Zanzibar to Nairobi

Tanzania
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Admire the sweeping landscapes of Tanzania – full of incredible wildlife and fascinating cultures – on this 12-day adventure. From the pristine beaches of Zanzibar across the lush slopes of the Usambara Mountains and through the savannas of Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, discover a land where elephants roam, lions hunt and communities embrace the land. This is the heart of Africa – a land for the true explorer. When will you go in search of the Big Five?

Availability

From 26/03/2024 to 14/02/2026

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Tue 26 2024 to Apr Sat 06 2024
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    $3,104*
  • Apr Tue 23 2024 to May Sat 04 2024
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    $2,910*
  • May Tue 21 2024 to Jun Sat 01 2024
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    $4,155*
  • Jun Tue 11 2024 to Jun Sat 22 2024
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    $4,035*
  • Jul Tue 30 2024 to Aug Sat 10 2024
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    $4,605*
  • Aug Tue 13 2024 to Aug Sat 24 2024
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    $4,230*
  • Aug Tue 20 2024 to Aug Sat 31 2024
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    $4,190*
  • Aug Tue 27 2024 to Sep Sat 07 2024
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    $4,190*
  • Sep Tue 10 2024 to Sep Sat 21 2024
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    $4,190*
  • Sep Tue 17 2024 to Sep Sat 28 2024
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    $4,190*
  • Sep Tue 24 2024 to Oct Sat 05 2024
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    $4,190*
  • Oct Tue 01 2024 to Oct Sat 12 2024
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    $4,035*
  • Oct Tue 15 2024 to Oct Sat 26 2024
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    $4,035*
  • Oct Tue 29 2024 to Nov Sat 09 2024
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    $3,880*
  • Nov Tue 19 2024 to Nov Sat 30 2024
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    $3,880*
  • Dec Tue 17 2024 to Dec Sat 28 2024
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    $3,880*
  • Feb Tue 11 2025 to Feb Sat 22 2025
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    $4,070*

What's included

Wander around Stone Town’s bustling bazaars and fragrant spice markets and opt to embark on a guided tour of the spice plantations.
Explore the Serengeti – a wildlife arena like no other – and look for lions, leopards, elephants and giraffes in this iconic park with your local crew.
Learn to prepare a Swahili dish, crafting and learning about village life in Mto wa Mbu.
Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4WD vehicle for a chance to see endangered black rhinoceros.
Embark on a hike through the Usambara Mountains to the Irente viewpoint, then stop at a farm on the way back for a picnic lunch.
By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, the East African Wildlife Society.
Donations help them protect endangered wildlife, support conservation and promote sustainable management of natural resources in East Africa.
Breakfasts Included: 11.
Lunches Included: 7.
Dinners Included: 8.
Hotel (1 night),Bungalow (2 nights),Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights),Camping (with facilities) (6 nights).
Overland vehicle,4x4 Safari Vehicle,Ferry,Minibus.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 22.
Irente - Lushoto hike.
Irente - Local lunch.
Ngorongoro Forest - Elephant Cave Trek.
Karatu - Home-Cooked Dinner.
Karatu - Coffee Farm Tour.
Ngorongoro Crater - 4x4 Game Drive.
Serengeti National Park - 4x4 Game Drive.
Mto Wa Mbu - Village walk & local dinner.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Stone Town Catch a ferry to Africa's 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar. Filled with pristine white-sand beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has had a colourful history - everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in centuries ago. The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town, and the best way to see this is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, why not grab a drink from a bar overlooking the seafront. A seafood curry at a local restaurant is also a great choice. You'll spend the night in Stone Town at a basic inn.
  • 2 - Zanzibar Northern Beaches Once checked out of your Stone Town accommodation, consider booking in to an optional guided tour of the island's spice plantations, learning all about the history of this town's spice trade. You will have the opportunity to smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, plus sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch, head to the Northern Beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.
  • 3 - Zanzibar Northern Beaches Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day - perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option, or you could take a traditional dhow boat on the water. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or just relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book. It's totally up to you!
  • 4 - Stone Town Today you will be picked up and taken back to Stone Town to meet your new leader and travel group at an 11 am welcome meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers. After this important meeting, catch the ferry to Dar es Salaam. There you'll meet your driver and cook, board your overland vehicle and take a short drive to your camp at Bagamoyo, a lovely spot by the beach.
  • 5 - Usambara Mountains If you wake early, you can make an optional excursion to the historical slave trade markets that once operated in Bagamoyo. After, it's time to travel into the remote Usambara Mountains.This unspoilt area of Tanzania attracts very few tourists, making it the perfect place to soak in your surroundings. The forests stretch across the mountains and are ideal for easy hikes and guided walks. You base is the old German colony of Lushoto, where you'll stay on the grounds of one of the earliest hotels in Africa.
  • 6 - Usambara Mountains Today, explore the beautiful Usambara Mountains and experience this area's gentle hospitality on a visit to some of its small communities. From your base, hike to the gorgeous Irente viewpoint. It's best to pack some water and snacks in a day pack for this trip. On your way back, visit a local cultural project based at Irente farm and enjoy a cooking demonstration and a picnic lunch.
  • 7 - Arusha Get ready for is a full day of travel as you board your truck once again and venture towards Tanzania's national parks. Your destination is the sprawling gateway town of Arusha. Arrive at your campsite on the outskirts of the town and settle in for the evening.
  • 8 - Karatu After breakfast this morning, head to Karatu, the gateway to the Ngorongoro Crater. Here, you'll hike through the Ngorongoro Reserve Forest to Elephant Caves and the Endoro waterfalls along the way. Rich with calcium, the Elephant Caves got their name as elephants would come here and break off pieces of rock, eating the dust to receive important minerals. Today's trek, accompanied by an expert local guide and armed ranger, is the perfect way to stretch your legs after a few days of overland travel. You'll hike through Ngorongoro rainforest as your local guide explains the ins and outs of the area here and points out interesting animal tracks and footprints. Marvel at the wild landscape and spot beautiful birdlife as you walk. After, head to Karatu village for a tour of the local coffee farm. Here, you'll see the innovative farming practices from the locals and learn about the farming activities that sustain the coffee, bean, maize, banana, soya and pea crops. Tonight, enjoy a traditional dinner with a local Tanzanian family in their home, who will cook you a few different dishes to try. Learn about the local culture with educational stories from a locally trained guide. What a night!
  • 9 - Ngorongoro Crater Get up early, put your camping and personal gear into a six-person jeep and head out for an excursion into the Serengeti via the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a safari in the crater, spending between 3 and 4 hours exploring this perfectly intact volcanic crater. Watch for black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. Next, move on to the open plains of the Serengeti. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, this is perhaps the quintessential image of Africa - the home of thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Your campsite is within the Serengeti itself, so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep.
  • 10 - Serengeti National Park Wake at dawn and embark on a game drive. You will head out while the animals are at their most active, then go back to camp for brunch at around 11 am. After spending the middle of the day relaxing, just like the animals do, head out again as the day begins to cool. You'll return from this second game drive in time for dinner. There's also the option today of a balloon ride over the park (in place of a portion of the morning game drive). If you have pre-booked this activity you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site. After a safety briefing, you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. After landing, you'll be treated to a five-star bush breakfast, then be returned to your camp.
  • 11 - Mto wa Mbu Rise with the sun and enjoy another game drive as you leave the Serengeti in your dust. Jump back into your overland vehicle and head for Mto wa Mbu. After setting up camp, we'll take a guided stroll through the farming areas, local homes and farmlands, getting to know the local community and their way of life. Later, we'll enjoy a scrumptious, locally prepared dinner in town.
  • 12 - Nairobi Set off early and cross the Kenyan border then continue to Nairobi. You'll be dropped at the finishing point hotel in Nairobi where your trip ends. If you'd like to stay longer, just speak to your booking agent.
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