A family safari adventure through Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar

Take a family trip to the zoo - or better yet, see iconic animals up close and in the wild on this astounding adventure through colourful East Africa. Embark on a safari through Kenya and Tanzania where the grassy Serengeti plains offer the chance to spot the Big Five: lions, elephants, rhinos, buffalo and leopards. Meet local kids, learn about rural life in small villages and farms, walk through lush mountain terrain and then be rewarded with relaxation on tropical Zanzibar beaches. This is an exciting trip the whole family will remember and cherish for years to come!


Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Stone Town, Tanzania
Countries
Kenya, Tanzania
Style
Basix
Theme
Family, Overland, Wildlife
Code
YDFA
Physical rating
Ages
Min 7
Group size
Min 8, Max 22

Why we love this trip

  • The Serengeti is a wildlife park like no other. Few places offer as good a chance of seeing Africa's great predators than this glorious sweeping savannah

  • Travelling on an excellent, custom-built overland truck, you'll be perched up nice and high for superior views of Africa's awe-inspiring animals

  • Take a mind-blowing safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open-roof 4X4 for a chance to see the endangered black rhinoceros

  • Enjoy an authentic, interactive experience of two quite different African cultures, the semi-nomadic Maasai tribe and the Bantu-speaking Chagga people

  • Discover Zanzibar, the 'Spice Island.' A local guide connects you with the heart and soul of this exotic enclave, from historic Stone Town to the colourful spice and fruit plantations

  • The all-hands-on-deck approach of this trip gives it a real sense of team spirit – perfect for a family holiday

Is this trip right for you?

  • Flexibility and patience are essential on any overland trip. Note that all travel times listed are approximate only, and can be influenced by traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, border formalities and other factors.

  • This is a parcipatory trip, so everyone is expected to help out with camp setup, cooking and tidying. It's a great chance to socialise and bond with your fellow travellers.

Itinerary

Welcome to Kenya! If joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).
There will be a group meeting at 6:00pm - your trip leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting.
Meals Included
  • Dinner
After breakfast we will head out in our overland truck for included visits to the Langata Giraffe Sanctuary and the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.
The rest of the day will be free at your leisure to explore the sights of Nairobi.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
We will leave Nairobi early today, as we have a relatively long drive day ahead of us. We will travel overland through Kenya and cross the border to northern Tanzania as we head to our camp site outside of Arusha. The drive will take most of the day.


Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we will take an included camel ride or walk to a nearby Maasai village - our Maasai guide will take us through the Maasai Cultural Museum first so that we understand what we are about to see in the village. The village is completely genuine, and the villagers show you as they actually live - nothing here is fixed up for tourists. We will also visit a free clinic run by the campsite for the local villagers.

After lunch we head back to our campsite and relax for the afternoon.
Included Activities
  • Masai Village Visit
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will be met at the campsite by our fleet of 6-person 4x4 jeeps - we will load the jeeps with our camping and personal gear, and then head out for our 3-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, leaving our truck behind.

Today will be a full drive along the rim of the Ngoronogoro Crater (stopping to take in the awe-inspiring views!) and then down into the plains of the Serengeti. We will take an evening game drive around the savannah before heading to our campsite - the area is one of the world's premier spot for wildlife viewing and we hope to able to find elephants, lions, leopards, giraffe and other big game during our time here!

Tonight we will stay at a campsite within the Serengeti National Park. The camp where we stay is very basic (with showers and flush toilets, but no other facilities) but is located right in the middle of the plains, surrounded by animals and their nocturnal noises! Your leader will outline the basic safety rules to be followed when camping in an unfenced location where wild animals are present.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with Dragoman to avoid disappointment.

We will have the chance to relax at the nearby Seronera Lodge during the heat of the day, before heading out for a second game drive in the afternoon.

We will return to our campsite in the heart of the Serengeti for the evening.
Included Activities
  • Serengeti National Park - Game drive
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
This morning we will have another early start to cross the Serengeti plains and head into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will have lunch in the crater and leave in the afternoon. We will then be dropped off at our next campsite in the small town of Mto Wa Mbu, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free evening to relax at our excellent campsite or to explore the town of Mto Wa Mbu. In Mto Wa Mbu we stay at a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a good hotel.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will set off again in our overland truck and head east to Marangu, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views of the mountain from the road.


Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will have a short drive to the village of Mshiri, where we will visit the Marangu Village Education Project to learn about the Chagga people and have a delicious local lunch.
We will then make our way back to our campsite, where we can take a walk to some nearby waterfalls or simply relax at the pool!
Included Activities
  • Marangu - Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will leave the slopes of Kilimanjaro behind us as we make our way south to the cooler, less frequented Usambara Mountains and the old German colonial village of Lushoto. In Lushoto we will stay in rooms in a colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
After breakfast we have an included easy half-day trek in the Usambara hills to the Irente lookout to see the breathtaking view over the Maasai Steppe below, and to visit the communities in the villages en route.

The rest of the day will be free for you to independently explore the area more, or to simply relax
Included Activities
  • Irente - Lushoto hike & local lunch
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we have another travel day south to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city on the coast of the Indian Ocean.
In Dar es Salaam we stay in chalets at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will have a free day to enjoy a range of optional beach activities.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
This morning we will head to the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! We will travel on the local commuter barge from Kigamboni to the city centre of Dar es Salaam, and then take a ferry from Dar es Salaam centre to Zanzibar. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

When we reach Zanzibar, we will meet our local guide who will help us check in to our hotel in Stone Town, and then give a quick orientation of the town before we branch off and head to lunch! We will have a free afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of the historic centre of Stone Town, with the option of meeting for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

In Zanzibar we will stay in a good local hotel with excellent facilities and a swimming pool.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
Today on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation and enjoy a local lunch with our guide, before heading back to our hotel for a free afternoon to independently explore and relax.
Included Activities
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
Today is a completely free day for optional activities and exploration of the beautiful island of Zanzibar.
Accommodation
  • Tembo House Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Your trip ends in Zanzibar after breakfast and you are free to leave at any time.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

15 breakfasts, 12 lunches, 12 dinners

Transport

4x4 Safari Vehicle, Ferry, Overland vehicle

Accommodation

Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (9 nights), Hotel (5 nights)

Included activities

  • Masai Village Visit
  • Serengeti National Park - Game drive
  • Marangu - Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • Irente - Lushoto hike & local lunch
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour

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Important notes

Please note that these trips are for adults and children travelling together and there must be at least one child under 18 with you.
Minimum age for children on this trip is 7 years old.
A discount of 10% applies on this trip to children 14 years and under at time of travel

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