This trip is designed specially for families. 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 a balloon safari. From the plains of the Serengeti you spend time in and around the foothills of Kilimanjaro, learning about the Chagga people at the Kilimanjaro village education community project. Heading way off the tourist trail you climb into the cooler green Usambara Mountains where you are surrounded by stunning scenic vistas as you hike through the hills from village to village, getting a grass roots 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 with a visit to the spice Island of Zanzibar.
Border Information: Welcome to Kenya! If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.
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.
In Nairobi we will stay in a comfortable hotel.
After breakfast we head out in our overland truck to visit the Langata Giraffe Sanctuary and the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.
The rest of the day is free at your leisure to explore the sights of Nairobi or simply relax by the pool!
|Optional||Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa'||KES 1200|
|Included||Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi||Included in tour|
Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi
|Optional||Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi||KES 1200|
|Included||Visit to the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage||Included in tour|
|Included||Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park||Included in tour|
We 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.
Drive time - 7-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
This morning we take a camel ride or walk to a Maasai Village - our Maasai guide will take us through the Maasai Cultural Museum first so that we understand what we are seeing in the village. The village is completely genuine, and the villagers show you as they actually live – nothing 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.
Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people
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See a variety of African reptiles at the snake park in our campsite in Arusha
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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.
|Included||3 day/2 night safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - two of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting||Included in tour|
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 for 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.
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.
|Optional||Take a stunning sunrise flight in a hot air balloon (alternative to the scheduled morning game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant.||USD 650|
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.
Tonight we stay at a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a good hotel.
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.
Tonight we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.
Drive time - 5 hours.
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 taste 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!
|Optional||Short walks to waterfalls around the foothills of Marangu, where we hope to get incredible views of Mt. Kilimanjaro (weather permitting!)||USD 20|
|Included||Visit to the Dragoman-supported community education project in the villages around Marangu||Included in tour|
After breakfast we have an 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 explore the area more, or to simply relax.
Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages
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|Optional||Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains||TZS 5000|
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.
Drive time - 7-8 hours.
Today is a free day to enjoy a range of optional beach activities.
Sailing Safari off the coast of Dar Es Salaam
Snorkelling and Sailing Experience off the coast of Dar Es Salaam
Fishing Trips (per boat) in the Indian Ocean
|Optional||Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam||USD 15|
|Optional||Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people||USD|
|Optional||Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture||TZS 6500|
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 is quite comfortable with airline type seats, and 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 exccellent facilities and a swimming pool.
|Included||Take the public ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar||Included in tour|
|Included||Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town||Included in tour|
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.
|Included||Take a guided tour of Zanzibar's historical sites, markets, and the spice plantations||Included in tour|
Today is a completely free day for optional activities and exploration of the beautiful island of Zanzibar.
|Optional||Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar||USD 40|
|Optional||Take a beautiful sunset dhow trip off the coast of Zanzibar||USD 20|
|Optional||Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar||USD 30|
Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive)
Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys
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