Overview

Embark on an epic journey across the multifaceted landscapes of East Africa as we traverse through five distinct countries on this 22-day odyssey, from Nairobi to Victoria Falls. Immerse yourself in a tapestry of contrasting ecosystems that is bound to enchant you every step of the way.

Feel the rhythm of the wild resonating from the untouched wilderness of South Luangwa National Park, a hidden gem of East Africa. Then transition from the bush to the beach, as you unwind by the tranquil waters of Lake Malawi, one of Africa’s most majestic lakes.

Experience a sensory overload in the bustling local markets of Zanzibar Island, where fragrant spices fill the air and pristine beaches stretch as far as the eye can see. Then, journey deep into the heart of Africa’s premier safari destination, the Ngorongoro Crater. Your two-day escapade into this wildlife haven promises an encounter with the famed Big Five, creating memories that will last a lifetime.

Our adventure begins in the vibrant heart of Kenya, Nairobi, before we set off for the undulating plains of the Serengeti National Park via Arusha. Be prepared for your pulse to quicken as you witness some of the most stunning wildlife spectacles during our expedition into Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti.

From the wilderness, we switch gears and head for the tropical allure of Zanzibar’s white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. Here, you can embrace your adventurous side with a multitude of water sports, or perhaps rent a scooter to explore the island’s rich cultural history. If you prefer, simply bask in the sun and let the serene landscape rejuvenate you.

As we bid goodbye to the island paradise, we continue our adventure inland to Mikumi National Park, Tanzania’s fourth largest wildlife sanctuary. Our journey takes us further into the warm embrace of Africa, into Malawi. Here, we spend quality time absorbing the serene atmosphere on the shores of its freshwater lake.

Our final pit stop is the unspoilt South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, a truly immersive bush experience. As our journey culminates in the adrenaline-packed town of Livingstone, we can guarantee this diverse 22-day East African adventure offers the perfect balance of thrill, tranquility and discovery.

Please note: This itinerary is flexible and can be changed without notice. A detailed, up-to-date dossier itinerary is available to download.

Day 1 – Nairobi – Arusha  

Leaving behind the bustle of Nairobi we travel south to the Tanzanian border. After completing border formalities we continue to the busy town of Arusha, our base for the night. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro.  

Day 2 – Serengeti National Park (Seronera)  

We are collected this morning in safari style vehicles and depart Arusha early, heading directly towards the Serengeti National Park.  In the afternoon, we will arrive at our camp in the Seronera region located in the heart of the Serengeti.  The camp is surrounded by spectacular views and abundant wildlife and this evening, while sipping on a cold beverage, we will enjoy the sights and sounds of nature passing right in front of your meru style tent. 

Day 3 – Serengeti National Park (Seronera) 

This morning we rise early to enjoy a full day’s game drive through Serengeti National Park.  Famous for the abundant wildlife that exists in the park, we will spend most of our day in search of the animals that reside here.   

Day 4 – Ngorongoro Crater – Karatu 

We spend the morning commuting towards Ngorongoro Crater where we will enter the conservation area and explore the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains. After our exploration, we exist the crater and make the short journey to Karatu where we will overnight.  

Day 5 – Arusha 

Soon after our departure from Karatu, we will visit the Mto wa Mbu Market which is situated in the little village of Mto wa Mbu.  Known for crops such as rice and their distinctive red bananas, the town sits on the main road that links the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Conversation Area with Arusha.   Returning to Arusha, we spend the night reminiscing about our experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.   

Day 6 – 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. 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. 

Day 7 – Zanzibar Beaches 

We depart Bagamoyo and head towards Dar es Salaam and the ferry port to catch the ferry to Zanzibar Island. After arriving in Zanzibar we make our way to the eastern shores of the island where we will spend the next two nights at a beachfront resort.  Relax on the beach, enjoy the infinity swimming pool or rent a bicycle and explore the neighbourhood. 

Day 8 – Zanzibar Beaches 

Today is a free day to enjoy some of the attractions and activities on offer. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.  

Day 9 – Stone Town (Zanzibar)  

This morning we transfer by road to Stone Town.  Before we arrive in Stone Town, we will stop along the way to enjoy a guided walking spice tour, which passes through villages and spice plantations.  You will be able to witness first-hand how spice farm workers climb the trees and seek out specific plants and will have the opportunity to purchase fresh spices directly from these farms.  We continue to Stone Town, boasting a rich history this busy port town was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes.  We will enjoy a walking tour of Stone Town to discover the more well known landmarks, including the birthplace of Freddy Mercury.   

Day 10 – Dar es Salaam 

We bid farewell to the island of Zanzibar and we catch our ferry back to Dar es Salaam in the early afternoon, where we will overnight before continuing our journey.  

Day 11 – Mikumi 

Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the next 2 nights. 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.  

Day 12 – Mikumi 

Today you will have the opportunity to book additional safaris in Mikumi National Park or embark on a variety of cultural tours. 

Day 13 – Iringa 

The town of Iringa sits on a cliff overlooking the Ruaha River Valley.  The town centre offers the visitor a view into the past with its German colonial buildings and a popular market. The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery memorialises soldiers who died in local battles during WWI and WWII. 

Before reaching the town, we have a quick stop at the Baobab Valley, a mesmerizing landscape dotted with ancient, towering baobab trees that have stood the test of time. These iconic trees create a surreal and breath-taking scene, casting dramatic shadows against the African savannah, the perfect backdrop to stop for a group picture. 

Day 14 – Mbeya Region 

This afternoon we will make a stop at a local coffee plantation where we have the opportunity to see the process of growing and harvesting coffee beans and will be able to sample some of the beans. 

Day 15 – 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 Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the night enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of 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.   

Day 16 – Lake Malawi 

This morning we board our truck and head further South of Lake Malawi. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi.  Stretching over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi, the lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder. 

Day 17 – Lake Malawi 

Today is another day of leisure, relaxing at the lake.  Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.  

Day 18 – South Luangwa 

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 Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening. 

Day 19 – South Luangwa 

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, enjoying a sundowner on the way. 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. 

Day 20 – Petauke 

Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning, we make a stop at Mulberry Mongoose to view their local jewellery and curios, these accessories are hand crafted by local ladies from South Luangwa using organic materials originating from the African bush. The Chipata area is a major producer of cotton and we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture.  Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke. 

Day 21 – 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 and the landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries, so many of us call home. We make a delightful stop at Luangwa Market, a bustling hub where local Zambian vendors showcase their wares. Among the treasures on display are masau and masaku, delectable fruits that are available year-round and renowned for their mouth-watering taste. In addition, other African curios catch our eye, from charming miniature hippos to intricately woven baskets and papyrus carpets, adding to the colourful tapestry of this vibrant marketplace. 

Day 22 – Livingstone 

Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Livingstone located right on Victoria Falls. This afternoon you can get your first look at the mighty Victoria Falls, or as the Zambian locals call it, “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Livingstone offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Livingstone. 

  •   Crew2 Crew
  •   Max Passengers 20 Passengers Max
  •   Vehicle 20 Seater Vehicle
  •   Duration22 Days and 19 Nights
  •   From / ToNairobi to Livingstone
  •   Meals19 Breakfast  20 Lunch 19 Dinner
  •   CountriesKenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

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