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Tanzania Safari including

Zanzibar Beach Stay

  • London
  • Arusha
  • Tarangire
  • Karatu
  • Serengeti
  • Karatu
  • Zanzibar
  • London

3 NIGHTS from £829pp

Tour Highlights
  • Relax on Zanzibar's sandy beaches
  • A choice of 2 stunning hotels
  • 3, 5 or 7 night stays available
  • Plus our fantastic Tanzania Safari
  • Watch elephants in Tarangire National Park
  • Journey past Lake Manyara at the base of the Great Rift Valley Escarpment
  • Be amazed at the wildlife roaming the Serengeti
  • Observe the fascinating red-cloaked Maasai warriors
  • Descend into Ngorongoro Crater
  • Breath-taking views of Mount Kilimanjaro

Extension from £829pp

Tour + Extension from £3128pp

To book call us on 0800 781 4893

Zanzibar Beach Stay

Dotted with small fishing villages, deserted islands and home to historic Stone town, the Zanzibar archipelago evokes tales of myth and romance filled with Swahili princes, Omani Sultans and Shirazi merchants - the paradisal 'Spice Islands' offer the perfect relaxing end to your adventure.

Tour Itinerary

UK to Kilimanjaro

Depart London on your scheduled, overnight flight to Kilimanjaro international airport, via Nairobi.

Kilimanjaro to Arusha

On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel just outside Arusha. Enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to settle in and relax.

Arusha to Tarangire

Following breakfast, you will depart your hotel for your first taste of African safari in the beautiful Tarangire National Park. Open the roof of your jeep to view wild elephants marching across meandering rivers set against a background of grassy savannahs interspersed with the iconic Baobab tree, Africa's 'Tree of Life'. As well as reputedly home to the largest elephant population in the world, Tarangire is also thought to be Tanzania's premier bird watching destination. Following your game drive leave the park for your stylish accommodation on the shores of Lake Manyara.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Tarangire to Karatu

Leave Tarangire and make your way up into highlands of the Great Rift valley for a relaxing stay overnight. Stop en route at the Mto Wa Mbu Village, where approximately 120 tribes reside. On arrival at your hotel spend the rest of your day relaxing by the pool or exploring the spectacular surroundings. Please note: Guests travelling in 2019 will spend the morning on a guided walk to spot flamingos and zebra, as well as learning about the medicinal uses of indigenous plants, before continuing to the Great Rift Valley, via the Mto Wa Mbu Village.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Karatu to Serengeti National Park

This morning you will drive into Ngorongoro National Park. This exhilarating journey climbs up to the rim of the crater into mist-shrouded mountain forests over 2300 metres above sea level and then down into the semi-arid planes of the park. You will then have an opportunity to visit a traditional Maasai village. Sit on cowhide beds inside a thatched hut as the village chief's son explains in English the way of life, history and proud traditions of his people as well as showing you around the Kraal - a truly amazing experience and a great privilege. After stopping for lunch then continue on to Africa's best and most famous wildlife reserve, the awe-inspiring Serengeti National Park. Enjoy an afternoon safari at one of the greatest wildlife-watching destinations on earth. Afterwards, arrive at your lodge for an unforgettable two-night stay in the heart of the wild Africa.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Central Serengeti National Park

The Serengeti - meaning 'endless plains' in Maasai - stretches over 1.5 million hectares and is home to the annual Great Migration, in which over two million antelope travel north up to the Maasai Mara, following the ancient rhythms of the African seasons. This really is one of the greatest shows on earth. The Serengeti is also renowned for its predators, especially lions. Watch these majestic creatures in their natural habitat alongside leopards, cheetahs, jackals, hyenas, giraffe, zebras, buffalo and much more against the spectacular backdrop of rolling grasslands dotted with flat-top acacia trees and rocky outcrops. Today's full day safari is a highlight of the tour and a once in a lifetime experience.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Serengeti National Park to Karatu

Today you will leave the Serengeti and travel to the Ngorongoro Crater. Over three million years old, this ancient crater is the largest caldera - collapsed volcano - in the world and home to the highest density of lions and predators on the planet. Endangered black rhino are protected within the crater, hippos cool themselves in the soda lakes whilst giant-tusked elephants roam the grasslands and leopards recline on acacia trees in the enchanting Lerai forest. A truly magical day of safari awaits. Afterwards, ascend the ridge to spend your last night

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Karatu to Zanzibar

This morning will be at leisure before your afternoon transfer back to Arusha in order to catch your flight to Zanzibar. Upon arrival transfer to your chosen beach hotel.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

This day is yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner

This day is yours to spend at leisure.

  • Breakfast & Dinner
Zanzibar to the UK

Transfer back to the airport in order to catch your return flight to the UK, via Nairobi.

  • Breakfast

Important Information


British citizens currently need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. We work closely with The Travel Visa Company who will be able to arrange your visa on your behalf. Please call them on 01270 250 590 and quote 'Mercury Holidays'. The cost of the visa is approximately £80 per person. The visa takes around 15 working days to issue. It is only valid for a 90 day single entry stay from the date of arrival. When calling the Travel Visa Company they will advise you of any changes to the fees or the procedure, they will also advise you of all information they will require in order to apply for the visa. Your passport must be valid for at least six months from the date you are due to leave Tanzania. Visa requirements are subject to change and obtaining a visa is the responsibility of the traveller and not Mercury Holidays. We recommend you check with your destinations' Tourist Board or Embassy prior to departure for the most up to date guidelines regarding these.


You must obtain suitable travel insurance prior to departure. Mercury Holidays is partnered with Holiday Extras which offer insurance at the following prices:

Age in YearsUp to 6465 - 7475 - 85
Up to 17 days cover£42£79£135
For all persons 86 years and over, please contact us for insurance prices. Please ensure you provide us with the name of your insurer, policy number and their 24 hour emergency contact number as soon as possible. Mercury Holidays will not be liable for any costs incurred by you due to your failure to take out suitable travel insurance from the date of booking.


If booking more than 10 weeks before departure a deposit of £250pp will need to be paid at the time of booking with the full amount payable at 10 weeks prior to departure. The deposit applies to adults and children. If you are within 10 weeks of travel then the full balance of the holiday will be payable.

Flight Information

Each passenger is entitled to 23kg of hold luggage plus one item of hand luggage not exceeding 25cm x 35cm x 56cm in size. You are also allowed one 'accessory' piece of luggage to take on board such as a handbag or camera back. Both carry on pieces should not exceed in weight. Weight restrictions will be finalized on your e-ticket receipt. Should you wish to take additional luggage you will need to pay an additional fee for this at check-in. Heathrow Airport advises that you should arrive at the airport at least three hours prior to your flight time for international departures.
Please note that all flight times and numbers given at the time of booking are provided for guidance only and are subject to change. Final flight details will be confirmed on your e-ticket and final documentation which will be sent to you approximately 10 days before departure.

Health and Vaccinations

It is your responsibility to check any health and vaccination requirements applicable to your booked arrangements. We can only provide general information about this. Health and hygiene facilities and disease risks vary from country to country. You should take health advice about your own needs as early as possible and in good time before your departure. Sources of information include;,,, your General Practitioner or a specialist clinic.

Physical Accessibility

This tour is accessible to most people with an average level of fitness and normal mobility. It involves full days of sightseeing, often on foot and includes some hiking, climbing of stairs and getting on and off 4X4 vehicles. Many of the roads in Tanzania are unpaved and so journeys can sometimes be long and bumpy. Please note that this tour is not suitable for anyone with walking difficulties.

Group Size

There is no minimum number of travellers for this extension however the main tour passenger numbers will apply for the main part of the tour. If in the unlikely event there are less than the required number of people booked on your main tour date then you may be asked to change to a different date. A full refund will be made available to you should this alternative not be suitable.

Tour Guide

This is an escorted tour, meaning you will be met on arrival at Kilimanjaro airport and will have a guide with you for the duration of your tour, ensuring that you have first-hand knowledge and assistance at all times.

Currency Information

The currency in Tanzania is the Tanzanian Shilling (Tsh). You should be able to buy currency before you leave the UK or whilst away, however, US Dollars are also widely accepted. There will be access to ATMs in most major cities where you will be able to withdraw money in the local currency.

Personal Expenses

You will need to take money with you to cover any personal purchases such as souvenirs, laundry, any meals not included in the itinerary as well as drinks and any additional snacks. We recommend you take a minimum of GBP £200 per person. It is a good idea to try and maintain a supply of small notes and change in either the local currency or US Dollars for tipping or small purchases.

Tour Dates & Prices

Depart UKArrive UKExtension PriceTour PriceTotal PriceBook Now
2020 DATES
Sultan Sands
08 Jun 202020 Jun 2020£899£2799£3698Book Now
15 Jun 202027 Jun 2020£979£2919£3898Book Now
21 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£979£2799£3778SOLD OUT
26 Oct 202007 Nov 2020£979£2849£3828Book Now
16 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£1029£2699£3728Book Now
2021 DATES
22 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£939£2599£3538Book Now
19 Apr 202101 May 2021£859£2399£3258Book Now
10 May 202122 May 2021£859£2299£3158Book Now
07 Jun 202119 Jun 2021£929£2799£3728Book Now
14 Jun 202126 Jun 2021£929£2849£3778Book Now
20 Sep 202102 Oct 2021£939£2999£3938Book Now
25 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£939£2849£3788Book Now
15 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£939£2699£3638Book Now
2020 DATES
Bluebay Resort and Spa
08 Jun 202020 Jun 2020£919£2799£3718Book Now
15 Jun 202027 Jun 2020£999£2919£3918Book Now
21 Sep 202003 Oct 2020£999£2799£3798SOLD OUT
26 Oct 202007 Nov 2020£999£2849£3848Book Now
16 Nov 202028 Nov 2020£1049£2699£3748Book Now
2021 DATES
22 Feb 202106 Mar 2021£919£2599£3518Book Now
19 Apr 202101 May 2021£829£2399£3228Book Now
10 May 202122 May 2021£829£2299£3128Book Now
07 Jun 202119 Jun 2021£829£2799£3628Book Now
14 Jun 202126 Jun 2021£829£2849£3678Book Now
20 Sep 202102 Oct 2021£939£2999£3938Book Now
25 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£939£2849£3788Book Now
15 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£939£2699£3638Book Now
Ocean Paradise Resort and Spa
10 May 202122 May 2021£879£2299£3178Book Now
07 Jun 202119 Jun 2021£949£2799£3748Book Now
14 Jun 202126 Jun 2021£949£2849£3798Book Now
20 Sep 202102 Oct 2021£959£2999£3958Book Now
25 Oct 202106 Nov 2021£959£2849£3808Book Now
15 Nov 202127 Nov 2021£959£2699£3658Book Now

Included in the Price

  • Fully Escorted Tour with local English Speaking Guides throughout
  • Scheduled Flights from the UK.
  • All internal travel including air-conditioned/heated transportation.
  • Accommodation, meals as specified and entry fees to all sights.
  • All airport taxes and security charges.

Additional Expenses

  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Tips
  • Any meals not specified in your itinerary
Would you like to stay longer?

5 and 7 night versions of this extension are also available. Please speak to our Reservations Consultants for further details and prices.

What to expect

Fact File

Tanzanian Shilling

Average Flying time

11 hours

Min/Max temperature

13 °C / 26 °C

Spoken languages


When to go

Weather can vary quite considerably throughout the year, so please familiarise yourself with the climate charts below.


Tarangire National Park




What to pack
  • Sunscreen, insect repellant and wide-brimmed hat
  • Waterproof, lightweight jacket
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Lightweight clothing
  • Sweater
  • Camera and charger
  • Binoculars
  • Small day pack for excursions
  • Swimwear
Customer Rating:
M Dines
17th Oct 2018

No comments

  • Overall Satisfaction
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Customer Rating:
Theresa Kennard
4th Dec 2016

5* treatment everywhere

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Customer Rating:
Anne Watson
7th Jun 2016

We have just returned from the most amazing holiday on safari to Tanzania. Our guide Zablon was amazing. There is nothing we could fault on this holiday. Even the weather although the tail end of the wet season was perfect. We did fill in a questionnaire before we left. Our stay in Zanzibar while at a lovely hotel, The Sultan Sands, where the staff could not do enough for us. We were met at the airport and transferred. Arranging to meet the rep the following day. Unfortunately all the information was in French and he seemed very surprised that we did not speak French in England. We arranged a taxi through the hotel to take us out. While none of this spoilt our holiday in any way, we have travelled with you many times and thought this was not up to your usual standard.

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  • London
  • Arusha
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Karatu
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  • Karatu
  • Zanzibar
  • London

Dotted with small fishing villages, deserted islands and home to historic Stone town, the Zanzibar archipelago evokes tales of myth and romance filled with Swahili princes, Omani Sultans and Shirazi merchants - the paradisal 'Spice Islands' offer the perfect relaxing end to your Tanzanian adventure. Please speak to our reservation team for further details.

5 nights
from £989pp
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