Road to Zanzibar and the Serengeti Tanzania - 9 Days

Kindly take note of the following: Rates are quoted based on two guests sharing and single supplement rates apply on single room occupancy The rates quoted are subject to change without prior warning if there are any increases in bed levies, park fees, fuel, sales tax or VAT, third-party services or any other circumstances beyond our control in the countries featured in this itinerary On occasion the itinerary may be in a different order or using alternative lodges according to road conditions and availability. Other Safari Important Notes 1. ELECTRICITY All lodges and camps will have electricity although many work off generators with limited times. The power supply in Tanzania is nominally 240VAC, 50hz. Variable voltage, spikes and sporadic, unexpected, unscheduled power cuts of varying duration can be expected. 2. INTERNAL FLIGHTS/BAGGAGE Please note each passenger is only allowed a total of 15kgs of checked and carry-on luggage combined, and must be in small soft-sided bags. This is strictly enforced by airlines and outside of our control. extra luggage can be left in storage in Arusha (by arrangement prior to travel 3. YELLOW FEVER It may be required to show a Yellow Fever certificate upon entering the country visited. Please check in with your local health expert for advice on Yellow Fever and other inoculations required for this area. 4. ACCOMMODATION Please note all accommodation listed below is not guaranteed, but is indicative of the types of accommodation used. 5. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other Mkama Tours to Tanzania. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with Mkama Tours to Tanzania, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another Mkama Tours to Tanzania, after your trip concludes.

Experience the beauty of Africa from Nairobi to Zanzibar

Explore the road to Zanzibar and find a bevy of sights sounds and experiences that surprise and delight at every turn. Whether you’re looking out for lions in the Serengeti where you’ll be sure to learn something new about this beautiful land. You are sure to leave Zanzibar with a great appreciation for this African paradise.

Why you’ll love this trip

  • Explore the stunning Serengeti and discover animals unlike any you have ever seen
  • Partake in community activities in Mto wa Mbu with a guided stroll around the farming areas
  • Embark on a safari across the floor of the Ngorongoro Crater in an open roof safari 4×4 for a chance to see a Black Rhino.
  • Wander around Stone Town’s bustling bazaars and fragrant spice markets and an optional guided tour of the spice plantations
  • Travel with 3 local crew members; Group leader, driver and cook.

Is this trip right for you?

  • 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 (unless you’re on an Original or Comfort style trip), 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.
  • Camp in the Serengeti National Park itself without fences between you and the animals. Your leader will brief you on the safety measures the group will need to take for the 2 nights spent in the park.
  • The overland vehicle is large enough to seat up to 22 passengers and carries all the camping equipment needed for the duration of this trip.
  • Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. To see what you’re missing out on check out our Gorillas, Game Parks and Beaches trip.
  • As the early bird catches the worm, the early camper sights the animals. There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.
Day 1
Arrival to Nairobi

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can’t arrange a flight that will arrive in time, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We’ll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. If you arrive early, perhaps head out and explore the National Museum of Kenya, the Karen Blixen Museum or the highly recommended Bomas of Kenya where traditional homesteads of several Kenyan tribes are displayed in an outdoor village.

Notes: Petty theft is common in Nairobi. As a general rule, the safest place for your valuables is on your person in a neck wallet or money belt, though your hotel room or reception may have a safe in which to store things. If you do decide to go exploring, make sure you get local advice on where it is and isn’t safe to walk – particularly for later in the day. Be careful not to leave bags unattended on chairs or on the floor when in bars or restaurants. Without being paranoid, appearing vigilant is a great deterrence to would-be thieves. Also, make scans of important travel documents and email them to yourself – this will save you hours of time in paperwork if anything does happen.

Accommodation

• Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

• Nairobi – Bomas of Kenya – USD12

• Nairobi – Karen Blixen museum – USD14

• Nairobi – Langata Giraffe Sanctuary – KES1200

• Nairobi – National Park safari walk – USD30

• Nairobi – Carnivore Restaurant – KES3600

Day 2
Tour to Mto Wa Mbu

Depart early for Mto Wa Mbu in your overland truck (approximately 8–9 hours). The trip includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania, so be sure to have your passport handy. While you’re on the road, there will be a stop at an ATM and a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the coming days. Arrive in Mto Wa Mbu and acquaint yourself with this delightful small village – it’s a fascinating snapshot of small-town African life, situated well off the tourist trail. Tonight you’ll stay at a campsite with flush toilets, showers and optional upgrades (subject to availability).

Accommodation

• Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Depart early for Mto Wa Mbu in your overland truck (approximately 8–9 hours). The trip includes a border crossing from Kenya into Tanzania, so be sure to have your passport handy. While you’re on the road, there will be a stop at an ATM and a market or shop to stock up on any supplies you might need for the coming days. Arrive in Mto Wa Mbu and acquaint yourself with this delightful small village – it’s a fascinating snapshot of small-town African life, situated well off the tourist trail. Tonight you’ll stay at a campsite with flush toilets, showers and optional upgrades (subject to availability).

Accommodation

• Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 3
Ngorongoro Crater / Serengeti National Park

Get up early, put your camping and personal gear into a six-person jeep and head out for an excursion into the Serengeti via the Ngorongoro Crater. Enjoy a safari in the crater, spending between three and four hours exploring this incredible, perfectly intact volcanic crater. Watch for black rhinos, lions, leopards, elephants, impalas, zebras and hippos. The crater floor offers excellent game viewing all year round (some 30,000 animals live here) and the photo opportunities here are unrivalled. Next it’s on to the wide open plains of the Serengeti. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry season, this is perhaps the quintessential image of Africa – the home of thousands of hoofed animals and fierce predators. Your campsite is within the Serengeti itself, so listen out for the sounds of nocturnal animals as you drift off to sleep. The camp is basic with limited running water and no upgrades or WiFi available.

Accommodation

• Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

• Ngorongoro Crater – 4×4 Game Drive

• Serengeti National Park – 4×4 Game Drive

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Special Information

You will notice some Maasai villages in the region of the Ngorongoro crater offering a cultural experience. Intrepid recommends avoiding these villages, as they can impact negatively on the Masai culture and travelers’ perceptions of it by selling an artificial experience.

Our camp within the Serengeti National Park does not have a fence to separate the camp from the animals. This is quite the experience as animals such as buffalo and hyenas often come close to camp after sundown. On arrival at the camp your leader will give a detailed safety briefing on what is required to ensure the safety of the group.

Day 4
Serengeti National Park

Awake at dawn and embark on a game drive. You will head out while the animals are at their most active, then head back to camp for brunch at around 11 am. After spending the middle of the day relaxing, just like the animals do, head out again as the day begins to cool. You’ll return from this second game drive in time for dinner.

There’s also the option of a balloon ride over the park today (in place of some of the morning game drive). If you have pre-booked this activity (please see the ‘Important Notes’ section) you will be picked up before dawn and driven to the launch site. After a safety briefing, you will glide through the dawn, sometimes at tree height, which provides amazing photo opportunities. Sometimes you will ascend, getting an overview of the enormity of the plains and the early morning movements of the teeming herds. After landing, you’ll be treated to a five-star bush breakfast, then be returned to your camp.

Accommodation

• Camping (with basic facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

• Serengeti National Park – 4×4 Game Drive

Optional Activities

• Serengeti National Park – Balloon Ride (from price) – USD599

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Special Information

The balloon ride is offered as a pre-booked service which will guarantee you a place. If you would rather wait and get a better price by booking this locally on the ground, you are welcome to, but keep in mind that this is a popular activity and places are limited. If you participate in this activity you will miss the morning half of the included game drive.

Day 5
Serengeti National Park / Mto Wa Mbu

Rise with the sun and enjoy another game drive as you exit the Serengeti. Jump back into your overland vehicle and head for Mto wa Mbu. Once camp is set-up join the local community for a guided stroll around the farming areas, milling machine, and local homes and farmlands, before a local meal in town.

Accommodation

• Camping (with facilities) (1 night)

Included Activities

• Serengeti National Park – 4×4 Game Drive

• Mto Wa Mbu – Village walk & local dinner

Meals Included

• Breakfast

• Lunch

• Dinner

Day 6
Stone Town

Stone Town

Catch a ferry to the ‘Spice Island’ of Zanzibar. Filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has a history encompassing everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in Livingstone’s day. The old part of Zanzibar’s main city is known as Stone Town. The best way to see this port town is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, perhaps enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront, and a seafood curry at a local restaurant. Spend a night in Stone Town at a basic inn with double/twin-share rooms and access to WiFi.

Accommodation

• Hotel (1 night)

Optional Activities

• Stone Town Tour – Dharajani Market, Joseph’s Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market – USD20

• Zanzibar – Prison Island Tour – USD25

Meals Included

• Breakfast

Special Information

As this is a combination trip the composition of your group may change at this location. There will be a group meeting to discuss the next stage of your itinerary and meet your new fellow travellers. Please note the Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.

Day 7
Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Check out of your Stone Town hotel and either drive to the spice plantations for your optional guided tour, or head directly to the perfect northern beaches. On the spice plantations guided tour you can learn all about the history of this town’s renowned spice trade. You will also have the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch here you will head to the northern beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await, and reunite with your group. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.

Accommodation

• Bungalow (1 night)

Optional Activities

• Zanzibar – Spice tour – USD25

Meals Included

• Breakfast

Day 8
Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day – perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book.

Accommodation

• Bungalow (1 night)

Optional Activities

• Zanzibar – Dhow Trip – USD60

• Zanzibar – Snorkelling – USD60

Meals Included

• Breakfast

Day 9
Stone Town

After checking out this morning, you will make your way back to Stone Town, arriving at the hotel around 12pm. Your trip comes to an end here.

From here the easiest option is to fly out of Zanzibar Airport. However, if you have arranged to fly out of Dar es Salaam Airport ferries depart Zanzibar at 7.30 am, 9.30 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm. It’s important to allow enough time to get back to the mainland if you need to catch your departing flight from Dar es Salaam. Speak to your leader about the best way to do this.

Meals Included

• Breakfast

Special Information

If you wish to stay on in Zanzibar, post trip accommodation can be pre-booked at the Northern Beaches beach resort or in Stone Town.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Pick up Arusha and drop off Zanzibar airport as per the itinerary
  • All airport transfers as per the itinerary
  • All Park entrance fee at Lake Manyara, Serengeti and Ngorongoro
  • Flight from Arusha to Zanzibar
  • All meals on safari based on full board arrangements, Arusha/Stone Town BB, Beach HB
  • Service of an English speaking driver guide
  • Private Transport based on a 4WD safari vehicle with pop up roof for comfortable game viewing
  • Vehicle Type (Toyota Land Cruiser, window Seat GUARANTEED)
  • park fees for vehicle and driver
  • Game drives on Safari and excursion in Zanzibar as per the Itinerary
  • Complementary bottle of Mineral water daily + SAFARI HAT
  • Government taxes

PRICE EXCLUDES

  • International flights
  • Tanzanian Visa
  • All things of personal nature
  • Tips for guides and cooks
  • Alcohol
  • Items not specified in terms and conditions
  • Extended tours not specified in the main package

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