Overview

Embark on an exhilarating exploration of East Africa’s hidden treasures as you traverse five diverse countries on this 22-day expedition from the mesmerizing Victoria Falls to the bustling city of Nairobi. Brace yourself for a journey that’s part adventure, part relaxation, and entirely unforgettable.

Your adventure begins with a breathtaking encounter with the thunderous Victoria Falls. Leaving Livingstone in Zambia, you are thrust into the wild heart of Africa, South Luangwa National Park. Here, the untamed wilderness teems with wildlife, providing the perfect backdrop for our first game drive. The elusive leopard is our quarry, their spots playing hide and seek in the golden grasses.

From the thrill of the safari, we then change gears, immersing ourselves in the tranquil, heartwarming beauty of Malawi. Known as the “warm heart of Africa,” it cradles Lake Malawi, a shimmering body of water among the Great African Lakes. Here, sunrise paints the sky with hues of oranges and pinks, the perfect scene to awaken the avid hikers among us for a day of exploring the rolling landscape.

As we say goodbye to Malawi, the journey takes us to the natural bounty of Mikumi National Park, adding another layer to our wildlife viewing experiences before we reach the enchanting Zanzibar Island. Infused with a vibrant tapestry of spices and local markets, Zanzibar’s serene beaches provide a peaceful interlude. Water sports enthusiasts are in for a treat, offering an array of activities from fishing to scuba diving, snorkelling and exhilarating ocean safaris.

After creating lasting memories in Zanzibar, we brace ourselves for a grand finale, an excursion into the raw beauty of Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Prepare to be awestruck by one of Africa’s top safari destinations, where the wildlife never ceases to amaze.

This journey is an amalgamation of thrilling wildlife encounters, tranquil beach days, and unforgettable sunrises, taking you right into the pulsating heart of East Africa. Join us, and let’s etch an unforgettable story on the sands of Africa together.

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 – Lusaka 

Setting off early from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before we head off on a long day travelling. We get our first impressions of East Africa through the window of our truck: colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey as we travel through Zambia. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.  

Day 2 – Petauke 

This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays 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 3 – South Luangwa National Park 

We look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. 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. One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away. 

Day 4 – 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 including a sundowner stop. 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 5 – Lake Malawi 

This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of the lake this natural wonder.  

Day 6 – Lake Malawi 

Today is all about the lake and this day is set aside for you to relax at the lake.  Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer. If you wish, an optional hike can be done with a local guide to the nearby Dwanbazi Waterfall. Located a short 30-minute drive from Nglala Beach Hotel, the waterfall offers a breath-taking panorama from the summit. Depending on the weather, we may even have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the pristine waters surrounded by the lush greenery and natural splendour of the surrounding landscape. 

Day 7 – Lake Malawi 

Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi.  Our Nomad guide will lead us on a village walk through a nearby village in the afternoon.  After the walk, enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach.  

Day 8 – Mbeya 

We depart this morning and continue north, heading for the Utengule Coffee Lodge where we will overnight. 

Day 9 – Tanzania – Iringa 

Before heading to Iringa, 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. We then ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way further into Tanzania.  

Day 10 – Mikumi 

This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. We have a quick stop at the Baobab Valley, Tanzania. 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. We then reach Mikumi, which ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Today you will have the opportunity to book a game drive in Mikumi National Park. 

Day 11 – Mikumi  

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

Day 12 – Dar es Salaam 

We overnight in Dar es Salaam before an early start the following morning to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island. 

Day 13 – Stone Town (Zanzibar) 

We head out early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we make our way to our hotel located in Stone Town.   

Day 14 – Zanzibar Beaches 

Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes.  Our morning begins with a walking tour of Stone Town to discover the more well known landmarks, including the birthplace of Freddy Mercury.  After our city tour, we travel by road to our base for the next 2 nights. Before our arrival, 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.    

Day 15 – Zanzibar Beaches 

Today is a free day to enjoy some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day.  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 16 – Bagamoyo 

We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry, on arrival back at the Dar es Salaam port, we reunite with our truck and return to Bagamoyo where we spend the night.  

Day 17 – Arusha 

Heading north this morning we travel across the northern reaches of Tanzania, our destination tonight is the bustling town of Arusha. Northern Tanzania is home to the Serengeti, Ngorongoro and Kilimanjaro.  

Day 18 – Karatu  

Although it is short distance to Karatu, we will spend most of the day commuting closer to the Ngorongoro Crater.  Before our arrival in 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 leads directly to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater Conversation Area.   Tonight, our guide will brief us on our 2-night excursion.  

Day 19 – Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti National Park (Seronera) Excursion  

We rise early and will be collected from our camp and transferred to the Ngorongoro Crater in 4×4 safari type vehicles.  We will spend the morning exploring the crater floor in search of the animals which roam the plains.  In the afternoon, we will arrive at our camp in the Seronera region located in the heart of the Serengeti National Park.  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 20 – Serengeti 

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 21 – Arusha 

We depart the Serengeti National Park with amazing memories, and make the return journey to Arusha where we will spend the night reminiscing about our experiences of the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.   

Day 22 – Kenya – Nairobi 

We cross the border into Kenya this morning and make our way to Nairobi where our journey ends on arrival.  

  •   Crew2 Crew
  •   Max Passengers 20 Passengers Max
  •   Vehicle 20 Seater Vehicle
  •   Duration22 Days and 21 Nights
  •   From / ToLivingstone to Nairobi
  •   Meals19 Breakfast  20 Lunch 19 Dinner
  •   Countries Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya

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