Two of East Africa’s most popular highlights make this tour the spectacular experience that it is. Leaving Nairobi, we head to Arusha where we will board 4 x 4 vehicles to head to the Serengeti National Park to watch some of the largest herds of wild antelope and wildebeest graze their way across the open plains. We’ll also explore the Ngorongoro Crater where we will continue our game viewing spectacular. We then move from bush to beach and discover a whole new world on the historical spice island of Zanzibar where you will explore the ancient city of Stone Town and then head North to relax on tropical white sand beaches and snorkel in aqua blue waters of the Indian Ocean.

 Tanzania Serengeti and Zanzibar Overland Experience

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10 days of amazing adventure!

Serengeti National Park and Zanzibar island are two of East Africa’s most popular highlights and make this tour the spectacular experience that it is!

Two of East Africa’s most popular highlights and make this tour the spectacular experience that it is.

Highlights

  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Serengeti National park
  • Zanzibar island

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Full Details

Day 1 Arusha

Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania and this afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.

Distance
±290km
Route
Nairobi to Arusha
Places
Arusha

Day 2 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.

The campsites we visit are fully owned by the Tanzania National Parks Board. Over 90,000 tourists visit the Serengeti National Park annually. These facilities are sadly not sufficiently maintained by the Parks Board and we have attempted to offer our services to improve the situation, however our offers were not accepted. We do ask that you have an open mind when visiting the ablutions in the Serengeti National Park. Please supply your own wet wipes and toilet paper.
For those are not taking part in the optional Serengeti Excursion, you will remain behind at the accommodation, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional Activities available to be booked at the accommodation: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Distance
±250km
Route
Arusha to Serengeti National Park
Activity Package
Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)
Places
Ngorongoro Crater
Serengeti National Park
Optional Activities
Ballooning over Serengeti National Park
Day 3 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.

Day 4 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion

Today we explore some more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible. The itinerary of the Serengeti Excursion is flexible to ensure the best game viewing experience.

Places
Serengeti National Park

Day 5 Arusha, Tanzania

Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.

Distance
±250km

Route

Serengeti National Park to Arusha
Places
Arusha

Day 6 Bagamoyo

We leave Arusha early and head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means “lay down your heart”. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the beach. Tonight we will prepare for the Zanzibar excursion.

Distance
±550km
Route
Arusha to Bagamoyo

Day 7 Zanzibar Excursion

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. Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights

Route
Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach: ± 60-70 km
Included Activities
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Spice Tour and City Tour
Optional Activities
Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Places
Zanzibar Island

Day 8 Zanzibar Excursion

Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkelling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters. Today is for relaxing.

Day 9 Zanzibar Excursion

On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored which we will discover on our included Spice Tour.

Distance
±60-70km
Route
Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
Included Activities
Spice Tour and City Tour
Day 10 Dar Es Salaam

Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.

Distance
±195km
Route
Mikumi to Dar es Salaam
Optional Activities
  • Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
  • Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
  • Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
  • Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 9 Zanzibar Excursion
We spend the day relaxing on the beach or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered here.
  • Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
  • Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people)
  • Spice Tour – Half Day (min. 2 people)
  • Scuba Diving – Per Dive

Day 10 Dar es Salaam

Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite, where your tour ends upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.

Optional Activity pack

Our tours come with an “Optional Activity Package”.  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

Accommodation

On our camping tours you will be staying in two-man dome tents. We supply a mattress and you supply your own sleeping bag. The accommodated tours stay in traditional huts, permanent tented camps and hostel-style rooms.

Please note you need to arrange your own pre and post tour accommodation.

Pre Tour accommodation

Sentrim Boulevard Nairobi

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located close to the Nairobi National Museum and the University of Nairobi. It is within walking distance of the city market, a Barclays ATM on the University grounds and there is a grocery store nearby. Depending on the traffic in Nairobi, it can take anything from 20 to 60 minutes to get to or from the airport.
On one side of the hotel lie well manicured and landscaped gardens where you can relax before or after your tour. On the other side of the hotel is a pool where you can take a dip to wash off the heat of the city.
Recently refurbished, rooms are modestly decorated, clean and of a decent size. There is also Wifi available on request.
In the lobby you will find that there is a foreign exchange, a gift shop, laundry facilities and a restaurant, bar and lounge area.

Post tour accommodation

Kipepeo Beach is a mere 9kms from the heart of Dar es Salaam and on arrival you will feel like you have arrived on Zanzibar itself with it’s cool sea breeze, sparkling endless white sand beaches and crystal clear waters.
Break away from the craziness of Dar es Salaam, put your feet up in a hammock, listen to the lonesome cry of the Fish Eagle or the busy chattering of the pied Kingfisher as the sea breeze gently fills your soul with peace and tranquillity.
Go for a swim and then head to the bar or to your balcony and back to your hammock, where can enjoy an ice cold drink and something delicious to keep you satiated.
Kipepeo is on the South Coast of Dar es Salaam and is reached by crossing the Kigamboni Pontoon which links the city of Dar to the South Coast. This 5 minute trip will add a whole new dimension to your tour.

 

Food and Meals

Included are three hearty meals a day, (unless otherwise specified). Vegetarians are easily catered for and they’re always impressed by our varied menu. Our guides can produce miracles on a camp-stove. Special dietary requirements can be catered for, but only by special request. In East Africa it is more difficult to cater to certain requirements.

Trip Frequently Asked Questions

The Africa Overland Truck Tours are open to all ages and nationalities.
All people who join an adventure tour need to be in good health. Medical facilities are not always available. If you have a specific medical condition it is compulsory for you to advise us before departure.
Malaria is a real concern in many areas of Africa, especially during the rainy season. Our advice is simple, prevent getting bitten by using an insect repellent and use an effective prophylactic. Speak to your doctor before selecting your Malaria medication.
Please ensure you have the relevant vaccinations. Proof of inoculation is required on certain tours. The best is to contact your GP.
This is covered comprehensively in the pre-departure dossier. South African Rand and Credit Cards work in Southern Africa. In East Africa (incl. Zimbabwe and Zambia) USD cash is best

Passengers under the age of 18 must have signed permission from a parent or guardian. Passengers over the age of 65 require a medical clearance certificate from their doctor stating they are fit enough to travel.

A sense of fun and a flexible attitude! A full checklist of essential items is included in the pre-departure info document.
Your watch, Mobile Phone, laptop, work, stress, concept of time, pre-conceptions about anything and any attitude that is not pure adventure.
Although we will do our best at all times to ensure that the tour remains on schedule we want to make it very clear that this is not always possible. There is always something unexpected on a tour, sometimes the truck gets stuck in mud, or sand, sometimes it rains… Anything can happen, but nothing that a good sense of humour cannot overcome.

Yes! Make sure your insurance covers being airlifted in case of serious illness/injury as good hospital facilities are often a long way from where our tours travel. Free credit card insurance is often insufficient, so a separate policy is recommended. As travel insurance is compulsory, you will be asked for the policy number before being allowed to board our vehicle.

The average number of passengers on a tour is 18. On the camping tours there is a maximum of 24 and minimum of 4. On the Accommodated tour the minimum is 4 and the maximum is 18. The maximum number on Gorillas, Serengeti and Masai Mara tours is 18. Single Supplements are limited to 4 per tour on all tours.

Of course not, but you will not make many friends! On our tours our guides do most of the work. On a camping tour your participation in camp chores is limited: taking turns to assist with washing-up duties, putting up and taking down your tent and loading your bags. On some of our accommodated tours we include a camp assistant.

You are responsible for your own visas. Please check the itinerary of your tour carefully and if you need a multiple entry visa be sure to get one. Your passport needs to be valid for 6 months after your departure date from Africa and you must have at least 3-4 blank pages available. Some countries will not allow you to enter without 2 blank pages in your passport

All of our tours are priced on twin share accommodation. The single supplement is not compulsory on our camping tours but if you want your own tent you need to pay the single supplement. If you are booking one of our accommodated tours alone you have to pay the single supplement. There are a maximum of 4 single supplements available on all tours.

All travellers will be required to sign our indemnity form on departure. Any person refusing to do so will not be allowed on the tour.

Duration Option Price  
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Included

  • Services of a tour leader
  • All transportation by private adventure vehicle
  • 9  nights camping fees & equipment
  • Most Meals. Meals 9 Breakfast   6 Lunch   6 Dinner
  • Detailed predeparture pack
  • Check the highlights section for more on inclusions

Activity Package

This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ´essential activities´ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary. Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Activities available on this tour, included if you book with activity pack

  • Masai Mara Museum
  • Serengeti 4-day camping Excursion (min 4 people)

Excluded

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Airport Transfers

Dates

We have multiple departures per month. Please contact us for specific dates & availability.

 

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