Nairobi to Harare overland tour, 41 days

“Journey from Nairobi to Harare through extraordinary national parks and East African landscapes. This epic overland tour is brimming with thrilling wildlife encounters and adventurous activities.”


Nairobi | Great Rift Valley | Elsamere | Lake Naivasha | Lake Nakuru National Park | Jinja | Kampala | Lake Bunyonyi | Mountain gorilla trekking | Lake Victoria | Maasai Mara safari | Serengeti National Park | Ngorongoro Crater | Hiking around Mount Kilimanjaro | Dar es Salaam | Zanzibar Island | Swimming with dolphins | Mikumi National Park | Lake Malawi | Lilongwe | Tete Corridor | Harare |

Description of Nairobi to Harare overland tour, 41 days

Take your seat among a small group of fellow travellers as you travel through the spectacular scenery of East Africa, passing through Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique before finishing in the Zimbabwean capital of Harare. Along the way youíll venture out into the bush on game drives in search of lions, elephants and rhinos, discover the source of the River Nile, and swim with dolphins off picturesque Zanzibar Island.

In Kenya, youíll drive down into the Great Rift Valley, to enjoy cream tea at Joy Adamsonís Elsamere, and track the wildlife of beautiful Lake Nakuru National Park. Crossing the border into Uganda, there will be opportunities for whitewater rafting in Jinja, to visit a school for orphans in Lake Bunyonyi, or to trek through lush forest for an awe-inspiring encounter with mountain gorillas.

Back in Kenya, there will be game drives in the legendary Maasai Mara National Park, and the chance to meet orphaned elephants and giraffes in Nairobi.

More safaris follow, in the iconic Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater, where expert guides will help you find lions, elephants, zebras and perhaps even a reclusive leopard. Youíll meet the inhabitants of a Maasai village, camp out overnight, and have the option to hike to base camp at Mount Kilimanjaro.

This is an energetic, challenging itinerary, so it makes sense that as your tour comes to an end youíll spend some time on gorgeous Zanzibar Island to unwind. Here you can take a memorable swim with dolphins, scuba dive with tropical fish, or sunbathe on pristine white sand beaches before moving on to Malawi, and finally Zimbabwe.

Note: this itinerary can also end in Lilongwe, Malawi if preferable.

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2021: 15 Feb, 28 Mar, 3 May, 7 Jun, 11 Jul, 16 Aug, 26 Sep, 8 Nov
2022: 4 Jan, 13 Feb, 28 Mar, 9 May, 12 Jun, 11 Jul, 22 Aug, 26 Sep, 7 Nov
Holiday type


If youíre looking for adventure, an opportunity to travel with like-minded travellers and to get off the beaten track then this type of trip is for you! We will sometimes be covering long distances over a period of a few days but will then most often be camped up for a few days with opportunities for adventure activities, visiting local communities, time in a town or city to chill out or wildlife viewing experiences. The roads are sometimes bumpy and you need to expect the unexpected! This type of travel is through regions where things can change and experiences are more important than luxury Ė borders sometimes close and there may not always be hot water in the showers! You will generally be camping out under the stars, sometimes out in the bush, but generally more on campsites. (Our South America and Central Asia trips also use small locally-run hostels and guest houses). The trips are fully participative so you will be involved shopping for food in local markets, cooking for your group (on a rota system), collecting water and setting up camp. If youíre not confident about doing any of these things beforehand, donít worry our crew are there to help you and youíll be good at it by the time you finish!

You will be travelling on one of our own purpose built overlanding vehicles with up to 24 travellers, many of whom will be travelling on their own. It is a great way for solo travellers to travel. We have lost count of the number of travellers who have met their future spouse on one of our trips! Our vehicles are fully equipped with tents and cooking equipment and are designed for great all-round viewing and a sociable seating plan. You will be accompanied on your trip by a Driver and Tour Leader and, depending on your trip, we often use local guides at sites of specific interest for more detailed information.

This type of travel will provide you with a plethora of memories and stories to tell, new-found travelling companions and friends and a well-exercised spirit of adventure!

Responsible tourism

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we screen every trip so you can travel knowing your holiday will help support conservation and local people.


There is plenty of opportunity on this trip for wildlife viewing-from the open plains of the Serengeti, the unique Ngorongoro Crater habitat, Lake Manyara National Park and trekking to see the Mountain Gorillas. We ensure that all our travellers adhere to National Parks guidelines on responsible game viewing-for example not encouraging guides to get too close to the wildlife, not making loud noises, or disposing of food and litter inappropriately etc. In Nairobi, we sponsor an orphaned elephant, Kamboyo, at the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust. We also sponsor a lowland gorilla Rambo Chella in Cameroon. Our office staff have also taken part in the Great Gorilla Run in London to help raise funds for the 800 or so mountain gorillas left in the wild. Part of the money paid for many of the wildlife viewing experiences on this trip goes towards the conservation/ protection of the animals and their habitat. This trip does travel through a variety of natural habitats and we are very aware that we need to respect these.


Before travelling on any of our trips all of our travellers are supplied with detailed pre-departure information which includes information on travelling responsibly. Water conservation is one of the key elements of this. We encourage our travellers to bring a reusable water bottle from home and to fill it using purified water supplied on our expedition vehicle, rather than purchase plastic water bottles. The water we carry with us in jerry cans is used for drinking, cooking and washing (on occasions). The jerry cans have to be filled on route and we find that filling and carrying them helps focus the mind on the importance of water conservation!

The Impacts of this Trip

Local Crafts and Culture:

We visit a number of local artisan/craft markets during this tour and encourage our travellers to support these. In our detailed pre-departure information we also provide information on bargaining responsibly and paying what you think the item is worth, rather than trying to bargain as low as possible. The difference of a pound or two to us is minimal but for a local artisan it could mean the difference between their family eating or not that night. There is also the option to visit a number of cultural attractions en route, including a Maasai village and cultural centre. Local villagers act as guides and also use the opportunity to produce local crafts to sell.

Volunteering and Charity:

In Zimbabwe we have been supporting the Hupenyu Hutsva Children's Home for a number of years. In the past we have funded seeds, gardening equipment, a borehole to enable the Home to be more sufficient in growing their own food, educational and sporting equipment and a variety of other items. Probably our most popular form of support however is the day trip we take all the children out on each year. Many of them rarely leave the compound they live on so it is a big event for them. We use our expedition vehicles and crew to take them out to a local attraction. We pay all entrance fees, provide lunch and other treats-this year (2014) it was a bouncy castle; water slide and candy floss and we buy some more serious items as well-note books and colouring pencils and food for the Home. The Home tells that this event is a highlight of the year for many children and our crew love it as well!


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