Zambia to Malawi: An #AfriTravel camping adventure

A true adventure trip with lots of sand and off road driving, a number of surprises thrown in for good measure as you make the most of exploring some of the most significant national parks these Southern African countries have to offer.

This adventure was developed as a partnership between Bhejane and one of our specialist guides, Paul Wigley.  Paul has travelled in this area extensively and helped us to develop this trip.  It will start in Livingstone, Zambia and go via South Luangwa National Park to Lake Malawi.  On the return journey to Livingstone, you will visit Kafue National Park.   

  • When: 22 August to 7 September, 2018  
  • Where: Zambia - Malawi Adventure  
  • What: 16 nights / 17 days adventure (tented accommodation)
  • Cost: R24 650.00 per person (children under 10 years @ 50%)
  • Contact: Tel/Fax: 535 9033 or bookings@bhejane.com

The Team

Your tour leader is an experienced nature conservationist and adventure guide. He will be in radio contact with you at all times and impart a wealth of biological, cultural, historic and four-wheel drive knowledge.

Three meals a day will be prepared by our experienced bush chef in his mobile kitchen, with fresh salads, potjiekos, braais and many other surprises appearing on the menu. The good old “koffie pot” will be on the fire from six till late.

Our logistics crew will pitch and take down the camps at all the overnight stops we visit. Tents and tables are provided by Bhejane Adventures.

This is a true adventure trip with lots of sand and off road driving, but the Bhejane crew do have the “know how” and recovery equipment to assist with off-road problems. 

Though our bush-camps will be interesting and rustic, you will at all times be safe, the crew will spare no effort to make you comfortable, provide you with good wholesome food and, most importantly, see that you have a good time.

The Bhejane team supplies: 

  • All camp fees
  • All park entrance fees
  • All advertised activities
  • Bhejane Adventures provides all the tents, cutlery and crockery
  • Coffee & Tea – all day every day whilst in camp 

What you need to bring along:

  • Your vehicle & fuel
  • Your own mattresses and/or stretcher and sleeping bags and pillows
  • Your own fold-up chairs·         
  • Your own drinks and in-between snacks·         
  • Your own out of country / medical emergency and evacuation insurance cover·         
  • Your own border crossing fees and road taxes

What your 17-day Adventure Itinerary entails:

Day 1: Livingstone

We meet just outside Livingstone. Our campsite is set in shaded woodlands on the bank of the mighty Zambezi, it is one of the finest campsites in Southern Africa.

By the time you arrive, your tents would have been pitched and our bush chef will be preparing the first of the culinary delights you will be enjoying on this safari. The evening will be spent socialising around the fire and getting to know each other as the sun sets over the Zambezi River, with the sound of hippos snorting and grunting in the background. 

During the course of the evening, the Bhejane guide will elaborate on the adventure that lies ahead.

Day 2: Hit the road to Lusaka

Making an early start after a hearty breakfast, and after you have all been issued with two-way hand-held radios, we take to the road and leave for Lusaka, Where we will overnight on our way up to South Luangwa National Park.

Day 3: An overnight at Chipata

Another day of driving through beautiful Zambian landscapes, we continue our journey northwards, over-nighting at a campsite just outside of Chipata.

Days 4,5 & 6: South Luangwa - one the greatest wildlife sanctuaries

South Luangwa National Park Experts have dubbed South Luangwa to be one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, and not without reason. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa.

The camp is set  along the banks of the Luangwa river, surrounded by riverine habitat with fantastic views and it is not uncommon to see elephants crossing the river and strolling through the camp. Today we will go and explore the National park at our own leisure in our own vehicles.

Please note that we will not be game viewing in a convoy but rather everyone will go their own way on the good road network. It would be advisable to have a GPS with Tracks 4 Africa.

Day 7: Border-crossing to Malawi

Today, we leave the beauty of Zambia and cross over into Malawi. The Malawian people are one of its greatest assets: friendly and welcoming to a fault. Every visitor is met with a smile and the warmth of the welcome is genuine and long-lasting. With a population of a little more than 14 million, Malawi is one of the more densely populated countries of this part of Africa. Most of the population is rural, living largely in traditional villages.

After our time in the bush, we have a night in Lilongwe. A trip to the old-city market is well worth it, with gleaming fruit, stunning wooden carvings, African cloth and African music spreading across the whole place. We will also use this as a chance to resupply before heading on to the lake for the next part of our adventure.

Days 8, 9 & 10: Lake Malawi - Cape Maclear

We leave early from our camp for our next highlight: Lake Malawi!

Half a day of driving through spectacular scenery takes us to our camp on the shores of this majestic Lake, which will make you feel as though you have just arrived at a tropical island. We have 3 nights/2 days here to soak up the sun, relax, go snorkelling or go on a boat trip. There are also plenty of art and cultural activities on offer in the area. Included in the trip is a sunset boat cruise

Days 11 & 12: on the road to Kafue National Park

We start our southward journey, making our way to Kafue National Park.

Days 13 & 14: Kafue, Zambia's oldest national park

Kafue National Park must be one of the most under-rated parks, in all of Africa.

Kafue is Zambia’s largest National Park. It covers an area of over 22 500 square kilometers in Western Zambia.

Although it is Zambia’s oldest Park it is still relatively undeveloped and always gives a feeling of true wilderness. Elephants, lions, cheetahs and leopards are often sighted and packs of wild dogs also roam around.

We spend two nights at our camp on the banks of the Kafue River at yet another stunning camp. There are plenty of tracks in the area for those wishing to go explore or you can simply relax and watch the game and abundant birdlife from the camp, under the shade of some magnificent trees.

We have a two-hour boat trip on the Kafue River included.

Day 15: Kafue National Park 

Today we travel through the park to Nanzhila Plains; the Plains teems with game including: Roan, Sable, Lichtenstein’s Hartebeest, Kudu, Eland, Wildebeest, Reedbuck, Oribi, Impala and many more. The birding in this area is also exceptional.

The campsite is situated at a waterhole, so once again, you can just sit and relax, or you can take a drive around the area.

Day 16: Livingstone

Today we make our way out of the park and drive on to Livingstone, where we will have our last evening dinner together around the fire.

Day 17: Farewell

After a hearty breakfast, we say our goodbyes. 

Plan your trip:

  • When: 22 August to 7 September, 2018  
  • Where: Zambia - Malawi Adventure  
  • What: 16 nights / 17 days adventure (tented accommodation)
  • Cost: R24 650.00 per person (children under 10 years @ 50%)
  • Contact: Tel/Fax: 535 9033 or bookings@bhejane.com