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21 Day Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure

R18,795 R16,915

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

+ Local Payment USD 530

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Tour Style Camping
Countries Visited Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Zimbabwe
Starts Nairobi
Ends Victoria Falls
Group Size Max 26-30
Age Range 18 - 55 Years and older

The ever popular Budget 21 Day Nairobi to Victoria Falls Overland Adventure from Kenya to Zimbabwe.

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

5% discount for trips booked 6 months in advance or more

10% discount for ISIC cardholders

 

 

Tour Overview

Departing from Nairobi
Ends in
Victoria Falls

There's plenty of action on this three week trip, which combines the East African game parks with the wonder that is Victoria Falls. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater are East Africa's best known parks, Zanzibar is a tropical paradise that's steeped in history and tradition, it's impossible not to relax on the golden beaches of Lake Malawi, and Victoria Falls offers some adrenaline-pumping adventure activities.

Highlights

 

Included

  • Meals as indicated on the itinerary
  • Accommodation
  • Registered Guides
  • Transport per itinerary
  • Meserani Snake Park
  • Cultural Museum
  • Dar Es Salaam
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Lake Malawi
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park
  • Chobe Overnight Safari

Excluded

  • International Flights
  • Travel and medical insurance
  • Aiprort Departure Taxes
  • Departure Transfer
  • Personal spending money
  • Visas
  • Border taxes
  • Passports
  • Vaccinations
  • Personal taxes (including departure and border taxes)
  • All optional activities
  • Unscheduled or optional national / game parks and other activities
  • Gratuities
  • Sleeping bag if needed
  • Pillow
  • Restaurant meals (other than those listed)
  • All drinks
  • Tips
  • Laundry
  • Personal Items

SKU: CAE0905
 

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi – Arusha , Tanzania

Today we collect the passengers who will be joining us for the remainder of our journey. We leave Nairobi, travelling south and crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. We reside in a charming campsite tonight in Meserani, located on the outskirts of Arusha, before we make our way to our Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater adventure the following morning.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 - 4

Arusha – Karatu – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Excursion (Optional) – Arusha, Tanzania

PLEASE NOTE: This activity includes 2 days/ 1 night in the National Park. The 1st night is spent outside the park in Karatu.

We start the day by visiting the Meserani Snake Park and Masai Cultural Museum. Make time to explore the lovely town of Arusha. Just a few minutes walk away from the campsite you will find a gallery selling paintings with a charming African feel to it. After a delicious lunch you are met by a local Tanzanian operator who leads the trips into the Parks in four wheel drive vehicles that have been modified for safari use. These vehicles allow for fantastic photo opportunities.

Departing from the campsite we make our way through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (‘Mosquito River’, situated next to the Lake Manyara National Park), and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu. Karatu boasts incredible views of the surrounding hills and has numerous wheat farms that only add more beauty to this magnificent scenery. Our evening is spent at a lovely campsite in Karatu.

On the morning of the 2nd day, we leave in the early hours to enter the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and make our way into the Ngorongoro Crater that is abundant with wildlife, offering some of the best game viewing in the African continent, including the elusive Black Rhino.

Following our Crater game drive, we travel down the Crater’s rim and pass the Cradle of Mankind before reaching the Serengeti National Park. Game driving through the southern and central regions of the Park, we cross seemingly infinite landscapes that offer only natural beauty. We bush camp (no ablution facilities) tonight amongst the cool breezes and tranquil sounds of the African wilderness.

As soon as dawn breaks on the third day, we embark on yet another game drive, this time to explore the plains, searching for more majestic wildlife. If we’re fortunate enough, we might be able to see several (possibly even all) of Africa’s Big 5, including lion, rhino, buffalo, elephant and leopard. Following this, we return to the bountiful Crater rim and board our truck to return to Arusha where our night is spent swapping stories and laughter over our exhilarating experience with the wilderness.

Meals Included:Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion (Please speak to your crew for more information)

Please note: For the travellers who are sitting this one out, their next days will be spent at leisure, delighting in their surrounds – the Meserani reptile Park, the Masai Cultural Museum and the neighbouring villages and craft markets. If you wish to do something else, you are always free to explore the nearby town of Arusha.

Ngorongoro Crater

Day 5

Arusha – Pangani, Tanzania

Before continuing onwards to Dar es Salaam, we stop at Arusha in the morning in order to replenish our supplies. On today’s drive we journey through the town of Moshi, located at the base of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi acts as the starting point for all expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro and, depending on weather conditions, we might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the mountain’s snow-capped peak that makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. We pass through massive sisal plantations by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges before finally arriving at our beautiful campsite that is situated between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Please Note: Some trips may choose to forego this stop/night and push on to the next stop (at their own cost).

Day 6

Pangani – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We make our way to Dar es Salaam today, journeying through picturesque landscapes and gorgeous palm trees, nearing the inviting Indian Ocean. Our driving time today is extended due to the high amount of traffic that is city-bound, but the sights and sounds of the bustling Dar suburbs will most certainly entertain you. Make a point to keep a lookout for the shop-fronts boasting funny catch phrases that are fantastic photographic attractions for most tourists. Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we head out to our seaside campsite in order to prepare for our expedition to Zanzibar that following morning.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Dar es Salaam – Zanzibar (Optional)

We are taken to the ‘Spice Island’ via a ferry that departs from Dar es Salaam. Here, we have the option to spend the next three evenings. Zanzibar is rich in history and was one of the foremost starting points for the majority of East African explorers in their pursuit of new land. New fellow travellers may join us here, replacing those who will be leaving us at the end of our Zanzibar expedition.

Please note: Accommodation and meals are for your own account during our Zanzibar trip, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own and in accordance with their own budgets. The trip leader will join you and it is through them that you can organise your lodging, whilst meals can be purchased from a broad variety of restaurants. There will also be a wide selection of Optional Excursions on offer.

For travellers not wishing to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next three days will be spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. Here, there will be a variety of Optional Excursions available from the camp, including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry
Optional Activity: Zanzibar Excursion

Zanzibar

Day 8 - 9

Zanzibar Island

Apart from its intriguing history, Zanzibar has plenty of enthralling experiences to offer visitors. Zanzibar is well-known for its tasty spices , and a trip around one of the spice plantations always proves to be an extremely interesting experience. Other Optional Excursions include an outing to the incredible beaches and gigantic tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive that takes place in Nungwe or even a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. You can always hire a moped to get yourself around the island, perhaps to one of the brilliant seafood restaurants where you can indulge in a sumptuous and very reasonably-priced meal. In fact, Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s heaven, with only the freshest seafood being caught daily – crayfish being a rather well-liked specialty. If you prefer to hang back, feel free to socialise with the interesting and friendly locals during dinner.

No Meals Included

Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own.

The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion.

Zanzibar-Nungwi-Beach

 

Day 10

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

We depart from Zanzibar in the afternoon, returning to the mainland for one more evening spent in Dar es Salaam. We typically arrive at camp in the early evening.

Meals Included: None

Day 11

Dar es Salaam – Iringa, Tanzania

Today we depart from Dar es Salaam and head south through the Mikumi National Park, where we might be able to spot a variety of wildlife on the sides of the road, completely oblivious to the vehicles passing right by them. We make our way toward Iringa, where our night is spent in a lovely campsite that is renowned for its delicious Amarula Hot Chocolate and its satisfyingly warm showers.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - 14

Iringa – Lake Malawi, Malawi

We enter ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi, via the Songwe border post and pass through some beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its overall area comprised of stunning Lake Malawi. We adventure across the length of the western side of the lake, making stops at numerous bays and inlets over the following three days.

Our days are spent learning the game of Bao from the locals, browsing the markets for bargains or just unwinding on the unspoiled golden beaches. The pleasant climate of Malawi enables us to enjoy long swims in the clear, sparkling blue freshwater lake any time of the year. Feel free to explore the exquisite shore where you’ll be able to spot local fishermen reeling in their catches of the day. These locals still make use of traditional fishing techniques and, in order to appreciate their boating skills, you should attempt at least once, to head onto the still waters on a dugout canoe all on your own – it’s more difficult than it may seem! During the evening you’ll be witness to the pretty ‘fairy lights’ of the fishermen still out on the lake in the distance. The numerous campsites along the shores of Lake Malawi provide plenty Optional Excursions, including a wide variety of water sports, horseback rides and even a stopover at the local village and school.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional activities vary; however we do recommend that you do the village tour. Please note that you can bring along with you pens, notepads, pencils and dry starch foods for the village tour. For more information please speak to your crew.

Lake Malawi

Day 15

Lake Malawi – Chipata, Zambia

Heading away from Lake Malawi, we make a stop in the capital of Malawi, Lilongwe – a relatively small city that is divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Here we re-stock our provisions before we cross into Zambia where we overnight in a charming campsite situated a mere 10 kilometres from the Malawi/Zambia border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16

Chipata – Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Leaving Chipata we head southwest to Luangwa National Park located on the Luangwa River. The park is home to elephants, giraffe, hippos and crocodiles to name a few and covers over 9000 Km2.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park

south-luangwa-national-park

Day 17

Luangwa National Park – Eastern Zambia, Zambia

Departing Luangwa National Park we make our way further south through the mining and farming regions of Zambia.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18

Eastern Zambia – Livingstone, Zambia

As we continue south on our way to Livingstone, we travel through the southern towns of Zambia, majority of which support the local agriculture and farming industries. Locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya or ‘the Smoke that Thunders’, Victoria Falls is approximately 1700 metres wide and about 100 metres high, making it the world’s biggest sheet of falling water and an incredible sight to witness on your journey through Africa. We can view the mighty Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia, which makes for an incredible photographic opportunity. In the evening, we have the chance to delight in a gorgeous sunset dinner cruise on the majestic Zambezi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Zambezi Sunset river boat cruise

Day 19

Livingstone – Chobe National Park, Botswana

Departing from Zambia, we cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. When we have completed the formalities required by border patrol, we carry on toward the town of Kasane that is located on the Chobe River banks. The Chobe River creates a natural divide between Botswana and Namibia, with Zambia as its primary water source. When we return, we pack and prepare to leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile adventure. This excursion is an overnight excursion taking place in the wilderness of the Chobe National Park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s leading game parks, famous for its massive elephant herds. Our afternoon is spent seeking out wildlife whilst we game drive to our campsite that is situated within the park, where we will spend our night surrounded by the sounds of nocturnal wildlife. Be sure to keep your eyes peeled during our game drive for the scarce Sable and Roan Antelope with magnificent horns. Following our evening in the bush, we make our way out early in the morning to carry on our search for wildlife before we depart from our campsite and head back to Kasane.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

Day 20

Chobe National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

When we have returned to camp, we board our truck once again and make our way to Zimbabwe’s border. When we have completed border formalities, we continue a short distance to Victoria Falls. The town of Victoria Falls is located on the Zambezi River and encircled by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite for today is appropriately located in the town’s centre, within walking distance to the adventure booking agents, restaurants and stores. A short walk down the main road will lead you to the entrance point where you can view the Falls that are located between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘the Smoke that Thunders’) was named by the famous David Livingstone during his vast explorations in Africa. Our afternoon is dedicated to unwinding near the campsite’s swimming pool, watching the spray of the mighty Victoria Falls or simply adventuring around town, soaking up all that it has to offer.

Meals Included: Brunch

Included: Entrance to Victoria Falls

Day 21

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Recreational time is spent together on this day giving you time to become accustomed to your new surrounding.

There are plenty of Optional Excursions to take part in such as elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and even a game or two of golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies have the opportunity to bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge that connects Zimbabwe and Zambia, or to abseil down the Batoka Gorge. Throughout the year, adventurers are welcome to flights in fixed wings, microlights and ultra-light aircrafts or helicopters that give us an opportunity to experience an aerial view over the majestic falls. First class white water rafting on the Zambezi is also available as well as ‘floats’ where we will have a chance to marvel at the incredible cliffs as well as spot the occasional animal roaming on the riverbanks.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Victoria Falls

 

Activities

Included in Local Payment

  • This tour includes a Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room
  • Zanzibar Ferry
  • Game drives through South Luangwa National Park
  • Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion
  • Entrance to Victoria Falls


Other Activities

Tanzania

  • Serengeti / Ngorongoro Crater From 590 US$
  • Masai Village Visit From 15 US$
  • Olduvai Gorge 10 US$
Zanzibar
  • Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
  • Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ - 60 US$ per day
  • Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From 40US$
  • Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire From 60 US$ - 80 US$  +local drivers license / insurance at 5 US$
Malawi
  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
  • Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike - 30km return 10 US$
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing *Price to be negotiated on arrival
Zimbabwe
  • Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
  • Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
  • Victoria Falls National Park Entry
Victoria Falls
  • White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180 US$
  • Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
  • Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
  • Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$
  • Zambezi Sunset River boat cruise From 50 US$

 

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Price

R18,795 R16,915

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

+ Local Payment USD 530





R18,795 R16,915

Free arrival airport transfer & 1 pre-night accommodation in a dorm room

+ Local Payment USD 530

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