Southern Explorer Safari

Nairobi to Johannesburg


Southern Explorer Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 3,845 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Nairobi

Safari Ends: Johannesburg Number of Days: 35
Countries visited: Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AF12

Safari Price Includes:

Fully Escorted Tour
Tour Leader and Driver
All Activities
Entrance Fees as Per Itinerary
All Meals Whilst Camping
National Parks and Reserve Entrance Fees
All Tolls and Taxes
Zanzibar accommodation and return Ferry

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Meals unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Southern Explorer

This is your chance to see the migration in the Masai Mara and the Serengeti National Park, up to 30,000 animals in the Ngorongoro Crater then relax on Zanzibar, enjoying Stone Town and maybe the beaches, diving or snorkelling. Head to Mikumi National Park to see if you can spot lion, leopard and black backed Jackal. Next are a few days at Lake Malawi, preparing yourself for the adrenaline rush of Victoria Falls.

Southern Explorer Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

Nairboi to Lake Naivasha


Departing Nairobi this morning at 10.00am we head to Lake Naivasha. Lake Naivasha offers lots of optional excursions you can enjoy. You may wish to visit Elsamere, named after the lioness in "Born Free". This was the home of Joy Adamson who, along with her husband George, was the inspiration for the movie "Born Free".
You also have the option of going trekking or cycling in Hells Gate National Park, one of the few parks in Africa where it is possible to do walking safaris – this is an optional excursion and as such you will not be accompanied by your tour leader.
For the less energetic, Crescent Island (actually the rim of an old crater still attached to the mainland) is a much more leisurely walk and you are almost certain to come within meters of giraffe, wildebeest and several species of gazelle.

Day 2: Nairboi to Lake Naivasha Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 1 for Itinerary

Day 3: Masai Mara Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Lake Naivasha we head into the Masai Mara, one of Africa’s premier game parks. The Masai Mara has large herds of plains game (gazelle, antelope, and giraffe) which in turn attract large numbers of carnivores (lion, cheetah, hyena and the ever elusive leopard). In the Masai Mara we do two game drives, one evening drive and one early the following morning. In most national parks it is forbidden to drive at night so all game viewing is done as early and as late as possible to get the best conditions. Looking for game in a National park is not always easy. This is one of the advantages of using a truck, which gives us superior height, making it easier to see over the surrounding terrain.

Day 4: Nairobi Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From the Masai Mara we pass back through Nairobi for an overnight stop.

Day 5:


Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We depart Nairobi and enter Tanzania and the town of Arusha. Our route to Arusha takes us through more Masai tribal lands and along the western slope of Mt Meru. On this route it is also possible to see Mt Kilimanjaro. Be warned, Kilimanjaro is regularly covered by cloud.
Arusha is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Meru and was originally a coffee town. Safaris have now taken over as the town’s big earner. We will camp in Arusha for the night to prepare for our 4 day excursion off the truck into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater.

Day 6:

Arusha to Serengeti National Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Early this morning you will be collected from the campsite by our local operator to begin the 4 day excursion into the Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater. You will need to take any personal items you require with you as the truck stays behind in Arusha.
Leaving Arusha behind us, you will journey through the Tanzanian countryside to the Serengeti National Park, crossing vast plains in search of the Big 5 on our way to our bushcamp in the heart of the National Park where we will spend two nights listening to the sounds of Africa.

Day 7:

Serengeti National Park.

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Enjoy morning and afternoon game drives in the Serengeti National park. Expect an early rise in the mornings which give us the best opportunity to view game as they start their day, an unforgettable experience to watch Africa wake up! Afternoon game drives offer their own beauty and give you some amazing photo opportunities.

Day 8:

Serengeti to Ngorongoro Crater

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

One last early morning game drive in the Serengeti before returning to camp for brunch after which you will head for the Ngorongoro Crater escarpment where you will set up camp and prepare for an early start tomorrow morning.

Day 9:

Ngorongoro Crater to Arusha

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We descend onto the Crater floor for an early morning game drive in one of the most stunning natural wonders of the world. At 19Kms across and 600m deep this is the 5th largest crater in the world. It is a world heritage site and boasts a unique ecosystem. The crater itself reflects a mini rift valley. It has a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains, and a forest area. There is a high concentration of animals here, and it is also a home to a small population of black rhino. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater.
After the excitement of the morning, settle back for the drive to Arusha where you will meet up with the truck and prepare for some well earned R&R on Zanzibar over the coming days.

Day 10:

Arusha to Dar es Salaam

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Arusha our journey takes us to Dar es Salaam (Swahili for "haven of peace") on the Indian Ocean. The trip will either be one big day on the truck or broken down into 2 shorter drives. Whichever way it is done, we get another chance to see Kilimanjaro and will also see a changing landscape en-route to the coast

Day 11: Zanzibar Hostel  

We travel to Zanzibar by ferry from Dar es Salaam and this journey can take up to 3 or 4 hours. Conditions are usually smooth but beware the occasional day with rolling seas.
Zanzibar is known as the Spice Island, which comes from the many different spices that were grown there by the original Omani settlers. A lot of spices are still grown on the island and make up a large part of the economy of the island. The island does have a more sordid past in that it was once a major slave trading port; and it is still possible to visit the site of the old slave trading markets. The town center still shows a lot of its Arabic origins in its architecture. It’s fascinating to walk around the labyrinth of old buildings and walled streets. For the beach lovers you can go out of the town and spend some relaxing time on the isolated beaches. There are spice tours that take in all manners of exotic fruits and spices and you can sample many of the tastes and smells first hand. Just off the coast of the old town is Prison Island, where there is a population of giant land tortoises who are happy to share their stretch of beach. We will spend 4 days on the island, generally split between 1 night in Stone Town and 3 nights on the Coast where accommodation with breakfast is included however all other meals will be at your own expense during this time.
We recommend that you budget around U$200-$300 for your stay on Zanzibar to cover food, transport around the island, optional tours, accommodation upgrades, drinks and souvenirs. Please note that this is a recommendation only as different passengers have widely differing spending patterns.

Day 12: Zanzibar Hostel  

See day 11 for Itinerary

Day 13: Zanzibar Hostel  

Detailed Itinerary Information

Day 14: Zanzibar Hostel  

Detailed Itinerary Information

Day 15:

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the group will travel by ferry back to Dar es Salaam and rejoin the truck which will transfer you to the campsite on the outskirts of Dar es Salaam.

Day 16:

Dar es Salaam to Iringa

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Dar es Salaam we cross southern Tanzania into Malawi. The route takes us through the Mikumi National Park. This is not an excursion, but, fortunately for us, the road actually passes right through the center of the park, and it is possible to see numbers of giraffe, antelope and elephants. It is interesting to note that these elephants are very small in stature, which is attributed to the decimation of their gene pool due to poaching.

Day 17:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Malawi is a small country in central southern Africa and is dominated by water and mountainous regions. More than 30% of the country’s landmass comprises of Lake Malawi. On our trip through Malawi we visit a number of the small bays along the lakeshore. Snorkelling and diving are available or people can just swim and laze about on the beaches. There is also ample time to visit local villages and the local markets which abound with woodcarvings, the most famous of these being large carved chairs. These chairs have proved very popular with our clients over the years, only to become a problematic purchase when the time comes to send such a large object home.

Day 18:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 17 for Itinerary

Day 19:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 17 for Itinerary

Day 20: Lake Malawi Beaches Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 17 for Itinerary

Day 21: Lake Malawi Beaches Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Detailed Itinerary Information

Day 22:

Kande Beach to Chipata

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the beautiful beaches of Malawi behind we will head towards the Zambia border camping for the night before crossing into Zambia tomorrow. This is a driving day with no activities planned.

Day 23:

Chipata via Lusaka to Livingstone

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

This period is spent travelling to Livingstone, stopping off in Lusaka, Zambia, en-route.
Livingstone is a small town on the Zambian side and not surprisingly was named after David Livingstone, the man who discovered Victoria Falls, known locally as "Mosi oa Tunya", "the smoke that thunders", is one of the world’s natural wonders, though they are neither the highest nor the widest of the world’s waterfalls. They do, however, create a visual spectacle as they cut a massive gorge in the earth and crash 111 metres to the river below. This gorge actually forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and the initial part of our stay we spend on the Zambian side.

Day 24:

Chipata via Lusaka to Livingstone

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 23 for Itinerary

Day 25:


Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is yours free to partake in many of the activities available from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. It is highly recommended that you take the time to view the "Falls" from this side of the border to gain a different perspective

Day 26: Victoria Falls Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today the truck will cross into Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls where we will be based for the next few days.

Day 27:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Two full days to enjoy the many activities available including the option to do an evening river cruise on the Upper (above the falls) Zambezi River, which takes about 3 hrs with drinks included.
On the Zimbabwe side there are a wide variety of optional activities, the most famous being White Water rafting on the Lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has 14 plus rapids none below grade 4 (rapids are graded from 1 to 6). Please note that at certain times of the year the rafting may be restricted or even closed due to high water levels (March – May). Bungy jumping is also an option for all those who wish to throw themselves 111 metres head first off a perfectly good bridge. Another optional activity is Jet Boating, imported and improved on from New Zealand. Various flights are on offer, including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering wonderful viewing of the falls. As well as these, there is horse riding, elephant riding and canoeing, not to mention a walk to the falls themselves. Videos and still photographs are available for purchase of most activities, and are a great reminder of your adrenaline filled visit to the mighty Victoria Falls and Zambezi River
At Victoria Falls some members of the group may be transferring to other tours. There may also be new members joining for the last week of the tour to Johannesburg.
NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.

Day 28:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 27 for Itinerary

Day 29:

Chobe National Park

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departing the falls we go into Botswana and visit the Chobe National Park on the Chobe River. Here we do a morning game drive (3hrs) and an afternoon boat cruise on the river. This cruise is very good for seeing all the aquatic animals that are not normally seen during a game drive. Both the boat cruise and the game drive give us great game viewing opportunities in one of the largest parks in southern Africa.

Day 30:

Chobe National Park to Maun

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Chobe we will drive along the edge of the Makgadikgadi pans to the town of Maun. We will stop in town to restock and prepare for our trip into the Okavango Delta.

Day 31:

Okavango Delta

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We leave the truck behind for the next two nights for our bush camp on the banks of one of the many fresh water channels that give life to the flora and fauna of the Okavango Delta which is formed by the Okavango River, this flows into the desert and disappears as it fans out to form the Delta.
Our method of transport is 4 wheel drive vehicles and Makoro (meaning ‘dug out canoe’ in Setswana).
The Makoros are traditionally made of wood but as they come to the end of their serviceable life, fibreglass canoes are now replacing them. These are not quite as authentic but building the old canoes uses a whole tree and the environment is beginning to suffer. Each makoro is piloted by a ‘poler’, who helps set up camp & take guided bush walks…he/she will also always be ready for a chat and a cup of tea with you around the fire. We take all our own equipment and food and bring it all back out (including the rubbish), showing our understanding of the fragility of the Delta. The Okavango Delta region is one of the world’s last remaining true wilderness areas and is home to a vast amount of animals. It is possible to take some walks to try to see them or, if you are lucky, they will wander close to camp. As you retire to your tent for the night, the sounds and smells of the African bush will leave an indelible mark on your senses like no other.

Day 32: Okavango Delta Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

See day 31 for Itinerary

Day 33: Maun Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Return to the campsite in Maun this afternoon where you will rejoin the truck and enjoy the comforts available at the campsite to freshen up. You are nearing the end of your journey so this is a good place to celebrate what you have accomplished over the past days on tour.

Day 34:

Maun to Martins Drift

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today is a transit day, after you’ve packed the truck up you will all hit the road heading towards South Africa stopping to camp the night near the Botswana/South Africa border.

Day 35: Johannesburg    

We then continue onto Johannesburg where the tour will end on arrival.

Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Southern Explorer Safari Departure Dates

2010 Safari Departures

Jan Departures

Feb Departures

Mar Departures

Apr Departures

May Departures

Jun Departures




18 April 2010

9 May 2010
23 May 2010

13 June 2010

Jul Departures

Aug Departures

Sept Departures

Oct Departures

Nov Departures

Dec Departures

4 July 2010
25 July 2010

8 August 2010
29 August 2010

12 September 2010

10 October 2010
31 October 2010

14 November 2010

5 December 2010
19 December 2010

Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email