Value Tanzania: Safari + Zanzibar Beaches

Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti – Zanzibar

Join other Solo Female Travelers to track wildlife through the Ngorongoro Region and Central Serengeti, before relaxing on the beach in Zanzibar.

Highlights: The Big 5, tree-climbing lions and flamingos, picnic lunches, sundowners in the bush, famous Ngorongoro Crater – a collapsed volcano home to more than 30,000 animals, white sand beaches, architectural tour of Stone Town, Welcome and Farewell dinners.

Affordable | Value for money | No single supplements* | 14 spots | The Great Migration | Local female guide

*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler

Trip Overview

  • CONFIRMED – Nov 2-11, 2021
  • May 22 – 31, 2022
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Max. 14 guests

Glory Salema, Tanzanian female guide

Our Value Safari will be running at the same time as our Luxe Safari, with the opportunity to mingle and meet the rest of the guests at welcome and farewell dinners, as well as during free time in Zanzibar. Click here to view our Luxe Safari.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Arusha

Welcome to Tanzania! Upon arrival at Kilimanjaro International Airport (JRO), you will be welcomed by a private driver who will transfer you to your Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge for a pre-safari briefing and overnight.

Get to know everyone at a delicious welcome dinner, and make new friends as you enjoy your first night in Tanzania!

Overnight at Villa Maua

Cape Dutch inspired Villa Maua is a modern take on a cozy country home. Warm touches over local textiles and a pleasant garden to relax make this a great way to start your safari adventure.


Days 2 – 3: Ngorongoro Region

On day 2 we move towards the Great Rift Valley to Lake Manyara National Park for a morning game drive and exploration. Lake Manyara is famous for its tree-climbing lions, flamingos, breathtaking scenery and the soda-ash lake in the center. 

Lunch will be a classic safari picnic within the park, while enjoying a glimpse of the great wilds of Northern Tanzania. In the late afternoon, transfer to the lodge just outside the Ngorongoro Crater for two nights.

On Day 3 we will take private safari guides to the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater, arriving nice and early for the best chance of witnessing predators returning from their overnight hunts. Game viewing here has been described by UNESCO as the eighth wonder of the world.

Ngorongoro is a collapsed volcano – an incredible natural amphitheater, 25 km across, and teeming with more than 30,000 protected animals, including all The Big 5. We depart from the lodge with a picnic so we can maximize your time in the Crater.

Two Nights at Ngorongoro Farm House

Colonial style Ngorongoro Farm House is a working coffee plantation with thatched roof tops, ample verandas and colonial interiors. Rooms come with their own fireplaces and the lodge has views over Oldeani volcano.


Days 4 – 6 : Central Serengeti

Today we move into the heart of Tanzania, the Central Serengeti, known for its prime wildlife-viewing. This picture-perfect landscape is characterised by endless stretches of savannah-covered open plains, interspersed by rocky outcrops of granite, scattered with acacia woodlands and covered in a network of rivers and streams.

The Central Serengeti forms part of the great wildebeest and zebra migration (which we may catch the end of) and provides an ideal habitat for a variety of wildlife such as giraffe, impala, hippo, elephant, buffalo, lion, leopard, cheetah, hyena, jackal, serval and much more.

We will enjoy the next three nights in this amazing, secluded area of the park, viewing African wildlife by day and enjoying the calls of the animals from our intimate lodge at night. 

OPTIONAL EXTRA – Why not take an unforgettable sunrise flight over the Serengeti in a hot air balloon!

Three Nights at Kiota Camp Serengeti

Perched on a hilltop, Kiota Camp offers a birds eye view of the Seronera River Valley’s abundance. With only eleven tents in a camp that does not have any permanent structures, impact on the surroundings is kept to a minimum. The camp is solar powered and its carbon footprint is offset by planting indigenous trees.


Days 7-10 : Zanzibar Beach Relaxation

We’ll do a final game drive in the Serengeti National Park in the morning before boarding a flight to Zanzibar Island. The island is characterised by exquisite white sand beaches fringed by palm trees and lapped by turquoise waters lined with coral reefs brimming with an abundance of exotic marine life.

After landing, we’ll enjoy a private guided architectural tour of Stone Town; the capital of Zanzibar is both fascinating and disorientating with its labyrinth of alleys amid whitewashed houses. Take your time to get lost among the alleyways, admire the intricately carved doors or drop into some of the town’s quaint shops, before indulging in a rooftop pre-sunset drink above Stone Town at the tea house of historical 236 Hurumzi.

From Stone Town, we’ll drive to our beach resort where we will relax for three nights. Days 8 & 9 include free time to enjoy the coast, and there are a number of optional activities, including reef-walking, kayaking, kite-surfing, wellness spa, snorkelling, and scuba diving. Take your time in selecting the best perch to enjoy the most magical sunset on the East African coast.

On our last night we have arranged a special farewell dinner where all group members will come together to say goodbye.

On day 10, we will drop you off at the airport after breakfast depending on the time of your flight.

Three Nights at Breezes Beach Club and Spa

Breezes Beach Club and Spa is a great beach resort with Arabian influences. You will be staying at one of the Deluxe suites. These are located on the ground floor of the bungalows and are tastefully decorated in ivory tones, cotton throws, teak wood finishes and Zanzibar carvings. They all have outdoor terraces to read or relax.

Your stay is inclusive of breakfast and dinner (half board) at the hotels restaurant.


About Your Host

Glory Thobias Salema is one of the very few female guides in Tanzania and was recognised as the Best Female Guide by Tanzania National Park Authority (TANAPA) in 2017, 2018 and 2019 and received awards from Mr. Kigwangala, Tanzania’s Minister of Tourism and Natural Resources.

Glory can not only take you on safari but also to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro being one of only 6 female guides (out of over 2,500).

She is passionate about empowering women and girls in tourism and founded the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation, an NGO focused on connecting women to opportunities in tourism so the future generations are more gender balanced.

Glory is thrilled to share with you the beauty of Tanzania’s wilderness.


Inclusions

✔️ Arrival & Departure Transfers

✔️ 9 Nights Mid-Range Accommodation (double occupancy)

✔️ Full Board on Safari: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

✔️ Half Board in Zanzibar (Breakfast & Dinner)

✔️ Non alcoholic drinks (water, juices, coffee)

✔️ Ground Transportation

✔️ Internal Flight to Zanzibar ($590)

✔️ Local Drivers & Guides

✔️ National Park Fees ($1,132)

✔️ Architectural tour of Stone Town Zanzibar

Exclusions

✘ International flights to Arusha and from Zanzibar

✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)

✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)

✘ Hot Air Ballooning in Serengeti (Optional Extra)

✘ Additional Snacks & Meals

✘ Alcoholic drinks unless otherwise mentioned

✘ Souvenirs

✘ Tips for Drivers and Guides (At your discretion)

✘ COVID Testing which we can help organize (available in Zanzibar before your departure)

Payment Info

$4,489 USD

Only 14 Spots Available. 2022 rates will be $100 higher.

Payment Plan:

$200 USD per person, fully refundable deposit to reserve your seat

30% ($1,286.70 USD per person) non-refundable deposit due by July 5, 2021

70% ($3,002.30 USD per person) final balance due by August 19, 2021

*If the trip is cancelled by us before July 5, 2021, a full refund of $200 will be issued minus any bank charges. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.

Kilimanjaro climb

Interested in climbing Kilimanjaro? This is your chance! Ask us about our female-led 9 day / 8 night Kilimanjaro luxury trek. This once in a lifetime journey to the top of Africa will be led by Glory and her team of Tanzanian female mountain guides. An unparalleled opportunity to follow one of very few Tanzanian mountain guides as you discover flora and wildlife and make your way up this beautiful peak. This climb can be added as a pre-tour to your African safari + Zanzibar trip.


Reach Out to Book One of 14 Spots

Interested in Joining us in Tanzania?

We are keeping the group to 14 guests maximum so don’t wait and reach out to us today.

Contact us at community@solofemaletravelers.club or Pick a convenient time and date on the right to talk to us, we’d love to meet you!

Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed on July 5th.


Frequently Asked Questions

This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.

What’s the difference between the Value & the Luxury Trip?

Our Value trip features 3-4 star accommodation, and is full board on safari, but half board in Zanzibar (breakfast + dinner only, lunches are your own). It doesn’t include alcoholic drinks, or photos to take home. The Luxury trip is 4-5 star accommodation, all inclusive for the whole trip (all meals and drinks including alcohol), and has a photographer onboard giving you a photo package to take home.

The itinerary itself is the same and both trips will have the opportunity to mingle at the welcome and farewell dinners. The price difference comes down to travel style, namely accommodation and inclusions.

What are the COVID measures in Tanzania and how will you ensure everyone is safe?

We care deeply about the wellbeing of our guests and our trip follows all local regulations. We require our guests to be fully vaccinated to join the tour so that we ensure the safety of everyone on the trip. Safaris are uniquely designed for social distancing and isolation as they guarantee that you will only be interacting with the other guests in your group and with the guides. In Zanzibar, you can also limit your interactions to the group. Tanzania does not currently have any COVID requirements or restrictions but if your country of origin requires a test for re-entry, we can arrange it in Zanzibar before your trip (costs not included).

What if I cannot travel because of COVID restrictions?

Payments made after July 5, including the initial $200 deposit, are not refundable if the trip goes ahead. This is why we require all guests to purchase travel insurance that covers unforeseen circumstances that would prevent them from traveling. The deposit will be refunded if we decide to cancel or postpone the trip before the 5th of July 2021. In the event that the trip needs to be postponed for reasons beyond our control after the 5th of July 2021, any payments made will be put towards a similar trip in the future.

What is included in the trip?

This value safari and beach trip is all inclusive except for meals in Zanzibar and alcoholic drinks, with the exception of the welcome and farewell dinners. Alcohol during other meals will be available for purchase. Optional activities not included in the trip are the sunrise hot air balloon trip in the Serengeti and any additional paid activities in Zanzibar (the hotel offers a range of free water sports such as kayaking).

Can I have a room to myself?

All costs above are considered on a sharing basis with two guests per room in twin bedding; we will pair you with another solo female traveler on the trip. If you wish to have your own room, that is absolutely possible, but supplements will apply. Reach out to us to find out more.

I want to bring my partner to the trip

This is a female-only small group trip specifically designed for women traveling on their own. If you wish to travel with a female friend, they are welcome, however we are not able to book male travelers on this trip.

I want to bring my daughter

How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.

Will the guides be female?

Yes, the safari portion of this trip is exclusively hosted Glory, acclaimed Tanzania female guide and founder of Adventure Women Tanzania.

How does this trip help local communities in Tanzania?

We believe that travel can be a force for good and wherever possible, we work with local travel companies in the country who can help us make a difference and ensure that the tourism dollars benefit local communities. For this trip, we have partnered with Wito Safaris, a Tanzanian-owned business founded by Abdullie who has personally put together this trip with us. Abdullie was born and raised in Tanzania and employs only locals. Growing up in the tourism hub of Arusha to family embedded in the safari world, he is committed to uplifting women and local communities and supporting the conservation efforts his grandfather started.

What medication do I need to take for a trip to Tanzania?

You should make an appointment with your doctor to confirm any travel inoculations and other medications that you may need to take before and during the trip, including those to prevent malaria or yellow fever. If your onward travel includes other African nations, you may also require a Yellow Fever certificate, you can check the CDC website for more details.

What should I pack for an African safari?

Once your trip is confirmed, we will send you a detailed packing list with everything you need to take. In general, the number one rule on safari is to blend in, that is, avoid colors that do not naturally occur in the bush (eg. red, blue, white) and go for earthy tones like brown, green, etc. Black is also a color to be avoided because it attracts mosquitoes. You can find more details here.

What happens if I get sick?

The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, and this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Additionally, we partnered with an experienced local company in Tanzania to organize this trip. Should you fall sick, Wito’s local team will escort you to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need, and will stay with you if needed.

What travel insurance should I get?

We recommend you get the most comprehensive travel and medical insurance that would cover you in the event that you need to be evacuated to Dar es Salaam, Nairobi or back home. We recommend checking with an aggregator such as Travel Insurance Master to compare quotes and coverages.

Do I need a visa for Tanzania?

All travelers to Tanzania need a visa which can now be obtained online via this link. We strongly recommend that you apply at least 3 weeks in advance of your trip. If you do not manage to obtain a visa online before your trip, you may also get one on arrival, but expect to queue for up to 2h to get it sorted.

Can I make various instalments for this trip?

Our payment plan includes 3 instalments: a $200 deposit to book a spot, a 30% payment 150 days before the trip and the balance 120 days before departure. Note that these deadlines may change for the November 2021 trip. You may make additional payments between 5th of July and 19th of August.

Can I pay by credit card?

We offer the option to pay via bank transfers as these are the most cost effective bank charges. However, if you wish to use a credit card, we use Paypal and will need to add around 4% for bank fees.

Will the lodges and camps have WiFi?

All the accommodation we will be staying at has WiFi but in most cases this is only available at the main common area. This is because camps try to keep impact to a minimum and because connection in the bush is challenging. We invite you to take this opportunity to be in the moment and disconnect from your always-on life.