21 day Victoria Falls to Nairobi - Overland Tours - African Rafting

  Vic Falls to Nairobi: Trip Price R 8 395 / Local Payment US $ 410  

START: Vic Falls
END: Nairobi
TOUR LENGTH:21 Days 20 Nights

Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya

Lake Malawi,  Dar Es Salaam,  Zanzibar Ferry

Email: rivers@africanrafting.co.za


DAY 1: Victoria Falls
Today is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. AT 1700 metres wide and
around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on this African safari. All year
round, flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters. Back on the ground, the falls
can be seen from the Victoria Falls National Park with its many viewing points or from the Zambian side.
All offer fantastic photographic opportunities.
White water rafting in the Batoka Gorge is considered to be world class. Besides the excitement of the
grade 5 rapids, there are the "floats", where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional
wildlife on the riverbanks.
OPTIONAL Excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris,
horse back safaris, 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.

DAY 2: Victoria Falls to Livingstone (Zambia) (B / L / D)
We leave Zimbabwe and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River, entering into Zambia at
the town of Livingstone. We have the opportunity to view The Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park,
Zambia. Another fantastic photo opportunity. The day affords us the opportunity to participate in the
activities available in Zambia we weren’t able to do on the Zimbabwean side of the Falls. Tonight we
have the option of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

DAY 3: Livingstone to Lusaka (B / L / D)
An early morning start sees us head north through southern Zambia to our campsite on the outskirts of
Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The campsite is home to some local wildlife including the largest antelope
– Eland.

DAY 4: Lusaka to Chipata (B / L / D)
From Lusaka we head north east to a beautiful little campsite just 10 km before the Zambia/Malawi
border. Here we spend the night before heading into Malawi.

DAYS 5 to 9: Chipata to Lake Malawi Beaches(Malawi) (B / L / D)
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 travel the full length
of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 5 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. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue fresh-water
lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen sorting
their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills, try to
paddle a dug out canoe yourself! The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores offer
many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local
village and school.

DAY 10: Lake Malawi to Iringa (Tanzania) (B / L / D)
After a relaxing 5 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe. Taking
in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Iringa where we spend the
night in the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy

DAY 11: Iringa to Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
The next morning we make our way to Dar es Salaam. We 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. On
arrival in Dar es Salaam, we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and prepare for our departure
to Zanzibar the next morning.

DAY 12: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (B)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3
nights. 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’ll leave us at the
end of our excursion to Zanzibar.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our
experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader joins you and can
arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.
*For those not opting to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach
campsite in Dar es Salaam.

DAYS 13 & 14: Zanzibar
History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old
Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans,
who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is famous for its
spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options
include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in
Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the
more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a
great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively,
mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive
seafood is on offer.

DAY 15: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (D)
Leaving Zanzibar, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.

DAY 16: Dar es Salaam to Arusha (B / L / D)
From Dar es Salaam we travel through vast sisal plantations to Arusha. On the way, we pass The Pare
and Usambara Mountain ranges before driving through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount
Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical
mountain’s snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! Tonight we stay in a lovely campsite in
Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and
Ngorongoro Crater.

DAYS 17 - 19: Arusha / Optional Ngorongoro Crater/Serengeti Excursion (B / L / D)
Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional
excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. We conduct these excursions in locally operated 4WD
vehicles, which are adapted for safari use.
For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next 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 head 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 camp in the bushveld 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 game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
After our morning drive, we head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha,
where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

DAY 20: Arusha to Namanga (Kenya) (B / L / D)
After a morning spent exploring Arusha’s city centre and vibrant craft markets, we head to lunch just
outside of town. After lunch, we travel 120 km to the Tanzania / Kenya border. Once the border
formalities are complete, we camp at Namanga just over the Kenyan border.

DAY 21: Namanga to Nairobi (B)
This morning we travel 180 km north to the capital city, Nairobi. On arrival, we head to the Hotel
Boulevard, where we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!

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