Travelling overland from Nairobi to Livingstone taking in the famous parks in Tanzania, the spice island of Zanzibar, beautiful Lake Malawi and the jaw dropping Victoria Falls. Explore the highlights of Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia on this epic adventure safari holiday.
Our 24-day South East Adventure tour option includes a 2 night/3 day safari in the Maasai Mara.
Day 1. Nairobi to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania.We leave the hustle and bustle of busy Nairobi behind and head for the open road to the border of Tanzania. Once we've completed formalities, we head on to Arusha - the Safari Capital of Tanzania.
Day 2. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.This morning we meet our local guides and pack our gear onto the specialised safari vehicles and hit the road on safari.
Day 3. Serengeti to Ngorongoro CraterWaking early we head out and explore! Let's see if we can find the predators on the prowl...
Day 4. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Another early morning awaits as we have a tasty breakfast and head down into the crater. As we descend the steep, winding road, it's easy to see why antelope such as the giraffe can't be found here.
Day 5. Arusha to Bagamoyo Highlights. Bagamoyo, Tanzania. Kilimanjaro, Tanzania.Leaving the safari capital, we travel around the base of the mighty Kilimanjaro at the town of Moshi as we make our way toward the Indian Ocean coastline. Kilimanjaro is Africa's highest mountain and the world's highest free-standing mountain, and towers over the African plains. With a bit of luck, we'll see the icy glacier at its peak as we travel south toward Bagamoyo.
Day 6. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Today we head to Tanzania's busiest city - Dar es Salaam. As we drive along from Bagamoyo, we see the villages and population increase the closer we get to the city. Enjoy the quirky signs to shops on the roadside as we travel along.
Day 7. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Zanzibar, Tanzania.We leave early and make our way to the ferry terminal where we board our fast ferry to Zanzibar. The journey takes approximately 2 hours, and we arrive to Zanzibar's Capital Stone Town.
Day 8-9. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.This morning there is an opportunity to enjoy a tour of the local spice and fruit plantations, or head out on one of the other exciting excursions before we take our transfer to the north of the island.
Day 10. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamWe spend our final morning on the island catching up on some last minute shopping or simply enjoying a lazy morning before boarding our ferry back to the mainland where our truck awaits us back at our camp.
Day 11. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.With the Indian Ocean at our back, we travel inland through the villages and through the northern end of the Mikumi National Park, to the town of Mikumi.
Day 12. Mikumi to IringaHeading further west, we pass through the Baobab Valley with its odd looking swollen trees before we make our way from the coastal plateau, up to the Tanzanian highlands.
Day 13. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.We drive to the mining town of Mbeya before heading back down off the highland plateau and cross the border to Malawi. It's not long till we reach the shimmering Lake Malawi and our camp for the next 2 nights. 4 images Lake Malawi, Malawi
Day 14. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Today we have a free day to enjoy the beach, lake and surrounds.
Day 15. Chitimba Beach to Kande BeachWe pack our gear and head south once more, this time passing through the town of Mzuzu - a hub for the surrounding farms. We stock up on supplies, explore the local market and then head on through the rubber plantations and on to the lakeside once more.
Day 16. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.If you are a scuba diver, you'll no doubt know that Lake Malawi is top on the diver's list to explore the variety of fresh water tropical fish that are home here. The Aquanuts dive centre is fully equipped and licensed to take you on a variety of dives to explore the underwater world of the lake.
Day 17. Kande Beach to ChipataWe bid our farewells to the smiling lakeside community and head first to Malawi's Capital Lilongwe before making our way to the border and crossing over to Zambia.
Day 18. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Today we have a long driving day in the truck to the Capital city Lusaka. Along the way there are many rural villages that we pass through where we can see how the majority of the Zambian population lives. We also cross the Luangwa River bridge spanning the great Luangwa River.
Day 19. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.We head further through Zambia's farming towns and make our way to the town of Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River. It is here that we base ourselves for the last days of our adventure.
Day 20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.Today is a free day to enjoy some of the fantastic activities on offer in this adventure capital. Choose from adrenaline activities like white water rafting or bungee jumping; to scenic activities like flights over the falls and boat cruises on the Zambezi. For the active is horse riding, canoeing or fishing on offer and for those who wish to relax, the camp has a lovely pool and viewing deck looking out onto the waters of the Zambezi. 5 images Livingstone Activities, Zambia
Day 21. LivingstoneOur final morning of our adventure ends in a tasty breakfast, after which our tour comes to an end. 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 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 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.
20 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners
17 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 3 nights tourist class hotel
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.