Malawi and Zambia tour big five – Expedition 122
Malawi and Zambia tour big five. Liwonde national park, South Luangwa national park and lake Malawi. Among big five.
Malawi and Zambia tour the big five.
Malawi and Zambia tour the big five. A trip in the green season, to immerse ourselves in nature and peoples. In Zambia, in the park of the South Luangwa, in the green season or emerald season. Entering the heart of the Luangwa park off-road even at night. The night safari in search of predators: the concentration of leopards is very high, but we will meet lions, hyenas, genets, civets, and in general all the nocturnal predators. There will be sightings of antelope, zebras, buffalo, elephants and an abundance of predators including small herds of wild dogs. The park also hosts two endemic rarity: the Thornicroft giraffe and wildebeest Cookson.
The journey continues at the foot of Mount Mulanje national forest reserve, Biosphere Reserve, South Africa’s highest mountain. Mulanje boasts a 650km2 forest and many species of animals and plants unique to the world. Mulanje is a mountain that Malawians consider magic to the wealth of legends and stories that populate the collective imagination. Under Mount Mulanje open the rolling hills covered with a green mantle: walking through the immense spaces of the plantations we meet the workers of the tea.
We’ll move on the banks of the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi, one of the largest water reserves in the world. The clear waters and golden beaches that have nothing to envy to our Italian coasts. It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. The journey between the big five ends in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s most famous park. The boat safari we define it unmissable. Elephants swimming a few meters from the boat, hippos grub, crocodiles, impala that drink and families of monkeys who engage in everyday toiletries. The bird life is amazing. The Liwonde is an IBA. Also present was the black rhino within the Sanctuary, where it is protected.
12 days, from 23 January to 3 February 2017. Possibility of the beaches of Lake Malawi extensions, in Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, the Victoria Falls or in the Kafue National Park, Zambia.
THE JOURNEY: Malawi and Zambia tour big five.
The days in Zambia will be spent immersed on safari. In South Luangwa National Park, where we will spend 4 nights on the Luangwa river, in the green season, a time when many puppies are born. A very good opportunity to see the park in green season: you will never see the park so rich and full of lush vegetation. Both fauna flora are at maximum richness.
South Luangwa National Park
The heart of a charming ecosystem, the Luangwa boasts antelopes, zebras, buffalo, elephants and an abundance of predators: lions, jackals, hyenas, cheetahs, small herds of wild dogs and, not least, relatively easy to spot, the leopard. The park is home to two endemic rarity: the Thornicroft giraffe and wildebeest Cookson. A heaven from the ornithological point of view with more than 400 species of birds. Lions and hyenas are easy to spot. We arrange the night safaris one of the most charming and fascinating experiences that you can do to South Luangwa National Park, one of the few areas in Africa where it is allowed this activity.
Liwonde National Park
The most famous park in Malawi and in the interior, along the Shire River, elephants abound. Also present antelopes such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest Alcelaphus lichtensteini and sable antelope Hippotragus niger, buffalo, zebras, hyenas, warthogs, baboons, hippos and crocodiles; hundreds of species of birds. The vegetation is very diverse, ranging from forests of mopane, the palm trees, the grassland, the acacias, while the hills dominate the forests of miombo. For this the Liwonde is the only place in Malawi, where the inseparable Lilian Lovebird lilianaeis nests. The park is also an IBA (Important Bird Area) International with significant populations of rare or endangered species. Inside the Rhino Sanctuary, an important black rhino reintroduction project, protected as an animal in danger of extinction. In recent years some rhinos were spotted outside. This trip so we give a chance to see all the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo.
This region is the land of the Chewa, the people that preserves a rich cultural heritage of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Over 5,000 masks and numerous secret ceremonies such as the Gule Wamkulu are the cultural heritage site protected.
In the region of Monkey Bay, Malawi lake in the hills national park, overlooking a forest on Lake Malawi, one of the world’s largest water reserves, by the clear waters and golden beaches that have nothing to envy to our Italian coasts . It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. Here surely meet the fishermen of the lake with their fishing canoes are dedicated to following old traditions. The drying of fish is a ritual and a procedure in which the women and the old men of the village are involved, while the kids and the kids help in the repair of networks.
Mount Mulanje national forest reserve
Southern Africa’s highest mountain, boasts a 650km2 forest and many species of animals and plants unique to the world, the mountain that Malawians consider magic to the wealth of legends and stories that populate the collective imagination. Under Mount Mulanje we will see the rolling hills covered by a green mantle spotless and tea: walking through the immense spaces of the plantations we meet the workers of the tea.
LILONGWE, Malawi January 23, 2017. Arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi, around 12:30. warm and welcoming country: its people have a warm and hospitable heart that in no other country in Africa we have ever heard. Meeting with the staff of Africa Wild Truck and transfer to the lodge, located already in convenient direction embark on our journey to the South Luangwa, the next day. Full board
DAY 2 LILONGWE - South Luangwa National Park January 24, 2017. Departure for a day of travel, crossing, on the Rift Valley, the border between Malawi and Zambia towards Chipata. After customs formalities for the output and input supplies, we continue the journey toward the Luangwa valley between the small towns, villages and markets. First exciting night safari in search of predators already in the afternoon, from 16 to 20. Overnight in tented fixed on the banks of the river, where you often see passing elephants, giraffes and even some predator. Full board
Day 3 South Luangwa National Park January 25, 2017. During our safari, the rich diversity of habitats will be immediately apparent. On our first morning safari we can already spot predators or herbivores. Later during the night drive, 4x4 safaris during the evening hours, it will be easier to spot nocturnal animals: in the South Luangwa National Park in search of lions, leopards, hyenas, genets, civets, nightjar ... Overnight at tented camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Full board
Day 4 South Luangwa National Park January 26, 2017. On safari, word now used to describe the outputs off-road inside the park. During the morning we will try to get back on our feet, where the night before some particular scene has caught our attention, for example, or exploring new areas. In the afternoon, night safari in search of leopard or any other animals, scents, smells, sounds, stars, this evening will give us. Overnight as the night. Full board
DAY 5 South Luangwa National Park - Dedza January 27, 2017. Opportunity to visit an excellent factory that produces handmade fabrics unique pieces. We travel a few hours to reach Dedza, where the night in a nice lodge. Inside the restaurant overlooking the manicured garden and the mountain views of Dedza at 1600m altitude. Full board
DAY 6 Dedza - MUA - MONKEY BAY January 28, 2017. A few kilometers separate us from Mua, the oldest and original operational mission in Malawi. He was born with the support of the Ngoni tribe in 1903, at the behest of two French White Fathers who gave birth to a center of culture and art Kungoni ( "letter. Waterfall, because it sits near a waterfall) and the Chamare Museum, name of a French father who started the carpentry school, still appreciated around the world. A Mua preserve the rich cultural heritage of Malawi and have collected about 400 of the 10,000 masks Gule Wamkulu, secret ceremony of the majority ethnic group Malawian: the Chewa. Since a few years the Gule Wamkulu became a World Heritage Site. Overnight stay in the ancient colonial house, in a dominating position over the lake. Full board
DAY 7 MONKEY BAY, LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK 29 January 2017. The bay we have chosen is called the Bay of dreams and is close to the Lake Malawi National Park, one of the largest water reserves in the world, by the clear waters and golden beaches that have nothing to envy to our Italian coast; it is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. Overnight stay in the ancient colonial house, like the previous night. Full board
DAY 8 MONKEY BAY, LAKE MALAWI NATIONAL PARK January 30, 2017. The day is dedicated to the discovery of the villages and the area with walks. You can organize a trip by boat set within the national park, to take a bath in safety between the cichlid fish, colorful and popular tropical freshwater fish. Overnight stay in the ancient colonial house, like the previous night. Full board
DAY 9 MONKEY BAY - Liwonde National Park January 31, 2017. A few kilometers separate us from the park Liwonde. First safari boat with the entrance in the park. Afternoon to watch the animals from the amazing location of the lodge and first safari in the afternoon boat. Overnight in wonderful lodge on the banks of the Shire River. Often they observe hippos and elephants in the vicinity of the camp, as well as Boehm's bee eater. The Liwonde national park boasts 18 species of herons and egrets, storks 8 species, 15 species of plovers, and enjoy 9 species of kingfishers; in the park there are many birds of prey including the 'martial eagle (Polemaetus bellicosus) and night as the Pel's Fishing-owl (Scotopelia hairs). Full board
DAY 10 Liwonde National Park - Mulanje February 1, 2017. In the morning out of the park and, after a stop in the commercial city of Blantyre, we reach one of the most beautiful areas of Malawi: Mulanje Mountain, where the green color and completely new vistas will make us believe that they are in another country. Overnight in old colonial house set on plantations, based Africa Wild Truck. Full board
Day 11 Mulanje, Malawi 2 February 2017. Walking through the vast spaces of the plantations. We meet the workers of the tea, which patiently collect the young leaves at the top of the plants, leaf by leaf, to fill the huge baskets on their backs. The first tea plantations in Africa were introduced in the late nineteenth century precisely in this area of Malawi. The view from the house gives the most beautiful views on the massif of Mulanje Overnight as the night. Full board
Day 12 Mulanje - International Airport BLANTYRE
3 February 2017 in the morning transfer to the international airport for the return Chileka in Blantyre, February 3, 2017.
Quotation per person
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We recommend these vaccines:
- typhoid fever
- hepatitis A and B
Concerning malaria, disease transmitted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito, its prevention is accomplished, first of all, with a mechanic prevention i.e. avoiding getting stung, following these rules:
- sleeping under mosquito tents
- useìing insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
- after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-coloured long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colours attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme
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