21 Day East African Adventure (Northbound)

Length: 21 Days

Areas Visited: Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya

Price: From R12 950

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Countries visited:

  • Zimbabwe
  • Zambia
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Kenya

Highlights:

  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Masai Tribe
  • Zanzibar Island
  • Serengeti National Park

Tour Price: R16 450.00

Activity Package: R6 650.00

This is an optional additional payment that covers what we consider to be ‘essential activities’ on our tours and therefore this itinerary has been written with these items included in the day-by-day itinerary.  Ideally we would include all of these, but not everyone can afford this.

Activities available on this tour:
South Luangwa NP sunset game drive
Textile village visit South Luangwa
Village tour Malawi
Zanzibar excursion plus ferry
Masai Mara Museum

Single Supplement: R970.00 (Northbound)

Approximate Itinerary:

Day 1 Lusaka
Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.
Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 Chipata
Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Chipata, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Chipata to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar.  This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa NP

Day 4 South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village. Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package: Village and textile visit

Day 5 Lilongwe 
Today we depart the South Luangwa National Park and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe.  En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Visit a local market

Day 6/7 Kande Beach
This morning we have the opportunity to participate in a 2 hour city tour, before we take a scenic drive to Kande beach. We will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports.  We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life. Optional Activities: Lilongwe city tour, Scuba diving, snorkeling etc.
Meals:    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity Package: Guided village tour

Day 8 Lake Malawi – Chitimba
We travel further north and spend our last day in Malawi at Chitimba beach. Set on a golden sandy beach amongst banana palms and papaya trees, our accommodation for the night is surrounded by the famous Livingstonia and Nyika mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 9 Tanzania – Iringa 
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai restaurant where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Included Highlights: Dinner in a local Maasai restaurant

Day 10 Mikumi
We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park. Optional Activity:  Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11 Dar es Salaam
Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam.  Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12/13/14 Zanzibar
A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Zanzibar. We take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend our time relaxing on the beach.  On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night.  Here we have time exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.  Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc.
Please note: If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the campsite in Dar es Salaam for the following 3nights.
Day 12/13
Meals: Breakfast
Day 14
Meals: Breakfast

Day 15 Lushoto 
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck.  We continue on to Lushoto, the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks.  The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mountains.
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 16 Arusha
The city of Arusha is surrounded by some of Africa’s most famous landscapes and national parks. Situated below Mount Meru on the eastern edge of the eastern branch of the Great Rift Valley, the city is close to Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater, Lake Manyara, Olduvai Gorge, Tarangire National Park, and Mount Kilimanjaro and The Arusha National Park.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 17/18/19 Serengeti and Ngorongoro Excursion
These 4 days are set aside for the 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Arusha to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum.
The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Serengeti Camping Excursion

Day 20 Arusha
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days. In the afternoon we visit the local Masai Mara Museum and Snake Park in Arusha.  Optional Activity:  camel ride to local Masaai village.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Activity package:Masai Mara Museum

Day 21 Kenya – Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi and the end of our journey. Usually we end the tour with a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. Optional Activity: Dinner out.
Meals:Breakfast, Lunch

*Please note that the Serengeti Experience is an Optional Activity on this tour and is not included in the Activity Package.

Details
Length 21 Days
Accommodation Twin Share Camping
Start Point Victoria Falls
End Point Nairobi
Meals 20x Breakfasts, 17x Lunches and 17x Dinners
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