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  • The paradise islands of Zanzibar, Tanzania
  • Sunset drinks by the Zambezi River, Zambia
  • Zebra exploring the campsite near Lusaka, Zambia
  • A local with his mornings catch on Kande Beach, Malawi
Route:
Dar es Salaam to Livingstone
Days:
14
Style: Adventures for 20s and 30s
Code: BXAZT
From:

US$788

+ local payment of US$310.00

Kick start this adventure on the idyllic islands of Zanzibar, enjoying the snorkelling opportunities and glorious sandy beaches. Heading back to the mainland we can marvel at wildlife on a drive through Mikumi National Park before entering Malawi where you can learn about local traditions in Kande. We end the tour at Livingstone, the gateway to the great Victoria Falls!

About this tour

  • Type of Travel: Overland Truck
  • Group Size: Average 16-20. Maximum 34.
  • Recommended Age: 18-39
  • Country: Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia

Itinerary

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Day 1 to 1 - Dar es Salaam

The first day of your tour is simply an arrival day with no pre-organised activities. In order to allow time to relax and see some of the sights you may wish to add pre-tour accommodation.

Say hello to Dar es Salaam, a bustling port on the Indian Ocean and our gateway to the exotic island of Zanzibar.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels

Day 2 to 3 - Zanzibar

Today we are bound for the enigmatic, intoxicating Isles of Zanzibar. Departing our accommodation early we make for the ferry terminal and transfer to paradise. We are met in Stone Town and taken on a guided tour of a nearby spice plantation discovering the many plants that flourish in this verdant, tropical environment. You can sample spices picked straight from the plant including fresh cloves and cinnamon bark before stopping for lunch at a local home.

We have two nights staying on the powder white sands of North Beach. The most beautiful, isolated beaches in Zanzibar lie to the north and east of the island. With sparkling turquoise water and silvery sand fringed with palm trees, these beaches are nothing short of paradise. There are plenty of options available here. Relax and take it easy, indulge with a massage or go diving and snorkelling.

Included Excursions

2 nights on Zanzibar Island North Beach,Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.

Optional Excursions

Dhow sunset cruise – US$25 (depending on numbers) • Snorkelling – From US$45 • Scuba diving – From US$60

Accommodation

2 night(s) in hostels at Nungwi Inn or similar

Meals

2 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 4 to 4 - Stone Town

Today we return to Stone Town where you have the afternoon to explore.

The UNESCO-listed town has changed little over the past 200 years. It boasts a labyrinth of walled streets, winding alleys, bustling markets and grand crumbling architecture. You can spend many idle hours simply wandering the streets, shopping at the bazaars and admiring the intriguingly decorated elephant-proof doors before sitting down to watch the sunset with a cold beer and a sumptuous seafood feast. If food is your thing, make sure you check out the excellent night market on the promenade which serves traditional local fare.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 5 to 5 - Dar es Salaam

This afternoon we take a ferry back to the mainland, making the most of our last few hours on Zanzibar Island before we depart. We return to our accommodation in Dar es Salaam, reuniting with our overland truck.

Accommodation

1 night(s) in hostels

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

Day 6 to 6 - Iringa

Still enjoying the effects of our relaxing island getaway, we take to the open road on our way to Iringa. On the way, we drive through Mikumi National Park where it is possible to see elephant, giraffe, zebra and antelope from the road.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping at Old Farm House or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 7 to 7 - Chitimba

Today we cross the border into Malawi. Often referred to as ‘the warm heart of Africa’, Malawi’s charm and simplicity of life is rejuvenating and refreshing. We enter the country at the head of Lake Malawi, travelling along the shoreline to our lakeside camp at Chitimba. Lake Malawi covers roughly a quarter of Malawi’s total land area and is an integral part of the local life.

Approximate Travel Time: A full day drive

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping at Chitimba Camp or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 8 to 10 - Kande Beach

Departing early we drive south, stopping in the city of Mzuzu where we visit the local market so that you can pick up supplies to create your dress up costume for our party at Kande Beach. In contrast to our previous night’s stay, Kande Beach is a buzzing hive of activity. Its beautiful beach and lakeside bar has a lively atmosphere and as one of the big overland havens. Here you are likely to be in for a party or two!

With two full days you can choose to relax on the shores of Lake Malawi with a cocktail, take a village tour learning about the local way of life, farming techniques, and how the village runs, or go scuba diving or horse riding!

Approximate Travel Time: Four hours

Accommodation

3 night(s) camping at Kande Beach or similar

Meals

3 Breakfast(s), 3 Lunch(es), 3 Dinner(s)

Day 11 to 11 - Chipata

We bid farewell to Malawi and cross the border into Zambia, stopping off in Chipata along the way. This busy little town features colourful fruit and vegetable markets and a surprising number of ornate mosques due to its large Indian community

Approximate Travel Time: 10 hours depending on the border

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping at Mala Rula's or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 12 to 12 - Lusaka

Continuing our journey through Zambia we pass through the country's hottest point, Crooks Corner where temperatures average at approximately 50 degrees. We arrive at Lusaka, Zambia's bustling capital and largest city where we spend the night just outside the city. Our campsite this evening has giraffe and zebra wandering freely among the thatch roofed bungalows and surrounding bush – a truly serene setting.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping at Eureka Camp or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es), 1 Dinner(s)

Day 13 to 13 - Livingstone

Welcome to Livingstone! As well as a gateway to the majestic Victoria Falls, the town, named after the great 19th century Scottish explorer David Livingstone, is also a haven for adrenalin-pumping, heart-stopping adventure activities.

Packed with optional excursions, why not book a few extra nights and the end of your tour to try out some of the many activities on offer. All the excursions can be booked from our hotel and you can even cross in to Zimbabwe for the day. Please speak to our friendly reservations team for more details.

Approximate Travel Time: Nine hours

Optional Excursions

Half/full day white water rafting – US$160-170 (Zambezi rafting is generally possible between June and January and is closed throughout the rest of the year) • Victoria Falls Bungee jumping – US$160 • Abseiling – US$55 • Gorge swing – US$95 • Microlight ride - 15 mins – US$155 • Helicopter ride over Victoria Falls (15 mins) – US$165 • Canoeing - full day – US$145 • Jet boat – US$120

Accommodation

1 night(s) camping at Victoria Falls Waterfront or similar

Meals

1 Breakfast(s), 1 Lunch(es)

Day 14 to 14 - Depart Livingstone

Your adventure of a lifetime comes to an end today. If you have a late flight or have lengthened your stay by adding post tour accommodation you will have more time to explore the sights.

Meals

1 Breakfast(s)

What's Included

Excursions & Activities

  • 2 nights on Zanzibar Island North Beach
  • Guided Tour of the Spice Plantations + lunch at a local house.

Accommodation

5 night(s) in hostels, 8 night(s) camping

Transportation

Overland Truck

Meals

13 Breakfast(s), 9 Lunch(es), 7 Dinner(s)

Other

Tucan Travel tour leader, Tucan Travel driver

What's Not Included

  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Airport transfers and pre and post tour accommodation
  • Spending money – budget for meals, snacks, drinks, limited souvenirs, laundry, tips and any extras
  • International flights to/from the start/end of your tour and departure taxes  
  • Tips on included excursions, visas, travel insurance, personal items and single rooms.  
  • Optional excursions - On each trip, you may find there are some excursions that are not included. This might be because they are not to everyone's taste or there may be various options of differing value to choose from. More information on the excursions we recommend is listed under each day of your itinerary though prices may vary. If you are after something in particular, don't hesitate to ask your tour leader.

Group

Group Size: Maximum 34. Average 15-24

Age Range: This tour is for those aged between 18 and 39.

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