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Real East Africa & Zanzibar

13 Days | Discover the diverse landscapes of East Africa

4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
18 to 29s
Overland
Wildlife
From
AUD $3,681
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This trip is for the 18 to 29 year olds

Got 13 days, an adventurous bent, a desire to see as much of East Africa as you can and cap it off by unwinding on white-sand beaches? Welcome to your trip! Multiple 4WD safari drives in the Masai Mara and Serengeti National Parks, stops at remote market towns, a night in a Maasai village and plenty of time on the powdery beaches of Zanzibar – this trip is the perfect introduction to the diversity of East Africa.

Trip overview

Map of Real East Africa & Zanzibar including Kenya and Tanzania, United Republic Of
Start
Nairobi, Kenya
Finish
Zanzibar North Coast, Tanzania
Theme
18 to 29s, Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Tanzania, Kenya
Physical rating
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Style
Basix
Ages
Min 18 - Max 29
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YGYZC
This trip generates 34.18 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.
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Why you'll love this trip
  • Safari, safari, safari – what East African adventure would be complete without one? Well, this trip has five (with the option to book one more) in two different areas. Which brings us to…
  • The animals! Go in search of hippos, lions, leopards, giraffes and more during game drives in the Serengeti and Masai Mara with your experienced local leaders.
  • Spend a night hanging with the red-clad Maasai folk in Loita Hills. A local elder will explain what the tribe is all about and show you around their house.
  • Relax on the powdery white beaches of Zanzibar, the perfect place to unwind after days spent searching for wildlife
  • Stops in places like Mto wa Mbu and Musoma mean you’ll get time to chat with locals, and travelling with a local (your leader) makes it even easier.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Staying in Loita Hills is a proper adventure – you'll be in a bush camp with no showers as the Maasai guard you from the animals. Pretty nice for some guys you just met.
  • Similarly, camping in the Serengeti means, well, camping in the Serengeti. No barriers between you and mother nature means there's no fence between you and the animals. We take safety seriously and your leader will brief you in detail on how to set up camp so as not to attract any unwanted visitors (not hanging raw meat to dry on your lines is a good start).
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the ‘Big Five’. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page at https://www.intrepidtravel.com/au/africa/overland.
  • The section of this trip that takes place in Zanzibar is unescorted. While your flight to Zanzibar is included in the trip price, you will not have any planned activities or designated local leader while you are here. However, local representatives are on hand should you need any advice or assistance.

Itinerary

This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2023 to 31 December 2023.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2024 - 31 December 2024

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Inclusions

Meals

12 breakfasts, 8 lunches, 8 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, Plane, Private Vehicle

Accommodation

Camping with facilities (6 nights), Camping with basic facilities (2 nights), Bungalow (2 nights), Hotel (2 nights)

Activities
  • Loita Hills - Maasai Village Visit
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Full Day 4WD Game Drive
  • Serengeti National Park - Overland Vehicle Game Drive
  • Ngorongoro Crater - 4WD Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Masai Mara National Reserve - Balloon ride (from price) - USD500
  • Serengeti National Park - Balloon Ride (from price) - USD745
  • Mto wa Mbu - Village bike ride and lunch - USD32
  • Mto wa Mbu - Village walk and lunch - USD20
  • Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market - USD20
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD60
  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD60

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Masai Mara National Reserve and Serengeti National Park are possible on this itinerary. Please see Days 4 & 7 for full details of this activity. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited, and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.
3. You will be unescorted for the flight and Zanzibar portion of this trip. However, our local representatives will be on hand to look after you.
4. This trip finishes on the northern beaches of Zanzibar. Pre-bookable transfers back to Stone Town are available through your bookings consultant or your hotel can assist in arranging a taxi.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.4 out of 5 based on 5 reviews submitted.
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Katelyn · Traveled October 2023
Review submitted 01 Nov 2023

Leticia · Traveled July 2023
I had the best time on our trip through Kenya and Tanzania. We saw so many animals and learnt so much about culture and traditions, as well as how to be a responsible traveller. Cornelius, Caleb and Loyford were amazing crew and made the experience even better! Asante sana!
Review submitted 23 Jul 2023

Samuel · Traveled May 2023
Excellent company and tour, highly recommended for those who want to have a great 1st experience in Africa! Florence was a really knowledgable, smart and funny guide and made the trip 200x better!
Review submitted 01 Jun 2023

Emily · Traveled May 2023
Amazing trip! Each day was better than the one before! The local guides were so insightful. Recommend the village walk in Mto Wa Mbu - a favorite of our group. Do the Serengeti balloon Safari but don’t book online prior to trip - three of us were charged three separate prices up to $145 more than the actual price at the park.
Review submitted 07 Jun 2023

Naïri · Traveled May 2023
Overall, an amazing experience! Thanks for Florence - her team - and a group of wonderful (solo-)travellers. In case you're not afraid of adventure, would like to explore new cultures, connect with people and end with some relaxing time at the beach - then this trip is highly recommended! (Part of 20/05/2023 Trip - Group of 5 (solo) travellers).
Review submitted 03 Jun 2023
Real East Africa & Zanzibar
From
AUD $3,681