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Kruger, Victoria Falls & Zanzibar 2017-18 (23 Days, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania to Johannesburg, South Africa)

Ain't nothing like an African safari. And an African safari that ticks off heavyweight destinations like Kruger, Victoria Falls and Zanzibar? Well, that's the ultimate. Only in your wildest dreams could you imagine getting up close to some of the world's most spectacular animals, lazing about on postcard-worthy beaches and feeling the spray of the powerful Victoria Falls but on this trip, it's all too real. Pack your bags for an adventure of a lifetime.

Inclusions

Mosi Oa Tunya National Park (Victoria Falls)
Safari in Kruger National Park
Shangaan cultural evening
Foot safari in Matobo National Park
Not Eligible for Early Payment
22 Breakfasts
22 Lunches
22 Dinners
Tour Provider Topdeck
Number of Days
23
Price From
AUD $3,355
Start Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
End Location
Johannesburg, South Africa
Age Range
Avg. 39+
Group Size
1 to 48
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
18-39
Physical Rating
Mild
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
16 Nov 201708 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $300 
30 Nov 201722 Dec 2017Fully BookedAUD $300 
14 Dec 201705 Jan 20183AUD $300
28 Dec 201719 Jan 2018Fully BookedAUD $300 
22 Feb 201816 Mar 2018Fully BookedAUD $300 
05 Apr 201827 Apr 2018Fully BookedAUD $300 
ItineraryExpand
Day 1: Johannesburg to Kruger National Park, South Africa
From South Africa's commercial capital, Johannesburg, we travel to South Africa's famed Kruger National Park, passing panoramic scenery and dramatic escarpment views. From the dwarf mongoose to the Big Five, almost every major African mammal (over 145 species) is free to roam the enormous area of the park, which also boasts prolific birdlife and over 330 varieties of trees. Over two nights within the Kruger area, we have the chance to enjoy the spectacle of Shangaan tribal dancing and singing, as well as a full day game drive in the park itself to spot as many animals as possible. Included today: -Shangaan cultural evening Meals: -Dinner
Day 2: Kruger National Park to Greater Kruger
Keep watch for as many of Africa's diverse wildlife as you can. Lion, elephant, buffalo and giraffe are a pretty safe bet, whilst cheetah and leopard are a bit harder to find. Will you be the one to spot these speedy big cats? Make sure you have a list of some of the animals that you can tick off during the full day's game drive (think: wildlife bingo). You'll be the toast of the campsite if you spot an elusive honey badger, you can be guaranteed. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 3: Greater Kruger to Tshipise
Leaving the Greater Kruger area we travel north through South Africa's lush countryside to Tshipise, a town situated in the northern Limpopo province. Our campsite is located at Forever Resorts at the foot of one of Limpopo's rolling koppies set adjacent the Honnet Nature Reserve. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 4: Tshipise to Matobo National Park, Zimbabwe
After a refreshing night's sleep we make our way across the border to Zimbabwe and on to Bulawayo, a pleasant city with broad tree lined avenues and wide open spaces. Our campsite is located in the Matopos area, a historical, geological and natural heritage site which is surrounded by interesting hills and rock formations. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 5: Matobo National Park
Channel your inner explorer today as we head into the impressive Matobo National Park with our knowledgeable guides. The wind-sculptured Matobo Hills are the site of numerous Bushman paintings, so there's no surprise the area holds a special cultural and spiritual importance to the indigenous people. The reserve has the largest concentration of black and white rhino in Africa and, provided conditions are right, our guides will lead us on foot to some of the more concealed places in search of these magnificent animals. Included today: -Half Day Matobo National Park game drive & wilderness walk Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Matobo National Park full day tour upgrade
Day 6: Matobo National Park to Livingstone, Zambia
Moving on from Matobo National Park we continue north, passing through the town of Victoria Falls, before crossing the border into Zambia. Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, our campsite makes for the perfect base in between heart-racing optional activities including rafting, caning, bungee, abseiling, gorge swinging, horse riding, scenic flights and river cruises. Included today: -Mosi oa Tunya - Victoria Falls Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Victoria Falls Bungee -Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk -Chief Mukumi Village tour -Gorge swing -Zambezi jetboating -Half day can safari -Zambezi sunset cruise -White water rafting -Helicopter ride -Fishing -Bridge tour -Full day abseil
Day 7: Livingstone
A visit to the nearby Mosi Oa Tunya National Park is an absolute must. At over a mile wide and some 100 metres deep, the Falls at high water form the largest curtain of falling water in the world with spray visible from 20 kilometres away (hence the local name Mosi Oa Tunya, or 'smoke that thunders'). Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Victoria Falls bungee -Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk -Chief Mukumi Village tour -Gorge swing -Zambezi jetboating -Half day can safari -Zambezi sunset cruise -White water rafting -Helicopter ride -Fishing -Bridge tour -Full day abseil
Day 8: Livingstone
Of course, there's more to Livingstone than action-soaked activities - which is why you have another day to check out the markets and fascinating museum, spend a worthwhile day volunteering with a local project, embark on a day-trip to Victoria Falls Township in Zimbabwe, or simply relax on the serene campsite deck and watch the Zambezi River flow rapidly to the Falls. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Victoria Falls bungee -Mosi oa Tunya National Park game walk -Chief Mukumi Village tour -Gorge swing -Zambezi jetboating -Half day can safari -Zambezi sunset cruise -White water rafting -Helicopter ride -Fishing -Bridge tour -Full day abseil
Day 9: Livingstone to Lusaka
Today we make tracks for Zambia's urban metropolis city, Lusaka. A commercial hub and centre for the government, Lusaka is home to dusty tree-lined streets, soviet looking buildings 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. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 10: Lusaka to Chipata
We leave early and take the Great Eastern Road through lush countryside and small villages, crossing the Luangwa River to Chipata. Formerly named Fort Jamerson, Chipata has a population of approximately 100,000 and is the capital of the Eastern Province of Zambia. This unique town has colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising amount of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community. If time allows, we will stop in Chipata before continuing to our campsite. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 11: Chipata to South Luangwa National Park
Today we swap Chipata for the remarkable South Luangwa National Park. This area of outstanding natural beauty is rightly known as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. On arrival we set up camp and enjoy the rest of the day at leisure to enjoy the many activities on offer, from walking safaris, night game drives and village walks. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Village tour -Walking safari -Game drive
Day 21: Zanzibar
Awake to another day in this dreamlike haven. If it's white sand, a sparkling ocean and hot sun you're after, head to the northern beaches and enjoy the Indian Ocean at its best. Try your hand at snorkelling and diving, indulge in some delicious seafood, or simply relax beneath a coconut palm with a cocktail and a good book. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Scuba diving -Mnemba Island -Dhow snorkelling safari -Massage
Day 20: Zanzibar
Don your comfiest walking attire and set out to explore Stone Town on foot. Get lost in the labyrinth of laneways at the bazaars, and marvel at the array of ancient maritime trinkets, vibrant fabrics and ornate wooden carvings. Be sure to pay a visit to the city's mosques, palaces, courtyards and alleyways for a living history lesson of this fascinating island. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Scuba diving -Mnemba Island -Dhow snorkelling safari -Massage
Day 19: Dar es Salaam to Zanzibar
Today we ferry across to the magical 'Spice Island' of Zanzibar to spend three blissful nights. Discover the island's idyllic, palm-fringed beaches, winding cobbled alleys and lush tropical forests, as well as its intriguing history as a major trading centre for spices. For centuries, Zanzibaris would trade with the people of the Arabian Peninsula and ply the ocean in simple dhow sailboats, relying on the annual trade winds for passage. The Arab influence is evident in the architecture and diverse street stall offerings of the capital, Stone Town, so keep your eyes peeled when wandering the city's historic pathways. The next four days are on your own watch, so spend your time exploring at your own pace. Please note: As we leave the truck on the mainland, basic safari lodge/hotel accommodation and breakfast on Zanzibar is included. However, lunches and dinners are your own to arrange. We usually divide our nights here 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. Included today: -Ferry to Zanzibar Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Visit former slave market site -Arabic Fort -Palace Museum
Day 18: Iringa to Dar es Salaam
Continuing east towards the Indian Ocean and the port city of Dar es Salaam, our route runs through the Mikumi National Park and, with luck, we may spot forest elephant or giraffe feeding near the side of the road. 'Dar' is Tanzania's hub of commerce and industry, and is a hot, humid and bustling seaport city of high rises, colourful markets and Arabesque architecture. We set up camp at our site on the beach just outside of the city centre, usually having time to browse the local markets (best known for its ebony wood carvings) and prepare for our own trip to Zanzibar. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 17: Malawi Beach to Iringa, Tanzania
Leaving Chitimba Beach, we travel the short distance north to cross the border into Tanzania. We steadily climb through Tanzania's Southern Highlands all the way to Kisolanza Farm House. This far is at an altitude of 1,600 metres, ensuring a pleasantly fresh climate in one of the most scenic areas of Tanzania. Home to the Ghaui family for over 70 years, Kisolanza remains a working farm, which provides organic meat (beef, lamb and chicken) and vegetables to the surrounding markets as well as further afield in Dar es Salaam. The farmhouse is famous for its hot showers, chocolate brownies and hot chocolate that can be bought from a quaint, candlelit bar. Note: time to indulge! Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -
Day 12: South Luangwa National Park
What better way to start the day than with a morning game drive along the river's edge to see the abundance of animal and birdlife inhabiting the area? After the game drive, take advantage of The Warthogs Bar and swimming pool (which is the best place to cool off during the hot hours of the day) and the many activities on offer that you may have missed the day before. Included today: -South Luangwa National Park game drive Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 15: Lake Malawi to Malawi Beach
We take a scenic drive through rubber plantations to Mzuzu, the capital of the northern region and the third largest town in Malawi, where we stop for a short while to grab supplies and check out the markets before arriving at Chitimba Beach for the next two nights. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner
Day 14: Lake Malawi
While here, try some of the water sports typically available, go horse riding or just relax by the lakeside and go for a dip in its warm waters anytime the need arises. It's also worth taking the time out to get to know some of the locals, often regarded as amongst the friendliest in Africa, to gain an insight into their way of life. Please note: Although we do our best to adhere to the campsites described in this itinerary, the crew may need to make some alterations to the itinerary published here. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Horse riding -Village walk
Day 13: South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi, Malawi
Leaving Zambia behind, we cross the border to Malawi stopping at the capital, Lilongwe, before taking the eastern road to Lake Malawi. Formally known as 'Lake Nyasa', Lake Malawi covers almost a fifth of the country's area and provides the livelihood for many of the Malawi people. Fishermen, fish traders, can and net makers all ply their trade on its shores, so expect to see fisherman in their Bwato, (dugout can made from hollowed out tree trunk) fishing on the lake at the break of day. We arrive at camp on the lake's shore in the afternoon and have the rest of the day to swim and explore the beach and surrounding area. Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Horse riding -Village walk
Day 22: Zanzibar
Variety is the spice of life, and on Zanzibar island, spices are abundant. Embark on a day tour to the nearby spice plantations and have your senses dazzled by the tastes and scents that infiltrate the air. Meals: -Breakfast Optional activities: -Spice tour -Scuba diving -Mnemba Island -Dhow snorkelling safari -Massage
Day 16: Malawi Beach
Enjoy time on the beach or shop at a large curios market, where you can test your bargaining skills and buy some of Malawi's famous ornate and carved chairs. Alternatively, take an optional hike to Manchewe Falls or embark on the Chihanga walk with a local guide. These trails are beautifully serene, but can take up to 10 hours so be sure to rest up beforehand! Meals: -Breakfast -Lunch -Dinner Optional activities: -Livingstone day hike
Day 23: Zanzibar to Dar es Salaam
Time to farewell this picture-perfect paradise. Sneak in some last-minute shopping or relish one last dip, before catching the ferry back to Dar on the African mainland. Unfortunately, all good things must come to an end...or do they? Included today: -Ferry to Dar Es Salaam Meals: -Breakfast