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 crossing into Malawi. 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. Then we explore the wild South Luangwa National Park on game drives and bush walks, enjoying one of Africa's finest wilderness areas.
Next we travel into Zimbabwe and explore the strange landscapes of Matobo National Park, rich in wildlife, history and cultural significance. 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.
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, an 111m bungi jump, scenic flights over Vic Falls and more (own expense).
(B= breakfast, L= lunch, D= dinner)
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.
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.
Today we cross into Malawi, renowned for its friendly people, and thus known as “the warm heart of Africa”. We make our way to Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi since 1974. This afternoon we visit the busy local market and stock up on supplies.
On day eight of the Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe & Kruger Safari we pick up last minute fresh goods, before continuing to our camp on one of Lake Malawi's beaches. We'll camp along the shores of the lake near Cape Maclear in 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 fantastic bays and little coves nearby. We also go snorkelling around the island at Otter Point to see the colourful endemic fish.
On day 10 we spend the morning unwinding at Lake Malawi before crossing back into Zambia, via Lilongwe. Then we drive down 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.
Today we cover a lot of ground on our long journey back to vibrant Lusaka. We either stay at a camp en route, or in the suburbs of the city, depending on travel conditions.
On day 14 we leave Zambia behind, crossing into Zimbabwe at Chirundu border post. Once in Zimbabwe we travel to the shores of Lake Kariba, the largest man-made lake in the world, stretching over 220km in length and 40km across. The vast lake resembles an inland sea dotted with fishing boats and sunsets here are often spectacular.
Today we head south through Zimbabwe making our way to Gweru. We camp at a private game park, hosting elephants and lions amongst other animals and birds. On the morning of day 16 we take a guided walk with one of the rangers in the wildlife park. We do not recommend participation in animal interactions.
Moving on we drive to the second largest city in Zimbabwe - Bulawayo. From Bulawayo we head to the nearby Matobo National Park and our chalets on the outskirts of this unique park.
In the afternoon we take a short walk up a rocky granite ridge for sundowners overlooking Matopos Hills and the strange landscapes of the protected area. The next morning we go to World’s View and the burial site of imperialist and mining magnate Cecil John Rhodes. Rhodes requested to be buried here, causing controversy given that the Matopos Hills are sacred to the indigenous people of Zimbabwe.
We spend the day exploring Matobo Park on a game drive and bush walk to see ancient San rock art. In addition to the cultural and historical value of this World Heritage Site, Matobo is also an important wildlife sanctuary hosting rare and endangered species, including rhinos. Driving across the boulder scattered hills and plains of the park we keep an eye out for the resident rhinos and other animals and birds.
Our journey through Southern Africa takes us across the Limpopo River via the Beitbridge border and into rural South Africa today. Once in the Limpopo Province, we drive to the Vhembe Region, named after the lofty mountains here. We spend the night in this rugged area surrounded by baobab type trees and indigenous bush that attracts plenty of birds.
Today we make our way further into South Africa entering the greater 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.
On day 21 of this memorable Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe & 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 Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window and the Three Sisters.
We spend our last night at a comfortable lodge in the quaint village of Graskop, located just off the Panorama Route. Accommodation is in twin-share rooms (with one bathroom shared between two rooms) at the lodge, which overlooks the Mpumalanga Lowveld. Facilities include a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.
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.
A great 17 day camping tour taking in several of the top highlights on offer in South Africa, Swaziland and Lesotho including the Kruger National Park, Zululand, the Drakensberg, karoo, Addo Elephant NP, Tsitsikamma NP, the Garden Route area and Cape Town.
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