East African Odyssey tour

East African Odyssey tour

Tour Experience

3-week African adventure from Nairobi to Vic Falls

Available

All year round

Location

Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia

A spectacular 3-week wildlife odyssey that takes you through the very heart of the African continent. Starting in Victoria Falls all the way north to Nairobi, passing along Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and the Serengeti. This is an overland tour, travelling in a fully equipped comfortable expedition truck, with two options available for your accommodation each night, either staying in hotels and lodges or mainly camping.

Visit Zambia’s finest game reserve which is the Luangwa National Park, with some of the largest populations of leopards. East you visit Lake Malawi which is the third largest lake in Africa and also the eighth largest in the world. As we head north we travel through Tanzania to stop at the majestic spice island of Zanzibar. This island is best known for its pristine beaches and spice tours. The next northern stops are Arusha and Karatu on the edge of the world famous Serengeti National Park. This great park is known for some of the greatest animal migrations when thousands of wildebeest make their annual cross of the vast grassy plains. The tour includes a full day inside the Ngorongoro crater, a proper wildlife phenomenon on the edge of the park, and an optional 3 day camping based excursion is also available to explore the Serengeti in more depth. Our final destination is Kenya and our tour ends in the capital Nairobi.

The tour is available either based mainly on camping in traditional 2-person tents (which we provide together with camp beds), or as an upgraded 'accommodated' version where you sleep in lodges, hotels, or permanent camps (with proper beds & facilities). Details of each night's stay are given in the Facilities section of the daily itinerary. Pricing shown is based on camping - please contact us for prices to upgrade to the accommodated level.

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INCLUDED

  • 20 night's accommodation either camping or in hotels/lodges/guesthouses/permanent camps (supplement applies)
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Serengeti camping excursion and locally avaiable optional activities (see itinerary)
  • 'Accommodated hotel upgrade' (hotels/lodges/permanent camps instead of camping)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Victoria Falls to Lusaka

Our African adventure starts at the majestic Victoria Falls before we make our way to the Zambian capital city of Lusaka. We’ll spend most of the day travelling – passing busy markets and rural villages – giving you great insight into the daily lives of the locals.
You’ll have some time to settle in before we enjoy a meal together. Our guides will also brief us on what to expect over the next few days.
You will need to spend at least one night in Victoria Falls before the tour departs – we’d recommend two or more to make the most of both seeing the Falls and taking advantage of some of the other adventurous options available. Extra nights accommodation and airport transfers are available on request.
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Eureka Camp or similar
| MEALS: Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Single room supplement (TAOVAO), Extra day in Victoria Falls – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Victoria Falls,

DAY 2 : Travel to Petauke

We start early today as we say goodbye to Lusaka and head east towards Petauke, a town situated roughly halfway between Lusaka and the Malawian border. We travel down the Great East Road which snakes its way through rural Zambia and we cross the Luangwa River during our journey. The landscape we drive through is fairly undeveloped, dotted with villages and subsistence farming.Route: Lusaka to Petauke
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Petauke to South Luangwa National Park

We travel to the South Luangwa National Park, making a pitstop at a town called Chipata – the home of Chipata Cotton. From March to December, we include an optional activity where you can tour the local workshops crafting these stunning textiles.
One of the highlights of our time in South Luangwa are sunsets, which are spectacular from the banks of the Luangwa River.
Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Included Highlight: Textiles visit
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Wildlife Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 4 : Game drives in the South Luangwa National Park

Today is all about exploring the South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. We can spend most of the day searching for wildlife, which is in abundance here.
First, you have an option to participate in a morning safari. During the dry season months of April to December, you also have an option to try a walking safari – an authentic African safari experience like no other.
Later this afternoon, we’ll enjoy a sunset game drive – giving you the opportunity to spot the nocturnal wildlife which are rarely seen during the day.
Included highlight: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Wildlife Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Options available while on tour

DAY 5 : Travel to Lake Malawi

We leave early this morning as we cross the Zambian border into Malawi. We’ll head to one of Africa’s Great Lakes – Lake Malawi – the eighth largest on the planet. Its estimated that Lake Malawi boasts more fish species than that of any other body of freshwater on the planet.
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ngala Beach Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Free day at Lake Malawi

We’ll start the day today by visiting a local village near our lodge.You then have the rest of the day free to do as you please – spend some time relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi or participate in the activities on offer.
Included Highlight: Malawi village tour
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Ngala Beach Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Northern Lake Malawi

We travel to the northern shores of Lake Malawi today, which offers spectacular sunset views. Our guide will give us a break down of what activities are on offer over the next few days or you can choose to simply relax.
Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Maji Zuwa or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi’s crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkelling, with colourful underwater fish and reefs just waiting to be explored. A particular highlight are the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish found in aquariums around the world.
In the afternoon we walk through the small village of Ngala.
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Maji Zuwa or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Lake Malawi to Iringa in Tanzania

We say goodbye to Lake Malawi today as we cross the border into Tanzania. We’ll make our way to overnight accommodation in the town of Iringa, which sits on a cliff overlooking the Ruaha River Valley.
Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Kisolanza Farm or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Iringa to Mikumi National Park

We start the day early as we travel to Mikumi National Park, Tanzania’s fourth largest national park. An optional game drive in the park is available this afternoon, searching for the wildlife – if you’re lucky enough you may see three of the Big Five species – lion, elephant and buffalo.
Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Optional Activity: Mikumi National Park Game Drive
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Camp Bastian or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Options available while on tour

DAY 11 : Ferry to Stone Town, Zanzibar

We have another early start today to catch the ferry to Zanzibar island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we transfer to our hotel in Stone Town.
Route: Dar es Salaam to Stone Town
Included Highlight: Zanzibar Excursion
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Africa House Hotel or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Stone Town to Nungwi

The busy port of Stone Town has a rich history and was once an important landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. This morning we’ll take a 20-30 minute boat ride to Prison Island, once a place where slaves were detained before transport. After returning to Stone Town we’ll drive to the north of the Island and our base for the next two nights at Nungwi. En-route we’ll explore the beautiful Jozani Forest.
Route: Stone Town to Nungwi
Included Highlight: Prison island boat trip / Jozani Forest half day tour
Optional activity: Fishing, snorkelling, scuba-diving, turtle sancturay visit, village tours and more
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Amaan Bungalows or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 13 : Free time in Zanzibar

You have the day to do as you please. Relax on Zanzibar’s white sand beaches or take advantage of the variety of water sport activities on offer such as fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and more.
Optional Activities: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Scooter rental and more
Facilities – Camping: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Amaan Bungalows or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Options available while on tour

DAY 14 : Back to Bagamoyo

We say farewell to the island of Zanzibar today and take the ferry back to Dar es Salaam where we rejoin our truck and drive to Bagamoyo this afternoon, where we’ll spend the rest of the evening preparing for our journey to Arusha tomorrow.
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 15 : Through rural Tanzania to Arusha

We head north today towards the town of Arusha, which is often seen as the gateway to Tanzania’s top attractions – the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.
If you bought the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package, you will be briefed by our local guide on the itinerary for the next few days.
Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Meru Mbega Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 : Karatu

We travel to Karatu today – getting as close as we can to the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day trip into the crater.
Karatu is conveniently located to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days. If you have booked the Serengeti excursion, you will be collected from Arusha this morning to start your safaris.
Route: Arusha to Karatu
Optional upgrade: 3 night Serengeti Camping Excursion
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Kudu Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 17 : Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater

Today is all about exploring the Ngorongoro Crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Its vast plains are home to over 25,000 wildlife as well as over 500 bird species.
The Crater is one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders and if you’re lucky enough to travel between the months of December and March – you might even get a glimpse of the great wildebeest migration – nature’s greatest spectacle.
We spend most of the day exploring the crater before we travel back to Karatu this afternoon.
Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Seronera Campsite
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 18 : Hike to the Elephant Caves, free time

We start early this morning for a hike through untouched forests with amazing wildlife to the Elephant Caves. You then have the rest of the day at your leisure to simply relax or to join one of the optional activities available at your accommodation in Karatu – which includes village walking visits or a trip to Lake Manyara National Park. Be sure to book these upon your arrival in Karatu.
Included Highlight: Elephant Caves Hike
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Kudu Camp or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 19 : Karatu to Arusha

We leave Karatu today as we join up with the rest of the travelling group who opted for the Serengeti upgrade. The rest of the evening will be spent relaxing, listening and sharing stories of your experience in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha (Serengeti Upgrade Guests) / Karatu to Arusha (Non-Upgrade Guests)
Facilities – Camping: Campsite with shared ablutions
Facilities – Accommodated: Two per Room with en-suite bathroom
| OVERNIGHT: Meru Mbuga Lodge or similar
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 20 : Arusha to Nairobi

We cross the border into Kenya this morning as we make our way to Nairobi, where our journey ends on arrival. No accommodation is included in Nairobi tonight, but is available on request. Flight departures should not be planned until tomorrow in case of delays on the drive to Nairobi.
Route: Arusha to Nairobi
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Nairobi – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Nairobi

DURATION

20 days

Price

A$4611

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