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 (hill that looks like a human face) and Mwala wa Mphini (dating back to the iron age man). 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. Bird life is prolific (top birding locations in Southern Africa) 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 Liwande 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. Our camp is set on the Luangwa River. 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. After the safaris, the "hippo friendly" swimming pool is perfect for sun bathing and cooling off while relaxing but still keeping an eye out for wildlife. Dinner and overnight in South Luangwa. (shared facilities)


Day 10: To Lusaka

Today we fly to the capital city of Lusaka. Lusaka was the site of a village named after its headman Lusaaka, which, according to history, was located at Manda Hill, near to where Zambia's National Assembly building now stands. In the Nyanja language, Manda means graveyard. The area was expanded by European (mainly British) settlers in 1905 with the building of the railway.

In 1935, due to its fairly central location, its situation on the railway and at the crossroads of the Great North Road and Great East Road, it was chosen to replace Livingstone as the capital of the British colony of Northern Rhodesia.

After the federation of Northern and Southern Rhodesia in 1953, it was a centre of the independence movement amongst some of the educated elite that led to the creation of the Republic of Zambia. In 1964, Lusaka became the capital of the newly independent Zambia.

We will visit some of the sites including the parliament building and the house of Kenneth Kaunda, regarded as the Father of Zambia, who served as the first President of Zambia, from 1964 to 1991.

Lusaka is a great place to replenish and obtain needed supplies such a toiletries and batteries, etc. Dinner and overnight in Lusaka.


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

We journey to a lesser visited region but one of the best game viewing regions in Zambia, the Lower Zambezi. 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: Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, Safaris by Boat and Jeep

Today we say goodbye to Zambia as we cross the border into Zimbabwe and make our way to Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe's largest lake, which is also shared with Zambia. Our destination on the lake is Spurwing Island, accessible by boat transfer only. On arrival, enjoy a boat cruise to spot some of the hippos and crocodiles that live in the lake. In the afternoon, we will explore the Matusadona National Park with a spectacular game drive. Keep an eye open for lions, cheetahs and leopards and if you're lucky, the endangered black rhino. Dinner and overnight on Spurwing Island.


Day 14: To Private Game Reserve

Today we head towards a private game reserve where we will have the opportunity to see lions, leopards, buffalo and elephants. Although we are close to Harare, the lodge feels like a special wilderness retreat. Overnight in Chengeta.


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. Enroute we stop in the capital city of Harare for lunch.

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 it's 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, Khami Ruins

We start early to take our time exploring the Great Zimbabwe Ruins before we depart for Zimbabwe's oldest national park, Matobo (UNESCO). Enroute, we pass through Zimbabwe's second capital, Bulawayo, where we have lunch, followed by a visit to nearby Khami ruins, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Once the capital of the kingdom of Butua, the ruins include pavement and decorated stone walls of the royal enclosure dating from the 13th century. We complete our journey in Matobo, with it's 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 black and 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 the "Big Five" - lion, rhino, 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: Village Visit, Feel the Thunder of Victoria Falls, Zambezi Sunset Cruise, Life & Times of Stanely & Livingstone

This morning we drive to Victoria Fall. Enroute, we stop at a tribal village to visit with a sangoma, a traditional healer and fortune teller.
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 story telling from well known local historian and story teller.
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: High Tea & Farewell Dinner

This morning we will enjoy a visit to a homestead and have the opportunity to interact with a rural community and witness the daily life of local Zimbabwean families. We will visit the community school and meet the village chief to learn about the way of life and traditions that have been passed on for generations by their elders. 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 several times during the hotels 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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