13-Day Kenya and Tanzania Adventure Accommodated Overland Tour from Nairobi

Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours, Boulevard Hotel to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

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On this accommodated tour you will game drive in some of of East Africa's premier game parks - Maasai Mara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. After seeing some of the amazing wildlife on Safari in East Africa you can then spend your time relaxing on the beautiful white beaches of Zanzibar.
ItineraryDay 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, KenyaStop At: Masai Mara National ReserveWe 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, KenyaDay 2: Maasai Mara Reserve, KenyaStop At: Masai Mara National ReserveWe have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. 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. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, KenyaDay 3: Maasai Mara Reserve – Nairobi, KenyaStop At: Karen CampFrom the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight. Tonight, you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, Nairobi, KenyaDay 4: Nairobi – Arusha, TanzaniaStop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Arusha RegionAfter 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, TanzaniaDay 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National ParkThis 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Serengeti Bush Camp, Serengeti National Park, TanzaniaDay 6: Ngorongoro CraterStop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha RegionWe 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, TanzaniaDay 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake ParkStop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Arusha RegionWe 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. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, TanzaniaDay 8: Arusha – BagamoyoStop At: Firefly BagamoyoThis 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Fire Fly camp, Bagamoyo, TanzaniaDay 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es SalaamStop At: Kipepeo Beach VillageLeaving 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 most 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Kipepeo Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDay 10: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Mazson's HotelEvocative 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: Zanzibaris 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.Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Mazson's Lodge, Stone Town, ZanzibarDay 11: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoEnjoy 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, ZanzibarDay 12: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoBrowse 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, ZanzibarDay 13: Zanzibar – Dar es SalaamStop At: Kipepeo Beach VillageWe 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.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 12x Breakfast
  • 9x Dinner
  • 9x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 12 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress ( Serengeti NP, 1 night, Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Included Highlights:
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • * Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles- with Resident Guide *
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Entry/Admission - Karen Camp
  • Entry/Admission - Meserani Snake Park
  • Entry/Admission - Serengeti National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
  • Entry/Admission - Meserani Snake Park
  • Entry/Admission - Firefly Bagamoyo
  • Entry/Admission - Kipepeo Beach Village
  • Entry/Admission - Mazson's Hotel
  • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kipepeo Beach Village

What’s not included

  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature

Itinerary

Day 10: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Mazson's Hotel 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: Zanzibaris 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. Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Mazson's Lodge, Stone Town, Zanzibar
Day 11: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar
Day 12: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar
Day 13: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam Stop At: Kipepeo Beach Village 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya Stop At: Masai Mara National Reserve 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya
Day 2: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya Stop At: Masai Mara National Reserve We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. 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. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya
Day 3: Maasai Mara Reserve – Nairobi, Kenya Stop At: Karen Camp From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight. Tonight, you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya
Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania Stop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Arusha Region 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Tanzania
Day 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park Stop At: Serengeti National Park, 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Serengeti Bush Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater Stop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Arusha Region 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania
Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park Stop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Arusha Region 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Tanzania
Day 8: Arusha – Bagamoyo Stop At: Firefly 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Fire Fly camp, Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Day 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam Stop At: Kipepeo Beach Village 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 most 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. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Kipepeo Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
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