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Falls, Beaches & Serengeti Adventure (Northbound)
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Connecting two major hubs, this overland journey will take you from Johannesburg to Nairobi and into the stunning wilderness of the six countries that lie in between. Track Africas Big Five on game drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro and head to the Okavango Delta for a game walk and mokoro canoe excursion. Inhale the mists of Victoria Falls and the fragrant air of spice plantations in Zanzibar. You'll make your discoveries from a rugged overland adventure vehicle (OAV), ready to take on Africa. Combine this with bush camping, a social atmosphere and a comprehensive itinerary and you have one hell of an adventure.


Duration: 27 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Parks & Nature Reserves, Local Culture & Cuisine, History, Wildlife Physical rating: 3 - Average
Accommodation standard:   Not Rated% Traveller Tour Rating: 0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 131953
Starts: Johannesburg, South Africa Finishes: Nairobi, Kenya
You will visit
  • Johannesburg
  • Nairobi

Itinerary

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Day 1: Johannesburg

If you arrive a day or two early, we recommended booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum.

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 make sure you have all visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain visas upon arrival at the border.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Johannesburg/Serowe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today's travel takes us through a very desolate part of central-eastern Botswana. We cross into Botswana and finish the day at a campsite within the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation. Barring delays along the way, we will arrive in time for an optional rhino game drive.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 524km)

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Day 3: Serowe/Maun (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Khama Rhino Sanctuary and head to Maun. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta.

Additional Notes:
Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV)

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Day 4: Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Begin an exciting 2-day/1-night excursion into the delta on a safari vehicle to the "dock" where we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, that will take us deep into the delta. After a couple of hours in a mokoro, we arrive at our basic bush camp.

Additional Notes:
Pack a small bag for this overnight excursion; we'll leave our big bags with the overland vehicle. Please note that there are no showers or running water for toilets. Bring along 5 litres of water for both drinking and cleaning.

Included Activities:
Okavango Delta Excursion

Transport:
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)

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Day 5: Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D)

Enjoy sunrise over the delta, then get up early to cruise back down the crystal clear channels of the Okavango Delta. We return to Maun with some time to freshen up before we continue our journey to Gweta.



Additional Notes:
Enjoy the towering baobab trees found around tonight's campsite and go for a dip in the pool if you need to cool off.

Transport:
Mokoro (1.50-2.50 hours)
Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s))
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (6.00 hour(s), 420km)

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Day 6: Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L, 1D)

Today we journey to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa. The best way to appreciate one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos is on an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may also choose to embark on a game drive in search of lions, antelope, and, of course, elephants.

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

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Day 7: Kasane/Livingstone (1B, 1L)

Cross the Zambezi River by ferry to enter Zambia, then continue on to Livingstone. Get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, opt to raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight).

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Botswana - Zambia)
Victoria Falls Visit

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (0.75 hour(s), 20km)
Ferry (0.25 hour(s))
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (1.50-2.00 hours, 65km)

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Day 8: 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 9: Livingstone/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D)

Set off early, around 6am, 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 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.

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

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (10.00 hour(s), 543km)

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Day 10: Lusaka/Petauke (1B, 1L, 1D)

Continue travelling across Zambia.

Additional Notes:
As today is a long driving day, we will not be able to visit Chipata town.

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

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Day 11: Petauke/Mfuwe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Travel to the Luangwa Valley and set up camp riverside. Opt to go on a nighttime game drive in South Luangwa National Park.

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

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Day 12: 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 13: Mfuwe/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Please note that conservative dress is recommended. Shoulders and knees should be covered in public, but inside of camp boundaries, it is ok to wear beach clothes.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Malawi)

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

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

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.

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

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.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (5.00 hour(s), 235km)

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

Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.

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Day 17: Chitimba/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.


Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malawi - Tanzania)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (11.00 hour(s), 534km)

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Day 18: Iringa/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L, 1D)

Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (12.00 hour(s), 637km)

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Day 19: Dar es Salaam/Nungwi (1B)

Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque beaches of the northern tip of the island.

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 our travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (1.00 hour(s))
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

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Day 20: Nungwi (1B)

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

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Day 21: Nungwi/Stone Town (1B)

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.

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))

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Day 22: Stone Town/Korogwe (1B, 1L, 1D)

Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving.

Transport:
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (8.00 hour(s), 370km)

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Day 23: Korogwe/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Use the afternoon to prepare a small day-pack for the three-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Take something warm for the night on the crater rim and enough insect repellant, sunscreen, and water. Bedding is provided, but you can take your sleeping bag along to make sure you're warm enough at night.

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00-8.00 hours, 250km)

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Day 24: Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D)

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.

Additional Notes:
Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, we are met by experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure us wonderful wildlife encounters. Our safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for game viewing. They are smaller than our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) and will allow us to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than our overland adventure vehicle (OAV), our 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 25: 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. You will 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. You will arrive at your 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! Your CEO will give you 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))

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Day 26: Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D)

Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha.

Included Activities:
Ngorongoro Crater Game Drive

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

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Day 27: Arusha/Nairobi (1B, 1L)

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.

Additional Notes:
There is no included accommodation for this night in Nairobi. You may choose to pre-reserve post-tour accommodation through G Adventures.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya)
Departure Day (Activities)

Transport:
Overland adventure vehicle (OAV) (7.00 hour(s), 286km)

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Entrances and game drives in Serengeti National Parks and the Ngorongoro Crater
    • Guided tour of a spice plantation (Zanzibar)
    • 3-day Zanzibar excursion
    • Local dinner experience
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (21 nts), simple hotels (4 nts), bush camping (1 nt)
    Meals Included
    • 26 breakfasts, 22 lunches, 20 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), 4x4 safari vehicles, ferry, mokoro
    Group Leader
    • 2 Chief Experience Officers (CEOs) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Marvel at Victoria Falls
  • Experience game drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Immerse yourself in ancient cultures with traditional dancing
  • Spend three glorious days on exotic Zanzibar.