Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Savannahs and Lakes
This tour takes you from Nairobi to Victoria Falls in 35 days. Grab the Tour Dossier PDF .
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Take on some amazing game viewing on the plains and savannahs of Africa and explore Lake Malawi at the same time. End your journey at the majestic "Smoke that Thunders".
On average a minimum of 2 meals per day are included. This itinerary is a rough guideline only and is subject to change on a trip by trip basis.
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A day-by-day breakdown of what to expect and where you'll be staying.
Day 1, Nairobi to Arusha
After a short but somewhat bumpy trip we cross the border at Namanga, enter Tanzania and continue to Arusha in the heart of Masai lands. This pleasant town is situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for your optional excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and/or Serengeti National Park.
Day 2, 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 3, 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 4, 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 5 to 8, Arusha to Dar Es Salaam
On our way to Dar es Salaam we have a chance of viewing the snow-capped Kilimanjaro. We will stop off at Marangu where you’ll have the opportunity to tackle a climb to Kilimanjaro base camp, or take a walk through the awesome surroundings with its coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls, caves and local people. The temperature becomes noticeably hotter as we get closer to Dar es Salaam.
Day 9, Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar Island
We have the option to spend the following nights on the famous 'Spice Island'. The long and rich history of Zanzibar is reflected in the varied architecture, markets and cultures of Stone Town, while further north you can relax on the white sand beaches or scuba dive in the clear warm water.
Day 10, Zanzibar Island
Another day to explore the variety of adventure and optional activities on this beautiful island.
Day 11 to 13, Zanzibar Island
Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. The quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence. With pretty Medina-like shops, the palaces of the Sultans, its spices, tours around a spice plantation - there is something for everyone on this island. You can even hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of Zanzibar.
Day 14, 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 15, Dar Es Salaam to Iringa
Today we head deeper into Tanzania. Passing through Mikumi National Park we might be lucky and view a fair amount of wildlife from our truck. We spend the night at the Old Farmhouse, a beautiful rustic spot in rural Tanzania. Try one of their famous Amarula hot chocolates!
Day 16, Iringa to Lake Malawi
The following morning we head for Malawi passing through some gorgeous rolling hills, and beautiful tea and rubber plantations before exiting Tanzania.
Day 17, 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 18, 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 19, 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 20, 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 21, Lake Malawi to Lilongwe
During our visit in Lilongwe we will go shopping for African curios while the crew stocks up on supplies.
Day 22, Lilongwe
A free day today to explore at leisure while the Crew sort out your visa's for the crossing through Mozambique.
Day 23 to 24, Lilongwe to Harare
The Lake disappears behind us as we travel further south and enter Mozambique. The infamous Tete Corridor was well known for gun running in it's day. Fortunately for us it is now all quiet and we make our way through this strip of Mozambique before crossing into Zimbabwe and arriving in Harare - the capital.
Day 25, Harare
A free day today to explore this once glorious capital, visit a local orphange, and stock up for the next few days.
Day 26 to 28, Harare to Chimanimani National Park
Moving through Harare’s fascinating blend of history, culture and scenery, we make our way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe where we will either visit Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens. Here you’ll have the opportunity to exercise your inner adventurer with a hike in the mountain wilderness or to the nearby bridal veil falls. If you’re in the mood for a relaxed day, strolling through the sleepy village and exploring the local market is also an option.
Day 29, Chimanimani National Park to Gweru
Leaving Chimanimani National Park, we head off to what we like to call the best camp in Africa: Antelope Park! After travelling through Mashonaland we arrive at the park and look forward to a couple of days playing, walking and taking photos of lion - big and small.
Day 30 to 32, Gweru
Spend the next few days at leisure and try one of the many activities that are available: try your hand at fishing, elephant riding, walk with lions, the list is endless - you can even swim with elephants, assuming it is warm enough to do so!
Day 33, Gweru to Bulawayo
A scenic drive takes us to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. It has a nice, laid back atmosphere and its unusually wide streets used to accommodate turning a full span of oxen. Many old British colonial buildings are still maintained as heritage sites and this tree-lined town has many interesting places to visit.
Day 34, Bulawayo
Here we visit the Matobo National Park which is renowned for its many leopards, black eagles and rhino. Many caves and rock paintings are evidence of the ancient San inhabitants in this area and Cecil Rhodes (after whom Rhodesia was named) was buried here at his own request.
Day 35, Bulawayo to Victoria Falls
Now we head north, making our way to one of the natural wonders of the world, the mighty Victoria Falls. Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) will be a memorable finish to this trip and it's not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and approx 100 m high, this is the world's biggest sheet of falling water!
Meals included in your tour cost
Highlights included in your tour cost
There are 37 optional activities available on this trip.
Prices shown are approximate
Arusha Camel Rides
Dhow Fishing Trip - Zanzibar
Domwe Island Excursion
Game Ride by Horseback
Gweru Elephant Ride
Gweru Elephant Swim
Jet Boating on the Zambezi
Kande Beach Horse Riding
Kande Beach Scuba Diving
Kande Beach Water Sports Equipment
Lake Malawi Water Skiing
Langata Giraffe Centre Visit
Malawi Village Walk & Meal
Nairobi National Park
Nungwe Snorkel Trip
PADI Dive Course - Zanzibar
PADI Introductory Dive - Red Sea
PADI Open Water Dive Course - Red Sea
Prison Island Excursion
Prison Island Snorkelling Trip
Victoria Falls Adrenaline Day
Victoria Falls Bungee Jump
Victoria Falls Elephant Ride
Victoria Falls Flight of Angels
Victoria Falls Helicopter Flight
Victoria Falls Horse Rides
Victoria Falls Microlight Flight
Victoria Falls National Park
Victoria Falls Rhino Walk
Victoria Falls Scenic Flight
Walk with the Lions - Gweru
Walk with the Lions - Victoria Falls
White Water Rafting on the Zambezi River
Zambezi Gorge Swing
Zambezi River Rafting & Boarding Combo
Zambezi River Sunset Dinner Cruise
Zimbabwe Walking Safaris
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This tour goes through: Nairobi, Arusha, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Dar Es Salaam & 8 other destination(s) in Africa.TOUR DETAIL
Crew: 2 crew
Vehicle: Overland Truck
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The highlight of my trip had to be Gweru in Zimbabwe, it was my idea of paradise. So much to do there with the animals and the location of it was just beautiful!
— 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
I loved every millisecond of the entire trip... Guess what I did in Swakopmund? I skydived out of a plane - woohoo was that AWESOME :-)
— 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