Zanzibar to Vic Falls

Tanzania
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Dive into a lesser-known Africa on this 19-day trip from the east of Tanzania through Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Begin on the pristine beaches of Zanzibar's northern coastline, then travel through rolling savanna and wide-open plains on a series of game drives and hikes. Get close to incredible wildlife in remote nature reserves and embrace local hospitality in the regional cities and traditional villages. Take on this eye-opening African overland adventure with a local crew to guide you to the best of the region, all shared with a small group of travellers ready to explore.

Availability

From 25/03/2024 to 02/01/2026

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Mon 25 2024 to Apr Fri 12 2024
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    $3,056*
  • May Mon 13 2024 to May Fri 31 2024
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    $3,820*
  • May Mon 27 2024 to Jun Fri 14 2024
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    $3,970*
  • Jun Mon 10 2024 to Jun Fri 28 2024
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    $3,970*
  • Jun Mon 24 2024 to Jul Fri 12 2024
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    $3,970*
  • Jul Mon 01 2024 to Jul Fri 19 2024
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    $3,919*
  • Jul Mon 08 2024 to Jul Fri 26 2024
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    $3,919*
  • Jul Mon 15 2024 to Aug Fri 02 2024
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    $4,125*
  • Aug Mon 05 2024 to Aug Fri 23 2024
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    $4,165*
  • Aug Mon 12 2024 to Aug Fri 30 2024
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    $4,125*
  • Aug Mon 19 2024 to Sep Fri 06 2024
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    $3,919*
  • Sep Mon 02 2024 to Sep Fri 20 2024
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    $4,010*
  • Sep Mon 30 2024 to Oct Fri 18 2024
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    $4,050*
  • Oct Mon 14 2024 to Nov Fri 01 2024
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    $3,970*
  • Nov Mon 04 2024 to Nov Fri 22 2024
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    $3,820*
  • Nov Mon 25 2024 to Dec Fri 13 2024
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    $3,820*
  • Dec Mon 09 2024 to Dec Fri 27 2024
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    $3,820*
  • Feb Mon 17 2025 to Mar Fri 07 2025
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    $4,010*

What's included

Join an expert guide to track rhinos on foot in Matobo National Park.
Discover black and white rhinos and other game while learning about the cultural and spiritual importance of the many ceremonial sites, San paintings, and rock formations.
Chill out on the northern beaches of Zanzibar, enjoying the white sand and sparkling blue sea of the Indian Ocean, and spend some time discovering the island's hub at Stone Town.
Discover the magic of South Luangwa National Park on a morning safari game drive.
This park is a highly concentrated arena of noble African beasts and exotic wildflowers.
Get a chance to explore the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa – the World Heritage-listed Great Zimbabwe, thought to be the former palace of an ancient monarch.
Choose from a range of optional activities at Victoria Falls so you can see the cascades the way you want, and maybe treat yourself to a helicopter ride.
Breakfasts Included: 17.
Lunches Included: 11.
Dinners Included: 13.
Hotel (2 night),Bunglow (2 nights),Camping with facilities (14 nights).
Overland vehicle,4X4 safari vehicle,Ferry,Minibus.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 22.
Mikumi National Park - 4x4 Game Drive.
South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive.
South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Evening Game Drive.
South Luangwa - Jewellery workshop Project.
Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit.
Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Stone Town Welcome to Zanzibar! Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 2 pm where you'll meet your group leader and fellow travellers. Aside from this important meeting, there are no planned activities for the day and you are free to explore on your own. Filled with pristine white-sand beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has had a colourful history - everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in centuries ago. The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town, and the best way to see this is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, why not grab a drink from a bar overlooking the seafront. A seafood curry at a local restaurant is also a great choice. You'll spend the night in Stone Town at a basic inn.
  • 2 - Zanzibar Northern Beaches Once checked out of your Stone Town accommodation, consider booking in to an optional guided tour of the island's spice plantations, learning all about the history of this town's spice trade. You will have the opportunity to smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger, plus sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch, head to the Northern Beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.
  • 3 - Zanzibar Northern Beaches Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day - perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option, or you could take a traditional dhow boat on the water. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or just relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book. It's totally up to you!
  • 4 - Stone Town Enjoy a sleep in and maybe one last dip in the warm waters of Zanzibar's northern beaches. After check-out at your accommodation, transfer back to Stone Town for a cruisy afternoon of free time. Maybe grab an octopus curry or biryani for dinner with your crew. There's long day of driving ahead tomorrow, so be sure to relax in the island vibes tonight.
  • 5 - Mikumi National Park Embrace an early start to catch a 7.30 am ferry to the mainland, then make tracks for Mikumi. It's approximately an 8-hour drive to your first camp spot, but you'll get a great look at all that renowned Tanzanian landscape on the way. Gaze out at vast plains dotted with baobab and tamarind trees and maybe catch a glimpse of some of the elephants, buffaloes, giraffes, lions and leopards that call the park home. Once you arrive at your camp spot, your leader will show you the ropes (literally) and help you set up and get comfortable for your night in the tent.
  • 6 - Iringa Wake up early this morning to head off on a 4WD game drive into Mikumi National Park with local expert guides. This less touristed park is home to impressive numbers of elephants, hippos, giraffes, zebras, buffalo, warthogs, wildebeest and impalas - and maybe even a predator or two if you're lucky! Afterwards, we'll drive to Iringa (approximately 5 hours) and set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. The area is filled with natural bush land which can make it a bird watchers paradise. Make the most of this rural setting by doing some stargazing before you retire for the night.
  • 7 - Chitimba Enter Malawi and travel to your campsite at Chitimba (approximately 10-12 hours). Malawi, the 'warm heart of Africa,' is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders and canoe and net makers all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is that of a fisherman in a bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day.
  • 8 - Lake Malawi Travel from Chitimba to Kande Beach on the shore of Lake Malawi (approximately 6 hours). There will be a chance to stop at a shop or market for any supplies you might need along the way. Enjoy a relaxing getaway from the commercialism and crowds with a few days on the lake's more peaceful beaches. Your campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of Lake Malawi.
  • 9 - Lake Malawi Enjoy free time today and soak up your idyllic surrounds. As well as chilling out on the lake's sandy shores, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians - easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.
  • 10 - South Luangwa National Park Journey through southern Malawi and enter Zambia, continuing to South Luangwa National Park (approximately 9-10 hours). There will be border crossing formalities on the way, and a chance to stock up on goods at a shop or market and visit an ATM. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its lagoons is some of the highest in Africa. Take in the beautiful scenery and the abundance of wildlife, watching out for colourful birds and herds of elephants.
  • 11 - South Luangwa National Park Rise early for an exhilarating morning game drive in a 4WD with a local guide, then head back to the camp for lunch (as this is the hottest part of the day). Return to the park for another Game Drive late this afternoon Alternatively, an optional village walk is another good option, if you'd like a snapshot of daily life in the local community.
  • 12 - Petauke After breakfast, pay a visit to a workshop where local craftswomen take snare wire recovered from poaching traps and transform it into jewellery inspired by the African bush. The women will show you around their purpose-built workshop and give you a chance to try coiling or hammering the wire yourself. For each sale made, a donation is given to anti snare patrols dedicated to the conservation of the region. After your visit, head further south to Petauke (approximately 6 hours).
  • 13 - Lusaka Head for your camp just south of Lusaka City (approximately 6 hours). Arrive, stretch your legs and take a stroll to discover the town. Though it's fast developing, Lusaka retains a strong African feel, and the locals are usually up for a chat.
  • 14 - Harare Travel to Harare today (approximately 8-9 hours). The first part of your journey takes you to the border with Zimbabwe. After crossing, continue to Harare. There will be a chance to explore the town, stock up on whatever you need at a market or shop and use an ATM.
  • 15 - Great Zimbabwe Ruins Drive to Masvingo (approximately 5-6 hours). This colonial settlement - the oldest in Zimbabwe - makes the perfect base for exploring the ruins of Great Zimbabwe. The ancient city, now a World Heritage site, was first constructed in the 11th century and is believed to have been the seat of power for a monarch. Spend a few hours exploring this intriguing site before heading off to camp.
  • 16 - Bulawayo Travel to Bulawayo (approximately 5-6 hours). Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo is Zimbabwe's second largest city. There is some impeccable colonial architecture to take in here. Enjoy free time this afternoon to explore town. You might like to browse some local markets or chat with the locals. The Natural History Museum and National Art Gallery are also worth checking out.
  • 17 - Bulawayo Get ready for the experience of a lifetime - tracking rhinos on foot with an expert guide! Matobo National Park, known for its black and white rhinos, is also home to other wildlife like klipspringers, leopards, warthogs, and springhares. You'll learn all about these unique animals from your guide. You'll also gain insights into the local plants and trees, including wild pear and paperbark and discover San paintings and the fascinating rock formations. Matobo National Park is an important site of spiritual and cultural significance for the local people, and there are many places in the park where important ceremonies still take place.
  • 18 - Victoria Falls Depart Bulawayo and make the 6-hour drive towards Victoria Falls. Stretching 1.6 kilometres wide and falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below, the falls for which the area is named are a sight to behold. Although a visit to the falls themselves is optional, it is highly recommended. The entrance fee to the falls is not included, as groups that book ahead are required to tour the site with a local guide, and we feel that seeing these waterfalls should be an uninterrupted sensory experience. In the wet season, the spray created from this feat of nature can rise 400 metres and can often be seen from kilometres away. It's no wonder that the local name for Victoria Falls is Mosi oa Tunya, or the 'Smoke that Thunders'. Though dry season travellers should not despair! You'll get an unobstructed view of the falls and the chance to see the islets in the river below. Your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer.
  • 19 - Victoria Falls With no activities planned for today, you are free to leave the camp at any time. That being said, you may like to try some of the optional activities on offer here, and so, we recommend that you schedule any flights for later in the day. If you would like to spend more time in Victoria Falls, we'll be happy to organise additional accommodation (subject to availability).
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