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Expedition Zimbabwe, Zambia & Malawi


The concept of the the expedition tours is quite simple; we visit unusual destinations as a small group of travelers. There is one expedition leader who is an experienced guide. He/She knows how to run the operations of the tour, how to get through the borders, do the meal planning, keep the vehicle moving etc.

However these are places that we seldom visit, and as such the expedition leader will not have detailed knowledge of every destination. Where bookings are required, we will make bookings in advance, but much of the itinerary will be flexible and final route will be at the discretion of the expedition leader and subject to road conditions.

All participants on expedition trips must understand this tour requires flexibility and an appreciation of the open style of travel. This is not a set tour, it is an exploration. It’s an adventure!

Day 1 - 2 ZIMBABWE/ VICTORIA FALLS  [camping Bx1] 
Magnificent Victoria Falls is one of the seven natural wonders of the world. David Livingstone ‘discovered’ the falls in 1885 and named them after his Queen. The scene he encountered was a mile-wide (1.6 km) sheer basalt fault line over which the mighty Zambezi tumbled to a depth of 100m, creating a cloud of spray. The falls are also the centre of a wide range of activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, elephant back rides, scenic flights or a 111m bungy jump (own expense).

Day 6 - 7 LAKE KARIBA  [camping BLD] 
Lake Kariba is the world's largest artificial lake and reservoir by volume. It lies 1300 kilometers upstream from the Indian Ocean, along the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. The portion of Lake Kariba which falls within Zimbabwe has been designated a Recreational Park within the Zimbabwe Parks and Wildlife Estate and this area supports an abundance of wildlife. We camp on the shores of Lake Kariba, try our hand and fishing and take in the natural beauty of the area.

Matusadona National Park is situated on the shores of Lake Kariba but was proclaimed a non-hunting area on 7 November 1958 before the dam was built. The Park comprises some 1 400 square kilometers of diverse flora and fauna. Before the lake was built, Matusadona was a vast, rugged wilderness with limited access. 
With the lake came ecological changes. One in particular, the lakeshore contributed greatly to the increase of large mammal populations in the area, especially elephant and buffalo. Matusadona is an Intensive Protection Zone (IPZ) and home to several relocated rhinoceros. It is one of the last remaining sanctuaries of the endangered Black Rhinoceros. It is commonly recognized as having the second largest concentration of wild lions in Africa after Ngorongoro Crater. Its relatively poor accessibility by road and extremely harsh internal network of roads keep the crowds and traffic low.

Day 10 - 12 MANA POOLS NATIONAL PARK  [camping BLD] 
Mana Pools National Park is synonymous with the Zambezi River, elephants, lions, remoteness and wilderness. 
This unique park is a WORLD HERITAGE SITE, based on its wildness and beauty, together with the wide range of large mammals, over 350 bird species and aquatic wildlife. Mana Pools is one of Zimbabwe's most popular parks, and it is easy to see why it falls into this profile.
The name "Mana'' means "four" in the local Shona language. This applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. These pools are the remnant ox-bow lakes that the Zambezi River carved out thousands of years ago as it changed its course northwards. Hippopotamus, crocodiles and a wide variety of aquatic birds are associated with the pools. ''Long Pool'', is the largest of the four pools, extending some six kilometres in a west-east direction. This pool has a large population of hippo and crocodiles and is a favourite for the large herds of elephant that come out of the thickly vegetated areas in the south to drink. 
A highlight of the visit to Mana Pools is the fact that wild animals wonder freely through the campsite, and it is one of the few National Parks worldwide were you are allowed to walk in the bush without being escorted by a local ranger.

Crossing the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia at Chirundu, We head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital. Taking the Great East Road we drive this afternoon until sunset and camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. 
There are many game parks in Africa that may lay claim to be “Africa’s Best Game Reserve”, but South Luangwa has a better claim than most. Few other parks have South Luangwa’s remarkable wildlife spectacles (day & night) in the isolation of a true wilderness. The concentration of game around the Luangwa River and it’s ox bow lagoons is among the most intense in Africa, and coupled with low visitor numbers South Luangwa always comes out around the top of the list. 
Our stay in South Luangwa is unashamedly about wildlife viewing. With the plentiful wildlife that florish in the park, we will explore the area on morning and afternoon game drives both inside the park, and in the game management areas that border the park. 
A highlight of visiting South Luangwa is to go on a walking safari with a knowledgeable local guide, and night game drive in an open 4WD game viewing vehicle, where we hope to spot some of the elusive nocturnal predators.

Day 17 - 20 LAKE MALAWI – TOUR ENDS  [camping Bx4 Lx3 Dx3] 
Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. Lake Malawi is the third largest in Africa and the eighth largest lake in the world. This great lake's tropical waters are reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than those of any other body of freshwater on Earth, including more than 1000 species of cichlids. 
We overnight in Lilongwe and restock with fresh supplies on day 17 before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. We’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore and snorkel the fantastic bays and coves in the area.
Tour ends in afternoon of day 20 at Lilongwe International Airport.

Please note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions and photo stops!.




20 Day Camping

Small group-max 6

Limited participation(Washing dishes, loading truck)

Departs Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Ends Lilongwe, Milawi

Price from Euro 3350+Local payment of US$500pp

Single supplement Euro 120



One professional safari guide

Transport in 4WD expedition vehicle

19 Breakfast 17 Lunch 17 dinner

Entrance fees

Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags)


Victoria Falls

Hwange National Park

Lake Kariba

Matusodona National Park

Mana Pools National Park

North and South Luangwa National Park

Lake Malawi

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This safari has an early departure I recommend that you stay in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe the night before safari. Would you like to book additional nights accommodation pre and post-tour as well as airport transfers? Please inform me of these reservations you require when you submit your enquiry/booking. See pre and post-tour accommodation here. Do you need assistance with any further travel/tour reservations not found on this website? Please ask. *Local Payment: If your tour requires local payment please have it ready on departure day, give it to your tour guide in the correct currency bank notes in cash. No US$100 bills. It is part of the tour operational costs like park entry fees, paid in cash localy in order to benefit the local communities.

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