36 Days Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

From R 61305

DURATION:

36 DAYS

STARTING POINT:

JOHANNESBURG

ENDING POINT:

NAIROBI

TOUR TYPE:

Overland Tour

TOUR CODE:

AACJN36

Hippos

An epic East African overland adventure with a bit of Southern Africa thrown in just to make the trip that extra bit special.

Starting in Johannesburg you will make you way straight to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique before going in search of the big 5 in the famous Kruger National Park. Further North into Zimbabwe and you will get to experience the famous, Hwange National Park. Up next is the mighty Victoria Falls before going in search of white sandy beaches along Lake Malawi, Dar es salaam and the tropical island of Zanzibar. Time to get your cameras out as you go in search of wildlife in the world renowned Serengeti and then finally, make your way up into Kenya to finish your trip in Nairobi.

A great combination of East and Southern Africa, with all the top highlights covered.

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36 Days Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

Day 1

Johannesburg – Komatipoort

From Johannesburg – South Africa’s commercial capital – we travel to the far east of the country to the town of Komatipoort for our first night on tour.

Meals Included: Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 2

Komatipoort – Inhambane / Tofo Beach, Mozambique

An early start for the long day, driving north and crossing the border into Mozambique.

NB: Border formalities entering Mozambique can be time consuming and your patience is greatly appreciated. We usually find the best way to proceed at borders is wait patiently while officials work at their own pace carrying out their various checks. A good book is recommended! Your tour leader will do most of the work but he (or she) will be grateful for your understanding if things seem to be taking longer than they should.

Once formalities are completed we continue north to the coastal town of Inhambane and the nearby Praia (beach) de Tofo. Travelling in Mozambique is slower than elsewhere and road conditions may be difficult and slow. Similarly, campsites are less well-appointed and towns and shops may have fewer goods or less variety. This can sometimes be frustrating but many people find that after a few days it is one of the more appealing and attractive aspects of the tour. Overlanding is an adventurous type of travel and is not a ‘conventional’ holiday.

We are sure you will enjoy Mozambique but do urge you not to expect things to be the same as elsewhere in Africa.

On arrival at Tofo, our time is at leisure to enjoy the tropical beaches and activities typically available. Inhambane itself has a rich history and a fascinating ‘old city’. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception for spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounds, or explore the local markets where fresh fish, seafood and farm produce are on sale. You’ll notice the mix of Arabic and African cultures here which come together to form a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

If it’s the ocean that you like then head out and explore the beaches, reefs and marine life in this warm watery haven. Tofo is a small coastal town with open beaches and where the pace of life is slow allowing you to relax and soak it all up. Optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba are normally available. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (Nov- Mar). Humpback whales are usually present mid-June till mid-October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest but at Tofo this has largely been replaced by coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga people to supply the thriving copra trade. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area. Sample the local seafood – the area is famous for it – or try the local beer (called ‘2M’). You have time to relax and enjoy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling trips, Quad biking, Deep Sea Fishing 

Day 3

Tofo Beach

Slip slap slop! Beach, chill, relax. We suggest factor 30! We arrange an ocean based activity otherwise your time is at leisure. Optional activities available if you feel inclined.

Nearby Inhambane has a rich history and offers a great opportunity to go out and explore the old city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic 360 degree views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale. You’ll soon see the mix of Arabic and African cultures that create a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling trips, Quad biking, Deep Sea Fishing 

Day 4

Tofo – Vilanculos

Leaving Inhambane we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only 5km long yet hosts numerous activities, and has a lively atmosphere and friendly people. The evening is at leisure to enjoy the town and nightlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving from, Horse riding, Kayak, Island tours, Windsurfing 

Day 5

Vilanculos

This morning we take a Dhow (traditional sailing boat) to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking, hike to the ruins of a 19 Century fort or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious seafood lunch will be served under the shady palm fringes. Basic snorkelling equipment and the park fees are included, allowing you to enjoy your day in full. With its powdery-white, long stretched beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all-year round temperate climate this place is perfect to relax and unwind and watch the world go by.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Horse riding, Kayak, Island tours, Windsurfing 

Day 6

Vilanculos – Xai-Xai 

We drive south to the town of Xai Xai, the capital of Gaza Province situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. The British author Rudyard Kipling called this the ‘great grey greasy’ river, and at the point we see it the Limpopo flows to the south of town in a wide, fertile plain providing irrigation to the main crop grown in the area, rice. Our accommodation for the evening is a stretch of the beach near the coral reef which runs parallel to the shore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 7

Xai-Xai – Hazyview, South Africa

We continue south and cross back into South Africa – again, formalities may be lengthy, please be patient – and make our way to Hazyview near southern Africa’s most well-known wildlife area. Fences between the Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed some years ago to form an area called the ‘Greater Kruger’. Comprising an area of some 24000 sq km, where wildlife is free to roam this has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. The birdlife is also prolific (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of flora.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 8

Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Waking at sunrise, we board open 4×4 safari vehicles and prepare for our full day game drive. We hope the visit to the park helps you understand why Kruger is held in such high regard amongst wildlife experts the world over. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.

This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. It is an opportunity to learn something of the way of life of these fascinating local people.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 9

Hazyview – Tshipise 

Leaving Greater Kruger we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy. The area is surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 10

Tshipise – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

After a refreshing night’s sleep we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces.

NB: Again, Border formalities leaving South Africa and entering Zimbabwe can be time-consuming. Your patience is very much appreciated.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 11

Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

We explore the Matobo National Park on our half day guided tour. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve also has a large concentration of the Black and White Rhino and providing it’s safe to do so our guides will lead us on foot to search for these magnificent animals. Approaching these massive beasts is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience. At such times it may be comforting to remember that rhinos are herbivores. The park also has a dense population of leopard and black eagle and we hope to catch sight of either (or both) these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour 

Day 12

Bulawayo – Hwange

We depart camp and visit the nearby Khami Ruins, an important archaeological site and former trading centre, dating from the 16th century before continuing to the world renowned Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and best known wildlife reserve. This was originally (early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi but in 1929 was set aside as a National Park for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s peoples. Hwange covers an area of over 14,600 sq km and is particularly known for its elephant but also contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species. Hwange is also known for its population of the Wild (Painted) Dog. Late in the day we take a locally guided open vehicle game drive and hope to glimpse some of the wildlife in the park before returning to camp for overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 13

Hwange National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Leaving the wilderness of the Hwange National park, we make our way to Victoria Falls, where we have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular ‘Falls’ themselves and the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for best white river rafting with its many challenging as well as novice rapids. After our visit to the falls there are many optional activities to do and you will have the opportunity to enjoy these at leisure. The David Livingstone museum is easily accessible and provides an in-depth historical insight, including information on the discovery of the falls; or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. From game walks, helicopter flips or jet boating to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Victoria Falls area are at your own discretion. This allows you to take on activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group mealtimes. The towns cafés and restaurants offer a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks. Relax and enjoy at your own leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem), White Water rafting, Gorge Swing, Sunset cruise, Helicopter 

Day 14

Victoria Falls – Livingstone, Zambia

Today we transfer across the border into Livingstone to meet the new group and tour leader. Our camp is on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the border and the town of Livingstone. The rest of the day is at leisure allowing you to enjoy more of the activities available here. See our list of optional activities below for more details.

NB
: Please confirm times with your tour leader to meet your group in Zambia to start the 2nd section of your tour. A pre departure meeting will be arranged so you can meet your new group.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem), White Water rafting, Gorge Swing, Sunset cruise, Helicopter 

Day 15

Livingstone

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities on offer in the area.

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 16

Livingstone – Lusaka

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful stay in Falls/Livingstone area, we head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. 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 17

Lusaka – Chipata

We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formally named Fort Jamerson has a population of approx. 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 18

Chipata – South Luangwa National Park

Today we head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by this 500 mile–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village tour, Walking Safari, game drives 

Day 19

South Luangwa National Park

Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village tour, Walking Safari, game drives 

Day 20

South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to 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 Malawian 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 or with lanterns by night.

The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

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 guideline only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse riding, Village walk 

Day 21

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life 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 22

Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach

Taking 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 Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 23

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking 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 on the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstone day hike 

Day 24

Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas 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 further afield in Dar es Salaam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 25

Iringa – Dar es Salaam

We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s 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 on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets – best known for ebony wood – and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 26

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe 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 is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying 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 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 4 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, cloths, wooden carvings, 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 and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, 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 three 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 27

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, 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 snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 28

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 snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 29

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 30

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 to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 31

Dar es Salaam – Marangu

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area. “Marangu” means “full of water” in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 32

Marangu – Arusha

We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains.

This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Camel ride 

Day 33

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 pass into 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 Masai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Masai 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: N/A 

Day 34

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 high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres in area 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 35

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 major 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 where we will overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 36

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

After a last night in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital where our tour ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A 

 

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.

1220 USD 

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

 

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • South Luangwa National Park

Camping – R61305 excl Adventure Pass
Camping Adventure Pass – US$1220

Includes:

Meals & highlights as per itinerary, accommodation, guides and transport

Excludes:

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, adventure pass and optional activities

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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36 Days Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

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An epic East African overland adventure with a bit of Southern Africa thrown in just to make the trip that extra bit special.

Starting in Johannesburg you will make you way straight to the beautiful beaches of Mozambique before going in search of the big 5 in the famous Kruger National Park. Further North into Zimbabwe and you will get to experience the famous, Hwange National Park. Up next is the mighty Victoria Falls before going in search of white sandy beaches along Lake Malawi, Dar es salaam and the tropical island of Zanzibar. Time to get your cameras out as you go in search of wildlife in the world renowned Serengeti and then finally, make your way up into Kenya to finish your trip in Nairobi.

A great combination of East and Southern Africa, with all the top highlights covered.

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Day 1

Johannesburg – Komatipoort

From Johannesburg – South Africa’s commercial capital – we travel to the far east of the country to the town of Komatipoort for our first night on tour.

Meals Included: Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 2

Komatipoort – Inhambane / Tofo Beach, Mozambique

An early start for the long day, driving north and crossing the border into Mozambique.

NB: Border formalities entering Mozambique can be time consuming and your patience is greatly appreciated. We usually find the best way to proceed at borders is wait patiently while officials work at their own pace carrying out their various checks. A good book is recommended! Your tour leader will do most of the work but he (or she) will be grateful for your understanding if things seem to be taking longer than they should.

Once formalities are completed we continue north to the coastal town of Inhambane and the nearby Praia (beach) de Tofo. Travelling in Mozambique is slower than elsewhere and road conditions may be difficult and slow. Similarly, campsites are less well-appointed and towns and shops may have fewer goods or less variety. This can sometimes be frustrating but many people find that after a few days it is one of the more appealing and attractive aspects of the tour. Overlanding is an adventurous type of travel and is not a ‘conventional’ holiday.

We are sure you will enjoy Mozambique but do urge you not to expect things to be the same as elsewhere in Africa.

On arrival at Tofo, our time is at leisure to enjoy the tropical beaches and activities typically available. Inhambane itself has a rich history and a fascinating ‘old city’. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Conception for spectacular 360 degree views of the surrounds, or explore the local markets where fresh fish, seafood and farm produce are on sale. You’ll notice the mix of Arabic and African cultures here which come together to form a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

If it’s the ocean that you like then head out and explore the beaches, reefs and marine life in this warm watery haven. Tofo is a small coastal town with open beaches and where the pace of life is slow allowing you to relax and soak it all up. Optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling and scuba are normally available. Whale Sharks and Manta Rays inhabit the coastline year round but are in larger numbers in the summer months (Nov- Mar). Humpback whales are usually present mid-June till mid-October. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest but at Tofo this has largely been replaced by coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga people to supply the thriving copra trade. There are some exciting bars and restaurants in the area. Sample the local seafood – the area is famous for it – or try the local beer (called ‘2M’). You have time to relax and enjoy.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling trips, Quad biking, Deep Sea Fishing 

Day 3

Tofo Beach

Slip slap slop! Beach, chill, relax. We suggest factor 30! We arrange an ocean based activity otherwise your time is at leisure. Optional activities available if you feel inclined.

Nearby Inhambane has a rich history and offers a great opportunity to go out and explore the old city. Climb the ladder at the Cathedral of our lady of Conception Inhambane for fantastic 360 degree views of the surrounds. The local markets are also a highlight with fresh fish, seafood and farm produce on sale. You’ll soon see the mix of Arabic and African cultures that create a vibrant, eclectic style of its own.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Snorkelling trips, Quad biking, Deep Sea Fishing 

Day 4

Tofo – Vilanculos

Leaving Inhambane we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilankulo (or Vilanculos), some 500km south of Beira and the Gateway to the Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only 5km long yet hosts numerous activities, and has a lively atmosphere and friendly people. The evening is at leisure to enjoy the town and nightlife.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving from, Horse riding, Kayak, Island tours, Windsurfing 

Day 5

Vilanculos

This morning we take a Dhow (traditional sailing boat) to Magaruque Island, the third Island in the archipelago and the closest to Vilanculos. Here you have the opportunity to enjoy the island at leisure, snorkelling, swimming, walking, hike to the ruins of a 19 Century fort or simply enjoy lazing on the beach. A delicious seafood lunch will be served under the shady palm fringes. Basic snorkelling equipment and the park fees are included, allowing you to enjoy your day in full. With its powdery-white, long stretched beaches, coconut fringed palms, crystal turquoise waters, and superb all-year round temperate climate this place is perfect to relax and unwind and watch the world go by.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: Scuba Diving, Horse riding, Kayak, Island tours, Windsurfing 

Day 6

Vilanculos – Xai-Xai 

We drive south to the town of Xai Xai, the capital of Gaza Province situated on the banks of the Limpopo River. The British author Rudyard Kipling called this the ‘great grey greasy’ river, and at the point we see it the Limpopo flows to the south of town in a wide, fertile plain providing irrigation to the main crop grown in the area, rice. Our accommodation for the evening is a stretch of the beach near the coral reef which runs parallel to the shore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 7

Xai-Xai – Hazyview, South Africa

We continue south and cross back into South Africa – again, formalities may be lengthy, please be patient – and make our way to Hazyview near southern Africa’s most well-known wildlife area. Fences between the Kruger National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed some years ago to form an area called the ‘Greater Kruger’. Comprising an area of some 24000 sq km, where wildlife is free to roam this has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. The birdlife is also prolific (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of flora.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 8

Hazyview – Kruger National Park

Waking at sunrise, we board open 4×4 safari vehicles and prepare for our full day game drive. We hope the visit to the park helps you understand why Kruger is held in such high regard amongst wildlife experts the world over. We take a well-deserved lunch break en-route before game driving out of the park to our accommodation for the night.

This evening we immerse ourselves in the local culture and enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. It is an opportunity to learn something of the way of life of these fascinating local people.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 9

Hazyview – Tshipise 

Leaving Greater Kruger we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy. The area is surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 10

Tshipise – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

After a refreshing night’s sleep we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces.

NB: Again, Border formalities leaving South Africa and entering Zimbabwe can be time-consuming. Your patience is very much appreciated.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 11

Bulawayo – Matobo National Park

We explore the Matobo National Park on our half day guided tour. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve also has a large concentration of the Black and White Rhino and providing it’s safe to do so our guides will lead us on foot to search for these magnificent animals. Approaching these massive beasts is a heart racing, breathtaking and memorable experience. At such times it may be comforting to remember that rhinos are herbivores. The park also has a dense population of leopard and black eagle and we hope to catch sight of either (or both) these creatures. We also keep a look out for giraffe, zebra, ostrich and a variety of antelope and buck species.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Upgrade to full day tour including historical tour and village tour 

Day 12

Bulawayo – Hwange

We depart camp and visit the nearby Khami Ruins, an important archaeological site and former trading centre, dating from the 16th century before continuing to the world renowned Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe’s largest and best known wildlife reserve. This was originally (early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi but in 1929 was set aside as a National Park for the benefit of all Zimbabwe’s peoples. Hwange covers an area of over 14,600 sq km and is particularly known for its elephant but also contains over 100 mammal species including Africa’s “Big 5″ (leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo), as well as giraffe, cheetah, gemsbok and the brown hyena and abundant bird species. Hwange is also known for its population of the Wild (Painted) Dog. Late in the day we take a locally guided open vehicle game drive and hope to glimpse some of the wildlife in the park before returning to camp for overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 13

Hwange National Park – Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Leaving the wilderness of the Hwange National park, we make our way to Victoria Falls, where we have the opportunity to enjoy the spectacular ‘Falls’ themselves and the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi boasts one of the world’s highest rated rivers for best white river rafting with its many challenging as well as novice rapids. After our visit to the falls there are many optional activities to do and you will have the opportunity to enjoy these at leisure. The David Livingstone museum is easily accessible and provides an in-depth historical insight, including information on the discovery of the falls; or explore the colonial town on foot and visit the local trading markets. From game walks, helicopter flips or jet boating to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

NB: For the sake of practicality, meals in the Victoria Falls area are at your own discretion. This allows you to take on activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group mealtimes. The towns cafés and restaurants offer a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks. Relax and enjoy at your own leisure.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem), White Water rafting, Gorge Swing, Sunset cruise, Helicopter 

Day 14

Victoria Falls – Livingstone, Zambia

Today we transfer across the border into Livingstone to meet the new group and tour leader. Our camp is on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the border and the town of Livingstone. The rest of the day is at leisure allowing you to enjoy more of the activities available here. See our list of optional activities below for more details.

NB
: Please confirm times with your tour leader to meet your group in Zambia to start the 2nd section of your tour. A pre departure meeting will be arranged so you can meet your new group.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Vic Falls bungee (single/tandem), White Water rafting, Gorge Swing, Sunset cruise, Helicopter 

Day 15

Livingstone

Today is yours at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities on offer in the area.

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 16

Livingstone – Lusaka

Relaxed and revitalized from the wonderful stay in Falls/Livingstone area, we head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s Capital city. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. 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 17

Lusaka – Chipata

We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Chipata formally named Fort Jamerson has a population of approx. 98,000, and is the capital of the Eastern province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 18

Chipata – South Luangwa National Park

Today we head to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by this 500 mile–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village tour, Walking Safari, game drives 

Day 19

South Luangwa National Park

Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Village tour, Walking Safari, game drives 

Day 20

South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to 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 Malawian 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 or with lanterns by night.

The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

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 guideline only.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Horse riding, Village walk 

Day 21

Kande Beach

Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life 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 22

Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach

Taking 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 Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon and evening to enjoy the picturesque Lake Malawi.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 23

Chitimba Beach

Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking 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 on the beach.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Livingstone day hike 

Day 24

Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas 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 further afield in Dar es Salaam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 25

Iringa – Dar es Salaam

We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s 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 on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets – best known for ebony wood – and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 26

Zanzibar Island

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe 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 is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for generations, plying 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 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 4 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, cloths, wooden carvings, 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 and breakfast on Zanzibar are included in the tour price, 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 three 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 27

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, 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 snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 28

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 snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 29

Zanzibar Island

Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven.

Meals Included: Breakfast

Optional Activity: Spice Tour, Scuba Diving, Mnemba Island, Dhow snorkelling safaris, massages 

Day 30

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 to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 31

Dar es Salaam – Marangu

Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. The camp takes its name from the surrounding area. “Marangu” means “full of water” in the local Chagga language, and the lush green surroundings demonstrate the truth of this. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 32

Marangu – Arusha

We drive past the town of Moshi and eventually reach Arusha; a city situated exactly mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. This is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’, a city of some 2 million people, a bustling melting pot of markets, vehicles and people – all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556 m). With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains.

This afternoon we enjoy a walk to one of the local Masai villages, a local school and clinic, a small but highly interesting Masai museum, and the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: Camel ride 

Day 33

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 pass into 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 Masai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge – indeed the name derives from the Masai 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: N/A 

Day 34

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 high altitude here), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres in area 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 35

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 major 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 where we will overnight.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Activity: N/A 

Day 36

Arusha – Nairobi, Kenya

After a last night in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital where our tour ends.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Activity: N/A 

 

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.

1220 USD 

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

 

The Adventure Pass for this tour includes

  • Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
  • Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
  • South Luangwa National Park

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