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!

 

Duration

15 Nights

 

Next Trip

September 2019

 

Price

£1,895 + $1,000 (paid on arrival)

 

Deposit

£200

 

Trip 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!

PLEASE NOTE: The September departure starts in Livingstone and ends in Lilongwe and the itinerary flows in reverse.

Essential Info

Duration: 15 Nights

Dates: 

  • 21 July –  5 August 2019 (FULL)
  • 8 – 23 September 2019
  • 11 – 26 July 2020

Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

Finish: Livingstone, Zambia

Maximum Group Size: 10 people

Minimum Age: 18

Physical Level: Moderate

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

Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)

* 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.

Come with us on the adventure of a lifetime!

“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

Trip Highlights

  • 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 to try and spot fish eagle and otters that live in the area.
  • Go on a 2-day 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 and shope for beautiful and colurful chitenje fabric..
  • 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

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.

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Kiboko Town Hotel (or similar)
  • Activities: None

 

Day 2: Cape Maclear

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.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Thumbi View Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: Lilongwe market

 

Day 3: Cape Maclear

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.

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Thumbi View Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip
Day 4: Domwe Island

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…

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Domwe Island
  • Activities: Kayaking to Domwe Island, Beach Braai & Bonfire
Day 5: Lilongwe

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!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
  • Accommodation: Kiboko Town Hotel (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 6 - 8: South Lunagwa National Park

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!

On day 2, 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).

After a little lie in on day 3 in the park, 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!

 

  • Meals: All Meals
  • Accommodation: Marula Lodge (or similar)
  • Activities: 4 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park, Village Walk
Day 9: Lusaka

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!

 

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Lusaka Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 10: Livingstone

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!!

  • Meals: Breakfast
  • Accommodation: Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: None
Day 11: Chobe National Park

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!

 

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Bush Camp
  • Activities: Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise, Chobe Safari, Bush Camping
Day 12: Kasane

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.

 

  • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Senyati Safari Camp
  • Activities: Chobe Safari, Waterhole
Day 13: Livingstone

After breakfast, we’ll pack up and leave Botswana, heading back to Livingstone where we’ll spend our last few days together.

After lunch, 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 see a glimpse of local life, meet some of the people who live there and go to places most other tourists don’t go.

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

 

  • Meals: Lunch, Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Cycling Tour
Day 14: Livingstone

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!

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 on one of your free days should you wish (additional charge).

In the evening, we’ll head out for dinner at a local pizzeria and social enterprise.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Victoria Falls
Day 15: Livingstone

Today is another free day for you to take part in the activities of your choice.

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.

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 where we may be lucky to spot animals such as elephants, hippos and giraffes.

 

  • Meals: Dinner
  • Accommodation: Jollyboys Backpackers (or similar)
  • Activities: Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (dinner & drinks included)
Day 16: 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 Livingstone Airport 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

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.

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 i 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

  • 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 
  • 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.

  • 21 July –  5 August 2019 (FULL)
  • 8 – 23 September 2019
  • 11 – 26 July 2020

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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