39 Days -Nairobi to Livingstone Zamia Adventure

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Duration: 39 Days

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(39 Days) Nairobi to Livingstone Adventure

Itinerary

Day 1

Nairobi – Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya

Kenya, being East Africa’s most popular safari destination, warmly welcomes visitors to their beautiful country. The Kenyan capital of Nairobi has grown vastly in recent years, but still maintains a relatively small city centre and a city market that has much to offer. It is recommended that you arrive at least a day before departure in order for you to recover from any jet lag and have time to relax and maybe have a chance to see the city.

Departing from the gorgeous Nairobi in the morning hours, we begin our descent into ‘the Great Rift Valley’, a gigantic cleft in the Earth’s surface that stretches from the Red Sea all the way to Madagascar. On the way, we stop at a specific lookout point to drink in the majestic views provided to us by the African landscape.

The overnight stop we take is close to Lake Nakuru National Park, abundant in fauna and flora on the floor of the Great Rift Valley. The shallow soda lake within the park is home to a wide variety of extraordinary birdlife, specifically flamingos (attracted by the abundance of algae in the lake) that, when gathered in their massive numbers, form a dazzling pink ‘fringe’ around the edges of the water. This splendid lake also attracts wildlife such as buffalo, lion, black and white rhinoceros, leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope and a large assortment of smaller animals too. We then embark on an afternoon game drive searching for more elusive and diverse wildlife, led by local guides and smaller safari vehicles in order to obtain a more intimate experience with African nature.

Trip Highlights: Lake Nakuru National Park, Great Rift Valley view
AccommodationPunda Milias Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 190kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Nakuru Safari overland - Kenya

Day 2

Lake Nakuru – Eldoret, Kenya

From Nakuru we continue northwest, through the highlands, towards the town of Eldoret which is en route to the Ugandan frontier. We will cross from the Southern to the Northern hemisphere, over the Equator where we spend some time learning about the significance of the crossing. We stop to rest and give photographers a chance to capture this beautiful part of their trip. We then head to Eldoret, the town’s name originates from the Maasai word Eldore meaning ‘stony river’ inspired by the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya with the fastest growing population of approximately 194,000.

We stay outside of town in a unique area created on hilly forest tribal land, once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing
AccommodationNaiberi Overland Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/- 150kms
Approximate Driving Time: 3.5 hours

Day 3

Eldoret – Kampala, Uganda

Today we make the cross into Uganda – a country that is a rich painting brought to life. With its breathtaking natural scenery and vibrant collection of tribes and cultures, it’s no wonder it was termed by Winston Churchill as the ‘Pearl of Africa’. The locals are warm and friendly people and the landscape is overwhelmingly beautiful.

Our first night is spent camping in Uganda’s attractive and hilly capital, Kampala. Here you will find bustling roadside traders, quaint local markets and busy matutu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Trip Highlights: Kampala
AccommodationRed Chilli Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/- 400kms
Approximate Driving Time: 7.5 hours

Day 4

Kampala – Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

Leaving Kampala, we travel to Queen Elizabeth National Park, where we once again cross the Equator. Along the way you can expect to see lush green hillsides, flourishing banana plantations, steep mountains and dense forests along with herds of Ankole cattle boasting astonishingly long and curving horns that roam the roads and paddocks freely.

The area in which we stay is a short distance away from the Queen Elizabeth National Park, where you will have some leisure time and perhaps you can take a walk in the surrounding areas or mingle with the local community.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing
Accommodation: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/- 240ms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours

Day 5

Queen Elizabeth National Park, Uganda

In the morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park where we take in awe-inspiring views of the mountains that separate Uganda from Central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. The Queen Elizabeth National Park boasts over 500 bird species and 100 mammal species, making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world.

Close to the park, we visit the Kyambura Gorge to begin our trek to seek out the chimpanzees. Unlike their bigger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live predominantly in the trees. The experience of seeing these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat is incredible. We spend another night at the Simba Camp before making our way to Lake Bunyonyi.

PLEASE NOTE: Trekking permits will be issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people per group. Depending on our group size, the trek may be spread over three days.

Trip Highlights: Queen Elizabeth National Park entrance and Game Drive
Accommodation: Simba Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes

Day 6 – 8

Queen Elizabeth National Park – Lake Bunyonyi rest days or Gorilla trek day, Uganda

Our next destination is Lake Bunyonyi (‘Place of many little birds’). This lake is 900 metres deep and is the second deepest lake in Africa. When we are not trekking to see the mountain gorillas, there are 29 islands that can be explored by boat where you can spend the time at your leisure. You will be split into groups over the next three days, while each group takes turns trekking to see the gorillas while the rest explore Lake Bunyonyi.

Lake Bunyonyi

You will have time to hire canoes and row on the lake, visit some of the local tribes or spend some time with the children in the orphanages. There is also plenty of bird watching and walks that you can partake in. Or you may choose to sit back and relax.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Only 700 gorillas remain in this region of Africa, mostly within the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. (Occasionally we may travel to Rwanda to spot the gorillas.)

On the day of the trek, the group gathers early in the morning to be introduced to our local guide and tracker. Following this, we walk in small groups, trekking through the lush rainforest. This journey can be physically demanding at times due to the uneven terrain and the hilly forest itself, but the privilege of spending quality time with a family of these gentle and peaceful primates definitely makes the effort worthwhile. Even to people who live permanently in this area, this trek and encounter with the gorillas has proven to be one of the most exciting wildlife experiences in Africa.

The usual protocol once our group has located a gorilla family is to sit down and simply observe the magnificent creatures for about an hour, which is the time set strictly by the Uganda Wildlife Authority. Gorillas are rather sociable, living in groups of between 12 and 20, each usually led by the alpha male – the ‘silverback’, named so due to the silver hair on his back that begins to grow once the male gorilla reaches maturity. You will find that the gorillas and their tendencies are remarkably human-like, especially in the social interaction that takes place between the gorilla family members and their play time, in which their children are encouraged to engage. Photographers may take as many photographs as they like, but are under strict instructions not to use any flashes. There are also certain restrictions to those who wish to use a video camera.

Your permit allows for one trek and gorilla viewing with your time limited to one hour. However, because the authorities maintain strict limits on the amount of visitors permitted to view the animals each day, we may spend several days in the area so as to allow for all members of the tour to complete their trek and viewing.

PLEASE NOTE: Depending on the availability of the 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 reason 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 6 – 8 of this tour.

For those not trekking, the day is free to explore the surroundings or unwind and catch up on some well deserved rest and relaxation. On the last day in Lake Bunyonyi you could participate in a day of trekking or you could take part in the many optional activities on offer here.

Trip Highlights: Gorilla Trek, Lake Bunyonyi
AccommodationLake Bunyonyi Overland Stop, Gorilla Trek area, camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x3, Lunch x3, Dinner x3
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours, Trekking for gorillas or rest days
Optional Activities: Island boat trips US$25 – US$80, Village Walk US$10, Traditional Dance US$100, Bird watching US$15, Canoe hire US$10

Lake Bunyonyi

Day 9

Lake Bunyonyi – Kampala, Uganda

We leave Lake Bunyonyi and make our way back across the Equator, stopping for photograph opportunities if we did not have any en route to Queen Elizabeth National Park. We pass lush pastures and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria, which is the largest lake in Africa, all en route to Uganda’s capital, Kampala, where we will be spending the night. Kampala is known for its great food and entertainment and, if time allows, you are welcome to take the night out and try the local cuisine as well as enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the locals.

Trip Highlights: Equator crossing, Kampala
Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 10 – 12

Kampala – Jinja, Uganda

We leave Kampala and drive a short distance to Jinja, situated on the fresh, grassy banks of the longest river in the world, the River Nile. British explorer John Hanning Speke first recognised Lake Victoria as ‘the source of the Nile’ in 1862, settling a long running debate about Africa’s (and the world’s) longest river. From Lake Victoria, the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt, leading to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our campsite is on the banks overlooking the Nile River where we will have the opportunity to try our hands at the art of rafting. This is definitely an exhilarating day for any adventure-seeker. In the Jinja area, you will also have the chance to roll up your sleeves and make a difference at a local children’s school project – Softpower. This project is a locally run voluntary programme that aims at constructing and improving schools in the Jinja area. Any contribution from you, even just a few hours of painting or plastering, is always welcome and appreciated. Other activities that you can take part in during your stay in Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and for the adrenaline junkies, even bungee jumping!

The following two days you are free to explore this beautiful area or participate in the many optional activities on offer. For those seeking a more relaxed day, taking time to visit the local community or spend your time relaxing. You can spend the day on the banks of the Nile learning about the community, the town of Jinja, enjoy the stunning views of the river or participate in the variety of activities on offer here.

Trip Highlights: Jinja, Source of the Nile, Optional activities
Accommodation: Nile River Explorers – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-80kms
Approximate Driving Time: 1.5 hours
Optional Activities: Quad Biking US$85, White-water Rafting US$160, Community School Project US$50, Nile Cruise from US$25, Nile SUP from US$20, Kayak from US$20, Fishing Trips from US$80, Mountain Biking from US$30

Day 13

Jinja – Eldoret, Kenya

Following our refreshing stop at Jinja, we head back across the border to the frontier of Kenya and onto the town in which we will be camping for the night – Eldoret. The evening is dedicated to celebration with your fellow adventurers where everyone is encouraged to share their favourite experiences and stories around the campfire.

Trip Highlights: Eldoret
Accommodation: Naiberi Overland Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: No
Distance Covered: +/-300kms
Approximate Driving Time: 6 hours

Day 14 -15

Eldoret – Nairobi, Kenya

Today we cross the Equator once more and make our way South, towards our base just outside of the Kenyan capital, Nairobi. The next day is for relaxing day and you are free to explore the city and surrounding areas. Our tour leader will be able to help arrange local optional excursions for you.

Trip Highlights: Equator, Nairobi, Optional Activities
Accommodation: Karen Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-250kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage US$10, Giraffe Centre US$10, Karen Blixen Museum US$20

Day 16 – 18

Nairobi – Masai Mara Reserve, Kenya – Nairobi, Kenya

Departing the city early in the morning, we travel back across the Great Rift Valley, this time to the Masai Mara National Reserve, enjoying the splendid views on the way. We travel in small, specialized vehicles, enabling us to have much more intimate wildlife views. Two nights will be spent camping on the edge of the Reserve, giving you time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The magnificent continent of Africa is represented extremely well by the vast, sweeping plains, the low hanging acacia trees, the abundant fauna and flora and the awe-inspiring view of the horizon.

The ‘Mara’ is crossed each year between the months of July and October by massive herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals during their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains toward the southern Tanzania. The length of the animals’ stay is dependent on rainfall and subsequent grass growth throughout the rainy season. Predators, such as lion, cheetah and leopard as well as scavengers, such as hyena and vultures, shadow the grazing animals in wait. This enormously spectacular congregation of wildlife forms a fantastic display of Africa’s natural resources and inhabitants. This being said, however, the Mara is still excellent for game viewing at most any time of year and, regardless of when you can visit, we aim to see as many of Africa’s ‘Big Five’ as possible (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) as well as an array of other wildlife.

It is from the Mara that we return to Nairobi where we will usually camp overnight.

Trip Highlights: Great Rift Valley, Masai Mara Game Reserve, Game drives
Accommodation: Masai Mara – Chronicle Tented Camp, Nairobi – Karen Camp
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-300kms (first day), +/-300kms (third day)
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours (first day), Full days including game drives (second day), 5 hours (third day)

masai mara

Day 19

Nairobi – Arusha, Tanzania

At the busy Namanga frontier, we cross the border into Tanzania and in the late afternoon we arrive at Arusha. Located mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, Arusha is very much Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’. It is a bustling city with colourful and vibrant markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestled in the shadow of the towering Mt Meru, a sacred mountain (visible from Mt Kilimanjaro) that is considered to be the centre of all the physical, metaphysical and spiritual universes, reaching 4,565 metres in height.

After we’ve had a chance to explore the curio markets, we make our way to our camp situated just outside of Arusha, on the open plains to the west of the city. From here, we prepare for our two night/three day expedition to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater that was formed when a massive volcano exploded and collapsed in on itself some two or three million years ago. There will also be an Optional Activity and Excursion in which you can partake. Your tour leader will offer these extras to all on the tour as well as take payment for them.

If there is time this afternoon, we embark on a walk to a local Maasai village. Here we gain insgiht into their everyday life and traditions.

Trip Highlights: Arusha, Mt Meru, Meserani Snake Park
AccommodationMeserani Snake Park – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-270kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Camel Ride US$5

Day 20 – 22

Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro Crater – Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Tanzania

In the morning we switch to safari vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo (‘Mosquito Creek’) and entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we drive around the Crater’s rim down onto the plains of the Serengeti. A luscious green after the rains and brown and burnt in the droughts, this is home to a vast variety of grazing animals, predators and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Masai Mara, the Serengeti is enormous. In fact, the name is derived from the Masai word Siringitu, meaning ‘the place where the land moves on forever’. Game viewing is a fabulous activity and spending your nights sleeping in the designated but unfenced area where lion and hyena roam freely, is an enthralling and extremely memorable experience.

On second day we leave the plains, game driving en route and we begin to ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater after lunch. We spend the night here camping on the rim, where wildlife roams freely and where you will definitely need a warm jacket to combat the cold night air. The Ngorongoro, at 326 square kilometres in area, is Africa’s largest intact crater as well as a World Heritage Site. The spectacular view from the rim that is 2400 metres above sea level makes the site from the Crater floor even more enjoyable at approximately 600 metres below sea level.

On the third day we make our way down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater to view some game. There is plenty of wildlife to be seen here, except for giraffes who find the slopes too steep. All of the major mammals can be seen here, except for the giraffe (who cannot manage the steep slopes leading downward to the floor of the Crater). We then go back to the top of the crater for a last chance to take in the spectacular view. Back at our accommodation we pack up and have lunch before heading back to Arusha and Meserani Snake Park, where we will stay for the night.

Note: We may enjoy the Masaai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 19.

AccommodationSerengeti National Park (first day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities (no shower, pit latrine), Simba Camp (second day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities, Meserani Snake Park (third day) camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Distance Covered: +/-250kms each way on first and third day
Approximate Driving Time: Full days including game drives
Optional Activities: Camel Ride US$5

Ngorongoro Area

Day 23

Arusha – Bagamoyo, Tanzania

This morning we make an early start, heading south to Bagamoyo via Moshi. If the weather is good, we will catch a glimpse of the incredible snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro – a dormant volcanic mountain that has gained the title of Africa’s highest peak at 5895m. Our camp for the evening is a short distance from the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Trip Highlights: Glimpses of Mt Kilimanjaro
Accommodation: Fire Fly Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-560 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours

Day 24

Bagamoyo – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Departing from Bagamoyo, we head south to Dar es Salaam, towards the Indian Ocean. Dar es Salaam is the largest and richest city in Tanzania as well as a regionally important economic centre. It is Tanzania’s main port and is a hub for commerce and industry – a hot, humid and lively seaport city peppered with high rises, vibrant markets and Arab-influenced architecture. To most travellers though, Dar es Salaam is the port of call to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other Archipelago islands. Our camp for the evening will be set up on the beach just outside of the city. We have a chance to take in the gentle sea breezes of the Indian Ocean and to prepare ourselves for our impending trip to Zanzibar.

Trip Highlights: Dar es Salaam, Indian Ocean beach
AccommodationKipepeo Beach Resort – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/- 60 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 2 – 3 hours

Day 25 – 27

Zanzibar Island

Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests and you will find all these here along with an interesting history.  Zanzibar was the base of 19th century explorers and was once a major trading centre of spices. For centuries Zanzibar has traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen all along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Some of the history of Zanzibar is not as romantic. The island was once a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior who were detained before being shipped to Middle Eastern slave owners. The places where these men and women were held can still be seen and even the shortest visit is enough to convey the atrocious conditions they were forced to endure. On a lighter note though Zanzibar is the home of the Zanzibar Colobus Monkey, the Zanzibar Servaline Genet and the possibly extinct Zanzibar Leopard.

Our time spent in Zanzibar is not structured and your time is at leisure. One of the best ways to see Stone Town is on foot, where you can explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets and cloths. You can also partake in activities such as visiting mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and black pepper are grown in nearby plantations and you are encouraged to take day tours where you are free to have your senses dazzled. If you are the kind of person who leans more toward leisure time spent on the beach, you are always free to enjoy the white sand and sparkling ocean and to simply soak up the sun’s rays. If you are looking for a good swim or dip in the sea, head out to the northern beaches to experience the warm and inviting Indian Ocean at it’s best where you can try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some tasty, lavish seafood or just relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book in hand.

PLEASE NOTE: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation (B&B) is included in the tour price but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically, we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you have any questions or need activities arranged. Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam. Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Trip Highlights: Ferry to Zanzibar, Stone Town, Northern beaches, Optional Zanzibar Activities
Accommodation: Mazons’s or similar – twin/triple rooms with en-suite facilities (First Night), Sunset Bungalows or similar – twin/triple rooms with en -suite facilities (Second and Third Night)
Meals included: Breakfast x3
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing
Optional Activities: Spice Tour US$35, Slave Markets US$15, Arabic Fort US$5, Palace Museum US$10, Scuba Diving US$150, Yacht Trip US$120, Snorkelling Safaris from US$40, Massages from US$20

Zanzibar

Day 28

Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

The morning we have time to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before hopping on the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam. From there, it’s onward to our camp on the coast for the evening.

Trip Highlights: Zanzibar, Zanzibar ferry, Indian Ocean beach
Accommodation: Kipepeo Village – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: Ferry crossing

Day 29

Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park Area, Tanzania

Leaving the warm Atlantic coast and bustling city of Dar es Salaam behind, we travel inland through Mikumi National Park. With some luck, we may spot forest elephant or giraffe. Our campsite is located near the park entrance. This evening we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/restaurant and relax around the campfire.

Depending on time this afternoon, there is an optional game drive exploring Mikumi National Park.

Trip Highlights: Tanzania Highlands, Mikumi National Park
AccommodationTan-Swiss Lodge – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-290kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours
Optional Activities: Mikumi Game Dive US$150

Day 30

Mikumi – Iringa, Tanzania

After breakfast we head off for Kisolanza Farm at an altitude of 1600m, ensuring a pleasant crisp and fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas the Southern Highlands of Tanzania has to offer. Kisolanza has been home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years and remains a working farm providing organic meat and vegetables to surrounding markets and the city of Dar es Salaam. Kisolanza Farm House is famous for their magnificent hot showers, delectable chocolate brownies, hot chocolate and Amarula that can be purchased at their quaint candlelit bar.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-220kms
Approximate Driving Time: 4 hours

Day 31 – 32

Iringa – Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Following our last night in Tanzania, we head through abundant mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations towards the Songwe border post and into Malawi.

Formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, Lake Malawi covers almost an entire fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for majority of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, and canoe and net makers all ply their trades here, 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 has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world.

You are free to enjoy your time on the beach or shop at a large curio market where you can put your bargaining skills to the test purchasing some of Malawi’s famous ornate and carved chairs or do a full day trip to Manchewe Falls – After a 11km hike, you can cool down in the natural bath.

PLEASE NOTE: The crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Therefore, please treat the Malawi section of the itinerary as a guideline only.

Trip Highlights: Lake Malawi beach, Curio market, Livingstonia hike option
AccommodationChitimba Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x2, Lunch x2, Dinner x2
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-550kms
Approximate Driving Time: 11 hours
Optional Activities: Livingstonia Day Hike US$10

Lake Malawi

Day 33 – 34

Kande Beach, Malawi

After a peaceful morning, we embark on a scenic drive to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. We stop for a short while to gather supplies and to take a look at the markets before we arrive in Kande Beach. This leg of the trip allows you the opportunity to meet the locals who are generally known as some of the friendliest people in Africa. Spend the following day participating in some of the water sports available here such as snorkelling, diving, horse riding along the beach or feel free to spend the day relaxing and enjoying the fresh waters of Lake Malawi.

Trip Highlights: Mzuzu, Lake Malawi, Kande Beach, Optional activities, Cultural Interaction
AccommodationKande Beach Camp – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-240kms
Approximate Driving Time: 5 hours
Optional Activities: Horse Riding US$55, Village Walk US$10, Snorkelling Day Trip from US$15, Fresh Water Scuba Diving from US$45, Canoe Hire from US$15

Day 35

Kande Beach – Chipata, Zambia

We say goodbye to the beautiful Lake Malawi we cross the boarder as we head for Zambia and Chipata. Formally named Fort Jameson, Chipata has a population of about 98,000 and is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. This unique town offers colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected amount of ornate temples due to it’s large Indian community. If we have time we will hopefully be able to make a stop in Chipata before arriving at our campsite which is a short distance from the centre of town.

Trip Highlights: Chipata
AccommodationMama Rula’s Camp  – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-440 kms
Approximate Driving Time: 9 hours

Day 36

Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia

Leaving early, we take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city, boasting a population of approximately 1.7 million people and is situated on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west – each to different parts of Africa. Our campsite this evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing area on a farm.

AccommodationEureka Camp – Camping twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Distance Covered: +/-620kms
Approximate Driving Time: 12 hours

Day 37

Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia

At the start of the day, we head south toward Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite located on the banks of the Zambezi River which is just a few kilometres from Victoria Falls. We make a visit to the Victoria Falls and at various times of the year, the spray from this mighty waterfall can be seen from up to 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya meaning ‘the smoke that thunders’. During the excitement of this excursion, try not to forget your raincoat to protect you and your camera from splashes of water.

The camp is incredible and management will provide a brief on all activities in the area (including rafting, canoeing, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging,  horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises, etc.), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four days.

PLEASE NOTE: For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or  full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks
throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Trip Highlights: Victoria Falls visit, Zambezi River
Accommodation: Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast
Wi-Fi: Yes
Distance Covered: +/-520kms
Approximate Driving Time: 10 hours

Day 38 – 39

Livingstone, Zambia

During these days you are free to explore the town area to the full. Apart from the long list of adventure activities available, ensure that you take time out to browse through the bustling markets and museum in nearby Livingstone. You could also spend some time here volunteering a day for a local charity project, adventuring on a day trip to the Victoria Falls township in Zimbabwe, or simply unwinding on the gorgeous campsite deck while watching the water of the Zambezi River flow swiftly past on its way through to Victoria Falls.

The following day we enjoy breakfast before the tour comes to an end. We recommend spending an extra day to participate in the variety of activities available on offer here.

Trip Highlights: Optional activities galore!
Accommodation: The Victoria Falls Waterfront – Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast x 2
Optional Activities: Bungee jumping US$160, Full day abseil US$190, Mosi Oa Tunya National Park Game Walk US$110, Chief Mikumi village tour US$50, Gorge swing US$95, Zambezi jet boat and cable car US$215, Half day canoe US$115, Zambezi sunset cruise US$70, Full day white water rafting US$180, Helicopter/ Microlight flights From US$195, Half day fishing US$145, Bridge Tour US$65.

Onward Travel Plans

Due to circumstances beyond our control while on tour (such as border crossings, traffic, breakdowns and delays, etc), the end time on the last day cannot be guaranteed. Therefore we strongly recommend you stay the night and fly out the next day. Please consult with your booking consultant.

 

Pre Departure

Pre-Departure Meeting

  • Pre-departure meetings are usually held the evening before the tour starts.
  • Most overland tours begin in Nairobi, Kampala, Dar es salaam, Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Windhoek, Swakopmund, Cape Town or Johannesburg and held on the evening prior to the safari departure date at 6pm.

Zanzibar Excursion

  • If Zanzibar is included in your tour, you will enjoy an excursion to the Zanzibar Island which includes a ferry ride for about approximately 2 hours
  • The overland vehicle remains in Dar es salaam while you explore the island.
  • Your accommodation on the island is included on the Adventure Pass, but not the meals (Lunch and Dinner)
  • More information on the tour will be given while on tour
  • You will only need a backpack for your excursion to the island (Your main back pack will be left at the truck).
  • A list of items to pack for your excursion are the following:
  • Passport (the island considers itself ‘apart’ and you must carry your passport when entering and leaving)
  • Yellow Fever Certificate (Compulsory!)
  • Change of clothes in your day pack, swimsuit, sun screen, hat, small first aid kit and towel, anti-malarials
  • Money : * US$ 10 – $25 per day (other meals)
  • US$ 75 – 150 (drinks, curious, local tours, etc)

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