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39 Day African Exploration (Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland)

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia
Starts Nairobi
Ends Livingstone
Group Size Max 24
Age Range 18 - 39 Years

Budget Nairobi to Vic Falls Overland through East Africa to Victoria Falls. Don’t miss out on this popular route!

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Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Livingstone

This Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland tour provides a comprehensive insight into East Africa’s finest highlights and gives you a glimpse of what Southern Africa has to offer. We go primate trekking in Uganda and explore the rippling Masai Mara and flat plains of the Serengeti. See the monumental Ngorongoro Crater and the magnificence of Mt Kilimanjaro. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches on the tropical island of Zanzibar, view the picturesque Lake Malawi and the powerful Victoria Falls.

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Highlights

  • The Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Nakuru NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP Victoria Falls Visit
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass

Included

  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Services of two crew
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated

Excluded

  • Local Payment excursions
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Meals on Zanzibar (3 nights)
  • Meals in Nairobi (D on day 14, BLD on day 15)

SKU: CAE2514
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Kenya, being East Africa’s most popular safari destination, warmly welcomes visitors who have come to witness their beautiful country. The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has grown vastly in recent years, but still maintains a relatively small city centre as well as a city market that has much to offer. It is recommended that you arrive at least a day before departure in order for you to recover from any jetlag as well as to have some time to yourself in which you will be able to relax and have a chance to see the city.

Departing from the gorgeous Nairobi in the morning hours of Day One, we begin our descent into ‘the Great Rift Valley’, a gigantic fissure in the Earth’s surface that stretches from the Red Sea all the way to Madagascar. On the way, we stop at a specific lookout point to drink in the majestic views provided to us by the African landscape.

The overnight stop we take is close to Lake Nakuru National Park, abundant in fauna and flora located on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The shallow soda lake within the park is home to a wide variety of extraordinary birdlife, specifically flamingos (attracted by the abundance of algae in the lake) that, when gathered in their massive numbers, form a dazzling pink ‘fringe’ around the edges of the water. This resplendent lake also attracts wildlife such as buffalo, lion, black and white rhinoceros, leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope and a large assortment of smaller animals too. We then embark on an afternoon game drive searching for more elusive and diverse wildlife, led by local guides and smaller safari vehicles in order to obtain a more intimate experience with African nature.

Trip Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park, Great Rift Valley view
Accommodation: Punda Milias Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 190kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Nakuru Safari overland - Kenya

Day 2

Lake Nakuru – Eldoret, Kenya

From Nakuru we continue northwest, through the highlands, toward the town of Eldoret which is en route to the Ugandan frontier. During this day’s journey we cross from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere, over the Equator where we spend some time learning about the significance of the crossing and resting for a bit, giving photographers a chance to capture a beautiful portion of their trip. We then head to Eldoret, the town whose name originates from the Maasai word Eldore meaning ‘stony river’ inspired by the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya with the fastest growing population of approximately 194,000.

At night, we reside outside of the town in an exclusive campsite complete with a bar/restaurant area located in a modern day cave accompanied by river streams, waterfalls and wooden bridges. Here, we can put our feet up for the evening and enjoy a sundowner whilst soaking in the warmth emanating from the central open log fire.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing
Accommodation: Naiberi Overland Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 150kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3.5 hours

Day 3

Eldoret – Kampala, Uganda

Today we make the cross into Uganda – a country that is a rich painting brought to life. With its breathtaking natural scenery and vibrant collection of tribes and cultures, it’s no wonder it was termed by Winston Churchill as the ‘Pearl of Africa’. The locals are warm and friendly people and the landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Our first night is spent camping in Uganda’s attractive and hilly capital, Kampala. Here you will find bustling roadside traders, quaint local markets and busy matutu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Trip Highlights: Kampala
Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 400kms
Approximate Driving Time: 7.5 hours

Day 4

Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Leaving Kampala, we begin our travels toward Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we once again cross the Equator. Along this journey you can expect to see lush green hillsides, flourishing banana plantations, steep mountains and dense forests along with herds of Ankole cattle boasting astonishingly long and curving horns that roam the roads and paddocks freely.

The area in which we camp is a short distance away from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will have some leisure time to use at your disposal, perhaps taking a walk in the surrounding areas or mingling with the local community.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing
Accommodation: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 240ms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

In the morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park where we take in awe-inspiring views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. The Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts over 500 bird species and 100 mammal species, making it one of the most biodiverse national parks in the world.

Close to the park, we visit the Kyambura Gorge to begin our trek to seek out the chimpanzees. Unlike their bigger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live predominantly in the trees. Nevertheless, the experience of seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat remains an incredible one. We spend another night at the Simba Camp before making our way to Lake Bunyonyi.

Trekking permits will be issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group.

Trip Highlights: Queen Elizabeth National Park entrance and game drive
Accommodation: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - 8

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla trek day, Uganda

Our next destination is Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 900 metres deep and is the second deepest lake in Africa. When we are not trekking to see the mountain gorillas, there are 29 islands that can be explored by boat where you can spend the time at your leisure. You will be split into groups over the next three days, while each group takes turn in trekking to see the gorillas, and the remainder explore Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi

Here you will have time to hire canoes to row on the lakes, visit some of the local tribes, or spend some time with the children in the orphanages. There is also plenty of bird watching and walks that you can go on. Or you can relax at the camp and read or journal.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Only 700 gorillas remain in this region of Africa, mostly within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Occasionally we will travel to Rwanda to sport the gorillas.)

On the day of the trek, the group gathers in the early morning to be introduced to our local guide and tracker. Following this, we walk in small groups, trekking through the lush rainforest. This journey can be physically demanding at times due to uneven terrain and the hilly forest itself, but the privilege of spending quality time with a family of these gentle and peaceful primates definitely makes the effort well worthwhile. Even to people who live permanently in the continent, this trek and encounter with the gorillas has proven to be one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in Africa.

The usual protocol once our group has located a gorilla family is to sit down and simply observe the magnificent creatures for about an hour, which is the time set strictly by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorillas are rather sociable, living in groups of between 12 and 20, each usually led by the alpha male – the ‘silverback’, named so due to the silver hair on his back that begins to grow once the male gorilla attains maturity. You will find that the gorillas and their tendencies are remarkably human-like, especially in the social interaction that takes place between the gorilla family members and their play time, in which their children are encouraged to engage. Photographers may take as many photographs as they like, but are under strict instructions not to use any flashes. There are also certain restrictions to those who wish to videotape their experience, too.

Your permit allows for one trek and gorilla viewing with your time limited to one hour. However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the amount of visitors permitted to view the animals each day, we may spend several days in the area so as to allow for all members of the tour to complete their trek and viewing.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits, the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time, keep in mind that we may have to trek on different days. If, by any chance, our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country such as Rwanda, this may entail extra visa fees (although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to days 5-8 of this tour.

For those not trekking, the day is free to explore the surroundings or unwind at camp by catching up on some well deserved rest and relaxation. On the last day in Lake Bunyonyi you could participate in a day of trekking or you could take part in the many optional activities on offer here.

Trip Highlights: Gorilla Trek, Lake Bunyonyi
Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Gorilla Trek area, camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3, Dinner x3
Distance Covered: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours, Trekking for gorillas or rest days
Optional Activities: Island boat trips US$25 – US80, village walk US5, Traditional dance US$30, Bird watching US$5, Canoe hire US$5

Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

Saying goodbye to Lake Bunyonyi, we make our way back across the Equator, stopping for photograph opportunities if we did not have any en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park . We pass lush pastures and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa, all en route to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, where we will be spending the night. Kampala is known for its great food and entertainment and, if time allows, you are welcome to take the night out and try the local cuisine as well as enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the locals.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing, Kampala
Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 10 - 12

Kampala – Jinja, Uganda

We leave the capital, driving a short distance to Jinja, situated on the fresh, grassy banks of the longest river in the world, the River Nile. British explorer John Hanning Speke first recognised Lake Victoria as ‘the source of the Nile’ in 1862, settling a long running debate about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From Lake Victoria, the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt, leading to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our campsite is on the banks overlooking the Nile River. Here, we will have the opportunity to try our hands at the art of rafting. This is definitely an exhilarating day for any adventure-seeker who loves the thrill of white water. In the Jinja area, you will also have the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference at a local children’s school project – Softpower. This project is a locally run voluntary programme that aims at constructing and improving schools in the Jinja area. Any contributions from you, even just a few hours of painting or plastering, is always welcomed and appreciated. Other activities that you can take part in during your stay in Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and for the adrenaline junkies, even bungee jumping!

The following day is free to explore this beautiful place or participate in the many optional activities on offer. For those seeking a more relaxed day, taking time to visit the local community or spend your time relaxing at the camp. Spend the day on the banks of the Nile discovering the community, the town of Jinja and the stunning views of the river or participate in the variety of activities on offer here.

Trip Highlights: Jinja, Source of the Nile, optional activities
Accommodation: Nile River Explorers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1.5 hours
Optional Activities: Bungee Jumping US$110, Quad biking US$80, White water rafting US135, Community School Project US$40, Nile Cruise From US$25, Nile sup from US$20, Kayak from US$20, Fishing trips from US$60, Mountain biking from US$30

Day 13

Jinja – Eldoret, Kenya

Following our refreshing stop at Jinja, we head back across the border to the frontier of Kenya and onwards to the town in which we will be camping for the night – Eldoret. The evening is dedicated to celebration with your fellow adventurers where everyone is encouraged to share their favourite experiences and stories around the campfire.

Trip Highlights: Eldoret- Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Accommodation: Naiberi Overland Stop – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-300kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Day 14 -15

Eldoret – Nairobi, Kenya

Today we cross the Equator once more and begin to make our way South, towards our base just outside of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The next day is a relaxing day where you are free to explore the city and surrounding areas. Our tour leader will be able to help arrange local optional excursions for you.

Trip Highlights: Equator, Nairobi, optional excursions
Accommodation: Karen Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/-250kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage US$105, Giraffe Centre US$10, Karen Blixen Museum US$20

Day 16 - 18

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya

Departing the city early in the morning, we travel back across the Great Rift Valley, this time to the Masai Mara National Reserve, enjoying the splendid views on the way. We travel in small, specialized vehicles, enabling us to have much more intimate wildlife views. Two nights will be spent camping on the edge of the Reserve, giving you time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The magnificent continent of Africa is represented extremely well by the vast, sweeping plains, the low hanging acacia trees, the abundant fauna and flora and the awe-inspiring view of the horizon.

The ‘Mara’ is crossed each year between the months of July and October by massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals during their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains toward the southern Tanzania. The length of the animals’ stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth throughout the rainy season. Predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard as well as scavengers, such as hyena and vultures, shadow the grazing animals in wait. This enormously spectacular congregation of wildlife forms a fantastic display of Africa’s natural resources and inhabitants. This being said, however, the Mara is still excellent for game viewing at most any time of year and, regardless of when you can visit, we aim to see as many of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as possible (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as an array of other wildlife.

It is from the Mara that we return to Nairobi where we will usually camp overnight.

Trip Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara Game Reserve, game drives, red robed Masai warriors
Accommodation: Masai Mara – Chronicle Tented Camp, Nairobi – Karen Camp
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 2
Distance Covered: +/-300kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours (first day), Full days including game drives (second day), 5 hours (third day)

masai mara

Day 19

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

At the busy Namanga frontier, we cross the border into Tanzania and in the late afternoon we arrive at Arusha, our destination. Located mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, Arusha is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari captial’. It is a bustling city with colourful and vibrant markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestled in the shadow of the towering Mt Meru, a sacred mountain (visible from Mt Kilimanjaro) that is considered to be the centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes, reaching 4,565 metres in height.

After we’ve all had a chance to explore the curio markets, we head to our camp situated just outside of Arusha, on the open plains to the west of the city. From here, we prepare for our two night/three day expedition to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater that was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself some two or three million years ago. There will also be an Optional Activity and Excursion in which you can partake. Your tour leader will offer these extras to all on the tour as well as take payment for them.

Trip Highlights: Arusha, Mt Meru, Meserani Snake Park
Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 20 - 22

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

On the first day we switch to safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘Mosquito Creek’) and entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we drive around the Crater’s rim down onto the plains of the Serengeti. A luscious green after the rains and brown and burnt in the droughts, this is home to a vast variety of grazing animals, predators and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti is enormous. In fact, the name derives from the Masai word Siringitu, meaning ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Here, game viewing is a fabulous activity and spending your nights sleeping in the designated but unfenced campsite where lion and hyena roam freely, is an enthralling and extremely memorable experience.

On second day, we leave the plains, game driving en route and, after lunch, we begin to ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. It is here that we spend the night camping on the rim, where wildlife runs free and where you will definitely need a warm jacket to combat the cold night air.The Ngorongoro, at 326 square kilometres in area, is Africa’s largest intact crater as well as a World Heritage Site. The spectacular view from the rim that is 2400 metres above sea level makes the site from the Crater floor even more enjoyable at approximately 600 metres below sea level. All of the major mammals can be seen here, except for the giraffe (who cannot manage the steep slopes leading downward to the floor of the Crater). We descend the almost vertical dirt roads for a morning of game driving and stop for lunch at the top of the Crater for one last magnificent view over the Ngorongoro before heading back to our camp at Arusha.

On the third day we make our way down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater to view some game. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, except for giraffes who find the slopes too steep. We then go back to the top of the crater for a last chance to take in the spectacular view. Back at camp we pack up and have lunch before heading back to Arushsa and our campsite at Meserani Snake Park, where we will stay for the night.

Accommodation: Serengeti National Park (first day), Simba Camp (second day), Meserani Snake Park (third day)
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-250kms each way on first and third day
Approximate Driving Time: Full days including game drives
Optional Activities: Serengeti Balloon Flight –from US$550

Ngorongoro Area

Day 23

Arusha – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

When morning arrives, we enjoy a stroll to one of the local Masai villages to gain some insight into the everyday life and traditions of this rich and vibrant culture before making our way to Bagamoyo via Moshi. Should the weather be clear, we will be granted a view of the incredible snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – a dormant volcanic mountain that has gained the title of Africa’s highest peak at 5895m. Our camp for the evening is a short distance from the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Trip Highlights: Glimpses of Mt Kilimanjaro
Accommodation: Fire Fly Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-560ms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 24

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Departing from Bagamoyo, we head south to Dar es Salaam, towards the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the largest and richest city in Tanzania as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub for commerce and industry – a hot, humid and lively seaport city peppered with high rises, vibrant markets and Arab-influenced architecture. To most travellers though, Dar es Salaam is the port of call to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp for the evening will be set up on the beach just outside of the city. Here we have a chance to take in the gentle sea breezes of the Indian Ocean and to prepare ourselves for our impending trip to Zanzibar.

Trip Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 2 – 3 hours

Day 25 - 27

Zanzibar

The other history of Zanzibar is not romantic. The island was once also a staging post for slaves purchased from the African interior being detained before shipping to Middle Eastern slave owners. The places where these men and women were held can still be seen and even the shortest visit is enough to convey the atrocious conditions they were forced to endure. On a lighter note though Zanzibar is also home of the Zanzibar Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet and the possibly extinct Zanzibar Leopard.

Our time spent in Zanzibar is not structured and your time is at leisure. One of the best ways to see Stone Town is simply on foot, where you can explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets and cloths. You can also partake in activities such as visiting mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are grown in nearby plantations of which you are encouraged to take day tours where you are free to have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents available to experience. If you’re the kind of person who leans more toward leisure time spent on the beach, you’re always free to enjoy the white sand and sparkling ocean and to simply soak up the sun’s rays. If you’re looking for a good swim or dip in the sea, head out to the northern beaches to experience the warm and inviting Indian Ocean at its best where you can try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some tasty, lavish seafood or just relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and good book in hand.

PLEASE NOTE: Because we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation and breakfast in Zanzibar is included in the tour price but for the sake of flexibility, lunches and dinners are left for your own account. Usually we spend one night in Stone Town and the following two evenings in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your Tour Leader will be able to assist should you experience any problems whatsoever.

Trip Highlights: Ferry to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Northern beaches, optional Zanzibar activities
Accommodation: 1 night Stone Town – Safari Lodge or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities, 2 nights Kendwa Northern beaches – Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast included with hotel accommodation
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing
Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$30, Scuba Diving local US$130, Slave markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$10, Palace Museum US10 , Mnemba Island US$170, Dhow snorkelling safaris From US$65, massages from US$15

Zanzibar

Day 28

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The morning gives us time to complete any last minute shopping or to enjoy one last swim before hopping on the ferry that takes us back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam. From there, it’s onward to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Trip Highlights: Zanzibar, Zanzibar ferry, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Village – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing

Day 29

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Area, Tanzania

Leaving the warm Atlantic coast and bustling city of Dar es Salaam behind, we drive inland to Iringa. This route runs through the Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located near the park entrance. If time allows it, you can go on an optional game drive.

Trip Highlights: Tanzania Highlands
Accommodation: Tan-Swiss Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-290kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Mikumi Game Dive US$150

Day 30

Mikumi – Iringa, Tanzania

After breakfast we head off for Kisolanza Farm at an altitude of 1600m, ensuring a pleasant crisp and fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas the Southern Highlands of Tanzania has to offer. Kisolanza has been home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years and remains a working farm providing organic meat and vegetables to surrounding markets as well as the city of Dar es Salaam. Kisolanza Farm House is famous for their marvellous hot showers, delectable chocolate brownies, and hot chocolate and Amarula drink that can be purchased at their quaint candlelit bar.

PLEASE NOTE: The crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Therefore, please treat the Malawi section of the itinerary as a guideline only.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-220kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 31 - 32

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Following our last night in Tanzania, we head through abundant mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations towards the Songwe border post and into Malawi. Our first night will be spent at Chitimba Beach Campsite.

Formally ‘Lake Nyasa’, Lake Malawi covers almost an entire fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for majority of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, and canoe and net makers all ply their trades here, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world.

Here you are free to enjoy your time on the beach or shop at a large curio market where you can put your bargaining skills to the test buying some of Malawi’s famous ornate and carved chairs or do a full day trip to Manchewe Falls – After a 11km hike, you find yourself cooling down in a natural bath. If you’re up for more of an adventure, you can always hike to Livingstonia – a small village above the lake on the Nyika Plateau. You should be aware beforehand, however, that this hike is a relatively long one (+/- 15kms, or 3 hours one way), but being witness to a village that is seemingly lost in time due to the difficulty to reach it is well worth the effort.

PLEASE NOTE: The crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Therefore, please treat the Malawi section of the itinerary as a guideline only.

Trip Highlights: Lake Malawi beach, curio market, Livingstonia hike option
Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours
Optional Activities: Livnigstonia day hike US10

Lake Malawi

Day 33 - 34

Kande Beach, Malawi

After a peaceful morning, we embark on a scenic drive to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to gather supplies and to take a look at the markets before we arrive in Kande Beach. Some of the optional activities here include horse riding or simply relaxing and enjoying the fresh waters of Lake Malawi. This leg of the trip also allows you the opportunity to meet the locals who are generally known as amongst the friendliest people in Africa. Spend the following day participating in some of the water sports available here such as snorkelling, and diving. Or feel free to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh waters of Lake Malawi

Trip Highlights: Mzuzu, Lake Malawi, Kande Beach, optional activities, Cultural interaction
Accommodation: Kande Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Distance Covered: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Horse riding US$45, Village walk US$7

Day 35

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Saying our goodbyes to the beautiful Lake Malawi, we head for Lilongwe (the capital) to grab some supplies for our onward journey to Zambia. Here is your chance to spend your remaining Malawi Kwacha currency before crossing the Zambian border. Formally named Fort Jameson, Chipata has a population of about 98,416 and is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. This unique town offers colourful fruit and vegetable markets as well as an unexpected amount of ornate temples due to its large Indian community. If time is on our side, hopefully we will be able to make a stop in Chipata before arriving at our campsite that is situated a short distance from the town centre.

Trip Highlights: Lilongwe, Chipata
Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-440 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 36

Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia

Leaving early, we take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city, boasting a population of approximately 1.7 million people and is situated on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west – each to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. The campsite in which we reside tonight, Eureka Camp, is located on a tranquil setting on a farm. Here you will be able to see roaming zebras, ostriches, giraffes and antelopes around the outskirts of the main camping area.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp -Camping twin share tents with shared faclities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-620kms
Approximate Driving Time: 12 hours

Day 37

Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia

At the start of the day, we head south toward Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite located on the banks of the Zambezi River which is just a few kilometres from Victoria Falls. We make a visit to the Victoria Falls and at various times of the year, the spray from this mighty waterfall can be seen from up to 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi au Tunya meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. Amongst the excitement of this excursion, try not to forget your raincoat to protect you and your camera from splashes of water.

The campsite itself is tremendous and it is there that we will be treated to a full briefing that provides any information on all activities in the area (including rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant and horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises, etc.), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

PLEASE NOTE: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone area are restricted to breakfasts only. This allows you to take on half or full day activities (several of which include lunch) without being rushed back to camp for group mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the stunning Zambezi River and offers a fine selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US $15 – $30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these couple of days at your own leisure or, alternatively, feel free to catch a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone.

Trip Highlights: Victoria Falls visit, Zambezi River
Accommodation: Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
Distance Covered: +/-520kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours
Optional Activities: (prices approx) Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$110, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$85, Full day white water rafting US$160, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$ 170, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

Day 38 - 39

Livingstone, Zambia

During these days you are free to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the long list of adventure activities available, ensure that you take time out to browse through the bustling markets and museum in nearby Livingstone. You could also spend some time here volunteering a day for a local charity project, adventuring on a day trip to the Victoria Falls township in Zimbabwe, or simply unwinding on the gorgeous campsite deck while watching the water of the Zambezi River flow swiftly past on its way through to Victoria Falls. The Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park surrounds our campsite, so for those adventurers wanting more game drives, these are available right on your doorstep. Here, you will have the chance to watch elephants crossing through the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe, along with herds of buffalo, giraffe, white rhino, eland, warthog, hippo and even a vast variety of different monkey species.

Trip Highlights: Optional activities galore!
Accommodation: Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2
Approximate Driving Time: None
Optional Activities: Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$180, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, game walk US$110, Chief Mukumi village tour US$50, gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$120, Half day canoe US$110, Zambezi sunset cruise US$85, Full day white water rafting US$160, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$ 170, half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

 

Activities

Included in Activity Package:

  • Lake Nakuru National Park Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass    


Other Activities

Uganda Lake Bunyoni

  • Gorilla Permit USD 690
  • Boating on the lake (islands) $25-80
  • Village Walk/Nature walk $5
  • Traditional dance $30
  • Bird Watching $5
  • Canoe Hire $5
Jinja
  • Bungee Jumping $110
  • Quad Biking $80
  • Nile sup From $20
  • Fishing Trips From $60
  • Kayak From $20
  • Mountain biking From $30
  • White Water Rafting $125
  • Community Schools Project $40
Tanzania, Arusha
  • Camel ride $5
  • Serengeti Balloon flight From $500
Nairobi
  • Daphne Sheldrick Elephant orphanage $100
  • Giraffe Centre $10
  • Karen Blixen Museum $20
Zanzibar
  • Scuba Diving (Mnemba Island) $170
  • Snorkelling day trip From $35 - $65
  • Zanzibar food (per day) $30-35
  • Spice Tour $30
  • Scuba dive – local $130
  • Slave Markets US$15
  • Arabic Fort $10
  • Palace Museum S10
Malawi
  • Horse Riding $45
  • Village Walk $7
  • Livingstonia Day Hike $7
Livingstone
  • Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem) $160
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk $110
  • Chief Mukumi Village Tour $50
  • Gorge Swing $95
  • Zambezi Jet Boating & Cable Car From $120
  • Half day Canoe Safari $110
  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise $85
  • White Water Rafting – full day $160
  • Helicopter /Microlight flight over the Falls From $170
  • Fishing – Half day $145
  • Bridge Tour $65
  • Full day abseil $180
 

 

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Highlights

Highlights

  • The Great Rift Valley
  • Lake Nakuru NP Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Maasai Mara excursion with small vehicle*
  • Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles Game Drives with Resident Guide*
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP Victoria Falls Visit
*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass

 

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Price

R42,560

+ Optional Gorilla Trekking USD 690





R42,560

+ Activity Package (Compulsory) USD 1420

+ Gorilla Trekking Permit (Optional) USD 690

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