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Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Overland Camping

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 Large Overland Vehicle / Open 4x4 Game Viewing Vehicle / Ferry
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

This Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Overland Camping travels from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar and through Tanzania to Nairobi in Kenya.

Explore the tropical island of Zanzibar enjoying some of the most beautiful beaches in Africa, as well as superb diving and snorkelling. Zanzibar, the Spice Island, offers a rich cultural and historical experience, along with its dazzling white beaches with azure waters.

In Northern Tanzania, we see the red-robed Masai people who graze their cattle on the open plains, as they have done for centuries. We head to the best National Game Parks of Tanzania - Serengeti Park and the Ngorongoro Crater for game viewing delights. 

The legendary plains of Serengeti National Park are a sight to behold, dotted with game and home to the epic Wildebeest Migration and the Ngorongoro Crater has been declared a World Heritage Site as it is one of the most important refuges for wildlife in Africa.

This Budget Camping Safari to Zanzibar & Tanzania offers an ideal mix of wild East African Bush and Beach!

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DAY 1: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

This Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Overland Camping kicks off in the seaside city of Dar es Salaam on the coast of Tanzania.

From Dar es Salaam we take a ferry across to the Spice Islands where we spend three nights on our Zanzibar Island Trip. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach destinations, boasting unspoilt tropical beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters.

Zanzibar has a colourful past once serving as one of the major departure points for most of the explorations into new territories of East Africa. The islands were also an important stop on the old trade route between Europe, Africa and the East.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Trip

Please Note:

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 activities in Zanzibar.

DAYS 2 & 3: Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

Zanzibar Island has a great range of activities to offer visitors, from historical sightseeing to exciting water activities.

This 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.

Stroll through the cobbled streets of the old Stone Town of Zanzibar to see traces of the Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to the impressive palaces that once belonged to wealthy Sultans. Other interesting activities on Zanzibar Island include a day trip 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 sailing dhow. Island hopping and snorkelling in the clear warm waters are also excellent ways to explore this beach paradise.

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

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Island Dhow Cruise & Spice Tour

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

Departing from Zanzibar Island in the afternoon our relaxing beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania by the early evening and spend the night at our safari camp in Dar es Salaam town.

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

Today we leave bustling Dar es Salaam, driving north to Pangani, our overnight stop en route to the Northern Safari Circuit. We drive through the Tanzanian countryside and expansive plantations on our way to the coastal town, located at the mouth of Pangani River.

The historic town of Pangani lies about half-way between Dar es Salaam and Arusha, making it a convenient overnight stop.

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

From Pangani we travel further north, passing the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through Moshi town. Moshi is a great place from which to catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day - a fantastic photo opportunity! 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 Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara Park and the Serengeti Park.

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

In the morning you can explore the thriving town of Arusha, browse the vibrant craft markets, go shopping or stop in at the art gallery near our camp to see the brightly coloured Tinga Tinga paintings typical of Tanzania. You also have the option of visiting 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. These game viewing excursions are run in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles that have been adapted for our African safari drives.

This afternoon our Ngorongoro & Serengeti Trip takes us to Karatu via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) 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 farms adding to its picturesque scenery. We stay at a pleasant campsite in Karatu overnight, departing early the following morning for the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Optional Activities: Masai Cultural Museum & Meserani Snake Park Visit
  • Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park Trip

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

Driving to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we head down into the untamed bush of the Ngorongoro Crater teeming with wildlife. This crater is a World Heritage Site boasting some of the best game viewing in Africa. Ngorongoro Crater game viewing opportunities include high concentrations of wildlife, from black rhinos to lions and wildebeest.

We explore the Crater floor on a game drive before ascending out of the crater and down the crater rim, passing the 'Cradle of Mankind' en route to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the open African plains on the game drive through the southern and central areas of the Serengeti Park. Then we camp in the heart of the untamed bushveld surrounded by the sounds of Africa's wildlife at night.

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

In the morning we take a thrilling game drive in Serengeti Park, admiring the surrounding landscape as we search for game in the area. The Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard) are often spotted on our Serengeti game drives. Serengeti is famous for the annual Great Migration when streams of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras stampede across the open plains.

After the morning game drive, we retrace our steps crossing the vast plains and lush Ngorongoro Crater rim. Back in Tanzania's Arusha we spend the evening recounting our thrilling tales of the wildlife encounters on the plains of Serengeti & Ngorongoro.

DAY 10: Arusha to Nairobi – Kenya (Breakfast)

This morning we travel north into Kenya, crossing at the Namanga border post. Arriving in Nairobi, this budget Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Overland Camping comes to an end.

You are free to spend the remainder of the day, after your safari has ended, enjoying some of the many things to do in the bustling city of Nairobi. Visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the orphaned baby Elephants at feeding time, head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata for game viewing, then Nairobi National Park offers some great day trips or if you haven’t quite got all those souvenirs you wanted, take a “Matatu” to the local curio markets near the campsite. This evening you might like to eat out with your fellow travellers at the famous Carnivores restaurant.

  • Optional Activities: Sightseeing & Activities in Nairobi

Please Note:

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

The Zanzibar to Northern Safari Circuit Overland Camping departs from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania early on selected Thursday mornings. Should you wish to explore Dar Es Salaam, 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.

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  • Masai Village Visit
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  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire 
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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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