East Africa Adventure

Route: Victoria Falls to Nairobi

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East Africa Adventure Tour (North)


This East Africa Adventure Tour takes you along some of the biggest highlights in East Africa. The tour starts at one of the 7 natural wonders of the world- Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and heads North to Nairobi in Kenya over 21 days.

We travel through Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania and end in Kenya. Highlights will include South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar Island, the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater.

This overland tour offers a great combination of Safaris, unspoiled nature, diverse cultures (including the Masai) and even some spectacular tropical beaches…  

  • This tour is offered in two travel styles:

1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms. 
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.

Detailed tour dossier
  • The basics:

Camping option How much
Tour price ZAR 22 450
Single supplement ZAR 2650
Optional activity package ZAR 9150
Hotel/ Lodge option How much
Tour price ZAR 30 550
Single supplement ZAR 7900
Optional activity package ZAR 9400
Serengeti excursion (optional) ZAR 15 950
How long 21 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
End point Nairobi, Kenya
Meals Breakfast x 20, Lunch x 17, Dinner x 19
Countries Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya

Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.

  • Day to day description l East Africa Adventure Tour l North

When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:

Day 1 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) – Lusaka
Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. Our East African adventure has begun! While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.
Included activities: View of Victoria Falls from the bridge

Day 2 Petauke
This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, today's landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Day 3 South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).
Highlights: Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa

Day 4 South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.
Optional activities: Morning game drive (safari) in South Luangwa, Safari Walk (seasonal)
Activity package: Sunset game drive (safari) in South Luangwa National Park

Day 5 Lake Malawi - Malawi
This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Day 6 Northern Lake Malawi
It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next few days here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. 

Day 7 Lake Malawi
Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkeling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.
Optional activities: Community volunteering, Livingstonia day trip (hike), snorkeling in Lake Malawi
Included activities: Local village visit

Day 8 Lake Malawi
This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.
Included activities: Museum visit, Karonga Town

Day 9 Tanzania - Iringa
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa.
Included Activities: Traditional Local Dinner

Day 10 Mikumi
This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.
Activity package: Mikumi National Park game drive (safari)

Day 11 Dar es Salaam
Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam, tonight we have an opportunity to dinner out on the town as we prepare for our upcoming excursion to Zanzibar. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa.

Day 12 Zanzibar Excursion
Boarding the ferry to Zanzibar this morning we make the ocean crossing to the island of Zanzibar. On arrival we will join a Spice Tour before reaching Nungwi on the northern point of the island where we will stay for the next 2 nights. Nungwi offers a perfect stop to enjoy the beaches and activities on offer.
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry

Please note:
If you have not purchased the Activity Package you will stay at the accommodation in Dar es Salaam for the following 3 nights

Day 13 Zanzibar Excursion
Enjoy your time on Zanzibar by relaxing at the beach or exploring, snorkeling, scuba diving or taking a sunset boat cruise through the waters. Today is for relaxing.
Optional Activities: Zanzibar Meals (per meal), Swimming with Dolphins – Full Day (min. 2 people), Scuba Diving – Per Dive

Day 14 Zanzibar Excursion
On the 3rd day, we head south to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar, where we will spend the night. Here we have time to explore the historical and unique architecture.
Optional Activities: Zanzibar meals (per meal)

Day 15 Dar es Salaam - Bagamoyo
This morning we have some time to explore the sights and sounds of Stone Town. We bid farewell to the island this afternoon and board our return ferry, on arrival in Dar es Salaam make the short journey north to Bagamoyo where we make our stop for the night.

Day 16 Arusha
Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha which is our launching point for the Serengeti. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro (the highest mountain on the African continent). This evening we will briefed on the excursion to Serengeti by our local guide as we prepare for the coming days.

Please note: clients who are not taking part in the optional Serengeti Excursion will remain at the lodge in Arusha. This presents the opportunity for a variety of day tours that can be booked on arrival in Arusha this afternoon. These include day tours to Arusha National Park, Tarangire and Lake Manyara. For those who prefer to immerse themselves in the Masai Culture, why not join a 2-day trip to Olpopongi Masai Village. All activities are optional and are subject to availability with a local tour operator. More information can be found in the detailed tour dossier. Pre-booking is not essential, but may be advisable to ensure availability of your preferred option.

Meals are not included for those not participating in the Serengeti excursion.

Day 17 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (Cost: ZAR 15 950 in 2018). This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive (safari).
Optional Activities: 4 Day Serengeti Camping Excursion, Tips for Guides

Day 18 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving (safari) through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game (wild animals) and sightings. The Serengeti is one of the best locations in Africa to see all the wild animals Africa is famous for.

Day 19 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.

Day 20 Arusha
Today the group meets up again and we have the chance to exchange stories of the various adventures that we participated in over the past few days.

Day 21 Kenya – Nairobi
After crossing the border into Kenya we continue to travel towards Nairobi. Founded by the British in 1899 as a simple rail depot, the town quickly grew to become the capital of British East Africa and eventually the capital of Kenya in 1963. Usually we enjoy a group meal out at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants. Your tour ends upon arrival in Nairobi.
Optional Activities: Dinner out in Nairobi.

Interested in this tour?

Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.

The Rainbow Hotel is situated 1km from the town centre of Victoria Falls, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush, but close enough to get into town quite easily if required. There is a complimentary shuttle that operates between the hotel and the town of Vic Falls…

Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located close to the Nairobi National Museum and the University of Nairobi. It is within walking distance of the city market, a Barclays ATM on the University grounds and there is a grocery store nearby…