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Duration: 19 Days Route: Livingstone to Nairobi Style: Overland Tours Price: US$2,589.00

Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya

This expedition into East Africa offers a unique combination of fascinating cultures and wildlife. Meet the friendly locals in the traditional Malawian village of Chitimba then enjoy a few days on the beach at Zanzibar, the spice island. During game drives at Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater there’s plenty to see, including the Big Five if you're lucky!

The tour that we operate in the reverse direction is Nairobi to Vic Falls (FNV).


Detailed Itinerary

Day 1 to 1 - Arrive Livingstone

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre tour accommodation. On arrival please ask at the reception for information on when the pre departure meeting will be held.

Welcome to Livingstone! As well as a gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls, the town, named after the great 19th century Scottish explorer David Livingstone, is also a haven for adrenalin-pumping, heart-stopping adventure activities.

There is plenty to do in Livingstone and if you can, we recommend booking an extra couple of days before your tour starts to experience some of them. Please be aware as this is an arrival day, Victoria Falls is not included in your tour. If you wish to visit the falls you should ensure you arrive with enough time to do so by arriving on an early flight or booking an extra time before your tour. Taxis to the falls can easily be arranged through hotel reception.

Optional Excursions: Victoria Falls • White water rafting • River boarding • Bungee jumping • Abseiling • Gorge Swing • Microlight flight over the Falls • Helicopter ride over the Falls • Visit Zimbabwe • Horse riding • Elephant safari • Canoeing • Jet boat • Zambezi boat cruise • Walk with lions • City Tour

Day 2 to 2 - Lusaka

Today we start our journey north, passing local communities, farmland and reserves. We arrive at Lusaka, Zambia's bustling capital and largest city where we spend the night just outside the city. Our campsite this evening has giraffe and zebra wandering freely among the thatch roofed bungalows and surrounding bush – a truly serene setting.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Day 3 to 3 - Chipata

Continuing our drive through Zambia we pass through the country's hottest point, Crooks Corner where temperatures average at approximately 50 degrees. We arrive at Chipata. This busy little town features colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Day 4 to 5 - Kande Beach

Often referred to as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi’s charm and simplicity of life is rejuvenating and refreshing. Kande Beach is one of the many beautiful beaches situated along Lake Malawi's shoreline. There is a lively atmosphere here and with Kande Beach being one of the big overland havens, you will likely be in for a party or two! We’ll take an included village tour in either Chitimba or Kande Beach where you may hear about the local way of life, farming techniques, and how the village runs, as well as visiting the local school and hospital. There are various activities on offer here as well, including scuba diving, horse riding and boat trips.

Included Excursion: Village tour in Chitimba or Kande beach
Approximate Travel Time: Eight hours
Optional Excursions: Horse riding • Scuba diving • Village meal

Day 6 to 7 - Chitimba

In contrast to our previous night’s stay, Chitimba is a relaxed, idyllic setting next to the lake. We travel along the shoreline of Lake Malawi until we reach our small lakeside camp. Lake Malawi covers roughly a quarter of Malawi’s total land area and is an integral part of the local life. In this sleepy lakeside location, you have the option to hike to Livingstonia, a town established by Scottish missionaries in the late-1800s or just relax and watch the locals bring in the catch from their fishing boats.

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours
Optional Excursions: Livingstonia hike • Visit a local village, school & healthcare centre

Day 8 to 8 - Iringa

Leaving Malawi behind us, we enter Tanzania heading north and stay the night in Iringa as we head towards the coast.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Day 9 to 9 - Dar es Salaam

On the road between Iringa and Dar es Salaam we pass through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and antelope from the roadside to the Tanzania-Malawi border.

Dar es Salaam is a bustling port on the Indian Ocean and our gateway to the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Day 10 to 12 - Zanzibar

Today we are bound for the enigmatic, intoxicating Isles of Zanzibar. Taking tuk-tuks to the ferry terminal, we board our fast ferry to make the crossing. Arriving in Stone Town, we’re given a guided tour of a nearby spice plantation discovering the many plants that flourish in this verdant, tropical environment. You can sample spices picked straight from the plant including fresh cloves and cinnamon bark before stopping for lunch at a local home.

The UNESCO-listed Stone Town has changed little over the past 200 years. It boasts a labyrinth of walled streets, winding alleys, bustling markets and grand crumbling architecture. You can spend many idle hours simply wandering the streets, shopping at the bazaars and admiring the intriguingly decorated elephant-proof doors before sitting down to watch the sun set with a cold beer and a sumptuous seafood feast. If food is your thing, make sure you check out the excellent night market on the promenade which serves traditional local fare.

Our time in Zanzibar is divided between Stone Town and relaxing on the powder white sands of North Beach. The most beautiful, isolated beaches in Zanzibar lie to the north and east of the island. With sparkling turquoise water and silvery sand fringed with palm trees, these beaches are nothing short of paradise. There are plenty of options available here. Relax and take it easy, indulge with a massage or go diving, snorkelling or swimming with dolphins.

Included Excursion: Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations and lunch at a local house.
Optional Excursions: Dhow Sunset Cruise • Snorkelling • Scuba Diving • Massages • Swimming with dolphins • Guided tour of Stone Town • Monkey Island

Day 13 to 13 - Dar es Salaam

This afternoon we take a ferry back to the mainland, making the most of our last few hours on Zanzibar Island before we depart. We return to the same campsite in Dar es Salaam, reuniting with our overland truck and gear.

Day 14 to 14 - Arusha

We depart early this morning, making our way across Tanzania towards the Serengeti. If the weather is clear we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mount Kilimanjaro, the fabled roof of Africa.

Our campsite for the evening runs a free clinic onsite offering snake anti-venom to the local people. They treat snake bites and provide free medical care to the nearly 1000 patients a month that come to them for help. There is also a snake and reptile park, Masai museum and craft market. It is here that we will prepare to enter the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Day 15 to 16 - Serengeti National Park

A place that needs no introduction, the Serengeti National Park is the most famous safari destination in Africa. We’re picked up after breakfast and taken by 4WD to the national park. The afternoon is spent game driving to our campsite, located inside the national park to maximise our time and wildlife viewing opportunities. Before we reach the Serengeti plains, we’ll stop for a stunning vista overlooking the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken, un-flooded caldera in the world. The vast 300 square kilometre crater stretches out in front of you in a kaleidoscope of blues and greens and it’s not until you spot the barely discernible grey speck of an elephant that you truly grasp its scale.

Every safari is unique and you will never know what’s in store for you until you arrive. Among the hundreds of species in the park, you may encounter zebra, giraffe, wildebeest, buffalo, lion, cheetah, leopard, hippopotamus, hyena, elephant, vulture, monkey, warthog, gazelle and impala. Each season offers a different highlight.

Our second day in the park is a full day of game driving, trying to spot the more elusive members of the animal kingdom before heading to our campsite on the rim of Ngorongoro Crater.

Included Excursion: Game Drives by 4WD in the Serengeti National Park
Optional Excursions: Olduvai Gorge • Masai Village

Day 17 to 17 - Arusha

After camping on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater our final morning game driving is spent inside crater itself - a good place to spot black rhinoceros, elephant and lions.

This afternoon, we return to stay in Arusha and reunite with the overland truck.

Included Excursion: Morning Game Drive by 4WD in the Ngorongoro Crater

Day 18 to 18 - Nairobi

Crossing the border into Kenya, we arrive in the bustling capital of Nairobi. Here you can relax at the campsite or venture out in to the city with plenty of sites to see.

Approximate travel time: Ten hours depending on the border
Optional Excursions: Carnivores Restaurant • The Flip Flop Recycling Company • Karen Blixen Museum, Coffee Garden & Cottages • Kazuri Bead and Pottery Factory • Giraffe Centre • Elephant Orphanage • Nairobi National Museum & City Tour

Day 19 to 19 - Depart Nairobi

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

This itinerary is a guide. Changes may be made before or during your tour to improve the running or due to unforseen circumstances.

Day by Day Itinerary

Day Activity Country Meals
Day 1 Livingstone Zambia
Day 2 Lusaka BLD
Day 3 Chipata BLD
Day 4 Kande Beach Malawi BLD
Day 5 Kande Beach BLD
Day 6 Chitimba BLD
Day 7 Chitimba BLD
Day 8 Iringa Tanzania BLD
Day 9 Dar es Salaam BLD
Day 10 Zanzibar B
Day 11 Zanzibar B
Day 12 Zanzibar B
Day 13 Dar es Salaam BD
Day 14 Arusha BLD
Day 15 Serengeti National Park BLD
Day 16 Serengeti National Park BLD
Day 17 Arusha BLD
Day 18 Nairobi Kenya BLD
Day 19 Nairobi B

(B - Breakfast, L - Lunch, D - Dinner included)

Please note the day to day itinerary above is given as a GUIDELINE ONLY.

For tours that include the option of a single supplement, a ✔ will indicate in which destinations single rooms are available.

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