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VIC FALLS-NAIROBI (21 DAYS) NORTHBOUND ADVENTURE
TRIP CODE: CNV


Day 1: Vic Falls Day 12: Zanzibar, Nungwi
Day 2: Vic Falls - Lusaka Day 13: Zanzibar - Dar Es Salaam
Day 3: Lusaka - Chipata   Day 14: Dar Es Salaam - Lushoto
Day 4: Chipata - Lilongwe Day 15: Lushoto
Day 5: Lilongwe – Kande Beach Day 16: Lushoto – Arusha
Day 6: Kande Beach Day 17: Arusha - Serengeti
Day 7: Kande Beach – Chitimba Day 18: Serengeti National Park
Day 8: Chitimba - Iringa Day 19: Serengeti – Ngorongoro Crater
Day 9: Iringa – Dar Es Salaam Day 20: Ngorongoro Crater – Mto Wa Mbu  
Day 10: Dar Es Salaam - Zanzibar Day 21: Mto Wa Mbu  - Nairobi

Detailed Itinerary

 

 

Day 1
Victoria Falls:
Enjoy the many activities available including the option to do an evening river cruise on the upper (above the falls) ZambeziRiver, which takes about 3 hrs with drinks included.
On the Zimbabwe side there are a wide variety of optional activities, the most famous being White Water rafting on the Lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has 14 plus rapids none below grade 4 (rapids are graded from 1 to 6). Please note that at certain times of the year the rafting may be restricted or even closed due to high water levels (March – May). Bungee jumping is also an option for all those who wish to throw themselves 111 meters head first off a perfectly good bridge. Another optional activity is Jet Boating, imported and improved on from New Zealand. Various flights are on offer, Including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering wonderful viewing of the falls. As well as these, there is horse riding, elephant riding and canoeing, not to mention a walk to the falls themselves.
Videos and still photographs are available for purchase of most activities, and are a great reminder of your adrenaline filled visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River At Victoria Falls some members of the group may be transferring to other tours. There may also be new Members joining for the remainder of the tour to Cape Town.
NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.

 

Days 2-3
Zambia:
Zambia is a transit country to Malawi where we will have opportunities for numerous activities. On the way we cross the LuangwaRiver, see the vast open lands and the ever changing landscapes. We sleep at Lusaka the capital city and Chipata before crossing into Malawi.

 

Day 4-7
Lake Malawi Beaches:
The next 4 days are spent in the Capital City Lilongwe and the Lake Malawi beaches. Malawi is a small country in central southern Africa and is dominated by water and mountainous regions. More than 30% of the country’s landmass comprises of Lake Malawi. On our trip through Malawi we visit a number of the small bays along the lakeshore. Snorkeling and diving are available or people can just swim and laze about on the beaches. There is also ample time to visit local villages and the local markets which abound with woodcarvings, the most famous of these being large carved chairs. These chairs have proved very popular with our clients over the years, only to become a problematic purchase when the time comes to send such a large object home.

 

Day 8-9
Iringa- Dar Es Salaam:
From Malawi we cross North into Tanzania headed for Dar Es Salaam. The route takes us through the MikumiNational Park. This is not an excursion, but, fortunately for us, the road actually passes right through the centre of the park, and it is possible to see numbers of giraffe, antelope and elephants. It is interesting to note that these elephants are very small in stature, which is attributed to the decimation of their gene pool due to poaching.

 

Day 10-12
Zanzibar:
We travel to Zanzibar by ferry from Dar es Salaam and this journey can take up to 3 or 4 Hours. Conditions are usually smooth but beware the occasional day with rolling seas. Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, which comes from the many different spices that were grown there by the original Omani settlers. A lot of spices are still grown on the island and make up a large part of the economy of the island. The island does have a more sordid past in that it was once a major slave trading port; and it is still possible to visit the site of the old slave trading markets.
The town centre still shows a lot of its Arabic origins in its architecture. It’s fascinating to walk around the labyrinth of old buildings and walled streets. For the beach lovers you can go out of the town and spend some relaxing time on the isolated beaches. There are spice tours that take in all manners of exotic fruits and spices and you can sample many of the tastes and smells first hand. Just off the coast of the old town is PrisonIsland, where there is a population of giant land tortoises who are happy to share their stretch of beach.
We will spend 3 days on the island, generally split between 1 night in Stone Town and 2 nights on the Coast where accommodation with breakfast is included however all other meals will be at your own expense during this time.
We recommend that you budget around U$200-$300 for your stay on Zanzibar to cover food, transport around the island, optional tours, accommodation upgrades, drinks and souvenirs. Please note that this is a recommendation only as different passengers have widely differing spending patterns.

 

 

Day 13
Dar Es Salaam:
Today we return to our campsite in Dar Es Salaam.

 

Day 14-16
Usambara Mountains/Arusha:
From Dar Es Salaam we spend two nights on the UsambaraMountains where we will have optional activities like bird watching, walks, village visits and other cultural experiences. The next overnight is at Arusha before we head to Serengeti.

 

Day 17-18
Serengeti National Park:
Leaving Arusha behind us, you will journey through the Tanzanian countryside to the SerengetiNational Park, crossing vast plains in search of the Big 5 on our way to our bush camp in the heart of the National Park where we will spend two nights listening to the sounds of Africa.

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the SerengetiNational park. Expect an early rise in the mornings which give us the best opportunity to view game as they start their day, an unforgettable experience to watch Africa wake up! Afternoon game drives offer their own beauty and give you some amazing photo opportunities.

 

Day 19
Ngorongoro Crater:
One last early morning game drive in the Serengeti on our way as we head for the Ngorongoro Crater escarpment where you will set up camp and prepare for an early start tomorrow morning.

 

Day 20
Arusha:
We descend onto the Crater floor in 4×4 Jeeps for an early morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. At 19Kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a world heritage site and boasts a unique ecosystem. The crater itself reflects a mini rift valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains, and a forest area.
There is a high concentration of animals here, and it is also a home to a small population of black rhinos. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater and have our picnic Lunch before we head out of the Park where we meet our Truck again and head out to Arusha again.

 

Day 21
Nairobi:
Today we drive through Maasai country as we cross into Kenya and finally head to the Capital city, Nairobi. Accommodation for tonight is included, tomorrow morning you will need to have a booking for your onward plans. We strongly recommend that you do not arrange onward flights until the following day, but stay overnight in Nairobi.  If you do need to fly out on the final day, we suggest that you do not book a flight before 9pm at the earliest, in case of any unexpected delays.

 

 

 
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