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13 Day East Africa Game Parks and Zanzibar Overland Safari

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Tour Style Camping Top Seller
Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania
Starts Nairobi
Ends Dar es Salaam
Group Size Max 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years

13 Day Nairobi to Zanzibar Overland Tour including Masai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar. Book now to not miss out.

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  • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)
 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Dar es Salaam

This tour provides a comprehensive insight into East Africa’s finest attractions and gives you a glimpse of the incredible scenery and wildlife that Southern Africa has to offer. Our unique itinerary has been carefully mapped to maximise your experience in the time you spend exploring this magnificent continent. From the undulating Masai Mara, to the flat plains of the Serengeti, the magnificent Ngorongoro Crater to the sun-kissed beaches of the tropical island of Zanzibar, this tour will leave you with cherished memories.

  • Price Beat Guaranteed
  • 10% early bird discount (6 months or more)

Highlights

  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide *
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass

Included

  • All tour highlights
  • 2 person dome tents
  • Fully equipped safari vehicles
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • Mattresses
  • Service of two crew
  • All road and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Meals as indicated

Excluded

  • Adventure Activity Package Pass excursions
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips, drinks, items of a personal nature
  • NB: Lunch and dinner in Zanzibar are not included

SKU: CAE2501
 

Itinerary

Day 1 - 3

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Nairobi

Kenya, being East Africa’s most popular safari destination, warmly welcomes visitors who have come to witness their beautiful country. Most often, the first word you hear upon arrival will be the Swahili greeting Jambo meaning ‘Hello’, often followed with Hakuna Matata, meaning ‘No worries!’ It is recommended that you arrive at least a day before departure in order for you to recover from any jetlag, as well as to have some time to yourself in which you will be able to relax and have a chance to see the city. The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has grown vastly in recent years, but still maintains a relatively small city centre that is ideal for walking, a very intriguing city market, and numerous craft and book shops, as well as a variety of cafes and restaurants to try out. Departing from the gorgeous Nairobi in the morning hours of our first day, we begin our travels across the impressive Great Rift Valley, a gigantic fissure in the Earth’s surface that stretches from the Red Sea all the way across Madagascar, through to our destination – the Masai Mara National Reserve. Many incredible views and photographic opportunities will be available during this short journey here, during which we travel in small, specialised vehicles that provide us with much more intimate wildlife views.

Two nights will be spent camping on the edge of the Reserve, giving you time to explore the park on fantastic morning and afternoon game drives. The magnificent continent of Africa is depicted extremely well by the vast, sweeping plains, the low-hanging acacia trees, the abundant fauna and flora and the awe-inspiring views of the horizons. The ‘Mara’ is crossed each year between the months of July and October by massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals during their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains toward southern Tanzania. The length of the animals’ stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth throughout the rainy season. Predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard as well as scavengers, such as hyena and vultures, shadow the grazing animals in wait. This enormously spectacular congregation of wildlife forms a fantastic display of Africa’s natural resources and inhabitants. This being said, however, the Mara is still excellent for game viewing at most any time of year and, regardless of when you can visit, we aim to see as many of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as possible (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard), as well as an array of other wildlife.

It is from the Mara that we return to Nairobi where we will usually camp overnight before heading south to Tanzania.

Trip Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara Game Reserve, game drives, red robed Masai warriors
Accommodation: Masai Mara – Chronicle Tented Camp. Nairobi – Karen Camp
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2
Distance Covered: +/-300kms on days 1 and 3
Approximate Driving Time: Full days including game drives

masai mara

Day 4

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

At the busy Namanga frontier, we cross the border into Tanzania and in the late afternoon we arrive at Arusha, our destination. Located mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, Arusha is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari captial’. It is a bustling city with colourful and vibrant markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestled in the shadow of the towering Mt Meru, a sacred mountain (visible from Mt Kilimanjaro) that is considered to be the centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes, reaching 4,565 metres in height.

After we’ve all had a chance to explore the curio markets, we head to our camp situated just outside of Arusha, on the open plains to the west of the city. From here, we prepare for our two night/three day expedition to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater that was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself some two or three million years ago. There will also be an Optional Activity and Excursion in which you can partake. Your tour leader will offer these extras to all on the tour as well as take payment for them.

Trip Highlights: Arusha, Mt Meru, Meserani Snake Park
Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 5 - 7

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

On the first day we switch to safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘Mosquito Creek’) and entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we drive around the Crater’s rim down onto the plains of the Serengeti. A luscious green after the rains and brown and burnt in the droughts, this is home to a vast variety of grazing animals, predators and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti is enormous. In fact, the name derives from the Masai word Siringitu, meaning ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Here, game viewing is a fabulous activity and spending your nights sleeping in the designated but unfenced campsite where lion and hyena roam freely, is an enthralling and extremely memorable experience.

On second day, we leave the plains, game driving en route and, after lunch, we begin to ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. It is here that we spend the night camping on the rim, where wildlife runs free and where you will definitely need a warm jacket to combat the cold night air.The Ngorongoro, at 326 square kilometres in area, is Africa’s largest intact crater as well as a World Heritage Site. The spectacular view from the rim that is 2400 metres above sea level makes the site from the Crater floor even more enjoyable at approximately 600 metres below sea level. All of the major mammals can be seen here, except for the giraffe (who cannot manage the steep slopes leading downward to the floor of the Crater). We descend the almost vertical dirt roads for a morning of game driving and stop for lunch at the top of the Crater for one last magnificent view over the Ngorongoro before heading back to our camp at Arusha.

On the third day we make our way down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater to view some game. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, except for giraffes who find the slopes too steep. We then go back to the top of the crater for a last chance to take in the spectacular view. Back at camp we pack up and have lunch before heading back to Arushsa and our campsite at Meserani Snake Park, where we will stay for the night.

Accommodation: Serengeti National Park (first day), Simba Camp (second day), Meserani Snake Park (third day)
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-250kms each way on first and third day
Approximate Driving Time: Full days including game drives
Optional Activities: Serengeti Balloon Flight –from US$550

Ngorongoro Area

Day 8

Arusha – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

When morning arrives, we enjoy a stroll to one of the local Masai villages to gain some insight into the everyday life and traditions of this rich and vibrant culture before making our way to Bagamoyo via Moshi. Should the weather be clear, we will be granted a view of the incredible snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – a dormant volcanic mountain that has gained the title of Africa’s highest peak at 5895m. Our camp for the evening is a short distance from the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Trip Highlights: Glimpses of Mt Kilimanjaro
Accommodation: Fire Fly Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-560ms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 9

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Departing from Bagamoyo, we head south to Dar es Salaam, towards the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the largest and richest city in Tanzania as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub for commerce and industry – a hot, humid and lively seaport city peppered with high rises, vibrant markets and Arab-influenced architecture. To most travellers though, Dar es Salaam is the port of call to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp for the evening will be set up on the beach just outside of the city. Here we have a chance to take in the gentle sea breezes of the Indian Ocean and to prepare ourselves for our impending trip to Zanzibar.

Trip Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 2 – 3 hours

Day 10 - 12

Zanzibar

The other history of Zanzibar is not romantic. The island was once also a staging post for slaves purchased from the African interior being detained before shipping to Middle Eastern slave owners. The places where these men and women were held can still be seen and even the shortest visit is enough to convey the atrocious conditions they were forced to endure. On a lighter note though Zanzibar is also home of the Zanzibar Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet and the possibly extinct Zanzibar Leopard.

Our time spent in Zanzibar is not structured and your time is at leisure. One of the best ways to see Stone Town is simply on foot, where you can explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets and cloths. You can also partake in activities such as visiting mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are grown in nearby plantations of which you are encouraged to take day tours where you are free to have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents available to experience. If you’re the kind of person who leans more toward leisure time spent on the beach, you’re always free to enjoy the white sand and sparkling ocean and to simply soak up the sun’s rays. If you’re looking for a good swim or dip in the sea, head out to the northern beaches to experience the warm and inviting Indian Ocean at its best where you can try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some tasty, lavish seafood or just relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and good book in hand.

PLEASE NOTE: Because we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast in Zanzibar is included in the tour price but for the sake of flexibility, lunches and dinners are left for your own account. Usually we spend one night in Stone Town and the following two evenings in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your Tour Leader will be able to assist should you experience any problems whatsoever.

Trip Highlights: Ferry to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Northern beaches, optional Zanzibar activities
Accommodation: 1 night Stone Town – Safari Lodge or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 nights Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing
Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$30, Scuba Diving local US$130, Slave markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$10, Palace Museum US10 , Mnemba Island US$170, Dhow snorkelling safaris From US$65, massages from US$15

Zanzibar

Day 13

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The morning gives us time to complete any last minute shopping or to enjoy one last swim before hopping on the ferry that takes us back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam, where our tour comes to an end.

Trip Highlights: Zanzibar, Zanzibar ferry, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: None
Meals included: Breakfast
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing

 

Activities

Included in Adventure Activity Package Pass:

  • Maasai Mara Excursion
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass  


Other Activities

Tanzania, Zanzibar

  • Scuba Diving (Mnemba Island) $170
  • Snorkeling day trip From $35 - $65
  • Zanzibar food (per day) $30-35
  • Spice Tour $30
  • Scuba dive – local $130
  • Slave Markets US$15
  • Arabic Fort $10
  • Palace Museum S10
Price subject to change

 

Dates

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Highlights

Highlights

  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide *
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
*Highlight is part of the Adventure Activity Package Pass

 

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