A combination of East African game parks and the majestic Victoria Falls. Game Parks, tropical islands and natural wonders, all one awesome backpackers trip.
The 21 Day Victoria Falls to Nairobi tour is packed with action. The tour travels to Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, two of the best known game reserves in Africa, the tropical island of Zanzibar, steeped in history and tradition. You won't forget your visit to the golden beaches of Lake Malawi and the amazing excursions at Victoria Falls.
- Victoria Falls, the largest sheet of falling water in the world
- Wide variety of adrenaline and scenic excursions in Victoria Falls
- Meserani Snake Park & Masai Cultural Museum
- Dar es Salaam
- Zanzibar Island's white sandy beaches and culture
- Kayaking in Lake Malawi
- South Luangwa National Park
- Chobe National Park
- Optional excursion into Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater
3 Crew Members
Most Meals Included
25 Passengers Max
21 Days 20 Nights
DAY 1: Victoria Falls (L/D)
Today is spent relaxing or participating in a myriad of Optional Excursions. AT 1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, the 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 Excurions - Zambezi National Park, elephant back safaris, horse back
safaris, crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort, bungee jump, abseiling, Microlight, ultra light & helicopters flights & white water rafting.
Day 2: Chobe National Park (B)
Crossing the border, we enter Botswana and continue to the town of Kasane, on the banks of the Chobe River. After lunch, we have some free time at leisure to relax. We leave for our Chobe National Park Mobile excursion in the afternoon.
Spend most of the afternoon searching for wildlife on the way to our camp within the park where we spend the evening surrounded by the sounds of the local wildlife.
DAY 3: Livingstone (Zambia)(L/D)
We have one last oppertunity for some game drives before returning to the camp at Kasane and continueing to the town of Livingstone. This afternoon you have the opportunity to view The Victoria Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the Zambia side or to join a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River.
DAY 7: Eastern Zambia (B/L/D)
Heading north you will pass through southern Zambia and few of the villages and towns along the way as we travel to the South Luangwa National Park.
DAY 5: South Luangwa National Park (B/L/D)
Located on the Luangwa River in the Eastern part of Zambia, it is the southernmost of three national parks in this region. Wildlife such as Giraffe, buffalo and Elephants can be found in abundance inside the park and is home to hippos and crocs.
Day 6: Chipata (B/L/D)
Traveling north east on the old ‘East Road’ we reach the beautiful little campsite just 10 km before the Zambia/Malawi border. In the past, the route from Cairo to Cape Town passed through Lusaka, along which we travel today. We stop to purchase some produce and coal from the local sellers along the way.
DAYS 7 to 9: Lake Malawi (Malawi) (B / L / D)
We cross into Malawi, stoping in the capital, Lilongwe, distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. We camp first at a campsite in the central Lake area, then in the northern area over the next 3 days.
Spend your next few days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine beaches. Malawi’s clear blue fresh-water lake is great for swimming all year round.
Optional Excursions - A variety of water sports, horse back riding or visit the local village and school
DAY 10: Iringa (Tanzania) (B / L / D)
After a relaxing 4 days, we leave Malawi, entering Tanzania through the border post at Songwe.Winding our way through the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towardsIringa where we spend the night in the beautiful rustic ‘Farmhouse’ campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
DAY 11: Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
As we make our way to Dar es Salaam, we pass through Mikumi National Park. Where you will often view wildlife from the roadside. The truck will experience a heavier amount of traffic heading into the city. The sights and sounds of this vibrant city are bound to keep you entertained. Keep an eye out for the colourful shop-fronts with humorous ‘catch phrases’. We camp at a lovely seaside campsite.
DAY 12-14: Zanzibar (OPTIONAL) (B)
Hop on the ferry to the "Spice Island,” where you have the option to spend the 3 nights on the island.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are on your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as most passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader will join you and can arrange your accommodation.
Zanzibar offers a wide variety of optional excursions
If you don't feel up to visiting Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at leisure at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam.
The camp offers diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook remain behind in Dar es Salaam.
DAY 15: Dar es Salaam (D)
We depart Zanzibar in the afternoon and return for another night in Dar es Salaam.
Arrival back to camp is usually in the late afternoon/evening.
Day 16: Pangani (B/L/D)
Leaving the hustle and bustle of Dar es Salaam, we head for the farmlands. Today is used as a transit day to get us closer to Serengeti.
DAY 17: Arusha (B/L/D)
A long day’s drive through vast sisal plantations and African bushveld takes us to Arusha. We pass The Pare and Usambara Mountain ranges and also the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions. We may even catch a glimpse of this iconic mountain’s snowy summit - a great photo opportunity. We reach our campsite in Meserani on the outskirts of Arusha.
DAY 18: Karatu (Optional) (B/L/D)
Today we visit Meserani Reptile Park and Masai Cultural Museum. We have time to explore the town of Arusha. Lunch is enjoyed at our camp against the backdrop of Mount Meru and transfer into locally operatedm specially designed 4WD vehicles.
Traveling via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu and climbing then up the Rift Valley Escarpment we reach the village of Karatu. We spend the evening at a very pleasant campsite in Karatu with ablution facilities.
DAY 19: Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park (B/L/D)
Departing early, we head for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the Ngorongoro Crater, the largest unbroken, unflooded caldera in the world, boasting some of the best game viewing in Africa – including Black Rhino.
After our game drive in the Crater, we drive down the rim of the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ towards the Serengeti National Park. Tonight we camp without ablution facilities surrounded by the sounds of the African wilderness, without any fences around the campsite... truly in the midst of nature!
DAY 20: Serengeti National Park to Arusha (B/L/D)
In the morning we start off with another game drive and search of the any wildlife we might have missed so far. We retrace our journey back to our truck at Arusha.
*Those of us skipping the optional Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater you will remain at the campsite.
DAY 21: Arusha to Nairobi (Kenya)(B)
Make our way north we reach the Tanzania/ Kenyan border and continue on our journey to Nairobi.
The rest of the day is yours at leisure.
Optional Excursions - Visit The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust or Giraffe Centre in Langata, Nairobi National Park or local curio markets close by the campsite or try the fair on offer at the famous Carnivores restaurant.
|Nairobi National Park half day tour (min 2)
|3 Day Serengeti/Ngorongoro Excursion
|Spice Tour Zanzibar
|Stone Town Tour – Zanzibar
|Prison island Snorkelling Trip
|Dhow sunset cruise
|Dhow Fishing Trip – Zanzibar
|Half Day Snorkel Trip – Nungwe
|PADI Dive Course – 3 to 5 Days
|Zanzibar Accommodation p/p/p/n
|Fresh water diving at Kande Beach
|Full Day Snorkelling
|Village Walk & Meal
|Traditional Healer Visit
|Livingstonia Mission hike 30km return
|Horse Riding 2 – 3 hours
|Zambezi Sunset Dinner Cruise (LIV)
|Horse Riding 3 hours
|Microlight over the Falls 15 mins
|Helicopter over the Falls 15 mins
|Entry to Vic Falls National Park
|Rafting on the Zambezi full day
|Full Day Adrenaline (min 10)
|Rafting & Boarding Combo
|Bungee Jumping (111m)
|Elephant Back Safari
|Walk with the Lions – Victoria Falls
(All prices are approximate)