Vic Falls to Zanzibar

20 Days | Cascading falls to the clear blue waters of the Indian ocean

4.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
Overland
Wildlife
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ZAR  38,773
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Unlock the mysteries of Africa's eastern lands on a 20-day trip from Zimbabwe to Zanzibar. Passing through Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania, visit fertile national parks, remote highland communities, savannas with endless horizons and the sparkling Indian ocean coastline. Safari past lion and zebra herds in South Luangwa National Park, watch local fisherman haul in their daily catch on Lake Malawi, and wind up on the idyllic shores of Zanzibar's northern beaches in search of a seafood curry and sundowner. Your African adventure sets the pace, with plenty of time to make your adventure special through independent activities, plus a local crew joining you each step of the way to give you all the local low-down. If safaris, sea breezes and a zest for exploration are your thing, jump aboard this overland adventure to the wilds of East Africa.

Trip overview

Map of Vic Falls To Zanzibar including Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia and Zimbabwe
Start
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
Finish
Zanzibar, Africa
Theme
Overland, Wildlife
Destinations
Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Malawi
Physical rating
Indicates how physically exerting a trip is, and how fit you will need to be to enjoy it. More info on physical ratings
Style
Basix
Ages
Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 22
Trip code
YXOSC
This trip generates 24 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Track rhinos on foot in Matobo National Park, home to a diverse range of flora and fauna including warthogs, leopards, and klipsingers. Learn about the park's cultural significance and San rock paintings.
  • Experience the rumble and roar of Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side, which gives you the broadest view. You'll have the opportunity to see the cascades from multiple angles, perhaps treating yourself to an unforgettable scenic flight.
  • Explore the largest ruins in sub-Saharan Africa – the World Heritage-listed Great Zimbabwe – said to once be home to a Zimbabwean monarch!
  • Visit the Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust to learn about the rehabilitation of wildlife from poaching and get the chance to meet some rescued or orphaned wildlife currently in their care.
  • Discover the magic of South Luangwa National Park on a morning game drive. This park is a highly concentrated arena of noble African beasts and exotic wildflowers.

Is this trip right for you?
  • This is an overland trip. That means you’ll be travelling with a group in a purpose-built vehicle, visiting remote communities, setting up your own tent, occasionally roughing it in the bush with no facilities, and getting the best possible views of the Big Five. While the trucks don’t have air conditioning, they do have sliding windows which let in the breeze and make it even easier to take spectacular snaps of the local wildlife. The drive days can be long, but it’s as much about the journey as the destination, and half the fun is the camaraderie. For more info on this style of travel, see our Africa overland page: https://www.intrepidtravel.com/africa/overland
  • There are many excellent optional activities on this trip. We recommend taking this into consideration when budgeting for your adventure.
  • Some passengers on this trip will have been travelling together prior to the start of your trip. To see what you're missing out on check out our Cape Town to Zanzibar trip. Search trip code UBOXC on the Intrepid website for more information and to book.
  • There will be many early starts either to make use of the better safari time or to beat the morning traffic on long travel days.

Itinerary

Map of Vic Falls To Zanzibar including Malawi, Tanzania, United Republic Of, Zambia and Zimbabwe

Inclusions

Meals

19 breakfasts, 10 lunches, 14 dinners

Transport

Overland vehicle, 4X4 safari vehicle, Ferry, Minibus

Accommodation

Camping (with facilities) (16 nights), Hotel (1 night), Bunglow (2 nights)

Activities
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls Wildlife Trust Visit
  • Matobo National Park - Rhino Tracking, Park Visit & San Rock Paintings
  • Masvingo - Great Zimbabwe Ruins guided visit
  • South Luangwa - Jewellery workshop Project
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Afternoon Game Drive
  • South Luangwa National Park - 4x4 Dawn Game Drive
  • Mikumi National Park - 4x4 Game Drive
Add on activities
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail (full day) - USD185
  • Victoria Falls - Flying fox - USD50
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight of the Angels (12 mins - Excludes US$25 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD150
  • Victoria Falls - Helicopter Flight (25 mins - Excludes US$30 fuel surcharge and NP fees) - USD284
  • Victoria Falls - Rafting & river boarding (half day) - USD218
  • Victoria Falls - Village & township tour - USD61
  • Victoria Falls - Canoe trail wine route - USD55
  • Victoria Falls - Victoria Falls entrance - USD50
  • Bulawayo - Railway Museum - USD5
  • Balawayo - Natural History Museum - USD10
  • Harare - National Archives - USD3
  • Harare - National Botanical Gardens - USD5
  • Harare - National Gallery - USD10
  • South Luangwa National Park - Game Walk - USD50
  • Lake Malawi - Guided village walks - USD10
  • Lake Malawi - Bike Hire - USD25
  • Lake Malawi - Snorkelling - USD25
  • Stone Town Tour - Dharajani Market, Joseph's Cathederal, Palace Museum, Forodhani Food Market - USD20
  • Zanzibar - Prison Island Tour - USD25
  • Stone Town - Handicraft & Music Urban Adventure - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Spice tour - USD25
  • Zanzibar - Snorkelling - USD50
  • Zanzibar - Dhow Trip - USD35

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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available if you’d prefer not to share a room on this trip. The single supplement applies to all nights of your trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
2. This trip is a combination of YXON and YXOS of our most popular itineraries. As such the make up of your group and your leader may change on Day 17.
3. The Zanzibar portion of your itinerary may have a few more passengers than the maximum group size of 22 as we have a crossover of trips starting and finishing in Zanzibar.
4. This trip starts in Victoria Falls on Day 1 at 4pm. This allows time after the welcome meeting to explore Victoria Falls. This trip finishes upon arrival in Stone Town on Day 20. Please do not book any flights until after 2pm this afternoon.

Essential Trip Information

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Reviews

4.5 out of 5 based on 13 reviews submitted.
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Pearson Jacob · Traveled December 2023
Fun times, kind people, unforgettable experiences. Would be nice if the truck had air conditioning. Driver, cook and guide made for a great trip!
Review submitted 20 Dec 2023

Darcey · Traveled December 2023
I booked vic falls to Gorillas as a trip, and this Vic falls to Zanzibar section was a small part of it. I wouldn’t book this section of trip by itself, as it includes lots of long drive days and a small number of activities, however if you have come from the Cape Town to vic falls leg, or are continuing on from Zanzibar as I am, it is is a great trip to see lots of Zimbabwe. Zambia and Malawi you otherwise would miss. Be prepared for the longndrive days but be expected for the beach days in Malawi and Zanzibar. My chef Simon was an absolute god in the kitchen, I hope he quits soon to open his own restaurant because I got fed sooo well on this trip. All staff are wonderful and overall a great relaxing Leg!
Review submitted 08 Jan 2024

Lucy · Traveled December 2023
If you're thinking of doing this trip just do it you'll never regret it and it's the most amazing experience.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Shirley · Traveled December 2023
Don't think twice - book it ! I was jealous of those doing longer trips that connected up to this one. From having never camped before I am a complete convert - mainly because we were so incredibly well looked after by our crew. This is definitely a "journey" rather than a typical "holiday" - fantastic to visit less visited national parks - our sittings felt very special and unique.
Review submitted 19 Dec 2023

Chelsea · Traveled November 2023
I really enjoyed this trip. Tip: make sure you purchase a Kaza Visa for Zimbabwe if you plan on viewing the Vic falls from both sides! Our group leaders were excellent, as was our group. I so enjoyed my first Africa trip, and I know I will be returning.
Review submitted 25 Nov 2023
Vic Falls to Zanzibar
From
ZAR  38,773