On our 11 day Malawi and Zambia tours we focus on the highlights of these less explored East African countries.
This overland tour actually departs from from Dar es Salaam in Tanzania and you still get to see a quite a bit of this beautiful country. Highlights along the route will include Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park. This park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos.
We end the tour with another big highlight – Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe – one of the 7 natural wonders of the world.
This tour forms part of the 21 day "East African Adventure South"
This tour is offered in two travel styles:
1. Camping: Clients mostly overnight in comfortable two-man dome tents, with built in mosquito nets and of course a mattress… and a couple of nights are upgraded to budget rooms.
2. Accommodated (hotels/ lodges): Clients overnight in a comfortable twin rooms or permanent safari tents, mostly with en-suite bathrooms.
|Camping option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 15 550|
|Single supplement:||Not available|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2950|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 21 450|
|Single supplement||ZAR 4950|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2950|
|How long||11 days|
|Group size||20 clients max|
|Start point||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|End point||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|Meals||Breakfast x 10, Lunch x 11, Dinner x 10|
|Countries||Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe|
Included: Accommodation and meals as indicated in the itinerary, transport, registered guides and selected activities as per itinerary.
Excluded: Optional activity package, flights, all items of a personal nature, alcohol, snacks, souvenirs, tips and optional activities etc.
Day to day description l Malawi and Zambia Tour l South
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Dar es Salaam - Mikumi
We set off on our Malawi and Zambia tour as we leave the humid Indian Ocean coastline and head out 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 (safari) through the park.
Day 2 Iringa
We rise early this morning and enjoy an extensive game drive in the Mikumi National Park. This afternoon we continue to the southern highlands of Tanzania and our final stop in Tanzania.
Mikumi National Park game drive (safari)
Day 3 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 couple of days 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).
Optional Activities: Livingstonia Day Trip (Hike), Snorkelling
Day 4 Lake Malawi
Today offers a range of optional activities or simply a day at the beach, we will pay a visit to a local community this morning to meet the people of the lake. Hikers will find a selection of trips, including a rather strenuous outing to the mission village of Livingstonia, set high above the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world. Your guide will assist you to plan your activities for the coming days, or you can simply slow your clock to Africa time relaxing on the lake shore.
Optional activities: Community volunteering, snorkelling in Lake Malawi
Included activities: Local village visit
Day 5 Lake Malawi
This morning we set aside some time for a visit to Karonga, this interesting town has a turbulent history as a centre Malawi’s slave trade. Home to a museum that boasts a dinosaur amongst its displays, we learn more of the rich history of both people and the natural world. We return for a final afternoon of relaxation and a final sundowner on the shores of this great lake.
Included activities: Museum visit, Karonga Town
Day 6 Southern Lake Malawi
This morning we make the short journey south to the Nkothakota region of the Lake Shore, here we spend a final evening on the shores of the lake.
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 National Park.
Day 8 South Luangwa National Park
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, we split our time between day and night with a sundowner stop in between. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.
Optional activities: Morning game drive (safari) in South Luangwa, Safari Walk (seasonal)
Activity package: Sunset game drive in South Luangwa National Park
Day 9 Petauke
Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning we make a stop at Tribal Textiles. The Chipata area is a major producer of Cotton and this morning we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December) to see how these colourful fabrics are crafted. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.
Included activities: Textile project visit
Day 10 Eureka
As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the Luangwa River on our way to Lusaka. The route today is dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.
Day 11 Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Victoria Falls, this afternoon we get our first look at the mighty Victoria Falls. Crossing the bridge between Zambia and Zimbabwe we get a view of “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Victoria Falls offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival in Victoria Falls. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in the town of Victoria Falls.
Interested in this tour?
How do I get back home after this tour?
- Option 1: The day after the tour ends, the overland truck will start a 2 day long Transfer from Victoria Falls, through Botswana, back to Johannesburg. You can then book your international flight back home from Johannesburg.
- Option 2: Book a flight from Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to Johannesburg (South Africa). This flight takes around 2 hours. From Johannesburg it should be easy to get an international flight back home.
Before and after the tour services
To help with the planning of your trip, you are more than welcome to book these hotels before and/ or after your tour through us. These hotels are either the starting or end point of your tour, or it will be conveniently close to it. These hotels also offer airport transfers. For information on prices, just click "Hotels and Transfers" at the bottom of this page.
The Kariakoo Sleep Inn Hotel in Dar es Salaam is located only 20 minutes from the main International Airport. The hotel has spacious rooms, honey moon suites and normal suites. For your convenience there is free wi-fi, a business center, access to a bank, pharmacy and several shops in the immediate vicinity.
The Rainbow Hotel is situated 4km from the town centre of Victoria Falls, far enough away to enjoy the peace and quiet of the bush, but close enough to get into town quite easily if required. There is a complimentary shuttle that operates between the hotel and the town of Vic Falls…