What Regions or Countries to Combine
Zanzibar is usually part of a bigger East African safari itinerary featuring other top destinations such as Kenya’s Masai Mara, Tanzania’s Serengeti and even Uganda and Rwanda’s gorilla trekking destinations. You’ll access the island via Zanzibar International Airport, located in Stone Town and served by flights from Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Once you have arrived, take a taxi to your accommodation or enjoy the services of your hotel’s shuttle bus.
The game viewing in Kenya’s flagship reserve is great all year round but if it’s the wildebeest migration you want to see then travel between June and October: it’s one of the best times to travel to Zanzibar for the weather and diving and it’ll coincide with some of the most dramatic events in the migration – the June to August river crossings.
The Serengeti is similarly blessed with excellent all-year-round game viewing but the wildebeest herds arrive in the eastern and southern Serengeti from November onwards, moving to the centre and west in February and face the crocodile-filled Grumeti and Mara Rivers by late June. Many Serengeti camps are seasonal ones, set up specifically for the migration and you’re assured of front row seats to all the drama.
Whether it’s the Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda or Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable Forest that you choose to trek for gorillas, you’ll be hiking through the jungle in tough, wet and muddy conditions. What better way to reward yourself than with a few days on a golden beach? Ask us about combining a gorilla trek with a Zanzibar holiday and find out first-hand!