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NAIROBI to LILONGWE (21 Days) Savanna Dawn

Travel with Oasis Overland on this 21 day overland adventure through Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi. You can get up close to the amazing wildlife in the Serengeti, Ngorongoro Crater and Manyara national park, chill out on the white sandy beaches of Zanzibar and Lake Malawi.

NAIROBI to LILONGWE (21 Days) Savanna Dawn
  • Lion yawning!
  • Giraffe in the Serengeti
  • Zanzibar
  • Zanzibar sunset
  • Maasai child
  • Fish markets in Stone Town, Zanzibar
  • A campsite in Tanzania
  • Lion yawning!
  • Giraffe in the Serengeti
  • Zanzibar
  • Zanzibar sunset
  • Maasai child
  • Fish markets in Stone Town, Zanzibar
  • A campsite in Tanzania

Detailed Itinerary

Please note that our itineraries are not set in stone and can be subject to change.

Days 1 to 4

We depart Nairobi early morning and immediately find ourselves in hot savannah grasslands with acacia trees providing the only shade. Various game, usually zebra and giraffe can be seen as we head south and cross into Tanzania - where we camp on the outskirts of Arusha town. Here you have the option to use a local African safari travel company to guide us through Lake Manyara National Park, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park. After a morning of flamingo spotting on Lake Manyara, you'll head down into the spectacular Ngorongoro Crater. On the crater floor 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 an option to visit a local Maasai Village and learn about their culture and way of life.

Days 5 to 11

After leaving Arusha we pass a number of small towns and villages along the way and, if we are lucky, we may see the towering peak of Kilimanjaro. We 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 days drive brings us to Dar Es Salaam where our truck is 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.

Days 12 to 14

After meeting the Zanzibar ferry we begin the journey through the interesting and 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. Passing through lush mountainous landscape and plantations - we enter Malawi which is dominated by its huge fresh water lake.

Days 15 to 19

Camping in Malawi sums up the spirit of an Africa overland trip with Oasis. We 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. 

Days 20 to 21

From here we continue on to the capital Lilongwe in the south of the country where we you can post gifts home, play a round of golf or check out the local markets.

What’s Included

  • Marangu - the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro
  • Mikumi Game Park
  • Lake Malawi
  • All transport on Oasis Expedition Truck
  • Accommodation fees (100% camping)
  • Camping and Cooking gear
  • Min. of 2 meals per day (on average)
  • Services of Oasis Crew

What’s Not Included

  • Visas $75 - $200 (depending on nationality most can be obtained en route)
  • Meals taken while in hotels/hostels
  • Optional Excursions as listed in the pre-departure information
  • Airport Taxes & Transfers
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Drinks  
  • Tips