Mumbo Island, Lake Malawi

The Zambia Malawi Exploration Safari is for travellers with a sense of adventure! An exciting safari experience exploring the lesser travelled South Eastern African countries. This tour is not for the faint hearted – the travelling can be slow and some nights the accommodation is basic, but the journey offers amazing scenery and fantastic highlights.

This safari is a limited participation safari – from carrying out own bag, to cleaning your own window and helping to pack the truck in the morning, it’s all part of the adventure!

Malaria prophylactics are advised.


Day 1: LIVINGSTONE (Maramba River Lodge)
The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00 at the lodge. This afternoon, after the tour briefing, we explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge.

Optional activities include sunset cruises and scenic flights (own expense).

Day 2: KAFUE RIVER (Gwabi River Lodge)
A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia and down into the Zambezi Valley lowlands and our lodge on the banks of the Kafue River. Being a major tributary to the Zambezi River it is the largest and longest river lying entirely within Zambia. We overnight on its banks and enjoy the sunset from the elevated deck.
​Included meals: breakfast and lunch

Day 3 & 4: LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING (camping & Gwabi River Lodge)
We paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. Canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We overnight at a wild campsite on Elephant Bones Island in the heart of untamed Africa.

Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment.  Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety. We supply all the camping equipment, except for your sleeping bag and pillow, which you need to bring. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest. You will need to bring your own towel.

On the  morning of day 4 we continue our canoe safari through an area teaming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat, and transferred back up river to our lodge. 
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch and 1 x dinner

Day 5:  LUSAKA – GREAT EAST ROAD (camping)
We head north to Lusaka the capital of Zambia, where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets. Taking the Great East Road we pass small villages and street side markets, until sunset when we reach the Luangwa River.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 6 – 8: SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK (Wildlife Camp chalets)
Make our way down into “the valley” of the South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where elephants, hippo, lion and leopard abound.

Our lodge, on the banks of the Luangwa River, overlooks the national park and you can frequently see hippos and elephants from the camp swimming pool!

We explore the game management area and the national park on a game walk and open 4WD game drives, one at night with spotlights, to see nocturnal animals. (In the green season, December – April, walks may not be possible in which case we’ll do extra game drives).

There is time on the last afternoon either to relax in camp or take another game walk, game drive or village visit activity (own expense).
Included meals: 3 x breakfast, 3 x lunch 

Day 9: KUTI (camping)
We cross the border at Chipata into Malawi and make our way to the capital, Lilongwe, where we restock on supplies, before heading to Kuti Wildlife Reserve. This reserve is home to wide selection of big mammal species including giraffe, wildebeest and zebra. The sable herds are the pride and joy of Kuti, flourishing in this environment and reaching over 100 animals.
Included meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner

Day 10 – 11: MULANJE MASSIF (Kara o’Mula)
We tour one of Malawi’s famous tea plantations in the Thyolo region before making our way to our lodge in Mulanje.

Mount Mulanje’s towers to almost 3002m, dwarfing all that surrounds it, and influencing cloud patterns in the area, making it an important source of rain water at the head of almost every river in this part of southern Malawi. Formed about 130 million years ago, the first European to see the Massif was David Livingstone in 1859, but archaeological investigation reveals evidence of human activity since the Stone Ages. We take a day walk on the slopes to see the streams, waterfalls and towering peaks.
Included meals: 2 x breakfast and 2 x lunch 

Day 12 – 13: LIWONDE (Mvuu Campsite)
Ancient baobab trees and lofty palms provide the backdrop for this magnificent southern Malawi reserve. Covering 548 km² of the upper Shire River plains and valley slopes, Liwonde harbours Malawi’s largest remaining elephant population and the critically endangered Black Rhino.

The River Shire flows along its western border, allowing us to enjoy a boat safari, and we’ll game drive in our tour vehicle through the grassland and woodland habitats in search of leopards, elephants, hippos, antelopes and rare Lilian’s lovebirds.
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch and 2 x dinner

Day 14 – 15: LAKE MALAWI (Mumbo Island)
Lake Malawi is the jewel of Malawi and one the Great Rift Valley lakes. We head to the Lake Malawi National Park where we take a boat to the secluded and 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 jewelled fish, the endemic Cichlids. The friendly people of Malawi make it the “warm heart of Africa”.
Included meals: 2 x breakfast, 2 x lunch and 2 x dinner

Leaving the shores of Lake Malawi we return to Lilongwe, sun-tanned, laid-back and ready to re-join life. Tour ends @11:00am.
Included meals: breakfast

Price 2018:
€ 2 690.00 per person sharing + US$ 300 local payment


€ 2 690 pps

+ US$ 300 local payment

16 days


  • Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world

  • Lower Zambezi – canoeing

  • South Luangwa National Park – game walk & 4WD game drives

  • Mulanje Massif – tea plantations, hiking

  • Liwonde – boat cruise & game drive

  • Lake Malawi – snorkeling & island beaches

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This safari has set departure dates:

24Mar18 – 08Apr18
07Jul18 – 22Jul18
04Aug18 – 19Aug18
01Sep18 – 16Sep18
08Sep18 – 23Sep18 (German)
15Sep18 – 30Sep18    
29Sep18 – 14Oct18
13Oct18 – 28Oct18
27Oct18 – 11Nov18
10Nov18 – 25Nov18
24Nov18 – 09Dec18 (German)

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