Savannahs & Sands tour

Savannahs & Sands tour

Tour Experience

10-day tour of the Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro crater and then a short stay on Zanzibar Island

Available

All year round departing on Saturdays

Location

Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar

A perfect mix of wildlife and relaxation, this tour combines the amazing wildlife of the Serengeti National Park with the relaxing tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island, and offers a great introduction to Tanzania. This is an overland tour, travelling in a fully equipped comfortable expedition truck, with two options available for your accommodation each night, either staying in hotels and lodges or mainly camping.

Arriving in Nairobi we head south across the border to Arusha, gateway to the wildlife heart of Tanzania. From here there is an optional 3 night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park, making stops at the Ngorongoro crater, home to an unrivalled density of wildlife, and Olduvai Gorge, birth place of man. Alternatively you can remain with the group and be based outside the park with a full day excursion inside the Ngorongoro Crater and a hike to Elephant Cave included plus free time for additional activities available locally.

After our wildlife experience we head towards Zanzibar and the coast. We spend the last three days of our tour relaxing on the tropical paradise that is Zanzibar Island. There is plenty to do including the historic World Heritage Site of Stone Town, bustling markets, spice tours, swimming, snorkelling or just a bit of sunbathing. We finish with a transfer back to Dar es Salaam where the tour comes to an end.

The tour is available either based mainly on camping in traditional 2-person tents (which we provide together with camp beds), or as an upgraded 'accommodated' version where you sleep in lodges, hotels, or permanent camps (with proper beds & facilities). Details of each night's stay are given in the Facilities section of the daily itinerary. Pricing shown is based on camping - please contact us for prices to upgrade to the accommodated level.

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INCLUDED

  • 9 nights accommodation camping or in hotels/lodges/guesthouses (supplement applies)
  • 3 nights in Serengeti campsites if choosing the optional excursion
  • All transport using our 25-seat expedition vehicle
  • All 'included highlights' as mentioned in the itinerary
  • 2 truck crew (driver/guide plus assistant/cook)
  • Local guides for sightseeing tours and activities as per the itinerary
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International flights (available on request)
  • Serengeti Camping Excursion and locally available options
  • 'Accommodated hotel upgrade' (hotels/lodges/permanent camps instead of camping)
  • Travel insurance (compulsory, available on request)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for guides and drivers
  • Entrance fees and activities not mentioned above
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Nairobi to Arusha

We start our tour today by leaving the bustling city of Nairobi and driving towards the Tanzanian border. Once we have completed all of our formal border checks, we cross over and head towards the buzzing hub of Arusha. Here, we will stop over for the night and those who purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package will be briefed by our local guide. The guide will provide you with all the information you need to prepare for the coming days.
Route: Nairobi to Arusha
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Ndoro Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti camping excursion

DAY 2 : Karatu

We spend most of our day travelling to Karatu, close to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Once we arrive in Karatu, our experienced local guide will provide you with a full briefing on the exciting full day excursion into the Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow. Karatu also provides guests with the opportunity to participate in a wide selection of optional activities to choose from. Additionally, the guests who pre-purchased the Serengeti excursion will be picked up early today and separated from the group for the upcoming 4 days.
Route: Arusha to Karatu
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Kudu Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti camping excursion

DAY 3 : Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We’ll be picked up early from the camp this morning and transported to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4×4 safari vehicles. We will spend most of today along the crater floor exploring the diverse range of wildlife that frequent the plains. This is one of the world’s most famous wildlife hotspots and we’re sure to see a huge variety of big game animals, birds and other species. Arriving back in Karatu in the afternoon after an eventful day, guests are free to relax and reflect on the events of the day.
Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Kudu Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti camping excursion

DAY 4 : Karatu tour and optional activities

This morning, we take a hike through untouched forests full of wildlife to Elephant Caves. You are then welcome to spend the rest of the day as you choose. Relax around the camp or choose to participate in the numerous optional activities that Karatu has to offer. (Guests will be able to book any optional activities with the accommodation upon arrival)
Included Highlight: Elephant Caves Hike
Optional Activities: Local Brewery Tour, Iraqw Market, Coffee Plantation tour
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Kudu Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti camping excursion

DAY 5 : Back to Arusha

As we bid farewell to the Ngorongoro Crater, we board our truck and head back to Arusha with unforgettable memories. Our fellow travellers who departed for the Serengeti Excursion are reunited with the group upon arrival in Arusha.
Route: Karatu to Arusha
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Ndoro Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : To the coastal town of Bagamoyo

Off to an early start, we begin our journey to our overnight accommodation on the sunny coast towards the town of Bagamoyo. The town of Bagamoyo lies north of the port of Dar es Salaam and was formerly known as the epicentre of the East African slave trade. The atmosphere of African travel envelopes us as we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Taking in the buzzing markets and rural villages, we are able to take a glimpse into the window of African rural life. Our evening shall be spent relaxing and preparing for our exciting Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow.
Route: Arusha to Bagamoyo
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with Shared Ablutions
| OVERNIGHT: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 7 : Ferry to Zanzibar and visit Stone Town

Today, we step out early and begin our journey towards Dar es Salaam for a leisurely ferry ride to Zanzibar Island. Upon arrival, we make our way to the hotel and get a first-hand experience of all of the fragrant smells and sounds of Zanzibar. The beautiful town of Stone Town offers numerous excursions and activities, all of which can be arranged with assistance from your local guide. Famous for being the centre point of the Slave and Spice routes, this bustling port is rich with history and culture.
Route: Bagamoyo to Stone Town (Zanzibar)
Included Highlight: Zanzibar Excursion
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ocean View Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Spice tour, then free time or optional activities

This morning we take a spice tour with a local guide, learning more about the island’s important role in the historic spice trade. You are then free to spend the rest of the day enjoying the numerous attractions and activities that Stone Town has to offer. In the mood to explore? Rent a scooter and visit some of Stone Town’s most famous attractions. There is also a variety of water sports, such as: fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving as well as a range of ocean safari options. Take the opportunity to create some unforgettable island memories, soaking up the beautiful weather.
Included Highlight: Spice Tour
Local options: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ocean View Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Jozani Forest, then free time or optional activities

We spend our final day on the island, starting with a tour of the beautiful Jozani Forest and then having a free time to explore Stone Town more or take some more optional activities
Included highlight: Jozani Forest
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with En-Suite Bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ocean View Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 10 : Tour ends in Dar es Salaam

With some free time to explore, we spend our morning soaking up the rich history and culture of Stone Town. Taking in the bustling markets and enveloping fragrances, we enjoy our final few hours exploring this island paradise. We then board the ferry back to the port of Dar es Salaam where our tour comes to an end. We recommend that you do not plan to fly out of Dar es Salaam until tomorrow in case of any delays to the ferry.
Route: Stone Town to Dar es Salaam
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Dar es Salaam – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Dar Es Salaam

DURATION

10 Days

Price

A$2820

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