Starting in Nairobi, Kenya, and ending in Pretoria, South Africa, this Acacia Africa overland tour offers the best of what East and Southern Africa have to offer. Tick off your bucket list items - from the Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Zanzibar; to the Victoria Falls and Kruger National Park. This adventure is not to be missed!
Please note: This tour ends in Pretoria from 2019 – please contact Acacia for end hotel details.
Day 1. Nairobi to Masai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Great Rift Valley.We board our specialised safari vehicles, meet our resident guides and take to the road out of the busy city. We stop off at the Rift Valley viewpoint along the way and marvel at one of this great geographic phenomenon where the continent is slowly splitting.
Day 2. Masai Mara National Reserve Highlights. Masai Mara National Reserve, Kenya.Today we head out to explore the marvelous wildlife of one of Africa's best safari destinations. We travel the small tracks in search of the big 5, the herds of wildebeest, zebra and gazelle, and the many other animals which are home in this reserve.
Day 3. Masai Mara to NairobiWe head back to the city leaving the open African wilderness behind. Along the way we may see the Manyatta's scattered on the landscape where the Masai people still live in harmony with their natural surroundings.
Day 5. Arusha to Serengeti NP Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.Meet your resident guides and board the purpose built 4x4 safari vehicles this morning after breakfast. Heading out from Meserani, we drive through the touristy town of 'Mosquito River' on the outskirts of the Manyara National Park before heading up the Rift Valley escarpment and on to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area. We must cross via the Crater rim to get to the flat plains beyond.
Day 6. Serengeti NP to Ngorongoro CraterWe wake early in time to see the sunrise and head out for an early morning drive. See if you can spot any predators on the hunt!
Day 7. Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha Highlights. Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania.Get up early, enjoy a tasty breakfast and get ready for today's adventure!
Day 9. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.Waking to the lulling sounds of the ocean and the cool sea breeze, we enjoy our first breakfast at the coast. Today's drive takes us past the coastal villages and on to the city of Dar es Salaam (Haven of Peace).
Day 10. Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Highlights. Stone Town, Zanzibar, Tanzania.We head out to the busy ferry terminal early and board the fast ferry to Zanzibar. Once we've checked through customs, we continue on to our lodge in Stone Town where we settle in for the day. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure to head out and explore!
Day 13. Zanzibar to Dar es SalaamEnjoy your last morning on Zanzibar before we make our way back to the mainland and our truck waiting for us in Dar.
Day 14. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania.Heading inland we cross the northern part of the Mikumu National Park and hope to see some wildlife along the way.
Day 15. Mikumi to IringaEnjoy the scenic views today as we head through the Baobab Valley and up from the coastal plateau onto the Tanzanian highlands where we spend our last night in Tanzania.
Day 16. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, 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 Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.
Day 17. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi.Our first full day at the lake is free to enjoy at our leisure. Stretch your legs on a hike to the Livingstonia Missions in the surrounding mountains or enjoy the beach and warm waters of the lake.
Day 18. Chitimba to Kande BeachWe journey through northern Malawi and head to the town of Mzuzu where we stock up on supplies. Mzuzu is a major hub to the subsistence farmers, factories and farms in the area and you'll see the great market where locals converge to shop.
Day 19. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi.Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach. Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.
Day 20. Kande Beach to Chipata, ZambiaBidding farewell to the tranquil lake and the lovely Chichewa people, we drive to the Capital Lilongwe and on to the border where we cross into Zambia where we head to Chipata for the night.
Day 21. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia.Taking the Great Eastern Road, we head off early and make our way through the Zambian countryside. Points of interest today include the Luangwa River bridge where we may have the opportunity to walk the length of the bridge.
Day 22. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia.We head out of the busy Capital and continue our journey south to Livingstone passing through the Kafue area and the sugar cane and maize farms along the way.
Day 23-25. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia.We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town.
Day 26. Livingstone to Bulawayo, ZimbabweWe cross the iconic Victoria Falls bridge and head into neighboring Zimbabwe. From the town of Victoria Falls we drive through the Zimbabwean bushveld countryside to the second city, Bulawayo.
Day 27. Matobo National Park Highlights. Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.This morning we rise early and after breakfast we meet our knowledgeable guides who will take us to into the very impressive Matobo National Park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures
Day 28. Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa Highlights. Tshipise, South Africa.We bid farewell to the striking Matopos and head to the busy Beitbridge border where we cross into South Africa. As one of Africa's busiest border crossings, there's always a lot to see here.
Day 29. Tshipise to HazyveiwDriving south through the mountainous Limpopo Province, you'll see some of the fruit farms and forests that are cultivated in this area.
Day 30. Kruger National Park Highlights. Kruger National Park, South Africa.Rising early we enjoy a tasty breakfast and meet our local guides. Once we're ready, we board our 4x4 game drive vehicles and head for Kruger.
Day 31. Hazyview to PretoriaOur last drive takes us from the Mpumalanga Province to Pretoria, the administrative city of South Africa
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.
Situated in the heart of Pretoria's diplomatic district, this hotel offers twin/double en-suite rooms, a fully stocked restaurant/bar and a swimming pool for those chilled days.
PRE TOUR ACCOMMODATION:
This tour departs Nairobi 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 pre-book this with Acacia or your agent. There is a variety of activities and excursions in the Pretoria area’s that can be arranged locally.
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.
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 Maasai Mara we use multi shared tented camp with en-suite facilities. In the Okavango Delta we use twin share pre-erected tents with basic en-suite facilities. 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.
30 Breakfasts, 23 Lunches, 23 Dinners
25 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 2 nights tented camp, 3 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.