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highlights
  • Kruger National Park, full day open vehicle game drive with resident guide
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Matobo National Park, open vehicle game drive and wilderness walk with resident guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls Visit
The East African Explorer 29 Days tour starts in Pretoria and ends in Nairobi. The East African Explorer 29 Days is an Explorer tour that takes 29 days taking you from Pretoria to Nairobi and through other destinations in Africa.

Departing early this morning for the first day of our adventure to Nairobi, our route takes us from Pretoria via the Panoramic route, down dramatic escarpments to Mpumulanga province and on to the town of Hazyview which is our gateway to the world famous Kruger National Park.This evening we enjoy an evening of traditional Shangaan dance and song around the open fire.
We transfer onto specialised 4x4 game viewing vehicles with local expert guides today. Leaving early, we make our way to the park gate as they open at dawn to make the most of our full day in the park.The park itself is home to a huge variety of animal and bird life and we are sure to be ticking items off the list and getting some fantastic photos in no time!After an enjoyable day in the park we return to our camp in Hazyview.
Back on the truck today as we continue our journey northwards. Travelling around the length of the Kruger National Park, our journey takes us into the Limpopo province and our camp in beautiful rolling hills.
An early start this morning, our first stop is at the border with Zimbabwe and we will be crossing the Limpopo River at Beitbridge. Once formalities have been completed, our journey takes us onward to the wide avenues of Bulawayo, Zimbabwes second largest city and our camp which is located just outside the city.
Time for our second game experience and again we meet a local expert guide and transfer into specialised 4x4 game drive vehicles for our half day excursion in this interesting park. We might also be lucky enough to enjoy an exhilarating walking safari.It is also possible to take the option of extending this excursion to a full day.
From Bulawayo, we travel on to Victoria Falls town and then cross over the bridge that spans the gorge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia. This also serves as the border post where we complete the border formalities and continue to our camp a few kilometers upstream from the falls themselves.On arrival at the camp, our team will run through the many different optional activities that are on offer in the area to make the most of the next couple of days.
We have two days at leisure in Livingstone and our camp on the banks of the Zambezi makes the perfect base to explore and partake in a variety of activities.Bungy-jumping, white-water rafting, helicopter or microlight flights and game drives and -walks are just a few of the many activities on offer. Simply do as much or as little as you want!
Visiting the falls themselves and exploring the trails to take in the view this morning - before hitting the road again and heading through the lush countryside to the nations capital, Lusaka.Our camp a short distance from town on a farm which is home for the night.
Swapping the tar sealed roads for dirt tracks, we head into South Luangwa National Park, situated along the banks of the Luangwa River. The river is the parks lifeblood during the dry season, ensuring that it is wonderful to visit the park year round.On arrival we set up our camp and enjoy a relaxing afternoon, possibly take an optional walking safari, or a village visit.
The best time to game view in the park is late in the afternoon, so we spend the heat of the day relaxing by the pool in camp, or possibly exploring the area on an optional drive and walk.In the afternoon we head out with a local ranger in an open 4x4 game drive vehicle to enjoy the park.
Leaving the national park behind this morning, we head towards the border with Malawi and patiently wait as formalities are completed. Soon we can continue with our journey greeted by friendly smiles and waves while we travel through Malawi, The Warm Heart of Africa to Kande Beach, our camp for the next couple of nights.Kande is a comfortable vibey beach resort, which gives us an ideal break from the last few days of travelling.
We have the day at leisure and there is a wide range of activities on offer here. Horse riding through the villages and forests is a fantastic experience, ending off with a cooling dip - swimming, snorkeling or diving in the clear fresh waters of the lake.
Continuing up towards northern Malawi today, we travel through scenic countryside dotted with rubber plantations, to the northern provincial capital, Muzuzu. Stopping here to stock up in the colourful market, we have the opportunity to explore the small town before heading back down to the lake sure and our camp on the beach at the foot of the Livingstonia Plateau - home for the next two nights.
We have the opportunity to stretch our legs today with an optional hike - up the scenic Livingstonia Plateau to the Manchewe Falls. For the effort, we are rewarded with stunning views and a refreshing dip in the cool pools.Relaxing on the beach is also an appealing option as there are many alternative activities on offer.
Leaving the beautiful Warm Heart of Africa today, we cross into our fifth country of our adventure, Tanzania. After crossing the Songwe River, we steadily climb up through scenery dotted with tea plantations into the Southern Highlands of Tanzania with a cool fresh climate.We camp the night on a family owned organic farm in a beautiful spot with a cozy bar.
Our journey heads east toward the Mikumi National Park, where one will be thoroughly stunned by the landscape of endless rolling grassy plains. This park is the forth largest in the country and hosts an array of wildlife. Should time allow, you can explore the park with an optional game drive in the afternoon, soak the beauty in at the campsites swimming pool, enjoy the restaurant/bar and then marvel at the night time stars around an open fireplace.
We have a long journey today via the Mikumi National Park in the hopes of spotting some more animals near to the roadside.After making our way through the busy traffic of Dar es Salaam, we arrive at our camp on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Swapping our truck for the fast ferry across to the island of Zanzibar today. With a long history as a trading hub for everything from slaves to spices, our first stop is the capital, Stone Town.With a maze of streets we have the opportunity to explore this vibrant town, whilst grabbing bargains in the bazaars and markets.
From Stone Town we travel through the island to the beautiful northern shore and the palm fringed white sandy beaches. This is our home for the next three nights and we can relax on the beach listening to the chilled tunes coming from the nearby beach bars, explore the local villages, or take a dhow safari on the beautiful blue clear waters.
Its time to get moving again and after a final morning on the beach, we head back down to Stone Town to catch the fast ferry across to Dar es Salaam where we are reunited with our truck at the camp on the beach.
With a driving day ahead of us its an early start today. Making our way out of Dar es Salaam, our route takes us inland - passing the Para and Usambara and eventually to the foot of Mount Kilimanjaro towering above us at 5895m. With luck the skies will be clear enough for us to catch a glimpse of the snow capped peak.
Continuing on to Arusha, a safari town midway between Cape Town and Cairo, we visit the markets before proceeding out of town and on to our camp on the Maasai plains.This afternoon we have the chance to visit the local village and also learn about the proud Maasai heritage at the local museum.
Swapping the truck for a specialised 4x4 game drive vehicle with a local expert guide, we head off into the world famous Serengeti National Park.Crossing the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wo Mbo Mosquito Creek and Lake Manyara, we continue into the conservation area, pausing for lunch on the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater. This afternoon we enter the Serengeti National Park and game drive through the grassy plains towards our un-fenced camp deep in the park. Famous for its predators, the Serengeti is simply breathtaking with its sweeping views and abundant wildlife.
After a night in the wild with the sounds of the bush all around, we rise early and head out on a morning game drive to spot some of the amazing animals resident in the area.After a fantastic morning in the park, we game drive out of the park and slowly climb back up to the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater to our camp, in one of the most scenic spots on the route.
We have our final morning of game viewing today and as we descend into the vast crater in the cool of the morning, we enjoy this garden of eden, home to most of the major animal species found in Tanzania. Its easy to see why it was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site while we drive the dirt tracks and observe the wildlife resident here.After lunch we continue our journey back to Arusha and enjoy our final night on tour.
Packing up one final time, we are back on the truck for the last leg of the adventure and our last border crossing.Reaching Namanga, the small frontier town, we complete the border formalities and enter Kenya continueing our journey on to the capital, Nairobi, where our safari comes to an end.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • 24 nights camping in 2-person dome tents, 4 nights tourist class hotel
Meals
  • 28 Breakfasts, 20 Lunches, 21 Dinners
Includes
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Meals as indicated
  • Accommodation as indicated
  • Services of two crew
Included Highlights
  • Kruger National Park, full day open vehicle game drive with resident guide
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • Matobo National Park, open vehicle game drive and wilderness walk with resident guide*
  • Mosi Oa Tunya National Park, Victoria Falls Visit
  • South Luangwa National Park, open vehicle game drive with resident guide*
  • Zanzibar, return ferry & accommodation
  • Maasai village walk with resident guide
  • Serengeti & Ngorongoro Crater excursion in purpose-built vehicles, game drives with resident guide*
Other
  • *Highlights are included in the Adventure Pass
Others
  • Adventure Pass
what’s excluded
  • Adventure Pass Activities (optional)
  • Visas
  • Flights
  • Travel insurance
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Optional activities
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks, Tips
  • Items of a personal nature
  • Lunches and dinners on Zanzibar and in Livingstone
Tour details
Duration 29 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 24 participants
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Pretoria, South Africa/ Nairobi, Kenya
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A deposit of 186 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 55 days before departure. For any departures within 10 September 2019 full payment is required.

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The East African Explorer 29 Days tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

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For this East African Explorer 29 Days tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this East African Explorer 29 Days tour. You can cancel the tour up to 56 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 55 days of departure.
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