Embark on our riveting 13-day East African Odyssey, traversing the mesmerizing landscapes of Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, and Zimbabwe. As we bid farewell to the sun-kissed shores of Dar es Salaam, we voyage into the cool, elevated expanses of the Great Rift Valley, with Mikumi National Park as our first port of call. Ranking fourth in size amongst Tanzania’s abundant parks, Mikumi forms the heart of a vast 75,000 square kilometer wilderness, crowned by the majestic Selous, Africa’s premier game reserve.
Before we part with Tanzania, we make a detour to the aromatic haven of a local coffee plantation. Here, not only do you witness the fascinating journey of a coffee bean from plant to cup, but you also get to indulge in a stimulating tasting experience, allowing you to savor the fruits of this thriving agricultural enterprise.
Next, we voyage into the radiant heart of Africa – Malawi. Our time here is defined by leisurely days spent in the vicinity of Lake Malawi’s azure waters. Don the mask and flippers for a snorkeling adventure amidst the glass-like waters, where you’ll find yourself surrounded by tropical cichlids, vibrant little fish that have found homes in aquariums across the globe.
As we bid adieu to another Malawian sunrise, our journey advances towards Zambia and the renowned South Luangwa National Park. From the dawn hues reflecting off Lake Malawi to the fiery palette of a Zambian sunset over the Luangwa River, the transition is nothing short of spectacular. The park, a celebrated safari destination, offers a full day of wildlife spotting, culminating in an enchanting sunset safari drive, a memory that will forever be imprinted in your heart.
Our final leg pulls us towards the thunderous roar of Victoria Falls. More than just a visual spectacle and a globally recognized heritage site, this wonder of the world is a playground for the adventurous spirit. Brace yourself for a rush of adrenaline as you engage in exhilarating pursuits like white water rafting, canoeing, and bungee jumping. Then, ease your pulse with an authentic Victoria Falls safari in Livingstone, drawing a fitting close to an epic African escapade.
Day 1 – Dar es Salaam
Today is your arrival day in Dar es Salaam and is free for you to explore the city. We recommend that you announce yourself to the crew at 16h00 at the Kariakoo Hotel who will sign you in and give you a short orientation of what to expect in the coming days.
Day 2 – Mikumi
Leaving the coast behind us we travel inland and make our way to Mikumi where we stop for the night. Mikumi National Park ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania and forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve.
Day 3 – Iringa
The town of Iringa sits on a cliff overlooking the Ruaha River Valley. The town centre offers the visitor a view into the past with its German colonial buildings and a popular market. The Commonwealth War Graves Cemetery memorialises soldiers who died in local battles during WWI and WWII.
Before reaching the town, we have a quick stop at the Baobab Valley, a mesmerizing landscape dotted with ancient, towering baobab trees that have stood the test of time. These iconic trees create a surreal and breath-taking scene, casting dramatic shadows against the African savannah, the perfect backdrop to stop for a group picture.
Day 4 – Mbeya Region
This afternoon we will make a stop at a local coffee plantation where we have the opportunity to see the process of growing and harvesting coffee beans and will be able to sample some of the beans.
Day 5 – Lake Malawi
Leaving Tanzania behind, we descend the Great Rift Valley and cross the border into Malawi. Known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” the lakeside country is blessed with natural beauty Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi where we look forward to spending the night enjoying the attractions of the northern regions of the lake. Snorkelling in the crystal waters offers the chance to see first-hand the brilliantly coloured tropical cichlids, tiny fish often found in colourful aquariums around the world.
Day 6 – Lake Malawi
This morning we board our truck and head further South of Lake Malawi. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi. Stretching over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi, the lake is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of this natural wonder.
Day 7 – Lake Malawi
Today is another day of leisure, relaxing at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer.
Day 8 – South Luangwa
This morning we enjoy a final sunrise on the shores of Lake Malawi before setting off for Zambia and the South Luangwa National Park. After crossing the border into Zambia we make a short stop in Chipata before continuing to our camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Having watched the sun rise over Lake Malawi in the morning we enjoy an equally spectacular sunset over the Luangwa River this evening.
Day 9 – South Luangwa
South Luangwa National Park is a world-class safari destination and we have a full day to explore the park in search of the variety of wildlife found in the park. This morning you can partake in an optional morning safari or during the dry season (April to December) you can join one of the iconic walking safaris on offer in the park. This afternoon we will enjoy a Sunset Drive in the park, enjoying a sundowner on the way. The unique opportunity to explore the park at night gives us a chance to spot the elusive nocturnal species that are rarely seen in the day.
Day 10 – Petauke
Leaving the Luangwa Valley this morning, we make a stop at Mulberry Mongoose to view their local jewellery and curios, these accessories are hand crafted by local ladies from South Luangwa using organic materials originating from the African bush. The Chipata area is a major producer of cotton and we get a taste of the creativity of the African culture. Our destination tonight is the small town of Petauke.
Day 11 – Petuake – Chirundu
Setting off we head west towards Chirundu, our destination for the night, we make a delightful stop at Luangwa Market, a bustling hub where local Zambian vendors showcase their wares. Among the treasures on display are masau and masaku, delectable fruits that are available year-round and renowned for their mouth-watering taste. In addition, other African curios catch our eye, from charming miniature hippos to intricately woven baskets and papyrus carpets, adding to the colourful tapestry of this vibrant marketplace. As an important link between Lusaka and neighbouring Malawi, the Great East Road winds through rural Zambia and we will cross the mighty Luangwa River along the way. Dotted with villages and subsistence farms, todays landscapes serve as a stark contrast to the developed countries so many of us call home.
Day 12 – Chirundu
As our lodge is situated along the banks of the Kafue River, today is free for you to participate in some of the activities on offer. Fishing on the Zambezi River is one of the most popular activities, or book a full day safari experience in the Lower Zambezi National Park. Other optional activities include a river safari, birding and an excursion to the baobab forest and bat cave.
Day 13 – Livingstone
Crossing the Southern reaches of Zambia we make our way to the adventure town of Livingstone located right on Victoria Falls. This afternoon you can get your first look at the mighty Victoria Falls, or as the Zambian locals call it, “Musi oa Tunya”, the Smoke that Thunders as the falls are known in the local language. Livingstone offers a host of optional activities and these can be booked on arrival. Your tour comes to an end upon arrival in Livingstone.
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- Small Group
- German Translator
- German Guided
Pre & Post Tour
Pre & Post Tour Accommodation
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