10 Day/9 night all inclusive Malawi and Zambia safari + extension

An ultimate giving back Safari

Join our cause and treat yourself to a one of a kind luxury giving back experience that will change your life forever.

This 10 Day/9 night all inclusive privately guided Malawi and Zambia safari is an incredible value at $2,995 and our 3 day/3 night extension to Victoria falls at $1,495 is not to be missed.

Ready to check off the ultimate bucket list? Finish the trip into the heart of beautiful Lower Zambezi staying at an ultra high end exclusive Safari lodge. Email us for special negotiated pricing. 

This giving back safari adventure is an unbeatable value.  I know you will not find a like itinerary that can approach what we are offering that includes international flights within Africa and the important donations to the causes we are participating in.

We only stay in intimate safari camps with under 20 rooms and we cover many experiences usually on the optional list.

You can pay less on the front end, but you will not have the high caliber giving back experience we provide.

Join us for our Zambia/ Malawi adventure, and stay for our incredible Vic falls/Lower zambezi extension.  It is the perfect compliment, with significantly different experiences than the first portion.

Visit remote areas of some of Africa’s most sought after game parks, visit the largest fresh water lake in the world, and join a village in changing their lives for the better while celebrating life with a Boma dinner experience not to be missed.

From boating just a few hundred meters from the thundering falls of the largest waterfall in the world to exploring it from the top in a helicopter, Victoria falls is an experience you will not forget. Our village boma dinner is an amazing opportunity to deeply connect with our African friends and truly participate in their life experience (included).

We have the privilege of saving the women of the village from smoke borne diseases as we take a portion of the trip funds (paid by Destination Earth) and donate it to creating ventilation in village wood burning kitchens.

Join our cause and treat yourself to a one of a kind luxury giving back experience that will change your life forever.

May 17 - May 27, 2019

$2995

$3745

per person based on double occupancy


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Activity Level: Light

Generally even terrain and gentle walking surfaces with some planned hikes 2 miles or less (or up to 1 hour)

Altruism Index: 5

We will spend a total of two to three hours working on a social project changing peoples lives and supporting the eco system. Every trip over $1,000 of your money goes into making big changes, and we hope that you will help us to raise money for the cause through the support of your friends and family.

Service Level: Upgraded

Quality Boutique accommodations, most meals are included along with private transportation. Most days have a variety of inclusive activities.

Group Size: Min 4 pax, Max 15 pax

Our group size will remain intimate allowing us to move swiftly, have more interaction with your guide, and tailor experiences to your specific interests.

Travel Experience: Mixed Bag

Pampered and rustic Experience. We will be in both wealthier urban areas and poorer rural areas. You will be spoiled with intimate boutique hotels, and fine dining (included). You will also get to stay with the people, often featuring a night or two home stay with the locals. These safe but down to earth experiences remind us what we have, and how people with so much less live often with so much more peace and happiness. These trips allow you to see what other tour groups never will, giving you memories you will have for a lifetime. Isn't it worth it to sacrifice a little luxury for a life experience?

Trip Highlights:

Malawi Safari

  • 4 star Eco Lodges
  • River and walking safaris in the heart of Africa
  • Beautiful meals

Lake Malawi 

  • Pottery village, rock painting
  • Sunrise hikes and epic kayaking
  • Kuti Wildlife Reserve

Zambia for the Big 5

  • South Lawangwa National Park experience
  • Visit social project for women

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe Extension

  • A Day of Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece
  • Giving back project & Boma Dinner

Lower Zambezi Luxury Extension Continued

Amazing high end lodge for the ultimate bucket list experience

  • Incredible game drives in the heart of unique reserve
  • The big 5 surround!

About the Guides

Jud Yaski is an adventure veteran with over 22 years of international travel, extreme sports, and corporate hospitality under his belt. Jud has traveled throughout South East Asia, Hawaii and South America for the last 20 years. His love for these countries and its peoples, along with inside knowledge through months of travel to each location are reflected in the extraordinary adventures he will be sharing with you.

Itinerary

1- 3 Exclusive Malawi Safari

The first 3 days will immerse you into the rich Safari experience of Liwonde National Park. Liwonde reserve is situated at the southern tip of Lake Malombe in southern Malawi. Although Liwonde is one of Malawi’s smaller parks, it is arguably the most exclusive of all the game parks in the country. Malawi’s main river, the Shire, forms its western boundary and is the reserve’s lifeblood. With plentiful wildlife including hippos, kudus, elephants, crocodiles and even black rhino, the park has become one of Malawi’s premier wildlife-viewing destinations. The birding is excellent and a favorite sighting among birdwatchers is the Pel’s fishing owl. Visitors can look forward to a wide selection of activities including excellent wildlife viewing, canoeing and boating safaris in our well-positioned safari camp.

Day 1-3

Liwonde, malawi

Into the heart of Africa

DAY 1

Arrival

Meals: Dinner

Arrive midday at Lilongwe Airport. You will be greeted by our local guide, and transferred on a short ride to the luxurious Kumbali Lodge in Lilongwe.  Relax in the afternoon. We will savor an early dinner, and you will be meeting up with your fellow travelers. After dinner you will be able to enjoy an engaging evening dance performance to welcome you to Africa!
DAY 2

Mvuu Camp

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

That morning you will have an interesting drive to Mvuu Camp. We will stop at a pottery village for coffee and a morning snack, then continue on to Mvuu Camp, having an opportunity to drive through Liwonde National Park on the way!

 

We will cross the river by boat and settle into Mvuu camp in time for lunch. You will feel connected to this amazing park, as you eat overlooking the charming Shire river and the many animals that flock to its banks for their sustenance.

 

After a rest, we will get our first game drive in, riding into the heart of this beautiful park.

 

 

DAY 3

Day of safaris on water and land

Meals: Breakfast/Dinner

That morning we will have a spectacular Sunrise River Safari. You will see hippos with their nostrils emerging from the steaming morning river, elephants often at the bank taking a morning shower, a crock or two lying at the river bank, and many different species of birds will grace our presence.
After a great breakfast, enjoy an optional walking safari, or just catch up on some rest and recreation. This will be followed by a delicious lunch featuring fresh veggies and a local game. At 4pm we will have another Safari experience.
That evening we will get our last dinner under the stars before departing to beautiful lake Malawi.

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Day 4 - 6 Lake Malawi relaxation and adventures

That morning we will say goodbye to our friends at the Mvuu Camp and jump aboard a van for a beautiful 2hr-drive to amazing Lake Malawi: the crowning jewel of this beautiful country. It is one of the largest, longest and deepest freshwater lakes in the world. Numerous fishing villages are scattered along its length but there are still vast stretches of uninhabited golden beaches. Known as ‘The Lake of Stars’, the natural beauty of Lake Malawi draws travelers from around the globe.

 

It has more species of fish than any other freshwater lake in the world, boasting over 600 species of fish in the Lake Malawi National Park alone. It is said to be the lake with the world’s largest fish population as well!

The 590 kilometer-long and 85 kilometer-wide Lake is the third-largest lake in Africa, occupying one-fifth of Malawi’s total area. With a depth of 700 meters, it is incredibly deep with its lowest point reaching more than 200 meters below sea level. Visitors can look forward to spotting a myriad of wildlife in and around the lake including, hippos, crocodiles, fish eagles, and over 1000 species of brightly-colored endemic cichlid fish.  See video here. 

 

We will enjoy our stay here in our boutique lakefront property with a private beach and pool, as we get a chance to sleep in and catch up from our early morning safaris. The lake offers a wide variety of activities from kayaking to snorkeling in the clear waters. It is a veritable aquarium of tropical fish. As your mask dips into the water, a colorful kaleidoscopic of fish emerge. The thousands of freshwater fish are more abundant and varied here than anywhere else in the world!

day 4

Lake Malawi, Malawi

Cape Mac Lodge

DAY 4

Nights Cape Mac Lodge

Meals: Breakfast

We will wake up in time for another epic game drive, grab another gourmet breakfast and then depart for a scenic 2.5 hour journey to Lake Malawi and our new home at the Cape Mac Lodge.

 

On our way we will have a stop at an inspiring cultural village where we will be able to donate some supplies to the vibrant school, and even talk to the village medicine man!

 

Our van arrives in less time than you would think, at this comfortable boutique lodge, on a beautiful beach along the shores of Cape Maclure.  Now relax into it or take off on an adventure, and there are many!

 

All the staff at Cape Mac Lodge originates from the local villages in this area. All of them have trained to become waiters, barmen, watchmen and a host of other important roles.

 

The Chef takes enormous pride in choosing vegetables, fruit and other produce that has been grown locally. He was trained the French way, and cooks a variety of delicious French style meals, where he adds a touch of his own local recipes, to introduce our guests to traditional meals

 

After you settle in, join us for a snorkeling/sunset cruise where you can see more fish in front of you then ever imagined! Plus, you will be able to enjoy a majestic sundowner, watching the sun slip behind the mountains.

 

DAY 5

A day at the lake

Meals: Breakfast

For those ready for more inspiration, wake up for an optional sunrise hike to a high peak overlooking the lake. This is a moderate hike, but the 1hr hike is worth it. As you crest the peak, the crest of the ridge reveals this majestic waterway, as the sky bursts into color. A photographer’s dream
After a well deserved breakfast, options such as kayaking and more snorkeling are available. Who can get enough of the crystal clear waters of this ancient lake loaded with fish?
in the afternoon and evening, you may explore the town or relax in the award-winning restaurant!
DAY 6

Kuti Wildlife Reserve and a luxury farm stay

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/ Dinner

At 9 in the morning, we depart Cape Maclear, rested and refreshed, ready for the next great adventure to Zambia and beyond.

 

Along the way to our favorite Kumbali lodge, we will stop for lunch at Kuti Wildlife Reserve and stretch our legs in this natural setting.

 

Once we arrive at Kumbali and get settled in, visit their unique permaculture center and learn activities such as how they make their own yogurt and feta, while touring the working farm.

 

Look forward to a great dinner (included) with farm to table fare.

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Day 7-10 Off to South Luangwa, Zambia for the Big 5

Bordering the Luangwa River, the northern and southern Luangwa National Parks contain some of the most breathtaking and untouched wilderness in Africa. As a result of this and the parks’ successful anti-poaching campaigns, the area has developed into a world-renowned wildlife haven. The South Luangwa National Park is renowned for its walking safari, which allows visitors to view elephant, hippo and even lion close-up under the supervision of professional and knowledgeable armed guides.

DAY 7

Days 7-9 Safari at Track and Trail

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner

That morning, after a hearty breakfast, we will take a 2.5 hr morning drive to the border. 
After customs, we will continue on towards our ultimate destination: Track and Trail. On the way we will stop at a beautiful escarpment great for photo ops, snacks and drinks!
We will continue on to South Luangwa arriving at Track and Trail for lunch. After settling into the rooms you will meet for afternoon tea at 3.30pm,  before our 4pm game drive.  Before we head home, we will stop for sundowners on the river and a snack as we watch the Zambian sun melt into the horizon. That evening we will get to do a night drive for those ready for more,  returning to the lodge for dinner at 8.
The next day will be full of game drives, great food and an important social project.

In the afternoon between game drives, we will have the option of visiting Project Luangwa an exciting program which aims to help locals set up businesses, support the local schools and empower and support women in the area promoting equality. In the afternoon we will prep for an evening game drive with sundowner stop before returning at 8 pm for dinner.

 

The last day of the Safari:

 

That morning you will have a 5 am wake-up call, meeting at 5.30 for tea, coffee and toast before a 6 am morning game drive. You will stop to have a coffee or tea at around 8.30 before returning to camp at 10 for brunch at 11. At 1 you have the option of visiting Mulberry mongoose a beautiful jewelry store which makes stunning pieces from sane wire found in the park.

 

Making beauty from brutality, they use all naturally found materials as well as the snare wire, giving a percentage of their profits to Conservation Luangwa who undertake the anti poaching in the park.

 

In the afternoon there is another evening game drive with sundowner stop before returning at 8pm for dinner.

DAY 10

off to the airport to continue the adventure (or fly home)

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast, we will have a short 30-minute drive, stopping at Tribal Textiles — a great stop for souvenirs with hand printed fabric pieces.

 

You will then either continue on to Mfuwe Airport for the extension to Victoria Falls or to fly home.

(We can help you arrange a flight to Lusaka for you r departure home).

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Days 10 - 12: 3 day Extension To Victoria falls and the heart of beautiful Lower Zambezi (Zambia) $1,495 for Vic Falls. Add on Luxury 3 day safari with flights for 7day/6 night experience at $3,395!

Join us for a 4 day, 3 night Vic Falls Adventure (air not included depending on where you fly in from).  Victoria Falls is  one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The Victoria Falls themselves are almost 2km wide, making them the largest curtain of water in the world. Its spray can be seen rising into the air to a height of nearly 500m at full volume from up to 30 km away. In addition, there is a charming town with good restaurants, vibrant nightlife, and a wonderful social project we are involved with. Add a host of mind blowing adventures to chose from and it is no wonder Vic falls is a hub for African Safari adventures.

Day 10 Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

DAY 10

Arrive in Victoria Falls

Meals: Dinner

We arrive in the afternoon to our charming boutique hotel.  After refreshing and getting our adventures lined up for the next couple days, we will head out to the majestic river to join an ultimate sundowner cruise (included). This cruise goes down river, not up like the many boat tours on the river, getting you within a few hundred feet from the momentous spray, all while sipping a sundowner drink! This is also a great chance to capture one of the most amazing sunsets in Africa while spotting elephants, hippos, giraffes, crocodiles and river birds as they come to the river’s edge for a drink at the end of the hot day.

 

Tonight we will soujourn for a great local dinner (included)

DAY 11

A Day of Nature’s Supreme Masterpiece

Meals: Breakfast/Lunch

After breakfast that morning we’ll depart for our tour of Victoria Falls. Mosikalamosikala (meaning “The Smoke That Thunders”), for thousands of years, is now known as Victoria Falls thanks to David Livingston when he first set eyes on it in 1855. Simply put, this one of the most amazing sights in the world: It is twice as tall as Niagara falls and many times longer.  We’ll be accompanied through the rain forest by our guide I have personally selected, who will give a brief history of the falls themselves as well as detailing the flora, fauna, bird & wildlife and other points of interest. There are 16 viewpoints to see the falls from for endless photograph opportunities.

The afternoon will be at leisure to relax or enjoy one of the many optional activities (see below). You won’t want to miss gliding over these inspiring falls on a helicopter tour  (See video link), enjoy Zip line adventures,  canoe safaris, or horse back riding. You may even want to bow out on the victoria falls to get in a full day land and water Safari and venture into Chobe National park.

Join us tonight for a local dinner where we will be able to share our adventures of the day (optional)!

DAY 12

Giving back project & Boma Dinner

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

This morning you will have an opportunity to get the best shopping in of the trip, sleep in and recharge for the rest of the trip, or explore a local African town. The Afternoon is one of the most special parts of the adventure.  After lunch (open), we will take a short ride out of town to a rural African village that will be a the focal point of a day to long be remembered.

 

This small village has a problem ubiquitous with many from this continent: smoke inhalation from cooking. I have personally visited the chief of the village (quoted in the intro video) and we agreed to modify his cooking hut to allow for the smoke to escape.  It turns out the World Health Organization (WHO), has demonstrated that smoke-induced diseases are responsible for the death of 4.3 million people every year. That is more deaths than the ones caused by tuberculosis or malaria—making it one of the most lethal environmental health risks worldwide. 500,000 are children under five die due to acute respiratory infections (ARI). We are very excited to start creating change, one village at a time!

 

The great news is by simply creating an opening on the top of their huts, they can dramatically remove this risk. We will be hiring a carpenter and working with them to have a village meeting. We will also sponsor this affordable change to enable many households to enjoy smoke free kitchens.

 

After a tour of this project, we will join the village to bring in the cattle at the end of the day from pasture, then settle in for a real Boma dinner, far from the facade of the Disney-style Bomas served at the big hotels. We have already demonstrated that we are being with the village, not looking at it from a bus window. We will pass a talking stick and have an opportunity for true cultural exchange asking questions and answering them from our new friends.

 

A true local feast  awaits (carefully prepared with our guide and a commercial chef working with the village cook to guarantee food safety). From food to festivities, we will enjoy fire dancing, drumming and a true traditional Boma celebration.  All sorts of traditional meat such as warthog, game stews and Mopani worms will be on offer, as well as a wide selection for vegetarians.

 

Tonight we will arrive back at the comforts of our elegant boutique hotel and will prepare for the next chapter in our journey . . .

 

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Luxury Safari Extension Day 13 - 15 BAINES' RIVER CAMP Add it to this extension for just $1,900. Keep in mind with $800 worth of flights and a luxury villa that sells for $800 per night, this is a value not to found elsewhere.

For those on our luxury safari extension, we will fly into the royal Zambezi airstrip via Lusaka on this short 1.5-hour flight, landing in a beautiful strip at the game reserve. As we land, there is often herds of Impala sprinting off of the runway. After unloading we head to our ultra high-end safari lodge called Bains River Lodge

 

 

Baines’ River Camp is a true safari lodge named after the famous artist and explorer John Thomas Baines. It offers a wide variety of activities in and around the Lower Zambezi National Park. Set amongst giant Tamarind and Jackal-Berry trees, Baines’ River Camp currently offers six colonial style bush suites.

 


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DAY 13

Days 13 - 15 Luxury in the heart of the Lower Zambezi

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner and drinks

The Baines Explorer Suites offer every comfort and luxury: they are individual structures, each commanding its own unique view over the river, and finished with ceiling fans, mini-bars, personal safes, king-size beds (two of the suites have twin beds for those who prefer), pure down, rich fabrics, leather, natural hardwood timbers, granite and oriental rugs.

 

When not in the lodge, the gaming is extraordinary.

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What's Included

Nightly Accommodations

Almost all Meals!

Transportation & Fees:

  • Airport Transfers
  • All privately-guided tours as stated
  • All Ground Transportation
  • All entrance fees to sights
  • All taxes included

Game Park fees

intra Africa airfare if adding on extensions

What's Not Included

Personal items & equipment

Visas:

  • visa obtained upon arrival

International Airfare from USA:

  • We are happy to help you arrange flights

Gratuities & Donations:

  • Tips for local guides, chauffeur,  tour guide, etc. (recommend $5/day)
  • Additional donations to nonprofits

(optional: School supplies, shoes, clothing, money)

  • Optional excursions and activities

(see itinerary below for opportunities)

Travel Insurance (required)

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10 Day/9 night all inclusive Malawi and Zambia safari + extension

May 17 - May 27, 2019

$2995

$3745

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