21 Days
Duration
Max 20
Group Size
Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia
Location
Camping
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Travel from Livingstone in Zambia via Malawi, Tanzania & Zanzibar to Kenya over 21 days.

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THIS TOUR ALSO LEAVES FROM NAIROBI, KENYA

Savour the views at Victoria Falls, camp in various National Parks. Nearly three weeks of travel from Victoria Falls to Nairobi to see and experience most of what Eastern Africa can offer. Travel the rugged terrain of Africa’s unspoiled landscapes and meet its people. Visit natural landmarks like the Victoria Falls, South Luangwa, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Sleep under the stars of the African sky and spot wildlife such as lion, cheetah, buffalo, hippo, crocodile and many species of antelope. Camping allows you to discover this beautiful natural landscape up close, and your experienced adventure crew will make sure you have a safe and enriching trip from this fascinating region.

NOTE: Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island’s culture. Away from the beach, immodestly dressed women or men exposing shoulders and knees or wearing see-through or tight clothes can cause offence, so please take care in Stone Town. Nungwi is a little bit more relaxed, but travellers are still asked to cover up when walking around outside the resort area. First, ask permission when taking photos.

Tour Price:  US$3579.00
Solo Room Supplement:  US$289.00

You have the option to upgrade from camping to rooms.  The upgrade excludes the following destinations; where only camping is available:
Day 17 – Arusha
Day 18 – Serengeti National Park Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Day 19 – Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Accommodated Upgrade:  US$579.00
Solo Room Supplement:  US$1000.00

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Group size: Max 20
Days: 21
Start:  Livingstone
End:  Nairobi
Distance: 4730km
Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 14 Dinners
Accommodation: Camping: Bungalow/Lodge (3 nts), Comfort Hotel (1 nts), Dorm Rooms (1 nt), Adventure Tents (2 nt), Participation Camping (13 nts)
Accommodated: Bungalows/ Lodges (13nts), Tented Rooms (3 nts), Supported Camping (3 nts), Comfort Hotel (1 nts)
Entrance Fees: South Luangwa National Park, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Activities: South Luangwa Game Drive, Village Visit – Malawi, Ferry to Zanzibar, Spice Tour, Game Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle down into Ngorongoro Crater, Game Drives in Serengeti with 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

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Day1

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Tonight, the adventure begins but feel free to explore your surroundings long before your welcome meeting begins. Your time in the little town of Livingstone can be filled with a variety of activities. Take a helicopter or microlight flight over the Victoria Falls, and let your breath be stolen away by the sight of the largest sheet of falling water in the world, cascading across two countries into a narrow gorge. Make sure to visit this UNESCO World Heritage Site, which is also one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. When you stand in front of the Victoria Falls you will understand why the indigenous tribe the Tonga gave it the beautiful and descriptive name of Mosi-Oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders). Please be back in time to meet your group at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip. Your Tour Leader will recommend a good selection of restaurants from which you can choose to experience the cuisine on offer in Victoria Falls.
Meals: N/A
Accommodation
•    Camping: Adventure Tent
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Today you will have time to do some of the action-filled activities that the area offers. Bungee jump or gorge swing off the Victoria Falls Bridge that links Zambia and Zimbabwe and have a different view of the Victoria Falls at the same time. This bridge is constructed to carry railway, road and foot traffic. For an adrenaline activity, closer to the Zambezi River, choose a half day or full day white water rafting adventure. You can end the day with a sunset cruise on the Zambezi, complete with snacks and refreshments.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation
•    Camping: Adventure Tent
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day3

Livingstone (Victoria Falls) to Lusaka

A long day’s drive to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia. You have ample time to relax and soak up the scenery of unspoiled nature and traditional settlements en route. Your rest camp is just outside the capital situated on a private game farm, where you can linger in the swimming pool or enjoy refreshments in the bar.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day4

Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park

Another long, but worthwhile drive in a north-east direction to the jewel of Zambia, South Luangwa National Park. Savour Africa’s natural beauty from the comfort of your Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle. You will cross an important landmark about halfway, namely the Luangwa Bridge across the Luangwa River. If time allows you might make a quick stop at the market town straddling the highway and taste dried fish or buy a straw hat for the sunny days ahead.  You will overnight next to the Luangwa River on the border of South Luangwa National Park. A brave night guard will be on the look-out for hippo, elephant or lion that might wander into the camp. You will truly feel part of Africa at Luangwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day5

South Luangwa National Park

We do a morning game drive with 4×4 safari vehicles to see how many of the 60 different animal species in the park we can find. South Luangwa is the southernmost national park in the valley of the Luangwa River and regarded by many experts as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. Be on the lookout for elephant lazily going about finding food, search for the well-known red lion nicknamed Ginger by the Rangers, stop at towering Thornicroft giraffe, the tallest animals in the world, great herds of buffalo, puku, zebra, pods of hippos and much, much more. Get lost in a spectacular world with majestic trees such as mopane, tamarind, sausage tree and marula tree and watch the rising sun turning the morning dust into swirling red-golden clouds. You also
have the option to book an afternoon or night game drive as an optional activity.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Morning Game Drive
Activities Optional: Afternoon Game Drive & Night Game Drive
Entrance Fees Included: South Luangwa National Park


Day6

South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach

The next few days will offer a total change of scenery and a new country when you camp right next to Lake Malawi, also named The Lake of Stars by explorer David Livingstone because of the lights of fishermen on the lake at night. Nestled between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, this great body of water is lined with picturesque thatched roofed huts and colourful washing fluttering on washing lines. You will drive past self-sufficient crops of maize, banana and pawpaw trees, racks loaded with small fish drying in the sun, chicken and piglets scattering across the road, women in brightly coloured wrapped skirts with buckets balanced on their heads and waving children. After a long day’s driving, you will finally be able to plunge down in a hammock in the characterful bar of Kande Beach or sit in the early evening on the beach to enjoy the cool breeze blowing from the lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Kayaking, Pedal Boat
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day7

Kande Beach

The day begins with a taste of local life when you go on a village tour after breakfast with one of the local guides. You will learn more about the culture and daily life of the local people on this tour and soon you will be surrounded by children eager to show off their English and speak with a foreigner. During your stay at Kande Beach, you can experience the novelty of diving in fresh water with a PADI accredited diving centre. Or just bask in the sun on the beach, take a swim in the fresh water, or take a kayak or pedal boat out on the water. For horse lovers, there is an opportunity to do some horse riding and take your horse for a swim in the lake at the end of your ride.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Village Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkelling, Canoeing, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach

En route to Chitimba, you will drive through a rubber tree forest. Your adventure crew will show you the process of rubber tree tapping and how the farmers collect the latex from these trees. Stop for shopping in Mzuzu which is the third largest city in Malawi and the centre of the agricultural region. When arriving at Chitimba camp after lunch, you have the afternoon free to relax on the beach or visit the market just outside the camp. Test your negotiation skills and bargain for that perfect souvenir, that is often made right there on the spot. Marvel at the craftsmanship needed to carve the intricate designs out of wood to decorate everything from three-legged Malawi chairs and tables, wooden bowls, chess boards, wall decorations and hundreds of other things big and small.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Hikes, Craft Market, Village Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day9

Chitimba Beach

Today is a relaxing day on which you can take an optional hike to the Livingstonia Museum or try your hand at wood crafting lessons, go on a guided hike, optional village tours or challenge one of the locals at one of their most popular games called Bao which is the Swahili name for a board game.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Hikes, Craft Market, Village Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day10

Lake Malawi to Iringa

Today the journey continues to Iringa, a region famous for its baskets woven from reeds which are not only used locally but also exported internationally. We overnight at Kizolanza Farmhouse, a working farm with sheep, cattle and a variety of crops of vegetables, herbs and flowers. Kisolanza is the perfect halfway travellers haven on the long journey from Chitimba to Dar es Salaam. It will be hard to find a place where elegance, ambience and practicality meet in a more charming way. Old ruins of the farm had been converted into The Mud Ruins Bar and Restaurant while keeping the original 70-year-old structures intact. Enjoy a hearty dinner prepared with produce from the farm while candles and lanterns lit up this charismatic ruin with natural ambience and rustic elegance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day11

Iringa to Dar es Salaam

Rise early for a long drive to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania’s largest city. Although the journey is long, you will drive through incredibly beautiful scenery, for example, the winding road through Baobab Valley – which is exactly what the name promises – a valley filled with baobab trees of all shapes and ages. Closer to Dar the population becomes denser and although Dar es Salaam is no more the capital of Tanzania it remains to be a very important economic centre. Driving through the chaotic streets of Dar es Salaam your senses will experience an onslaught of colours, smells and noises. Buy an ice cream, peanuts or charcoal grilled maize through the windows of the truck while it crawls through the insane traffic. This evening you can have a good night’s rest in a comfortable bed or have a night out exploring.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Bungalow/Lodge
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day12

Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (Nungwi Beach)

Today you have a short ferry trip on the ocean from Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar. On arrival at the harbour you will hop into a private transfer vehicle that will first take you on a spice tour before continuing to Nungwi Beach. On the spice tour, you will come to understand why Zanzibar is also named the Spice Island. On this guided tour, you will learn how spices such as cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg vanilla and peppercorns are grown and harvested. Inhale deeply the fragrance of a fresh piece of cinnamon bark or an open vanilla pod while wandering through the crops. After a tasty Swahili lunch, you continue to the holiday resort of Nungwi Beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation
•    Camping: Bungalow/Lodge
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Spice Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise, Island Tours, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

Nungwi Beach

Enjoy a relaxed day exploring this historic town or simply relax at your hotel next to the pool. Explore Nungwi Beach’s white sandy beaches, stage-set palm trees, turquoise sea and the sunshine. Take part in activities like snorkelling, scuba diving or guided walks. Your Tour Leader will assist with bookings if needed.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation
•    Camping: Bungalow/Lodge
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Sunset Cruise, Island Tours, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day14

Nungwi Beach to Stone Town

Enjoy a private transfer back to Stone Town, and explore this historic town with its maze of alleys lined with houses, shops, bazaars and mosques. Wander through the narrow streets filled with the fragrance of incense and spices, and add the distinct “Zanzibar smell” to your memories. The incredible architecture and enormous brass-studded wooden doors offer endless photo opportunities and although the Zanzibarians in their long, elegantly flowing garments are tempting to take pictures of, please be sensitive to the fact that they don’t like to be photographed. If you don’t want to walk the streets on your own you can go on a guided city tour and if towns are not your thing, you can always go on a boat trip to a nearby island like Prison Island. For lunch and dinner, the opportunities available will make it very hard to choose. Be adventurous at the evening food market and try a Zanzibar pizza or have a spicy meal at one of the many Indian restaurants.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation
•    Camping: Comfort Hotel
•    Room Upgrade: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Stone Town Tour, Prison Island Tour, Explore Stone Town
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day15

Stone Town to Bagamoyo

Leave Stone Town via ferry early morning, where your overland safari vehicle will meet you for the transfer to Bagamoyo. Situated approximately 80km north of Dar es Salaam. Bagamoyo was the most important trading post of Eastern Africa in the 19th century. A small fishing village, Bagamoyo is rich in history. Ruins of German-era colonial buildings and alleyways with a beautiful beachside backdrop of the Indian Ocean make this small village well worth a visit. Enjoy some freshly caught fish cooked to your delight at the fish market situated on the beach.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Explore Town & Fish Market
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day16

Bagamoyo to Arusha

Depart early for Arusha, a bustling city located on the eastern side of the Great Rift Valley. If you are lucky you might just get a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, usually veiled behind clouds. Kilimanjaro is a dormant volcano and the highest free-standing mountain in Africa. This is another day where you will enjoy the journey just as much as the destination, if not more. Watch how the landscapes change from tropical palm trees, banana and pawpaw trees to open savannah and acacia trees. You will see true Masai minding their cattle, void of the bling of the flashy Zanzibar Masai. You will drive along the beautiful Usambara mountain range and past vast fields of sisal, one of Tanzania’s largest export products. Your overnight stay will be at Meserani Snake Park, a true community orientated campsite. All the proceeds of the bar and campsite go towards the free clinic for the Masai and to take care of snakes, birds and other animals that are injured or would have been killed. Drink an ice-cold Kilimanjaro beer or soda with the knowledge that you are contributing to the community.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day17

Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Enjoy a long scenic drive to the Serengeti. The Serengeti Migration was officially declared as one of the 7 Natural Wonders of Africa February 11, 2013, in Arusha, Tanzania. Votes were cast by experts from around the world who noted the key statistical significance. Serengeti National Park is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We use 4×4 safari vehicles for the duration of the Serengeti / Crater excursion, as they are better adapted to the terrain. The Serengeti is one of the best places to observe a pride of lion in their natural environment. You might also spot blue wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and buffalo. Spend one night, camping in the central Seronera area. Tonight, you will be sleeping in the wild in an unfenced camp in the middle of the Serengeti. Listen to all the sounds the night offers while you doze off. You might just fall asleep to the sound of a lion roaring, calling for his females, the haunting call of the hyena or the lonely cry of the jackal.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drive through Ngorongoro Area and into The Serengeti in 4×4 Safari Vehicles
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Serengeti National Park

Day18

Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Enjoy an early breakfast before your safari begins. We will do game drives in the Serengeti until around lunch time, before crossing over to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. The Ngorongoro Conservation Area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Ngorongoro Crater is the world’s largest inactive, unfilled and intact volcanic caldera. The crater is home to roughly 25,000 large animals, of which you will try to find some on your morning game drive the next day. On the way to your campsite on the crater rim, you will stop for a panoramic view of the whole crater below. Put up your tent under the enormous sausage tree in the middle of the camp and be on the lookout for buffalo, zebra, or elephant which might just wander into the campsite looking for the soft, juicy grass you are camping on. On a lucky evening, you will wake up to the sound of zebra or buffalo chomping away on the grass around your tent.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drive in Serengeti
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day19

Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Karatu

Enjoy a final early morning game drive into the Crater in search of that perfect photo shoot. Descending 600 metres from the crater rim to the bottom of the crater will feel like entering an ancient world. Massive candelabra cacti stand watch along the slopes and inside the crater, you will find a mini-world with a lake, a swamp, a river, grassland and forest. Have cameras ready for endangered black rhino, elephants with long, white, curved tusks, spotted hyena, herds of wildebeest clowning around, skittish zebra or the jackpot of any game drive, the big cats – lion, leopard and cheetah. Return to Karatu and the comfort of your Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle around lunchtime. You have the afternoon free to enjoy some cocktails next to the swimming pool or go on a village walk.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation
•    Camping: Camping
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Game Drive in Ngorongoro Conservation Area
Activities Optional: Village Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day20

Karatu to Nairobi

Relax during the drive, but keep your eyes open for Mount Meru and Kilimanjaro en route before crossing the Tanzania / Kenya border. Explore the city of Nairobi, which highlights include Nairobi National Museum, Railway Museum, Karen Blixen Museum, The Village Market, Giraffe Centre, Bomas of Kenya and much more. But perhaps the most famous tourist attraction is Carnivore, an open-air restaurant featuring an all-you-can-eat meat buffet.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation
•    Camping: Dorm Room
•    Room Upgrade: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Nairobi National Park Game Drives, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day21

Nairobi

Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another successful tour.
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: N/A
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

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We have designed this itinerary to ensure that you get the best possible experience from this tour and region. Please note that if the itinerary on your trip differs slightly from the online itinerary or brochure, be assured that any change has been made after careful consideration and with the goal to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Changes considered necessary will usually be due to change in service levels, road conditions, recommendations from past clients etc. The goal of any change will be to give an improved experience. You will be informed in writing of any major changes before your trip starts to keep you informed at all times and discuss any concerns you might have.

Some changes might also be totally out of our control, like changes in visa fees and procedures, available activities etc. and might differ to what we have advised on our website. If changes take place while you are on the road, our adventure crew will be informed immediately and this information will be conveyed to you. The adventure crew will give you all possible assistance to manage these changes.

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