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Deze kleine internationale groepsreis start in Lusaka en eindigt in Lilongwe. Er wordt zowel gekampeerd als in guest houses overnacht. Met deze zeer afwisselende safari reis je door het hart van Malawi en Zambia. De hoogtepunten bestaan onder meer uit een kanosafari over de Lower Zambezi, game drives in South Luangwa National Park, het Mulanje massief en Lake Malawi.
12 nachten in chalets, permanente safaritenten & guesthouses. 15 daarvan zijn met een ensuite badkamer; 3 nachten kamperen Een essentieel onderdeel van de safari is het deelnemen aan bepaalde werkzaamheden zoals het opzetten van de tent en het inpakken van de truck in de ochtend – het is allemaal onderdeel van het avontuur. Je reisleiders zullen bij deze reis de maaltijden bereiden maar we vragen de reiziger om mee te helpen met de afwas (op rotatie). Er zijn een aantal lange reisdagen die zeer vroeg starten en dan is het heel fijn als iedereen zijn bijdrage levert zodat de dag efficiënt te laten verlopen. Transport: het merendeel van deze reis reis je in een comfortabele safari truck met 12 naar voren staande stoelen.
De gemiddelde leeftijd is 46 jaar op deze reis. Kinderen van 12 jaar en ouder zijn meer dan welkom mits ze samen met de ouder(s) reizen. Wanneer je ouder bent dan 65 jaar is helaas een gezondheidsverklaring noodzakelijk.
Indien je een eigen eenpersoonskamer/tent wenst te hebben komt er €290,- bij.
Deze reis start om 16:00 uur op dag 1 van de tour vanuit Lusaka. Indien je een extra nacht of een vliegticket zou willen bijboeken dan kan dat via ons!
Lusaka (Zambia) – Liwonde (Malawi)
16:oo p.m. op de dag van aanvang
The group will meet in Lusaka, in Zambia, at 16:00 at the lodge. This evening, after the tour briefing, we have a group dinner at the lodge (own expense).
Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch is not included
Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Overnight: Pioneer Camp – twin share en-suite safari chalet. Swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
WIFI not available.
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.
Day 2: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 2: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at the lodge restaurant
Distance/time: ±175km, 4h30 actual driving time, the road down into the Zambezi Valley can be very slow going, so we expect a travel day of ±5h30.
Overnight: Gwabi River Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool & bar. WIFI not available.
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 teeming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat and transferred back up river to our lodge.
Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 3: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4: Dinner will be an own expense meal at the lodge restaurant
Includes: Full day canoe safari on Lower Zambezi with local river guides .
Overnight: Day 3: Wild Camping – we camp wild on an island for 1 night while canoeing on the Zambezi River. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety. Sunway supplies all the camping equipment, except for your sleeping bag and pillow, which you need to bring. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets.
We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel. WIFI not available.
Day 4: Gwabi River Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool & bar WIFI not available.
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 reaching the small town of Petauke.
Day 5: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 5: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Distance/time: ±570km, 9h30 actual driving time, today is a very long driving day as we try to get as far as possible today, to maximise our time in South Luangwa tomorrow, expect a long travel day of ±10h00.
Overnight: Chimwemwe Lodge – twin standard rooms en-suite, restaurant and bar.
Day 6, 7, 8 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK [lodge chalet BL-]
We 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).
Day 6, 7, 8: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 6, 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6, 7, 8: Dinner will be an own expense meal at the lodge restaurant
Includes: South Luangwa National Park, 1x game walks, 2 game drives & 1 day national park fee.
Distance/time: ±330km, 5h00 actual driving time on day 6. There can be potholes and the road down into the “valley” is hilly and slow, we expect a travel day of ±8h30.
Optional Activities: Game walks & game drives.
Overnight: Wildlife Camp chalets swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
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 a 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.
Day 9: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 9: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: Entrance fee to Kuti.
Distance/time: ±390km, 6h00 actual driving time, but the border can be slow and somehow the travel today takes longer than you’d expect, ±9h00.
Overnight: Kuti Reserve bush villas each with 2 twin bedrooms & 1 shared bathroom, restaurant & bar.WIFI not available.
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 Age. We take a day walk on the slopes to see the streams, waterfalls and towering peaks.
Day 10: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 11: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner will be an own expense meal at the lodge restaurant
Includes: Guided walk on the slopes of Mount Mulanje.
Distance/time: ±390km, 6h00 actual driving time, there are lots of towns and villages and restricted sections of road + a tea tasting so it’s a full travel day of ±9h30.
Overnight: Kara o’Mula – twin share en-suite rooms.
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.
Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge
Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: Boat cruise and game drives in the tour vehicle.
Distance/time: ±190km, 3h00 actual driving time, with lots of villages, a market stop and a game drive to the camp it’s a full travel day of up to ±8h00.
Overnight: Mvuu Campsite – shared facilities, bar, restaurant.
NOTE: it may be possible, on arrival to upgrade into the lodge. This is subject to availability and Sunway will contribute the equivalent of the camping fee. We do not book lodge rooms because it would add excessively to the overall price of the tour.
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”.
Day 14 – 15: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14 – 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14 – 15: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Includes: National Park fees and taxes, boat transfers, kayaking and snorkelling gear.
Distance/time: ±160km, 3h00 actual driving time on tarmac road to Chembe Village, then an afternoon boat cruise to Mumbo Island. We expect a travel day of ±5h30.
Overnight: Mumbo Island – twin share rooms (some reed, some canvas all with thatch roof) with en suite bathrooms, & hot showers. The lodge has 7 rooms, so depending on group size and make up, this may affect single supplement options. There is no electricity on the island, so charge your camera before departing to Mumbo. No Wifi.
Leaving the shores of Lake Malawi we return to Lilongwe, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to re-join life.
Tour ends @11:00am.
Day 16: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: N/A
Day 16: N/A
Distance/time: ±260km, 4h00 actual driving time, an early boat transfer, followed by a tarmac road to the airport, but there is no time to waste this morning. Travel day of ±4h00.
Please note: we do a free drop off at Lilongwe airport on day 16 at 11:00am so you can book your
flight out for the last day of tour.
Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions – remember it’s an adventure!
Please note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.
Sustainable Tourism: In the Luangwa Valley we stay at Wildlife Camp who donate 60% of their revenues to the
Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia. A local guide will lead us on a game walk and night
drive. Your visit will support employment opportunities.
Wanneer je alleen reist word je ingedeeld met iemand van hetzelfde geslacht. Wens je een eigen kamer of eigen tent? Per reis zijn er een paar eenpersoonskamers onder voorbehoud van beschikbaarheid.
Voor deze tour is de ZAR het meest gangbaar. Een creditcard en pinpas wordt soms geaccepteerd in lodges, restaurants, activiteiten centra en supermarkten.
We raden aan om de dag voor vertrek al aan te komen in Afrika. Deze boeken we op verzoek voor je bij (slaapzaal/dorm of eigen kamer).
We raden aan om via ons een luchthaven transfer bij aankomst te boeken. Iemand wacht je op met een naambordje. Hierdoor weet je dat je niet wordt opgelicht en naar de juiste accommodatie wordt gebracht.