East Africa Adventure South

The Details

Type: Accommodated Accommodated
Start: Nairobi Kenya
Length: 14 - 28 Days
End: Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
Comfort: Standard
Vehicle: Overland Vehicle
Group Size: Large (>12 People)
Countries: Kenya Tanzania Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe

Tour Dates

2017
  • 2017
  • 2018
December
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
  • May
  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 26750 pp
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Overview

With the East African Adventure tour we take you into the heart of East Africa. This tour is the optimal bush and beach experience, with a little adventure thrown in to keep you on your toes. We make our way to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife before setting off for the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar, perfect for rest and relaxation after a busy big 5 safari. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania. We travel into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi and spend some time on the shores of her fresh water lake and finally on to the pristine South Luangwa National park in Zambia. Your tour ends in the adventure town of Victoria Falls. Excludes Activity Package; R 9 150 per person and single supplement. 

This tour has a Comfort Option available.

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha

Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border, after completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire. For those are not taking part in the optional Serengeti Excursion, you will remain at the lodge in Arusha. This presents the opportunity for a variety of Day Tours that can be booked on arrival in Arusha this afternoon, these include Day Tours to Arusha National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. For those who prefer to immerse themselves in the Maasai Culture, why not join a 2-day trip to Olpopongi Maasai Village. All activities are optional and as subject to availability with the service provider.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ndoro Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive. The campsites we visit are fully owned by the Tanzania National Parks Board. Over 90,000 tourists visit the Serengeti National Park annually. These facilities are sadly not sufficiently maintained by the Parks Board and we have attempted to offer our services to improve the situation, however our offers were not accepted. We do ask that you have an open mind when visiting the ablutions in the Serengeti National Park. Please supply your own wet wipes and toilet paper.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camps: Seronera or Simba Campsites

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Serengeti Camping Excursion

Day 3 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is dependent on the movement of the game and sightings.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camps: Seronera or Simba Campsites

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 – Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bush Camps: Seronera or Simba Campsites

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Arusha

We return from the Serengeti and re-united with our truck and crew in Arusha. A welcome shower awaits us on our return and tonight we share a meal in camp as we prepare for tomorrow’s travel.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ndoro Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Bagamoyo

We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7 – Nungwi (Zanzibar)

We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, we take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Spice Tour included in Zanzibar Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Zanzibar Excursion

Day 8 - Nungwi

Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Zanzibar Excursion / Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more

Day 9 – Stone Town

Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel back to Zanzibar Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes, we spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ocean View Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Zanzibar Excursion

Day 10 – Dar es Salaam

This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Stone Town included in Zanzibar Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kariakoo Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Zanzibar Excursion / Dinner Out

Day 11 - Mikumi

Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Asante Afrika Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 - Iringa

We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kisolanza Farm

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 13 – Lake Malawi

Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – Lake Malawi

Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Local Village Visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering,

Day 15 – Lake Malawi

This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Karonga Town and Museum Visit

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Snorkelling, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Community Volunteering

Day 16 – Lake Malawi

This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chitimba OR Ngala Beach Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 – South Luangwa

This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 18 – South Luangwa

South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Activity Package; Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park /Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 19 - Petauke

Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Textile project visit (full tour available March to December)

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Chimwemwe Executive Lodge

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 - Eureka

As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eureka Camp

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21 – Victoria Falls

Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Own arrangements

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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