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13-Day Kenya and Tanzania Adventure Accommodated Tour from Nairobi

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Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Rift Valley Province
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: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya

Stop At: Maasai Mara National Reserve, Maasai Mara National Reserve, Rift Valley Province
We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard.

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: Maasai 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 accommodation 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) tented camp 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 accommodation at the Meserani Snake Park.

Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 5.

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 accommodation 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 most travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up 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. Indeed, the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.

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 bag & mattress ( Serengeti NP, 1 night, Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night
  • Meals as indicated
  • Services of two crew
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • * Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles- with Resident Guide *
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • Entry/Admission - Meserani Snake Park
  • Entry/Admission - Ngorongoro Crater
  • Entry/Admission - Stone Town
  • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
Exclusions
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Drinks, tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (mandatory/ USD 1330.00pp)*
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Each adventure 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 1330.00 per person
  • Minimum age is 18 years, Maximum age is 39'ish years.
  • You MUST confirm and obtain any visa requirements prior to border crossing. All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveller.
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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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By: Acacia Africa
120 reviews
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803sherridang
50
Great Overland Tour
My fiance and I completed this tour and had a great time. The National Parks were amazing, the scenery incredible
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Stephanie A
40
Brilliant company to go with on your next overland trip!
I had an incredible experience with Acacia and one which I will never forget. They are true professionals in what
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brianne_98
10
Loved it!
An amazing way to see Namibia! Having local guides really made the experience and they gave you heaps of
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karlijnves
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
10
Cape Town to Vic Falls
I absolutely loved the trip! My tour guide was the sweetest and the driver as well! We had a lot of fun and have
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josephineolejas
Copenhagen, Denmark
4818
Best trip of my live
Thank you so much for the best trip ever Acacia. Everything was perfect and so authentic sleeping in tents and
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JMJ205
Neuchatel, Switzerland
91
Amazing road trip trough Namibia
The best way to see the country for a solo traveller with professional guides. The camping sites were amazing and
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amrichie64
21
Loved Namibia!
This trip exceeded my expectations, but that is because I went in with realistic expectations. I feel it is
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Emmalou2605
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
127
Loved it!
I have previously overlanded with Acacia and another company so knew what to expect from the whole set up. I can
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elliotanderson1
Manchester, United Kingdom
10
Amazing trip
Acacia provided an affordable, simple and stress free booking. The trip was amazing and made better by the
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jsarubbi2019
10
Solo lady seeing Africa!
Great to see the highlights of Africa at an affordable price! I felt safe the whole time. Great to experience all
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aussiestardust
Gold Coast, Australia
4527
The Trip of a Lifetime!
I recently completed the 41 day Cape Town to Cape Town tour and I loved every minute of it! Africa has been on my
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adventurekit
Hong Kong, China
20
my great 31 days trip in Africa
thanks again for the great 1st experience in Africa, good wildlife, good people everyday, what more I can ask for?
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francescamontanar
Milan, Italy
10
Fran
Best trip of my life - would strongly recommend it!!! It is very extremely safe and the leader will always make
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Gautam A
30
Safari In Africa with Acasia
Excellent trip, well planned, looked after well, many tips, staff were super helpful and friendly. Saw plenty of
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gokulv1989
Christchurch, New Zealand
10
Kenya and Tanzania
Great service. Good value for money. A very enjoyable experience. Tour leader Rachel and driver Sam were
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