Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi Expedition

An amazing trip taking in the highlights of 3 countries: Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi. The mighty Victoria Falls, Zimbabwean wildlife havens of Hwange, Lake Kariba, Matusadona & Mana Pools. The wildlife mecca of South Luangwa. Ending off with the beaches of Lake Malawi, this trip has it all.

The concept of this exciting expedition is quite simple; we visit unusual destinations as a small group of travelers. There is one expedition leader who is an experienced guide. He/She knows how to run the operations of the tour, how to get through the borders, do the meal planning, keep the vehicle moving etc.

However, these are places that we seldom visit, and as such the expedition leader will not have detailed knowledge of every destination! All participants on the expedition trips must understand this tour requires flexibility and an appreciation of the open style of travel. This is not a set tour, it is an exploration, an adventure!
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Highlights
  • Victoria Falls & Hwange National Park
  • Lake Kariba & Matusodona National Park
  • Mana Pools & South Luangwa National Park
  • Lake Malawi

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Description
Zimbabwe - Victoria Falls
Day 1 - 2

Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 100m, creating a cloud of spray. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, scenic flights or a 111m bungy jump (own expense).

Includes: Entrance fees to Vic Falls

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers & flush toilets, restaurant & shops

Optional Activities: white water rafting, sunset cruises, elephant back safaris, scenic flights & many more

AT A GLANCE
Bars / RestaurantsLand SportsCampingNo WiFiHikingCultural ExperienceSight SeeingShopping
Campsite
2
Bed & Breakfast
Hwange National Park
Day 3 - 5

Named after a local Nhanzwa chief, Hwange National Park is the largest Park in Zimbabwe occupying roughly 14 650 square kilometers and is located in the north-west corner of the country. It is famed for its large elephant population. Our camp is in the game management area that borders the park, and we explore the park with on morning and afternoon game drives.

Planned stops: 3 nights camping outside Hwange NP with 1 full day game drive into the NP with a local operator and guide.

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers & swimming pool

Includes: Entrance fees for 1 day inside Hwange NP

Distance/time: Victoria Falls – Hwange National Park; 200kms ± 3.5 hours

AT A GLANCE
CampingGame ViewingNo WiFiOff Road / 4x4
Campsite
3
Full Board
Lake Kariba
Day 6 - 7

Lake Kariba is the world’s largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometers upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The portion of Lake Kariba which falls within Zimbabwe has been designated a Recreational Park within the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Estate and this area supports an abundance of wildlife. We camp on the shores of Lake Kariba, try your hand and fishing and take in the natural beauty of the area.

Overnight: Campsite – basic facilities, hot showers & swimming pool

Optional Activities: Fishing boat excursion, sunset boat cruise

Distance/time: Hwange – Binga; 210kms ± 3 hours

AT A GLANCE
Swimming PoolCampingGame ViewingNo WiFiOff Road / 4x4
Binga Area - Lake Kariba
2
Full Board
Matusadona National Park
Day 8 - 9

Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba but was proclaimed a non-hunting area on 7 November 1958 before the dam was built. The Park comprises some 1 400 square kilometers of diverse flora and fauna. Before the lake was built, Matusadona was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access.

With the lake came ecological changes. One in particular, the lakeshore contributed greatly to the increase of large mammal populations in the area, especially elephant and buffalo. Matusadona is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and home to several relocated rhinoceros. It is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhinoceros. It is commonly recognized as having the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa after Ngorongoro Crater. Its relatively poor accessibility by road and extremely harsh internal network of roads keep the crowds and traffic low.

Planned stops: 1 night in Matusadona NP, 1 night in the town of Kariba

Includes: Entrance fees for 1 day inside Matusadona NP

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers

Distance/time: Binga – Matusadona NP; 230kms ± 4 hours

AT A GLANCE
CampingGame ViewingNo WiFiOff Road / 4x4Sight Seeing
1 night in Matusadona NP, 1 night in the town of Kariba
2
Full Board
Mana Pools National Park
Day 10 - 12

Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness.

This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe’s most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.

The name “Mana” means “four” in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ”Long Pool”, is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink.

A highlight of the visit to Mana Pools is the fact that wild animals wonder freely through the campsite, and it is one of the few National Parks worldwide were you are allowed to walk in the bush without being escorted by a local ranger.

Planned stops: 2 nights in Mana Pools NP, 1 night en route to Lusaka

Includes: Entrance fees for 2 days in Mana Pools NP

Overnight: Campsite – basic facilities, hot and cold running water (sometimes) & flush toilets

Distance/time: Matusadona NP – Mana Pools NP; 350kms ± 5 hours

AT A GLANCE
CampingGame ViewingHikingOff Road / 4x4
2 nights in Mana Pools NP, 1 night en route to Lusaka
3
Full Board
South Luangwa National Park
Day 13 - 16

Crossing the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia at Chirundu, 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 and camp on the banks of the Luangwa River.

There are many game parks in Africa that may lay claim to be “Africa’s Best Game Reserve”, but South Luangwa has a better claim than most. Few other parks have South Luangwa’s remarkable wildlife spectacles (day & night) in the isolation of a true wilderness. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and it’s ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa, and coupled with low visitor numbers South Luangwa always comes out around the top of the list.

Our stay in South Luangwa is unashamedly about wildlife viewing. With the plentiful wildlife that flourish in the park, we will explore the area on morning and afternoon game drives both inside the park, and in the game management areas that border the park.

A highlight of visiting South Luangwa is to go on a walking safari with a knowledgeable local guide, and night game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle, where we hope to spot some of the elusive nocturnal predators.

Planned stops: 3 nights South Luangwa area, campsite outside the national park. 1 night en route to Mfuwe (probably Luangwa Bridge or wild camping depending on the route used).

Includes: Entrance fees for 2 days in the NP and 3 game drives in open 4WD game viewing vehicle and 1 game walk with local operator and guide.

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant & bar
Optional Activities: Game walks & game drives

Distance/time:

Day 13: Mana Pools – Luangwa River Bridge Campsite; 516kms ± 8 hours, excluding border formalities
Day 14: Luangwa River Bridge Campsite – South Luangwa NP; 480kms + 6 hours

AT A GLANCE
Bars / RestaurantsCampingGame ViewingNo WiFiOff Road / 4x4
Campsite
4
Full Board
Lake Malawi
Day 17 - 20

Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. Lake Malawi is the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world. This great lake’s tropical waters are reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than those of any other body of freshwater on Earth, including more than 1000 species of cichlids.

We overnight in Lilongwe and restock with fresh supplies on day 17 before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. We’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore and snorkel the fantastic bays and coves in the area.

Tour ends in afternoon of day 20 at Lilongwe International Airport.

Planned stops: 1 night in transit to Malawi (probably in Lilongwe or Chipata), 2 nights at the lake shore

Includes: breakfast x4, lunch x3, dinner x3

Overnight: Campsite – good ablution facilities, & hot showers

Optional Activities: Scuba Diving, fish, sailing and kayaking, island boat excursion & snorkelling

Distance/time:

Day 17: Mfuwe – Lilongwe: 465kms ± 8 hrs excluding border formalities
Day 18: Lilongwe – Senga Bay: 120kms ± 2 hours
Day 20: Senga Bay – Lilongwe 120kms ± 2 hours

AT A GLANCE
Land SportsBeachCampingNo WiFiOcean Trips
Lake Malawi Campsite
3
Full Board
Packages
Total package price from: 3 451

Departs:
VICTORIA FALLS, ZIMBABWE

Ends:
LILONGWE

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