Nairobi to Zanzibar
|Trip Length||10||Trip Code||AF - AT - 7|
|Tour Group||10 - 24||Age Range||18+|
Nairobi to Zanzibar: Tour Information
Experience Tanzania's varied geography, diverse cultures and famed wildlife reserves on this safari filled with many highlights. You will travel along the vast plains of the Serengeti with its abundance of plains' game and predator populations whilst experiencing the natural spectacle of the Ngorongoro Crater Reserve. Tanzania also has some of the most diverse cultures presenting you with opportunities to interact with a variety of people from the famed Masai tribes, to the large Muslim population of Zanzibar. Without doubt you will be amazed by Tanzania's varied landscapes. Explore the Serengeti, and drive along the Usambara mountain ranges to the picture perfect coastline of Zanzibar.
On day one of this incredible tour we leave Nairobi in Kenya and head across the border to Arusha in Tanzania at the base of Mount Meru.Day 2 - In Arusha you can take an optional trip to the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The trip is camping for three days and two nights; either one or two of these nights will be inside the park in the parks amidst the animals.
If you choose not to visit the park you can wander the markets in Arusha town.Day 3 - After game drives through the Serengeti, we then head into the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation area.
Day 4 - After a morning Game Drive we then head back to Arusha for the evening and a well deserved hot shower.
Day 5 - We’ll spend the day driving towards Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean, where we camp on route or by the beach in Dar.
Day 6 - A morning ferry ride will take us to the Spice Island of Zanzibar. In the evening we’ll spend our first night in Stone Town.
Day 7 - After an early morning Spice Tour followed by lunch we will head up to the north of the island and relax on the white sandy shores.
Day 8 - On day eight you have the whole day to relax, snorkel, scuba dive or take a sunset cruise on a Dhow before heading back to the beach for a seafood feast.
Day 9 - On day nine you’ll have chance for one last walk along the beach, before heading back to Stone Town, to stock up on souvenirs and goodies.
Day 10 - You’ll have the morning to take in the spices one last time on day ten before heading back on to the ferry to Dar el Salaam and connect with your flights back home.
Day 1 Depart Nairobi
We leave our camp in Nairobi at 8 am on the first day of the trip. We recommend you arrive in Nairobi at least the day before the trip departs; however if you're there with a few days to spare there's lots to see and do around the city. In Nairobi town is the National Museum and markets. Close to the camp are; Karen Blixen's house, Langata Giraffe Centre and Nairobi National Park for a first glimpse of African wildlife.
Leaving Nairobi at 8am we head out across the Athi Plains where we may see some of the plains game such as Thomson or Grant's gazelle. We cross the border into Tanzania at Namanga where the Masai ladies will try to sell you their copper bracelets. After the border a glimpse to the right may afford you a view of Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa.
Day 2,3 Arusha & Safari
Today you have the option to go to the Serengeti Park & Ngorongoro Crater. We take 4x4 vehicles with a guide to cross the Rift Valley, passing through the Crater to the vast plains of the Serengeti to look for animals and spend the night on the plains. We spend the next day game driving through the park and climb to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. The two nights camping in the parks are very basic but very exciting, the Serengeti camp is right in the middle of the park and the camp on the crater rim is cold and high in the clouds, when the mist clears - amazing.
Early in the morning we descend to the heart of the crater to see the game. The Crater is a collapsed, extinct volcano, thousands of years old and supports a wide range of wildlife. It's an excellent place getting close to the animals, as in a small area there is a high concentration of animals un-afraid of vehicles. After lunch we leave the crater and re-cross the floor of the Rift Valley to Arusha The camp has good facilities, a bar and restaurant.
Day 4 Safari
After an early morning game drive along the floor of the crater we will stop for refreshments at one of the hippo pools, where you may see one of the hippo's with it's feet in the air as it wallows in the mud. We then begin the drive back out and down to our campsite in Arusha for a well earned shower and dinner.
* For those not wanting to do the above option, visit Arusha National Park, drop into town or ask the driver to suggest other activities.
Day 5 Drive to Zanzibar
Today is a long day drive past Mount Kilimanjaro, the windswept plains and the impressive Usambara mountains to finish in the humid and bustling city of Dar es Salaam. Here on the Indian Ocean coast we can try some of the fine seafood on offer and relax in the shade of the coconut palm.
Day 6 Ferry to Zanzibar
An early morning ferry ride takes us over to the spice island of Zanzibar and the narrow streets of Stone Town. The House of Wonders, prominent on the sea front had electricity before London. It's winding streets hold a plethora of wonder both antique and new and may lead you to the old slave market or the new bustling food market.
Day 7 on Zanzibar Island
Before it gets too hot a Spice Tour is the order of the day. A great chance to see where the island gets it's name and the opportunity to try some fruits and spices you may never have seen. After lunch at a local house, you will then be taken up to the northern most beach at Nungwi, where white sandy beaches and crystal blue water will greet you.
Day 8 Explore Zanzibar Island
A day to yourself, where you can decide on the pace. There are plenty of activities such as snorkeling, scuba diving and boat trips. There is also a turtle sanctuary to visit and the lighthouse to see. If not, sit back grab a coconut and watch the local ladies and their wonderful fishing technique.
Day 9 Chilax on Zanzibar
Spend the morning walking along the beach and soaking up the chilled out atmosphere before heading off after lunch back to Stone Town for a chance to visit the fantastic night time food market. All the days catches are displayed and cooked before your eyes, a veritable feast to behold.
Day 10 Tour Ends in Dar
A lazy morning and then the last chance to go shopping for all the souvenirs you'll need to remind of this trip. There is also the chance to see the Red Colobus monkeys of Jozani Forest, or take a trip to Prison Island to see the giant turtles. After lunch though we head back to Dar on the Ferry where we end our trip.
LOCAL TOUR PAYMENT (LTP), is paid direct to your crew on day 1 of tour.
Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.
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