Tour Malawi and Zambia Adventure and safari in Africa

Tour Malawi and Zambia adventure and safari in Africa. A tour between Malawi and Zambia, to immerse ourselves in nature and people. In Zambia, inside the incredible South Luangwa National Park, entering in the mid of the  park even during night hours for a night drive. On safaris in search of predators: the concentration of leopards is very high, but we will also meet lions, hyenas, genets, civets and generally all nocturnal predators. Sightings of antelopes, zebras, buffalos, elephants and an abundance of predators including packs of wild dogs will not be missed. The park also hosts two rare endemic species: the Thornicroft giraffe and Cookson wildebeest.

At the foot of Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, one of the higher mountain in southern Africa. It boasts a 650km2 forest and many species of animals and plants unique to the world. It is 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 pure tea, walking among the vast spaces of the plantations we meet  the tea workers.

We will then move on the banks of the third largest lake in Africa. Lake Malawi is one of the world’s largest water reserves. Clear waters and white sands have nothing to envy to Italian beaches coasts. It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 500 species.

Finally in Liwonde National Park, the most famous park in Malawi, of which you can not be disappointed by the boat safari. We define it “truly unmissable”.

Elephants swimming a few meters from the boat, hippos grub, crocodiles, impala drinking and families of monkeys who engage in daily toiletries. Birdlife is truly amazing. Black rhino is present within the Sanctuary, a place in which it is protected. Malawi is indeed a warm and welcoming country: its people have a warm and hospitable heart that in no other country in Africa we have ever heard.

DURATION

12 days. Possibility of extensions on the shores of Lake Malawi or in Mulanje, at the foot of the magic mountain on Victoria Falls or on Indian Ocean beaches!

STAFF

Staff is made by professional guides trained by Malawi Tourism sector. WHO WE ARE 

MEANS OF TRANSPORT

All distances will be covered with one or more means Toyota or Land Rover or similar off-road 4 × 4 or depending on numbers vehicle that we consider appropriate. A further provision, in the case of nights camping: mattresses, refrigerator, food, field kitchen, 12/220 V. current to recharge the batteries, two-way VHF, GPS, notebook to download digital photos and movies, satellite phone (cost 5 euro / min), first aid kit and a good travel library, with our guides to travel with.

ACCOMMODATION – Tour Malawi and Zambia Adventure and safari in Africa

In Lilongwe, the first night in nice accommodation, one of the best hotels in town.

The nights in South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River, in a position of absolute beauty in fixed tented camp, equipped with showers and toilets; hippos, giraffes and groups of elephants often visit the camp. On Lake Malawi in a nice lodge overlooking the lake: really incredible views. In Liwonde National Park, Mvuu camp overnight in the incredible camp overlooking the river where elephants come to drink. We will spend the last two nights in a pleasant colonial house from 1912, set amongst the tea plantations, in Mulanje, the base of AfricaWildTruck. The garden is one of the oldest of Malawi.

Contact us for any request, we can change the accommodation for you.

The lodge rooms are intended, unless otherwise requested, in double or sometimes triple; They could be replaced for technical-organizational problems without distorting the original plan.

The facilities have been carefully chosen following an idea of​land conservation and sustainable tourism, preferring  positions in close contact with nature.

For a list of the lodge / camping , please write to us!

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DAY 1 BLANTYRE CHILEKA AIRPORT - MAJETE WILDLIFE RESERVE, MALAWI. Arrival in Lilongwe, Malawi, around 14:30. Malawi is a warm and welcoming country: its people have a warm and hospitable heart that in no other country in Africa we have ever heard. Away from tourism, despite the poignant beauty of its landscape, its hospitable and incredibly friendly people, the kilometers of pristine beaches of golden sand, Malawi is a country not yet discovered by tourism and this makes it even more fascinating. Meeting with Africa Wild Truck staff 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. Departure for a day of travel, crossing, on the Rift Valley, the border between Malawi and Zambia towards Chipata. After customs formalities for the entry and exit requirements, embarking on a trip to the Luangwa valley between the small towns, villages and markets. First exciting night safari in search of predators already in the afternoon, from 16:00 to 20:00. Overnight in tents on the banks of the river, where you often see passing elephants, giraffes and even some predator. Full board

DAY  3 and 4 South Luangwa National Park. During our safari, the rich diversity of habitats will be immediately apparent already at our first morning safari and then during the night drive, 4x4 safaris during the evening hours, when it is easier to spot nocturnal animals: within the South Luangwa national park in search of lions, leopards, hyenas, genets, civets, nightjar ... Overnight in tented camp on the banks of the Luangwa River. Full board

DAY 5 South Luangwa National Park - Dedza. Opportunity to visit an excellent factory that produces unique handmade fabrics pieces. We travel a few hours to reach Dedza, where the night will be spent in a nice lodge in a pleasant garden where ceramics are produced pleasant. Bed and breakfast

DAY 6 Dedza - MUA - MONKEY BAY AREA. A few kilometers separate us from Mua, the oldest and original operational mission in Malawi. The centre was established with the support of the Ngoni tribe in 1903, at the request of two French White Fathers who established  the center of culture and art Kungoni (meaning, “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 area. At Mua they preserve the rich cultural heritage of Malawi and have collected about 400 of the 10,000 masks of the Gule Wamkulu, secret ceremony of the majority Malawian ethnic group; the Chewa. Since a few years ago 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. The bay we have chosen is called the Bay of dreams and is close to the Lake Malawi National Park, one of the world's largest water reserves, by the clear waters and white sands. It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, Cichlids, are around 500 species. Overnight stay in the ancient colonial house, like the previous night. Full board

DAY 8 LAKE MALAWI, MONKEY BAY AREA. The fishing villagers are many, and in the morning it is easy to meet them in their canoes while returning from a night of fishing. Lake Malawi in this area is close to the Lake Malawi National Park: a real sea and provides livelihood to all villages settled on the banks of the lake. From here we can organize a boat trip to the island of Boadzulu, the lake Malawi National Park where we will be able to fully enjoy the wonder and the transparency of the lake. Women dry out the fish and preparing the stalls for sale. We will spend the day on Lake Malawi, in the villages and to devote to the knowledge of the people’s business. Overnight at the lodge on the lake. Full board

DAY 9 LAKE MALAWI - LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK. In the morning, wake up at sunrise and after breakfast we will reach the banks of the Shire River, where we will enter the Liwonde National Park and we will organize the famous boat safari to better spot and photograph the wildlife of the park: many elephants, hippos and crocodiles! The boats are motorized and will come accompanied by a guide who will maneuver the boat and, in addition to our presence, we will be adding a safari guide. The chances of sighting elephants are unique and often swim in front of us, across the river in search of food. In the afternoon, the second boat safari increases the chances of more sightings. Accommodation in the middle of the park, in one of the most beautiful lodge / Malawi courts, overlooking the Shire River. Full board

DAY 10 LIWONDE NATIONAL PARK - MULANJE. In the morning, safari by boat to increase the chance to spot other species involved in their daily actions. Exiting 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 home nestled in the plantations. Full board

DAY 11 MULANJE. Walking through the vast spaces of the plantations. We meet the tea workers, who patiently pluck 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 lodge is unmatched. Overnight as the night before. Full board

DAY 12 MULANJE - CHILEKA AIRPORT, BLANTYRE. Return to Blantyre through the fertile highlands of the Rift Valley; Transfer to airport for international departure flight.

- The current times are estimates calculated on flight plans provided by the airlines. If the route changes then this could be varied.

ATTENDANCE FEE: 2870 USD

incluse VAT 16,5%, Tourism Levy 1% e tasse 30%

PARTECIPANTS: MINIMUM 6, MAX 14

DISCOUNTS

The following discounts are possible:

  • Discount of 40Usd per day if you decide to camp
  • family discounts: for children and young boys/girls under 12 years
  • 100Usd for travelers who already took part at least in a travel with AFRICA WILD TRUCK (minum base of 4 persons)
  • groups discount

Discounts are subject to variations and can't be combined together.

THE FEE INCLUDES

  • English speaking guides authorized by Minister of Tourism
  • all transports, to and from the airport, road taxes
  • all game drives activities, all national parks entry fees

(in South Luangwa 5 game drives, in Mount Mulanje Reserve and in Lake Malawi national park and Liwonde national park 2 boat safari or game drives)

  • all overnights in lodge as to program - no camping (see page 3)
  • all meals as per full board indication
  • 50 US dollars that AWT entirely donates to AROUND AWT (see page 11)
  • VAT (16,5%),  TOURISM LEVY (1%) and government taxes.

THE FEE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • flights
  • Malawi Visa and Zambia Visa
  • Single supplement (15%)
  • Euroassistance/Globy or similar travel insurance (cancellation, luggage, health insurance highly advisable – it is possible to stipulate it with the above cited agency or online – write to us, we will help you to find the best solution!)
  • drinks different from water
  • optional excursions not mentioned
  • Meals where indicated bed and breakfast
  • any possible personal expense
  • tips
  • anything not expressly specified under "The fee includes"

BOOK!

Contact info@africawildtruck.com to book or to ask informations.

HEALTH

No obligation to vaccination.

We recommend these vaccines:

  • tetanus
  • 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
  • using insecticide to get rid of possible mosquitos
  • after sunset, when mosquitos are more active, avoiding leaving parts of the body uncovered, wearing light-colored long trousers and long-sleeve shirts, because dark colors attract mosquitos and spraying parts of the body uncovered with Autan Extreme

For the use of any possible antimalarial drugs we suggest that you consult your Public Health Service; health norms change very rapidly.

TRAVEL MEDICAL KIT

We suggest that you take with you a small supply of these medicines:

  • analgesics/fever reducers: acetylsalicylic acid and nimesulide
  • antibiotics like ciproxin or amoxicillin or clavulanic acid
  • antimalarials: anyway carry with you 2 packs of Lariam for emergency cases
  • antidiarrheals: loperamide or kaolin in case of symptoms (to use only if really necessary!)
  • rehydration salts: in case of fluid leaks
  • against car or air sickness: a pack of pills or chewing-gums
  • antihistamines: in case of allergic reactions
  • scissors, tweezers and thermometer
  • suntan cream
  • insecticides (like Autan Extreme)

 

Required documents and Visa

It is necessary to have a passport valid for at least 6 months after departure date with at least two free pages; for the entry in Malawi the Visa is obtainable under 75 Usd payment, while Zambian Visa under 50 Usd payment but it depends on nationalities.  Write us for more informations

 

CLOTHING

comfortable trekking shoes

technical sandals

easy to dry slippers for the shower

windbreaker

k-way

sweatshirt/pile

cotton/linen long trousers

cotton/linen long sleeve shirts

cotton T-shirts

bathing suit

panty

belly pack for passport

sunglasses

cap

OTHER

binoculars

head torch-light

water bottle

camera/videocamera/spare batteries!!

passport photocopy and 2 passport photos

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