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Rock My Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Adventure

14 Nights from £3,295*

Tour Highlights

Join us on an awesome adventure spanning 3 incredible African countries – Malawi, Zambia & Botswana!

Experience the beauty and tranquillity of Lake Malawi, immerse yourself in local life in Cape Maclear, go on safari in magical South Luangwa National Park and go on adventures in Livingstone, home to the mighty Victoria Falls!

Imagine yourself, sitting next to the Luangwa River, G&T in hand, watching the big, African sun, setting on the horizon as elephants play in the water below… there’s no feeling like it!

This is the Africa that dreams were made of.

“If ever I have seen magic, it has been in Africa.” (John Hemingway)

Local Market - Zambia

Lilongwe

Lake Malawi

Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Small Group Tour

Mumbo Island

South Luangwa, Zambia

South Luangwa NP

Local Market - Zambia

Lusaka

Zambia Group Tour

Victoria Falls

Zambia - Devil's Pool

Livingstone

Chobe NP

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost – from £3,295*

  • Payment Plan
    • Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)
    • 2nd Payment: £2,175 (due 62 days before the departure date)
    • 3rd Payment: $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival)

* Subject to current USD to GBP exchange rates.

What’s Included

  • 14 Nights Accommodation
  • 13 Breakfasts, 7 Lunches & 11 Dinners
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information
  • In-Country Transport
  • 2-Night Stay on Mumbo Island
  • Kayaking & Snorkelling at Mumbo Island
  • Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip
  • Bonfire & Drumming Session
  • Lilongwe Market & Craft Market
  • 2 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park
  • Textile Factory & Shop Visit
  • Victoria Falls Visit (Zambian side)
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (dinner & drinks included)
  • Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise
  • 1 Night/2 Day Bush Camping Safari in Chobe National Park

Please Note

  • Trip Difficulty Level: Easy to Moderate
  • This is Helen’s favourite trip, so you won’t be disappointed!
  • In July/August, the Angel’s Pool is usually open, in September the Devil’s Pool is usually open. They are both equally wonderful! 
Zambia - Devil's Pool

Photo Credit: Claire Mogford One Girl and Her Pack 

“I waited a long time to make my first trip to Africa and now I know why – I needed to see it with Helen and my 7 other new friends/tour mates! Not only did we get to see some of Africa’s most amazing sights (leopards, lion cubs, 1000 elephants, fighting giraffes, Victoria Falls, local villages) but our down time was just as wonderful (dancing in Cape Maclear, winning the pub quiz, chatting around the campfire, drinking all the red wine). It’s one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and it will be hard to top. I can’t wait to return to Africa! But how do I decide which Rock My Adventure tour to go on next?”

ANNIE / USA / ROCK MY MALAWI, ZAMBIA & BOTSWANA ADVENTURE 2018

Itinerary

 

 

Day 1: Lilongwe, Malawi

Arrive in Lilongwe and transfer to your accommodation.

Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two! Your Rock My Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Adventure starts here!

*  If you arrive earlier, we can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in Lilongwe. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None

Day 2: Mumbo Island, Malawi

After breakfast, we’ll make our way out of the hustle and bustle of the city towards Cape Maclear (Chembe village) on the shores of Lake Malawi.

Lake Malawi is the world’s biggest freshwater lake and is so big, that it actually looks like the ocean. At night, the fishermen use lanterns that twinkle on the water and they are the reason the lake became known as the ‘Lake of Stars’.

When we arrive, we’ll have lunch before taking a boat over to beautiful Mumbo Island for the next 2 nights.

Here we’ll enjoy a delicious dinner before we spend the night in beautiful chalets overlooking the lake.

And relax…

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
  • Accommodation: Chalets (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Mumbo Island, Kayaking

    Day 3: Mumbo Island, Malawi

    Our wonderful hosts will bring us coffee and tea at 6am so we can watch the sunrise over Lake Malawi – definitely worth waking up early for.

    The day is free for swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear water, lounging around in hammocks, relaxing, and kayaking.

    At night we’ll have a beach braai and watch the fishing boats twinkling in the water whilst the stars twinkle overhead before retiring to our chalets for a good night’s sleep!

     

    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
    • Accommodation: Chalets (Ensuite)
    • Activities: Mumbo Island, Kayaking, Snorkeling

      Day 4: Cape Maclear, Malawi

      After another sunrise coffee and a hearty breakfast, we’ll make our way back to the mainland.

      The rest of the day is free to take part in the activity of your choice and you will have the opportunity to explore the area and get a glimpse into life in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’.

      Available activities include village tours, kayaking, and hiking.

      For those who like to scuba dive, the lake is famous for having the best freshwater diving in the world and is home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the entire world with it being part of the Great Rift Valley, you’ll also be treated to some spectacular underwater scenery too.

      In the afternoon, we’ll take a sunset cruise out on the lake to hopefully see some fish eagles, and otters that live in the area.

      Afterward, we’ll go to a great local restaurant for dinner before joining some of our local friends for drumming and singing around the fire.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
      • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
      • Activities: Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip, Bonfire & Drumming

      Day 5: Lilongwe, Malawi

      After we’ve said our goodbyes to Lake Malawi, we’ll head back to Lilongwe to get ready for the next part of our journey into Zambia.

      There will be time for shopping at the craft market and local market in the afternoon (Lilongwe is a great place to buy African fabrics, art, and wooden carvings).

      The evening is free to do your own thing, but you may want to head to one of Lilongwe’s great restaurants or sample the nightlife!

       

      • Meals: Breakfast
      • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
      • Activities: Lilongwe Market & Craft Market

      Day 6: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

      We’ll spend the next 3 days in gorgeous South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

      South Luangwa is one of the best places in Africa to spot leopards – so fingers crossed we’ll be lucky!

      We’ll be staying right on the banks of the Luangwa River where animals are often known to wander into the camp, so there will be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife even when you’re not on safari!

      On the way, we will visit a wonderful local textile factory and craft shop where you will have the opportunity to purchase beautiful and unique hand-painted items including bags, cushions, wall hangings and much much more.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
      • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
      • Activities: Textile Factory & Shop

        Day 7: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

        We’ll spend the majority of the day on safari (morning and afternoon/evening game drives) to try and spot all our favourite safari animals.

        South Luangwa is an incredible safari destination, mainly due to the landscape and the animals you can see there, as well as the fact that we camp just on the river, waking up to the sounds of hippos in the water.

        When it gets hot in the middle of the day, well return to camp to have lunch and you can have a swim in the pool to cool down before we head back out on safari for our final game drive of the day.

         

        • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
        • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
        • Activities: 2 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park

          Day 8: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

          Today is a free day in South Luangwa but there are lots of options for how you can spend your day!

          If you want to do more safaris you can book one or two additional game drives or do a walking safari with the rangers, something South Luangwa National Park is famous for.

          You can take enjoy the Zambian hospitality and take a village tour with local guides who will show you around and tell you about their way of life.

          Or you can take an ‘art safari’ class with the wonderful Tribal Textiles and learn to create your own batiks.

           

          • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
          • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
          • Activities: None

          Day 9: Lusaka, Zambia

          Today is a long drive day as we head away from the bush, down to Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.

          However, in Africa, the journeys are part of the experience and you’ll never get bored watching the scenery go by and the smiles and waves from the lovely Zambian people.

          When we arrive, we’ll have a night to rest in our hotel, before we continue our journey down to Livingstone the following day.

           

          • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
          • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
          • Activities: None

            Day 10: Livingstone, Zambia

            The next stop is Livingstone, the adventure capital of Africa and the home to one of the most spectacular places on earth, Mosi-oa-Tunya (‘The Smoke that Thunders’), better known as Victoria Falls!

            And it just happens to be our favourite place in all of Africa. Yes, really!

            We’ll arrive in the afternoon and there will be free time to relax or do an activity before we head out for dinner at a local restaurant.

             

            • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
            • Accommodation: Flashpacker Hostel (Ensuite)
            • Activities: None

                Day 11: Livingstone, Zambia

                In the morning, we’ll visit the spectacular Victoria Falls from the Zambian side and you will also have the opportunity to visit Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side (optional) too if you would like to!

                The rest of the day is free to take part in one of the many activities on offer. This includes white water rafting, swimming in ‘Angel’s or Devil’s Pool (highly recommended), microlighting over the falls (highly recommended), swimming under the falls (seasonal) or bungee jumping.

                Or, if you’re feeling slightly less adventurous you may just want to go on a bike tour of the town with a local social enterprise, chill by the pool, get clothes made, visit a local market or go for afternoon tea at The Royal Livingstone Hotel – it’s up to you!

                 

                • Meals: Breakfast
                • Accommodation: Flashpacker Hostel (Ensuite)
                • Activities: Victoria Falls (Zambian side)

                  Day 12: Livingstone, Zambia

                  The majority of the day is free for more activities!

                  In the late afternoon, we’ll head to the Zambezi River for drinks and snacks on a super fun sunset cruise, where we may be lucky to spot animals such as elephants, hippos, and giraffes.

                   

                  • Meals: Breakfast & Dinner
                  • Accommodation: Flashpacker Hostel (Ensuite)
                  • Activities: Sunset Cruise (dinner & drinks included)

                    Day 13: Chobe National Park, Botswana

                    Today is an exciting day as we’re heading to Botswana (a 45- minute drive from Livingstone) and the amazing Chobe National Park, which is home to up to 120,000 elephants!

                    We’ll start with a light breakfast, followed by a fantastic 3-hour boat cruise along the river and after lunch, we’ll go on a game drive through the park.

                    In the evening, we’ll head to our bush camp where our crew will prepare dinner and we will spend the night chatting around the campfire and listening to the sounds of the African bush.

                     

                    • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                    • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
                    • Activities: Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise, Chobe Safari, Bush Camping

                      Day 14: Kasane, Botswana

                      In the morning, we’ll go on another safari in Chobe National Park to try and catch the animals whilst they’re active in the morning.

                      This is an especially good time to spot lions and leopards so keep your eyes peeled and your fingers crossed.

                      In the afternoon, we’ll head out of the park and to our hotel to freshen up before we enjoy a farewell dinner and toast to an amazing trip through Malawi, Zambia & Botswana. 

                       

                      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner
                      • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
                      • Activities: Chobe Safari, Farewell Meal

                        Day 15: Departure Day

                        Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends, but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime.

                        We can arrange the transfer to Kasane Airport (or Livingstone or Victoria Falls Airports – both are within easy reach of Kasane) or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

                        If you need any support with your pre or post-tour Africa travels, please don’t hesitate to contact us. It’s all part of the Rock My Adventure service!

                         

                        • Meals: Breakfast
                        • Accommodation: None
                        • Activities: None
                          Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Small Group Tour
                          Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Tour
                          Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Small Group Tour

                          What our past adventurers have to say! 

                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                          Honestly, it was one of the best trips I have ever had.”

                          “Going on tour with Helen/Rock My Adventure is like going on holiday with your friend, your much more organised friend who knows what they’re doing. It didn’t feel like a tour at all and I liked that it wasn’t too regimented and that there were lots of options of different things to do in places depending on interest, activity levels etc. Honestly, it was one of the best trips I have ever had, including various solo travels, holidays with friends/family, other tours. It really was amazing! I really don’t know what would make the trip better. I’m very glad I chose Rock My Adventure, as I wouldn’t have had the same experience with a big overland tour, this did feel more authentic. Helen, you were a gem! I liked that you weren’t some distant tour leader but more like our friend who could answer all our questions and sort stuff out. You did a great job!”

                          LAURA | UK

                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                          It’s one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and it will be hard to top.

                          “I waited a long time to make my first trip to Africa and now I know why – I needed to see it with Helen and my 7 other new friends/tour mates! Not only did we get to see some of Africa’s most amazing sights (leopards, lion cubs, 1000 elephants, fighting giraffes, Victoria Falls, local villages) but our down time was just as wonderful (dancing in Cape Maclear, winning the pub quiz, chatting around the campfire, drinking all the red wine). It’s one of the best trips I’ve ever taken and it will be hard to top. Helen is the best! Her patience and knowledge know no bounds. She was great at balancing out the different personalities on the trip and making sure everyone was comfortable. Helen, my other tour mates, and the locals made every day fun and interesting.  I can’t wait to return to Africa! But how do I decide which Rock My Adventure tour to go on next?”

                          ANNIE | USA

                          ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

                          “It was perfect. I cannot recommend this trip enough.

                          “l have always been a solo backpacker but, honestly, Africa intimated me. I am so happy that I discovered Rock My Adventure. It was perfect. It attracts people who go with the flow, are fun, and adventurous. My group became my family. Malawi, Zambia, and Botswana are stunning countries. Vicki was absolutely excellent. She did her very best to make sure everything went smoothly. She stayed up in the evenings to call and confirm bookings/coordinate etc. Most importantly she balanced being a tour leader and being part of the group (enjoying the experiences with us). I cannot recommend this trip enough.”

                          SHWETA | USA

                          Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes, ‘This is Africa’! But whatever happens, we’ll ensure you have an amazing trip!!

                          Have a question? Feel free contact us here or take a look at our FAQ’s page.

                           

                          Essential Info

                          Duration: 14 Nights

                          Dates: 

                          Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

                          Finish: Kasane, Botswana

                          Maximum Group Size: 10 people

                          Minimum Age: 18

                          Total Cost: from £3,295*

                          Payment Plan:

                          • Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)
                          • 2nd Payment: £2,175 (due 62 days before the departure date)
                          • 3rd Payment: $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival)

                          * Subject to current USD to GBP exchange rates.

                          Support

                          • Rock My Adventure Group Leader, comprehensive pre-departure information & planning advice.

                          Meals

                          • 13 breakfasts, 7 lunches & 11 dinners.

                          Accommodation

                          • 14 nights of accommodation in good-quality safari camps, hostels, hotels, and guesthouses. Includes 1 night bush camping in Chobe National Park.

                          Transport

                          • All transport within Malawi, Zambia & Botswana to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour.

                          Activities

                          • 2-Night Stay on Mumbo Island
                          • Kayaking & Snorkelling at Mumbo Island
                          • Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip
                          • Bonfire & Drumming Session
                          • Lilongwe Market & Craft Market
                          • 2 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park
                          • Textile Factory & Shop Visit
                          • Victoria Falls Visit (Zambian side)
                          • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (dinner & drinks included)
                          • Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise
                          • 1 Night/2 Day Bush Camping Safari in Chobe National Park
                          • Flights.
                          • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
                          • Visas (if needed).
                          • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
                          • Travel/health insurance (required).
                          • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
                          • Optional activities.
                          • Tips for local guides.

                          You will make 3 payments:

                          • Deposit: Paid in GBP upon booking.
                          • Balance: The remainder of the GBP balance (minus deposit) paid 62 days before arrival.
                          • Local Payment: Paid on arrival to your Tour Leader in Africa

                          The local payment is separate from the initial price you pay prior to the trip. You pay the local payment to your Tour Leader in US Dollars upon arrival in Africa.

                          This includes the on tour expenses that we cannot pay prior to arrival, such as national park entry fees, food, local transport and some activities.

                          Travel insurance is essential for ALL Rock My Adventure trips.

                          Your health and safety when travelling is of the utmost importance, so it is vital that you have travel insurance policy that covers you for your trip to Africa. Adequate travel insurance is a condition of your contract with us and you will not be able to join a trip without it.

                          You must be satisfied that your insurance fully covers all your personal requirements including cancellation charges, theft, medical expenses and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. 

                          Your insurance should also cover you for any adventurous activities that you wish to do – this includes the ‘included’ activities on the tour and any ‘optional’ activities.

                          Please be aware that some hazardous activities such as (but not limited to) white water rafting on grade 5 rapids, climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, safari walks, bungee jumping and sky diving may not be covered by all policies, so you may have to take out a higher level of cover.

                          Medical care is not free in Africa and even the cost of getting to hospital can be super expensive, so you need to be covered in case of a medical emergency, including air ambulance evacuation and repatriation in the event of accident or illness. For example, if your appendix bursts whilst we are in the Serengeti, you will need to be evacuated by helicopter to Nairobi. Without insurance you would need to pay for that out of your own pocket. 

                          If you are bringing along any electrical equipment such as cameras and laptops, you should also ensure your insurance covers those items too. Some policies only have this as an add-on. 

                          If you are travelling to an area that is subject to foreign office warnings, this may void your travel insurance, so you may need to take out an additional policy for the days you are in the danger zones. 

                          Please always read the small print.

                          Your tour leader will collect your travel insurance details on the first day of your trip, so please have the following information ready for them:

                          • Name of insurance provider.
                          • Your policy number.
                          • The telephone number to call in the event of an emergency.
                          • Your next of kin name and number.

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                          Email: [email protected]

                          Phone: +447809710257

                          Address: 353 - 355 Station Road, Bamber Bridge, Preston PR5 6EE

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