Self-drive – Tanzania’s north and Zanzibar

15 Days

participants: 1 – 4

Tanzania's self-drive highlights

Start your adventure in Tanzania with us. Experience the highlights of the country, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater on your own.  Observe the herds of elephants in Tarangire National Park and the flamingos at Lake Manyara. A trip for experienced self-drivers, not suitable for beginners.


Self-drive tour
3 days in the Serengeti
Ngorongoro Crater
The Big 5 in the Parks


Private trip
All parking entrance fees as per itinerary
Car Rental 9 Days TATA Xenon Pick-Up with Double Cab and Four Wheel Drive
Fully comprehensive insurance with € 1.500.– SB
Domestic flight to Zanzibar
all overnight stays according to itinerary or equivalent
Meals according to the itinerary (B=Breakfast / L=Lunch/Picnic / D=Dinner)
all transfers according to itinerary
Travel insurance certificate


International flights
Visa Fees
Personal necessities
Meals & beverages not mentioned
Additional & optional activities
Travel insurance


We are happy to book international flights from Frankfurt, Dusseldorf, Stuttgart, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Vienna or Zurich.
Price per person:
• with 2 participants: 4095 Euro 01.07. – 30.09. / 01.12. – 31.01.
• for 2 participants: 4035 Euro 01.02. – 31.03. / 01.06. – 30.06. / 01.10. – 30.11.
• with 2 participants: 3935 Euro 01.04. – 31.05.
• 3 participants: 3835 Euro 01.07. – 30.09. / 01.12. – 31.01.
• with 3 participants: 3925 Euro 01.02. – 31.03. / 01.06. – 30.06. / 01.10. – 30.11.
• 3 participants: 3860 Euro 01.04. – 31.05.
• with 4 participants: 3700 Euro 01.07. – 30.09. / 01.12. – 31.01.
• with 4 participants: 3665 Euro 01.02. – 31.03. / 01.06. – 30.06. / 01.10. – 30.11.
• with 4 participants: 3625 Euro 01.04. – 31.05.
Trip starts: daily


Day 1: Arrival at Kilimajaro Airport

On arrival, our driver will be waiting for you at Kilimanjaro Airport to take you to your lodge in Moshi. If the weather is good, you will have an unobstructed view of Mount Kilimajaro on the way. After your arrival at the lodge, you have the opportunity to relax after the long flight or to gather your first impressions of Tanzania in the center of Moshi.

Day 2: Pick up the rental car and drive to Arusha NP

After breakfast, you will pick up your rental car at the lodge. Your vehicle, a TATA Xenon double-cab pickup with which you will quickly become familiar and which. After the briefing, we head towards Arusha National Park. The park is located between Kilimanjaro and Mount Meru, about 1.5 hours’ drive from Moshi. The national park is home to bushbuck, buffalo, colobus monkeys, elephants, hippos, giraffes, baboons, jackals and warthogs. The different landscapes and species-rich flora together with the Ngurdoto Crater and the Momella Lakes offer you a fantastic introduction to your Tanzanian adventure.

Day 3: Drive to Tarangire National Park

In the morning you start your drive to Tarangire NP. Once you have left Arusha behind you, the route leads along a well-maintained road to the northern entrance to the park. From here we set off on a game drive. The Tarangire River is the lifeline for the impressive herds of elephants and the various other animal species. With a bit of luck you will see lions and leopards, giraffes and zebras will cross your path alongside the elephants. The hilly landscape and the huge baobab trees will inspire you. You will spend the night in a comfortable lodge.

Day 4: Game drive in Tarangire National Park

Today, after breakfast, you can set off on a game drive in Tarangire NP. A huge number of elephants live here. The Tarangire River is the lifeline for the animals and the entire park. In addition to elephants, there are also lions, various species of antelope and giraffes. The hilly savannah landscape with its huge baobab trees and swamps characterize the park. Enjoy the fantastic wildlife and landscape on today’s game drive before returning to your lodge in the afternoon.

Day 5: Tarangire NP – Lake Manyara NP

After a hearty breakfast, we continue to Lake Manyara National Park. The park lies at the foot of the East African Rift Valley. With a bit of luck, you may spot the tree lions for which the national park is famous. The barely overgrown plain at the salt lake Lake Manyara offers you a clear view of the natural spectacle with baboons, giraffes, zebras, hippos and numerous elephants. Towards evening you will continue to your tent lodge where you can experience a fantastic sunset from a hill.

Day 6: From Lake Manyara to the Serengeti

Today the journey continues towards the Serengeti. You pass the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and enjoy a first glimpse of the animal paradise from the crater rim. We then continue for about 80 km along a rutted corrugated road that stretches right into the heart of the Serengeti. You should never drive faster than 40 km/h here, even if you are repeatedly overtaken at full speed by local guides. With its varied vegetation, small hills and extinct volcanoes, you won’t get bored on the journey. Before we reach Nabi Gate, the entrance to the Serengeti, around midday, you will see the first wildebeest and zebras and, with a bit of luck, lions and elephants. In the afternoon there is time for a first game drive in the Serengeti.

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

Today we go on an early morning game drive. After a coffee and a small snack, you set off into the park. The first rays of sunshine cast long shadows. It’s the best time for good photos! You can often see lions having breakfast and watch the hyenas and jackals trying to get a piece. Near the waterhole, colorful birds glisten in the sunlight. They also like to sit on the backs of buffaloes and elephants – letting themselves be carried as far as the journey takes them. Back at the lodge we have brunch and another game drive in the afternoon.

Day 8: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro

After breakfast, you will set off for the southern part of the Serengeti. Here, too, you will have the opportunity to take beautiful photos of lions, elephants, the huge herds of wildebeest with the zebras that are always close by and, with luck, you will also see leopards today. You leave Serengeiti through the Nabi Gate and continue towards the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater, game drive

Today you will spend the day in the Ngorongoro Crater. The diameter of this unique animal paradise is around 20  kilometers, the height difference between the crater rim and the ground is around 600 meters and the crater rim is around 2,300 meters above sea level.  The crater is home to around 25,000 large animals, including the BIG 5 with rhinos, lions, elephants, buffalos and leopards. 

Day 10: Drive to Kilimajro Airport – flight to Zanzibar

After a hearty breakfast, we return to Kilimanjaro Airport. Our employee will be waiting for you there and you will return the rental car. A short time later you take off for your flight to Zanzibar. The transfer driver will take you to your beach hotel on the east coast of the Spice Island, where you will spend the next few days.

Days 11 – 14: Lodge stay on the dream beach of Zanzibar

You will spend the next few days at the hotel with its central pool and powder-fine sandy beach. Perfect for unwinding and taking a break from everyday life. Various excursions can be booked for an additional charge.

Day 15: Return transfer from your lodge to Zanzibar airport

Today the driver will take you back to Zanzibar airport


Chanya Lodge

stay: 1 night

Location: The Chanya Lodge (formerly Mountain Inn) is located in a quiet location, 4 km from the central town of Moshi and is therefore an ideal starting point for mountain tours as well as for safaris. A low-cost taxi will allow you to explore the city centre on your own. Kilimanjaro International Airport can be reached in 45 minutes by transfer. Arrivals and departures are possible at any time of the day. Facilities: The 25 spacious rooms are all friendly, bright and furnished in modern African décor. All have comfortable beds with mosquito net, fan, shelf, seating, as well as private spacious shower room with hot water and toilet. Restaurant: The restaurant offers a delicious selection of international and Indian dishes and the bar offers the opportunity to toast an unforgettable tour. In the restaurant area there is free Wi-Fi for every visitor.

Arusha Villa Hotel

stay: 1 night

Location: Surrounded by a large and well-kept garden, Arusha Villa Karamu Coffee Estate is located on the western edge of Arusha. The villa is located between Arusha city and Kilimanjaro Airport, which can be reached in about 45 minutes by car. It is the ideal starting point for safaris in the Tarangire, the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. Facilities: The property has six luxuriously furnished rooms and two family rooms, all with en-suite bathrooms, king-size beds, a seating area and a private balcony or terrace. Enjoy a dip in the outdoor pool, a stroll through the gardens with spectacular views of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, or a drink by the fire in the garden or at the bar. Originally, the Arusha Villa was used as a coffee roastery, which can still be seen in the garden by some elements from that time. Free Wi-Fi is available. Restaurant: Look forward to great experiences in Tanzania at the start of the day with a rich breakfast. Complimentary coffee, tea and water are available throughout the day. In the evening, a three-course meal is served on the veranda. Activities: Arusha Villa will give you a more immersive insight into Arusha and Tanzania, the local community and the charity projects they support. Day trips such as a visit to the local market, hikes in the area, canoeing in the Arusha National Park and cycling on the slopes of Kilimanjaro can be arranged locally.

Tarangire Simba Lodge

stay: 2 nights

Location: The “Tarangire Simba Lodge” is a tented camp lodge near the northwest entrance to Tarangire NP. The facility is located on the edge of Lake Burunge. The view from the pool, from the observation deck or from your terrace is breathtaking. Facilities: The 16 comfortably furnished tents have large double beds, a seating area, a large bathroom with indoor and outdoor shower, hot water and round-the-clock power supply. Each tent has a veranda. There is a pool and a bar.  Restaurant:  The restaurant offers excellent international and local cuisine. Also from here you have a great view over the beautiful landscape. 

Pembeni Rhotia

stay: 2 nights

Location: Pembeni Camp is located in Rhotia on a hill with beautiful views of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Accommodation: The 15 tents are built from local materials such as wood, brick and linen. There is a backup generator in case of power outages and WiFi available. Each tent offers breathtaking views from the balcony and 48 square meters of usable space. The room has a closet, a bedside table, a bed with a mosquito net and a luggage rack. Hot water is available at all times. Restaurant: The restaurant offers fresh local ingredients and alcoholic drinks.

Serengeti Tortilis Camp

stay: 2 nights

Location: The tented camp is located in the heart of nature, in the Central Serengeti, surrounded by a variety of plants and trees, especially the Tortilis trees that give the camp its name. Facilities: Each of the 10 tents is equipped with comfortable king-size or twin beds and each has its own bathroom (with shower, sink, toilet) and is completely lit by solar lights. Restaurant: The lodge consists of a main lounge and dining area which offers plenty of seating. The chef will prepare a healthy selection of fresh, seasonal dishes. “Note: There are no alcoholic beverages.”


Rhino Lodge

stay: 1 night

Location: Rhino Lodge is located on the crater rim within the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve, just a few hundred meters from the Grzimek Memorial Stone. Compared to other accommodation options near the Ngorongoro Crater, the Rhino Lodge is the best place to avoid long journeys and spend as much time as possible on the game drive in the Ngorongoro Crater. Facilities: Rhino Lodge offers 24 simply furnished rooms with fireplaces. They have a double bed, a private bathroom with hot water and an inviting veranda overlooking the impressive tropical rainforest. Restaurant: The restaurant as well as the lounge offer two fireplaces and a cozy atmosphere with many candles. Good Tanzanian and international cuisine is offered.

Fun Beach Hotel

stay: 2 nights

Location: Fun Beach welcomes you to the southeast coast of Zanzibar in a tropical paradise with palm trees, bananas, a lush garden and a purple-white sandy beach. Facilities: The heart of the complex is the 63 meter long infinity pool, surrounded by the 20 guest bungalows. All rooms have pool and sea views, a terrace with a hammock and a seating area, a bathroom with shower, air conditioning and a safe box. Bicycles are available to guests free of charge and there is free WiFi throughout the complex. There are many different ways to relax and chill out on the Ocean View terrace overlooking the pool or in the spacious lounge. Restaurant: The Fun Beach offers bed and breakfast or half board. The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, snack or dinner, a variety of international, Arabic and regional dishes, vegan menus and fresh fast food to suit every taste. Treat yourself to a cocktail at one of the bars while you indulge in the fresh creations of the creative kitchen team. Activities: For the more active, there is a play area with pool table, table football, table tennis, library and a TV room.