16 Days –

EURO 2,840 + USD 300 p.p.s.

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Overview

This is an exciting safari that includes wonderful destinations and allows you to explore the diversity of the lesser travelled Southern African countries such as Zambia and Malawi. The journey offers amazing scenery and fantastic highlights and is recommended for travellers with a sense of adventure.

Starting from Lusaka, your safari includes a canoeing trip on the Lower Zambezi opposite Mana Pools, an area renowned for its wealth of wildlife. Then to South Luangwa National Park to explore this wonderful game park on game drives and a bush walk. Now to Malawi where you will hike the Mulanje Massif, do a boat cruise and game drive in Liwonde and end at Lake Malawi where you can snorkel, swim and enjoy the amazing beaches.

Your safari ends in Lilongwe on Day 16.

Highlights

  • Canoe trip & wild camping on the Lower Zambezi
  • Bush walk and 4WD Game drives in South Luangwa National Park
  • Hike the Mulanje Massif and visit the tea plantations
  • Boat cruise & game drives in Liwonde National Park
  • Kayaking & snorkelling in Lake Malawi
  • Amazing landscapes & scenic sites

Itinerary

DAY 1

PIONEER CAMP, LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
Chalet – Bed & Breakfast
The group will meet in Lusaka at 16:00 at the lodge. This evening, after the tour briefing, we have a group dinner at the lodge (own expense).

Included : Bed and Breakfast

DAY 2

GWABI RIVER LODGE, KAFUE RIVER, ZAMBIA
Ensuite Twin Room – Full Board

A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia and down into the Zambezi Valley lowlands and our lodge on the banks of the Kafue River. Being a major tributary to the Zambezi River it is the largest and longest river lying entirely within Zambia. We overnight on its banks and enjoy the sunset from the elevated deck.

Included : Full Board

DAYS 3 & 4

LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING TRIP
Wild Camping on Day 3 – Full Board
Gwabi River Lodge on Day 4 – Breakfast & Lunch

We paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. Canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We overnight at a wild campsite on Elephant Bones Island in the heart of untamed Africa. The following morning we continue our canoe safari through an area teaming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat, and transferred back up river to our lodge.

Included : Full Day Canoe Safari, Full Board on Day 3, Breakfast & Lunch on Day 4

DAY 5

CHIMWEMWE LODGE, GREAT EAST ROAD, ZAMBIA
Standard Room – Full Board

We head north to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets. Taking the Great East Road we drive this afternoon, passing small villages and street side markets, until sunset. (A very long day of travel but allows us to get to South Luangwa sooner on day 6).

Included : Full Board

DAYS 6, 7 & 8

WILDLIFE CAMP, SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
Chalet Breakfast & Lunch

Make our way down into “the valley” of the South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where elephants, hippo, lion and leopard abound. Our lodge, on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooks the national park and you can frequently see hippos and elephants from the camp swimming pool!

We explore the game management area and the national park on a game walk and open 4WD game drives, one at night with spotlights, to see nocturnal animals. (In the green season, Dec – Apr, walks may not be possible in which case we’ll do extra game drives).

There is time on the last afternoon either to relax in camp or take another game walk, game drive or village visit activity (own expense).

Included : Breakfast & Lunch, Bush walk, Game drives in South Luangwa National Park, Park Fees

DAY 9

KUTI RESERVE, MALAWI
Bush Villa – Full Board

We cross the border at Chipata into Malawi and make our way to the Capital Lilongwe where we restock on supplies, before heading to Kuti Wildlife Reserve. This reserve is home to wide selection of big mammal species including giraffe, wildebeest & zebra. The sable herds are the pride and joy of Kuti, flourishing in this environment and reaching over 100 animals.

Included – Full Board, Kuti Reserve Entrance Fees

DAYS 10 & 11

KARA 0’MULA LODGE, MULANJE, MALAWI
Ensuite Twin Room – Breakfast & Lunch

We tour one of Malawi’s famous tea plantations in the Thyolo region before making our way to our lodge in Mulanje. Mount Mulanje’s bare rock flanks tower to almost 3002m, dwarfing all that surrounds it, and influencing cloud patterns in the area, making it an important source of rain water at the head of almost every river in this part of southern Malawi. Formed about 130 million years ago, the first European to see the Massif was David Livingstone in 1859, but archaeological investigation reveals evidence of human activity since the Stone Ages. We take a day walk on the slopes to see the streams, waterfalls and towering peaks.

Included : Breakfast & Lunch, Guided walk on slopes of Mount Mulanje

DAYS 12 & 13

MVUU CAMPSITE, LIWONDE NATIONLA PARK, MALAWI
Camping – Full Boar
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Ancient baobab trees and lofty palms provide the backdrop for this magnificent southern Malawi reserve. Covering 548 km² of the upper Shire River plains and valley slopes, Liwonde harbours Malawi’s largest remaining elephant population and the critically endangered Black Rhino. The River Shire flows along its western border, allowing us to enjoy a boat safari, and we’ll game drive in our tour vehicle through the grassland and woodland habitats in search of leopards, elephants, hippos, antelopes and rare Lilian’s lovebirds.

Included : Full Board, Boat Cruise, Game drives

DAYS 14 & 15

MUMBO ISLAND, LAKE MALAWI
Ensuite Twin Room – Full Board

Lake Malawi is the jewel of Malawi and one the Great Rift Valley lakes. We head to the Lake Malawi National Park where we take a boat to the secluded tropical Mumbo Island, near Cape Maclear. The rustic lodge is an idyllic paradise with kayaks and snorkelling gear available to explore the island and snorkel with the jewelled fish, the endemic Cichlids. The friendly people of Malawi make it the “warm heart of Africa”.

Included : Full Board, Park Fees, Boat transfers, kayaking & snorkelling gear

DAY 16

LILONGWE – END OF SAFARI

Leaving the shores of Lake Malawi we return to Lilongwe, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to re-join life. Tour ends @11:00am.

Rates

  • Jan – Dec 2020 – EUR0 2,840 + USD 300 per person sharing
  • Single Supplement EURO 290 per person
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Inclusions

  • Accommodation & meals as per itinerary
  • Transport
  • 2 Guides
  • All Entrance & Park Fees
  • Activities as per itinerary