13 Day Kenya and Tanzania Safari - Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Overland Safari
Highlights of the Kenya and Tanzania Safari include: Game drive in search for the big 5 in the Masai Mara. Meet and interact with the tribesmen of the Masai culture. Game drive the famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater in search for the migration. Soak on the white sandy beaches of tropical Zanzibar.
DAYS 1 to 3: Nairobi, Masai Mara
From Kenya's capital Nairobi, we cross into the open plains of the Masai Mara National Reserve. This is Kenya's most well known game reserve, home to a range of wildlife and with some of he most evocative landscapes in Africa. From our camp on the edge of the 'Mara', explore the park in search of lion, antelope, wildebeest, elephant, zebra, cheetah amongst many others. If you are here between July and October, you may be lucky to witness the annual migration of thousands of wildebeest and zebra - one of the most incredible movements of animals on earth. From the 'Mara' we travel south across the border to Tanzania via Nairobi.
DAYS 4 to 8: Serengeti Plains, Ngorongoro Crater
The first stop in Tanzania is the bustling city of Arusha, nestling in the shadow of Mount Meru (4556m) and nearby Mount Kilimanjaro (5895m). Explore Arusha's colourful markets and bargain hard for curios! From our base just outside town there is an opportunity to visit a snake enclosure and a local Masai village to learn about these traditional people. Switching to 4x4 vehicles, we then travel via Olduvai Gorge to the world famous Serengeti National Park. The park covers over 15,000sq km, mainly of open plains. Camping on the African plain is an exhilarating experience, as much for the sounds at night as for the sights of the day! After the Serengeti, we descend the inner walls of Ngorongoro Crater, a World Heritage Site containing one if the most concentrated populations of wildlife anywhere in Africa. This is Africa's largest intact caldera and theview from crater rim to crater floor, 700m below, is staggering.
DAYS 9 to 13: Zanzibar
We return to Arusha and head south to the balmy Indian Ocean and Tanzania's main commercial port, Dar es Salaam ('Haven of Peace'). We take the ferry to exotic Zanzibar and spend three nights on the island. With its palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, this is an ideal; place to end our tour. Once the most important town on the East African coast, a centre for the spice trade and slaves, and base for 19th century explorers, Zanzibar is a delight. The influence of both African and Arab cultures is visible everywhere in the architecture and atmosphere - visit the old slave markets, 'Prison Island', mosques, palaces, courtyards and bazaars of Stone Town but save time for the white sands of the northern beaches where snorkelling and diving are excellent. Returning to the mainland, our tour ends in Dar es Salaam. 'spice island').
We spend three nights on the island with its idyllic, sandy palm fringed beaches, romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forest. This was once the most important places on the East African coast, a centre for the spice trade, slaves and base for 19th century explorers. The influence of both African and Arab cultures is visible in the architecture and atmosphere of the island. Visit the old slave markets, 'Prison Island', mosques, palaces, courtyards and bazaars of Stone Town and buy anything from bright sarongs to seafood snacks. Save time for the white sands of the northern beaches where snorkelling and diving are excellent around Nungwi. Returning to the mainland, our tour ends on return to Dar es Salaam.
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