Safaris and Tailor-made Holidays To Tanzania Africa

Safaris and Tailor-made Holidays To
Tanzania

Down Africa Way

33 days  |  Nairobi to Johannesburg  |  from USD $2,489  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Enjoy a real African adventure, from Nairobi to Johannesburg. Check out some of Africa's greatest game parks, idle about on the tropical island of Zanzibar, relax on the shores of Lake Malawi and enjoy the rush at Victoria Falls.

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Day 1

Saturday. Welcome to Nairobi! We’ll be there to collect you at Nairobi Airport and transfer you to the Kenya Comfort Hotel. Tonight you will stay in shared dorms. There will be a pre departure meeting at 17.00.
Overnight: Nairobi

Days 2-5

Nairobi - Arusha (Tanzania). Leaving Nairobi, we cross the border into Tanzania. Arusha is the starting point for the optional 3 day excursion to Ngorongoro Crater and the Serengeti. For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next 3 days are spent at leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.

The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. After our game drive in the Crater, we continue down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern and central areas in the park. Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of the resident wildlife. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
Overnight: Arusha (4), OR optional Karatu & Serengeti  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Days 6-7

Arusha - Pangani - Dar es Salaam. We return to Arusha before continuing on towards Dar es Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi situated at the magnificent Mount Kilimanjaro – Africa’s highest mountain. We may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We spend the night in Pangani midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam before reaching our lovely seaside campsite in Dar es Salaam the following day.
Overnight: Pangani (1), Dar es Salaam (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 8-10

Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar (optional). A ferry from Dar Es Salaam takes us to ‘Spice Island’, where we have the option to spend the next three nights.* Zanzibar is steeped in history and offers a wealth of experiences. Wander the streets of Stone Town, take an excursion around a spice plantation or simply laze on one of the pristine white sandy beaches, the choice is yours! Accommodation is not provided on Zanzibar, allowing you the freedom to choose where you spend your time on the island. Your trip leader can arrange accommodation for you locally should you wish.

* For those opting not to visit Zanzibar, the 3 days can be spent at leisure at the beach campsite or exploring Dar Es Salaam.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam (3) OR optional Zanzibar (3)  |  Breakfast x 1

    Zanzibar
Days 11-12
Mikumi & Iringa

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam - Iringa. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam. The next morning we head south and pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
Overnight: Dar es Salaam (1), Iringa (1)  |  Breakfast x 1, Lunch x 1, Dinner x 2

Days 13-15
Lake Malawi

Iringa - Lake Malawi (Malawi). Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we travel into Malawi, a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 3 days. Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches.
Overnight: Lake Malawi  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Days 16-17
Chipata & South Luangwa

Lake Malawi - Chipata - South Luangwa (Zambia). We head away from Lake Malawi, and stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre, to stock up on supplies before crossing into Zambia where we spend the night in a beautiful little campsite. From Chipata, we head to South Luangwa National Park. This breath taking park is situated on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, and it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. South Luangwa was founded in 1938 as a game reserve, 1972 was the year it was declared as a national park, and today it covers over 9000 kilometres squared. Animals such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance. The Luangwa river is home to many a hippo and croc.
Overnight: Chipata (1), Lusaka (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 18-19

South Luangwa National Park - Livingstone. Today we depart this amazing National Park and make our way down south. As we drive, we pass through a few of the villages and towns of Zambia along the way. Prosperous during the copper boom in the 60’s, Zambia was able to build infrastructure at the main mining and farming communities. After the fall of the copper industry, the country was left virtually bankrupt and existing infrastructure was left to fall to ruin. Due to foreign investment and a rise in the mining industry, Zambia is today once again starting to prosper.

Heading further south, we journey through the southern Zambian towns mostly supporting local agriculture and farming on our way to Livingstone. The Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia - a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight we have the option of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.
Overnight: East Zambia (1) Livingston (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 20

Livingstone - Kasane (Botswana). Today we cross the border into Botswana and continue to the town of Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River which forms a border between Zambia, Namibia and Botswana.

Tonight we enjoy an exciting overnight experience in the wilds of the Chobe National park. Chobe is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large elephant herds. Spend the afternoon in search of wildlife while we game drive to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the night-time noises of the local wildlife.
Overnight: Chobe N. P.  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 21

Chobe - Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe). After our night in the bush, we head out early to continue our search for wildlife, before packing up the camp and heading back to Kasane. Crossing the border into Zimbabwe, a short drive takes us to the nearby Victoria Falls. Named after the famous World Heritage site and Water Falls, the town of Victoria Falls is situated on the Zambezi River and surrounded by the Victoria Falls National Park. We enjoy our last day in the adrenaline playground of Africa, where there are optional activities aplenty here including Zambezi white water rafting, bungy jumping from 111m and flights over the Falls in a variety of airborne machines!
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast

Days 22-23

The next 2 days are spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of optional excursions. Optional excursions include elephant back safaris, horseback safaris, walking with lions, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort. Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing, micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an incredible aerial view of the falls and white water rafting on the Zambezi is world class!
Overnight: Victoria Falls  |  Breakfast x 2

Days 24-25

Victoria Falls - Kasane (Botswana). After breakfast we cross the border into Botswana and head back to Kasane where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. This afternoon we take a boat cruise along the beautiful Chobe River. Elephant, hippo and many bird species can be viewed from the boat while we watch another glorious African sunset. On day 25 we travel on to Maun. Maun is the starting point for travel into the Delta.
Overnight: Kasane (1), Maun (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Days 26-27

Maun - Okavango Delta (optional). From Maun we have the opportunity to take the optional 3 Day / 2 Night Okavango Delta Excursion. From Maun we drive north for a couple of hours to reach the mokoro poler’s station. The Delta region is studded with many local villages where many families live in a traditional way. Some of the villages are very remote and can only be reached by the traditional mode of transport – the Mokoro (dugout canoes maneuvered through the waterways by local guides who “pole” them through the reeds). At the Mokoro station, we meet our ‘polers’ head out into the waterways. After a couple of hours along the waterways, our guides find us a place to camp, and later in the afternoon we set off on an afternoon game walk, allowing us to experience The Delta wilderness.

Enjoy rest, relaxation and Delta experiences on day 27, when we have the opportunity to partake in a number of activities including swimming, game walks, mokoro cruises and even a chance to try our hands at poling our own mokoro!

For those not opting to explore the Delta, you can stay at the campsite in Maun relaxing by the swimming pool or playing volleyball.
Overnight: Maun OR optional Okavango Delta  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 28

Okavango Delta - Maun. This morning affords us a final opportunity for a game walk before packing up and setting off back to Maun. After our Mokoro ride and vehicle transfer, we arrive back in the afternoon and have the chance to complete our picture of the Okavango Delta by taking an optional scenic flight over The Delta (dependent on weather conditions & availability).
Overnight: Maun  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 29
Palapye

Maun - Palapye (Zimbabwe). Heading out early, we have a fairly long (450kms) drive today to the small town of Palapye, situated about halfway between Francistown and Gaborone (Botswana’s Capitol). This popular ‘stopover’ town for those en route to South Africa, is well known for the Morupule Colliery coal mines which supplies Morupule Power Station, Botswana’s principal domestic source of electricity.
Overnight: Palapye  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 30
Blyde River Canyon

Palapye - Blydepoort (South Africa). This morning we cross into South Africa and continue across to our camp overlooking the impressive Blyde River Canyon. Named for the Blyde River that runs through it, the canyon is 26km long, and averages 800m deep and forms the northern edge of the impressive Drakensberg Mountain Range. The main viewpoints along the canyon are the 3 Rondavels, named for the shape of the traditional huts or houses the indigenous people of the area used to live in; and Gods Window that affords a breathtaking view across the canyon and surrounding area.
Overnight: Blydepoort  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 31-32

Blydepoort - Hazyview. Heading through the breathtaking Panorama Route, we stop off at various viewpoints today including scenic God’s Window. We pass through the small town of Graskop, and head toward the Kruger National Park and our campsite on the border of the park. Situated just 10km from Kruger’s Phabeni Gate, the camp is home to Giraffe, Zebra and Hippo to name but a few. The next day we visit the amazing Kruger National Park in search of some of the 146 mammals, 500 bird, 114 reptile, 33 amphibian & 49 fish species that make this park their home. We travel in our truck along the main game viewing routes within the park and stop off at some of the camps along the way. For those who wish to upgrade to an open vehicle game drive, this can be arranged with the trip leader at an additional cost.
Overnight: Hazyview  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 33

Wednesday. Hazyview - Johannesburg. After breakfast, we begin our journey to Johannesburg, our final destination. On arrival in Johannesburg we unload the truck for the final time, exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to partake in some of the activities available in Johannesburg. Post tour accommodation can be booked upon request.
Breakfast

Overland Budget Accommodation Upgrade

If you're interested in our adventurous Overland Safaris but don't fancy camping, there is the option to upgrade to budget accommodation (subject to availability). You will be travelling with our overland camping passengers, sharing a truck, equipment and chores with them and enjoying your meals together as a group. Accommodation is in basic twin share rooms and a single supplement applies for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Trip Highlights

Kenya: Nairobi, extend your stay to explore the sites.
Zanzibar: (optional) Beautiful northern beaches & historic Stone Town (UNESCO-listed).
Zambia: South Luangwa National Park, Livingstone & Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia's gateway to Victoria Falls (optional).
Zimbabwe:UNESCO Listed Victoria Falls, one of the natural wonders of the world.
Tanzania: Arusha, the safari gateway. The Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater (an optional excursion). Views of Mt Meru and Mt Kilimanjaro. Pangani, a historical coastal town. Dar es Salaam, Tanzania's largest city. Mikumi National Park (transit only).
Malawi: Lake Malawi, one of the African Great Lakes, with beautiful beaches, bays and inlets.
Botswana:Chobe National Park, famous for its herds of elephants. The Okavango Delta (optional excursion).
South Africa: Kruger National Park, South Africa's flagship game reserve. The Blyde River Canyon and the scenic Panorama Route. Johannesburg - extend your stay to explore the city.

Included

Arrival transfer from Nairobi Airport on day 1
A fully equipped overland truck for transportation and game drives
All camping fees & appropriate equipment
Return ferry to Zanzibar island
All road taxes & tolls
1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 28 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
28 breakfasts, 24 lunches and 25 dinners
Park entry & game drive in Chobe NP, South Luangwa and Kruger NP
Chobe River Boat Cruise

Not Included

International flights and visas
Sleeping bag - please bring your own
Optional activities
Accommodation in Zanzibar
Tipping - an entirely personal gesture

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - $790 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
On some of our Tanzania trips, we have a communal local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified but is paid directly to the tour leader at the start of the trip, on Day 1 and must be paid in cash in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $2700
USD $2160

On select departure dates, the final leg of this trip (from Victoria Falls to Johannesburg) may coincide with a family departure, so parents with children/teens aged 6 - 17 may join the group.

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camping to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Northbound Dates & Prices

This safari also operates in reverse, from Johannesburg to Nairobi. Please note that the northbound itinerary takes in the highlights of Zimbabwe instead of Botswana. For more information about 'Down Africa Way Northbound' please refer to the Trip Notes below the tour dates and prices.

Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.

Local payment - $790 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
On some of our Tanzania trips, we have a communal local payment. It is this payment which covers entrance fees, camping fees and meals as detailed for this itinerary. The local payment is in addition to the prices specified but is paid directly to the tour leader at the start of the trip, on Day 1 and must be paid in cash in the currency specified.

Please note that due to exchange rate fluctuations, as well as potential changes to park entrance fees, the local payment amount may be subject to change. We will however inform you of any such changes as soon as we are aware of them.
2015
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USD $2489
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement - Down Africa Way - Northbound
USD $2501
USD $1420

Please note that a portion of this trip may coincide with a Family Departure which welcomes parents with children aged 6 and over.

BUDGET ACCOMMODATION UPGRADE: There is the option to upgrade from camping to budget accommodation on this trip - the upgrade supplement can be found under the dates and prices below. The accommodation upgrade is available on a first come first serve basis, please contact us to check availability. A single supplement will apply for solo travellers if we're unable to match you up or you would prefer the privacy of your own room. For more details please refer to the tour Trip Notes.

Tour Details
Starts
Nairobi
Ends
Johannesburg
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
$790 USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 28, Lunch: 24, Dinner: 25
Extra Tour Info
About Overland Safaris
Information on travelling through Africa on a overland safari
Africa Traveller Visas
Visa requirements for Africa and info on getting your visa
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