Ultimate African Adventure I Kenia · Tansania · Uganda u. a.

Ultimate African Adventure I

  • Erlebnisreiche Overlandtour von Uganda bis zu den Victoria Fällen
  • Wildbeobachungsfahrt im Lake Nakuru NP
  • Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark
  • Begegnung mit den majestätischen Berggorillas
  • Pirschfahrten in der weltberühmten Masai Mara
  • Safari in der Serengeti & dem Ngorongoro Krater
  • Besuch eines Massai-Dorfes
  • Abstecher auf das exotische Inselparadies Sansibar
  • Freizeit & Entspannung am Malawisee
  • Naturwunder Victoriafälle
  • Überblick
  • Leistungen
  • Reiseverlauf
  • Termine & Preise
  • Zusatzinformationen
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39 Tage Kenia · Tansania · Uganda · Malawi · Sambia

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Diese aufregendene Campingsafari bietet Euch einen umfassenden Einblick in einige der besten Attraktionen von Ostafrika und gibt einen Vorgeschmack auf das Südliche Afrika. Unsere einzigartige Reiseroute wurde sorgfältig entwickelt, damit Ihr in dieser Zeit so viel wie möglich dieses unglaublichen Kontinents erkunden könnt. Die Höhepunkte geben sich die Klinke in die Hand: Begegne den Berggorillas und Schimpansen in Uganda, beobachte den unglaublichen Tierreichtum in der Masai Mara und den flachen Ebenen der Serengeti, wirf einen Blick auf den schneebedeckten Kilimanjaro und fühl dich wie im Paradies an den den sonnenverwöhnten Stränden auf der tropischen Insel Sansibar. Im südlichen Afrika endet unsere Tour an den Victoria Wasserfällen - ein Wunder der Natur!

Tag 1: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru NP
Tag 2: Lake Nakuru - Eldoret
Tag 3: Eldoret - Kampala
Tag 4: Kampala - Queen Elizabeth NP
Tag 5: Queen Elizabeth NP
Tag 6: Queen Elizabeth NP - Lake Bunyonyi
Tag 7-9: Lake Bunyonyi / Gorilla Trek
Tag 9: Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala
Tag 10: Kampala - Jinja
Tag 11-12: Jinja
Tag 13: Jinja - Eldoret
Tag 14: Eldoret - Nairobi
Tag 15: Nairobi
Tag 16: Nairobi - Masai Mara
Tag 17: Masai Mara
Tag 18: Masai Mara - Nairobi
Tag 19: Nairobi - Arusha
Tag 20: Arusha - Serengeti Nationalpark
Tag 21: Ngorongoro Krater
Tag 22: Ngorongoro - Arusha
Tag 23: Arusha - Bagamoyo
Tag 24: Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam
Tag 25-27: Sansibar
Tag 28: Sansibar - Dar es Salaam
Tag 29: Dar es Salaam - Mikumi NP
Tag 30: Mikumi - Iringa
Tag 31-32: Iringa - Chitimba Beach / Malawisee
Tag 33-34: Kande Beach
Tag 35: Kande Beach - Chipata
Tag 36: Chipata - Lusaka
Tag 37: Lusaka - Livingstone
Tag 38: Livingstone
Tag 39: Livingstone

Leistungen enthalten

Afrika Overlandtour lt. Programm, Transport im voll ausgerüsteten Overlandtruck, komplette Camping- und Kochausrüstung (außer Schlafsack), Aktivitäten und Ausflüge wie beschrieben: Pirschfahrt im Lake Nukuru Nationalpark, Queen Elizabeth Nationalpark, Transfer zum Ausgangspunkt für das Gorilla Tracking, 1x Permit für das Gorilla Tracking, 1x Permit für das Schimpansen-Trekking, Massai Mara Safari, Serengeti & Ngorongoro Krater Safari, Masai Village Walk, Fährüberfahrt zur/von der Insel Sansibar, Unterkunft auf der Insel Sansibar, Victoria Falls Eintrittsgebühr

Leistungen nicht enthalten

Internationale Flüge (gerne über uns buchbar), Local Payment (zahlbar vor Abreise), nicht genannte Mahlzeiten und Getränke, Schlafsack, Visumgebühren, Reiseversicherung, persönliche Ausgaben, Trinkgeld, optionale Ausflüge und Aktivitäten, Vor- und Nachübernachtungen zur Tour, Flughafentransfers

Unterbringung

35x Camping
3x Hotel / Gästehaus auf Sansibar (Mehrbettzimmer)

Die Übernachtung auf den Campingplätzen erfolgt in großen 2-Personen-Kuppelzelten mit Überzelt, eingenähtem Boden, Eingang mit Insektenschutzgitter und Schaumstoffmatratzen. Wir verwenden hauptsächlich Campingplätze, die in der Regel vernünftige Wasch- und Duschmöglichkeiten, Strom und möglichst auch einen kleinen Laden, Bar und Swimmingpool bieten. Die Austattung der Campingplätze ist unterschiedlich und hängt von der besuchten Region ab.

Verpflegung

38x Frühstück
31x Mittagessen
30x Abendessen

Das Kochen wird zusammen vom Tourguide und den Teilnehmern übernommen. Es sind 3 herzhafte Mahlzeiten pro Tag mit eingeschlossen (sofern nicht anders angegeben). Der Guide vollbringt wahre Wunder auf dem Campingkocher! Jeder Teilnehmer hilft bei der Zubereitung der Mahlzeit mit. Vegetarier können problemlos verköstigt werden und werden von unseren Kochkünsten begeistert sein. Bei Bedarf können spezielle Ernährungs- und Diätanforderungen berücksichtigt werden. Diese sollten jedoch frühzeitig angemeldet werden.

Tourbegleitung

2 erfahrene englischsprachige Tourbegleiter (geschulter Fahrer und Reiseleiter)

Transportarten

LKW / Truck, Fähre, Spezial-Safarifahrzeug

Zusätzliche Übernachtungen

NAIROBI
"Boulevard Hotel"
Verpflegung: Frühstück
Doppelzimmer: 60 EUR p.P.
Einzelzimmer: 90 EUR

LIVINGSTONE
"The Vic Falls Waterfront"
- ohne Verpflegung -
Village Tent (Doppel): 23 EUR p.P.
Village Tent (Einzel): 34 EUR p.P.
Standard Doppelzimmer: 99 EUR p.P.
Standard Einzelzimmer: 150 EUR p.P.

Flughafentransfer

Nairobi:
37 Euro p.P.

Livingstone:
30 EUR (bei 1 Person)
15 EUR p.P. (bei 2 Personen)

Optionale Ausflüge / Zusatzleistungen

UGANDA:
Lake Bunyoni:
- Island boat trips US$25 - US80
- Village walk US5
- Traditional dance US$30
- Bird watching US$5
- Canoe hire US$5

Jinja:
- Bungee Jumping US$110
- Quad biking US$80
- White water rafting US135
- Community School Project US$40
- Nile Cruise From US$25
- Nile sup from US$20
- Kayak from US$20
- Fishing trips from US$60
- Mountain biking from US$30

KENIA
Nairobi:
- Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage US$105
- Giraffe Centre US$10
- Karen Blixen Museum US$20

TANSANIA:
Serengeti
- Serengeti Balloon Flight from US$550

Sansibar:
- Spice Tour US$30
- Slave markets US$15
- Arabic Fort US$10
- Palace Museum US$10
- Scuba Diving local US$130
- Mnemba Island US$170
- Dhow snorkelling safaris from US$65
- Massages from US$15

Mikumi NP:
- Mikumi NP Game Dive US$150

MALAWI:
- Livngstonia day hike US10
- Horse riding US$45
- Village walk US$7

SAMBIA:
Livingstone:
- Bungee jumping US$160
- Full day abseil US$180
- Mosi Oa Tunya National Park
- Game walk US$110
- Chief Mukumi Village tour US$50
- Gorge swing US$95
- Zambezi Jet boat and Cable car US$120
- Half day canoe US$110
- Zambezi Sunset Cruise US$85
- Full day White Water Rafting US$160
- Helicopter/ Microlight flights from US$ 170
- Half day fishing US$145
- Bridge Tour US$65
Day 1: Nairobi - Lake Nakuru National Park
Distance travelled: +/-190 km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours


Kenya is East Africa’s most popular safari destination and has a long tradition of tourism and of welcoming visitors. Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, has seen rapid growth in recent years but still has a comparatively small city centre, interesting city markets, numerous craft shops, book shops and plenty of cafes and restaurants. We recommend you arrive at least one day before the tour departure in order to relax, check out the city and overcome any jetlag.

We depart Nairobi early and descend into the "Great Rift Valley", an enormous cleft in the Earth’s surface stretching from the Red Sea to Madagascar but with particularly marked escarpments here in Kenya. We stop at a lookout point to take in the magnificent views. Our overnight stop is Lake Nakuru National Park, a relatively small park (by African standards) however prolific in wildlife, situated on the Great Rift Valley floor. The shallow soda lake attracts a huge variety of birdlife - especially flamingos, which may gather in such numbers that (when viewed from above) they form a strikingly pink "fringe" around the lake-shore. However Lake Nakuru is not simply a bird sanctuary, it is also home to buffalo, lion, rhino (black and white), leopard, warthog, baboon, antelope, and a variety of smaller animals. A delightful introduction to East Africa’s wildlife diversity that we search for in an afternoon game drive making use of local guides and smaller safari vehicles for a more intimate experience.

Accommodation: Punda Milias Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 2: Lake Nakuru - Eldoret
Distance travelled: +/-150 km
Approx driving time: 3,5 Hours


From Nakuru we continue northwest and climb in altitude towards the town of Eldoret, en route to the Ugandan frontier. We cross from the Southern Hemisphere to the Northern Hemisphere today over the Equator, enjoying some time here learning a little about its significance and taking photos before moving onwards to Eldoret.  The name ‘Eldoret’ is based on the Maasai word ‘Eldore’ meaning stony river, due to the stony bed of the nearby Sosiani River. The town is the 5th largest in Kenya and is the fastest growing with a population of approx 194,000. We camp outside of town in a unique campsite created on hilly forest tribal land, once home to members of the ancient Sirikwa tribe. Preserved on the site are excavations with stone sides, commonly called Sirikwa holes, which are believed to have been roofed and occupied by the inhabitants of a bygone age.

Accommodation: Naiberi Overland camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 3: Eldoret - Kampala
Distance travelled: +/-400 km
Approx driving time: 7,5 Hours


We cross into Uganda, Winston Churchill’s "Pearl of Africa", a country with beautiful natural scenery and a rich mosaic of tribes and cultures - and friendly people. Our first night we camp at the capital Kampala, an attractive hilly city, bustling with roadside traders, markets and busy matatu (mini-bus taxi) stands.

Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Kampala 

Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 4: Kampala - Queen Elizabeth National Park
Distance travelled +/-240 km
Approx driving time: 5 hours


From Kampala, we travel west towards Queen Elizabeth National Park, crossing the Equator again, through fertile green terraced hillsides, lush banana plantations, steep mountains and tangled forests. From the truck we should see herds of Ankole cattle with their incredible long curving horns roaming the roads and paddocks. We camp a short distance from the Queen Elizabeth National Park. Here you will have the opportunity to relax and unwind, take a walk in the surrounding areas and mingle with the local community.

Accommodation: Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 5: Queen Elizabeth National Park
This morning we enter the Queen Elizabeth National Park and taking in the magnificent views of the mountains that separate Uganda from central Africa as well as Lake Edwards and Lake George. In fact Queen Elizabeth National park has over 500 species of bird and 100 species of mammals, making it one of the most bio diverse national parks in the world. If we are lucky, we may get to spot some of these animals en route to Kyambura Gorge for the trek to see the chimpanzees. Unlike their larger cousins, the mountain gorilla, chimps live mostly in the trees and so our viewing consists mainly of peering high into the forest canopy. Predictably, the experience of seeing man’s closest relative in the wild is a memorable one.
Trekking permits are issued by the wildlife authority in groups of up to 8 people at a time, per group. Depending on our group size, this means that we may trek on the afternoon of day 4, morning of day 5 and afternoon of day 5 or morning of day 6.

Accommodation: Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 6: Queen Elizabeth National Park - Lake Bunyonyi
Distance travelled +/- 240 km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours


We leave the picturesque hills of the national park and make our way to the lush and stunning Lake Bunyonyi ("Place of many little birds"). This lake is 27 km long, 7 km wide and at an elevation of 1950 metres above sea level, it is surrounded by undulating hills between 2200m to 2478m high. With a depth of nearly 900m in parts, this lake is the second deepest lake in Africa (the deepest being Lake Tanganyika in Tanzania). With twenty-nine islands that can be visited by local boats, the lake is a great place to unwind, relax and explore on the days that we don’t trek to see the mountain gorillas.

Over the next two days the group will be split, with one group trekking to the mountain gorillas while the others stay at Lake Bunyonyi to enjoy the many activities on offer.

Lake Bunyoni
There are many activities to do here such as hiring canoes to visit some of the lakes islands, visit local tribes and villages, visiting the local orphanage, as well as bird watching and nature walks. Alternatively just relax around camp, catch up on your travel diary or postcards to home, or sorting through your photos of your trip so far.

Mountain Gorilla Trekking
This region of Africa is home to the world’s remaining 700 free-roaming mountain gorillas, many of which inhabit the Bwindi Impenetrable National Park. [Occasionally we may travel into neighbouring Rwanda to trek for the gorillas.]
 
On the day of your trek we gather in the early morning to meet our local guide and tracker. Walking in small groups, we trek into the thick rainforest. The trek can be demanding at times - with uneven terrain and hilly rainforest, but the privilege of spending time with a family of these gentle primates makes the effort well worthwhile. To many people the day’s trek and time with the gorillas remains their most exciting wildlife encounter in Africa. 

The usual procedure, once we have located the gorilla "family", is to squat or sit down and simply observe them for around an hour - the time set by the Uganda Wildlife Authority (the national body charged with controlling and maintaining the gorillas in Uganda). Gorillas are sociable creatures, living in groups between 12 and 20 individuals, usually led by an alpha male (the "silverback" - so called because of the silver hair on his back which grows once the male gorillas reach maturity). Most people find that the gorillas are remarkably human-like at close quarters - particularly in the social interaction between family members and in "play" activity in which the young engage. Photography is permitted (although not with a flash and there are restrictions for those who wish to use a video camera.)

Your permit allows you one trek and gorilla viewing (time limited to one hour). However because the authorities maintain strict limits on the number of visitors allowed to view the gorillas each day we may spend several days in the area while all passengers in our group complete the trek and viewing.

Note:
Depending on the availability of the chimpanzee and gorilla permits the tour itinerary may vary in day to day running order which is based on the brochure itinerary. From time to time we may have to trek on different days. If at any reason our Gorilla trek should be in another neighbouring country, e.g. Rwanda (instead of Uganda) this may entail extra visa fees although we shall endeavour to advise you before departure of any significant changes to the tour itinerary. Please take the above itinerary as a guideline only. This applies to day 6 - 8 of this tour.

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop/ Gorilla Trek area - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 7: Lake Bunyonyi / Rest days or Gorilla trek day
If not trekking, today is free to explore the surrounding area, discover the Islands by boat on Lake Bunyonyi or relax back at camp catching up on some well deserved rest and relaxation.

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop/ Gorilla Trek area - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 8: Lake Bunyonyi / Rest days or Gorilla trek day
Today is a trek day or a day at leisure to enjoy the many optional activities in Lake Bunyonyi. Whether relaxing on the shores of this deep Crater Lake with a good book or heading out to the village and orphanage to gain an insight into the everyday life of Ugandans in this area - you'll no doubt wish you could stay in this beautiful part of Africa for longer. 

Accommodation: Lake Bunyonyi Overland Stop/ Gorilla Trek area - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 9: Lake Bunyonyi - Kampala
Distance travelled +/- 550 km
Approx driving time: 10 Hours


From Lake Bunyonyi we make our way back across the Equator (stopping for a photo if we have not done so previously) through lush pasture lands and the northern reaches of Lake Victoria (Africa's largest lake) to Kampala where we will overnight. Kampala is a hotspot for great food and entertainment. If time allows, go out to enjoy the nightlife, try the local cuisines and enjoy the hospitality and friendliness of the local Ugandans.

Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Kampala 

Accommodation: Red Chilli Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 10: Kampala - Jinja
Distance travelled +/- 80 km
Approx driving time: 1,5 Hours


Leaving Kampala we drive the short distance to the town of Jinja on the banks of Lake Victoria and the Nile. It was in 1862 that the British explorer John Hanning Speke recognised Lake Victoria as the "source of the Nile" settling a long running dispute about Africa's (and the world's) longest river. From his modest monument on the banks, the Nile begins its 4132 mile course through Uganda, Sudan and eventually Egypt to the Mediterranean Sea.

Our camp is situated on the grassy banks overlooking the Nile River. It is here that we usually have the option to try river rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of "whitewater". There is also the opportunity to make some difference to local children at a local school project: "Softpower" is a locally run volunteer programme aimed at building and improving schools in the Jinja area to which your contribution of a few hours of painting or plastering is always most welcome. Other activities at Jinja include mountain biking, quad biking, village walks and even bungee jumping!

Accommodation: Nile River Explorers - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 11: Jinja
Enjoy a free day in this magical place or take part in one of the many optional activities on offer. Adrenaline lovers can head to the world class rapids and try rafting - an exciting day out for those enjoying the thrill of "whitewater". Those seeking a more relaxing day can visit the local community or simply just relax at camp.

Accommodation: Nile River Explorers - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 12: Jinja
Enjoy a last day on the banks of the Nile exploring the surrounding community, the town of Jinja and discover the beauty of the river Nile as you relax on its banks or indulge in the many optional activities on offer. 

Accommodation: Nile River Explorers - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 13: Jinja - Eldoret
Distance travelled: +/- 300 km
Approx driving time: 6 Hours

Leaving Jinja, we retrace our steps across the border into Kenya and onwards to Eldoret, where we will camp for the evening. 

Accommodation: Naiberi Overland Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 14: Eldoret - Nairobi
Distance travelled: +/- 250 km
Approx driving time:  4 hours

This morning we cross the Equator and make our way south to Nairobi and to our base just outside the city.

Please note that some group members may be finishing their tour in Nairobi today.

Accommodation: Karen Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: Yes

Day 15: Nairobi
Today you are free to explore the city and surrounding area and our Tour Leader can help you arrange these optional excursions locally. Popular excursions include catching a taxi into town to check out the shopping, markets, bars and restaurants; Visit the National Museum of Kenya; chow down at Carnivore - a bbq meat eater's paradise; go on safari at Nairobi National Park; Visit the Daphne Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Giraffe Centre or check out the Karen Blixen Museum in the nearby town of Karen. Alternatively the day is yours to simply relax and enjoy some "downtime".

Accommodation: Karen Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes

Day 16: Nairobi - Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Distance travelled: +/-300 km
Approx driving time: 5 hours


We depart the city early and make our way across the Great Rift Valley to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, enjoying views of the vast vista en route. We travel in small specialized safari vehicles that enable us to have a more intimate view of wildlife. We spend two nights camping on the edge of the Reserve with time to explore the park on morning and afternoon game drives. The sweeping plains, distant horizons, low slung acacia trees, and plentiful wildlife ensure a deeply evocative few days. 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). How long they stay is dependant on rainfall and subsequent grass growth in the rainy season. Predators (such as lion, cheetah, leopard) and scavengers (hyena, vultures) follow the grazing animals and this enormous congregation of wildlife forms a spectacular display of Africa’s natural resource. But the Mara is excellent for game viewing at any time of year and regardless of when you can visit 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.

Accommodation: Maasai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes (Nairobi only)

Day 17: Maasai Mara Reserve, Kenya
Approx driving time: Full day including game drives

We have the day to explore the Reserve in search for wildlife including the "Big 5" - lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo and leopard. We stop for a lunch before returning to our tented camp for the evening.

Accommodation: Maasai Mara: Chronicle Tented Camp
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 18: Maasai Mara Reserve - Nairobi
Distance travelled: +/-300 km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours


From the Mara we make our way back across the Great Rift Valley to Nairobi, where we overnight.
Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Nairobi on this day.

Accommodation: Karen Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: No

Day 19: Nairobi - Arusha, Tanzania
Distance travelled: +/-270 km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours


After crossing the border into Tanzania at the busy Namanga frontier we arrive at our destination, Arusha, in the late afternoon. Situated mid-way between Cape Town and Cairo, this is very much Tanzania's "safari capital" - a bustling city with colourful markets, shops, vehicles and people, all nestling in the shadow of the brooding Mt Meru (4556m).

After exploring the curio markets, we head to our camp just outside Arusha on the open plains to the west of the city. It is from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

This afternoon, if time allows, we enjoy a walk to one of the local Maasai villages to enjoy an insight into everyday life and traditions of this colourful culture.

Accommodation: Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 20: Arusha - Serengeti National Park
Distance Travelled: +/- 250 km
Approx driving time: Full day including game drives

This morning we transfer to smaller, more "game park friendly" vehicles and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo ("mosquito creek") and enter the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. We enter the park and drive around the Crater's rim and down onto the Serengeti plains. Green after the rains, brown and burnt in the dry, this is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara the Serengeti is simply huge - indeed the name derives from the Maasai word Siringitu – "the place where the land moves on forever". We game drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, for an unforgettable experience.

Accommodation: Serengeti National Park: Bush Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 21: Ngorongoro Crater
We drive out of the plains, game driving en route, and after lunch ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater. We spend the night camping on the rim (you may need a jacket; it can be cold at night due to the altitude), where wildlife also roams free. At 326 square kilometres, the Ngorongoro is Africa’s largest intact caldera and a World Heritage Site. If the view from the rim (2400 metres above sea level) is spectacular, the site from the Crater floor (some 600 metres below) is equally enjoyable.

Accommodation: Simba Camp - Camping in twin share tents with basic shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 22: Ngorongoro Crater - Arusha, Meserani Snake Park
Distance Travelled: +/- 250 km
Approx driving time: Full days including morning game drive

We wake early and descend the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving in this spectacular wildlife haven. All of the large mammals are present except giraffe (which cannot manage the steep slopes leading down onto the Crater floor). 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 have lunch before retracing our steps to Arusha and our campsite at the Meserani Snake Park.

Note: We may enjoy the Maasai walk on this day if we were unable to make this on day 19.

Accommodation:  Meserani Snake Park - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 23: Arusha - Bagamoyo
Distance travelled: +/-560 km
Approx driving time: 9 Hours


This morning we wake early and head south via Moshi to Bagamoyo. If the weather is clear we will be afforded a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest peak (5.895m). The quaint town of Bagamoyo was founded at the end of the 18th century and was one of the most significant trading ports along the East African coast. Our camp for the evening is situated close by to the palm fringed beaches of the Indian Ocean.

Accommodation: Fire Fly Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 24: Bagamoyo - Dar es Salaam
Distance travelled: +/-60 km
Approx driving time: 2 - 3 Hours


Leaving Bagamoyo we make our way south to Dar es Salaam. "Dar" is Tanzania's main port and is a hub of commerce and industry - 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 a majority of travellers, this city is the port of entry to the more exotic island of Zanzibar and other archipelago 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 trip to Zanzibar.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Beach Resort - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 25: Zanzibar Island
Distance Travelled: Ferry crossing

Evocative and exotic, Zanzibar conjures up images of idyllic, sandy, palm fringed beaches; romantic winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests. You will find all of these here - and an intriguing history. Zanzibar was the base of the great 19th century explorers such as John Hanning Speke, Richard Burton and David Livingstone and once was a major trading centre of spices. Indeed the spice trade here is centuries old: Zanzibarians have traded with the people of the Arabian peninsula for many generations, navigating the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town. This influence can be seen right along the Eastern coast – the Swahili language itself is a result of the mixing of Arab and African languages and cultures over many centuries.

Zanzibar’s other history is not so romantic. The island was also a staging post for slaves bought from the African interior, being held before shipping to slave owners in the Middle East. You can still see the places where these men and woman were held - and even a short visit is enough to convey the appalling conditions they had to endure.

Our time on the island over the next 3 nights is not structured and your time is at leisure. Perhaps the best way to see Stone Town is on foot: explore the bazaars for old maritime trinkets, fabrics and wooden carvings, or visit mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways of the old town. Spices are grown in plantations nearby and you can take day tours to visit some and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents experienced. If it’s white sand, sparkling ocean and hot sun you prefer - head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic tourist class accommodation (B&B) is included in the tour price but for the sake of flexibility other meals are left for your own account. Typically we spend one night in Stone Town and the next two nights in the north of the island at one of the beaches. Your tour leader will be available to assist if you if you have any questions or need activities arranged.

Please note that some group members may be starting their tour in Dar es Salaam.  Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Accommodation: Stone Town - Safari Lodge or similar - twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: No

Day 26: Zanzibar Island
Enjoy free time on Zanzibar and transfer to the northern beaches from Stone Town. Relax on the sun kissed beaches of Kendwa, in the northwest part of the island, take an optional diving trip to the rich colourful reefs or grab a snorkel and goggles to explore these from above.

Accommodation: Kendwa Northern beaches - Sunset Bungalows or similar - twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: No

Day 27: Zanzibar Island
Browse markets or enjoy hanging in a hammock with a cocktail and a good book. The beach is a great place to catch up with the locals who will pass by selling their wares, offering henna tattoos and inexpensive massages. Round the day off with a sunset dhow cruise or chilling to the tunes from the nearby beach bars.

Accommodation: Kendwa Northern beaches - Sunset Bungalows or similar - twin/ triple rooms with en-suite facilities
Meals included: Breakfast is included with hotel accommodation
WIFI: No

Day 28: Zanzibar - Dar es Salaam
Distance Travelled: Ferry crossing

We have the morning to do any last minute shopping or enjoy one last swim before catching the ferry back to the African mainland and Dar es Salaam and onwards to our campsite on the coast for the evening.

Please note that some group members may be ending their tour in Dar es Salaam.  Both old and new are invited to join in any group outings.

Accommodation: Kipepeo Village - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included:  Breakfast, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 29: Dar es Salaam - Mikumi National park area
Distance travelled: +/-290 km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours


Leaving the bustling city and warm Atlantic coast, we drive inland through the Mikumi National Park where we may, with luck, spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. Our campsite is located a short stone’s throw from the park and we enjoy sundowners at the local bar/ restaurant followed by the evening around the open fire under the blanket of stars.
If time allows we can go on an optional game drive in the late afternoon.

Accommodation: Tan-Swiss Lodge - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 30: Mikumi - Iringa
Distance travelled: +/-220 km
Approx driving time: 4 Hours

We continue our journey heading to the town of Iringa and the Kisolanza Farm. At an altitude of 1600m Kisolanza ensures a pleasant fresh climate in 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 providing organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as Dar es Salaam. The farm house is a well known spot to camp and is the overnight near our mid-way point for our journey from the ocean to the Malawi border.

Accommodation: Kisolanza Farm House - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 31: Iringa to Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Distance travelled: +/-550 km
Approx driving time: 11 Hours

After our last night in Tanzania, we head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land, and banana and tea plantations to the Songwe border post into Malawi.

Lake Malawi formerly "Lake Nyasa" covers almost a fifth of the country’s area and provides the source of livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade, and a common sight is that of a fisherman in his Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. The lake also has the highest number of endemic fresh water fish species of any in the world.

Note: Although it is our intention to adhere to the campsites described, a certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary. Please therefore treat the Malawi section of the dossier as a guide line only.
 
Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: Yes

Day 32: Chitimba Beach, Malawi
Relax on the beach, take a leisurely village walk or do the full day trip to Manchewe Falls where, after an 11km hike, you can cool off in a natural bath. The surrounding hills are home to the Livingstonia Mission where David Livingstone worked from for a time while staying in Malawi. The views from here are simply magnificent and well worth the effort of hiking to. For those staying at the campsite, there is a local craft market where you can enjoy learning the ins and outs of the game of Bao, haggle for some souvenirs or enjoy a relaxing day admiring the shimmering waters from the beach.

Accommodation: Chitimba Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner,
WIFI: Yes

Day 33: Kande Beach
Distance travelled: +/-240 km
Approx driving time: 5 Hours

Today we take a nice scenic drive through rubber plantations 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 to Kande Beach. Try some of the optional water sports typically available, horse riding or else simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, generally known as some of the friendliest in Africa, to gain insight into their way of life.

Accommodation: Kande Beach Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 34: Kande Beach
Today you’ll have some free time to try some of the water sports available including diving, snorkelling, and horse riding along the beach.  Or simply relax and enjoy the warm fresh waters of Lake Malawi. There is the opportunity to meet the local people, by tradition very friendly, on an optional guided Village Walk, or you can simply head out and explore the lakeside, craft market and meet some of the locals.

Accommodation: Kande Beach - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 35: Kande Beach - Chipata, Zambia
Distance travelled +/-440 km
Approx driving time: 9 Hours

Saying our goodbye's to "the Lake", we cross the border to Zambia and to Chipata.  Formally named Fort Jamerson, the border town has a population of approx 98,000, and is the capital of Zambia’s Eastern Province. The town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and an unexpected number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before arriving to our campsite situated a short distance from the town centre.

Accommodation: Mama Rula’s Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner 
WIFI: Yes

Day 36: Chipata - Lusaka
Distance travelled: +/-620 km
Approx driving time: 12 Hours

Today we leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush country and small villages, cross the Luangwa River to Lusaka, Zambia’s capital. Lusaka is Southern Africa’s fastest growing city with approx 1.7m inhabitants. It is located on Zambia’s southern plateau at an elevation of 1300m with four main highways running north, south, east and west to different parts of Africa.
Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing setting on a farm.

Accommodation: Eureka Camp - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
WIFI: No

Day 37: Lusaka - Livingstone
Distance travelled: +/-520 km
Approx driving time: 10 Hours


We head south to Livingstone and set up camp at the Waterfront campsite on the banks of the Zambezi River, just a few kilometres from the Victoria Falls. At various times of year the spray from the "Falls" can be seen from up to 20 or 30 kilometres away, hence the local name Mosi oa Tunya - the "smoke that thunders". Don't forget your raincoat to keep you and your camera dry!

The campsite management provide information on all activities available in the area (typically these include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights, river cruises), allowing you to plan your time accordingly over the next four nights.

Note:
For the sake of practicality, meals in Livingstone are restricted to breakfasts. This allows you to take on half day or full day activities (some of which include lunch) without having to be back with the group at mealtimes. The Waterfront camp restaurant overlooks the Zambezi River and offers a good selection of reasonably priced meals and snacks throughout the day (allow US$15 -$30 per meal). Relax and enjoy these few days at your own leisure. Alternatively, take a taxi or free shuttle into Livingstone and try the local fare.

Accommodation: Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast, Lunch
WIFI: Yes

Day 38: Livingstone, Zambia
We have a free day in Livingstone today to explore the town, pop over to neighbouring Zimbabwe or enjoy the many optional activities on offer such as rafting, bungee jumping, river cruises, flights over the falls, just to name a few.

Accommodation: Waterfront - Camping in twin share tents with shared facilities
Meals included: Breakfast
WIFI: Yes

Day 39: Livingstone, Zambia
Today our tour ends after breakfast. Remember to book post tour accommodation and enjoy an extra day of the optional activities available.

Accommodation: None
Meals included: Breakfast
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FAHRZEUG & AUSRÜSTUNG
Die Overlandtrucks sind speziell für die Straßenverhältnisse in Afrika entworfen und von robuster Bauart. Die Trucks sind mit großen Fenstern und 24 vorwärts ausgerichteten Sitzen ausgestattet, so dass Sie nichts von der atemberaubenden Landschaft oder den Tieren verpassen. Die Trucks verfügen weiterhin über Tische, Steckdosen zum Anschließen und Aufladen von Laptops, Kameras und MP3-Playern, Gefrierschrank, Wassertank, Bibliothek, Spiele, I-pod Anschluss und private Schließfächer mit 70-Liter Volumen. Die Campingausrüstung umfasst Campingstühle mit Rückenlehne, Campingtische, eine umfangreiche Küchenausstattung sowie große Kuppelzelte und komfortable Schaumstoffmatten.

TOURBESPRECHUNG
Das Vortreffen findet am Abend VOR dem Tourbeginn um 18 Uhr im Tourhotel in Nairobi statt. Bitte reist daher mindestens einen Tag vor Beginn der Tour in Nairobi an. Die Abfahrt in Nairobi ist am Tag 1 um 08:00 Uhr morgens.