Hannah, a born travellers hopped on our Ultimate African Overlander 58 Day tour. Over the next 3 weeks, follow Hannah as she embarks on her adventure of a life time.
Here is Hannah’s second post as she departed Nairobi to see the ‘Big 5’ game animals of the Maasai Mara and Serengeti and Ngorongoro National Parks; relax on the white sandy palmed fringed beaches of Zanzibar and interact with the stunning people of Malawi.
After a short stop in Nairobi to drop off some clients and to pick up some new that join for the next section of the tour, we packed a day bag and headed to the Maasai Mara for a 3day/ 2night safari in search for the mighty ‘Big 5’ game animals and what an experience we had! Lion, Leopard, Elephants, Buffalo and rhino in a distance. A truly spectacular adventure.
Our next stop, we crossed the border to Tanzania and embarked on a 3 day/2 night Serengeti/ Ngorongoro crater excursion. Not to be missed! As I have travelled Africa a few times – actually 10 different safari’s now, I must say that the Ngorongoro crater is my absolute favourite. Imagine a safari in a dormant volcano crater? It’s total bliss and holds not only spectacular scenery, but a huge amounts of wildlife including the big 5 all year round.
Moving on, we take a 1.5 hour ferry to Zanzibar arriving at the ancient Arabic capital, Stone Town. After enjoying the day and evening meandering the ancient maze like streets and trying the fine spicy cuisine, we make our way to the Northern beaches stopping en-route to sample some of the exotic fruits and the many spices of the Island. Our accommodation was a stone throw from the beach and we enjoyed 2 days swimming in the turquoise azure waters and relaxing on the white sandy palmed fringed beaches.
We leave Zanzibar and make our way back to the mainland then to Lake Malawi. Malawi is an incredible country as the people are super friendly, and the wood carving markets are to die for – make sure you bring some money (best in USD cash in small dominations) as you’re bound to want something! Lake Malawi was also an unexpected surprise for me as I didn’t expect it to be so beautiful. It has the look and feel of an ocean with beaches, where you can lie in hammocks, and yet it’s not salty (and doesn’t have any sharks- double win!).
Saying our ‘goodbye’ to Malawi, we head south to Zambia, and my personal favourite highlight – Victoria Falls! What a spectacular, amazing and absolutely mesmerising sight as the falls plumper into the Batoka gorge. Entering the park, we got absolutely soaked as we walked around the boardwalks to view this natural wonder.
Livingstone hosts a numerous amount of activities to suit anyone’s taste, and when we arrived to our camp we were introduced to many optional tours we can choose from. I was up for bungy jumping and what a better place to do this! The adrenalin pumped as I stepped off the bridge linking Zimbabwe and Zambia and plummeted down into the gorge before swinging back up… What an experience!!
Stay tuned for Hannah’s next post as she leaves Livingstone and heads through the stunning country of Botswana, the desolate deserts of Namibia to the Mother City of Cape Town, where her tour ends.
Blog and Images by: Hannah Regan