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This African Camping Safari travels from Victoria Falls to Nairobi in Kenya, offering excellent value for money.
Start with optional adventure activities at Victoria Falls, before crossing into Botswana to explore the scenic Chobe National Park. Then travel to Livingstone in Zambia and go game viewing in the wilderness haven of South Luangwa National Park. On to the shores of lovely Lake Malawi with its fishing villages and sandy beaches, before driving to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. Next, spend an optional few days enjoying the beautiful beaches and culture of tropical Zanzibar Island.
Return to Tanzania and take an optional trip to the legendary Serengeti National Park and Big Five Ngorongoro Crater. Then drive up to Nairobi, where this affordable Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Family Camping 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.
We begin this Overland Family Safari at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, where you have the day to explore and do exciting optional activities.
We visit Victoria Falls waterfall in the Victoria Falls National Park to witness the power of this 1700 m wide and 100 m high waterfall. Victoria Falls is called Mosi-oa-Tunya by the locals, which means 'the Smoke that Thunders', a fitting name for this impressive natural wonder.
Choose from optional activities such as scenic flights over Vic Falls, sunset boat cruises on the Zambezi River, trips to Livingstone Island and Devil's Pool at the top of the falls and abseiling into Batoka Gorge. You can also do game drives and horse riding safaris, as well as the top two adrenalin activities - bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge and white water rafting on the Zambezi.
This morning we set off for Kasane in neighbouring Botswana, stopping beside the Chobe River where hippos can be spotted. After lunch and a rest we prepare for our overnight camping trip in Chobe National Park. In the afternoon we drive into Chobe looking for game and birds on our way to the overnight campsite.
Chobe National Park is the most famous game park in Botswana and is best known for its large elephant herds. We are likely to spot elephants, buffalos, giraffes, hippos, impalas, kudu and more antelope species, as well as lions and other predators. We spend the night camping in the heart of the bush surrounded by the wild creatures of this African wilderness area.
On day three we get up early for a morning game drive in Chobe before packing up and heading back to Kasane.
From Kasane we drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. In the afternoon you can view Victoria Falls from Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, and enjoy a relaxing sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. The laid-back cruise is a great way to see birds and animals along the river whilst sipping on sundowners and taking in the scenery.
Driving through southern Zambia today we pass small towns and villages as we head to Eastern Zambia. Wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, vervet monkeys and monitor lizards are often seen at our overnight camp, located on the banks of the Luangwa River. Zambia is one of the less westernized African countries, despite its modernizing cities given the resurgence of the mining industry.
Today we explore the untamed South Luangwa National Park, the top wildlife destination in Zambia.
Covering some 9050 km² of fertile wilderness along the Luangwa River this beautiful game park is home to an abundance of birds and wild animals. On our game drive we might spot large herds of elephants, buffalos, hippos, crocodiles and leopards, as well as numerous antelope species, zebras and giraffes.
On day six we follow the Cape to Cairo route from South Luangwa Park to Chipata, where we camp near the border with Malawi.
Along the way we cross the Luangwa River, pass through Lusaka and stop for supplies and produce.
The next stretch of our Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Family Overland Safari is spent in Malawi.
First we pause in Lilongwe and then we continue to the shores of Lake Malawi, known as 'the lake of stars' because of the flickering lights of the fishing boats at night. Malawi is best known for its friendly people and the fresh-water Lake Malawi.
Over the next few days we drive up along the length of Lake Malawi, visiting the bays and beaches along the western side. Along the way we stay at pretty coastal campsites visiting fishing villages, and meeting the local people. There is plenty of time to relax on the sandy beaches, swim in the clear water and do optional activities. You can go snorkelling, fishing or paddling in traditional dug-out canoes on Lake Malawi along with other water sports. You can also visit local schools, villages and markets along the way.
Today we leave the shores of scenic Lake Malawi and cross into Tanzania at Songwe. Our pleasant drive takes us through banana and tea plantations in the lush area of Tanzania near Iringa.
We overnight at the camp of a charming old farmhouse known for its hot showers and hot chocolate.
This morning we hit the road to Dar es Salaam, on the East Coast of Africa.
We travel via Mikumi National Park looking out for the resident animals that are quite used to humans and cars which means we might get a closer look at them. Tonight we camp near Dar es Salaam along the Indian Ocean coastline.
This morning you can join the optional trip to Zanzibar Islands, or take it easy at camp if you choose to stay behind.
The ferry ride to Zanzibar Island is included in the tour price, but the rest of the optional trip is for your own account. On Zanzibar you can choose what activities to do, where to stay, what to see and where to eat out. Spend three days on the exotic Zanzibar Island, experiencing one of Africa's finest tropical beach destinations.
The safari guide can help you to arrange accommodation and activities on Zanzibar. The island features a good selection of restaurants with fresh seafood, especially crayfish, being a specialty. If you stay at the beach camp in Dar es Salaam you can go diving, snorkelling and fishing among other activities.
Some new travellers might join the safari for the Zanzibar Trip whilst others may finish their safari in Dar es Salaam.
The Zanzibar Archipelago boasts picture-perfect beaches with clear turquoise water, palms and white sands. Zanzibar is famous for its scuba diving, spices and the beautiful beaches. The main island is also historically and culturally unique, having once served as a major port of call on ancient trade routes. When on Zanzibar, must-sees include old Stone Town with its Arabic influences, cobbled streets and old palaces. Another must is a tour of the spice plantations, as Zanzibar Islands are called the 'Spice Islands' after all.
Beach time and snorkelling or scuba diving trips are not-to-be-missed, with popular choices such as diving at Nungwe and visits to Prison Island's pristine beaches. Another hot favourite on the list of things to do is a traditional dhow sailing trip, for fishing or simply to relax.
On day 15 we take the ferry back to the mainland of Tanzania and overnight at our camp in Dar es Salaam.
Today, we leave the big city behind and make our way north to Pangani, located half-way between Dar es Salaam and Arusha.
We overnight in the coastal town, breaking our long journey to the famous Northern Safari Circuit of Tanzania.
Driving north through the bush and farming areas, we pass the Pare and Usambara Mountains. Then we drive through the town of Moshi and look out for the peak of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro stopping to take photos on clear days.
Tonight we camp on the outskirts of Arusha, set at the foot of Mount Meru, at a lovely campsite in Meserani. From here, you have the option of embarking on a safari to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater in locally operated 4x4 safari vehicles.
Walk around Arusha this morning and browse the lively craft market, or visit the local art gallery to see colourful Tinga Tinga paintings of Tanzania. At the Masai Cultural Museum you can learn about this East African tribe and at Meserani Snake Park you can get up close to reptiles if you want to.
After lunch at the Meserani camp, those taking the optional safari to Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater head to Karatu, in the Crater Highlands. We drive through Mtu Wa Mbu, a town of diverse ethnic groups, near Lake Manyara National Park, on our way up the Great Rift Valley Escarpment. We overnight at a lovely campsite in Karatu, set in a pretty farming area with views over the surrounding hills.
Those staying behind in Arusha can do day trips to Lake Manyara National Park and Tarangire National Park, as well as village tours.
This morning we continue to the famous Ngorongoro Crater, descending almost 610 m to the diverse habitats of the 260 km² floor. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is famous for its high concentration of wildlife, offering superb game spotting. Ngorongoro Crater hosts members of almost all of the big land mammals of Africa, including lions, rhinos, zebras, wildebeest and many more.
After our rewarding game drive, we ascend the crater wall and travel to the Serengeti National Park, via the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Reaching the Serengeti Plains we see the archetypal open savannahs of wild Africa. We head to our camp in the middle of the bush, game viewing as we pass through southern and central Serengeti National Park. Tonight we camp in untamed nature surrounded by the sights, smells and sounds of the African wilderness.
We are up early for a remarkable game drive in the iconic Serengeti National Park, taking in the endless grasslands dotted with rocky outcrops and acacia trees. The Serengeti Park is also famous for the Great Migration, or Wildebeest Migration, that takes place between Serengeti and Masai Mara in Kenya, each year.
During the annual migration millions of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras cross the plains and rivers in search of fresh grazing, attracting a host of predators along the way. The Big Five of Africa - elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard - are frequently sighted year-round so keep your eyes open!
After our game drive we head back across the savannahs and skirt the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater, returning to Arusha. We overnight at the Meserani campsite again, catching up with travel companions who stayed behind and sharing tales of our safari adventures in the world-famous Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Today this Victoria Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Family Camping Safari heads to the capital of Kenya - Nairobi. Reaching the city our memorable African adventure comes to a close.
After the safari, the remainder of the day is free for you to explore bustling Nairobi, which has plenty to offer visitors.
At the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust you can see orphaned baby elephants and rhinos, and at the Giraffe Centre in Langata you can see giraffes and other animals. At the Nairobi National Park you can do some last minute game viewing or for shopping you can take a “Matatu” taxi to a local curio market.
If you prefer fixed accommodation to camping there is an accommodation upgrade available for this tour. Please see the Full Pricing information above for details.
This Budget African Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels across to Chobe, Botswana and then north through Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. The Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Overland Family Safari departs from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe early on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Victoria Falls, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.
For up-to-date and confirmed pricing info for optional items, please drop us an enquiry.
This tour does take children.
This is a family friendly tour. The minimum age is 6 years.
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