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South East Africa Discoverer

Uncover the secret gems of South Eastern Africa on this carefully crafted journey to experience the culture and wildlife of Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. From exploring Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, and caning the Lower Zambezi river, to discovering the thrill of a wildlife safari, game walks and drives in South Luangwa National Park. Snorkel the waters of Lake Malawi before journeying to tropical Mozambique, where we relax and explore the beaches and underwater wonders of Vilankulos, Inhambane and Bilene. Our extraordinary adventure concludes with a tour of the Panorama Route and a safari in search of the Big 5 at Kruger National Park, the largest game reserve in South Africa. This is a magnificent journey to the lesser travelled areas in South Eastern Africa.

Inclusions

20 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 17 dinners
15 nights in comfortable hotels, lodges and guesthouses on a twinshare basis
5 nights in basic lodges with shared bathroom facilities on a twinshare basis
1 night fully supported camping on a twinshare tent basis
Group camping equipment including tent, mattress, sleeping bag and pillow
Game drives, day walks and excursions as listed in itinerary
English speaking local guide
National park fees and site entrance fees as listed in itinerary
Private transport in minibus / safari truck
Hightlights
Experience the mighty Victoria Falls
Canoe trip on the Lower Zambezi
Discover South Luangwa National Park with a game walk & 4WD game drives
Snorkelling & explore the beaches of Lake Malawi
Excursion to Benguerra Island
Kruger National Park game drives
Explore Inhambane, beaches and optional scuba diving
Tour Provider World Expeditions
Number of Days
22
Price From
AUD $4,885
Start Location
Livingstone, Zambia
End Location
Zambia
Age Range
Avg. 100+
Group Size
4 to 12
Tour Style
Standard
Tour Themes
Adventure, Slow paced
Physical Rating
Easy
Tour departure dates
StartEndAvailabilityPrice
09 Dec 201730 Dec 2017AvailableAUD $4,885
ItineraryExpand
Day 1
The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00. This afternoon we explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. This is one of the most enthralling sights in Africa! The mighty Victoria Falls plunges into the Zambezi Gorge and adventure activities abound, you can browse the local markets, simply relax or take part in some of the many optional activities such as white water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights and many more (own expense) on offer in the adrenalin capital of Africa. Overnight: Tented camp. NB: Breakfast is not included; Lunch & Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 2
A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia and down into the lowlands and our lodge on the banks of the Kafue River. Distance/time: 505 kms, 8 hours, excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 3-4
We paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god Nyami Nyami. Caning past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We overnight in wild campsite on Elephant Bones Island in the heart of untamed Africa. The following morning we continue our can safari through an area teaming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat, and are transferred back up river to our lodge. Please note: we camp wild on an island in the Zambezi River for 1 night while caning on the Zambezi River. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the "dig and bury" variety. Distance/time: 50kms, 1 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: 1 night camping & 1 night basic lodge. Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 5
It is a leisurely start to the day before we head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital. Distance/time: 160kms, 6 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & Overnight: basic lodge. NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 6
Today is a transit drive, as we travel along the "great east road" across the Luangwa River Bridge and to the town of Nyimba. Villages line the road at intervals and there is an opportunity to witness the rural Zambia lifestyle. Distance/time: 350kms, 5 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 7-8
South Luangwa is well known for its large concentration of wildlife along the river, boasting huge numbers of hippos, crocodile and elephants. We explore the diversity of habitats including woodlands, grass plains and riverine forest on open vehicle game drives as well as on foot on exciting game walks. From the comfort of our tented lodge we often see elephants crossing the river at sunset. (In the green season, Dec Apr, walks may not be possible in which case we'll do extra game drives). Distance/time: 230kms, 3 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: tented lodge NB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Day 9
We cross into Malawi and make our way to the Capital Lilongwe where we settle into our chalets. In the afternoon we explore the craft markets with their beautiful wooden carvings, woven baskets and traditional wooden chairs. Distance/time: 380kms, 6 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge NB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 10-11
We make our way to Lake Malawi to our lodge on the lake shores. From here we will discover the lake's islands on a boat trip and snorkel with the jewelled fish, the Cichlids. The friendly people of Malawi make it the "warm heart of Africa". Distance/time: 285kms, 4 hours (subject to road conditions), excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing Overnight: basic lodge with shared ablution facilities NB: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Days 12-13
We journey south and enter Mozambique. For the next two days we cross this magnificent country passing traditional villages and farm lands as we make our way to the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Distance/time: 450kms 6-7 hours per day (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge. Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge; Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 14-15
Tropical paradise and golden beaches, we spend the next two nights in Vilankulos, where we take a full day trip on a traditional Arab Dhow to the beautiful island of Magaruque. The guides will prepare a picnic lunch under the palm trees while you snorkel with the colourful tropical fish. This is a definite highlight of the safari. Please note that dinner on day 15 is at your own expense at a local restaurant. Distance/time: 530kms 6 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge Day 14: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 16-17
Historically Inhambane was a centre of trade dating back hundreds of years where slaves were traded alongside spices and gold. We explore the town before we head to the beach and our casitas under the palm trees. Seafood, sun and surf, we have the following day to relax on the beach or cross the bay to Maxixe on an Arab Dhow. Scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing are available (own expense). Please note one dinner in Inhambane is at your own expense. Distance/time: 330kms, 4 hours, excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch Overnight: basic lodge (reed casitas). Day 16: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Day 18
A large lagoon near the coastal town of Bilene is our next stop, which offers clear water and white beaches. Bilene is situated on the shores of the Uembje lagoon, which is a 8km wide and 27km long lagoon with clear water and white, sandy beaches. We spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon, and swimming in the shallow, calm waters. (Options of kayaking, snorkelling and other water sports at your own expense.) Distance/time: 375kms, 5 hours (sometimes!) Overnight: basic lodge (reed casitas) with shared ablution facilities. NB: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Dinner will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant).
Days 19-20
Kruger National Park, the largest reserve in South Africa, is famous for its variety of wildlife. Welcome to big game country! We cross the rugged wilderness of the Transfrontier Limpopo Park and enter the national park and head to our camp. We spend our time on game drives which offer pristine wildlife and we hope to spot the shy leopard, lion, zebra and elephant over the next two days. (Optional Activity: Night game drive in National Park game viewing vehicles) Distance/time: 340kms, 6 hours excluding border formalities & lunch stop (a long day!) Overnight: Tented Camp with shared ablution facilities. NB: Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Days 21-22
The Panorama Route's wide open vista is the final stop on our magnificent journey. An area of mountains, escarpments, streams and forests. We explore Bourkes Luck Potholes, God's Window and the Three Sisters. The tour finishes in Johannesburg in the afternoon of day 22, having had the experience of a lifetime. Out tour ends at 18:00pm. (Please note that lunch and dinner are not provided on Day 22.) Distance/time: 480kms, 6 hours excluding stops for sightseeing, lunch & game drives Overnight: basic lodge Day 21: Breakfast & Lunch will be provided by the lodge; Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge. Day 22: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group; Lunch will be at your own expense (meal at a local restaurant); Dinner is not provided.