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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. You have the option of 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.

We then head southwards to Dar es Salaam on the Tanzanian Coast. Next, you can 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 you have the option of embarking on a memorable Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Trip. This game viewing trip is run 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 departure, for those participating in the optional Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Trip. If you choose not to visit the Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater there are various alternative activities available at Arusha, such as village tours and day trips to Lake Manyara and Tarangire Park.

This afternoon our optional Ngorongoro & Serengeti Trip takes us 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
  • Optional 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 Archipelago

On day seven of this Northern Safari Circuit to Zanzibar Overland Camping we travel to Zanzibar on our optional island trip. From Dar es Salaam we take a ferry across to the Spice Island 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.

New passengers may join us on our Zanzibar Trip, while some travel companions might opt to end their tour of Africa back in Dar es Salaam.

Please Note:

Accommodation and meal costs are for your own account in Zanzibar, allowing for flexibility and self-guided exploration on the island. Zanzibar Island hosts a wide selection of restaurants offering a variety of tasty meals. Your trip leader joins you and can help with arranging accommodation in Zanzibar.

For travellers choosing not to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next three days are spent at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional activities available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook stay behind in Dar es Salaam on the coast of Tanzania.

  • Breakfast
  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry
  • Optional Activity: Zanzibar Trip

DAYS 8 & 9: Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

Zanzibar Island has a great range of activities to offer visitors, from historical sightseeing to exciting water activities. The island is one of Africa's best beach destinations, boasting sandy beaches dotted with palms and clear warm waters.

For a sensory feast, explore one of the spice plantations, an interesting and aromatic experience on Zanzibar, which is famous for its exotic spices. Stroll through the cobbled streets and winding alleyways of old Stone Town in Zanzibar to discover traces of the local Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to imposing palacs built by powerful Sultans.

Other interesting activities on Zanzibar Island include island hopping boat trips, snorkelling and day trips to the pristine beaches of Prison Island, to see its giant tortoises. A full day of scuba diving in Nungwe is well worth it, as is the experience of fishing in a traditional saiing dhow.

There are a variety of restaurants offering a fantastic array of fresh seafood straight from the ocean, with crayfish being a popular speciality. You can mingle with the locals at the seafront market of Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town, where inexpensive yet tasty, fresh seafood is available.

  • 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.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Tanzania: 

  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Trip
  • Masai Village Visit
  • Olduvai Gorge

Zanzibar: 

  • Transfer to Nungwe
  • Zanzibar Accommodation
  • Spice Tour including lunch
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire
  • Local drivers license / insurance
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Tanzania: 

  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Trip
  • Masai Village Visit
  • Olduvai Gorge

Zanzibar: 

  • Transfer to Nungwe
  • Zanzibar Accommodation
  • Spice Tour including lunch
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire
  • Local drivers license / insurance
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  • Masai Cultural Museum
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Zanzibar Ferry
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  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Trip
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