11 Day Vic Falls and Malawi to Dar es Salaam2018-08-04T20:28:30+00:00

11 Day Vic Falls and Malawi to Dar es Salaam

This 11-day overland tour takes you through some of Africa’s best-loved natural sites and wildlife.

This 11-day overland tour takes you through some of Africa’s best-loved natural sites and wildlife. Starting in Zimbabwe, it makes its way to Tanzania through Zambia and Malawi.

Victoria Falls is your starting point from where you will head to Lusaka, Zambia and from here to South Luangwa National Park for some awesome game drives. The park is well known for its high concentration of hippos and leopards. You will travel further to the heart of Africa, Malawi. The clear fresh water of Lake Malawi is perfect for swimming, kayaking and snorkelling. After Lake Malawi, it’s time for Mikumi National Park for another awesome game drive before you will continue onwards to the final destination, Dar es Salaam.

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Day 1

Victoria Falls – Lusaka

Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.

Meals Included: Lunch, Dinner

Day 2

Lusaka – Petauke

This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3

Petauke – South Luangwa National Park

With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton famers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5

South Luangwa National Park – Lake Malawi

This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Southern Lake Malawi – Northern Lake Malawi

Taking our time this morning we enjoy the charms of sunrise on the Lake, we head out this afternoon and come to rest on the northern reaches of the lake shore. Here we spend a few days indulging in the many attractions that underlie the charm of the Lake and its people. Our base for the next three nights offers a range of opportunities to satisfy every wish.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7

Lake Malawi

Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Community Volunteering, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Snorkelling Lake Malawi

Day 8

Lake Malawi

This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Optional Activity: Community Volunteering, Livingstonia day trip (hike), Snorkelling Lake Malawi

Day 9

Northern Lake Malawi – Iringa

Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10

Iringa – Mikumi

This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11

Mikumi – Dar es Salaam

Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa. You tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch
Optional Activity: Dinner

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”. You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours. The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included. We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Mikumi National Park game drive
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