The Zambia and Malawi tours and safaris take place over 11 days. This overland adventure tour departs from Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and ends in Dar es Salaam in Tanzania. We recommend that clients arrive a day or two early to spend time at one of the 7 natural wonders of the world– Victoria Falls!
Highlights of our budget Zambia and Malawi tours include Lake Malawi and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. This park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. Not only will you see lots of wild animals on the safaris during these tours, but we combine some spectacular natural landscapes and diverse cultures to make this trip unforgettable. This tour forms part of the 21 day "East Africa Adventure" (North) from Vic Falls to Nairobi.
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||Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe|
|End point||Dar es Salaam, Tanzania|
|Meals||Breakfast x 10, Lunch x 11, Dinner x 10|
|Countries||Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania|
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 Zambia and Malawi Tour l North
When you book the optional activity package, the tour will run as follows:
Day 1 Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) – Lusaka
Setting off early from Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. Our Zambia and Malawi tour has begun! While we have a long day travelling today, we get our first impressions of the Africa that awaits us. Colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey to the outskirts of Lusaka. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.
Included activities: View of Victoria Falls from the bridge
Day 2 Petauke
This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.
Day 3 South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Petauke to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we will spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. Before our arrival at the South Luangwa NP, we will stop at the community run tribal textile project. The Tribal textile production factory is closed annually from December to March, when we will not be able to view the fabric production, however the textile shop is open all year round. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP (the game drive may take place the following day due to time constraints).
Highlights: Textile Project Visit in South Luangwa
Day 4 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 (safari) in South Luangwa National Park
Day 5 Lake Malawi – Malawi
This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.
Day 6 Northern Lake Malawi
It’s a short drive to our next destination, situated in the northern region of Lake Malawi. As we will be spending the next few 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.
Day 7 Lake Malawi
Amongst the myriad of optional activities to fill your days, 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. Snorkeling 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, Livingstonia day trip (hike), snorkeling in Lake Malawi
Included activities: Local village visit
Day 8 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 9 Tanzania – Iringa
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. 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 outside Iringa.
Included Activities: Traditional Local Dinner
Day 10 Mikumi
This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. Mikumi ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Abutting the northern border of this vast wilderness, Mikumi offers us an opportunity for an afternoon of game viewing.
Activity package: Mikumi National Park game drive (safari)
Day 11 Dar es Salaam
Today we continue onwards to the bustling port of Dar es Salaam. Dar es Salaam grew from a humble fishing village and today is one of the largest cities in Africa. You tour comes to an end upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.
Optional activities: Dinner out
Interested in this tour?
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 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…
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.