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Africa East & South between Nairobi and Zanzibar with Gorillas

If you need to book for more people, please contact one of our travel advisors who'll happily and merrily assist you with your booking.

  • Mbarara
  • Queen Elizabeth National Park
  • Nairobi
  • Kabale
  • Mto Wa Mbu
  • Jinja
  • Kaniyo Pabidi
  • Kampala
  • Nakitoma
  • Eldoret
  • Serengeti National Park
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Zanzibar
  • Ruhengeri & Volcanoes National Park
  • Murchison Falls National Park
  • Arusha
  • Ngorongoro Crater
  • Marangu
  • Kigali
  • Kericho
  • Nakuru National Park
  • Naivasha
  • Lushoto
  • Tarangire National Park
  • Amboseli National Park
  • Bwindi
  • Hoima
  • Lake Mburo

Overlanding is the only way to see East Africa! Dragoman have been leading the way in African overland expeditions since 1981, so take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This hugely adventurous trip from Nairobi to Zanzibar, via a loop of Uganda and Rwanda, is packed full with some of East Africa's biggest and best wildlife areas, including the world famous plains of the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater, the waving grasslands of the Maasai Mara, and the less-visited Ugandan National Parks of Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Falls. We will track chimpanzees on foot in the forests of Uganda, and journey deep into Rwanda for one of the world's ultimate wildlife experiences - a face-to-face encounter with the incredible mountain gorillas of Volcanoes National Park. We will journey through northern Tanzania past the colossal Mount Kilimanjaro to the tropical island of Zanzibar, where we explore the stunning old town, take a tour of the spice plantations, and relax on some of the Indian Ocean's finest beaches. An incredible and truly memorable trip!

  • Day 1 Zanzibar

    Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ). There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow.  Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Zanzibar. In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel. Please note that the first 4 days of this trip overlap with our "YDF - Victoria Falls to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

  • Day 2 Zanzibar

    Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

    Activities(Included)
    Guided tour of Spice Plantations and local lunch

    Activities(Optional)
    Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town - Cost: USD

  • Day 3 to 4 Zanzibar

    On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere.  On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest. In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.

    Activities(Optional)
    Snorkelling day trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 40
    Dhow trip, Zanzibar - Cost: USD 20
    Explore the beautiful 'Prison' Island near Zanzibar - Cost: USD 30
    Scuba diving in the incredible waters of the Indian Ocean near Zanzibar (per dive) - Cost: USD 55
    Walk through the Jozani Forest in search of the very rare Red Colobus monkeys - Cost: USD 30

  • Day 5 Dar Es Salaam

    Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite. In Dar es Salaam we stay at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

    Activities(Included)
    Ferry back from Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam

    Activities(Optional)
    Fishing Trips (per boat), Dar Es Salaam - Cost: USD 220
    Sunset kayak trip to explore the mangroves near Dar es Salaam - Cost: USD 15
    Visit to the Wonder Workshop, a craft workshop providing employment and training to local disabled people - Cost: USD
    Learn all about Tanzania's history at the National Museum and the House of Culture - Cost: TZS 6500

  • Day 6 Lushoto

    Today we join our overland truck and set off early to beat the morning trafiic in Dar es Salaam. We have a full day's drive to Lushoto, where we have a nightstop camping in the grounds of a beautiful colonial hotel at the base of Mount Kilimanjaro.  In Lushoto we will camp in the grounds of a hotel.  Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

    Activities(Optional)
    Stargazing in the Usambara Mountains - Cost: TZS 5000
    Half day trek out to the stunning Irente view point and community visit to the Irente villages - Cost: USD 25

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Transport

Overland expedition vehicle, Boats, 4x4s

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