Experience some of Southern and East Africa's best highlights. Hear the thundering sound of the Victoria Falls and enjoy the serenity of Lake Malawi and Zanzibar. Game drive in Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Lake Nakuru before crossing the equator and trekking for the mountain gorillas and chimpanzees. This tour will take you to see some of the most beautiful parts of Africa and to see some of the incredible wildlife too.
This tour includes Gorilla and Chimp Trekking. This is paid at the time of booking - please see supplements for pricing. This tour also joins up with our northbound trips from Pretoria 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. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.This morning we leave the Victoria Falls Waterfront behind and visit the Victoria Falls. At over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep, it forms the largest curtain of falling water in the world - hence their local name Mosi oa Tunya (‘smoke that thunders’).
Day 2. Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.Leaving Lusaka behind we head to Zambia's famous 'South Luangwa National Park'. Known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, this amazing park covers 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by a 500 mile–long river.
Day 3. South Luangwa National Park Highlights. South Luangwa National Park. Accommodation. Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa.After a relaxing morning soaking up the beauty of the area, swimming in the pool or reading a book, we head out on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animals roaming and the prolific birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay.
Day 4. South Luangwa National Park to Kande Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. This vast body of freshwater fringed by golden-sand beaches provides various water sports for those looking for something beyond sun, sand and swimming. Its approximate dimensions are 365 miles north to south and 52 miles broad, hence its nickname: "the calendar lake". We arrive at our accommodation on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.
Day 5. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.Today you’ll have some free time to enjoy the many water-based optional activities, meet the local people, said to be the friendliest in Africa! Go on a guided Village Walk, or simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and the beach games.
Day 6. Kande Beach to Chitimba Beach Highlights. Chitimba Beach. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Waking to the sound of the waves as they lap against the shore, its time to head for our next Lake Malawi stop, Chitimba Beach.
Day 7. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls and Livingstonia mission where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural rock pool. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking too.
Day 8. Chitimba Beach to Iringa, Tanzania Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.We bid farewell to the mesmerising lake and Chitimba Beach and travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. Our journey takes us through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat and vegetables to the surrounding markets and is famous for their hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.
Day 9. Iringa to Mikumi National Park area Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Leaving the Southern Highlands on this day to venture into the grassy plains of Mikumi National Park. This park is the forth largest in the country and hosts an array of wildlife. Should time allow we can do an optional game drive. Spending the night at a nearby campsite which offers a pool, bar/restaurant and a memorizing night sky of stars to end the day.
Day 12-14. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Waking to the smell of spices in the air and the 'call of prayer' ringing from the Mosques we pack up and transfer to the northern beaches through lush plantations. Relax on the sun-kissed beaches of Kendwa, north-west part of the island, try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, browse markets or simply lay beneath a palm tree with a cocktail and a good book.
Day 15. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Leaving the northern beaches behind, we drive back to Stone Town through lush plantations and rural villages. We have time in Stone Town to do any last minute shopping before catching the ferry back to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our accommodation on the coast for the evening.
Day 16. Dar es Salaam to Marangu Highlights. Marangu, Moshi Area, Tanzania. Accommodation. Marangu Hotel.Departing early from Dar es Salaam, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. If the weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain (5895m).
Day 18. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.This morning we meet our local guides and pack our gear into the more versatile 4x4 vehicles, and then drive west across the Great Rift Valley. We enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area and drive around the picturesque Ngorongoro Crater’s rim, and down onto the Serengeti plains.
Day 19. Ngorongoro Crater Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising with the sun, we enjoy game driving in search for lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and the numerous grazing animals before ascending the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping under canvas on the rim. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site.
Day 20. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Waking early we descend the steep slopes of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven.
Day 21. Arusha to Nairobi, Kenya Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.After our last night at the Meserani Snake Park in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive to Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and to our accommodation for the evening.
Day 22. Nairobi Accommodation. Karen Camp, Nairobi.Today is free to explore the city and surrounding area. Popular excursions include a visit the National Museum of Kenya, Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen.
Day 24. Lake Nakuru to Eldoret Highlights. Equator. Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.Rising in altitude, we cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator to Eldoret, the 5th largest town in Kenya with a population of approx 194,000. We stay outside of the town in a unique area. It is created on a hilly forest tribal land, which was once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe.
Day 25. Eldoret to Kampala, Uganda Highlights. Kampala, Uganda. Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.Heading west, we cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s ‘Pearl of Africa’. A country with breath taking scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures. Our first night we stay in the capital city Kampala, which is an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders and markets.
Day 26. Kampala to Queen Elizabeth National Park area Accommodation. Simba Camp, Uganda.From the bustling city, we travel west and cross the Equator again. Travel through fertile hillsides, lush banana plantations and quaint villages to the Queen Elizabeth National Park. We stay a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park itself and it's here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and marvel the beauty of the area.
Day 28. Queen Elizabeth National Park to Lake Bunyonyi Highlights. Lake Bunyonyi, Uganda. Accommodation. Lake Bunyonyi Camp.Moving on, we make our way to the lush and stunning ‘Lake Bunyonyi’ (‘Place of many little birds’). At 27 km long, 7km wide and at a depth of nearly 900m, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania).
Day 31. Lake Bunyoni to Kampala Accommodation. Red Chilli Hideaway, Kampala.We leave Lake Bunyonyi and make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo opportunity if we did not stop on route to Queen Elizabeth National Park) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, enjoy a night on the town exploring the nightlife and the local restaurants.
Day 32. Kampala to Jinja Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.Today we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks the White Nile. The river is about 6696km long and pours its water to over nine countries although it’s more centred to Uganda as well as Egypt. Countries include Sudan, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, Zair and Ethiopia.
Day 33-34. Jinja Highlights. Jinja, Uganda. Accommodation. Nile River Explorer.The next two days are free for you to explore the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer.
Day 35. Jinja to Eldoret, Kenya Accommodation. Naiberi Camp.After our exhilirating stop at Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border to the Kenya’s frontier and onwards to Eldoret, where we will stay for the evening
Day 36. Eldoret to NairobiThis morning we make our way south to the Capital city ‘Nairobi’ where our 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 at 7am 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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (33 nights) twin share tents with a sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari vehicle 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 Acacia vehicle 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
33 nights twin share accommodation, 2 night bush camping at Serengeti/Ngorongoro (equipment supplied).
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.