Meander to Malawi
Oct 12 - Nov 1R9350
12 October – 1 November 2019
The Diversity of this safari through five African countries is really something special. The itinerary includes the world renowned Big Five game reserves, Chobe in Botswana and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. From here we will travel to Lake Malawi which is famous for its picturesque shorelines, remote islands and stunning sunrise and sunsets. We will stay over at Cape Maclear, Malawi’s version of the Cote de Azure or the beaches of Mykonos; a strip of honey-coloured sand lapped by turquoise water under a sunny, blue sky. The itinerary further more includes a visit to Cahorra Bassa Dam and either the Eastern highlands of Zimbabwe or the Bazaruto Archipelago at Vilanculos in Mozambique. This is mainly a camping safari.
The diversity of this Safari through five African counties is something special. The itinerary combines world renowned Big 5 reserves like Chobe in Botswana and South Luangwa in Zambia with the blue waters of Lake Malawi, the Cahorra Bassa dam and the Bararuto Archipelago in Mozambique.
Meet and Greet
André Van Vuuren from Fly Africa Safaris and fully qualified safari guide will meet you at Sebe Sebe on the banks of the Limpopo River. Here we will stay in chalets and it is included in the cost of the safari.
We will have an early start and leave via the Stockpoort border post for Botswana. We will drive to Elephant Sands (70 km north of Nata) where we will spend the night in the campsite. There are good ablution facilities as well as a restaurant and a sparkling pool. Chalet accommodation will be available for your own account.
Day 3 and 4
We will leave for Kasane (230 km) we will stay over in the campsite at Sinyati for the next two nights. It is a beautiful campsite with private ablutions and a character full thatched pub overlooking a watering hole. We will be spend the next day in the Chobe National Park. The Chobe National Park is famous for its abundance of elephants, the highest concentration to be found anywhere in Africa. The Chobe National Park is also famous for its huge herds of buffalo, rich bird life and exquisite sunset boat cruises; this is definitely a wildlife experience not to be missed. Everybody will do a morning game drive in their vehicles and a three hour sunset boat cruise as a group. We will spend the night again in our camp at Sinyati.
Livingstone (Zambezi Bushfront)
Leave early morning via Kazangula for Livingstone where we will camp at the Zambezi Bushfront. We will visit the world-renowned Victoria Falls (on the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe) from the Zambian side. The Victoria Falls is approximately 1690m wide and varies in height from 62m (Devil's Cataract) to 109m (Eastern Cataract). In comparison the Niagra falls are 968m wide and on average 54m high. You can also take part in other activities e.g. a microlight or helicopter flight over the Victoria Falls.
Day 6 and 7
Lusaka & Chipata
The next two days will be long with hard driving. We will do a 500 km drive from Livingstone to Lusaka where we will camp for the night. From Lusaka we drive on the Great East Road to Chipata (700 km) where we will spend the night in the campsite at Mama Rula's. There is a restaurant in the campsite and we do not have to prepare dinner that evening.
Days 8, 9 and 10
Today we only have 120 kilometers to drive to South Luangwa National Park where we will be for the next three nights. ) On our way we will stop at Mfuwe and go on a short tour through a very interesting textile factory, Tribal Textiles, before proceeding to the camp. We will pitch camp at Wildlife Camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and spend our day’s game viewing in the park. South Luangwa National Park is one of the last great Wildlife Wonders of the World. It is nine thousand square kilometers of absolute pristine wilderness and Fly Africa Safaris offers the perfect getaway. South Luangwa National Park has been visited by Wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world since its creation in 1972. The Luangwa Valley offers a safari experience unmatched by any other destination allowing year-round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night game drives.
Back to Chipata where we will camp again at Mama Rula's.
Days 12 and 13
Today we will cross the border into Malawi. We will change money and stock up with provisions at Shopright in Lilongwe before driving through to Cape McClear on the southern tip of Lake Malawi where we will spend the next two days at leisure. Activities can include swimming, snorkeling, kayaking or a boat trip to Domwe Island. Domwe Island is the largest unpopulated island in Lake Malawi, with a circumference of 11 kilometers and a highest point 400 meters above lake level. It is separated from the mainland by the narrow Ilala Gap which, due to fluctuations in lake level over the millennia, has been dry on several occasions. As a result Domwe Island, unlike all other Lake Malawi Islands, is well populated with mammals which have crossed onto the island during these dry times. Interesting to note that Lake Malawi is 365km long and 52km wide and the south is probably the most popular tourist destination.
Day 14 and 15
Leave early morning and travel via Zobue border post to the Cahorra Bassa Dam where we will pitch camp at Ugezi Tiger Lodge. The lodge is situated against the picturesque slopes of the mountains, forming the gorge area of Lake Cahorra Bassa. We suggest that we have dinner and breakfast in their restaurant. The bream is to die for. Activities can include tiger fishing and a sunset boat cruise to the dam wall. (Activities and restaurant/bar bills are payable in S.A. Rand).
After breakfast we leave for Chimoio. (It is a distance of 400 kilometers). We will spend the night camping at Casa Msika on the shore of Lake Chicamba.
Day 17 – 19
Today we head for Vilanculos on the Bazaruto Archipelago where we will camp right on the beach for the next two nights. It is a lovely campsite walking distance from a beach pub/restaurant overlooking the Archipelago. Activities include a visit to Bazaruto Island by speedboat.
Our safari is now heading towards the end and we will start our homeward journey by driving in a westerly direction towards the Kruger National Park. It is a sand road that winds through villages and the most beautiful forests. We will camp wild in the Mpai area nearby the Limpopo River.
We do a river crossing through the Limpopo River and travel via Pafuri where we will enter South Africa. This is the end of the safari and everybody will head back home. We suggest that you book accommodation at Punda Maria for that night.
The cost will be R 9 350 per person, but is subject to change if any of the service providers increase their
prices. The cost will include and exclude the following:
Park entry fees
All camping fees
Boat cruise on Chobe River
Third Party Insurance
Camping Equipment, Fuel, Food and beverage
All additional optionals and activities
Park entry fee for South Luangwa on Day 2
Ferry Fees if applicable
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
- What is the maximum amount of vehicles on this tour? 7 – 8
- Can I go in a 4×4 Caravan? YES
Can I take my 4×4 trailer? YES
Does the trip start and finish at the same place? TRIP FINISHES AT PUFURI GATE IN KRUGER NATIONAL PARK
- Where does the trip start? TRIP STARTS AT SEBE SEBE.
- Recommended sleep-overs close to the starting point and finishing point:
STARTING POINT – SEBE SEBE LODGE,
FINISHING POINT – PUNDA MARIA REST,
CAMP OR SHINGWETSI.
- What are the Park Entry fees? INCLUDED IN THE PRICE.
- Should one allow for other costs?
ZAMBIA BORDER CROSSING R1 000 PER VEHICLE,
BOTSWANA BORDER CROSSING FEE P 120 PER VEHICLE,
MALAWI BORDER CROSSING FEE $ 70,
MOZAMBIQUE BORDER CROSSING $ 30,
ACTIVITIES AT VICTORIA FALLS SOUTH LUANGWA, LAKE MALAWI AND VILANCULOS.
ALL ADDITIONAL OPTIONALS
- What is the total distance of the trip in km? 5000 KILOMETERS
- Should one take out special insurance?
MAKE SURE THAT YOUR SHORT TERM INSURANCE CO COVERS YOUR VEHICLE IN MOZAMBIQUE, MALAWI, ZAMBIA AND BOTSWANA. THIRD PARTY INSURANCE IS COMPULSORY AND AVAILABLE AT BORDER POSTS.
- Is it a malaria area? YES
- Can children go on this tour? YES
- What is the cut-off age for seniors? DEPENDS ON STATE OF HEALTH AND FITNESS
We send out a “Tour Leaders Letter” with all relevant information once the deposit is paid.