Overview

With the East African Adventure tour we take you into the heart of East Africa. This tour is the optimal bush and beach experience, with a little adventure thrown in to keep you on your toes. We make our way to Arusha and the Serengeti National Park where you are sure to see incredible wildlife before setting off for the white sand beaches and crystal clear waters of Zanzibar, perfect for rest and relaxation after a busy big 5 safari. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun. Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania. We travel into the warm heart of Africa, Malawi and spend some time on the shores of her fresh water lake and finally on to the pristine South Luangwa National park in Zambia. Your tour ends in the adventure town of Victoria Falls.

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    Some of the activities listed above form part of an "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 can be pre-purchased or bought through your guide on day 1 of your tour.  We do recommend that you prebook your Activity Package to ensure availability.

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    Pre & Post Tour Accommodation

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    Pre Tour Accommodation - Nairobi

    From R1,940
      Airport Transfer Available Sentrim Boulevard

    Sentrim Boulevard Hotel is located close to the Nairobi National Museum and the University of Nairobi. It is within walking distance of the city market, a Barclays ATM on the University grounds and there is a grocery store nearby. Depending on the traffic in Nairobi, it can take anything from … Read More

    Post Tour Accommodation - Victoria Falls

    From R1,665
      Airport Transfer Available Victoria Falls Rainbow Hotel

    Rainbow Hotel is situated 4km from the town centre of Victoria Falls, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush, but close enough to get into town quite easily if required. There is a complimentary shuttle that operates between the hotel and the town of Vic … Read More

    Itinerary

    Our tours come with 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.

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      Camping     Accommodated
    Day 01

    Arusha

    Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border, after completing border formalities we continue to Arusha which provides the base for our optional Serengeti Excursion. This evening we will be briefed by our local operator on the Serengeti Excursion and we will have the opportunity to pack for the coming days. A smaller daypack or bag will be required for the Serengeti Excursion as it is operated on smaller vehicles and luggage space is limited. The Serengeti Excursion is offered only as a camping excursion and sleeping bags are available for hire.

    Route
    Nairobi to Arusha
    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.

    Route
    Arusha to Serengeti National Park
    Places
    Serengeti National Park
    Optional Activities
    4-Day Serengeti camping excursion
    Day 03

    Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Excursion

    We spend the entire day game driving through the Serengeti. Our route is dependent 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.

    Route
    Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater
    Places
    Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area
    Day 05

    Arusha

    We return from the Serengeti and re-united with our truck and crew in Arusha. A welcome shower awaits us on our return and tonight we share a meal in camp as we prepare for tomorrow’s travel.

    Route
    Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha
    Day 06

    Bagamoyo

    We head out early this morning as we journey south to our overnight stop in the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Formerly a centre point of the East African slave trade, Bagamoyo lies just north of the port of Dar es Salaam and is a perfect launching point for our upcoming Zanzibar Excursion. While today is primarily a travel day, we experience the hustle and bustle of one of Africa’s major travel routes. Road travel in Africa is an experience in itself and the bustling markets, villages and scenic backdrops that line the routes give a window into the lifestyle of rural Africa. This evening we will prepare for our Zanzibar Excursion that begins tomorrow morning.

    Route
    Arusha to Bagamoyo
    Day 07

    Nungwi (Zanzibar)

    We complete the short journey into Dar es Salaam this morning and board our ferry for the two hour trip to Zanzibar. After arriving at the ferry port we board make our way to Nungwi on the northern shores of the island, we take the opportunity to visit the spice farms of Kidichi and Kizambani on our way this afternoon. Zanzibar is renowned for its spices and fragrances and we have the chance to experience this first-hand today. There are a number of excursions that can be arranged for the coming days in Nungwi and your guide will be on hand to assist.

    Route
    Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam; Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry; Stone Town to Nungwi Beach
    Included Activities
    Spice Tour and City Tour
    Activity Package
    3-Day Zanzibar excursion
    Day 08

    Nungwi

    Today is a free day for enjoying some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day and Nungwi offers fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and a variety of ocean safari options. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Rent a scooter and explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.

    Optional Activities
    Jozani Forest
    Village Tour
    Turtle Sanctuary Visit
    Scuba Diving
    Fishing
    Snorkelling
    Day 09

    Stone Town

    Our visit to Nungwi comes to an end today as we travel back to Zanzibar Town in the afternoon. Boasting a rich history this bustling port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes, we spend our final night on the island on the beaches south of the port city.

    Route
    Nungwi Beach to Stone Town
    Places
    Stone Town
    Day 10

    Dar es Salaam

    This morning we have an opportunity to explore the historic area of Stone Town before catching an afternoon ferry back to Dar es Salaam. Stone Town represents the historic centre of Zanzibar Town and is a must see for those with an interest in history, culture and the unique architecture of the historic port. Tonight we enjoy an optional dinner out in Dar es Salaam.

    Route
    Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by Ferry
    Optional Activities
    Dinner
    Day 11

    Mikumi

    Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.

    Route
    Dar es Salaam to Mikumi
    Day 12

    Iringa

    We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.

    Route
    Mikumi to Iringa
    Activity Package
    Mikumi National Park game drive
    Day 13

    Lake Malawi

    Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty and our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the next few days enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake.

    Route
    Iringa to Chilumba
    Day 14

    Lake Malawi

    Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

    Optional Activities
    Community Volunteering
    Snorkelling Lake Malawi
    Included Activities
    Local Village Visit
    Day 15

    Lake Malawi

    This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.

    Included Activities
    Museum Visit
    Karonga Town
    Optional Activities
    Community Volunteering
    Livingstonia day trip (hike)
    Snorkelling Lake Malawi
    Day 16

    Lake Malawi

    This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.

    Route
    Chilumba to Nkhotakota Region
    Day 17

    South Luangwa National Park

    This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over we Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.

     

    Route
    Nkhotakota Region to South Luangwa National Park
    Day 18

    South Luangwa National Park

    South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

    Optional Activities
    Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
    Safari Walk (seasonal)
    Activity Package
    Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
    Day 19

    Petauke

    Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.

    Route
    South Luangwa to Petauke
    Included Activities
    Textile project visit
    Day 20

    Lusaka

    As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

    Route
    Petauke to Lusaka
    Day 21

    Victoria Falls

    Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls.

    Route
    Lusaka to Victoria Falls

    Activity Package

    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.

    • 3-Day Zanzibar excursion
    • Mikumi National Park game drive
    • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

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