Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive "big five," feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Uncover the spectacular highlights of five African countries on this stellar 20-day adventure. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and rural villages from the comfort of the Lando (overland adventure vehicle) and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique itinerary that offers plenty of options, uncover all that this diverse region has to offer.
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Victoria Falls is great base to kick-off this African adventure, to see both some natural wonders, and take part in some exciting optional 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 the Victoria Falls in view.
Sit back and enjoy a day of driving, taking in the scenery.
Set off early, around 6am, and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside of the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp's bar.
Continue travelling across the Zambian countryside, to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River.
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.
Opt for a morning walking safari (seasonal), or drive, before heading to the G Adventures-supported Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe, for lunch and a visit of the craft workshop.
In the afternoon, continue to Chipata.
Cross the border and travel to the "Lake of Stars," Lake Malawi.
Spend four nights relaxing on the shores of the “Lake of Stars”. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water, and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay.
Lake Malawi is known for good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival, and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups, all speaking their own language; most are Christians and the rest have traditional beliefs.
Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.
Set off and drive to the northern part of Lake Malawi.
Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive north along Lake Malawi to Chitimba. Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake.
Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.
Cross the border into Tanzania and take in views of vast tea plantations and highlands along the way.
Begin the day by making the border crossing out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Climbing out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way.
Watch the Tanzanian countryside pass by on the journey to the Indian Ocean.
Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.
Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque island beaches.
Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.
Travel back to Stone Town for a final night on this enchanting island. Along the way, enjoy a guided tour of a local spice plantation.
Spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. 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 souvenirs to take home.
Ferry back over to the mainland and drive north to the historic coastal town of Bagamoyo.
This town, which was recently named a World Heritage Site, was one of the most important trading ports of the central east African coast in the late 19th century.
Hit the road for a long day of driving. Enjoy the varied landscapes on the way to Arusha. Keep on the look out for views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.
Pass Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, and head towards Arusha. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to see the mountain as it is hidden behind a veil of cloud most of the time.
Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain.
Set off into the Serengeti and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive en route to the campsite.
After breakfast, we begin our 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa's premier wildlife areas.
Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the Serengeti during the day, and finish the evening camping at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.
Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. You will return and break camp and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.
Venture down to the crater floor and take in a final safari experience, viewing the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls.
Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha.
Transfer to Kenya's capital city, where the tour finishes upon arrival in the evening.
Depart Arusha in the morning and travel overland to Nairobi. The tour ends upon arrival to Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard in central Nairobi. In order to avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel from Nairobi in the evening.
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Trip Name: Victoria Falls and Serengeti Adventure
Duration: 20 Days
From Price: $3,015
Supplier Tour ID: DVN/126494
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