Wildlife Express Safari

Johannesburg to Nairobi

       

Wildlife Express Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: US$ 3,770 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Johannesburg

Safari Ends: Nairobi Number of Days: 36
Countries visited: South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya
Click here for Departure Dates Vehicles, Guides & Equipment Booking Code: AF25

Safari Price Includes:

Fully Escorted Tour
Tour Leader and Driver
All Activities and Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
National Park Entrance Fees as per Itinerary
All Tolls and Taxes
Zanzibar Accommodation and Return Ferry
All Meals Whilst Camping

Safari Price Excludes:

Flight
Visas
Pre/post accommodation
Insurance
Tips Souvenirs
Optional activities
All drinks and items of a personal nature.

Wildlife Express Safari

Northbound from Johannesburg we travel through the untouched beauty of Mozambique, experiencing amazing beaches, the Bazaruto Archipelago as well as local cuisine and culture. Walk with Lions and Rhinos in Zimbabwe before testing your nerves on some of the many adrenalin activities available in Victoria Falls. Malawi slows the pace down whilst you relax along the lakeside before heading to Zanzibar where all your senses tingle with exotic aromas, tastes and sights. Finally a wildlife extravaganza awaits with a visit to the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Wildlife Express Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1:

Johannesburg to Hazyview

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

We suggest that you might like to arrive in Johannesburg a couple of days prior to joining your tour if you wish to see the city and surrounding areas as this tour will depart at 7am on Day 1. From Johannesburg we head towards Hazyview on the outskirts of Kruger National Park.


Day 2: Kruger National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Today we enter the world-renowned Kruger National Park, home to a staggering amount of wildlife and birds. We camp for the night within the park and there is an option of a night safari. Kruger is one of the few places in Africa where it is possible to observe nocturnal wildlife and this makes a unique experience. On our final morning we will take an early game drive when the animals are at their most active.
Next we travel to Mozambique and Maputo. Maputo is a lively city with tree-lined streets, ocean views and interesting Portuguese colonial architecture. We overnight in a lodge in Maputo.


Day 3: Kruger National Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 4:

Inhambane And Ponta da Barra

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Next we travel further north along the palm-fringed coast to Inhambane – a small town with a colourful market and friendly atmosphere. We camp at the idyllic Ponta da Barra for a couple of nights and enjoy relaxing on the beach, or walking along the peninsular where there are more opportunities for snorkelling, scuba diving, whale watching or quad biking.


Day 5: Inhambane And Ponta da Barra Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 6: Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

For the next two days we will be based in Vilanculos in order to enjoy a Dhow safari to the islands of the Bazaruto Archipelago – classed as a World Heritage Site for its outstanding natural beauty. Other activities to enjoy are horse riding along the beaches or interacting with the locals whilst visiting some of the volunteer and community projects in the area.


Day 7: Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 8: Vilanculos Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 9: Zimbabwe And Antelope Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving the beautiful coastline behind us, we camp on the shores of picturesque Lake Chicamba or cross into Zimbabwe and stay near Mutare. Next we depart for a relaxing day at the Antelope Park where you will have the rare opportunity to take a walk with some lion cubs, go horse riding, a boat cruise, or even ride and swim with an African elephant. The two full days driving will be quickly forgotten once the contrast of scenery, culture and animals of land-locked Zimbabwe become apparent.


Day 10: Zimbabwe And Antelope Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 11: Zimbabwe And Antelope Park Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 12:

Bulawayo

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Antelope Park we will travel to Bulawayo, the second city of Zimbabwe and join a full day tour to Matopos National Park, home to a large population of white rhino and the site of Cecil Rhodes grave.


Day 13:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Departing Bulawayo after breakfast we will arrive in Victoria Falls for a late lunch and have time to plan for an evening activity and any adventures Known locally as ‘Mosi oa Tunya’ or ‘the smoke that thunders’, the falls are one of the world’s natural wonders. Although they are neither the world’s highest nor widest falls, they are an amazing spectacle as water cuts a dramatic gorge through the earth's crust and then crashes 111 metres to the river below. The Batoka Gorge forms the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia and is an excellent base for adventure and wildlife activities galore.
Here we have the option to enjoy an evening river cruise on the upper (above the falls) Zambezi River. This lasts about 3 hrs with drinks included. There are also a wide variety of other optional activities, the most famous being seasonal whitewater rafting on the lower Zambezi. This excursion takes a full day and has around 14 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 of a perfectly good bridge. Various flights are on offer including light fixed wing aircraft, helicopter, microlight and ultralight, all offering a wonderful viewing of the falls. 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. Depending on activities being done we may also spend a night on the Zambian side of the Falls. There is also is horse riding, elephant riding, lion and rhino encouters, canoeing, not to mention a walk in the Mosi oa Tunya National Park.
NB Please note that entrance (approximately 20 USD) to Mosi oa Tunya (Victoria Falls) National Park is not included in your tour price.


Day 14:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 15:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 16:

Victoria Falls

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 17: Lusaka And Lilongwe Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Victoria Falls we drive across the south eastern part of Zambia, towards Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. This journey takes a couple of days and it a great opportunity to get to know your fellow travellers and to sit back, relax and enjoy the ever changing African scenery.
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 - our base for the next few days


Day 18: Lusaka And Lilongwe Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 19:

Lake Malawi Beaches

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

On our trip through Malawi we visit a couple of small bays along the lakeshore. Snorkelling and diving are available or chose to swim or relax on the beaches. There is also ample time to visit local villages and craft markets which abound with woodcarvings, the most famous of these being large carved chairs. These chairs have proved very popular with our clients, however they tend to be less popular when it becomes time to send such a large object home!


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

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

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Day 22: Lake Malawi Beaches Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 23:

Southern Tanzania.

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

From Malawi we cross southern Tanzania to Dar es Salaam, our gateway to Zanzibar. Our route takes us through the Iringa Highlands, Baobab Valley and Mikumi National Park. Whilst the park is not an excursion, since the road passes right through the center of the park, we hope to be lucky enough to see numbers of giraffe, antelope and elephants. It is interesting to note these elephants are very small in stature, which may be a result of the effects of poaching on the population. Large individuals have been selectively hunted, leaving a smaller breeding herd.


Day 24: Southern Tanzania. Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 25:

Dar-Es-Salam And Zanzibar Island

Hostel  

Next our journey will bring us to the humid, exotic city of Dar es Salaam (translated from Swahili as “haven of peace”). Situated on the Indian Ocean, we will spend a night here before travelling on to Zanzibar. 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 generally spend 3 to 4 days on the island. 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 26: Dar-Es-Salam And Zanzibar Island Hostel  

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Day 27: Dar-Es-Salam And Zanzibar Island Hostel  

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Day 28: Dar-Es-Salam And Zanzibar Island Hostel  

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Day 29: Dar-Es-Salam And Zanzibar Island Hostel  

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Day 30:

Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater

Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Leaving behind the sights and sounds of Zanzibar we drive to the town of Arusha, following the Usambara and Pare mountain ranges. Towards the end of our day of driving we will pass close to Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest point at 5895 m. If were are lucky we may get a look at “Kili’s” snow capped peak. However, be warned, Kilimanjaro is regularly covered by cloud. Arusha is situated on the southern slopes of Mt Meru and was originally a coffee town. However, safaris have now taken over as the town’s biggest revenue earner. After spending a night in Arusha we transfer into smaller 4 wheel drive vehicles and head to Karutu and on to the Serengeti National Park. We will spend the afternoon on a game drive before heading to set up camp in the park for the night. The following day we will get up bright and early to continue through the park on an extensive game drive heading back towards the Ngorongoro Crater. We overnight at a camp on the rim of the Crater. We use smaller vehicles as the walls of the extinct volcano that form the crater are too steep to be negotiated by large vehicles. The following morning we descend onto the crater 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. There is a soda lake with flamingos, fresh water, open plains and a forest area. There is a high concentration of wildlife here, including the big cats and a small population of black rhino. We spend around 4½ hours game driving around the crater. After the game drive we journey back to Arusha.


Day 31: Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 32: Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 33: Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 34: Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 35: Arusha, The Serengeti And The Ngorongoro Crater Camping Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Day 36: Arusha to Nairobi    

From Arusha we leave Tanzania and enter Kenya for the final part of our journey before finishing our tour in the hustle and bustle of Nairobi. NO accommodation is included on Day 36.

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