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10 Day Zanzibar & Serengeti- Dar es Salaam to Nairobi [NADN]

  • Dar es Salaam
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  • Zanzibar
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  • Dar es Salaam
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  • Arusha
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  • Serengeti National Park
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  • Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
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  • Lake Manyara National Park
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  • Arusha
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  • Masai Mara Reserve and Surrounds
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  • Kenya
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  • Nairobi

Highlights:
Zanzibar - Serengeti - Ngorongoro Crater 

TRIP DETAILS:
Tour Code: NADN
Length:
10 Days / 9 Nights
Departure Point:
Please ensure you arrive at the departure point at least 20 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
8:00am from the Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Tel: +255 754 276 178.    www.kipepeobeach.com
End Point:
Sentrim Boulevard Hotel, Waiyaki Way, Westlands, Nairobi. http://www.hotelboulevardkenya.com
Min/ Max people: 4 / 18
Vehicle Type: Adventure Truck

Countries Visited:
Tanzania & Kenya

Departure
Please book your flight to depart the day after the tour officially ends. This is to account for any delays that we may experience due to unpredictable road conditions.

*Note: All information is subject to change without prior notice. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, etc. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travelers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.

Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of a number of small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Zanzibar was once a separate state with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964 and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. Zanzibar is also the home of the extremely endangered Red Colobus Monkey.

Zanzibar
Zanzibar is a semi-autonomous part of the United Republic of Tanzania. It comprises the Zanzibar Archipelago in the Indian Ocean, 25–50 kilometres off the coast of the mainland, and consists of a number of small islands and two large ones: Unguja (the main island, informally referred to as Zanzibar), and Pemba. Zanzibar was once a separate state with a long trading history within the Arab world; it united with Tanganyika to form Tanzania in 1964 and still enjoys a high degree of autonomy within the union. The capital of Zanzibar, located on the island of Unguja, is Zanzibar City, and its historic centre, known as Stone Town, is a World Heritage Site.
Zanzibar’s main industries are spices, raffia, and tourism. Zanzibar is also the home of the extremely endangered Red Colobus Monkey.


Serengeti National Park
The Serengeti is most famous for the largest and longest overland migration in the world. This migration is one of the ten natural travel wonders of the world. Around October, nearly 2 million herbivores travel from the northern hills toward the southern plains, crossing the Mara River, in pursuit of the rains. In April, they then return to the north through the west, once again crossing the Mara River. This phenomenon is sometimes called the Circular Migration. Over 250 000 wildebeest alone will die along the journey from Tanzania to Masai Mara Reserve in upper Kenya, a total of 800 km. Death is often caused by injury, exhaustion, or predation.
Approximately 70 larger mammal and some 500 avifauna species are found there. This high diversity in terms of species is a function of diverse habitats ranging from riverine forests, swamps, kopjes, grasslands and woodlands. Blue Wildebeests, gazelles, zebras and buffalos are some of the commonly found large mammals in the region.
The Ngorongoro area is part of the Serengeti ecosystem, and to the north-west it adjoins the Serengeti NP and is contiguous with the southern Serengeti plains. These plains also extend to the north into the unprotected Loliondo division and are kept open to wildlife through transhuman pastoralism practiced by Masaai. The south and west of the area are volcanic highlands and the southern and eastern boundaries are approximately defined by the rim of the Great Rift Valley wall, which also prevents animal migration in these directions.

Arusha
Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa's most famous landscapes and national parks. Beautifully situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city has a temperate climate due to its position on the slopes of Mount Meru. It is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro, as well as having its own Arusha National Park on Mount Meru.
The primary industry of the region is agriculture, with large vegetable and flower producers sending high-quality produce to Europe. Small-scale agriculture was badly affected by the coffee crisis of recent years and is now largely subsistence farming. Arusha has several factories including a brewery, tyre and fibreboard plant, and a large pharmaceuticals maker.

Nairobi
Nairobi is the capital and largest city in Kenya. The name "Nairobi" comes from the Maasai phrase Enkare Nyirobi, which translates to "the place of cool waters". However, it is popularly known as the "Green City in the Sun" and is surrounded by several expanding villa suburbs.
Founded in 1899 as a simple rail depot on the railway linking Mombasa to Uganda, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa in 1907 and eventually the capital of a free Kenyan republic in 1963. During Kenya's colonial period, the city became a center for the colony's coffee, tea and sisal industry. Nairobi is the most populated city in East Africa, with a current estimated population of about 3 million.
Nairobi is now one of the most prominent cities in Africa politically and financially. Home to many companies and organizations, including the United Nations Environment Programme and the UN Office in Africa, Nairobi is a hub for business and culture. The Nairobi Stock Exchange (NSE) is one of the largest in Africa, ranked fourth in terms of trading volume and capable of making 10 million trades a day. The Globalization and World Cities Study Group and Network (GaWC) defines Nairobi as a prominent social centre.


 

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Itinerary:

Day 1/2/3 Zanzibar
A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach. On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.
Day 1/2
Meals:
Breakfast (only day 2)
Accommodation: Two per room: Amaan Bungalows: http://ocean.co.tz/ogh/amaan-bungalows/ab-about-us/
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, laundry, swimming pool, shop, internet
Route: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by Ferry
Travel time: ±2-3 hrs
Day 3
Meals:
Breakfast
Accommodation: Two per room: – Ocean View Hotel: www.ocean.co.tz/ogh/zov/zov-accommodation
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, laundry, internet, pool, shop
Route: Nungwi Beach to Stone town ± 60-70 km
Travel time: ±2 hrs
Activity Package (Day 1-3): Zanzibar Excursion

Day 4 Lushoto
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck. We continue on to Lushoto, the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: The Lawns Hotel: www.lawnshotel.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, internet, shop
Route: Zanzibar to Lushoto ± 365 km
Travel Time: 2 hour ferry Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam to Lushoto by truck: ± 6-7 hours
 

Day 5 Karatu
The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Lushoto to Arusha ±515 km     
Travel Time: ± 7-8 hours

Day 6/7/8 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
These 4 days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture
Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation:
Day 6: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Day 7: Camp: Seronera Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
Day 8: Camp: Simba Campsite http://www.tanzaniaparks.com/serengeti.html
or return to Arusha.
Facilities: Water not drinkable, shared ablutions, cold showers
Route: Arusha to Serengeti ± 250 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours

What you should take along:
• Daypack with one change of clothes
• Binoculars, cameras & film
• Some warm clothes, as it is always cold on the rim of the crater
• Lots of insect repellent
• A few dollars (small notes) for tips, curios etc
• Snacks, cold drinks, cigarettes etc. for the excursion
• Sleeping bag

For those not going on the excursion:
Optional Activities:Optional Activities: Day walk inside Ngorongoro Forest, Mountain biking around the villages, various day safaris options
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop

Day 9 Arusha
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha
Optional Activities: camel ride to local Masaai village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Two per room: Ndoro Lodge: www.ndorolodge.com
Facilities: En-Suite, hot showers, bar, shop
Route: Serengeti to Arusha ± 250 km
Travel time: ± 3-4 hours
Activity package: Masai Mara Museum

Day 10 Kenya – Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi and the end of our journey. Usually we end the tour with a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants.
Optional Activities: Dinner out.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Own Arrangements / Post tour accommodation can be booked through Nomad
Route: Arusha to Nairobi ±295 km
Travel time: ±6-7 hrs plus border crossing

Border posts:
Tanzania: Namanga, no telephone number, Open: 24hrs
Kenya: Namanga, Tel: +254 455 32002, Open: 24 hrs

Tour Ends

We will drop you off at The Meridian Court Hotel www.meridianhotelkenya.com. Should you wish to extend your tour for another night, kindly pre book this accommodation through your travel agent or Nomad.



 

Inclusions & Exclusions

What’s included:
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the Nomad truck), accommodation, registered guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights. These highlights are listed below in the day-by-day descriptions as “included highlights”.

What’s excluded
All items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities (see list for an indication of prices).

OPTIONAL:
Activity Package
This is an optional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this. This payment is 100% transparent and is listed below. The Activity Package can be pre-purchased prior to your arrival or through your guide on day 1 of your tour. This dossier has been written with the inclusion of the

Activity Package items.
Zanzibar excursion plus ferry:
R2380
Masai Museum, Arusha: R60
Serengeti 4 day camping excursion: R4950
ACTIVITY PACKAGE TOTAL: R7390

 

 

 

Extra information

Zanzibar
You do not need to take your whole backpack; you can leave this locked in the truck in Dar es Salaam as one of the guides normally remain behind. A day pack is enough. Once on the island you will be met by a local tour operator who will make your other arrangements for spice tours, snorkelling and other optional activities.
Appropriate Clothing
Islam is Zanzibar’s dominant religion and appropriate clothing should be worn in Stone Town. Beachwear should only be worn on the beach and women are advised to wear a t-shirt and knee-length shorts or a skirt in the town. It is not appropriate to show the arms above the elbow or legs above the knee. Shoulders should remain covered and revealing necklines are not acceptable. Men’s clothing is less restrictive and a t-shirt and pair of shorts are fine. On the beach or in the resort there are no dress restrictions other than the normal ones in pool/public areas.
Religious Holidays
If you are visiting Zanzibar in the month of fasting (Ramadan) please speak to your local guide about the customs during this time. Normally eating during the sunlight hours is not allowed and some locals will make sure that you are aware of this (sometimes very loudly if you are seen). Most shops and restaurants are closed during this period, but it is acceptable (as a foreigner) to eat at the hotel or resort. The guide will tell you what is appropriate and when.

Malaria:
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.

Health:
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies
or physical disability that you may have.

Insurance:
All clients require adequate Travel Insurance. Medical Insurance is not sufficient. Activity providers can refuse
participation of activities, if the correct valid Travel Insurance is not provided. Travel insurance can be purchased via the Nomad website http://www.nomadtours.co.za/travel_insurance.html
(Nomad World travel insurance is in no way affiliated with Nomad Tours).

Visas:
Please note that these are your responsibility. Most nationalities will require visas for East African countries. Although most nationalities can obtain their visa on the border we prefer that you obtain it before arrival to save time at immigration when crossing from one country to another. See Pre Departure Booklet for more information.

Climate:
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Currency and Banking:
USD (United States Dollars) is the best currency for East Africa. Travellers Cheques can take a long time to change into cash and often incur unreasonable charges. Credit Cards cannot always be processed – especially in remote areas. USD Notes printed before 2004 (i.e. the old style notes) will not be accepted and many places will not accept USD100 notes, so make sure to bring lots of $1, $5 and $10 notes for tips and craft markets. USD20 and USD50 notes are good to change in to local currency. Only Zambian kwacha can be used in Zambia. You can change your money in the larger cities. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information on each country

Vaccinations:
A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for this tour. Please see the Pre Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa.

Onward Travel:
This tour can linked to the Masai Mara and Gorillas afterwards and the Vic Falls and Malawi tour beforehand.

Pre and Post Tour Accommodation:
If you require accommodation before or after your tour we can arrange this for you. We can also arrange airport transfers

Arrival:
Please be sure to arrive 1 day before your tour is due to depart. This will avoid any unforeseen problems.

TIPPING ON TOUR
Southern / East Africa: In general tipping in restaurants is expected and is around 10% for good service, more if you have received exceptional service and, feel free not to tip at all if you received poor service. Tipping taxi drivers etc is really at your own discretion and not always expected. If in doubt please ask your guides. It is expected to tip Porters and Car-guards etc. Ask your guides how much is appropriate in local currency.

Our guides do work hard, but they are also paid at (and often above) industry levels for this work. Our Crew can be tipped if you feel that they have done a good job and/or gone above and beyond the call of duty. The recommended amount is between USD1-2 ( or about R10 – R20 ) per person, per day, per crewmember.

The recommended amount for Serengeti/Masai Mara Guides is around USD5 - USD7 per client, per day.

The best way to arrange tips is to elect one person in the group to collect the money. So if you have 3-crew on a tour, we would recommend that 3 envelopes are used and each crewmembers name written on one. Place what you feel is fair in to each envelope and the elected person can give these to the crew at the end of the tour. If you do not feel that the crew deserves a tip, please, do not tip them

GREEN SEATS - TRAVEL RESPONSIBLY IN AFRICA
Nomad gives you the opportunity to offset your carbon foot print by purchasing a “Green Seat”. If you would like to help Nomad making Africa Greener, simply choose the tick box on your booking form and we will take care of the rest. The Nomad African Trust will plant trees that are ecologically viable and that have very high carbon absorption. Green Seats can be purchased at departure or on tour with your guide. For more information on our “Green Seats”, please visit www.nomadtours.co.za/nomad_greenseats.html

THANK YOU FOR TRAVELLING WITH NOMAD
At the end of your tour you will be provided with feedback forms. These forms are confidential and should be given to your crew in a sealed envelope. If you are not sure of the confidentiality of the feedback form please feel free to email us as well on ops@nomadtours.co.za. Please make sure to also complete the feedback form as we use the answers on these forms to improve and maintain our service levels.

Accommodation providers are subject to change without notice, the accommodation listed in this dossier is our preferred supplier, but sometimes due to availability, we are unable to make use of the property listed in this dossier. If we cannot use the accommodation provider as listed we will substitute another property of similar standards, however, en-suite facilities are not always guaranteed.