Umkulu Adventures

21 Day Victoria Falls to Nairobi

In conjunction Worldwide Adventure Travel
(This tour also runs in reverse)

Highlights:
Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Lake Malawi, Mikumi National Park, Zanzibar Ferry and Dar Es Salaam.

Pre-departure meetings:
VICTORIA FALLS: For trips departing from Victoria Falls, we have a pre-departure meeting at 5.00pm on the day prior to the start of the trip. The trip remains in the Falls, before leaving on Monday morning. This allows you more time to enjoy the numerous activities that only Victoria Falls can offer you prior to leaving Zimbabwe. Check-in Point/ Departure Point: Victoria Falls, Municipal Council Campsite, and Livingstone Way.

NAIROBI: For all trips departing from Nairobi, we have a pre-departure meeting at 5.00pm on the day prior to departure at the departure point. On the day of departure, check- in is at 8.45am for a departure at 9.30am. Departure / Check-in Point: Boulevard Hotel, Harry Thuku Road, and Nairobi.

Day 1: Victoria Falls
1700 metres wide and around 100 metres high, Victoria Falls are one of the most memorable sights on this African safari. All year round, flights can be taken in fixed wing planes, microlights 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 is the "floats", where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

Other optional activities around Victoria Falls include day trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, horse riding safaris, a visit to the Crocodile Ranch, Snake Park, golf at the Elephant Hills Hotel, parachuting, the Falls Craft Village and the Sunset Cruise.

Day 2: Lusaka
Lusaka is a modern capital city located at the crossroads to which all roads seem to lead. Lusakaís markets are always worth a visit.

Day 3 Chipata
This will be mainly a transit day from Lusaka to Chipata. We overnight at the Wildlife Camp or just outside town closer to the boarder post to Malawi.

Day 4, 5, 6, 7,8 and 10: Malawi Beaches
We visit the capital, Lilongwe, a small city distinctively divided into the old town and the new administrative centre. After an overnight stop at a local campsite, we proceed to Salima Bay for a couple of days of relaxation.

The newly democratic Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area being the beautiful Lake Malawi. The country's temperate climate allows for swimming in these clear blue fresh-waters all the year round. We travel the full length of western side of lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets. This is the time for rest and relaxation. Lake Malawi offers a variety of watersports from various beachside campsites. Alternatively, you can go wandering along quieter shorelines where you can see the fishermen sorting their daily catch. Traditional methods are still used in their fishing techniques and you can appreciate their boating skills by trying to paddle in a dugout canoe yourself. Once you have met these gentle village people you will understand how Malawi came to earn its name as "the Warm Heart of Africa".
Travelling from Lilongwe, we spend the next few days driving northwards along the Lake edge passing below the breathtaking Livingstonia escarpment, another reminder of David Livingstone's mark in the history of Southern Africa.

From Salima Bay in the south to the northern capital of Mzuzu, we overnight at some of the lakeside campsites that have been established in recent years. Between Nkhata Bay and Nkhotakota there are numerous beach stops where you can unwind and enjoy the tranquillity of this region.

Day 10: Farm House
We depart Malawi via Karonga and enter Tanzania through the border post of Songwe. We continue our journey through the Tanzanian countryside and bushcamp for the night.

Day 11: Dar es Salaam
We proceed to Dar es Salaam, passing through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to humans and their vehicles.

On arrival in Dar es Salaam, we spend the night at a beach hotel/campsite that is situated to the north of the city, and prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

Day 12, 13, 14 and 15: Zanzibar
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island", where we will spend approximately three nights on this legendary island. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African explorers in their quest for new lands.

Please note: this part of the itinerary is optional and there is no requirement for passengers to remain with the group. You are free to explore on your own and organise your own accommodation according to your budget.

History aside, Zanzibar offers a wealth of experiences for the visitor. Today the quiet streets of the old Stone Town still retain their Arabic influence, from the Medina-like shops to the palaces of the Sultans, who founded their vast empires on the spoils of the slave and ivory trade. The island is still famous for its spices, and tours around a spice plantation can be organised. Other options include a trip to the nearby Prison Island with its giant tortoises, and beautiful beaches to enjoy. Or perhaps you would enjoy the opportunity to hire a motorbike and explore the more remote areas of the island.
Zanzibar is a seafood loverís paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - giant lobsters being a popular speciality. Alternatively, joining the locals for dinner in the waterfront market is an experience not to be missed. The market stalls offer an unusual selection of fast food African style at a very reasonable cost.

Day 16: Dar Es Salaam
Leaving Zanzibar, we take the ferry back to mainland for an overnight in Dar es Salaam. There may be an opportunity to visit one of the craft markets offering an extensive range of exquisite ebony products (where prices depend on your bargaining skills) and where the goods are made on-site. It is possible to observe the carvers at work and understand the skill, which has gone into making even the simplest trinket.

Day 17, 18 and 19: Arusha, Serengethi and Ngorongoro Crater
From Dar es Salaam, we travel through the countryside with its vast sisal plantations to Arusha. On the way we pass through Moshi, the base for Mt. Kilimanjaro climbing expeditions, and weather permitting, we may catch a glimpse of this magical mountain.

Arusha is a pleasant town situated at the base of Mount Meru and is the starting point for the optional excursions to Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti. We conduct these excursions in locally operated 4WD vehicles, which are adapted for safari use. Depending on which option you choose, you will be away from the Arusha campsite for either one or two nights.

Ngorongoro Crater with its 600 metre walls and 20-kilometre width is a natural wonder, and offers a spectacular view from the rim. The true size of this caldera is only appreciated from the floor itself and the abundance of its animal inhabitants becomes apparent. It is home to nearly every species of African animal and offers a chance to view an incredible concentration of East African mammals, such as elephant, rhino, buffalo, hippo, lion, and plains game.

Combine this with a game drive in the Serengeti and you will have a wonderful insight into two of Tanzania's finest gameparks.

Day 20: Arusha
After finishing the excursion, you will return to our campsite near Arusha for another one or two nightís stay, again depending on which option you have chosen.

Day 21: Nairobi
On the final day of the trip, we drive from Arusha to the border post at Namanga where we enter Kenya for the last few miles drive to Nairobi, arriving in the early afternoon.
On arrival in Nairobi, the truck will proceed to the Boulevard Hotel to allow passengers to disembark there, and will then drive to our campsite to finish the trip.

Optional Activities:
Ngorongoro crater (Day1)
Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater (3 Days)
Zanzibar Ferry and Taxes
Zanzibar Accommodation

What is included?
Fully equipped expedition truck, all cooking and camping equipment, three meals a day whilst on the truck and all game park fees and excursions as mentioned in the highlights. Driver, Courier and Safari Cook.

What is excluded?
Sleeping bag and mat, personal insurance, visas, items of personal nature, meals taken in restaurants and optional activities.

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