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Duration: 26 days
Location: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana
Price: 2018 Rates from ZAR 36,000 pps and Local payment of USD 1,690 pps
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Starts: Nairobi

Ends:Victoria Falls

Group size: Max 30

Tour Code : AT08

Single Supplement : Not applicable

Safari Vehicle Type: Overland Vehicle

 

Encounter top highlights of East Africa on this twenty-six day super safari. Taking in some of the best known National Parks of Kenya including the famed Masai Mara, before heading to the plains of the Serengeti. Wonder at the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater – one of Tanzania’s many natural gems and bask on the beaches at the warm Indian Ocean coastline and Zanzibar. Malawi is filled with smiling, welcoming faces and Botswana’s Chobe National Park is sure to impress. End this trip at the majestic Victoria Falls  where you can see the thunderous Falls, or have a go at a number of optional adventure activities.

 

    • Minimum participation required, 3 Crew members on board, driver, guide & cook
    • Trip is packed with adventure & includes highlights such as: Great Rift Valley, Lake Nakuru National Park, Masai Mara National Reserve, Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum, Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar Ferry, Lake Malawi, South Luangwa National Park, Chobe National Park & Chobe Overnight Mobile excursion. 
    • Your arrival transfer and pre-trip accommodation in a dorm bed is included in your trip price.
    • Book with 3 friends or more travelling together on this trip & receive 10% discount pp off the trip price (excluding local payment)
  • DAY 1: Nairobi to Masai Mara
    We enter Masai land where these habitual pastoralists are often seen tending their cattle from the side of the road. We pass through the town of Narok, and continue our drive possibly getting a glimpse of some wildlife along the way. The main section of road between Nairobi and the Reserve is in a very poor state, so be prepared for a rough ride! We arrive at our campsite, Acacia Camp in the evening. Acacia Camp looks on to the Meguarra hills and the stream that meanders by on the bottom end forms a natural border to the Masai Mara National Reserve. The Reserve remains unfenced, allowing wildlife to roam freely across into the surrounding area and if they choose – through our own camp! No need to be afraid, as the local ‘Askari’ will keep a look out for any unwanted predators. 
    Meals: 
    Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity: Masai Mara Nature Reserve excursion.

    KENYA
    Upon entering this beautiful east African country, you may be greeted with the words of “jambo” (hello) or “hakuna matata” (no problem) by the friendly locals. With a population of nearly 42 million and land area of more than 580 000 sq km Kenya is home to an abundance of animals and colourful tribes people, making it the perfect getaway for a once in a lifetime safari.

    DAY 2: Masai Mara
    We depart shortly after sunrise on our game drive into the Masai Mara Reserve. The Masai Mara is well known as one of East Africa’s best National Reserves and is home to a wide variety of wildlife species. Most famous for the Annual Migration, that consists of the impressive herds of over 1 million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle that cross over from the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania; the Masai Mara is most popular between July and October when these vast herds feast on the fresh grazing here. Following these herbivores are Africa’s predators that are often seen at a kill during this period. We game drive through a section of the park in search of the ‘Big 5’- elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard; along with the many other species of animals, reptiles and birds who make call this wilderness home. After our game drive, we have the option to visit one of the nearby Masai Manyatta’s – this is a traditional hamlet where the Masai still live in their traditional way. This evening we sit around the camp fire, and watch the sun set over this “Garden of Eden”.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 3: Masai Mara to Lake Nakuru National Park
    Leaving Masai Mara we head towards our first overnight stop in the area of Lake Nakuru National Park, where our overnight campsite will be at EAMO; East African Mission Organisation. We will have the chance to interact with the local kids as well as a chance to learn more about this wonderful organisation. EAMO: East Africa Mission Organisation
    Meals:
    Lunch/Dinner

    DAY 4: Lake Nakuru National Park
    This morning we begin our exploration of the Lake Nakuru National Park – famous for the thousands of lesser and greater flamingos that flock to this soda lake’s edge.  The numbers vary depending on the water level, and when it’s low, the lake almost turns pink.  A truly spectacular sight!  The park was established as a sanctuary for black and white rhino, which are often seen.  We spend the day searching for these pre-historic looking beasts as well as the elusive leopard, encountering buffalo, giraffe, various antelope and the occasional hippo along the way.  After our game drive, we head to our campsite, arriving in the late afternoon. 
    Meals: 
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity: Game drives through Lake Nakuru National Park with a 4×4 vehicle.
    Optional Activity: Spending time with the kids at the orphanage / Bringing pens, pencils, notepads and so forth. Please speak to your crew for more information.

    DAY 5: Kisii/Kericho Area
    After breakfast we leave the Masai Mara and head to Kisii/Kericho passing through the picturesque tea plantations along the way.  These towns are the main commercial centres in the Gusii Highlands, where cash crops like tea and coffee thrive because of its equatorial climate.  We replenish our stocks before heading for Tanzania tomorrow.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    TANZANIA
    Tanzania’s natural environment and geographical features have made it one of the best tourist destinations in Africa. Being the biggest country in east Africa, Tanzania has heaps to offer her visitors, including 13 game reserves and national parks. Tanzania also forms part of the world’s largest animal’s movements, the great migration. Inland are the vast Serengeti National Park and the animal-packed Ngorongoro Conservation area, and thousands of people every year fulfil their lifetime achievement of climbing to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, which is the highest mountain in Africa. On the coast, Zanzibar is exotic, intriguing and steeped in the unique Swahili culture.

    DAY 6: Musoma
    We depart Kenya and head south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our drive takes us through the scenic granite landscapes adjacent to Africa’s largest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 7: Serengeti National Park
    After stocking up on supplies for the next couple of days, we head to the Serengeti National Park, entering the park after lunch. The Serengeti (Masai for “endless plains”) is famous for its enormous concentration of game (especially the big cats) and for the annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The abundance of plains game in this area is truly astounding. We enter the park through the lesser travelled western corridor and game drive en-route to our campsite in the centre of the park. Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
    Meals: 
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity: Serengeti National Park

    DAY 8: Ngorongoro Crater
    After an early start we pack up our camp and continue our game drive through the Serengeti National Park. We head to the southern part of the park where they have the chance to see the endless plains this park is renowned for. We cross from the Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Conservation area at lunch time and begin our climb up the steep Crater edge. Tonight’s camp (basic ablutions) on the crater rim sharply contrasts the warmer plains below – we suggest you bring your winter woollies as it can get very cold at night.
    Meals: 
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity:

    DAY 9: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
    The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km width is a natural marvel.  The Crater’s rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale 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 a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game.  After spending the morning game driving in The Crater we continue to our campsite outside Arusha where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 10: Arusha to Pangani*
    We head to Arusha this morning to stock up on supplies before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain.  Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit – a photo opportunity not to be missed!  We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Some trips may choose to forego this night at their own cost.
    Meals: 
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 11: Pangani to Dar es Salaam
    Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam.  Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the warm Indian Ocean.  Today’s drive time is extended due to the heavier amount of traffic heading in to the city, but the sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs are sure to keep you entertained. Look out for the colourful shop-fronts with their sometimes humorous ‘catch phrases’. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 12: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (OPTIONAL)
    A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the “Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3 nights.  Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands.  New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar. 
    Meals:
    Breakfast
    Included Activity: Zanzibar Ferry

    PLEASE NOTE:  Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own, and in accordance with their own budget.  The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants. There are also a wide variety of optional excursions on offer – please see the price guide on the end of this document for more details. For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam.  There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion. PLEASE NOTE: New legislation prohibits the taking of photographs during the Zanzibar ferry ride. Spot fines can be issued, if legislation is not obeyed.

    DAYS 13 & 14: Zanzibar
    History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor.  Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade.  The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience.  Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow.  Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the more remote areas of the island.  Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise.  Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean – crayfish being a popular speciality.  Alternatively, mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer. For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam.  There are various optional excursions available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam during the excursion.

    DAY 15: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
    Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon, or early evening.
    Meals: Dinner

    DAY 16: Dar es Salaam to Iringa
    This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south.  We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic.  We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    MALAWI
    A variety of attractions can be found in this exquisite country such as, forest, mountains and many a rural village, but there is one major attraction – Lake Malawi. There are many small rustic resorts along this fresh water lake where you can kick back on the sand, and enjoy the perfect sunset over this lake. Malawi will offer you the perfect sub tropical climate, allowing you ample time to soak up the sun and work on that tan. Lilongwe is the largest city in Malawi, as well as the capital city. Malawi plays host to just over 12 million people, with English and Chichewa being the main languages. 
    Lake Malawi Most your time in Malawi will be spent enjoying the white beaches and warm waters of Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is also known as “the lake of stars”, offering an abundance of water activities. With the staggering amount of 500 species of fish, this lake makes for an excellent spot for fresh water diving after meeting and greeting all the welcoming locals.

    DAYS 17 – 19: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi)
    Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi.  We travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 3 days. Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches.  Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue fresh-water lake all year round.  Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch.  Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to paddle a dugout canoe yourself!  At night you’ll see the ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen out on the lake. The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horseback rides and a visit to the local village and school (see pricing guide at the end of this document). 
    Meals:
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Optional activities: may vary; however we do recommend that you partake in the village tour. Please note that you can bring pens, pencils, notepads and dry starch food sorts for the tour. Please speak to your crew for more information.

    DAY 20: Lake Malawi to Chipata (Zambia)
    We head away from Lake Malawi, and stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre, to stock up on supplies before crossing into Zambia where we spend the night in a beautiful little campsite just 10 km after the Malawi/Zambia border.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 21: Chipata to Luangwa National Park
    This breath taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc. 
    Meals:
     Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity: Game drives through South Luangwa National Park in a 4×4 vehicle.

    DAY 22: Luangwa National Park to Eastern Zambia
    Today we depart this amazing National Park and make our way down south. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60’s, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was left to fall to ruin. Due to foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry, Zambia is today once again starting to prosper.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 23: Eastern Zambia to Livingstone
    Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why.  At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari!  The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia – a fantastic photo opportunity.  Tonight we have the option of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.
    Meals: Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner

    DAY 24: Livingstone to Chobe National Park (Botswana)
    We leave Zambia and cross the border into Botswana at the Kazangula Ferry. Once we’ve completed the border formalities, we continue to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. The Chobe River forms a border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia and is the main water source to the Chobe National Park. After lunch, we have time at leisure to relax. In the afternoon, we leave for our Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion – an overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds.  Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife. Look out for the rare Sable and Roan Antelope on your game drive, with their majestic backward slanting horns, or try keep a count of the Lilac Breasted Roller’s that swoop by! After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane. 
    Meals: 
    Breakfast / Lunch / Dinner
    Included Activity: Chobe National Park Overnight Mobile excursion

    ZIMBABWE
    This landlocked country is situated in the southern part of Africa, between the mighty Zambezi and Limpopo Rivers. The word Zimbabwe is believed to have two meanings, 1) it is believed the word Zimbabwe is derived from dzimba-dza-mabwe, which means “large house of stone” in the Shona (Karanga Dialect) language. 2) It is also believed to be derived from the word dzimba-hwe which means venerated houses in the Zezuru dialect of Shona.

    DAY 25: Chobe National Park to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe)
    Once returning to camp, we get back on our truck and continue to the border of Zimbabwe. Once we’ve completed border formalities, we have a short drive to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Our campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of town, and within walking distance of the adventure booking agents, restaurants and shops. A 20 minute walk down the main road takes you to the entry point to view the falls, which are situated between Zimbabwe and Zambia. Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by David Livingstone on his explorations, and is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world’s largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! After our adventure activities briefing (see price guide at the end of this document for options), the afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool, viewing the Victoria Falls, or exploring the many sights and delights of this town!
    Meals: Brunch

    DAY 26: Victoria Falls
    After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions available at Victoria Falls.
    Meals: Breakfast

     

    Optional Activities:
    Elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort.
    Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge – neither activity is for the faint hearted!
    All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site.
    White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class.  Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the “floats,” where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

     

    What is not included:

    • Flights,
    • Airport departure taxes departure transfer,
    • visas,
    • meals unless otherwise stated,
    • travel insurance,
    • laundry,
    • personal items,
    • sleeping bag, pillow
    • & tips.

     

    Transport on tour
    Our overland vehicles are custom built converted Mercedes Benz or MAN trucks that have seating space for our passengers and a storage areas for luggage and all trip equipment. The trucks seat between 27-30 passengers on our camping trips. Most seats are forward facing, though some models have a combination of forward, backward and some inward facing seats with tables. Vehicles have sliding glass windows, and the seating area is raised providing a great advantage for game viewing and photography. Seats are cushioned and there is storage space for personal items like cameras, snacks and day packs in the seating area.

     

    Optional excursions:
    Below is a selection of Optional Excursions available on this trip. Where activities occur away from your base, there may be an additional transfer cost.

    TANZANIA:
    Masai Village Visit                                              From 15 US$
    Olduvai Gorge 10 US$
    Zanzibar:
    Transfer to Nungwe 20 US$
    Zanzibar Accommodation From 40 US$ – 60 US$ per day
    Spice Tour including lunch 40 US$
    Prison Island Snorkeling Trip 30 US$
    Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing From   40US$
    Dhow Sunset Cruise 40 US$
    Motorbike/ Car Hire                                           From 60 US$ – 80 US$+local drivers license / insurance at 5 US$
    MALAWI:
    Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach 55US$ (Additional dives 30 US$ each)
    Horse Riding at Kande Beach 2Hr / 3Hr (Bush, Beach & Swim) 70 US$ / 100 US$
    Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 20 US$
    Traditional Healer Visit 10 US$
    Livingstonia Mission Hike – 30km return 10 US$
    Carving Lessons & Local Fishing. *Price to be negotiated on arrival
    ZIMBABWE:
    Please ensure that you pay for activities in Victoria Falls with US$ CASH
    Victoria Falls National Park Entry (viewing the Falls) 35 US$
    Trip T-Shirt 30 US$
    VICTORIA FALLS:
    White Water Rafting-Full Day 140 US$
    River Boarding combo Raft & Board 180 US$
    Bungee Jump (111m) 150 US$
    Elephant Back Safari 150 US$
    Walk with Lions 140 US$
    Micro Light over the Falls-15mins 170 US$
    Helicopter Flight over the Falls 12 mins 155 US$

     

    PLEASE NOTE:
    That this is not a full list of available activities. There are many more to choose from. Prices are approximate and can change at any given time. Only to be used as a guideline.

     

  • 2018 Rates: From ZAR 36,000 pps and Local payment of USD 1,690 pps
    2018 Dates:

    STARTS:  NBO -TUESDAY FINISH: VFA – SATURDAY
    19 Dec 17 13 Jan 18
    02 Jan 18 27 Jan 18
    16 Jan 18 10 Feb 18
    30 Jan 18 24 Feb 18
    13 Feb 18 10 Mar 18
    27 Feb 18 24 Mar 18
    13 Mar 18 07 Apr 18
    27 Mar 18 21 Apr 18
    10 Apr 18 5 May 18
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    08 May 18 02 Jun 18
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    17 Jul 18 11 Aug 18
    31 Jul 18 25 Aug 18
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    28 Aug 18 22 Sept 18
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