For most travelers, the epitome of a “dream trip” is being in an exotic place while experiencing an unknown culture and the world’s most incredible natural environment. In Africa, history runs deep and wildlife and people coexist in the circle of life (yes, we went there!) and East Africa is what travel dreams are made of. If you haven’t been, its a trip that will change your life. But to do it right, its recommended to book a tour through a trusted company to see everything that you can.
Fellow trekker Caitlin Rowe, who is a Visual Merchandiser from Brisbane, Australia spent three weeks traveling to Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe in March (during the wet season). As a budget traveler, Caitlin booked her trip through Intrepid Travel as their prices and various tour options were perfect to choose from. Caitlin chose the Zanzibar to Victoria Falls tour from Intrepid, which is a 19 day tour that includes food, transport, accommodation (mostly camping) and entrance fees. The tour was challenging (camping for two weeks, several days of driving) but rewarding. This was Caitlin’s sixth trip with Intrepid Travel, her go-to and trusted travel company that she recommends for all types of travelers.
Booking travel in Africa can be tedious if you’re planning your own tour or separately booking hotels, safaris, etc. We recommend booking through a trusted and well established company, such as Intrepid Travel, for your African experience. There are so many options for all types of travelers. Luxury safaris to camping safari’s, or rugged hiking and walking tours to driving trips across country, you can customize a tour according to your needs since the options are endless.
Intrepid’s Zanzibar to Victoria Falls tour is the best for discovering East Africa. It allows you to see beautiful Stone Town in Zanzibar, where the mix of Swahili and Islamic influence is one of a kind. You’ll have great food, stroll through the winding alleys of the town, and take a few days on the coast of Zanzibar where the white sands beach await you. Hop back inland to Lake Malawi and meet the locals or enjoy any number of water activities. The cabins on the base of the lake offer great views, and if you’re up early enough, you can catch the fishermen going out on the lake.
After an unforgettable time in Malawi, you’ll head to South Luangwa National Park where safari begins and there is wildlife galore. You’ll find Elephants, Giraffe’s, Lions, Buffalo and much more. Camping safari’s can be great, but also difficult during the rainy season. But it just might make your trip more exciting!
Before heading deep into Zimbabwe, you will be visiting several cities and some of the oldest colonial settlements in Masvingo. But the real excitement lies in Matobo National park, where you’ll be guided on a walking safari, and if you’re lucky, you’ll come across magnificent white and black rhinoceros.
End (or begin!) your tour at booming Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. This powerful waterfall is one of the largest in the world, and you’ll hear it and see its steam from miles away. At 1,700 meters long and about 100 meters deep, it was feared by locals (they called it “the smoke that thunders”) but it is now a popular tourist destination for both locals and visitors.
“I was able to tick four countries off of my bucket list, visit extraordinary safari parks, meet wonderful people and the overall price of the trip was well within my tight budget”
One of Caitlin’s favorite moments was visiting Mikumi National Park in Tanzania and visiting the Chitimba Camp on the Northern Shores of Lake Malawi.
“The tiny house cottages are adorable, the view of the lake is stunning and the camp site bathroom facilities are just the right amount of luxury to make any weary backpacker weak in the knees!”
“Long travel days filled with endless laughter, navigating my way around a flooded tent not once but twice, and watching the sunset across the valley from Cecil Rhodes grave are moments I’ll cherish…”
Check out Caitlin Rowe on Instagram and find out more about Intrepid Travel here!