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Zambia & Mozambique - Pioneer Route Safari

Small group lodge/chalet accommodated safari - 21 nights / 22 days

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Beach Fishing dhow - Mozambique Elephant Lioness and cub The Victoria Falls
Tour code: CVa21 / CWa13
An exciting safari experience exploring the diversity of the lesser travelled South Eastern African countries. This tour is not for the faint hearted, and requires some patience; the travelling can be slow, some nights the accommodation is basic, however the journey offers amazing scenery and fantastic highlights, well worth the long travel days. We recommend malaria prophylactics. A safari for travellers with a sense of adventure.

Departs: LIVINGSTONE on Saturday at 14:00pm.      
Ends: JOHANNESBURG on Saturday at 18:00pm.
Group size: Guaranteed from 4 guests; 12 guests maximum.

Summary
• A diverse African adventure – discovery route.
• All inclusive trip with cultural experience, adventure and wildlife through Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa!
• Vic Falls, Lower Zambezi canoeing, Lake Malawi, Benguerra Island, Kruger National Park – great diversity!

Highlights
• Victoria Falls – natural wonder of the world
• Lower Zambezi – canoeing
• South Luangwa NP – game walk & 4WD game drives
• Lake Malawi – snorkelling & beaches
• Benguerra Island – explore islands on a dhow
• Inhambane – beaches and scuba diving
• Kruger National Park – game drives

Overnights
• 21 nights on safari we stay at chalets, tented lodges and guest houses, of which; 15 nights en suite facilities.
• 1 night camping (tents, mats, chairs, sleeping bag and pillow will be provided).
• 5 nights in chalets with shared ablution facilities in Cape Maclear, Bilenes and Kruger. The accommodation can be rustic or even basic, these may be the only option.

Meals
• 20 breakfasts, 20 lunches and 17 dinners are included, of which; 7 breakfasts & 3 dinners are provided by the lodges.
• The remaining included meals are prepared by the safari crew, prepared at the vehicle and enjoyed around the campfire or at the truck.

2017
SAFARI COST: $3,345 per person sharing, plus local payment of US$400 (in cash).
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $680

If you are a single traveler, you will be assigned to room with another same gender single traveler and there is no supplemental payment required.  If you request to room alone, then the price supplement will be charged.

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Pioneer Route Safari map


DAY 1; (1 Night)
LIVINGSTONE, Zambia  [lodge - - -]

Victoria FallsThe group will meet in Livingstone, in Zambia, at 14:00. This afternoon we explore Victoria Falls, a natural wonder of the world, plunging into the Zambezi Gorge.


Includes:
Entrance to see the Victoria Falls. Day 1: Breakfast is not included. Day 1: Lunch will be an own expense meal. Day 1: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Maramba River Lodge Safari Tents – twin share en-suite safari tents. Swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: N/A.
Optional Activities: White water rafting, sunset cruises, scenic flights & many more.


DAY 2; (1 Night)
KAFUE RIVER,
Zambia  [chalet BLD]

Saddle-billed Storks, Kafue RiverA long drive takes us across the rolling Miombo forested hills of southern Zambia and down into the lowlands and our lodge on the banks of the Kafue River.


Includes:
Day 2: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 2: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 2: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Gwabi River Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool & bar. WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: 505 kms, ± 8 hours, excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 3 - 4; (2 Nights)
LOWER ZAMBEZI CANOEING,
Zambia  [1x camping, 1x lodge BLD]

Elephant in campWe paddle down the mighty Zambezi River, home of the tribal mythical god – Nyami Nyami. Canoeing past local riverside villages and magnificent scenery. We overnight in wild campsite on Elephant Bones Island in the heart of untamed Africa. The following morning we continue our canoe safari through an area teaming with elephants, hippos and other wildlife. We will be collected by a motorboat, and are transferred back up river to our lodge.


Includes: Full day canoe safari on Lower Zambezi with local river guides. Day 3: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 3: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 3: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 4: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight Day 3:
Wild Camping – we camp wild on an island in the Zambezi River. for 1night while canoeing on the Zambezi River we camp wild on an island in the middle of the river. Wild camps have no facilities; we will need to take our own water and all equipment. Wild camping can be very enjoyable but please remember that we leave no trace of our stay and take all rubbish away with us. Toilets will be of the “dig and bury” variety. All the camping equipment is supplied with the exception of your sleeping bag and pillow. The dome tents we use are 2.2 x 2.2 x 1.8 metres and putting them up or down takes only 5 minutes. Tents have built-in insect nets. We supply mattresses, which are about 5 cm thick, warm and comfortable. The camp chairs have a backrest. WIFI not available.
Overnight Day 4: Gwabi River Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool & bar. WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: 50kms, ± 1½ hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch .


DAY 5; (1 Night)
LUSAKA,
Zambia  [chalet BL-]

Sunset, ZambiaA leisurely start to the day before we head to Lusaka where we stock up on supplies in the bustling shops and markets of the Zambian capital.


Includes: Day 5: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 5: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 5: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Eureka Camp – Twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool & bar WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: 160kms, ± 6½ hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch .

DAY 6; (1 Night)
GREAT EAST ROAD,
Zambia  [chalets BLD]

Local children, ZambiaToday is a transit drive, as we travel along the “great east road” across the Luangwa River Bridge and to the town of Nyimba. Villages line the road at intervals and there is an opportunity to witness the rural Zambia lifestyle.


Includes: Day 6: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 6: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 6: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Taitana Lodge – Twin en-suite rooms. WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: 350kms, ± 5 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch .

DAYS 7 - 8; (2 Nights)
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK,
Zambia  [tented lodge BLD]

Luangwa River, ZambiaSouth Luangwa is well known for its large concentration of wildlife along the river, boasting huge numbers of hippos, crocodile and elephants. We explore the diversity of habitats including woodlands, grass plains and riverine forest on open vehicle game drives as well as on foot on exciting game walks. From the comfort of our tented lodge we often see elephants crossing the river at sunset. (In the green season, Dec – Apr, walks may not be possible in which case we’ll do extra game drives).


Include: Entrance fees to South Luangwa National Park, 2 x game walks, 1 x game drives. Day 7, 8: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7, 8: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 7, 8: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight:
Wildlife Meru Tents swimming pool, restaurant & bar. WIFI not available.
Distance / Time: 230kms, ± 3 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Game walks & game drives.

DAY 9; (1 Night)
LILONGWE,
Malawi  [chalet BLD]

Plains in ZambiaWe cross into Malawi and make our way to the Capital Lilongwe where we settle into our chalets. In the afternoon we explore the craft markets with their beautiful wooden carvings, woven baskets and traditional wooden chairs.


Includes: Day 9: Breakfast provide by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 9: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 9: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Annies Lodge – Twin share en-suite rooms. Swimming pool, bar & restaurant. WIFI available.
Distance / Time: 380kms, ± 6½ hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 10 - 11; (2 Nights)
LAKE MALAWI,
Malawi  [lodge BLD]

Locals on Lake MalawiWe make our way to Lake Malawi to our lodge on the lake shores. From here we will discover the lake’s islands on a boat trip and snorkel with the jewelled fish, the Cichlids. The friendly people of Malawi make it the “warm heart of Africa”.


Includes: Island boat excursion. Day 10: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 10: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 10: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge. Day 11: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 11: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 11: Dinner will be a set meal provided by the lodge.
Overnight: The Funky Cichlid – twin share rooms with shared ablution facilities, & hot showers.
Distance / Time: 285kms, ± 4 hours (subject to road conditions), excluding border formalities & stops for sightseeing.

DAYS 12 -13; (2 Nights)
TRANSIT MOZAMBIQUE  [chalet BLD]

Cyclist - MazambiqueWe journey south and enter Mozambique. For the next two days we cross this magnificent country passing traditional villages and farm lands as we make our way to the warm waters of the Indian ocean.


Includes: Day 12: Breakfast will be provided by the lodge. Day 12: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 12: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 13: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight Day 12:
Mulamba Hotel – Twin share en-suite rooms.
Overnight Day 13: Casa Msika – twin share en-suite rooms .
Distance / Time: 450kms ± 6-7 hours per day (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.

DAYS 14 - 15; (2 Nights)
BAZARUTO ISLANDS,
Mozambique  [chalets Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Mozambique - dhowTropical paradise and golden beaches, we spend the next two nights in Vilankulos, where we take a full day trip on a traditional Arab Dhow to the beautiful island of Magaruque. The guides will prepare a picnic lunch under the palm trees while you snorkel with the colourful tropical fish. This is a definite highlight of the safari.


Includes: Full day Dhow excursion to Bazaruto Islands. Day 14: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 14: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 15: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Golden Sands – for 2 nights in Vilankulos we stay in twin en-suite rooms. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Wifi not available.
Distance / Time: 530kms ± 6 hours (subject to road conditions), excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Snorkeling.

DAYS 16 - 17; (2 Nights)
INHAMBANE,
Mozambique  [casitas Bx2 Lx2 Dx1]

Mozambique beachHistorically Inhambane was a centre of trade dating back hundreds of years where slaves were traded alongside spices and gold. We explore the town before we head to the beach and our casitas under the palm trees. Seafood, sun and surf, we have the following day to relax on the beach or cross the bay to Maxixe on an Arab Dhow. Scuba diving, snorkeling and deep sea fishing are available (own expense).


Includes: Day 16: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 16: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 17: Dinner will be an own expense meal at a local restaurant.
Overnight Maun: Island Safari Lodge – standard twin rooms with en suite facilities. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. WiFi not available.
Overnight: Palm Grove Resort – Twin share en-suite rooms. Bar, restaurant, telephone. Wifi not available.
Distance / Time: 330kms, ± 4½ hours, excludes stops for sightseeing & lunch.
Optional Activities: Scuba diving, ocean safari & deep sea fishing.

DAY 18; (1 Night)
BILENE,
Mozambique  [camping BL-]

Mozambique dugoutA large lagoon near the costal town of Bilene is our next stop offers clear water and white beaches. We spend the afternoon exploring the lagoon, and swimming in the shallow, calm waters.


Includes: Day 18: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 18: Dinner own expense.
Overnight: Laguna Camp – Twin share Casitas with good shared ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop.
Distance / Time: 375kms, ± 5 hours (sometimes!)
Optional Activities: Kayaking, snorkelling, & other water sports.

DAYS 19 - 20; (2 Nights)
KRUGER NATIONAL PARK,
South Africa  [camping BLD]

Kruger Park, LionKruger National Park is famous for its variety of wildlife. We cross the rugged wilderness of the Transfrontier Limpopo Park and enter the national park and head to our camp. We spend our time on game drives which offer pristine wildlife and we hope to spot the shy leopard, lion, zebra and elephant over the next two days.


Includes: Entrance fees to Kruger National Park, morning and afternoon game drives. Day 19, 20: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 19, 20: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 19, 20: Dinner provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group.
Overnight: Kruger Tented Camp – Twin share tented camp with good shared ablution facilities, hot showers, swimming pool, restaurant, bar & shop.
Distance / Time: 340kms, ± 6 hours excluding border formalities & lunch stop (a long day!)
Optional Activities: Night game drive in National Park game viewing vehicles.

DAYS 21 - 22; (2 Nights)
MPUMALANGA – JOHANNESBURG – TOUR ENDS, South Africa  [chalets Bx2 Lx1 Dx1]

Blyde River CanyonThe Panorama Routes’ wide open vista is the final stop on our magnificent journey. An area of mountains, escarpments, streams and forests. We explore Bourkes Luck Potholes, God’s Window and the Three Sisters. The tour finishes in Johannesburg in the afternoon of day 22, having had the experience of a lifetime.

Tour ends at 18:00pm.


Includes: Early morning game drive. Day 21: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 21: Lunch provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 21: Dinner will be set menu provided by the lodge. Day 22: Breakfast will be provided by the tour leaders with the help of the group. Day 22: Lunch will be an own expense meal.
Overnight: Graskop Mogodi Lodge – for 1 night we stay in twin share bedrooms ensuite, for a chance to tidy up before flying out on day 22. Swimming pool, bar, restaurant, telephone. Wifi not available.
Distance / Time: 480kms, 6½ hours excluding stops for sightseeing, lunch & game drives.

Note: The distance and travel times quoted above are an estimate only, and subject to local road conditions – remember it’s an adventure!
Note: That the accommodation specified above and in the itinerary, is a guide only and is subject to availability. Alternatives will be of a similar standard, and accommodation changes will be made without notice.

Special Interest: A walking safari in South Luangwa is an essential Zambian experience. Game scouts will lead us on an exhilarating walk in this big game wilderness.

Sustainable Tourism: In the Luangwa Valley we stay at Wildlife Camp who donate 60% of their revenues to the Wildlife and Environmental Conservation Society of Zambia. A local guide will lead us on a game walk and night drive. Your visit will support employment opportunities.

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Transport
Due to the sometimes demanding road conditions you travel in a custom safari truck with 12 seats. Potholes, speed bumps(!) & rain damaged gravel roads are characteristic of the areas we travel through and can make driving slow and bouncy. However, we pass through road side villages and thus have opportunity to witness the local lifestyle. For the game drives in South Luangwa we use open sided 4WD vehicles with local guides.

Local Payment
• A local payment is required on this safari and this will be collected by your tour leader on departure.
• The local payment forms part of your overall tour cost, and must be taken into consideration when booking your safari. It will be used by your tour leaders to pay for some of the operational costs incurred on safari. Many of the tour costs are prepaid; however, in many cases, a cash payment is the only option as certain of the destinations that we visit only accept cash. For example entry fees to most national parks, some of the campsites and also local food markets (and even some shops) are only payable in cash.
• In addition, each vehicle has a garage card but these are only accepted in South Africa and parts of Namibia, therefore in all other countries, fuel must be paid for in cash. Due to the remoteness of some departure points, having a local payment system enables us to manage tour funds effectively. The efficiency of this system helps keep the overall tour prices down.
• It also ensures that a portion of the tour costs goes directly into the country you are visiting, thereby benefiting local communities and contributing to the conservation of the areas we visit. This is all part of the ongoing effort to operate sustainable safaris that make a real difference.

Participation
An essential part of your safari is participation – from helping around the camp fire, to packing away in the morning, to helping with cleaning up – it’s all part of your adventure and when everyone puts in a little effort the trip will run smoothly. Your tour leaders will do all the meal preparation but we do ask the clients to help with the washing up. Team spirit is part of the fun!

Shopping
• Craft shopping for curios en route is diverse and rewarding. Remember - if you see something you like, it is best to buy it because it is unlikely that you will see something similar further along.

Food
• We pride ourselves on giving very good healthy meals to our clients and will provide three meals per day, except where shown in itinerary, when we try out local restaurants.
• The tour leaders do the shopping and meal planning for each group. He/she will always try to obtain fresh produce wherever possible. A rough idea of what these will consist of is: Breakfast - cereals or coffee and toast or the occasional fried breakfast, Lunch - cheese, cold meats, salads on bread or rolls, Dinner - braais (local barbecue), potjies (stews), stir fries etc. We use regular plates, cups and cutlery. All cooking and eating utensils will also be provided.
• We do cater for special dietary requirements (e.g. vegetarian or allergies.)
• We will supply fruit squash served with breakfast and tea or coffee served with breakfast and dinner. All other beverages will be for your own expense. We will not supply bottled drinking water although it is available at many shops on tour.

Difficulty
• Anyone who is generally active and in good health should enjoy this trip. Simple campsites are enjoyed by the outdoor enthusiast, you will get dusty on occasion; but this is Africa!
• This is a long distance trans Africa safari - there is a lot of distance to be covered and so there will be some long travelling days. Due to local conditions, border crossings, road detours and weather, the trip may alter route / schedule - please remember that this continent has its own time scale and things work differently here. Keep an open mind and a sense of humour - it’s all part of the adventure!
• Everyone is asked to help out with the running of camp on tour. In other words if everyone spends a little time setting up camp, preparing meals and cleaning up then the tour will run smoothly and everyone will have a good time. Participation is the name of the game.

Things you should know
• Includes all National Park entrance fees, canoeing in the Lower Zambezi River and a trip out to Magaruque Island in the warm Indian Ocean
• Your will need a valid passport and visas for entry into Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. Please note that these can be arranged in advance and cannot always be obtained at the border. (Please check visa requirements with your travel agent). At the time of this update, a Mozambique visa is available at the border.
• Forex bureau’s are available in Livingstone, Lilongwe, Blantyre & Vilanculos. However we recommend that you bring small denomination Euro or US$ cash notes for personal expenses on this trip. In some cases you'll be able to pay local service providers in forex, and in some cases you'll need to change into the local currency (Zambian Kwacha, Malawian Kwacha, Mozambique Meticais and South African Rand). Zambia requires that all services are paid in local currency, however major credit cards (Mastercard / Visa) can also be used for optional activities in Livingstone and elsewhere on tour.

Common questions about this trip
What do I need to bring? Comfortable clothes for warm days and cool evenings, walking shoes, a raincoat, hat and sunglasses, swimsuit, and a water bottle. A small pair of binoculars also comes in very handy and most importantly - a sense of adventure!
Is it safe? Africa and on the route we follow is relatively safe and your guide knows the countries intimately and will endeavour to show you the best parts while looking after you. We do not enter Zimbabwe on this trip. In the cities keep a careful eye on your belongings and don’t leave anything lying about - petty theft is rife. In the wild areas your guide will brief you on the necessary precautions, follow this advice and you will be fine. Be aware of your personal belongings and you will have a great trip.
Do I need malaria tablets?  Yes, the trip passes through malaria areas and prophylactics are recommended.
Solo Traveler? Going it alone won’t make your holiday more expensive; our reservations staff will match you up with another same-gender traveler to keep your holiday affordable. If however you request a single room or tent these are available, with a price supplement.

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