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Zanzibar, Victoria Falls & Kruger

From Zanzibar to Kruger and everything inbetween!

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Group Size: Avg. 16, max 24

Trip code: ZVK

Duration: 22 days

Wildlife encounters, game drives, & more
Explore 5 African countries
Camp in stunning African landscapes

Journey through five African countries on this epic 22-day overland adventure. Travel across Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa and discover vast plains and sparkling island waters. Kicking off on the exotic spice island of Zanzibar, you’ll journey south and enjoy unique experiences at every stop along the way. Watch wildlife roam in their natural habitats, go on a 'Big 5' game drive in Kruger National Park and see Africa's hottest highlights including Victoria Falls, Lake Malawi and Matobo National Park (with the adventure pass). Plus, you’ll spend your evenings camping under enormous African skies. An amazing African experience!

Trip highlights

  • Travel by truck off the beaten track and camp under the stars
  • Experience the idyllic spice island of Zanzibar and explore Tanzania
  • Relax by the shores of Lake Malawi and soak up the African sunshine
  • See one of Africa's natural wonders, the mighty Victoria Falls and opt to try exciting activities in Livingstone
  • Spot lions, leopards, elephants & more at the world-famous Kruger National Park in South Africa
What's included
  • All accommodation
  • 21 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches, 14 Dinners
  • Fully equipped safari vehicle
  • Camping and cooking equipment
  • All road tolls and vehicle taxes
  • All ground transportation
  • Sleeping mattress
  • Services of two crew
  • Zanzibar Ferry and Accommodation
  • Victoria Falls Visit
  • Matabo National Park
  • Kruger National Park
  • Shangaan Cultural Evening
  • 24/7 emergency support
What's not included
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance
  • Visas
  • Optional Adventure Pass
  • Optional activities
  • Departure taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Sleeping bag
  • Drinks, tips, items of a personal nature
  • Some meals
  • Pre and post tour accommodation
Further trip information

Journey through the wilds of Africa on this stunning 22-day adventure. Enjoy beach bliss on the island of Zanzibar, wildlife encounters in Kruger National Park, and see natural wonders at the gorgeous Victoria Falls.

Optional Adventure Pass. You can supercharge your experience with an optional Adventure Pass, which includes an awesome extra excursion. See the end of this itinerary for more information.

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. Breakfasts included.

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. Breakfast and dinner included.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

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. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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. Breakfast included.

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. Breakfasts included.

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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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 an unforgettable game walk searching for black and white rhino. 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. Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

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. Breakfasts, lunches and dinners included.

Day 22: Hazyview - Greater Kruger – Pretoria South Africa. Make your way from Kruger to the lively city of Pretoria, 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 Pretoria tonight. We can advise you about suitable accommodation for tonight; please ask a travel advisor for more details. Breakfast included.

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 walk in Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe.  

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Arrival information

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. We can advise you on how to arrange this accommodation. Airport transfers are not included but we are happy to give you advice on how to arrange this.

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 own cost) in the end accommodation and fly out the following day after your tour ends. If time allows, we also suggest planning a few days after your tour ends to make the most of this part of Africa. We can help you to book extra accommodation if you wish.
 

Accommodation & meals

Accommodation

As this tour departs from Dar es Salaam at 7am on day 1, and your welcome meeting is held at 18.00 the previous evening, we strongly recommend you arrive in Dar es Salaam the day before the tour departs. Accommodation is not included for this night, but we are happy to help you book pre-tour accommodation. Speak to one of our travel advisors if you wish to book this extra night.

You will spend 18 nights camping in 2-person dome tents with fly sheets, sewn-in ground sheets, zip-up insect screens and foam mattresses. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag and a pillow if you wish to have one. You will mostly be staying on campsites with washing and shower facilities, toilets, electricity points and sometimes even a small shop, bar or swimming pool.

3 nights will be spent in hotel rooms.

Your tour will end in Pretoria in the late afternoon/ early evening of day 22. Accommodation for tonight is not included, but we recommend you book a final night of accommodation in Pretoria. We can advise you about suitable accommodation; please ask a travel advisor for more details.

Upgraded Accommodation

If you would prefer to stay in hotels, rather than camp, there is the option to upgrade on this tour for extra cost. Please contact us for more details

Meals

21 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches and 14 Dinners are included as part of this overland tour.

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.

Minimum age & eligibility

The minimum age to join this trip is 18. Our adventure tours are designed for 18-39 year olds.

All countries require travellers to have a valid passport (with a minimum 6 months validity), and you are required to acquire the entry visas for each of the countries visited. For UK citizens, visas are required for entry to Tanzania and Zambia. Visas should be arranged with the relevant embassy before you travel. If you show up at a border and should you not have the required visa you will be denied entry to the country and be sent back to the closest embassy/high commission to get the visa. It is your responsibility to have the correct travel documentation. Please note rules regarding visas can change, so for the most up to date advice, please contact your local embassy.

Tour Style

Overlanding is a real adventure and is one of the best, most authentic ways to discover Africa, but it can also be a challenge!  All the group will be expected to help out setting up the camp each night, and there will be a rota for camp duties such as shopping, cooking and keeping the truck and camp tidy. It’s a real African immersion experience!

You will be travelling in an overland, custom-built safari truck which will soon become your home from home. These 24-seater trucks have tables, electricity sockets, a freezer and water tank, an on board library, i-pod jack and individual lockers.

Travelling in Africa is not always predictable so you should be prepared to “expect the unexpected’ and bring your sense of adventure!  It is possible we may encounter a few delays or difficulties en route and there can be occasional power failures, water or fuel shortages and temperature changes.  But if you keep an open mind and a flexible attitude then your overland tour will be an unforgettable experience!

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