Explore the best of Tanzania and Kenya on this short safari and beach overland tour. The highlights include seeing the Serengeti's game filled plains, meeting colourful Maasai tribes, gazing skyward at snow-capped Kilimanjaro, meandering through the spice markets and diving into a clear Indian Ocean on idyllic Zanzibar. This tour has it all! Come experience the magic on an adventure through this exciting corner of Africa.
This tour can combine with the option to trek the mountain gorillas
Day 1. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.Our tour starts early on day one as we head from Dar es Salaam to the busy ferry port and make our way across the channel to Zanzibar.
Day 2-4. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.We spend the next two days exploring the Island and it's many delights. Opt for a tour of the spice and fruit plantations en route to the north of the island where there is an opportunity to dive the colourful reefs or snorkel to see the diverse sea life. The beaches are welcoming with views out across the azure ocean and perfect for relaxing and enjoying a swim in the warm waters. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania
Day 5. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.After a last round of the colourful markets to ensure we have all the souvenirs we need, we make our way back across the channel to the mainland and our truck waiting for us at the beach camp.
Day 6. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania.Leaving the busy city behind, we start to make our way to safari country. On our drive today we pass through the great flax plantations and as we near the towering Kilimanjaro we hope to see the icy tip.
Day 7. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.Today we head to the safari capital - Arusha. Located at the half-way mark of the great Cairo to Cape Town trade route, Arusha soon became the base for safari goers in years gone by due to it's close proximity to so many great wilderness areas.
Day 8. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Pack your bags and grab your gear - we're heading on safari today! We transfer over into the game viewing vehicles and meet our local guides who will take us on our Serengeti and Ngorongoro excursion over the next two days.
Day 9. Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterWe wake early to take advantage of the cool morning and head out to see which predators have been active while we slept. Enjoy the hues of the sunrise across the great Serengeti this morning.
Day 10. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Another early morning greets us as we rise and prepare for our game drive in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ngorongoro Crater. We descend down the steep crater walls and spot the herds as we travel down. Once at the base, there is much to see with intense game viewing in store.
Day 11. Arusha to Nairobi, KenyaOur last morning packing up the truck before we head to the border of Kenya. Along the way we see Mount Meru on the outskirts of Arusha.
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.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Dar es Salaam for Zanzibar 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 also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
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.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. The facilities on this tour may be more rustic than other destinations. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
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, 4x4 safari vehicles, 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 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.
10 Breakfasts, 6 Lunches, 6 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
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.