Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger
Game drives, beaches, & camping under African skies
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Group Size: Max 16
Trip code: ZVK
Duration: 22 days
This amazing overland adventure takes you through 5 African countries over 22 unforgettable days. From lazing on paradise beaches in Zanzibar and seeing the Big 5 in their natural habitat in Kruger National Park, to chilling on the shores of Lake Malawi and witnessing the thundering power of Zambia’s Victoria Falls, this trip is epic with a capital E! Travel in our custom built safari vehicle and spend your evenings round the campfire under starry African skies. It doesn’t get better than this.
- Bliss out on sugar white beaches on the idyllic tropical island of Zanzibar
- Marvel at the power of one of Africa's natural wonders - the mighty Victoria Falls
- Spot lions, leopards, elephants and more at the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa
- Get up close to black and white rhino with a locally guided wilderness walk in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
- Kick back in the sun on the shores of magical Lake Malawi
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This is an adventure tour involving camping and lots of participation, including setting up camp, as well as shopping, cooking and other camp duties. It’s a lot of fun, but best suited to travellers looking for a bit of a challenge. The transport is a really unique feature of this trip too, with most of our journeys undertaken in our 24-seat custom-built safari vehicle. Most of our game park visits are carried out using smaller 4x4 vehicles provided by local services so you can get up close and personal with the wildlife.
Optional Adventure Pass: We recommend that you buy our optional Adventure Pass when joining this trip. The cost of this is separate to the cost of the tour. You will need to pay the cost of your pass directly to your tour leader in Africa. The Pass covers entry to Matobo National Park and a game drive and wilderness walk while you’re there. Paying separately for the pass ensures that local suppliers benefit directly from the income.
The itinerary below assumes you have bought the optional Adventure Pass for this trip.
Days 1 - 3: Zanzibar Island (Tanzania). Your amazing African adventure begins with an early 7am start today as we take a ferry from Dar es Salaam to the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar. You’ll spend one night in Stone Town and two nights by the beach in the north of the island. Browse the bazaars, relax on dazzling beaches and snorkel in the sparkling ocean – it’s paradise on Earth!
Please note: We recommend that you arrive a day or more before the tour start date, due to early departure times on day 1 and a welcome meeting the night before.
Day 4: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam. Spend the morning relaxing on the beach before we board the ferry back to the African mainland, where we’ll spend a night in a gorgeous campsite on the shores of the Indian Ocean.
Day 5: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park. Drive inland to our campsite near the Mikumi National Park. Time permitting, you may have the option to go on a game drive in the park on arrival, before enjoying spending the evening round the campfire.
Day 6: Mikumi to Iringa. Today we’re headed for a remote working farm, where we’ll spend the night. Relax with a glorious hot shower then sip on hot chocolate and indulge in some chocolate brownies at the farm’s cute candlelit bar.
Day 7: Iringa to Chitimba Beach (Malawi). Travel through stunning scenery to the Songwe border post, where we’ll cross over into Malawi and spend the night in Chitimba Beach, on the shores of beautiful Lake Malawi
Day 8: Chitimba Beach. We’ve got a full day to enjoy magical Lake Malawi. Spend your time swimming and relaxing on the beach or take the 15km hike to Livinstonia, an authentic rural village some 1,500m above the lake on the Nyika Plateau.
Please note: A certain amount of flexibility is built into our time in Malawi and the crew may make alterations to the published itinerary.
Day 9: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach. After a relaxing morning, take a scenic drive to Mzuzu, where we’ll stop for supplies before continuing to Kande Beach. Take a dip in the clear blue waters, or enjoy some of the exciting water sports that are on offer.
Day 10: Kande Beach. Today’s yours. Relax and make the most of the warm waters of the lake, as well as meeting the friendly locals on an optional guided village walk. Spend another night under the stars with your travel buddies after the sun goes down.
Day 11: Kande Beach to Chipata (Zambia). Say goodbye to Lake Malawi and cross the border into Zambia to the town of Chipata. If time allows, we’ll stop in the town centre to check out the markets, before setting up camp just outside the town.
Day 12: Chipata to Lusaka. An early start along the Great Eastern Road through lush scenery and through small villages takes us to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka.We’ll set up camp tonight in a peaceful farm setting outside the city.
Day 13: Lusaka to Livingstone. Our destination today is the town of Livingstone, close to Victoria Falls. We’ll set up camp on the banks of the Zambezi and enjoy another night round the campfire.
Days 14 – 16: Livingstone. We’ll spend the next few days enjoying Livingstone’s surroundings, visiting the epic Victoria Falls, and trying out some incredible optional adrenaline activities, including rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, and elephant and horse riding.
Day 17: Livingstone to Bulawayo (Zimbabwe). Cross the Victoria Falls Bridge and enter Zimbabwe, where we’ll journey to Bulawayo, a gorgeous tree-lined colonial city. We’ll set up camp on the outskirts of the city in the Matopos area, among beautiful trees and fishponds.
Day 18: Matobo National Park. We’ve got the day to explore spectacular Matobo National Park. If you’ve booked the Adventure Pass, our experienced guide will take you deep into the bush on foot, for the best places to see the park’s black and white rhino, as well as many other species.
Day 19: Bulawayo to Tshipise (South Africa). Cross the border to South Africa and continue to Tshipise town where we’ll camp close to the Honnet Nature Reserve. Check out the area’s hot springs and one of the largest Baobabs in South Africa!
Day 20: Tshipise to Hazyview. Our destination today is southern Africa’s premier game reserve, Kruger, home to almost every African mammal, including the Big 5. Tonight, we’ll immerse ourselves in local culture with a singing and dancing night hosted by local Shangaan tribesmen.
Day 21: Hazyview. Enjoy a full day’s game drive today with a resident guide. You’ll see diverse wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe, leopard, and up to 500 species of bird. Then enjoy one last night under African skies with your new friends.
Day 22: Hazyview to Pretoria. We’ll travel our last stretch today from Kruger to the lively city of Pretoria, where our tour will end in the late afternoon/ early evening. See you next time!
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This tour starts in Dar es Salaam. The pre-departure meeting is held at 6pm on the evening prior to departure. The tour departs at 7am on day 1 and ends in Johannesburg on day 22. You will need to book one night’s accommodation in Dar es Salaam (at your own cost), as the tour departs early on day 1. Speak to your travel advisor for more information.
The tour ends in Pretoria on day 22. Johannesburg airport is a short 30-40 minute taxi ride from Pretoria so we recommend you depart from OR Tambo airport in Johannesburg. In case of delays, we always recommend customers spend an extra night (at your own cost) in the end accommodation and fly out the following day after your tour ends.
This trip includes 21 nights’ accommodation. You’ll spend 18 nights camping in 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. You’ll need to bring your own sleeping bag and a pillow. 3 nights will be spent in hotels on Zanzibar Island, in twin or triple rooms.
Pre and post trip accommodation
As this tour departs from Dar es Salaam at 7am on day 1, and your welcome meeting is held at 6pm the previous evening, we strongly recommend you arrive in Dar es Salaam the day before the tour departs. Our suggested pre-trip accommodation is a beachside resort reached by ferry from Dar es Salaam town centre. With a seafood restaurant, bar, and golden stretch of sand, it’s a great place to kick off your trip.
We’d also recommend you book a night of post-tour accommodation in Pretoria. Our suggested hotel is just 3.9km from the city centre and has a restaurant, swimming pool, and spa.
Speak to your travel advisor for more information about booking extra nights of accommodation.
If you would prefer to stay in hotels, rather than camp, there is the option to upgrade on this tour for an extra cost. Please contact us for more details
21 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 14 dinners are included as part of this overland tour. You’ll need to buy any other meals, snacks and drinks yourselves.
Single Use Plastics
We ask that you bring your own refillable water bottle with you in an effort to help us reduce single use plastic on our trips. Some of the safari vehicles have free safe drinking water which you can use whilst on the trip.
Please be aware that Tanzania has banned the use of plastic bags and you may be asked to surrender any plastic bags you are carrying upon entry to Tanzania.
Our adventure tours are designed for 18-39 year olds. This trip requires you to show evidence that you have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 (final dose administered a minimum of 14 days prior to the start of the trip).
You’ll need a minimum of 6 months remaining on your passport, from the date you arrive in each of the countries we visit. Visa rules vary (see below).
- Tanzania: British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Tanzania. Tanzania has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. It is also possible to get a tourist or business visa for a single entry on arrival at main ports of entry to Tanzania, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements. You may be asked to provide proof of your return journey. You will not be able to get a multiple entry visa on arrival. For further information about visas visit the Tanzanian Immigration website.
- Malawi: British passport holders need a tourist or business visa to enter Malawi. Malawi has introduced an ‘e-visas’ system through which applications can be submitted and approved online in advance of travel. You can find details of the application process on the Malawi High Commission website. The Malawi authorities strongly advise you to get a visa before travel. If you can’t get a visa before travel, you may be able to get a single entry tourist or business visa on arrival at main ports of entry to Malawi, subject to the fulfilment of all immigration requirements. You should check with the Malawi High Commission in London for more information.
- Zambia: A visa is required to enter Zambia. British nationals visiting Zambia for less than 90 days do not need a visa in advance and can obtain a visa on arrival.
- Zimbabwe: You will need a visa to visit Zimbabwe. Most visitors use the visa on arrival service. You should take enough cash with you in small notes to pay for your visa at the airport (Check the current cost with your nearest Zimbabwean embassy). It may also be possible to obtain an e-visa through the new e-visa website.
- South Africa: British citizens visiting South Africa for tourism or business purposes for a period of up to 90 days don’t need a visa. You should check the expiry date of your visa or entry stamp and make sure you do not overstay.
Please note: Visa rules and regulations are subject to change. Please check the relevant embassy websites for the most up to date visa information.
This trip is designed with your safety and wellbeing in mind. As a result of Covid-19, many of our suppliers and partners around the world are introducing new policies and procedures surrounding health and safety in response to the Coronavirus outbreak. As the state of travel is evolving these new safety measures will adapt over time, and will be different for each trip. Here are some of the changes you may see on your trip:
Arrival safety meetings
Most trips have an arrival meeting on the first day where the guide or local team will run through the trip, the safety protocols, and to answer any questions you may have. Now more than ever it is important you arrive in time for these meetings.
Proof of vaccination or negative covid test
For the safety of all travellers, at the start of some trips you may be required to show evidence that you are fully vaccinated (14 days after your second dose) and/or show evidence of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the tour start date in order to join the programme.
Updated hygiene and safety procedures
Our suppliers and partners have health and safety procedures in place on all of our trips. These protocols will be updated and adapted as a response to the Coronavirus outbreak, dependent on local restrictions and laws.
Transport and accommodation choices
Our suppliers and partners choose the accommodation and transport on our trips very carefully, and you may see a change to what would normally be used as a response to the outbreak. This may involve such changes as enhanced use of private transport or quieter accommodation.
Trained and knowledgeable staff
Our staff in the UK are trained to help you with your trip before you depart and answer any questions you may have. In addition, the local team and guides on our trips are there to help with any health and safety concerns and to ensure our trips run safely and smoothly.
Reduced group sizes
Some trips will run with reduced group sizes to start with. You may find that trips are more intimate and chilled, whilst still being packed with fun and adventure.
Your guide or the local team will be on hand to help you seek medical attention should you require it during your trip. As medical facilities and standards can vary around the world, you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place before you depart to cover you for any medical emergencies.
24/7 emergency support
We operate an emergency phone line for our travellers abroad. This is operated by a UK based member of staff 24/7 if you have a genuine emergency or urgent matter that you need attending.
It is important that you take measures to make travelling safer for yourself and others around you. Ensure you frequently wash your hands, cover your face when you sneeze and cough, bring and use your own hand sanitiser and facial coverings/masks, and enable social distancing where necessary. You should also ensure you listen to the instructions and guidance of the local team at all times, and follow all local laws and restrictions.