Company : Oasis Overland
Activities: Safari Tours / Tours
Duration: 2 weeks to 4 weeks
Approx Costs: 250 to 1000 £ Pound (UK)
Explore Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Explore Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara National park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi and experience one of Africa's great natural wonders at Victoria Falls.
Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.
Days 1 to 4
We depart Nairobi early morning and immediately find ourselves in hot savannah grasslands with acacia trees providing the only shade. Various game, usually zebra and giraffe can be seen as we head south and cross into Tanzania - where we camp on the outskirts of Arusha town. Here we use a local African safari travel company to guide us through Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. On the crater floor you will have the opportunity to view the abundant wildlife. From here you can also choose to go into the Serengeti for a day where vast herds of wildebeest roam the plains (for trips arriving into Tanzania from March 2010 you will also visit Manyara National park). For those who wish - there is an option to visit a local Maasai Village and learn about their culture and way of life.
Days 5 to 9
A day's drive brings us to capital Dar Es Salaam, and just another day in the life of an Africa overland safari. We pass a number of small towns and villages along the way and, if we are lucky, we may see the towering peak of Kilimanjaro. At Dar Es Salaam our truck is based for around 4 nights in a campsite on a beautiful Indian Ocean beach. From here most people take the ferry out to Zanzibar for the full four days and venture into the narrow bustling streets of Stone Town and its famous spice markets, old slave forts and dungeons. There is also time to relax on Zanzibar's famous white beaches , scuba dive or snorkel and swim!
Days 10 to 12
After meeting the Zanzibar ferry we begin the journey through the interesting and mountainous hinterland of Tanzania. In the afternoon, after negotiating some appalling roads, we pass through the peaceful Mikumi National Park. African safari travel is synonymous with wildlife, and in this national park. Passing through lush mountainous landscape and plantations - we enter Malawi which is dominated by its huge fresh water lake.
Days 13 to 17
Camping in Malawi sums up the spirit of an Africa overland trip with Oasis. We spend 4 to 5 days at a friendly laid back campsites where most people choose to relax on the sandy beaches or try their hand at scuba diving , snorkelling or windsurfing as we follow the lakeshore south. If you are more inclined to just relax - then there is no better place than on the shores of Lake Malawi. This really is a warm friendly country - making it easy to wander off and meet up with your local hosts in one of the many villages or schools nearby. You can view first hand the talent of the local artisans and purchase some exquisite pieces of furniture and carvings out of ebony and mahogany.
Days 18 to 19
From here we continue on to the capital Lilongwe in the south of the country where we you the opportunity to visit the local wildlife centre - providing much needed security and shelter for some of Malawi's orphaned and injured wildlife! Days 20 to 24 After obtaining our Mozambique visa in Lilongwe, we cross into Mozambique and head for Zimbabwe to continue our African overland trip. We follow the infamous Tete Corridor which was well known in the days of Mozambique's long running civil war as the Gun Run. Thankfully these days things are a lot different! We enter Zimbabwe and travel via the capital, Harare before we head south to Gweru. Its our destination for the next few days and always a highlight!
Days 25 to 27
From Gweru - We drive across Mashonaland to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins which was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe is derived, literally meaning house of stone. Next we enter Matabeleland and the town of Bulawayo.
Days 28 to 29
You have the option of leaving the truck for a day to venture into Matobo National Park with a local safari company. You will have a unique chance to get out on foot to try and spot the elusive Black Rhino - amongst hordes of other game. There is also the opportunity to visit Cecil Rhodes' grave and Ancient Rock Paintings before catching an old style sleeper train (if available) to meet up with the truck again at one of the greatest adventure playgrounds of the world - Victoria Falls.
Days 30 to 34
For some, Mosi oa Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders, is the highlight of their African safari. From the main road, in the bush 20kms away, a cloud of mist and spray can be seen against the blue sky. As you get closer , a low rumble like thunder can be heard. When you arrive it is a surprise to discover the enormity of Victoria Falls. One mile wide and hurling over 5 million cubic metres of water a minute into the Zambezi Gorge this is the setting for the most adrenaline fuelled grade 5 white water rafting in the world. There is something here for everyone to end off this Kenya to Zimbabwe safari: A day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, Flight of Angels - a great way to get a birds eye view of the falls in a light aircraft or helicopter, Sunset Boat Cruises or a more sedate Canoe trip, to the adrenaline packed Gorge Swing, Abseil or a chance to experience one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world - a perfect way to end your African experience.
Trip Price From: £1145.00 + Local Payment: US$440.00
This is a trip that I’ll never forget. With an amazing driver and guide I had a truly breathtaking glance at 4 beautiful countries and their rich cultural heritage. Although brief, I enjoyed every destination we visited and this trip served only to highlight which countries I would like to return to and explore further. This trip was a wonderful way to acclimatise to Africa and all its variety - many of the people I met on the truck will be friends for life and the memories I made will last a lifetime. Although not my favourite form of travel I am glad to have done this overland tour. I fully recommend Overlanding and Oasis in particular for those who are nervous about travelling and/or have a time limit.
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