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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.
Days 4 - 5: Liwonde National Park
Today we travel South to Liwande 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).
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 - 8: 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 two 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 9: To Chipata
We travel towards Chipata, stopping at the Tribal textiles where local villages create beautiful crafts of their trade. Chipata, formerly Fort Jameson, was the capital of North-Eastern Rhodesia until 1911, when Northern Rhodesia - later to become Zambia - was created. Now it is the capital of Zambia's Eastern Province and a fairly busy and growing town with over 300,000 residents. We will see the Central Mosque, probably the prettiest building in Chipata. There is no entry for non-believers but we will explore the Down Shops area. Muslims make up a relatively small minority of the population, who are typically of Indian descent, living in 'Little Bombay'. Dinner and overnight in Chipata.
Day 10: To Lusaka
Today we journey 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.
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. Dinner and overnight in Lower Zambezi.
Day 13: Lake Kariba, Zimbabwe, Safari's 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.
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.
Day 21: Walking with Lions, High Tea & Farewell Dinner
Today we have a unique wildlife encounter as we visit a reserve where we can actually walk alongside 'young' lions. The lions are under the watchful eyes of the lion keepers. This is easily a once in a lifetime experience that you will not soon forget!.
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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