This Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari travels from Kenya into Tanzania, where you go wildlife viewing in Ngorongoro Crater or take an optional camping trip in the world-famous Serengeti National Park. Then, catch the ferry to Stone Town on Zanzibar Island and relax on the idyllic tropical beaches, before returning to Dar es Salaam and taking a game drive in Mikumi National Park.
Unwind on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi, exploring fishing villages and participating in optional watersports and outdoor activities. Cross into Zambia for a wildlife safari in South Luangwa National Park, before visiting Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Enter Botswana and enjoy a 4x4 game drive and sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park. Then drive via Nata and the Makgadikgadi Pans to the untamed Okavango Delta for a truly wild adventure.
Lastly, we venture into the Kalahari Desert to meet the San (Bushmen) and continue to South Africa, where this comprehensive Nairobi to Johannesburg Safari comes to an end.
During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.
We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.
Our Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Safari departs from Nairobi, the bustling capital of Kenya, driving south across the border into Tanzania.
On our way to the town of Arusha, we may be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru, Africa's fifth highest peak. This growing town is set in a lush and hilly area of Tanzania that has a cool climate. Arusha is the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania which includes the world-famous Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Area.
From Arusha, you have the option of upgrading to a three-night Serengeti Camping Trip at extra cost. This evening our local guides brief those taking the Upgraded Serengeti Trip and there is time to pack for your upcoming wildlife adventure in Serengeti National Park. The optional Serengeti Trip is conducted in smaller safari vehicles so you will need to pack an overnight bag for the trip.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes activities considered as "essential" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. For those that can't afford all of these activities, there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost.
Leaving Arusha today we drive to Karatu, in the Ngorongoro Highlands area. This busy small town lies between Lake Manyara and the Ngorongoro Crater serving as our base for exploring the Northern Safari Circuit.
Once in Karatu, your guide will tell you more about our full day trip to the renowned Ngorongoro Crater, planned for the following day.
Please note: Those taking the Upgraded Camping Trip to Serengeti National Park will head off this morning from Arusha and rejoin the rest of the group on day five.
Rise and shine early this morning for an action-packed day of 4x4 wildlife viewing in the famous Ngorongoro Crater.
You are collected from the lodge this morning and driven into the Crater where most of your day is spent exploring. The Ngorongoro Crater hosts one of the densest large animal populations in Africa offering superb wildlife viewing. Members of most of Africa's large mammal species are found roaming freely in the crater so a wide range of wild animals is usually spotted on the day trip.
After a memorable day of wildlife viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater, we ascend back to the rim and return to Karatu.
Today is set aside for optional activities and free time to take it easy at the lodge in Karatu. You can explore on your own, walking around the town or visiting nearby villages to experience rural life in Tanzania. A cultural tour of Karatu is included today for those wanting to join.
Day trips to the scenic Lake Manyara National Park are another popular optional activity. Optional game viewing and cultural activities need to be booked at the lodge directly when we arrive in Karatu.
On day five we drive back to Arusha and meet up with those returning from the Upgraded Serengeti Trip.
This evening we share tales of our African wildlife adventures and cultural encounters in northern Tanzania. Wildlife viewing safaris in Ngorongoro and Serengeti are always unforgettable experiences that will be shared time and time again.
Next, on this Africa Overland Tour, we drive south to the coastal town of Bagamoyo. Our drive takes us through scenic landscapes scattered with bustling towns and markets offering a glimpse of life in rural life in Tanzania.
Founded in the late 1700's the town of Bagamoyo provides insight into the history of Tanzania, particularly the 19th century when it was a major trading post. The history of Bagamoyo includes interesting German colonial, Swahili, Arabic and Christian missionary influences. Today dhow sailing boats are built in Bagamoyo, which translates as “lay down your heart” dating back to the cruel slave trading days in East Africa.
We stay at a lodge next to the beach and prepare for our Zanzibar Island Trip, kicking off the next day.
After an early morning wake-up on day seven, we leave Bagamoyo and drive south to Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. From Dar es Salaam a local ferry takes us to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar Island (included in Activity Package).
Arriving in Stone Town, we are transferred to Nungwi Beach on the northern shores of the main island. On our way north this afternoon we stop to visit the spice plantations of Kidichi and Kizambani. Experiencing the tastes, colours, flavours and smells of the exotic spices is a must in Zanzibar, known as the Spice Islands.
The next few days will be spent relaxing on the white sand beaches of Nungwi and enjoying optional watersports and activities. There are various watersports and ocean activities available, from snorkelling and fishing to scuba diving and dhow sailing. Explore the islands on guided trips or rent a scooter and set off on your own. Zanzibar is renowned for being an idyllic tropical beach destination, so unwind in paradise and go swimming in the clear, warm Indian Ocean waters.
We spend our last night on Zanzibar Island near Stone Town, once a major port on the slave and spice trade routes.
This morning you have some free time to explore Stone Town, taking in the historical highlights and unique architecture of this culturally diverse town.
In the afternoon we leave the beach paradise of Zanzibar Islands and catch the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where our safari truck awaits us. Boarding our overland truck we drive back to Bagamoyo for a second overnight stay. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to swim in the sea, walk along the beach and enjoy the ocean views as the sun sets.
Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline travelling to Mikumi National Park, one of the largest game parks in Tanzania. Mikumi National Park is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant, among other wildlife and over 400 species of birds.
This morning we are up early for a game drive in Mikumi National Park, forming part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem.
After our wildlife viewing drive, we make our way inland to the historic small city of Iringa. Located in the highlands tea growing area of southern Tanzania at 1550m above sea level, this pleasant town can get quite cool between June and August.
Leaving the lush highlands of Tanzania we drive down into the Great Rift Valley heading south into Malawi. Our destination for today is Lake Malawi, known as 'the Lake of Stars' due to the flickering lights of the fishing boats out on the vast lake at night. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi stretches 580km from north to south, covering about 75% of Malawi's eastern border.
Reaching our lakeside lodge in the Chilumba area, this afternoon we visit a local village for our first encounter with the friendly Malawian people. We spend two days on the northern shores of Lake Malawi, exploring this scenic region, enjoying optional water activities and lazing on the sandy beaches of this massive freshwater lake. This evening your guide can help you to arrange activities for the following day.
On day 14, you're free to enjoy water activities and explore. Go snorkelling in the clear waters of Lake Malawi to see the brightly-coloured cichlid fish found in abundance here. Simply laze on the sandy shores and soak up the sunshine, swimming in the warm lake. Go kayaking or volunteer at one of the local community initiatives making a difference here. You can also enjoy some walks in the area, including a challenging full-day hike up to the historic mission of Livingstonia on the plateau above Lake Malawi.
On day 15 we travel further south along Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world, covering a massive portion of the Great Rift Valley. This afternoon we arrive at our lovely lodge at Ngala Beach on the shores of central Lake Malawi. End the day off with a sunset walk along the beach and a swim in the lake.
There are no scheduled activities for day 16, leaving you free to explore the Nkhotakota Region and enjoy balmy Lake Malawi. Popular optional activities include paddle skiing, horse riding and snorkelling. Otherwise, you can embark on an optional motorboat trip, do some bird watching, take a guided village tour or visit the nearby forest reserve. You can also take a walk along the lake, passing fishing villages along the way for some laid-back exploration.
Wake up to a serene sunrise over Lake Malawi before we set off for the wild South Luangwa National Park in neighbouring Zambia. Crossing into Zambia we pause in Chipata before continuing to our lodge beside Luangwa River. Hippos, other animals and birds are commonly spotted from the lodge bar, so keep an eye open as we sit back with sundowners and watch the glowing sunset over the river.
Day 18 is set aside for wildlife viewing in the unspoilt South Luangwa National Park.
In the morning you have the chance to take a game drive in South Luangwa, going in search of the wildlife and birds found here. This untamed game reserve is home to an abundance of wildlife, including buffalos, leopards, zebras, hippos, giraffes, antelopes and crocodiles Alternatively, you can join a walking safari in the dry season (April to December) - a thrilling way to get up close and personal with nature. Mornings are an excellent time for spotting a number of the animals roaming South Luangwa National Park. The opportunity to take a game walk is particularly special because South Luangwa is where African walking safaris originated.
Later today we embark on a sunset game drive in the national park, looking for the rich diversity of wildlife and birds found in the wild marshes, woods and grasslands. We stop for sundowners in the bush before continuing our game drive into the night when we hope to spot the elusive nocturnal animals of South Luangwa, including leopards.
We leave South Luangwa National Park today taking a relatively short drive through to Petauke. En route we visit a textile initiative in Chipata where colourful African creations being produced with local cotton. From March to December you can take a tour of the workshops to see how the fabrics and hand-crafted products are made.
Zambia is truly African with many rural villages and farming communities dotting the lush vegetation we pass through on our drive to Petauke.
Our journey to the rapidly-expanding Zambian capital of Lusaka follows the Great East Road, linking the capital with Malawi. Soak up the rural African scenery as we pass subsistence farms and lush landscapes interspersed with small villages.
We overnight at a lodge on the fringes of Lusaka, a vibrant African metropolis where traditional and contemporary lifestyles converge.
On day 21 we drive from Lusaka to Livingstone and across the Victoria Falls Bridge to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
From the bridge, we get our first glimpse of Mosi-ao-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) as the locals call the spectacular Victoria Falls waterfall. A smoke-like spray rises up to 400 meters over Victoria Falls making it visible from as far as 50 km away. Arriving in Victoria Falls your guide can assist you in booking adventure activities and excursions for the following day. This evening you have the option of eating out in Victoria Falls, where traditional boma dinners are a favourite.
On day 22 you can visit the world-famous Victoria Falls waterfall, a must-see natural wonder of the world. Witnessing the famous falls is an awe-inspiring experience as the Zambezi River plummets over 100 feet into the gorge below forming the largest curtain of falling water in the world at 1,7km wide.
Day 22 is free for you to explore Vic Falls and do optional adventure activities. This part of the Zambezi River is famous for offering some of the best whitewater rafting in the world, an unforgettable experience! Other optional adventures include helicopter and microlight flights over Vic Falls, zip-line rides, trips to Livingstone Island, swimming in Devil's Pool and bungee jumping. You can also walk around the historic Victoria Falls town to take in the sights and visit the local markets. The Victoria Falls Hotel also offers a delightful high tea in the afternoons, or you can take time out to simply relax at the hotel and take a dip in the pool.
On day 23 of our Africa Overland Adventure, we say goodbye to the magical Victoria Falls. Leaving Zimbabwe behind we cross into neighbouring Botswana, driving to Kasane.
Arriving at our safari camp a few kilometres from Chobe National Park, we have lunch at the safari truck before setting off on a 4x4 game drive (included in the Activity Package). Chobe is the second largest national park in Botswana, encompassing diverse habitats from lush plains and wooded grasslands to dense forests and swamps.
Our game drive takes us in search of the wildlife and birds of Chobe, home to one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa. This leading national park is best known for its huge population of African elephants. Later in the afternoon, we embark on a sunset boat cruise in Chobe Park (included in the Activity Package). The Chobe River boat cruise provides excellent opportunities for spotting wild animals up close, including hippos, crocodiles, buffaloes, antelope species and elephants.
Tonight's camp overlooks the Chobe River and surrounding bush, featuring a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. Accommodation is in twin rooms, with en-suite bathrooms fitted with hot showers.
This morning we drive south to Nata, located on the fringes of the vast Makgadikgadi Salt Pans of Botswana.
In the afternoon we take a guided excursion to the salt pans near Nata (included in the Activity Package). Our exploration of Nata Sanctuary enables you to experience the open landscapes of this arid environment under big skies. The Makgadikgadi Pans complex is one of the largest salt pan systems in the world, covering 30 000 km² of northern Botswana.
Tonight those taking the Upgraded Fly-in Delta Trip get ready for their two-night adventure into the wild Okavango Delta.
On day 25 we drive west to Maun, travelling from dry pans to the lush Okavango Delta region.
Along the way, we pass giant baobab trees and the northern fringes of the Makgadikgadi Pans. Arriving in Maun you have the option of joining a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta. Flying over the massive estuarine system in a small plane is the best way to take in the labyrinth of waterways, lagoons and islands of the wild Delta and possibly spot wildlife from above. This is one of the wildest places in Africa, a unique and precious wilderness area.
This evening we prepare for our adventures in the wild delta tomorrow.
Today we are up early for our full day of exploring the Okavango Delta by dug-out canoe (mokoro) and those opting for the Upgraded Delta Trip fly from Maun into the Okavango Delta to spend two nights at a remote camp in the wilderness.
We set off for the delta early this morning in our safari vehicle, heading to a polers' station about an hour from the lodge. At the polers' station, we meet our local guides and switch to mekoros. Gliding along the reed-lined channels and tranquil lagoons dotted with lilypads is the ideal way to experience the watery Okavango Delta.
Sit back and soak up the wild scenery from your traditional mekoros poled through the waters by local guides. Get a close-up look at the unique flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta as we move along slowly and quietly. Stopping at one of the delta islands, you can take a nature walk with your local guide. The bush walk gives you a chance to learn about the fascinating plants and creatures encountered, looking out for signs of wildlife. The mokoro excursion is not a big game viewing activity, it is all about experiencing the beauty of the wild delta. However, we may come across some wildlife including elephants, giraffes, zebras and antelopes like kudu and impala.
After the nature walk, your guide poles you back to the polers' station for the return road transfer to the lodge in Maun.
On day 27 the Activity Package includes a wildlife adventure in Moremi Game Reserve. Encompassing central and eastern parts of the Okavango Delta, Moremi Reserve is the only official protected area in the Delta.
This morning we drive to the southern gate of Moremi, setting off before sunrise. Moremi is renowned for its natural beauty and rich diversity of habitats, animals and plants. The game reserve is home to healthy populations of large mammals, including the Big Five of Africa (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant) and African wild dogs. The game drive reveals how diverse Moremi's ecosystem is, ranging from lagoons and savannahs to riverside forests and mopane woodlands. Your safari guide will select the best routes in the bush, based on water levels, road conditions and animal sightings.
Those who chose not to join the Moremi Day Trip as part of the Activity Package, stay behind in Maun today. These folks have free time to relax at the leafy camp, laze by the pool and take an optional flight over the Okavango Delta. The scenic flight offers sweeping views over the open plains and winding waterways, where wildlife can be spotted.
This morning those of you who opted for the Upgraded Delta Trip get to wake up in the wild Okavango Delta, enjoy breakfast at camp and fly back to Maun. Back in Maun, the group is reunited and we board our overland truck driving southwest to the Ghanzi area, in the heart of the Kalahari Desert.
The Kalahari is a massive semi-arid expanse covering about 930 000 km² of the inland plateau in Botswana, Namibia and South Africa. The Kalahari San were the first inhabitants of this dry interior region, surviving off the land as hunter-gatherers for many thousands of years.
This evening we get our first glimpse into ancient San culture, watching a traditional song and dance performance.
Day 29 starts with a guided walk in the central Kalahari Desert. Walking with local San guides we find out more about the survival strategies of the nomadic San (also known as Bushmen). Our guides share their indigenous knowledge of the local flora and fauna with us as we explore offering insight into the Kalahari habitat and rich culture of the San.
After our desert walk, we drive south along the Trans-Kalahari highway to the small town of Kang, our last overnight stop. Keep an eye out for wandering wildlife as we drive along an unfenced natural area.
On the last day of our Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Overland Safari, we travel southeast through Botswana and across into South Africa. Driving through the North-West Province we proceed to Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of southern Africa.
This wildlife and wilderness adventure ends in the dynamic and bustling city of Johannesburg, offering visitors plenty of attractions. Most safari groups choose to spend the evening together, sharing their safari adventures over dinner. Our post-tour lodge offers an optional dinner - a traditional braai (barbecue), which can be booked through your guide the day before.
On the Upgraded Okavango Delta Trip guests stay a bush camp in a 100 000 hectare private concession area, offering a unique delta experience. The secluded camp looks out over peaceful delta waterways and has a low impact on the environment, blending in with the wild African bush around it.
Stay in spacious, permanent Meru-style tents with en-suite bathrooms. These walk-in canvas tents feature comfortable twin beds, simple furnishings, mosquito netting and small outdoor areas with camping chairs. The tented lounge-dining area and outdoor boma are ideal for sitting back and taking in the sounds and sights of this untamed environment in comfort. Activities offered at the Delta camp include game drives, bush walks, mokoro trips, sunset boat cruises and sundowners on one of the islands.
This Nairobi to Johannesburg Accommodated Overland Safari is also available in the opposite direction as the Johannesburg to Nairobi Accommodated Overland Safari.
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