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Wildlife Express

22 days  |  Nairobi to Victoria Falls  |  from USD $1,889  |   Guaranteed Departure 

Take a walk on the wild side. Track the African elephant, lion, giraffe and zebra, chill out on Zanzibar, cool off at Lake Malawi, enjoy the pleasures of Victoria Falls - adrenaline capital of Africa and have the time of your life!

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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
Optional Serengeti & Ngorongoro

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: Serengeti (optional) or Arusha  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 4, Dinner x 4

Day 6

Arusha - Pangani. Today we head south towards Dar es Salaam. On the way weather permitting; we may catch a glimpse of this Mt Kilimanjaro’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.
Overnight: Pangani  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Pangani - Dar es Salaam. Today we continue on to our lovely seaside campsite in Dar es Salaam where we prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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: Zanzibar (optional) or Dar Es Salaam  |  Breakfast x 1

    Zanzibar
Day 11

Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam. Leaving Zanzibar in the afternoon, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam  |  Dinner

Day 12
Iringa

Dar es Salaam - Iringa. Today 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: Iringa  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 13-15
Lake Malawi

Iringa - Lake Malawi (Malawi). We leave Tanzania and head into Malawi on day 13. Dominated by its huge lake occupying nearly 20% of it’s landmass, Malawi offers us pleasant respite from the heat. We cross the border post at Songwe snd travel the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 4 days. We can enjoy lake side pleasures such as swimming, relaxing and optional aquatic activities such as snorkelling, canoeing and SCUBA diving. The local fishermen can be observed tending their daily catch and there are local schools and villages where you can visit the friendly Malawians.
Overnight: Lake Malawi  |  Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3

Day 16
Chipata

Lake Malawi - Chipata. 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 just 10 km after the Malawi/Zambia border.
Overnight: Chipata  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 17-18
Luangwa

Chipata - Luangwa. Today we head towards 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.

Leaving the park on day 18 we 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.
Overnight: Luangwa  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2

Day 19

Luangwa - Livingstone. 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: Livingstone  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 20

Livingstone - Chobe (Botswana). We leave Zambia, cross the border into Botswana and continue to the town of Kasane, situated on the banks of the Chobe River. After lunch, we leave for our Chobe National Park overnight mobile excursion – an 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. We 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  |  Lunch

Day 22

Saturday. After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime! We suggest booking additional days after your trip to take advantage of the optional excursions available at Victoria Falls.

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 aerial perspective over this magnificent World Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
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: Livingstone, South Luangwa National Park. 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. Boat cruise along the Chobe River.

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
Chobe NP & South Luangwa Park - park entry & game drive
1st night dormitory accommodation at Kenya Comfort Hotel and 17 nights camping (option to upgrade to budget accommodation at time of booking - subject to availability)
Services of 3 person crew (leader, driver, cook)
16 breakfasts, 16 lunches, 16 dinners
All road taxes & tolls

Not Included

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

Hi Ryan. Thanks for all your help with booking the Wildlife Express tour, just wanted to let you know it was fantastic mate! Gorillas next time ... Nick

Nick Evans

Hi Clare

The Wildlife express trip was fantastic, I had never been to africa and the trip exceeded all expectations and was a true adventure never to be forgotten. My most memorable parts of the trip was the amazing wildlife on Safari in the Serengeti and the magical time we had on the beautiful beaches of Zanzibar

Tom Finn

Hi Tim,

I came back from Africa last week and wanted to thank you and all your team for organizing the tour. It was a great adventure, and I would do it again and again if i had a chance.

Vic Falls and Zanzibar were my favourite bits , but all the rest was first class too, especially the crew who went above and beyond to give us the best experience.

Once more - thank you!

Katy Schmidt

Hi John

We have just returned from our Honeymoon on the Wildlife Express and had a fantastic time. It lived up to our expectations and our crew (Nev, Duncan & Eloise) looked after us very well.

Thanks again for your pre-trip advice and help.

Martin Wellbelove

Great trip, great crew, great people!

AMAZING country! very good organization and timings, all members of the crew were very friendly, helpful, passionate about their work and ready to answer all our questions.

Diane Heering

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

Local payment - $480 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a 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 and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made 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 $1600
USD $1419

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.

This safari also operates in reverse, from Victoria Falls to Nairobi. For more information about 'Wildlife Express 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 - $480 USD
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
Local Payment
This trip has a 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 and is to be paid directly to the tour leader on Day 1 of the trip. The payment should be made 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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Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Budget Accommodation Upgrade Supplement
USD $1600
USD $1419

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
Victoria Falls
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
Camping (Budget accommodation upgrade available)
Local Payment
$480 USD
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour leader
Meals
Breakfast: 16, Lunch: 16, Dinner: 16
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

Hi Ryan. Thanks for all your help with booking the Wildlife Express tour, just wanted to let you know it was fantastic mate! Gorillas next time ... Nick

Nick Evans
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