Savannah Dawn: Nairobi to Vic Falls overland

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Duration (in days): 35

From: Nairobi

To: Victoria Falls



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This 35-day camping trip takes you through Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe on an unforgettable African journey.

In the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara National park, you'll encounter some of Africa's finest, including elephants, lions, cheetahs, white rhinos, buffalo, hippos, antelopes, crocodiles and pink flamingos as well as giraffe, zebra and wildebeest. As well as wildlife, visit local villages and experience traditional lifestyles of the Masai.

You'll have the opportunity to climb Mt Kilimanjaro, laze on the white sand beaches of beautiful Zanzibar, camp on the shores of Lake Malawi and take a walk with lion cubs and that's all before you reach the maginificent 'Smoke that thunders' - Victoria Falls. At the Zambezi River you can whitewater raft, bungee from the heights or tilt over the river from the Gorge Swing!

For a true Africa adventure, this tour hits the mark.

Savannah Dawn - Nairobi to Victoria Falls
  • See an abundance of African wildlife at Ngorongoro Crater
  • Visit the famous spice markets and beautiful beaches of Zanzibar
  • Camp on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Experience the epic Victoria Falls by boat, bungee, raft, kayak or swing!





Day 1

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.

Days 2 to 4

Here you have the option to use a local African safari travel company to guide us through Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. After a morning of flamingo spotting on Lake Manyara, you'll head down into the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. On the crater floor you will have the opportunity to view the abundant wildlife including Elephant, Lion, Cheetah, White Rhino, Buffalo, Hippo, Antelope, Crocodile and Pink Flamingos. From here you can also choose to go into the Serengeti for a day where vast herds of wildebeest roam the plains. 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 11

After leaving Arusha 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. We will stop off at Marangu where you have the opportunity to climb to Kilimanjaro base camp, or take a walk through the lush surroundings passing through coffee plantations, rivers, waterfalls, caves and visiting a local blacksmith. A days drive brings us to Dar Es Salaam where 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 with dolphins- before returning to Dar Es Salaam.

Days 12 to 14

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 we usually see Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra and Antelope from the roadside. Passing through lush mountainous landscape and plantations - we enter Malawi which is dominated by its huge fresh water lake.

Days 15 to 19

Camping in Malawi sums up the spirit of an Africa overland trip with Oasis. We spend 4 to 5 days at 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 20 to 21

From here we continue on to the capital Lilongwe in the south of the country where we you can post gifts home, play a round of golf or check out the local markets.

Days 22 to 28

Our African Overland trip leaves Lilongwe to cross into Mozambique and head for Zimbabwe. We follow the infamous Tete Corridor which was well known in the days of Mozambiques 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 make our way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, where we visit Chimanimani, and where you have the opportunity to take a hike through the mountain wilderness area, or hiking to the nearby bridal veil falls, or simply enjoying the stunning surroundings from this sleepy village whilst strolling through the village market. 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 is where we stop next to view this ancient city.

Days 29 to 31

We drive across Mashonaland to Gweru, here we visit a privately run horse and game ranch where you can go game viewing on horseback or even take a walk with Lion Cubs! Its our destination for the next few days and always a highlight! Next we enter Matabeleland and the town of Bulawayo.

Days 32 to 33

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.  We will then follow a journey that is steeped in history and say goodbye to our truck for the night as we board the overnight train from Bulawayo to the mighty Victoria Falls.  Expect basic conditions, but the views and experience of looking out the window and watching the world go by more than makes up for it.  If you look carefully you might even spot some kudu or elephant!  When you get there the mighty Victoria Falls await.

Days 34 to 35

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 sight is breathaking at any time of year.  The Gorge is the setting for one of 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.  Why not take a day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, take the Flight of Angels - a great way to get a birds eye view of the falls in a microlight or helicopter, enjoy a civilised afternoon tea at the Victoria Falls Hotel, join a Sunset Boat Cruise or a more sedate Canoe trip.  For those who want to make the most of the adrenaline activities, get your fix with the Gorge Swing, Abseil or 'enjoy'  one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world - a perfect way to end your stay in this fun-filled town!


Please note the local payment on this trip is from US$440

Oasis Overland trips are not set in stone and can be subject to change at any time.

What's included: 

  • Airport pick up and one night pre-trip accommodation at Karen Camp (in a dorm room)
  • Marangu - the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Mikumi Game Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Private Game Ranch
  • Overnight sleeper train from Bulawayo to Victoria Falls - **New for 2014**
  • All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
  • Accommodation fees (100% camping)
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • Meals prepared by group or provided - approx 60%
  • Services of Oasis crew

Not included: 

  •    Visas $75 - $220 (depending on nationality most can be obtained en route)
  •     Meals - approx 40%
  •     Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  •     Airport Taxes & Transfers
  •     Travel Insurance
  •     Flights
  •     Drinks 
  •     Tips


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