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South East Adventure (24 Day) 2017-18

<p>‘Safari’ is a Swahili word meaning ‘journey’ – and without a doubt, this will be a journey you'll never forget! Mingle with locals of the Maasai Mara, practise your selfie on safari in the Serengeti National Park, spend your days horizontal on the pristine island of Zanzibar and sip sundowners at majestic Victoria Falls. Guaranteed to fulfil all your African safari dreams, this trip through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia will be one to write home about. Seriously.</p>


Day 1 : Nairobi, Kenya to Maasai Mara National Reserve

Ready to start your adventure? Travelling in small, specialised safari vehicles, we make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. Prepare for two nights of camping on the edge of the reserve, with plenty of time to explore the park and meet the locals on morning and afternoon game drives. <br /> <br /> The 'Mara' is crossed every year between July and October by great herds of wildebeest, zebra and other grazing animals in their migration from the adjoining Serengeti plains to the south (in Tanzania). During our stay, we hope to see some, if not all, of Africa's Big Five (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and an array of other wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled!<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Masai Mara National Reserve excursion<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 2 : Maasai Mara National Reserve

Start the day right with an eye-opening morning game drive, where we'll be on the constant look out for the famous Big Five. Think: elephants, rhinos, buffalos, lions and leopards. In between our morning and afternoon game drives we have plenty of time to relax and soak up the top-notch panoramic views that this outstanding area of natural beauty brings to the table. Note to self: pack camera.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Masai Mara National Reserve excursion <br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 3 : Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

Leaving the incredible natural wonderland of the Masai Mara behind us, we make tracks and head back to the chaotic Kenyan city of Nairobi where we overnight.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> -Dinner

Day 4 : Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated midway between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania&rsquo;s &lsquo;safari capital&rsquo; as well as a bustling city of colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru. After exploring the markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city, where we prepare for our two-night, three-day included excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Masai Village walk<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 5 : Arusha to Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we&rsquo;ll change up our vehicles for a more game park-friendly option and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo ('mosquito creek'), before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we&rsquo;ll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its namesake: &lsquo;the place where the land moves on forever'. We drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, making for an unforgettable experience.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Serengeti National Park &amp; Ngorongoro Crater excursion<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 6 : Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

Rise and shine! This morning we head out on a game-drive beyond the plains, and then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, post-lunch. The night is spent camping on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket), which at 326 square kilometres, is Africa&rsquo;s largest intact caldera. If the view from the rim at 2,400 metres above sea level is spectacular, you can be sure the crater floor some 600 metres below, is equally spectacular.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Serengeti National Park &amp; Ngorongoro Crater excursion<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Serengeti balloon flight

Day 7 : Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

On the final day of the excursion, we descend down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving (and wildlife spotting!). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and enjoy a bite to eat before retracing our steps to our campsite at Arusha.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Serengeti National Park &amp; Ngorongoro Crater excursion<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 8 : Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater to Bagamoyo

This morning we cruise through the local Maasai villages and enjoy an insight into the everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture, before heading to the Bagamoyo area. Founded at the end of the 18th century, Bagamoyo was the original capital of German East Africa and was one of the most important trading ports along the East African coast. If we&rsquo;re lucky with the weather, we might even be treated to the view of a magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa&rsquo;s highest peak, on our way. <br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 9 : Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam

Leaving our camp at Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam and the Indian Ocean. &lsquo;Dar&rsquo; is Tanzania&rsquo;s main port and is a hub of commerce and industry. It is a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arab influenced architecture on the coast accessing one of the most important sea routes in the world. To the majority of travellers, this city is the port of call to the more exotic and relaxed island of Zanzibar and other islands. We set up camp on the beach just outside of the city, take in the balmy Indian Ocean sea breeze, and prepare for our own trip to Zanzibar.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 10 : Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Wonderfully exotic and perfectly placed, Zanzibar boasts idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, romantic winding alleys and lush tropical forests. The base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone, Zanzibar was once was a major trading centre of spices &ndash; not surprising, really, when you wander the streets and detect the intoxicating scent of spices in the air. Our time on the island is completely footloose and fancy-free, so spend your days as you wish.<br /> <br /> Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities &ndash; the time is entirely yours to do as you please.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Ferry to Zanzibar<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Spice tour<br /> -Slave markets<br /> -Arabic Fort<br /> -Palace Museum

Day 11 : Zanzibar

Don your comfiest walking shoes and head out on foot to explore intriguing Stone Town. Peruse the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings, and then visit the city&rsquo;s mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Spice tour<br /> -Scuba diving<br /> -Mnemba Island<br /> -Dhow snorkelling safari<br /> -Massage

Day 12 : Zanzibar

If it's white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Feeling adventurous? Try a spot of snorkelling and diving. For those wanting to stay on dry land, indulge in some sumptuous seafood or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. #Bliss.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Spice tour<br /> -Scuba diving<br /> -Mnemba Island<br /> -Dhow snorkelling safari<br /> -Massage

Day 13 : Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

It&rsquo;s our final day in paradise! Soak up your tears with a bountiful breakfast, before making the most of your incredible surrounds with a splash in the turquoise water. Time to send your last few Snapchats before ferrying back to Dar es Salaam.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Ferry to Dar Es Salaam<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Dinner

Day 14 : Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park and we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a stone&rsquo;s throw from the park, where we&rsquo;ll have the chance to sip sundowners at the local bar, followed by an evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars. If time allows, a game drive in the late afternoon will sate your appetite for a spot of animal viewing.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Mikumi Game Drive

Day 15 : Mikumi National Park to Iringa

After a scrumptious breakfast we depart for Iringa and Kisolanza Farm, which is at an altitude of 1600 metres, ensuring a pleasant climate in what is one of the most scenic areas in the Southern Highlands of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm, which provides organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets. This farmhouse is famous for their amazing hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate; and of course Amarula, which can be bought at their quaint candlelit bar.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 16 : Iringa to Lake Malawi, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land and both banana and tea plantations on the way to Songwe, the border post into Malawi. For the next two nights we will stay at the Chitimba Beach campsite on scenic Lake Malawi.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 17 : Lake Malawi

Enjoy time on the beach or shop at a large curios market, where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi&rsquo;s famous ornate and carved chairs. Alternatively, hike to Manchewe Falls, or embark on the Chihanga walk with a local guide. These trails are beautifully serene, but can take up to ten hours so be sure to get plenty of rest beforehand!<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Livingstone day hike

Day 18 : Lake Malawi to Malawi Beach

After a relaxing morning we take a scenic drive to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Kande Beach (also on Lake Malawi), where we stay two more nights.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Horse riding<br /> -Village walk

Day 19 : Malawi Beach

Try your hand at some of the water sports typically available, embark on a leisurely horse ride or simply relax by the lakeside and dip your toe in its warm waters anytime the need arises. It&rsquo;s also worth taking the time to get to know some of the locals, often regarded as some of the friendliest in Africa.<br /> Please note: Although we do our best to adhere to the campsites described in this itinerary, the crew may need to make some alterations to the itinerary published here.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Horse riding<br /> -Village walk

Day 20 : Malawi Beach to Chipata, Zambia

Upon leaving the lake we head for the capital Lilongwe to gather supplies for our onward journey into Zambia &ndash; which means a good chance to spend the last of your Malawi kwacha before we leave. Chipata, formally named Fort Jamerson, is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia and is a colourful town with a number of fruit and vegetable markets and ornate mosques, thanks to its large Indian community. If time allows, we&rsquo;ll make a stop in town before arriving to our campsite, situated a short distance from the town centre.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 21 : Chipata to Lusaka

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia&rsquo;s capital. Lusaka is southern Africa&rsquo;s fastest-growing city, and is located on the southern plateau at an elevation of 1,300 metres with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa. Enjoy the peace and quiet at our campsite, which is situated on a farm outside of the hustle and bustle, and be sure to keep watch for the zebras, ostriches, giraffes and antelopes roaming freely around the outskirts of the main camping area.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> -Dinner

Day 22 : Lusaka to Livingstone

Next up, we head south to Livingstone &ndash; our gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls and the continent's adrenalin capital. Setting up camp on the banks of the Zambezi, just a few kilometres from the Falls, you&rsquo;ll have the chance to marvel at the sheer force of the water. In fact, the spray can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi au Tunya &ndash; the &lsquo;smoke that thunders&rsquo;. Hint: now&rsquo;s the perfect chance to use that waterproof case you bought for your camera.<br /> <br /> Included today:<br /> -Mosi oa Tunya - Victoria Falls <br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> -Lunch<br /> <br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Victoria Falls bungee <br /> -Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk <br /> -Chief Mukumi Village tour<br /> -Gorge swing<br /> -Zambezi jetboating <br /> -Half day canoe safari <br /> -Zambezi sunset cruise<br /> -White water rafting<br /> -Helicopter ride<br /> -Fishing <br /> -Bridge tour<br /> -Full day abseil

Day 23 : Livingstone

Welcome to our picturesque Livingstone campsite, perfectly placed on the doorstep of the Mosi au Tunya National Park. Fancy another game drive? Here, you have the option. Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can usually be spotted, as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, warthog, hippo and a variety of different monkey species. The next few days are yours to explore the Victoria Falls area to the max.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast<br /> <br /> Optional activities:<br /> -Victoria Falls bungee <br /> -Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk <br /> -Chief Mukumi Village tour<br /> -Gorge swing<br /> -Zambezi jetboating <br /> -Half day canoe safari <br /> -Zambezi sunset cruise<br /> -White water rafting<br /> -Helicopter ride<br /> -Fishing <br /> -Bridge tour<br /> -Full day abseil

Day 24 : Livingstone

Make the most of the breathtaking barren landscapes and diverse wildlife in front of you this morning, before your African adventure comes to an end. If you&rsquo;re keen to stay on longer (and honestly, who wouldn&rsquo;t?) your trusty guide can help you sort out post-trip accommodation to enjoy even more of Africa's adventure capital.<br /> <br /> Meals:<br /> -Breakfast

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