DAYS 65 – 96: TANZANIA, MALAWI, MOZAMBIQUE & ZIMBABWE
Departing Nairobi in the early morning you will immediately find yourselves in hot savannah grasslands with acacia trees providing the only shade. Various game, usually zebra and giraffe can be seen as you head south and cross into Tanzania where you camp on the outskirts of Arusha town. Here you have the option to use a local African safari travel company to guide us through Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara National Park. In these parks 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 also an option to visit a local Maasai Village and learn about their culture and way of life.
After leaving Arusha you pass a number of small towns and villages along the way and, if we are lucky, you may see the towering peak of Kilimanjaro. You 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 day’s drive brings you to Dar Es Salaam where your truck will be 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.
Note from July 2016 departures, the ferry and accommodation for 4 nights on Zanzibar are included in the trip price.
After meeting the Zanzibar ferry you begin your journey through the interesting and mountainous hinterland of Tanzania. In the afternoon, after negotiating some appalling roads, you pass through the peaceful Mikumi National Park. African safari travel is synonymous with wildlife, and in this national park you can usually see Elephant, Giraffe, Zebra and Antelope from the roadside. Passing through lush mountainous landscape and plantations – you enter Malawi which is dominated by its huge fresh water lake.
Camping in Malawi sums up the spirit of an Africa overland trip with Oasis. You will 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.
From here you continue on to the Malawi’s capital Lilongwe in the south of the country where you stop for two nights. Here you organise your Mozambique visas and you also have the opportunity to explore the city, send parcels home,play a round of golf or shop in the colorful local markets.
From Lilongwe you cross into Mozambique and head for Zimbabwe to continue your Trans-African overland trip. You will follow the infamous Tete Corridor which was well known in the days of Mozambique’s long running civil war as the Gun Run. Thankfully these days things are a lot different! After crossing the border into Zimbabwe you will travel via the capital, Harare, before making your way to the Eastern Highlands of Zimbabwe, visiting either Chimanimani National Park or Vumba Gardens, 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 will be your next stop. This was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe is derived, literally meaning house of stone.
You will drive across Mashonaland to Gweru where you will 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 your destination for the next few days and always a highlight!
Next you enter Matabeleland and travel to the town of Bulawayo. From here 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 before travelling to one of the greatest adventure playgrounds of the world – Victoria Falls.
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 is the setting for the most adrenaline fueled Grade 5 white water rafting in the world. There is something here for everyone to end off this Kenya to Zimbabwe safari: A day trip over the Victoria Falls bridge to view the falls from Zambia, Flight of Angels – a great way to get a bird’s eye view of the falls in a light aircraft or helicopter, Sunset Boat Cruises or a more sedate Canoe trip, to the adrenaline packed Gorge Swing, Abseil or a chance to experience one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world.