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Africa East & South between Nairobi and Zanzibar
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14 days between Nairobi and Zanzibar or vice versa...
Overlanding is the only way to see East Africa! This classic trip covers the highlights of southern Kenya and northern Tanzania, one of the world's most scenic and most wildlife-packed regions - it is a popular trip and thoroughly deserves its reputation as one of the best trips in Africa. Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. After leaving Kenya's bustling capital of Nairobi, you head straight to the grasslands of the Maasai Mara for an incredible 3-day jeep safari through the National Park, with fantastic opportunities to see the 'Big 5' as well as a wealth of other wildlife. The game viewing continues after you cross the border into Tanzania, with safaris in both the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro National Parks, both packed with animals and home to some truly spectacular scenery. You will camp near the majestic snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro and explore the local village of Mto wa Mbu, famously home to many different cultures and handicrafts. The trip ends with a journey to the famous and evocative tropical island of Zanzibar, where we explore the fascinating old town, tour the wonderful spice plantations, and relax on the idyllic white beaches on the Indian Ocean. Sun, sea, Swahili and safari is a good summary of the trip! An amazing adventure, packed into a an accessible 14 days - join us for this phenomenal African experience!

Itinerary

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A lioness bares her teeth in the Maasai Mara
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Border Information: If you are joining the trip in Nairobi, you will most likely enter Kenya at Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (IATA code: NBO).

Welcome to Nairobi! If you would like to explore Nairobi fully, we advise you arrive a day earlier to give yourself the time to see some of the highlights in the city - possible activities include visiting the Karen Blixen Museum, the National Museum and the Langata Giraffe Centre. 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.

There will be a group meeting today at our joining hotel at 10:00am - your tour leader will meet you at the hotel reception. Your leader will leave a note at reception telling you where this important meeting will take place.

After the group meeting, we will be met by our 6-person 4x4 jeeps that will take us on our 2-night excursion to the Maasai Mara. We will load the jeeps with our personal gear (but we will not need our camping equipment) and then head off to Maasai Mara, leaving our truck behind.

We will also be leaving our large bags behind (where they will be stored in a secure location in Nairobi), and advise you to bring along a smaller daypack for your personal gear for this trip that will need to be packed soon after the group meeting before we set off. You should pack clothing for 3 days (including a warm jumper or fleece and long trousers), a waterproof jacket, toiletries (including sun screen and insect repellent), your camera and charger, a small towel, a head torch, a water bottle, books and personal snacks, etc.

On arrival, we will have the chance for a short evening game drive in the Maasai Mara National Park before heading to our campsite. The Maasai Mara is an incredibly scenic area and is one of the world's greatest places for wildlife spotting which is absolutely teeming with giraffe, buffalo, zebra, elephants, lions, cheetah, leopards, and other big game!

On both nights at the Maasai Mara, we will stay in a basic campground on the outskirts of the National Park. The campsite has set-tents and bedding, but is self-catered (we will use our kitchen equipment brought from the truck).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head out on a phenomenal 2-night/3-day safari in 4x4s into the Maasai Mara - one of the best areas in Africa for wildlife and scenery

Included in Kitty
A curious zebra in the Maasai Mara National Reserve
Maasai Mara National Reserve

Today we will go out for the full day game driving in the National Park before returning to our campsite for a second night. There is also the opportunity for a sunset balloon flight over the savannah - demand for this activity is very high so you must reserve this at the time of booking your Dragoman trip to avoid disappointment.

Tonight we will stay at the same campsite on the outskirts of the Maasai Mara.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional Take a hot air balloon flight to see the sunrise over the incredible scenery of the Maasai Mara (alternative to the scheduled game drive). This must be pre-booked through your sales consultant. USD 550
Young elephants at the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage in Nairobi
Nairobi

Today we will have a final game drive in the Maasai Mara in the early morning, before heading back to Nairobi and our campsite in Karen, arriving at about 4:00pm or 5:00pm. This is where we will meet our overland truck and start using the truck's camping equipment.

In Nairobi we will stay in a well equipped campsite in the suburb of Karen on the outskirts of the city.

Meeting some Maasai villagers near Arusha in northern Tanzania
Arusha

Border Information: Exit Kenya at Namanga, enter Tanzania at Namanga.

We will have an early start to beat the Nairobi traffic and head south to cross the border into Tanzania. We will go to the town of Arusha, where we will stop for food shopping in preparation for our excursion to the Serengeti National Park. 

We will then head to our campsite on the outskirts of Arusha. On arrival we should have time to go on an optional walk to a nearby Maasai village, or visit a reptile house and snake-bite clinic that are run by the campsite. We will also prepare and re-pack for the Serengeti excursion starting the following day.

In Arusha we stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours (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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

See a variety of African reptiles at the snake park in our campsite in Arusha

Free
Zebras taking a drink in the Serengeti
Serengeti National Park

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 Ngorongoro 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 savanna 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.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

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

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Mic's friendly personality was appreciated by all the passengers and we really enjoyed meeting up with her again after our travels with her last year in India. Matt again drove us safely along some very trying roads.
Patricia P - - 4th June 2015
All local guides have been very helpful.
Patricia P - - 4th June 2015
Brilliant cook, very helpful and nice.
Jana P - - 4th June 2015
Denford was excellent and produced delicious meals.
Patricia P - - 4th June 2015
Leader and co-drivers were fantastic. They were always enthuistiatic and eager to help out with everything.
Walter R - - 4th June 2015
Dave and Frenchie were both great, so much energy, really positive and couldn't do enough to make sure you have a great time.
Zoe P - - 4th June 2015
Denford's food was excellent!
Zoe P - - 4th June 2015
I haven't been on this sort of trip before so I didn't know what to expect, nor have I anything to compare it to - so as far as my own experience goes it was excellent!
Walter R - - 4th June 2015
Dave and Ivan (Frenchie) were awesome!
Andreas Martin A - - 4th June 2015
Our cook made the most awsome food, even lasagne on a fire!
Andreas Martin A - - 4th June 2015
Dave a Frenchie were excellent. They were the best pair of leaders/co leaders have had on a trip. They were extremely helpful, created a relaxed, fun atmosphere and went the extra mile to make the trip a unforgettable experience (for example arranging breakfast in a local market).
Robin L - - 4th June 2015
Denford was an excellent chef.
Robin L - - 4th June 2015
Dave and Frenchie were so great at creating "harmony" within the ranks of 21 people on the 21-day Gorilla Loop. Denford is the best cook ever and catered to ever complaining vegetarians, gluten free issues, etc.
Yvonne G - - 4th June 2015
Anja is very organized and thorough. She is also very thoughtful and gave me a cake for my birthday and did some decorations. She was always there when I had questions.
Yvonne G - - 4th June 2015
The food from Charles was amazing!
Aude P - - 4th June 2015
Samson was a great cook. Very friendly and helpful.
Judy N - - 4th June 2015
Daniel, Godfrey and Titus in the Masai Mara were brilliant.
Victoria W - - 4th June 2015
Very enthusiastic and fun leaders.
Jana P - - 4th June 2015

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