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Itinerary: East African Explorer - Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

East African Explorer - Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

Wildlife encounters in Kruger, Matobo, South Luangwa and the famed Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater National Parks. Soak up the sun on Lake Malawi and enjoy culture experiences on Africa's exotic 'Spice Island' Zanzibar.

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East African Explorer - Johannesburg to Nairobi Overland

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Daily Highlights * covered by Optional Adventure Pass
01 Depart Johannesburg, Mpumalanga Region, Kruger Private Game Reserve, D

02 Kruger National Park – Game Drives BLD
03 Limpopo province BLD
04 Bulawayo, Zimbabwe BLD
* 05 Matobo National Park, game drive & game walk Zimbabwe BLD
06 Waterfront, Livingstone B
07 Waterfront, Livingstone, Victoria Falls B
08 Waterfront, Livingstone B
09 Lusaka BLD
10 Chipata BLD
* 11 - 12 South Luangwa National Park, game drive BLD
13 Lilongwe/ Malawi beach BLD
14 Malawi Beach, Village Walk BLD
15 Malawi Beach BLD
16 Chitimba BLD
17 Iringa BLD
18 Dar es Salaam Tanzania BLD
19 Ferry to Zanzibar B
20/22 Zanzibar
23 Ferry to Dar es Salaam D
24 Marangu/ Moshi area BLD
25 Arusha, Meserani Snake Park, Masai Village Walk BLD
* 26 Serengeti National Park, Afternoon Game Drive BLD
* 27 Serengeti Morning Game Drive, Olduvai Gorge, Ngorongoro Crater BLD
* 28 Ngorongoro Crater Morning Game Drive, Arusha BLD
29 Kenya Border Crossing, Nairobi BL

Day 1 – 2
Our tour begins in Johannesburg, the ‘City of Gold’ and one of the most cosmopolitan cities on the African continent. Starting early, we travel east through the Mpumalanga province to the Greater Kruger area. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park and connecting with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, covers 24,000 square kilometres of land used in the protection of African wildlife! Over dinner we enjoy a Shangaan cultural evening including traditional dance. We enjoy a full day’s game viewing in the national park in an open 4x4 safari vehicle, seeking wildlife encounters with Africa’s ‘Big 5’ - lion, elephant, buffalo, rhino and leopard – as well as giraffe, hippo, zebra, various antelope and a variety of amazing birdlife and reptiles.

Day 3 – 5
Leaving Kruger, we move north pausing the night near the Limpopo River to the Beitbridge Border. Completing formalities at the border post we enter Zimbabwe and drive though stunning landscapes to Bulawayo, the second largest city in Zimbabwe. Here we enjoy the evening exploring the city and the bustling night life. The following day we explore Matobo National Park with a local operator by vehicle and foot to view the endangered Rhino's that inhabit the area, the many roaming animals and some bushman paintings which are located in nearby caves.

Day 6 – 8
Today, we cross into Zambia and drive to Livingstone and our camp situated on the banks of the Zambezi River. Feed your hunger for adrenaline with white water rafting, bungee jumping, abseiling, gorge swinging and amazing scenic flights (microlight, helicopter or small plane) or enjoy the surroundings on canoeing safaris and horse riding treks. However, don’t leave without seeing the thundering Victoria Falls themselves. At over a mile wide and over 100 metres deep, the Falls produce the world’s largest curtain of falling water in the world. Up close they are formidable and at times of high water, the spray can be seen from 20 kilometres away, hence their local name Mosi au Tunya – the ‘smoke that thunders’.

NB For the sake of practicality, meals in the Livingstone/Victoria Falls area are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Victoria Falls Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (we suggest you allow US$25-$35/ day).

Day 9 – 15
From Livingstone we continue north, pausing at Lusaka and Chipata before arriving at South Luangwa National Park for 2 brilliant days in this magnificent park. Continuing on we reach Malawi, the ‘warm heart’ of Africa. Passing through Lilongwe we reach the enormous Lake Malawi, Africa’s third largest lake, where we camp on sandy beaches, enjoy the swimming and meet the famously friendly locals.

Day 16 – 22
We continue north into Tanzania. Travelling through some remote areas, we pass by Mikumi National Park before reaching the Indian Ocean coast and port city, Dar es Salaam. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s main commercial centre and the jumping-off point for Zanzibar - the ‘Spice Island’! Time here is at your leisure. Rich in history, Zanzibar offers a blissful mix of exotic spice markets, winding alleyways and old palaces as well as sparkling warm water ocean and stretches of palm-fringed sands.

NB As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation on Zanzibar is included in the Local Payment but for the sake of flexibility meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you experience any problems but there are no set activities - the time is entirely at leisure.

Day 23 – 29
Back on the African mainland we travel back inland where, if the weather is in clear we see the enormous snow-capped Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest peak (5895m), as we make our way to Tanzania’s safari capital, Arusha. Visit the snake enclosure at the Meserani Snake Park and make friends on a guided walk to the local Maasai village to learn something of their traditional culture. In Arusha we transfer to 4x4 vehicles for a 2 night/3-day safari to Tanzania’s premier parks, the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The scenery in this area is staggering as we cross the Rift Valley and drive around the Ngorongoro Crater rim to the Serengeti plains beyond. Game viewing can be spectacular here and camping out on the plains a memorable experience. We return to Arusha before our final drive north across the border into Kenya Nairobi where our tour ends.

Price:
GB £ 2205

PLUS optional Adventure Pass US $ 1020.00
.
Adventure Pass to be paid in the currency listed in the brochure or on the website (usually US dollars in clean, un-torn post 2006 edition notes) directly to your Tour Leader in Africa at the beginning of the tour, or pre-paid by arrangement

The Optional Adventure pass covers the following: .
Matobo National Park, game drive/walk
South Luangwa National Park, game drive
Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Optional Activities & Excursions: .
Victoria Falls Bungy Jump US$ 170
White water rafting US$190
Helicopter/Microlight flights From US$ 155
Livingstone Game Walk US$ 90
Malawi village walk US$ 7
Malawi Horse Riding US$ 70
Livingstonia Day Hike US$ 7
Zanzibar Spice Tour US$30
Scuba Diving US$175

Included in Price:
Fully equipped safari vehicle, camping and cooking equipment, all road tolls and vehicle taxes, all ground transportation, services of driver/ tour leader, sleeping mattress, meals as indicated.

Not Included:
Local Payment excursions, visas, travel insurance, flights, departure taxes, airport transfers, sleeping bag, optional activities, drinks, items of a personal nature and meals in Zanzibar (4 nights).

Note: This tour can be booked as an accommodated tour. Please request rates at the time of booking. Discounts do not apply.

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Our tours are designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. designed to meet the expectations of adults in the 18-39 age bracket. Regrettably, if you do not fit into this age we cannot accept the booking.

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