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This Budget African Safari begins in Nairobi, exploring Kenya, Tanzania and Zanzibar Island, before visiting Malawi, Zambia and Botswana, and ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.
Highlights on this Budget Camping Safari in Africa include:
This Kenya to Vic Falls Highlights Overland Camping Safari travels to top African safari destinations, game viewing in some of Africa's best game parks and relaxing on idyllic tropical beaches.
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.
This Kenya to Vic Falls Highlights Overland Camping Safari departs from bustling Nairobi, the capital of Kenya, travelling southwest to the world-famous Masai Mara Game Reserve.
Travelling up the escarpment from Nairobi we stop at a viewpoint to look out over part of the sweeping Great Rift Valley. We then descend to the floor of the Rift Valley in Kenya entering Maasai country. The striking-looking Maasai are often seen along the roadside in their brightly-coloured robes herding cattle.
Driving south through the town of Narok, we look out for wildlife en-route to our first overnight campsite. In the late afternoon we arrive at our safari camp overlooking the Meguarra Hills and a meandering stream that borders on the famous Masai Mara National Reserve.
The Mara Game Reserve is unfenced, so its wild animals are free to roam around in the surrounding wilderness areas, even entering our safari camp! The local ‘Askari’ keeps a lookout for any unwelcome predators at camp, ensuring your safety.
Departing just after sunrise we embark on our first exhilarating game drive in Masai Mara Game Reserve. Kenya's Masai Mara is considered one of the best game viewing destinations in the world and arguably East Africa's top safari destination.
Masai Mara is home to a wide variety of wildlife species including an array of predators and plains game. The reserve is known for its sizeable big cat populations, hosting plenty of lions, leopards and cheetahs. The Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, elephant and buffalo) are commonly seen on game drives in this 1510 km² wilderness area.
The Masai Mara Reserve is best known for the Annual Wildebeest Migration, also called the Great Migration. This wildlife spectacle sees massive herds of over a million wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelle stampede across the open plains between the Serengeti National Park in northern Tanzania and Masai Mara in southwestern Kenya. These huge herds of herbivores are usually seen on the move between July and October when they search for fresh grazing. The masses of grazers attract an abundance of Africa’s predators that are frequently spotted making dramatic kills during the Great Migration.
On our game drive through Masai Mara National Reserve we may see all of Africa's Big Five, along with many other species of animals and birds.
After game viewing in the classical African safari setting of Masai Mara, we have the chance to stop in at one of the nearby Maasai Manyattas – traditional settlements where the Masai Tribes still live in their customary way. In the evening we relax around the campfire, watching the sun set over this iconic African landscape. The Masai Mara Reserve covers incredible wide-open scenery and fertile riverine woodlands, following the looping meanders of the Mara and Talek rivers. Wherever you go in the Masai Mara you will see an abundance of wildlife!
On day three we drive northeast from Masai Mara towards the lovely Lake Nakuru National Park. Our campsite is on a farm just outside of Nakuru, one of the country's largest towns and the capital of the Rift Valley Province.
The overnight campsite is run by a non-profit mission group that helps care for orphaned children. Here we can visit the orphanage to meet the local children and see what the organisation is doing to help them. The orphanage provides orphaned children and teenagers with clothing, food, education and a home, giving them much needed support and care.
This morning we head into the Lake Nakuru National Park on a game drive. This Kenyan game park is famous for the lesser and greater flamingos that flock to the edge of its soda lake. The size of the flamingo flocks at Nakuru vary, but when conditions are right the lake appears almost pink as a result of the flamingo flocks.
We spend the day looking for the frequently sighted black and white rhino. The Nakuru Park was established as a sanctuary for the resident rhino species. We also search for the more elusive leopard, seeing giraffe, buffalo, antelope species and sometimes hippos too.
After our game drive in Lake Nakuru National Park, we return to our campsite in the late afternoon.
Rise and shine for breakfast before we journey to Kisii and Kericho via the rolling tea plantations, west of the Rift Valley in Kenya.
Cash crops such as tea and coffee thrive in the equatorial climate here and these towns serve as the main commercial hubs in the Gusii Highlands of Kenya. We stock up on supplies and get some rest, before travelling into Tanzania tomorrow.
We leave game-rich Kenya behind and drive south into Tanzania. After border formalities, our journey takes us through the scenic granite landscapes surrounding Africa’s biggest lake – Lake Victoria. We spend the night at a campsite located on the banks of Lake Victoria in the fishing town of Musoma.
We make a quick pit stop for supplies to see us through the next couple of days out in the untamed bush, before making our way to the Serengeti National Park. After lunch we enter Serengeti Park through the less travelled western corridor, enjoying a game drive en-route to our safari campsite set in the centre of the Serengeti Reserve.
The Serengeti Park is famous for its enormous concentration of wild animals, especially the big cats of Africa. Like Masai Mara, Serengeti is also known for the spectacular annual migration of millions of wildebeest, zebra and Thomson’s gazelles. The endless plains dotted with acacia trees are the scenes that movies of wild Africa have been made of, presenting perfect photo opportunities.
The sheer abundance of plains game in this Tanzanian wildlife area is truly awe-inspiring.
Tonight we camp in the wild Serengeti (no ablutions) surrounded by the sounds of Africa's bushveld, pierced only by the calls of the nocturnal wildlife.
We rise early to pack up our bush camp and continue our thrilling game drive through the Serengeti National Park. The famous Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) are often sighted on our Serengeti game drives.
Heading to the southern part of the vast game park we look out over the endless plains of the Serengeti. We drive from Serengeti to Ngorongoro Conservation Area at lunch time and begin ascending the steep Crater's edge.
Tonight we camp (basic ablutions) on the outer rim of the Ngorongoro Crater where temperatures are lower than in the low-lying plains of Tanzania - bring some warm clothes as it can get very chilly at night.
The Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 m high walls and 20 km wide floor is a real natural marvel. The Crater rim offers spectacular views, but the true scale of the world's largest caldera is best appreciated from the floor of the crater itself.
This crater is a World Heritage Site boasting one of the highest wildlife concentrations in Africa, which makes for some of best game viewing. The great abundance of wild African animals found within the crater becomes apparent as you drive along the crater floor. Nearly every species of African animal is represented in Ngorongoro where you get the chance to see an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion and plain’s game.
After a morning game drive in Ngorongoro Crater we continue to our next Tanzanian campsite outside Arusha town, where we spend the evening recollecting our exhilarating wildlife experiences in East Africa.
The Kenya to Vic Falls Camping Safari takes us into Arusha this morning to replenish supplies before driving south towards Dar es Salaam, on the coast of Tanzania.
We travel through Moshi, a small town at the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. Moshi serves as the base for climbing expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro and passing by we may catch sight of the towering peak, another fantastic photo opportunity!
Driving through expansive sisal plantations flanked by the Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges we continue south to our pleasant overnight campsite tucked away in the mountains, halfway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Travelling via lush countryside landscapes and groves of palm trees, we reach our next safari destination, Dar es Salaam.
The pace of our drive to the warm Indian Ocean slows as we enter the outskirts of busy Dar es Salaam, taking in the interesting sights and sounds of Dar’s vibrant outer suburbs as we go. Keep an eye out for the brightly coloured shop-fronts decorated with humorous names and slogans.
Arriving in coastal Dar es Salaam on the east coast of Africa we head to our nice seaside campsite and have time to prepare for our trip to Zanzibar Island the following morning.
On day 12 we travel to Zanzibar on our island excursion. From Dar es Salaam we take a ferry across to the Spice Island, as Zanzibar is known, where we spend the next three nights.
Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach destinations, featuring picture-perfect tropical beaches lapped by azure waters. The island also has a colourful past, as one of the major departure points for most of the explorations into new territories of East Africa, in times gone by.
New passengers may join us on our Zanzibar Trip, while some travel companions might opt to end their tour of Africa back in Dar es Salaam after visiting Zanzibar.
Meal costs and optional activities are for your own account in Zanzibar, allowing for flexibility and self-guided exploration on the island. Zanzibar Island hosts a wide selection of restaurants offering a variety of tasty meals. Your trip leader joins you and can help with arranging activities in Zanzibar.
There are plenty of activities to choose from on Zanzibar Island, ranging from historical sightseeing to exciting water activities.
This safari includes a dhow sunset cruise and a spice tour during our stay on Zanzibar. Other interesting activities on Zanzibar Island include a day trip to the pristine beaches of Prison Island, to see its giant tortoises. A full day of scuba diving in Nungwe is well worth it, as is the experience of fishing in a traditional sailing dhow. A walk through the quaint streets of the old Stone Town reveals traces of the local Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to the impressive palaces that once belonged to powerful Sultans.
There are a variety of restaurants offering a fantastic array of fresh seafood straight from the ocean, with crayfish being a popular speciality. You can mingle with the locals at the seafront market of Forodhani Gardens in Stone Town, where tasty seafood can be bought at good prices.
Departing from the tropical Zanzibar Island in the afternoon our exciting beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania by the early evening feeling sun-kissed, rejuvenated and relaxed.
We spend the night resting at our safari camp in Dar es Salaam town.
On the morning of day 16 we set off from buzzing Dar es Salaam, making our way further south.
En route we drive through the inland Mikumi National Park, home to a variety of wildlife. The wildlife in Mikumi is quite accustomed to the passing traffic, which makes sighting the animals easier as we drive through the game park.
We continue to the elevated town of Iringa, our next overnight stop on this Kenya to Vic Falls Highlights Overland Camping Safari. The night is spent at a charming campsite known for its Amarula hot chocolate and piping hot showers.
We follow the winding road through the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations admiring this beautiful region of Tanzania as we travel. Next, we cross into Malawi, called The Warm Heart of Africa, driving via the Songwe border post.
Malawi is a long, landlocked country with 20% of its total area covered by the beautiful, fresh-water Lake Malawi.
Over the next few days we skirt the full length of the western shores of Lake Malawi, visiting scenic bays along the way. Our days are spent relaxing on the unspoilt beaches, learning to play the game of bao from locals or bargain hunting at the markets.
The temperate climate of Malawi is suited to swimming all year round, so you can always take a dip in the clear blue waters. Explore the picturesque shores of Lake Malawi meeting local fishermen as they sort the fresh catch of the day. The fishermen still bring in their catch using traditional fishing techniques. The ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen's boats twinkle out on the lake at night, which is why Lake Malawi is known as the Lake of Stars.
You can gain insight into the skill involved in handling one of the fishing boats by trying your hand at paddling a dug out canoe yourself. Excursions offered at the lakeside campsites along Lake Malawi's shores include options such as water sports, horse riding and visits to the local school and village.
Leaving lovely Lake Malawi and its laid-back people behind, we cross into Zambia and head for the untamed South Luangwa National Park.
South Luangwa is Zambia's leading game park, known for its wildness and incredible beauty. Located along the Luangwa River this remote national park hosts about 60 animal species and 420 bird species. The game park is home to large elephant herds, as well as an abundance of buffalo, hippo, crocodile and various antelope species. The park is also home to good numbers of zebra, giraffe and leopard, among others.
The most southern of three national parks in the Luangwa Valley, Luangwa Park covers some 9050 km² of the most fertile part of Luangwa Valley. Here we are immersed in the wild bush, enjoying exceptional game viewing.
Driving south from Luangwa National Park along the Great East Road we head towards Lusaka and our overnight campsite in Eastern Zambia. On our drive we cross the impressive Luangwa River Bridge near the Zimbabwe-Malawi border and travel via some rural villages and towns in Zambia.
Zambia prospered during the copper boom in the 60’s and established extensive infrastructure in its main mining and farming communities. After a subsequent decline in the copper industry, Zambia is once again starting to develop, due to foreign investment and a resurgence in the mining industry.
Some of the local wildlife such as hippos, crocodiles, vervet monkeys and monitor lizards can be seen at the safari campsite set along the Luangwa River.
Continuing our journey south through Zambia, we pass through southern Zambian farming and agricultural towns en route to Livingstone. The town is named after the great explorer, David Livingstone, who in turn named Vic Falls after his queen.
Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Vic Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water at 1700 m wide and around 100 m high. Seeing Vic Falls is a highlight of any African Safari!
We can witness this spectacular natural wonder from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia - a great photographic opportunity. In the evening you can take an optional sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi River. The sunset cruises offer a relaxing and scenic journey along the mighty Zambezi River, visited by wildlife and birds.
Once in Botswana we drive to the northern town of Kasane, located along the Chobe River. Chobe River forms a natural border between Botswana, Namibia and Zambia and serves as the major source of water in Chobe National Park.
From Kasane we make our way into this famous Botswana game reserve for our overnight camping trip in the wild. In the afternoon we explore Chobe Park on a game drive en route to our safari camp inside the scenic wilderness area. On the game viewing drive rare sable and roan antelope are often sighted, along with impalas, kudu, elephants, giraffes and more. We also see a variety of birds, from raptor and plover to lilac breasted roller, as we drive!
We spend the evening musing over our wild encounters in Chobe Park, taking in the quiet and listening to the night sounds of nearby wildlife.
Getting up early after our night in the Botswana bush, we set off on a morning game drive in search of Chobe's varied wildlife. After our rewarding game drive we pack up camp and travel back to the town of Kasane. Back at the Kasane camp we transfer to our safari truck and take the short drive to the Zimbabwe border. Border formalities behind us, we cover the last bit of ground to nearby Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Here we visit the Victoria Falls waterfall, a World Heritage Site on the Zambezi River, surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. Witnessing Victoria Falls is an awe-inspiring and memorable experience!
A short adventure activities brief is followed by an afternoon of leisure for you to unwind at the campsite’s swimming pool, do adventure activities, or explore the highlights of Victoria Falls town! Our safari campsite is conveniently situated in the centre of Victoria Falls town, within walking distance of the local restaurants, shops and booking agents for adventure activities.
On the last day of this unforgettable Kenya to Vic Falls Highlights Overland Camping Safari we enjoy breakfast, before exchanging addresses and saying goodbye to our travel companions. This Budget African Safari ends after breakfast in Victoria Falls town.
We recommend that you book an extra few days at Vic Falls after your safari trip, to take advantage of the incredible optional adventure activities at Victoria Falls.
Optional activities include trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool at the top of Vic Falls. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither for the faint hearted! There are also zip-line and gorge swinging tours for the adventure seekers.
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. Whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River is some of the best in the world. In addition to the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are more placid sections for admiring the towering cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
This Budget African Safari begins in Nairobi, Kenya, and travels to Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Botswana, ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. The Kenya to Vic Falls Highlights Camping Safari departs from Nairobi in Kenya early on Tuesday morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, 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.
Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.
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Please note this tour or a portion of this tour may coincide with a family departure, in which case, children from 6 years old may be included in the tour. Please contact African Budget Safaris to confirm.
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