East African Explorer (Accommodated) (29 Days)

Tour Code 19EAE29A. Accommodated Overland
29 days from
$4'270 USD
USDwas 4745 USD
Plus 1050 USD optional Adventure Pass
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Suitable for Ages: 18 to 39. Group Size: Average 16 Maximum 24

Explore Africa's Eastern side and its amazing attractions

This accommodated overland tour will take you to some of the best attractions in Eastern and Southern Africa. Relax on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar, feel the spray from the Victoria Falls, game-drive in Kruger, Matobo, South Luangwa and Serengeti National Parks. Embrace the magic of Africa.

Please note: This tour ends in Pretoria from 2019 – please contact Acacia for end hotel details.

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Day 1. Pretoria to Hazyview Highlights. Shangaan tribal dancing . Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

We depart Pretoria this morning and travel via the region of Mpumalanga to the Kruger National Park. We will be staying just outside of the park in Hazyview, where we enjoy an eveing of Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire.

Day 2. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa. Accommodation. Hotel Numbi.

Waking early today, we board our 4x4 safari vehicles for a full day game driving around this 24000 sq km park. Home to over 500 bird species and almost 150 mammal species, there is a lot to be seen during our time here.

The day is spent driving along the winding paths in search of the Big Five and other magnificent animals residing in the park. Look out for the many colourful birds - especially the unusual ground horn-bill which can be seen here.

Day 3. Hazyview to Tshipise Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa. Accommodation. Forever Resorts, Tshipise.

We travel north - away from Kruger National Park, and towards the town of Tshipise in the northern Limpopo province. Our camp for the evening has lovely hot pools and a natural hot spring to soothe away any travel stress.

Day 4. Tshipise to Matobos, Zimbabwe Highlights. Bulawayo. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

This morning we leave Tshipise and South Africa behind, crossing the border into Zimbabwe and travel on to the city of Bulawayo.

Zimbabwe's second largest city has strong colonial influences and offers wide tree-lined streets (it is said an ox-wagon could easily turn inside on of these) and quaint architecture. Our camp for the evening is situated in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of the city.

Day 5. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Accommodation. Burkes Paradise.

Rising early today, we head out in our 4x4 vehicle with the local guide, who will take us on game drives and a wilderness walk. We keep any eye for the 'big 5', especially rhino, as this park has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa.

Steeped in history and blessed with some of the most majestic views, the Matobo National Park is simply unforgettable!

Day 6. Bulawayo to Livingstone, Zambia Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

We leave Bulawayo today, passing through the town of Victoria Falls and crossing into neighbouring Zambia. We travel the short distance to our accommodation in the town of Livingstone, stopping en-route for a visit at the magnificent Victoria falls.

Day 7-8. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.

These 2 days are free days for you to experience the multitude of optional activities that are available: bungee-jump, abseiling, game walk, village tour, gorge swing, white water rafting, bridge tour and many more.

Day 9. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.

We depart Livingstone and travel through the countryside to Lusaka, Zambia's capital city. The city is the fastest growing in Southern Africa - with a population currently approximately 1.7 million!

Day 10. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Today, we travel to South Luangwa National Park - home to hippo, elephant, lion, leopard, buffalo, giraffe and many more.

Day 11. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

This morning relax around camp or the pool - whiling away the hottest hours of the day. In the afternoon we will meet our local ranger, who will take us on a game drive in an open vehicle to spot some of the wildlife in this park.

Day 12. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.

Today we depart Zambia and cross the border into Malawi where we will stay at Kande Beach for the next two nights - on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Day 13. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.

Today is a free day to experience the optional activities available here. Go on a village walk, snorkel, dive, or just relax on the beach.

The local Chichewa people are known for their friendly smiles and warm nature. Spending some time on the beach chatting to the local fisherman, villagers and passers-by, is a great way to get some insight into the daily lives of these local Malawians.

Day 14. Kande Beach - Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Today we travel further along Lake Malawi via Mzuzu, the northern region's capital and Malawi's third largest town. Stopping off for supplies at the local market, we soon make our way to the northern lake and our base for the next two nights.

Day 15. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.

Today you can relax on the beach, or take the 11km hike to the Manchewe Falls, high up in the neighboring hills adjacent to the lake. Enjoy the magnificent views, see the off-the-beaten-path villages and even visit the site of famed explorer David Livingstone's mission station in this region.

For those not wishing to stretch their legs there is the beach and nearby village to explore, or simply kick back and relax with a good book, or in your fellow travellers' company.

Day 16. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.

Leaving Lake Malawi, we also depart the country and make the short border crossing into Tanzania. We wind our way through Tanzania's southern highlands to our accommodation at the Kisolanza Farm House.

Day 17. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.

Making our way from Iringa, we travel east-ward towards yet another African highlight - Mikumi National Park. Home to plentiful wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard. Upon reaching our accommodation, you may have time for an optional afternoon game drive through the grassy plains and iconic baobab trees. Or simply relax at the campsite's swimming pool and restaurant/bar before enjoying an open air fire to end off the day.

Day 18. Mikumi National Park area to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Rising early, we make our way towards the Indian Ocean and the city of Dar es Salaam - passing through Mikumi National Park. Known for its landscape of baobabs, black hardwood trees and grassy plains, Mikumi hosts 4 of the Big 5 and we hope to glimpse these magnificent animals. As we near the bustling city of Dar es Salaam, there is much to see on the roadside with the quirky shops and stalls along the way.

Day 19. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania. Accommodation. Safari Lodge, Zanzibar.

Today we leave the African mainland and travel to the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

We arrive in time for lunch giving you an afternoon free to explore the winding alleyways, monuments and markets of the capital of Unguya Island. We spend our first night in Stone Town where tonight you can explore the tasty delights of the city.

Day 20-22. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.

This morning there is the opportunity to head out on an optional tour of the spice plantations that surround the city. Zanzibar is still one of the biggest producers of rare spices and there are also many tropical fruit farms (from which you'll get to sample the seasonal fruits).

We transfer to the northern beaches of the island where we will stay for the next three nights. Here your time is your own, so relax on the beach, dive or snorkel and enjoy this idyllic island lifestyle.

Day 23. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.

Today we leave our tropical paradise and retrace our journey back to the mainland and the city of Dar es Salaam where we will stay for the evening.

Day 24. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.

We start early this morning. Leaving Dar es Salaam behind, we head north to Marangu at the foot of Mt Kilimanjaro. If we are lucky enought, the weather will be clear enough for us to see the snow capped peak of Africa's highest mountain.

Day 25. Marangu to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Driving out of Marangu, past the town of Moshi, we make our way to the city of Arusha (situated exactly mid-way between Cairo and Cape Town), where we will spend the night and prepare for our excursion to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater tomorrow.

Day 26. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.

We transfer our overnight gear to 4x4 vehicles and meet our local guides who will escort us into the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Our drive takes us via the Great Rift Valley escarpment where we have sweeping views down onto Lake Manyara. From here, we pass through the lush farming town of Karatu before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area.

We cross the rugged plains on to the famed Serengeti National Park, where we the famed savanna plains and seek out the abundant predators and their prey on a game drive deeper into the park this afternoon.

Tonight we camp in the wilderness with very basic facilities - but are fully rewarded with the night time sounds of the awesome African wilderness!

Day 27. Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.

We wake early to make the most of the dawn and hopefully see what the wildlife has been up to while we were asleep - perhaps you'll have heard the mighty lions roar nearby and now have the chance to head out and see them.

After breakfast, we head out on game drive out of the plains and we ascend the craters' rim, where we spend the night. Wrap up warm as the high altitude here can make for a chilly night!

Day 28. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.

Rising early today, we descend to the crater floor for a morning game drive in search of the spectacular wildlife here. All major mammals can be seen apart form giraffe who cannot manage the steep slopes to the crater floor.

A World Heritage Site, and home to an abundance of wildlife - the Ngorongoro Crater is without a doubt one of Africa's safari highlights.

After our morning in the wild, we head back to our truck at camp outside of Arusha.

Day 29. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya

We depart Tanzania today, making our way across the Masai Steppes into Kenya and travel to Nairobi where our tour ends on arrival in this bustling garden city.

Suggested Pre-Tour Accommodation.

Court Classique Suite Hotel

Court Classique Suite Hotel is set among the embassy buildings in suburban Arcadia, Pretoria. This 3-storey building is 3.9 km from the city centre allowing easy access to restaurants, cinemas shops and cultural attractions. It's also 6.5 km from the Pretoria National Botanical Garden. Court Classique Suite Hotel offers single and double ensuite rooms, free WiFi, a restaurant, swimming pool, a spa room and wine cellar.

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Suggested Post-Tour Accommodation.
Hotel Boulevard, Nairobi

Conveniently located on Nairobi's Harry Thuku Road and set in manicured gardens, this hotel offers a peaceful oasis in the centre of town. Walking distance to shops and craft markets. Rooms – single, twin, double en suite rooms with balcony and satellite TV. Facilities – restaurant, bar, swimming pool, internet, laundry. Transfers are available from the Airport by pre-arrangement

* Suggested pre and post tour accommodation can be booked together with your tour. Please enquire at the time of booking.

Additional Info

PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION
This tour departs Pretoria early on day 1; we strongly recommend therefore that you plan to arrive the day before
departure to overcome any jet-lag and to acclimatise to Africa. We would be happy to book pre-tour accommodation for you –
please call or email us (or speak to your agent) with your arrival details and accommodation requirements. However please
book early to avoid disappointment and the risk of having to find more expensive (or less convenient) lodgings.

If time allows, we also suggest planning a night or two extra (after your tour) to make the most of this part of Africa. Accommodation is usually available locally on arrival but you can also pre-book this with Acacia. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Nairobi area you can arrange locally or with your Tour Leader.

ACTIVITIES & EXCURSIONS:
These are optional activities that are booked during your holiday and paid directly to the provider while on tour. These options offer a variety of experiences and allow you the freedom to decide what
activities you would like to do.

ACCOMMODATION:
Twin share accommodation with facilities (26 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some may be with bar or swimming pool. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar, we use basic tourist class local hotels.

TRANSPORT:
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with onboard tables, plug sockets, freezer, water tank, library, i-pod jack, safety features and 70-litre individual lockers, 4x4 safari vehicle and fast ferry.

GAME PARK VISITS:
In order to maximise the quality of game driving and to comply with local authority rulings, some of our National Park visits and game viewing is carried out using services provided by local African ground handlers. As well as enhancing our experience using local guides and smaller vehicles it also allows us to contribute at a ‘grassroots’ level to local economies from which local people benefit.

TOUR STYLE:
This is a participation tour and your help will be needed in assisting with the various day to day duties, such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck tidy (usually on a rota basis). But don’t worry it’s not all hard work and it’s a great way to meet the local people and get to know your fellow travellers. Your contribution benefits the success of the tour - most people find the greater their involvement, the greater their enjoyment of the whole trip.

Meals
28 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners

Accommodation
26 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).

Includes.
Fully equipped safari vehicle
Camping and cooking equipment
All road tolls and vehicle taxes
All ground transportation
Sleeping bag, mattress + pillow (Serengeti, 1 night and Ngorongoro Crater, 1 night)
Meals as indicated
Accommodation as indicated
Services of two crew

Included Highlights:
Kruger National Park, full day open vehicle game drive with resident guide
Shangaan Cultural Evening
Matobo National Park, open vehicle game drive and wilderness walk with resident guide*
Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls Visit
South Luangwa National Park, open vehicle game drive with resident guide*
Zanzibar, return ferry & accommodation
Maasai village walk with resident guide
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion in purpose-built vehicles, game drives with resident guide*

*Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Excludes.
Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
Visas
Flights
Travel insurance
Departure taxes
Airport transfers
Optional activities
Drinks, tips
Items of a personal nature
Lunches and dinners on Zanzibar and in Livingstone
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Adventure Pass

Every Overland tour has an Adventure Pass which is paid to your tour leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour (or pre-paid by arrangement prior to your tour). This is separate and in addition to the Tour Price, and covers selected park entries, activities and excursions along the way where payment goes directly to the supplier to ensure local suppliers benefit directly from the income.

1050 USD or 1140 USD (If prepaid)

This pass is an optional add-on for this tour.

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