East African Odyssey tour

East African Odyssey tour

Tour Experience

3-week African adventure from Nairobi to Vic Falls

Available

All year round on Fridays

Location

Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia

An spectacular 3-week wildlife odyssey that takes you through the very heart of the African continent. Starting in Victoria Falls all the way north to Nairobi, passing along Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar and the Serengeti. This is an 'accommodated' tour, staying in hotels and lodges rather than camping.

Visit Zambia’s finest game reserve which is the Luangwa National Park, with some of the largest populations of leopards. East you visit Lake Malawi which is the third largest lake in Africa and also the eighth largest in the world. As we head north we travel through Tanzania to stop at the majestic spice island of Zanzibar. This island is best known for its pristine beaches and spice tours. The next northern stops are Arusha and Karatu on the edge of the world famous Serengeti National Park. This great park is known for some of the greatest animal migrations when thousands of wildebeest make their annual cross of the vast grassy plains. The tour includes a full day inside the Ngorongoro crater, a proper wildlife phenomenon on the edge of the park, and an optional 3 day camping based excursion is also available to explore the Serengeti in more depth. Our final destination is Kenya and our tour end in the capital Nairobi.

Important Note: the itinerary below is written with an optional Activity Package included. This optional payment covers what we consider highly recommended activities on the tour. Separating these activities out is designed to help people with differing budgets. If required, the Activity Package should be pre-purchased prior to your arrival to guarantee availability and to help your guides plan ahead to help the smooth running of the tour. Please contact us for details and prices.

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INCLUDED

  • 20 night's accommodation
  • All transport and transfers
  • 24-hour airport arrival & departure transfer service
  • Services of a local tour leader throughout
  • Meals: 20 breakfasts, 10 lunches and 20 dinners

EXCLUDED

  • International Flights
  • Travel Insurance (compulsory)
  • Single room supplements (chargeable if a same-sex room share is not available)
  • Activity Package and optional activities (see itinerary)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Drinks, snacks, tips and other personal expenses (e.g. laundry)
  • Tips for tour leader
  • Any other items not mentioned above

PACKAGE DETAILS

Itinerary

DAY 1 : Victoria Falls to Lusaka

Our African adventure starts at the majestic Victoria Falls before we make our way to the Zambian capital city of Lusaka. We’ll spend most of the day travelling – passing busy markets and rural villages – giving you great insight into the daily lives of the locals.
You’ll have some time to settle in before we enjoy a meal together. Our guides will also brief us on what to expect over the next few days.
You will need to spend at least one night in Victoria Falls before the tour departs – we’d recommend two or more to make the most of both seeing the Falls and taking advantage of some of the other adventurous options available. Extra nights accommodation and airport transfers are available on request.
Note – our Overland tours are offered with an optional ‘Activity Package’ which includes a set of activities and visits that we recommend but that are not included in the main tour price. The itinerary below is written with the Activity Package items included. Please check our website or contact us for more information and prices.
Route: Victoria Falls to Lusaka
Included Highlight: View of Victoria Falls from the Bridge
| OVERNIGHT: Eureka Camp
| MEALS: Dinner
| EXTRAS: Single room supplement (TAOVAO), Extra day in Victoria Falls – pre-tour, Arrival airport transfer in Victoria Falls, Activity Package 2019 – East African Odyssey

DAY 2 : Travel to Petauke

After spending some time in Lusaka, we travel east towards the town of Petauke, which lies approximately halfway between Lusaka and the Malawi border. We’ll overnight in Petauke, as we prepare for our journey to the South Luangwa National Park.
Route: Lusaka to Petauke
| OVERNIGHT: Chimwemwe Executive Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 3 : Petauke to South Luangwa National Park

We travel to the South Luangwa National Park, making a pitstop at a town called Chipata – the home of Chipata Cotton. From March to December, we host an optional activity where you can tour the local workshops crafting these stunning textiles.
One of the highlights of our time in South Luangwa are sunsets, which are spectacular from the banks of the Luangwa River.
Route: Petauke to South Luangwa National Park
Included Highlight: Luangwa Village Tour
| OVERNIGHT: Wildlife Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2018 – East African Odyssey

DAY 4 : Game drives in the South Luangwa National Park

Today is all about exploring the South Luangwa National Park, one of Africa’s premier safari destinations. We’ll spend most of the day searching for wildlife, which is in abundance here.
You have an option to participate in a morning safari. During the dry season months of April to December, you also have an option to try a walking safari – an authentic African safari experience like no other.
This afternoon, we’ll enjoy a sunset game drive – giving you the opportunity to spot the nocturnal wildlife which are rarely seen during the day.
Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
Optional Activity: Safari Walk (seasonal) or Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa
| OVERNIGHT: Wildlife Camp
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Options available while on tour

DAY 5 : Travel to Lake Malawi

We leave early this morning as we cross the Zambian border into Malawi. We’ll head to one of Africa’s Great Lakes – Lake Malawi – the eighth largest on the planet. Its estimated that Lake Malawi boasts more fish species than that of any other body of freshwater on the planet.
Route: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi
| OVERNIGHT: Ngala Beach Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 6 : Free day at Lake Malawi

You have the day free to do as you please – spend some time relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi or participate in the activities on offer.
| OVERNIGHT: Maji Zuwa
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 7 : Northern Lake Malawi

We travel to the northern shores of Lake Malawi today, which offers spectacular sunset views. Our guide will give us a break down of what activities are on offer over the next few days or you can choose to simply relax.
Included Highlight: Malawi Village Tour
Route: Central Lake Malawi to North Lake Malawi
| OVERNIGHT: Maji Zuwa
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 8 : Livingstonia hike

Lake Malawi’s crystal-clear waters are perfect for snorkelling, with colourful underwater fish and reefs just waiting to be explored.
For the more adventurous, you can also join the Livingstonia hike, which takes 8-12 hours to complete. For more information about the hike, please speak to your guide..
Included Highlight: Livingstonia Hike
| OVERNIGHT: Maji Zuwa
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 9 : Lake Malawi to Iringa

We say goodbye to Lake Malawi today as we cross the border into Tanzania. We’ll make our way to overnight accommodation in the town of Iringa, which sits on a cliff overlooking the Ruaha River Valley.
Route: Northern Lake Malawi to Iringa
| OVERNIGHT: Kisolanza Farm
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 10 : Iringa to Mikumi National Park

We start the day early as we travel to Mikumi National Park, Tanzania’s fourth largest national park. We’ll spend the afternoon searching for the wildlife – if we’re lucky enough we may see three of the Big Five species – lion, elephant and buffalo.
Route: Iringa to Mikumi
Activity Package: Mikumi National Park Game Drive
| OVERNIGHT: Morio Motel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019

DAY 11 : Travel to Bagamoyo

We say goodbye to Mikumi National Park as we make our way through the bustling city of Dar es Salaam until we reach Bagamoyo – where we’ll spend the rest of the evening preparing for our journey to Zanzibar.
Route: Mikumi to Bagamoyo
| OVERNIGHT: Kariakoo Hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

DAY 12 : Ferry to Zanzibar

We start early once more as we travel back to Dar es Salaam to board a ferry to Zanzibar. Once we reach the island – we’ll head out on a spice tour before we travel north to Nungwi – our home for the next few nights.
If you haven’t opted in for the Zanzibar excursion, you will remain in Bagamoyo for the next three nights.
Route: Bagamoyo via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar by ferry
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Included: Highlight Spice Tour and City Tour (as part of your activity package
| OVERNIGHT: Ocean View Hotel
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019

DAY 13 : Free time in Zanzibar

You have the day to do as you please. Relax on Zanzibar’s white sand beaches or take advantage of the variety of water sport activities on offer such as fishing, snorkelling, scuba diving and more.
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
Optional Activities: Fishing, Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Turtle Sanctuary Visit, Village Tours, Jozani Forest and more
| OVERNIGHT: Amaan Bungalows
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019

DAY 14 : Exploring Stone Town

Today we make our way to the historic Stone Town, which was once an important landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes.
We spend the night in Stone Town before we make our way back to Dar es Salaam tomorrow.
Route: Nungwi to Stone Town
Activity Package: Zanzibar Excursion
| OVERNIGHT: Amaan Bungalows
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Activity Package 2019

DAY 15 : Stone Town to Bagamoyo

We’ll explore Stone Town once more before we say our final goodbyes to Zanzibar as we board a ferry back to Dar es Salaam. We then travel back to Bagamoyo, getting some rest before our journey to Arusha tomorrow.
Route: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam by ferry; Dar es Salaam to Bagamoyo
Included Highlight: Stone Town
| OVERNIGHT: Bagamoyo Travellers Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 16 : Bagamoyo to Arusha

We head north today towards the town of Arusha, which is often seen as the gateway to Tanzania’s top attractions – the Serengeti National Park, the Ngorongoro Crater as well as Mount Kilimanjaro.
If you bought the optional Serengeti Excursion upgrade package, you will be briefed by our local guide on the itinerary for the next few days.
Route: Bagamoyo to Arusha
| OVERNIGHT: Ndoro Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 17 : Arusha to Karatu

We travel to Karatu today – getting as close as we can to the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon arrival in Karatu, our guide will brief us on the full day trip into the crater.
Karatu is conveniently located to allow you the opportunity to participate in various optional activities in the coming days.
Route: Arusha to Karatu
| OVERNIGHT: Seronera Campsite
| MEALS: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 18 : Game drives in the Ngorongoro Crater

Today is all about exploring the Ngorongoro Crater – a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the world’s largest unbroken caldera. Its vast plains are home to over 25,000 wildlife as well as over 500 bird species.
The Crater is one of Africa’s Seven Natural Wonders and if you’re lucky enough to travel between the months of December and March – you might even get a glimpse of the great wildebeest migration – nature’s greatest spectacle.
We spend most of the day exploring the crater before we travel back to Karatu this afternoon.
Route: Karatu to Ngorongoro Crater and return
Included Highlight: Full day 4×4 excursion to Ngorongoro Crater
| OVERNIGHT: Seronera Campsite
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 19 : Free day in Karatu

You have the day at your leisure to simply relax or to join one of the optional activities available at your accommodation in Karatu – which includes village walking visits or a trip to Lake Manyara National Park. Be sure to book these upon your arrival in Karatu.
Included Highlight: Karatu Cultural Tour, Elephant Caves Hike
| OVERNIGHT: Simba Campsite
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner
| EXTRAS: Serengeti Camping Excursion

DAY 20 : Karatu to Arushaa

We leave Karatu today as we join up with the rest of the travelling group who opted for the Serengeti upgrade. The rest of the evening will be spent relaxing, listening and sharing stories of your experience in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater.
Route: Serengeti National Park to Arusha (Serengeti Upgrade Guests) / Karatu to Arusha (Non-Upgrade Guests)
| OVERNIGHT: Ndoro Lodge
| MEALS: Breakfast, Dinner

DAY 21 : Arusha to Nairobi

We cross the border into Kenya this morning as we make our way to Nairobi, where our journey ends on arrival. No accommodation is included in Nairobi tonight, but is available on request.
Route: Arusha to Nairobi
| OVERNIGHT: N/A
| MEALS: Breakfast
| EXTRAS: Extra day in Nairobi – post-tour, Departure airport transfer in Nairobi

DURATION

21 days

Price

A$4021

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