13 Day Kenya and Tanzania Adventure

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 7 - 14 Days
End: Dar ES Salaam Tanzania
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Tanzania

Tour Dates

2017
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From ZAR 18160 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 1350)
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Overview

With this exciting holiday you will experience all of Eastern Africa’s best attractions. Our unique itinerary has been carefully designed to maximize your experiences in the time you have exploring this incredible continent with us. From the undulating Maasai Mara, to the flat plains of the Serengeti, the majestic Ngorongoro Crater to sun kissed beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar, find those unforgettable memories. Embrace the magic of Africa with a tour that will leave you with a desire to discover more of this dynamic and diverse continent. Max Age 18-39 only.

Save a BIG 20% off this tour for departures on 10, 24  December 2017 only! Tour price only – Excludes Local Payment 

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung Acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Maasai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Maasai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Maasai Mara Reserve – Nairobi, Kenya

From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Indaba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m). After exploring the curio markets, we head to our accommodation just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meserani Snake Park - Twin share accommodation with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Camel Ride US$10

Day 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) tented camp for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp - Twin shared canvas tents with mattress, sleeping bag and pillow provided with basic facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Simba Camp - Twin shared canvas tents with mattress, sleeping bag and pillow provided with basic facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Serengeti Balloon Flight –from US$500

Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park. Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 5.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meserani Snake Park - Twin share accommodation with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Arusha – Bagamoyo

This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our accommodation for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Fire Fly Camp - Twin share accommodation with shared facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam

Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kipepeo Beach Resort - Twin share accommodation with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Stone Town – Mazon’s or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$30, Slave markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$10, Palace Museum US10

Day 11: Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$30, Scuba Diving local US$130, Mnemba Island US$170, Dhow snorkelling safaris From US$65, massages from US$15

Day 12: Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spice Tour US$30, Scuba Diving local US$130, Mnemba Island US$170, Dhow snorkelling safaris From US$65, massages from US$15

Day 13: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam where our tour ends.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

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