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13-Day Kenya and Tanzania Adventure Camping Overland Tour from Nairobi

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    Day 1: Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

    Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
    We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya

    Day 2: Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya

    Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
    The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife.

    We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Enkalong Camp, Masai Mara area, Kenya

    Day 3: Masai Mara Reserve – Nairobi, Kenya

    Stop At: Nairobi, Nairobi
    From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight. Tonight, you have the opportunity to head out and explore Nairobi’s bustling night life or dine at the famed Carnivore Restaurant.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Karen Camp, Karen, Nairobi, Kenya

    Day 4: Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

    Stop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha Tanzania
    After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ - a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

    After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

    This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Tanzania

    Day 5: Arusha - Serengeti National Park

    Stop At: Serengeti National Park, Serengeti National Park
    This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge - indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Serengeti Bush Camp, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

    Day 6: Ngorongoro Crater

    Stop At: Ngorongoro Crater, Ngorongoro Conservation Area Tanzania
    We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area, Tanzania

    Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park

    Stop At: Meserani Snake Park, Arusha Tanzania
    We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park.

    Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 4.

    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Meserani Snake Park, Arusha, Tanzania

    Day 8: Arusha – Bagamoyo

    Stop At: Bagamoyo, Bagamoyo, Pwani Region
    This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Fire Fly camp, Bagamoyo, Tanzania

    Day 9: Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam

    Stop At: Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region
    Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry - a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    • Lunch
    • Dinner
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Kipepeo Beach Resort, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

    Day 10: Zanzibar Island

    Stop At: Stone Town, Zanzibar City Tanzania
    Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices.

    Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.


    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Mazson's Lodge, Stone Town, Zanzibar

    Day 11: Zanzibar Island

    Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa Tanzania
    Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar

    Day 12: Zanzibar Island

    Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa Tanzania
    Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar

    Day 13: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

    Stop At: Dar es Salaam, Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region
    We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam where our tour ends.
    Duration: 1 day

    Meals included:
    • Breakfast
    No accommodation included on this day.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Hotel boulevard, Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Rd, Starehe, Kenya
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Duration
    13 days
    Return Details
    Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
    Inclusions
    • 12x Breakfast
    • 9x Dinner
    • 9x Lunch
    • Accommodation included: 12 nights
    • Fully equipped safari vehicle
    • Camping and cooking equipment
    • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
    • All ground transportation
    • Sleeping mattress
    • Meals as indicated
    • Services of two crew
    • Included Highlights:
    • Masai Mara, Serengeti and Zanzibar Overland Group Safari
    • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
    • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
    • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
    • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
    • Entry/Admission - Maasai Mara National Reserve
    • Entry/Admission - Meserani Snake Park
    • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
    • Entry/Admission - Stone Town
    • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
    Exclusions
    • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (Mandatory/ USD 1370.00pp)*
    • Visas
    • Flights
    • Travel insurance
    • Departure taxes
    • Airport transfers
    • Sleeping bag
    • Optional activities
    • Drinks, tips and Items of a personal nature
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Each Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income. The (Mandatory) Adventure Pass is USD 1370.00 per person
    • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39 years.
    • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.
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    In my opinion, Acacia Africa is the perfect way to see the spectacular splendor of Africa. The trips combine a perfect combination of tourism and exposure to the real Africa. The guides are extremely knowledgeable, friendly and accommodating. Each days itinerary is very
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    Response from Sabine_Acacia, Manager at 13-Day Kenya and Tanzania Adventure Camping Overland Tour from Nairobi
    Responded 19 Aug 2018
    Thank you for your review Roldan L - we'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Liz & Ben and hope to see you travel with us on our southern routes in future.
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