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Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Overland Camping Safari

Tour Length11 days
Priced from pps $1015 R13850 £770 861 A$1298 C$1282 NZ$1457 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Overland Camping Tour

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

The tour departs from Vic Falls, Zimbabwe, heading to the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka.

After visiting a textile project in Chipata we head to South Luangwa National Park, hosting abundant game and birds. We spend two nights along the Luangwa River, enjoying superb game viewing in this wild reserve.

Next this camping safari travels to Malawi where we explore scenic Lake Malawi. Spend a few days relaxing on the sandy shores, swimming and snorkelling in tropical Lake Malawi, hiking and visiting local villages. The last leg of our journey takes us across the Tanzanian border through the Great Rift Valley and onwards for game viewing in Mikumi National Park, home to an array of wild animals and birdlife.

Lastly we arrive in Dar es Salaam where our Vic Falls, Tanzania & Malawi Tour comes to an end.

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Itinerary for this Tour

Day 1: Victoria Falls to Lusaka – Zambia

Leaving behind the excitement of Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe, we begin our fun-filled and affordable African expedition. We drive to Livingstone on the Zambian side of the falls, glimpsing the mighty Vic Falls as we cross the historic Victoria Falls Bridge. After Livingstone we take an interesting journey towards the fast-growing Zambian capital of Lusaka where we see locals going about their daily business.

As we drive deeper into Zambia you will see the vegetation becoming more lush and sub-tropical as the roads become more challenging to navigate. The economic and political capital of the country, Lusaka is a bustling African city where traditional and modern lifestyles meet. 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:

An optional Activity Package is offered with this safari. The extra payment includes 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.

Day 2: Petauke – Zambia

On day two of our budget camping safari we pass through Lusaka, and continue our long drive towards Luangwa Valley.

Driving through lush country, we pass rural villages and small farms, and cross the Luangwa River en route to Petauke, gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more western ways of Southern Africa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 3 to 4: South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we spend two nights.

Along the way to the game park we visit a traditional fabric-making initiative and community-run shop in the Chipata area, getting a peek into the creative African culture. As a major cotton producing region Chipata 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.

Then we proceed to our campsite on the banks of the Luangwa River, where hippo and other animals are often spotted from the bar. End the day with sundowners, catching a beautiful sunset over the river and surrounding bush.

On day four you can embark on an optional morning game walk or game drive in South Luangwa National Park and take it easy at the riverside camp. South Luangwa is home to an abundance of wildlife, including buffalos, zebras, giraffes and crocodiles, and is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos.

Later in the afternoon we enjoy a guided afternoon to sunset game drive in South Luangwa Park, included in the Activity Package. 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.

  • Included Activity: Textile Project Visit (day 3)
  • Optional Activities: Morning Game Drive or Game Walk in South Luangwa Park (day 4)
  • Activity Package: Sunset Game Drive in South Luangwa National Park (day 4)
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner (x 2)

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.

Upon 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 move north along the shores of Lake Malawi.

Wake to sunrise over Lake Malawi and relax in the lovely lakeside setting, before heading north where we spend the next few days.

Here you can enjoy optional water activities, lazing on the sandy beaches and exploring the local culture and natural 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
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner (x 3)

Day 9: Iringa – Tanzania

Today we cross from Malawi into Tanzania. As we ascend out of the Great Rift Valley, through some scenic mountain passes, we pass the vast tea plantations of the highlands on the way to our camp, outside Iringa.

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 10: Iringa to Mikumi National Park – Tanzania

Today we travel north to Mikumi National Park, the 4th largest national park in Tanzania. An afternoon game drive through Mikumi Park is included in the Activity Package, giving us one last chance to spot wildlife in the African bush.

Mikumi is part of a larger wilderness ecosystem of Selous Game Reserve, one of Africa's largest game reserves. We go in search of the healthy wildlife populations in Mikumi, including elephants, lions, buffalos, wildebeest, giraffes, zebras and more.

  • Activity Package: Afternoon game drive in Mikumi Park
  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Day 11: Dar es Salaam

Our Victoria Falls to Dar es Salaam Safari brings us out of the cool highland region of Iringa and down to the humid Indian Ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam.

Meaning ‘house of peace’ in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city. This historical port city is one of the oldest settled cities in East Africa and the gateway to Tanzania's Zanzibar Islands.

Our memorable Vic Falls to Dar es Salaam Camping Safari comes to an end today.

  • Meals: Breakfast

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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