Day 1 Depart USA
- A walking tour of Victoria Falls as the Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi
- Visiting a fishing village on the banks of the Zambezi and meeting the pupils at the local school
- Staying at the retreat once belonging to the President of Zambia
- An evening game drive in South Luangwa
- Enjoying a cocktail on a dhow as the sun sets on Lake Malawi
Your adventure begins as you depart the USA bound for South Africa and arrive in Johannesburg the following evening.
Day 2 Arrival in Johannesburg
Upon your afternoon arrival in Johannesburg you will be met by your guide and personally escorted to your hotel which is situated within a short distance of the airport. Fairlawns is a delightful property where all rooms are suites identified by individual names You enjoy a fine dinner in the restaurant before turning in for a good night's rest.
Day 3 Fly to Livingston
After breakfast you are taken to the airport where you fly to Livingston which is in Zambia not far from the border with Zimbabwe and close to Victoria Falls. Upon arrival you are met by your guide and driven the short distance to your luxury lodge located on a bend in the Zambezi River. After a chance to relax you go out on an evening game drive in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. The park gets its name from the local language which describes Victoria Falls as "Smoke that Thunders" because of the noise and the spray created by the falls. The park has elephant, impala, giraffe, buffalo, hippo, crocodile, zebra in large numbers and an exciting array of birds, including some Southern African specials like Peters Finfoot. It even has white rhino – the only place in Zambia where they can be seen. After the drive and sundowners you return to the lodge for a delicious dinner with wine.
Day 4 Victoria Falls and a Cruise on the Zambezi River
In the morning you will meet your guide for the short drive to the world famous Victoria Falls, where your guide will provide an informative walking tour of the Falls. First described to Europe by explorer David Livingstone, the falls make a constant roar and are accompanied by a cloud of brilliant spray where the mile wide Upper Zambezi falls 300 feet into the Lower Zambezi. Rainbows constantly form and collapse in the tropical sunlight over the waterfall. The river is bordered by ebony groves and mopane forest. After your exploration of the falls you return to the lodge for lunch and a chance to relax. In the late afternoon you board a boat for a sunset cruise on the Zambezi. A cruise is a great way to spend a few hours before drifting back to the lodge, a warm shower and delicious dinner. The boats are specially designed and the guide will take you through a series of grade 2 rapids, guaranteed to get exciting, and a little wet before eventually finding a spot to beach for a break or a sunset cocktail! The combination of Zambezi spray on your face and delicious white wine on the tongue makes for a memorable afternoon sunset cruise. Sipping on a cocktail while watching the sunset over the majestic Zambezi River is truly a once in a lifetime experience!
Day 5 Zambian Village Life
Today you get a chance to meet the people of Zambia. Simonga Village lies to the West of the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park on the outskirts of Livingstone. This fishing village filled with children playing and people getting on with their regular day to day lives comprises around 3,000 people who live in simple mud and brick houses. On the edge of the village sits the Simonga Basic School which is responsible for the education of its 465 students, with a teaching staff of 14. Besides the basics of reading, writing and mathematics, other subjects such as art and music are also included in the curriculum. Since the school also understands the importance of teaching the future generations the importance of farming and taking care of their families the school has a number of chickens, goats and a vegetable garden which is tended by the children. This ensures they have the fundamental skills to be able to assist in feeding their families in the future where for the most part families in such communities still rely heavily on subsistence farming. After a visit to the village and the school, you return to the lodge. This afternoon you have your choice of an evening game drive or a river cruise before sitting down to dinner.
Day 6 A Presidential Retreat in South Luangwa
Today you will board your aircraft for the flight to Mfuwe and the vast South Luangwa National Park, home to probably the highest concentration of hippos in the world, as well as lions, leopards and elephants. You will be staying at the former Presidential retreat of Kenneth Kaunda the President of Zambia following independence. You will have a private villa allowing you to wake up and go out to your terrace to enjoy the spectacular views of the Luangwa Valley. Upon arriving you are escorted to your villa where you have a chance to relax before taking an evening game drive. Game viewing at South Luangwa is considered to be some of the best in the world. It is a notably good place to see leopards, particularly in the dry season when they have less cover in which to hide. Guests have the particular privilege of being able to go on night game drives when it is possible to see all sorts of animals that are seldom seen by day - like leopard, hyena and bush baby. Plains game, such as antelope and zebra, are not scared by the lights so guests are able to get very close to animals for fabulous photographs. The early evening is the best possible time to see diurnal animals and a little later is the best time for nocturnal wildlife, so a game drive combined with sundowners gives guests the best of both worlds.
Day 7 A Walking Safari in South Luangwa
After breakfast you have the opportunity to see Africa as it should be see, on foot. There are wonderful opportunities in the area for walking safaris. Walks are conducted by a professional guide and an armed parks scout. It is on foot that the guides can show you some of the most fascinating signs of the bush, many of which are hard to spot from a vehicle. Out in the bush, you can follow animal tracks along sandy paths. It's not just the big animals that are fascinating – termites, dung beetles and chameleons all have their stories to tell too. The park hosts many herds of the endemic Thornicroft giraffe which can always be found in the prolific Mopane woodland on the valley. After lunch and a chance to relax you can take an evening game drive or just stay at the camp enjoying the sunset. This evening sit outside under the stars and enjoy superb food, good wine and companionship from your fellow guests.
Day 8 More Game Viewing in South Luangwa
Today you will have a morning and an evening game viewing with the chance to relax during the day and let the attentive staff take care of your every need. In the evening another fine meal accompanied by selected wines.
Day 9 Driving to Malawi
After breakfast you will meet your guide for the drive to the country of Malawi which is a small land locked country surrounded by Zambia, Tanzania and Mozambique. Malawi is known as the warm heart of Africa, with friendly people, dazzling scenery, game parks, sandy beaches and a great abundance of marine and birdlife. The country is dominated by Lake Malawi, Africa's third largest lake, which runs along part of the Great Rift Valley. Described by David Livingstone as the "Lake of Stars" Lake Malawi is almost 400 miles long and home to more than a thousand species of fish. You enjoy some of the scenery as you drive to the Lake arriving in the early afternoon in time for lunch. Your destination is Pumulani, which means "rest well" in the local Chichewa language, and is located on the protected shores of the Nankumba Peninsula. Surrounding you is Lake Malawi National Park, a World Heritage Site since 1984. In the afternoon you can relax on the beach, take a swim in the Lake or in the Lodge's infinity pool. In the evening, dinner under the stars.
Day 10 Exploring Above and Below Lake Malawi
Some people's impression of a lake is one with murky water and muddy bottoms but not Lake Malawi. The waters are crystal clear with sandy bottom and large boulders much like the Caribbean but with fresh water. The fish are also a delight with thousands of varieties of Cichlids with colorful plumage. You can view the fish by snorkeling or scab diving. If you feel more at home on the surface try kayaking, waterskiing of sailing in a dinghy. Take time for a light lunch and a chilled glass of wine followed by a siesta under a shade tree in the garden. In the evening board the Lodge's custom made dhow for a romantic sunset cruise on the lake.
Day 11 Meeting the Locals
In the morning, take a trip into the local village to interact with the locals and learn more about village life. You'll find the people genuinely friendly and interested to learn more about your home. After a visit to the village, return to the Lodge for lunch. In the afternoon, take a bird watching tour along the lake keeping an eye out for fish eagles or take a mountain bike for a spin. In the evening, cocktails at sunset set up this evening's dinner.
Day 12 Return to USA
In the morning you are transferred to Llongwe airport to catch your connecting flight to the United States.
Day 13 Arrival in the USA
You arrive back in the USA today.
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Tour Location / Places Visiteds
Johannesburg, Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi