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Dr. Livingstone

Southern Sky Adventures: Dr. Livingstone

shongo-logo-smPlaces of interest include:

Victoria Falls – visit the spectacular falls and enjoy all the town has to offer
Selous Game Reserve – a view like no other as the train journeys down the escarpment and into the Selous Game Reserve
Dar es Salaam and Bagamoyo – rich in history and culture, guests can shop and explore all these cities have to offer

PRE-DAY – VICTORIA FALLS

Having a “pre-day” means that guests are able to acclimatize and unpack prior to the first day of touring.

Activities can include the following: Helicopter flight over falls, white water rafting, elephant riding, bungee jumping from Livingstone bridge

DAY 1 – CHOBE NATIONAL PARK (BOTSWANA)

A 50 mile ride brings guests to the Botswana border, where we cross into the famous Chobe National Park. There is a great array of wildlife and the Chobe elephants are well respected, as are the Hippos in the river. Highlights include a game drive in 4×4 vehicles and a river cruise on the Chobe River. Lunch will be taken at a waterfront lodge where there is a swimming pool.

DAY 2 – VICTORIA FALLS (ZIMBABWE AND ZAMBIAN SIDE)

Activities can include the following: Helicopter flight over falls, white water rafting, elephant riding, bungee jumping from Livingstone bridge

DAY 3 – ON THE RAILS TO LUSAKA

Today will be spent on the rails through the south of Zambia towards its capital, Lusaka. Guests will be able to see rural Africa as it passes by – miles and miles of flat landscape dotted with green mopani trees. The exciting prospect of deeper, darker Africa looming… Lunch is served on board.

After arrival, the train will remain stationary in Lusaka over night.

DAY 4 & 5- LUSAKA – CHAMINUKA LODGE

After breakfast guests embark on vehicles for the city tour of Lusaka on route to Chaminuka lodge where they will overnight. Morning, afternoon and evening drives in open top safari vehicles, conducted by qualified guides, conversant with the wildlife, birdlife and the trees of Zambia. The Chaminuka Nature Reserve has more than 72 species of wildlife, a combination of mammals, reptiles and amphibians. Interpretative bush walks, where in addition to the wildlife and the birds you can learn about the vegetation and the medicinal values of the plants and trees as they are used locally.

Activities can include the following: Helicopter flight over falls, white water rafting, elephant riding, bungee jumping from Livingstone bridge

DAY 6 – SERENJE / LIVINGSTONE MEMORIAL / KUNDALILA FALLS

After breakfast our journey on the tracks of Dr Livingstone continues to the place where he died on May 4, 1873. It’s a very pleasant drive from Serenje, passing the Kasanka National Park. Before returning to the train, guests will visit the Kundalila Falls (meaning “Crying Dove”). The Kaombe River falls are here, breaking into thin veils of spray.

DAY 7 – SCENIC ESCARPMENT DROP

This full day train ride will be a highlight, as it includes a spectacular daylight drop off the escarpment. Lunch is served on board as the train crosses the border into Tanzania.

DAY 8 – CROSS BORDER / MAKAMBAKO (TANZANIA)

After arrival at Makambako, guests will visit the Isimila Stone Age Site near Iringa. East Africa has always been important for the study of human evolution. It has the longest record of fossil hominids, extending back almost 5 million years. It also has a number of sites, which show that the archaeological or cultural record goes back to 2.5 million years ago. About 20 km south of Iringa, on the main road to Mbeya, some of the richest finds of Stone Age tools were discovered in 1951. Many fossilised bones were also found in the area, among them those of a mammal related to the modern giraffe, but having a much shorter neck, as well as an extinct hippopotamus with unusual periscope-like projections. Lunch will be served at one the restaurants in Iringa. The town dates back to 1896, during the colonial era it was a centre for the German and British settlers who took up land and started farming.

DAY 9 – SELOUS GAME RESERVE

Selous, covering an area of roughly 20,000 square miles, is one of the largest game reserve in Africa – 4 times the size of the Serengeti, and almost 6% of Tanzania’s land surface. It possesses a diverse landscape, ranging from hot volcanic springs to sporadic lakes, channels from the Great Rhaha and Rufiji Rivers. Selous is famous for its Elephant, Hippopotamus and Rhino (although depleted). Africa’s largest population of buffalo can also be found here. Other species include Nyasaland and brindled gnu, hartebeest, Greater kudu, sable antelope, eland, reedbuck, bushbuck, waterbuck, warthog, zebra, giraffe and wildebeest. Predators include lion, leopard, spotted hyena and wild dog.

Activities can include the following: overnight at a game lodge, walking safaris

DAY 10 – KISAKI / OVERNIGHT TO DAR-ES-SALAAM

Today guests take a tour to the communal lands to experience the life style of the indigenous people of this region the Masai people. This tour will be half day, guests will return to have their lunch on the train and afternoon spent at leisure.

The train departs over night for its final destination, Dar es Salaam.

DAY 11 – DAR ES SALAAM / BAGAMOYO

Dar es Salaam (meaning “Haven of Peace”), has Sultan Majid bin Said, the 1860s sultan of Zanzibar, to thank for its existence. He saw its potential as a deepwater port because of its strategic position at the centre of the East African coast. The city is an eclectic mix of Swahili, German, Asian and British architecture, reflecting its colonial past and more recent history. A fascinating pastime here is undoubtedly sitting at the water’s edge and being witness to the diverse vessels navigating the waters of the port – not least of them being the traditional dhows, going about their business as if there were no huge cruise liners and cargo ships shadowing them.

DAY 12 – TRANSFER DAY PLUS POST-TOUR DAYS

After breakfast guests can stay on board until it is time for an airport transfer or they will transport you to the starting point of your specialized activity, which we’ll be happy to help you organize.

Activities can include the following: visiting Zanzibar Island, climbing Kilimanjaro or visiting the Serengeti National Park. These activities will take multiple days.

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