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East Africa Family Overland Nairobi - Zanzibar

Trip Overview

If you have kids aged from 7 to 17, this is the family adventure holiday that you cannot miss. The amazement and pure joy in their faces when you spend two nights camping on the plains of the Serengeti or spotting a rhino at the Ngorongoro Crater will be something you never forget as a parent.

This trip is ideal for families, with wild camping, beautiful hotels and so much wildlife. Add to this the cultures of the Massai and walking through the lands of the Irente peoples in the Usambara Mountains and you have a heck of an adventure.

Then there is the balance, the beautiful beach hotels on the white sands of the Indian Ocean on Zanzibar and exploring the night food market and hotel bars of Stone Town. This is a trip that you and your children will never forget.

17 DAYS THROUGH Kenya, Tanzania
of 12 reviews
$3,465 (USD) + Included
17 days
Overland expedition vehicle, 4x4, Ferry
2 Dragoman crew, African camp master, Local guides where necessary
Breakfasts x 8, Lunches x 8, Dinners x 6
$700 USD


  Visit the Karen Blixen museum & Giraffe Sanctuary in Nairobi

  Guided safari in Nairobi National Park

  Visit to Maasai Village to learn about the Maasai people and their culture

  2 day safari in the Serengeti, the ultimate African wildlife experience

  Take an optional hot air balloon ride over the Serengeti

  Safari to the stunning Ngorongoro Crater National Park

  Visit Educational Project in the foothills of Kilimanjaro

  Half day trek to explore the iconic Usambara Mountains

  Relax on the sandy beaches of the Indian Ocean near Dar Es Salaam

  Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town

  Chill on the white sand Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar


A brilliant, easy lifestyle trip, combining, camping with good hotels and upgrades available for many camping nights (perfect for parents!!) Brilliant wildlife, beaches and some easy walking.


Day 1 - Nairobi ( 26th Jul 2020 )

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

There will be a group meeting at 6:00pm - your trip leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting.

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.

In Nairobi we will camp in the grounds of a peaceful eco-camp in the suburb of Karen.

Day 2 - Nairobi ( 27th Jul 2020 )

After breakfast we will head out in our overland truck for included visits to the Langata Giraffe Sanctuary and the Nairobi Elephant Orphanage.

The rest of the day will be free at your leisure to explore the sights of Nairobi or simply relax by the pool!

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Visit the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi
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Head out on a guided safari walk in Nairobi National Park
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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Explore the museum at the site of the former home of Karen Blixen, the author of 'Out of Africa'
KES 1200

Learn all about the different tribal groups of Kenya at the Bomas of Kenya cultural centre in Nairobi

USD 40
Discover some of Kenya's ancient hominids at the National Museum in Nairobi

KES 1200
Day 3 - Arusha ( 28th Jul 2020 )

We will leave Nairobi early today, as we have a relatively long drive day ahead of us. We will travel overland through Kenya and cross the border to northern Tanzania as we head to our camp site outside of Arusha.

In Arusha we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-7 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!).

Day 4 - Arusha ( 29th Jul 2020 )

This morning we will take a walk to a nearby Maasai village - our Maasai guide will take us through the Maasai Cultural Museum first so that we understand what we are about to see in the village. The village is completely genuine, and the villagers show you as they actually live - nothing here is fixed up for tourists. We will also visit a free clinic run by the campsite for the local villagers.

After lunch we head back to our campsite to prepare ourselves for our safari the next day!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to an African snake park

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Take a short walk to a nearby Maasai village to learn all about the life and culture of the Maasai people

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Day 5 - Serengeti National Park ( 30th Jul 2020 )

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 Ngoronogoro 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 savannah 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.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

48 hrs on Jeep safari in the Serengeti National Park

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Day 6 - Serengeti National Park ( 31st Jul 2020 )

Today we will get up very early and we set off in our jeeps for an early morning game drive in the heart of the Serengeti plains. The early morning is the best time of day for wildlife viewing, as many of the animals are at their most active while it is still cool.

There is an option this morning  to take a hot air balloon flight over the Serengeti instead of the game drive - demand is high for this activity, so this must be pre-booked at the time that you book your trip with us to avoid disappointment.

We will have the chance to relax at the nearby Seronera Lodge during the heat of the day, before heading out for a second game drive in the afternoon.

We will return to our campsite in the heart of the Serengeti for the evening.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Hot Air Balloon ride in the Serengeti (this must be pre booked through your sales consultant)

USD 650
Day 7 - Mto Wa Mbu, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti National Park ( 1st Aug 2020 )

This morning we will have another early start to cross the Serengeti plains and head into the world-famous Ngorongoro Crater. Again, the Ngorongoro Crater is an outstanding area for wildlife spotting, often described as a 'natural wildlife enclosure'. This is the best chance on the excursion to spot black rhinos as well as a myriad of other big game.

We will have lunch in the crater and leave in the afternoon. We will then be dropped off at our next campsite in the small town of Mto Wa Mbu, where we are re-united with our truck.

We will have a well-deserved free evening to relax at our excellent campsite or to explore the town of Mto Wa Mbu.

In Mto Wa Mbu we stay at a well equipped campsite in the grounds of a good hotel.

Day 8 - Marangu ( 2nd Aug 2020 )

Today we will set off again in our overland truck and head east to Marangu, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro. We will go past the whole length of Mount Kilimanjaro where we'll hope for clear skies and fantastic views of the mountain from the road. 

In Marangu we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

Day 9 - Marangu ( 3rd Aug 2020 )

Today we will have a short drive to the village of Mshiri, where we will visit the Marangu Village Education Project to learn about the Chagga people and have a delicious local lunch.

We will then make our way back to our campsite, where we can take a walk to some nearby waterfalls or simply relax at the pool!

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Visit to the Dragoman-supported community education project in the villages around Marangu

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Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Short walks to waterfalls around the foothills of Marangu, where we hope to get incredible views of Mt. Kilimanjaro (weather permitting!)
USD 20
Day 10 - Lushoto ( 4th Aug 2020 )

Today we will leave the slopes of Kilimanjaro behind us as we make our way south to the cooler, less frequented Usambara Mountains and the old German colonial village of Lushoto.

In Lushoto we will stay in rooms in a colonial hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.


Day 11 - Lushoto, Usambara Mountains ( 5th Aug 2020 )

After breakfast we have an included easy half-day trek in the Usambara hills to the Irente lookout to see the breathtaking view over the Maasai Steppe below, and to visit the communities in the villages en route.

The rest of the day will be free for you to independently explore the area more, or to simply relax.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages

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Day 12 - Dar Es Salaam ( 6th Aug 2020 )

Today we have another travel day south to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city on the coast of the Indian Ocean. 

In Dar es Salaam we stay in chalets at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

Day 13 - Dar Es Salaam ( 7th Aug 2020 )

Today we will have a free day to enjoy a range of optional beach activities.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam

USD 220
Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam
USD 15
Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people
Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture
TZS 6500
Day 14 - Zanzibar ( 8th Aug 2020 )

This morning we will head to the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! We will travel on the local commuter barge from Kigamboni to the city centre of Dar es Salaam, and then take a ferry from Dar es Salaam centre to Zanzibar. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

When we reach Zanzibar, we will meet our local guide who will help us check in to our hotel in Stone Town, and then give a quick orientation of the town before we branch off and head to lunch! We will have a free afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of the historic centre of Stone Town, with the option of meeting for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

In Zanzibar we will stay in a good local hotel with excellent facilities and a swimming pool.

Daily Activities

Included Activities
Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town
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Take the public ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar


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Day 15 - Zanzibar ( 9th Aug 2020 )

On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation and enjoy a local lunch with our guide, before heading back to our hotel for a free afternoon to independently explore and relax.

Daily Activities

Included Activities

Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

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Day 16 - Zanzibar ( 10th Aug 2020 )

Today is a completely free day for optional activities and exploration of the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

Daily Activities

Optional Activities

These activities are not included in the itinerary, however they are available to book and/or payable locally.

Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar

USD 40
Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar

USD 30

Dhow trip, Zanzibar

USD 20

Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive)

USD 55

Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys

USD 40
Day 17 - Zanzibar ( 11th Aug 2020 )

Border Information: If leaving in Zanzibar, you will most likely exit Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Zanzibar. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.


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Trip Notes
Departing: 26 Jul 2020
Returning: 11 Aug 2020
Duration: 17 days
Route: Nairobi - Zanzibar
$3,465 USD +
Deposit: $700 USD
Departing: 25 Jul 2021
Returning: 10 Aug 2021
Duration: 17 days
Route: Nairobi - Zanzibar
$3,605 USD +
Deposit: $700 USD


I really enjoyed the variety of things on the trip. The game viewing was a highlight for our family
Belinda N
Well organised, good overall structure for families, good use of local staff and guides
David E
This tour was everything we hoped for. It had a great blend of wildlife experiences, visiting local villages, exercise, quality food & relaxing by the beach near the end. We felt like one big family & all enjoyed our time spent with the other families on tour.
Jason B
The trip was well organized, friendly and included a good variety of experiences. It was easy going yet very on top of getting places on time in an organized fashion.
Charlotte A
Overall we loved the trip. Wildlife viewing on the Safari's was excellent. It was also good to see some less visited places such as Lushoto and to enjoy some beach time.
Charlotte S
The trip was brilliant for both of us, giving a real insight into the Africa while being safe and well organised.
Catherine F
Very exciting trip, well constructed - full on but otherwise we would not have done so much cool stuff!
Alexander D
The vehicle was great as we could all talk to each other!
Mark G
The leader and driver were excellent. They were both wonderful people and very approachable. Would highly recommend them.
Mark G
Our cook was also wonderful. The cook's food was simple, but delicious.
Mark G
Both crew were excellent - Cat's enthusiasm was very infectious and David was extremely hard working and professional at all times.
Jacqueline F
Fantastic cooking from our cook - healthy, tasty - could not fault it.
Jacqueline F