Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi, Zanzibar Island, Masai Tribe
Spend 11 days exploring four East African countries on this great adventure from Dar es Salaam to Victoria Falls. We leave the coastal city and move to the cool highland region of Mikumi National Park and into the Great Rift Valley to learn about the Masai People and traditional Tanzanian cuisine. We then truck on down to Malawi where we chill out on the beaches and enjoy our friendly hosts before arriving in Zambia at South Luangwa National Park where you will witness unbelievable sunsets and world class game viewing. Our final stretch takes us to Victoria Falls where there are a bunch of activities for you to get involved in.
Day 1 – 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.
Day 2 – Iringa
Today we travel further inland and up to Iringa in the highland tea growing area. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.
Day 3 - Nkhata Bay
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.
Day 4 - Nkhotakota Bay – Malawi
Leaving Nkhata Bay, we journey north toNkhotakota Bay and our accommodation stop for the night, situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or try out the traditional dug out canoe and have fun in trying to master it.
Day 5 - Nkhotakota Bay
For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi By the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves annually were shipped across the lake from present-day Malawi to the Indian Ocean port of Kilwa Kivinje (Tanzania). Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Slave Trade & Historical tour, gaining insight where Arab Traders organised the slave trade to Zanzibar. The tour includes the trees where Livingstone negotiated with the slave traders, the Church built by the first missionaries and the pool in the hills where enemies of the Arabs magically escaped.
Day 6 – Lilongwe
Today we depart Nkhotakota Bay and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.
Day 7 - 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.
Day 8 - South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take another game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.
Day 9 – Chipata
We leave South Luangwa and drive through to Chipata where we will relax in the afternoon. Zambia is truly Africa, with its lush, sub-tropical vegetation.
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.
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.
Tour departs: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Tour ends: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Single supplement N/A
Activity package: R1350.00 (Sunset game drive in South Luangwa National Park, Village and textile visit in South Luangwa, Slave trade and historical tour)
Meals included: 10 x Breakfasts, 11 x Lunches, 10 x Dinners
Frequency: Three a month
Min / Max People: 4 / 18
The itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
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