Begin your odyssey in the pulsating town of Livingstone, where the rush of adrenaline accompanies the roar of the waterfall. Here, rainbows aren’t confined to the imagination but paint the sky with their vibrant hues, every sunbeam playing its part in this celestial canvas. From these cascading heights, we journey to the heart of Zambia, unveiling the mysteries hidden within the boundaries of the South Luangwa National Park.
As twilight descends, embark on a sunset safari, not just exploring the daylight kingdom but venturing into the realm of the secretive nocturnal dwellers. Their tales are whispered only under the cloak of the night sky, offering a glimpse into a world often shrouded in shadows.
Next, our voyage takes us to the sun-kissed shores of Malawi, the heartbeat of Africa pulsating beneath the golden sands. Here, on the banks of the Lake, find solace in the tranquil mornings, immersing yourself in literature or basking in the golden rays, as the local fauna hums a gentle lullaby. The lake, a veritable Eden for aquatic species, watches over us as we slumber under the star-kissed sky.
As the journey continues, the tropical allure of Mikumi National Park awaits, promising more wild encounters. Amidst this wildlife theatre, enjoy the fragrant respite of a coffee plantation, witnessing the journey of coffee beans from harvest to cup.
Our voyage reaches its pinnacle in the paradise that is Zanzibar, where pearly white sands kiss the azure expanse of the ocean. In the northern edges of Nungwi, the ocean becomes a playground, offering everything from fishing and snorkeling to scuba diving and ocean safaris. Your Zanzibar adventures are destined to be etched in the sands of your memory.
From the sun-kissed beaches of Zanzibar, we traverse southwards to the historic hub of Stone Town. Rich in cultural heritage, this bustling port was once a cornerstone for both the Spice and Slave trade routes. Partake in a guided spice tour that meanders through local villages and fragrant plantations, offering a chance to witness the spice harvesters as they nimbly scale the trees in their search for aromatic treasures. This immersive journey allows you the opportunity to purchase freshly picked spices directly from the very hands that cultivate them.
As our Tanzanian sojourn concludes, we find ourselves enveloped in the urban hum of Dar es Salaam, our hearts full of treasured memories from this grand East African spectacle.
Day 1 – Livingstone – Chirundu
Setting off early from the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, we catch a last sighting of the mighty falls before we head off on a long day travelling. We get our first impressions of East Africa through the window of our truck: colourful markets, busy villages and rural scenes form the backdrop of our journey as we travel through Zambia. We enjoy a prepared meal on arrival as our guides brief us on the days ahead.
Day 2 – 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 3 – Petauke
This morning we drive through Zambia’s busy capital Lusaka before turning east towards Petauke, our destination for the night. 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. 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.
Day 4 – South Luangwa National Park
We look forward to the tranquillity of South Luangwa and this morning we make our way to the banks of the Luangwa River. 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. One of the finest sunsets is surely that enjoyed on the banks of the Luangwa River, so grab a cold drink and watch the day fade away.
Day 5 – South Luangwa National Park
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 including a sundowner stop. 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 6 – Lake Malawi
This morning we board our truck and set off for Malawi, the warm heart of Africa. Our destination tonight is the shores of Lake Malawi, the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system. As one of the ten largest lakes in the world, the lake stretches for over 500km along the western boundary of Malawi and is home to more species of fish than any other lake. We spend the night on the shores of the lake this natural wonder.
Day 7 – Lake Malawi
Today is all about the lake and this day is set aside for you to relax at the lake. Use the time to read a book, soak up the sun or indulge in the many attractions that are on offer. If you wish, an optional hike can be done with a local guide to the nearby Dwanbazi Waterfall. Located a short 30-minute drive from Nglala Beach Hotel, the waterfall offers a breath-taking panorama from the summit. Depending on the weather, we may even have the opportunity to take a refreshing swim in the pristine waters surrounded by the lush greenery and natural splendour of the surrounding landscape.
Day 8 – Lake Malawi
Today we are back on the road for most of the day travelling further north and will overnight once again on the banks of Lake Malawi. Our Nomad guide will lead us on a village walk through a nearby village in the afternoon. After the walk, enjoy the sunset over the lake from the beach.
Day 9 – Mbega
We depart this morning and continue north, heading for the Utengule Coffee Lodge where we will overnight.
Day 10 – Tanzania – Iringa
Before heading to Iringa, 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. We then ascend the Great Rift Valley and make our way further into Tanzania.
Day 11 – Mikumi
This morning we complete our journey to the doorstep of Mikumi National Park. We have a quick stop at the Baobab Valley, Tanzania. 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. We then reach Mikumi, which ranks as the fourth largest park in Tanzania, but forms part of a 75 000 square kilometre wilderness that centres on Selous, Africa’s largest game reserve. Today you will have the opportunity to book a game drive in Mikumi National Park.
Day 12 – Dar es Salaam
We overnight in Dar es Salaam before an early start the following morning to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island.
Day 13 – Stone Town (Zanzibar)
We head out early to catch our ferry to Zanzibar Island from Dar es Salaam. After arriving at the ferry port we make our way to our hotel located in Stone Town.
Day 14 – Zanzibar Beaches
Boasting a rich history this busy port was once a landmark on both the Slave and Spice trade routes. Our morning begins with a walking tour of Stone Town to discover the more well known landmarks, including the birthplace of Freddy Mercury. After our city tour, we travel by road to our base for the next 2 nights. Before our arrival, we will stop along the way to enjoy a guided walking spice tour, which passes through villages and spice plantations. You will be able to witness first-hand how spice farm workers climb the trees and seek out specific plants and will have the opportunity to purchase fresh spices directly from these farms.
Day 15 – Zanzibar Beaches
Today is a free day to enjoy some of the many attractions and activities on offer. Water sports are the order of the day. Whatever it is you chose to do today, you will have ample opportunity to create some island memories. Explore the many attractions on offer or simply relax on the beach and soak up the sun.
Day 16 – Dar es Salaam
We bid farewell to the island and board our return ferry to Dar es Salaam where your tour comes to an end upon arrival.
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