Rock My Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Adventure

Join us on an awesome adventure spanning 3 incredible countries – Malawi, Zambia & Botswana! Experience the beauty and tranquility of Lake Malawi, immerse yourself in local life in Cape Maclear, go in safari in magical South Luangwa National Park and go on adventures in Livingstone, home to the mighty Victoria Falls!

Tour Overview

Zambia, Malawi and Botswana are 3 incredible countries (Helen’s favourites actually) and equally as amazing as the more well known safari destinations, if not better! Each of these countries are very safe, have epic wildlife spotting opportunities, stunning landscapes and super friendly people!

Starting off in Malawi’s capital, Lilongwe, we’ll head towards stunning Cape Maclear in Lake Malawi National Park.

Here, we’ll ease into Malawian life, eat fresh fish, see colourful sunsets over the lake and get a real feel for local life. On our fourth day, we’ll kayak over to a deserted island where we’ll spend the night and enjoy a beach braai and bonfire. At night, the fishermen come out and as their lights twinkle on the water, you’ll see why they call it the ‘Lake of Stars’.

From Cape Maclear, we head back to Lilongwe and over to Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, which has one of the highest concentrations of leopards in all of Africa. Here you’ll take game drives through the park, go on a walking safari, visit a local village and their will also be some time to buy locally made crafts at a number of local social enterprises and relax by the pool!

Next we head south to Livingstone, the adventure capital of Africa and home to the mighty Victoria Falls!

Whilst we’re here, we’ll visit the falls aka Mosi-oa-Tunya, the ‘Smoke That Thunders’, take a cycling tour of the town with a local social enterprise and take a sunset dinner and drinks cruise down the Zambezi River, where you may spot elephants, hippos, giraffes and plenty of other animals! There will also be time to take part in some of the fantastic activities on offer, such as microlighting over the falls, bungee jumping, helicopter rides and white water rafting, to name but a few!

From Livingstone, we’ll pop across the border into Chobe National Park in Botswana. Chobe is home to tens of thousands of elephants, so you won’t be disappointed! There’s also a good chance of spotting other animals such as leopards, lions and wild dogs.

Whilst we’re in Botswana, we’ll stay at a fantastic camp which is home to a waterhole, that is frequented daily by lots of elephants. the camp also has a viewing bunker, which is at ground level and right next to the waterhole so you can get super close to the elephants as they play, drink and bathe. Simply magical!

* The local payment is a portion of your overall tour cost paid on arrival to your tour leader in US Dollars. 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.

Essential Info

Duration: 15 Nights

Dates: 

  • 21 July –  5 August 2019 (FULL)
  • 30 September – 15 October 2019 (EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT AVAILABLE)

Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

Finish: Livingstone, Zambia

Maximum Group Size: 8 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

Cost: £1,895 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT

30 SEP 2019 TRIP: SIGN UP BY 30TH MARCH 2019 TO RECEIVE £100 OFF THIS INCREDIBLE TOUR

“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 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

Tour Highlights

WEEK 1

  • Relax on the fabulous sunsets on the beautiful beaches of Cape Maclear.
  • Get a real feel for local Malawian village life in the Cape Maclear.
  • Swim, snorkel (or scuba dive) and look for beautifully colourful cichlid fish in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the world.
  • Kayak and stand up paddle board on Lake Malawi.
  • Spend the night on our own Swiss Family Robinson style island.
  • Take a sunset cruise on Lake Malawi.
  • Go on safari in incredible South Luangwa National Park.
  • Enjoy relaxing at our safari lodge on the Luangwa River where you may spot elephants, hippo and other animals drinking.
  • Visit the local village and a social enterprise near to our camp in South Luangwa.
  • Experience the nightlife in Zambia’s modern capital, Lusaka.
  • See the wonder that is the Victoria Falls! You will be able to visit both the Zambian (included) and Zimbabwe (extra cost) side of the falls!
  • Visit a local market in Lilongwe.

WEEK 2

  • See elephants up close in an underground bunker at the waterhole at out camp in Kasane.
  • Spot hundreds and hundreds of elephants (and lots of other animals) at Chobe National Park in Botswana, just a 45 minute drive from Livingstone, Zambia.
  • Take a boat ride in Chobe for more chances to spot your favourite safari animals.
  • Sample the Livingstone food and nightlife scene.
  • Take part in some of the amazing activities on offer in Livingstone (the adventure capital of Africa) including, microlighting or helicopter rides over the falls, the Angels/Devil’s Pool (seasonal), bungee jumping, gorge swinging, zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing to name but a few.
  • Visit a local market and shop for beautiful and bright African fabrics and get clothes made by an excellent local tailor.
  • Chill by the pool at our gorgeous hostel in Livingstone.
  • Take a cycling tour around Livingstone with a wonderful social enterprise. You will get to see a side of Livingstone that few tourists ever get to see.
  • Take a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River where you are likely to see animals such as elephant and hippo.

Itinerary

DAY 1:  Lilongwe

Dinner

Kiboko Town Hotel (or similar)

None

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 have the time and can arrive earlier, I can help to organise any other activities you wish to do in Lilongwe. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.

DAY 2:  Cape Maclear

Breakfast, Dinner

Thumbi View Lodge (or similar)

Lilongwe Market

In the morning, we’ll take a trip to the local market in Lilongwe – this is a real assault on the senses.

From there, 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 fresh water lake and is so big, it actually looks like the ocean. At night, the fishermen use lanterns which twinkle on the water and are the reason the lake became known as the ‘Lake of Stars’.

In the afternoon there will be some free time before we head out to a great local restaurant by the lakeshore for dinner.

DAY 3:  Cape Maclear

Breakfast

Thumbi View Lodge (or similar)

Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip

Today is a free day to take part in the activity (or activities if you’re feeling energetic) of your choice. 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, snorkelling, stand up paddle boarding, cycling, hiking, canoeing, beach volleyball.

For those who like to scuba dive, the lake is famous for having the best fresh water diving in the world and is home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the entire world and 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 boat trip out on the lake to hopefully see some fish eagles and otters that live in the area.

DAY 4:  Domwe Island

Breakfast, Dinner

Domwe Island

Kayaking to Domwe Island, Beach Braai & Bonfire

On our last full day at the lake, we’ll kayak over to our very own island (you can also take a boat over if you don’t want to kayak).

Here we’ll enjoy a braai (bbq cooked by our own private chef), lounge around in hammocks, kayak, swim, have a campfire right on the beach and spend the night in true Swiss Family Robinson style.

At night we can watch the fishing boats twinkling in the water whilst the stars twinkle overhead.

And relax…

DAY 5:  Lilongwe

Breakfast, Lunch

Kiboko Townhouse Hotel (or similar)

None

After breakfast, we’ll take a boat trip back to the mainland. 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 some time for shopping at the mall, craft market or local market in the afternoon (Lilongwe is a great place to buy fabric, art and wooden carvings).

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

DAY 6:  South Luangwa National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Croc Valley Camp (or similar)

South Luangwa Safari

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, just outside the park gate, and 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!

When we arrive in the afternoon, we’ll head out on our first safari game drive in the park!

DAY 7:  South Luangwa National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Croc Valley Camp (or similar)

2 x South Luangwa Safaris

Today 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.

Those who want to can upgrade to an afternoon walking safari in South Luangwa (seasonal, additional cost, must be booked in advance).

DAY 8:  South Luangwa National Park

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Croc Valley Camp (or similar)

Mfuwe Village Tour, Textile & Craft Shop Visit, South Luangwa Safari

After a little lie in today, we’ll visit the local village to experience life in rural Zambia.

Our local guides will show us around, tell us about their way of life, customs and you may even get to try your hand at cooking. Get ready for some real Zambian hospitality.

We’ll also 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.

In the late afternoon we’ll head out on our last safari and fingers crossed that we see elephants, lions, giraffes, hippos, crocodiles and the elusive leopard!

DAY 9:  Lusaka

Breakfast

Lusaka Backpackers (or similar)

None

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 guest house, before we continue our journey down to Livingstone the following day.

Lusaka is a good place to party too, so if you have some energy, the city awaits!

DAY 10:  Livingstone

Breakfast

Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)

None

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 my favourite place in all of Africa. Yes, really!

The afternoon will be free to relax, explore the town or you could even get dressed up and head to the Royal Livingstone for Afternoon High Tea (optional activity, additional cost) overlooking the Zambezi River.

Often you’ll find zebra and giraffe strolling through the hotel and hippo and elephants can sometimes be seen in the water.

Pure bliss!!

DAY 11:  Chobe National Park

Lunch, Dinner

Bush Camp in Chobe National Park

Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise, Chobe Safari, Bush Camping

Today is an awesome day as we’re heading into the amazing Chobe National Park, home to up to 120,000 elephants!

We’ll start with 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, our cook will prepare an awesome dinner and we will spend the night chatting round the camp fire and listening to the sounds of the African bush.

You will love this experience!

DAY 12:  Kasane

Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Senyati Safari Camp (or similar)

Chobe Safari, Waterhole

After breakfast, we’ll do a short morning game drive as we exit Chobe National Park and hopefully spot even more animals!

After lunch, we’ll head to our fantastic safari camp for the evening.

The camp has an amazing waterhole with viewing platform and underground bunker where you can get super close to the elephants that visit the waterhole daily to drink.

DAY 13:  Livingstone

Lunch, Dinner

Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)

Victoria Falls

After breakfast, we’ll head back to Livingstone where we’ll spend our last few days together.

In the afternoon we’ll visit Victoria Falls from the Zambian side and you’ll have the option to see them from the Zimbabwean side too should you wish (additional charge).

In the evening, we’ll head to a great local restaurant for dinner and drinks.

DAY 14:  Livingstone

Dinner

Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (drinks included)

The first part of the day is completely free so that you can enjoy some of the amazing activities that Livingstone has to offer.

These include white water rafting, swimming in ‘Angel’s or Devil’s Pool (seasonal), microlighting over the falls, swimming under the falls (seasonal), bungee jumping and jet boating (to name but a few)!

Or, if you’re feeling slightly less adventurous you may just want to chill by the pool, get clothes made or visit a local market – it’s up to you!

For a list of current activities click here. We can book any activities you wish to do. Just please be aware that a lot of activities need to be booked in advance, so please let us know if there is anything specific you would like to do.

DAY 15:  Livingstone

Dinner

Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)

Victoria Falls (Zambian side)

In the morning, we’ll take a cycling tour with a local social enterprise, venturing into the villages that surround the main part of town, where we can meet the people who live there and go to places most other tourists don’t go.

In the afternoon there will be some free time to relax by the pool or do a bit of last minute shopping, before we say goodbye over a light dinner and drinks on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.

DAY 16:  Departure Day

Breakfast

None

None

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 Livingstone (or Kasane) Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.

You can combine this tour with the Rock My Zambia & Botswana Adventure (COMING SOON) and the Rock My Namibia Adventure.

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!

* Please ensure to book your flights out of Livingstone from mid-afternoon onwards.

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.

What’s Included?

SUPPORT

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

MEALS

11 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 11 dinners.

ACCOMMODATION

15 nights 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 (includes – busses, taxis, boats & safari vehicles).

ACTIVITIES

Lilongwe Market

Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip

Kayaking to Domwe Island

Beach Braai & Bonfire

4 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park

Mfuwe Village Tour

Textile & Craft Shop Visit

Cycling Tour of Livingstone

Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (drinks included)

Victoria Falls (Zambian side)

Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise

Safari in Chobe National Park

Bush Camping in Chobe National Park 

What’s Not Included?

      • Flights.
      • Airport transfers (however we can arrange these for you).
      • Visas (if needed).
      • Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
      • Travel/health insurance.
      • Drinks & meals not mentioned.
  • Optional activities.
  • Transport for optional activities
  • Tips for local guides.

COME WITH US ON THE ROCK MY ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME!

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