Active Days, Rustic Nights

Zebras & Zanzibar

2 for 1
11 days  |  Nairobi to Dar es Salaam  |  from USD $1,435  |   Guaranteed Departures  3 reviews

The perfect combo of action and idyllic island relaxation! Option to go wild in Tanzania's top national parks before heading over to the gorgeous island of Zanzibar for some sun, sea & sand!
Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Zanzibar

Itinerary
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Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi

Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Wildebeest Eco Camp. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.
Overnight: Nairobi

Day 2

Arusha

Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). Journeying south via Namanga, we cross the border and head into neighbouring Tanzania. Home to some of Africa’s finest game reserves, we camp at the attractive safari frontier town of Arusha. The town is perfectly placed for optional activities such as a visit to two of Tanzania’s best game reserves - the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area.
Overnight: Arusha  |  Lunch, Dinner

Days 3-5

Optional Serengeti & Ngorongoro

Arusha - Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti (optional). Arusha is the starting point for the optional 3 day excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next days are spent at leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.

The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. After our game drive in the Crater,we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight we camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’! We return to Arusha on day 5.
Overnight: Serengeti (optional) or Arusha  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 6

Arusha to Pangani

Arusha - Pangani. Today we head south. On the way weather permitting; we may catch a glimpse of this Mt Kilimanjaro’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Overnight: Pangani  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Dar es Salaam

Pangani - Dar es Salaam. Today we continue on to our lovely seaside campsite in Dar es Salaam where we prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 8-10

Zanzibar

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar (optional). A ferry from Dar Es Salaam takes us to ‘Spice Island’, where we have the option to spend the next three nights.* Zanzibar is steeped in history and offers a wealth of experiences. Wander the streets of Stone Town, take an excursion around a spice plantation or simply laze on one of the pristine white sandy beaches, the choice is yours! Accommodation is not provided on Zanzibar, allowing you the freedom to choose where you spend your time on the island. Your trip leader can arrange accommodation for you locally should you wish.

* For those opting not to visit Zanzibar, the 3 days can be spent at leisure at the beach campsite or exploring Dar Es Salaam.
Overnight: Zanzibar (optional) or Dar Es Salaam  |  Breakfast x 1

    Zanzibar
Day 11

Dar es Salaam

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to Dar es Salaam on the mainland. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening. In Dar we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates can be guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons.

Local payment - USD$260, paid in USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
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On Request (Please Contact Us)
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Trip Highlights

Meserani - Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum
UNESCO-listed Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater - optional 3 day excursion
Dar Es Salaam - beachside campsite
Rift Valley Escarpment and Karatu
Arusha
Zanzibar and Old Stone Town - UNESCO listed - optional excursion

Included

6 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 6 dinners
1st night dormitory accommodation at Wildebeest Eco Camp, 6 nights camping
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
Return ferry journey from Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
All camping fees and appropriate equipment
All road taxes and tolls

Not Included

International flights and visas
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities including the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater 3 day excursion
Accommodation in Zanzibar
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4 out of 5 based on 3 recent reviews

Our tour guide Peter was great! Very friendly and knowledgeable when asked questions along the way. It was just a shame that he couldn't come with the group to the Serengeti.

• Submitted 09 Aug 2016
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Extremely knowledgeable, humble and helpful. He always went out of his way to help us during this tour.

• Submitted 25 Jul 2016
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Overall, I really enjoyed this tour. The itinerary was really well planned and I thought we spent enough time in all places. I really liked having two days specifically devoted to game driving and I also really enjoyed going out to Zanzibar for the end of our tour to have a 'holiday' after our adventure.

Whilst I really liked the itinerary and the way it was set out, I think either the itinerary description in the On The Go Brochure or the trip notes could have been more descriptive so passengers had a better idea of what to expect out of their tour and how to be better prepared.

An example of this is money. I was really uncomfortable with carrying large amounts of US dollars during the trip. Because of feeling so uncomfortable and wanting to be safe than sorry, I only brought enough cash to cover the pre-accommodation in Nairobi, the local payment and other incidentals to get my by until I was able to get the local currency. No where in the trip notes or the itinerary description in the book mentioned that all excursion payments had to be in US dollars as well as most accommodation options in Africa or that the ability to access ATMs throughout the trip would be incredibly limited. I found it really hard to access money and be able to pay for things at a reasonable currency rate.

The accommodation options were overall really good. The only place that I really did not like and could not understand why we needed to stay two nights there would be Snake Park in Arusha. It is so far out of town and the facilities are less than ideal. I understood from the very beginning that this was camping and to not have very high expectations, however this campsite had absolutely nothing going for it. We spent a full day there whilst waiting for our Serengeti tour to start. Whilst I would not have a problem with this is the campsite was closer to town and we were able to access a grocery store to stock up on water (for the excursion) and snacks and access wifi to connect back home, we were basically stuck in a dirt paddock with nothing to do but wait. The next place we stayed, only 45 minutes down the road and closer to the Crater and Serengeti, The Flamingo Lodge was above average and was probably the best campsite we stayed. We actually camped on grass, had excellent facilities and it also had Wifi. Everything else was excellent.

I really liked having the flexibility of doing our own thing in Zanzibar at the end of the tour and decided where we wanted to stay. We ended up staying with everyone else and staying one night in Stone Town and the other two up north on the beach. Having spoken to the other guys on our tour, they felt the same way in regards to this, but did mention that they would rather have the other excursions (Serengeti & Crater tour, Gorillas etc) included in the overall payment, or have the option to prepay these as they felt really uncomfortable carrying that much money around as well. I understand that a huge selling point is having lower tour costs and giving people the flexibility of choosing whether to do these which is awesome, but perhaps if you gave people the option to prepay these tours if they wanted or if they still wanted to decide to pay whilst on tour.

The service of the driver and cook (Joseph & Steven) was amazing, they made me feel 100% confident in their abilities and also in regards to security of the group and their belongings and hygiene around cooking and cleaning. The truck broke down a couple of times and Steven the driver was an exception mechanic!! We completely broke down once and had to get a taxi to pick us up. He had the parts ordered from Nairobi to be delivered the next day before we had set our tents up for the night. Joseph (the cook) was excellent and always had something different for us to eat and the meals were healthy!

I would absolutely travel with On The Go again and am looking at going back to Africa again and am not going to bother looking at other companies to book through. I would not hesitate at all to recommend On the Go to any of my current and future clients when travelling to Africa and can't wait to use them again around the Globe. The booking process was excellent, nice and easy and dealing with different wholesalers every day, it was refreshing to find this process such an easy experience! A huge thank you to Rachna for answering my endless questions and also to my amazing Rep from On The Go - Lena for giving me the opportunity to travel with this company!! Please pass on my feedback to both of them and they should receive recognition for going above and beyond in terms of service!

• Submitted 22 Mar 2015
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Tour Details
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Dar es Salaam
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping
Local Payment
USD$260, paid in USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 6
Extra Tour Info
Tourist Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa
Spotting Africa's Big 5
Our guide to the best places to see the BIG 5
The Great Migration
The best places and times to see the great migration
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling in Africa on an overland safari

Our tour guide Peter was great! Very friendly and knowledgeable when asked questions along the way. It was just a shame that he couldn't come with the group to the Serengeti.

Emma Farkas
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