Northern Zambia Waterfalls, Big Lakes and Serengeti
Day 1/2: Depart from South Africa and suggest sleep over at Elephant Sands, Nata, Botswana.
Day 3: Group meets up in Kasane in Botswana. Camp Kasane
Day 4: Cross border into Zambia at Kazangula border post. Activities in Livingstone are on offer. Camp Livingstone
Livingstone, sometimes known as Maramba, is the capital of the Southern Province of Zambia, a tourism centre for the Victoria Falls lying 10 km (6.2 mi) north of the Zambezi River, it is a border town with road and rail connections to Zimbabwe on the other side of the Victoria Falls. A historic British colonial city, its present population was estimated at 136,897 inhabitants at the 2010 census. It is named after David Livingstone, the British explorer who was the first white man to explore the area.
Day 5: From Livingstone to Lusaka. Camp Lusaka
Lusaka is the capital and largest city of Zambia. One of the fastest-developing cities in Southern Africa, Lusaka is located in the southern part of the central plateau at an elevation of about 1,300 metres (4,265 feet). As of 2010, the city’s population is about 1.7 million. Lusaka is the centre of both commerce and government in Zambia and connects to the country’s four main highways heading north, south, east and west. English is the official language of the city, but Nyanja, and Bemba are also common.
Day 6: Lusaka via Kapiri Mposhi and camp at Forest Inn.
Day 7: Early start to reach Dr Livingstone’s memorial, the place where his heart was buried. Continue to Lake Banquela. Camp Lake Banquela.
The Livingstone Memorial built in 1902 marks the spot where missionary explorer David Livingstone died on 1 or 4 May 1873 in Chief Chitambo’s village at Ilala near the edge of the Bangweulu Swamps in Zambia. His heart was buried there under a mpundu (also called mvula) tree by his loyal attendants Chuma, Suza Mniasere and Vchopere, before they departed for the coast carrying his body. In their party was an educated African named Jacob Wainwright who carved the inscription “LIVINGSTONE MAY 4 1873” and the names of the attendants on the tree
Day 8: Banquela via Mansa and view Ntumbasushi waterfalls. Continue and set camp at Lumangwe falls. 2nd highest from Vic Falls
Lumangwe Falls is like a miniature Victoria Falls except this one is no slouch in its own right. It appeared to be roughly 20-30m tall and spanning a width of over 50m. But it had that wide rectangular shape that made this one of the more memorable waterfalls we saw in the remote Northern Zambia.
Day 9: Spend the day and relax at Lumangwe falls.
Day 10: Early start to reach Lake Tanganyika. Camp Tanganyika
Lake Tanganyika is an African Great Lake. It is estimated to be the second largest freshwater lake in the world by volume, and the second deepest, in both cases, after only Lake Baikal in Siberia; it is also the world’s longest freshwater lake. The lake is divided among four countries – Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Burundi, and Zambia, with Tanzania (46%) and the DRC (40%) possessing the majority of the lake. The water flows into the Congo River system and ultimately into the Atlantic Ocean.
Day 11: Relax the day on the shores of the lake. Activities on offer. Camp Tanganyika.
Day 12: Leisure start and reaches Kalambo falls. Longest single drop falls in Africa. Camp Kalambo.
The Kalambo Falls on the Kalambo River is a 772ft (235m) single drop waterfall in Tanzania, very near the border with Zambia at the southeast end of Lake Tanganyika. The falls are some of the tallest uninterrupted falls in Africa (after South Africa’s Tugela Falls, Ethiopia’s Jin Bahir Falls and some more waterfalls). Downstream of the falls the Kalambo Gorge which has a width of about 1 km and a depth of up to 300 m runs for about 5 km before opening out into the Lake Tanganyika rift valley
Day 13: Early morning start back to the main track which will take us +_ 3 hours to reach the border post. Cross border into Tanzania and hopefully we will reach our destination on the shore of Lake Tanganyika.
Day 14: After a leisure start we drive all along the shore of Lake Tanganyika and set camp at Kipili. Campsite
Day 15: Leaving Kipili via Katavi National park and camp en route to Hippo Bay. Hopefully the resident Hippos will keep us busy during the night. Campsite
Day 16: From Hippo Bay via Uvinza to Kigoma where we will camp once again with Lake Tanganyika next to us. A swim to cool down in the Lake is on offer at the private beach. Campsite
Day 17: Spend the day in and around Kigoma and visit the historic monument where Stanley found Dr David Livingstone. Afternoon swim and relax on the beach. Beach braai is on offer. Campsite
Day 18: Early morning start after coffee and rusks in order to try and reach Mwanza on Lake Victoria. Highpoint of the day is to cross the Mwanza Gulf on a huge ferry. Set camp at Tunza lodge on the shore of Lake Victoria. Campsite
Lake Victoria (Nam Lolwe in Luo; Victoria Nyanza in Bantu) is one of the African Great Lakes. The lake was named after Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom, by John Hanning Speke, the first European to discover this lake.With a surface area of 68,800 square kilometres (26,600 sq mi), Lake Victoria is Africa’s largest lake by area, and it is the largest tropical lake in the world. Lake Victoria is the world’s 2nd largest freshwater lake by surface area; only Lake Superior in North America is larger. In terms of its volume, Lake Victoria is the world’s ninth largest continental lake, and it contains about 2,750 cubic kilometers (2.2 billion acre-feet) of water.
Day 19: We spend another lazy day and various activities such as Nile Perch fishing etc is on offer. Hopefully some Masai dancers will treat us around the campfire. Camp Tunza again. Chalet accommodation is also available.
The Maasai (sometimes spelled “Masai” or “Masaai”) are a Nilotic ethnic group of semi-nomadic people located in Kenya and northern Tanzania. The Maasai are among the best known of African ethnic groups, due to their residence near the many game parks of East Africa, and their distinctive customs and dress. They speak Maa (ɔl Maa), a member of the Nilo-Saharan language family that is related to Dinka and Nuer, and are also educated in the official languages of Kenya and Tanzania: Swahili and English. The Maasai population has been reported as numbering 841,622 in Kenya in the 2009 census, compared to 377,089 in the 1989 census
Day 20: Drive alongside the Lake and set camp at the entrance gate at Serengeti National Park. Afternoon game drive into the park for those who would like to. Campsite
The Serengeti National Park is a Tanzanian national park in the Serengeti ecosystem in Mara Region. It is famous for its annual migration of over 1.5 million white bearded (or brindled) wildebeest and 250,000 zebra and for its numerous Nile crocodile.
Day 21: Another early start after coffee and rusks, enter the Serengeti and game drive all the way thru the park to Seronera camp site. Campsite
Day 22: With luck we may see some Leopard with a gazelle kill in a tree, some Lion and even Cheetah. Get to the campsite late afternoon which overlook Ngorogoro crater. Campsite
The Ngorongoro Conservation Area (NCA) is a conservation area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site located 180 km (110 mi) west ofArusha in the Crater Highlands area of Tanzania. Ngorongoro Crater, a large volcanic caldera within the area, is recognized by one private organization as one of the seven natural wonders of Africa. The conservation area is administered by the Ngorongoro Conservation Area Authority, an arm of the Tanzanian government, and its boundaries follow the boundary of the Ngorongoro Division of the Arusha Region.
Day 23: Highlight today is to be down in Ngorogoro Crater so we get on the move early to spend some time down there. Hopefully we get to see the migration in full flow with predators that follow. Unfortunately we have to leave the park as around lunchtime in order not to pay extra park fees. Leave the park and camp near Arusha. Campsite
Day 24: We may have good weather in order to see mount Kilimanjaro en route to Korogwe. It depends if we spend time viewing Kilimanjaro we will try and reach our campsite Melela Mzuri.
Day 25: Drive around the farm after coffee and rusks and continue via Mikumi National Park, fill up with fuel in Iringa and set camp at The Old Farmhouse. For those who would like to have a well earned massage do not hesitate to do it at the lodge. Campsite
Day 26: From The Old Farmhouse via Malambako and take the beautiful mountain pass to the border post at Kyela. Cross border into Malawi. It depends on the duration of the border cross but set camp at one of the many campsites on the shores of Lake Malawi. Campsite.
Lake Malawi (Lake Nyasa, or Lago Niassa in Mozambique), is an African Great Lake and the southernmost lake in the East African Rift system, located between Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. The third largest and second deepest lake in Africa, it is also the ninth largest in the world. It is reportedly the habitat of more species of fish than any other body of freshwater, including more than 1000 species of cichlids, and was officially declared a reserve by the Government of Mozambique on June 10, 2011.
Day 27 – 31: We will drive all along the shore of Lake Malawi, some mountain passes, visit and camp at places like Nkhata Bay, Senga, the rubber tree plantation (biggest in Africa) and Monkey Bay. Camp sites.
Day 32: Take the road down South via the huge city of Blantyre and down the mountain pass all along the Siere River. Camp at a private game reserve.
Day 33: Another attraction on the route will be the huge crop lands of Illovo sugar canes. Reach the border post around Lunch time and cross border into Mozambique. Camp at Kaya.
Day 34: Spend one more night camping in Mozambique.
Day 35: Cross border into Zimbabwe with one more night camping
Day 36: From Zimbabwe into Botswana back to South Africa
Potential travellers for this safari must please set aside 4 more days for unforeseen circumstances, road conditions, border posts, availability of fuel etc. are not guaranteed. The idea is to have a relaxed safari and no “rally” from camp site to camp site. If we do camp at a place and majority of the group wants to stay one extra night, we do so.
We DO NOT work on a number of kilometres per day. We normally break up camp and leave the campsite between 08H00 and 08H30 and try not to stop and put camp later than 16H00.
Total amount of kilometres for the safari is +_ 9 500 km
Travellers need to have a yellow fever card for Tanzania (cost is +_ R 700) and $ US 50 for Visa.
Cross border charges is +_ R 4000 (depend on Rand US $ rate)
The current fuel price is +_ R 15 per litre
- Guide fees (vehicle and fuel)
- Extra recovery equipment
- Two way radio communication between vehicles
- All bookings and arrangements
- All camp, concession and transit fees
- National park fees, camp/lodge fees
- Own vehicle, fuel and camping equipment
- All food and drinks
- Medical evacuation and travel insurance
- Cross border charges
- Visa fees
- All activities
- Anything else not mentioned above
Safaris are based on minimum 4 vehicles / 8 people and maximum 6 vehicles
Booking in advance will avoid disappointment