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Falls, Beaches & Serengeti Adventure (Southbound)
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Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, to 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, it's 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
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  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Tour code: 127130
  • Starts: Nairobi, Kenya
  • Finishes: Johannesburg, South Africa
You will Visit
  • Nairobi
  • Johannesburg

Itinerary

01

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 Maasai people to Arusha.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Kenya - Tanzania)

Transport:
Lando (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 viewing animals and scenery. 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)

04

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

Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning safari 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 wildlife 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 wildlife safari 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)

05

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

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

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). Only breakfast included.

Included Activities:
Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive

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

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Day 6: Arusha/Bagamoyo (1B, 1L, 1D)

Leave Arusha early and be on the lookout for the majestic Mt Kilimanjaro, on the road towards 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.

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 day. Only breakfast included.

Transport:
Lando (12.00 hour(s), 590km)

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Day 7: Bagamoyo/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:
Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 60km)
Ferry (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))

08

Day 8: Nungwi (1B)

Take the day to enjoy paradise. Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.

09

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)
Lando (6.00 hour(s), 360km)

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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:
Lando (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:
Lando (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:
Lando (5.00 hour(s))

14

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.

Included Activities:
Kande Beach Local Dinner

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

Cross the border from Malawi to Zambia, then continue to the capital of the Eastern Province, Chipata. Previously known as Fort Jameson, Chipata is a popular refuelling station for overlanders heading to South Luangwa National Park.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Malawi - Zambia)

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 400km)

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Day 16: Chipata/South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D)

Arrive late morning at camp. Opt to go on a wildlife safari drive in South Luangwa National Park, or visit a nearby local village.

Transport:
Lando (2.00 hour(s), 150km)

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Day 17: South Luangwa (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 18: South Luangwa/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 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:
Lando (12.00 hour(s), 750km)

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Day 19: Lusaka/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L)

Continue travelling across Zambia, cross the border into Zimbabwe and finish at the lovely town of Victoria Falls.

Additional Notes:
Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa.

Included Activities:
Border Crossing (Zambia - Zimbabwe)

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 543km)

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Day 20: Victoria Falls (1B)

The town of Victoria Falls 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:
Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise.

Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls.

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

Opt to rise early and enjoy a little time to explore the town of Victoria Falls before heading to Matobo National Park.

Transport:
Lando (6.00 hour(s), 475km)

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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 Wildlife Safari 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:
Lando (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 Wildlife Safari Drive

Transport:
Lando (6.00 hour(s))

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

Enjoy a traditional dinner and local dancing in the evening.

Included Activities:
Kruger Wildlife Safari Drive
Traditional Dinner and Local Dancing

Transport:
Lando (7.00 hour(s), 200km)

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Day 26: Greater Kruger Area/Johannesburg (1B, 1L)

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

Transport:
Lando (8.00 hour(s), 407km)

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Day 27: Johannesburg (1B)

Depart at any time.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater entrances fees and wildlife safari drives
    • Zanzibar excursion (3 days)
    • Spice plantation entrance and guided tour
    • Local dinner experience (Lake Malawi)
    • Guided rhino walk and open vehicle wildlife safari drive in Matobo NP
    • Kruger NP entrance fee with wildlife safari drives in the OAV
    • Traditional dinner and local dancing
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Participation camping (19 nts), full-service camping (2nts), simple hotels (5 nts)
    • 26 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 19 dinners
    Transport
    • Overland adventure vehicle (OAV), 4x4 safari vehicles, minibus, ferry, walking
    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 in the Serengeti
  • Snorkel Zanzibar's waters
  • Gaze out across Victoria Falls
  • Spot wildlife in Kruger National Park
  • Discover the less-visited Zimbabwe