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Malawi to Victoria Falls

Four awesome East African countries are on offer during this overland Malawi to Victoria Falls South adventure. You’ll spend 12 days overlanding between Dar es Salaam and Victoria Falls including stops in Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Tanzania.

Travelling in an overlanding vehicle is a fantastic way to see Africa, letting you get up close and personal with the landscapes, people and wildlife and is a great option for both solo travellers and groups of friends.

Highlights

  • Visit Lake Malawi and Lusaka
  • Explore South Luangwa National Park
  • Victoria Falls (the largest falls in the world)
  • Get the chance to spot buffalo, elephant, impala, zebra, wildebeest, and lion in the National Park
  • Explore the historic town at Ngala beach

First up on the itinerary is a visit to the highland region of Mikumi National Park. You’ll travel around the Great Rift Valley and learn about the Masai people. In Iringa you’ll visit a tea growing region and along the way there are plenty of opportunities to taste delicious Tanzanian cuisine.

In Malawi you’ll have time to chill out on the beaches while staying with wonderful hosts. You’ll spend three days camping at Lake Malawi – considered to one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes on Earth. Plenty of colourful tropical fish to see as well as the possibility of a full day hike to Livingstonia Mission.

In Zambia you’ll see what are likely to be some of the most spectacular sunsets of your life after full and fun days of game viewing. Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and hopefully catch a glimpse of hippos coming to water near camp. The park is also known for the great leopard population there.

The adventure ends in Victoria Falls, a spectacular sight and considered to be the largest falls in the world. The falls are over 100m high and can be heard up to 40 km away. The Victoria Falls area offers loads of adrenaline-filled outdoor activities from zip-lining to kayaking that are certainly worth a few extra days tagged on to the end of the trip.

 

Itinerary

Day 01: Mikumi

Today we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and our journey leads us to Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Today we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.
Distance: ±300km
Activity Package:
Mikumi National Park Game Drive

Day 02: Iringa

Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area.
Distance: ±200km
Included Activities:
Traditional Dinner in a local restaurant.

Day 03: Northern Lake Malawi – Malawi

Today we leave Tanzania and enter Malawi. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp. As we will be spending the next 3 nights here, you will have sufficient time to explore the area. Lake Malawi is regarded as one of the most beautiful freshwater lakes in the world, tropical fish (the colourful kind) swim past in schools of brilliant blues, yellows and purples. It may also be possible to book an excursion to the Livingstonia Mission (full day hike).
Distance: ±465km
Optional Activities:
Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike)
Snorkeling 1hr

Day 04: Northern Lake Malawi

As you have the entire day, make use of your time here enjoy the sights and sounds of Lake Malawi or laze around the pool at our accommodation.

Day 05: Northern Lake Malawi

Make the most of the day and enjoy snorkelling and swimming in Lake Malawi.

Day 06: Central Lake Malawi

Ngala Beach lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. Our accommodation for the night is situated on the edge of Lake Malawi and if time permits, grab the snorkels and discover some of the interesting creatures residing in the lake.
Distance: ±375km

Day 07: Zambia – South Luangwa National Park

Early in the morning we drive from Malawi and cross in to Zambia and continue to the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy an included sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.
Distance: ±560km
Activity Package:
South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive

Day 08: South Luangwa National Park

In the morning you have the opportunity to take another optional game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, we will therefore not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round.
Included Activities:
Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Optional Activities:
Safari Walk outside South Luangwa National Park (4 hours)
Morning Game Drive (Including Park Fees)

Day 09: Petauke

We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Petuake where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.
Distance: ±170km

Day 10: Lusaka

The journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka takes us along an interesting route. On week days there may be the opportunity to visit one of the interesting local markets of the Zambian capital city.
Distance: ±410km

Day 11: Zimbabwe – Victoria Falls

On the last day of the journey we drive from Lusaka, across the Zimbabwean border into Victoria Falls. Although your tour ends here we do recommend that you spend another 1 to 2 nights in this area to experience Victoria Falls and many exciting adrenaline activities here.
Distance: ±480km
Optional Activities:
Dinner Out Victoria Falls

More Details

Activity Package

Listed below are activities and highlights that form part of an “Optional Activity Package”.  You will need to purchase this package if you would like to partake in what we consider to be “essential activities” on our tours.  The Activity Package has been written into the itinerary of the tour so please keep this in mind as if you don’t book the package, the activities won’t be included.  We suggest that you prebook and prepay for your Activity Package to ensure availability.

  • Mikumi National Park Game Drive
  • South Luangwa NP Sunset Game Drive

Vehicle

Adventure Truck

Climate

The African sun is very strong. Please use a factor 30 sunscreen and wear a hat. You should drink at least 3 litres of water per day to avoid dehydration. It can also get very cold during winter months on this route. Please see Pre Departure Booklet for detailed information.

Insurance (Compulsory)

All clients require adequate Medical Travel Insurance. Activity providers can refuse participation of activities, if the correct valid Medical Insurance is not provided.

Currency and Banking

As your tour may pass through multiple countries, we have prepared information on the use of local and foreign currencies, ATMs and Credit Cards for each country.

Health

Please inform us of any pre-existing conditions such as diabetes or asthma and any prescription medicine you may be taking. We also need to know about any food allergies or physical disabilities that you may have.

Vaccinations

A Yellow Fever Certificate is required for visiting certain areas in Morocco that are affected by Yellow Fever. Please see the Pre-Departure Information booklet for detailed information on vaccinations in Africa. A Yellow Fever Certificate might be required for this tour depending on your nationality.

Visas

As visa requirements vary considerably from country to country and nationality to nationality, please contact the various embassies or a visa service agent in your home country to re-check your visa requirements at least 4 weeks prior to travelling. Please note that visas are the responsibility of the traveller and that the trip operator will not be held responsible for guests being denied entry should they not be in the possession of the relevant visas.

Malaria

Malaria prophylactics are required throughout this route.

   

Dates & Rates

Dates: May 27 – June 6, 2016
June 7 – June 17, 2016
June 17 – June 27, 2016
June 28 – July 8, 2016
July 2 – July 12, 2016
July 8 – July 18, 2016
July 19 – July 29, 2016
July 29 – August 8, 2016
August 9 – August 19, 2016
August 13 – August 23, 2016
August 13 – August 23, 2016
August 30 – September 9, 2016
September 9 – September 19, 2016
September 20 – September 30, 2016
September 24 – October 4, 2016
September 30 – October 10, 2016
October 11 – October 21, 2016
October 21 – October 31, 2016
November 1 – November 11, 2016
November 5 – November 15, 2016
November 11 – November 21, 2016
November 22 – December 2, 2016
December 2 – December 12, 2016
December 13 – December 23, 2016
December 17 – December 27, 2016
December 23 – January 2, 2017

Price: from approximately 540 GBP (price will be converted from South African Rand).

What is included

Meals as indicated on the itinerary (unless otherwise specified, all meals are prepared and served at the tour operator truck), accommodation, guides and transport. We also include some of the highlights.

What is not included

All items of a personal nature, entrance fees, alcohol, soft drinks, bottled water, snacks, souvenirs, tips, activity package and optional activities.

Operator

This 100% African owned and managed operator really does have its finger on the pulse of the continent. Specialising in overlanding adventures through South and East Africa, they use well equiped expedition trucks to enable travellers to explore places of spectacular beauty, unique wildlife, interesting cultures and inspirational adventures.

Chose camping or accommodated options and expect friendship, fun and adventure plus the security that group travel brings.

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