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Africa East & South

Nairobi - Zanzibar

14 DAYS THROUGH Kenya, Tanzania
RATING:
PRICE FROM:
Was: $1,365 USD + 1,350 KITTY USD
Now: $1,092 (USD) + 1,350 KITTY (USD)
DURATION:
14 days
TRANSPORT:
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Private bus, Ferry
CREW:
2 Dragoman crew, African camp master, Local guides where necessary
ACCOM:
75%
25%
MEALS:
Breakfasts x 6, Lunches x 8, Dinners x 6
PHYSICAL CHALLENGE:
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TRIP CODE:
YND
DEPOSIT:
$350 USD

Highlights

  Visit the Karen Blixen museum & Giraffe Sanctuary in Nairobi

  Enjoy the National Museum, Nairobi and discover more about our ancient past

  View wildlife on safari in Amboseli NP

  Marvel at the view of Mount Kilimanjaro in Amboseli NP

  2 day safari in the Serengeti, the ultimate African wildlife experience

  Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti

  Safari to the stunning Ngorongoro crater National Park

  Safari in elephant rich Tarangire National Park

  Camp in the foothills of Mount Kilimanjaro

  Explore the iconic Usambara Mountains with optional trek

  Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town

  Chill on the white sand Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar

  SHOW MORE HIGHLIGHTS  

Itinerary

Day 1 - Zanzibar ( 29th Oct 2018 )

Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).

There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow. 

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar 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 Zanzibar.

In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel.

Please note that the first 4 days of this trip overlap with our "YDF - Victoria Falls to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town
Free
Day 2 - Zanzibar ( 30th Oct 2018 )

Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar!

Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town
Free
Day 3-4 - Zanzibar ( 31st Oct 2018 to 1st Nov 2018 )

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, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere. 

On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest.

In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar

USD 40

Dhow trip, Zanzibar

USD 20
Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar

USD 30

Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive)

USD 55

Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys

USD 30
Day 5 - Dar Es Salaam ( 2nd Nov 2018 )

Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite.

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

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam

USD 220
Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam
USD 15
Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people
Free
Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture
TZS 6500
Day 6 - Lushoto ( 3rd Nov 2018 )

Today we join our overland truck and set off early to beat the morning trafiic in Dar es Salaam. We have a full day's drive to Lushoto, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. 

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

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 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!).

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages

USD 25
Day 7 - Arusha, Marangu ( 4th Nov 2018 )

After breakfast we head west to the town of Arusha, where we will stop for food shopping in preparation for our excursion to the Serengeti National Park. On the drive to Arusha we will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views from the road.

We will then head to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha. On arrival we should have time to go on an optional walk to a nearby Maasai village, or visit a reptile house and snake-bite clinic that are run by the campsite. We will also prepare and re-pack for the Serengeti excursion starting the following day.

In Arusha we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Visit to an African snake park

Free

Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people

USD 7
Day 8 - Tarangire National Park ( 5th Nov 2018 )

Today we will be met 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 4-day excursion to the Tarangire National Park, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 4 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

We will have a safety talk with our safari guides and then on to a full day drive within Tarangire National Park. You should have many oportunities for photographs so remember your cameras!

Once we make it into our camp site we will have our evening meal before the opportunity for a night game drive to Lake Manyara.

Day 9-10 - Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park, Lake Manyara National Park ( 6th Nov 2018 to 7th Nov 2018 )

Today we have an optional bike ride or bush walk along the shore of Lake Manyara. Then we will experience the view from the birds perspective with a tree top walkway followed by a traditional Swahili buffet for lunch. 

After lunch we will make our way down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savanna before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spots 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.

The next morning 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.

We will return to our campsite for lunch, and then aim to exit the Serengeti early afternoon. We will head back through the conservation area to our next campsite, on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, where we will arrive in the early evening.

Again, the campsite tonight is very basic and unfenced. It can often be quite cold on the crater rim so it is recommended that you take some warm clothes for this night.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Head on an unforgettable safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti, Tarangire and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - three of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting

Included in Kitty
Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant - the cost for this is approximately USD650)

USD 650
Day 11 - Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha ( 8th Nov 2018 )

This morning we will have another early start to descend into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater for a morning game drive. 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 spend as long as our entry tickets allow in the Ngorongoro Crater before departing, which will usually give us about 3-4 hours of game driving. We will then be dropped off at our campsite back in Arusha, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free afternoon to relax at our excellent campsite or to do some of the optional activites on offer here.

Day 12 - Amboseli National Park ( 9th Nov 2018 )

Border Information: Exit Tanzania at Namanga, enter Kenya at Namanga.

Today we will head to Amboseli National Park. Here you can experience the iconic view of the African plain with Mount Kilimanjaro standing majestically in the background. We will drive through the park in our truck keeping a keen eye out for all of the animals we will pass.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 13 - Nairobi ( 10th Nov 2018 )

Welcome to Nairobi, the final stop on our trip! 

You will have time to explore Nairobi fully - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. Your tour leader will let you know some of our reccommendations however you are more than welcome to move through the city independently for the day!

Day 14 - Nairobi ( 11th Nov 2018 )

Border Information - if you are leaving the trip here, you will most likely exit Kenya from Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Today is the final day for passengers finishing their trip in Nairobi.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

NNP Animal orphanage & Safari walk, Nairobi

KES 500
Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa'
KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
KES 1000

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park
USD 25

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WHAT OUR PASSENGERS SAY

Every single safari had something new to offer but Amboseli National Park was my ultimate fave as there were just too many elephants to count!
Megan T
This was the best experience of my life.
Victoria H
It was amazing!! Loved Zanzibar, it was so nice to be able to relax after 2weeks of driving and travelling
Georgia C
Exceeded expectations
Karen M
Each part of the trip was really nice, but putting them all together and seeing so many different things in one vacation made it excellent!
Cathrin V
It was great, well organised, leaders were really helpful and enthusiastic and they went above and beyond.
Laura G
Safaris- Serengeti & Maasai Mara were both fantastic. Some guidance with regards to cash needed for tipping in the trip notes would help. We inadvertantly offended our Serengeti guide with a too low tip
Sian W
Some areas were quite touristy, though that is expected. overall it was an amazing experience!
Sylvia Z
I loved the safaris and learning more about the history of Zanzibar.
Brigitte P
Mic's friendly personality was appreciated by all the passengers and we really enjoyed meeting up with her again after our travels with her last year in India. Matt again drove us safely along some very trying roads.
Patricia P
All local guides have been very helpful.
Patricia P
Brilliant cook, very helpful and nice.
Jana P
Denford was excellent and produced delicious meals.
Patricia P
Leader and co-drivers were fantastic. They were always enthuistiatic and eager to help out with everything.
Walter R
Dave and Frenchie were both great, so much energy, really positive and couldn't do enough to make sure you have a great time.
Zoe P
Denford's food was excellent!
Zoe P
I haven't been on this sort of trip before so I didn't know what to expect, nor have I anything to compare it to - so as far as my own experience goes it was excellent!
Walter R
Dave and Ivan (Frenchie) were awesome!
Andreas Martin A
Our cook made the most awsome food, even lasagne on a fire!
Andreas Martin A
Dave a Frenchie were excellent. They were the best pair of leaders/co leaders have had on a trip. They were extremely helpful, created a relaxed, fun atmosphere and went the extra mile to make the trip a unforgettable experience (for example arranging breakfast in a local market).
Robin L
Denford was an excellent chef.
Robin L
Dave and Frenchie were so great at creating "harmony" within the ranks of 21 people on the 21-day Gorilla Loop. Denford is the best cook ever and catered to ever complaining vegetarians, gluten free issues, etc.
Yvonne G
Anja is very organized and thorough. She is also very thoughtful and gave me a cake for my birthday and did some decorations. She was always there when I had questions.
Yvonne G
The food from Charles was amazing!
Aude P
Samson was a great cook. Very friendly and helpful.
Judy N
Daniel, Godfrey and Titus in the Masai Mara were brilliant.
Victoria W
Very enthusiastic and fun leaders.
Jana P