East Africa Multi - Country Adventure Camping Tour (Southbound)
A journey from Kenya, Nairobi via Tanzania & Malawi to Victoria Falls, Zambia over 21 days. Overnight 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.Read more
A journey from Kenya, Nairobi via Tanzania & Malawi to Victoria Falls, Zambia over 21 days. Overnight 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 and many more. Your experienced adventure crew will make sure you have a safe and enriching trip through this fascinating region. Accommodation in Eastern Africa is best described as rustic, mostly with shared ablution facilities but still comfortable. We include 3 nights sleeping under the African sky and camp in Arusha, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. All camping equipment is provided for.
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.
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.
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.
Your 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.
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 4x4 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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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 sunshine. Take part in activities like snorkelling, scuba diving or guided walks. Your Tour Leader will assist with bookings if needed.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
Our last goodbye, a healthy breakfast and the end of another incredible tour. Breakfast included.
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