Luxe 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 | 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
Luxury accommodation* | All inclusive on safari | No single supplements | 14 spots | Photography pack
*Prices per person, we pair you with another solo traveler
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 of October 28th, and Qatar Airways flights on arrival day, October 29th.
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 the tea house of historical 236 Hurumzi and follow with a seasonal shared Zanzibari meal made of several local dishes serves family style.
We will relax on the floor of the rooftop, on colorful Omani-style cushions and watch the sun set one last time.
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
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 29 women to become qualified guides and continues to be a role model for many.
Our Nov’23 departure will be accompanied by our Co-Founder Mar Pages who spent 5 years working across Eastern and Southern Africa starting in Tanzania, where she went on many safaris and fell in love with wildlife and nature. You can read more about her here.
Exclusive: Mar will take photos of the group and guests as a memento of this once in a lifetime trip.
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.”
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!”
✔️ 2 arrival transfers to meet most guests on day 1 (based on flight details)
✔️ 9 Nights Luxury Accommodation (twin occupancy)
✔️ Full Board, Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner in Zanzibar and All inclusive (alcoholic drinks too) on safari. See dietary requirements.
✔️ Ground Transportation
✔️ Internal Flight to Zanzibar ($590)
✔️ Local Female Guide
✔️ Photography to take home
✔️ 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
✘ 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.
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Note: Please do not book any flights until the trip is confirmed.
Due to the nature of this trip, we are unable to cater to several food allergies. As the deposit is non refundable, please notify us of any dietary requirements before making any payments. Vegetarian options are available, though we regret that it is not possible to adapt the tour to veganism.
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Frequently Asked Questions
This is a trip of a lifetime and we know there are many things you’d like to know more about.
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 on safari, or photos to take home.
The Luxury trip is 4-5 star accommodation, full board in Zanzibar (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and all inclusive (all meals and drinks including alcohol) on safari, and includes a photo package to take home.
The price difference between the two comes down to travel style, namely accommodation and inclusions.
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 has removed all COVID regulations.
Payments for this trip 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 final payment is due. In the event that the trip needs to be postponed for reasons beyond our control after that, any payments made will be put towards a similar trip in the future.
Payments for this trip are non refundable, except in the instance that the minimum number of guests is not reached. We recommend looking into travel insurance as soon as you confirm your spot, in case unforeseen circumstances prevent you from travelling between now and the departure. Travel Insurance Masters is a great comparison tool you can use to compare policies and coverages. Travel insurance is mandatory for all our trips, however please cover yourself straight away. Don’t wait or delay.
This luxury safari and beach trip is all inclusive except for alcoholic drinks at Zuri Zanzibar. 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).
All costs above are considered on a sharing basis with two guests per room in twin bedding, if you wish to have your own room, that is absolutely possible, but a supplement of $1,458 will apply. Reach out to us to find out more.
We are afraid that 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 that is welcome, but we regret that male travelers are not allowed.
How wonderful! If your daughter is above the age of 16, we will be glad to have her with us.
Mar is an experienced content creator and photographer, editor of Once in a Lifetime Journey, and she will be taking photos of the group and of the wildlife you’ll see.
The photography pack you will get will contain a mix of images of Tanzania, of the group and of yourself in candid settings. The best photos are those you didn’t know were being taken and this is why we wanted to bring the added benefit of a photography pack.
We strongly support women in the tourism industry and do our best to meet them and celebrate them. We searched for female owned or focused businesses in Tanzania for this trip and realised the options were limited.
There is only one female-owned tented camp in the Serengeti but it is out of the budget for this trip and we could not find any female safari drivers in the country or a female-owned lodge in the Ngorongoro Crater area. However, the hotel General Manager at Elewana is a woman and our trip is exclusively hosted Glory, acclaimed Tanzania female travel guide and founder of the Tanzania Women Guides Foundation.
Through the foundation, Glory supports women who are interested in become certified guides with training and financial resources to pay for the tuition and costs. She then helps them find jobs.
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.
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.
The prospect of getting sick while alone in a foreign country is daunting, this is why we require all our guests have comprehensive travel and medical insurance that includes international evacuation. Should you fall sick, we will ensure you are escorted to the nearest medical facility so you can get the help you need.
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.
All travelers to Tanzania need a visa which can now be obtained online on 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.
Our payment plan includes 2 instalments: a 30% deposit and the remaining balance due 120 days before the trip. You may make additional payments between the 30% deposit and the balance payment.
We offer the option to pay via bank transfer as these are the most cost effective bank charges, or by credit card for an additional 3% surcharge.
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.
Due to the nature of this trip, we are unable to cater to several food allergies. Please notify us of any dietary requirements before making any payments. Vegetarian options are available at every meal, though we regret that it is not possible for us to adapt the tour to suit veganism. As the deposit is non refundable, it is your responsibility to notify us of any dietary requirements before booking.