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East Africa Overland Adventure
If you’re feeling torn between wanting an exciting inspiring adventure but also don’t want to give up your beach time, then this East Africa overland adventure is just for you. Spend time on the vast game plains of the Serengeti in search of the Big Five and then relax on the white sand beaches of Zanzibar.
This beach and bush overland adventure is 21 days through five incredible countries: Tanzania, Kenya, Malawi, Zimbabwe, and Zambia.
- Visit the Serengeti and the South Luangwa National Parks
- Explore the Ngorongoro Crater
- Discover Zanzibar Island
- Ferry to Dar es Salaam
- See the tea growing area of Iringa
- See the astounding Victoria Falls
- Cruise on Lake Malawi
- Check out the seafood and spice markets in Stone Town
Up first on the itinerary are the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. This is one of the most densely populated large animal reserves in all of Africa. And you’ll see it all from an open 4×4. You’ll spend a few nights exploring the area and camping out under starry skies.
From there you’ll make your way through Stone Town on your way to Zanzibar where you can bliss out with two incredible days on the beach. A perfect way to unwind after such a jam packed Big Five safari. During your time in Zanzibar there are opportunities for just about every activity you can think up – you set your pace and level of fun.
In Mikumi National Park you’ll have a chance to see zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephant, and more. Once in Malawi you’ll leave the Great Rift Valley by crossing some remarkable mountain passes. Your destination here is Lake Malawi, perhaps the most beautiful freshwater lake on Earth. It’s hard to describe the colours and natural grace of this area – it’s one of those places that you have to see up close and personal. Relax on the beach, snorkel, or enjoy any number of activities during your days here.
The adventure moves on to Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. There’s a chance you’ll see hippos near your campsite on the Luangwa River. The game drive here will almost certainly turn up more hippos – as well as leopards. Your final destination is Victoria Falls where the sky is the limit in terms of adventure activities. If you can think it, you can do it in this phenomenal setting.
This East Africa overland adventure offer a great combination of adventure and relaxation. Enquire today to learn more.
Day 01: Arusha
Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania and this afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater.
Day 02: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
The following days are set aside for the 3-night optional camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4×4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. We leave our accommodation in the morning and drive to the Serengeti. On arrival we will start with our first game drive.
Serengeti Camping Excursion
Day 03: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is depending on the movement of the game and sightings.
Day 04: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion
Today we explore more of the Serengeti and make our way to the famous Ngorongoro Crater. We drive down to the bottom of the Crater, where we try and see as many animals as possible.
Day 05: Arusha
Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park.
Day 06: Bagamoyo
We leave Arusha early and head south towards Bagamoyo, who’s name goes back to the days of slavery and means, lay down your heart. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the beach and tonight we will prepare for the Zanzibar excursion.
Day 07: Zanzibar Excursion
It’s a short drive down to Dar es Salaam, where we will be dropped off at the local ferry port and will take a ferry from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored.
Spice Tour and City Tour
Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
Swimming with Dolphins Half Day Trip
Day 08: Zanzibar Excursion
The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach.
Zanzibar Meals (per meal)
Swimming with Dolphins Half Day Trip
Scuba Diving – Per Dive
Day 09: Zanzibar Excursion
We spend the day relaxing on the beach or taking part in one of the many optional activities offered here.
Day 10: Dar es Salaam
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite.
Day 11: Mikumi
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.
Mikumi National Park Game Drive
Day 12: Iringa
Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area.
Traditional Dinner in a local restaurant.
Day 13: Northern Lake Malawi – Malawi
Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).
Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
Day 14: Northern Lake Malawi
As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.
Day 15: Northern Lake Malawi
Make the most of the day and enjoy snorkelling and swimming in Lake Malawi.
Day 16: Central Lake Malawi
Ngala Beach lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the edge of Lake Malawi and if time permits, grab the snorkels and discover some of the interesting creatures residing in the lake.
Day 17: Zambia – South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.
South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive
Day 18: South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another optional game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, we will therefore not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round.
Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Safari Walk outside South Luangwa National Park (4 hours)
Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees)
Day 19: Petauke
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Petuake where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.
Day 20: Lusaka
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.
Day 21: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls
On the last day of the journey we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls. Although your tour ends here we do recommend that you spend another 1 to 2 nights in this area to experience Victoria Falls and many exciting adrenaline activities here.
Dinner Out Victoria Falls
Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.
- Zanzibar Excursion plus Ferry
- Mikumi National Park Game Drive
- South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive
The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.
All clients require adequate Medical Travel Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.
Currency and Banking
As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country.
Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.
A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for visiting certain areas in Morocco that are affected by Yellow Fever. Please see the Pre-Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour depending on your nationality.
As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that the trip operator will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.
Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.
Dates & Rates
May 28 – June 17, 2016
June 7 – June 27, 2016
June 18 – July 8, 2016
June 22 – July 12, 2016
June 28 – July 18, 2016
July 9 – July 29, 2016
July 19 – August 8, 2016
July 30 – August 19, 2016
August 3 – August 23, 2016
August 9 – August 29, 2016
August 20 – September 9, 2016
August 30 – September 19, 2016
September 10 – September 30, 2016
September 14 – October 4, 2016
September 20 – October 10, 2016
October 1 – October 21, 2016
October 11 – October 31, 2016
October 22 – November 11, 2016
October 26 – November 15, 2016
November 1 – November 21, 2016
November 12 – December 2, 2016
November 22 – December 12, 2016
December 3 – December 23, 2016
December 7 – December 27, 2016
December 13 – January 2, 2017
December 24 – January 13, 2017
Price: from 726 GBP. Contact us for availability and confirmed prices.
Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the tour operator truck), accommodation, guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights.
All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.
This 100% African owned and managed operator really does have its finger on the pulse of the continent. Specialising in overlanding adventures through South and East Africa, they use well equiped expedition trucks to enable travellers to explore places of spectacular beauty, unique wildlife, interesting cultures and inspirational adventures.
Chose camping or accommodated options and expect friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings.
East Africa Overland Adventure
- Trip Code: AWA349
- Dates: Multiple each month
- Price: from 726 GBP
- Depart: Nairobi
- Arrive: Victoria Falls
- Length: 21 days
- Adventure: From the sprawling plains game of the Serengeti to the magical white sand beaches of Zanzibar, this is the perfect bush and beach combination in East Africa.