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 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.
On day two we have a long, but scenic drive ahead of us, as we journey to Petauke, a popular travel hub for safaris in South Luangwa Park. We pass through lush countryside landscapes and cross some rivers on our way to Petauke.
Travelling into Zambia is a truly African experience, which is completely different from visiting more westernized destinations, even within Southern Africa.
Leaving Petauke early in the morning we make our way to South Luangwa National Park, a world-renowned wildlife sanctuary. Along the way we pause at a local Zambian village to visit a community-based textile project.
We spend the next two nights of this East African Safari camping on the banks of the Luangwa River, the game park's major source of water. The Luangwa River attracts an abundance of wildlife, with hippos and other wild animals often being sighted from the safari camp's bar. After a long day on the road we sit back with a cool drink and watch the sunset over Luangwa River.
This morning you have the option of taking a game drive or a game walk in South Luangwa Park. Mornings are an excellent time for spotting a number of the animals roaming South Luangwa National Park. The walking safaris take place in the dry season (April to December) - a thrilling way to get up close and personal with nature. The opportunity to take a game walk is particularly special, because South Luangwa is where African walking safaris originated.
Later today we set off 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. 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.
Today our East African adventure takes us across 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.
The historical town of Ngala Beach lies in the Nkhotakota Region, on the shores of the incredibly scenic Lake Malawi. Our camp is 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.
Day six of our East African Camping Safari takes us a little further north along the shores of Lake Malawi to our base for the next three nights.
There is plenty of time for you to relax on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi, explore the area or participate in optional activities, such as 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. Another option is to take a ride in a dug-out canoe, testing your balance in the traditional vessel used by locals here.
Lake Malawi is known for its friendly locals and fresh fish, in addition to the excellent water activities at this scenic lake. You can also enjoy some walks here, including an optional full day hike up to the old mission of Livingstonia. Or you can volunteer at one of the local community initiatives in the area. On the morning of day eight we go to the town of Karonga, once the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Visiting the local museum we discover more about the fascinating history of humankind and the natural world.
Crossing from Malawi into Tanzania we climb out of the Great Rift Valley.
On our drive we pass through some breathtaking mountain scenery and the vast tea plantations of the Tanzanian Highlands. Our overnight camp is located close to Iringa in the southern highlands.
From Iringa we drive to Mikumi National Park to the north. Part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem, the open Mkata Floodplains of Mikumi host an abundance of wild animals.
Enjoy an afternoon game drive in Mikumi Park (included in Activity Package) in search of the array of wildlife and birds. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, elephant and buffalo, among other wildlife and over 400 species of birds.
We leave the cool highlands of Tanzania today, making our way down to the warm Indian Ocean coastline.
Our next stop is the coastal city of Dar es Salaam, the name meaning 'house of peace' in Arabic. Dar es Salaam is Tanzania's economic and trade centre, even though Dodoma is the official capital city. Dar es Salaam is a humid, lush city bursting with lively markets, rich history and bright colours.
Our safari truck stays behind in Dar es Salaam, while we catch a local ferry across to the capital of Zanzibar Island, Stone Town.
Arriving in Zanzibar we take a Spice Tour to experience the tastes, aromas and colours of the exotic spices the islands are known for. Then we transfer to the northern part of Zanzibar Island where we will spend our time relaxing on the white sand beaches and swimming in the turquoise Indian Ocean. At Nungwi Beach in Zanzibar there are various activities available, as well as excursions to explore the tropical islands. Popular activities include snorkelling and scuba diving in the clear warm waters of the Indian Ocean to see the assortment of marine life and colourful reefs.
We spend night three on Zanzibar in Stone Town, exploring the historical architecture and Arabic influences of this culturally diverse town. We also visit the local spice and seafood markets on a Spice Tour of Stone Town, to get a real taste of Zanzibar.
This morning there is time for a last bit of exploring before we ferry back to Dar es Salaam and our safari truck, bringing our Zanzibar Island trip to a close.
Next on this East African Budget Safari we drive to Bagamoyo, founded in the late 1700's. Today dhow sailing boats are built here and the town offers insight into the history of Tanzania, particularly the 19th century when it was a major trading post. The name Bagamoyo means “lay down your heart” and dates back to the slave trading days in East Africa. The history of Bagamoyo includes interesting German colonial, Swahili, Arabic and Christian missionary influences.
Arriving in the vibrant town we make our way to our next overnight stay, located along the beach. The remainder of the afternoon is free for you to swim in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, lie on the beach and enjoy the sea views. You can also walk into town for a dose of local Tanzanian culture in Bagamoyo.
Our next stop is Arusha, the gateway to the Northern Safari Circuit in Tanzania. This lively town is located near the world-famous Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater Area. Here we prepare for our unforgettable wildlife adventure into these top Tanzanian wildlife areas.
Greet the friendly locals with a "saitaa" in Arusha - a good place to visit local markets and get a taste of Tanzanian life. Arusha is located at the base of Mount Meru, Africa's fifth highest peak. This growing town is set in an area of Tanzania that has a cool climate and features lush green hills.
These world-class game parks host one of Africa's most dense large animal populations. Our wildlife trip is conducted in open-topped 4x4 safari vehicles, designed to help navigate the rough roads in these top game parks. We spend our days on game drives on the plains of Serengeti, prime Big Five territory and home to the Great Migration. From Serengeti we descend into the Ngorongoro Crater to see the high concentrations of wildlife found here.
Both the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and the Serengeti National Park offer superb game viewing and spectacular African scenery!
For those not visiting the Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Crater, this is a great chance to experience some of the fascinating local culture in this scenic part of East Africa. There are also several activities and day trips available for those not taking the optional camping trip.
On day 20 our group meets up again in Arusha. Here we have time to catch up and swap tales about our safari adventures over the past few days. Game viewing in the Serengeti is always an awe-inspiring experience and one that will be shared time and time again.
In the afternoon you can visit the local Masai Mara Museum (extra cost) to get a glimpse into local culture and history, if time allows.
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 Camping Safari - North is also available as an Accommodated 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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