Insider’s Guide to Tanzania, Kenya, and Zambia: A Family Safari

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Few things can compare to staring at the magnificent Victoria Falls or watching nightlife in the Masai Mara. On this All-inclusive 12 Days Tanzania Kenya Zambia itinerary, you can do all of that and more. This all-encompassing trip will enchant you with its natural wonders, diversified animals, and rich culture. On game drives through the Northern Serengeti, you can watch migrating flamingos take flight near Lake Manyara and look forward to exciting wildlife encounters. Cruise down the Zambezi River and stop for a lunch on one of the river’s many islands.


Itinerary Highlights

Arusha: Stunning Views of Mount Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, Bike Rides, Walking Tours, Weekly Markets

Manyara and Ngorongoro: Migrating Flamingos and Lakeside Sunsets; Ngorongoro Crater, Fossils at Olduvai Gorge

Serengeti (Northern): Over 3,000 Lions, The Great Migration, Walking Safaris, Iconic Savanna Landscapes, High Concentration of Game

Masai Mara: Large Concentration of Wildlife, Maasai People, Balloon Safaris

Nairobi: Contemporary African Art & Culture, National Museum, Nairobi National Park

Victoria Falls: Canoeing and Rafting, Helicopter Rides over the Waterfalls

Itinerary at the Glance: 12 Days Safari in Tanzania Kenya Zambia

  • Day 1 – 2: Arusha
  • Day 2 – 4: Manyara and Ngorongoro
  • Day 4 – 7: Serengeti (Northern)
  • Day 7 – 9: Masai Mara
  • Day 9 – 10: Nairobi
  • Day 10 – 12: Victoria Falls

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 – 2: Arusha

Arusha, set in the shadow of Mount Meru and with commanding vistas of Mount Kilimanjaro, is an ideal launchpad for visiting the country’s most renowned wildlife reserves.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time: Drive to Lake Manyara & Ngorongoro (3-4 hrs)

Blick auf den Mt. Meru von der Terasse des Jevas Hotels

Day 2 – 4: Manyara and Ngorongoro

Lake Manyara National Park, located at the base of the Great Rift Valley escarpment, is breathtakingly magnificent. The Ngorongoro Crater also has one of the largest wildlife concentrations on the planet.


Included Activities

Game drive in Manyara National Park

Tree climbing lions, a once-in-a-lifetime sight, can be seen in northern Tanzania’s Manyara National Park. Manyara National Park covers 330 square kilometers and features a lake that covers 200 square kilometers of that region. Explore the park’s environment as well as its diverse flora and wildlife. Observe an African elephant, a zebra, or a beautiful cheetah hunting for prey. Giraffes, impalas, baboons, buffaloes, and monkeys are also good targets. Observe hippos and crocodiles in their natural habitat at the lake. Enjoy some bird watching and try to see cormorants and storks in the air. The dry season, which lasts from July to October, is great for viewing wildlife. Birdwatching is best between November and June.

Game drive in Ngorongoro Crater

Drive down to the Ngorongoro Crater floor, which boasts some of the most productive and richest grazing grounds in Africa, resulting in one of the continent’s largest densities of top predators! Expect to see herds of zebras and wildebeests, as well as enormous pride of lions, hyenas, and rhinos, among many other creatures and birds. Witness breathtaking sights of enormous herds of wildlife against the backdrop of Ngorongoro’s volcanic crater and surrounding mountains. In this UNESCO World Heritage Site, drenched in surreal turquoise hues, go on thrilling game drives. Take a well-deserved break for a picnic lunch in the midst of gorgeous scenery. Before returning, savor a generous and delectable luncheon meal. (Half Day; Time of Day: Morning; Meal Included: Picnic Lunch; Fitness Level: Easy; Bring sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, binoculars, and cameras).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time: Drive to Central Serengeti (4-5 hrs)

Tanzania Ngorongoro Crater
the Lake Manyara National Park known for flamingos

Day 4 – 7: Serengeti (Northern)

The Serengeti boasts the biggest concentration of species on our planet, with many predators such as lion, cheetah, and leopard, as well as more than two million wildebeest, half a million Thomson’s gazelle, and a quarter of a million zebra.

Included Activities

Morning & Evening game drives: Morning, afternoon, and full-day game drives allow you to experience the Serengeti’s spectacular grandeur, different terrain, and incredible species.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time:
You will be transferred from your hotel to the Central Serengeti airstrip,
Flight to Migori (including border transfer) (3-4 hours),
Short flight to the Masai Mara,
You will be transferred from Masai Mara airstrip to your hotel.

central Serengeti National Park
Game Drives in Serengeti

Day 7 – 9: Masai Mara

Africa at its finest! The Masai Mara, with its iconic, endless African landscapes of golden grass dotted with picturesque acacia trees, will fulfill your dreams with its year-round wildlife viewing: cheetah, leopard, large pride of lions, elephants, giraffe, hyena, huge Nile crocodiles, frolicking hippos, and many other species.

Our LION SAFARI ENCOUNTER! The BEST Wildlife Safari in Africa! (Masai Mara Kenya)

Included Activities

Morning and Evening game drives & Sundowner

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time:
You will be transferred from your hotel to the Masai Mara airstrip
Flight to Nairobi (1 hr)
You will be transferred from Nairobi airport to your hotel in a private vehicle

Masai Mara Game Drive safari
Masai Mara Absolute Luxury Flying Safari

Day 9 – 10: Nairobi

Spend some time around downtown! As East Africa’s largest metropolis, you can experience modern urban African life with colorful street markets, real African cuisine, and a thriving nightlife.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time:
You will be transferred from your hotel to Nairobi airport in a private vehicle
Flight to Victoria Falls (3-4 hrs)
You will be transferred from Victoria Falls Zambia Airport to your hotel


Day 10 – 12: Victoria Falls

Thunderous smoke! The Kolobo tribe, who lived near Victoria Falls two centuries ago, referred to it as the world’s eighth marvel.


Included Activities

Tour of Victoria Falls, Boat Cruises, Island Picnics, Village Visit

Prepare yourself for a trip to the majestic Victoria Falls, where nature practically pours its heart out. The sheer intensity of the falls is overwhelming, and if you visit during the season, you can expect enormous sprays and rainbows. During the dry months, you may peek into the cracks of the deep canyon. Take a boat tour down the Zambezi River and get up close and personal with the aquatic and avian life. Finish with an island picnic on one of the many islands that dot the region. Get a flavor of the real Zambia by visiting a community and learning about the people’s lifestyles and customs.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Drive Time
You will be transferred from your hotel to Victoria Falls Zambia Airport
International Departure

End of the 12 Days Tanzania Kenya Zambia

tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls
tour of the magnificent Victoria Falls

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