Magaruque by Rosino

Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique & Kruger Safari

Tour Length22 days
Priced from pps $2718 R38637 £2073 2390 A$3821 C$3633 NZ$3951 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Exclusive Small Group Camping Safari

  • Max. Group Size 12 Travellers
  • Departs from Livingstone, Zambia
  • Ends at Johannesburg, South Africa
  • Accommodation Lodge & Camping Combo
  • Transport Small Overland Vehicle / Open 4x4 Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Big 5, Elephant, Leopards, Lions, Whales & Sea Life, Rhino & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

A 22-day Overland Safari Adventure that takes you through Africa's diverse landscapes and cultures, from Victoria Falls in Zambia to Johannesburg in South Africa.

Your African journey of a lifetime starts in Livingstone, Zambia where you will spend time at the mighty Victoria Falls. From here it's off to do a canoe trip on Zambia's Lower Zambezi River before exploring the wild South Luangwa National Park on game drives and bush walks, experiencing one of Africa's finest wilderness areas.

Next, we cross into Malawi and spend a few days at Lake Malawi where we relax on the white sand beaches of this beautiful fresh water lake, swim and visit islands. We then travel into Mozambique and explore the idyllic Bazaruto Islands on a dhow trip. Heading south we visit historic Inhambane and spend a day enjoying the sunny coast and optional diving in famous Praia do Tofo. 

Finally, we cross the border into South Africa and enter South Africa's premier game reserve the Kruger National Park where we go in search of Africa's Big Five and more.

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Itinerary for this Tour

  • Victoria Falls – World Heritage Site
  • Lower Zambezi canoe trip – Zambia
  • South Luangwa Park game walk & 4x4 drives – Zambia
  • Lake Malawi snorkelling & beaches – Malawi
  • Bazaruto Island dhow trip – Mozambique
  • Inhambane beaches & scuba diving – Mozambique
  • Kruger National Park game viewing – South Africa

Day 1 - 2: LIVINGSTONE - ZAMBIA [camping Bx1]

The tour group will meet in Livingstone, Zambia, at 14:00 where we have two days to explore Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Victoria Falls, also known as the 'Smoke that Thunders', is the largest continuous sheet of falling water in the world, plummeting 108 m (360 ft) into the Zambezi Gorge below.

Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, the 111m bungi jump, scenic flights over Vic Falls and more (own expense).

(B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)

Day 3: KAFUE RIVER - ZAMBIA [camping BLD]

A long drive on day three takes us across the forested Miombo hills in southern Zambia and on to the Kafue River where we will camp for the night.


We drive down into the Lower Zambezi Valley and spend two nights camping on the banks of the river.

Enjoy a canoeing trip down the Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god - Nyami Nyami. The river attracts plenty of elephants and other wildlife from the surrounding wilderness. We canoe past local villages, passing through beautiful scenery as we paddle along the Zambezi River, bird watching and game viewing as we go.

In the evening we relax around the campfire at our safari camp, situated on an island in the heart of the unspoilt African bush. On the morning of day five we continue canoeing, making our way through a wild area where an abundance of elephants, hippos and other wildlife can be sighted. At the end of our second day of canoeing we transfer back to our first overnight camp by motorboat.

Day 6: LUSAKA - ZAMBIA [camping BLD]

We move on to the Zambian capital of Lusaka today. We stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of Lusaka before continuing along the great East Road, arriving at our basic camp by sunset.


On day seven we travel into the remote Luangwa River Valley. Our next destination is the South Luangwa National Park, considered one of Africa's best wilderness areas - a wild and unspoilt area. South Luangwa is home to abundant wildlife including rare species and plenty of hippos, crocodiles, elephants, lions and leopards.

We camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and explore the area on two game walks and two open 4X4 night drives. One of the game drives is conducted with spotlights after dark, to see nocturnal animals.

In the rainy season (December to April) bush walks may not be possible, due to tall grasses and muddy conditions. Also if visibility is poor, walking in the bush can be potentially dangerous, in addition to being messy. When conditions are not suitable for walking, we will take game drives instead.

The camp we stay at is run by the Wildlife Environmental and Conservation Society of Zambia and donate 60% of their proceeds towards the education of Zambian children. The campsite features good ablution facilities, hot showers, a swimming pool, restaurant and bar.

Day 10 & 11: LAKE MALAWI - MALAWI [camping BLD]

On day 10 of the Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique & Kruger Safari we cross into Malawi, renowned for its friendly people, and thus known as “the Warm Heart of Africa”. Making our way to Lake Malawi, we pick up last minute fresh goods in the markets of Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi since 1974.

Our next camp is set up along the shores of the lake near Cape Maclear and the Lake Malawi National Park, a World Heritage Site overlooking the beautiful islands.

At Lake Malawi, we take a boat trip out to the islands to explore the secluded bays and little coves nearby. We also go snorkelling around the island at Otter Point to see the colourful endemic fish.

Day 12 & 13: TETE REGION – MOZAMBIQUE [camping BLD]

Travelling further south we head to the Mozambique border. After crossing at the Zobue border post, we proceed into the remote Tete region where we overnight at a basic campsite.

Day 14 & 15: BAZARUTO ISLANDS [camping Bx2, Lx2, Dx1]

On day 14 we proceed southeast to our next destination, Vilanculos, on the scenic coastline of Mozambique. Located in the Inhambane Province, Vilanculos, is the closest base for trips to the nearby Bazaruto Islands.

The following morning we set off from Vilanculos on a dhow trip to the idyllic Bazaruto Archipelago. We visit Magaruque Island on a local dhow, spending the day exploring this idyllic tropical island. The dhow is a sailing vessel traditionally used on the East African coast, dating back to the ancient slave and spice trade days. Our time is spent relaxing on white-sand beaches, enjoying fresh seafood and swimming in the warm Indian Ocean waters. You also have the option of snorkelling in the clear blue waters to see the amazing marine life found here.

At the end of our blissful island day trip, we return to Vilanculos for sundowners and a swim in the pool. We eat out at a local restaurant (own expense) in Vilanculos tonight.

Day 16 & 17: INHAMBANE [casitas Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Leaving Vilanculos on day 16 we travel down to Inhambane town. Reaching Inhambane we stop to explore the historic town and look at the crumbling colonial Portuguese buildings. Once a major trade port on the old trade route, Inhambane is a charming seaside town with a mix of African, Arabic, Asian and European influences.

After sightseeing in Inhambane we drive to the beachside resort where we spend the next two nights. Here we stay in reed-and-thatch casitas on the beach.

On day 17 you are free to explore Inhambane further, head to one of the beautiful beaches in the area or participate in optional activities. Visiting nearby Praia do Tofo is a top favourite excursion. Tofo is famous for its superb scuba diving and snorkelling hosting large resident populations of manta rays and whale sharks, amongst other marine creatures. You can join an ocean safari or go scuba diving (optional extras) to view the incredible megafauna or take a deep sea fishing trip.

Day 18: BILENE [camping BL-]

Today we follow the coast as we make our way south to Bilene, a small town on the shores of Uembje lagoon.

You can spend the afternoon swimming in the placid lagoon and lazing on the sandy shores or embark on optional activities. Optional activities include snorkelling in the clear waters of the lagoon and kayaking or other water sports. The lagoon is about 27km long and 8km across and fringed with white sand beaches.

Tonight we unwind at our campsite which features a restaurant, bar, shop and swimming pool.


Today we make our way through the Transfrontier Limpopo Park into South Africa entering Kruger National Park - big game country!

We embark on exciting morning and afternoon game drives in search of lions, buffalos, leopards, giraffes, elephants and more in Kruger Park. Relaxing in the tranquil bush we experience a land forgotten by time, a true African wilderness.

You have the option of taking a night game drive in Kruger National Park game viewing vehicles at extra cost.

Day 21 - 22: GRASKOP & JOHANNESBURG [chalets Bx2 Lx1 Dx1]

On day 21 of this memorable Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique & Kruger Safari we enjoy an early morning game drive and depart from Kruger Park, travelling towards Johannesburg via the Panoramic Route. Highlights on the scenic Panorama Route include God’s Window and the Three Sisters.

We spend our last night at a comfortable lodge in twin-share en-suite rooms and includes a swimming pool.

On day 22 we set off for Johannesburg, arriving in the dynamic city in the afternoon, feeling laid-back, sun-kissed and ready to rejoin life.

A free transfer to Johannesburg airport (at about 16:00pm) can be arranged for the last day of the tour.

Please note this tour is offered as an alternative 12 Day Zambia and Malawi Safari Tour option. Please contact African Budget Safaris for more information.

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  • 16 nights camping & 2 nights in casitas 
  • 3 nights of guest house & lodge accommodation
  • Park entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags & pillows)
  • Transport in safari truck or 4WD
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi

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