Highlights of Zambia & Malawi
12 Day Overland Tour, Camping
Number of Participants: 4-12
Tour Price: 1,940 EUR
Local Payment Supplement: 300 USD
Single Supplement: 95 EUR (only on camping nights)
This 12-day overland camping tour starts at the stunning Victoria Falls in Zambia. You then travel to the Kafue River and the Lower Zambezi River, go canoeing for two days and camp on an island in the river. You will stop in Zambia’s bustling capital of Lusaka before you travel to the excellent South Luangwa National Park to look for wildlife. Finally you will enjoy some beach time at Lake Malawi.
Day 1-9 | Zambia
- Victoria Falls: Sunset boat cruise, white water rafting, bungee jumping, canoeing, elephant back ride, scenic flights (all optional)
- Lower Zambezi: Canoe trip
- Lusaka: Local markets
- South Luangwa National Park: Game walk, game drives, night game drive
Day 10-12 | Malawi
- Lake Malawi: Boat excursion
Day 1-2 | Victoria Falls, Livingstone, Zambia
The tour starts in Livingstone where you have two days to explore Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. You will be energised by the mass of water plunging into the Zambezi 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 these are optional activities and 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 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 will 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 fantastic bays and coves in the area.
2 x Breakfast | 2 x Lunch | 2 x Dinner
Day 12 | Lake Malawi, Malawi - Lilongwe, Malawi
Distance approx. 100 km; driving time approx. 1-2h
After breakfast you will be transferred by mini-bus from Lake Malawi to Lilongwe to arrive in time for your departure flight. Alternatively you can extend your stay to explore more of Africa.
- Overland tour according to the itinerary
- 9 nights camping, 2 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
- 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?
- 9 nights are spent in spacious 2-man dome tents (2,2 x 2,2m) on campsites with good ablution and other facilities.
- 2 nights are spent in twin rooms / bungalows 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.
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 Malawi. For Zambia 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 and Malawi 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. In case you will return to South Africa after the tour, a 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.