Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe

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Day 1: Arrival into Lilongwe, Malawi

You are met upon arrival in Lilongwe and transferred to your hotel. There are no planned activities today except for dinner and your orientation meeting with the group.

Overnight in Lilongwe.


Day 2: Explore Lilongwe, to Lake Malawi

We have an early start to explore Lilongwe with a city tour including Lilongwe Natural Sanctuary, the old town and the new parliament building and Kamuzu Memorial Pillar and Mausoleum. After lunch, we depart for Lake Malawi.

Dinner and overnight on Lake Malawi.


Day 3: Cape Maclear, Lake Malawi National Park

Today we have a full day on Lake Malawi to soak up the culture and atmosphere of this lake that takes up much of this small country. We have visits to a local fishing village and school.

Cape Maclear - Lake Malawi National Park is home to an amazing diversity of mbuna, the dazzling tropical fresh water fish. Cape Maclear, a World Heritage Site, encompasses the Nankumba Peninsula - the promontory that splits this part of the lake into two arms and also various offshore islands. The scenery is a spectacular rocky outcrop rising from deep waters clad with tropical growth mountains, sandy beaches and covers densely wooded islands, sand dunes and reed marshes. As many as 500 species of fish have been identified in Lake Malawi, most of which are endemic to these waters. Prolific bird life including the African fish eagle provides bird enthusiasts and nature lovers with hours of excitement and interest. We visit missionary graves and the site of the first Livingstonia Mission dating back to 1875.

We also have stops at Nkope Hills (a hill that looks like a human face) and Mwala wa Mphini (dating back to the Iron Age).

Dinner and overnight on Lake Malawi.


Days 4 - 5: Liwonde National Park

Today we travel south to Liwonde National Park where we safari by jeep and boat! Liwonde National Park is a true evocative of a vanishing Africa. Here you can experience the best of Malawian safaris. Hippos bask in slow moving pools and crocodiles lurk on mudflats. Here is the dream of an Africa that has lured explorers along this very river into the heart of Africa. The bird life here is prolific and is considered one of the top birding locations in Southern Africa. Cheetah have recently been re-introduced to the park and there are plans to introduce lions and leopards as well. We will also visit a local village to experience a glimpse of local life. Optional early morning walking safari (no extra charge).

Enjoy late afternoon game drives and sundowners in 4x4's that allows off-road exploration on the tracks along the river.

Dinner and overnight in Liwonde National Park.


Day 6: Kungoni Center of Culture and Art (Mua Mission) to Lilongwe

Today, after a early morning game drive, we travel to Kungoni (Mua Mission) which is the best museum presenting the country's history, culture and art. The museum describes Malawi's three tribes, namely Yao, Ngoni and Chewas, their origins and their battles, slave trade influence, Christian and Islam influence and more. It is also an ideal place for buying Malawian wood carvings. In the afternoon we enjoy a traditional cultural dance performance before making our way back to Lilongwe.

Dinner and overnight in Lilongwe.


Days 7 - 9: South Luangwa, Zambia, Game Drives

Today we depart early to travel to the border of Zambia, where our destination is South Luangwa, where we will spend the next three nights. Here we enjoy game drives in search of big game, including the elusive leopard. An abundance of wildlife such as elephants, monkeys, hippos and a wide variety of antelope often pass through the camp. Keep your cameras with you at all times as the safari does not stop when you get to the lodge...the wildlife comes through the camp!

Dinner and overnight in South Luangwa.


Day 10: To Lower Zambezi

Today we will travel to one of the lesser visited regions, but one of the best game viewing regions in Zambia, the Lower Zambezi. Upon arrival we will transfer to our lodge which is situated on the Zambian banks of the Zambezi River, in the unfenced wilderness of the Lower Zambezi Valley. Located within the Chiawa Game Management Area adjacent to the Lower Zambezi National Park, with traversing rights of over 5,500 square kilometers, the camp boasts magnificent views across the broad expanse of the Zambezi River to the Unesco World Heritage Site of Mana Pools in neighboring Zimbabwe.

Dinner and overnight in Lower Zambezi.


Days 11 - 12: Lower Zambezi River & National Park, Safari by Boat

The next two days we will safari by boat looking for some of the common animals that are sighted all year round such as elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile. Further down the river within the Lower Zambezi National Park, lion and hyena are regularly sighted. Leopard and wild dog are not uncommon. We will also have an opportunity for a walk to a nearby village to meet some of the local community.

Dinner and overnight in Lower Zambezi.


Day 13: To Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe

Today we say goodbye to the Lower Zambezi as we fly to Lusaka where we will continue by bus to Zimbabwe. We will travel to Lake Kariba where we will spend 2 relaxing nights. In the late afternoon we will enjoy a sunset cruise on the lake where can witness superb soft colors and lovely calm waters.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kariba.


Day 14: Lake Kariba

On our half day tour, we will learn about the fascinating history of Lake Kariba. The flooding of the Zambezi Valley in the 1950s was an incredible time filled with many challenges, hardships and successes. We will learn about the displacement of the Tonga people, the tragedy of the Italian workers who lost their lives, the birth of the legend of Nyami Nyami and Operation Noah, an incredible mission to rescue over 6000 wild animals from the rising dam. Today the lake is a source of fish (kapenta and bream) to feed many, a haven for wildlife along vast stretches of its shoreline, and of great importance to Zimbabwe and Zambia as it generates significant hydro-electricity through turbines at the dam wall. We will visit the dam wall, Kariba Heights, Mahombekombe Township and the Church of Santa Maria.

Dinner and overnight at Lake Kariba.


Day 15: To Great Zimbabwe Ruins

Today we have an early start as we make the long journey to the greatest medieval city in sub-Saharan Africa, the Great Zimbabwe ruins.

The Great Zimbabwe ruins (UNESCO) are impressive, built over hundreds of years between the 11th and 14th centuries. The site is massive, covering almost 1800 acres, and includes some incredible architectural details in the staircases, interlocking walls, granite boulders and mortar-less walls. The site also includes a small museum with houses, artifacts, displays of building techniques and a history of the site. The modern state takes its present name, Zimbabwe, from this national monument. The beautiful setting also has resident impala and eland.

Dinner and overnight near the Great Zimbabwe ruins.


Day 16: Great Zimbabwe, Matobo National Park

We start early to take our time exploring the Great Zimbabwe ruins before we depart for Zimbabwe's oldest national park, Matobo (UNESCO). We complete our journey in Matobo, with its beautiful rock formations.

Dinner and overnight in Matobo.


Day 17: Matobo - Bushman Paintings, Rhodes Grave, Rhino Hike

Matobo Park is 423 square kilometers and has approximately 3,000 San (bushman) art paintings, some more than 15,000 years old. Today's excitement starts with a morning hike to see some of these impressive, ancient San paintings. We later visit the grave of Cecil John Rhodes. Zimbabwe, known as Rhodesia up until 1979, was named after Rhodes. In the afternoon, we enjoy a game drive and search on foot for resident white rhinos with your knowledgeable tracker.

Dinner and overnight in Matobo.


Day 18: To Hwange National Park

Today we depart Matobo and head out to Hwange National Park, arguably Zimbabwe's best game reserve. Enjoy a relaxing lunch overlooking the watering hole, which often attracts wildlife. In the afternoon, we set out on our first game drive to search for wildlife including lion, elephant, buffalo and leopard, as well as eland, the largest antelope and also the elusive sable and much, much more.

Dinner and overnight in Hwange National Park.


Day 19: Hwange National Park - Game Drives

Today we enjoy 2 games drives to explore the superb wildlife in the park. We set out in the very early morning and late afternoon as these are the best times for wildlife viewing, as the animals are most active during the cooler times and often rest during the heat of midday.

Dinner and overnight in Hwange National Park.


Day 20: Feel the Thunder of Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Life & Times of Stanley & Livingstone

This morning we drive to Victoria Falls. After our arrival in Vic Falls, enjoy hearing about the life and legacy of 2 of Africa's greatest explorers, personalities and humanitarians - Stanley & Livingstone, as well as Livingstone's closest friends, Chuma and Sussi, who Livingstone spared from a life of slavery. Enjoy the fascinating and animated storytelling from a well known local historian and storyteller.

In the afternoon, we explore the falls up close on foot when it is cooler and better for photos. Feel the thunder, be touched by the mist, and enjoy endless great views as you walk the path hovering up close to the falls.

We then set out on the Zambezi River for a relaxing and beautiful sunset cruise. Enjoy your favorite beverage while keeping an eye out for hippos, elephants, crocodiles and abundant bird life.

Dinner and overnight in Victoria Falls.


Day 21: Helicopter Over Vic Falls, High Tea & Farewell Dinner

This morning we will enjoy a helicopter flight over Victoria Falls where we will visit the thundering waterfalls from the sky.

Later this afternoon we will have High Tea at the famous Victoria Falls Hotel. Built in 1904, this classic hotel is steeped in history and tradition. Enjoy the beautiful grounds just as British royalty has enjoyed it several times during the hotel's history. This evening the group will enjoy the Farewell dinner.

Overnight in Victoria Falls.


Day 22: Depart Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Today we say goodbye to Vic Falls and Africa and transfer to the airport to connect with our international flights homeward.

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