Mumbo Island Sea Kayak

Zambia & Malawi "Livingstone Trail"

18 days from £4,495pp (excl. international flights)

Zambia  – Malwai

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A set departure tour exploring: Zambia and Malawi, ending your trip at the beautiful Lake Malawi

Journey through the heart of the wild continent. Begin your trip at Victoria Falls, then head south to the Kafue River in southern Zambia via the Miombo Forested Hills. Paddle downstream in the mighty Zambezi River, before travelling north to Lusaka along the Great East Road. You will have the chance to explore the wilderness of South Luangwa National Park and Malawi. End your fabulous trip on the beautiful lake Malawi. Read about the 15 night itinerary:

  • 1 night Maramba River Lodge, Vic Falls
  • 1 night Gwabi River Lodge, Kafue River
  • 1 night Wild Camping on Zambezi River
  • 1 night Gwabi River Lodge
  • 1 night Camping on Luangwa River
  • 3 nights Wildlife Tented Camp, South Luangwa
  • 1 night Kuti Wildlife Reserve, Malawi
  • 2 nights Kara o'Mula Lodge, Mount Mulanje
  • 2 nights Mvuu Camp
  • 2 nights Mumbo Island Lodge, Lake Malawi
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The itinerary…

Day 1-2: Hit the skies

Victoria  Falls

Victoria Falls

Depart on your overnight flight to Johannesburg. On arrival into Johannesburg you will have a connecting flight to Livingstone, Zambia. Once landed at Livingstone, head to the Maramba River Lodge, where your tour will meet for a briefing.

Spend the rest of the afternoon exploring Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. You will have the the opportunity to take a sunset cruise, or a scenic flight (own cost).

Day 3: Kafue River

Zma16 Elephant And Tour Bus

Elephant viewing from the tour bus

Spend the morning driving across the rolling Miombo forest hills of southern Zambia, and down into the Zambezi Valley lowland towards the Gwabi River Lodge, on the banks of the Kafue River - a major tributary to the Zambezi river. Spend the evening on an elevated deck at the lodge enjoying the sunset.

Day 4-5: Lower Zambezi Canoeing

Zma16 Canoe Trip

Canoe Trip

After breakfast you will get to paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, through riverside villages and magnificent scenery. Spend the evening at a wild campsite on Elephant Bones island in the heart of the wilderness. The following morning you will hop back into your canoe, and safari through an area popular with elephant and hippo. After this you will be collected by a motorboat, and transferred up stream to Gwabi River Lodge.

Day 6: Lusaka - Great East Road

Head north to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, where you (and the group) will stock up on supplies in the popular shops and markets. Spend the afternoon driving along the Great East Road, where you will see small villages and street side markets. Reach the Luangwa River at sunset where you will spend the evening at a campsite.

Day 7-9: South Luangwa National Park

Zma16  South  Luangwa Lion

A Lion in South Luangwa

Travel down into "the valley" of South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where elephants, hippo, lion, and leopard abound. The Wildlife Camp tented chalet is on the banks of the Luangwa River, that overlooks the national park - you will frequently see wildlife from the camp swimming pool. Spend the following days exploring the game management area, and the national park on a walking safaris and game drives; have the opportunity to embark on night drives with a spot light to see the nocturnal animals.

Day 10: Kuti

Cross the boarder at Chipata into Malawi and make your way to the Capital Lilongwe where you will restock supplies, before heading to Kuti Wildlife Reserve. This reserve is home to a wide selection of big mammal species including giraffe, wildebeest and zebra.

Day 11-12: Mulanje Massif

Zma16 Mount  Mulanje

Mount Mulanje

Enjoy a tour of Malawi's famous tea plantation in the Thyolo region before making your way to Kara o'Mula lodge in Mulanje. The following day you will explore mighty Mount Mulanj'e walking on the slopes to see the streams, waterfalls, and towering peaks.

Day 13-14: Liwonde

Zma16  Liwonde Boat Cruise

Liwonde Boat cruise

Hop on a boat safari, where you'll meander down the River Shire that flows along the western boarder. After enjoy a game drive through Liwonde, which is home to Malawi's largest remaining elephant population and the endangered Black Rhino. Spend the night at Mvuu Camp which overlooks a broad stretch of the River Shire.

Day 15-16: Lake Malawi

Mumbo  Island Sea Kayak

Lake Malawi Mumbo Island Kayaking

Lake Malawi (one of the Great Rift Valley lakes) is a must see destination. You will head to the Lake Malawi National Park and enjoy a boat trip near the secluded tropical Mumbo Island, near Cape Maclear. The rustic lodge is an idyllic paradise with kayaks and snorkelling gear available to explore the island and snorkel with the tropical sea life.

Day 17: Lilongwe - End of tour

Leave the shores of Lake Malawi, and return to Lilongwe where the tour will finish at 11am. Say goodbye to the group and head to the airport for your 2h25 flight direct to Johannesburg where you will check into your overnight flight back to the UK

Day 18: Home sweet home

Land the following morning, sun-tanned, laid back and ready to re-join life.

Duration: 18 days

Location: Malawi, Africa

Price: £4085pp

This price of this trip is £4,085 per person and includes:

  • Regional flights
  • Transport
  • Accommodation and meals as shown
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