Journey through the heart of the wild continent, from Zambia into Malawi
This small group camping tour starts in Livingstone and finishes in Lilongwe. Journey through the heart of the wild continent, through Zambia and into Malawi. A diverse and fascinating journey along the old trade routes!
We accept children 12-18 with accompanying adults on scheduled tours (for private groups we can accept younger children).
If the clients are older than 65 years, then we require a medical certificate too (stating client is fit and healthy to embark on a multi-day tour covering long distances etc)
Average age of our clients on this tour is 46 years old.
Overnight: 10 nights on safari designated campsites, in national parks and towns. Campsites have hot showers. Please note there is 1 night of wild camping when canoeing on the lower Zambezi.
Meals: 11 breakfasts, 9 lunches and 9 dinners will be provided by the crew, prepared at the vehicle and eaten around the camp fire or in the boma.
Transport: Due to sometimes poor roads we only use safari trucks for this tour. Potholes, damaged gravel roads and livestock on the roads can make travel slow, you’ll pass through villages and witness the local lifestyle all the way. For the game drives in South Luangwa we use open 4WD.
12 days - Zambia and Malawi small group camping tour
Starts in Livingstone and finishes in Lilongwe
The Trade Route is an extraordinary journey across South Eastern Africa. Active days canoeing on the Zambezi River and snorkeling in the warm Indian Ocean, game viewing in the world famous Kruger and bush walks in South Luangwa. We recommend Malaria prophylactics. Border crossings can be slow, so you need to be prepared for the experience. This journey has challenges and is for the adventurous traveller but also has magnificent highlights.
Day 1 - 2 LIVINGSTONE [camping Bx1 --]
(B=Breakfast L=Lunch D=Dinner)
The group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00 where we have 2 days to explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge. Adventure activities abound, white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi, or a 111m bungi jump (own expense).
Day 3 KAFUE RIVER [camping BLD]
A long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia to the Kafue River where we camp the night.
Day 4 - 5 LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING [camping BLD]
We paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. Canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We camp wild on an island in the heart of untamed Africa. The following morning we continue our canoe 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 starting campsite.
Day 6 LUSAKA [camping BLD]
We head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital. Taking the Great East Road we drive this afternoon until sunset.
Day 7, 8, 9 SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK [camping BLD]
Make our way down into “the valley” of the South Luangwa National Park. This remote region is one of Africa’s finest wildlife sanctuaries where hippo, elephants, lion and leopard abound. We camp on the banks of the Luangwa River and explore the area on 2 game walks and 2 open 4WD game drives, with spotlights, to see nocturnal animals.
(In the green season, Dec – Apr, walks may not be possible in which case we’ll do extra game drives).
Day 10 - 11 LAKE MALAWI [camping BLD]
Malawi “the warm heart of Africa”. We restock with fresh supplies in the markets of Lilongwe before heading to our camp on the beach at Lake Malawi. We’ll take a boat out to the islands to explore the fantastic bays and coves in the area.
Day 12 LILONGWE – TOUR ENDS [- B--]
After breakfast you will be transferred by mini-bus from Lake Malawi, to Lilongwe.
We have chosen this African partner for their commitment to sustainable and responsible African safari tourism. This is reflected in their low impact travel style and as an African company, they have the grassroots contacts to make a real difference in the lives of the people whose communities you will visit. They have over 20 years’ experience and offer only small group tours with no single supplements (there is only an extra charge involved if you insist on the accommodated tour to have your own hotel room).
In the Luangwa Valley we stay at Wildlife Camp. Wildlife Camp is situated on land owned by Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia (WECSZ), Wildlife camp operate under their authority and proudly donate a 60% of their revenue to the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia.
The lodge is dedicated to the protection of the environment, and the sustainable utilisation of this precious resource. Your visit will also support the conservation of the wildlife and employment opportunities for the people of the Luangwa Valley and Zambia.