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$ 2390

East African Explorer (21 days)

min $ 2390
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Destinations: Lusaka, Chipata, South Luangwa National Park, Nyika National Park (Malawi), Iringa, Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Nairobi
Guide language: English
Price: min $ 2390
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Explore East Africa's top highlights on this group adventure holiday...

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 Park

South 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.

On arrival at our camp, there are opportunities for various optional activities including village walks and walking safaris.

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.

There is the opportunity for additional game activities which can be arranged on arrival. 3 images South Luangwa National Park

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.

Malawi, The Warm Heart of Africa will welcome you with waves and smiles. This beautiful country is dominated by the lake which covers almost a fifth of the country's area and also provides a livleyhood to many of the Malawian people.

Home for the next couple of nights is on the lakeshore at Kande Beach. 4 images Lake Malawi, 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.

Alternatively, relax on the beach or head into the village for a game of Bao with the locals.

Day 8. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania

Passports out again! Crossing the border at Songwe Bridge we climb steadily up through tea plantations into Tanzania's Southern Highlands.

The working farm that is home for the night is at an altitude of 1,600m so it has a pleasant climate and some fantastic produce.

Be sure to check out the chocolate brownies and a warming hot chocolate in the colder months.

Day 9. Iringa- Mikumi National Park area

Departing 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.

The route takes us through Mikumi National Park where we may be lucky enough to spot a variety of wild animals close to the road.

After working our way through the hustle and bustle of the city of Dar es Salaam we reach our camp, on the beach, next to the Indian Ocean. 5 images Dar es Salaam, Tanzania 5 images Mikumi National Park, Tanzania

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.

Our first night is spent in Stone Town which is best explored on foot exploring the bazaars and markets. Don't forget to sample some of the fantastic seafood. 7 images Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania 5 images Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.

Relax and take some of the optional activities that are available here or explore the surrounding area. 9 images Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania 5 images Zanzibar, Tanzania

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.

Our camp for the night is close to the base of the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro and if the weather is clear we might be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of it's snow capped peak.

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.

Arusha is Safari Town and mid way between Cape Town and Cairo. After a short break to explore the town and stock up on provisions we continue a short distance out of town to our camp for the night on the edge of the Maasai plains. Here we visit a local school, village, Maasai museum and snake park making for a fascinating afternoon. 3 images Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania 2 images Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

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.

This is the land of the 'Lion King' and we enjoy game drives to our designated camp for the night. 5 images Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

Day 19. Serengeti National Park to Ngrongoro Crater

We'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.

Our day continues with more game driving before heading up to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. Our camp for the evening is perched on the crater rim and at over 2,400m it provides stunning vistas across the crater some 600m below.

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.

Reluctantly this afternoon its time to retrace our steps back to our camp outside Arusha for the final night of the tour. 7 images Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Day 21. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

Passports 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.

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Suggested Pre-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.

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 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.

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.

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.

Includes & Excludes

20 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners

16 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights twin share tourist class hotel

Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping mattress
Meals as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
Maasai Village Walk with Resident Guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion in Purpose Built Vehicles, Game Drives with Resident Guide*
The Great Rift Valley

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Travel insurance
Flight departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Sleeping bag
Items of personal nature
Lunches and dinners in Livingstone and on Zanzibar
All tour descriptions and conditions are given in accordance with the information of Acacia is Africa
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