Zanzibar, Zambezi & the Falls

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It is rare to find trips in east and southern Africa that really get you away from the "tourist" route, but this is one of them. Yes, no trip to East Africa is complete without Zanzibar and if you are heading to southern Africa, you cannot miss Victoria Falls. This trip does both and so much more. There's time to relax on the stunning beaches of Lake Malawi and to explore the bush in Zambia's South Luangwa NP, home to Africa's bush elephants and huge numbers of hippos and crocs. We also have the unique experience of exploring the backwaters of the Lower Zambezi by Canadian canoe. This is one of Africa's real wilderness experiences.

Highlights
  • Explore the beautiful and historic streets of Zanzibar's Stone Town
  • Chill on the white sand Indian Ocean beaches of Zanzibar
  • Camp on the stunning beaches of Lake Malawi
  • Chill on lake Malawi's magnificent Kande Beach
  • Enjoy any of the numerous optional activities in Kande
  • Early morning and evening game safaris at South Luangwa NP
  • Zambian Rural Village visit in South Luangwa
  • 2 day wildlife safari canoe trip along the Lower Zambezi river
  • Marvel at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls from Zambia and Zimbabwe
  • Take advantage of many optional activities at Victoria Falls
Tour Staff
Two Dragoman Crew Members, Local Guides where necessary, African Camp Master
Transport
Overland Expedition Vehicle, Jeep, Private Bus, Ferry, Canoe
Destinations
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Malawi
  • Tanzania
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
Tour Types
  • Adventure
  • Overland
  • Safaris
  • Local Living
  • Cultural
  • Bird Watching
  • Wildlife
  • Camping
  • Discovery
  • History
  • Eco
  • GAP Year
  • Walking
  • Jeep & 4WD
  • Kayak & Canoe
  • Active
  • Local Guide
  • Overland truck
  • Scenic Flight
  • Sightseeing
  • White water rafting
  • Trekking
Day 1

Border Information: Welcome to Victoria Falls and the largest waterfalls in Africa! If joining the trip in Victoria Falls, you will most likely enter Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls Airport (IATA code: VFA).

There will be a group meeting at 10:00am at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. Your leader will leave a note on the reception with the details of this important meeting - when you arrive you will easily spot the truck as well (usually to the right-hand-side of the reception), where you'll be able to meet one of our crew.

This afternoon we will have an included visit to the main viewpoints over the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls.

If you would like to take advantage of the vast array of adventure activities on offer in the area, we advise that you arrive a day earlier than the meeting to give yourself enough time to do so. Please note that no meals are included in Victoria Falls.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Victoria Falls before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Victoria Falls.

In Victoria Falls we will stay at a well equipped campsite - accommodation from the very first day will be in tents, but there are often cabins, set-tents and other upgrades available here - please talk to your leader at the initial meeting to check availability.


Day 2

Border information: Exit Zimbabwe at Victoria Falls, enter Zambia at Victoria Falls.

Today we start our journey with a short drive over the border into Zambia! We will head to the town of Livingstone, on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls.

In Livingstone we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).


Day 3

Today we have a full day drive across southern Zambia to our well equipped campsite on the banks of the Lower Zambezi. 

Tonight we will meet our guides who will take us on our two-day canoeing expedition on the Lower Zambezi on the following day - they will give us a full briefing about the canoeing trip when we arrive.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.


Day 4

Today we head out on our 2-day/2-night canoeing trip on the Lower Zambezi river.

This is a fully participatory expedition - everyone will pair up, go out in 2-person canoes and paddle themselves, following the lead boat! Everyone also gets involved in setting up the camps and cooking. All of our gear will be carried in a supply canoe, and wild camps are erected on islands in the river along the way.

This is a fantastic way to see the river, the scenery and some of the wildlife in the area!


Day 6

After breakfast, we have an early morning transfer from our second island wild camp on a fast barge back to the truck, and then continue our journey to the bridge over the River Luangwa.

At the Luangwa River we will stay in a well equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 8-9 hours.


Day 7

Today our journey continues to the stunning South Luangwa National Park, where we will stay for 2 nights.

If we make good enough time on the drive to the campsite, then there may be opportunity for an optional extra game drive upon arrival tonight.

Estimated Drive Time - 9-10 hours.

On the following day we will have an included early morning game drive and an included evening game drive, both in open-sided safari vehicles.

South Luangwa National Park is a hidden gem on the safari circuit; it is rarely visited due to its remote setting, but has some incredible populations of wildlife and is one of the only parks in Southern Africa that is open for night driving with spotlights when many of the big game is at its most active.

In South Luangwa National Park we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.


Day 9

Border information: Exit Zambia at Mchinji, enter Malawi at Mchinji.

Today we will cross the border into Malawi and head to the capital Lilongwe. Hopefully we will arrive by mid-afternoon so that we have the chance to explore the city, its markets and its shops.

In Lilongwe we will camp in a well-equipped campsite.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.


Day 10

Today we will travel from Lilongwe to Kande beach on the western shore of Lake Malawi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will have a free day on Kande beach to relax or to get involved in some of the optional activities available here - there are watersports on the lake, horse riding through the forests and on the beaches, and village walks to see a little bit of the life of the local Tonga people.

In Kande we will stay in a well-equipped campsite.


Day 12

Today we continue north along the coast of Lake Malawi to Chitimba, an equally beautiful campsite on the shore of the lake. If we arrive in good time, we may have to chance for a short village walk or a woodcarving lesson!

In Chitimba we will stay in a campsite with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.


Day 13

Border Information: Exit Malawi at Songwe, enter Tanzania at Songwe.

Today is a long travel day as we enter Tanzania and drive through its southern highlands.

We will stay in a well-equipped campsite on a working ranch 52kms south of the town of Iringa.

Estimated Drive Time - 11-12 hours.


Day 14

Today we will continue our journey north to our well equipped campsite in the small village of Mikumi.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-8 hours.


Day 15

Today we will aim to have an early start in order to pass through the Mikumi National Park en route at the best time of day to try to spot any animals - the main road passes through the National Park so we can take it slowly and look out for wildlife en route.

The rest of the day will be spent driving to Dar es Salaam - we will have to pass through the city (which is often highly congested) before reaching our beautiful and well-equipped beach camp on the southern side of the bay across from the city.

Estimated Drive Time - 7-8 hours.

Please note that, as of tonight, this trip overlaps with our "YND - Zanzibar to Nairobi" trip, so you may have other customers joining your existing group once you arrive in Zanzibar. This is because Zanzibar is part of both trips, so it means customers going all the way through do not do our Zanzibar itinerary twice!


Day 16

This morning we will head to the exotic and beautiful island of Zanzibar! We will travel on the local commuter barge from Kigamboni to the city centre of Dar es Salaam, and then take a ferry from Dar es Salaam centre to Zanzibar. The ferry will take about 2 hours and 30 minutes.

When we reach Zanzibar we will meet our local guide, who will help us check in to our hotel in Stone Town and then give a quick orientation of the town before we branch off and head to lunch! We will have a free afternoon to explore the atmospheric streets of the historic centre of Stone Town, with the option of meeting for sunset drinks at Africa House and heading out to the night markets for a local dinner.

In Stone Town we will stay in a good local hotel.


Day 17

On our second day on Zanzibar we will join our local guide for a very interesting and informative tour around the sights of Stone Town and learn about the history of the island. We will then head away from town and take in a tour of a spice plantation, enjoy a local lunch with our guide, then head to Nungwi beach at the very north of the island. Nungwi is the Indian Ocean at its best - bright white sand, sparkling blue sea outstanding seafood and a fantastic chilled atmosphere. 

On our third day on Zanzibar, we will have free time to enjoy Nungwi beach and relax, or to try snorkeling, diving, or other beach activities, or maybe go further afield looking for Red Colobus monkeys in the Jozani Forest.

In Nungwi we will spend both nights in a good hotel right on the shore of the ocean.


Day 19

Border infromation: If leaving at Zanzibar, you will most likely exit Tanzania from Zanzibar Abeid Amani Karume International Airport (IATA code: ZNZ), however some customers prefer to return to Dar es Salaam and then exit from Dar Es Salaam Julius Nyerere International Airport (IATA code: DAR).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Zanzibar. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Sales Team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.



Antoinette V

Everything was very well organized and the group although large was nicely integrated.




Shoshana G

On the whole I enjoyed my first experience overlanding with Dragoman.




Antoinette V

Lovely cook, great fun to work with, food could have been a little lighter on carbs!




Samantha S

Andy was a gentleman, good company, reassuring and safe. Tom took time to be interested in each traveller as individuals. Good fun to be around and always polite and helpful.




Samantha S

Daniel was informative and hospitable...loved seeing his home and family in Zanzibar, a real highlight!




Patricia P

All drivers on safaris knew exactly where to find the animals and were helpful and friendly.




Jana P

Brilliant cook, very helpful and nice.




Zoe P

Charles and Denford were both fantastic and Charles really went the extra mile to make everyone very happy and took care of one of passengers when she was ill and couldn't come to Zanzibar.




Robin L

Charles is a fantastic cook and also acted as an additional co leader during the trip. I felt he went above a beyond to help everyone (including the leaders) on the trip.




Roelof O

Our cook Mash is amazing!




Elisabeth S

A great team! Helpful, funny, looking out for us.




Aase S

They all wanted to do the best for us passengers.




Elisabeth S

It was great experience, our driver and our guide were so nice and always looking out for us and helping us!




Eva M

Charles is friendly and makes good food.




Eva M

Anja is the best!




Erin S

Great experience. Had a very easy going and flexible tour guide, made things easy for us all.




Petrucia S

I have taken three trips with Dragoman and always a positive and excellent experience. I always consider Dragoman for my travels especially when overlanding. Excellent tour leaders, drivers and cooks, the itineraries are detailed and encompass so much and the experience itself driving in the truck is always unforgettable. Love the entire experience!




James W

The trip was enjoyable, a real experience and well led. There were some long and tiring days of travel but overall it was excellent fun.




Leslie M

Next trip will be less driving. But apart from the driving an unforgettable trip! Amazing people, landscape and animals of course!




Emma B

Enjoyed most kayaking on the Zambezi river, Vic falls and Zanzibar but would have liked a little bit more time to have less driving days maybe.




Jack F

It was fantastic! I had the time of my life!




Sarah R

Well looked after by professional crew. There were a lot of extremely long driving days just getting from A-B. Once the roads improve the travel time will reduce - to visit all those places (with probably little places in between to visit) this is unavoidable The best times were when we had activities morning and afternoon with some time to relax in the middle (like at South Lwanga NP and canoeing the Zambezi




Katherine H

I had a fantastic trip. The dragoman team were all exceptional.




Kate N

We enjoyed the 2-day long canoeing the most and safari. Also the village tour at Kande Beach including the school and hospital.




Sarah C

The whole trip was brilliant! We did such a wife variety of different activities and all the Dragoman crew were super friendly and helpful. Canoeing and wild camping down the Lower Zambezi was an experience I will never forget.




Nadia P

It was a really good trip.




Eline J

The canoeing trip over the Zambezi river and the two nights wildcamping were the highlight.




Dominic B

Every day was just exciting and amazing! The crew gave us lots of direction about what time we needed to be up/out for activities and always let us know what we needed to know for that certain area.



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Accommodation:Camping 13 nights<br />Camping without facilities 2 nights<br />Comfortable Hotel 3 nights
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Meals:Breakfasts x 18, Lunches x 14, Dinner x 14
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