East African Adventure

Route: Nairobi to Victoria Falls

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East African Adventure Tour (S) - Nairobi to Victoria Falls

Introduction:

This overland tour takes you through all the highlights of East Africa. Your adventure starts in Nairobi, Kenya and ends 21 days later at one of the 7 natural wonders of the world- Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.

We travel through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and end in Zimbabwe. Highlights will include the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorogoro Crater, Zanzibar Island, Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park… to name just a few.

This adventure 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.

2019 Tour dossier
  • The basics:

Camping option How much
Tour price ZAR 25 950
Single supplement n.a
Optional activity package ZAR 9150
Hotel/ Lodge option How much
Tour price ZAR 34 950
Single supplement ZAR 9250
Optional activity package ZAR 9150
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* Serengeti excursion upgrade (optional, see day 2) ZAR 15 250
How long 21 days
Group size 20 clients max
Start point Nairobi, Kenya
End point Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Meals Breakfast x 20, Lunch x 10, Dinner x 20
Countries Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe

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 African Adventure Tour l South

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

Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya to Arusha, Tanzania
Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border to begin our East African Adventure. After completing border formalities we continue to the busy town of Arusha, our base for the night. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro. Those who have purchased the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package will be briefed this evening by our local guide on what to prepare for the coming days.

Day 2: Karatu
Although it is a short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day excursion into the crater. Karatu is conveniently situated to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days.

Please note: This morning, those guests who pre-purchased the Serengeti excursion upgrade will be collected and will be separated from the group for the next 4 days). See all the details in the 2019 Tour dossier, or click here.

Day 3: Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4x4 safari type vehicles. We will spend the bulk of our day exploring the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains. We will arrive back in Karatu in the afternoon.

Day 4: Karatu
Today your guide will accompany you on a cultural tour. The rest of the day is for you to relax at camp or participate in a number of optional activities available from the accommodation establishment. These activities need to be booked directly with the accommodation provide upon arrival in Karatu.

Day 5: Arusha
Wrapping up our time in Karatu and Ngorongoro Crater, we board our truck and return to Arusha. Upon arrival in Arusha we are reunited with our fellow travellers who opted for the Serengeti upgrade.

Day 6: Bagamoyo
We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning.

Day 7: Zanzibar Island - Nungwi
We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island. We take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist.

Please note: Clients who are not joining the Zanzibar Excursion will remain in Bagamoyo for the duration of the Zanzibar Excursion. Accommodation includes breakfast and dinner daily, but lunches are not included for the duration of the Zanzibar excursion.

Day 8: Zanzibar Island - Nungwi
Today is an open day to enjoy some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

Day 9: Zanzibar Island - Stone Town
Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel back to Stone Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. We spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.

Day 10: Stone Town - Bagamoyo
This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam and overnight back in the town of Bagamoyo. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port.

Day 11: Bagamoyo - Mikumi National Park
Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.

Day 12: Mikumi - Iringa
We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive (safari) in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.

Day 13: Lake Malawi
Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next two days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake. This afternoon we will enjoy a visit to a local community.

Day 14: Lake Malawi
Snorkelling 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.  Today is free for you to enjoy a relaxed day on the shores of lake Malawi. For the more adventurous amongst us, use today to participate in the Livingstonia hike. This is a strenuous hike that takes between 8 - 12 hours to complete. Your guide will provide additional information on the hike.

Day 15: Lake Malawi
This morning we board our truck and head further South of Lake Malawi. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi. Stretching over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi, the lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Day 16: Lake Malawi
Today is another day of leisure, relaxing at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.

Day 17: Lake Malawi to South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.

Day 18: 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 join 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, enjoying a sundowner (a drink while the sun goes down) on the way. 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.

Day 19: Petauke
Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.

Day 20: Lusaka
As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms and the landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Day 21: Lusaka to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls. This afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Mosi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

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How do I get back home after this tour?

  • Option 1: The day after the tour ends, the overland truck will start a 2 day long Transfer from Victoria Falls, through Botswana, back to Johannesburg. You can then book your international flight back home from Johannesburg.
  • Option 2: Book a flight from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This flight takes around 2 hours. From Johannesburg it should be easy to get an international flight back home.

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.

Our cheap East African Group tour depart from Nairobi in Kenya

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…

This budget safari from Nairobi to Victoria Falls ends at the Rainbow Hotel in Zimbabwe

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…