Leaving Victoria Falls we head to the Zambian capital of Lusaka, and then north-east to South Luangwa Valley. Here we 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 on 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!
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 centre 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.
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Today we travel via Lusaka to Petauke, the main hub for safaris to South Luangwa National Park. This long drive takes us east through lush landscapes, crossing the Luangwa River as we head to South Luangwa. Zambia is a truly African country, making for a unique travel experience that differs from the more modernised ways of several other Southern African countries.
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 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.
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.
Today we leave the untamed African bush and head eastwards into Malawi, known as 'the Warm Heart of Africa'.
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 on 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.
There are no planned activities for day six, leaving you free to relax on the sandy shores of Lake Malawi, explore the area and participate in optional activities.
Popular optional activities include paddle skiing, horse riding and snorkelling. The clear warm waters of this vast African Lake make it an ideal destination for snorkelling to spot the brightly coloured cichlid fish found here. Otherwise, you can embark on an optional motorboat trip, do some bird watching, take a guided village tour or visit the nearby forest reserve. You can also take a walk along the lake, passing fishing villages along the way for some laid-back exploration. Lake Malawi is known for its friendly locals and fresh fish, in addition to the excellent water activities at this scenic lake.
On day seven of our Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari we set off north, making our way to our next lakeside lodge in Maji Zuwa in the Chilumba area. By late afternoon we arrive at the lodge where you can recline in a hammock and watch the sun go down over the lake with a cold drink in hand. This evening your guide can help you to select activities for the following day.
On day eight, you are free to enjoy water activities and explore. Go snorkelling or kayaking, volunteer at one of the local community initiatives or laze on the sandy shores of the lake. You can also enjoy some walks in the area, including an optional full day hike up to the historic mission of Livingstonia on the plateau above Lake Malawi.
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.
Today the road takes us deeper into Tanzania, drawing closer to the East Coast of Africa.
Next, we explore Mikumi National Park, embarking on an afternoon game 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.
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 frenetic, 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.
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.
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