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Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Family Camping Safari

Tour Length10 days
Priced from pps $929 R13000 £712 819 A$1303 C$1220 NZ$1357 Full pricing info
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  • Max. Group Size 29 Travellers
  • Departs from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Ends at Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport Ferry / Large Overland Vehicle / Open 4x4 Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This Zanzibar to Northern Tanzania Family Safari travels from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island and on to Tanzania's top game parks, before ending in Nairobi, Kenya.

Travel to tropical Zanzibar to visit some of Africa's most beautiful beaches, and go diving, sailing and snorkelling. The Zanzibar Islands have a fascinating history and rich mix of cultural influences, along with exotic spices.

Then explore the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, enjoying world-class game viewing. The legendary plains of Serengeti Park look like movie scenes of wildest Africa, teeming with game and home to the epic Wildebeest Migration. The Ngorongoro Crater is a World Heritage Site boasting some of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa.

This Budget Family Tour to Zanzibar Islands & Tanzania's Safari Northern Circuit offers the ultimate of East African Bush and Beach combination!

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DAY 1: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Islands – Tanzania

This family-friendly Zanzibar to Northern Tanzania Overland Safari starts in Dar es Salaam, the largest city in Tanzania.

From Dar es Salaam we embark on a three-night trip to Zanzibar Islands, known as the Spice Islands. Zanzibar Island is one of the top beach destinations in Africa, combining white-sand beaches, tropical blue waters, exotic spices and vibrant cultures.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Island Trip

Please Note:

All meals on Zanzibar are for your own account - meals are not included in the price of your safari. This means that you can choose how to spend your time on the islands and where to go. Your guide can help you to arrange extra optional activities on the island.

DAYS 2 & 3: Zanzibar Islands – Tanzania

Zanzibar is one of the most alluring tropical beach getaways in Africa, given the beautiful beaches, warm weather and clear Indian Ocean water.

Your safari includes a spice tour and a dhow cruise during your stay on Zanzibar. Exploring the spice plantations is a colourful and aromatic experience on the Spice Island and sailing in a traditional dhow is the ideal way to watch the sun go down.

Zanzibar Island offers top-notch scuba diving and snorkelling in its warm waters that host an array of marine animals and fish. The history is as colourful as the underwater world, with Zanzibar once serving as a major hub on the old trade route. An interesting mix of African, Eastern and Arabian influences can be seen on the islands, especially in Stone Town. Walking along the cobbled lanes of old Stone Town you will see the old crumbling facades of palaces, places of worship, and other buildings, in between bustling markets and the modern developments.

There is plenty for ocean and beach lovers to do on Zanzibar Island - snorkelling and scuba diving in Nungwe, island hopping and fishing trips, or simply relaxing on the beach and taking a swim in the azure waters. Foodies can look forward to fresh seafood and the aromatic spices grown on Zanzibar.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Island Dhow Cruise & Spice Tour

DAY 4: Zanzibar Island to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania (Dinner)

We spend the morning on Zanzibar Island leaving for Dar es Salaam in the afternoon. We arrive back at the camp by early evening, relaxed and sun-kissed after our time on idyllic Zanzibar.

DAY 5: Dar es Salaam to Pangani – Tanzania (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Today we leave the bustle of Dar city behind and travel north to Pangani, our overnight stop en route to the Northern Safari Circuit. We drive through rural Tanzania and its sisal, coconut and betel-nut plantations on our way to the coastal town, located at the mouth of Pangani River.

Explore the Arabic-influenced town, which was once a centre for slave smuggling and then the base for the Tanzanian movement resisting German colonialism.

DAY 6: Pangani to Arusha – Tanzania (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Continuing north we pass the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through Moshi town. The town of Moshi forms the base for climbing expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro's slopes to its snowy summit. The night is spent camping in scenic Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha. Arusha town is located at the foot of Mount Meru and serves as the gateway for excursions to the Northern Safari Circuit parks - Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara Park and the Serengeti Park. These game viewing excursions are run in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles that have been adapted for our African safari drives.

Tomorrow we embark on a game viewing trip to the legendary Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

DAY 7: Arusha to Karatu – Tanzania (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Explore the lively town of Arusha, browsing craft markets and visiting Meserani Reptile Park and the Masai Cultural Museum, or stop in at the local art gallery to see the colourful Tinga Tinga painting-style of Tanzania.

After lunch at the camp we get ready and set off on our Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Trip in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles. We drive to Karatu via the town of Mtu Wa Mbu, near Lake Manyara National Park taking in sweeping views of the landscapes as we climb the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. Tonight we camp at Karatu, surrounded by beautiful hills and farmlands in the Crater Highlands.

  • Optional Activity: Brief tour of Masai Cultural Museum & Meserani Reptile Park

DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Park – Tanzania (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

This morning we drive down into the Ngorongoro Crater - the largest unflooded caldera (volcanic crater) on the planet. The crater is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, hosting incredibly high concentrations of African wildlife across a diverse mix of habitats, from savannah to forest and lakes, both freshwater and soda.

The crater offers exceptional game sightings, including frequent sightings of the Big Five of Africa - rhinos, lions, buffalos, elephants and leopards, along with an array of other large mammals and smaller creatures.

After game viewing in this natural wonder teeming with wildlife we drive via the 'Cradle of Mankind' to Serengeti National Park. Reaching the Serengeti Plains we drive through the quintessential savannah landscapes of the southern and central sections of the park, game viewing en route to our safari camp.

Tonight we camp in the middle of the bushveld immersed in untamed nature, listening to the sounds of wildlife as we fall asleep. The camp is unfenced enabling animals to roam freely into camp, but the guides keep a watchful eye out to ensure we are safe.

  • Included Activity: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park

DAY 9: Serengeti National Park to Arusha – Tanzania (Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner)

Wake up in the heart of the bush this morning - a real African safari experience. We set off into Serengeti National Park on a morning game drive soaking up the beautiful, wild scenery as we search for wildlife. Your chances of spotting the Big Five are excellent, and Serengeti is also known for its big cat populations, including cheetahs.

During the Great Migration we may see wildebeest, zebras, gazelles and other antelopes on the move. Every year between August and November masses of herbivores, numbering over a million, migrate across the rivers and plains of the Serengeti ecosystem in search of fresh grazing - an unforgettable wildlife phenomenon.

After our game drive, we leave the Serengeti Plains and drive along the edge of the Ngorongoro Crater on our way back to Arusha. Tonight we camp at Meserani, near Arusha, reliving our adventures on Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit.

DAY 10: Arusha to Nairobi – Kenya (Breakfast)

This morning we drive north, crossing into Kenya at Namanga and making our way to Nairobi, where our Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Family Camping Safari finishes.

After the safari you have time to rest or do optional activities and explore the city. Popular options include visiting The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, going to the Giraffe Centre in Langata and game viewing in Nairobi National Park. Alternatively you can take a Matatu taxi and do some exploring and shopping at local craft markets.

Please Note:

This Budget African Family Safari starts in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania travelling to Zanzibar Island and north through Tanzania, before ending Nairobi, Kenya.

The Zanzibar to Northern Tanzania Overland Family Tour departs from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania on selected Thursday mornings. If you would like to explore Dar es Salaam, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.

This itinerary is a guide that may vary depending on road and weather conditions, political changes and group choices. All prices and Local Payments are subject to change.

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