This 3-day Tanzania safari begins and concludes on Zanzibar Island, making it an ideal choice for those based on the spice island or enjoying a Zanzibar beach vacation. It stands out as the optimal short safari from Zanzibar, offering a genuine traditional wildlife experience in the Northern Circuit, with a particular focus on encountering the Big Five.

Brief Overview of the 3-Day Tanzania Safari from Zanzibar

Day 1: Fly from Zanzibar to Arusha. Transfer to Tarangire National Park for safari.
Day 2: Descend to the Ngorongoro Crater’s floor for safari game drives.
Day 3: Visit Lake Manyara National Park in the morning, then take a flight back to Zanzibar.

The 3-day tour caters to all ages due to the short distances between the three parks, namely the Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire National Park, and Lake Manyara National Park. All are conveniently located in proximity to one another, making it an accessible and diverse exploration starting and ending at Zanzibar Airport.

3-Day Tanzania Safari attractions

Tarangire National Park

Starting with Tarangire National Park, explore this wildlife theater famous for its vast herds of elephants and striking baobab trees. Accommodations during the safari range from tented camps/lodges near the park boundary with scenic views to more affordable mid-range lodges in the Karatu area, allowing for a seamless and immersive safari experience.

For those with a budget allowing for an extended adventure, consider our 3-day Flying Serengeti safari from Zanzibar, venturing further into the renowned Serengeti National Park.

Ngorongoro Crater

Your 3-day Tanzanian safari adventure continues with a visit to the Ngorongoro Crater, a UNESCO World Heritage site celebrated for its exceptional wildlife sightings. Lions, elephants, leopards, black rhinos, and buffaloes – the Big Five – can all be observed in this African Eden in a single day, promising an unforgettable experience. Accommodation options for this leg include lodges at the Crater rim or mid-range lodges in Karatu, both offering proximity to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Lake Manyara National Park

The final day explores the evergreen Lake Manyara National Park, renowned for its tree-climbing lions and diverse birdlife. This small park is a bird lover’s paradise, featuring hippos at the lakeside and the possibility of spotting flamingos among over 400 recorded bird species.

Concluding your adventure, you’ll be dropped back at Arusha Domestic Airport for your flight back to Zanzibar Island or, at a small fee, Kilimanjaro International Airport for those departing from Kilimanjaro. Alternatively, you can opt for a flight to Dar es Salaam if your international departure is from there. This marks the conclusion of your remarkable ‘taste of Tanzania’ 3-day safari from Zanzibar.

For a more budget-friendly alternative, consider our 3 days Mikumi National Park safari from Zanzibar Island. Let us know your preference and customize your safari experience accordingly. Immerse yourself in the wonders of Tanzania with our 3-day safari – a journey promising wildlife, adventure, and enduring memories.

3 Days Tanzania Safari from Zanzibar itinerary

Day 01

Zanzibar - Arusha – Tarangire National Park

Embark on an early morning flight from Zanzibar to Arusha, where your safari guide awaits. Immediately commence your safari with a drive through the Masai Steppe to Tarangire National Park, the fifth largest park in Tanzania. Known for its colossal Baobab trees and vast herds of elephants, Tarangire promises an exceptional wildlife experience. In the afternoon, depart the park and head north to Karatu, where you’ll check in at Country Lodge for dinner and overnight. Lunch and dinner included.
Day 02

3 Days Tanzania Safari - Ngorongoro Crater

After an early morning breakfast, check out from your lodge/camp and drive towards the Ngorongoro Crater, also recognized as the 8th Wonder of the World and a UNESCO World Heritage site. Register at the Loduare Main Gate and descend into the crater for an extraordinary game drive with a picnic lunch on the crater floor. Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera, hosts Africa’s densest animal populations. Expect to encounter lions, elephants, zebras, hippos, flamingos, and other species. In the afternoon, ascend to the Crater rim and check in at Country Lodge in Karatu or a lodge of your choice (additional cost). All meals included.
Day 03

Lake Manyara - Arusha - Zanzibar Island

Enjoy an early morning breakfast at the lodge and descend into the Great Rift Valley to visit Lake Manyara National Park. The park, named after the Maa word for the Pencil cactus tree, boasts tree-climbing lions and a variety of animals, including impalas, giraffes, buffaloes, and dik-diks. Explore the lush forest, home to Blue monkeys, baboons, bushbucks, and elephants. Witness the Hippo pools and the vibrant aquatic birdlife at Lake Manyara. After game drives until mid-day, head to Arusha, where you’ll be dropped at Arusha Domestic Airport for a flight to Zanzibar, arriving by 18:00 hrs. Alternatively, if departing from Kilimanjaro, drop-off at Kilimanjaro International Airport can be arranged at a nominal fee. Lunch box and dinner included. 

End of the  03 days Safari in Tanzania from Zanzibar

Note: We offer airport transfers in Zanzibar at a small fee and can arrange accommodation in Arusha on your arrival day before the safari starts. This safari is also available from Dar es Salaam, and return flights to Dar es Salaam can be booked if departing from Zanzibar. The package includes a return domestic flight, and accommodation preferences (luxury or mid-range) can be requested. We look forward to welcoming you to Africa for your next Tanzania safari tour!


3 Days Tanzania Safari from Zanzibar

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