23-Day Kruger Victoria Falls and Zanzibar Overland Tour from Pretoria

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This overland adventure and beach safari tour offers the renowned Big 5 game parks, the friendly laid back beaches of Lake Malawi, the tropical paradise of Zanzibar, and the Victoria Falls. Its ideal for those wanting to see the best of Africa.
ItineraryDay 1: Pretoria - Hazyview - Greater KrugerStop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden SuitesFrom Pretoria - South Africa’s administrative city - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to South Africa’s famed national park – Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South AfricaDay 2: Hazyview – Kruger National ParkStop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden SuitesWaking early, we board our 4x4 game viewing vehicles with a resident guide for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to see why it is held in such high esteem amongst visitors from all over the world. We game drive in the morning and afternoon in search for the abundance of wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ – Rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion together with a high density of other mammals and diverse bird species such as eagles, hornbills, vultures and bee eaters. We break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). We then continue our game drive through the park exiting in the late afternoon and continue to our accommodation for the night.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South AfricaDay 3: Hazyview, Greater Kruger – Tshipise, South AfricaStop At: Tshipise a Forever ResortLeaving the Greater Kruger, we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy. The area is surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Forever Resorts,Tshipise, South AfricaDay 4: Tshipise, South Africa – Bulawayo, ZimbabweStop At: Burkes' Backpackers ParadiseAfter a refreshing night’s sleep, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide-open spaces. On arrival we stop for supplies before heading to our campsite. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the surrounds at leisure.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, ZimbabweDay 5: Matobo National ParkStop At: Burkes' Backpackers ParadiseMatobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View - a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, ZimbabweDay 6: Bulawayo – Livingstone, ZambiaStop At: Zambezi WaterfrontMoving on from Bulawayo we continue north, and pass through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia, we travel the short distance to the Waterfront Resort campsite a few kilometres from Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, the Waterfront has a restaurant and small deck/terrace overlooking the river and is a base and booking point for the numerous optional activities available in the area. Staff will give a full briefing on what can be booked (typically including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises). Choose your activity at leisure, if time allows or else simply relax and enjoy the mighty Zambezi as it flows past your vantage point. But whatever you do, don’t leave Africa without seeing the Victoria Falls themselves! A visit to the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park is included in your tour – be sure not to miss it - at over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep the Falls at high water form the largest curtain of falling water in the world with spray visible from 20 kilometres away (hence the local name Mosi Oa Tunya, or ‘Smoke that Thunders’). At low water the Zambezi dries so much that it is possible to walk out onto the river bed itself! Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, ZambiaDay 7: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, ZambiaStop At: Zambezi WaterfrontToday we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, ZambiaDay 8: Livingstone, ZambiaStop At: Zambezi WaterfrontWe have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town. Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off for the next part of your holiday.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, ZambiaDay 9: Livingstone – LusakaStop At: Eureka Camping ParkWe leave Livingstone and head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Eureka Camp, Lusaka, ZambiaDay 10: Lusaka – South Luangwa Stop At: South Luangwa National ParkWe leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by the 500 miles–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Wildlife Camp, South LuangwaDay 11: South Luangwa National Park Stop At: South Luangwa National Park, Mpika, Northern ProvinceRelax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Wildlife Camp, South LuangwaDay 12: South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, MalawiStop At: Kande Beach, Nkhata Bay, Northern RegionLeaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Please be patient as the officials process the group’s visas as this may take some time to complete. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day or with lanterns by nightThe lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Kande Beach, MalawiDay 13: Kande BeachStop At: Kande Beach, Nkhata Bay, Northern RegionToday you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Kande Beach, MalawiDay 14: Kande Beach – Chitimba BeachStop At: Chitimba Beach LodgeTaking a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving to Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon to enjoy a game of beach volleyball or relax in the various lounge areas at this beach-side camp.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Chitimba Beach, MalawiDay 15: Chitimba BeachStop At: Chitimba Beach LodgeRelax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of woodcarving your own souvenir, or learn to play the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Chitimba Beach, MalawiDay 16: Chitimba Beach – Iringa, TanzaniaStop At: Kisolanza, The Old Farm HouseLeaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Iringa Farm House, TanzaniaDay 17: Iringa – Mikumi National Park areaStop At: Mikumi National Park, Mikumi National Park, Morogoro RegionLeaving the Southern Highlands, we make our way east to Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the afternoon to explore the magnificent park – Tanzania’s 5th largest. Expect to see Elephant, hippo, crocodiles, antelope and with some luck some buffalo or lion.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Tan-Swiss, Mikumi, TanzaniaDay 18: Mikumi National Park area – Dar es SalaamStop At: Kipepeo, Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam RegionWe continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets - best known for ebony wood - and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • DinnerAccommodation included: Overnight at Kipepeo Beach, Dar es Salaam, TanzaniaDay 19: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoEvocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Safari Lodge, Stone TownDay 20: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Beach Front KendwaEnjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from aboveDuration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, ZanzibarDay 21: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoBrowse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, ZanzibarDay 22: Zanzibar IslandStop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar ArchipelagoAdjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastAccommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, ZanzibarDay 23: Zanzibar – Dar es SalaamStop At: Kipepeo Beach VillageWe have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast where our tour ends. Duration: 1 dayMeals included: • BreakfastNo accommodation included on this day.

What’s included

  • 22x Breakfast
  • 15x Dinner
  • 14x Lunch
  • Accommodation included: 22 nights
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Service of two crew
  • Kruger NP, Full Day Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Matobo National Park, Open Vehicle Game Drive and Wilderness Walk with Resident Guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya NP, Victoria Falls Visit
  • South Luangwa NP, Open Vehicle Game Drive with Resident Guide*
  • Zanzibar, Return Ferry & Accommodation
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites
  • Entry/Admission - Tshipise a Forever Resort
  • Entry/Admission - Burkes' Backpackers Paradise
  • Entry/Admission - Burkes' Backpackers Paradise
  • Entry/Admission - Zambezi Waterfront
  • Entry/Admission - Zambezi Waterfront
  • Entry/Admission - Zambezi Waterfront
  • Entry/Admission - Eureka Camping Park
  • Entry/Admission - South Luangwa National Park
  • Entry/Admission - South Luangwa National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kande Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kande Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Chitimba Beach Lodge
  • Entry/Admission - Chitimba Beach Lodge
  • Entry/Admission - Kisolanza, The Old Farm House
  • Entry/Admission - Mikumi National Park
  • Entry/Admission - Kipepeo
  • Entry/Admission - Stone Town
  • Entry/Admission - Beach Front Kendwa
  • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kendwa Beach
  • Entry/Admission - Kipepeo Beach Village

What’s not included

  • Adventure Pass Activities and Excursions (optional)
  • Visas
  • Travel insurance
  • Flight departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Sleeping bag
  • Items of personal nature
  • Lunches and dinners in Livingstone and on Zanzibar

Itinerary

Day 10: Lusaka – South Luangwa Stop At: South Luangwa National Park We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to the South Luangwa National Park, which is known to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species inhabiting the area. Hippo’s, elephants, lions, leopards, buffalo, giraffe with many other species flourish in the 20,000 sq miles of savannah woodland watered by the 500 miles–long river. The river itself is the most intact and unaltered major river system in Africa and covers 9059 km2. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to lush green lands in the summer months. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities from walking safaris and village walks. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa
Day 11: South Luangwa National Park Stop At: South Luangwa National Park, Mpika, Northern Province Relax around the pools edge, which is the best place to be in the hot hours of the day. Later that afternoon we embark on an open vehicle game drive with a local ranger along the river’s edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area. Your tour includes one guided game drive during our stay. Additional walks and drives can be booked on arrival. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa
Day 12: South Luangwa National Park – Kande Beach, Malawi Stop At: Kande Beach, Nkhata Bay, Northern Region Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi. Please be patient as the officials process the group’s visas as this may take some time to complete. Lake Malawi formerly ‘Lake Nyasa’, covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day or with lanterns by night The lake also has the highest number of endemic freshwater fish species of any in the world and attracts divers globally to seek out the many colourful Cichlid species. We arrive at camp on the lake’s shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 13: Kande Beach Stop At: Kande Beach, Nkhata Bay, Northern Region Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving and snorkelling, take a horse ride along the beach or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Kande Beach, Malawi
Day 14: Kande Beach – Chitimba Beach Stop At: Chitimba Beach Lodge Taking a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu – the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving to Chitimba Beach where time is at leisure in the afternoon to enjoy a game of beach volleyball or relax in the various lounge areas at this beach-side camp. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Day 15: Chitimba Beach Stop At: Chitimba Beach Lodge Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where after 11km of hiking you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of woodcarving your own souvenir, or learn to play the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters on the beach. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Day 16: Chitimba Beach – Iringa, Tanzania Stop At: Kisolanza, The Old Farm House Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb in altitude through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1600m ensuring a pleasant fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Iringa Farm House, Tanzania
Day 17: Iringa – Mikumi National Park area Stop At: Mikumi National Park, Mikumi National Park, Morogoro Region Leaving the Southern Highlands, we make our way east to Mikumi National Park. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the afternoon to explore the magnificent park – Tanzania’s 5th largest. Expect to see Elephant, hippo, crocodiles, antelope and with some luck some buffalo or lion. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Tan-Swiss, Mikumi, Tanzania
Day 18: Mikumi National Park area – Dar es Salaam Stop At: Kipepeo, Dar es Salaam, Dar Es Salaam Region We continue towards the Indian Ocean coast and the port city of Dar es Salaam (‘Haven of Peace’). This route runs through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. ‘Dar’ is Tanzania’s hub of commerce and industry – a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes on earth (with an interesting history too). To a majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic Zanzibar and the remaining of the Archipelago islands. We set up camp at our campsite on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse curio markets - best known for ebony wood - and prepare for our trip to Zanzibar. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Kipepeo Beach, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Day 19: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Stone Town, Zanzibar City, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringe beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here – and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed, the spice trade is centuries old: Zanzibaris have traded with the people of the Arabian Peninsula for generations, plying the ocean in simple dhow sailboats relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries. Zanzibar’s other history is not romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held – and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure. Our time on the island over the next 4 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, cloths, wooden carvings, visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer – head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Safari Lodge, Stone Town
Day 1: Pretoria - Hazyview - Greater Kruger Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites From Pretoria - South Africa’s administrative city - we travel via the panoramic region of Mpumalanga with its beautiful scenery and dramatic escarpment views, to South Africa’s famed national park – Kruger. Fences between the National Park and surrounding private reserves were removed several years ago to form the Greater Kruger, an area of some 24000 sq km. Wildlife is free to roam the whole enormous area and it has become incredibly diverse in both fauna and flora. From the dwarf mongoose to the famed ‘Big Five’, almost every major African mammal (148 species) is present. There is also prolific birdlife (over 505 species) and over 330 varieties of trees. This evening we enjoy Shangaan tribal dancing and singing around an open fire. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Day 20: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Beach Front Kendwa Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar
Day 21: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar
Day 22: Zanzibar Island Stop At: Kendwa Beach, Kendwa, Zanzibar Island, Zanzibar Archipelago Adjusting to the lazy ways of the northern beaches is easy to do in such picturesque surroundings. Enjoy your last day on the island swimming in the warm ocean, snorkelling in the crystal turquoise waters and enjoy time at leisure in this tropical haven. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at Sunset Bungalows, Kendwa, Zanzibar
Day 23: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam Stop At: Kipepeo Beach Village We have the morning to do any last-minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland to Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast where our tour ends. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast No accommodation included on this day.
Day 2: Hazyview – Kruger National Park Stop At: Hotel Numbi & Garden Suites Waking early, we board our 4x4 game viewing vehicles with a resident guide for an intense but rewarding day in Kruger National Park. The impressive atmosphere of the park enables you to see why it is held in such high esteem amongst visitors from all over the world. We game drive in the morning and afternoon in search for the abundance of wildlife including the ‘Big 5’ – Rhino, elephant, buffalo, leopard and lion together with a high density of other mammals and diverse bird species such as eagles, hornbills, vultures and bee eaters. We break during the middle of the day to enjoy the peace of the rest camp and wait out the hottest part of the day (when wildlife is usually less active). We then continue our game drive through the park exiting in the late afternoon and continue to our accommodation for the night. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Hotel Numbi, Hazyview, South Africa
Day 3: Hazyview, Greater Kruger – Tshipise, South Africa Stop At: Tshipise a Forever Resort Leaving the Greater Kruger, we travel north through South Africa’s lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo’s rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. There are hot springs in the resort offering a variety of swimming pools to enjoy. The area is surrounded by dense woodland comprising of Mopani, Red Bushwillow, Jakkalsbessie trees – and the third largest Baobab tree in South Africa. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Forever Resorts,Tshipise, South Africa
Day 4: Tshipise, South Africa – Bulawayo, Zimbabwe Stop At: Burkes' Backpackers Paradise After a refreshing night’s sleep, we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide-open spaces. On arrival we stop for supplies before heading to our campsite. The rest of the afternoon is yours to explore the surrounds at leisure. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Day 5: Matobo National Park Stop At: Burkes' Backpackers Paradise Matobo National Park is located a short distance outside Bulawayo and knowledgeable guides will take us to this very impressive park. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings and the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people here. The reserve has the largest concentration of Black and White Rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. The park also has the densest population of leopard and black eagle in the world and we keep our eyes peeled high and low for these creatures. The hills are also home to the grave site of Cecil John Rhodes who chose this as his burial place owing to the intense natural beauty and startling views from the hills. His grave can be visited at World’s View - a place of continual debate owing to his involvement in claiming the land and its people for Queen & Country in colonial times. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Burke's Paradise, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Day 6: Bulawayo – Livingstone, Zambia Stop At: Zambezi Waterfront Moving on from Bulawayo we continue north, and pass through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia, we travel the short distance to the Waterfront Resort campsite a few kilometres from Livingstone. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, the Waterfront has a restaurant and small deck/terrace overlooking the river and is a base and booking point for the numerous optional activities available in the area. Staff will give a full briefing on what can be booked (typically including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises). Choose your activity at leisure, if time allows or else simply relax and enjoy the mighty Zambezi as it flows past your vantage point. But whatever you do, don’t leave Africa without seeing the Victoria Falls themselves! A visit to the Mosi Oa Tunya National Park is included in your tour – be sure not to miss it - at over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep the Falls at high water form the largest curtain of falling water in the world with spray visible from 20 kilometres away (hence the local name Mosi Oa Tunya, or ‘Smoke that Thunders’). At low water the Zambezi dries so much that it is possible to walk out onto the river bed itself! Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia
Day 7: Livingstone, Victoria Falls, Zambia Stop At: Zambezi Waterfront Today we have a free day to enjoy the many optional activities on offer or spend your day at leisure by the poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia
Day 8: Livingstone, Zambia Stop At: Zambezi Waterfront We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town. Spend your leisure day in Livingstone exploring the activities, town and markets or simply relax poolside at the Waterfront. The perfect time to catch up on your social media and share your experiences before heading off for the next part of your holiday. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast Accommodation included: Overnight at The Victoria Falls Waterfront Lodge, Livingstone, Zambia
Day 9: Livingstone – Lusaka Stop At: Eureka Camping Park We leave Livingstone and head through lush country and small villages to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7 million people and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. This city is the commercial hub as well as the centre for the government. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm. Duration: 1 day Meals included: • Breakfast • Lunch • Dinner Accommodation included: Overnight at Eureka Camp, Lusaka, Zambia
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