Wildlife Express Northbound - 22 days
Take a walk on the wild side. Track the African elephant, lion, giraffe and zebra, chill out in Zanzibar, cool off at Lake Malawi, enjoy the pleasures of Victoria Falls - the adrenaline capital of Africa and have the time of your life!
Today is a free day to explore and take advantage of the myriad of activities that Victoria Falls has to offer. The Falls themselves are one of the most amazing sites on any trip to Africa - standing at over 1700 metres wide and over 100 metres high these falls are the largest sheet of falling water in the world.
Overnight: Victoria Falls | Breakfast
Victoria Falls - Chobe NP (Botswana). We depart Victoria Falls fro Botswana today and our first stop is Kasane - the gateway to Chobe National Park. This afternoon we pack our bags for our included overnight excursion to the Chobe - Botswana's premier game park. We will spend the afternoon on the lookout for wildlife as we game drive to our camp within the park for an evening surrounded by the nocturnal noises of the resident wildlife.
Overnight: Chobe National Park | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Livingstone - Lusaka area. We are early risers today as we head through southern Zambia to our campsite near the capital Lusaka.
Overnight: Lusaka area | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
South Luangwa NP
Lusaka area - South Luangwa National Park. Today we travel to South Luangwa National Park - one of Zambia's best game spotting area. Opened in 1938 it covers 9000 square km and is inhabited by elephants, buffalo and giraffe as well as the water dwelling crocodiles and hippos.
Overnight: South Luangwa National Park | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Lake Malawi Beaches
South Luangwa - Lake Malawi Beaches (Malawi). Leaving Zambia we cross into Malawi, the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. We stop off in the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We camp first at the central Lake, and then in the northern area over the next 3 days.
Overnight: Lake Malawi Beaches (3) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Lake Malawi Beaches - Iringa (Tanzania). Leaving Malawi behind us we enter Tanzania at the Songwe border post. Oor journey today takes us through the beautiful Tukuyu tea and banana plantations before we arrive our campsite for the night - the Farmhouse in Iringa - well known for its famous Amarula Hot Chocolate!
Overnight: Iringa | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Iringa - Dar es Salaam. Our journey today takes us thorugh Mikumi National Park as we travel up to Dar Es Salaam. It is not uncommon to see elephants and giraffe crossing the main road in front of the regular traffic. Be prepared for some heavy traffic as we enter Dar Es Salaam - but the people watching can be very entertaining! Our campsite for the evening is by the sea before we depart for Zanzibar tomorrow.
Overnight: Dar es Salaam | Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Dar es Salaam - Zanzibar. We take the ferry over to Zanzibar for our 3 night stay on the Spice Island! Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that will leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.
Overnight: Zanzibar | Breakfast x 1
Dar es Salaam - Pangani - Arusha. Over the next two days we continue north stopping ofr one night in the coastal town of Pangani before continuing to Arusha - our base for our trip into the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Overnight: Pangani (1) Arusha (1) | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Serengeti & Ngorongoro
On day 19 we have a morning visit to the Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum.
Our Serengeti and Ngorongoro excursion takes us via Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and Karatu. Karatu has beautiful views over the surrounding hills. Our campsite this evening is in Karatu. The following morning we enter the Ngorongoro Conservation area and 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 past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ as we head to the Serengeti. Crossing the vast plains we game drive through the southern and central parts of the park. Tonight we bush camp (no ablutions) in the wild surrounded by the African wilderness. In the morning we take another game drive in search of the ‘Big 5’!
Later we head back to our truck at Arusha, where we spend the evening musing over our amazing wildlife experience.
Overnight: Karatu (1) Serengeti (1) Arusha (1) | Breakfast x 3, Lunch x 3, Dinner x 3
Arusha - Nairobi (Kenya). Today we cross the border into Kenya and our final destination Nariobi.
Prices & Dates
Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 4 persons. Prices shown are per person travelling. Single travellers will be paired up in tents with another person of the same sex.Read More
Local payment - $1400, paid in USD.
Please note that this is payable locally on day 1 of your trip in the currency specified.
The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.
Shearwater Explorers Village, Victoria Falls
Situated in the bohemian town of Victoria Falls, and 400m from the Falls themselves, the affordable accommodation at the Shearwater Explorers Village consists of 5 campsites with modern bathroom facilities, and 16 private chalets with en-suite showers and A/C. Shearwater operates a range of activities at the Falls, from bungee jumping to river rafting - and when the day is over, guests can wind down with Wi-Fi in the lounge areas, a drink by the pool, or even a back rub in the massage tent.
Victoria Falls Rest Camp, Victoria Falls
Located a stone’s throw away from the Artist village & Elephant Walk Shopping is the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Offering camping and dorm room accommodation, this camp features a year-round outdoor pool and barbecue facilities. Daily continental or cooked breakfast is served at the in-house restaurant, which also offers a variety of local African dishes. Wi-fi is available and some units feature equipped kitchens.
Croc Valley Camp, South Luangwa National Park
Croc Valley Camp is located on the banks of the Luangwa River, and provides accommodation ranging from riverfront tents to ensuite chalets, built on stilts to avoid the off-season floods. Watch elephants roam across the campsite, experience a game drive through South Luangwa National Park, or relax with a gin & tonic at the bar. The camp also features a large outdoor pool, kitchen facilities, and daily laundry service.
I've just returned from doing the Wildlife Express and just wanted to write and give my feedback. It was a wonderful trip, we were really lucky with the game drives and saw so many animals, took excellent photos and the camping was great fun! This is one of the best tours I've ever done and can't wait to travel to Morocco with you in July.