This camping overland safari tour offers world renowned national parks, the incredible beaches of Zanzibar, mighty Victoria Falls and friendly Malawi. Packed full of activities along the way, this is a tour with rewarding wildlife encounters, lots of relaxation and cultural experience to take home with you.
This tour combines with our south-bound routes to Cape Town via Botswana and Namibia or to Johannesburg via Zimbabwe if you want to extend your trip.
Day 1. Nairobi to Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Great Rift Valley.We depart Nairobi and head across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve. For this excursion we are using small specialized safari vehicles that offer a much more intimate safari experience that enable better views of wildlife we are about to encounter. With specialist local guides, we spend the next two nights camping on the edge of the reserve with both morning and afternoon game drives included. The Mara is excellent for game viewing year round but is famous for the yearly crossing of great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals migrating from the adjoining Serengeti plains. 3 images Great Rift Valley
Day 2. Maasai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.Today we spend a full day game driving in the reserve where we hope to spot the 'big 5' - rhino, lion, leopard, buffalo and elephant from our specialized safari vehicles. After a relaxing lunch we slowly make our way back to the campsite for another night camping under the African stars. 9 images Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya
Day 3. Maasai Mara to NairobiWe depart the Maasai Mara National Reserve today and make our way back to Kenya's capitol city, Nairobi. We overnight here and get ready for departure the following morning to head across the border into Tanzania.
Day 4. Nairobi to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.We board the overland truck in Nairobi and make our way down to the Tanzania border via the busy Namanga frontier. Our campsite is situated outside of busy Arusha town which is mid-way between Cairo and Cape Town, also know as the 'safari capitol' of Tanzania. We have an opportunity to explore the bustling markets before arrival at camp and if time allows we enjoy a walk to the local Maasai village to experience the vibrant traditions of this colourful culture. 3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.We leave our campsite and overland truck behind to board the smaller, 4x4 game park friendly vehicles to make our way into the Serengeti National Park. Game driving along the way we pass enter the Ngorongoro Crater conservation area, passing the rim and down onto the Serengeti Plains. We eventually make our way to our designated campsite for the night where lions and hyena roam nearby. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania
Day 6. Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterAfter breakfast we have a full day game driving out of the plains slowing ascending the outer wall of the Ngorongoro crater. We camp along the rim of the crater for the night, where wildlife also roam free. The views from the rim are spectacular, at 326 square kilometres, this is Africa's largest intact caldera and a world heritage site.
Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.After an early wake up and breakfast we descend the steep road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving. After this game drive we take in one more view from the top of the rim before packing up the campsite to make our way back to Arusha for the night. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania
Day 8. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania.This morning we leave Arusha behind and make our way to Bagamoyo via Moshi. If we are lucky and the weather is clear we may get the views of Mount Kilimanjaro along the way. We camp next to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean for the night. 3 images Bagamoyo, Tanzania
Day 9 . Bagamoyo to Dar Es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Today we make our way to the Tanzania's main port, Dar es Salaam. Our campsite is based outside this bustling city full of high rises & colourful markets, accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. We make this beach campsite home for the night before our ferry trip across to Zanzibar in the morning. 3 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day 10. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.Famous for idyllic sandy, palm fringed beaches; cobbled alleys, incredible food and lush tropical forests, Zanzibar has something for everyone. We spend the first night of three in Stone Town where you are free to explore the Arab influenced architecture, diverse street stalls & old bazaars or visit a famous spice plantation. Our time on the island is at your leisure. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 3 images Zanzibar, Tanzania
Day 11-12. Zanzibar Island Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.We transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town where you are free to explore stunning Kendwa beach. Take an optional diving trip to one of the many nearby reefs, indulge in some seafood or simply relax with a cocktail and good book. We spend the next two nights at this beach bungalow. 5 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar Es SalaamWe depart the northern beaches and head back to Stone Town for some last minute shopping before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam for the night.
Day 14. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park area Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Leaving the coast behind, we drive inland through Mikumi National Park where we may spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. We camp just past the this park and enjoy some sundowners at the local restaurant before sitting by the fire for the night. If time allows we will do an optional game drive in the late afternoon.
Day 15. Mikumi to IringaToday we make the long journey to Iringa for a night at Kisolanza farm. We have climbed to 1600m and Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in of the most scenic areas in the southern Highlands of Tanzania.
Day 16. Iringa to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.After our last night in Tanzania we wake up early to make our way to Malawi border. Crossing into Malawi we are headed for Lake Malawi which covers almost a fifth of the country. We spend two nights at this beautiful beach side campsite. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi
Day 17. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Today is a free day to relax on the beach, take a long walk through the near by village or do the optional full day hiking trip to Manchewe Falls.
Day 18 . Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.This scenic drive today sees us passing rubber plantations en route to Mzuzu - the third largest town in Malawi. You will get to experience how friend the people of Malawi truly are as we will stop to grab supplies in one of the local markets before arriving to the beach. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi
Day 19. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today you have loads of optional activities to chose from. The lake is a great spot to do some snorkelling or scuba diving - or simply relax on the beach. Horse back riding through the local village is an incredible way to see the county side and meet some of the friendly locals. We can arrange a guided walk through the village or simply explore the lakeside, craft markets and meet some new friends along the way. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi
Day 20. Kande Beach to ChipataAfter some great time spend on Lake Malawi we are heading across the border to Chipata, Zambia.
Day 21. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Today we make our way to the capital of Zambia, Lusaka. Our campsite for the night is based on a farm with excellent facilities to relax and enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
Day 22. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Finally making our way south to Livingstone where will set up camp for the next to nights on the banks of the mighty Zambezi river, just a few kilometres from Victoria Falls. A visit to the falls itself is included today, before we settle in and learn about all of the exciting optional activities on offer the next couple of days. 4 images Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia
Day 23. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Today is yours to explore Livingstone and take part in one or two of the many optional activities in the area. Try white water rafting on the Zambezi river, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls or just relax by the campsite pool and watch out for the local wildlife passing through the area. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 24. LivingstoneThe tour ends after breakfast today. Show more...
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.Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. 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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi 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 pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Livingstone area’s that can be arranged locally.
ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
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.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In Maasai Mara we use multi shared tented camp with en-suite facilities. 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.
GAME PARK VISITS:
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.
23 Breakfasts, 18 Lunches, 18 Dinners
Camping in 2-person dome tents
Have you seen the movie Gladiator? If not, go and watch right now. Those who have seen in will be glad to know that Sahara is the location where the most prominent scenes of the movie were shot. You can start with capturing the velvet dunes and taking photos of the snake charmers and mighty camels proudly swaying as they carry bedouins on their back. Once in a province, you will get a chance to capture and even participate in the traditional tea ceremony as well as to see the locals playing gnawa music performed on goatskin drums. The beauty of the sunset in Sahara is just a cherry on the top of a cake you cannot miss out on.