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East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

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GROUP SIZE: 6-20 | 21 DAYS

East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

Here you can find the day-to-day description for East Africa: Kenya, Tanzania & Zanzibar

Any extensions for this tour can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Nairobi

Nairobi

Nairobi is the capital and the biggest city of Kenia.

Njoro (Lake Nakuru Nationaal Park)

Lake Baringo Nationaal Park

Naivasha (Nationaal Park)

Kisii

Musoma (Victoriameer)

Serengeti Nationaal Park

Serengeti Nationaal Park

The wide plains of the Serengeti are the biggest protected wild reserve in the World.

Ngorongoro (Krater)

Ngorongoro (Krater)

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area encompasses the land between the Karutu highlands and the grass plains of the Serengeti.

Mto Wa Mbu (Lake Manyara Nationaal Park)

Moshi (Kilimanjaro)

Dar es Salaam

Stone Town (Zanzibar)

Nungwi (Zanzibar)

Day to Day description

Transport Route Overnight stay
1 Nairobi Nairobi
2 Truck Nairobi – Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)
3 Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)
4 Truck Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) – Lake Baringo Lake Baringo
5 Lake Baringo Lake Baringo
6 Truck Lake Baringo - Naivasha Naivasha
7 Naivasha Naivasha
8 Truck Naivasha - Masai Mara Masai Mara
9 Masai Mara Masai Mara
10 Truck Masai Mara - Kisii Kisii
11 Truck Kisii – Musoma (Lake Victoria) Kisii – Musoma (Lake Victoria)
12 Truck Musoma (Lake Victoria) - Serengeti Serengeti
13 Serengeti Serengeti
14 Truck Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater Ngorongoro Crater
15 Truck Ngorongoro Crater– Mto wa Mbu Mto wa Mbu
16 Truck Mto wa Mbu – Moshi Moshi
17 Truck Moshi - Dar es Salaam - Mikadi Beach Mikadi Beach (Dar es Salaam)
18 Boat Dar es Salaam – Stone Town (Zanzibar) Stone Town (Zanzibar)
19 Bus Stone Town (Zanzibar) – Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar) Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)
20 Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar) Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)
21 Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar) End of tour

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Day 1: Nairobi

Welcome to Kenya!

Your tour starts in Nairobi, where you can go to the campsite where you can check in from 12.00 hrs (noon). Most of your travel companions will arrive in the early morning of day 2, the exact time will be depending on their flight schedule. You will all meet up with the tour leader tomorrow morning in the reception area of the campsite (time to be advised).

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Why not pay a visit to the Karen Blixen museum and giraffe centre, a shelter for the endangered Rothschild giraffe. You can get very close to these animals and you may even get the chance to feed them. This centre also has information to further educate Kenyan children about the wildlife in their own country, so is well worth your support.

Day 2: Nairobi – Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)

After meeting up with the group and tour leader we leave (journey time approximately 3.5 hours / 200 km) to Nakuru, Kenya's third city. Nakuru (a place on the plateau at the edge of the Rift) has plenty to offer. We will stay in the nearby village of Njoro, an attractive site with a cozy bar.

How green can you go? TIP

The Kembu Campsite in Nakuru supports a local community project that helps women in the making of woolen sweaters, hats, rugs, etc. .. to be sold at the local market. You are invited to buy these products (possibly to give to the poor people in the area or as a personal souvenir) and to understand how they are made.

Day 3: Njoro (Nakuru N.P.)

After an early breakfast you drive to the Nakuru National Park, where you can take a game drive (optional). The Nakuru N.P is situated at Lake Nakuru. Part of the shore of the lake is covered with special Euforbia trees. The lake is salty and is an almost inexhaustible source of food for the hundreds of flamingos who seek their food there. Other water (loving) birds come to the lake: pelicans, marabou storks and cormorants. This bird paradise has around 400 bird species! There are also lions, rhinos, impala and buffalo in the park. At the end of the day you travel back to Njoro to overnight.

The entrance fee to Nakuru N.P. is not included in the price, and is about 90 USD each.

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Day 4: Njoro (Nakuru N.P.) – Lake Baringo

Today we travel across a mountainous route into the Great Rift Valley, where the two Bantu tribes, the Pokots and Kalenjins live. The Rift Valley is part of the Great African Ravine, which runs from the Middle East to Malawi and through the central and eastern part of Kenya. We will spend two nights at the campsite at the shores of Lake Baringo, a great location for bird and animal lovers.

Day 5: Lake Baringo

Today you are free to explore your surroundings so why not take an optional early morning guided nature walk, or for a small fee, take a dip in the swimming pool of Lake Baringo Lodge, next-door. The afternoon is the perfect time to take a relaxed excursion on the lake. From the boat you can spot hippo and crocodiles and bird lovers will be happy to know that there are 240 species of birds, including storks, kingfishers and the African fish eagle. You can also find out about some of the smaller inhabitants, for example scorpions and lizards.

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After your nature walk your guide can take you to visit a local school (for children up to 14 years). You are free to bring notebooks and pens for them because there is always a huge shortage. You can buy these things locally too!

Day 6: Lake Baringo - Naivasha

Today you'll travel to Naivasha where you set the tent up for two nights on the shores of Lake Naivasha. Travel time is approximately 4 hours.

Day 7: Naivasha

You are free to explore and you can choose to take a boat trip on the lake, the largest freshwater lake in the Kenyan part of the Great Rift Valley. The surrounding area is largely used for intensive agriculture and is particularly well known for its cut flowers, strawberries and the only drinkable Kenyan wine. The lake itself is a wonderful site for ornithology, with over 400 bird species or alternatively you could take a beautiful walk among the wildlife of Hell’s Gate National Park, one of the few parks in Africa that you may enter on foot.

You may also wish to go on a spectacular, though difficult cycle tour through an impressive, increasingly narrow gorge until you reach a plain full of hoofed animals including gazelles, zebras and buffaloes. Here you will also find the largest African vulture, the bearded vulture. At the entrance of Njorowa Gorge there is a tall 25-metre formation called Fischer’s Tower, where a large hyrax colony lives.
 

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Day 8: Naivasha - Masai Mara

We take a long drive on a dusty road through the Rift Valley to the Masai Mara wildlife reserve, arriving towards the end of the day. Masai Mara lies in the pastureland of the Masai and there are various Masai manyattas (villages) in the vicinity. Travel time today is approximately 6 hours / 250 km. The entrance fees for Masai Mara and game drives are included in the fare. You will stay on the edge of the park for two nights.

Day 9: Masai Mara

In the early morning and afternoon you can participate in a game drive by truck, during which you will explore the area looking for members of the Big Five: lions, leopards, rhinoceros, buffaloes and elephants. Life is everywhere with hippos and crocodiles rolling around in the Mara River, hundreds of birds filling the sky and zebras, cheetahs, giraffes, antelopes and wildebeest roaming the vast savannah plains. The evenings in the camp are wonderful and you can relax and lay back with the sounds of nature in the distance. Sometimes the Masai will come and dance for you by the crackling campfire and we will sleep in an enclosed area. It’s an extraordinary and unforgettable experience!

Day 10: Masai Mara - Kisii

Today we drive for about 5 hours westwards through Kericho, where the landscape is dominated by tea plantations, the land of the Luos, Kenya’s third largest ethnic group. Situated in the agricultural backyard of Kenya, this is where the crops of maize, potatoes, beans, bananas and other vegetables are farmed in the traditional way. You will spend the night in the small village of Kisii.

Day 11: Kisii – Musoma (Lake Victoria)

Driving on through the hilly terrain past small, busy villages to the Tanzanian border at Isebania. It will take about two hours to deal with the border formalities before we can continue on through the rocky landscape to the lively town of Musoma. We will be staying overnight at the local campsite situated next to Lake Victoria, the largest freshwater lake in Africa.

Day 12: Musoma (Lake Victoria) - Serengeti

Today we will move on to the world famous Serengeti National Park, the oldest national park in Tanzania, established in 1951. Measuring 14,763 square kilometres it is home to a great array of migrating animals including gnus, zebras and Thompson gazelles, and in the grass plain herds of lions, hyenas, jackals, cheetahs and leopards. The river runs through the park and you can often see hippos surfacing between the papyruses. The park is famous for the ‘little heads’, rock outcrops that look like little heads from a distance, these granite rock formations lie like islands in the steppe-like terrain and serve as a base for predators like the leopard. Watching them look over their hunting area from one of these little heads, or from behind an acacia branch, is an unforgettable sight.

The Serengeti is one of the five big ecosystems in eastern and southern Africa where there is a substantial lion population. Tonight we will stay at a very primitive campsite inside the park.

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Day 13: Serengeti

After breakfast you'll have a game drive through the Serengeti. You make two game drives today: one in the early morning and one in the afternoon, so you have the best chance of spotting wildlife.

In addition to having the chance to see the animals mentioned previously there are nearly 500 species of birds, including vultures, storks, falcons, buzzards, eagles, ostriches, secretary birds, and radiation pluivers. Keep in mind that game viewing is always a matter of luck, backed up by a good sense of observation and patience.

Day 14: Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater

After lunch we leave Serengeti and drive on to the new Ngorongoro Conservation Area. On the way we may meet the morans, the Masai warriors that lead their cattle to the grazing pastures. We will camp at the edge of the Ngorongoro volcano where you will find the biggest concentration of game on the continent.

Day 15: Ngorongoro Crater– Mto wa Mbu

Early in the morning the 4-wheel drive jeeps will take us for an optional game drive in the Ngorongoro crater, one of the most beautiful reserves in East Africa. Here you can see the ‘big five’: (elephants, buffalo, rhino, lion and leopard) as well as hyenas, cheetahs and hartebeest. This excursion must be pre-booked. Vehicle and permits included in excursion cost. Park entrance fee is already included in trip cost.

This afternoon we travel to Mto wa Mbu, where we will pitch our tents at the local campsite. Here you can wash the dust off before relaxing at the local bar.

Day 16: Mto wa Mbu – Moshi

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In the morning before we leave, you have time to visit the local souvenir market in Mto wa Mbu with a guide. Fruit and vegetables are sold as well as leather items and many other local hand-crafted goods including world-famous Makonde wood carvings. This is the best place to pick up exquisite souvenirs at bargain prices. You can also witness banana beer being made and try some yourself of course! You will have a great time, especially with the kids who are curious and always up for a game of football. The proceeds from this tour will benefit the local community. We then travel through the dry red landscape surrounded by stunning panoramic views, where, on a clear day you can see Mount Meru, the second highest mountain of Tanzania. We continue on via Arusha, near to the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro to Moshi, where we will spend the night in the campsite. If you have chosen to climb Kilimanjaro, you will start your climbing trip the following day.

Day 17: Moshi - Dar es Salaam - Mikadi Beach

Early in the morning you will go to Dar es Salaam, driving past the Pare and Usambara mountains, through endless bush plains and along sisal plantations. The last long ride will take you through the warm and humid coastal plain of Tanzania and tonight we camp on the beach near Dar es Salaam, the biggest harbour city of Tanzania, where old wooden dhows lie next to modern container ships in the lively harbour.

Day 18: Dar es Salaam – Stone Town (Zanzibar)

Today we cross the Indian Ocean to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, passing coral islands and traditional dhow boats on the way. Your passport will be checked on arrival at the harbour in Stone Town, whose name is derived from the 19th century coral stone buildings. Walk through the labyrinth of small streets, alleys and hidden squares whilst you admire the local architecture or take one of the many short city tours.

Stone town is very interesting to explore. There are many small shops where everything is for sale. On the promenade along the harbour, you'll find the main buildings such as the Beit-el-Ajaib Palace (House of Wonders, 1883), the old Arab fortress (1784) and the former Sultan's Palace. Opposite the fort is a small park, "Forodhani Gardens. At night, the park is the meeting point for the people of Stone Town, especially the 'night market'. You can compile such a great dinner- try crab and lobster or a Zanzibari Pizza. Also, you can take to performing to the rhythms of the music in a local nightclub, if you so wish.

Day 19: Stone Town (Zanzibar) – Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)

Our bus will deliver us to one of the stunning white-sand beaches of Northern Zanzibar. A highly recommended tour is the Zanzibar spice tour where, Together with a local guide you will explore the rich plant life and discover the answer to a wide variety of questions such as where does iodine come from or what can you do with a coconut palm? Or you may choose the dolphin tour near the beaches of Kizimkazi, once the capital of Unguja at the southernmost tip of the island. You can also visit the remains of a mosque dating back to 1107 AD, go on a boating trip looking for dolphins, visit the rare Red Colobus monkeys, and go diving or snorkelling or just chill out on the beach.

Day 20: Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)

Enjoy your free day at Nungwi savouring the unspoilt natural beauty of the area.

Day 21: Nungwi Beach (Zanzibar)

The last day of your tour! You can enjoy some final hours in the sun before checking out of your hotel. The rest of your group will also leave later today (depending on flight schedules).

*On arrival into Zanzibar, the single tours will travel first to Nungwi (2 nights) and then on to Stone Town (1 night).

When making your booking, please check to see whether you need any post-tour nights, bearing in mind that accommodation for the night of the final day of the tour (day 21) is not included.

We wish you a comfortable journey home and are sure you will take with you some wonderful memories of Kenya and Tanzania.

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Safari rules: As we will be travelling and staying in ''the wild'', we want to draw your attention to a number of do's and don'ts. Please read the following points carefully so you know what you can and absolutely should not do in game parks. Do your bit for the conservation of fragile ecosystems and think about the safety of yourself and others.

- Never step outside of the truck / jeep in a national wildlife park ;
- If you stand in a truck / jeep, do it gently as wildlife are located nearby. They may be startled by a sudden movement;
- The driver will always prioritize wildlife and minimize the chase;
- The driver will always maintain sufficient distance to the game;
- It is forbidden to feed the animals. Locate your waste and take it away with you;
- For a good atmosphere in the group: Give others the space to photograph / film;
- Never pitch your tent along the waterfront, close to a hippo or a trail;
- Never sleep in the open air and sleep with the tent closed;
- Do not take food into your tent;
- Before you leave the tent in the evening, check out the area with your flashlight;
- Stay close to the tent when you urinate;
- Do not make noise.
- In most national parks is water present in the campsites. However, keep always in mind that this water is very scarce. Do not take a long shower during your stay. Also, you should postpone doing your laundry until you get to a campsite with proper facilities.

In short, use your common sense and listen to the local guides and / or travel assistance. They will point out the general rules of conduct for game drives. You will have a much more pleasurable experience when you adhere to these few rules.

The Great Migration 
Every year in Kenya and Tanzania, the great migration of wildebeest, zebras and gazelles takes place. It is an incredibly beautiful and impressive spectacle. About 1.5 million animals gather on the plains of the Serengeti. Once it becomes very dry, the animals head towards the Masai Mara in Kenya in search of food. For predators such as lion and cheetah bad times are ahead, for they are territorial in nature and do not go along with the migrating species.

In Kenya and Tanzania, it is possible to see this tremendous natural occurrence, depending of course on the period in which you are going. From mid-November to mid-April the wildebeest and zebras are located in the south of the Serengeti. From May/June they migrate north to the northern boundary of the Serengeti Park, and between July and October they cross the Mara River into the Masai Mara in Kenya, from where they return in late October, back to Tanzania. 
Note that migration is a natural process; the exact timing never runs to a plan!

IMPORTANT INFORMATION 
The Tanzanian government has decided that it is no longer possible for foreigners to make cash withdrawals (pin) in the banks in Tanzania with any foreign debit cards such as Maestro and Visa. So it is therefore important to take plenty of cash for Tanzania and Zanzibar.  
When exchanging money locally, there is a better rate for the American dollar than the Euro, but both can be changed.


Extend your trip

  • Kilimanjaro climbing extension
    Climbing Kilimanjaro:
    It is possible to climb Kilimanjaro, instead of a visit to Zanzibar. On day 17 you leave the group and start a 5 or 6-day Kilimanjaro climb. For more information and a detailed day to day itinerary please contact us.
     
    Cost:
    Price for the 5-day Kilimanjaro climb: from € 1025 pp (single supplement € 100)
    Price for the 6-day Kilimanjaro climb: from € 1225 pp (single supplement €100)
    The single supplement is passed on to you only if you are the only person doing the Kilimanjaro climb. If more travellers from the group have booked the Kilimanjaro climb, you will not be charged.

    PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE AND ON A REQUEST BASIS.
     
    This price includes:
    -1 nt stay in Moshi at the end of the climb.
    - Marangu trek: nights in cabins
    - All meals during program
    - Entrance to Kilimanjaro National Park
    - Support of local guide and porters
    - Rescue Contributions
    - Bus ticket to Dar es Salaam
     
    Exclusive:
    - Tips for porters, guides
    - Personal expenses.

    Departure: daily.
     
    For more information about the Kilimanjaro program, please contact us at info@shoestring.com
  • Zanzibar extension
    You can extend this trip with extra nights on Zanzibar:

    Nungwi: Paradise Beach bungalows (or similar) double room with breakfast: € 65 per night
    Nungwi: Paradise Beach bungalows (or similar) single room with breakfast: € 30 per night

    Stone Town: Garden Lodge (or similar) double room with breakfast: € 50 per night
    Stone Town: Garden Lodge (or similar) single room with breakfast: € 30 per night

    The transfers are not included in the extension. You can arrange these yourself on arrival in Nungwi, together with the tour leader. The costs are € 35 per person.

    If you would like to extend your trip with extra nights in Zanzibar, please indicate your wishes on the booking form. Once the price has been agreed, we will confirm your extension.
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