Unravel the complexities of beautiful East Africa.

Find the best of East Africa on this Intrepid adventure as you traverse across Kenya and into Tanzania. Discover the wildlife, history, people, culture and beauty of this incredible spot. Begin your adventure in the busy heart of Kenya – Nairobi – and then turn your attention to the wild as you see flamingos in Lake Nakuru, game and wildlife in the Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti, and all manner of birds and beast as you travel the wide-open plains. Swap the savanna for a higher elevation when you visit Usambara Mountains, and then leave all your cares behind as you relax on the endless white sands of the beaches in Zanzibar. Leave this East Africa adventure with a deeper understanding and appreciation of this fabulously intricate and enchanting part of the world.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Countries
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YXOHC
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 Max 22
Carbon offset
1 104kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Discover a safari like no other in the Serengeti
  • Visit a world filled with wildlife at the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Relax on the beach and swim the day away in Zanzibar
  • Uncover Kenya’s capital on the bustling streets of Nairobi
  • Explore the stunning Usambara Mountains
  • Enjoy the relaxed vibes of Bagamoyo

Itinerary

The journey begins in Kenya's bustling capital Nairobi. Get to know this modern city with its colourful markets and atmospheric bars.
Pitch tents alongside glistening Lake Nakuru then head out on an afternoon game drive. Fringed by acacia trees, Nakuru Lake is transformed into a shimmering pink haze as hundreds of flamingos descend upon it. Keep an eye out for other wildlife - the savanna area also boasts a wide variety of animals including giraffes and lions.
Encounter friendly locals on a village visit before reaching Lake Naivasha - a birdwatcher's paradise with floating islands of papyrus reeds. Camp by the lake and explore this beautiful area independently.
Travel across the Great Rift Valley floor to Loita Hills, right in the heart of Maasai country. Tonight, camp amongst these friendly, semi-nomadic tribes and learn about their ancient culture from a local elder. Perhaps pick up a local recipe while sharing a campfire meal.
Help the Maasai milk their cattle before tackling the world-renowned Masai Mara National Reserve; a huge area of woodlands and open plains backed by the striking Esoit Oloololo Escarpment. Safaris through the park might reveal prides of lions, herds of elephants and perhaps even a stealthy cheetah. In the rainy season, this area is flooded by over a million wildebeest on their annual migration.
Welcome to the Kenyan capital, Nairobi, known to the Maasai as the 'Place of Cool Waters'. For those who arrive early, perhaps check out the city's cafes and markets or visit the National Museum of Kenya.
Interact with locals on a visit to a community program in the village of Mto Wa Mbu. Admire crafts, colourful fabrics and carvings at a market before journeying to Karatu - the gateway to the Serengeti.
Explore the savanna of the Serengeti Plain and go on safari in search of Serengeti's creatures - including the Big Five - before camping deep in the bush within earshot of animal calls. For a real treat, take an optional sunrise balloon ride over the plains.
Start with the sun today as you head for the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest inactive, intact and unfilled volcanic caldera. This lush landscape is home to over 30,000 animals including black rhinos, lions, elephants and hippos. View game and snap some unforgettable pictures from the crater floor, then head back to the camp at Karatu and relax as you swap stories of the day.
On our way to Marangu join the local community of Mto Wa Mbu with a guided stroll around the local homes, farmlands and markets.
Take a walking tour of Mshiri village and get firsthand insight into the daily lives of the Chagga people. Sample a typical Chagga meal before heading well off the beaten track to the Usambara Mountains. Relax on these lush, green slopes overlooking the vast Masai Steppe. This is the ideal base for optional hikes and guided walks.
Leave behind the mountains and travel south to the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Wander the narrow streets past crumbling monuments, watch the dhow boats at the port or enjoy a cool drink at a local bar.
Jump on a ferry to discover Africa's famed 'Spice Island', Zanzibar. Marvel at the eclectic architecture along the twisting, cobbled streets of Stone Town, the old sector of the island's capital city. Tour aromatic plantations, smelling cinnamon, vanilla and cloves, then soak up some sun on white sand beaches. There are plenty of opportunities to swim, snorkel and dive or just take it easy in the shade of a coconut palm.
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Inclusions

Meals
19 breakfasts, 15 lunches, 14 dinners
Transport
4x4 Safari Vehicle, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (12 nights), Hotel (3 nights)
Included activities
  • Irente - walk & local lunch
  • Lake Nakuru - Evening game drive
  • Lake Nakuru - Village walk
  • Loita Hills - Cultural talk and village visit
  • Masai Mara - Game drive
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip.
2. This is a combination trip. Please see trip notes (Important notes) for more details.

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Reviews

Our Best of East Africa trips score an average of 5 out of 5 based on 2 reviews in the last year.

Best of East Africa , September 2015

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