Tour operator: Encounters travel
Prices from: £1049 pp / 21 days
The mere mention of Africa conjures up visions of an inaccessible paradise that puts on the greatest wildlife show on the planet. From lions to zebras, buffalo to elephants, the number of large animals which coexist in close proximity to one another is staggering, so it’s no surprise Africa’s main draw card for tourists is the safari. Whilst these can be done independently, for the independent traveller looking to experience more than just wildlife and traverse through other parts of East Africa, a tour is a far more suitable option, as the continent really isn’t set up for this type of travel.
Africa’s main draw card is the safari
Encounters Travel are here to ease that burden as you’ll travel in a specially designed overland truck, comfortable and safe whilst the spacious vehicle takes you from point to point on an East
African Odyssey you will never forget! From Victoria Falls, Zambia, you’ll travel through Malawi and Tanzania, culminating in Kenya, having experienced a plethora of wildlife, culture, sights and beaches.
Top reasons to explore East Africa…
National Parks are the name of the game when on an East African adventure, so here are three to wet your appetite:
South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos where you can stay on the banks of the Luangwa river.You might even spot a crocodile from your balcony.
The Mikumi National Park in Tanzania is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant – a variety of wildlife spectacles to get your teeth into. You could be casually gazing at grazing elephant and wildebeest or you may encounter an exciting chase where a pride of lions hunt down a lone impala lost from the herd.
Witness one of the greatest animal migrations in the world
The Serengeti National Park, along with the Ngorongoro Crater, in Tanzania, is an area with one of the most densely inhabited large animal populations in Africa. It’s here where thousands of wildebeest make their annual crossing of the plains, one of the greatest animal migrations in the world. Mount Kilimanjaro is an incredible backdrop to the safari so make sure your camera is at the ready! The Serengeti is a fantastic highlight of any East African safari.
Africa isn’t all about wildlife, it has some of the greatest diversity of cultures in the world.
The town of Livingstone in Zambia, situated near Victoria Falls is named after the famous British explorer David Livingstone, the first European to explore the area. A British colonial city, it houses the Livingstone museum, devoted to archaeology, ethnography and history which should interest those who see themselves as the adventurous type. You can even do a 111m. bungee jump off the Victoria Falls bridge if you’re made of strong stuff.
Try a bungee jump!
Iringa, Tanzania has a wealth of tea plantations and eating dinner in a local Masai hut, enjoying a traditional Tanzanian evening is a must-do.
Zanzibar city has unique architecture and culture and was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2000. Its historic quarter known as ‘Stone Town’ shouldn’t be missed. Learn about the town’s historic trading resources and culinary tastes on a Spice tour.
Beaches and lakes
It’s always important to take time off to relax, even when you’re on holiday.
If you’ve had enough of the abundance of wildlife on offer and feel like relaxing by the beach for a few days then the beaches of Zanzibar island are paradise found. Powdery white sands and an ocean that’s as clear as a swimming pool await. You can also find yourself swimming with dolphins, scuba diving, exploring the city or simply doing nothing!
Chill out on Lake Malawi and Zanzibar beach
Lake Malawi presents a very unique experience where you can snorkel amongst tropical fish on the fresh water lake. The lake is the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest in the world.
Whatever you come to Africa for you can do all of the above and a whole lot more with Encounters’ Travel East African Odyssey adventure.