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Africa Adventure Holiday Package
Track the Big Five across the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in agile safari vehicles, chill out at Lake Malawi, explore Victoria Falls and Zanzibar. Get on to this Africa Adventure Holiday Package!
Inhale the fragrant perfume of Zanzibar’s spice plantations, hunt for the perfect snapshot of the ever-elusive Big Five, feel the thunder of Victoria Falls. Enjoy an intriguing combination of stunning wilderness and bright city lights from the comfort of an overland truck and camp under the big African sky for a unique perspective of this majestic land. With a unique canvas that offers plenty of options, indulge in all that this diverse region has to offer.
The first destination would be Livingstone where you may make your way to a camp, and perhaps go for a game drive. This is a great base to kick-off this African adventure, to see both some natural wonders and take part in some exciting activities. Get up close while awing at the immense Victoria Falls and perhaps getting wet with their spray all over, raft the whitewater of the mighty Zambezi, for the more adventurous, there is bungee jumping with the Victoria Falls in view. You can walk around in Livingstone and browse the local markets as businessmen and traders may barter T-shirts, hair-bands, batteries for local arts and crafts such as wooden carvings, beautifully printed cloths and batiks, bags, copper decorations and jewellery, otherwise worthwhile purchases for families and individuals There are some museums in town that you can visit or pamper yourself at the next-door spa to get ready for an exciting trip. An excellent combination of business and pleasure!
Venture on a long journey across rough and bumpy roads that take you to a private game farm called Eureka, outside of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, where you could spend the night. Here you may see zebras, buffalos, and the boks that roam the property, or relax by the pool or at the rest camp’s bar.
Get closer to Malawi for which you may drive north east up through the Zambian country-side, and head to the capital of the Eastern Province, Chipata. On your way you would drive through a trading post village just before Luangwa Bridge with a beautiful local market. There is a chance to interact with the villagers, chat with them, sharing information about each other’s lifestyles and skills, try some exotic fruits or buy some baskets as a souvenir. It is a long drive day to be able to visit Chipata town.
When you cross the border from Zambia to Malawi, there is the Mwami border post on the Zambian side and Mchinji border post on the Malawian side. It is a long but scenic drive through the entire stretch. Watch out for exotic wildlife while you drive through the Nhkotakota Game Reserve Park as it is the oldest established reserve here. There is a wide variety of antelope including Roan, Sable, Kudu and Waterbuck. Birdwatching is especially rewarding here with plenty of species being recorded.
Spend time relaxing on the shores of “the Lake of Stars”, around the Kande beach, located on the shore of Lake Malawi. Beach walks, swimming in the crystal clear water and snorkelling among the tropical fish are all part and parcel of your stay. Opt to take a village walk and meet the friendly Malawians just outside the campsite. You may have dinner here at a local resident’s houses, which is sure to be a highlight of your tour as you get to experience Malawian hospitality first hand and spend some time at a local home. The lake is Malawi’s main attraction and has more fish species than any other lake in the world. The largest family is the chichlids, which are exported all over the world to pet shops. The lake is also known for its good snorkelling and diving. The locals depend on the lake for fishing and survival and use dugout canoes to fish from and set out long nets.Take a look across the lake and see Mozambique on the other side. Leave Kande Beach in the morning and drive up further north towards the Chitimba Beach., which has beautiful mountains as the backdrop. Opt to take a spectacular hike all the way up to Livingstonia, which is breathtaking and you would have a chance to cool off under the Manchewe Falls. Enjoy a night out at the local pub and challenge the regulars to a game of pool.
You may cross the border from Malawi to Tanzania. The name of the border posts are Songwe border post on the Malawian side and Kasumulu border post on the Tanzanian side.. Climb out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes and view the vast tea plantations in the highlands along the way. Along this path, you may stay in an old farmhouse on a working farm with cattle, sheep, vegetables, tobacco and flowers. Only to have a novice experience, away from the urbania on the Africa Adventure Holiday Package!
Move further on to Dar Es Salaam, which in Arabic stands for “Abode of Peace”, a word closely related to the familiar “Yer u-salem” in Israel, the largest city in Tanzania and the country’s richest city and an important economic centre. The city has two of the five museums comprising the National Museum of Tanzania consortium, namely the National Museum proper and the Village Museum. The National Museum is dedicated to the history of Tanzania, and most notably, it exhibits some of the bones of Paranthropus boisei that were among the findings of Louis Leakey at Olduvai. The Village Museum, located in the outskirts of the city on the road to Bagamoyo, showcases traditional huts from sixteen different Tanzanian ethnic groups. There are also examples of traditional cultivations, and traditional music and dance shows are held daily. Close to the National Museum are also the Botanical Gardens, with some specimens of tropical plants and trees.
There are beaches on the Msasani peninsula north of Dar es Salaam and in Kigamboni to the south, where residents and tourists alike, are frequent visitors. Day trips to the nearby islands of the Dar es Salaam Marine Reserve are popular and a favourite spot for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. In addition, the Bongoyo Island can be reached by boat from the Msasani Slipway. Oysterbay Beach, also known as Coco Beach, is the only white sandy beach in Kinondoni and is the most famous in the area. Mbezi Beach is the beachfront suburb located along the northern Dar es Salaam Beach and is noted for its beautiful beaches with several tourist hotels.
Take a ferry ride through the area and launch on the Spice Tour! No visit to Zanzibar would be complete without a visit to the spice plantations - an activity that is included on the way north to Nungwi. Your senses will be aroused as you will receive a detailed description on the assortment of spices (black pepper, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg, breadfruit, jackfruit, vanilla, lemon grass) and their various uses.
Head on to Stone Town, and spend the day exploring the heart of the island. It has an intriguing maze of narrow, cobbled lanes hemmed by Arabic buildings. The best way to see this Town is, literally, to get lost. You can spend hours just wandering the alleys and squares, drinking potent coffee from pavement vendors, or buying sweetmeats from scores of tiny cafes. Go on to Nungwi, one of Zanzibar's major highlights. Here you can either relax on the idyllic white-sandy beaches, take an optional diving or snorkeling excursion, or take a wander through the village of Nungwi. On the island, towards south of the enchanting island of Stone Town, take a chance to shop or enjoy all that this expanse has to offer. Never try to take a photograph without asking permission.
Get into Zanzibar to head back inland, where the campsite along the river is very basic, so you may enjoy a relaxing evening next to the river and listen to the sounds of a true African night. Enjoy an additional night in Stone Town and spend the extra free time to explore on your own and relax on the Africa Adventure Holiday Package!
Pass Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain and head towards Arusha. If you are lucky you will get to see this shy mountain that is normally behind a veil of cloud, though Arusha sits at the foot of rugged Mount Meru, Africa’s fifth highest mountain. It would be encouraging to visit Shanga, a heartwarming project dedicated to supporting and empowering disabled community members. With breaking down obstacles for disabled Tanzanians and a commitment to environmentally sustainable business practises as its core values, it comprises of a bustling workshop, open-air restaurant, and three trendy boutiques. Arusha, also known as Tanzania’s “safari capital”, is undoubtedly the most important center in northern Tanzania, with many protected national parks, reserves, and mountains nearby. The campsite that you overnight at is extremely important for the local community, as it provides support to local schools and provides care for orphans. There is a local market as a part of the campsite as well as a craft shop and the Masaai museum.
You may then start your excursion to the Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater, two of Africa’s premier wildlife areas. Changing to specialized safari vehicles, you are met by experienced safari driver/guides, who will ensure the tourists of wonderful wildlife encounters. The safari vehicles each have sliding windows and a large pop-up roof, perfect for game viewing. They are smaller than an overland truck, and will allow you to maneuver easily through the wildlife areas. On the way to the Serengeti we will pass through the Rift Valley and Lake Manyara. As we drive through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area and on to the Serengeti National Park, en route you will begin to experience the sheer vastness of this territory, and marvel at the multitude of animal and bird life while cruising through this acacia-spotted savannah. Stop at the Ngorongoro Crater, the world’s largest intact volcanic caldera and home to the highest density of big game in Africa along with its surrounding highlands one of the most beautiful regions. Known as ‘the eighth wonder of the world’ this Crater is home to the best-known wildlife arenas. Volcanic craters form stunning backdrops to some of the richest grazing grounds in the country, the advantage of staying at a hotel on the Crater rim is the view, and the benefit of staying away from the Crater at nearby Karatu, is the range of activities that it has to offers such as walking. Aside from herds of zebra, gazelle, and wildebeest, the crater is home to the "Big Five" of rhinoceros, lion, leopard, elephant, and buffalo. It also plays host to almost every individual species of wildlife in East Africa, with an estimated 25,000 animals within the crater. There is a picnic site here open to tourists and a huge swamp fed by the spring, and the area is inhabited by hippopotamus, elephants, lions, and other wildlife. Many other small springs can be found around the crater's floor, and these are important water supplies for the animals and the local Masaai, The Ngorongoro is by far the area’s main attraction but for people spending longer in the area other craters such as Empakaai are far off the tourist track but are excellent for walking trips, albeit with a fraction of the game viewing available at Ngorongoro. Hiking trips can be arranged of the area and include expeditions to Oldonyo Lengai, the Masai's Mountain of God. Olduvai, a misspelling of the Masai word Oldupai, is one of the areas main attractions with Olduvai Gorge being the site of numerous prominent archaeological finds. Made famous by Louis and Mary Leakey, the site has thrown up discoveries which date back nearly 2 million years giving Olduvai the title of the 'Cradle of Mankind'. Today a small museum gives visitors an introduction to the area and guides are available to walk you into the gorge. A copy of the famous Laetoli footprints, found nearby, is on display.
The Serengeti is to Tanzania what the Masai Mara Game Reserve is to Kenya, but larger! The area where you should choose to stay shoulde be close to the 'Seronera' area, which is apt for game viewing and lies in the southeast of the National Park. Your search starts for the "Big 5", the lion, leopard, buffalo, elephant and rhinoceros, while taking in the vastness of the Serengeti plains with game drive throughout the day. At the Ngorongoro rim camp, you might have the opportunity to see zebra and buffaloes grazing around your tent. Venture down to the crater floor, and take in your final safari experience viewing the high concentration of wildlife, including zebra, gazelle, impala, cheetah, lions, elephants and black rhino bound by the crater walls. Exit the crater late morning and continue back to Arusha , where you may take some leisure time for sight-seeing or shopping or simply to relish a meal and perhaps make a quick visit to the Uhuru Monument! You may move on to Nairobi to catch your flight back home on this Africa Adventure Holiday Package!
There are excellent workshops by disabled artists who create world-class jewellery, sculptures, candles, stationery and other crafts from old glass, metal, car parts and other recycled materials. The bold applique cushions, coverlets and throws are the work of self-taught Saada Abdullah Suleiman and a team of Zanzibari women. Their intricate vegetal designs in bright primary colours are influenced by typical Swahili and Arabian patterns, many of them originating in the carved doors around Stone Town. Buy off the shelf or order bespoke designs and colour schemes. This island-wide handicraft co-operatives aim to support the the rural economy by providing a platform for the sale of handcrafted ukili bags, sun hats, baskets, mats and other woven products, and also have small shops selling bright batik wraps in vegetable dyes. The shopping centres also feature upmarket boutiques with leisurewear and Sandstrom safari gear, as well as a traditional crafts market, an ice-cream parlour and children's play area. A great place to find unusual souvenirs where high-quality giftware, home furnishings and artworks are all made from upcycled materials. You may also take a Craft and Culture Tour for a greater insight into the skill involved in ukili and batik printing!
One of Tanzania’s and other parts of eastern Africa's, most common cultural dishes is Ugali. It is usually composed of corn and is similar in consistency to a stiff paste or porridge, giving it the second name of corn meal porridge. Mixtures of cassava and millet flours are locally used for ugali. Rice and cooked green bananas are also important staples. Goat meat, beans, yoghurt, and a wide range of fish and green leafy vegetables all add nutrients to the dishes.
The eateries here include Ice Cream Shops, Japanese cuisine and Restaurants and Beach Bars, with good seafood, meat grills and pizzas, and great sunset views. An upmarket Indian restaurant serves outstanding North Indian cuisine. Expect rich, creamy curries seasoned with chillies, saffron, yoghurt and nuts alongside some good tandoori and kebabs. Located in the Slipway shopping complex, this place in Dar es Salaam, is the most popular sundowner spot with westerly views over Msasani Bay. Palm-thatched umbrellas shade tables overlooking the water and happy hours merge seamlessly into dinners of seafood, steaks and oven-fired pizza. Terrace dine beneath a starry night sky on creative, contemporary dishes such as herb-crusted grouper, spicy jerk chicken and tuna carpaccio. There are trendy, open-air terrace restaurants dotted with candlelit tables arranged around a luminous swimming pool. With its luxuriant garden setting this Italian trattoria housed in an old Colonial villa is also one of Dar's most atmospheric dining options. The menu features classics such as wood-fired pizzas, melanzana parmigiana, an aubergine and parmesan layered bake, pastas, seafood and the ever-popular grilled fillet steak. There's also a children's playground in the garden. Book ahead because it is very popular. Then there is another outlet, with a large compound, a favourite evening spot for local Indian families, with good-value Indian vegetarian and non-vegetarian meals, thali, chicken biryani and more. You could find some more eateries enclosing a children’s play area serving long-established Indian and Zanzibari cuisine to options from all corners of the globe including Chinese, Thai, Turkish, Italian and Japanese food. People who prefer neither fast food nor traditional restaurants buy their food from street vendors, who usually sell food at low prices. Samosas are common street food items within the city.
Climate varies greatly within Tanzania. In the highlands, temperatures range between 10 and 20 °C (50 and 68 °F) during cold and hot seasons respectively. The hottest period extends between November and February while the coldest period occurs between May and August (The climate is cool in high mountainous regions. In some areas, it is a tropical wet and dry climate! Overall, recommended for a visit throughout the year!
Come back with loads of memories as you ponder over your sojourn in uncovering the spectacular highlights on this stellar adventure, on this Africa Adventure Holiday Package!