Luangwa River

Dar es Salaam to Vic Falls Accommodated Overland Safari

Tour Length11 days
Priced from pps $1425 R19150 £1095 1205 A$1806 C$1806 NZ$1948 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Accommodated Overland Tour

  • Max. Group Size 20 Travellers
  • Departs from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Ends at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
  • 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

Drive from Tanzania's historical port city of Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park for game viewing, before continuing to Iringa. 

Relax on the tropical beaches of vast Lake Malawi; snorkelling, swimming and soaking up the scenery and serenity. Cross the border into Zambia for top-notch game viewing in the wild South Luangwa National Park, before travelling to Lusaka via Petauke. Then drive to our final destination, Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe - home to the mighty Victoria Falls.

Explore untamed East African game parks, natural wonders and cultures on this accommodated safari trip from Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls on a shoestring budget!

Responsible Travel Note

During this trip you are likely to come across activities that encourage tourists to participate in lion, elephant or other wildlife interaction. This includes walking with lions, riding elephants and any other tourist operation putting travellers in close contact with animals that would normally live wild and separate from human contact.

We absolutely do not encourage or endorse this type of wildlife interaction operation. For more information on why this is not good for Africa's wild animals, please see our detailed blog post on the subject.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park – Tanzania

On the first day of this Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls Safari we leave the East Coast of Africa, making our way out of the city and into the bush.

Heading inland into rural Tanzania we stop at Mikumi National Park for the night. This popular Tanzanian game park is home to over 400 bird species and a healthy population of wild animals, from lion and elephant to buffalo and antelope. Mikumi is part of a larger wilderness ecosystem around Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa's largest game reserves.

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner

Activity Package:

An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes "essential" activities, included in this itinerary. For those that can't afford all of these activities there is the option of doing the basic safari without the Activity Package. 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.

Day 2: Mikumi to Iringa – Tanzania

This morning we embark on an early morning game drive in Mikumi National Park, where common sightings include four of the Big Five (buffalo, lion, elephant and leopard), along with zebras, giraffes, wildebeest and others.

Then we continue to the historic small city of Iringa, perched in the Tanzanian Highlands. This elevated region is the tea growing centre of Tanzania, experiencing cool winters and mild year-round temperatures.

  • Activity Package Mikumi National Park Game Drive
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 to 5: Northern Lake Malawi – Malawi

Leaving the lush highlands of Tanzania we head south into Malawi. Our destination for today is the scenic Lake Malawi, called the Lake of Stars after the flickering lights of the fishing boats out on the vast lake at night. The third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi stretches 580km from north to south, covering about 75% of Malawi's eastern border.

We spend the next few days along the northern shores of Lake Malawi, exploring the area on foot, doing optional water activities and lazing on the sandy beaches of this massive freshwater lake. Spend your time swimming in the clear warm waters and snorkelling to see the brightly coloured cichlid, the tropical fish found in abundance here.

On day four you can do a full day hike to the historic Livingstonia Mission up on the plateau above Lake Malawi. You can also visit one of the local villages or get involved with a local community initiative, doing volunteer work in the area. On the morning of day five 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, including the dinosaur.

  • Optional Activities: Snorkelling, Hiking and Volunteering
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x 3)

Day 6: Ngala Beach on Lake Malawi – Malawi

On day six we travel further down the side of Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world, covering a massive portion of the Great Rift Valley.

This afternoon we arrive at our beautiful lodge along the western shores of Lake Malawi at Ngala Beach. The remainder of the day is open for you to relax and walk along the beach, swim in the lake and enjoy sundowners on the shores.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 & 8: South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

Day seven on this southbound Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls Safari sees us leaving Lake Malawi for the untamed wilderness of Zambia! Begin the day with sunrise over the lake, before crossing into Zambia where the day ends with sunset over the Luangwa River. Along the way to our camp in South Luangwa Valley, we stop off in Chipata for supplies.

Zambia's crowning glory, South Luangwa National Park is a truly wild place, rated as one of the best safari destinations in Africa. We stay on the banks of the wide Luangwa River, the life force of the national park. Pods of hippos and lazing crocodiles can be spotted in the river, which attracts a host of waterbirds and thirsty animals. South Luangwa National Park is famous for the spectacular carmine bee-eater migration in August, and its huge buffalo herds. This scenic game park's diverse wildlife population includes a good variety of plains game, wildebeest and giraffe. South Luangwa is also known for its outstanding leopard sightings, as well as lions and a growing population of African wild dogs.

The whole of day eight is dedicated to game viewing in this world-class safari destination, beginning with an optional morning game drive. In the dry season (April to December) you can take an optional game walk in South Luangwa, known as the heartland of African walking safaris.

This afternoon we take a sunset game drive in search of the dense wildlife populations and fantastic birdlife found here. We stop for sundowners in the bush, before continuing into the night. Driving through the bush after dark is a thrilling experience offering unusual nocturnal sightings.

  • Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive and Game Walk in South Luangwa Park.
  • Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x 2)

Day 9: South Luangwa to Petauke – Zambia

Out of the wilds of South Luangwa and on to the town of Petauke in the Eastern Province of Zambia.

On our way to Petauke we stop at Chipata village to meet the local community and take a look at their tribal textile venture. 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.

We spend the night in the agricultural town of Petauke, near the Malawi border, getting a taste of bustling, town life in Africa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Included Activity: Textile Project Tour (in season)

Day 10: Lusaka – Zambia

Day 10, drive along the Great East Road across the Luangwa River and through rural Zambia, scattered with villages and small farms.

Tonight we stay at a camp just south of Lusaka, the capital and cultural heart of the nation.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 11: Victoria Falls – Zimbabwe

Last stop - the awesome Victoria Falls.

Crossing into Zimbabwe over the Victoria Falls Bridge, we get a glimpse of the incredible waterfall and the plume of mist it sends up out of Batoka Gorge. Our Budget Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls Safari ends when we arrive in the adventure hub of Victoria Falls town in Zimbabwe.

If you can, spend a few days at Victoria Falls after the safari to take in this natural wonder and do unforgettable adventure activities! Choices include white water rafting, bungee jumping, zip line tours, scenic flights over Victoria Falls and many more.

  • Optional Activities: Dinner out in Victoria Falls
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Please Note:

This Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls Safari also travels in the opposite direction - Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari (North), starting in Victoria Falls and ending in Dar es Salaam.

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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Zambia Activities

  • Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park 
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park 

Malawi Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Livingstonia Hike
  • Community Volunteering

Zimbabwe Activities

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

  • Walking Safari in South Luangwa National Park 
  • Morning Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park 

Malawi Activities

  • Snorkelling
  • Livingstonia Hike
  • Community Volunteering

Zimbabwe Activities

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