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Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 Days

Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam
£1,555 (plus local payment)

Ref: AT074

Why not join this 15 day wildlife, culture and beach spectacular - travelling through four of East Africa's best known game parks - Lake Nakuru National Park, the Masai Mara National Reserve, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.  After several days of fantastic game viewing the remainder of the time will be spent exploring the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean or relaxing on the idyllic beaches of the tropical island of Zanzibar. 

Who can join: Anyone over the age of 18
Accommodation: Camping
Transfer time: Approx 30 mins
Pick up Point: Kenya Comfort Hotel, Muindi Mbingu Street and Monrovia Street
Meals: Meals Included as Indicated
Volunteer numbers: Approximately 25

Duration & Fees

15 days£1,555

USD 1490 - Local Payment

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Start Dates

2018 Start Dates:

20 Nov | 4 Dec | 18 Dec

2019 Start Dates:

1 Jan | 15 Jan | 29 Jan | 12 Feb | 26 Feb | 12 Mar | 26 Mar | 9 Apr | 23 Apr | 7 May | 21 May | 4 Jun | 18 Jun | 2 Jul | 16 Jul | 30 Jul | 13 Aug | 27 Aug | 10 Sep | 24 Sep | 8 Oct | 22 Oct | 5 Nov | 19 Nov | 3 Dec | 17 Dec | 31 Dec

Payment

£180 deposit at time of booking – balance payment of project fee due 12 weeks before departure

What's Included

  • Airport transfer on arrival into Nairobi
  • Pre-trip night dorm room accommodation
  • Fully equipped expedition vehicle
  • Cooking and camping equipment (sleeping bags not provided)
  • Meals as indicated
  • Park fees and excursions as detailed in the itinerary
  • Pre-departure pack and support and advice from Amanzi Travel staff and trip leaders 

What's not included

  • Travel insurance
  • International Flights
  • Airport Departure Tax
  • Departure Transfer
  • Visas
  • Laundry
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Personal items and tips and bottled water
  • Optional excursions
  • Restaurant meals and drinks unless otherwise stated
  • Bottled water

Click here to enlargeStart and Finish Points: Nairobi, Kenya to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Countries visted: Kenya and Tanzania
Departure Point:  Kenya Comfort Hotel, Muindi Mbingu Street and Monrovia Street
Check-in time:  08.45 am
Departure time:  09.30 am
Pre-Departure Meeting:  5.00 pm the day before at the departure point

The tour departs from Nairobi early on a Tuesday morning.  Anyone wishing to spend more time in Nairobi should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to advise on accommodation and activities, which will be at an additional cost.

Itinerary

INCLUDED HIGHLIGHTS
Great Rift Valley; Lake Nakuru National Park; Masai Mara National Reserve; Ngorongoro Crater; Serengeti National Park; Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum; Zanzibar Ferry, Zanzibar Excursion, Spice Tour and Sunset Dhow Cruise.

KENYA
Upon entering this beautiful east African country travellers may be greeted with the words "jambo" (hello) or "hakuna matata" (no problem) by the friendly Kenyan locals.  With a population of nearly 42 million and land area of more than 580,000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and colourful tribes people, making it the perfect getaway for a once in a lifetime safari.

MASAI MARA NATIONAL RESERVE
All members of the big five can be found in the Masai Mara National Reserve, a reserve which is a natural extension of the Serengeti plains in Tanzania.  The Mara River serves as a natural border and is crossed annually by hordes of zebra and wildebeest during the Great Migration from July to October.  Watching their every movement closely are the well fed predators of this reserve.

Day 1:  Nairobi to Masai Mara (Lunch/Dinner)
To-day the tour will head to the Masai Mara National Reserve, entering Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road.  Passing through the town of Narok the drive will continue, possibly glimpsing some of the wildlife along the way.  The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state so be prepared for a rough ride!  The group will arrive at the campsite in the evening.  Acacia Camp looks onto the Meguarra Hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve, which remains unfenced allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and - if they choose - into the campsite!  No need to be afraid as the local "Askari" will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.

Included Activity:  Masai Mara Excursion

Day 2:  Masai Mara (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Departing shortly after sunrise the tour will begin a game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve.  The Masai Mara is well known as one of  East Africa's best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species.  Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of impressive herds of over one million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, the Masai Mara is most popular in July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here.  Following these herbivores are Africa's predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. The group will game drive through a section of the Park in search of the 'Big 5' - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who call this wilderness home.

Following the game drive there will be the chance to visit one of the nearby Masai Manyattas - a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way.  The evening will be spent sitting around the campfire watching the sun set over this 'Garden of Eden'.

Day 3:  Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
An overnight stop will be made just outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite on a local farm.  Nakuru is Kenya's 4th largest town and capital of the Rift Valley Province and lies adjacent to the small but wildlife rich Lake Nakuru National Park. 

Day 4:  Lake Nakuru National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning the exploration of Lake Nakuru National Park will begin.  The Park is famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake's edge.  The numbers vary depending on the water level and when it's low the lake turns almost pink.  A truly spectacular sight!  The Park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino which are often seen.  The day will be spent searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way.  After the game drive, the tour will head to the campsite arriving in the late afternoon.

Included Activity:  Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park
Optional Activity:  Spending time with the children at the East Africa Mission Organisation orphanage (EAMO) - pens, pencils and notepads will be most welcome.

 Day 5:  Kisii/Kericho Area (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After breakfast the Masai Mara will be left and the group will head to Kisii/Kericho, passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way.  These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands where cash crops such as tea and coffee thrive because of the equatorial climate.  Stocks will be replenished before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.

TANZANIA
Tanzania's natural environment and geographical features have made it one of the best tourist destinations in Afirca. Being the largest country in East Afria, Tanzania has loads to offer her visitors, including 13 game reserves and national parks.  Tanzania also hosts part of the world's largest animal movements, the Great Migration.  Inland are the vast Serengeti National Park nd the wildlife-packed Ngorongoro Conservation area, and thousands of people every year fulfil their lifetime ambition to climb to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest mountain in Africa.  On the coast, Zanzibar is exotic, intriguing and steeped in the unique Swahili culture.

 Day 6:  Musoma (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today the group will depart from Kenya and head south into Tanzania.  After border formalities have been completed the drive will be through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa's largest lake - Lake Victoria.  The night will be spent at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.

Day 7:  Serengeti National Park (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days the tour will head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the Park after lunch.  The Serengeti (Masai for "endless plains") is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the Annual Migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson's gazelle.  The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding.  The Park is entered through the lesser travelled western corridor and the tour will game drive en-route to the campsite in the centre of the Park.  Tonight camp will be a bush camp (no ablution facilities) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife.  The next morning the group will head off for another game drive to explore the landscape in search of the resident wildife.  With some luck, some of Africa's 'Big 5' will be seen.

Day 8:  Ngorongoro Crater (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
After an early start camp will be packed up and a game drive through the Serengeti National Park enjoyed.  The tour will head to the southern part of the Park where there will be the chance to see the endless plains for which the Park is renowned before crossing from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunchtime, to begin the clim up the steep crater edge.  Tonight's camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts with the warmer plains below - and winter woolies will be needed as it can get very cold at night.

Included Activity:  Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Day 9:  Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel.  The Crater's rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent.  It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a change to view an incredible concentration of East African wildlife such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain's game.  After spending the morning game driving in the Crater, the group will then continue to the campsite just outside Arusha where the evening will be spent musing over the thrilling wildlife experience.

Day 10:  Arusha to Pangani*  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
This morning trucks will be changed to head to Arusha to stock up with supplies before continuing on to Dar es Salaam, driving through the town of Moshi on the way.  Moshi is situated at the foot of the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro - Africa's highest mountain.  Moshi is the base for the Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions and, weather permitting, it may be possible to catch a glimpse of this magical mountain's snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed!  The tour will pass through vast sisal plantations, surrounded by the Usambara and Para Mountain ranges, before reaching the lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arush and Dar es Salaam.

*Some trips may choose to forego this night at their own cost.

Day 11:  Pangani to Dar es Salaam  (Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner)
Today the tour will continue on to Dar es Salaam, travelling through lush scenery and palm trees as the warm Indian Ocean becomes closer.  The drive time today is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading into the city but the sights and sounds of Dar's vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep everyone entertained.  Look out for the colourful shop fronts with their sometimes humorous catch-phrases.  On arrival in Dar es Salaam the group will make their way to the lovely seaside campsite to prepare for the departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

Day 12:  Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (Breakfast)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes the group to the "Spice Island" where the next three nights will be spent.  Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands.  New passengers may join the tour here to replace those that will leave at the end of the excursion to Zanzibar.

Included Activity:  Spice Tour and Dhow Cruise
Included Activity:  Zanzibar Excursion

PLEASE NOTE:  Meals are for travellers' own account whilst on Zanzibar, as experience has shown that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own and in accordance with their own budget.  The Trip Leader will join the group and can arrange activities, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.  There is also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer - see under "Extra Information".

Please Note:  New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride.  Spot fines can be issued if legislation is not obeyed.

Days 13 and 14:  Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor.  Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trades.  The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. 

Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow.  Mopeds are available for hire for anyone who would like to explore the more remote areas of the island.  Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise.  Numerous retaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular specialty.  Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

Day 15:  Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (No meals)
Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, the group will return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.  Arrival back at camp is usually in the late afternoon or early evening.  In Dar addresses will be exchanged and everyone will go their own separate way, having just experienced the trip of a lifetime! 

Anyone who wishes to extend their stay in Dar es Salaam to explore the surrounding areas should contact Amanzi Travel who will be able to suggest possible accommodation and activities in the city. 

Please Note:  This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road and weather conditions, political situations and group decisions.  All prices and local payments are subject to change.  Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries visited there may be a truck and crew change during the trip. 

Extra Information

OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES

Kenya
Masai Village Visit - US$ 20 - 70
Masai Warrior Dancing - US$ 20
Nairobi National Park half day tour (min 2) - US$ 175
Naivasha Horse Riding per hour - US$ 30
Naivasha Boat Hire (max 7 persons) - US$ 70

Tanzania - Zanzibar
Olduvai Gorge - US$ 35
Prison Island Snorkelling Trip - US$ 70
Dhow Fishing Trip - US$ 50
Motorbike/Car Hire - from US$ 100 (Local driver's licence/insurance at US$ 5)
Stone Town tour - US$ 60
Half Day Snorkel Trip - Nungwe - US$ 60
Scuba Diving - from US$ 100
PADI Dive Course - 3 - 5 days - from US$ 500 

Please note:  This is not a full list of activities available.  There are many more to choose from.  Prices are approximate and can change at any time.  The above prices should only be used as a guidelilne.

Getting There

Flights should be arranged to arrive into Nairobi Airport.   Please make sure to arrive in plenty of time for the trip departure.  Travellers are recommended to arrive the day before their start date and depart the day after their end date to allow for any delays.  Airport transfer on arrival and one night's pre-trip accommodation in a dormitory bed are included in the tour price.   Full details will be in provided in the pre-departure pack.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence and can arrange any flight requirements upon request.

Support and Orientation

Support and advice is available from Amanzi Travel office staff and project/trip leaders. Upon booking, you will receive a comprehensive pre-departure pack that provides all the details you will need to prepare for your trip to Africa.  This document includes information on accommodation, staff, visas, optional activities, packing checklist and medical advice and if you have any questions that are not answered in the pack we are always on hand to help and advise. We will do all we can to ensure that you are well prepared and looking forward to your trip to Africa. You will also receive an in country orientation on arrival.

A 24 hours a day, 7 days a week emergency contact number is provided for everyone who travels with us.

Amanzi Travel holds an ATOL licence (9401) and is able to arrange your flights on request giving you financial protection for your flight and trip costs. We also offer advice on personal travel insurance for your trip.

Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam, Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 DaysNairobi to Dar Es Salaam, Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 DaysNairobi to Dar Es Salaam, Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 DaysMeals on tour
Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route and is subject to what is available seasonally in the areas travelled through. As the aim is to support the local communities along the way, fresh produce is mainly purchased directly from the local grower and sometimes has an organic appearance.  The safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not the same as that at home. Breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time permits), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mainly prepared en-route with a supply of "build your own" sandwich ingredients available.  Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite and a wide array of dinner menus is on offer during the safari including curries, stews, pastas, BBQs and even roasts.

Transport on tour
The overland vehicles are custom bult converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for all passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27 - 30 passengers on the camping trips.  Most seats are forward facing, although some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables.  Vehicles have sliding glass windows and the seating area is raised giving great game viewing and photographic opportunities.  Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items such as cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

Participation on tour
These are participation tours and all passengers are expected to help out around the camp. The crew members will set up a rota system and passengers will help with cleaning duties, cooking duties and so on.  This makes it easier for everyone and is a good chance for the passengers to get to know each other.

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Why visit Kenya

For a country of its size, Kenya really does pack a lot in: mountains and deserts, colourful tribal culture, beaches and coral reefs and some of Africa’s best wildlife attractions. Stunning landscapes set the scene, from Kakamega’s rainforests to Indian Ocean beaches and idyllic islands such as Lamu, by way of Mount Kenya National Park, the rolling grasslands of the Masai Mara to searing deserts on the shores of the Jade Sea; with the Rift Valley, home to millions of breeding flamingos on Lake Nakuru and spectacular birdlife and hippo families on Lake Naivasha, cleaving a massive gash through it all.

Wildlife safaris have been hugely popular in Kenya for decades, with legendary personalities such Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen highlighting their appeal, and films such as Out of Africa and Born Free portraying the romance, thrill and excitement of the country. Kenya has over twelve national wildlife parks, being among the best places in Africa to see lions, elephants, leopards and the famous wildebeest migration. The Masai Mara is famous for its annual Great Migration of more than two million wildebeest and thousands of Thomson's gazelle, zebra and impala. Aside from the Migration, game-viewing is excellent throughout the year. Large herds of elephant are common sights in the dry, ancient lakebed of Amboseli National Park, as are buffalo, gazelle, giraffe and zebra. In addition to the wildlife in Tsavo National Park, the Mzima Springs are popular, where millions of litres of cool, crystal-clear water flow out of the ground through porous volcanic rocks. The Samburu Game Park is a narrow plain giving way to rocky hillsides which are home to leopard.  A highlight of these Parks is watching large numbers of elephant bathing in the Ewaso Nyiro River. The possibilities of trekking the glacial ridges of Mount Kenya, ballooning over the Masai Mara, snorkelling at the Marine National Park in Malindi on the Indian Ocean are all very real in Kenya.

Highlights of Kenya

  • Kenya immortalised the safari with legendary personalities such as Ernest Hemingway and Karen Blixen, and films such as Out of Africa and Born Free.
  • Kenya's Masai Mara National Reserve is renowned for the annual Great Migration of millions of herbivores – one of the seven new wonders of the world.
  • Masai and Samburu tribes-people live and tend their livestock alongside the resident wildlife.
  • The country abounds in diverse landscapes, including the spectacular Great Rift Valley.
  • It is one of the best countries in Africa for seeing large concentrations of animals throughout the year.
  • Kenya is a birdwatcher's dream destination, with more than 1,000 species recorded.
  • Lake Nakuru is a breeding ground for flamingo - up to two million birds can be found, and greater and lesser flamingos also migrate along Lakes Magadi, Elmenteita, Bogoria and Turkana.
  • Mount Kenya is the second highest mountain in Africa and features a number of permanent glaciers. The best view of Tanzania's Mount Kilimanjaro is from Kenya's Amboseli National Park.
  • The coastline is beautiful, particularly the Lamu Archipelago, featuring the islands of Lamu, Manda and Pate. Old Lamu Town is a World Heritage Site.

Climate

Seasons Max Min
Summer (September - April) 34 °C 20 °C
Winter (May - August) 25 °C 11 °C
Rainfall: April - June (long rains), October - Mid December (short rains)

Kenya is divided by the Equator and its diverse geography means that temperature, rainfall and humidity vary widely. However, there are effectively four distinct zones:

The hot, rainy plateau of western Kenya has rainfall throughout the year, the heaviest usually during April when as much as 200mm may be recorded, and the lowest in January, with an average of 40mm.  Temperatures range from a minimum of 14°C to a maximum of 36°C throughout the year.

The temperate Rift Valley and Central Highlands have perhaps the most agreeable climate in the country. Average temperatures vary from a minimum of 10°C to a maximum of 28°C.  Rainfall varies from a minimum of 20mm in July to 200mm in April, falling in essentially two seasons – March to the beginning of June (the ‘long rains’) and October to the end of November (the ‘short rains’). Mount Kenya and the Aberdare Range are the country’s main water catchments, with falls of up to 3000mm per year recorded in these places.

In the semi-arid bush-lands of northern and eastern Kenya temperatures vary from highs of up to 40°C during the day to less than 20°C at night.  Rainfall in this area is sparse and, when it does occur, is often in the form of violent storms. July is usually the driest month and November the wettest.

The consistently average temperatures of the humid coast region vary little during the year, ranging from 22°C to 30°C.  Rainfall is dependent on the monsoon, which blows from the north-east from October to April and from the south-west for the rest of the year.  Its rainfall averages from 20mm in February to around 300mm in May.

Depending on when the rains come, the Great Migration normally reaches Kenya around July. Hundreds of thousands of herbivores then disperse onto the plains of the Masai Mara for the next couple of months. 

Key Facts

Population – 39 million
Capital - Nairobi
Currency – Kenya shilling
Language – Kiswahili, English, tribal languages
Nairobi, from the Masaai "enkare nyarobi" means "Place of Cool Waters"
“jambo rafiki” – hello friend
Time difference – GMT +3 hours
Telephone – country code 254, international code 00

Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 Days

I had a wonderful time on the overland tour. I have met some incredible people and seen such wonderful things. Everything was perfect

Lavinia, UK, aged 36

Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 Days

Amanzi travel were truly amazing when myself and two friends wanted to book a trip to Africa. We were recommended to Amanzi travel by a friend who had previously done a volunteer project through them. We went on the Southbound 21 day overland tour... and what a trip it was, we loved every single minute. Amanzi travel were very accommodating and very helpful with everything from sorting flights, payments etc, even replying to emails on the same day, if not the next, and only a phone call away. A fabulous service with extremely helpful staff, that I would highly recommend to anyone wanting to book a once in a life time experience. I will certainly be using Amanzi travel for my future trips to Africa!

Kerrie, UK, aged 30

Best of East Africa and Zanzibar - 15 Days

Excellent - Long drives but made worth it by absolutely amazing experiences!!

Bethany, UK, aged 21

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34

The overland trip was excellent - really well run. The guides were fantastic, the campsites great, and the food excellent. This has got to be the best way to see Africa in a short period of time ...   

Amanzi Travel are excellent - professional, informative but with a real personal service ...     The cheetah volunteer project was an absolutely fantastic experience, and the Overland trip was brilliant.

Jennie and Stuart, Sweden, 32 and 34 (Cheetah Volunteer Project and Overland Trip)

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