Itinerary Notes
 

Want less travel time and more Zanzibar? Consider booking our ‘Zanzibar Express’ upgrade which includes a flight and an extra night in Stone Town.

When arranging your transportation, such as flights, please take into consideration the below time restrictions for joining and departing from your group. With these times, we have taken into account travel time to/from the airport in the given destination and required time for check-in or baggage collection/immigration.

Your flight must arrive by or before: 11:59 p.m. on Day 1
Your flight must depart no earlier than: 09:00 p.m. on Day 20

Itinerary

Day 1Victoria Falls

 

Arrive at any time.

Victoria Falls is great base to kick-off this African adventure, to see both some natural wonders, and take part in some exciting optional activities. Get up close (and wet from the spray) while awing at the immense Victoria Falls, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, and, for the more adventurous, bungee jump with the Victoria Falls in view.

Your accommodation is in Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) and NOT Livingstone (Zambia). Please make sure you have the necessary visa. 

Victoria Falls is frequently used as a base for travellers wishing to participate in the many activities and excursions available in the area. Please contact your booking agent if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation.

 
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

 

1h

The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.

Accommodation

 

 
Explorers Village Camping (or similar)

 

Campground

Day 2Victoria Falls/Lusaka

 

Sit back and enjoy a day of driving, taking in the scenery.

Set off early, around 6am, and arrive late in the afternoon. The long journey across rough and bumpy roads takes us to a private farm 29km (18 mi) outside of the capital of Zambia. Marvel at the zebras, buffalo, and the bok that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the camp’s bar.

This is an overnight stop in between two long driving days, so we will not have time to explore Lusaka.

 
Lando

 

Victoria Falls – Lusaka10h543km

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Border Crossing (Zimbabwe - Zambia)

 

Victoria Falls – Livingstone

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

Accommodation

 

 
Eureka Camping Park (or similar)

 

Campground

Meals included:

 

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 3Lusaka/Chipata

 

Continue travelling across Zambia.

 

As today is a long driving day, we will not be able to visit Chipata town.

 
Lando

 

Lusaka – Chipata8h600km

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Accommodation

 

 
Mama Rula's Camp (or similar)

 

Campground

Meals included:

 

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 4Chipata/South Luangwa

 

Arrive to camp late morning. Opt to go on a wildlife safari drive in South Luangwa National Park, or visit a nearby local village.

 

 
Lando

 

Chipata – Mfuwe2h30m150km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 

 
Wildlife Camp (or similar)

 

Campground

Meals included:

 

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 5South Luangwa

 

Enjoy a free day to explore South Luangwa NP, a wildlife haven. Opt to go on a walking safari (seasonal), night drive, or visit a nearby local village.

 

 
Free Time

 

MfuweFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like during a free day.

Optional Activities - Day 5

South Luangwa Wildlife Safari Drive 
Mfuwe

Have the opportunity to experience one of the true hidden gems in Southern Africa. Opt for a morning or evening wildlife safari drive through South Luangwa National Park. Home to large populations of the Thornicroft's Giraffe, elephants and Cape buffalo. 

 
South Luangwa Walking Safari
Mfuwe

South Luangwa National Park is known as the birth place of walking safaris in Africa. Opt to take a guided walk through the park and experience the wildlife.

 
Tribal Textile and Village Tour 
Mfuwe

Opt to visit a local village and popular textile market. A great place to purchase handcrafted fabrics and souvenirs.

Accommodation

 
Wildlife Camp (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 6South Luangwa/Kande Beach

Cross the border and travel to the "Lake of Stars," Lake Malawi.

Spend four nights relaxing on the shores of the “Lake of Stars”. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water, and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay. 

Lake Malawi is known for good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival, and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets. There are many different ethnic groups, all speaking their own language; most are Christians and the rest have traditional beliefs.

Please note that conservative dress is recommended. Shoulders and knees should be covered in public, but inside of camp boundaries, it is ok to wear beach clothes.

 
Border Crossing (Zambia - Malawi)
Mwami – Mchinji

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Lando
Mfuwe – Kande Beach8h500km

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Accommodation

 
Kande Beach Lodge & Campsite (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 7Kande Beach

Relax on the shores of Lake Malawi, and enjoy a traditional dinner in a local home. Opt to explore by foot, go snorkelling, or take a village tour.

 

 
Free Time
Kande Beach

Kick back and relax on Lake Malawi after a few long travel days.

 
Local Living: Kande Beach Local Dinner
Evening

After a day on the beach of Lake Malawi, take a short walk into the Kande Beach village for traditional dinner in a local home.

Optional Activities - Day 7

Snorkelling
Kande Beach

Discover some of the best freshwater snorkelling in Africa at Lake Malawi, which generally has clear visibility and boasts a plethora of brightly coloured fish. Don a snorkel and hop in!

 
Village Walk
Kande Beach

Set off on a village walk to visit a nearby traditional Tonga village to learn more about daily village life in the area.

 
Swimming
 

Grab your bathing suit and go for a refreshing swim. 

Accommodation

 
Kande Beach Lodge & Campsite (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 8Kande Beach/Chitimba

Set off and drive to the northern part of Lake Malawi.

Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive north along Lake Malawi to Chitimba. Chitimba Beach has beautiful views of mountains in the background and Tanzania across the lake.

 
Free Time
ChitimbaAfternoon

Settle in and enjoy a free afternoon at northern Lake Malawi.

 
Lando
Kande Beach – Chitimba5h235km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 
Chitimba Beach Lodge & Camp (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 9Chitimba

Enjoy a final day at Lake Malawi.

 

 
Free Time
ChitimbaFull Day

Do as much or as little as you'd like on your final day on Lake Malawi.

Optional Activities - Day 9

Hike to Livingstonia
Chitimba
5USD per person

Don’t miss out on this spectacular hike all the way up to Livingstonia along the Nyika Plateau. Enjoy a breathtaking view of Lake Malawi once reaching the eastern edge of the plateau. Opt to cool off under the Manchewe Falls along the way. 

 
Village Walk
Chitimba
10USD per person

Set out on a walk through a nearby village to get to know the local way of life.

Accommodation

 
Chitimba Beach Lodge & Camp (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 10Chitimba/Iringa

Cross the border into Tanzania and take in views of vast tea plantations and highlands along the way.

Begin the day by making the border crossing out of Malawi and into Tanzania. Climbing out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way.

 
Border Crossing (Malawi - Tanzania)
Songwe – Kasumulu

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Lando
Chitimba – Iringa11h534km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 
Kisolanza Farm (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 11Iringa/Dar es Salaam

Watch the Tanzanian countryside pass by on the journey to the Indian Ocean.

Drive to Dar Es Salaam. The city started as a fishing village in the mid 19th century before becoming a port and trading centre.

 
Lando
Iringa – Dar es Salaam12h637km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 
Mikadi Beach Lodge (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 12Dar es Salaam/Nungwi

Hop on a ferry to Zanzibar and transfer to the picturesque beaches of the northern tip of the island.

 

Zanzibar is a Muslim society. Immodestly dressed women or men in shorts will get harassed and cause great offense in Stone Town. In Nungwi, customs are a little more relaxed, but our travellers are encouraged to be respectful of the island's culture and still cover up when walking around. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.

 
Ferry
Dar es Salaam – Stone Town2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Lando
Dar es Salaam1h

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

 
Private Vehicle
Stone Town – Nungwi1h30m

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

Accommodation

 
Amaan Bungalows (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 13Nungwi

Opt to go diving, snorkelling, take a sailing trip, or just sit back and relax.

 

 
Carte Blanche
NungwiFull Day

There's plenty to see and do in Nungwi, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing. Your CEO has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

Optional Activities - Day 13

Scuba Diving
Nungwi
60USD per person

Take a boat to Mnemba, a small island surrounded by a circular reef boasting an an abundance of colourful coral and marine life. Suit up and enjoy the excellent visibility allowed by the turquoise waters of this region. If you are lucky, you just might be able to spot the bottlenose dolphins that are known to visit this area.

 
Snorkelling
Nungwi
50USD per person

Enjoy a day of snorkelling in the safety of an experienced snorkel guide in the area of one of Zanzibar's most well-known reefs surrounding Mnemba island. Lifejackets, short wetsuits and buoyancy aids available. Lunch is included.

 
Safari Blue - Sailing Day Trip
Kendwa
75-100USD per person

Enjoy a full day of sailing on a dhow, including opportunities to snorkel in the clear blue waters. Dock on a remote sandbank and enjoy a traditional dish made with the catch of the day. Later, glide out on the waters in a canoe carved of a single mango tree and opt to swim, snorkel, or just relax. Snorkelling equipment is included.

 
Nungwi Village Tour
Nungwi4h-5h
48-170USD per person

Explore the traditional fishing village of Nungwi. Get an early start to experience the fish market in full swing. Take a tour of the local boatyard where fishermen's dhows are made the traditional way. Tour a Portugese settlement dating back to 1497, to get a better understanding of the Portuguese conquest of Zanzibar. End the day with a visit the Mnarani Aquarium.

 
Swahili Cultural Tour
Nungwi3h-4h
70-200USD per person

Take a couple of hours to get to know the life of a Zanzibarian by being immersed in the local culture. Follow a guide through a rural village to see elements of day to day life, sit with men of the village to see how they weave palm fronds to make the thatch roofs for their huts, opt to play a game of Bao (Zanzibar favorite game past time), and enjoy a traditional dance performance.

Accommodation

 
Amaan Bungalows (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 14Nungwi/Stone Town

Travel back to Stone Town for a final night on this enchanting island. Along the way, enjoy a guided tour of a local spice plantation.

Spend the remainder of the day exploring Stone Town, the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed in by Arabic buildings. Look out for tinga-tinga paintings, antique shops, beautifully printed cloths (kangas and kikois worn by local people), little carved chests with copper inlays, and spices – all beautiful presents or souvenirs to take home.

 
Private Vehicle
Nungwi – Stone Town2hMorning

Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

 
Spice Plantation Tour
Stone Town

No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations. Your senses will be aroused as you will receive a detailed description on the assortment of spices (black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla, lemon grass) and their various uses. It was the spice plantations that brought the beginnings of Zanzibar’s infamous slave trade that dates back to the 1840’s.

 
Free Time
Stone Town

Spend a final afternoon wandering the streets of Stone Town.

Optional Activities - Day 14

Stone Town Walking Tour
Stone Town
20-40USD per person

Enjoy a walking tour along the bustling narrow streets of Stone Town and admire the historical old buildings and homes that are part of a preservation program funded by UNESCO and the Aga Khan Foundation. Also, visit the historical site of the slave market and learn about this dark aspect of history. Continue to the local fruits and vegetable market, fish market, Tip tipu house, and National Museum.

Accommodation

 
Tausi Palace Hotel (or similar)
Hotel

Meals included:

 Breakfast

Day 15Stone Town/Korogwe

Ferry back over to the mainland and settle in for a full day of driving.

 

If you have booked the Zanzibar Express, you will stay in Stone Town when the group heads for the ferry. You have a free day in Stone Town for shopping, relaxing or seeing the sights. (Ask your CEO if you want to book any tours) Tomorrow you fly to Arusha to meet the group. Included: transfers, flight, one night Stone Town (Mazsons Hotel, or similar). Only breakfast included.

 
Ferry
Stone Town – Dar es Salaam2h

Get to the next spot on your route aboard a convenient and efficient ferry boat.

 
Lando
Dar es Salaam – Korogwe8h370km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 
Zebra Camp (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 16Korogwe/Arusha

Keep on the look out for views of Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, on the way to Arusha.

Pass Mt Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain, and head towards Arusha. Consider yourself lucky if you are able to see the mountain as it is hidden behind a veil of cloud most of the time.

Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mt Meru, Africa's fifth highest mountain. 

Use the afternoon to prepare a small day-pack for the three-day excursion to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater. Take something warm for the night on the crater rim and enough insect repellant, sunscreen, and water. Bedding is provided, but you can take your sleeping bag along to make sure you're warm enough at night.

Zanzibar Express; transfer this morning from your Stone Town hotel to the airport for a scenic flight to Arusha. Arrive in Arusha and transfer to the camp to meet back up with the group. Only breakfast and dinner included.

 
Lando
Korogwe – Arusha7h-8h250km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Accommodation

 
Meserani Snake Park (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 17Arusha/Serengeti National Park

Set off into the Serengeti and enjoy an afternoon wildlife safari drive en route to the campsite.

After breakfast, we begin our 3-day and 2-night excursion to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas.

Changing to specialized 4x4 7-seater safari vehicles, we are met by experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure us wonderful wildlife encounters. Our safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for wildlife viewing. They are smaller than our overland adventure vehicle (OAV) and will allow us to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. As the vehicles are smaller than our overland adventure vehicle (OAV), our group will split up among several vehicles.

 
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
Arusha – Serengeti National Park8h320km

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

 
Serengeti National Park Safari 
Serengeti National Park

This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

Accommodation

 
Seronera Campsite (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 18Serengeti National Park/Ngorongoro

Enjoy a wildlife safari drive in the Serengeti during the day, and finish the evening camping at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.

Before leaving the Serengeti, enjoy one last morning wildlife safari drive to see the animal kingdom come to life in this incredible expanse of grassland savannah. You will return and break camp and journey to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, famous for Africa's best wildlife viewing. The views from the Ngorongoro Crater rim are stunning, and there is an ever-present abundance of animals, due to the permanent water supply on the crater floor. You will arrive at your campsite at the crater rim in the late afternoon.

Please note: if you have pre-booked the Serengeti Balloon Safari, today's likely the day for this activity! Your CEO will give you final confirmation when it will take place, as it is subject to change. You will miss the included morning wildlife safari drive with the group, but you will have a much better view from above!

 
Serengeti National Park Safari 
Serengeti National Park

This is the reason you came to Africa. Charge your camera, grab your binoculars, and set out on safari. Your eagle-eyed driver will keep an eye out for wildlife – buffaloes, elephants, lions, wildebeests, zebras, and more. Tanzania’s Serengeti tends to be less crowded than some of Kenya’s reserves, so enjoy the scenery, the vast expanse of the grasslands, the play of light and shadow, and the up-close look at wild Africa.

 
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
Serengeti National Park – Ngorongoro5h

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

Optional Activities - Day 18

Serengeti Balloon Safari
Serengeti National Park
539USD per person

Spirited aloft in a hot-air balloon, view the wildlife and terrain of the Serengeti that only the birds see. Enjoy a champagne breakfast and keep that shutter-finger good and limber—you’ll be using it plenty over the course of your hour in the air.

Accommodation

 
Simba Campsite (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 19Ngorongoro/Arusha

Venture down to the crater floor and take in a final safari experience, viewing the high concentration of wildlife bound by the crater walls.

Exit the crater late in the morning and continue back to Arusha.

 
7-seat 4x4 safari vehicle
Ngorongoro – Arusha5h200km

Get a better view and take better snapshots aboard this off-road ride with a pop-up top.

 
Ngorongoro Crater Wildlife Safari Drive
Ngorongoro CraterMorning

Set the alarm and prepare for an early start to see the wonders of the Ngorongoro Crater. Here you’ll see Maasai herdsmen in the morning mist. Your driver/guide will take you down into the crater and to all the best spots to view wildlife. Spot zebra, gazelles, buffaloes, and warthogs. The swamp and forest are home to hippos, rhinos, elephants, baboons, and monkeys. Keep your eyes peeled and camera ready to capture a pride of lions or a lone leopard walking along the crater floor.

Accommodation

 
Meserani Snake Park (or similar)
Campground

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner

Day 20Arusha/Nairobi

Transfer to Kenya's capital city, where the tour finishes upon arrival in the evening.

Depart Arusha in the morning and travel overland to Nairobi. The tour ends upon arrival to Nairobi at the Hotel Boulevard in central Nairobi. In order to avoid any unnecessary issues with timing, please book ongoing travel from Nairobi in the evening.

There is no included accommodation for this night in Nairobi. You may choose to pre-reserve post-tour accommodation through G Adventures.

 
Border Crossing (Tanzania - Kenya)
Namanga

Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.

 
Departure Day (Activities)
 

Depart on arrival to your final destination. Your CEO can help with any onward travel arrangements you require.

 
Lando
Arusha – Nairobi7h286km

Climb aboard our new custom built ride …. overlanding G-style!

Meals included:

 Breakfast | Lunch

 

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