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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Two iconic Malawi destinations including Liwonde National Park with game viewing before chilling out in the clear waters of Cape Maclear.
The perfect package if you want to experience the best of the beach on the shores of Lake Malawi
Tucked away on Nankoma Island, a part of the Marelli Island archipelago in Malawi, is the Blue Zebra Island Lodge.
A true African experience is waiting for you as you Kayak and snorkel your way around some of the most scenic spots of Lake Malawi.
Situated on its very own private island in Lake Malawi is the Mumbo Island Camp.
The name Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language; here, you have the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting.