24 Day Nairobi to Vic Falls including Masai Mara Tour

From R 35625

DURATION:

24 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

NAIROBI

ENDING POINT:

LIVINGSTON

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

AACNV24

view of the Vic Flls

Explore East Africa and its world renowned game parks, as well as some of the top sea side and lake side beaches in the world on this great budget overland adventure.

Starting in Nairobi, Kenya, you would be a miss not to visit the famous Masai Mara National Reserve with its abundance of wildlife and interesting nomadic tribal people. Cross over into Tanzania and you get to see the other side of the park, the great Serengeti, probably the most famous reserve in Africa. Now it’s time for some rest and relaxation as you head down to Dar es Salaam and hop on a ferry over to the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar for a few days. Lake Malawi is calling your name, with its white sandy beaches and clear waters, perfect for snorkeling or just lazing about. Finally, you will make your way to “The smoke that thunders”. Victoria falls is a natural wonder of the world and there are loads of activities on offer while you are here.

24 Day Nairobi to Vic Falls including Masai Mara Tour

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve

We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 2

Masai Mara National Reserve

We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 3

Msai Mara Reserve – Nairobi

From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 4

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 5

Arusha – Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park.

Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 4.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 8

Arusha – Bagamoyo

This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 9

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salam

Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.

Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation (B&B) is included but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically, we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave Markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 11

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow Snorkeling Safaris

Day 12

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow Snorkeling Safaris

Day 13

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Area

Leaving the bustling city and warm coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars.

If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive

Day 15

Mikumi – Iringa

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 16

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi.

Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, 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 also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guide line only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 17

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstonia Day Hike

Day 18

Chitimba Beach – Kande Beach

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi – where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets, before arriving to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 19

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach.  Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 20

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Saying our goodbye’s to ‘the Lake’, we head to the border crossing into Zambia to Chipata.  Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 21

Chipata – Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approximately 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa.

Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 22

Lusaka – Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year, the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry!

The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 23

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 24

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Our tour ends after breakfast but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

 

Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1290 USD 

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

 

Camping – R35625 excl Adventure Pass
Camping Adventure Pass – US$1290
Accommodated – R49195 excl Adventure Pass
Accommodated Adventure Pass – US$1290

Includes:

Includes: Meals & Highlights as per itinerary, Accommodation, Guides and Transport

Excludes:

Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional), visas, travel insurance, flight departure taxes, airport transfers, optional activities, tips, drinks, sleeping bag and items of personal nature. NB Lunches and dinners in Livingstone and on Zanzibar are not included.

Please note that maps shown are a rough guide. Exact locations and routes might differ slightly to what is shown. Please refer to the tour itinerary for a more precise route.

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24 Day Nairobi to Vic Falls including Masai Mara Tour

R35,625.00

Explore East Africa and its world renowned game parks, as well as some of the top sea side and lake side beaches in the world on this great budget overland adventure.

Starting in Nairobi, Kenya, you would be a miss not to visit the famous Masai Mara National Reserve with its abundance of wildlife and interesting nomadic tribal people. Cross over into Tanzania and you get to see the other side of the park, the great Serengeti, probably the most famous reserve in Africa. Now it’s time for some rest and relaxation as you head down to Dar es Salaam and hop on a ferry over to the tropical island paradise of Zanzibar for a few days. Lake Malawi is calling your name, with its white sandy beaches and clear waters, perfect for snorkeling or just lazing about. Finally, you will make your way to “The smoke that thunders”. Victoria falls is a natural wonder of the world and there are loads of activities on offer while you are here.

Product Description

Day 1

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve

We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. The ‘Mara’ is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). How long they stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 2

Masai Mara National Reserve

We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the ‘big 5’ – lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 3

Msai Mara Reserve – Nairobi

From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 4

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 5

Arusha – Serengeti National Park

This morning we transfer to smaller, more ‘game park friendly’ vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘mosquito creek’) and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the ‘Crater’s rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 6

Ngorongoro Crater

We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Serengeti Balloon Flight

Day 7

Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park.

Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 4.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 8

Arusha – Bagamoyo

This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 9

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salam

Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 10

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.

Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

NB: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation (B&B) is included but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically, we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Slave Markets, Arabic Fort, Palace Museum

Day 11

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow Snorkeling Safaris

Day 12

Zanzibar Island

Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow Snorkeling Safaris

Day 13

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 14

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Area

Leaving the bustling city and warm coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars.

If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Mikumi Game Drive

Day 15

Mikumi – Iringa

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 16

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi.

Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’ covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, 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 also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

NB: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guide line only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 17

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstonia Day Hike

Day 18

Chitimba Beach – Kande Beach

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi – where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets, before arriving to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 19

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach.  Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse Riding, Village Walk

Day 20

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

Saying our goodbye’s to ‘the Lake’, we head to the border crossing into Zambia to Chipata.  Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 21

Chipata – Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approximately 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa.

Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A

Day 22

Lusaka – Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year, the spray from the ‘Falls’ can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’. Don’t forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry!

The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 23

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour.

Day 24

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Our tour ends after breakfast but we highly recommend staying a few more days in the area in order to explore the Victoria Falls area to the full. Apart from the adventure activities already mentioned check out the markets, volunteer a day in some worthwhile local projects, or simply relax at the beautiful waterfront and watch the Zambezi River flow quickly past on its way to Victoria Falls.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Bungee jumping, Full day abseil, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park game walk, Chief Mukumi village tour, gorge swing, Zambezi jet boat and cable car, Half day canoe, Zambezi sunset cruise, Full day white water rafting, Helicopter/ Microlight flights from, half day fishing, Bridge Tour. 

 

Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1290 USD 

* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

 

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