Nairobi to Zanzibar Overland Tours

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£From 1460
+ Local Payment US$360
(local payment explained)

What's Included
• The Masai Mara (2 days)
• Maasai village with bushwalk
• Nakuru National Park
• Lake Naivasha
• Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage
• The Giraffe Park
• Hippo Cruise
• Breakfast & dinner whilst travelling with truck
• Two pre-prepared barbecues
• Camping whilst travelling with truck
• Fully equipped expedition truck incl - fridge, gas, tents, sleep mats
• Services of Absolute Crew incl cook
• Ongoing advice
• All road tolls & taxes are paid
Kenya & Tanzania Nairobi to Dar es Salaam Safari
Countries Visited

Kenya, Tanzania

Nairobi to Zanzibar Safari Overview

Game drives in the Masai Mara, Lake Nakuru, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater with time to also enjoy the giraffe centre in Nairobi and a fun night out in one of Nairobi's famous restaurants. As well as a cycling safari in Hells Gate and a hippo cruise on Lake Naivasha. Finishing on the palm-fringed white beaches of Zanzibar Island.

Nairobi to Zanzibar Safari Add-ons


Days 1 - 2

Meet up and head to the Rift Valley, then Lake Nakuru National Park for game drives and a visit to children's orphanage.

Days 3 - 5

Lake Naivasha, hippo cruise, Masai stay at Loita Hills

Optionals: Hells Gate National Park or Crater Lake Sanctuary, Elsamere for afternoon tea.

Days 6 - 9

Masai Mara, game drives. Nairobi. The Giraffe Park, Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage

Optionals: Balloon safari

Day 10 

Travel across the Athi Plains through to Arusha.

Days 11 - 13

Free time to allow for an optional safari into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Evening celebratory barbecue on return from the game parks. 

Optionals: Afternoon and morning game drives in the Serengeti National Park, afternoon drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area, morning game drives in Ngorongoro Crater.

Days 14 - 16

Arusha, Marangu by the foot of Kilimanjaro. Seafood barbecue at our camp by the Indian Ocean and preparations for the stay on Zanzibar Island.

Optionals: day hike Kilimanjaro, village tour

Days 17 - 20

Free time for a 4 night stay on Zanzibar Island....

Optional beach break: Optional free time to stay on Zanzibar Island from day 17, you can fly out from Zanzibar or take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam the day after the tour ends

Talk with us as to the special arrangements we can make for your accommodation staying in beach cottages and the traditional capital, ancient Stone Town and other requirements on the Island including transfers and spice tours.

Other options to budget for include snorkelling and scuba diving on Zanzibar's untouched coral reefs, a visit to Prison Island famous for its giant tortoise population and to Jozani Forest to see the red colobus monkeys.

All accommodation and transfers with a spice tours on Zanzibar Island can be arranged ahead of time.

Please note safari itineraries are given as a guide only. A safari is a journey and true journeys in Africa unfold and are of an adventurous nature. The unexpected can arise, so do allow for this.

Feel free to give us a call about your safari plans. We look forward to your further enquiries.

Kenya & Tanzania - detailed itinerary

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Budgeting Summary

Nairobi to Zanzibar Budget

The costs to consider when travelling overland are:

What's included

Your safari price and local payment covers:

Transport in a fully equipped and dieseled expedition truck/vehicle including all camping and cooking gear, a fridge, gas cooker, tents, sleeping mats etc.

Services of a driver, cook and safari leader.

The ongoing advice and back up from The Absolute Team.

All road tolls and taxes are paid.

Highlights including two national parks:

* Entry and game drives in The Masai Mara (2 days)
* Entry and game drives in Nakuru National Park
* Lake Naivasha
* Maasai village with bushwalk
* The Giraffe Park
* Sheldrick's Elephant Orphanage

Camping, and breakfast and dinner whilst with the truck:-
14 nights camping
14 breakfasts, and 14 evening meals including a barbecue after leaving the Tanzanian game parks and a seafood barbecue by the Indian Ocean

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Optional excursions

A recommended typical budget for your optional excursions that you might pay for once in Africa would be: US$150 - US$950

Some clients spend more, some less. The above is a typical estimate selecting from the following main choices during this tour. Do re-check your budget looking at what might tempt you. A friendly reminder as well that the below list provides an approximate guide only for the most popular excursions currently available for this tour. Excursions are operated by local operators and authorities and their pricing is out of our control (July 22)

Zanzibar including ferry to Zanzibar island, 4 nights B&B shared accommodation, transfers from Stone Town to the beach and return, and a Spice Tour £265
One way ferry £30
Hells Gate National Park (half day) incl entry, bike hire, guide and transfers US$55
Crater Lake Sanctuary, guided walk US$45
Afternoon tea at Elsamere - home of Elsa the Lion (not inc. transport) US$12
Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater guided safari - 3 day/2 night, From US$645
Kilimanjaro day hike US$125
Marangu village tour US$60
Scuba diving (single dive) off Kendwa US$65
Snorkelling (3 hours) off Kendwa US$15
Jozani Forest, half day excursion to see the red colobus monkeys incl entry and transfers, from US$40
Sunset cruise, Zanzibar, from US$30
Prison Island with the aldabra tortoises US$25
Balloon safari in the Masai Mara £425
Balloon safari in the Serengeti £455
Scuba diving Padi Course from US$499
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Spending Money

You will need spending money to cover drinks, lunch and souvenirs and different small incidental costs whilst on tour such as cheap excursions costing under U$20
Other costs to note are those times we dont cover meals or accommodation on the tour, as well as tipping, extra transfers and upgrades.
Be aware during the trip tour there are busy times where we dont cover meals and/or accommodation as during these sections most people are away from camp doing their own thing on different excursions. It is then impractical to cover meals or accommodation.

The times to note on the Kenya and Tanzania tour are when the truck parks up for a few days at Zanzibar so please ensure you have enough money to cover meals during these times. And note as well spending money is needed to cover camping on the off-chance you chose to stay back on the overnight excursions. The overnight excursions on this tour are the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater safari (x2 nights) and the Zanzibar Island break (x4 nights).
Tipping is customary in Africa, so budget for gratuities if you wish for guides or drivers who provide good service such as on game drives or guided tours. Again it is at your discretion, but your tour leader and driver will appreciate a tip to acknowledge their hard work during your tour.
The recommended spending money for the Kenya and Tanzania trip is: US$500 - US$600

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Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6-9 months after your trip finishes. Ensure also that you have adequate pages in your passport for each country that you visit. As a guide then, for the Kenya and Tanzania Safari you will want to have a minimum of 4 blank pages (sides).

If you have dual nationality you can only use one passport for the entire trip, but bringing both passports is a wise back-up strategy. You can find more information in the different country listings on the FCOs website ( under entry requirements. Do be aware it can be illegal to travel in Africa on two passports.

For this tour, most passport holders will need to apply for an eTA to Kenya online prior to arrival.

For most passport holders the visa for Tanzania can be bought at the border en route. Visas on the ground can only be paid for in US Dollars cash.

Below is an estimation of current visa requirements and their cost. Please note this information refers to British, Australian, New Zealand, Irish, South African, German, French, Dutch, Canadian and American passport holders. If your passport is not detailed please do not hesitate to contact the office if you would like further details of your visa requirements.

Be aware that visa requirements can change without prior notice. This information is given as a guide.

Budget for all visas US$30 - US$130 depending on nationality
VISA CHART Kenya Rwanda Uganda Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Namibia South Africa
Australian $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
New Zealand $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
South Africa $30 - - - - - - - - -
Canadian $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
American $30 - - $100 - - - - - -
British $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
German $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
Dutch $30 - - $50 - - - - - -
Irish $30 - - $100 - - - - - -
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Other exciting ADD-ONs

  • Balloons
  • Beach Stays on the Kenya Coast
  • Climb Kilimanjaro

    We recommend

  • Pre and post safari please click here.

    Remember you then need to budget for flights, insurance, vaccination costs and any equipment you might need such as a sleeping bag.

    Any queries? Call our office on +44 (0) 208 742 0226, email us at or skype us on skypeabsoluteafrica

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    Nairobi to Zanzibar
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    Before You Go

    Nairobi to Zanzibar

    Click on the link below to download the predeparture dossier for this overland trip "Kenya & Tanzania" - to Zanzibar.

    Kenya & Tanzania - pre departure pack

    This information has been developed over 30 years of experience overlanding in Africa.

    It includes all you might need to know to prepare for this trip and more. We know many people love to plan their trip in detail and we hope you will find lots of "stuff" in here to help!

    We also send out personal updates about 6 weeks before departure to all participants heading out on each departure date. This includes final confirmations of pre safari transfers and accommodation and other details relating to your specific travel arrangements so you can check all is as you need.

    We recommend once booked on a Nairobi to Zanzibar trip that you periodically check back here as this information is regularly updated. It is also a good idea to keep an eye on the news area of this site.

    And if you are not excited enough about heading to Africa already, check out our facebook page, listen out for our tweets and keep up to date with our blog to stay up to date with all that is happening on the road on the trucks.

    Overlanding in Africa is a very different destination from your usual package holiday! You may find some information in this dossier different from what you expected. Whatever your question don't hesitate to ask. We are here to help so feel free to get back to us.

    We are more than happy to advise as to what is the best plan for your particular Africa travel needs.

    Give us a call, or skype or email. We look forward to planning your trip to Africa with you.

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