22-02490Explore Zambia, Malawi & Mozambique

22 Day Overland Tour, Camping

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From: Livingstone

To: Johannesburg

Number of Participants: 4-12

Tour Price: 2,490 EUR

Local Payment Supplement: 400 USD

Single Supplement: 210 EUR (only on camping nights)

On this 22-day overland camping tour you leave the breath-taking and thunderous Victoria Falls and travel across the undulating Miombo-forested hills to the Zambezi River for two days of canoeing. You drive to the capital Lusaka and camp on the banks of the Luangwa River in the National Park to search for Africa´s wildlife. You will swim in Lake Malawi and cross the border into Mozambique to explore Magaruque Island and the seaside towns of Vilanculos, Inhambane and Bilene. Drive through the huge Transfrontier Limpopo Park you reach South Africa’s famous Kruger National Park before finally travelling to bustling Johannesburg where the tour ends.

Day 1-9 | Zambia

  • Livingstone
  • Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant back ride, scenic flight (optional)
  • Lower Zambezi: Canoe safari
  • Lusaka: Markets
  • South Luangwa National Park: Game walk, game drive, night game drive


Day 10-11 | Malawi

  • Lake Malawi: Boat excursion


Day 12-18 | Mozambique

  • Vilanculos: Dhow excursion
  • Inhambane: Dhow rides, scuba diving (optional)
  • Bilene: Kayaking, snorkeling (optional)


Day 19-22 | South Africa

  • Kruger National Park: Game drives
  • Panorama Route: Bourke’s Luck Potholes, Blyde River Canyon, God’s Window

Day 1-2 Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia

The group will meet in Livingstone where you have two days to explore Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. This waterfall is the largest in the world, where the mighty Zambezi River plunges into a 100m deep gorge. Adventure abound: go white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, walk with lions or elephants, swim in the Devil’s Pool or try the 111m bungee jump. All optional activities are not included in the rate.
1 x Breakfast


Day 3 Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia - Kafue River, Zambia

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 8h

A long drive takes you across the rolling Miombo hills of southern Zambia to the Kafue River where you camp the night. These woodlands were named after the Miombo trees that cover vast expanses of land.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 4-5 Kafue River, Zambia - Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia

Distance on day 4 approx. 50 km; driving time approx. 1-2h

You descend into the Lower Zambezi Valley for two days canoeing down the Zambezi River. You will camp for the night on an island in the river. The river attracts elephants and other wildlife from the surrounding wilderness. After a day of paddling, bird watching and game viewing, relax your weary bones in front of the campfire in the evening.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 6 Lower Zambezi Valley, Zambia - Lusaka, Zambia

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 7h

You head to Lusaka where you replenish supplies in the markets of the Zambian capital before driving along the Great East Road until sunset.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 7-9 Lusaka, Zambia - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Distance on day 7 approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 8h

Today you travel to “the valley” of the excellent South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where hippo, elephants, lion and leopard abound. You camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and explore the area on two game walks and two game drives in an open 4x4 vehicle with spotlights to see nocturnal animals. In the green season from December to April it might be dangerous to walk in the long grass and these walk might be replaced with extra game drives.
3 x Breakfast | 3 x Lunch | 3 x Dinner


Day 10-11 South Luangwa National Park, Zambia - Lake Malawi, Malawi

Distance on day 10 approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7h

Friendly Malawi is called “the warm heart of Africa”. You restock with fresh supplies in the markets of Lilongwe before heading to the camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. You’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore the beautiful bays and coves in the area.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 12-13 Lake Malawi, Malawi - Transit Mozambique, Mozambique

Distance for day 12 & 13 approx. 800 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Today we drive south and enter Mozambique at Zobue border post. You cross the Zambezi River and travel through the Tete region, camping in this remote part of Mozambique. Camping here is rough and the roads are even rougher.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 14-15 Transit Mozambique, Mozambique - Vilanculos, Mozambique

Distance on day 14 approx. 550 km; driving time approx. 6-7h

Upon reaching the Indian Ocean you stay overnight in Vilanculos. You have a full day to explore the Magaruque Island on a dhow, a traditional wooden sailboat still used by fishermen. Enjoy the warm ocean, expansive white beaches and excellent seafood.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 1 x Dinner


Day 16-17 Vilanculos, Mozambique - Inhambane, Mozambique

Distance on day 16 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 5h

Today you travel through coconut plantations to the old Portuguese settlement of Inhambane. This ancient port town dates back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. Explore Inhambane and its 200-year old cathedral, before settling at Praia de Barra’s casitas under the palms on the beach. Dhow excursions and scuba diving on coral reefs are available on own expense. This relaxed coastal region has incredible beaches and clear warm water.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 1 x Dinner


Day 18 Inhambane, Mozambique - Bilene, Mozambique

Distance approx. 400 km; driving time approx. 5-6h

You travel further south along the coast to the town of Bilene situated on the shores of the Uembje lagoon. The lagoon is 8km wide and 27km long with clear water and white, sandy beaches. You spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon with options of kayaking and snorkelling (own expense), swimming in the shallow, calm waters or exploring the excellent local market in Bilene.
Breakfast | Lunch


Day 19-20 Bilene, Mozambique - Kruger National Park, South Africa

Distance on day 19 approx. 350 km; driving time approx. 6h

After a long drive and border crossing you arrive in the lush wilderness of Kruger National Park, one of the most famous game reserves in the world and larger than Israel. During these two days you will go on game drives and a night drive for some serious game spotting. This reserve with its baobabs, fever trees and mopani is home to more than 140 species of mammal, 500 bird and 330 tree types and the ‘Big Five’ – lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, rhino and leopard. For added excitement book a night drive in an open 4x4 vehicle.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner


Day 21 Kruger National Park, South Africa - Graskop, South Africa

Distance approx. 500 km; driving time approx. 7h

After an early morning game drive you travel along a scenic route to Graskop, a beautiful forestry town famous for its curios and pancakes.
Breakfast | Lunch | Dinner


Day 22 Graskop, South Africa - Johannesburg, South Africa

We leave the greenness of Graskop and travel along the beautiful escarpment to arrive at Johannesburg airport during the afternoon, in time for evening flights departures.


Price includes:
  • Overland tour according to the itinerary
  • 14 nights camping, 6 nights accommodated
  • Transport in an overland truck and a 4x4 safari vehicle
  • Professional English-speaking guide
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary
  • Coffee and tea with breakfast
  • National Parks fees
  • Camping equipment
Price excludes:
  • Flights (international and domestic)
  • Meals not indicated in the itinerary
  • Beverages (alcohol, soft drinks and bottled mineral water)
  • Optional activities
  • Visa, tips, personal expenses, travel insurance
  • Sleeping bag
  • How big is the group and where are my fellow travellers from?

    - Group sizes vary however there is a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    - Travellers are from all over the world and from all walks of life.

  • Is there an age limit on tour?

    - Generally the age limit is 18 to 65 years. But if you are a youngster of 12 years and older travelling with your parents or if you are over the age of 65 years and can provide a doctors note confirming that you are fit enough to take part, you’re welcome on tour as well.

  • Where does the group overnight while on tour?

    - 14 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
    - 6 nights are spent in twin rooms / casitas / chalets at nice guesthouses / lodges.

  • What vehicle is used on tour?

    - We make use of safari trucks that have been reconstructed in order to cope with the demanding African conditions. Big windows guarantee first-class game and nature viewing and a spacious interior with comfortable seats offer a high travel comfort. The back part of the vehicle is used for luggage, food and camping equipment.
    - On game drives in South Luangwa National Park we make use of an open 4x4 game drive vehicle.

  • What meals are included and what food can be expected on tour?

    - Meals are included as indicated in the itinerary.
    - Breakfast usually consists of cereals, toast and jam. Light lunches like salads and sandwiches are prepared en-route while for dinner the guide prepares stews, BBQs, vegetables and different pasta or rice dishes.

  • How much extra money do I have to take along?

    - We recommend that you take along some extra cash for drinks, snacks and souvenirs. 10-15 USD per day is usually sufficient (depending on your spending habits). In addition you should allow some extra money for the optional activities you might want to participate in.

  • Do I need visa for this tour?

    - Citizens of all nationalities need to contact the respective embassies of their travel destination to check the visa regulations.
    - In general European citizens do not require a visa for South Africa and Malawi. For Zambia and Mozambique a visa is usually required.
    - It is the sole responsibility of every traveller to be in possession of the required documents and visa that allows them to enter their holiday destination.

  • Do I need vaccinations for this tour?

    - As Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique are situated within a malaria area, we would recommend some precautions. Please speak to your doctor or travel clinic about the different prophylaxis and their effects and side effects.
    - On this safari you will travel to Zambia which is within a yellow fever region. Thereafter you will return to South Africa, where proof of yellow fever vaccination will be required upon entering.
    - Although none of the countries visited on tour require proof of immunization against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Polio and Hepatitis A & B, we nevertheless recommend those vaccinations.

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