Today we depart the bustling capital of Kenya and cross the border into Tanzania. We will stop in Arusha to visit the local Masai Mara Museum and the snake park. This afternoon we make our preparations for the optional excursion to the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater. Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Days 2-4: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater.
These 4 days are set aside for the optional 3-night camping excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. This area has one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. On the first day from Karatu to Ngorongoro, there will be time for visiting the Oldupai gorge and museum.
The Serengeti excursion is in open topped 4x4 safari vehicles in order to tackle the challenging side roads in the parks. For those not going to the parks, take this chance to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Optional Activities for those not doing the Serengeti Excursion: Various Serengeti & Ngorongoro Excursion packages, Lake Manyara game drives, day hiking & village tours and many more various day trips. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 5: Kenya – Tanzania, Karatu.
Today those that went into the Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro will meet up with the truck in Karatu, where there will be time to share stories of the wonderful African animals seen in the park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 6: Lushoto.
Lushoto is the major town and district centre, albeit small, in the Usambara Mountains, halfway between the coast and the parks. The popular pot plant Saintpaulia has its only wild occurrences in Tanzania, and particularly in the Usambara Mts. Here you will have the chance to hike in the surrounding area, or just relax. Meals: Breakfast, Dinner.
Days 7-9: Zanzibar.
After an early wake up, we leave Lushoto and head for Dar es Salaam, where a local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam (where we leave the truck) to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar. We spend the first night exploring the historical and unique architecture. There are also spice and seafood markets to be explored. The following day we take a transfer to the northern part of the island where we will spend 2 days relaxing on the beach. Optional Activities: Lunch and Dinner, Motorbike hire, Spice tour, Walking city tour, Swimming with Dolphins, Scuba Diving, Snorkelling etc. Meals: Breakfast x 3.
Day 10: Dar es Salaam.
Today we leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam and return to our truck and campsite. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 11: Mikumi.
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant and today we have the opportunity enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park. Optional Activity: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 12: Iringa.
Today we travel inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is in a local Masai Hut where we enjoy a traditional Tanzanian evening. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 13: Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi.
Leaving Tanzania we descend through scenic mountain passes to our lakeshore camp at Chitimba. Lake Malawi is a beautiful destination and for those wanting more variety there is a short hike to the Manchawe Falls. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Days 14-15: Kande Beach.
After arrival at Kande Beach, we will spend the next 2 days enjoying the many optional activities available, such as horse riding and different water sports. We will go on a guided village walk in order to meet the local people and learn more about Malawian life. Optional Activities: Scuba diving, snorkeling etc. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 16: Lilongwe.
Today we visit the Lilongwe Wildlife Centre, Malawi’s only sanctuary for rescued, orphaned and injured wild animals. The Centre is set in 180 hectares of beautiful woodland, Lilongwe’s only protected wilderness. Optional Activities: City Tour. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 17: Zambia - South Luangwa National Park.
Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 18: South Luangwa National Park.
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village. Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive, Game Walk inside park. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 19: Chipata.
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 20: Lusaka.
The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city. Meals: Lunch, Dinner.
Days 21-22: Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls.
Today we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls town. Upon arrival in Victoria Falls we have time to plan the next day’s adventure activities. You can experience many exciting adrenaline activities here, such as white water rafting or walking with the lions. Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls, Full day white water rafting, Flight over the falls, Full day low/high water river boarding, sunset cruise, bungee jump (solo), morning/afternoon lion or elephant encounter, dinner out. Meals: 2 x Breakfast, 1 x Lunch (Day 21 only).
Days 23-24: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls – Botswana - Kasane.
Today we visit the spectacular Victoria Falls and experience the thundering sound of the mighty Zambezi before crossing the Botswana border to Kasane. In the afternoon we enjoy an included sunset cruise on the Chobe River in order to see the animals (in the Chobe National Park). Optional Activities: Chobe Game Drive. Meals: 1 x Breakfast (Day 24 only), 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner.
Day 25: Maun.
We drive through to Maun. Once we get there we prepare for our 2-day expedition into the Okavango. The rivers leading to the Okavango Delta have no passage to the ocean and irrigate instead some 15,000 square km’s of Kalahari Desert – forming the world’s largest inland Delta. Optional activity: Crocodile farm visit. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Days 26-27: Okavango Delta.
In the morning we board our planes and head into the Delta. After a wonderful scenic flight we arrive at our base for the next two days. During your time in the Delta we enjoy the best nature has to offer. We go on nature walks and explore the Delta by mokoro traditional canoe (water level dependant). The Delta is truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience as the wild animals here are not used to people. Simply sitting and relaxing often results in rewarding bird or game viewing. Optional activities: If you wish to participate in additional Mokoro rides or nature walks, apart from what is included in the activity package, please speak to your guide. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 28: Gweta.
We leave the Delta behind us and travel east. This afternoon we drive to Planet Baobab where our accommodation for the night is unique, and a little quirky. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Day 29: Khama Rhino Sanctuary - Palapye.
We leave Gweta behind us and drive towards Palapye, located on the banks of the tranquil Lotsane River. We visit the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a community based wildlife project, where we experience a game drive to view the protected Rhinos. Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 30: South Africa - Johannesburg.
Today we cross the border into South Africa and after quite a long, yet scenic drive we will arrive in Johannesburg. South Africa’s city of gold has much to offer and should not be underestimated as a travel destination. Optional Activity: Dinner Out. Meals: Breakfast.
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