This safari is a must to experience at least once in your lifetime – the migration of the Wildebeest and Zebra in the Serengeti and a visit to Ngorongoro Crater will stay in your thought till the end of time. The journey leads us through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and Botswana.
Time of year:
14 July - 22 August 2018
Day 1 – 4 – Zimbabwe – Zimbabwe ruins, Harare, Mana Pools NP
Day 5 – 8 - Zambia – Lusaka, Chipata, South Luangwa NP
Day 9 – 12 - Malawi – Senga Bay, Kande Beach, Chitimba Beach
Day 13 – 33 - Tanzania – Ruaha, Ngorongoro Crater, Serengeti, Gombe and Katavi NP’s
Day 34 – 39 - Zambia – Kapishya hot springs, Lusaka, Livingstone.
Day 0. 14 July 2018
Everybody meets at the Baobab Chalets in Mussina. Martin Slabbert, Owner of Explore Africa Adventures and fully qualified and experienced safari guide will do the introductions and briefing. Chalet and dinner (drinks excluded) at Spur included in accommodation package.
Day 1. 15 July 2018 +- 330 km
We leave Musina, cross the border early and drive into Zimbabwe where we will camp adjacent to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. This is a beautiful campsite with good ablution facilities and electricity points. (Camping included, chalet accommodation upgrade at own cost).
Day 2. 16 July 2018 +- 350 km
Drive north to Harare where we will camp on the outskirts of the capital city. The campsite is situated on the banks of Lake Chivero about 25km east of Harare. A beautiful campsite with green grass and plenty of Fish Eagles to keep you company. (Camping and Park fees are included in accommodation package).
Day 3. 17 July 2018 +- 400 km
Leave early morning for Mana Pools NP on the banks of the Zambezi River. Acceptable ablution in the campsite. (Camping and entrance fees included in the accommodation package).
Day 4. 18 July 2018
We spend the day exploring the Mana Pools area and relax.
Day 5. 19 July 2018 +- 280 km
We leave early in the morning for a long day through the border post at Chirundu, drive through Lusaka and camp on the eastern side of the city close to the airport. Good ablution facilities in a very quiet area. (Camping included in the accommodation package, upgrade possible at own cost).
Day 6. 20 July 2018 +- 560 km
Drive along the Great East Road to Chipata and camp about 5 km out of town. Pub, restaurant facilities and electricity are available. Before we go to the campsite, we will fill up on fuel, food and drinks at the local Spar. (Camping included in accommodation package).
Day 7. 21 July 2018 +- 130 km
After an (optional) breakfast at the pub, we leave mid-morning for South Luangwa Park, where we will camp outside the park on the banks of the Luangwa River. The campsite has a beautiful bar and swimming pool as well as electricity.
Day 8. 22 July 2018 +- 100 km
We will make our way into the park for a game drive along the river and all the waterholes. You can also go on an optional (50$p/p) night drive starting at 16:00 in the campsite and coming back at 20:00. According to all other clients who did it, it is absolutely worth it. (Camping, park entrance and vehicle fee included).
Day 9. 23 July 2018 +- 000 km
Today you can relax, do washing, visit the markets in town, fill up your vehicle, or go back on a game drive in the park at your own cost.
Day 10. 24 July 2018 +- 420 km
We leave early in the morning and travel back to Chipata, cross into Malawi via Machinji border post, off to Lilongwe and camp on the shores of Lake Malawi at Senga Bay. (Camping fee included)
Day 11. 25 July 2018 +- 290 km
We can go on an optional boat cruise to one of the islands, snorkel or swim in the lake and leave around 11:00 and travel north to yet another beautiful campsite on the lake, exploring the markets and the scenery along the way. (Camping fee included).
Day 12+13 26+27 July 2018 +- 230 km
We leave our campsite and head further north to Chitimba Beach were we will stay for the next 2 nights. One of the highlights of the safari is the winding 4x4 track up the mountain to the Livingstonia Mission and the breathtaking views of the lake, drinking a cold one at Mushroom Farm and visit a waterfall or two.
Day 14 28 July 2018 +- 330 km
Leave Lake Malawi early morning for a rather long day’s drive, cross the border into Tanzania and overnight at Utengule coffee estate close to Mbeya. Chalets and dinner are included in the accommodation package.
Day 15 29 July 2018 +- 380 km
We will set up camp tonight at the Old Farm House about 50 km before Iringa. Optional upgrade to a chalet as well as dinner for your own account, depending availability.
Day 16. 30 July 2018 +- 180 km
Drive to Ruaha National Park and pitch camp for two nights on the bank of the Great Ruaha River. The facilities are in a relatively good shape, no electricity available. (ALL VEHICLE ENTRY FEES, CAMPING FEES AND PARK ENTRY FEES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE ACCOMODATION PACKAGE, TO BE PAID BY VISA (PREF) OR MASTER CARD UPON ENTRANCE).
Day 17. 31 July 2018 +- 100 km
Spend the day exploring Ruaha Park and all it has to offer.
Day 18. 1 Aug 2018 +- 280 km
We leave Ruaha NP and make our way via Iringa to Dodoma, the capital city of Tanzania. We will stock up on supplies and overnight at the New Dodoma Hotel. Accommodation is included, but supper are for your own account.
Day 19. 2 Aug 2018 +- 420 km
After breakfast, we take the route north via Lake Manyara to Kudu Lodge at Karatu where we will pitch camp for the next two nights. Good ablution and electricity points are available. (Camping included in the package, chalets upgrade are available, excluding).
Day 20 3 Aug 2018
Today you visit (optional, cost around 180 US$ p/p) the Ngorongoro Crater on rented game viewers and return mid-afternoon to our campsite at Kudu Lodge. Excursion to the crater is not included in the package. If the group feels like it, we can visit a local restaurant for dinner which is always enjoyed by all. (Camping included in accommodation package).
Day 21+22+23+24. 4, 5, 6, 7 Aug 2018 +-560 km
Leaving Karatu, we travel on a terrible road via Naabi Gate and Seronera to the North Western part of the Serengeti National Park where we will spend the next four nights. (NOTE: The transit fees through the Ngorongoro Crater Conservancy is excluded from the package +- 180 US$ per vehicle with 2 occupants. NB – If your vehicle Tara mass is above 2000kg, the cost is around 320 US$). We will visit a traditional Maasai village on route, be prepared to pay +- $10 p/p for a tour through the village. (The first night is at a public campsite at Lobo and the next three nights camping wild on the banks of the Mara River). No electricity or ablution facilities are available on the Mara River, you have to be self-sufficient for the duration of our stay along the Mara. We will spend some time along the Mara looking for an opportunity to experience a river crossing by the migrating herds of wildebeest. (ALL VEHICLE ENTRY FEES, CAMPING FEES AND PARK ENTRY FEES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE ACCOMODATION PACKAGE, TO BE PAID BY VISA (PREF) OR MASTER CARD UPON ENTRANCE).
Day 25. 8 Aug 2018 +- 140 km
Still in the Serengeti we drive south to Seronera where we will overnight in one of the public campsites.
Day 26. 9 Aug 2018 +- 250 km
Leave the Serengeti for the town of Mwanza where we will stay in a hotel for the next two nights. We can take the time to discover the town, service and/or clean the vehicles, or enjoy a day on the beach. Accommodation and breakfast are included in accommodation package.
Day 27. 10 Aug 2018
Day at leisure in Mwanza. Fill up with supplies, drinks and fuel.
Days 28+29 11/12 Aug 2018 +- 370 + 380 km
During the next two days, we make our way to the lakeside town of Kigoma. Halfway we will overnight in a hotel in Tabora as no camping facilities are available. We will however camp on the edge of Lake Tanganyika in Kigoma town. Tabora hotel accommodation, breakfast at hotel and camping is included in the package.
Day 30. 13 Aug 2018 +- 000 km
We will visit Gombe NP and track the chimpanzees. Boat trip, guide fee and Park entrance fees works out to about 160 US$ p/p for the day. Boat fee is payable at the campsite – cash, Park entrance and guide fee is payable by C/card, upon entrance). Surely something to look forward to.
Day 31 14 Aug 2018 +- 450 km
We travel south to Katavi NP where we will camp for the next night. Camping, park entry and vehicle fees to be paid by clients. (ALL VEHICLE ENTRY FEES, CAMPING FEES AND PARK ENTRY FEES ARE EXCLUDED FROM THE ACCOMODATION PACKAGE, TO BE PAID BY VISA (PREF) OR MASTER CARD UPON ENTRANCE).
Day 32 15 Aug 2018 +- 200 km
Today we enjoy a morning game drive and meet at one of the picnic spots. After a healthy brunch, we pack up and leave for the village of Kipili for the next two nights.
Day 33 16 Aug 2018 +- 0 km
We enjoy the campsite, or go on a boat cruise on the lake, having lunch or supper on the beach or just relax.
Day 34 17 Aug 2018 +- 300 km
We cross the border at Kasesya into Zambia and camp close to the town of Mbala. Be prepared to travel the last 20km in low range over the mountain to the campsite, but the end result is worth the effort. Camping fee included.
Day 35+36 18, 19 Aug 2018 +- 380 km
We leave Lake Tanganyika and travel via Kasama (shopping at Shoprite for supplies) to Kapishya hot springs and stay there for two nights. Relax in the hot springs and pay a visit to Shiwa Ngandu, Colonel Steward Gore Brown´s old residence, also called The Africa House. (Camping included in accommodation package, chalets available, excluding).
Day 37. 20 Aug 2017 +- 500 km
We are now homeward bound and travel to the Mkushi area where we will overnight. Bar and restaurant facilities as well as optional upgrade to a chalet is available, camping included.
Day 38 21 Aug 2018 +- 300 km
We travel to Lusaka and overnight at Eureka Farms campsite.
Day 39 22 Aug 2018 +- 480 km
Heading south east towards Livingstone and camp at the Bushfront campsite. Optional afternoon microlight flights over Vic falls, a sundowner cruise on the Zambezi, or a visit to the impressive Royal Livingstone Hotel might be on the cards. Since it is our last evening together, we will all have dinner together (excluding drinks) at a local Indian restaurant in Livingstone. Those who wish can join me on my travels back home the following day through Botswana.
The guide fee and accommodation package for this safari is R 34 461 per person sharing. There are exclusions, please read table below.
Camping, hotel, vehicle and entrance fees - excluded those mentioned below.
Camping, park fees, entrance- and vehicle fees in Serengeti, Ruaha, Katavi, Gombe and any upgrades
Fuel and cross border fees
Food and beverage