East Africa Camping Adventure South

The Details

Type: Camping Camping
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

2020
  • 2020
  • 2021
October
  • January
  • February
  • March
  • April
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  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November
  • December
From ZAR 38950 pp
(Excl. local payment )
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Overview

East Africa Camping Adventure South

With the East African Camping Adventure South 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, snorkeling, 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.

2020 Early Bird Special –  For July 2020 we are offering you the opportunity to book this tour for travel in 2021  at our current 2020 rate. Applies for departures between 01 January 2021 until 31 July 2021!

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ONE NIGHT PRE-ACCOMMODATION INCLUDED

Included

  1. All meals which are prepared and served at the Overland truck
  2. Accommodation
  3. Qualified crew
  4. Filtered water
  5. Transport in the Overland truck
  6. Included highlights as per the itinerary
  7. Entrance fees to National Parks

Excluded

  1. Items of a personal nature (snacks, alcohol, bottled water, soft drinks, tips)
  2. Entrance fees (associated with optional activities )
  3. Souvenirs and optional activities.
  4. Serengeti excursion package

NOTE  Prices are subject to change

**Price is per person sharing, excludes single supplement and any additional meals or activities not set out in the itinerary.

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Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 - Arusha

Route: Nairobi to Arusha

Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border. After completing border formalities we continue to the busy town of Arusha, our base for the night. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. Those who have purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package will be briefed this evening by our local guide on what to prepare for the coming days.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru Mbega Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 – Karatu

Route: Arusha to Karatu

Although it is a short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day excursion into the crater. Karatu is conveniently situated to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days. (This morning, those guests who pre-purchased the Serengeti excursion will be collected early and will be separated from the group for the next 4 days).

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

3-Night Serengeti camping Excursion

Day 3 - Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4×4 safari type vehicles. We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains. We will arrive back in Karatu in the afternoon.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Full day 4x4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 - Karatu

This morning we rise early for a hike to the Elephant Caves, taking you through untouched forests with amazing wildlife. The rest of the day is free for you to relax at camp or participate in a number of optional activities available from the accommodation establishment. Some of the optional activities include village walking visits or a visit to Lake Manyara National Park. These activities need to be booked directly with the accommodation provide upon arrival in Karatu.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Elephant Caves Hike

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kudu Camp: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 - Arusha

Route: Karatu to Arusha

Wrapping up our time in Karatu and Ngorongoro Crater, we board our truck and return to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha we are reunited with our fellow travellers who opted for the Serengeti excursion.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Meru Mbega Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 - Bagamoyo

Route: Arusha to 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: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 – Nungwi (Zanzibar)

Route: Bagamoyo to 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. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged and your guide will be on hand to assist

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Zanzibar Excursion

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Amaan Bungalows

Meals

Meals:

Lunch, Dinner

Day 8 - Nungwi

Today is a free day to enjoy 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, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours and more

Day 9 – Nungwi - Stone Town

Route: Nungwi to Stone Town

This morning we explore the beautiful Jozani Forest before our visit to Nungwi comes to an end as we transfer by road to Stone Town. Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. Our afternoon will be spent visiting Prison Island, which was once a place where slaves were detained. The trip to Prison Island is about 20 – 30 minutes (per way) by boat transfer. We spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Jozani Forest, Prison Island boat trip

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Africa House Hotel

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 - Mikumi

Route: Zanzibar via Dar es Salaam to 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:

Camp Bastian: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Mikumi Game Drive

Day 11 - Iringa

Route: Mikumi to Iringa

The town of Iringa sits on a cliff overlooking the Ruaha River Valley. The town centre offers the visitor a view into the past with its German colonial buildings and a popular market. The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery memorialises soldiers who died in local battles during WWI and WWII.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Kisolanza Farm: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 – Lake Malawi

Route: Iringa to Chilumba

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 two days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Majizuwa : Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 13 – Lake Malawi

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 afternoon will be spent walking through the small village of Ngala.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Majizuwa : Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 14 – Lake Malawi

Route: North Lake Malawi to Central Lake Malawi

This morning we board our truck and head further South of Lake Malawi. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi. Stretching over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi, the lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ngala Beach Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 15 – Lake Malawi

Today is another day of leisure, relaxing at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Malawi Village Tour

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Ngala Beach Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 16 – South Luangwa

Route: Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park

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 OR Marula Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17 – 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, enjoying a sundowner on the way. 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.

Hightlights

Hightlights:

Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Wildlife Camp OR Marula Lodge: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Optional Extras

Optional Extras:

Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa

Day 18 - Petauke

Route: South Luangwa to 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: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 19 - Lusaka

Route: Petauke to Lusaka

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 and the landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries, so many of us call home.

Accommodation

Accommodation:

Eureka Camp: Camping: Campsite with Shared Ablutions

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20 – Victoria Falls

Route: Lusaka to 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. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

Meals

Meals:

Breakfast, Lunch

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