Self Drive Africa 4x4 North

Self Drive Africa 4x4 North

From AUD 5,600.00 + LTP: US$ 2400.00
Trip Length 28 Trip Code 004-AES
Tour Group 2 - 18 Age Range Open

Self Drive Africa 4x4 North: Tour Information

“Dr Livingstone …. I presume” 27 Day guided self-drive 4x4 expedition is the perfect getaway for those who really want to explore the best there is between Livingstone, Zambia and Nairobi, Kenya.  We begin our African 4wd adventure with the mighty Victoria Falls before making our way to South Luangwa NP for our first African game drive, making our way to Malawi for a couple of days exploring the shores of Lake Malawi and visiting the historic town of Livingstonia.  Your 4x4 adventure continues into Tanzania as we drive through rich farmlands and the amazing Baobab valley before parking up spending a few days relaxing and exploring the spice island of Zanzibar.  Continuing on you drive toward Mt Kilimanjaro and Lake Chala before crossing into Kenya to explore the tranquil setting of Amboseli NP with its impressive herds of elephants with Mt Kilimanjaro in the background; we complete our self-drive 4wd adventure driving through the Masai Mara Game Reserve famous for lions and the great Wildebeest migration. 

Day 1 and 2: Livingstone
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge ensuite room 
Day 3 and 4: Lusaka and Chipata (driving distance approx. 500kms and 570 km)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 5 and 6: South Luangwa NP (driving distance approx. 130kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 7: Chipata (driving distance approx. 130kms) 
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 8: Lilongwe (driving distance approx. 155kms)
Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: camping
Day 9: Kande Beach (driving distance approx. 340kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 10 and 11: Chitimba beach (driving distance approx. 230kms and 30kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 12 and 13: Mbeya and Farmhouse, Iringa (driving distance approx. 180kms and 327kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 14: Baobab Valley (driving distance approx. 175kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 15: Dar es Salaam (driving distance approx. 400kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 16, 17 and 18: Zanzibar
Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: hotel ensuite rooms
Day 19 and 20: Dar es Salaam and Pangani River (driving distance approx. 400kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 21: Lake Chala (driving distance approx. 190kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 22: Amboseli NP (driving distance approx. 100kms)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 23: Nairobi (driving distance approx. 200kms plus game driving)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: hotel ensuite 
Day 24 and 25: Masai Mara (driving distance approx. 220kms plus game driving)
Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner 
Accommodation: camping
Day 26 and Day 27: Nairobi (driving approx. 220kms)
Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: ensuite rooms

Highlights included in price

 Return ferry to Zanzibar  Spice Tour, Zanzibar  Entrance fees  Victoria Falls National Park, Zambia  South Luangwa National Park, Zambia  Mikumi National Park, Tanzania  Lake Chala, Tanzania  Amboseli National Park, Kenya  Masai Mara Game Reserve, Kenya  David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage, Kenya  Karen Blixen Museum, Kenya

Self Drive 4wd Africa Tour

Day 1 and 2: Livingstone

Our Self drive 4x4 adventure journey begins in Livingstone, Zambia the home to the World famous Victoria Falls. After an introduction to your 4wd vehicles, you will drive the short distance to the Victoria Falls. When David Livingstone set eyes upon the Falls for the first time on 16 November 1855, he exclaimed "scenes so lovely must be gazed upon by angels in their flight"; his comments sum up the beauty and power of Victoria Falls.

The Zambian's call the falls Mosi-oa-Tunya literally meaning "Smoke that Thunders" due to the noise and misty spray that can be seen for miles.

Victoria Falls is not the only attraction in Livingstone. For those wanting some adventure, there is microlight, helicopter rides over the falls, walking with lions, and rhino trekking. For those, after a more subdued time in Livingstone, there are sunset cruises, Livingstone Museum home to original letters and diary entries from David Livingstone.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Hotel/Lodge ensuite room

Day 3 and 4: Lusaka and Chipata (driving distance approx. 500kms and 570 kms)

Today is your first real driving day in Africa from the historic town of Livingstone to the bustling Capital city of Lusaka. Lusaka, a once sleepy town, has been transformed into a major city thanks to the increase in global Copper prices - copper being one of Zambia's prime exports. Lusaka now boasts shopping malls, major supermarkets, and designer clothing stores to name a few. We pass through this city on our way to Chipata and the hidden gem of South Luangwa NP

Your drive between Chipata and Lusaka takes us through farming areas of Zambia. Some of the most popular produce to farm in this part of the country is cotton, maize, sunflowers, and tobacco.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 5 and 6: South Luangwa NP (driving distance approx. 130kms)

South Luangwa National Park is one of Zambia's more challenging parks to reach by road but the effort is well worth it.

After some particularly bad roads we arrive at our "home" for the coming 2 nights - Croc Valley Campsite. The campsite is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River - a natural fence separating the campsite from South Luangwa National Park. It is not unusual for Elephants to wander into camp at breakfast time to check-out the breakfast menu; be warned Kellogg's Cornflakes are one of their favourite foods and they are not shy in helping themselves!

South Luangwa National Park is famous for leopard, lion, giraffe, hippos, crocodiles, hyena and aardvark. It is one of the few parks where night game drives are possible and we take up this opportunity in one of the camp vehicles with heavy duty spot lights to spot nocturnal animals. If we are lucky we will see leopard, aardvark, hippos out of the water grazing, cervel cats, caracals and other nocturnal animals.

A spectacular park situated in a spectacular part of Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 7: Chipata (driving distance approx. 130kms)

We have a lazy breakfast before making our way back to Chipata for an overnight stop prior to crossing into one of Africa's most interesting countries, Malawi.

Chipata is an important service town for those travelling to and from Zambia and Malawi Capital cities and a stopover for visiting South Luangwa National Park.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 8: Lilongwe (driving distance approx. 155kms)

We bid farewell to Zambia and cross into Malawi arriving at the Capital in a few hours and in time to explore the local souvenir markets and stock up on essentials before making our way north along the lake shore.

As we cross into Malawi you notice the scenery change from the drier landscape of Zambia to the lush green of Malawi.

Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi is split into sections, the old and new cities. We prefer to stay in the Old town where the atmosphere and vibe are alive.

Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 9: Kande Beach (driving distance approx. 340kms)

Lake Malawi with its beautiful beaches and coves not only gave the country its name it also covers one-third of the county's surface. We make our way along the Lake stopping at idyllic spots for some time to chat with the locals and watch local craftsmen carve Malawi chairs.

Our first stop in Malawi is on the shores of Lake Malawi in the small fishing village of Kande; a small friendly relaxed place.

Today's drive hugs the lake and as we weave our way through small villages we see the busy lives of the local people from wood carvers to bicycle repair shops to women taking the kernels off cobs of maize. The colourful clothing, huge smiles and hearty waves add to the vibrant friendly atmosphere that makes Malawi such a special country.

Arriving at Kande Beach by mid afternoon there is plenty of time for those wanting to swim in the cool lake waters. For those interested in rare fish species maybe some snorkelling or diving to spot some of the 800 species of Cichlid fish - a rare fresh water tropical fish species only found in Lake Malawi. Or you can simply take a good book and relax in one of the hammocks around the campsite overlooking the lake.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 10 and 11: Chitimba beach (driving distance approx. 230kms and 30kms)

We bid farewell to Kande and continue driving along the lake shores to our next destination, Chitimba beach and Livingstonia. The drive takes us through rubber plantations and if we are lucky enough we will spot young children making soccer balls from the rubber and playing a game of football with their brand new rubber ball.

From Chitimba you have to option to take a day trip to Livingstonia. Livingstonia originally a Mission established in 1894 named after David Livingstone as a tribute to his work and dedication to Missionary work in Africa up until his death in 1873. Today Livingstonia has gradually developed into a small town but the buildings are still reminiscent of the period. The Mission station is perched 800m above Lake Malawi it offers some of the most spectacular views of Malawi.

Livingstonia became known as a scholars hub for the Tumbuka people who were open to Western ideas. Many graduates ended up working in neighbouring countries in influential positions.

Livingstonia is a living museum. The town is architecturally Scottish and many buildings are protected. The mission is still in existence today and houses "Stone House" a museum that records David Livingstone's adventures and history of missionaries. The local church has a stained glass window of Dr Livingstone, the town has a local market and of course, a visit to the Mushroom Farm is a must.

For those up for a bit of a walk, you can visit Manchewe Falls, approximately 2-hour walk from Livingstonia. The walk can be strenuous.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 12 and 13: Mbeya and Farmhouse, Iringa (driving distance approx. 180kms and 327kms)

We bid farewell to Malawi and enter Tanzania. Tanzania is quite a different country and the differences are noticeable as soon as we cross the border. As we make our way toward Dar es Salaam, the Commercial Capital, we travel through prime farming areas starting approximately 100kms after the border as we ascend to the highlands.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 14: Baobab Valley (driving distance approx. 175kms)

Continuing our journey toward the Capital we stop over at an ancient valley filled with Baobab trees on the edge of the Udzungwa Mountains. Arriving in the afternoon there is plenty of time to explore the area by foot, spotting numerous birds species, and a variety of plant species growing amongst the Baobab trees.

The Baobab tree is incredibly important to many tribes as it is known as the "tree of life". The Baobab can provide shelter, clothing, food and water. The bark is fire resistant and is used to make clothing and rope, the leaves are used as condiments and medicines, the fruit is edible and full of vitamin C; the tree can store thousands of litres of water which is tapped during drought; the trunk is often hollow offering shelter.

We spend the night at a quaint rustic campsite on the edge of the great Ruaha river.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 15: Dar es Salaam (driving distance approx. 400kms)

Leaving Baobab Valley behind us we head East through Mikumi National Park and toward Dar es Salaam. Driving through Mikumi NP it is not uncommon to have to stop on the main highway to give way to herds of Elephants or zebra or a pride of lions crossing.

Dar Es Salaam or "Haven of Peace" in Kiswahili, the commercial Capital of Tanzania and the base from where we will explore the World famous spice island of Zanzibar.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 16, 17 and 18: Zanzibar

We leave the vehicles in Dar es Salaam and make our way by ferry to Zanzibar. The ferry arrives in Stone Town - a classic Arabic old city, with narrow cobble stoned streets, sweet smell of spices floats through the air, and the local mosque hums in the background. At sun-down the plaza changes form and as the sun disappears over the Indian Ocean, the Plaza comes alive with the smell of barbecuing fresh seafood, colorfully dressed women mix dough in preparation to make Zanzibar pizzas and the men stand around talking politics. For the true Zanzibar experience a visit and a meal in the plaza is an absolute must.

A visit to Zanzibar would not be complete without taking one of the many spice tours on offer and a couple of days relaxing on the tropical beaches and swimming in crystal clear waters. For those wanting to partake in aquatic activities Zanzibar will not disappoint - snorkelling, scuba diving, swimming with dolphins, sailing and windsurfing are all on offer.

We spend a few days to relax and enjoy.

Meals: breakfast
Accommodation: hotel ensuite rooms

Day 19 and 20: Dar es Salaam and Pangani River (driving distance approx. 400kms)

Arriving back from Zanzibar we spend a night in Dar es Salaam before making our way north toward Mt Kilimanjaro and Kenya our final country. It takes us two days to reach the sloped of Mt Kilimanjaro and Lake Chala.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 21: Lake Chala (driving distance approx. 190kms)

Our final stop in Tanzania is on the slopes of Mt Kilimanjaro overlooking Lake Chala. Lake Chala is unknown to anyone outside of East Africa but for those of us living in the region know that this is a stunning location.

Lake Chala is an ancient caldera lake; it is believed to be over 2.5 miles deep and is a result of a volcanic eruption some 750,000 years ago. The area boasts an abundance of bird life and a variety of antelope roaming through the bush.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 22: Amboseli NP (driving distance approx. 100kms)

Entering Kenya our first destination is Amboseli National Park. Amboseli NP gazetted in 1974 it is just short of 400 square kilometres in size. Although not a very large park it boasts both stunning scenery and an abundance of wildlife. Most famous for large herds of elephant, zebra, giraffe and predators as Mt Kilimanjaro provides a dramatic backdrop at its imposing 5,985m.

We spend the afternoon game driving at leisure before setting up camp.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 23: Nairobi (driving distance approx. 200kms plus game driving)

We enjoy an early morning game drive before exiting Amboseli NP for Nairobi, the Capital of Kenya and our stopover for the night. It will take us approximately 6 hours to drive to Nairobi from Amboseli NP.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: hotel ensuite

Day 24 and 25: Masai Mara (driving distance approx. 220kms plus game driving)

We bid farewell to the hustle and bustle of the city and make our way toward the 7th Natural Wonder of the World - Masai Mara Game Reserve.

The drive takes us along the top of the escarpment overlooking the Great Rift Valley before dropping into the valley and through Masai Land to the Masai Mara. If clear we will stop at the top of the escarpment for a chance to take some photos and maybe buy a Masai blanket from one of the many curio shops dotted along the road.

We arrive at the gates in the afternoon just in time for a late afternoon game drive, as we make our way to our camp we will hopefully spot elephant, lion, zebra, gazelle, reedbuck, topi, giraffe, and cheetah before reaching our night stop and setting up camp for the evening.

The following day we have a full day to explore this wondrous game reserve.

The Masai Mara is Kenya's most famous park; bordering Tanzania and the Serengeti; it boasts the famous Migration which sees 1 million wildebeest and zebra closely followed by predators move from the Serengeti NP to the Masai Mara NP.

We spend the day game viewing at leisure, as you have your own vehicle you can take your time to stop and watch the animals as they cohabitate together. While game driving you will have the opportunity to photograph wildlife like, leopard, wildebeest, lion, rhino, warthog, cheetah, gazelle, zebra, giraffe, elephant, buffalo plus much more.

At night we camp falling asleep to the sounds of Africa.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch and dinner
Accommodation: camping

Day 26 and Day 27: Nairobi (driving approx. 220kms)

After an early morning game drive, we depart the Masai Mara for Nairobi.

We complete our journey with a visit to the David Sheldrick Elephant Orphanage a short drive from our base. The baby elephants have platy time every morning, an hour of entertainment watching the babies play in mud pools, kick a soccer ball and slurp massive bottles of formula. This not a zoo but a place where orphaned elephants are hand-reared before being re-educated and released back into the wild. It is possible to adopt a baby elephant or rhino - the perfect gift for animal lovers back home.

In the afternoon we visit Karen Blixen Museum. Karen Blixen's home has been converted into a museum. Karen Blixen lived in this house from 1914 to 1931 when she returned to Denmark permanently. "Out of Africa", staring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford was filmed in this original home as they depicted and relived Karen Blixen's and her lover Denys Finch-Hatton's life in Kenya.

We enjoy a final meal together, chatting about the characters we met along the way, our new found friends, our unique experiences and the unforgettable memories we will treasure for a very long time.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: ensuite rooms

Local Tour Payments (LTP) or a Kitty payment, if stated is paid direct to your tour leader / crew on day 1.

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