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Kenya & Tanzania Adventure 2018/19 (13 Days, Nairobi to Dar es Salaam)

Picture this: venturing through the vast plains of Tanzania’s mighty National Parks, spotting wildlife you’d otherwise only see in guidebooks. Sound too good to be true? Trust us, this once-in-a-lifetime Kenya & Tanzania Adventure is oh-so-real. On this trip you’ll experience the history and culture of two of Africa’s most intriguing regions before stretching out on the pristine beaches of postcard-worthy Zanzibar. Now that’s what we call an adventure!


Maasai village walk
Maasai Mara National Reserve
Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion
13 Breakfasts
13 Lunches
13 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
Price From
AUD $2,575
Start Location
Nairobi, Kenya
End Location
Nairobi, Kenya
Age Range
18 to 39
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Tour Themes
Physical Rating
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya to Maasai Mara National Reserve
Welcome to Nairobi: East Africa's most popular destination, which has a long tradition of welcoming visitors. Try to arrive the day before the trip’s scheduled departure in order to relax and combat any jetlag, before joining us for our pre-departure meeting. Travelling in small, specialised safari vehicles, we make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vistas en route. Prepare for two nights of camping on the edge of the reserve, with plenty of time to explore the park and meet the locals on morning and afternoon game drives. The 'Mara' is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebras and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). During our stay, we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa's 'Big Five' (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled! Included today: -Maasai Mara National Reserve Excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve
Start the day right with an eye-opening morning game drive, where we'll be on the constant look out for the famous 'Big Five.' Think: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards. In between our morning and afternoon game drives we have plenty of time to relax and soak up the top-notch panoramic views that this outstanding area of natural beauty brings to the table. Note to self: pack camera. Included today: -Maasai Mara National Reserve excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi
Leaving the incredible natural wonderland of the Masai Mara behind us, we make tracks and head back to the chaotic Kenyan city of Nairobi where we stay overnight. Meals: -Breakfast
Day 4: Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania
After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated midway between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ as well as a bustling city of colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru. After exploring the markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city, where we prepare for our two-night, three-day included excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. Included today: -Maasai Village walk Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 5: Arusha to Serengeti NP & Ngorongoro Crater
This morning we’ll change up our vehicles for a more game park-friendly option and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo ('mosquito creek'), before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we’ll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its namesake: ‘the place where the land moves on forever'. We drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, making for an unforgettable experience. Included today: -Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 6: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
Rise and shine! This morning we head out on a game-drive beyond the plains, and then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, post-lunch. The night is spent camping on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket), which at 326 square kilometres, is Africa's largest intact caldera. If the view from the rim at 2,400 metres above sea level is spectacular, you can be sure the crater floor some 600 metres below, is equally spectacular. Included today: -Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 7: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
On the final day of the excursion, we descend down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving (and wildlife spotting!). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and enjoy a bite to eat before retracing our steps to our campsite at Arusha. Included today: -Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 8: Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater to Bagamoyo
This morning we stroll through the local Maasai villages and enjoy an insight into the everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture, before heading to the Bagamoyo area. Founded at the end of the 18th century, Bagamoyo was the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. If we’re lucky with the weather, we might even be treated to the view of a magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak, on our way. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 9: Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam
Leaving our camp at Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry. It is a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To the majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic and relaxed island of Zanzibar and other islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our own trip to Zanzibar. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 10: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Wonderfully exotic and perfectly placed, Zanzibar boasts idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding alleys and lush tropical forests. The base of the great 19th century explorers John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone, Zanzibar was once a major trading centre of spices – not surprising, really, when you wander the streets and detect the intoxicating scent of spices in the air. Our time on the island is completely footloose and fancy-free, so spend your days as you wish. Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please. Included today: -Ferry to Zanzibar Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Visit the old slave markets -Visit the Arabic Fort -Visit the Palace Museum
Day 11: Zanzibar
Don your comfiest walking shs and head out on foot to explore intriguing Stone Town. Peruse the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings, and then visit the city’s mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Scuba diving -Mnemba Island -Dhow snorkelling safari -Massage
Day 12: Zanzibar
If it's white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Feeling adventurous? Try a spot of optional snorkelling and diving. For those wanting to stay on dry land, indulge in some sumptuous seafood or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. #Bliss. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Scuba diving -Mnemba Island -Dhow snorkelling safari -Massage
Day 13: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
It’s our final day in paradise! Soak up your tears with a bountiful breakfast, before making the most of your incredible surrounds with a splash in the turquoise water. Time to send your last few Snapchats before ferrying back to Dar es Salaam where our trip comes to a close. *Sniff. Included today: -Ferry to Dar Es Salaam Meals: -Breakfast