Best of East Africa and Zanzibar

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Dar ES Salaam Tanzania
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Tanzania

Tour Dates

2018
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From ZAR 28000 pp
(Excl. local payment USD 1490)
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Overview

Join this fifteen-day wildlife, culture and beach spectacular as we travel through four of East Africa’s best-known game parks – Lake Nakuru National Park, the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. After spectacular game viewing, spend your days exploring the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean, or relaxing on the beaches of tropical Zanzibar. Departures are guaranteed with 2-4 people.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara

After breakfast, we continue on to the Masai Mara National Reserve. We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state, so be prepared for a rough ride! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Mara Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2: Masai Mara

We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home. After our game drive, we have the option to visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we sit around the camp fire, and watch the sun set over this “Garden of Eden”.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Acacia Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park

We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm. Nakuru is Kenya’s 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. *EAMO Orphanage

Accommodation

Accommodation:

EAMO Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Lake Nakuru National Park

This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park – famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge. The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen. We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way. After our game drive, we head to the campsite, arriving in the late afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite near Lake Nakuru National Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Spending time with the kids at the orphanage – Feel free to bring pens, pencils, notepads etc for the kids.

Day 5: Kisii/Kericho Area

After breakfast, we leave the Masai Mara and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way. These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate. We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Musoma

We depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite on banks of Lake Victoria

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7: Serengeti National Park

After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight, we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bushveld campsite in Serengeti Ntional Park

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 8: Ngorongoro Crater

After an early start, we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the southern part of the park where they have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below – we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Craters edge campsite (basic ablution facilities)

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel. The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game. After spending the morning game driving in The Crater, we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite in area around Arusha

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Arusha to Pangani*

This morning we change trucks and head to Arusha to stock up on supplies before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam. On the way, we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit – a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Campsite nestled between The Usambara & Pare Mountains

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Pangani to Dar es Salaam

Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the warm Indian Ocean. Today’s drive time is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading in to the city, but the sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep you entertained. Look out for the colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Seaside campsite

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the “Spice Island,” where we spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spic Tour & Dhow Cruise, Zanzibar Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

"Spice Island" camping

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast

Days 13 & 14: Zanzibar

History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean – crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

"Spice Island" camping

Meals

Meals:

Meals at own expense

Day 15: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening. In Dar, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Meals

Meals:

Meals at own expense

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