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Tanzania Safari Holidays and Zanzibar Holidays

Tanzania: Serengeti + Zanzibar - Camping Tour


7YT10Jc
10 NIGHTS
FROM £2,195
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 4x4 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
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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
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 leave at 08.00 from Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road and travel 4-hours to Arusha in neighbouring Tanzania.
 
We set up camp in this warm and friendly town in the northern highlands, situated beneath the twin peaks of Mount Meru and Mount Kilimanjaro & formerly an administrative centre in German East Africa. You will have the afternoon at leisure to explore the town.
 
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 18). 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 in an open-top 4x4 game viewing vehicle and drive 4-hours to the great Serengeti National Park, erecting our dome tents before enjoying an afternoon game drive.
 
A World Heritage site, Serengeti National Park hosts the largest and longest wildlife overland migration in the world as around October each year, nearly 2 million animals travel 500 miles from the northern hills toward the southern plains - crossing the Mara River in pursuit of the rains. In April the animals return to the north, through the west, once again crossing the Mara River in their migration.
 
Please be aware that ablution facilities at Serengeti campsites are poor, so bring your own toilet paper and wet wipes.
Day 4
Enjoy game viewing in the great Serengeti National Park.
 
This vast conservation area, which is larger than Northern Ireland, lies between Lake Victoria in the west, Lake Eyasi in the south and the Great Rift Valley in the east. The landscape varies from open grass plains in the south, savanna with scatterred acacia trees in the centre, hilly wooded grasslands in the north and woodlands and clay pans in the west - with small rivers, lakes ands swamps scattered throughout.
 
With more than 70 large mammals and over 500 other animal species, including large prides of lions and great herds of wildebeest, zebras and gazelle, outstanding game viewing is guaranteed on a scale only seen in East Africa. Bird watching is also outstanding.
 
Optional Hot Air Balloon ride (approx $550 - must be pre-booked)
Day 5
This morning we drive 3-hours to the Ngorongoro Crater.
 
Stretching across 8,300 sq km, the high altitude malaria-free 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 Masai 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 animals are free to move in and out of this contained environment, the rich volcanic soil, lush forests and spring lakes on the crater floor attract both grazers and predators all year round, with up to 30,000 animals living in the crater - including lions on the open savannah and elephants and monkeys in the forests. You may also see flamingos on the lake.
Day 6
Today we travel 4-hours back to Arusha and meet up with our overland truck.
 
Balance of day at leisure in Arusha.
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.
Day 9
At leisure to relax on the warm golden Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar.
 
Optional activities include snorkelling, diving, fishing, turtle sanctuary visit, Jozani Forest or Village tour.
 
Lunch is not included in Zanzibar and you have the option of eating out.
Day 10
This afternoon we transfer 1-hour to the island capital of Stone Town
 
Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the slave and spice trade routes. We spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.
Day 11
This morning we have the opportunity to explore historic Stone Town with its fascinating narrow streets, bustling markets, ornately carved and studded doors, cathedrals, mosques and old slave market. Other attractions include the Arab Fort, the Palace Museum and Dr Livingstone's house.
 
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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