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Ultimate African Adventure - 11 Days

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Feel the pulse of untamed Africa trekking the wildlands of Zambia and kayaking Lake Malawi's clear blue waters.

Begin your journey at the spray of thundering Victoria Falls and take advantage of free time to indulge in one of many optional adventurous activities. Then go into the bush where, under the guidance of an expert tracker, you learn to read the bush traveling by foot as well as open vehicle in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.

In Malawi, 'the warm heart of Africa', settle onto a pristine tropical island in Lake Malawi National Park, the world's first freshwater reserve. Snorkel in the crystalline waters amongst a large variety of cichlids and kayak along the granite islands, visiting with friendly residents living a subsistence life in remote villages.

Accommodations vary from large safari tents blending seamlessly into lush foliage to chalets set on river banks or lagoons which provide astounding wildlife observation. This ultimate nature and cultural journey is perfect for families with teenagers or active adventurous travelers.

Day 01 : Arrive Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, ZambiaYour African adventure begins as you are met and warmly greeted at the Livingstone airport in Zambia. Enjoy an afternoon guided tour of Victoria Falls one of the seven natural wonders of the world, which straddles the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. Watch as the mighty Zambezi River cascades down 300 hundred vertical feet.

The spray from the falls can be powerful so be prepared for getting wet. Overlooking the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands, under a shady canopy of jackalberry and waterberry trees lies Toka Leya.

The camp consists of 12 safari-style tents, each en-suite with a view of the magnificent Zambezi River and some of its islands. The camp's dining and bar area is set beneath a shaded canopy of trees overlooking the River and a swimming pool.

Activities include a tour of the Victoria Falls on the Zambian side, game drives within Mosi- Oa-Tunya National Park, river cruises and guided nature walks. Other activities on offer in the area at an additional charge include sunset cruises, helicopter flights, micro-lighting, canoeing, jet boating, white water rafting and fishing.
Overnight at Toka Leya or similar - B,L,D

Day 02 : Free Day Victoria falls

White Water Rafting in ZambeziThe Day is yours to indulge in any adventurous experience imaginable as well as join in lodge activities, shop for souvenirs or simply relax in the wonderful lodge setting. Choose any of the activities offered by the lodge; experience Zambian culture and hospitality on a village walk, sip sundowners on a sunset river cruise, fish for the elusive Zambezi Tiger Fish, paddle around the islands in a dugout canoe or join a guided bird walk.

Additional active choices in the area include the world's best one Day white water rafting trip featuring Class V rapids, bungee jumping off the bridge over the Zambezi, canoeing above the Falls, parasailing or horseback riding (not included).

Overnight at Toka Leya or similar

Days 03 - 05 : South Luangwa Walking Safari

South Luangwa Walking SafariAfter an early breakfast you will take the morning flight from Livingstone to Mfuwe.

Leaving the airstrip behind, your game viewing experience begins as you travel by open vehicle with an experienced guide into one of Africas finest wildlife sanctuaries, South Luangwa National Park.


South Luangwa Walking SafariArriving at a comfortable camp in an untouched and unspoiled part of the park, you become truly immersed in the sights and sounds of the bush.

Over the next few Days your senses awaken as you feel Africa beneath your feet with the guidance of well trained, knowledgeable, native guides and scouts as you are safely introduced to the home of the Big Five. Walking safaris are all about intimate wildlife viewing and the unique opportunity to immerse yourself into the leisurely rhythm of the bush.

Your Day begins around dawn with a light breakfast and them you walk out into the park with your guide and an armed ranger. You can expect to walk 3-4 hours each morning exploring different habitats near camp. Your guide and scout will consider signs of wildlife, your walking pace and your interests in determining the route.

Although guides are intimately familiar with the terrain and where animals tend to congregate, you never know what wildlife you may encounter. Returning to camp, savor a hearty brunch and discuss the animal sightings from the morning's walk. Enjoy a good book and a siesta before heading out in the late afternoon for sundowners and a night game drive to view nocturnal animal behavior. The first two nights will be spent at the same camp before walking (if it is not too far) to a different camp for your final night in the bush. A light pack for your camera is all that is needed while walking as all luggage and gear will be transported by vehicle.

Overnights in specific bush camps will depend on the season and the game viewing but may include any of the following: Bilimungwe, a luxury trails camp situated in a large ebony grove 50 meters from the Luangwa River composed of four reed and thatch chalets with en suite toilets and showers. Abundant game, such as elephant, buffalo and giraffe are attracted to its permanent water hole. 6 km away from Bilimungwe, luxury tented Chindeni nestles on the apex of a permanent ox bow lagoon.

The four en suite tents each rest on a private raised veranda which makes an ideal platform for viewing the big game which frequent the lagoon and watching spectacular sunsets over the Nchindeni Hill. Also with views of the Nchindeni Hill and situated on the Luangwa River, Chamilandu hasthree grass and reed chalets on raised timber decks. This camp enjoys good sightings of leopard and wild dog as well as a huge colony of Carmine bee eaters. The newest camp, luxurious Kapamba offers excellent viewing of the plentiful wildlife that comes to drink at the Kapamba River – B,L,D

Days 06 - 07 : Puku Ridge Traditional Safari

Puku Ridge Camp, ZambiaArmed with insight gained from tracking footprints and examining spoor while walking in the bush, you will spend the next two Days ranging further a field in open game vehicles, exploring another game rich section of South Luangwa.

A three hour game drive brings you to Puku Ridge, a luxurious traditional safari camp named for the rare Puku antelope which is found in abundance around camp. Set among the trees, Puku Ridge overlooks a wide flood plain which draws a variety of wildlife and provides excellent animal viewing opportunities.

Enjoy morning and late afternoon game drives looking for elephant, lion, leopard, wild dog, buffalo, Thornicrofts giraffe, Cooksons wildebeest, kudu, bushbuck and hyena.

Overnights Puku Ridge or similar – B,L,D

Days 08 - 10 : Lake Malawi National Park

Lake Malawi Scuba DivingTrading in superb game viewing for a remote island paradise, take a short flight from Mfuwe to Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. Get a glimpse of the diverse city and enjoy a delicious lunch at a delightful guesthouse.

This afternoon, sit back and take in the sights on the drive to Cape Maclear, the jumping off point for our kayaking safari. Boarding a motorized boat, we travel 12 km through the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi to Mumbo Island, our base for exploring Lake Malawi National Park. This designated UNESCO World Heritage site, protects several hundred species of mostly endemic fish in the world's first freshwater national park.

Mumbo Island is uninhabited with the exception of an intimate, barefoot luxury style camp. The large fully furnished safari style tents are situated on thatched wooden platforms with shady decks and hammocks that overlook the lake. There are fire warmed bucket showers and en suite 'eco-loos'.

Delicious meals are served in the timber, thatch, and canvas dining and lounge area, which is beautifully lit at night by hurricane lanterns. Enjoy the freedom to plan your own schedule and indulge in your choice of activities in this aquatic paradise. In stable sea kayaks, paddle the protected waters of the National Park with native guides who have intimate knowledge of the area. Snorkel and swim in crystal clear water brimming with many species of colorful cichlid fish and large Maybe a Cape Clawless Otter (the only mammal found on Mumbo) will join you in a pre-breakfast dip.

SCUBA dive (not included) among the massive granite boulders that make up the underwater terrain. (Mumbo is a PADI registered resort that offers beginner and advanced courses as well as casual dives for certified divers.) Walk the wooded island nature trails looking for Fish Eagles, White Breasted Cormorant, Water Dikkop and Paradise Flycatchers among others. Simply relax in a hammock with a good book and let your cares drift away.

Overnights at Mumbo Island B,L,D

Day 11 : Departure

Say good bye to the engaging Malawians you have come to know at Mumbo Camp before boarding the boat back to Cape Maclear. On the mainland an hours drive brings you to the airstrip at Club Makakola for your flight to Blantyre or Lilongwe. Consider extending your trip with a visit to another African destination before departing for home - B

Included

As specified in the above itinerary, all accommodation; land and air transportation within Zambia and Malawi; airport/hotel transfers on scheduled arrival/departure dates; all meals as specified [B-breakfast, L-lunch, D-dinner];some beverages; laundry services; national park entrance fees; all game viewing activities; services of professional English speaking guides throughout; Wildland Adventures pre-departure consultation and services; ground operator support within Africa and taxes.

Not Included

International air fare; visa fees; fuel surcharges applicable at time of reservation; airport departure taxes; personal equipment, optional activities, any meals and beverages not included; gratuities; cancellation, baggage, emergency evacuation or medical insurance;

Any other extra expenses due to unanticipated changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control - We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Trip Notes

Children 12 years and older are welcome on this trip - Please note that this itinerary cannot run January-May due to the annual closure of the Zambian camps during the rainy season. We also offer this trip for private groups and on custom dates - please call for more information. Wildland Adventures, Inc. has arranged your trip utilizing the travel services of local in-country ground operators who are independent contractors. T

hese local outfitters, lodges, hotels and other suppliers of your travel services will make every effort to conduct this trip as described in the itinerary. It is however possible that due to transportation schedule changes, weather, delays and unforeseeable acts of God, humans or nature, this itinerary may vary from what is described.

Participants must assume all risks whether identified in advance or unforeseen. Extra costs due to unexpected changes in your itinerary for reasons beyond our control are not included. We highly recommend purchasing travelers insurance for trip delay, trip cancellation, baggage, accident or sickness.

Representatives are available for assistance at any time during your trip. If preferred hotels are not available, every attempt will be made to reserve alternative accommodations of similar quality. (If upgrade is necessary, higher rates may apply.) All information and services provided are subject to our Reservation Form Terms and Conditions.
Ultimate African Adventure - 11 Days

 

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