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8 Days Nairobi to Zanzibar

Enjoy a real African adventure through Tanzania and Kenya. Visit East Africa’s premier wildlife destination, the Maasai Mara, during this week-long safari, finishing on the pristine beaches of the legendary Zanzibar.



  • Arusha – the safari gateway
  • Views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro
  • The Maasai Mara
  • Nairobi – plenty to do in East Africa’s capital
Day 1: Nairobi

Visit the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage and other sites around Nairobi like the Giraffe Centre or Bomas of Kenya. After lunch, we will head to Kibera to visit Amani Kibera’s projects including the library, the young women’s group and, if our timing is good, a football game. Amani Kibera is a community-based organisation working for harmony and peace in Nairobi’s slums. Their focus is on young people, assisting in getting girls back to school, building a library and establishing a football league.
Included meals: Lunch

Day 2: Nairobi to Maasai Mara

After an early breakfast, drive to the world famous Maasai Mara Game Reserve arriving in time for lunch. Maasai Mara, Kenya’s greatest wildlife reserve, is without a doubt Africa’s most famous safari destination. The Maasai Mara Ecosystem is where over two million wildebeest and zebra migrate annually. It also holds one of the highest lion densities in the world, which is why it the home of the BBC wildlife channel’s Big Cat Diary. Other game includes: leopard, cheetah, buffalo, rhino, elephant, giraffe, zebra, lion, plains game, crocodile and small mammals including mongoose, hyrax, dik dik and the nocturnal porcupine. Enjoy an afternoon walk with local Maasai up to the escarpment overlooking the reserve and visit their village before returning for dinner.

Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3: Maasai Mara

Spend a full day game driving in the Maasai Mara. The abundance and variety of game in this reserve is nothing short of amazing. Nearly every mammal can be seen in the Maasai Mara, including various antelopes, scavengers like hyena and vultures, and all the cats (lion, cheetah and leopard). Sighting a leopard needs luck more than just being there, but lions are abundant and there are excellent chances for spotting cheetah. The hippo pool is a popular spot to watch out for hippos; with luck, you may catch crocodile basking on the rocks. Elephants, buffalo, the Maasai giraffe, wildebeest and the common zebra abound. Return to the camp for dinner and overnight
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Maasai Mara to Nairobi

There is the option to enjoy a sunrise hot-air balloon flight over the savannah followed by a full champagne breakfast under the shade of an acacia tree – truly an unforgettable experience! Afterwards, return to the Kenyan capital for an overnight stop before we head to Tanzania tomorrow. .
Included meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Nairobi to Arusha

Arusha is famous as the gateway to the Serengeti, but there are many other national parks in the area that should not be forgotten. As we enter Arusha, Mount Meru looms over the town and if we are lucky we may see Mt Kilimanjaro on our way also. Many NGOs operate in Arusha and we have the afternoon to visit some schools, orphanages, clinics and Maasai villages to learn about rural African life. If you prefer to visit Tarangire or Arusha National Parks, that can also be arranged.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6: Arusha to Lushoto

Lushoto is nestled at the base of the Usambara mountain range half way between Arusha and Dar Es Salaam. We should arrive in time to go for a short hike and enjoy our beautiful surroundings.
Included meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7: Lushoto to Dar Es Salaam

We leave early to avoid the madness of Dar’s traffic. It’s not the capital of Tanzania, but it is the largest city and a major port for East Africa. Dar Es Salaam translates to “Haven of Peace”, which may have been true once, but now it’s a bustling city. We stay on the outskirts, across the river, where it’s a bit quieter and we can enjoy the beach.
Included meals: Breakfast

Day 8: Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar

We will transfer you to the ferry terminal or the airport depending on how you wish to travel to Zanzibar, the island of exciting travel tales of old. Our local guide will take care of you for the duration of your stay in Zanzibar, meeting you at the ferry terminal or airport and escorting you to your accommodation. The guide can organize any of the optional activities available in Zanzibar including a Spice Tour, diving, snorkeling, boat trips to various islands and transfers up to the Northern beaches.
Included meals: Breakfast

Total Cost per person: US$2150 per person sharing 

*This quote is a guide only, based on camping accommodation. It is in noway binding. The final price of the tour will be quoted at the time of booking, based on individual preferences for accommodation and other inclusions/exclusions


  • All accommodation, including camping equipment and camping fees (bring your own sleeping bag and pillow)
  • All meals listed in the itinerary plus 2 litres bottled water per day
  • All transport and tours/game drives as listed on the itinerary in a comfortable safari van with pop up roof fit for photography, game viewing and touring
  • Service of an English-speaking professional driver/guide
  • Park entry fees and game drives in Maasai Mara Game Reserve (US$80 per person per day)
  • Entrance fee to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage
  • Contribution to Amani Kibera in Nairobi
  • Maasai walk and village visit in Maasai Mara
  • Arrival transfers from the airport in Nairobi, and to the ferry in Zanzibar
  • Flying doctors cover for the duration of your tour
  • Return ferry journey between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar


Not Included:

  • Travel insurance
  • International flights and visas for Kenya ($50 to be confirmed by you for your nationality)
  • Meals not listed
  • Personal expenses or room charges including laundry, drinks and phone calls
  • Vaccinations
  • Additional optional activities
  • Tips or gratuities – an entirely personal gesture
  • Accommodation in Zanzibar (we can assist with booking appropriate accommodation if needed)