Travel through Kenya and Tanzania on an adventure to Zanzibar.

Visit Africa and travel along the road to Zanzibar through Kenya and Tanzania. Cross vast savannas where magnificent herds of elephants roam, enjoy warm village welcomes in lush jungles and see where white sand and palm trees meet the deep, blue sea on the coast of the Indian Ocean. Discover Kenya and Tanzania's spectacular scenery, superb wildlife and fascinating cultures as you travel across East Africa towards the legendary and exotic spice island of Zanzibar.

Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Zanzibar, Tanzania
Countries
Kenya,
Tanzania
Themes
Overland, Wildlife
Code
YXOD
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Ages
Min 18
Group size
Min 1, Max 22
Carbon offset
419kg pp per trip


Highlights

  • Mingle with the Chagga people
  • Lose yourself in Tanzania's secluded Usambara Mountains
  • Roam fragrant spice plantations
  • Relax on sun-kissed beaches in Zanzibar
  • Meet the children of Amani
  • Learn about village life in Mto Wa Mbu
  • Walk the busy streets of thriving Nairobi
  • Go on safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Seek out the iconic Big Five in the Serengeti

Itinerary

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.
Cross the border into Tanzania and explore the city of Arusha, nestled in the shadow of Mt Meru.
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.
Descend into the giant volcanic crater, Ngorongoro, to search for its abundant wildlife. Home to some 30,000 animals including lions and the endangered black rhino, the Ngorongoro crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round.
Visit the new school at the Amani Children's Home, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that houses and educates street kids. Stay in the village of Marangu overnight.
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.
Set up camp at a beach on the outskirts of Tanzania's tropical port city, Dar es Salaam.
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 capital city of Zanzibar. 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
13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 9 dinners
Transport
Ferry, Overland vehicle
Accommodation
Bungalow (2 nights), Camping (with basic facilities) (2 nights), Camping (with facilities) (7 nights), Hotel (2 nights)
Included activites
  • Amani Children's Home visit
  • Irente - walk & local lunch
  • Mto Wa Mbu - Village Walk & market Visit
  • Ngorongoro Crater - Game drive
  • Serengeti - Game drive
  • Usambara Village Education Project visit, village walk & lunch
  • Zanzibar Spice tour

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