21 day Southern Discoverer. Nairobi to Victoria Falls

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Your overland truck safari commences in Nairobi, travels south through Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and concludes in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

  • Pre-departure meeting: 17h00 the day before at the departure point
  • Departure point: Nairobi, Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road
  • Check-in: 08h45
  • Departure: 09h30
  • Accommodation: Camping
  • Group size: Max 30 passengers
  • Safari vehicle: Overland truck

Please note that this overland truck safari operates in both directions.

Day 1: Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania

From Nairobi you travel south, crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight, you stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on your Optional Excursions to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. Lunch and dinner included.

Days 2-4: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (Optional)

Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. You conduct these excursions in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles.

For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next days are spent at leisure enjoying the Meserani Reptile Park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.

The Optional Ngorongoro / Serengeti excursion takes you via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas.

You spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning you depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa. You may spot the elusive Black Rhino.

After your game drive in the Crater, you head down the Crater rim and past the 'Cradle of Mankind' on your way to the Serengeti National Park. You cross the vast plains on your safari through the southern and central areas in the park.

Tonight you camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. In the morning, you head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident game. With some luck, you may see some of the Big Five animals (Leopard, Lion, Elephant, Buffalo, Rhino).

After your morning drive, you head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to your truck at Arusha, where you spend the evening musing over your thrilling wildlife experience. Breakfast, lunch, dinner on all days.

Day 5: Arusha to Pangani, Tanzania

In the morning, you explore Arusha and its vibrant craft markets. Then you head south towards Dar es Salaam. On the way you drive through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. Weather permitting, you may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain's snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed.

You pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching your lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 6: Pangani to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Today you continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, you gte clsoer to the warm Indian Ocean. On arrival in Dar es Salaam, you make your way to your lovely seaside campsite and prepare for your departure to Zanzibar the next morning. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 7: Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar

A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes you to the 'Spice Island', where you have the option to spend the next 3 nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join you to replace those that'll leave us at the end of your excursion to Zanzibar.

Accommodation and Meals on own account on Zanzibar

Passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader joins you and can arrange your accommodation. Meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants on the Spice Island.

For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. Breakfast in Dar es Salaam included. Meals and accommodation on Zanzibar at own expense.

Days 8 & 9: Zanzibar

History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today, the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade.

The island is famous for its spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow.

Mopeds are available for hire if you'd like to explore the more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover's paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the Indian Ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality.

Alternatively, you can mingle with the locals and enjoy dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer. Meals and accommodation on Zanzibar at own expense.

Days 10: Zanzibar to Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania

Leaving Zanzibar, you return to the Tanzania mainland and can enjoy another night in Dar es Salaam. Dinner.

Day 11: Dar es Salaam to Iringa, Tanzania

This morning you leave Dar es Salaam and head south. You pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of African wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic.

You travel towards Iringa where you spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Days 12-16: Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi

Taking in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, you head towards Malawi entering the 'Warm Heart of Africa' through the border post at Songwe. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi.

You travel the length of the western side of Lake Malawi, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 5 days. Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. The temperate climate in Malawi allows for swimming in the clear blue freshwater lake all year round.

Explore the beautiful shore where you'll happen upon the local fishermen sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to paddle a dug out canoe yourself.

The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi's shores offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local village and school. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 17: Lake Malawi to Chipata, Zambia

You cross the border into Zambia, heading to a beautiful little campsite just 10kms before the Zambia/Malawi border, where you spend the night. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 18: Chipata to Lusaka, Zambia

From Chipata, you head south to Lusaka to your campsite on the outskirts of Lusaka, the capital city of Zambia. The campsite is home to some local wildlife including the largest antelope in Africa, the Eland. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 19: Lusaka to Livingstone, Zambia

Early in the morning you start to head south to Livingstone. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it' not difficult to see why. At 1700m wide and around 100m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari.

The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia - a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight you have the option of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi. Breakfast, lunch, dinner.

Day 20: Livingstone to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

You leave Zambia and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River, entering into Zimbabwe at the town of Victoria Falls. Here in Africa's adventure capital, you set up camp in the centrally located campsite of Victoria Falls town. Enjoy amazing view of Victoria Falls in the afternoon or just relax at the swimming pool.

Optional Excursions to Zambezi or Hwange National Parks

If you choose these optional excursions, you can go on Elephant-back safaris, horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint-hearted.

All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class.

Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the 'floats,' where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional African wildlife on the riverbanks. Breakfast.

Day 21: Victoria Falls

Your tour ends after breakfast. You can extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting adventure activities available at Victoria Falls. Please speak to your Siyabona Africa Consultant regarding accommodation options. Breakfast.

Optional Excursions (Selection)

  • Serengeti National Park / Ngorongoro Crater (3 days), Tanzania
  • Lake Malawi village walks or fresh water diving, Malawi
  • White water rafting or Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe
  • Sunset Cruise on the Zambezi River, Zambia

Free Trips:

When you book this 21 day Southern Discoverer trip, you are entitled to receive both a free 3 Day Masai Mara Safari the Sunday before your trip begins and either a free 2 Day Chobe Mobile Safari or a free 3 Day Hwange Community Experience the Monday after your trip ends. The Local Payments are still applicable for each trip. This fantastic offer must be taken up at the same time you book this trip. Ask your Siyabona Africa Consultant for more details.

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