24 Day South East Adventure 2019-20

South East Adventure 24 Day | Topdeck Travel
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Safari is a Swahili word meaning ‘journey’ – and this will be a journey you'll never forget! Mingle with the Maasai Mara, practise your selfie on safari in Serengeti National Park, spend your days horizontal on the 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.

Destinations
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Kenya
  • Tanzania
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
Tour Types
  • Youth
Day 1: Nairobi, Kenya to Maasai Mara National Reserve 

Welcome to Nairobi! Pro tip: try to arrive the day before the trip’s scheduled departure date in order to relax (and combat any jet lag). That way, you can join us for our pre-departure meeting. On day one, we’ll kick-start our adventure by travelling to the Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya’s best-known game park. Looking for the real Africa? This is it! We’ll spend two nights camping here, with plenty of time to explore the park and meet the locals on morning and afternoon game drives. Keep your eyes peeled for some (if not all) of Africa's 'Big Five' (elephant, lion, rhino, buffalo and leopard) and a whole bunch of other wildlife, too.



Day 2: Maasai Mara National Reserve

Yes! You’ve got another day to soak up the Mara’s rolling grasslands and broad horizons (heart eyes emoji). Watch out for wildebeest and zebras!



Day 3: Maasai Mara National Reserve to Nairobi

Leaving the incredible natural wonderland of the Maasai Mara behind us, today we’ll hit the road back to the chaotic city of Nairobi, where we’ll stay overnight.



Day 4: Nairobi to Arusha, Tanzania

After crossing the border into Tanzania, we’ll arrive at our next destination: Arusha. This place is Tanzania’s ‘safari capital’ – a bustling city with colourful markets, nestling in the shadow of Mt Meru. If we have time, we’ll take a guided walk in a Maasai village to learn about the local culture before heading to our camp (if not, we’ll do it on day seven). But first: anyone for an optional camel ride?



Day 5: Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Today we’ll switch to smaller 4x4 vehicles as we head west to Serengeti National Park. Don your khaki greens, ‘cos we’re going all-out safari mode! Exciting. Passing into the park, we’ll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which are home to an huge variety of grazing animals and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its nickname: ‘the place where the land moves on forever'.



Day 6: Serengeti National Park to Ngorongoro Crater

Rise and shine! This morning we’re heading out on a game drive beyond the plains – and after lunch, we’ll ascend the outer wall of the awesome Ngorongoro Crater. Tonight, we’ll stay on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket).



Day 7: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

Today, we’re headed inside the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving and wildlife spotting. It’s a tough life. Then: it’s back to Arusha. If we didn’t already do it on day four, we’ll visit a Maasai village this afternoon.



Day 8: Arusha to Bagamoyo

Next stop, Bagamoyo. If we’re lucky with the weather, we might even get to see an ah-mazing snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro (Africa’s highest peak) on the way.



Day 9: Bagamoyo to Dar es Salaam

Today we’re hitting the road south to Dar es Salaam, which is hot, humid and full of high rises, colourful markets and Arab-influenced architecture. Tonight we’ll set up camp on the beach (OMG). Feel that balmy sea breeze yet?



Day 10: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Hop on the ferry – we’ve got a beautiful palm-fringed island to get to! Fact: Zanzibar was once a major trading centre of spices. Did we mention this place has heaps of amazing optionals? We’re talking spice tours, visits to the Old Fort and more. Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We usually divide our nights in Zanzibar between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.



Day 11: Zanzibar

After breakfast, why not head out on foot to explore Stone Town? You’re sure to find a whole bunch of souvenirs here. Wanna get aquatic? Then an optional snorkelling or scuba diving session has your name on it.



Day 12: Zanzibar

If it's white sand, sparkling sea and hot sun you're after, you’ve come to the right place! Later, indulge in some de-LISH seafood or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. #Bliss



Day 13: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

It’s our final day in paradise! Soak up your tears with a bountiful breakfast and send your last few Snapchats before ferrying back to Dar es Salaam.



Day 14: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Today we’ll make our way east to Mikumi, where there’s an optional National Park visit on offer. Tonight: sip sundowners at the local bar before gathering around the open fire and stargazing at our camp.



Day 15: Mikumi National Park to Iringa

Today we’ll climb through Tanzania’s Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House – a working farm famous for its hot showers and chocolate brownies. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza provides beef, lamb, chicken and vegetables to the surrounding markets, as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam.



Day 16: Iringa to Lake Chitimba Beach, Malawi

After our last night in Tanzania, we’ll 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’ll stay at the Chitimba Beach campsite.



Day 17: Chitimba Beach

Got itchy feet? Then you may wanna take an optional hike to Livingstonia with a local guide. Be sure to rest up beforehand – the trek may take a while!



Day 18: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach

Today we’ll take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. After stopping to grab supplies, we’ll head to Kande Beach – our home for the next two nights.



Day 19: Kande Beach

Wanna grab a slice of today’s optionals? Go for it! We’ve got horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving on offer. It’s also worth taking the time to get to know some of the locals – they’re renowned for being some of the friendliest in Africa!



Day 20: Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia

Chipata is a colourful town with a number of fruit and vegetable markets – and a handful of ornate mosques, thanks to its large Indian community. If time allows, we’ll make a stop in town before arriving at our campsite.



Day 21: Chipata to Lusaka

Today we’ll make tracks to Zambia's urban metropolis, Lusaka. A commercial hub and centre for the government, Lusaka is home to dusty tree-lined streets and bustling local markets that ooze African flair. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing spot on a farm, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.



Day 22: Lusaka to Livingstone

Next up: adventure-loving Livingstone, where we’ll visit the thundering Victoria Falls. At over a mile wide, the falls form the largest curtain of falling water in the world, with spray visible from 20 kilometres away – hence the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the smoke that thunders').



Day 23: Livingstone

This is Africa’s adventure capital, so get out there and make the most of it! We’ve got optional whitewater rafting, gorge swinging and even bungy jumping to fulfil all of your adventure needs. If you want to take it easy, you could go fishing or take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi (both optional).



Day 24: Livingstone

Noooo! The trip ends here. Dig into breakfast and make the most of those #views while you still can!



  • Visit Maasai Mara National Reserve
  • Maasai village walk
  • Visit Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit Zanzibar
  • Visit Lake Malawi
  • Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)
  • 23 nights in 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
  • Overland safari vehicle
  • 23 breakfasts, 18 lunches, 18 dinners

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05-Jan-2020 for 23 Nights Visit Website
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