Travel in an overland adventure vehicle built for the wilds, with like minded young travellers for the ultimate African adventure!
The game viewing spectacle begins in East Africa with the legendary Serengeti and ends in Southern Africa with world-famous Kruger Park - two of Africa's very best safari destinations. Star attractions along the way include the Ngorongoro Crater, hosting one of the highest concentrations of wildlife in Africa, the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar Island and the sandy shores of Lake Malawi. Adding the unspoilt South Luangwa Park of Zambia, the natural wonder of Victoria Falls and Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe to this mix, takes this overland safari to a whole new level.
Touch down in the capital of Kenya, Nairobi, in time for our evening meet-up at 18:00. The short meeting gives you a chance to meet your fellow travellers and guide, who tells you more about the journey ahead.
Arriving early enough in the day will leave time for you to explore the megacity of Nairobi and do optional activities before the safari begins.
Hop on our purpose-built overland adventure truck and head south through rural Kenya. Passing through Maasai territory we may see these striking, red-robed herders along the road.
Cross into Tanzania and proceed to Arusha, at the foot of Mount Meru.
Set off into the world-famous Serengeti Park with experienced local guides and let the game viewing adventure begin! Travel in a manoeuvrable 7-seater 4x4 safari vehicle that gives you great views through large sliding windows and a pop-up roof. Serengeti is the heartland of African wildlife safaris - the archetypal wild African landscape teeming with game.
Entering Serengeti we soak up the scenes of untamed Africa and scan the savannahs for wildlife, making our way to the overnight safari camp.
Venture back out into the wild African bush, crossing the vast, acacia-dotted plains of Serengeti in search of wildlife. Keep your cameras ready as we explore the rolling grasslands in the 4x4 safari vehicle with a pop-up roof.
If you pre-booked the hot-air balloon safari in Serengeti then this morning you will drift over the savannahs instead of taking the game drive. Your guide will confirm when the balloon safari takes place as the timing changes.
Then we pack up camp and drive out of Serengeti National Park, into the fertile Ngorongoro Highlands. Tonight we camp at the lip of the crater, enjoying stunning views over the world's largest unflooded caldera. Ngorongoro Crater is considered one of the best places for game viewing in Africa, given the high density of wildlife found here.
Early this morning we drive down the steep crater walls in a 4x4 safari vehicle for an action-packed morning of game viewing. The high concentration of wild animals inhabiting the crater, ensures superb wildlife sightings. Ngorongoro Crater is a good place to spot lions, rhinos, buffalos, elephants, wildebeest, hyenas, hippos and cheetahs, along with an abundance of other large mammals.
After roaming the game-rich crater floor we drive out of the crater and back to Arusha.
Those who booked the Zanzibar Express will fly to Zanzibar Island the following morning, instead of driving down to Bagamoyo. The Zanzibar Express option includes transfers, breakfasts, flights and accommodation overnight in Arusha and then Stone Town.
Today we drive south through Tanzania to Bagamoyo on the East Coast of Africa. We pass Mount Kilimanjaro, the tallest peak in Africa, continuing through farmlands and varied landscapes until we reach the Indian Ocean coastline.
Recently declared a World Heritage Site, Bagamoyo served as a key trading port on the coast of East Africa in the late 19th century.
Please note: Those opting for the Zanzibar Express transfer to the Arusha airport, fly to Stone Town in Zanzibar and spend the afternoon exploring on their own. The Zanzibar Express option includes an extra night of accommodation in Stone Town, rejoining the group tomorrow afternoon.
This morning we travel down to the busy port city of Dar es Salaam, which was once a small fishing village. From the Dar es Salaam we catch a ferry across to Zanzibar Island and drive from Stone Town to Nungwi village in the north.
Nungwi Beach is our picturesque beachside base for exploring the tropical island of Zanzibar, so kick off your shoes and take it easy. Take a swim in the gentle waves of the warm Indian Ocean and lie back on the white sands of the beautiful beaches. Walk into the village to see the island life of Zanzibar, or dive straight into the marine world on a dive or snorkel.
Hello beach time! After your adventures in the rugged bush a bit of rest and relaxation on the idyllic beaches of Zanzibar Island is just the right thing.
Go swimming, take a nap and stroll on the sandy beaches - take time out in this tropical paradise. For those with more energy to burn today, there are snorkelling and scuba diving boat trips and shore reefs to see.
Head back down to historic Stone Town and spend some time getting to know this unique and culturally diverse East African city.
On day nine we do a spice tour that takes us to nearby plantations to see, taste and smell the exotic spices of Zanzibar. Find out more about the spices grown on the island - black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla and lemon grass - learning more about the central role the spice trade has played in the history of Zanzibar and its ancient slave trade.
When in Stone Town, roam the winding streets of old town where Arabic influences linger strongly, musing at the old buildings and places of worship. Visit the vivid markets, drink super strong coffee sold by street vendors, sample sweetmeats at quaint cafes and browse the shops filled with art, antiques, beautifully printed sarongs, curios, spices and other treasures.
Catch the ferry boat back to Dar es Salaam where we hop back onto our adventure vehicle and drive west to Baobab Valley.
In Baobab Valley we camp on the banks of the Ruaha River, on the outskirts of the Udzwungwa Mountains National Park.
On the road again, we drive south into the tea-growing region of the Tanzanian Highlands.
Our stop for today, Iringa. Arriving in the pleasant city we visit a community project where local artists with disabilities make crafts. Browse and get some souvenirs and have a quick cup of coffee in the cafe at the centre.
On day 12 we cross into the third country on our journey - Malawi. Travel straight to the scenic shores of Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes of the East African Rift Valley.
Our first destination in Malawi is Chitimba Beach, a lovely sandy, stretch of Lake Malawi's shores, flanked by mountains in the distance. Watch the flickering lights of the fishermen's boats to see why Lake Malawi is known as 'the Lake of Stars'.
Drive south along the shoreline of massive Lake Malawi, stopping at Kande Beach. Unwind and take a stroll on the lakeshore, enjoying the sub-tropical climate and pretty scenery. Enjoy a drink at the local bar, have fun with your group and mingle with other travellers.
Spend the whole day at Kande Beach meeting local people in the village, lazing on the beach or taking a walk. Swim in the clear blue waters, or snorkel to see the chichilids and other marine creatures of Lake Malawi.
This evening we eat at a local home, getting a taste of traditional Malawian food and warm hospitality.
Travel into a new African country today - Zambia. We make our way through rural farmlands and bushveld to Chipata in Eastern Zambia.
Formerly called Fort Jameson, Chipata is a busy town often visited en route to South Luangwa National Park.
Today we take the relatively short drive to Mfuwe, arriving at our next camp before lunch time. This afternoon you are free to embark on an optional game drive in the beautiful South Luangwa National Park, which hosts numerous wild animals and over 400 bird species.
Alternatively you can visit a nearby village to meet the locals or simply relax at the camp.
Day 17 is set aside for exploring the South Luangwa National Park area of the scenic Luangwa Valley.
This is one of Africa's finest safari destinations - an untouched haven inhabited by high concentrations of game and birds. Big herds of elephant and buffalo are drawn to the Luangwa River, which hosts an abundance of hippos and crocodiles. Other wildlife in South Luangwa include lions, sizeable populations of Thornicroft's giraffes, zebras and a variety of antelopes such as kudus.
You can embark on an optional walking safari in season, with South Luangwa being famous for its game viewing walks. You can also head into a local village for a cultural experience. Then there is also the option of setting off on a night game drive in search of nocturnal animals, including leopards.
Early this morning we leave Mfuwe and the South Luangwa National Park area and head towards Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.
Soak up the scenery as we drive through Zambia to a private game farm near Lusaka. We set off early in the morning, following rough roads to the game park, where zebras, buffalos and antelopes are often spotted.
Relax at the pool and unwind in the bar at the end of a long day on the road.
On day 19 we continue further southwest in our adventure vehicle, making our way to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
Begin by visiting one of Africa's most unforgettable natural wonders - the spectacular Victoria Falls. Fill your senses and feel the power of the falls as you stand in the spray of this thunderous curtain of water.
End your day off with a relaxing optional cruise along the Zambezi River, watching a serene sunset and looking out for wildlife and birds.
An exhilarating array of optional activities awaits you today. If you didn't visit Vic Falls yesterday, be sure to go see the 'Smoke that Thunders' today for an awe-inspiring experience.
The range of thrilling adventure activities includes bungee jumping from Victoria Falls Bridge and whitewater rafting on the Zambezi River, ranked as some of the best river rafting in the world. Another exciting option is to fly over Victoria Falls in a helicopter, plane or microlight, viewing the full extent of this majestic waterfall from above. For more options, ask for advice and help with bookings at the lodge's reception desk.
This evening we welcome any new travellers that may be joining the group for the remainder of our safari and enjoy an optional dinner together.
Squeeze in one last activity or explore the town of Victoria Falls this morning. And then, we are off to our next destination - Matobo National Park near Bulawayo, driving in our overland adventure truck.
Today we get to take a guided rhino walk in the African bush - searching for white rhinos and other wildlife in Matobo National Park. We also explore the national park in an open safari vehicle, taking in the surreal landscapes strewn with granite boulders, all the while looking out for wildlife.
Matobo National Park is an important wildlife haven, especially for the rhinos of Zimbabwe, as well as being a place of great cultural and historical value.
Time to head into the final country on our African adventure - South Africa.
We drive to Tshipise in the Limpopo Province of South Africa, near the unusual town of Musina. You have the option of taking a soothing soak in the hot springs at Tshipise.
Hop on the adventure truck and travel south into the world-famous Kruger National Park, one of the best game reserves in Africa.
The vast wilderness area of Kruger offers outstanding game viewing, being renowned for its excellent sightings of the Big Five (lion, leopard, rhino, buffalo and elephant). We spend the day exploring Kruger National Park, spotting a diversity of wild animals, from giraffes, zebras and antelopes, to hyenas, cheetahs and endangered African wild dogs.
Day 25 brings more world-class game viewing in Kruger National Park and a Shangaan cultural experience in the evening.
Explore Kruger Park in our overland adventure vehicle, making the most of our last foray into the untamed African bush. Keep a look out for wildlife and birds as we drive through the incredibly game-rich wilds of the premier national park in South Africa.
Tonight we are treated to a Shangaan dance performance and a tasty homemade dinner. Gain some insight into local African traditions and enjoy encountering a different culture.
Today we leave the bush behind, making our way through scenic landscapes to the biggest city in South Africa - Johannesburg.
Enjoy breakfast together and say goodbye to your travel companions and crew, taking the photographs and memories of a lifetime with you.
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