Falls, Beaches & Serengeti Adventure (Northbound)

18-to-Thirtysomethings, Johannesburg to Nairobi

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Connecting two major hubs, this overland journey will take you from Johannesburg to Nairobi and into the stunning wilderness of the seven countries that lie in between. Track Africa’s Big Five on safari drives in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro and head to the Okavango Delta for a wildlife walk and mokoro canoe excursion. Inhale the mists of Victoria Falls and the fragrant air of spice plantations in Zanzibar. You'll make your discoveries from a rugged Lando, ready to take on Africa. Combine this with bush camping, a social atmosphere, and a comprehensive itinerary and you have one hell of an adventure.

What’s included

  • G Adventures for Good: Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch, Victoria Falls G Adventures for Good: Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe, Mfuwe Carte Blanche: Victoria Falls Local Living: Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach Carte Blanche: Nungwi
  • Khama Rhino Sanctuary Drive
  • Okavango Delta overnight bush camping excursion
  • Zanzibar excursion
  • Spice plantation tour
  • Entrances and wildlife safari drives in Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities

Highlights

  • Marvel at victoria falls
  • Experience wildlife safari drives in serengeti national park and the ngorongoro crater
  • Spend three glorious days on exotic zanzibar
  • Camp overnight in the okavango delta
  • Embark on a walking safari in south luangwa national park
  • Spot rhinos at the khama rhino sanctuary
  • Sleep beneath baobab trees

Itinerary

Day 1 Johannesburg If you arrive a day or two early, we recommended booking an excursion to Soweto or the Apartheid Museum. Additional Notes: Please make sure you have all of the necessary visas for this tour by the time of the welcome meeting. It is very important to read the visa section in our trip details to make sure you have all visas you will need, if any. Please note that not all nationalities are able to obtain visas upon arrival at the border. Included Activities: Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting
Day 2 Johannesburg/Serowe (1B, 1L, 1D) Today's travel takes us through a very desolate part of central-eastern Botswana. We cross into Botswana and finish the day at a campsite within the Khama Rhino Sanctuary, a unique community-based initiative in wildlife conservation. Additional Notes: If we do not arrive at the camp in time to do the rhino drive today, we will do it tomorrow morning before departing for Maun. Included Activities: Border Crossing (South Africa - Botswana) Khama Rhino Sanctuary Drive Transport: Lando (4.50 hour(s), 400km) Lando (170km)
Day 3 Serowe/Maun (1B, 1L) Leave Khama Rhino Sanctuary and head to Maun. Opt to take a scenic flight over the delta. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Okavango Delta Flight, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. Transport: Lando (6.00-7.00 hours, 524km)
Day 4 Maun/Okavango Delta (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin an exciting 2-day/1-night excursion into the delta on a safari vehicle to the "dock" where we hop into a mokoro, a traditional dugout canoe, that will take us deep into the delta. After a couple of hours in a mokoro, we arrive at our basic bush camp. Additional Notes: Pack a small bag for this overnight excursion; we'll leave our big bags with the Lando. Please note that there are no showers or running water for toilets. Bring along 5 litres of water for both drinking and cleaning. Included Activities: Okavango Delta Excursion Transport: Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours)
Day 5 Okavango Delta/Gweta (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy sunrise over the delta, then get up early to cruise back down the crystal clear channels of the Okavango Delta. We return to Maun with some time to freshen up before we continue our journey to Gweta. Additional Notes: Enjoy the towering baobab trees found around tonight's campsite and go for a dip in the pool if you need to cool off. Transport: Mokoro (1.00-2.00 hours) Safari vehicle (1.00 hour(s)) Lando (4.00 hour(s), 240km)
Day 6 Gweta/Kasane (1B, 1L) Today we journey to Chobe National Park, home to the largest elephant population in southern Africa. The best way to appreciate one of Botswana's national parks and its thousands of resident elephants, crocodiles, and hippos is on an optional sunset boat cruise on the Chobe River. You may also choose to embark on a open vehicle safari drive in search of lions, antelope, and, of course, elephants. Additional Notes: If you have pre-booked the Chobe River Sunset Cruise, you will be cruising this evening. Transport: Lando (6.00 hour(s), 420km)
Day 7 Kasane/Victoria Falls (1B, 1L) Cross the border into Zimbabwe, then continue on to the town of Victoria Falls. Opt to get up close (and wet from the spray) to the awesome Victoria Falls, or bungee jump (with Victoria Falls in sight). Additional Notes: Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Botswana - Zimbabwe) Lusumpuko Women's Club Lunch Transport: Lando (0.75 hour(s), 20km) Lando (1.50-2.00 hours, 65km)
Day 8 Victoria Falls The town of Victoria Falls is a great base to see both natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and for the more adventurous, bungee jump with Victoria Falls in view. Today, new travellers may join you for the rest of your adventure. You are welcome to join them at a group meeting this evening, followed by an optional dinner. Additional Notes: Want to do more with your tour? Pre-book any two of the following activities: Zambezi Whitewater Rafting, Victoria Falls Helicopter Ride, or the Zambezi River Sunset Cruise. Any optional activities listed on this day can also be booked upon arrival in Victoria Falls. Included Activities: Optional Welcome Meeting for Travellers on Combos
Day 9 Victoria Falls/Lusaka (1B, 1L, 1D) Set off early, around 6am, and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside of the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp’s bar. Additional Notes: This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Zambia) Transport: Lando (10.00 hour(s), 543km)
Day 10 Lusaka/South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D) Continue travelling across the Zambian countryside, to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Transport: Lando (8.00-9.00 hours, 575km)
Day 11 South Luangwa (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.
Day 12 South Luangwa/Chipata (1B, 1L, 1D) In the afternoon, continue to Chipata. Included Activities: Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe Transport: Lando (2.00-3.00 hours, 135km)
Day 13 Chipata/Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Spend four nights relaxing on the shores of the “Lake of Stars”. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water, and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay. Lake Malawi is known for good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival, and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups, all speaking their own language; most are Christians and the rest have traditional beliefs. Additional Notes: Please note that conservative dress is recommended. Shoulders and knees should be covered in public, but inside of camp boundaries, it is ok to wear beach clothes. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Zambia - Malawi) Transport: Lando (7.00 hour(s), 400km)
Day 14 Kande Beach (1B, 1L, 1D) Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour. Included Activities: Kande Beach Local Dinner
Day 15 Kande Beach/Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D) Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive north along Lake Malawi to Chitimba. Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake. Transport: Lando (5.00 hour(s), 235km)
Day 16 Chitimba (1B, 1L, 1D) Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.
Day 17 Chitimba/Iringa (1B, 1L, 1D) Begin the day by making the border crossing out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Climbing out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Malawi - Tanzania) Transport: Lando (11.00 hour(s), 534km)
Day 18 Iringa/Dar es Salaam (1B, 1L, 1D) Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre. Transport: Lando (12.00 hour(s), 637km)
Day 19 Dar es Salaam/Nungwi (1B) Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque island beaches. Additional Notes: Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offence in Stone Town. At the beach, customs are a little more relaxed, but our travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission. Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s)) Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s)) Lando (1.00 hour(s))
Day 20 Nungwi (1B) Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.
Day 21 Nungwi/Stone Town (1B) Spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays, and spices – all beautiful presents or souvenirs to take home. Included Activities: Spice Plantation Tour Transport: Private Vehicle (1.50 hour(s))
Day 22 Stone Town/Korogwe (1B, 1L, 1D) Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving. Additional Notes: If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will stay in Stone Town when the group heads for the ferry. You have a free day in Stone Town for shopping, relaxing or seeing the sights. (Ask your CEO if you want to book any tours) Tomorrow you fly to Arusha to meet the group. Included: transfers, flight, one night Stone Town (Tausi Palace, or similar). Only breakfast included. Transport: Ferry (2.00 hour(s), 200km) Lando (8.00 hour(s), 370km)
Day 23 Korogwe/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D) Pass Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and head towards Arusha. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to see the mountain as it is hidden behind a veil of cloud most of the time. Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. Additional Notes: Use the afternoon to prepare a small day-pack for the three-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Take something warm for the night on the crater rim and enough insect repellant, sunscreen, and water. Bedding is provided, but you can take your sleeping bag along to make sure you're warm enough at night. Zanzibar Express; transfer this morning from your Stone Town hotel to the airport for the flight to Arusha. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the camp to meet back up with the group. Only breakfast and dinner included. Transport: Lando (7.00-8.00 hours, 250km)
Day 24 Arusha/Serengeti National Park (1B, 1L, 1D) After breakfast, we begin our 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. Additional Notes: Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, we are met by experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure us wonderful wildlife encounters. Our safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for wildlife viewing. They are smaller than the Lando and will allow us to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than the Lando, our group will split up among several vehicles. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (8.00 hour(s), 320km)
Day 25 Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro (1B, 1L, 1D) Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. You will return and break camp and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon. Additional Notes: Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above! Please note that due to the high-altitude location of our camp, temperatures can drop at night. We recommend bringing extra layers to wear during the evening and following morning. Included Activities: Serengeti National Park Safari Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00 hour(s), 160km)
Day 26 Ngorongoro/Arusha (1B, 1L, 1D) Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha. Included Activities: Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive Transport: 7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle (4.00-5.00 hours, 200km)
Day 27 Arusha/Nairobi (1B, 1L) Depart Arusha in the morning and travel overland to Nairobi. The tour ends upon arrival to Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard in central Nairobi. In order to avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel from Nairobi in the evening. Additional Notes: There is no included accommodation for this night in Nairobi. You may choose to pre-reserve post-tour accommodation through G Adventures. Included Activities: Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya) Departure Day (Activities) Transport: Lando (9.00 hour(s), 283km)
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