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Nairobi to Zanzibar

Overlanding is the only way to see East Africa! Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This trip is designed specially for families! Designed to appeal to the entire family, our family overland expeditions are family holidays with a difference, full of true outdoor pursuit - on this fantastic trip you'll explore two of the world's greatest game reserves, the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, where you'll see an amazing array of wildlife and also have the option of an unforgettable balloon safari. From the plains of the Serengeti you'll then spend time in and around the foothills of the spectacular Mount Kilimanjaro, learning all about the life of the locals at the Kilimanjaro village education community project. Heading way off the tourist trail, we will then climb into the cooler green Usambara Mountains - surrounded by stunning scenic vistas as we walk through the hills from village to village, we will get a wonderful feel of this charming mountain enclave. After all that activity, you will round off your adventures with relaxation on the beautiful beaches of the Indian Ocean south of Dar es Salaam and a visit to the legendary island paradise of Zanzibar. Take your family to explore the wilds of East Africa on this unforgettable family overland adventure!

  • Duration: 17 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Community Project, Parks & Nature Reserves
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: FEA1/160045
  • Starts: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finishes: Zanzibar, Tanzania
You will Visit
  • Nairobi
  • Arusha
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Marangu
  • Lushoto
  • Usambara Mountains
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Zanzibar

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi

Border Information: Welcome to Kenya! If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

There will be a group meeting at 6:00pm - your trip leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

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Day 2: Nairobi

After breakfast we will head out in our overland truck for included visits to the Langata Giraffe Sanctuary and the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.

The rest of the day will be free at your leisure to explore the sights of Nairobi or simply relax by the pool!

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Day 3: Arusha

We will leave Nairobi early today, as we have a relatively long drive day ahead of us. We will travel overland through Kenya and cross the border to northern Tanzania as we head to our camp site outside of Arusha.

In Arusha we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

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Day 4: Arusha

This morning we will take an included camel ride or walk to a nearby Maasai village - our Maasai guide will take us through the Maasai Cultural Museum first so that we understand what we are about to see in the village. The village is completely genuine, and the villagers show you as they actually live - nothing here is fixed up for tourists. We will also visit a free clinic run by the campsite for the local villagers.

After lunch we head back to our campsite to prepare ourselves for our safari the next day!

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Day 5: Serengeti National Park

Today we will be met at the campsite by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 3-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

Today will be a full drive along the rim of the Ngoronogoro Crater (stopping to take in the awe-inspiring views!) and then down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savannah before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!

Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.

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Day 6: Serengeti National Park

Today we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning  to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman to avoid disappointment.

We will have the chance to relax at the nearby Seronera Lodge during the heat of the day, before heading out for a second game drive in the afternoon.

We will return to our campsite in the heart of the Serengeti for the evening.

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Day 7: Mto Wa Mbu

This morning we will have another early start to cross the Serengeti plains and head into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will have lunch in the crater and leave in the afternoon. We will then be dropped off at our next campsite in the small town of Mto Wa Mbu, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free evening to relax at our excellent campsite or to explore the town of Mto Wa Mbu.

In Mto Wa Mbu we stay at a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a good hotel.

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Day 8: Marangu

Today we will set off again in our overland truck and head east to Marangu, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views of the mountain from the road. 

In Marangu we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

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Day 9: Marangu

Today we will have a short drive to the village of Mshiri, where we will visit the Marangu Village Education Project to learn about the Chagga people and have a delicious local lunch.

We will then make our way back to our campsite, where we can take a walk to some nearby waterfalls or simply relax at the pool!

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Day 10: Lushoto

Today we will leave the slopes of Kilimanjaro behind us as we make our way south to the cooler, less frequented Usambara Mountains and the old German colonial village of Lushoto.

In Lushoto we will stay in rooms in a colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

 

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Day 11: Lushoto

After breakfast we have an included easy half-day trek in the Usambara hills to the Irente lookout to see the breathtaking view over the Maasai Steppe below, and to visit the communities in the villages en route.

The rest of the day will be free for you to independently explore the area more, or to simply relax.

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Day 12: Dar Es Salaam

Today we have another travel day south to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city on the coast of the Indian Ocean. 

In Dar es Salaam we stay in chalets at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

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Day 13: Dar Es Salaam

Today we will have a free day to enjoy a range of optional beach activities.

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Day 14: Zanzibar

This morning we will head to the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! We will travel on the local commuter barge from Kigamboni to the city centre of Dar es Salaam, and then take a ferry from Dar es Salaam centre to Zanzibar. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

When we reach Zanzibar, we will meet our local guide who will help us check in to our hotel in Stone Town, and then give a quick orientation of the town before we branch off and head to lunch! We will have a free afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of the historic centre of Stone Town, with the option of meeting for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

In Zanzibar we will stay in a good local hotel with excellent facilities and a swimming pool.

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Day 15: Zanzibar

On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation and enjoy a local lunch with our guide, before heading back to our hotel for a free afternoon to independently explore and relax.

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Day 16: Zanzibar

Today is a completely free day for optional activities and exploration of the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

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Day 17: Zanzibar

Border Information: If leaving in Zanzibar, you will most likely exit Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Zanzibar. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi
    • Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
    • Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park
    • Visit to an African snake park
    • Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people
    • 48 hrs on Jeep safari in the Serengeti National Park
    • Visit to the Dragoman-supported community education project in the villages around Marangu
    • Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages
    • Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town
    • Take the public ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar  
    • Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch
    Tour Staff
    • 3 crew members including an African camp master
    Accomodation
    • 55% Camping - 45% Hotels
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Tour Highlights:
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  • Family Adventure
  • Nature & Wildlife
  • Overland Journey
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