This accommodated overland tour will take you to some of East and Southern Africa's best attractions. In Tanzania search for the 'big 5' in Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, catch a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro, enjoy the white sand and clear blue ocean on the Island of Zanzibar and feel the spray from the thunderous Victoria Falls.
Our 24 day tour option includes a safari in the Maasai Mara or include gorilla and chimpanzee trekking on our 31 day Game Parks and Gorillas tour
Day 1. Nairobi to Arusha Highlights. Maasai Village Walk, Arusha, Tanzania. Accommodation. Meserani Snake Park.Our journey starts by leaving Kenya's capital, Nairobi and cross the border into Tanzania. We make our way to Arusha - a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m). Arusha is situated exactly halfway between Cairo and Cape Town and you can view a sign post in the city centre with all the directions and kilometres.
Day 2. Arusha to Serengeti National Park Highlights. Serengeti National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Serengeti Camp.Transferring into smaller 'game park friendly' vehicles, we make our way across the Great Rift Valley entering Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We drive around the crater's rim, viewing its remarkable formation and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown in the dry, the Serengeti is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife and our eagle-eyed local guide will be stopping along the way to view these. We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable wilderness experience.
Day 3. Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater Accommodation. Simba Camp, Ngorongoro Crater.Rising with the morning light, we pack up our gear and game drive out of the plains. We ascend the outer wall of the Crater and spend the night on the crater rim at an open wilderness campsite.
Day 6. Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam Highlights. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Waking to the gentle sea breeze and the sound of the Indian Ocean lapping the shoreline, today we head to Tanzania's main port city - Dar es Salaam.
Day 8-9. Zanzibar Highlights. Zanzibar, Northern Beaches, Tanzania. Accommodation. Sunset Bungalows Kendwa.Our first full day on the island offers the option to head out to a local spice and fruit plantation. See the locals scurry up the coconut palms and savour the taste of fresh coconut water; learn about the interesting spice trade and taste the divine fresh fruit straight from the plant.
Day 10. Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam Accommodation. Kipepeo Beach Village, Dar es Salaam.Today we journey back to Stone Town and in the afternoon, we take the ferry back across to the mainland to Dar es Salaam where we meet back up with our truck and overnight.
Day 11. Dar es Salaam to Mikumi Highlights. Mikumi National Park, Tanzania. Accommodation. Tanswiss, Mikumi.Leaving the busy city behind, we travel along the main highway west with the interesting shops, stalls, villages and homesteads to see along the way. From barber shops to butcheries - there certainly are some interesting shop-fronts to see.
Day 12. Mikumi to Iringa Accommodation. Iringa Farmhouse.Today we head to the town of Iringa in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Our drive takes us through the baobab valley with its quirky trees peppered around the countryside.
Day 13. Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi Highlights. Lake Malawi, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Our journey takes us further into the central Rift Valley region as we descend from the highlands and make our way from Tanzania to Malawi. After border formalities, we continue on our drive to the lakeside and our camp at Chitimba Beach.
Day 14. Chitimba Beach Highlights. Livingstonia Day Hike, Malawi. Accommodation. Chitimba Camp, Lake Malawi.Today is a free day where you can relax on the beach or take a 11km hike to the Manchewe Falls for great views of the surrounding countryside.
Day 15. Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.We travel further into Malawi this morning making a supply stop at Mzuzu, Malawi's third largest town. From here we wind down the plateau back to the lakeside and our camp at Kande Beach.
Day 16. Kande Beach Highlights. Kande Beach Activities, Malawi. Accommodation. Kande Beach, Malawi.You have free time today to take on some optional activities such as horse riding, snorkelling, diving or go on a village walk to meet the friendly locals.
Day 17. Kande Beach to Chipata Accommodation. Mamarula Camp.We leave Malawi today stopping off at the capital city Lilongwe on our way to the border into Zambia. Chipata is the capital of Zambia's Eastern Province and has an approximate population of 98,000. We spend the night at a quaint campsite on the outskirts of this farming town.
Day 18. Chipata to Lusaka Highlights. Lusaka, Zambia. Accommodation. Eureka Camp, Lusaka.Leaving early we travel along the Great Eastern Road to Zambia's capital, Lusaka. We cross the impressive Luangwa River bridge and see many rural settlements and villages along the way.
Day 19. Lusaka to Livingstone Highlights. Victoria Falls - Mosi oa Tunya National Park, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.We travel south from the capital today to Livingstone where our accommodation is on the banks of the Zambezi River. We make a visit to Victoria Falls today where you can feel the spray from the thundering falls.
Day 20. Livingstone Highlights. Livingstone Activities, Zambia. Accommodation. The Zambezi Waterfront, Livingstone.Today is a free day in Livingstone where you can explore the town, visit neighbouring Zimbabwe or go rafting, bungee jumping, river cruising, flight over the falls.
Day 21. LivingstoneToday is our last day and our tour ends after breakfast. We would highly recommend staying some extra days and making the most of this great area.
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 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
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 Livingstone 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.
Twin share accommodation with facilities (18 nights) twin share tents with sleeping bag, pillow and mattress (2 nights) some accommodation may have a bar or swimming pool.
24-seater, self-contained, custom-built safari truck with on-board tables, plug sockets, USB chargers, freezer, water tank, library, 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.
20 Breakfasts, 15 Lunches, 15 Dinners
18 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 an optional add-on for this tour.