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16 days
Camping/Accommodated Group Tour
Lusaka - Lilongwe
Zambia, Malawi
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small group accommodated and camping tour starts in Lusaka and finishes in Lilongwe. Journey through the heart of the wild continent, from Zambia through Malawi.

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Highlights

Lusaka, Lower Zambezi National Park – canoeing; South Luangwa National Parkgame walk & 4WD game drives; Lake Malawi – snorkelling & beaches; Mulanje Massif and Liwonde National Park.

Accommodation

Overnight: Overnight 12 nights on safari we stay at chalets, tented lodges and guest houses. 3 night camping (Sunway will provide tents, mats and chairs, you will need your own sleeping bag). The accommodation can be rustic or even basic, these may be the only option. Meals: 15 breakfasts, 14 lunches and 7 dinners are included. Of which 5 breakfasts are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are prepared by the Sunway crew, prepared at the vehicle and enjoyed around the campfire or at the truck. Transport: Due to sometimes poor roads we only use Sunway Safari trucks for this tour. Potholes, damaged gravel roads and livestock on the roads can make travel slow, you’ll pass through villages and witness the local lifestyle all the way. For the game drives in South Luangwa we use open 4WD. Limited Participation: An essential part of your safari is participation. From putting up your tent to packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. Your tour leaders will do all the meal prepartion but we do ask the clients to help (on rotation) with the washing up. There are some long travel days which means early morning starts so we all need to get involved to make the day run efficiently.

Restrictions

We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children). If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc) Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.

Extras/Upgrades

Single supplement: €290. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

This tour departs at 16h00 from the lodge in Lusaka. We recommend that you fly into Lusaka the day before. If you would like to book additional nights accommodation pre-tour, please indicate required airport transfers and lodge reservations when you submit your enquiry below

Departure & Return Location

Lusaka – Lilongwe

Departure Time

At 16h00 on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck
  • 15 Breakfasts, 14 Lunches & 7 Dinners
  • Entrance Fees
  • 12 nights in chalets & 3 night camping
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Flights
  • Departure Taxes
  • Airport transfers
  • Tips
  • Optional activities
  • Items of a personal nature
Itinerary

Day 1 LUSAKA [lodge - - -]

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

Includes: –
Distance/time: N/A
Overnight: Pioneer Camp – twin share en-suite safari chalet. Swimming pool, restaurant & bar.
WIFI not available.

Day 2 KAFUE RIVER [lodge BL-]

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

Includes: –
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.

Day 3 - 4 LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING [1x camping BLD, 1x lodge BL-]

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 .
Distance/time: N/A
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.

Day 5 LUSAKA – GREAT EAST ROAD [chalet BLD]

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

Includes: N/A
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.

Day 9 KUTI [chalet BLD]

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.

Day 10 - 11 MULANJE MASSIF [lodge BL-]

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.

Day 12 - 13 LIWONDE [camping BLD]

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.

Day 14 - 15 LAKE MALAWI [lodge BLD]

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.

Day 16 LILONGWE – TOUR ENDS [- B - -]

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
Includes: 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.
Overnight: N/A

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.

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FAQ

I'm a solo traveller, is there a single supplement?

On request we can book you a single room at additional costs. Otherwise, you will be sharing a room with somone else from the same sexe if you are a single traveler.

Which currency is most widely accepted on this tour?

You can use USD and your credit card should be accepted in most supermarkets, lodges and bars

Should I book pre/post tour accommodation?

We recommend you arrive the night before. We can book an extra night in the lodge from where the tour starts.

3 Reviews
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Resnick

Solo Traveller

Twice, in two years, I have used African Travels even though it is half a world and several time zones away from my home in Alaska. I do this because Marijnke responds immediately to any request I have—�from the cost of a visa in Mozambique to whether the Intercape bus between Windhoek and Cape Town stops for meals. If she doesn’t know the answer to one of my questions—and I asked her many—she researches and gets back to me quickly. She has arranged both small-group overland safaris through six different countries and also solo travel in Namibia for me. Everything she booked went exactly as she said it would. Traveling solo can sometimes be daunting. Having a great travel agent makes it so much more doable. I highly recommend African Travels both for its knowledge of Africa and it’s commitment to its clients.

December 3, 2017

Birgit

Solo Traveller

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Bush walk in South Luanga National Park

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Reasonable level of fitness needed for kayaking on the Zambezi and hiking in Mulanje

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
To a certain extent; food shopping solely at Shoprite – did not support locals

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
Very enjoyable holiday:saw lots of animals, diverse range of activities, beautiful landscapes, very nice lodges. Guides are proffesional and very friendly. Clinton and Ulrich did a great job looking after us.

Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?

5 *****

November 30, -0001

John

Solo Traveller

Wonderful experience. More than we hoped for. Malawi was absolutely amazing. The walk at Mulanje was a highlight. Kalanga is a superb calm driver in sometimes unfamiliar territory. Both Kalunga and Alois are knowledgeable and excelent with clients.

November 30, -0001