26-Nights Nairobi to Joburg Overland: Craters & Camping - 18-to-Thirtysomethings
$3561 per person
Now's the time to explore Africa on your terms with this tour that's affordable for young travellers. Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Crater, Kruger National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar, Victoria Falls - we used to call this trip "Africa Complete," but those pesky lawyers made us change it. While it may not feature ALL of Africa, it's still pretty darn close. Wildlife safaris, cultural contact, rugged landscapes, and natural landmarks spread across six incredible countries. And with supremely knowledgeable CEOs (Chief Experience Officers), meals prepared from fresh local produce, and starlit camping stays, you’ll gain a kinship with this land and its people you won’t find anywhere else.
Spot the "big five" from 4x4 safari vehicles in the Serengeti, snorkel Zanzibar's waters, gaze out across Victoria Falls, look for wildlife in Kruger National Park, discover the less-visited Zimbabwe, embark on a spice tour in Zanzibar, savour local foods at a traditional dinner
Participation camping (19 nts), full-service camping (2nts), simple hotels (5 nts, some multi-share with 3 people).
2 CEOs (Chief Experience Officers) throughout as head guide/cook and driver, certified safari guides/drivers, local guide.
Group Size Notes
Max 22, avg 18.
25 breakfasts, 21 lunches, 19 dinners
Your G for Good Moment: Tribal Textiles Market & Courtyard Cafe, Mfuwe Your Welcome Moment: Welcome Meeting - Meet Your CEO and Group Your First Night Out Moment: Connect With New Friends Your Local Living Moment: Kande Beach Local Dinner, Kande Beach Your Discover Moment: Victoria Falls. Serengeti NP and Ngorongoro Crater entrances fees and wildlife safari drives. Zanzibar excursion (3 days). Spice plantation entrance and guided tour. Guided rhino walk and open vehicle wildlife safari drive in Matobo NP. Kruger NP entrance fee with wildlife safari drives in the Lando. Traditional dinner and local dancing. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
Johannesburg's contrasts are some of the most extreme in the world; poverty-stricken and overcrowded Alexandra is surrounded by some of the richest suburbs in South Africa, and downtown hundreds of homeless struggle to survive around the Stock Exchange. The contrast between suburb and township is mirrored nationwide, but is more extreme here because of the intense wealth of many of the suburbs, and the sheer size of the townships and their satellite squatter camps. Yet the city as a whole continues to suck in people and skills from all over the country, making it the financial, commercial and cultural powerhouse of South Africa.
Nairobi is Kenya's capital and one of Africa's most modern and fastest growing major cities. The original center retains Asian influence in its older buildings with glassy modern buildings. Visit City Market with local produce and handicrafts. Other attractions are: National Museum, displaying ethnographic, paleontological and ornithological exhibits; the Arboretum, with an excellent collection of East African flora; the University, known for its unique architecture; the excellent Kenya Railway Museum; and Nairobi's landmark, the extraordinary Kenyatta Conference Center, the country's most monumental building, visible from miles outside the city. There are casinos at Safari Park Hotel and Inter-Continental, and there's Sunday-afternoon horse-racing. Visit Karen Blixen Museum, where some action of the book and film Out of Africa took place. The beautiful forested Ngong Hills is a spiritual place for the Maasai and an excellent area for hiking and enjoying views of Nairobi and the Rift Valley. Nairobi National Park is a wildlife game reserve.
For many centuries, traders from Europe, India, the Orient and Arabia were lured to these shores. It was from here explorer David Livingstone set off on his last expedition into the heart of the continent. Today, as you walk along the winding streets of the old Stone Town, lined with whitewashed coral rag houses, you can see reminders of this rich history all around you. Visit the Palace museum, former residence of the Omani Sultans, and the cathedral that now stands on the site of the notorious slave market.
The town of Victoria Falls is a pleasant place, created for visitors. There are hiking routes and rental bicycles. There are also trinket shops, selling everything from cheap T-shirts to antique African musical instruments. Carvings of masks and animals are a tradition around the area (as is the bargaining required to purchase them for a reasonable price). The Victoria Falls Hotel, a short walk from the falls, still operates in full colonial splendor and should be seen even by those not staying there. Visit Crocodile Ranch and Craft Village - a fascinating glimpse into Zimbabwean culture. Visit Livingstone, just across the border in Zambiaâ€” more than just a tourist town and more character than Victoria Falls. Another appealing side trip is to Chobe National Park, in neighboring Botswana. Chobe is one of the finest game parks in the world.
An ancient hole in northern Tanzania, Ngorongoro Crater is one of Africa's best wildlife-viewing spots since it acts like a natural cage; the crater's depth makes for a difficult escape for some animals, but most have no need to leave, finding plenty of resources inside. For the traveler, it means not only awesome wildlife viewing, but incredible views from accommodations on the crater's rim. Descend to the crater floor in a four-wheel drive; and once there just cruise around slowly and take in the scene â€” on any given day see lion, rhino, elephant, buffalo, wildebeest, Thomson's gazelle, zebra, and reedbuck. The small soda lake inside the crater is also the seasonal home of thousands of flamingos.
Today, the Serengeti National Park helps protect the greatest and most varied collection of terrestrial wildlife on earth, and one of the last great migratory systems still intact. The Serengeti is the jewel in the crown of Tanzania's protected areas and has come to symbolize paradise. The region encompasses Serengeti National Park, Ngorongoro Conservation Area, Maswa Game Reserve, the Loliondo, Grumeti and Ikorongo Controlled Areas and Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Two World Heritage Sites and two Biosphere Reserves have been established within the region. It's unique ecosystem has inspired writers and filmakers as well as numerous photographers and scientists. The essential features of climate, vegetation and fauna have barely changed in the past million years. Some patterns of life, death, adaptation and migration are as old as the hills themselves.
Kruger National Park
This enormous and magnificent park is one of the most popular public game parks in the world. Its density of permanent game is unrivalled with hundreds of different species; 507 birds, 336 trees, 147 mammals, 114 reptiles, 49 fish and 34 amphibians! Sighting the "Big Five" has become a quest for many people on safari, and Kruger National Park has more than its fare share of these, with an estimated 1,800 lion, 9,125 elephant, 25,000 buffalo, unknown number of leopards and 2,300 black and white rhino. These animals became the 'Big Five' because they are the five most dangerous animals to hunt - when injured they attack! There are plenty of other fascinating animals and birds in the African bush.
Arusha is the safari capital of East Africa, a bustling, vibrant town with the streets filled with 4X4 game viewing vehicles criss-crossing the potholed roads. Maasai warriors in full regalia stroll the streets, mingling with tourists in crisp khaki, fresh off the plane from Europe or the United States.
South Luangwa National Park
One of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries lies in South Luangwa National Park with all year round access to open game viewing, walking safaris, and night game drives. This park was founded in 1938 and became a wildlife sanctuary in 1972. 60 different species of mammal species and 400 different species of birds roam freely in the vast desert. Exotic vegetation and wildflowers adds discovery to this sanctuary.
The main reason to visit Lusaka is to change planes or begin a trip to Livingstone or one of the game parks. The capital and largest city, Lusaka is not particularly attractive and has few sights to see: Plan to spend no more than a day there. The central city is compact. Built for colonial administrators in the 1940s, today it is woefully inadequate to serve its present population. (Services and facilities can't keep up with demandâ€”there are occasional water and electricity shortagesâ€”and unemployment and crime rates are increasing.)
Spend your time in Lusaka at Lumburma Market and the outdoor Cultural Center, where about a dozen artisans carve wooden souvenirs and sell them. If time permits, see the National Assembly building, drive through the university area, visit the Anglican cathedral (patterned after the one in Coventry, England), the State House and the Munda Wanga Botanic and Zoological Gardens (plants, birds and a few wild animals). 220 mi/350 km northeast of Livingstone.
Formerly called Fort Jameson, Chipata is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia and is a popular pit stop before heading to Malawi. This commercial urban district is filled with outdoor markets, and boasts of a 4-star hotel, a golf course, and a mosque
This town in Tanzania overlooks the Ruaha River and borders the dry belt of central Tanzania. However the cool breeze of the Southern Highlands seeds its already abundant agriculture. With its beautiful scenery and game parks, Iringa is the perfect destination for travelers who are looking for both wild and tame.
Stone Town is located in the charming island of Zanzibar, just off the coast of Tanzania,Africa. The city is the most popular and important in the island, its capital. When visiting Stone Town you will find some of the most prominent historical and artistic influences in eastern Africa. Enjoy a day wandering through the town and enjoy speaking to some of the friendliest people in Zanzibar. There are plenty of resorts and spas in the area for travelers who need some down time.Stone Town was announced a historical UNESCO World Heritage site.
Matobo National Park
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