From the wide open plains to the endless Indian Ocean

Unlike most East Africa tours, this adventure combines the thrill of seeing magnificent wildlife in their natural habitat with a stirring visit to the spice market, white sand beaches and glistening blue waters of Zanzibar. We’ll connect with Maasai elders and stay in luxury tented camps during this journey of contrasts and breathtaking beauty.

Highlights

  • Explore the plains on nine game drives searching for incredible wildlife.

  • Connect with the Maasai culture during a chat with a local elder.

  • Immerse yourself in nature, staying in luxury tented camps.

  • Enjoy a picnic at the gates of the Serengeti.

  • Discover the vast wildlife offerings of Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Visit a spice plantation in Zanzibar and learn about the spice trade.

Itinerary for Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar

Day 1: Nairobi

Jambo! Transfer to our hotel and prepare for the adventure of a lifetime.

  • Transfers are shared among travelers in our group. At the airport, you’ll be met by a Club Adventures representative after passing through customs and shuttled to your hotel. You may need to wait a short time for other members of the group to arrive.
  • Our hotel in Nairobi: Karen Blixen Coffee Cottages

Day 2: Nairobi > Lake Nakuru

Meet your fellow travelers and Local Leader before heading to Lake Nakuru National Park, in the heart of the Great Rift Valley. After lunch, we’ll venture out on our first exhilarating game drive. Lake Nakuru is home to the Big Five, so keep your eyes peeled for these magnificent beasts! (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • The drive to Lake Nakuru is approximately three hours
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Lake Nakuru: Sarova Lion Hill Game Lodge

Day 3: Lake Nakuru > Lake Naivasha

A short journey brings us to Lake Naivasha — one of the few freshwater lakes in the Great Rift Valley and home to many hippos and a vast variety of birds. The afternoon is yours to do as you wish. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • The drive to Lake Naivasha is approximately three hours
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Lake Naivasha: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Day 4: Lake Naivasha

Design your day with a variety of optional activities — whether it’s Hell’s Gate National Park for a hike, or renting a bike to make your own discoveries. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Optional activities include bike rides, boat rides, a walk in Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, and a trip to Hell’s Gate National Park
  • Our lodge in Lake Naivasha: Lake Naivasha Crescent Camp

Day 5: Lake Naivasha > Maasai Mara

An experience alongside the Maasai people takes us inside a traditional Maasai home, where we meet with a local elder who shares their history and culture. After arriving at our tented camp, we’ll head out on our afternoon Mara game drive and explore the sparse open plains, dramatic skies and some of the world’s most tremendous animals. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Masai Mara: Base Camp Mara

Day 6: Maasai Mara

Early this morning you may opt for a sunrise hot air balloon ride over the reserve — a truly unforgettable experience. Explore the Mara with a full day of game drives. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Masai Mara: Base Camp Mara

Day 7: Maasai Mara > Lake Victoria

Venture to the shores of Lake Victoria — the largest tropical lake in the world. After a full day of travel, relax and unwind, or explore the lake’s stunning surroundings. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Today is a very long travel day (approx. 7-8 hours). It’s a good time to get to know your fellow adventurers, read a book, or catch up on that podcast you’ve been meaning to listen to!
  • Our lodge in Lake Victoria: Speke Bay Lodge

Day 8: Lake Victoria > Serengeti

A short drive brings us to the Serengeti! Enjoy a picnic lunch before a thrilling game drive en route to our camp. Being here, it’s clear why the plains got their name from the Maasai word “Siringet,” — “The place where the land moves on forever.” (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Serengeti: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Day 9: Serengeti

A balloon ride over the park here is optional. Ascend and watch the early morning movements of teeming herds. The rest of the day is full of inspiring game drives. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our lodge in Serengeti: Serengeti Kati Kati Camp

Day 10: Serengeti > Karatu

We’ll enjoy a game drive on our way out of the park before arriving at the world-renowned Ngorongoro Crater. Widely regarded as a microcosm of natural habitats, we’ll see an extensive amount of wildlife as we journey to the crater floor. Our lodge tonight is on the rim of the crater. (b, l, d)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Lunch and dinner will be included at the Lodge
  • Our camp in Karatu: Pembeni Photia Camp

Day 11: Karatu > Zanzibar

A morning game drive sets our stage as we leave the compelling plains and make our way to the city of Arusha. Fly to the “Spice Island” of Zanzibar. Relax or explore the bazaars, shops, mosques and palaces in the area on foot — the best way! (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Zanzibar: Dhow Palace Hotel

Day 12: Zanzibar > Nungwi

The white sands and blue waters of the Indian Ocean are waiting for us. We’ll drive a short distance to the spectacular north coast, stopping at a spice plantation to get an insider’s look at the town’s renowned spice trade. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Nungwi: Flame Tree Cottages

Day 13:  Nungwi

Today is unscripted for you to design your own day. Snorkel in search of exotic fish, feast on grilled local seafood, or simply relax in a hammock and reflect on this incredible adventure. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Our hotel in Nungwi: Flame Tree Cottages

Day 14:  Nungwi

Our adventure ends today. (b)

  • Breakfast is full buffet
  • Group departure transfers are included

Things to know before traveling to Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar

Most breakfasts, dinners and lunches are included on this itinerary.
For lunches not included, a budget of USD10 to USD15 per meal will be more than sufficient.

For dinners not included, your leader will normally recommend options and restaurants where you can safely try the local specialties of the region. Expect meals to cost between USD12 to USD25 for a main.
These are indicative prices only. If you are in a tight budget and are happy to try local food, you can eat cheaper than this.

Roads in Africa are often in very poor condition, which makes it hard on our vehicles. Our vehicles are serviced regularly and are generally in good condition, but sometimes the going on this trip is quite tough. The distances covered fairly large and some of the roads and tracks are not exactly smooth or free from dust, but the rewards are exceptional. The travelling times indicated in our Essential Trip Information is just a rough guide and is dependent on various factors that may be outside our control, such as road conditions, weather and time spent at borders.

Overland vehicle, 4×4 safari vehicle

Our trucks are purpose-built, self contained safari vehicles. Our fleet of vehicles varies depending on your group size, trip route and style. Your vehicle type may differ from those listed above. It is also important to note that our overland vehicles are not air-conditioned, but all vehicles have windows that can be opened to allow for fresh air. Each seat will have access to a power socket to charge your devices. This outlet will use a UK/Kenyan 3 pronged outlet.

There are many early starts with long hours spent driving on rough roads on all African itineraries. While most people love the chance to watch the changing landscape and daily village life, feedback shows that long periods of inactivity does not appeal to all clients. We provide the approximate distance covered each day and how many hours this normally takes to drive so that you can choose the safari experience that is right for you.

An optional sunrise balloon ride in the Serengeti National Park is possible on this itinerary. As the balloon only holds 16 people, places are limited and we recommend that you book in advance. Please inquire when booking your trip to book this optional activity.

You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip.

YELLOW FEVER:
A valid international certificate of vaccination against Yellow Fever is required in many countries. You may need to present this on arrival at the airport or border crossing. Some countries will refuse entry if you are unable to present your certificate. It’s also quite common for your home country to request a Yellow Fever certificate on your arrival back home.

It is your responsibility to check with your doctor well in advance of leaving home about the Yellow Fever requirements for the countries you’ll be visiting.

DRINKING WATER:
As a rule we recommend you don’t drink tap water, even in hotels, as it may contain much higher levels of different minerals than the water you are used to at home. For local people this is not a problem as their bodies are used to this and can cope, but for visitors drinking the tap water can result in illness. Generally this isn’t serious, an upset stomach being the only symptom, but it’s enough to spoil a day or two of your holiday. Bottled water is widely available and your leader can recommend safe alternatives when available. Water consumption should be about three litres a day. Rehydration salts, motion sickness tablets, and diarrhea blockers are available from many pharmacies.

TSETSE FLY:
It is best to avoid dark coloured clothes such as blue and black while on safari. These colours can attract the biting tsetse fly.

CONSERVATIVE DRESS FOR WOMEN:
In many parts of Africa women travelers should dress modestly as there is a wide range of cultural differences. Wear skirts or shorts that reach just above the knee and tops that cover shoulders at a minimum. If visiting coastal areas wear a cover-up when you step off the beaches.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar

Pre-Night Add-ons

NAIROBI
DOUBLE: $640 per room / $320 per person
SINGLE: $400


Post-Night Add-ons

ZANZIBAR
DOUBLE: $340 per room / $170 per person
SINGLE: $265


Optional Tours

DAY 3 and 4 – Lake Naivasha

  • Bike Rental – $15 per person
  • Hell’s Gate National Park – $50 per person

Day 5 and 6 – Masai Mara

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride – $600 per person

Day 9 – Serengeti

  • Hot Air Balloon Ride – $650 per person

Day 13 – Nungwi

  • Snorkeling trip  -$90 per person
  • Prison Island Tour – $60 per person

 

 

14 days, from $5,499 USD