Northern Safari

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Price: From ZAR 25095 per person

    Days 1-2: Searching for the Big 5 in Kruger

    Leaving Johannesburg travel through the Lowveld and the Panorama Route towards the world-renowned Kruger National Park. Your camp is situated just outside the Numbi Gate, perfect for an early start on tomorrow’s game drive. Enjoy an evening around the camp fire. 

    The next day enter the Kruger National Park and begin your game drive in search of Africa’s Big 5 – elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, and rhino – and the 500 bird species with in the park. There is also 23,000 types of plants on record inside the park. In the evening, book an optional night game drive with a SANP guide and explore the park in search of the nocturnal animals. 

                   
    • Highlights: Kruger National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 1: L D
    • Meals Day 2: B L D
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    Day 3: Looking through God’s Window

    Saying goodbye to the Kruger and the Lowveld, drive through more of the Panorama Route stopping at the Blyde River Canyon and God’s Window for some photos, to Polokwane. 

                   
    • Highlights: Panorama Route, Polokwane
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: L D
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    Day 4: Exciting Drive to Musina

    This morning start your journey north towards Zimbabwe. It’s a bit of a long drive, but not terribly stressful as its on sealed roads, to Musina, your stop for the night. Established in a copper boom, the town slowly disappeared as the industry suffered, but of late, the town has flourished again as the industry has picked up. 

                   
    • Highlights: Musina
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 5: Wandering Among the Great Zimbabwe Ruins

    Crossing into Zimbabwe, make your way to the town of Masvingo and the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. Wander among these ruins which were once part of the greatest medieval city in the sub-Sahara. After setting up camp, the night is yours to enjoy and relax. 

                   
    • Highlights: Great Zimbabwe Ruins
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 6-7: Riding an Elephant at Antelope Park

    Your journey continues north to the town of Gweru in the Midlands region. Your camp site will be at the Antelope Park where you’ll have the opportunity to spot lion, elephant and antelope. Spend the next day walking with the lions, riding an elephant, or going on a game drive through the park

    The next day experience the opportunity to walk with lions, swim with elephants, or do some game viewing on a horse or in a safari vehicle. 

                   
    • Highlights: Antelope Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 8-9: Visiting Bulawayo

    Today travel to Zimbabwe’s second largest city, Bulawayo. Marvel at the colonial character – historical buildings and wide streets - that still remains in evidence. Spend the rest of the day exploring the city, visiting the Natural History Museum, the National Arts Gallery, or the Mzilikazi Arts and Crafts Centre.

    On your second day, Drive to the Matobo National Park to explore this stronghold for black and white rhino. Along with rhinos, the park has a large population of leopard and majestic black eagle. Check out the ancient rock paintings that have been found, providing evidence that the San people once inhabited the region. 

                   
    • Highlights: Bulawayo, Matobo National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 10-12: Viewing the Mighty Victoria Falls

    After a short drive north from Bulawayo, arrive at the adventure capital of Africa, Victoria Falls. After setting up camp, in the town’s centrally located campsite, explore the Victoria Falls National Park and view the mighty Falls up close. Then spend the evening investigate the town’s night life.

    Spend the next two days partaking in a flurry of optional adventure activities. White water rafting is one of the more popular choices but there are many others such as abseiling down the Batoka Gorge, bungee jumping, taking a scenic flight over the Falls, or going on a lion walk at a rehabilitation centre. While each night enjoying a delicious meal at one of the town’s excellent restaurants. 

                   
    • Highlights: Victoria Falls
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 10: B L
    • Meals Day 11-12: None
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    Day 13:Explore the Chobe National Park

    Cross into Botswana and travel to the town of Kasane on the banks of the Chobe River. Embark on a river cruise to search the Chobe River for wildlife after a delicious lunch at your camp site. 

    Return to the camp to prepare for an overnight excursion into the famous Chobe National Park. Spend the afternoon exploring this renowned park for its large herds of elephants and other wildlife. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chobe National Park
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 14: Cruising Along the Zambezi River

    Crossing the Zambezi River by the Victoria Falls Bridge, enter Zambia and the town of Livingstone. After setting up camp, you have the opportunity to explore the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and view the Falls from the Zambian side for a different look. This evening, take an optional sunset cruise up the Zambezi to observe the wildlife that live along the river and usually come down for a drink. 

                   
    • Highlights: Livingstone
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 15: Driving through Zambia

    Departing early from Livingstone, travel north through southern Zambia to the capital, Lusaka, and your campsite just outside the city. This beautiful campsite has its own wildlife, including some elands – Africa’s largest antelope. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lusaka
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 5: Staying the Night in Chipata

    Today is a bit of a long travel day as the roads getting rough on your way towards Chipata and a lovely camp site near the Zambia-Malawi border. 

                   
    • Highlights: Chipata
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 17-20: Getting Beach Time on Lake Malawi

    Crossing the border to Malawi, stop in Lilongwe for some supplies before continuing onto the stunning fresh water lake, Lake Malawi. Over the next five days, make your way up the coast stopping at various camp sites along the way. 

    Visit the local markets in search of a bargain and treasures to take home, relax on the white sandy beaches, or learn the rules to the game of bao from the locals.

    The crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi are a water enthusiast’s dream as the temperate climate allows for swimming year round, the abundance of marine life makes for exciting diving and snorkelling opportunities, and calm waters make exploring the shoreline spectacular. 

                   
    • Highlights: Lake Malawi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 21: Crossing into Tanzania

    Following your beach time, cross the border and enter Tanzania driving through the stunning tea plantations of Tukuyu to the town of Iringa. Tonight spend the night at a simple farmhouse camp site that is famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolate. 

                   
    • Highlights: Iringa
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 22: Relaxing on the Indian Ocean

    This morning leave the highlands of southern Tanzania behind and head for the Indian Ocean coast and the cosmopolitan city of Dar es Salaam. Your stop for the night will be a lovely beachside campsite where you can prepare for your optional Zanzibar excursion. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 23-25: Spicing Life Up on Zanzibar

    Board the local ferry from Dar es Salaam and cruise to the ‘Spice Island’, Zanzibar, for the next three nights on an optional Zanzibar excursion. Your accommodation and meals while on the island will be of your own expense, so where and what you’d like to do is by your design. Spend all your time in Stone Town, on the beach, or a mix of both. 

    Stone Town is Zanzibar’s largest town and is the starting point for most visitors to the island. Wander the narrow streets that still have their Arabic influence, stopping at the many shops and cafes for a spice drink or to buy a gift for home. Several day trips, such as a visit to the Prison Island or to the Jozani Forest, or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow, can be organised from town. 

    p>A trip to Zanzibar wouldn’t be complete with out a day on one of the many white sandy beaches. One of the more popular places to go is to Kendwa because of its long stretches of beach, and its flat calm crystal clear waters, perfect for snorkeling just off shore. In the evening sit back and relax with a delicious sundowner as you watch the sunset over the Indian Ocean.

                   
    • Highlights: Zanzibar
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals Day 23: B
    • Meals Day 24-25: None
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    Day 26: Taking the Ferry Back to Dar es Salaam

    Today, say goodbye to Zanzibar and return to the mainland, spending another night in Dar es Salaam at your beach side camp site. 

                   
    • Highlights: Dar es Salaam
    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: D
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    Day 27: Passing By the Mighty Kilimanjaro

    Leaving Dar es Salaam travel through lush scenery and the Usambara Mountains towards the town of Moshi. Stopping in Moshi, you should be able to get a glimpse of the stunning Mount Kilimanjaro and its snowy summit. Continue on passing through Arusha to your camp site in Meserani. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Days 28-29: Bush Camping in the Serengeti

    Transfer to 4x4 safari vehicles as you begin your optional 2-night safari excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, and drive to the Maasai town of Mtu Wa Mbu. Continue up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the village of Karatu, spending the night at a lovely camp site surrounded by wheat farms.

    The next morning wake up early to maximise your time in the Ngorongoro Crater as you drive around this unbroken caldera searching for wildlife. This world heritage site has some of the best game viewing in Africa.

    Ascending out of the Crater, drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation area for the world famous Serengeti National Park. Entering the park, continue your day of game viewing as you drive around the southern and central part of the park to your bush camp. Spend the night camping among the animals listening to the sounds of the wild. 

                   
    • Highlights: Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (optional excursion)
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 30: Returning to Arusha

    Continue your safari with a morning game drive through the park in search of the remaining ‘Big 5’ you haven’t had a chance to see. After lunch, start to make your way back through the Ngorongoro Conservation area and down the Rift Valley Escarpment to Arusha. 

                   
    • Highlights: Arusha
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 31: Crossing into Kenya

    Set off early this morning and cross into Kenya as you travel north to the capital, Nairobi where you’ll have the rest of the day to explore this vibrant East African city.

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Accommodation: Camping
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    • Meals: B L D
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    Day 32: Ending your Tour in Nairobi

    This morning after breakfast your tour officially ends, but take the day to visit the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust and the Giraffe Centre before your flight home. 

                   
    • Highlights: Nairobi
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    • Meals: B
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    Rates & Dates
    • SEASONAL DATES: TOUR PRICE: LOCAL PAYMENT
    • 10 May 2017 - 20 December 2017 ZAR 25095 USD 960
    Tour Departures Dates
    • Departure Month: Start Date: End Date:
    • July 05 July 2017 05 August 2017 July 19 July 2017 19 August 2017 August 02 August 2017 02 September 2017 August 30 August 2017 30 September 2017 September 27 September 2017 28 October 2017 October 25 October 2017 25 November 2017 November 22 November 2017 23 December 2017 December 20 December 2017 20 January 2018