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21-01280Central & East Africa Overland

21 Day Overland Tour, Camping

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Code: NO21VFANBO

From: Victoria Falls

To: Nairobi

Number of Participants: 4-20

Tour Price: from 1,280 EUR

Activity Package: from 9,400 ZAR

Single Supplement: from 3,450 ZAR

On this 21-day overland camping tour you start at breath-taking Victoria Falls and cross the border to Zambia from where you travel to the excellent South Luangwa National Park and visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre. You then cross to Malawi and spend some nights at the beaches of Lake Malawi before you continue your journey through spectacular mountain passes to Tanzania. By local ferry you will travel from Dar es Salaam to the island of Zanzibar where you spend three days. The journey then takes you to visit Lushoto and Arusha. You also have the option of going on a 4-day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater before the tour ends in Nairobi, the lively capital of Kenya.

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Day 1; Zimbabwe

  • Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant rides, scenic flights (optional)

 

Day 1-4; Zambia

  • Lusaka
  • South Luangwa National Park: Game drive, village visit

 

Day 5-8; Malawi

  • Lilongwe: Lilongwe Wildlife Centre
  • Lake Malawi: Guided village tour, water sports (optional), hike to Manchawe Falls

 

Day 9-11; Tanzania

  • Iringa: Tea growing Highland area, dinner at a local restaurant (optional)
  • Mikumi National Park: Game drives

 

Day 12-14; Zanzibar

  • Stone Town: Spice and seafood markets
  • Nungwi Beach: Swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, snorkelling (optional)

 

Day 15-20; Tanzania

  • Lushoto: Usambara Mountains, hiking
  • Ngorongoro Crater: Game drives (optional)
  • Serengeti National Park: Game drives (optional)
  • Arusha: Masai Museum, snake park

 

Day 21: Kenya

  • Nairobi: Dinner at a local restaurant (optional)

Day 1 Victoria Falls, Zambia - Lusaka, Zambia

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7-8h

Energised by the rushing waters of the natural wonder of Victoria Falls you begin your expedition. After passing Livingstone you travel towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.
Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 2 Lusaka, Zambia - Chipata, Zambia

Distance approx. 750 km; driving time approx. 10-12h

Today is a long drive through lush country en-route to Chipata, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Zambia is truly ‘African’ and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 3 Chipata, Zambia - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 6-8h (excl. game drives)

Early in the morning you drive from Chipata to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where you spend the next two nights on the banks of the Luangwa River. Hippos and other animals can often be spotted from the camp’s bar. In the afternoon you join a sunset game drive in bush.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 4 South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

You can join an optional game drive in the South Luangwa National Park. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch you visit a community-managed textile project and a local tribal village.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Possible alternative route:
During the rainy season (please contact the Elefant-Tours team) it is not advisable to visit the South Luangwa National Park. After consulting with the tour participants, an alternative route will be taken and the two nights will either be spent in Malawi or Zanzibar.

 

Day 5 South Luangwa National Park, Zambia - Lilongwe, Malawi

Distance approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 8-10h

Today you visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals and meet some of the resident patients. The centre is set in 180ha of beautiful woodland. You can also explore Lilongwe on a city tour: visit the tobacco auction floor, experience the Indian spice and cloth shops and the markets of the Old City - optional activity, not included in the rate.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 6-7 Lilongwe, Malawi - Lake Malawi, Kande Beach, Malawi

Distance on day 6 approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

This morning you have the opportunity to participate in a 2-hour city tour – an optional activity, not included in the rate - before the scenic drive to Kande beach. You will spend the next two days enjoying the many optional activities such as horse riding and different water sports (optional activities, not included in the rate). You will join a guided village walk where you meet the local people and learn more about the daily life in Malawi. 
2 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner

 

Day 8 Lake Malawi, Kande Beach, Malawi - Lake Malawi, Chitimba Beach, Malawi

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

You travel further north and spend your last day in Malawi at Chitimba beach where you relax or take part in a variety of water sports (optional activities, not included in the rate). For those who have had enough of the beach, a short hike to the Manchawe Falls is also possible. Manchawe Falls (4km from Livingstonia) is a 50m high waterfall and covers a cave where locals hid from slave traders. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 9 Chitimba Beach, Malawi -Iringa, Tanzania

Distance approx. 650 km; driving time approx. 10-11h

Jambo Tanzania! Today you leave Malawi and drive to Tanzania. You pass through some spectacular mountain passes and vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at the camp outside Iringa. This evening you have dinner in a local Masai hut and you enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 10 Iringa, Tanzania - Mikumi, Tanzania

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

Today’s journey takes you to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to more than 400 bird species, lion, zebra, wildebeest, elephant and eland, the largest antelope on earth. Join an optional afternoon game drive in the park. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 11 Mikumi, Tanzania - Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

Distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 4-5h

Your trip takes you out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian Ocean coastal and hot city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but Dodoma is the official capital city.
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 12-14 Dar es Salaam, Tanzania - Zanzibar

Approx. 2-3h ferry transport on day 12

A local ferry will transfer you to ancient Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar where you spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture of this town. Visit spice and seafood markets. The following day you are transferred to the northern part of the island where you will spend two days at the beach. More active guests can book activities like swimming with dolphins, scuba diving and snorkelling. 
3 x Breakfast

 

Day 15 Nungwi Beach, Zanzibar - Lushoto, Tanzania

Approx. 2-3h ferry transport + distance approx. 250 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Today you leave Zanzibar and catch a ferry back to Dar es Salaam before you head into the mountains to Lushoto. It is a leafy, cool town situated at 1200m in the Usambara Mountains. Here you will have a chance to hike in the surrounding mountains, see rivers and forests and soil conservation projects or just relax. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 16 Lushoto, Tanzania - Arusha, Tanzania

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7-8h

Today you take a scenic drive Arusha, which is very close to the Ngorongoro crater and the world-famous Serengeti National Park. 
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 17-19 Arusha, Tanzania - Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

These four days are set aside for the optional 3-night camping excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the largest animal populations in Africa. The excursion is conducted in 4x4 safari vehicles suitable for the challenging roads in the parks. Those that are not joining the optional excursion can absorb some of the fascinating local culture or book various optional activities such as day trips into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro crater, a Lake Manyara game drive, hiking or a village tour. 
3 x Breakfast; 3 x Lunch, 3 x Dinner

 

Day 20 Serengeti, Tanzania - Arusha, Tanzania

Distance approx. 150 km; driving time approx. 2-3h

Today those that did the optional Serengeti and Ngorongoro excursion return from their trip today and meet up with the rest of the group in Arusha, where there will be time to share stories. In the afternoon you visit the local Maasai Cultural Museum and a snake park. You can also book a camel ride to a local Masai village (optional activity, not included in the rate). Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

 

Day 21 Arusha, Tanzania - Nairobi, Kenya

Distance approx. 300 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

After crossing the border to Kenya you continue to travel towards Nairobi where your tour ends. Usually the group spends the last night together, having dinner at one of Nairobi’s excellent restaurants at own expense. 
Breakfast, Lunch

 

Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 16 nights camping, 4 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National park fees
  • Camping equipment

 

Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities 
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 20 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 16 to 65 years. But please feel free to contact us if you are a youngster travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and we will gladly contact the local tour operator to see if we can’t work out something for you.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 17 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with ablution facilities.
    - 3 nights are spent in twin rooms / chalets at nice camps / hotels.

  • What mode of transport is used on tour?

    - We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
    - A local ferry is used for the transfers between Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar.
    - A 4x4 safari vehicle with pop-up roof is used for the Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens do not require a visa for Malawi. For Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania and Kenya a visa is usually required.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - As all countries visited are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - On this tour you will be crossing borders within a yellow fever region, which is why proof of vaccination is required.
    - Although none of the destinations visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.

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