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East Africa & Zanzibar Safari | 16 Days Overlanding from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam

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Join this sixteen-day East Africa & Zanzibar Safari to see wildlife, culture and beach spectacular as we travel 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 spectacular game viewing, spend your days exploring the colourful marine life of the Indian Ocean or relaxing on the idyllic beaches of tropical Zanzibar.

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All about the East Africa & Zanzibar Safari | 16 Days Overlanding from Nairobi to Dar es Salaam.

This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels through Kenya and Tanzania before ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

This trip departs from Nairobi early on Tuesday morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, ATC or your travel agent can assist you, in booking your activities as well as accommodation. However, costs due to earlier arrival, will be for your own account.

Trip Code: ND16
Departure Point: Kenya Comfort Hotel, Muindi Mbingu and Monrovia streets.
Check-In: 8:45AM DEPARTS: 9:30AM
Trip Type: Camping
Pre-Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure point at 17h00 on Day 1 of the tour

*All ATC trips include an arrival airport transfer. Please notify us should you not be using this so we can plan accordingly. Should you choose not to make use of this, or in the event that ATC were not updated with your arrival details, no refund will be paid for services not used.

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The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Nakuru National Park
  • Masai Mara National Reserve
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Meserani Snake Park & Maasai Cultural Museum
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Zanzibar Excursion
  • Spice Tour & Sunset Dhow Cruise
Whats not included in this tour.Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Maasai Village Cultural Visit US$ 15
  • Maasai Warrior Dancing US$ 10
  • Olduvai Gorge US$
  • Diving, snorkeling and fishing from US$ 50
  • Moped Hire US$ 100
  1. Day 1 - 3 Nairobi, Maasai Mara

    DAY 1:  Nairobi 

    KENYA

    Upon entering this beautiful east African country, you may be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly 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. 

    Our trip starts in the busy East African city of Nairobi.

    DAY 2: Nairobi to Maasai Mara (Lunch / Dinner)

    After breakfast, we continue on to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. We enter Maasai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some 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! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators.

    Included Activity: Maasai Mara Excursion

    DAY 3: Maasai Mara (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Maasai Mara Reserve. The Maasai 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 the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between 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. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home. 

    After our game drive, we have the option to visit one of the nearby Maasai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we sit around the camp fire, and watch the sun set over this “Garden of Eden”.

  2. Day 4 - 6 Maasai Mara, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kisii/Kericho Area

    DAY 4: Maasai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We overnight outside Nakuru at a lovely campsite. 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 5: Lake Nakuru National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park – 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 almost turns pink. A truly spectacular sight! The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen.  We spend the day 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 our game drive, we head to the campsite. 

    Included: Game drives in Lake Nakuru National Park

    DAY 6: Kisii/Kericho Area (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After breakfast, we leave the Masai Mara and head to Kisii/Kericho.  These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate.  We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.

  3. Day 7 - 9 Musoma, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater

    TANZANIA

    Tanzania’s natural environment and geographical features have made it one of the best tourist destinations in Africa. Being the biggest country in east Africa, Tanzania has heaps to offer her visitors, including 13 game reserves and national parks. Tanzania also forms part of the world’s largest animal’s movements, the great migration. Inland are the vast Serengeti National Park and the animal-packed Ngorongoro Conservation area, and thousands of people every year fulfil their lifetime achievement of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa. On the coast, Zanzibar is exotic, intriguing and steeped in the unique Swahili culture.

    DAY 7: Musoma (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    We depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma. 

    DAY 8: Serengeti National Park (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we 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 gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight, we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! 

    DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    After an early start, we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the southern part of the park where they have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below – we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night. 

    Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

  4. Day 10 - 13 Ngorongoro Crater, Arusha, Pangani*, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar

    DAY 10: 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 chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game.  After spending the morning game driving in The Crater, we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience. 

    DAY 11: Arusha to Pangani* (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    This morning we change trucks and head to Arusha to stock up on supplies before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam. On the way, we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.  Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit – a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

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

    DAY 12: Pangani to Dar es Salaam (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

    Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam.  Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the warm Indian Ocean.  Today’s drive time is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading in to the city, but the sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep you entertained. Look out for the colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.  

    DAY 13: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (Breakfast)

    A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the ”Spice Island,” where we spend the next 3 nights.  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 us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.

    Included Activity: Spic Tour & Dhow Cruise

    Included Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

    PLEASE NOTE:  Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget.  The Trip Leader joins you and will arrange your activities, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer.

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

  5. Day 14 - 16 Zanzibar, Dar es Salaam

    DAY 14 & 15: 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 trade.  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 if you’d like to explore the more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean – crayfish being a popular speciality.  Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

    DAY 16: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (No Meals)

    Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.  In Dar, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Meals and menus vary as food is purchased en-route, and is subject to produce that is available seasonally in the areas we travel through. Our safari cooks are able to offer a wide variety of menus with the ingredients available, even if the produce on offer is not of the same selection as what you may be used to back home.

The breakfast spread consists of bread (toast when time allows), spreads and cereals with a hot breakfast every few days. Lunches are mostly prepared en-route with a supply of ‘build your own’ sandwich ingredients available. Dinners are cooked in the evenings on arrival at the campsite. A wide array of dinner menus is on offer during your safari, consisting of curries, stews, pasta, and BBQ’s.

Our overland vehicles are custom built converted trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage area for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though 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 providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

All of the tours operated by ATC are participation trips meaning that all passengers are expected to help out around camp. The crew members running the trip will set up a rota system that will be followed. One day you may be on cleaning duty, the next day you may be on cooking duty and so forth. This is not only to make the trip easier for all involved but also for you as the passengers to get to know one another while on trip.

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