21 Days
Duration
20 Seater
Vehicle Type
Kenya, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia
Location
Yes
Camping Tours

Journey from Kenya, Nairobi via Tanzania & Malawi to Livingstone, Zambia over 21 days.

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Camp in several National Parks to better appreciate Africa’s natural beauty from lush gardens to secluded beaches. Explore the bazaars and shops of Stone Town and savour the views of Victoria Falls. Experience classic African adventures.  Travel the rugged terrain of Africa’s unspoiled landscapes and meet its people. Visit natural landmarks like the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa and the Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Sleep under the stars of the African sky and spot wildlife such as hippos, monkeys, and crocodiles. 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 through 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 in swimsuits or shorts (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. First ask permission when taking photos.

Tour Price:  US$3,190.00
Solo Room Supplement:  US$125.00

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Group size: Max 20
Days: 21
Start: Nairobi
End: Victoria Falls
Distance: 4730km
Transport: Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle
Meals: 20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 14 Dinners
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge (2 nts), Comfort Hotel (1 nt), Tented Rooms (1 nt), Adventure Tents (2 nts) Participation Camping (14 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 Vehicles
Crew: 1 Tour Leader, 1 Driver for the duration of the tour, local guides as per activities included

Day1

Nairobi

Arrival day and welcome meeting at 18:00. After introductions, your Tour Leader will review the details of your trip and answer any questions. Explore the city of Nairobi, which highlights include The Nairobi National Museum, The 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: N/A
Accommodation: Tented Rooms
Activities Included: Welcome Meeting at 18:00
Activities Optional: Nairobi NP Game Drives, Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre, Karen Blixen Museum
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day2

Nairobi 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 one of those days where you will enjoy the journey just as much as the destination, if not more. Watch how the landscapes change into open savannah and acacia trees. You overnight stay will be at Meserani Snake Park, a truly community oriented 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
Activities Included: Snake Park, Masaai Museum
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day3

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 NP 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 for the terrain. The Serengeti is one of the best places to observe pride of lion in their natural environment. You might also spot blue wildebeest, gazelle, zebra and buffalo. 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 jackal. We spend one night, camping in the central Seronera area.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: 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

Day4

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
Activities Included: Game Drive in Serengeti with 4X4 Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: Ngorongoro Conservation Area

Day5

Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Moshi

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, elephant 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 the Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle and continue onwards to Moshi, a small town on the lower slopes of Kilimanjaro.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Game Drive into Ngorongoro Crater with 4×4 Safari Vehicles
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day6

Moshi to Bagamoyo

Rise early for a long drive to Bagamoyo.  Situated approximately 50km 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 makes 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
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Explore Town & Fish Market
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day7

Bagamoyo 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. With white beaches, tropical waters and amazing sunsets, this beautiful beach resort is the perfect way to recharge after long distances travelled the past few days.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Bungalow/Lodge
Activities Included: Spice Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Fishing, Sunset Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day8

Nungwi Beach

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

Day9

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: Comfort Hotel
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Stone Town Tour, Prison Island Tour, Explore Stone Town, Jozani Forest Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day10

Stone Town to Dar es Salaam to Mikumi

Depart from Zanzibar Ferry terminal early morning and then get on to your Adventure Overland Safari Vehicle in Dar es Salaam for the journey to your overnight stay at Tan-Swiss Lodge in the small town of Mikumi. On the way, you will drive through Mikumi National Park. Although this is not a game drive and just a passing through, you might spot wildlife such as giraffe, zebra and elephant right along the highway.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day11

Mikumi to Iringa

Today is a shorter journey to Iringa 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.   Iringa is a region famous for its woven baskets made from local reeds. 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 way to Malawi. It will be hard to find a place where elegance, ambience and practicality meet in a more charming way. Old ruins on 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 ambiance and rustic elegance.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day12

Iringa to Lake Malawi (Chitimba)

The next few days will offer a total change of scenery and a new country when you camp right next to Lake Malawi. Explorer David Livingstone nicknamed this expanse of water The Lake of Stars because of the flickering lights of fishermen on the lake at night. Nestled between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania, the shores of Lake Malawi are lined with picturesque thatched roofed huts and colourful washing fluttering on washing lines. You will drive past self-sufficient crops of maize, banana and paw-paw 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 on a comfortable couch, handmade by the owner of Chitimba Camp or sit in the early evening on the beach to enjoy the cool breeze blowing from the lake.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day13

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 carving, 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. There is a curio market just outside the camp where you can 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 anything 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
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Hikes, Craft Market, Village Tour
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day14

Lake Malawi: Chitimba to Kande Beach

Today we continue driving south all along Lake Malawi to our next destination Kande Beach near the town of Chintheche. En route 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. It is a short drive to Kande and you will have the afternoon and next day to do some of the exciting activities Kande offers.  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
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Fishing
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day15

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 friendly local people on this tour and soon you will be surrounded by children eager to show off their English and speak with a foreigner.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: Village Tour
Activities Optional: Diving, Snorkeling, Canoeing, Fishing, Horse Riding
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day16

Kande Beach to South Luangwa National Park

Today brings a border crossing into Zambia and a long, but worthwhile drive in a western 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 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 South Luangwa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Camping
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day17

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 hippo 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 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
Activities Included: Morning Game Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Activities Optional: Afternoon and Night Drive in 4×4 Safari Vehicle
Entrance Fees Included: South Luangwa National Park

Day18

South Luangwa National Park to Lusaka

Take the Great East Road for 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. 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 or basket.  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
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: N/A
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day19

Lusaka to Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

Continue to your destination, Livingstone. This is your home base for the next two nights. The Victoria Falls is not the widest or highest falls but is regarded as the World’s biggest. It produces a breath-taking curtain of falling water as it drops into the gorge below. See why it’s considered among one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Adventure Tents
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day20

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

You have the day free to explore or enjoy a selection of optional activities. Take a helicopter or microlight flight over the Victoria Falls, and let your breath be stolen away by the sight of these magnificent falls, 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).
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Adventure Tents
Activities Included: N/A
Activities Optional: White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Helicopter Flights, Boat Cruise
Entrance Fees Included: N/A

Day21

Livingstone (Victoria Falls)

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

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.

This Core Tour can be experienced as part of the following Combo Tours:

Ultimate Africa Southbound Premium CAMPING Adventure
Ultimate Africa Southbound Premium CAMPING Adventure

Best of Eastern Africa Southbound Premium Camping Adventure Map

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