Victoria Falls is an adventurous way to start any tour and this is no exception! Catch up on all the activities in Zimbabwe before leaving for Lusaka in Zambia. We head to South Luangwa National Park where there is a high concentration of leopards and hippos and we start moving into real Africa.
We travel along the edge of Lake Malawi where you can kayak, swim and snorkel in sparkling clear fresh water before ascending out of the Great Rift Valley and on to Dar es Salaam. This tour is offered in a North and South direction and guests can camp or be accommodated
Day 1 Lusaka
Leaving behind the natural wonder of Victoria Falls we begin our expedition. After Livingstone we journey towards the bustling Zambian capital of Lusaka. You will notice the vegetation becoming sub-tropical and the roads a little rougher.
Day 2 Chipata
Today is a long drive through lush country, crossing rivers en-route to Chipata, the gateway to the South Luangwa NP. Zambia is truly African and an adjustment from the more Western ways of Southern Africa.
Day 3 - South Luangwa National Park
Early in the morning we drive from Chipata to the border of the South Luangwa National Park where we spend the next two nights right on the banks of the Luangwa River. You can often see hippos and other animals from the camp bar. This afternoon we enjoy a sunset game drive in the South Luangwa NP.
Day 4 - South Luangwa National Park
In the morning you have the opportunity to take an optional game drive. The park is known for its high concentration of leopards and hippos. After lunch we visit the community run tribal textile project and a local village.
Day 5 Lilongwe
Today we depart the South Luangwa National Park and head towards the bustling city of Lilongwe. En route, we will stop at a local market to experience the culture and way of live of the Malawian people.
Day 6 - Nkhotakota Bay
Today we journey from Lilongwe to Nkhotakota Bay which lies on the shore of Lake Malawi and is a town of considerable historical note. We will stay here for the next two nights and you will have time to explore this area and participate in the numerous optional activities on offer here, including the Nkhotakota Pottery Training Workshop where you have the opportunity to make & decorate pots, walking safari into Nkhotakota Wildlife Reserve or visit to Mbewa Village.
Day 7 - Nkhotakota Bay
For much of the 19th century, it was the busiest slave-trading centre on Lake Malawi By the 1850s, Nkhotakota had become the main terminus from which as many as 20,000 slaves annually were shipped across the lake from present-day Malawi to the Indian Ocean port of Kilwa Kivinje (Tanzania). Today you will have the opportunity to experience the Slave Trade & Historical tour, gaining insight where Arab Traders organised the slave trade to Zanzibar. The tour includes the trees where Livingstone negotiated with the slave traders, the Church built by the first missionaries and the pool in the hills where enemies of the Arabs magically escaped.
Day 8 - Nkhata Bay Malawi
Leaving Nkhotakota Bay, we journey north to Nkhata Bay and our accommodation stop for the night is situated on the shores of Lake Malawi. Here you will have the afternoon free to snorkel in the crystal clear waters or try out the traditional dug out canoe and have fun in trying to master it.
Day 9 - Tanzania Iringa
Today we leave Malawi and enter Tanzania. We ascend out of the Great Rift Valley through some spectacular mountain passes, passing vast tea plantations in the highlands before arriving at our camp outside Iringa. This evening our dinner is a traditional Kihehe dinner in a Kihehe hut (local tribe) or dinner in the famous Mud Ruins restaurant.
Day 10 Mikumi
We leave Iringa today and head north to the Mikumi National Park. Mikumi is home to lion, zebra, wildebeest, impala, buffalo and elephant. Here we have the opportunity to enjoy an optional afternoon game drive through the park.
Day 11 - Dar es Salaam
Our journey today brings us out of the cool highland region to the humid Indian ocean coastal city of Dar es Salaam. Meaning house of peace in Arabic, Dar es Salaam is the economic and trade capital of Tanzania, but inland Dodoma remains the official capital city. Your tour ends upon arrival in Dar es Salaam.
Tour departs: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Tour ends: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Single supplement: R1800.00
Activity package: R1350.00 (Sunset game drive in South Luangwa National Park, Village and textile visit in South Luangwa, Slave trade and historical tour)
Meals included: 10 x Breakfasts, 11 x Lunches, 10 x Dinners
Frequency: Three a month
Min / Max People: 4 / 18
The itinerary has been written with the Activity Package items included. If you wish to participate in all the activities listed, you will need to purchase the Activity Package.
General Policies & Disclaimers
All information is subject to change without prior notice. Rates quoted are for South African Residents. Rates for other Nationalities available on request. Please ensure that you have received the latest version of this dossier, as Nomad is continually striving to improve the standards and quality of our tours and itineraries are subject to change. Travel times and campsites can change depending on road or weather conditions, or any unforseen circumstances. These are used as a guideline only. On our longer tours it is possible that your crew, truck and fellow travellers will change due to our unique tour linking system. On this tour, camping and accommodated clients will be travelling together with a maximum number of participants of 18.