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Group Size: Avg. 16, max 24
Trip code: ZVK
Duration: 22 days
Discover Africa in 22 days on this overland adventure trip. Travel across Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa as you tour overland, off the beaten track. Spot wildlife, go on 'Big 5' game drives in Kruger National Park and see some of Africa's highlights including Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi and Zanzibar - amazing!
Day 1-3: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar, Tanzania. Hop across to the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar by ferry today. You’re free to do as you please here. Browse the bazaars of Stone Town, visit spice plantations, or relax on white sand beaches beside the Indian Ocean.
Please note: Your tour begins early today, so we recommend you book an extra night’s accommodation for the previous night in Dar es Salaam.
Day 4: Zanzibar – Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Enjoy a final few hours on Zanzibar before catching the ferry back to the mainland, then onwards to your coastal campsite near Dar es Salaam.
Day 5: Dar es Salaam – Mikumi National Park. Drive inland to your campsite near the Makumi National Park. If time permits, you may be able to go on an optional game drive in the afternoon. Spend the evening star-gazing as you gather around the campfire.
Day 6: Mikumi – Iringa. Hike to a remote and rural farm house, where you’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 famous quaint candlelit bar.
Day 7-8: Iringa - Chitimba Beach, Malawi. Travel through amazing mountain passes, banana and tea plantations and lush scenery to the Songwe border post, where you’ll cross over into Malawi and spend the night in Chitimba Beach. The following day you’ll camp on the shores of Lake Malawi and you can spend some time swimming, relaxing on the beach or just exploring this beautiful area.
Day 9-10: Kande Beach, Malawi. You’ll spend the next two nights at Kande Beach by Lake Malawi, where you can try some exciting water sports such as diving, snorkelling or surfing. You can also relax and make the most of the warm waters of the lake, or laze on the beach or hop on a horseback ride.
Day 11: Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia. Stop off in Malawi’s capital city Lilongwe for some supplies before crossing into Zambia to the town of Chipata. Relax and spend another night under the stars in your out-of-town campsite.
Day 12: Chipata – Lusaka, Zambia. An early start along the Great Eastern Road through lush scenery and through small villages takes you to Zambia’s capital city, Lusaka. You will camp in a peaceful and relaxing farm setting outside the city.
Day 13: Lusaka – Livingstone, Zambia. Camping on the banks of the Zambezi, close to Victoria Falls and the small town of Livingstone, you will have the opportunity to try some incredible optional adrenaline activities in the local area. These may include rafting, canoeing, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, elephant or horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises.
Day 14-16: Livingstone, Zambia. Spend the next three days exploring the Victoria Falls area and trying some adrenaline activities. Alternatively, shop at the local markets, try some volunteer projects, visit Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, go on game drives or just relax by the Zambezi River.
Day 17: Livingstone to Bulawayo. Cross the Victoria Falla Bridge and enter Zimbabwe. Journey to Bulawayo, a gorgeous tree-lined colonial city. Camp on the outskirts of the city in the Matopos area, among beautiful trees and fishponds.
Day 18: Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe. Explore beautiful Matobo National Park, where you can spot some incredible wildlife. If you have booked the Adventure Pass you will go on a game drive in the morning. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.
Day 19: Bulawayo – Tshipise, South Africa. Cross the border at Beitbridge, spanning South Africa's second-largest river, the Limpopo. Continue on to Tshipise town and camp close to the Honnet Nature Reserve.
Day 20–21: Limpopo River - Hazyview – Kruger National Park, South Africa. Your destination today is southern Africa’s premier game reserve, Kruger. Spend two nights under the stars and enjoy a full day’s game drive. Spot diverse wildlife such as lion, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and possibly leopard, and up to 500 species of bird. Your final night together is spent sharing stories and being entertained by singing and dancing from local Shangaan tribesmen.
Day 22: Hazyview - Greater Kruger – Johannesburg, South Africa. Make your way from Kruger to the lively city of Johannesburg, where your tour will end in the late afternoon/ early evening. Accommodation for tonight is not included, but we recommend you book a final night of accommodation in Johannesburg tonight. We can advise you about suitable accommodation for tonight; please ask a travel advisor for more details.
Please note: The itinerary above is for guidance only. Every effort is made to adhere to the planned route, but please allow for a certain amount of flexibility, as on occasion it may be necessary or desirable to make alterations to the itinerary.
Optional Adventure Pass
If you wish you can book an optional Adventure Pass, which includes awesome extra activities and excursions for a price of USD90. The cheapest way to get the pass is to book it locally, in cash, when you arrive in Africa. If you wish, you can pre-book the pass in the UK; please contact our travel advisors for more details. The Adventure Pass entitles you to an awesome game drive in Matopos National Park, Zimbabwe.
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