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Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping

Tour Length10 days
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  • Max. Group Size 29 Travellers
  • Departs from Nairobi, Kenya
  • Ends at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4 / Ferry
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping Safari starts in Nairobi, Kenya and ends in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Departing from Nairobi we head south across the Tanzanian border to Arusha, gateway to the top game parks on the Northern Safari Circuit. We begin by taking a three-day wildlife safari into two of East Africa's top safari destinations - Serengeti Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, home to Africa's Big Five and numerous other wild animals.

Then we head southwards to Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian Coast. From here we take a ferry across to the Island of Zanzibar and spend a few days exploring this fascinating tropical island with its rich Arabic-African culture and white sand beaches.

The fantastic wildlife and beaches African Camping Safari ends on arrival back in Dar es Salaam.

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Itinerary for this Tour

DAY 1: Nairobi to Arusha – Tanzania

This Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping departs from Nairobi in Kenya, travelling south into Tanzania via the Namanga border post.

Tonight we stay at a lovely safari camp in Meserani, just outside of Arusha. On day two we will be embarking on a Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Trip in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles that have been adapted for game drives.

  • Lunch & Dinner

DAY 2: Arusha to Karatu – Tanzania

Arusha town is located at the foot of Mount Meru and serves as the gateway for excursions to Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara Park and the Serengeti Park.

Explore the thriving town of Arusha in the morning if you like, browsing the vibrant craft markets, shopping or stopping in at the art gallery near our camp to see the brightly coloured Tinga Tinga paintings typical of Tanzania. Visit the interesting Masai Cultural Museum to learn about these tribal people and tour the Meserani Snake Park to see the snakes and other reptiles up close.

Heading back to our base camp at Meserani we have lunch and prepare for our Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Trip. This afternoon we drive to Karatu via the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu located next to Lake Manyara National Park. We journey up the Great Rift Valley Escarpment to Karatu, located in the Crater Highlands, with spectacular views over the surrounding hills.

Karatu has many well-established wheat farms adding to its picturesque scenery. We stay at a great campsite in Karatu overnight, departing early the following morning for the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Trip

DAY 3: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Trip – Tanzania

Driving to the Ngorongoro Crater we head deeper into the African bush, teeming with wildlife. This crater is a World Heritage Site boasting some of the best game viewing in Africa. Home to one of the highest wildlife concentrations in Africa, Ngorongoro Crater game viewing opportunities include high concentrations of various wildlife species, from black rhinos to lions and wildebeest.

We explore the Crater floor on a game drive through the diverse habitats, catching sight of an abundance of Africa's wild animals and birds. After spotting an impressive collection of creatures in this wildlife haven, we climb back out of the crater and down the outer rim, passing the 'Cradle of Mankind' en route to the Serengeti National Park.

We cross the open African plains on our game drive through the southern and central areas of the Serengeti Park. Then we camp (no ablution facilities) in the heart of the untamed bushveld in an unfenced area, surrounded by the sounds of Africa's wildlife at night.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 4: Serengeti National Park to Arusha – Tanzania

In the morning we take a thrilling game drive in Serengeti Park, admiring the beautiful landscapes as we search for wildlife in this quintessential African safari setting. The famous Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) are often sighted on our Serengeti game drives, along with other wild animals and birds.

After our remarkable morning game drive in Serengeti, we retrace our steps crossing the vast open plains and skirting the edge of the lush Ngorongoro Crater of Tanzania.

Back in Arusha we spend the evening recounting our exhilarating tales of the wildlife encounters experienced on the wild plains of Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5: Arusha to Pangani – Tanzania

Our Tanzanian & Zanzibar Camping Safari travels into Arusha this morning to stock up on supplies, before driving south towards Dar es Salaam, on the coast of Tanzania.

We travel through Moshi, a town at the foot of Mount KilimanjaroAfrica’s highest mountain. Moshi serves as the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this magnificent mountain’s snow-dusted summit from the town. The views of towering Kilimanjaro from Moshi offer fantastic photo opportunities!

Passing through vast sisal plantations flanked by the Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges we continue south on our safari adventure. Our pleasant overnight campsite is tucked away in the mountains, halfway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 6: Pangani to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Travelling through lush countryside landscapes with palm trees, we make our way to the next safari destination, Dar es Salaam.

The pace of our drive to the warm Indian Ocean slows as we enter the outskirts of busy Dar es Salaam, taking in the interesting sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs as we go. Keep an eye out for the brightly coloured shop-fronts decorated with humorous names and slogans.

Arriving in Dar es Salaam on the East Coast of Africa we head to our fantastic seaside campsite and have time to prepare for our trip to Zanzibar Island the following morning.

  • Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 7: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Islands

On day seven of this Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping Tour, we catch a ferry from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, where we spend three nights.

Zanzibar has a colourful past, as one of the major departure points for European explorations into new territories of East Africa, in times gone by. This tropical island was once an important link in the spice and slave trade route between east and west.

Please Note:

On Zanzibar Island, meal and extra activity expenses are not included in the tour price. The safari guide accompanies the tour group to the main island and is there to assist you with activity and meal arrangements. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach destinations and as such features an array of restaurants and activities.

New passengers may join the safari on the trip to Zanzibar.

  • Breakfast
  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Trip

DAYS 8 & 9: Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

The Zanzibar Islands are known as the 'Spice Islands' due to the aromatic spices that are grown here. We take a spice plantation tour to smell, see and taste the colourful spices, from cloves and nutmeg to cinnamon and pepper. Walk through old Stone Town to see the strong Arabic influences in Medina shopfronts, old palaces and mosques. Zanzibar is a culturally diverse and historically interesting destination, as well as being a superb beach getaway.

Spend blissful hours on the white-sand, palm-fringed beaches, swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, sipping on cocktails and eating fresh seafood. Zanzibar is also one of Africa's top scuba diving destinations, with options including day trips to smaller islands like Nungwe. Traditional dhow sailing trips are a unique way of exploring the islands and visiting the pristine Prison Island to see giant tortoises.

Our safari also includes a dhow sunset cruise in a traditional East African sailing vessel.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Spice Tour & Dhow Trip
  • No meals

DAY 10: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Departing from the tropical Zanzibar Island in the afternoon, our idyllic African beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania feeling sun-kissed, rejuvenated and relaxed.

This magical Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping comes to an end back in Dar es Salaam town.

  • No meals

Please Note:

This Budget Camping Safari departs from Nairobi in Kenya on selected Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris. This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions.

All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.

Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Tanzania: 

  • Masai Village Visit
  • Olduvai Gorge

Zanzibar: 

  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire
  • Local drivers license / insurance

Child Policy

Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.

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Tanzania: 

  • Masai Village Visit
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  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
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  • Local drivers license / insurance
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  • Masai Cultural Museum
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti Trip
  • Zanzibar Island Trip
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