East African Game Parks and Beaches

Nairobi to Zanzibar

       

East African Game Parks and Beaches

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 2,549 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Nairobi

Safari Ends: Zanzibar Number of Days:15
Countries visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar
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Safari Price Includes:

11 nights full service camping
3 nights hotel.
14 breakfasts
11 lunches
11 dinners included.

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals / Drinks unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

East Africa Safari

Kenya and Tanzania offer some of the best game experiences in Africa. After time at the Elsamere Estate, former home of Joy Adamson, we head to the Masai Mara with its abundant wildlife including elephant, giraffe, antelope, lion and the elusive leopard. Travelling by 4WD, the game viewing here, and in Tanzania's Ngorongoro Crater, is a real highlight of the trip. The smaller park of Amboseli also offers great wildlife viewing as well, and, on a clear day, superb views of Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak. We head to the spice island of Zanzibar to end our trip. There is time here to discover the vibrant markets, relax on the golden beaches and snorkel in the crystal clear waters.

East African Game Parks and Beaches Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Nairobi Camping  

Start Nairobi. Our adventure begins by travelling northwest into the Great African Rift Valley to the beautiful freshwater lake, Lake Naivasha. In the afternoon we have time to visit Elsamere, the former home of Joy Adamson, which is now a conservation center. We can enjoy afternoon teas on the lawn and watch the cheeky Colobus monkeys.


Day 2: Masai Mara Camping  

In the morning we drive into the Masai Mara using 4WD vehicles for two incredible days in one of the most famous ecosystems in the world. In and around the reserve, we find plains game including wildebeest, gazelle, topi, zebra and buffalo abound, and never far away are the predators: cheetah, lion and hyena. Nothing is guaranteed on safari but we hope to see the three-foot-tall Secretary bird stalking snakes and rodents through the grass, impala jousting furiously or vultures homing in on carcasses. On both nights we stay in a permanent camp in the Masai Mara.


Day 3: Masai Mara Camping  

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Day 4: Naivasha Camping  

After our last morning game drive in this wonderful park, we return to Naivasha.


Day 5: Namanga Camping  

Today we have a long but scenic drive towards Tanzania. We stop just short of the border at Namanga, a relaxed town away from the hustle and bustle of the border itself. We camp here tonight.


Day 6: Amboseli National Park Camping  

We drive into Amboseli National Park, famous for its elephants and with the impressive backdrop of Africa's highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. We spend the day on game drives in the park: it is a small park, and we will not get the volume of animals of the Masai Mara, but as the vegetation is not so dense the animals, and especially predators, tend to be easier to spot.


Day 7: Arusha Camping  

Today we cross the border into Tanzania. The actual border crossing can take some time, but there is always lots going on! From the border we drive over the shoulder of Mt Meru to Arusha, and we stay outside Arusha at the Snake Park.


Day 8: Selela Forest Camping  

We are collected early from our campsite and go by 4WD to the Ngorongoro Crater. Inside the park we descend to the crater floor. Much of the time here is spent watching large numbers of plains game, the ever present predators around them, and searching for hippos in the murky pools. The journey up and out of the crater is always exhilarating, a finishing touch to the safari. Tonight we camp in Selela forest.


Day 9: Lake Manyara National Park Camping  

Today we stay with our 4WD and head to Lake Manyara National Park. We drive to the edge of the Rift Valley, where there is a superb view over Lake Manyara, often tinted pink around the edges from large numbers of flamingos, and begin a slow descent. We return to our camp in the afternoon and we have the opportunity to take an optional hike up the Rift Valley wall for some amazing views.


Day 10: Moshi Camping  

We drive to Moshi, a journey of around 5 hours. We will stop en route in Arusha to shop and stretch our legs. On arrival in Moshi there will be free time to relax or explore the town.


Day 11: Dar es Salaam Camping  

A long driving day as we continue south along the edge of the Usambara Mountains through extensive sisal plantations, to Korogwe. We pass busy villages, cleared from the endless bush, to Chalinze, a frantic junction town. We then turn east towards Dar es Salaam. The descent towards sea level becomes apparent as the temperature and humidity increase, but once on the edge of the Indian Ocean there is usually a cooling sea breeze.


Day 12: Zanzibar Hotel  

We say goodbye to the truck this morning. One of the leaders will accompany us as we take a morning ferry over to the island of Zanzibar, 35km from the mainland. First visited by Arab traders in the 8th century, and countless travellers in the following centuries, the island is most famous for its spices, and infamous for being the center. of the East African slave trade. There is plenty to occupy our days here on Zanzibar as we spend one night in Stone Town and two by the beach. Stone Town is a myriad of small alleys and markets. We recommend a spice tour, around the island's plantations, with chances to taste and buy. We can visit Prison Island, where difficult slaves were kept, and relax on the eastern and northern beaches, with excellent snorkelling, sailing in a dhow and plenty of fresh seafood. It's a fascinating mixture of culture, history and wonderful beaches.


Day 13: Zanzibar Hotel  

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Day 14: Zanzibar Hotel  

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Day 15: Zanzibar - tour ends    

 



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