$150 to US$200 per person per day for a budget safari, and upwards (sometimes significantly upwards) of US$500 per person per day for high-end luxury tours. A big variable when it comes to determining the cost of your trip is the level of luxury you would like to enjoy. Most often, this has to do with the accommodation you’ll be staying in. Another factor to take into account is the season in which you’re traveling: the cost of high-season packages can be double that of low season. The length of trips is also something that will affect the price: the flight between the Tanzanian mainland and Zanzibar can be expensive, but its impact on the per-person daily cost will be less if you’re traveling for longer. The final main variable when it comes to cost is the type of safari you choose. A private safari (where you’ll have your own vehicle and guide just for you for the duration of your holiday) is obviously the most expensive option. Group safaris (where you share vehicles and guides) are cheaper. If you choose a self-drive safari (which is possible only for the Tanzania mainland part of the trip), the costs will lie somewhere between group and private safaris.”


What is the ideal holiday length for a Tanzania safari with a stay in Zanzibar?

“The short answer to this question is that the longer you have, the better! How long you stay will, of course, depend on how much time you have available and how much you’re willing to pay for your trip. But as a starting point, two weeks would be a minimum amount of time to dedicate for your holiday. To visit mainland Tanzania on safari, you may want to visit a number of parks. If you do this, you could fly between them, thereby saving traveling time but also increasing the cost of your safari. A week on safari would allow you to visit a couple of safari parks, perhaps even three of Lake Manyara, Tarangire, Ngorongoro and the Serengeti. Ten days would be the bare minimum if you wanted to visit all four and see them without too much rushing. Other destinations, such as the chimps in the parks of western Tanzania or climbing Mt Kilimanjaro, will obviously add numerous days to your calculations. For the Zanzibar section of your trip, so much depends on how much time you want to spend by the beach. Stone Town could be seen in a day, but you’ll definitely want to immerse yourself in its charms for longer.”


What is the best time to visit Tanzania and Zanzibar?

“For mainland Tanzania, the best time for safari holidays is definitely from June to October. This coincides with the Dry season, meaning that you’re more likely to enjoy favorable weather and road conditions. The Dry season is also the best time for seeing wildlife, as the animals are more likely to be closer to known water sources and are therefore easier to find. If you’re a birder, you may want to consider the months from November to April, when migrating birds spend nearly six months in the country. If you’re hoping to see the great wildebeest migration in the Serengeti, when nearly 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate through the park, often with predators in tow, then the best months are January to February in the south, June to July in the west, and August to September in the north. Zanzibar is very much a year-round destination: it’s always warm enough to go to the beach. That said, the best weather is usually from June or July until October.”


How do I get to Zanzibar from mainland Tanzania?

“The overwhelming majority of Tanzania safari and Zanzibar tours and trips involve flying between mainland Tanzania and Zanzibar. Sometimes the flights may be direct from an airstrip in one of the national parks (such as the Serengeti) to Zanzibar. On other packages, you may need to change planes in Arusha. If you’re changing in Arusha, you may end up traveling on two very different kinds of planes – a small plane to and from the national parks, then a commercial airliner from Arusha to Zanzibar. There are lots of different possibilities, so ask any prospective tour operators when making your trip inquiries. There are also ferry (boat) services between Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian mainland and Zanzibar, although they take at least a day to arrive and very few tours include travel of this kind.”