Beach & Bush Ramble

Beach & Bush Ramble
From £ 950
Duration 36 Days
From £950.00 - 950.00
Duration 36 Days

Ramble between Africa’s pristine beaches and rugged bushland as you make your way up the east coast from South Africa to Kenya on this incredible journey. Covering a variety of territories including the prolific beaches of Mozambique and Zanzibar, the vast wonders of Hwange, Kruger and the South Luangwa National Parks, the thundering Victoria Falls, the majesty of the Ngorongoro Crater to the vast Serengeti plains – this comprehensive trip will leave you with unforgettable memories. Guaranteed.

Tour Itinerary

Johannesburg to Komatipoort, South Africa

From South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, we travel to Komatipoort. Here, get to know the group, share stories and prepare for an incredible trip ahead of us.

Meals:
-Dinner

Komatipoort to Inhambane, Mozambique

Shuffle out of Komatipoort and cross into the one and only Mozambique. After formalities at the border, settle into your time to relax and kick back. With something for everyone, it's impossible not to fall in love with this coastal town.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Scuba diving
-Snorkelling
-Quad biking
-Deep sea fishing

Inhambane

Beach. Chill. Relax. Repeat. Here, we're all about the optionals. Take advantage of the naturally stunning surrounds by setting out on a jam packed day of optional horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving. The natural vegetation of the coastal plain is dune forest, which has mostly been replaced by millions of coconut palms, planted by the Portuguese and local Bitonga to supply the thriving copra trade. Tofo is also home to loads of fun-loving bars and restaurants, where you can sample the local seafood and throw back bottles of 2M (the local beer) which the area is famous for.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Scuba diving
-Snorkelling
-Quad biking
-Windsurfing
-Deep sea fishing

Inhambane to Vilanculos

Leaving picturesque Inhambane behind, we take the scenic coastal route arriving at Vilanculos - the gateway to the out-of-this-world Bazaruto Archipelago. Named after a local tribal chief Gamala Vilankulo Mukoke, the town itself is only five kilometres long and plays host to numerous adventure activities. The afternoon is on your watch, so delve into a spot of optional snorkelling, kite surfing, horse riding or scuba diving (just to name a few).

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Scuba diving
-Horse riding
-Kayaking
-Windsurfing

Vilanculos

Today, we take a Dhow (traditional sailing boat) safari to Magaruque Island - the third island in the Bazaruto archipelago. Grab your coconut and enjoy some down time.

Included today:
-Dhow boat safari

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch

Optional activities:
-Scuba diving
-Horse riding
-Kayaking
-Windsurfing

Vilanculos to Xai Xai

Onwards to Xai Xai: home to idyllic islands, crystal-clear waters, fantastic diving and postcard-perfect beaches. Our accommodation is situated on the stretch of the Xai Xai beach, which has a spectacular coral reef running parallel to the shore. Snorkels at the ready!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Xai Xai to Kruger National Park, South Africa

You came to see animals, right? Today it's all about the famed Kruger National Park, passing panoramic scenery and dramatic escarpment views. From the dwarf mongoose to the Big Five, almost every major African mammal (over 145 species) is free to roam the enormous area of the park, which also boasts prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. Over two nights within the Kruger area, we have the chance to enjoy the spectacle of Shangaan tribal dancing and singing, as well as a full day game drive in the park itself to spot as many animals as possible.

Included today:
-Shangaan cultural evening

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Kruger National Park

Keep watch for as many of Africa's diverse wildlife as you can. Lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are a pretty safe bet, whilst cheetah and leopard are a bit harder to find. Will you be the one to spot these speedy big cats? Make sure you have a list of some of the animals that you can tick off during the full day's game drive (think: wildlife bingo). You'll be the toast of the campsite after spotting an elusive honey badger, you can be guaranteed.

Included today:
-Kruger National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Kruger National Park to Tshipise, Zimbabwe

Say Buh-Bye to the Kruger as we shimmy north through South Africa's lush countryside to Tshipise and relax by the pool for the afternoon.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Tshipise to Bulawayo

Departing Tshipise, we drive to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city which boasts broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces. Head to the fascinating National History Museum, which recounts much of Zimbabwe's traditional and colonial past, and then peruse the lively curio market near the Old Town Hall. A vast collection of handicrafts and artwork made by skilful craftsmen and women are on display here, so be sure to nab yourself a local treasure.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Bulawayo to Matobo National Park

Next up: the impressive Matobo National Park. Get the lowdown on this breathtaking area, just a short distance outside of Bulawayo, with our knowledgeable local guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings, and the area is home to a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people that live here.

Included today:
-Half day Matobo National Park game drive & wilderness walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Matobo National Park full day tour upgrade

Matobo National Park to Hwange National Park

Farewell Matobo and get ready for the world-famous Hwange National Park. Zimbabwe's largest and best known game park was (in early 19th century) the royal hunting grounds of the Ndebele warrior-king Mzilikazi, and in 1929 was set aside as a National Park. The park covers an area of over 14,600 square kilometres and is particularly known for its Big Five population (hint: leopard, lion, elephant, rhino and buffalo). Later in the afternoon we head out for a game drive, hoping to glimpse the abundance of wildlife in the park before returning to our camp at dusk for overnight.

Included today:
-Khami Ruins visit
-Hwange National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Hwange National Park to Victoria Falls

Leaving Hwange National Park, we make our way to the powerful Victoria Falls where we have the opportunity to marvel at the spectacular site, as well as the mighty Zambezi River. The Zambezi boasts one of the world's highest rated rivers for pure white river rafting, with its many challenging (as well as novice) rapids.

Included today:
-Mosi oa Tunya - Victoria Falls

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-White water rafting
-Gorge swing
-Sunset cruise
-Helicopter ride

Victoria Falls

Today, you have the chance to explore the area at leisure. Choose to cross the border for a day to visit into the neighbouring Zambia's town, Livingstone; or take a leap of faith bungee jumping to the foot of the falls. From optional game walks, helicopter flights or jet boating to name a few, Victoria Falls will capture and fulfil your imagination, validating the myths of the African spirit.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-White water rafting
-Gorge swing
-Sunset cruise
-Helicopter ride

Victoria Falls to Livingstone, Zambia

Welcome to our picturesque Livingstone campsite, perfectly placed on the doorstep of the Mosi au Tunya National Park. Elephants crossing the Zambezi River from Zimbabwe can usually be spotted, as well as giraffe, buffalo, white rhino, warthog, hippo and a variety of different monkey species.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Victoria Falls bungee
-White water rafting
-Gorge swing
-Sunset cruise
-Helicopter ride

Livingstone to Lusaka

Today we make tracks for Zambia's urban metropolis city, Lusaka. A commercial hub and centre for the government, Lusaka is home to dusty tree-lined streets, soviet looking buildings and bustling local markets that ooze African flair. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing spot on a farm, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Lusaka to Chipata

We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Formerly named Fort Jamerson, Chipata has a population of approximately 100,000 and is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before continuing to our campsite to overnight, before crossing the border into Malawi.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Chipata to South Luangwa National Park

Today we swap Chipata for the remarkable South Luangwa National Park. This area of outstanding natural beauty is rightly known as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many activities on offer, from walking safaris, night game drives and village walks.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Village tour
-Walking safari
-Game drives

South Luangwa National Park

What better way to start the day than with a morning game drive along the river's edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area? After the game drive, take advantage of The Warthogs Bar and swimming pool (which is the best place to cool off during the hot hours of the day) and the many activities on offer that you may have missed the day before.

Included today:
-South Luangwa National Park game drive

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Village tour
-Walking safari
-Game drives

South Luangwa National Park to Malawi Beach, Malawi

Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi stopping at the capital, Lilongwe, before taking the eastern road to Lake Malawi. Formally known as 'Lake Nyasa', Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country's area and provides the livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, canoe and net makers all ply their trade on its shores, so expect to see fisherman in their Bwato, (dugout canoe made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. We arrive at camp on the lake's shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Village walk

Malawi Beach

While here, try some of the water sports typically available, go horse riding or just relax by the lakeside and go for a dip in its warm waters anytime the need arises. It's also worth taking the time out to get to know some of the locals, often regarded as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain an insight into their way of life.
Please note: Although we do our best to adhere to the campsites described in this itinerary, the crew may need to make some alterations to the itinerary published here.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Horse riding
-Village walk

Malawi Beach to Lake Malawi

We take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Chitimba Beach for the next two nights.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Lake Malawi

Enjoy time on the beach or shop at a large curios market, where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi's famous ornate and carved chairs. Alternatively, take an optional hike to Manchewe Falls or embark on the Chihanga walk with a local guide. These trails are beautifully serene, but can take up to 10 hours so be sure to rest up beforehand!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Livingstone day hike

Lake Malawi to Iringa, Tanzania

Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb through Tanzania's Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This farm is at an altitude of 1,600 metres, ensuring a pleasantly fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm, which provides organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. The farmhouse is famous for its hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought from a quaint, candlelit bar. Note: time to indulge!

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Iringa to Dar es Salaam

Continuing east towards the Indian Ocean and the port city of Dar es Salaam, our route runs through the Mikumi National Park and, with luck, we may spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. 'Dar' is Tanzania's hub of commerce and industry, and is a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arabesque architecture. We set up camp at our site on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse the local markets (best known for its ebony wood carvings) and prepare for our own trip to Zanzibar.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar

Today we ferry across to the magical 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to spend three blissful nights. Discover the island's idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, as well as its intriguing history as a major trading centre for spices. For centuries, Zanzibaris would trade with the people of the Arabian Peninsula and ply the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town, so keep your eyes peeled when wandering the city's historic pathways. The next four days are on your own watch, so spend your time exploring at your own pace.
Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities - the time is entirely yours to do as you please.
Included today:
-Ferry to Zanzibar

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Visit the former slave market site
-Arabic Fort
-Palace Museum

Zanzibar

Don your comfiest walking attire and set out to explore Stone Town on foot. Get lost in the labyrinth of laneways at the bazaars, and marvel at the array of ancient maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings. Be sure to pay a visit to the city's mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Zanzibar

Awake to another day in this dreamlike haven. If it's white sand, a sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some sumptuous seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Zanzibar

Variety is the spice of life, and on Zanzibar island, spices are abundant. Embark on a day tour to the nearby spice plantations and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents that infiltrate the air.

Meals:
-Breakfast

Optional activities:
-Spice tour
-Scuba diving
-Mnemba Island
-Dhow snorkelling safari
-Massage

Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Time to farewell this picture-perfect paradise. Sneak in some last-minute shopping or relish one last dip, before catching the ferry back to Dar on the African mainland.

Included today:
-Ferry to Dar Es Salaam

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Dinner

Dar es Salaam to Marangu

Departing early from Dar, we head north past the Usambara and Pare Mountains in the Eastern Arc Mountain Range to Marangu, nestled at the base of the famed Kilimanjaro. If weather is clear we will gain a view of the magnificent snow-capped Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain.

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Marangu to Arusha

Today we head to Arusha - Tanzania's 'safari capital' and a veritable melting pot of markets, vehicles and people. With time to explore town we head out to our camp just outside the city at the edge of the Masai plains. It's from here that we prepare for our two night/three day excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater.

Included today:
-Maasai Village walk

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Arusha to Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

This morning we'll change up our vehicles for a more game park-friendly option and drive west across the Great Rift Valley, passing through Mto Wa Mbo ('mosquito creek'), before entering the Ngorongoro Crater Conservation Area. Passing into the park, we'll drive around the crater rim and down onto the Serengeti plains, which is home to an enormous variety of grazing animals, predators, and birdlife. Flatter and larger than the Maasai Mara, the Serengeti certainly lives up to its namesake: 'the place where the land moves on forever'. We drive to our designated (but unfenced) campsite for the evening where lion and hyena roam nearby, making for an unforgettable experience.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

Rise and shine! This morning we head out on a game-drive beyond the plains, and then ascend the outer wall of the Ngorongoro Crater, post-lunch. The night is spent camping on the rim of the crater (read: pack your warmest jacket), which at 326 square kilometres, is Africa's largest intact caldera. If the view from the rim at 2,400 metres above sea level is spectacular, you can be sure the crater floor some 600 metres below, is equally spectacular.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Optional activities:
-Serengeti balloon flight

Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater

On the final day of the excursion, we descend down the steep dirt road of the Ngorongoro Crater for a morning of game driving (and wildlife spotting!). After our game drive we ascend to our campsite on the rim for a final view over the Ngorongoro Crater, pack up our camp and enjoy a bite to eat before retracing our steps to our campsite at Arusha.

Included today:
-Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater excursion

Meals:
-Breakfast
-Lunch
-Dinner

Serengeti National Park & Ngorongoro Crater to Nairobi, Kenya

After one last night in Tanzania, we make our way across the Masai Steppe to the Kenyan frontier. Completing formalities at Namanga border post, we drive the last stretch of road to Nairobi, Kenya's capital where our tour sadly ends.

Meals:
-Breakfast

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