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.
|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 9150|
|Serengeti excursion (optional)||ZAR 15 950|
|How long||21 days|
|Group size||20 clients max|
|Start point||Nairobi, Kenya|
|End point||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Meals||Breakfast x 20, Lunch x 17, Dinner x 19|
|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 - Arusha
Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border. The East African adventure tour has begun! After completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire.
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 2 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
Day 3 Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving (safari) through the Serengeti. Our route depends on the movement of the animals.
Day 4 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 5 Arusha
Today those that went into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.
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 Excursion
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.
Included activities: Spice tour and city Tour
Activity package: 3-Day Zanzibar excursion
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 8 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
Day 9 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 10 Dar es Salaam
This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. 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. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam.
Optional activities: Dinner out
Day 11 Mikumi
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive (safari) through the park.
Day 12 Iringa
We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.
Activity package: Mikumi National Park game drive (safari)
Day 13 Lake Malawi - Malawi
Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. 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. 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 14 Lake Malawi
Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, 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. 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. 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, snorkelling in Lake Malawi
Included activities: Local village visit
Day 15 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 16 Southern Lake Malawi
This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.
Day 17 Zambia - South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa National Park.
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 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 in South Luangwa National Park
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.
Included activities: Textile project visit
Day 20 Eureka
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, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.
Day 21 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
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 “Musi 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 the town of Victoria Falls.
Interested in this tour?
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.
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…
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…