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.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Nairobi before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Nairobi.

In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

Hotel for the night: Wildebeest Eco Camp
Wildebeest Eco Camp
151 Mokoyeti Road West
Karen
Nairobi
Kenya
+254 7347 70733

About Nairobi:
Nairobi is a lively city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere. The Kenyan capital
takes its name from the Maasai meaning 'Place of Cool Waters'. Today it is a
busy, bustling place that comes alive through it's many markets, shops, bars
and restaurants, not to mention its vibrant nightlife. If you have time to
explore the city, the National Museum of Kenya and Karen Blixen Museum are both worth a visit, or you can get up close to the giraffes and help to feed them at the Langata Giraffe Centre.
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
or simply relax by the pool!

Activity Approximate Cost

Visit to the David Sheldrick Animal Orphanage in
Nairobi Included in Kitty
Explore the museum at the site of the former
home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of
Africa' KES 1200
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi Included in Kitty
Learn all about the different tribal groups of
Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in
Nairobi USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at
the National Museum in Nairobi KES 1200
Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi
National Park Included in Kitty

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.

In Arusha we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7hours (please note that all drive times given here
are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and
does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings,
photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops,
etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road
conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is
essential on any overland trip!)

About Arusha:
On our trips we make a short stop in the northern Tanzanian town of
Arusha.Arusha is the largest city in northern Tanzania, and used to be the capital of the East African community. The town sits in lush countryside near the foot of Mount Meru and enjoys a temperate climate throughout the year, and surrounding it are many coffee, wheat and maize estates tended by the Arusha and Meru people.Arusha is the centre of Tanzania's safari business and is the gateway for safaris to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Parks.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
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 to prepare ourselves for our safari the next day!

Activity
Approximate Cost
See a variety of African reptiles at the snake park in our campsite in Arusha Included in Kitty
Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people Included in Kitty
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.

Activity Approximate Cost
Head on an unforgettable 3-day/2-night safari in 4x4s into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater National Reserves - two of the world's most incredible areas for wildlife spotting Included in Kitty

About Serengeti National Park:
The wide open plains of the Serengeti, green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season and home to thousands of hoofed animals and fierce
predators, is perhaps the quintessential image of Africa. Flat and rolling with
long grasses, the plains get its name from the Maasai word siringitu, "the place where the land moves on forever".
Game viewing in the Serengeti is amazing and as you camp out at night, don't
be surprised to hear lions in the distance as you recount your amazing sightings from during the day. The Serengeti plains usually live up to every-one's expectations - the classic East African scenery of rolling grasslands dotted with acacia trees and teeming with lions, leopards, elephants, giraffes, buffaloes, gazelles, impalas, cheetahs, warthogs, hyenas, vultures, hippos, zebras, wildebeest, and much more!
For those who really want to spoil themselves with the ultimate game viewing experience, an optional balloon ride over the Serengeti at sunrise will leave you with some unforgettable memories. Please note that this must be pre-booked in advance through the Dragoman Sales team.
Accommodation
  • Camping (1 night)
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.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Take a stunning sunrise flight over the vast savannahs of the Serengeti
in a hot air balloon(alternative to the scheduled morning game
drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant. USD 650
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.

About Mto Wa Mbu:
Mto Wa Mbu is the half-way point between Arusha and the Ngorongoro Crater. It is well known in Tanzania as being a village with great ethnic and cultura ldiveristy, and is the homeland of many different tribal groupings. There are some excellent handicrafts produced here, such as woodcarving and batik paintings done in the the local 'Tinga-tinga' style. The village is also well known for a unique red banana that grows in the area, that the locals brew into a special 'banana beer' - quite an acquired taste!

About Ngorongoro Crater.
The Ngorongoro Crater is a huge caldera - a volcano which collapsed in an immense explosion. It measures 19kms in diameter and 265km² in area. The stunning crater is one of the most spectacular sights in Africa, and is absolutely packed with wildlife.
On our trips we make the most of our safari in the crater, spending between four and five hours exploring the area at the base of the crater. There is an
excellent chance of spotting many of the 'Big Five' (lions, buffaloes, rhinos,
elephants and leopards), not to mention many other species.
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.

In Marangu we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours

About Marangu:
The small village of Marangu is located on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, and is the starting point for the most popular route to climb to the
mountain's summit. Mount Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain at 5,895m
tall, and the highest free-standing mountain in the world - it is absolutely
stunning to see from its base and is a magnificent backdrop to the surrounding grasslands on a clear day!
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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!

Activity
Approximate Cost
Short walks to waterfalls around the foothills of Marangu, where we hope to get incredible views of Mt. Kilimanjaro (weather permitting!) USD 20
Visit to the Dragoman-supported community education project in the villages around Marangu Included in Kitty
Included Activities
  • Marangu - Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
Meals Included
  • Lunch
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.

About Lushoto:
Lushoto was originally a German colonial settlement set in the beautiful Usambara Mountains. The stunning mountain range is over 90kms long and,
unusually for East African mountain ranges, is covered in tropical forest. There are many stunning walks and viewpoints in the area out over the mountains and the Maasai Steppe beyond.
Accommodation
  • Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the
Irente villages Included in Kitty
Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains TZS 5000

About Usambara Mountains:
The Usambara mountains are located in the north east of Tanzania between
Kilimanjaro and the Indian Ocean and overlook the vast Maasai steppe. They
are wonderfully lush and green and the area has been dubbed the Galapagos of the plant world. The forests stretch across the mountains and are ideal for easy hikes and guided walks. As beautiful as the place is, its real jewels are the local peoples and villages. The area has a reputation for gentle hospitality and we will visit some of the small communities.
Accommodation
  • Lodge (1 night)
Included Activities
  • Irente - Lushoto hike & local lunch
Meals Included
There are no meals included on this day.
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.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

About Dar Es Salaam:
Dar es Salaam (meaning 'Haven of Peace' in Arabic) is Tanzania's largest city and was the country's capital until 1974 when the capital was moved to the central town of Dodoma. The city is the most populous in East Africa and one of the fastest growing cities in the world - it is Tanzania's financial centre and the most prominent city in the country's arts, fashion, media, music, film and television.
Dar es Salaam acts as the gateway to the beautiful island of Zanzibar, and the port area is fascinating to visit with its ocean-going "dhows" and inshore
"ngalawas" (outrigger fishing canoes). Many of the buildings display Arabian
influences, and the melting pot of African, Muslim and South Asian influences
give Dar a vibrant atmosphere, making it well worth exploring if you have the
time.
On our trips we stay on the beaches of the southern district of Kigamboni - this is a beautiful and serene part of Dar es Salaam, and you'll be forgiven for not realising you're so close to such a big metropolis!
Meals Included
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
Today we will have a free day to enjoy a range of optional beach activities.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Fishing trips (per boat) in the Indian Ocean USD 220
Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam USD 15
Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people Free
Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture TZS 6500
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.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town Included in Kitty
Take the public ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Included in Kitty

About Zanzibar:
The exotic spice island of Zanzibar is filled with idyllic beaches, winding
cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, and its rich history involves
everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast makes it easy to imagine what the island was like back in the days of David Livingstone.

Stone Town is the old port town of Zanzibar and is one of the most atmospheric old towns in Africa - the best way to experience the city is on foot, exploring the bazaars, shops, mosques, palaces, courtyards and intricate alleyways. When the sun is setting, you can enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront, before trying one of the island's local seafood curries for dinner at one of the town's many restaurants.

The famous spices are grown in plantations outside of Stone Town which we will visit on our trips. This tour will also includes a local meal and a tour around the main sites of Stone Town to learn about the history of its former slave market. In the spice plantations you will have the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, and teas made with these spices. At the end of the day there will also be an opportunity to buy some of the locally-grown spices.

The other major highlight of Zanzibar is of course its world-famous
beaches.The northern beaches boast beautiful white sand and sparkling blue seas - displaying the Indian Ocean at its very best. Try snorkeling or diving, eat sumptuous seafood, or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book - Zanzibar is a paradise in every sense of the word!
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
On our second day 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.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Take a guided tour of Zanzibar's historical sites, markets, and the spice plantations Included in Kitty
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.

Activity
Approximate Cost
Snorkelling in the crystal clear waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar USD 40
Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar USD 30
Take a beautiful sunset dhow trip off the coast of Zanzibar USD 20
Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive) USD 55
Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys USD 30
Accommodation
  • Tembo House Hotel (1 night)
Meals Included
  • Breakfast
Border Information: If leaving in Zanzibar, you will most likely exit Tanzania
from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Zanzibar. Please note
there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the
Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional
activities listed below.
Meals Included
  • Breakfast

Meals

11 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 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

This trip is run by our experienced overland partner Dragoman.
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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