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Southern Discoverer

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Nairobi

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Victoria Falls
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21 Day Southern Discoverer (Trip Code: NV21)

Nairobi to Victoria Falls
This trip begins in Nairobi, Kenya and travels south through Tanzania, Malawi and Zambia, before ending in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

This trip departs from Nairobi early on Sunday morning. Should you wish to explore Nairobi, an earlier arrival should be planned and accommodation booked through Global Village.

Pre Departure Meeting: Held at the Departure Point at 17h00 the day before your departure.
Departure Point: Hotel Boulevard, Harry Thuku Road, Nairobi.
Check-In Time: 08h45
Departure Time: 09h30
Local Payment: US$300


Please Note:
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions.

DAY 1: Nairobi to Arusha (Tanzania) (L / D)
This morning we collect the passengers who’ll be joining us on the next leg of our trek. We travel south
crossing the border into Tanzania at Namanga. Tonight we stay in a lovely campsite in Meserani on the
outskirts of Arusha, before heading out on our Optional Excursions to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro
Crater.

DAY 2-4: Arusha to Serengeti National Park (OPTIONAL) (B / L / D)
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
For those not opting to visit the Ngorongoro Crater or Serengeti National Park, the next days are spent at
leisure enjoying the Meserani reptile park, Masai Cultural Museum and the surrounding villages and craft markets. Alternatively the town of Arusha is close by to explore.
The Optional Ngorongoro/Serengeti excursion takes us via the Masai town of Mtu Wa Mbu (Mosquito
River) that lies adjacent to the Lake Manyara National Park and up the Rift Valley Escarpment to the
higher lying village of Karatu. Karatu offers magnificent views over the surrounding hills and has many well established wheat farms that add to the picturesque panoramas. We spend the evening at a pleasant campsite in Karatu. The following morning we depart early for the Ngorongoro Conservation area and head into the wildlife rich Ngorongoro Crater. This World Heritage Site boasts some of the best game viewing in Africa – including the elusive Black Rhino. Those on the 1 night option will transfer back to Meserani after the game drive.
After our game drive in the Crater, we head down the Crater rim and past the ‘Cradle of Mankind’ on
our way to the Serengeti National Park. We cross the vast plains as we game drive through the southern
and central areas in the park. Tonight we camp in the bushveld surrounded by the sounds of the African
wilderness. In the morning, we head off for another game drive and explore the landscape in search of
the resident game. With some luck, we may see some of Africa’s ‘Big 5’!
After our morning drive, we head back across the plains and the lush Crater rim to our truck at Arusha,
where we spend the evening musing over our thrilling wildlife experience.

DAY 5: Arusha to Pangani (B / L / D)
After a morning spent exploring Arusha and its vibrant craft markets, we head south towards Dar es
Salaam. On the way we drive through the town of Moshi. Moshi is the base for Mount Kilimanjaro
climbing expeditions, and weather permitting; we may even catch a glimpse of this magical mountain’s
snowy summit - a photo opportunity not to be missed! We pass through vast sisal plantations surrounded by The Usambara and Pare Mountain ranges, before reaching our lovely campsite nestled between these mountains, midway between Arusha and Dar es Salaam.

DAY 6: Pangani to Dar es Salaam (B / L / D)
Today we continue on to Dar es Salaam. Travelling through lush scenery and palm trees, we near the
warm Indian Ocean. On arrival in Dar es Salaam we make our way to our lovely seaside campsite and
prepare for our departure to Zanzibar the next morning.

DAY 7: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar (B)
A ferry from Dar es Salaam takes us to the "Spice Island,” where we have the option to spend the next 3
nights. Zanzibar is steeped in history and was one of the major starting points for most East African
explorers in their quest for new lands. New passengers may join us to replace those that’ll leave us at the end of our excursion to Zanzibar.
PLEASE NOTE: Accommodation and Meals are for your own account whilst on Zanzibar, as it is our
experience that passengers prefer to explore the island on their own. The Trip Leader joins you and can
arrange your accommodation, while meals can be enjoyed from a wide selection of restaurants.

DAYS 8 & 9: Zanzibar
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 famous for its
spices and an excursion around a spice plantation is always a fascinating experience. Other options
include a trip to the beautiful beaches and giant tortoises of Prison Island, a full day scuba dive in
Nungwe or a fishing trip in a traditional dhow. Mopeds are available for hire if you’d like to explore the
more remote areas of the island. Zanzibar is a seafood lover’s paradise. Numerous restaurants offer a
great variety of the freshest catch from the ocean - crayfish being a popular speciality. Alternatively,
mingle with the locals for dinner at the Forodhani Gardens seafront market, where delicious, inexpensive seafood is on offer.

DAY 10: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam (D)
Leaving Zanzibar, we return to the mainland and another night in Dar es Salaam.

DAY 11: Dar es Salaam to Iringa (B / L / D)
This morning we leave Dar es Salaam and head south. We pass through the Mikumi National Park where it is possible to view a range of wildlife from the roadside, totally impervious to the passing traffic. We travel towards Iringa where we spend the night in a beautiful rustic campsite famous for its Amarula Hot Chocolates and its steamy showers!
DAYS 12 to 16: Iringa to Lake Malawi (Malawi) (B / L / D)

Taking in the beauty of the Tukuyu tea and banana plantations, we head towards Malawi entering the
‘Warm Heart of Africa’ through the border post at Songwe.
Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area made up of beautiful Lake Malawi. We travel
the length of the western side of the lake, stopping off at various bays and inlets over the next 5 days.
Spend the days learning the game of bao from the locals, scour the markets for a bargain or simply relax on the pristine white beaches. Malawi’s temperate climate allows for swimming in the clear blue freshwater lake all year round. Explore the beautiful shore where you’ll happen upon the local fishermen
sorting their catch. Traditional fishing techniques are still practiced and to appreciate their boating skills,
try to paddle a dug out canoe yourself! The various beachside campsites along Lake Malawi’s shores
offer many optional Excursions including a variety of water sports, horse back rides and a visit to the local village and school.

DAY 17: Lake Malawi to Chipata (Zambia) (B / L / D)
From Lake Malawi, we cross into Zambia where we spend the night in a beautiful little campsite just 10 km after the Malawi/Zambia border.

DAY 18: Chipata to Lusaka (B / L / D)
From Chipata, we head south to Lusaka to our campsite on the outskirts of Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. The campsite is home to some local wildlife including Africa’s largest antelope – Eland.

DAY 19: Lusaka to Livingstone (B / L / D)
An early morning start sees us head south to Livingstone. Victoria Falls or Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders) is one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World and it’s not difficult to see why. At 1700 m wide and around 100 m high, this is the world's largest sheet of falling water and a memorable sight on any African Safari! The Falls can be viewed from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, Zambia - a fantastic photo opportunity. Tonight we have the OPTION of enjoying a sunset dinner cruise on the mighty Zambezi.

DAY 20: Livingstone to Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) (B)
We leave Zambia and cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and the Zambezi River, entering into Zimbabwe at
the town of Victoria Falls. Here in Africa’s adventure capital, we set up camp in the town’s centrally
located campsite. The Falls can be viewed from the Victoria Falls National Park, Zimbabwe - a fantastic
photo opportunity. The afternoon is spent relaxing at the campsite’s swimming pool or exploring the
many sights and delights of this town!
OPTIONAL Excursions include trips into the Zambezi or Hwange National Parks, elephant back safaris,
horse back safaris, a visit to the crocodile ranch, boat cruises and golf at The Elephant Hills Resort.
Adrenalin junkies can bungee from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither activity is for the faint hearted! All year round, flights in fixed wing,
micro light and ultra light aircraft or helicopters provide an aerial perspective over this magnificent World
Heritage Site. White water rafting on the Zambezi is world class. Beside the excitement of the Grade 5
rapids, there are the "floats," where there is time to admire the scenic cliffs and the occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.

DAYS 21: Victoria Falls (B)
After breakfast, we exchange addresses and part ways, having just experienced a trip of a lifetime!
We suggest you extend your stay by a few days to participate in some of the exciting activities available
here. Post tour accommodation can be booked through your agent or the Africa Travel Co office.

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS
Below is a selection of Optional Excursions available on this trip.

Please Note - these prices are approximate and are subject to change
- where activities occur away from your base, there may be an additional transfer cost.
Tanzania, Arusha - 1 Day Ngorongoro Crater Excursion (Min 2 People) * US$ 200
Tanzania, Arusha - 3 Day / 2 Night Serengeti/Ngorongoro Crater Excursion * US$ 380
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Accommodation p/p/p/n From US$ 20
Tanzania, Zanzibar - Stone Town - Spice Tour US$ 25
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Village Walk & Meal US$ 10
Malawi, Lake Malawi - Water Skiing US$ 15
Zambia, Livingstone - Sunset Dinner Cruise US$ 40
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls - Bungee Jump US$ 90
Zimbabwe, Victoria Falls – White Water Rafting on the Zambezi US$ 95
*Although traveller’s cheques are accepted for the Serengeti/Ngorongoro Excursions, they are subject to
a surcharge of at least 5%.
**Please note that all accommodation & activities in Victoria Falls must be paid for in US$ cash (GBP &
ZAR also accepted at a lower rate).
FREE TRIP
When you book this trip, you are entitled to receive both a FREE 3 Day Masai Mara Safari the Sunday
before your trip begins and a FREE 3 Day Hwange Community Experience the Monday after your trip
ends. The Local Payments are still applicable for each trip. This fantastic offer must be taken up at the
same time you book this trip. Ask your Global Village Consultant for more details. Conditions
apply.
The staff and management look forward to welcoming you aboard and trust that you will enjoy your trip
with us.

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