This Tanzania to Malawi & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari sets off from Dar es Salaam, taking you game viewing in Mikumi National Park, before crossing from Tanzania into Malawi.
We spend the next few days relaxing on the sandy beaches of Lake Malawi, exploring the local culture, hiking and swimming or snorkelling in the tropical lake. Crossing the border into Zambia we venture into the untamed South Luangwa National Park, home to an abundance of wildlife and birds.
The last leg of this Tanzania & Malawi Camping Safari journeys to the Zambian capital of Lusaka, via Petauke, before ending at one of the natural wonders of the world - Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe.
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.
On day one of this Vic Falls and Malawi Camping Safari we set off from the historical port city of Dar es Salaam into the Tanzanian highlands to Mikumi National Park, the 4th largest National Park in Tanzania.
This popular Tanzanian game park is home to over 400 bird species and a healthy population of wild animals, from lion, buffalo and elephant to zebra, wildebeest and various antelopes. Mikumi is part of a larger wilderness ecosystem around Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa's largest game reserves.
An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment include activities considered as "essential" on the tour. This itinerary includes these activities. 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.
Waking up early on day two we embark on a game drive in Mikumi Park, exploring the Mkata Floodplains which host an abundance of wildlife and birds.
Then we continue inland to the historic small city of Iringa, located in the highlands tea growing area of Tanzania.
Leaving the lush highlands of Tanzania we head down into the Great Rift Valley and across into neighbouring Malawi. Our destination for today is Lake Malawi, known as 'the Lake of Stars' given 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 shores of northern Lake Malawi, visiting local villages, doing optional water activities and lazing on the sandy beaches of this massive freshwater lake. You can 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 also have the option of doing a challenging full day hike to the historic Livingstonia Mission in the hills above Lake Malawi, or you can get involved with local community initiatives, 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.
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 explore as you please - walk along the beach, swim in the lake and relax with sundowners on the shores.
Day seven begins with sunrise over Lake Malawi before we cross into Zambia, travelling via Chipata to South Luangwa National Park. Arriving at our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River, we watch the sun set over the wild African bush.
We spend two nights along the Luangwa River, where hippos and other animals are often spotted from the campsite bar. This is our base for exploring the South Luangwa National Park, known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos.
On day eight you have the option of taking a morning game drive or a game walk (in the dry season) in one of Africa's wildest game parks. We go in search of the park's rich wildlife, including buffalos, leopards, zebras, hippos, giraffes, antelopes and crocodiles. Later this afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in South Luangwa Park, included in the Activity Package. We stop for sundowners in the bush, before continuing our game viewing exploration into the night. Exploring the bush after dark is a thrilling experience offering unusual nocturnal sightings.
We leave South Luangwa National Park today and have a relatively short drive through to Petauke, near the Malawi border.
On our way to Petauke we stop at a 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 strong source of creative 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 pass rural villages and small farming communities as we travel. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more western ways of Southern Africa. We spend the night in the agricultural town of Petauke, getting a taste of small town life in Africa.
The journey towards the fast-growing Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along the Great East Road. Crossing the Luangwa River we drive through rural parts of Zambia, largely unchanged by western development. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.
On the last day of our Tanzania to Malawi & Vic Falls Overland Camping Safari we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border to Victoria Falls.
Crossing from Zambia into Zimbabwe on the Victoria Falls Bridge we get a glimpse of the famous waterfall - Victoria Falls. Looking down the Batoka Gorge, we see the impressive mists rising up off Mosi-oa-Tunya - the local Kololo name for Vic Falls, meaning 'the Smoke that Thunders'.
For those that wish to remain in Livingstone (on the Zambian side) this can be arranged. We recommend that you spend an extra few nights in this area to experience Victoria Falls and the many exciting activities on offer here, such as Zambezi white water rafting, scenic flights and bungee jumping.
For all tour versions Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe can be replaced by Livingstone in Zambia, upon request.
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