12 Days Zambia and Malawi Safari

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This 12 Days Zambia and Malawi Safari is an extraordinary journey through Zambia and Malawi. There is an active day canoeing on the Zambezi River and another to explore the bays and coves of Lake Malawi by boat. Enjoy outstanding game viewing and bush walks in South Luangwa National Park. Border crossings can be slow, so you need to be prepared for the experience. This journey has challenges and is for the adventurous traveller but it also has magnificent highlights.
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 1-2: Livingstone

12 Days Zambia and Malawi

The group will meet at Livingstone Victoria Falls Waterfront, in Zambia, at 2:00 pm. Here 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 bungee jump (at your own expense).

Note that breakfast on day 2 is the only included meal on the first two days of the tour. 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 and when 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.
Main Destination: Victoria Falls (Zambia)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: Breakfast (Lunch & dinner not included)

Day 3: Kafue River

12 Days Zambia and Malawi

A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of Southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we will camp for the night. This is a long driving day along very scenic and bumpy roads. We will stop for sightseeing and lunch. We expect a travel day of ±10 hours.

Main Destination: Kafue River (Zambia)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 4-5: Lower Zambezi Canoeing

12 Days Zambia and Malawi

We’ll paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god—Nyami Nyami. You’ll be canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We’ll camp wild on an island in the heart of untamed Africa. The following morning, we’ll continue our canoe safari through an area teeming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat and transferred back upriver to our starting campsite.

Main Destination: Lower Zambezi National Park (Zambia)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside Lower Zambezi NP (Zambia)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 6: Lusaka

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

Main Destination: Lusaka (City, Zambia)
Accommodation: Chimwemwe Lodge
Mid-range hotelin Petauke (Town, Zambia)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
Drinks not included
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 7-9: South Luangwa National Park

We’ll make our way down into “the valley” of South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where hippos, elephants, lions and leopards abound. We’ll 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, December–April, walks may not be possible in which case we’ll do extra game drives).

Main Destination: South Luangwa National Park (Zambia)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Inside South Luangwa NP (Zambia)
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 10-11: Lake Malawi

For the last few days of the tour, we’ll visit Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. We’ll 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.

Main Destination: Lake Malawi (Malawi)
Accommodation: Budget camping
Meals & Drinks: All meals included
12 Days Zambia and Malawi

Day 12: Lilongwe – Tour Ends

After breakfast, you will be transferred by mini-buses from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe in time to catch your departure flight.

Main Destination: Lilongwe (City, Malawi)
Accommodation: No accommodation

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ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: All visitors to Malawi and Zambia must have a valid passport with at least 4 consecutive blanks pages.  Any applicable visa and/or relevant documentation are the responsibility of the traveller.  For further information on Visa requirements visitors are advised to contact their nearest Malawi and Zambia Embassy or Consulate.
VOLTAGE: 220 Volts/AC50Hz. Sockets are UK style, 3 pin square plugs. Power is from the government in the city/major towns and generator with inverter back up in the Safari Lodges and Camps.
CURRENCY: Foreign currency must be changed at the Bank, Bureau de Change, and Hotel/Safari lodge/Camp/Resort.   Major Credit Cards, Master card, Visa, American Express, are usually accepted throughout the country.  Where credit cards are accepted, the payment will normally be recorded in US$ regardless of the card’s default currency.
CLOTHING: Dress is mainly informal and should be comfortable as well as practical. Something warm should be brought along for early morning and evenings. Safari clothes are available from hotels/lodges/camps.
BAGGAGE: Where possible, travel light. Baggage space on safari is limited to medium suitcase or soft bag per person plus reasonable amount of hand luggage. There is 15 Kilogram per person limit on all flights to the wildlife sanctuaries. Excess luggage must be stored in your arrival hotel.
WATER: You will find many different of opinion of what is safe and what is not. We recommend for peace of mind, to drink local Bottled Mineral water. It is important to drink plenty of water especially during the hotter months. We would recommend that guests drink at least 2 to 3 liters of water per day to limit the effects of dehydration.
HEALTH; East Africa is a safe and secure destination; however, it is a good idea to take a few precautions.  Kindly consult your GP or local doctor at least 6 weeks before you travel, with regards: Malaria prophylactics. East Africa is a known malaria area and preventive measures are essential. You are advised to take one of the recommended anti-malarial drugs.  Be sure to wear long sleeved shorts and trousers after sunset and spray the exposed parts of your body with a mosquito repellent spray Remember to protect yourself from direct sun rays with sunscreen cream or safari hat.
DIETARY REQUIREMENTS: For those guests with specific dietary requirement, please ensure we are notified prior to travel
GRATUITIES: As a guideline and dependent on how happy you are, we would suggest the following: The General Hotel/Lodge/Camp Staff – Approximately U$ 10.00 per person per day Driver Guides – Approximately US$ 15.00 to US$ 20.00 per person per day.
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please be careful when photographing public buildings, airports, bridges, the national flag and people in uniform.  Ensure that you have sought permission before photographing local people and their villages.  If in doubt, please check with your guide.

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  • Park fees(For non-residents)
  • All activities(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All accommodation(Unless listed as upgrade)
  • Camping equipment
  • A professional driver/guide
  • All transportation(Unless labeled as optional)
  • All Taxes/VAT
  • Meals(As specified in the day-by-day section)
  • International flights(From/to home)
  • Roundtrip airport transfer
  • Additional accommodation before and at the end of the tour
  • Sleeping bag
  • Bath towels
  • Tips(Tipping guideline US$10.00 pp per day)
  • Personal items(Souvenirs, travel insurance, visa fees, etc.)
  • Government imposed increase of taxes and/or park fees

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