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NAIROBI – DAR ES SALAAM. (12 DAYS) KENYA-TANZANIA HIGHLIGHTS
TRIP CODE: KTH


 

  Day 1: Nairobi – Maasai Mara
  Day 2: Maasai Mara
  Day 3: Maasai Mara - Arusha
  Day 4: Arusha - Serengeti National Park
  Day 5: Serengeti National Park
  Day 6: Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater
  Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha
  Day 8: Arusha – Dar Es Salaam
  Day 9: Dar Es Salaam – Zanzibar
  Day 10: Zanzibar, Nungwi
  Day 11: Zanzibar, Nungwi
  Day 12: Zanzibar – Dar Es Salaam

Detailed Itinerary

 

 

Days 1-2
Maasai Mara: From Nairobi we head into the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s premier game parks. The Masai Mara has large herds of plains game (gazelles, antelopes, and giraffes etc) which in turn attract large numbers of carnivores (lions, cheetahs, hyenas and the ever elusive leopards).
In the Masai Mara we do three game drives, one evening drive, one full day game drive and a morning game drive on our way out.  In most national parks it is forbidden to drive at night so all game viewing is done as early and as late as possible to get the best conditions.
Looking for game in a National park is not always easy. This is one of the advantages of using a truck, which gives us superior height, making it easier to see over the surrounding terrain.

 

Day 3
Maasai Mara to Arusha: From the Masai Mara we pass back through Nairobi going into Tanzania for an overnight in Arusha. Arusha is the ‘tourism capital’ of Tanzania and a base for exploring Northern Tanzania, strategically located between Mt.Kilimanjaro and some of Tanzania’s best National Parks like Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Lake Natron, Tarangire National Park among other attractions.

 

Day 4-5
Serengeti National Park: Leaving Arusha behind us, you will journey through the Tanzanian countryside to the Serengeti National Park, crossing vast plains in search of the Big 5 on our way to our bush camp in the heart of the National Park where we will spend two nights listening to the sounds of Africa.
Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National park.
Expect an early rise in the mornings which give us the best opportunity to view game as they start their day, an unforgettable experience to watch Africa wake up!
Afternoon game drives offer their own beauty and give you some amazing photo opportunities.

 

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater: One last early morning game drive in the Serengeti on our way as we head for the Ngorongoro Crater escarpment where you will set up camp and prepare for an early start tomorrow morning.

 

Day 7
Arusha: We descend onto the Crater floor in 4x4 Jeeps for an early morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. At 19Kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a world heritage site and boasts a unique ecosystem. The crater itself reflects a mini rift valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains, and a forest area.
There is a high concentration of animals here, and it is also a home to a small population of black rhinos.
We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater and have our picnic Lunch before we head out of the Park where we meet our Truck again and head out to Arusha again.

 

Day 8
Arusha to Dar es Salaam: From Arusha our journey takes us to Dar Es Salaam (Swahili for "haven of Peace") on the Indian Ocean. Depending on how clear the skies are, we get a chance to see the Kilimanjaro on our way and will also see a changing landscape en-route to the coast. Tonight we camp on the beach of the Indian Ocean.

 

Day 9-11
Zanzibar: We travel to Zanzibar by ferry from Dar es Salaam and this journey can take up to 2 or 3 Hours. Conditions are usually smooth but beware the occasional day with rolling seas.
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, which comes from the many different spices that were grown here by the original Omani settlers. A lot of spices are still grown on the island and make up a large part of the economy of the island. The island does have a more sordid past in that it was once a major slave trading port; and it is still possible to visit the site of the old slave trading markets.
The town centre still shows a lot of its Arabic origins in its architecture. It’s fascinating to walk around the labyrinth of old buildings and walled streets. For the beach lovers you can go out of the town and spend some relaxing time on the isolated beaches. There are spice tours that take in all manners of exotic fruits and spices and you can sample many of the tastes and smells first hand. Just off the coast of the old town is Prison Island, where there is a population of giant land tortoises who are happy to share their stretch of beach.
We will spend 3 days on the island, generally split between 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights on the beach where accommodation with breakfast is included however all other meals will be at your own expense during this time.
We recommend that you budget around U$200-$300 for your stay on Zanzibar to cover food, transport around the island, optional tours, accommodation upgrades, drinks and souvenirs. Please note that this is a recommendation only as different passengers have widely differing spending patterns.

 

Day 12
Dar Es Salaam: Today you have an option to fly home from Zanzibar or extend your stay here. The rest of the group will travel by ferry back to Dar es Salaam and rejoin the truck which will transfer you to the campsite on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam. Camping accommodation for tonight is included in Dar es Salaam. Tomorrow morning you can fly from here.

 

 

 

 
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