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Tanzania Safari and Zanzibar Holidays All Inclusive Serengeti Tours

Tanzania: Serengeti + Zanzibar - Camping Tour


7YT10Jc
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,595
Per person sharing
International flights quoted separately
Journey from Nairobi to the vast plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, on this thrilling camping safari, before relaxing on the gloroius turquoise beaches of Zanzibar. Eat your meals around an open campfire and sleep under canvas, with the sounds of the African bush all around. Travel in a rugged overland truck with dome tents, all camping equipment & activity package included. Regular departures, with group size 4 to 18.
Overland Tours Tanzania Africa Camping Safaris Serengeti Zanzibar
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Nairobi
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Arusha
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Serengeti Plains
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Game Drives
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Lions
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Elephants
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Ngorongoro Crater
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Zanzibar Island
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Stone Town
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Dar Es Salaam
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Nairobi
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Arusha
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Serengeti Plains
• 
Game Drives
• 
Lions
• 
Elephants
• 
Ngorongoro Crater
• 
Zanzibar Island
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Stone Town
• 
Dar Es Salaam
Day 1
You will be met at Nairobi Airport and transferred to your accommodation in this bustling city.
 
Check in and relax in your warm and friendly African surroundings.
Day 2
This morning you will be collected from your Nairobi hotel and taken to the departure point for your group adventure tour, travelling in a rugged 4x4 overland truck.
 
We then travel 4-hours across the Tanzania border to the coffee-producing town of Arusha in the northern highlands. Situated in the foothills of the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro, this was formerly an important administrative centre in German East Africa.
 
After setting up camp, you have the afternoon at leisure to explore the town.
 
Note: A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your tent, which is easy to master. All meals whilst on tour are included and are prepared & served from the overland vehicle except for specified optional dinners in cities. Alcohol is not included. Facilities at campsites generally include shared ablutions & hot shower, except where bush camping is specified. Truck lockers are 30 x 80cm, so please use soft bags that will fit (but there is no weight restriction). Please be aware that accommodation sometimes has to be substituted for operational reasons.
 
Average group size is 14 people (with minimum of 4 and maximum of 24). On camping tours the average age is 30 years, with a range from 18 to 55 although this does vary by tour. If over 65 years, you need a doctors letter that you are sufficiently fit for overland travel. Teens aged 16 to 18 years are on request and must travel with an adult.
Day 3
Today we set out from Arusha in a 4x4 safari jeep, with pop-up roof for game viewing, and drive to our campsite to the great Serengeti, enjoying a day of amazing Big Five sightings before erecting our dome tents.
 
Serengeti National Park is a World Heritage site that hosts the largest overland wildlife migration in the world. Each October over two million wildebeest, accompanied by huge herds of zebra and gazelle, travel over 500 miles as they journey southwards from the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and across the hills of the eastern Serengeti to graze on the rich grasses of the southern Ndutu plains. Here calving occurs between January and March, when over a period of a few short weeks they all give birth simultaneously to over 500,000 young - a truly spectacular sight. Depending upon the rains, around April the great migration starts once again, as these animals move northwards crossing the treacherous Grumeti River in the western corridor and the Mara River in search of sweet new grasses once again.
 
Note: A dome tent & camping mattress are provided, but you need to bring your own sleeping bag, pillow & towel. You will be expected to erect your tent, which is easy to master. The ablutions are shared and very basic. You will need to supply your own toilet paper/wet wipes.
Day 4
Today is devoted to game viewing in the famous Serengeti National Park - one of the greatest wildlife conservation areas in the world.
 
At over 12,000 square mile (30,000 sq km), this vast game park is the size of Belgium and 20 times larger than the neighbouring Masa Mara reserve in Kenya, which it adjoins to form an enormous wilderness area through which animals can freely migrate, unrestriced by any fences. Lying between Lake Victoria to the west, Lake Eyasi to the south, the Great Rift Valley to the east and the Masai Mara to the north, the landscape of the Serengeti varies enormously - from the endless open grassy plains of the south, to savanna with scattered acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands to the north and dense woodlands and clay pans to the west. All of this is interspersed with many small rivers, lakes and wetlands.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including great herds of wildebeest and zebra and the largest number of lions in Africa, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. All the Big Five can be found here - elephant, lion, buffalo, rhino and leopard - as well as cheetah, hyena, giraffe, Thomson's gazelle, Grant's gazelle, waterbuck, porcupine, jackal, serval, ostrich, eland, impala, did-dik, Bohor reedbuck, hartebeest, hyrax, wild dog, hippo, crocodiles, dwarf mongoose and so much more. As predators are most active in the early morning and late afternoon, this is when game viewing is usually the most rewarding.
 
Bird watching is also outstanding, with over 280 different recorded species. You can hope to see the Kori bustard which is the largest flying bird in Africa, the majestic Secretary bird, Maribou stork, Southern ground hornbill, White-headed vulture, African hoopoe, Fischer's lovebird, Grey-breasted spurfowl, Rufous-tailed weaver and many eagles and other raptor species.
 
Optional Hot Air Balloon ride (must be pre-booked).
Day 5
This morning we drive 3-hours to the Ngorongoro Crater.
 
Stretching across 8,300 square km, the high altitude Ngorongoro Conservation Area boasts a dramatic variety of volcanic landscapes, wildlife, people and archaeology. Its grasslands, waterfalls and mountain forests are home to an abundance of animals and also to the Maasai people, and has been declared a World Heritage site.
 
We drive down into the basin of the Ngorongoro Crater, the world's largest intact caldera forming a spectacular bowl of about 265 square kilometres with sides up to 2,000 feet (600m) deep. Although some animals do move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - the highest density of big game found anywhere in Africa.
 
Prides of lions, endangered black rhino, hyena, buffalo, golden jackal, bat-eared jackal, black-backed jackal, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle. Grant's gazelle, zebra and many other animals can be found on the open savanna whilst elephants, monkeys, leopards and olive baboons live in the forests around the edge of the crater. You may see hippos and flamingos on Lake Masek and the abundant birdlife including the Kori bustard, Grey-crowned crane, Hamerkop,  Marabou stork, Ostrich, Splendid starling, Eqyptian goose and various lapwing. Cheetah also live on these open plains, but are difficult to spot due to their excellent camouflage. There are no giraffe in the crater, because there are no trees for grazing (only grasslands).
 
After leaving the crater, we erect our dome tents at our campsite in the Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Day 6
Today we travel 4-hours back to Arusha and meet up with our overland truck.
 
Balance of day at leisure in this regional capital.
Day 7
A full day on the road today, as we leave Arusha and travel to Bagamoyo on the beautiful Swahili Coast.
 
Formerly the capital of German East Africa and one of the most important trading posts along the East African coast, Bagamoyo means "throw down your heart" - as slaves were imprisoned here before sold in the slave markets of Zanzibar.
 
Set up camp and relax close to the warm Indian Ocean.
Day 8
Today we travel 2-hours to Dar Es Salaam, where we leave the truck and take the ferry to Zanzibar Island.
 
You will be met at Zanzibar airport and transferred 1-hour to your beach hotel on the beautiful Zanzibar Archipelago. Check in and relax in your wonderful surroundings on this exotic East African spice island.
 
Note: Lunch and dinner are not included during your stay on Zanzibar island, where you have the opportunity of eating out.
Day 9
At leisure to relax at your resort and enjoy the gorgeous white sandy beaches of the Zanzibar archipelago.
 
Activities vary by resort but usually include water sports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing. You can sail in a traditional Arab dhow or enjoy a full day catamaran excursion around the island, with snorkelling opportunities. The best diving is centred around Mnema Island in the northeast and Nungwi in the north. Deep sea fishing is based out of Nungwi, where there is also a privately owned turtle aquarium.
 
A variety of day excursions are also on offer including a spice island tour, snorkelling at Prison Island where you can see giant tortoises, a cultural tour to Uzi Island and Swahili cookery lessons. Be sure to try refreshing iced hibiscus tea and some of the many spices.
 
If you would like to see local wildlife, you can visit Jozani Forest in the south of the island, where you can see rare indigenous red colobus monkeys and walk along a mangrove boardwalk to enjoy its birdlife and flora, including some giant baobab trees. There is a Butterfly Centre and Snake Park outside the gate. From late July to mid November you can take a boat ride to see migrating humpback whales.
Day 10
This afternoon we transfer 1-hour to the island capital of Stone Town.
 
This UNESCO World Heritage town is now part of the Republic of Tanzania, but it was formerly controlled by the Sultan of Oman. As such it was an important trading nation, selling spices and other commodities to Europe, the Middle East and Asia. It was also at the centre of the notorious slave trade out of East Africa.
 
This Muslim city is today rather neglected and not what it once was, but most people still enjoy walking through the narrow streets of the historic old city. The merchant's houses are of particular interest, with their central courtyards and large ornately carved and studded wooden doors. You can visit the bustling market, see some of the many mosques and admire the huge Anglican Cathedral built on the site of the former slave market, where the slave pits and dungeon can still be seen. Other sights include the Arab Fort, the Palace Museum and Dr Livingstone's house
 
We spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of this port city.
Day 11
This morning we have the opportunity to explore more of historic Stone Town.
 
In the afternoon we take the ferry to Dar Es Salaam, where you will be met and transferred to Dar Es Salaam Airport for your flight home.
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