Savanna Dawn

Savanna Dawn

21/31 Days

Experience the following places:
Nairobi
Harare
Victoria Falls
Tour Information

For an Africa overland safari with a myriad of experiences, landscapes and cultures in one trip, embark on our Savanna Dawn Kenya to Zimbabwe safari.

From visiting two of the worlds best known gameparks in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater, lying on the white sands of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean to the fresh water of Lake Malawi and seeing one of the wonders of the world in Victoria Falls, African safari travel does not get much more varied than this. What’s more, you’ll have a real adventure while still having the time to relax.

DAY 1 - 4
Our Kenya to Zimbabwe safari begins! We depart Nairobi early morning and immediately find ourselves in hot savannah grasslands with thorn trees and acacia providing the only shade. We should see some game, usually zebra and giraffe as we head south and cross into Tanzania and the town of Arusha. Here we use a local African safari travel company to guide us through Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Parks. On the crater floor you can spend the day viewing 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. There is also the option, for those who wish to visit a local Maasai Village and learn about their culture and way of life.

DAY 5 - 9
It's one-day drive to Dar Es Salaam, and just another day in the life of an Africa overland safari. Well pass a number of small towns and villages along the way and, if we are lucky, we may see the towering peak of Kilimanjaro. At Dar Es Salaam we camp for about 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 enjoy your self on Zanzibar's famous white beaches before returning to Dar Es Salaam.

DAY 10 - 12
After meeting the Zanzibar ferry we begin the journey through the interesting and often 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. We now pass rivers and small waterfalls as we head for and enter Malawi which is dominated by its huge fresh water lake.

DAY 13 - 17
The next 2 days marks the midpoint of this Kenya to Zimbabwe safari and will be spent on a small laid back campsite on the edge of Lake Malawi. Camping here sums up the spirit of an Africa overland tour with Oasis Overland. From here we follow the lake shore south and spend a further 2 or 3 nights on one of the fully equipped larger camps where you can windsurf, scuba dive, water ski etc. If you are more inclined to just relax there is no better place than on the shores of Lake Malawi. This really is a warm friendly country and some people will go off for a couple of days and stay in one of the many villages nearby, or visit a school or one of the craft markets, where artisans produce some exquisite pieces of furniture and carvings out of ebony and mahogany.

DAY 18 - 21
From here we continue on to Blantyre in the south of the country where we stop for two nights. Here we organise our Mozambique visas as well as possibly visit the local brewery - which is always eagerly anticipated! From Blantyre we cross into Mozambique and head for Zimbabwe to continue our African overland tour. 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 to Harare where we spend two nights to round off the first leg of the Savanna Dawn overland safari. Those on the 21 Day Kenya to Zimbabwe tour finish here in Harare, while those on the 31 Day tour carry on to Victoria Falls.

DAY 22 - 24
From Harare we head south to Gweru. Here we visit a privately run horse and game ranch where you can go game viewing on elephant and horseback or even take a walk with Lion Cubs! Its our destination for the next two days and always a highlight!

DAY 25 - 27
From here we travel to the Great Zimbabwe Ruins which was once the greatest medieval city in Sub Saharan Africa and where the name Zimbabwe derives from, literally meaning house of stone. From here we continue south for Bulawayo, where our African safari tour continues.

DAY 28 - 29
You have the option of leaving the truck for a day and a night and using a local safari company, venture into Matobo National Park where you may well see the elusive Black Rhino amongst hordes of other game. There is also the opportunity to visit Cecil Rhodes' grave and Worlds End view point before catching an bold colonial style sleeper train to meet up with the truck again at one of the greatest adventure playgrounds of the world - Victoria Falls.

DAY 30 – 31
For some, Mosi oa Tunya - The Smoke That Thunders, is the highlight of their African safari. From the main road, in the bush 20 kms away, a cloud can be seen against the blue sky. As you get closer a low rumble of 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 awesome of 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 great Victoria Falls Bridge into Zambia with its excellent views of the Falls, a more sedate canoe trip, the Flight of Angels over the Falls in a light aircraft, microlite or helicopter, Sunset Boat Cruises, the Gorge Swing, an Abseil and one of the highest commercial Bungee Jumps in the world a perfect way to end your African experience.

Booking Information What's Included?
  • Ngorongoro Crater & Game Drive
  • Mikumi Game Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • Private Game Ranch
  • Overnight Sleeper Train
  • All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
  • All Camping fees
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • 3 Meals per day while travelling (2 in towns)
  • Services of Oasis Crew
What's Not Included?
  • Flights
  • Airport Taxes and Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas £20 - £90 (depending on nationality)
  • Meals taken while in hotels/hostels
  • Drinks
  • Tips and Optional excursions as listed in dossiers.