It is rare to find trips in east and southern Africa that really get you away from the “tourist” route, but this is one of them. Yes, no trip to East Africa is complete without Zanzibar and if you are heading to southern Africa, you cannot miss Victoria Falls. This trip does both and so much more.
There’s time to relax on the stunning beaches of Lake Malawi and to explore the bush in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, home to Africa’s bush elephants and huge numbers of hippos and crocs. We also have the unique experience of exploring the backwaters of the Lower Zambezi by Canadian canoe. This is one of Africa’s real wilderness experiences.
Border Information: If joining at Zanzibar, you will most likely enter Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ).
There will be an informal meet-and-greet and orientation of Stone Town with our local Zanzibar guide at 6:00pm - please meet at the reception of the joining hotel at this time if you wish to take part in this orientation. Please note that you will not usually meet your regular Dragoman crew tonight, as they will be arriving in Dar es Salaam this evening and will travel to Zanzibar with members of their previous group tomorrow.
Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Zanzibar before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Zanzibar.
In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel.
Please note that the first 4 days of this section overlap with our "YND - Nairobi to Zanzibar" trip, so some of the group that come to Zanzibar will leave before we take the ferry to Dar es Salaam. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not follow our Zanzibar itinerary twice!
Today will be a free day to explore Stone Town, the atmospheric old town on the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar!
Your Dragoman crew will arrive on Zanzibar this afternoon, and there will be an important meeting at 6:00pm at the joining hotel - there will then be the option going for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.
On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere.
On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest.
In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.
Today we will return to Stone Town and then take a ferry from Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam, before travelling on the local commuter barge from the city centre to the suburb of Kigamboni. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes. The rest of the afternoon will be free to relax at the campsite.
In Dar es Salaam we stay at a beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.
We have a couple of big drives ahead of us to reach Malawi, starting with a journey out of Dar es Salaam and through the hills of the Mikumi National Park.
We will stay in a well-equipped campsite on a working ranch 52kms south of the town of Iringa.
Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).
Border Information: Exit Tanzania at Songwe, enter Malawi at Songwe.
Today is another travel day as we cross the southern highlands of Tanzania and enter Malawi, arriving at the beaches of Chitimba on the northwestern shores of Lake Malawi.
In Chitimba we will stay in a beautiful campsite on the beach.
Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours
This morning, depending on the preferences of the group, we may have to chance for a short village walk or a woodcarving lesson in Chitimba. We will then continue south along the coast of Lake Malawi to Kande beach, a beautiful spot on the lake shore.
Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.
On the following day we will have a free day on Kande beach to relax or to get involved in some of the optional activities available here - there are watersports on the lake, horse riding through the forests and on the beaches, and village walks to see a little bit of the life of the local Tonga people.
In Kande we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.
Today we will head to the Malawian capital of Lilongwe. Hopefully we will arrive by mid-afternoon so that we have the chance to explore the city, its markets and its shops.
In Lilongwe we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.
Border Information: Exit Malawi at Mchinji, enter Zambia at Mchinji.
Today our journey continues across the Zambian border to the stunning South Luangwa National Park, where we will stay for 2 nights.
If we make good enough time on the drive to the campsite, then there may be opportunity for an optional extra game drive upon arrival tonight.
Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.
On the following day we will have an included early morning game drive and an included evening game drive, both in open-sided safari vehicles.
South Luangwa National Park is a hidden gem on the safari circuit; it is rarely visited due to its remote setting, but has some incredible populations of wildlife and is one of the only parks in Southern Africa that is open for night driving with spotlights when many of the big game is at its most active.
In South Luangwa National Park we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.
Today we have a full day drive towards the Lower Zambezi area.
Tonight we will stay in a well-equipped campsite at the bridge over the River Luangwa.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Today we drive to our well equipped campsite on the banks of the Lower Zambezi.
Tonight we will meet our guides who will take us on our two-day canoeing expedition on the Lower Zambezi on the following day - they will give us a full briefing about the canoeing trip on arrival.
Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.
Today we head out on our 2-day/2-night canoeing trip on the Lower Zambezi river.
This is a fully participatory expedition - everyone will pair up, go out in 2-person canoes and paddle themselves, following the lead boat! Everyone also gets involved in setting up the camps and cooking. All of our gear will be carried in a supply canoe, and wild camps are erected on islands in the river along the way.
This is a fantastic way to see the river, the scenery and some of the wildlife in the area!
After breakfast, we have an early morning transfer from our second island wild camp on a fast barge back to the truck, and then continue our journey to Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the world-famous Victoria Falls.
In Livingstone we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.
Border Information: Exit Zambia at Victoria Falls, enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls.
Today we cross the border to Zimbabwe and to the world famous Victoria Falls, the largest waterfalls in Africa!
Upon arrival in Victoria Falls we will go for a briefing for possible optional adventure activities, then we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.
In Victoria Falls we will stay in a well equipped campsite.
Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.
Border Information: If you are leaving the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely depart Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).
Today is a free day to take advantage of the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area. If you are interested in a full day of activities here, we advise that you don't book a flight out earlier than 6:00pm, or just aim to stay an extra night, in order to give yourself enough time to do so.
Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Victoria Falls. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.
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Trip Name: Zanzibar, Zambezi & the Falls
Duration: 19 Days
From Price: $2,120
Supplier Tour ID: YDF1/158136
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