Luxe Tanzania: Safari + Zanzibar Beaches
Arusha – Ngorongoro Crater – Serengeti – Zanzibar
Join other Solo Female Travelers on an all-female expedition tracking wildlife through the sunken Ngorongoro Crater Region and the Central Serengeti, before relaxing on the beaches of Zanzibar and exploring Stone Town, all in style and luxury.
Highlights: The Big 5 | Tree-climbing lions | 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 | Special Welcome and Farewell dinners | Alcoholic drinks included on safari.
Activity level: Low, but expect to spend several hours a day in a 4×4 car in search of wildlife.
Luxury accommodation* | All inclusive on safari | No single supplements | 14 spots | Photography pack
*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler
- 1st to 10th Nov, 2024 – Photographer onboard
Glory Salema & Mar Pages
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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 stay.
Get to know everyone at a delicious welcome dinner, and make new friends as you enjoy your first night in Tanzania!
Note: Airport transfers only included in the price for KLM flight on the night before day 1, and Qatar Airways flights on arrival day.
Overnight at Elewana Arusha Coffee Lodge
The Plantation Rooms are cosy, nestled among the aromatic coffee trees. You’ll be greeted by an inviting in-room log fire, en-suite bathroom with shower and bath, and a verandah overlooking the surrounding green coffee garden.
OPTIONAL EXTRA: If you arrive early, book a tour of the coffee plantation with the hotel.
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 wild of Northern Tanzania. In the late afternoon, transfer to the lodge on the edge of 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 Neptune Ngorongoro Lodge
We’ll be staying in luxurious cottage-style suites featuring en-suite facilities with solar heated water and large walk-in showers. Enjoy the views from the rim of the volcano or take a dip in the pool.
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 savanna-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 Kubu Kubu Tented Lodge
Kubu Kubu Tented Camp is part of Tanganyika Wilderness Camps’ collection of luxury safari accommodation. Expect spacious en-suite tents which offer absolute comfort, for a genuine African bush experience. In the central restaurant we will enjoy exceptional food and wines and sunset drinks, and there is a swimming pool to relax after long game drives.
Days 7 – 9 : 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.
From Stone Town, we’ll drive to our beach resort where we will relax for three nights.
Days 7 & 8 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.
Two Nights at Zuri Zanzibar
Zuri Zanzibar is a fabulous beach resort designed to look like an African village but with modern touches and lots of thoughtful low-impact features.
Bungalows are hidden among the foliage of the jungle. All have outdoor decks with hammocks and sofas, four poster beds, outdoor bathtubs and eco-friendly cooling systems.
The resort is located in one of the most beautiful stretches of beach in Zanzibar, a side that is barely affected by tides and enjoys day-long powdery sands and turquoise waters.
Chill by the hilltop infinity pool, on one of the sun loungers by the beach or visit the spa.
The resort also offers yoga and aqua yoga sessions, an outdoor gym and weekly seafood BBQs by the beach.
Days 9 – 10 : Stone Town
We’ll enjoy one last breakfast and morning at Zuri Zanzibar before heading over to Stone Town for check in into our luxury seafront hotel at the heart of the UNESCO-listed city.
We will have free time for lunch and shopping before meeting again in the late afternoon for 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 hear the stories told by our local female guide, Aisha.
We will then head over for one last farewell meal high above Stone Town.
We will start with a rooftop pre-sunset drink at a fashionable rooftop in town follows by dinner in the terrace one level below.
On Day 10, wake up for one more breakfast and enjoy your last hours in Zanzibar shopping, exploring or chilling by the infinity pool over the beach.
When it’s time, go to the airport for check in.
Overnight at Park Hyatt Zanzibar
Park Hyatt Zanzibar is the city’s most luxurious resort. Located right on the beach in a privileged position on the curve, you can watch both sunset and sunrise from its infinity pool and expansive terraces that extend along the facade.
The rooms are spacious, modern and decorated in the subdued tones that let the sea and city do all the talking.
Enjoy breakfast with sea views, chill by the pool or lounge areas or read a book as you see the world go by.
About Your Host, Glory
Our Tanzania trips are hosted by guide extraordinaire Glory Salema, founder of the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation and one of the first and few women to guide guests up Kilimanjaro.
Glory is an inspiration for guests and for local women who want to work in tourism and take positions of leadership. Through her foundation, she has trained 35 women to become qualified guides and continues to be a role model for many.
Our November 2023 departure will be accompanied by our Co-Founder Mar Pages who will also take photos of wildlife and the group to take home.
Our November 2024 departure will be accompanied by a professional wildlife photographer who will take pictures for you to share or keep.
Kristel – “Best. Trip. Ever. I cannot recommend the Solo Female Travelers Club and the Tanzania trip enough! (I would give 10 out of 10 stars if I could.) Impeccable attention to detail, highly curated content and locations, knowledgeable guides, gracious hospitality and SO. MUCH. FUN. Mar and Meg helped me get over the fear of traveling alone and I feel so blessed to have made many good friends who enjoy adventurous travel. Hardest part is deciding which SFT tour to choose next… Hop on a plane and go! You won’t regret a thing!!!! #sfttanzania“
Brandi – “On a whim I booked the Luxe Tanzania trip and I’m so glad I did. The trip was absolutely incredible and more than I expected. The accommodations were beautiful, the food was tasty and plentiful, the adventures were so much fun and breathtaking, and the friendship we created were special. I can’t wait to book my next trip!!”
Jenni – “I finally decided to take the leap and book a trip just for myself. After finding Solo Female Travelers Club I found the prefect place to book the Safari of my dreams (with a beach trip included ). I have to say the Tanzania Luxe trip exceeded all my expectations. Everything was planned just so as to allow you to enjoy the amazing scenery and animals of the game drives, the magical accommodations and wonderful food. Mar and Meg were exceptional in answering all my questions and helping me prepare for the trip. I met the most amazing group of ladies to share this experience with and made memories that will be with me for a lifetime.”
Jen – “My trip to Tanzania with SFT was nothing short of spectacular. A safari trip has been at the top of my bucket list for a few years, but I was overwhelmed at the thought of planning it and going on my own. All I had to do was book my plane ticket, pack, and everything else was taken care of. The lodging at each place was beautiful and the food was always delicious. The outdoor shower at our tented lodge overlooking the Serengeti was amazing! Mar and Meg were always quick to respond to any questions, and our female guides were the absolute best–they were very knowledgeable about the animals and also just so much fun to be around. I met some amazing women I consider friends and we’re already planning our next trip. Highly recommend SFT!”
Michelle – “I have been on two trips with the group so far and have had a good time and made new friends. The accommodations and itinerary are as advertised and the organizers are very open to receiving feedback. The community and vibe on the trips is warm and friendly for every trip and I’ve made friends that I will keep in touch with!”
Shawna – “Best trip ever! Mar and Meg created a wonderful experience in Tanzania. The lodgings were fantastic, the people so friendly. My first safari and it was just so great. Never thought I’d have wonderful massages in the Serengeti but I had that along with beautiful sunsets and lots of wine after a long day looking for elephants and lions!”
Angie – “Just came back from the Luxe Tanzania trip and it was amazing!! From the hotels chosen to the food to all of the safaris and ending with Zanzibar-I could not have planned it better! The guides were amazing and so knowledgeable. And love love the focus on using women guides, supporting empowered women is what Solo Female Travelers does best! If you’re looking to see all the animals on safari and stay in beautiful hotels- this is the trip for you. And if you’re very blessed- you will have Glory as your guide- she is kick a**!!”
Leah – “I can’t speak highly enough about this company Mar and Meg), its values or the experience that I had traveling to Tanzania. The trip was extremely well planned. Glory Salema is an inspiration and a rock star and it’s a privilege to help her help other women in Tanzania. Nora and Dabrat were awesome.
As somebody who usually has to worry about all of the details of traveling for my family, it was wonderful to have a competent and thoughtful guide and organizer making everything happen so that I could just enjoy the trip. The group of women traveling was impressive – accomplished, kind, and funny and I enjoyed their company tremendously. If you’re on the fence about whether or not to take a trip with this group, I’d say don’t hesitate. You’ll be in good hands. I’ve already signed up for my next trip.”
Martha – “Best trip ever! From the greetings at the airport to the hospitality experienced throughout Tanzania to the AMAZING job by Mar, Glory and our guides, everything was just perfect! I don’t think I have ever met stronger, capable, intelligent and genuinely nice women than the leaders of this group. Oh, and then there were the animals! So many, including baby elephants, lions and cheetahs! Can’t wait to book my next adventure!”
✔️ 2 arrival transfers to meet guests arriving on Qatar Airways on day 1 or KLM on day 0
✔️ 9 Nights Luxury Accommodation (twin occupancy)
✔️ Full Board, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Zanzibar and All inclusive (alcoholic drinks too) on safari.
✔️ Snacks and water in the car while on safari
✔️ Professional photography to take home (Nov 2024 departure).
✔️ Ground Transportation in private safari 4×4 (max 6 guests to a car) or minibus in Zanzibar
✔️ Internal Flight to Zanzibar ($600)
✔️ Local Female Guides
✔️ National Park Fees ($1,150)
✔️ Architectural tour of Stone Town Zanzibar
✘ International flights to Arusha and from Zanzibar
✘ Travel & Medical Insurance (Required)
✘ COVID Vaccinations Pre Arrival (Required)
✘ Hot Air Ballooning in Serengeti (Optional Extra $600)
✘ Additional Snacks & Meals (trip is all inclusive)
✘ Tips for Drivers and Guides (at your discretion)
Only 14 Spots Available
30% non refundable deposit to confirm your spot
70% due 120 days before departure
*If the trip is cancelled by us before the balance is due, a full refund of the deposit will be issued minus any bank charges. Otherwise, payments are non refundable. By joining our trips you agree to our T&C.
The Solo Female Travelers difference – What makes us unique
All our tours follow the same values and philosophy that makes us who we are which you can find here. In Tanzania, something very special sets us apart from others: Our female safari guides.
No other tour company in Tanzania hires only women for their tours. We are committed to making a difference and helping shape the travel industry in the country, and we are doing just that with our lead guide Glory, and her Tanzania Women Guides Foundation.
On our Luxe trip, we also stay at absolutely gorgeous properties that come right out of travel magazines, so you can spoil yourself on this trip of a lifetime.
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