Luangwa River

Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Accommodated Overland Safari

Tour Length11 days
Priced from pps $1399 R19150 £1045 1189 A$1863 C$1799 NZ$2046 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • Ends at Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Accommodation Bungalow or Chalet / Lodge / Luxury Camping
  • Transport Large Overland Vehicle / Game Viewing - Open 4x4
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

Leaving Victoria Falls we head to the Zambian capital of Lusaka, and then north-east towards South Luangwa Valley. We then explore South Luangwa National Park, enjoying exceptional wildlife viewing in the untamed African bush.

Next, we cross into Malawi to visit scenic Lake Malawi and take it easy on the beaches of this vast freshwater lake, visiting local villages and doing optional outdoor and water sports, including hiking and snorkelling.

From the East African Rift Valley, drive through pretty mountain passes, via the tea plantations in the highlands of Tanzania. Lastly, we go game viewing in wildlife-rich Mikumi National Park, then travel to the historical port city of Dar es Salaam, reaching the East Coast of Africa.

This accommodated Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari is a great way to explore East Africa on a very reasonable budget!

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Lusaka – Zambia

This Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Accommodated Overland Safari sets off from Victoria Falls, crossing into Zambia. We drive to Livingstone, the tourist hub on the Zambian side of the falls, glimpsing the mighty Vic Falls as we cross the historic Victoria Falls Bridge.

Our drive takes us north-east to Lusaka, through rural Zambia with its bustling villages and small farms. Lusaka is the center of economic, cultural and political life in the country - located in the middle of Zambia. The city has a distinctly African feel, melding together busy markets and modern business. At the end of a long day of driving we tuck into a dinner prepared by the guides, who fill us in on the road ahead.

  • Meals: Lunch & Dinner

Activity Package:

This safari comes with an optional Activity Package at an additional cost. The itinerary includes these highly-recommended activities. Contact African Budget Safaris for a detailed breakdown of what is included in the Activity Package and see the Full Pricing Information above for the cost of the Activity Package.

Day 2: Lusaka to Petauke – Zambia

On day two we pass through Lusaka on our way to the bustling town of Petauke, travelling east via rural landscapes. Petauke is the major town of this farming region and is mostly visited as a stopping point, en route to South Luangwa National Park.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: South Luangwa Valley – Zambia

Leaving Petauke bright and early we set off for South Luangwa National Park, our first wildlife destination. Along the way we visit a traditional fabric-making initiative in the Chipata area, meeting Zambian villagers and getting a peek into the creative African culture. As a major cotton producing region the Chipata area is a major source of African textiles. From March to December you can a take a tour of the textile project to see how the fabrics are created and view the colourful products.

For the next two nights we sleep beside the Luangwa River that runs through South Luangwa National Park - widely considered Zambia's top game park and one of Africa's finest. End the day with sundowners, catching a beautiful sunset over the river and surrounding bush.

  • Included Activity: Tribal textile project visit
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

Don't miss the chance to embark on a morning game drive or a thrilling bush walk (in the dry season). Mornings are an excellent time for spotting a number of the animals roaming South Luangwa National Park. The opportunity to take a game walk is particularly special, because South Luangwa is where African walking safaris originated. South Luangwa National Park hosts an array of plains game - various antelopes and giraffes - as well as the world's most dangerous vegetarians - hippos and buffalos, the shy leopard and herds of elephants.

Later today we set off on a sunset game drive in the national park, looking for the rich diversity of wildlife and birds found in the wild marshes, woods and grasslands. We stop for sundowners in the bush before continuing our game drive into the night when we hope to spot the elusive nocturnal animals of South Luangwa.

  • Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa Park
  • Optional Activities: Morning Drive or Bush Walk in South Luangwa
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5: South Luangwa to Lake Malawi – Malawi

Today we leave the untamed wilderness and head eastwards into Malawi. Our next overnight stop is at a beautiful lodge along the western shores of Lake Malawi at Ngala Beach. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi stretches 580km from north to south, covering about 75% of Malawi's eastern border.

On arrival you can stretch your legs with a walk along the sandy beach, soaking up the peace and beauty of the mountain and lake scenery as the sun sets over Lake Malawi.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 to 8: Northern Lake Malawi – Malawi

On day six our Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari we wake to sunrise over Lake Malawi and relax in the lovely lakeside setting, before heading north.

We spend the next few days exploring the northern shores of the Great Lake, doing optional water activities, lazing on the sandy beaches and exploring the local culture and surroundings. Spend your time swimming in the clear warm waters and snorkelling to see the brightly coloured cichlid, the tropical fish found in abundance here.

You can do a full day hike to the historic Livingstonia Mission up on the plateau above Lake Malawi. Or you can get involved with local community initiatives, doing volunteer work in the area. On the morning of day eight we visit the town of Karonga, once the centre of Malawi’s slave trade. Visiting the local museum we discover more about the fascinating history of humankind and the natural world.

  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Hiking and Volunteering
  • Included Activity: Karonga Town and Museum Visit (day 8)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x 3)

Day 9: Iringa – Tanzania

Day nine sees us travelling further north along the Great Rift Valley into Tanzania, where we head up into the hills.

Winding through mountains and lush farms we arrive at Iringa, set in the tea-growing region of Tanzania.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10: Mikumi National Park – Tanzania

Today the road takes us deeper into Tanzania, drawing closer to the East Coast of Africa.

Next, we visit Mikumi National Park, where we embark on an afternoon game viewing drive. This popular national park is home to healthy wildlife populations, including elephants, lions, buffalos, giraffes, zebras and more.

Mikumi is part of a larger wilderness ecosystem around Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa's largest game reserves. This is your last chance to take a game drive and see a few more wild animals and plenty of birds out on the plains of Africa.

  • Activity Package: Game drive in Mikumi Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Dar es Salaam – Tanzania

Our Accommodated Budget Safari moves from bush to beach today, meeting the warm Indian Ocean on the East Coast of Africa.

Our last stop is Dar es Salaam, the humid and hectic, commercial capital of Tanzania. This port city is one of the busiest trade hubs in Africa with a fascinating mix of cultures, flavours and lifestyles.

  • Meals: Breakfast

Please Note:

This northbound Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari also runs in the opposite direction as the Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls Safari South, starting in Dar es Salaam and ending in Victoria Falls.

For all tour versions Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe can be replaced by Livingstone in Zambia, upon request.

Optional Extras and Excursions

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Zimbabwe Activities

  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls 
  • Full day River Boarding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting

Zambia Activities

  • Game Walk in South Luangwa National Park 
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Malawi Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Livingstonia Hike
  • Community Volunteering
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Zimbabwe Activities

  • Zambezi Sunset Cruise 
  • Dinner Out in Victoria Falls 
  • Full day River Boarding
  • Bungee Jumping
  • Helicopter Flights
  • White Water Rafting

Zambia Activities

  • Game Walk in South Luangwa National Park 
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park

Malawi Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Livingstonia Hike
  • Community Volunteering
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