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A wild 15 day Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari from Zimbabwe into Botswana, then Zambia and Malawi, ending with Tanzania and Zanzibar Island.
See the mighty Victoria Falls and embark on optional adventure activities along the Zambezi River, including white water rafting and bungee jumping. Go game viewing in Botswana's Chobe National Park and camp out in the African bush, before visiting Livingstone in Zambia.
Continue through Zambia to the remote South Luangwa National Park for superb game viewing in the untamed wilderness. Then head to the peaceful shores of Lake Malawi, dotted with islands and fringed with traditional villages. Next, travel via Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar Island - a cultural melting pot of African and Arabic influences, where you can explore the cobbled roads of old Stone Town and enjoy the exotic palm-fringed beaches and azure Indian Ocean waters.
A fabulous Budget African Safari combining rich wildlife, tropical beaches, Vic Falls and vast Lake Malawi, with the cultural delights and the breathtaking scenery of Africa!
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.
Victoria Falls is the setting for the first day of this Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari and is spent either relaxing or making the most of all the adventure activities available at Victoria Falls.
We visit Victoria Falls, admiring the natural wonder from the various viewpoints in Victoria Falls National Park. Named after the famous World Heritage Site and Waterfall, the town of Victoria Falls is located along the Zambezi River. Mosi-oa-Tunya (the Smoke that Thunders), was named Victoria Falls by the explorer David Livingstone and is one of the natural wonders of the world. Victoria Falls is the world's largest sheet of falling water at 1700 m wide and about 100 m high. An awesome and memorable sight on any African Safari!
Optional excursions include trips to Livingstone Island, horseback safaris, sunset boat cruises and swimming in Devil's Pool. Adrenalin junkies can bungee jump from the Victoria Falls Bridge connecting Zimbabwe and Zambia, or abseil down the Batoka Gorge - neither for the faint hearted! You can also take a scenic flight over the Vic Falls in fixed wing planes, micro lights or helicopters. The white water rafting on the Zambezi River is world-class. In addition to the excitement of the Grade 5 rapids, there are more placid sections for admiring the towering cliffs and occasional wildlife on the riverbanks.
After breakfast we depart from Vic Falls crossing into Botswana and making our way to Kasane, where we set up camp on the banks of the Chobe River. Listen out for fish eagles and resident hippos enjoying the waters of Chobe River, the major water source in Chobe National Park. The Chobe River forms a natural border between Botswana and Namibia and Zambia.
After lunch we relax and prepare for our Chobe National Park Overnight Trip into the wilderness of Botswana. Chobe National Park is one of Botswana’s premier game parks, renowned for its large herds of elephants.
Arriving in Chobe Park we spend the afternoon in search of African wildlife on a game drive to our bush camp inside this top Botswana Game Park. Look out for kudu, impalas, the rare sable and roan antelope, giraffes and more on your game drive. We also see a variety of birds, from raptor and plover to lilac breasted roller, as we drive!
We spend the evening musing over our wildlife encounters in Chobe Park and listening to the night sounds of nearby wildlife.
This morning we head out early on a game viewing drive in Chobe Park, before packing up the safari camp and heading back north to Kasane. On our return to the camp in Kasane, we get back on our safari truck and continue to the Zambian town of Livingstone.
This afternoon we have the opportunity to view Victoria Falls from the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park in Zambia or embark on a sunset boat cruise on the Zambezi River. The sunset cruise offers a relaxing and scenic journey along the mighty Zambezi River, visited by wildlife and birds.
Today we make an early start and head northwards, passing through villages and towns in southern Zambia en route to our next campsite. The night is spent camping on the outskirts of Lusaka, Zambia's capital city.
Zambia prospered during the copper boom in the 60’s and was able to establish extensive infrastructure in its main mining and farming communities. Today Zambia is again starting to prosper, due to foreign investment and a resurgence in the mining industry. The rising prosperity can be seen in the cities of Zambia where foreign stores, banks and imported cars are increasing, but the villages and smaller towns are less westernized.
Some of the local wildlife such as the eland, Africa's largest antelope, share the safari campsite with us!
On day five we visit the South Luangwa National Park of Zambia.
South Luangwa is Zambia's leading game park, known for its wildness and incredible beauty. Located along the Luangwa River this remote national park hosts about 60 animal species and 420 bird species. The game park is home to large elephant herds, as well as an abundance of buffalo, hippo, crocodile and various antelope species. The park is also home to good numbers of zebra, giraffe and leopard, among others.
The most southern of three national parks in the Luangwa Valley, Luangwa Park covers some 9050 km² of the most fertile part of Luangwa Valley. Here we are immersed in the untamed bush, enjoying excellent game viewing.
Travelling on the old "East Road" we drive in a northeasterly direction from Luangwa, finding our way to a stunning campsite a mere 10 km from the border between Zambia and Malawi.
We follow what was once the route from Cape Town to Cairo that passes through Lusaka on its way to Malawi. While most of today is taken up by driving, we do cross the impressive Luangwa River Bridge which is closely guarded due to its close proximity to the Zimbabwean & Malawian borders.
We’ll also stop to stock up on some fresh produce and supplies from the local sellers along the way. We overnight at our lovely campsite, before driving into neighbouring Malawi.
Malawi is known as the 'Warm Heart of Africa' and next our safari takes us to find out why. We stop in the administrative centre and capital of Malawi, Lilongwe. Malawi is a landlocked country with 20% of its total area consisting of the beautiful, fresh-water Lake Malawi.
Over the next few days we travel the full length of the western side of Lake Malawi, stopping off at various bays and inlets. Days are spent relaxing on the unspoilt beaches, learning to play the game of bao from locals or bargain hunting at the markets.
The temperate climate of Malawi is suited to swimming all year round, so you can always take a dip in the clear blue waters. Explore the picturesque shores of Lake Malawi meeting local fishermen as they sort the fresh catch of the day. The fishermen still bring in their catch using traditional fishing techniques. The ‘fairy’ lights of the fishermen boats twinkle out on the lake at night.
You can gain insight into the skill involved in handling one of the fishing boats by trying your hand at paddling a dug out canoe yourself. Excursions offered at the shoreline campsites along Lake Malawi include options such as water sports, horse riding and visits to the local school and village.
Today we say goodbye to Lake Malawi, utterly relaxed after four days here, and enter Tanzania via the border post at Songwe.
On our drive we take in the beauty of the Tukuyu banana and tea plantations of the area as we head for our next overnight safari stop, Iringa. The rustic 'Farmhouse' campsite in Iringa is famous for its Amarula hot chocolate and piping hot showers, worth savouring.
After a good night's rest in Iringa we continue to the seaside town of Dar es Salaam.
We pass through the Mikumi National Park of Tanzania seeing a wide range of wildlife from the roadside. These wild animals have largely become accustomed to passing traffic, providing close up sightings.
Upon our arrival in Dar es Salaam, we find our lovely campsite set at the seaside and busy ourselves with preparations for the next stretch of our African journey. The next morning we embark on the trip to Zanzibar Island.
On day 12 we travel to Zanzibar on our optional island excursion. From Dar es Salaam we take a ferry across to the "Spice Island," where we spend three nights. Zanzibar is one of Africa's top beach getaways, boasting unspoilt tropical beaches and warm Indian Ocean waters.
Zanzibar has a colourful past once serving as one of the major departure points for most of the explorations into new territories of East Africa. The islands were also an important stop on the old trade route between Europe, Africa and the East.
New passengers may join us on our Zanzibar Trip, while some travel companions might opt to end their African tour back in Dar es Salaam.
Accommodation and meal costs are for your own account in Zanzibar, allowing for flexibility and self-guided exploration on the island. Zanzibar Island hosts a wide selection of restaurants offering a variety of tasty meals. Your trip leader joins you and can help with arranging accommodation in Zanzibar.
For travellers choosing not to visit the island of Zanzibar, the next 3 days are spent at the beach campsite in Dar es Salaam. There are various optional activities available from the camp including diving, snorkelling and fishing trips. The driver and cook stay behind in Dar es Salaam during the Zanzibar Island Trip.
Zanzibar Island has a great range of activities to offer visitors, from quiet sightseeing to exciting water activities.
Explore a spice plantation, an interesting experience on Zanzibar, which is famous for its spices. The quaint streets of the old Stone Town of Zanzibar reveal traces of their Arabic history, from Medina-style shops to the impressive palaces that once belonged to powerful Sultans.
Other interesting activities include a day trip to the pristine beaches of Prison Island, to see its giant tortoises. A full day of scuba diving in Nungwe is well worth it, as is the experience of fishing in a traditional saiing dhow. There are a variety of restaurants offering a fantastic array of fresh seafood straight from the ocean, with crayfish being a popular speciality. You can mingle with the locals at the seafront market of Forodhani Gardens, where inexpensive yet delicious seafood is available.
Departing from Zanzibar Island in the afternoon our relaxing beach trip comes to a close. We return to the shores of Tanzania by the early evening, bringing this Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Camping Safari to a close.
This Budget African Safari begins in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and travels north through Zambia, Malawi and Zanzibar, ending in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. The Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari departs from Victoria Falls on Sunday mornings. Should you wish to explore Johannesburg, an earlier arrival is recommended. Accommodation can be booked through African Budget Safaris.
This itinerary should be used as a guide only and may vary from day to day depending on road & weather conditions, political situations and group decisions. All prices & Local Payments are subject to change. Due to Tourism Laws in some of the countries we visit, there may be a truck and crew change during the safari trip.
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