A memorable three-week East African Camping Safari from Victoria Falls to Nairobi.
Travel highlights on this scenic journey through East Africa include:
Experience the best of East Africa, from spectacular scenery to superb game viewing and unique cultures - at an affordable price!
This East African Camping Safari departs from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. Crossing into Zambia via the Victoria Falls Bridge we get a last glimpse of the mighty Victoria Falls - the largest waterfall in the world.
We head to Livingstone on the Zambian side of Vic Falls and continue to Lusaka from there.
Our drive to Lusaka, the lively capital of Zambia, takes us into a more subtropical region, along roads that become a little rougher as we travel. The economic and political capital of the country, Lusaka is a bustling African city where traditional and modern lifestyles meet. This evening your guides make a hearty dinner and fill you in on the adventures ahead.
This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. 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 of the Activity Package.
Today we travel via Lusaka to Petauke, the main hub for safaris to South Luangwa National Park. This long drive takes us along the Great East Road through lush landscapes, crossing the Luangwa River as we head towards South Luangwa. Zambia is a truly African country, making for a unique travel experience that differs from the more modernised ways of several other Southern African countries.
Early in the morning, we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park, known for its outstanding game viewing.
Along the way, we stop at a local textile initiative in Chipata to see how they make fabric (March to December) and browse the colourful African creations.
We spend the next two nights camping at a lodge right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Keep an eye out for hippos and other wild animals often spotted from the camp bar. We end the day with sundowners and a beautiful sunset over the river.
In the morning you have the opportunity to take a game drive in South Luangwa. This wild game park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. Alternatively, you have the option of joining a walking safari in the dry season (April to December). South Luangwa was one of the pioneers of walking safaris, for which it is now famous.
In the late afternoon, we enjoy a sunset game drive in the untamed South Luangwa National Park of Zambia. South Luangwa is home to an abundance of wildlife, including buffalos, zebras, leopards, elephants, hippos, giraffes and crocodiles. 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.
Continuing our East African exploration we cross into Malawi, known as the Warm Heart of Africa. Entering Malawi we travel to Lake Malawi, the third largest and second deepest lake in Africa.
We make our way to the historical town of Ngala Beach in the Nkhotakota Region, on the shores of the incredibly scenic Lake Malawi. Our campsite is at a lodge located right next to Lake Malawi, which enjoys a pleasant climate for swimming year-round. Time allowing you can go snorkelling straight away, or take a swim and a stroll on the sandy beach.
There are no planned activities for day six, leaving you free to relax on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi, explore the area and participate in optional activities.
Popular optional activities include paddle skiing, horse riding and snorkelling. The clear warm waters of this vast African Lake make it an ideal destination for snorkelling to spot the brightly coloured cichlid fish found here. 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. Lake Malawi is known for its friendly locals and fresh fish, in addition to the excellent water activities at this scenic lake.
Day seven of our East African Camping Safari takes us a little further north along the shores of Lake Malawi to our camp for the next two nights.
By late afternoon we arrive at the lakeside campsite in Maji Zuwa where you can recline in a hammock and watch the sun go down over the lake with a cold drink in hand. This evening your guide can help you to arrange activities for the following day.
On day eight, you're free to enjoy water activities and explore. Go snorkelling or kayaking, volunteer at one of the local community initiatives or laze on the sandy shores of the lake. You can also enjoy some walks in the area, including an optional full day hike up to the historic mission of Livingstonia on the plateau above Lake Malawi.
Today we leave Lake Malawi and cross into neighbouring Tanzania. Ascending out of the Great Rift Valley we drive over some spectacular mountain passes, travelling through rolling tea plantations in the Tanzanian highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa on a farm.
From Iringa, we drive north to the Mikumi National Park, part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem. Mikumi Park is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant, among other wildlife and over 400 species of birds.
Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Mikumi Park (included in the Activity Package), where the open Mkata Floodplains host an abundance of wild animals.
Our epic Budget East African Safari journeys out of the cool highland region of Tanzania and down to the humid Indian Ocean coastline.
We pass the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, the capital of trade and commerce in Tanzania, making our way to the historical town of Bagamoyo. Founded in the late 1700's, dhow sailing boats are still built in Bagamoyo today. This vibrant town offers 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.
Tonight we stay in Bagamoyo and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar Islands the following day.
On day 12 we make our way into the bustling city of Dar es Salaam to collect any new guests joining us on the trip to Zanzibar. Then we catch a local ferry across to Stone Town, the capital of Zanzibar Island (included in Activity Package).
From Stone Town, we transfer to Nungwi Beach in the north, where we spend our time relaxing on the white sand beaches. On our way north we stop to visit the spice plantations of Kidichi. Experiencing the tastes, colours, flavours and smells of the exotic spices is a must in Zanzibar, known as the Spice Islands.
At Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar, there are various watersports and ocean activities available, from snorkelling and fishing to scuba diving and sailing. Explore the islands on guided trips or rent a scooter and set off on your own. Zanzibar is renowned as an idyllic tropical beach destination, so unwind in paradise and go swimming in the clear, Indian Ocean waters.
We spend our last night on Zanzibar Island in 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 another 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 take a scenic drive to Arusha, the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania. Located near the world-famous Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Area, this is the base for our next wildlife adventure.
We overnight in Arusha which is located in the cool foothills of Mount Meru, Africa's fifth highest peak. From here you have the option of taking a three-night Serengeti Camping Trip as an upgraded extra activity. This evening our local guide briefs those taking the Upgraded Serengeti Trip and there is time to pack for your upcoming wildlife adventure in Serengeti National Park.
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 Serengeti Trip will head off this morning from Arusha and rejoin the group on day 20.
Rise and shine early this morning for an action-packed day of 4x4 game viewing in the Ngorongoro Crater.
You are collected from the safari camp and set off for 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 Crater, we ascend to the rim and return to Karatu.
Today is set aside for optional activities and free time to take it easy at camp. 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 option. Optional game viewing and cultural activities need to be booked at the camp directly when we arrive in Karatu.
On day 20 we return to Arusha. Here our group meets up again when those who did the Serengeti Trip Upgrade return. This evening we exchange stories of the various incredible wildlife adventures we enjoyed over the past few days on Tanzania's Northern Safari Circuit.
We cross the border into Kenya on our final day, travelling towards Nairobi where our East African Camping Safari ends.
The tour is usually followed by an optional meal together, at one of Nairobi's excellent restaurants.
This northbound East African Camping Safari is also available in the opposite direction as the East African Camping Safari - South, starting in Nairobi and ending in Victoria Falls.
This East African Overland Camping Safari is also available as an Accommodated Overland Safari - the East African Budget Safari - North.
For all tour versions, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe can be replaced by Livingstone in Zambia, upon request.
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