An incredible three-week East African Camping Safari from Nairobi to Victoria Falls.
On this scenic journey through game-rich East Africa you get to:
Experience the best of East Africa, from spectacular scenery to superb game viewing and unique cultures - at a great price!
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 southbound East African Budget 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 an area of Tanzania that has a cool climate and features lush green hills.
This afternoon we prepare for the optional excursion (extra cost) to the world-famous Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. The optional camping trip is done through a local tour company and their guides will brief you this evening. As we will be travelling in smaller safari vehicles you will need to pack a smaller bag (overnight pack) for our trip to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment include 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.
The next four days are set aside for the optional three-night camping trip into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater (excluded from the Activity Package).
This area of Tanzania has one of the densest large animal populations in Africa. The Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater excursion is conducted in open 4x4 safari vehicles 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.
For those not visiting the Serengeti Plains and Ngorongoro Crater this is a great chance to experience the local Maasai culture and take day trips to the game parks of the Northern Safari Curcuit of Tanzania, including Arusha, Tarangire and Lake Manyara national parks.
Today those that explored the Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Conservation Area meet up with the rest of the group back at the safari truck in Arusha.
This evening we share tales of our African wildlife adventures and cultural encounters. Game viewing in the Serengeti Park is always an unforgettable experience and one that will be shared time and time again.
Next on this overland camping safari we drive southwards to Bagamoyo. Founded in the late 1700's the town offers insight into the history of Tanzania, particularly the 19th century when it was a major trading post.
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. The history of Bagamoyo includes interesting German colonial, Swahili, Arabic and Christian missionary influences.
We camp 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 on the east coast of Africa. A local ferry will take us from Dar es Salaam 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 and Kizambani. 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 to scuba diving and sailing. Explore the islands on guided trips or rent a scooter and set off on your own. Zanzibar is renowned for being an ideal tropical beach destination, so unwind in paradise and go swimming in the clear, 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.
Spend the morning exploring historic Stone Town to see the unique architecture and diverse cultures of Zanzibar Island.
Then our action-packed Kenya to Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari leaves the beach paradise of Zanzibar Islands. We catch a late ferry back to Dar es Salaam returning to our safari truck and travellers that stayed behind at the camp.
Tonight you can enjoy an optional dinner out in lively Dar es Salaam.
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 Mukumi National Park, forming part of the larger Selous Game Reserve ecosystem.
After game viewing we make our way inland to the historic small city of Iringa. Located in the highlands tea growing area of Tanzania at 1550m above sea level, this pleasant town can get quite cool between June and August.
Leaving the lush highlands of Tanzania we head 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.
We spend the next few days along the shores of Lake Malawi, exploring the northern region, doing optional water activities and lazing on the sandy beaches of this massive freshwater lake.
Spend your time swimming in the clear warm waters and snorkelling to see the brightly coloured cichlid, the tropical fish found in abundance here. You can do a full day hike to the historic Livingstonia Mission up on the plateau above Lake Malawi or volunteer with one of the local community initiatives in the area. On the morning of day 14 we visit a local community to meet the friendly people of Malawi and the following morning 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.
On day 16 we travel further down the side of 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 camp along the western shores of Lake Malawi at Ngala Beach. End the day off with a sunset walk along the beach and a swim in the lake.
Early in the morning we drive to the South Luangwa National Park in neighbouring Zambia where we spend the next two nights at our safari camp right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Hippos, other animals and birds are commonly spotted from the camp bar, so keep an eye open as we sit back and watch the sunset.
Day 18 is set aside for game viewing in this wild African reserve, home to an abundance of wildlife, including buffalos, leopards, zebras, hippos, giraffes, antelopes and crocodiles. In the morning you have the opportunity to take a game drive in South Luangwa, going in search of the wildlife and birds found here. 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 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. 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.
We leave South Luangwa National Park today taking a relatively short drive through to Petauke. En route we visit a textile initiative to see the colourful creations being produced with local cotton. From March to December you can take a tour of the workshops to see more.
Zambia is truly African with many rural villages and farming communities dotting the lush vegetation along our drive.
The journey to the rapidly-expanding Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. If we arrive on time, and on a weekday, there may be opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of Lusaka.
On the last day we leave Lusaka and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
This exhilarating East African Budget Safari ends on day 21 at Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. We highly recommend spending a few extra days here after the safari ends to participate in some of the adventure activities available and to witness the mighty Victoria Falls!
White water rafting is always popular, but other optional activities include bungee jumping, game viewing, swimming in Devil's pool, visiting Livingstone Island or taking a scenic flight over Victoria Falls.
This southbound East African Camping Safari is also available in the opposite direction as the East African Camping Safari - North, starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Nairobi. This East African Camping Safari - South is also available as an Accommodated Safari - the East African Budget Safari - South.
For all tour versions Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe can be replaced by Livingstone in Zambia, upon request.
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