Group Size: Maximum 20 passengers
Departs: Scheduled departures during the year
This tour is the optimal bush and beach experience, with a little adventure thrown in to keep you on your toes. Make your way to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife before setting off for the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar, perfect for rest and relaxation after a busy ‘Big Five’ safari. 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. Leaving the coast behind you will travel inland and make your way to Mikumi. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania. Travel into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi and spend some time on the shores of her fresh water lake and finally on to the pristine South Luangwa National park in Zambia. Your tour ends in the adventure town of Victoria Falls.
Day 1 - Arusha
Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi you will travel south to the Tanzanian border, after completing border formalities you will continue to Arusha which provides the base for your optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening you will be briefed by your local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and 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. (LD)
For those that are not taking part in the optional Serengeti Excursion, you 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.
Day 2 - Serengeti / Crater Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4X4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. Leave your accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival you will start with your first game drive. (BLD)
Optional Activity: Serengeti camping excursion.
Day 3 - Serengeti / Crater Excursion
Spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Your route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings. (BLD)
Day 4 - Serengeti / Crater Excursion
Today explore more of the Serengeti and make your way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. Drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where you will try and see as many animals as possible. (BLD)
Day 5 - Arusha
Return from the Serengeti and re-united with your truck and crew in Arusha. A welcome shower awaits you on your return and tonight you will share a meal in camp as you prepare for tomorrow’s travel. (BLD)
Day 6 - Bagamoyo
Head out early this morning as your journey south to your 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, you will 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 you will prepare for your Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning. (BD)
Day 7 - Zanzibar Excursion
Complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board your ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port you will board make your way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, you can take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on your way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and you will 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. (BD)
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Included Activity: Spice Tour included in Zanzibar Excursion.
Day 8 - Zanzibar Excursion
Today is a free day for enjoying 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. (BD)
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Optional Activity: Fishing, snorkelling, scuba Diving, turtle sanctuary visit, village tours, Jozani Forest and more.
Day 9 - Zanzibar Excursion
Your visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as you travel back to Zanzibar Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes, spend your final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city. (BD)
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Day 10 - Dar es Salaam
This morning you will 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 enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam. (BL)
Included Highlight: Stone Town included in Zanzibar Excursion.
Activity Package: Zanzibar excursion.
Optional Activity: Dinner out.
Day 11 - Mikumi
Leaving the coast behind you will travel inland and make your way to Mikumi where you will 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. (BLD)
Day 12 - Iringa
You will rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and your final stop in Tanzania. (BLD)
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive.
Day 13 - Northern Lake Malawi
Leaving Tanzania behind, you will 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 your destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where you look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake. (BLD)
Day 14 - Northern Lake Malawi
Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, you 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. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Local village visit.
Optional Activities: Snorkelling, community volunteering.
Day 15 - Northern Lake Malawi
This morning is set aside for 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, you will learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. Return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Karonga town and museum visit.
Optional Activity: Snorkelling, community volunteering.
Day 16 - Central Lake Malawi
This morning you will make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here you will spend a final evening on the shores of the lake. (BLD)
Day 17 - South Luangwa National Park
This morning 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 you will make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to your camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over Lake Malawi in the morning you will enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening. (BLD)
Day 18 - South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and you will 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 you will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, you will split your time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives you a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day. (BLD)
Activity Package: Sunset game drive in South Luangwa National Park.
Optional Activity: Safari walk (seasonal) or morning game drive in South Luangwa.
Day 19 - Petauke
Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning you will make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning you will 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. Your destination tonight is the small town of Petauke. (BLD)
Included Highlight: Textile project visit (full tour available March to December).
Day 20 - Lusaka
As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and you will cross the Luangwa River on your 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. (BLD).
Day 21 - End of East Africa Adventure - South
Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia you will make your way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon you will get your first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe you will 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. (BL).
Dates and Pricing
- 01 Jan 18 - 31 Dec 18 $2,570 $2,875
Prices shown are per person based on twin share. Seasonal supplements and minimum night requirement may apply. Solo traveller and extra night prices available on request. Luggage restrictions may apply. International flights not included.
This tour is recommended for healthy, active participants looking for an adventurous holiday.