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 16 950|
|Single supplement:||Not available|
|Optional activity package||ZAR 2950|
|Hotel/ Lodge option||How much|
|Tour price||ZAR 23 950|
|Single supplement||ZAR 2990|
|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 8, 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 to Lusaka, Zambia
Our Zambia and Malawi adventure tour begins as we set off early from Victoria Falls when we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before crossing the border into Zambia. 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.
Since the tour departs from Victoria Falls on day one, we always highly recommend that clients arrive at least one day earlier. This gives you time to acclimatize and to see the wonderful falls and the town.
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, today's landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.
Day 3: South Luangwa National Park
With two days of travel behind us we look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. Our first stop though is the town of Chipata, home of Chipata Cotton and an important centre for the cotton farmers of the region. Tribal Textiles represents the creativity of the African culture and those interested can enjoy a tour of their workshops (March to December). One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.
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 including a sundowner stop. 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.
Day 5: Lake 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 any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.
Day 6: Northern Lake Malawi
Today is set aside for you to relax at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.
Day 7: Lake Malawi
Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi. Enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach. 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.
Day 8: Lake Malawi
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. For the more adventurous amongst us, use today to participate in the Livingstonia hike. This is a strenuous hike that takes between 8 – 12 hours to complete. Your guide will provide additional information on the hike.
Day 9: Iringa, Tanzania
Today as we leave Malawi, we ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way into Tanzania. We round the northern extremes of the lake as we turn east and continue to our overnight stop in Iringa.
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 kilometer wilderness that centers 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.
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.
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.