This adventure tour offers the renowned Big Five game reserves of South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania. Relaxation on the beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise island of Zanzibar, and a visit to the amazing Victoria Falls. It's the ideal overland adventure and beach safari for those wanting to see the best of East Africa.
Day 1. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Leaving the majestic Victoria Falls behind we hit the road and start our safari today. Travelling through small villages and lush countryside our journey takes us to the southern plateau and Zambia's capital, Lusaka.
Day 2. Lusaka to South Luangwa National ParkSouth Luangwa National Park covering over 9,000 sq km is one of the worlds greatest wildlife sanctuaries with intense concentrations of wildlife along the banks of the Luangwa River.
Day 3. Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.From the truck, it's into the Open Game Drive vehicles with a local ranger in search of some of the animals and birdlife that the park is so famous for. During the heat of the day, the pool in the camp makes for a perfect spot to relax.
Day 4. South Luangwa National Park - Kande Beach Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Out of the park today we cross the border and into our next country on our safari, Malawi.
Day 5. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Top up the tan? Go horse riding? Take a village walk? Snorkel or Dive? The choice is yours! Today is free to enjoy some of the many activities on offer at Kande. 4 images Kande Beach Activities, Malawi
Day 6. Kande Beach - Chitimba Highlights. Chitimba Beach.It's a leisurely drive today up towards the Northern lakeshore through rubber plantations and via the market town of Muzuzu to stock up on supplies before heading back down to the beach at the foot of the Livingstonia Plateau. 2 images Chitimba Beach
Day 7. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Feeling energetic? We have the opportunity to trek up to the Manchewe Falls in the hills surrounding Chitimba. The views are well worth it as is the chance to cool off in a natural bath at the top.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, TanzaniaPassports out again! Crossing the border at Songwe Bridge we climb steadily up through tea plantations into Tanzania's Southern Highlands.
Day 9. Iringa- Mikumi National Park areaDeparting after breakfast from the Southern Highlands of Iringa we head to Mikumi National Park. Making our way across a landscape of baobabs, black hardwood trees and grassy plains as we reach our accommodation. Boasting a relaxing swimming pool, bar/restaurant and the opportunity for an optional game drive before ending the day under a starry sky.
Day 10. Mikumi to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Our journey to Tanzania's hub, Dar es Salaam.
Day 11. Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.Leaving the truck and the mainland behind, mode of transport swaps today as we jump on the ferry across to the 'Spice Island' Zanzibar.
Day 12 - 14. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.Kendwa is home to some of the white sandy sun kissed beaches that Zanzibar is famous for and this morning we transfer North from Stone Town to this resort.
Day 15. Kendwa - Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Catch that last swim or bag a bargain in the market before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and on to the beach fronted camp site. 5 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day 16. Dar es Salaam - Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania.We're up early this morning, putting the city behind us it's on inland and northwards. Our journey takes us past the Usambara and Pare Mountains through sisal plantations.
Day 17. Marangu - Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.It's only a short drive today through the town of Moshi and onwards to Arusha.
Day 18. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.We're off the truck again and onto specialised 4x4 safari vehicles with local guides for the next 3 days. Passing west across the Great Rift Valley we stop for lunch on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater before descending into the seemingly endless plains of the Serengeti.
Day 19. Serengeti National Park to Ngrongoro CraterWe're up early this morning for a game drive in search of the 'Big 5' (Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Rhino and Buffalo) and you are sure to be rewarded with some amazing animal sightings.
Day 20. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Wrapped up against the cool of the morning we descend to the floor of the crater and game drive in this animal paradise. The only major mammal you won't see is the giraffe as the steep crater walls keep them out.
Day 21. Arusha to Nairobi, KenyaPassports for the final time on the tour! Our route this morning takes us through Arusha and onwards to the border town of Namanga where we complete the last crossing of the tour and onwards to Kenya's capital Nairobi where we bid farewell to our fellow travellers and crew. Show more...
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.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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour starts in Livingstone on day 1; we strongly recommend that you plan to arrive at least the day before departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa and enjoy the vast array of activities that the Livingstone area is famous for. 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 Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.
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 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, 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. Our accommodated tour option travels together with the camping counterpart.
20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
16 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights twin share tourist class hotel