From the east to the south, this tour offers world renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar and the mighty Zambezi River as it spills over the thunderous Victoria Falls. Ideal for game viewing and anyone wanting to see the best of Africa!
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing. This tour also joins with our northbound trips from Johannesburg via Zimbabwe, or from Cape Town via Namibia & Botswana.
Day 1. Livingstone to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.Before departing Livingstone, the group will visit Victoria Falls together. We then hop on the overland truck and make our way through the lush country side to Lusaka, Zambia's capital city.
Day 2. Lusaka to South Luangwa National ParkToday we head to one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. South Luangwa National Park has a huge concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its oxbow lagoons. There are over 60 different animal species and 400 bird species in this area alone. On arrival we set up camp and you are then free to enjoy the rest of the day a leisure
Day 3. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park.Enjoy some of the many optional activities from walking safaris to village walks, or relax by the pool. Later in the afternoon, we include an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger. If you want to book an additional game drive or walking safari this can be done on arrival.
Day 4. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi.Today we are crossing the border into Malawi. Once border formalities are done we make our way to Lake Malawi and spend the next nights at Kande Beach.
Day 5. Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today you can relax on beach, try some water sports including scuba diving or snorkelling, take a horse back riding tour or meeting some of the locals along the lake side. We offer an optional guided village walk where you can explore the craft markets and get to know some of the friendliest people in Africa.
Day 6. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach.Today we depart Kande beach passing through the rubber plantations to Mzuzu. Another opportunity to explore a great Malawi market and experience this welcoming culture, we stop in Mzuzu to get some supplies before finally making our way to Chitima beach where we spend the next two nights.
Day 7. Chitimba Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Today is our last day on Lake Malawi. Relax on the beach, take a long walk in the local village or do the full day hike to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of trekking you can cool off in a natural bath.
Day 8. Chitimba to Iringa, TanzaniaThis morning we are crossing the border into Tanzania. A long day driving as we steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s southern Highlands to Kisolanza farm house. This farm is situated at 1600m which is a pleasant fresh climate change for the night. Enjoy the famous hot showers and hot chocolate that you can buy at their candlelit bar in the evening.
Day 9. Iringa to Mikumi National Park areaExploring Tanzania further, we make our way Mikumi National Park. You will notice a change in landscape to vast grassy plains and scattered baobab trees. Should time allow, upon reaching our destination, we can go on an optional game drive. Alternatively we can rest at the pool, bar/restaurant and end the day perfectly with an outdoor fireplace.
Day 10. Iringa to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Today we are making our way through the Mikumi National Park, keeping our eyes peeled for the abundance of wildlife inhabiting the area to the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam. We set up camp outside the city on the beach and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar tomorrow morning.
Day 11. Dar es Salaam to Stone Town, Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.We rise early in order to make our way through the morning traffic to the port to catch our ferry across to Stone Town. We will spend the next 4 nights on this tropical island paradise. Our time on the island is not structured and your time is at leisure.
Day 12-14. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania.Today we make our way to the northern beaches where we will stay for the next 3 nights. Kendwa beach is a great place to relax in a hammock, or take an option diving trip to one of the colourful reefs.
Day 15. Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.We make our way back to Stone Town in time for last minute shopping before we head back on the ferry across to Dar es Salaam. We are back at the same campsite and to meet our driver and truck again, with one night here to get ready for our onward journey inland.
Day 16. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania.We depart early this morning, heading north past the Usambara & Pare Mountains. Making our way to Marangu which is nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro mountain. If we are lucky and the weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro.
Day 18. Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.This morning we rise early and transfer to our smaller 4x4 game park friendly vehicles to drive west across the Great Rift Valley, to enter Ngorongoro crater conservation area. We pass into the park, over the crater ‘rim’ and down onto the stunning Serengeti plains. We are game driving the entire way, making our way to our designated campsite for the night.
Day 19. Serengeti to the Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Today we drive out of the plains and ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro crater.
Day 20. Ngorongoro Crater to ArushaToday is our last day inside the national park. We are up early to descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro crater for a morning game drive. All of the major mammals can be found here but for the giraffe’s as they cannot manage the steep slopes. After our game drive we ascend back to our campsite to pack up and take in one last view from the top before making our way back to Arusha for the night.
Day 21. Arusha to Nairobi, KenyaAfter one last night in Tanzania, this morning we are crossing the border into Kenya. After we complete formalities at the Namanga border we head to Nairobi, Kenya’s capitol to camp for the evening.
Day 22. NairobiToday is a free day to explore Nairobi. Your tour leader can assist you in booking an optional excursion, there are some great markets to explore or head to the giraffe sanctuary or to David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage for the morning. Our campsite also has laundry facilities and wifi so you can catch up on some admin and relax for the day.
Day 23. Nairobi to Lake Nakuru National Park Highlights. Lake Nakuru, Kenya.We depart Nairobi early and head into the Great Rift Valley en route to Lake Nakuru National Park. This shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife - specially flamingoes which gather is such large numbers that the view from above shows a pink fringe around the lake shore. This afternoon we change to a smaller safari vehicle with a local guide for a fame drive in the park.
Day 24. Lake Nakuru to EldoretDeparting Lake Nakuru we continue northwest to the town of Eldoret. We cross from the Southern to the Northern Hemisphere passing over the equator - we will stop for photos here before making our way to camp just outside of town where we relax for the night before making our way into Uganda tomorrow.
Day 25. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda.Have your passports ready, today we are crossing from Kenya into Uganda. Our first nights camp is in the capital city, Kampala.
Day 26. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park areaLeaving the capital city behind we travel west toward Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the equator once again. The scenery today is stunning with lush green terraced hillsides, banana plantations and steep mountains. We camp a short distance from Queen Elizabeth NP where you can relax and unwind.
Day 27. Queen Elizabeth National Park Highlights. Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda.This morning we enter the national park and make our way to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their much larger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees so our viewing is usually peering high into the forest canopy.
Day 28. Queen Elizabeth NP to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda.Today we make our way to the stunning Lake Bunyonyi, a 27km lake that is surrounded by undulating hills. Over the next three days the group will be split with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas depending on what date we arranged your permit for. The group that does not trek can explore the many optional activities in the area.
Day 31. Lake Bunyonyi to KampalaAfter what is described as one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in the world, we depart Lake Bunyonyi and head back toward the capital city, Kampala. Catch up on social media or head out on the town and try some of the local cuisines.
Day 32. Kampala to JinjaToday we are heading to the banks of the Lake Victoria and the Nile. Our camp is located on the banks of the Nile river, where you have the opportunity to try river rafting or one of the many optional activities in this area. We spend the next three nights here so you have lots of time to relax and enjoy this adrenaline lovers haven.
Day 33-34. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda.Today you can visit soft power, a locally run voluntary programme that aims at building and improving schools in the Jinja area. Other activities include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks, Nile river cruises, fishing and bungee jumping, the day is yours to explore.
Day 35. Jinja to Eldoret, KenyaWe rise early and retrace our steps back to Kenya. After border formalities we are onward to Eldoret for the night.
Day 36. Eldoret to NairobiThis morning is our last day on tour, we make our way south to the capitol city Nairobi where the tour ends on arrival.
Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, The Zambezi Waterfront has an array of accommodation from pre-erected tents, to private en suite waterfront chalets set in spacious grounds. There is a lively bar with river views and a booking office if there are any additional activities around Victoria Falls that you might want to book. single and double pre-erected tents with shared facilities, twin and family en suite chalets, camping. restaurant, bar, plunge pool, activity booking office, internet. 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.
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.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Livingstone 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.
GORILLA & CHIMPANZEE TREK:
Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any chance our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 28 – 30 of this tour.
We use 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in groundsheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. We mainly use campsites, which usually have reasonable wash and shower facilities, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool. In the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater there are basic facilities. On Zanzibar we use basic tourist class local hotels.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board 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.
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.
35 Breakfasts, 29 Lunches, 29 Dinners
31 days camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights tourist class hotel
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.
* This pass is a compulsory add-on for this tour.