21 day Trade Route Safari Tour, Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique

Experience the best of East and Southern Africa.
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Day 1 -2: Livingstone, Zambia

Your African safari tour starts in Livingstone in Zambia, where the group will meet at 14:00pm. You will have 2 days to explore the Victoria Falls, one of the greatest natural wonders of the world, plunging into the tempestuous Zambezi Gorge.

Here guests can enjoy a myriad of adventure activities, including white water rafting on the mighty Zambezi River, and bungi jumping (own expense). You spend the night at a camping site, inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 3: Lake Kariba, Zambia

You will camp along the tranquil shores of Lake Kariba, home to Hippo, Crocodile and a wide variety of birdlife. At sunset you enjoy a lovely cruise, affording great photo opportunities. Camping accommodation inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Days 4 - 5: Lower Zambezi Canoeing, Zambia

On day 4 of your Southern Africa overland trip, you drive down into the Lower Zambezi Valley, where you will spend 2 nights at a lodge on the banks of the river. You enjoy a full day of canoeing down the Zambezi River, home to the tribal mythical god - Nyami Nyami.

This mighty river attracts herds of Elephant and other wildlife, looking to quench their thirst. You also enjoy some bird and game watching before retiring around the camp fire for the evening. Lodge accommodation inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 6: Lusaka, Zambia

After a morning spent relaxing on the banks of the river on day 6 of your African safari tour, you head towards Lusaka, the bustling capital city of Zambia. Here the tour will stock up on supplies in the many shops and markets around town.

Days 7 - 9: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Today you make your way down into 'the valley' of the Luangwa River in the wild and remote South Luangwa National Park. This national park is home to a wide range of wildlife and is one of Africa's premier wildlife sanctuaries.

Wildlife inhabiting this area includes Hippo, Crocodile, Elephant, Lion and Leopard. You camp on the banks of the Luangwa River for 2 nights and explore the area on game walks and open night drives in search of the nocturnal creatures of the park. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

The camp you will be using operates under the auspices of the Wildlife Environmental and Conservation Society of Zambia and donates 60% of their proceeds towards the education of Zambian children.

Day 10: Lilongwe, Malawi

Malawi is affectionately known as the 'Warm heart of Africa'. The African safari tour heads to its capital, Lilongwe, to restock with fresh supplies in the many bustling markets. The vibrant markets, cafes, shops and restaurants of the city is worth visiting. Breakfast and lunch is included.

Day 11 - 12: Cape Maclear, Malawi

You camp on the beach at Cape Maclear in the Lake Malawi National Park, a World Heritage Site. You spend your days snorkeling around the island at Otter Point, discovering the colourful marine life.

You also get to take a boat out to the islands to explore the charming bays and coves in the area. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 13 - 14: Transit Mozambique

You head south through Blantyre, named after the birth place of the legendary explorer David Livingstone, before entering Mozambique. You make your way back over the Zambezi River before travelling through the Tete region, camping en route. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 15 - 16: Benguerra Islands, Mozambique

Upon reaching the Indian Ocean, the tour heads south to overnight in traditional 'casitas' (reed cabins) in Vilanculos. You enjoy a full day of exploring the Benguerra Islands in a local dhow, a traditional ocean trading vessel. You spend the day enjoying the pristine ocean, the sprawling white beaches and some excellent seafood. Breakfast, lunch and dinner is included.

Days 17 - 18: Inhambane, Mozambique

Inhambane is a town rich in Arab influences, dating back to when slaves, ivory, gold and spices were traded. You spend your days exploring Inhambane and its 200 year old cathedral before travelling to Praia de Barra to your casitas under the palm trees on the beach. Dhow rides and scuba diving on coral reefs are available (own expense).

Days 19 - 20: Kruger National Park, South Africa

Today you enter Kruger National Park in South Africa, and visit big game country. Here you will experience game drives in search of the magnificent Big Five during this safari in Africa. This is a true African wilderness. Camping accommodation inclusive of breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Day 21: Johannesburg, South Africa

After an early morning game drive, you return to Johannesburg in the evening, where your tour will end at 18:00pm.

Highlights of this trip:

  • Victoria Falls - natural wonder of the world
  • Lower Zambezi - canoeing
  • South Luangwa National Park - game walk and game drives
  • Lake Malawi - snorkeling and beaches
  • Benguerra Island - island exploration on a dhow
  • Inhambane - scuba diving and beaches
  • Kruger National Park - morning and afternoon game drives


  • 4 nights in cabin/casitas and 16 nights camping
  • Entrance fees
  • Use of camping equipment (except sleeping bags and pillows)
  • Transport in a safari truck or 4WD
  • Meals as per itinerary
  • Professional guide
  • Canoeing on the Lower Zambezi
  • Benguerra Island excursion

Why travellers like this trip:

  • Variety - discover the diversity of East and Southern Africa, from the beauty of the Victoria Falls, the tropical island paradise of Mozambique and the wildlife of the Kruger Park
  • National Parks and wildlife areas - Lower Zambezi conservation area, South Luangwa National Park, Kruger National Park
  • Culture and history - from the history of slave trading in Mozambique, to the friendly people of Malawi
  • Scenery - Africa is home to some of the most scenic wonders in the world
  • Small group - travelling in a small group of about 12 people creates and friendly and enjoyable atmosphere
  • Walking - there are lots of opportunities to get out and walk. Walks are easy to moderate and the duration is from half an hour to 4 hours
  • Adventure - activities include canoe trail, boat excursions, dhow rides, diving, snorkeling, game drives, fishing, horse riding and game walks


  • Camping - 16 nights of the safari is at designated campsites in national parks, on private land and in towns. Campsite facilities are basic and clean. Some camps have hot water, and some only cold water. In Zambia, some camps do not have flush toilets
  • Wild camping - there is the possibility to camp wild during this trip. Wild camps have no facilities, and you are required to take your own water and all equipment. Toilets will be of the 'dig and bury' variety
  • Casitas, Barra Reef - for 2 nights in Inhambane you will stay in reed and thatch casitas. These are basic twin or quad rooms with bed and mattress and shared ablutions. Bar, restaurant, telephone
  • Lower Zambezi, Kayila Lodge - you spend 2 nights at a riverside permanent tented camp. Tents are twin sharing and have beds with mattresses and insect nets and are en suite


  • On foot - easy and moderate walks throughout the tour
  • Canoe - there is a full day of canoeing down the stream on the Lower Zambezi River. An experienced river guide will accompany you
  • Game drives - for game viewing activities an open 4WD is used
  • Safari truck - custom built safari truck with 12 forward facing seats. This offers comfortable seating and is good for game viewing, with large sliding windows and viewing hatches


Please note that this is a participation safari, from putting up your tent to helping with meal preparation and cleaning up.


All meals are provided for except 5 dinners and 2 lunches, where the tour will try out local restaurants and fresh local products (own expense). The tour leader will do the shopping and meal planning and meals will roughly consist of: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast and the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbeque), potjies (stew) and stir fries etc. Special dietary requirements (vegetarian/allergies) are catered for. All beverages will be at your own expense.


Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. This is a long distance safari with many areas being covered, which means long traveling days. Local conditions, border crossing, road detours and weather might prolong the journey, but have an open mind and remember that this is Africa and it's all part of the adventure.

Things you should know:

  • This trip includes all National Park entrance fees, canoeing in the Lower Zambezi and a trip out to Benguerra Island
  • You will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Please remember that these should be arranged prior to your trip as is cannot always be obtained by the border
  • Clients will only be able to exchange travellers cheques in Livingstone, Lilongwe, Blantyre and Vilanculos. All major credit cards are accepted in most cities.

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