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Falls, Beaches & Serengeti Adventure (Southbound)
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Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls we originally called this trip "Africa Complete," but those pesky lawyers made us change it. While it may not feature all of Africa, its still pretty darn close: Wildlife safaris, cultural contact, rugged landscapes, and natural landmarks spread across six incredible countries. And with supremely knowledgeable CEOs, meals prepared from fresh local produce, and starlit camping stays, youll gain a kinship with this land and its people you wont find anywhere else.


Duration: 27 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 127130
Starts: Nairobi, Kenya Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will visit
  • Nairobi
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

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Day 1: Nairobi

Arrive at any time.

Additional Notes:
Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to know which visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain a visa on arrival at the border.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Nairobi/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross through the semi-arid lands of the Masai people to Arusha.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (10.00 hour(s), 286km)

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Day 3: Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

After breakfast, begin the 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa's premier wildlife areas.

Additional Notes:
Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, meet experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure wonderful wildlife encounters. The safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for game viewing. They are smaller than the overland adventure vehicle (OAV) and will allow the group to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than the overland adventure vehicle (OAV), the group will split up among several vehicles.

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)

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Day 4: Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D)

Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning game drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. Then return and break camp, and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best game viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of wildlife, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. Arrive at the campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.


Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! The CEO will give the final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning game drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above!

Included Activities:
Serengeti National Park Safari

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 160km)

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Day 5: Ngorongoro/Marangu (1B, 1L, 1D)

Exit the crater late in the morning, and travel via Arusha to Marangu. Marangu is a popular starting point for people climbing Mt Kilimanjaro.

Additional Notes:
If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will part from the group in Arusha and be transferred to your Arusha hotel for the night. The following morning you will fly to Zanzibar. Included: transfers, flights, one night Arusha (Outpost Lodge, or similar) and one night Stone Town (Mazsons Hotel, or similar). Meals not included.

Included Activities:
Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive

Transport:
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (5.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 6: Marangu/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L, 1D)

Depart Marangu, passing the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and head towards Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid-19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.

Additional Notes:
Zanzibar Express; transfer this morning from your Arusha hotel to the airport for a scenic flight to Zanzibar. Arrive in Stone Town and spend the afternoon exploring on your own. Enjoy an extra night in Stone Town and meet back up with the group the following afternoon. Meals not Included

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (14.00 hour(s), 680km)

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Day 7: Dar es Salaam/Nungwi (1B)

After arriving on Zanzibar, transfer to Nungwi Beach. Relax on the idyllic white-sand beaches, wander through the village of Nungwi or opt to go snorkelling or diving.

Additional Notes:
Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offense in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.

Transport:
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 8: Nungwi (1B)

Opt to go diving, snorkelling, exploring or just sit back and relax.

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Day 9: Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)

Explore Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. The best way to see Stone Town is, literally, to get lost. One can spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying sweetmeats from scores of tiny cafes. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays and spices – all beautiful presents or memories to take home.


Included Activities:
Spice Plantation Tour

Transport:
Private Vehicle (4.00 hour(s))

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Day 10: Stone Town/Baobab Valley (1B, 1L, 1D)

Catch the ferry back to Dar Es Salaam and continuing travelling west to the campsite in the Baobab Valley on the banks of the Ruaha River. The camp is on the edge of the Udzwungwa Mountains National Park.

Transport:
Ferry (2.00 hour(s), 200km)
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 11: Baobab Valley/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Spend another day on the road, and journey south to Iringa. Visit a crafts centre that supports the local community.

Included Activities:
Iringa Craft Centre

Transport:
Estimated Travel Time: 3/4 hrs
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 180km)

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Day 12: Iringa/Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D)

Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Tanzania - Malawi)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (9.00 hour(s), 235km)

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Day 13: Chitimba/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Chitimba in the morning and drive south along Lake Malawi to Kande Beach.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s))

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Day 14: Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home, and opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.

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Day 15: Kande Beach/Mfuwe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border into Zambia and finish the day riverside in the Luangwa Valley.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malawi - Zambia)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 500km)

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Day 16: Mfuwe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.

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Day 17: Mfuwe/Petauke (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy a free morning, then set off for Petauke.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 330km)

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Day 18: Petauke/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off early and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private game farm 29km (18 mi) outside the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffaloes, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp's bar.

Additional Notes:
This is an overnight stop in between driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 410km)

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Day 19: Lusaka/Livingstone (1B, 1L)

Continue travelling across Zambia and finish at lovely Livingstone just outside of Victoria Falls.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 543km)

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Day 20: Livingstone (1B)

Livingstone is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view.

Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner.

Additional Notes:
Be sure to stop by the G Adventures help desk at your accommodation for advice, tips or help booking any local activities.

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Day 21: Livingstone/Matobo National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Opt to visit Victoria Falls town or the falls from the Zimbabwe side before we continue to Matobo National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s), 600km)

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Day 22: Matobo National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Walk with rhinos and enjoy an open vehicle game drive in Matobo National Park.

Included Activities:
Guided Rhino Walk
Open Vehicle Game Drive

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Day 23: Matobo National Park/Tshipise (1B, 1L, 1D)

Cross the border into South Africa, and relax in the hot springs at our campsite.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - South Africa)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 600km)

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Day 24: Tshipise/Kruger National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

Welcome to big game country! The world-renowned Kruger National Park offers a wildlife experience that ranks with the best in Africa. Search for lions, elephants, rhinos, and many other animals in one of Africa's greatest wildlife areas on a full-day game drive.

Included Activities:
Kruger Game Drive

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s))

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Day 25: Kruger National Park/Manyeleti (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy more spectacular wildlife on a game drive in the overland adventure vehicle.

Included Activities:
Kruger Game Drive
Shangaan Dinner and Dance

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.50 hour(s), 80km)

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Day 26: Manyeleti/Johannesburg (1B, 1L)

We visit and interact with the local community of the Planeterra volunteer project , Hope Africa Children's Day School, in the Shalati village outside of Manyaleti. We will have an early breakfast in order to spend enough time at the project before driving back to Johannesburg.

Continue to Johannesburg, the economic heart of South Africa and the largest city in the country.

Included Activities:
Hope Africa Children's Day School

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 27: Johannesburg (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater entrances fees and game drives
    • Spice plantation entrance and guided tour
    • 3-day Zanzibar excursion
    • Local dinner experience (Lake Malawi)
    • Guided rhino walk and open vehicle game drive in Matobo NP
    • Kruger NP entrance fee with game drives in the overland vehicle
    • Traditional Shangaan dinner and dance (Greater Kruger Area)
    • Visit to the G Adventures-supported G Hope Africa preschool
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (21 nts), simple hotels (5 nts)
    Meals Included
    • 26 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 19 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide
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Tour Highlights:
  • Spot the Big Five from 4x4 safari vehicles
  • Snorkel Zanzibar's waters
  • Gaze out across Victoria Falls
  • Spot wildlife in Kruger National Park
  • Discover the less-visited Zimbabwe.