22 Day Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger 2019-20

Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger
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Buckle up, explorers - it's adventure time. This once-in-a-lifetime safari from Dar es Salaam to Pretoria will see you travelling through some of Africa's most memorable and Instagram-worthy landscapes. Relax on idyllic Zanzibar, test the water in Lake Malawi, get a load of Victoria Falls and mingle with the wildlife in Kruger National Park. This action-soaked expedition is guaranteed to float your boat!

Destinations
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Tanzania
  • Malawi
  • Zambia
  • Zimbabwe
  • South Africa
Tour Types
  • Youth
Day 1: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Zanzibar

After kicking things off in Dar es Salaam, we’ll hop on a ferry and set a course for the island of Zanzibar. Once in Stone Town, choose from the optional activities: a spice tour, a visit to the Arab Fort, the site of the old slave market or the Palace Museum are all here. Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, you will need to arrange your own lunches and dinners. We usually divide our nights in Zanzibar between accommodation in Stone Town and accommodation on one of the northern beaches, but there are no set activities – the time is entirely yours to do as you please.



Day 2: Zanzibar

Zanzibar is known as ‘Spice Island’. Go for a wander around the bazaars today and you’ll soon discover why! This afternoon, we’ll swap Stone Town for the beautiful beaches in the north of the island. Why not try a spot of optional scuba diving or a snorkelling safari? If you just wanna relax, you could always opt in for a massage...



Day 3: Zanzibar

You’ve got a free day to spend on Zanzibar’s palm-fringed beaches. Snorkel, scuba dive and round off your day with a sunset cruise (all optional). We won’t blame you if you never want to leave!



Day 4: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam

Bye bye, Zanzibar! We’re jumping on the ferry back to vibrant Dar es Salaam, where we’ve got your dinner covered.



Day 5: Dar es Salaam to Mikumi National Park

Today we’ll make our way east to Mikumi, where there’s an optional National Park visit on offer. Tonight: sip sundowners at the local bar before gathering around the open fire and stargazing at our camp.



Day 6: Mikumi National Park to Iringa

For a taste of Tanzania’s scenic Southern Highlands, we’ll hit the road for Kisolanza Farm House – a working farm famous for its hot showers and chocolate brownies. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza provides beef, lamb, chicken and vegetables to the surrounding markets, as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam.



Day 7: Iringa to Chitimba Beach

After our last night in Tanzania, we’ll head through lush mountain passes, rich grazing land and both banana and tea plantations on the way to Songwe, the border post into Malawi. For the next two nights we’ll stay at the Chitimba Beach campsite.



Day 8: Chitimba Beach

Got itchy feet? Then you may wanna take an optional hike to Livingstonia with a local guide. Be sure to rest up beforehand – the trek may take a while!



Day 9: Chitimba Beach to Kande Beach

Today we’ll take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi. After stopping to grab supplies, we’ll head to Kande Beach – our home for the next two nights.



Day 10: Kande Beach

Wanna grab a slice of today’s optionals? Go for it! We’ve got horse riding, snorkelling and scuba diving on offer. It’s also worth taking the time to get to know some of the locals – they’re renowned for being some of the friendliest in Africa!



Day 11: Kande Beach to Chipata, Zambia

Chipata is a colourful town with a number of fruit and vegetable markets – and a handful of ornate mosques, thanks to its large Indian community. If time allows, we’ll make a stop in town before arriving at our campsite.



Day 12: Chipata to Lusaka

Today we’ll make tracks to Zambia's urban metropolis, Lusaka. A commercial hub and centre for the government, Lusaka is home to dusty tree-lined streets and bustling local markets that ooze African flair. Our campsite for the evening is set in a tranquil and relaxing spot on a farm, far from the hustle and bustle of the city.



Day 13: Lusaka to Livingstone

Next up: adventure-loving Livingstone, where we’ll visit the thundering Victoria Falls. At over a mile wide, the falls form the largest curtain of falling water in the world, with spray visible from 20 kilometres away – hence the local name Mosi-oa-Tunya ('the smoke that thunders').



Day 14: Livingstone

This is Africa’s adventure capital, so get out there and make the most of it! We’ve got optional whitewater rafting, gorge swinging and even bungy jumping to fulfil all of your adventure needs. If you want to take it easy, you could go fishing or take a sunset cruise on the Zambezi (both optional).



Day 15: Livingstone

If Jinja in Uganda is Africa's adrenalin playground, then Livingstone is its Disney World. With so many action-packed adventures to be had, you’ll be guaranteed a good night’s sleep tonight.



Day 16: Livingstone

Of course, there’s more to Livingstone than hair-raising activities – which is why you have another day to check out the markets and museum, visit a nearby village, or simply relax on the serene campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow rapidly to the Falls.



Day 17: Livingstone to Bulawayo, Zimbabwe

Departing Livingstone, we’ll cross the border to Zimbabwe and pass through Victoria Falls town on the way to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree-lined avenues and wide open spaces.



Day 18: Bulawayo

Today: Matobo National Park! This place is home to a wide variety of animals, including black and white rhinoceroses, zebras, wildebeest and giraffes. We’ve got a half-day game drive to soak it all in – or, if you fancy it, you could opt in to extend the experience with a full-day upgrade.



Day 19: Bulawayo to Tshipise, South Africa

Leaving Bulawayo behind, we’ll continue to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province.



Day 20: Tshipise to Hazyview

Next up: Hazyview, where a cultural Shangaan dance show awaits. Kruger is South Africa’s premier national park – and, in connection with parks in adjoining Mozambique and Botswana, it covers a whopping 24,000 square kilometres of land used for the protection of African wildlife. Wowee.



Day 21: Hazyview

Get your camera at the ready! Today we’ve got a full day’s game drive in store, so keep your eyes peeled for the Big Five (lions, elephants, buffaloes, rhinos and leopards). Want more? Well, you could be lucky enough to see giraffes, hippos and zebras, too! Nothing will prepare you for the first time you spot these incredible creatures in the wild. Expect goosebumps, and lots of them. If you want, you can even opt in to do a game drive after dark tonight.



Day 22: Hazyview to Pretoria

Today we’ll leave Kruger National Park behind and make our way to Pretoria, where our unforgettable adventure will come to a close. If you’re up for exploring more of the city, chat to your guide about adding a few cheeky nights on to your itinerary.



  • Visit Zanzibar
  • Visit Lake Malawi
  • Visit Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)
  • Visit Matobo National Park
  • Shangaan cultural evening
  • Visit Kruger National Park
  • 21 nights in 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation
  • Awesome Trip Leader and Driver
  • Overland safari vehicle
  • 21 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners

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Accommodation:21 nights in 2-person dome tents or twin-share accommodation<br />
Meals:21 breakfasts, 14 lunches, 14 dinners
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