African Safari Adventure with Zanzibar Island Escape

African Safari Adventure with Zanzibar Island Escape

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African Safari Adventure with Zanzibar Island Escape

16 Days Starting and ending in Nairobi

Visiting: Nairobi, Aberdare Range, Solio Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru National park, Lake Naivasha, Travel Masai Mara, Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park, Zanzibar

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Tour Overview

Explore the wilderness of Kenya and Tanzania, crossing the landscapes where thousands of wildebeest make their brave pilgrimage. Navigate lakes in search of resting hippo and savour the spicy flavours of Swahili cuisine - all on this East African adventure of a lifetime. Finish your trip embracing tropical island paradise in Zanzibar. The Spice Island may be best known for its pristine beaches and crystal-clear sea, but its rich trading heritage is equally a delight for culture and history buffs.


  • Lake Manyara: Meet the farming community of Mto Wa Umbu to learn about their way of life and enjoy Swahili cuisine.

  • Zanzibar: Taste and smell the spices, herbs and fruits that helped Zanzibar earn it's title of 'The Spice Island'.

  • Lake Nakuru: Stop to take in the thunderous power of Thomson's Falls.

  • Lake Naivasha: Enjoy a boat ride as you search for the hippos in Lake Naivasha.


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Day 1 : Jambo (Hello) Nairobi

Location: Nairobi

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tamarind Tree

Meals Included: No Meals

Karibu! Your Kenyan safari adventure begins in the capital, Nairobi, where you will be met at the airport by a Trafalgar Representative and transferred to your hotel. Spend the evening with your fellow explorers and your Driver Guide enjoying a delicious Welcome Reception at the world-famous Carnivore restaurant.

Day 2 : Journey To Aberdare National Park Area Connect With Locals Make Travel Matter

Location: Nairobi, Aberdare Range

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Aberdare Country Club

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

This morning Connect With Locals during a Be My Guest Experience at Shangilia Children's Home, a centre for street and orphaned children in Nairobi. A highlight of your visit will be the opportunity to watch Shangilia’s older children go about their daily music, acrobatics and dance practice. Your visit is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience and contributes to the home's efforts to transform the lives of these vulnerable children. After lunch, you'll make tracks north to the Aberdare Highlands. For the next two nights, this wildlife sanctuary will be your home – as it is for large herds of zebra, warthog and impala which you’ll often spot grazing nearby. Take advantage of a quiet afternoon and relax at the pool, or join an Optional Experience through the forested ravines and open moorlands that characterise the distinctive landscape of Aberdare National Park.

Day 3 : Explore Solio Game Reserve

Location: Aberdare Range, Solio Game Reserve, Aberdare Range

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Aberdare Country Club

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Embark on a half-day game drive exploration of Solio Game Reserve, a privately-owned wildlife conservancy recognised internationally as the most successful rhino breeding reserve in Kenya. Since its founding in the 1970s, the reserve has been a safe haven for black and white rhino, the reserve being home to the world’s largest population of the latter. Trafalgar guests are in for a real treat here. The reserve remains a fairly well-kept secret on the safari circuit and special safari moments will be shared with the resident wildlife, with few other safari vehicles in sight. This is your opportunity to spot large numbers of rhino and other wildlife, such as buffalo, zebra, giraffe, leopard and lion. Immerse yourself fully in your natural surrounds and enjoy the iconic savannah views against the backdrop of Mount Kenya. You’ll have an afternoon at leisure which you could choose to spend strolling around the beautifully landscaped grounds of your accommodation or on an optional nature walk within its sanctuary.

Day 4 : Onwards To Lake Nakuru National Park

Location: Aberdare Range, Lake Nakuru National park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lake Nakuru Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Keep your camera ready for a photo stop at the spectacular Thomson's Falls. Connect with the soul of Africa's Great Rift Valley as you journey to Lake Nakuru National Park. Renowned as a bird watcher's paradise with more than 400 species recorded here. Lake Nakuru National Park’s secrets are revealed by your expert Driver Guide who will help you spot some of these this afternoon, along with searching for lion and leopard. Your overnight stay is in the National Park with views of the lake.

Day 5 : Admire Lake Naivasha

Location: Lake Nakuru National park, Lake Naivasha

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lake Naivasha Country Club

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Rise with the birds and join your Driver Guide at sunrise on the lake shore to spot pink flamingos, pelicans and several other species of water birds. Look out for rhino, zebra and buffalo which may be grazing nearby. As you continue with your 4 x 4 game drive, you'll navigate more of Lake Nakuru National Park's landscapes. Immerse yourself in the sounds and smells of the bush – the damp scents of the surrounding savannah and cheery calls of birds provide a stirring backdrop for an unforgettable safari experience. Journey to Lake Naivasha for lunch and enjoy a boat ride in search of the resident hippo. Next up, head over to Crescent Island and join a Local Specialist to walk among wildlife such as zebra, impala and giraffe.

Day 6 : Off To The Iconic Maasai Mara National Reserve

Location: Lake Naivasha, Travel Masai Mara

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Keekorok Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Venture across the Great Rift Valley to the savannah wilderness of Kenya's Maasai Mara National Reserve, whose promise of some of the best game viewing in the world attracts safari enthusiasts the world over. Your home for the next two nights is in the heart of the National Reserve, ensuring you'll have the opportunity to see wildlife from the moment you head out on your safari game drives.

Day 7 : A Day To Discover The Maasai Mara Dive Into Culture

Location: Travel Masai Mara

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Keekorok Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Get close to the wildlife that find sanctuary in Maasai Mara's wilderness, on a full-day safari to seek out the Big 5. Dive Into Culture during a visit to a Maasai village, where you'll watch the warriors display their jumping prowess, then tour the village to gain in-depth insights into the daily life of this colourfully clad tribe. Your visit to the village is a MAKE TRAVEL MATTER® Experience. Later, indulge in a bush picnic – the sounds of the bush the perfect accompaniment while you keep your eyes peeled for the flash of resident Bee-eaters, Rollers and Hoopoes flitting from tree to tree, before continuing your game drive in one of the worlds' most famous safari destinations.

Day 8 : Continue To Serene Lake Victoria

Location: Travel Masai Mara, Lake Victoria

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Serenity on the Lake

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Bid Kenya a fond kwaheri (goodbye) along with your Kenyan Driver Guide as you arrive this morning at the Kenya/Tanzania border crossing. After immigration formalities, your Tanzania Driver Guide is waiting to welcome you for the second part of your trip. Board your Tanzania 4 x 4 vehicle and travel on to Africa's largest lake, Lake Victoria, where your accommodation is located on the shoreline. Make sure you take the short stroll down to the waters' edge tonight to see the spectacle of a beautiful sunset over the lake.

Day 9 : Travel To Serengeti National Park

Location: Lake Victoria, Serengeti National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Take a stroll along the tranquil shores of Lake Victoria this morning. It’s the perfect way to start another soul-stirring day in Africa, which will see you head to the UNESCO-listed Serengeti National Park. The endless and vast plains of the Serengeti provide an exquisite backdrop for a 4 x 4 safari game drive. Keep your eyes on the bush and follow the tracks of lion, leopard and cheetah – sometimes difficult to spot because they love to laze beneath the shade of trees and in between the tall grass. After lunch at your accommodation, you'll have a second opportunity to discover the many secrets of this spectacular National Park.

Day 10 : Safari In The Serengeti

Location: Serengeti

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Serengeti Sopa Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

The Serengeti’s reputation for wildlife viewing is second to none. This is the home of the greatest annual wildlife spectacle on earth – the Great Migration. Embark on your full-day game drive with your Driver Guide who will tell the story of how over a million wildebeest cross the Mara River annually in search of green pastures. Keep your eyes peeled for flashes of wildlife across the plains dotted with shady Acacia trees. You’ll gain a true sense of the vastness of this national park and the diversity of its ecosystems and landscapes along the way.

Day 11 : Discover The Ngorongoro Crater

Location: Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Acacia Farm Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the Serengeti behind this morning, we'll journey to the neighbouring UNESCO-listed Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Descending hundreds of metres down to the floor of the vast Ngorongoro Crater, you’ll have an opportunity to explore its forests and grass plains in search of elephant, lion, zebra and wildebeest, among other species. Enjoy a picnic lunch in the crater before beginning your climb back to the crater rim. Your overnight accommodation is nestled within lush green farmlands offering spectacular panoramic views.

Day 12 : Venture To Lake Manyara Dive Into Culture

Location: Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Lake Manyara Safari

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

A short drive this morning brings us to the village of Mto wa Umbu. Rub shoulders with the locals as you Dive Into Culture and embark on a walking tour to soak up the community spirit. Stroll through farmlands, past the local school and market, learning all about village life along the way. There’s time to catch a glimpse of how the tasty local banana beer is made and a chance to sample some yourself, before heading up the dusty road for lunch. The local ladies have been cooking up a storm of traditional dishes and will gladly explain how each one is made. You’ll hear how by simply savouring this local meal, you’ve contributed to the livelihood of their families. Later, enjoy an afternoon game drive through Lake Manyara National Park, famous for its tree-climbing lions.

Day 13 : Traverse Tarangire National Park

Location: Lake Manyara, Tarangire National Park

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Tarangire Sopa Lodge

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Our first stop today is Tarangire National Park. Arriving in time for lunch at our lodge, enjoy a short siesta or one-on-one encounter with the tree hyraxes that cling to the lodge’s trees. We’ve left the best for last. On this final game drive of the trip, you’ll encounter a natural landscape so entirely different from anything you’ve seen so far in Tanzania. Giant baobabs, flat-topped acacias and termite mounds dot the unusual landscape. Tarangire is renowned as one of the best places to view elephants and your Driver Guide will scout for the vast herds that roam these plains so you can admire these gentle giants as they plod their way along in search of the juiciest vegetation. Tonight, as the sky radiates red, yellow and orange, enjoy a bush sundowner and take some time to contemplate the incredible sights you’ve encountered during your East Africa adventure.

Day 14 : Stone Town And Spice Tour Dive Into Culture

Location: Zanzibar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Blue Bay Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

What better way to connect with your multi-cultural surrounds than embarking on a walking tour of UNESCO-listed Stone Town with a Local Specialist? Peel back the layers of Zanzibar’s colourful history as you wander through winding alleyways and admire the intricately carved doors distinctive of this Swahili coastal trading town. Visit the former slave market, the House of Wonders, the Sultan's Palace Museum and the Old Arab Fort, unearthing the soul-stirring history of this former trading hub. Later, discover Zanzibar’s reputation as the 'Spice Island', embarking on a Dive Into Culture visit to a shamba (spice farm) with a local guide. Taste and smell the spices, herbs and fruits and learn how they’ve been cultivated and used for centuries.

Day 15 : Embrace Island Paradise In Zanzibar

Location: Zanzibar

Accommodation: Hotel

Accommodation Name: Blue Bay Beach Resort

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Kick off your shoes and let the warm sand sink between your toes on Zanzibar’s exquisite beaches. Wade into the clear, warm turquoise waters and immerse yourself in the latest bestseller under swaying palm trees. Make the most of your day in paradise and join an Optional Experience full-day cruise aboard a traditional dhow boat. Set sail from a traditional fishing village, keeping your eyes peeled for glimpses of the tropical fish beneath the water’s surface. You’ll pause on a sandbank where you can cool off in the ocean, and swim or snorkel to see the colourful marine life (all equipment is provided). Feast on a traditional Zanzibar seafood lunch before returning to the shore relaxed and revived.

Day 16 : Farewell Zanzibar

Location: Zanzibar

Meals Included: Breakfast

A leisurely start to the day will see you enjoy a few precious hours soaking up final fond memories of Zanzibar. Then it’s time to bid farewell to the Spice Island and transfer to Zanzibar Airport for your return journey home.

What's Included

  • All transport and transfers shown

  • Driver Guide in Kenya, Tanzania and Namibia

  • Cherry-picked hotels and safari lodges, all tried and trusted

  • All porterage and restaurant gratuities

  • All hotel tips, charges and local taxes

  • Breakfast daily and up to half of your evening meals

  • Must-see sightseeing and surprise extras

  • Optional Experiences and free time

  • Accommodation

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Airport Transfers at Destination

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  • Are flights included in this tour?

    Yes, Arusha to Zanzibar

  • Are children permitted to take part in the tour?

    Yes, 5 years or above

  • Are airport transfers included in this tour?

    Trafalgar is pleased to offer complimentary airport transfers at any time either on the starting and ending day of the trip or on other days in conjunction with pre and post-trip accommodation booked through Trafalgar

  • Are all the relevant entry visa’s included in the price of the tour?


  • Is there any free time to explore places during the tour?

    As detailed in the itinerary

  • Will there be an escort accompanying this tour?


  • What is the maximum group size?

    28 guests

  • Will passengers from another country be participating in the tour?


  • Are the local guides on the tour English speaking?


  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    The beauty of taking a guided holiday with us is that you’ll have the opportunity to meet and travel with people from all over the globe.

  • What policies are in place for Covid-19?

    Vaccination against Covid-19 is not mandatory to travel with Trafalgar. However, we strongly recommend that guests are vaccinated before travelling. Please note that airlines and/or other authorities may have different requirements. It is the guest's responsibility to comply with these requirements at all times.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1947

  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Trafalgar is a founding partner of the TreadRight Foundation, a not-for-profit organisation established in 2008. So far, the charity has donated more than US$2 million to help underprivileged communities and support sustainable tourism around the world.

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?


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