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Vic Falls to Zanzibar

Experience the roar of Victoria Falls at the start of this incredible adventure through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania towards Zanzibar, East Africa’s famed Spice Island. From verdant national parks and remote highland villages, to savannas stretching towards the horizon and roaming herds of elephants, Africa never fails to delight, inspire and move. Come face-to-face with wild animals, explore landscapes rich in natural beauty and meet some of the friendliest people you’ve ever come across on this memorable journey across Africa’s eastern plains.

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StartsVictoria Falls
EndsZanzibar, Tanzania
RegionZimbabwe
Duration19 days
Tour OperatorIntrepid Travel
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Day 1 - Starting: Victoria Falls & Finishing: Victoria Falls

Mhoro! Welcome to Zimbabwe. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 4pm. You can arrive at any time as there are no activities planned until this important meeting. Please ask the hotel reception where it will take place. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time for this, consider arriving a day early so you are able to attend. If you are going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting. Your campground is centrally located in the town of Victoria Falls. Accommodation upgrades are available here – ask your leader if you are interested. WiFi is also available.

Day 2 - Starting: Victoria Falls & Finishing: Victoria Falls

Visit the magnificent Victoria Falls. This thundering curtain of water is about a mile wide, falling 108 metres into a narrow gorge below. In the wet season, the spray created can rise up an incredible 400 metres and the falls become an impressive raging torrent. In the dry season, the view of the falls is unobstructed by spray and you can see little islets in the river below. Today your leader will take you to a local activity centre where a range of activities will be on offer.

Day 3 - Starting: Bulawayo & Finishing: Bulawayo

Depart Victoria Falls and travel toward Bulawayo (approximately 6–7 hours). Known locally as the 'City of Kings', Bulawayo, Zimbabwe's second largest city, has an interesting history and some impeccable colonial architecture. You will have the afternoon free to explore, so take the opportunity to visit local markets, chat with locals or perhaps find a game of football or rugby to watch. In Bulawayo you will stay in a campground with shared facilities and WiFi. Upgrades are also available (subject to availability).

Day 4 - Starting: Bulawayo & Finishing: Bulawayo

Perhaps get up early and take the option to go to Matobo National Park. Home to a significant population of black and white rhinoceros that can be tracked on foot, Matobo National Park is also the site of the grave of Cecil John Rhodes, the founder of Rhodesia and the De Beers diamond company. The Matopos area has great spiritual and cultural significance to the local people and there are many sites within the park where important ceremonies still take place.

Day 5 - Starting: Masvingo & Finishing: Masvingo

Drive the short stretch to Masvingo (approximately 5–6 hours). This colonial settlement – the oldest in Zimbabwe – makes for the perfect base from which to explore the Great Zimbabwe Ruins. The ruined city, now a UNESCO World Heritage site, was first constructed in the 11th century. It's thought to be the former royal palace of the Zimbabwean monarch. Spend a few hours exploring this intriguing site before heading off to camp. Your campground in Masvingo has shared facilities, and upgrades and WiFi are available.

Day 6 - Starting: Harare & Finishing: Harare

Travel to Harare today (approximately 5–6 hours). You will arrive at your destination in time for lunch. You only have an hour or two to explore Zimbabwe's capital city, so if you're feeling active and up for a stroll, get out and make the most of it. Perhaps head to the National Gallery, the museum, the botanical gardens or simply wander the city centre and visit the colourful markets. Accomodation upgrades are offered at your camp (subject to availability).

Day 7 - Starting: Lusaka & Finishing: Lusaka

Today you will cross into Zambia and drive to your campsite just outside Lusaka, Zambia's capital (approximately 8 hours). Your journey begins with a nice scenic drive to the border. At some point during the day there will be an opportunity to stop at an ATM and stock up on any supplies you might need at a shop or market. Your camp has shared facilities, and upgrades are available.

Day 8 - Starting: Petauke & Finishing: Petauke

Spend some time checking out one of the fastest-developing cities in southern Africa. You'll see that it's a modern city but still retains a traditional African feel, with its busy markets and friendly people. Afterwards, travel on to Petauke (approximately 8 hours). The camp tonight has facilities, WiFi and upgrades (availability dependent).

Day 9 - Starting: South Luangwa National Park & Finishing: South Luangwa National Park

Make your way through the heartland to South Luangwa National Park (approximately 6 hours). The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River and its lagoons is among the highest in Africa. Many elephants, buffaloes, leopards, Thornicroft’s giraffes and lions are known to roam here. There are also some 400 species of birds inhabiting the area. A great way to experience South Luangwa and its beautiful scenery is to take an optional river trip – ask your leader for more details. Your camp tonight has basic facilities.

Day 10 - Starting: South Luangwa National Park & Finishing: South Luangwa National Park

Rise early for an exhilirating morning game drive in a 4X4, then head back to the camp for lunch (as this is the hottest part of the day) and then perhaps return to the park for an optional game drive at night. A village walk is another good option, if you'd like a snapshot of daily life in the local community.

Day 11 - Starting: Lake Malawi & Finishing: Lake Malawi

After crossing the border into Malawi, head straight to your camp on the shore of Lake Malawi (approximately 9–10 hours). Malawi is dominated by its lake, which covers almost a fifth of the country and provides a livelihood for many Malawian people. Fishermen, fish traders and canoe and net makers all ply their trade on Lake Malawi. A common sight is that of a fisherman in a bwato (a dugout canoe made from a hollowed tree trunk) fishing on the still lake at the break of day. Your campsite at Kande Beach is right on the shore of the lake. Upgrades are offered here, but there is no WiFi available.

Day 12 - Starting: Lake Malawi & Finishing: Lake Malawi

Enjoy free time to soak up your idyllic surrounds. You might like to participate in one of the many water-based activities on offer – ask your leader for a recommendation. As well as chilling out on the beach, make sure you take the opportunity to meet some local Malawians – easily some of the friendliest people in Africa.

Day 13 - Starting: Chitimba & Finishing: Chitimba

Drive to your camp in Chitimba (approximately 5–6 hours). Chitimba lies along the coast of Lake Malawi and has lovely beaches, friendly locals and a laid-back atmosphere. When you arrive, perhaps take a stroll and acquaint yourself with this different part of the lake. Enjoy the scenery of banana palms, papaya trees and the Livingstonia and Nyika mountains looming nearby. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available here.

Day 14 - Starting: Iringa & Finishing: Iringa

Today is a long travel day into Tanzania and its southern highlands (approximately 9–10 hours). Sit back, relax and watch as the countryside passes by. On arrival you will set up camp on the grounds of a farmhouse situated on the outskirts of this pleasant settlement. Perhaps go for a walk around the old farmhouse to welcome the evening. Camp facilities, WiFi and upgrades are available.

Day 15 - Starting: Dar es Salaam & Finishing: Dar es Salaam

Travel to Kipepeo Beach just south of Dar es Salaam (approximately 13 hours). Throughout this long drive you will travel through the lovely Mikumi National Park. Situated at the foot of the thickly wooded Uluguru Mountains, Mikumi is Tanzania's fourth largest national park. Although you won't take a safari into the depths of the park, a good selection of the wildlife that resides in Mikumi can usually be seen on the way. The camp is on the grounds of a hotel with upgrades usually possible and situated next to the beach.

Day 16 - Starting: Stone Town & Finishing: Stone Town

Drive into Dar es Salaam and then catch a ferry to the 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar.Filled with idyllic beaches, winding cobblestone alleyways and fragrant bazaars, Zanzibar has a colourful history – everything from slave traders to Arabian sultans and fruit exporters. The sight of traditional dhows sailing along the coast evokes what the island must have been like in Livingstone's day. The old part of Zanzibar's main city is known as Stone Town. The best way to see this exotic port town is on foot, exploring the markets, shops, mosques, palaces and courtyards. When the sun is setting, perhaps enjoy a sundowner from a bar overlooking the seafront, and a seafood curry at a local restaurant. Spend a night in Stone Town at a basic inn with double/twin-share rooms and access to WiFi.

Day 17 - Starting: Zanzibar Northern Beaches & Finishing: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Check out of your Stone Town hotel and drive to the spice plantations. Here you will receive a guided tour, during which you can learn all about the history of this town's renowned spice trade. You will also have the opportunity to touch, smell and taste various spices, such as cinnamon, vanilla and ginger. Sample some teas made with these spices too. After lunch you will head to the northern beaches, where white sands and sparkling blue seas await. This is the Indian Ocean at its best.

Day 18 - Starting: Zanzibar Northern Beaches & Finishing: Zanzibar Northern Beaches

Enjoy free time in this beautiful archipelago today. There are many ways you can spend your day – perhaps talk to your leader for any recommendations they might have. Snorkelling in search of exotic fish is an excellent option. You might also like to feast on a sumptuous lunch of grilled local seafood, or simply relax in a hammock underneath a coconut tree with a good book.

Day 19 - Starting: Stone Town & Finishing: Stone Town

After checking out this morning, you will make your way back to Stone Town, arriving at the Safari Lodge before 10am. Your trip comes to an end here. Ferries depart Zanzibar for Dar es Salaam daily at 7.30 am, 9.30 am, 12.30 pm and 3.30 pm. It's important to allow enough time to get back to the mainland if you need to catch your departing flight from Dar es Salaam. Speak to your leader about the best way to do this.

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Highlights

  • Feel the power of Victoria Falls
  • Explore the crumbling Great Zimbabwe Ruins
  • Spot hippos wallowing in the Luangwa River
  • Take a sunrise game drive across South Luangwa National Park
  • Chill out on the shores of Lake Malawi
  • Meander through exotic bazaars on Spice Island Zanzibar

Experience the roar of Victoria Falls at the start of this incredible adventure through Zimbabwe, Zambia and Tanzania towards Zanzibar, East Africa’s famed Spice Island. From verdant national parks and remote highland villages, to savannas stretching towards the horizon and roaming herds of elephants, Africa never fails to delight, inspire and move. Come face-to-face with wild animals, explore landscapes rich in natural beauty and meet some of the friendliest people you’ve ever come across on this memorable journey across Africa’s eastern plains.

Day 1 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 1 Optional Activities

  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail - USD 185
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (half day) - USD 100
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD 50
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (12 mins) - USD 175
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter flight (25 mins) - USD 334
  • Rafting & river boarding combo (half day) - USD 218
  • Village & township tour - USD 50
  • Wine Route Canoe trail - USD 55

Day 2 Included Activities

  • Visit Victoria Falls

Day 2 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 3 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 3 Optional Activities

  • Natural History Museum - USD 10
  • Railway Museum - USD 2

Day 4 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 4 Optional Activities

  • Matobo National Park - Guided walking safari - USD 95

Day 5 Included Activities

  • Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Day 5 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 6 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 6 Optional Activities

  • National Archives - USD 3
  • National Botanical Gardens - USD 5
  • National Gallery - USD 1

Day 7 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 8 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 9 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 10 Included Activities

  • South Luangwa - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive

Day 10 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 10 Optional Activities

  • South Luangwa - Night Game Drive - USD 40
  • South Luangwa - Game Walk - USD 50
  • South Luangwa - Village Walk - USD 20

Day 11 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 12 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 13 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 14 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 15 Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (1 nights)

Day 16 Accommodation

Hotel (1 nights)

Day 17 Included Activities

  • Zanzibar spice tour

Day 17 Accommodation

Bungalow (1 nights)

Day 18 Accommodation

Bungalow (1 nights)

Day 18 Optional Activities

  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD 60
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD 60
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD 25

Included Meals

Breakfast: 18

Lunch: 13

Dinner: 13

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