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Rock My Malawi, Zambia & Botswana Adventure

Malawi, Zambia & Botswana – 15 Nights

Tour Highlights

Join us on an awesome adventure spanning 3 incredible African countries!

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)

Lake Malawi

South Luangwa, Zambia

South Luangwa NP

Victoria Falls

Chobe NP

Tour Overview

 

Tour Dates

Cost

  • £2,295 + $1,000 (local payment, paid on arrival).
  • Includes £400 non-refundable deposit.

What’s Included

  • 15 Nights Accommodation.
  • 11 Breakfasts, 5 Lunches and 8 Dinners.
  • Rock My Adventure Group Leader & Local Guides.
  • Comprehensive Pre-Departure Information.
  • In-Country Transport.
  • Lilongwe Market.
  • Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip.
  • Kayaking to Domwe Island.
  • Beach Braai & Bonfire.
  • 4 x Safaris in South Luangwa National Park.
  • Textile & Craft Shop Visit.
  • Cycling Tour of Livingstone.
  • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (drinks included).
  • Victoria Falls Visit (Zambian side).
  • Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise.
  • 2 Nights Immersive Bush Camping Safari in Chobe National Park.

Please Note

  • Join us in Helen’s 3 favourite African countries.
  • This is one of our most popular trips and books up quickly, so please book as soon as possible to ensure availability.

“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 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: Hotel (Ensuite)
  • Activities: None

Day 2: Cape Maclear, Malawi

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
  • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
  • Activities: Lilongwe Market

    Day 3: Cape Maclear, Malawi

    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: Lodge (Ensuite)
    • Activities: Lake Malawi Sunset Boat Trip

    Day 4: Domwe Island, Malawi

    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: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
    • Accommodation: Tents (All bedding provided, some tents have proper beds allocated on a first-come, first-served basis)
    • Activities: Kayaking to Domwe Island, Beach Braai & Bonfire

      Day 5: Lilongwe, Malawi

      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
      • Accommodation: Hotel (Ensuite)
      • Activities: None

      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.

      In the afternoon, you’ll have the option to take a tour with local guides who will show you around their village and tell you about their way of life, customs. Get ready for some real Zambian hospitality.

       

      • Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
      • Accommodation: Lodge (Ensuite)
      • Activities: Textile factory & shop

        Day 7: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

        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 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, we’re back out on safari to spot more animals. Those who want to, will have the opportunity to upgrade to a walking safari, something South Luangwa National Park is famous for (extra cost and subject to availability).

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

          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 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: Guesthouse (Ensuite)
          • Activities: None

            Day 10: Livingstone, Zambia

            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 and explore the town.

            *If you would prefer to fly, you can do so (additional cost). Please enquire for details.

             

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

                Day 11: Livingstone, Zambia

                Today is a completely free day for you to 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, jet boating or afternoon tea at The Royal Livingstone Hotel (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!

                 

                • Meals: None
                • Accommodation: Flashpacker Hostel (Ensuite)
                • Activities: None

                  Day 12 – 13: Chobe National Park, Botswana

                  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.

                  Waking up early, we’ll head off on an early morning game drive. This time of day is best for finding the big cats or wild dogs as they are still active at this time and chances of seeing them are good.

                  We’ll then have a bush brunch and there will be some time to rest before we head out on an afternoon game drive. You will love this experience!

                   

                  • Meals: 1 x Breakfast, 2 x Lunch, 2 x Dinner
                  • Accommodation: Camping (All Camping Equipment & Bedding Provided)
                  • Activities: Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise, Chobe Safari, Bush Camping

                    Day 14: Livingstone, Zambia

                    After breakfast, we’ll pack up and leave Botswana, heading back to Livingstone where we’ll spend our last couple of 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 on one of your free days should you wish.

                    The evening is free to do as you please, however you may want to head to a great local restaurant for dinner and drinks.

                     

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

                      Day 15: Livingstone, Zambia

                      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 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 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: Light Dinner
                      • Accommodation: Flashpacker Hostel (Ensuite)
                      • Activities: Cycling Tour, Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (light 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: None
                        • Accommodation: None
                        • Activities: None
                          South Luangwa, Zambia

                          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: 15 Nights

                          Dates: 

                          • 15 – 30 August 2020 FULL
                          • 14 – 29 August 2021 BOOK NOW

                          Start: Lilongwe, Malawi

                          Finish: Livingstone, Zambia

                          Maximum Group Size: 10 people

                          Minimum Age: 18

                          Physical Level: Moderate

                          Cost: £2,295 + $1,000* (local payment paid on arrival)

                          Deposit: £400 (non-refundable)

                          Support

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

                          Meals

                          • 11 breakfasts, 5 lunches and 8 dinners.

                          Accommodation

                          • 15 nights accommodation in good quality safari camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses. Includes 2 nights 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
                          • Textile & Craft Shop Visit
                          • Cycling Tour of Livingstone
                          • Zambezi River Sunset Cruise (drinks included)
                          • Victoria Falls (Zambian side)
                          • Chobe River Safari Boat Cruise
                          • 2 Nights Immersive 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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