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Wild Africa Adventure

Victoria Falls, Zanzibar & Serengeti Safaris

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Group Size: Max 22

Trip code: DVN

Duration: 20 days

Visit 5 countries
Overlanding expedition vehicle
Adventure camping trip

Dive into the wilderness on this amazing group trip through East Africa. With paradise beaches, natural wonders, and some of the most incredible wildlife viewing experiences, it’s a tour that seriously ticks the boxes! See herds of giraffe silhouetted against a Serengeti sunset, wander through Zanzibar’s perfumed spice plantations, hear the honking calls of hippos across South Luangwa’s shimmering rivers, share a traditional dinner with a Malawian family in their home, and watch in awe as a pride of lions stalk their prey across the Ngorongoro Crater. You’ll stay on rustic campsites where you’ll be totally immersed in your natural surroundings and travel in a rugged overlander and safari vehicles. This is the African adventure at its finest. 

Zimbabwe - Zambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya

Trip Highlights

  • Experience Africa’s raw beauty and amazing wildlife on a Serengeti safari drive
  • Discover Zanzibar’s sugar-white beaches, historic towns, and fragrant spice plantations
  • See zebra, lions, hippo and more on an unforgettable safari in the Ngorongoro Crater
  • Bliss out on the shores of Lake Malawi, with gorgeous mountain views and golden sands
  • Spend your nights camping under African stars with a ready-made group of mates
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What's included
  • 19 nights’ accommodation
  • 19 breakfasts, 16 lunches & 15 dinners
  • All camping equipment (exc. sleeping bag/pillow)
  • 2 x experienced group leaders
  • Local guides
  • All on-trip transport
  • Overland adventure vehicle & safari vans
  • Community textiles project visit
  • Kande beach local home dinner
  • Lake Malawi beaches
  • Zanzibar beaches
  • Spice plantation tour
  • Serengeti National Park safari x 2
  • Ngorongoro Crater wildlife safari drive
  • National park entrance fees
  • 24 hour emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Visas
  • Insurance
  • Some meals
  • Bottled drinking water
  • Sleeping bag and pillow
  • Optional activities
Further trip information

Our overlanding trips are perfect for travellers with a real sense of adventure. You'll camp in epic settings in the African bush, with nothing but canvas separating you and the wilderness. Some of the campsites are seriously off-grid, and you'll be totally immersed in the natural world. It's the kind of authentic African experience that you would never get staying in a hotel. 

Most of the camping is 'participation style', where everybody pitches in to set up, run, and take down the camps. Working together as a team, and getting your hands dirty gives the group a real sense of togetherness. It's a great way to get to know each other.  

You'll travel in rugged 24-seat overland safari vehicles that can cope with the most demanding terrains, and have large viewing windows that get you up close to Africa's amazing wildlife. When we're hitting the national parks, we'll often switch to smaller, more nimble safari vehicles, so we can get even more intimate with our surroundings.

Day 1: Victoria Falls Town (Zimbabwe). Arrive in Victoria Falls Town. Tonight, get to know your tour guides and the rest of the group at a welcome meeting. Please note, if you wish to visit the waterfalls, we recommend you arrive a day before your tour starts so you have time to visit independently.

Day 2: Victoria Falls to Lusaka (Zambia). Hop in our overland adventure vehicle (AKA the Lando) and hit the road. Cross the border into Zambia, and head to a private farm where zebras, buffalo, and antelope roam freely. As the sun dips down, grab a beer at the camp bar with your new mates.

Day 3: Lusaka to South Luangwa. We’ve got a full day on the road today so download your fave playlists, stock up on snacks, and put on your comfy travelling clothes. Arrive on the banks of the Luangwa River and set up camp before an evening of laughs and dinner with your travel buddies.

Day 4: South Luangwa National Park. Experience the untamed beauty of Zambia in South Luangwa National Park today. See an amazing array of animals, including lions, leopards, elephants, hippos, and crocodiles on an optional wildlife safari drive, or get out there on foot, with a walking safari.

Day 5: Lusaka to Chipata. Take an optional safari drive or walking safari in the wilds of South Luangwa, before climbing back into the Lando for our next leg of the journey. Stop for lunch at a community textiles project before spending tonight in the upland town of Chipata.

Day 6: Chipata to Kande Beach (Malawi). Head to Kande Beach, on the shores of Lake Malawi, a tropical paradise with powder-soft beaches, shimmering waters, and friendly locals. Cool off in the lake, and round off the day with ice-cold sundowners with the gang.

Day 7: Kande Beach. Wake to the sound of birdsong, before grabbing your swimmers and heading out for some lake fun. There’s an optional walk to the nearby village of Tonga, where you’ll learn more about daily life in the area, before a traditional dinner this evening in a local home.

Day 8: Kande Beach to Chitimba. We’re sticking with Lake Malawi today but switching up our base as we head to Chitimba Beach. With gorgeous mountain views, lush greenery, and golden sands, it’s one of Malawi’s hidden gems. Kick back in a hammock, or get straight into that sparkling water.

Day 9: Chitimba Beach. It’s our last day on Lake Malawi so let’s make it count. Take an optional hike to Livingstonia along the Nyika, join our walk to a nearby village for a taste of local life, or go full beach bum and do nothing but swim, sun bake, and chill.

Day 10: Chitimba to Iringa (Tanzania). We’re crossing yet another African country off our list today as we head to Iringa in Tanzania. There are some mind-blowing views as we make our way through mountain passes, tea plantations, and highlands, so shotgun a window seat if you can!

Day 11: Iringa to Dar es Salaam. Tank up on breakfast before climbing back in the Lando for another travel day to bustling Dar es Salaam on the shores of the Indian Ocean. Enjoy dinner with the group before drifting off into sweet dreams of tomorrow’s destination - Zanzibar’s paradise beaches.

Day 12: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar beaches. Exotic, jewel-like Zanzibar is the definition of heaven on Earth. Board the ferry to this tropical idyll, where we’ll stay in a beachfront hotel in dreamy Jambiani.  Cool off in the pool, pad along the snow-white sands, or grab a well-earned cocktail at the bar.

Day 13: Beach day. Today’s yours. Grab a mask and snorkel over the pristine reefs, spend the day by the pool, or join one of our amazing optional trips, from a sailing experience on a traditional dhow, and a Swahili cultural tour, to a scuba diving trip on Mnemba Island.

Day 14: Stone Town. Say goodbye to beautiful Jambiani and travel back to Stone Town. Stop at a local spice plantation on the way to learn about some of the fragrant crops, from black pepper to cardamom. Spend the afternoon in Stone Town’s lively bazaars, and pretty squares.

Day 15: Stone Town to Bagamoyo. Board the ferry back to the mainland, then head north in the Lando to the historic port town of Bagamoyo. Spend the rest of your day wandering the unpaved streets, admiring the colonial architecture, and watching locals building dhows on the beach.

Day 16: Bagamoyo to Arusha. We’ve got a long stretch in the Lando today as we head to Arusha. Our comfy overland adventure vehicle will be like a second home to you by now, so just sit back and enjoy the amazing views. You might even catch a glimpse of Mt Kilimanjaro!

Day 17: Arusha to Serengeti National Park. The next few days are as bucket list as they come, as we travel to the Serengeti, a place where Africa’s raw beauty unfolds. Head straight out on safari looking for buffalo, elephants, lions, wildebeest, and more. This is Africa as you dreamt it would be.

Day 18: Serengeti National Park. Start your day with an optional hot air balloon safari, complete with champagne breakfast, then head into the park for another unforgettable game drive. Our next stop is the Ngorongoro Crater where we’ll set up camp near the rim.

Day 19: Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha. We’re headed down to the crater floor today for a final safari, and we may just have saved the best ‘til last!  Herds of zebra graze peacefully, lions lounge in the shade, and the calls of hippos echo across shimmering lakes. It’s a wildlife experience that will stay etched in your memory forever.

Day 20: Arusha to Nairobi (Kenya). We’re headed across the border into our last country today, to Kenya’s bustling capital. We won’t arrive until late, so make sure you book your flights for the evening, or the following day. Safe travels!

Looking for a longer trip?

This trip is part of a longer itinerary in Africa. If you are looking to spend more time in this amazing continent check out the South Africa to Kenya Overland and The Great African Journey

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Arrival information

This trip begins in Victoria Falls Town, Zimbabwe. Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned until the welcome meeting this evening, so arrive in Victoria Falls International Airport (VFA) at a time that suits you. Airport transfers are not included, so unless you’ve booked one through your travel advisor, you’ll need to make your own way to our starting hotel. Taxi transfers take around 25 minutes, depending on traffic. We’ll leave a welcome note at reception with details of where and when the welcome meeting will be held (usually between 5 and 7pm). If you’re likely to arrive after this, we’ll leave you a message detailing where to meet the group in the morning. Please note, excursions to Victoria Falls waterfalls are not included, so if you wish to have time to visit the famous falls, please arrive a day in advance of your tour. We can assist with booking extra accommodation (at extra cost)

The trip ends on day 20 in Nairobi, Kenya. We’ll spend all day travelling from Arusha, so we’d recommend that you book an additional night of post-trip accommodation and fly the following day, to allow for delays. Your trip advisor can help you with this. If you must fly today, please do not book your flight until after 9pm. Jomo Kenyatta International (NBO) is the nearest airport. Return airport transfers are not included, but your tour guide can book one on your behalf. 

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

All your accommodation is included. This is a super adventurous trip where everybody gets really stuck in, and most nights (14) will be spent participation camping. You’ll also have three nights in simple hotels in twin or triple rooms, and two nights in a full-service campsite.

About participation camping

Participation camping involves staying on basic campsites, carrying, and pitching our own camping equipment. Campsites are in stunning locations in national parks, and in rural locations outside towns. Some campsites are enclosed to keep the wildlife out. Other camps are open to the natural environment so wildlife can wander in, but are completely safe. You’ll get a real taste for the wild, sleeping under the stars, and truly immersing yourself in Africa’s unique landscapes.

We’ll be staying in quality 2-person canvas safari tents, which are not high enough to stand up in, but have a roomy base area of 4 metres. Tents have built-in insect netting and are treated with a waterproofing agent, but in extreme rainy conditions, there is a possibility of leaks. Tents are dome-shaped and take less than ten minutes to assemble and disassemble.

Campsite facilities vary and are basic but of a good standard. Some camps are more rustic, with simple, or no bathing facilities, long-drop latrines, and limited electricity, and others will have flush toilets, showers (usually outdoors), washing facilities, and electricity for charging. There is hot water at most sites but depending on how many others have used it before you, the temperature is not always guaranteed when you come to use it.

All camping equipment is included (apart from sleeping bag and pillow). This includes comfy camp mattresses, portable camp chairs and cooking equipment.

Meals

Most of your meals are included on this trip (19 breakfasts, 16 lunches, and 15 dinners), with everything made with fresh local produce. Breakfasts are usually breads and cereals, lunches are lighter meals consisting of sandwiches and/or salads, and evening meals are freshly prepared hot meals, made up of a variety of continental and local dishes.  

Minimum age & eligibility

This trip is designed for those aged 18-39. A reasonable level of fitness is required as this is an adventure style trip, involving high altitude hikes, days in humid rainforest, pitching tents, and some strenuous activities.

All countries on this trip require you to have at least 6 months remaining on your passport from your date of arrival. Visa rules vary.

Tanzania: All British passport holders need a tourist visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. 

Malawi: British passport holders can get a free 30 day visa on arrival upon entering Malawi.

Zimbabwe: You will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Most visitors use the visa on arrival service. You should take enough cash with you in small notes to pay for your visa at the airport. It may also be possible to obtain an e-visa through the new e-visa website.

Kenya: Entry to Kenya requires a visa. You’ll need to apply for this before travel using the Kenya e-visa website.

Zambia: British nationals visiting Zambia for less than 90 days do not need a visa in advance and can obtain a visa on arrival.

Visa rules and entry requirements are subject to change. You should check with the relevant embassies before travelling. 

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