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$ 4455

East African Explorer 29 Days (Accommodated)

min $ 4455
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Destinations: Johannesburg, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, Tshipise, Bulawayo, Lusaka, South Luangwa National Park, Iringa, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Nairobi
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 4455
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Explore Africa's Eastern side and its amazing attractions

This accommodated overland tour with take you to some of the best attraction is East and Southern Africa. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, feel the spray from Victoria Falls, game drive in Kruger, Matobo, South Luangwa and Serengeti National Parks. Embrace the magic of Africa.

This tour is also available in reverse, starting in Nairobi and ending in Johannesburg including the Maasai Mara excursion.

Day 1. Johannesburg to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

We depart Johannesburg this morning and travel via the region of Mpumalanga to Kruger National Park. We stay just outside of the park in Hazyview where we enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. 2 images Shangaan tribal dancing 3 images Hotel Numbi

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Waking early today we board our 4x4 safari vehicles for a full day game driving around this 24000 sq km park. Home to over 500 species of birds and almost 150 mammals there is a lot to be seen during our time here.

The day is spent driving along the winding paths in search of the Big Five and other magnificent animals home to the park. Look out for the many colourful birds - especially the unusual ground hornbill which can be seen here. 6 images Kruger National Park, South Africa 3 images Hotel Numbi

Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.

We travel north away from Kruger to the town of Tshipise in the northern Limpopo province. Our camp for the evening has lovely hot pools and a natural hot spring to soothe away any travel stress. 3 images Tshipise, South Africa 4 images Forever Resorts, Tshipise

Day 4. Tshipise to Matobos, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

This morning we leave Tshipise and South Africa crossing the border into Zimbabwe and the city of Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe's second city has strong colonial influences and offers wide tree-lined streets (it is said an ox-wagon could easily turn in these) and quaint architecture. Our camp for the evening is situated in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of the city. 2 images Burkes Paradise

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

Waking early, we head out on our 4x4's with the local guide who will take us on game drives and a wilderness walk in the park today. We keep any eye for the 'big 5', especially rhino as this park has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa.

Steeped in history and blessed with some of the most majestic views, the Matobo National Park is simply unforgettable! 4 images Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe 2 images Burkes Paradise

Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

We leave Bulawayo today passing through the town of Victoria Falls and crossing into neighbouring Zambia. We travel the short distance to our accommodation in the town of Livingstone, stopping en route for a visit at the magnificent Victoria falls. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia 8 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

These days are free days for you to experience the optional activities that are available such as - bungee jump, abseiling, game walk, village tour, gorge swing, white water rafting, bridge tour and many more. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia 8 images The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone

Day 9. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.

We depart Livingstone today and travel through the countryside to Zambia's capital city, Lusaka. This is southern Africa's fastest growing city with a population of around 1.7 million. 4 images Eureka Camp, Lusaka

Day 10. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

We travel to South Luangwa National Park today home to hippo, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe and many more. 4 images Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa

Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

This morning relax around the pool and enjoy the hot hours of the day. In the afternoon we will meet our local ranger who will take us on a game drive in an open vehicle to spot some of the wildlife in this park. 3 images South Luangwa National Park 4 images Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa

Day 12. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Today we depart Zambia and cross the border into Malawi where we stay at Kande Beach for the next two nights on Lake Malawi. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi 4 images Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa

Day 13. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.

Today is a free day to experience the optional activities available here. Go on a village walk, snorkel, dive or just relax on the beach.

The local Chichewa people are known for their friendly smiles and warm nature. Spending some time on the beach chatting to the fisherman, villagers and passers-by is a great way to get some insight into the daily lives of these local Malawians. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi 6 images Kande Beach, Malawi

Day 14. Kande Beach - Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Today we travel further along Lake Malawi via Mzuzu, the northern region capital and Malawi's third largest town. Stopping off for supplies at the local market, we soon make our way to the northern lake and our base for the next two nights. 2 images Chitimba Beach 4 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi

Day 15. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Today you can relax on the beach or take an 11km hike to the Manchewe Falls high up in the neighboring hills adjacent to the lake. Enjoy the magnificent views, see the off-the-beaten-path villages and even visit the site of famed explorer David Livingstone's mission station in this region.

For those not wishing to stretch their legs there is the beach and nearby village to explore, or simply kick back and relax with a good book and your fellow travellers' company. 4 images Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi

Day 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.

Leaving Lake Malawi we depart the country and make the short border crossing into Tanzania. We make our way through Tanzania's southern highlands to our accommodation at the Kisolanza Farm House. 3 images Iringa Farmhouse

Day 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.

Making our way from Iringa we travel east towards yet another African highlight, the Mikumi National Park. Home to plentiful wildlife such as Lion, Elephant, Buffalo and Leopard. Upon reaching the accommodation you may have time for an afternoon optional game drive through the grassy plains and iconic baobab trees. Or simply relax at the campsites swimming pool and restaurant/bar before enjoying an open air fire to end the day. 6 images Tanswiss, Mikumi

Day 18. Mikumi National Park area to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Rising early, we make our way towards the Indian Ocean and the city of Dar es Salaam passing through the Mikumi National Park. Known for its landscape of baobabs, black hardwood trees and grassy plains, Mikumi hosts 4 of the Big 5 and we hope to glimpse these magnificent animals as we pass through the park. As we near the bustling city of dar es Salaam, there is much to see on the roadside with the quirky shops and stalls along the way. 5 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 5 images Mikumi National Park, Tanzania 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

Day 19. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.

Today we leave the African mainland and travel to the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

We arrive in time for lunch giving you an afternoon free to explore the winding alleyways, monuments and markets of the capital of Unguya Island. We spend our first night in Stone Town where tonight you can explore the tasty delights of the city. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 4 images Safari Lodge, Zanzibar

Day 20-22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

This morning there is the opportunity to head out on an optional tour of the spice plantations that surround the city. Zanzibar is still one of the biggest producers of rare spices and there are also many tropical fruit farms (from which you'll get to sample the seasonal fruits).

We transfer to the northern beaches of the island where we will stay for the next three nights. Here your time is your own, so relax on the beach, dive or snorkel and enjoy this idyllic island lifestyle. 9 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania 5 images Sunset Bungalows Kendwa

Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Today we leave our tropical paradise and retrace our journey back to the mainland and the city of Dar es Salaam where we stay for the evening. 2 images Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam

Day 24. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.

We start early this morning leaving Dar es Salaam heading north to Marangu at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro, if the weather is clear we may be lucky enough to see the snow capped peak of Africa's highest mountain. 5 images Marangu Hotel

Day 25. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Driving past the town of Moshi out of Marangu we make our way to the city of Arusha, situated exactly mid way between Cairo and Cape Town. We spend the night in Arusha before our excursion to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. 3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park

Day 26. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.

We transfer our overnight gear to 4x4 vehicles and meet our local guides who will escort us into the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Our drive takes us first via the Great Rift Valley escarpment where we have sweeping views down onto Lake Manyara. From here, we pass through the lush farming town of Karatu before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

Our drive takes us across the rugged plains and on to the famed Serengeti National Park - we see the savanna plains and seek out the abundant predators and their prey on a game drive deeper into the park this afternoon.

Tonight we camp in the wilderness with very basic facilities - but are fully rewarded with the night time sounds of the awesome African wilderness! 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania 1 images Serengeti Camp

Day 27. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

We wake early to make the most of the dawn and hopefully see what the wildlife has been up to while we were asleep - perhaps you'll have heard the mighty lions roar nearby and now have the chance to head out and see them.

After breakfast, we head out on game drive out of the plains and ascend the craters' rim where we spend the night. Wrap up warm as the high altitude here can make for a chilly night! 1 images Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater

Day 28. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Rising early today we descend to the crater floor for a morning game drive in search of the spectacular wildlife here. All major mammals can be seen apart form giraffe who cannot manage the steep slopes to the crater floor.

A World Heritage Site, and home to an abundance of wildlife - the Ngorongoro Crater is without a doubt one of Africa's safari highlights.

After our morning in the wild, we head back to our truck at camp outside Arusha. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania 4 images Meserani Snake Park

Day 29. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

We depart Tanzania today and make our way across the Masai Steppe into Kenya and travel to Nairobi where our tour ends on arrival in the bustling garden city.

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Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.
Saba Lodge, Johannesburg

Saba Lodge is selectively chosen as it boasts of quality and comfort as well as being conveniently located. Within 15 minutes drive of O.R Tambo Airport, this establishment offers clients a taste of what their African adventure will entail. Set on 8000 square metres of land, with a tranquil rustic theme, a large deck and swimming pool, free uncapped fibre optic wifi, guests are sure to enjoy their stay. Rooms - single, dorm, family and twin/double en-suite rooms available. Breakfast and airport transfer available.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi

Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

This tour departs Johannesburg early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before
departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you –
please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please
book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Naiorbi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what
activities you would like to do.

Twin share accommodation with facilities (26 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar, we use basic tourist class local hotels.

24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.

In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Includes & Excludes

28 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners

26 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress (Serengeti, 1 night and Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and
Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built
Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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