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22 days
Camping Group Tour
Livingstone - Johannesburg
Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, South-Africa
Min Age : 12
Max People : 12
Tour Details

This small camping group tour starts in Livingstone and finishes in Johannesburg. Journey through the heart of the wild continent, from Zambia through Malawi and down through Zimbabwe to South Africa. 

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Highlights

Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world; Lower Zambezi National Park – canoeing; South Luangwa National Park – game walk & 4WD game drives; Lake Malawi – snorkelling & beaches; Benguerra Island – explore islands on a dhow; Inhambane – beaches and scuba diving; Kruger National Park – morning and afternoon game drives.

Accommodation

21 nights on safari we stay at chalets, tented lodges and guest houses. Of which; 15 nights en suite facilities. 1 night camping (operator will provide tents, mats and chairs, but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag). 5 nights in chalets with shared ablution facilities in Cape Maclear, Bilenes and Kruger. The accommodation can be rustic or even basic, these may be the only option. Meals 20 breakfasts, 21 lunches and 17 dinners are included. Of which; 7 breakfasts & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges. The remaining included meals are prepared by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and enjoyed around the campfire or at the truck. Transport Due to the sometimes demanding road conditions you travel in a safari truck with 12 seats. Potholes, speed bumps(!) & rain damaged gravel roads are characteristic of the areas we travel through and can make driving slow and bouncy. However, we pass through road side villages and thus have opportunity to witness the local lifestyle. For the game drives in South Luangwa we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides. Limited participation:An essential part of your safari is some participation. From carrying your own bag to cleaning your window and packing the truck in the morning – it’s all part of your adventure. For the longer days if everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Where the tour leaders provide meals we ask that clients help (on rotation) with washing up.

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: €210. Only if you do not want to share with another traveler and insist of having your own room.

Hotel Pickup

This tour departs at 14h00. Most flights into LVI and VFA arrive in the morning. We recommend that you fly into Livingstone airport (LVI) in Zambia on the day the tour starts (or Victoria Falls airport VFA in Zimbabwe – but this will require an additional visa). 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

Livingstone – Johannesburg

Departure Time

14h00 on day of departure

Price Includes

  • Max 12 people
  • Professional Safari Guides
  • Transport in minibus / safari truck & 4WD
  • 21 Breakfasts, 19 Lunches & 16 Dinners
  • Entrance Fees
  • 6 nights in cabin & 15 nights camping
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)
  • Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Flexible payment options in multiple currencies
  • No booking or credit card fees
  • Coverage by Guarantee Fund

Price Excludes

  • Local Tour Payment: US$400. The local payment is a separate payment from the initial price you pay before you leave. If a local payment is required it will be shown with the trip price. This second payment is made in Africa at the start of your trip. It is payable in USD. The local payment provides us with the means for expenses that need to be paid in cash to local businesses en route to be arranged in the most cost effective manner possible, a saving we can then pass on to you. It also means we can operate in a way that directly supports local businesses and wildlife authorities as we travel. Local Payment will not be changed once you have booked your travel arrangements. We also offer tours without Local Payments. One fixed price for the tour and activities which you pay all at once to us. Contact us to point them out to you on our website!
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Itinerary

Day 1 - 2 LIVINGSTONE [camping Bx1 - -]

(B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00 where we have 2 days to explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).

Day 1: Breakfast is not included
Day 1: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant
Day 2: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 2: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 2: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Entrance to see the Victoria Falls.
Distance/time: N/A
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

Day 3 KAFUE RIVER [camping BLD]

A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we camp the night.

Day 3: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
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

Includes: –
Distance/time: ±505km, 8h00 actual driving time, a long driving day along very scenic and bumpy roads we stop for sightseeing and lunch, we expect a travel day of ±10h00.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool & bar.

Day 4 - 5 LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING [camping BLD]

We paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. Canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We camp wild on an 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 are transferred back up river to our starting campsite.

Day 4, 5: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4, 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 4, 5: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Full day canoe safari on Lower Zambezi with local river guides .
Distance/time: N/A
Overnight: Camping – on day 4, we camp wild on an island in the Zambezi River, on day 5, we stay in a designated campsite, with good ablution facilities, with hot showers, swimming pool & bar.
You will need to bring your own towel.

Day 6 LUSAKA – GREAT EAST ROAD [chalet BLD]

We head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital. Taking the Great East Road we drive this afternoon until sunset. (This is a very long day of travel but this also allows us to get to South Luangwa sooner on day 7).

Day 6: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 6: 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 travel 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 & bar.

Day 7, 8, 9 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]

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 hippo, elephants, lion and leopard abound. We camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and explore the area on 2 game walks and 2 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).

Day 7: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 8, 9: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8, 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 7, 8, 9: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to South Luangwa National Park, 2x game walks, 2 game drives.
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: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar.

Day 10 - 11 LAKE MALAWI [camping BLD]

Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. We re-stock with fresh supplies in the markets of Lilongwe before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. We’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore the fantastic bays and coves in the area.

Day 10, 11: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 10, 11: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Island boat excursion.
Distance/time: ±510km, 7h00 actual driving time, today is a slow day and the border crossing can have delays, so we expect a long travel day of ±9h30.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, & hot showers.

Day 12 - 13TRANSIT MOZAMBIQUE [camping BLD]

Heading south again we enter Mozambique at Zobue border post. Making our way back over the Zambezi we travel through the Tete region, camping en route in this remote part of Mozambique. (Campsite facilities are very basic.)

Day 12, 13: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12, 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 12, 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: Day 12: ±400km, 7h00 actual driving time, we head south on a transit day, the border can take some time so we expect a travel day of ±9h30.
Day 13: ±400km, 7h00 actual driving time, we continue towards the coast on potholed roads, we expect a long travel day of ±8h30.
Overnight: Campsite – very basic ablution facilities, & hot showers (sometimes!).

Day 14 - 15 BAZARUTO ISLANDS [chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Upon reaching the Indian Ocean we stay overnight in Vilankulos. We take a full day to explore the Magaruque Island on a local dhow, a traditional ocean going trade vessel. Beautiful blue sea, snorkeling, expansive white beaches and some excellent seafood available – what a day!

Day 14: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 14: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 15: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 15: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: Full day Dhow excursion to Bazaruto Islands.
Distance/time: ±530km, 6h00 actual driving time, the road today has many potholes and we go very slowly at some points, we expect a long travel day of ±8h30.
Optional Activities: Snorkeling.
Overnight: Sailaway – for 2 nights in Vilankulos we stay in twin rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Wifi not available.

Day 16 - 17 INHAMBANE [chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Arab influences are strong in Inhambane dating back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. Explore Inhambane and its 200-year-old cathedral, before moving to our accommodation next to the beach. Dhow rides and scuba diving on coral reefs are available (own expense).

Day 16: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 16: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 17: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±530km, 6h00 actual driving time, we stick to the coast on fairly good tarmac roads passing through villages, we expect a travel day of ±6h30.
Optional Activities: Scuba diving, ocean safari & deep-sea fishing.
Overnight: Bayview Lodge – for 2 nights in Inhambane (Praia do Tofo / Barra) we stay in en-suite rooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone Bar, restaurant, telephone. Wifi not available.

Day 18 CHIZAVANE [casitas BL-]

We turn south along the coast to a secluded fishing lodge on the beach north of Xai-Xai. The lodge is perched on the coastal dunes with a magnificent view of the surrounding natural bush and expansive beach. Low tide exposes a long rocky reef parallel to the beach, which creates a shallow, calm pool ideal for snorkelling and swimming. For our last night on the beach, we enjoy a fish braai (barbeque) dinner at the lodge restaurant overlooking the warm Indian Ocean.

Day 18: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 18: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant

Includes: N/A
Distance/time: ±355km, 4h30 actual driving time, tarmac road followed by sandy track, we expect a travel day of ±5h00.
Optional Activities Snorkelling (subject to low tide) or fishing (subject to time availability).
Overnight: East Africa Safaris casitas – for 1 night in Chizavane we stay in casitas. These are twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi available.

Day 19 - 20 KRUGER NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]

We travel through the Transfrontier Limpopo Park into Kruger National Park – visit big game country! Exciting game drives to spot lions, giraffe and the mighty elephant. Relaxing in the tranquil bush we experience a land forgotten by time, a true African wilderness.

Day 19, 20: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 19, 20: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 19, 20: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group

Includes: Entrance fees to Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives.
Distance/time: ±350km, 5h30 actual driving time, the road is rough gravel + a border crossing and then a game drive to camp, it’s long ±10h00 on the road.
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park game viewing vehicles.
Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop.

Day 21 - 22 GREATER KRUGER – JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS [lodge Bx2 Lx1 Dx1]

Departing Kruger, we overnight at a private game lodge in the Greater Kruger for our final dinner under the stars. The following morning we tour the Panorama Route, visiting God’s Window and the Three Sisters. We return to Johannesburg in the afternoon of the day 22, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to rejoin life. Tour ends @ 17:00

Day 21: Breakfast provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 21: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group
Day 21: Dinner will be provided by the lodge
Day 22: Breakfast provided by the lodge
Day 22: Lunch will be an own expense meal
Day 22: NA

Includes: Early morning game drive.
Distance/time: Day 21: ±180km, 4h00 game drive out of Kruger, with some time to relax at the lodge this afternoon.
Day 22: ±500km, 6h30 actual driving time up the escarpment en-route to JHB, we expect a long travel day of ±7h00.
Overnight: Makuwa Safari Lodge – for 1 night we stay in twin share bedrooms ensuite, for a chance to tidy up before flying out on day 22. Swimming pool. Wifi not available.

Please note: we do a free drop off at Johannesburg airport on day 22 at +/- 16:00pm so you can book your flight out for the last day of the 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!

Special Interest: A walking safari in South Luangwa is an essential Zambian experience. Game scouts will lead us on an exhilarating walk in this big game wilderness

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 tent 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.

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Juliana

Group Traveller

I just returned home from an amazing 2 week camping safari through Zambia and Malawi. Starting at the mighty Victoria Falls and ending at Lake Malawi, the tour “Zambia & Malawi Trail” combined so many highlights that it’s hard to mention the most outstanding ones. It was for example a wonderful experience to paddle down Zambezi River and to camp wild on an island, to do game walks and game drives in South Luangwa National Park and to swim in Lake Malawi. It was my first trip to Southern Africa and I want to express a huge THANK YOU to Sunway and of course to the guides for having made this trip unforgettable. Patrick and Jefias did an incredibly good job and formed a very good team. Our group of 6 people highly appreciated their ability and experience in guiding such tours. So thanks for this fantastic adventure!.

May 16, 2018

Doris

Group Traveller

I’ve been on a tour (Trade Route) with Annika and Kalunga. I had a wonderful time with this two guides and 8 other people and I enjoyed every minute of it! Annika and Kalunga were very competent, kind, helpful, heartedly, although strict in their „red thread“ (central theme)! I appreciated their cooking, it was very various, looking very nicely and even healthy! They were helpful, joyous and knew a lot to tell about animals, the countries and the nature.

I’m sure, I will travel again with Sunway Safaris and I also will recommend Sunway Safaris to my friends.

kind regards Doris Stahel

May 16, 2018

Gordon

Solo Traveller

We have just returned back to England after a fabulous 20+ days with Shandle and Marcus. Both were excellent tour guides but I just wanted to pay an individual tribute to Marcus.

Throughout the tour, he worked so hard every day! His main focus after supporting Shandle was to make sure everyone was having a good time. He was fantastic with our two boys who both took to him really well and developed a good relationship with him as the time went on. He made a significant contribution to our enjoyment with his easy approach and great knowledge about the plants and animals we encountered.

If I’m honest, there were times that I found some of the other guests a little difficult. But he remained professional throughout and treated every one with equal importance. He is a real asset to your company.

Please pass on our thanks to him!

November 30, -0001