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.
This tour combines with a longer option to Livingstone or Johannesburg via Malawi - why not finish your tour at the majestic Victoria Falls, or add Kruger to your bucket list and finish off in South Africa!
Day 1. Nairobi to Maasai Mara Highlights. Great Rift Valley. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.We depart Nairobi early in specialised safari vehicles to make our way to the Maasai Mara National Reserve via the Great Rift Valley. We stop off at a viewpoint to look at the cleft in the earth and imagine the size of this rift that spans most of the east African continent.
Day 2. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya. Accommodation. Maasai Mara Camp.Today we spend the day searching for wildlife in this reserve. Maasai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park in Tanzania have no fences separating them allowing the wildlife to roam between the two.
Day 3. Maasai Mara to Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Today we bid farewell to the Mara and journey back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi.
Day 4. Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.We leave Kenya crossing the Namanga border into Tanzania. We make our way to Arusha, a city situated mid-way between Cairo and Cape Town and the bustling safari capital of Tanzania. As we drive we'll see some of the surrounding coffee plantations that provide a means of income other than tourism to this region.
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we leave Arusha in 4x4 safari vehicles and head across the Great Rift Valley through Mto Wa Mbo (Mosquito creek) into Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We drive around the rim of the crater and down onto the Serengeti plains game driving to our camp for the night.
Day 6. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Waking with the dawn we explore our surrounds in search of the wildlife that has been active overnight. After breakfast, we pack up our camp and make our way back along the plains and to the Ngorongoro Crater where we spend the night on the crater rim.
Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.We wake early once more, have a quick breakfast and head off on our day's exploration. We descend down along the steep road into the Ngorongoro Crater for our morning game drive. Spot the herds from high above as we wind our way down and then marvel at the abundance of wildlife found in this picturesque haven.
Day 8. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania. Accommodation. Firefly Camp.We jump back onto our truck today and leave Arusha early to Bagamoyo along the Tanzanian coast. We travel via Moshi at the base of Kilimanjaro, before heading south where as we put some distance between ourselves and the towering mountain, we may catch a glimpse of the snowy peak.
Day 9. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Heading further along the coast, we make our way south to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's main port and busies city. Our camp is situated on the beach to the south of the city.
Day 10. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.This morning we take the ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and the islands capital Stone Town. Explore Stone Town by foot visiting the mosques, palaces, courtyards and making your way through the winding alleyways of the old town.
Day 11-12. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Leaving Stone Town, we make our way to the northern beaches for the next couple of nights. Enjoy the powdery white sand beaches and clear blue ocean here by scuba diving, snorkelling or just relaxing by the waterside.
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamWe make our way back to Stone Town for some last minute shopping or sightseeing before making our way back to Dar es Salaam and the African mainland where our tour ends. Show more...
Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam
An informal and secure thatched resort set on a golden stretch of beach on the south coast of Dar es Salaam and reached by ferry from the city centre. The relaxed restaurant is well-known for its seafood, and has tables set in the sand and hammocks strung up in the palm trees. Rooms – single, twin, double or family share bandas, some en suite, camping. Facilities – restaurant and bar. The Indian Ocean here is ideal for swimming.
* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.
Pre Tour Accommodation:
This tour departs Nairobi early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you – please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.
If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can prebook this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in Zanzibar/ Dar es Salaam area’s that can be arranged locally.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what activities you would like to do.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (10 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool. A sleeping bag and pillow is provided for the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater portion of the tour.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, pop top minivan, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.
GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.
12 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches, 9 Dinners
10 nights twin share accommodation, 2 nights bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.