East African Adventure
This tour takes you from Livingstone to Nairobi in 21 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
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From the south to the east this adventure offers world renowned ‘Big 5’ game parks, friendly beaches on the shores of laid-back Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar and the mighty Zambezi River as it spills over the thunderous Victoria Falls.
The age restriction for this trip is 18 - 39. Should your age fall out of this bracket, please enquire for alternative options.
Zanzibar ferry and shared accommodation on the island is included in your trip cost however meals are for your own expense.
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A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Livingstone
Our day is at leisure to explore the town of David Livingstone and experience some of the many activities.
Day 2, Livingstone to Kafue National Park
From Livingstone, we head north-east into Zambia and stop at the Kafue River. We spend the night here and have the opportunity to visit the neighbouring village and meet the local people who live nearby.
Day 3 to 4, Kafue National Park to Lake Malawi via (Lusaka)
We continue our journey through Lusaka to Malawi - the ‘warm heart’ of Africa. We descend to Lake Malawi which covers almost a fifth of the country providing a source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people.
Day 5, Lake Malawi
The huge Lake Malawi stretches as far as you can see as you drive along the western coastline. Other than the beautiful views, spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer or trip into a local village to meet some real 'salt of the earth' Malawians.
Day 6, Lake Malawi
Today you can spend some time taking up some of the many water based activities on offer, trip into a local village or relax on the beach and read your book.
Day 7, Lake Malawi
Other than water activities, scuba diving, visits to local villages or relaxing on the beach there is also time for some shopping! Locally made crafts are often beautifully turned out and reasonably priced. Don't forget to check your home country's rules regarding importing these products before you buy. Bartering with the locals is expected!
Day 8, Lake Malawi
After all that shopping, water sports, village visits, horse rides and scuba diving, today should be a day to rest! Catch up on your postcards and diary and hang out on the beach.
Day 9, Lake Malawi to Iringa
After entering Tanzania our scenic drive takes in the beauty of the tea and banana plantations before arriving in Iringa at the 'Farmhouse'. Try out those decadent Amarula hot chocolates!
Day 10, Iringa to Dar Es Salaam
Today we pass through the Mikumi National Park en-route to our seaside campsite in Dar es Salaam where we get prepared for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning. The rolling hills and beautifully straight rows of the tea plantations give way to the bush and plains of Mikumi National Park before we reach the bustling city of Dar. Keep an eye out for Elephant calmly grazing beside the road.
Day 11, Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar Island
An early ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to this exotic "Spice Island", where we will spend the next few nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history which is reflected in the varied architecture of Stone Town while further north you can relax on the white sand beaches or scuba dive in the clear warm water.
Day 12, Zanzibar Island
Another day to explore the variety of adventure and optional activities on this beautiful island.
Day 13, Zanzibar Island to Dar Es Salaam
We take the ferry back to mainland for another night in Dar es Salaam. Time permitting there may be an opportunity to visit one of the local craft markets offering a large range of exquisite products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills).
Day 14, Dar Es Salaam
We spend a day relaxing and exploring the Muslim City of Dar es Salaam.
Day 15, Dar Es Salaam to Arusha
After passing through the bustling town of Moshi, (the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions) we arrive at Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha where you have the option of taking a 1 or 2 night tour of the Serengeti and/or Ngorongoro Crater. See if you can catch a glimpse of the biggest mountain in Africa which lives most of the year under cloud!
Day 16, Arusha
We spend a day in the bustling city of Arusha - the Safari hub of Tanzania. We dive into the colourful markets, visit the Snake Park and have the option to visit a Masai Village to learn more about their proud and nomadic culture.
Day 17, Arusha to Serengeti National Park
From Arusha you have the option of visiting the famous Serengeti National Park. You will depart Arusha in the morning with your vehicles and guides, if you take up the two-night/three day option. From Arusha you drive through the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) and up into the Ngorongoro Nature Reserve for a glimpse of the Ngorongoro Crater. Then you descend down onto the vast plains of the Serengeti. The abundance of plains game has never stopped to suprise anyone entering this wildlife heaven. The afternoon will be spent game spotting before setting up camp in the midst of the park. A camp fire and the night time noises of the wildlife finish off a day in one of East Africa's most famous game parks!
Day 18, Serengeti National Park
Our day is spent game driving through the Serengeti National Park.
Day 19, Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Conservation Area
An absolute 'must do' when in Tanzania. Pass through the 'Cradle of Mankind' and the Rift Valley whilst enjoying one of the best game viewing opportunities Africa has to offer. An early start takes us off for a full morning game drive in the Serengeti. We head back towards Ngorongoro where we sleep on the Crater's edge. We suggest you wear your winter woollies as it can get pretty cold on the rim of the crater during night times.
Day 20, Ngorongoro Conservation Area to Arusha
This morning we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls. This Garden of Eden is 20-kilometre wide and a true natural wonder. The size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself where the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers great photo opportunities of most of East Africa's mammals, such as Elephant, Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Lion, and plain's game. After spending the morning in the Ngorongoro Crater you will return to our overnight stop near Arusha for the night.
Day 21, Arusha to Nairobi
Time for some shopping in Arusha this morning before a short drive returns us to Nairobi where our tour ends on arrival.
Meals included in your tour cost
18 Breakfasts, 16 Lunches, 16 Dinners
Highlights included in your tour cost
Meet a new culture
Local Malawi village
Play with the kids
Bright and colouful
Beads and jewelery
Experience an old culture
Visit their homes
There are 19 optional activities available on this trip.
Prices shown are approximate
Arusha Camel Rides
Dhow Fishing Trip - Zanzibar
Domwe Island Excursion
Kande Beach Horse Riding
Kande Beach Scuba Diving
Kande Beach Water Sports Equipment
Lake Malawi Snorkelling Trip
Lake Malawi Water Skiing
Masai Mara Hot Air Balloon Ride
Moped Hire - Zanzibar
Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Nungwe Snorkel Trip
PADI Dive Course - Zanzibar
Prison Island Excursion
Prison Island Snorkelling Trip
Serengeti National Park Hot Air Balloon Ride
Stone Town City Tour
Stone Town Spice Tour
Swimming with Dolphins
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This tour goes through: Livingstone, Lake Malawi, Dar Es Salaam, Zanzibar Island, Arusha & 4 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 2 crew
Vehicle: Overland Truck, Safari Vehicle
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— Anne B (27) from Ireland
The trip was great! A very relaxed ride in a mokoro, followed by camping in the Okavango Delta and watching the animals on the islands was awesome!
— Michael & Silke from Germany
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— JoJo E (61) from Switzerland
Finally home and had a great timeâ€¦. I loved the shark diving, Sossusvlei and Himba people. Saw Lions, a Leopard, Elephants, Giraffes, everything really! Thanks for…
— John E from Canada
I did not believe in god till i visited Chobe National Park.
— Juca from Uruguay