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Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length21 days
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  • Max. Group Size 29 Travellers
  • Departs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends at Nairobi, Kenya
  • Accommodation Standard Camping
  • Transport Ferry / Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Migration Safari (Seasonal) & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Spend day one enjoying optional adventure activities in Victoria Falls, before heading into Botswana to explore the famous Chobe National Park. Crossing into Zambia we stop in Livingstone at Vic Falls, before going game viewing in the untamed South Luangwa National Park.

Next, we drive to scenic Lake Malawi, spending a few days relaxing on the sandy shores of this magnificent freshwater lake. From Malawi, it's off to Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and across to the tropical island of Zanzibar with its stunning beaches and rich African-Arabic cultures.

We then head back to the Tanzanian mainland and embark on an unforgettable wildlife safari in the famous Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. After tracking down the Big Five of Africa, we drive to Nairobi where our affordable Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Overland Camping Safari comes to an end.

Responsible Travel Note

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.

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DAY 1: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

This Overland Camping Safari starts in Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe. On our first day we visit the mighty Vic Falls, a World Heritage Site in Victoria Falls National Park. Falling between Zimbabwe and Zambia, Victoria Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named by the explorer David Livingstone and is one of the natural wonders of the world.

Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water at 1700 m wide and about 100 m high. An awesome and memorable sight on any African Safari! We view the mighty Victoria Falls from the Victoria Falls National Park with its many viewing points. Then you are free to relax at the lodge, explore the historic Victoria Falls town and do optional adventure activities!

Optional excursions include trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, game drives, 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!

All year round, flights in fixed-wing, micro light and ultra light aircrafts or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi River is rated as 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.

  • Included Activity: Victoria Falls National Park Entry

DAY 2: Victoria Falls to Chobe National Park – Botswana

After breakfast we depart from Vic Falls crossing into Botswana and making our way to Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River.

Listen out for the resident hippos enjoying the waters of Chobe River, the major water source in Chobe National Park. The Chobe River forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia. Chobe National Park is Botswana’s premier game park, renowned for its large herds of elephants.

Lunch is followed by some free time to rest and get ready for our overnight camping trip in Chobe National Park. This afternoon we head into the wilderness on a game drive en route to our camp inside Chobe Park. Frequently sighted animals include elephants, buffalos, giraffes, impalas, kudu, hippos and other antelope species, as well as lions and other predators.

The mobile camping trip provides an authentic wildlife experience in the untamed African bush, inhabited by a diversity of animals and birds. Camping in Chobe National Park we are immersed in nature, falling asleep to the sounds of wildlife around us. Chobe is also a birding haven, attracting an array of birds, from raptors to waterbirds.

  • Included Activity: Chobe National Park Mobile Camping Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 3: Chobe National Park to Livingstone – Zambia

This morning we venture back out into Chobe on an early morning game drive before we pack up camp and return to Kasane.

Back in Kasane, we hop onto our safari truck and continue to the Zambian town of Livingstone.

This afternoon we have the opportunity to view Victoria Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia or embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. The sunset cruises offer a relaxing and scenic journey along the mighty Zambezi River, visited by wildlife and birds.

  • Optional Activity: Sunset Boat Cruise on Zambezi River
  • Meals: Brunch & Dinner

DAY 4: Livingstone to Lusaka

Today we get an early start and head northwards, passing through villages and towns in southern Zambia en route to our next campsite, in Eastern Zambia.

Zambia prospered during the copper boom in the 60’s and was able to establish extensive infrastructure in its main mining and farming communities. With the decline of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and the infrastructure fell into ruin. But today Zambia is again starting to prosper, due to foreign investment and a resurgence in the mining industry. The rising prosperity can be seen in the cities of Zambia where foreign stores, banks and imported cars are increasing, but the villages and smaller towns are less westernized.

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 5 & 6: Lusaka to South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

On days five and six we visit the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia.

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 untamed bush, enjoying excellent game viewing.

  • Included Activity: Game Viewing in South Luangwa National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAYS 7 - 9: South Luangwa to Lake Malawi Beaches – Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind we cross into Malawi, known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa' and next our safari takes us to find out why. We stop in the administrative centre and capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area consisting of the beautiful, fresh-water Lake Malawi.

Over the next few days we travel the full length of the western side of Lake Malawi, stopping off at various bays and inlets. 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 fishermens' 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 beachside campsites along Lake Malawi's shores include options such as water sports, horse riding and visits to the local schools and villages.

  • Optional Activities: Watersports, Outdoor Activities & Village Tours
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 10: Lake Malawi to Iringa – Tanzania

We leave Lake Malawi utterly relaxed after four days and enter Tanzania via the border post at Songwe. We take in the beauty of the Tukuyu banana and tea plantations of the area as we head for our next night's stop, Iringa.

The rustic 'Farmhouse' campsite in Iringa is famous for its Amarula hot chocolate and piping hot showers, a real treat.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 11: Iringa to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

After a good night's rest in Iringa we continue to the seaside city of Dar es Salaam.

We pass through the Mikumi National Park of Tanzania seeing a wide range of wildlife from the roadside. The animals are accustomed to cars and people, enabling us to get great close-up views and photos in Mikumi.

Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we find our lovely campsite set at the seaside and busy ourselves with preparations for the next stretch of our African journey. The next morning we embark on the trip to Zanzibar Island.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 12: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Archipelago

On day 12 we take a ferry to Zanzibar Island for our three-night beach trip to the Spice Islands. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach getaways, boasting unspoilt tropical beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters.

Zanzibar has a colourful past once serving as one of the major departure points for most of the explorations into new territories of East Africa. The islands were also an important stop on the old trade route between Europe, Africa and the East.

New passengers may join us on our Zanzibar Trip, while some travel companions might opt to end their tour upon our return to Dar es Salaam.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

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.

DAYS 13 & 14: Zanzibar Island – Tanzania

Zanzibar Island has a great range of activities to offer visitors, from historical sightseeing to exciting water activities. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach destinations, featuring picture-perfect tropical beaches lapped by azure waters.

We explore one of the spice plantations, a colourful experience on Zanzibar, which is famous for its exotic spices. We also embark on a sunset dhow cruise during our stay on Zanzibar Island.

Spend some time sightseeing and exploring on your own. The quaint streets of the old Stone Town of Zanzibar reveal traces of the local Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to the impressive palaces that once belonged to powerful Sultans.

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 snorkelling, island hopping and the experience of fishing in a traditional sailing dhow. 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 bargain prices.

  • Included Activity: Zanzibar Spice Tour & Dhow Trip

DAY 15: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Departing from Zanzibar Island in the afternoon our relaxing beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania by the early evening and spend the night at our safari camp in Dar es Salaam town.

  • Meals: Dinner

DAY 16: Dar es Salaam to Pangani – Tanzania

Leaving the city of Dar es Salaam we travel through rural Africa and expansive sisal plantations on our way to Pangani.

From Pangani, located mid-way between Dar es Salaam and Arusha, we can see the Usambara and Pare Mountains. Our lovely overnight campsite is tucked away in the coastal mountains, near Pangani River.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 17: Pangani to Arusha – Tanzania

Today we pass the Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges, before driving through Moshi town. Moshi is a great place from which to catch a glimpse of the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro on a clear day - a fantastic photo opportunity! The town of Moshi forms the base for climbing expeditions up Mount Kilimanjaro's slopes to its snowy summit. The night is spent camping in scenic Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha.

Arusha town is located at the foot of Mount Meru and serves as the gateway for excursions to Ngorongoro Crater, Tarangire, Lake Manyara Park and the Serengeti Park. Tomorrow we travel to the legendary Serengeti Park and Ngorongoro Crater in locally operated 4WD safari vehicles that have been adapted for African game drives.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 18: Arusha to Karatu – Tanzania

Explore the thriving town of Arusha in the morning if you like, browse the vibrant craft markets, go shopping or stop in at the art gallery near our camp to see the brightly coloured Tinga Tinga paintings typical of Tanzania. Visit the interesting Masai Cultural Museum to learn about these tribal people and tour the Meserani Snake Park to see the snakes and other reptiles up close.

Heading back to our base camp at Meserani we have lunch and prepare for our Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park Trip.

This afternoon we drive to Karatu via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) located next to Lake Manyara National Park. We journey up the Great Rift Valley Escarpment to Karatu, located in the Crater Highlands, with spectacular views over the surrounding hills.

Karatu has many well-established farms adding to its picturesque scenery. We stay at a pleasant campsite in Karatu overnight, departing early the following morning for the Ngorongoro Crater.

  • Included Activity: Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater Trip
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 19: Ngorongoro Crater & Serengeti Trip – Tanzania

Driving to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area we head down into the untamed bush of the Ngorongoro Crater teeming with wildlife. This crater is a World Heritage Site boasting some of the best game viewing in Africa. Ngorongoro Crater game viewing opportunities include high concentrations of wildlife, from black rhinos to lions and wildebeest.

We explore the Crater floor on a game drive before ascending out of the crater and down the crater rim, passing the 'Cradle of Mankind' en route to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the open African plains on the game drive through the southern and central areas of the Serengeti Park. Then we camp in the heart of the untamed bushveld surrounded by the sounds of Africa's wildlife at night, with no fences between us and the wilderness area.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 20: Serengeti National Park to Arusha – Tanzania

In the morning we take a thrilling game drive in Serengeti Park, admiring the surrounding landscape as we search for game in the area. The Big Five of Africa (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion & leopard) are often spotted on our Serengeti game drives. Serengeti is famous for the annual Great Migration when streams of wildebeest, gazelles and zebras stampede across the open plains.

After the morning game drive, we retrace our steps crossing the vast plains and lush Ngorongoro Crater rim.

Back in Tanzania's Arusha we spend the evening recounting our exhilarating tales of the wildlife encounters on the plains of Serengeti & Ngorongoro.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

DAY 21: Arusha to Nairobi – Kenya

This Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Overland Camping Safari comes to a close when we reach the bustling city of Nairobi.

This afternoon, after the safari, you can enjoy some of the many things to do in Nairobi.

Visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust to see the orphaned rhinos and elephants at feeding time, head to the Giraffe Centre in Langata for game viewing, then Nairobi National Park offers some great day trips or if you haven’t quite got all those souvenirs you wanted, take a “Matatu” to the local curio markets near the campsite. This evening you might like to try the fair on offer at the famous Carnivores restaurant.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

This Budget African Safari starts in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels across to Chobe, Botswana and then north through Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania before ending in Nairobi, Kenya. The Vic Falls to Zanzibar & Kenya Overland Camping Safari departs from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe early on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Victoria Falls, 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.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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ZIMBABWE (VICTORIA FALLS) ACTIVITIES:

  • White Water Rafting 
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi 
  • Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing, Zip-line & Flying Fox 
  • Bungee Jump (111m)
  • Tandem Bungee Jump
  • Micro Light over Falls 
  • Helicopter Flights over Falls 
  • Trip T-Shirt

MALAWI ACTIVITIES:

  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach (Bush, Beach & Swim)                             
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 
  • Traditional Healer Visit 
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing

TANZANIA:

  • Masai Village Visit
  • Olduvai Gorge

ZANZIBAR ACTIVITIES: 

  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire 
  • Local drivers license / insurance

Child Policy

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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ZIMBABWE (VICTORIA FALLS) ACTIVITIES:

  • White Water Rafting 
  • River Boarding combo Raft & Board 
  • Canoeing on the Zambezi 
  • Half Day Adrenaline - George Swing, Zip-line & Flying Fox 
  • Bungee Jump (111m)
  • Tandem Bungee Jump
  • Micro Light over Falls 
  • Helicopter Flights over Falls 
  • Trip T-Shirt

MALAWI ACTIVITIES:

  • Freshwater Diving at Kande Beach
  • Horse Riding at Kande Beach (Bush, Beach & Swim)                             
  • Village Walk & Meal at Kande Beach 
  • Traditional Healer Visit 
  • Livingstonia Mission Hike
  • Carving Lessons & Local Fishing

TANZANIA:

  • Masai Village Visit
  • Olduvai Gorge

ZANZIBAR ACTIVITIES: 

  • Prison Island Snorkeling Trip
  • Diving, Snorkeling & Fishing
  • Motorbike/ Car Hire 
  • Local drivers license / insurance
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