Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia
On the first day of your East African Overland Camping Tour you spend the day enjoying the activities on offer in Livingstone, getting to know the equipment and one another before the trip leaves Livingstone the following morning. Lunch and Dinner.
Optional Activities: Zambezi White Water Rafting, Bungee Jumping, Elephant Back Safari, Zambezi sunset cruise, Vic Falls NP.
Days 2 & 3: Lusaka / Luangwa River, Zambia
You leave behind the excitement of Vic Falls and head off on your expedition. Your route towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes you along an interesting route. You begin the following day with some shopping in Lusaka before heading northeast towards the Luangwa River where you spend the night. This is an interesting area full of friendly locals and a walk along the river is a rewarding experience. Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Days 4 & 5: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
You drive from Luangwa River to the South Luangwa National Park where you will spend two nights on the banks of the river. The second day is put aside for activities. You can choose between a morning or night game drive and a guided game walk accompanied by a professional local guide. If the South Luangwa National Park is not for you, then relax by the pool.
On occasion, in the rainy season it is impossible or inadvisable to attempt to reach South Luangwa NP, if this happens then an alternative itinerary will be chosen. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner. Optional Activities: Game Drive, Night Drive and Game Walk in South Luangwa National Park.
Day 6: Luwawa Forest, Malawi
You leave South Luangwa NP early and pass through the Zambia-Malawi border. Heading north you enter the highlands of Malawi and spend the night at Luwawa Forest. There are some wonderful hikes in the area as well as other activities. Optional Activities: Fishing, Mountain Biking and hiking. Overnight in camp.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Days 7 & 8: Central Lake Malawi
You soon catch sight of the lake where you will spend the next couple of carefree days. For the more adventurous there are endless leisure and water sport activities. Alternatively, soak up the atmosphere and relax in one of the most scenic and memorable holiday destinations in Africa!
The evenings are spent beside its tranquil waters, enjoying the party atmosphere of this famous spot. Optional Activities: Scuba diving, parasailing, windsurfing, fishing, canoeing, horse riding and many more... Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Days 9 & 10: Northern Malawi
You continue a short way further along the northern part of the lake, close to the Livingstonia Mountains where you will continue your relaxation for the next two days. Take a stroll through the nearby craft market and make friends with the friendly people of Malawi or take a hike into the mountains if the weather is favorable. Optional Activities: A wide variety of craft shopping, hiking and more... Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 11: Iringa, Tanzania
Today you make the border crossing out of Malawi. Leaving the lake behind you, you head for your first night in Tanzania and gain an hour as you cross into the East African time zone. As you climb out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, you pass the vast tea plantations in the highlands to your camp outside Iringa. Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Day 12: Dar es Salaam
Your route takes you on a transit through Mikumi National Park to the historical port city of Dar es Salaam. You will travel through an area called Baobab Valley, before reaching your destination. Living up to its reputation, Baobab Valley is a valley populated by baobabs. One of the great symbols of Africa is, in fact, the baobab tree, with its bizarre appearance, surrounded by myth and folklore, and with a multitude of uses for the local people & wildlife. Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Days 13, 14 & 15: Zanzibar
A transfer by ferry takes you to Zanzibar where you will spend the next few days exploring this fascinating island with its renowned architecture, beautiful beaches and colourful people and history. The excursion is at your own expense and this can vary depending on your preferred level of accommodation and activities.
Enjoy optional activities such as Zanzibar Excursion, Ferry, Food, Accommodation, Spice Tours, Dolphin Tours, Scuba Diving, Snorkeling. Own arrangements Breakfast (day 13 only).
The Zanzibar Excursion
Zanzibar is an amazing island and there are many things that you can do here - it is advisable to read a guide book before you go as well as speak to your guide so that you will get what you want out of this excursion. We do not include Zanzibar as part of the organized tour as most people prefer to explore the island on their own, or with some of your new friends from the tour.
There are banking and Internet facilities on the island. Often the exchange rates for foreign currency and Travellers Cheques are better here than in Dar es Salaam but make sure you speak to the guide about how much money you will need before you change too much.
There are different ways to get to Zanzibar and your guide will tell you which is the best value currently. Remember that although Tanzania is officially a Christian country, Zanzibar is Muslim and if you are there during any Muslim religious holidays you should show the appropriate respect. It is not advisable for women to be dressed very revealingly as this could offend some locals. This is only a potential problem in Stone Town, if you stay at any of the resorts this is not a problem.
Day 16: Zanzibar / Dar es Salaam
Today you reluctantly leave Zanzibar and catch a late ferry (or flight) back to Dar es Salaam and return to your campsite. The evening can be spent reminiscing back at the campsite. Overnight in camp. Dinner.
Day 17: Arusha, Tanzania
A long and scenic drive takes you to Arusha, the safari capital of Tanzania. If there are clear skies en-route you might see Mt Kilimanjaro. After arriving in Arusha you prepare to explore the Serengeti National Park - one of the most abundant wildlife reserves in the world. Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner.
Days 18 & 19: Serengeti/Ngorongoro
There are many options available, ranging from the one-day trip to the Ngorongoro crater, to a three-day trip into the Serengeti. As this is for your own expense, you give you every opportunity to match the activity to your budget. For those not going to the parks, take this opportunity to absorb some of the fascinating local culture. Own arrangements Breakfast (Day 18 only).
Day 20: Arusha, Tanzania
Getting together again after your various game viewing activities in the game parks, you spend your last night in this beautiful country swapping 'big game' stories around the campfire. The groups normally return from the Serengeti excursion late in the afternoon. Overnight in camp. Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner.
Day 21: Nairobi, Kenya - Tour ends
After crossing the border into Kenya with Kilimanjaro receding into the distance, you continue on towards Nairobi and the end of your journey. The last evening on tour is normally spent out at a local restaurant celebrating the completion of your African Adventure Tour! Enjoy optional activities such as Dinner at Carnivore. Breakfast and Lunch.
- Meals as indicated on the itinerary
- Registered guides and
- Transport per itinerary
- Tips and optional activities
What to take
- Passport and Yellow Fever Certificate
- Sunscreen and Mosquito repellent
- Sunhat and Sunglasses
- Sleeping Bag
- Water Bottle
- Day Pack
- Toiletries, 2-3 Changes of clothes
Please enquire about rates / prices