Zambia, Botswana, Malawi & Lake of Stars Festival Tour Overview
Join me on an epic adventure, spanning 3 amazing countries – Zambia, Botswana and Malawi (including the Lake of Stars Festival)! I can’t even begin to describe how magical this trip is, but let me try…
Let me show you a different side of Africa, not the Africa you see in the media but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa I know and love.
Zambia, Malawi and Botswana are my 3 favourite countries in Africa, equally as amazing as the more well known safari destinations, if not better! Each of these countries are very safe for a traveller, have epic wildlife spotting opportunities, stunning landscapes and incredibly friendly people! I can’t wait to show you around!
And what makes this tour extra special, is that we’ll be ending the trip at the legendary Lake of Stars Festival on Lake Malawi!
We’ll spend just over 2 weeks exploring these three incredible countries, starting in Livingstone, Zambia (my FAVOURITE country in Africa).
We’ll start in Livingstone, the ‘Adventure Capital of Africa’ and home to the mighty Victoria Falls and from here we’ll head to Botswana for a safari in Chobe National Park where we will see elephants galore!
Then it’s back to Livingstone for the next few days! Livingstone has something for everyone, from lunch with elephants and High Tea with zebras, to buzzing local markets, to white water rafting and bungee jumping! You’ll also have the option to visit the Zimbabwe side of the falls too!
From Livingstone we’ll head north to South Luangwa National Park for a 2-day safari, where we have a good chance of spotting the ‘Big Five’ (elephants, buffalo, lions, black rhino and the elusive leopard). It’s not uncommon for elephants and hippos to pass right through the camp where we stay, so be prepared to get the thrill of your life!
From here we’ll cross over the border into Malawi, stopping over in the capital, Lilongwe on our way to the incredible Lake of Stars Festival to dance the nights away!
The festival takes place on the shores of Lake Malawi, so whilst you are here you can relax and unwind, take part in some watersports or chill at one of the beach bars.
Rock My Adventure tours are culturally immersive trips created by me to show you a rounded portrayal of the countries we visit and leave you with a new group of like-minded friends and beautiful memories that will last a lifetime.
I work with the best local operators to provide you with the highly personalised African adventure you’ve always dreamed of but without the hassle of planning it all yourself!
Rock My Adventures aren’t typical ‘tours’. They’re fun and laid-back group trips, that are similar to an independent backpacking trip, but with some free time to explore and do your own thing and a group of friends built in – the best of both worlds!
- Duration: 14 Nights
- Start: Livingstone, Zambia (nearest airport – Harry Mwanga Nkumbula Airport)
- Finish: Lilongwe, Malawi (nearest airport – Lilongwe International Airport)
- Maximum Group Size: 8 people (7 participants plus 1 group leader)
- Group Leader: Helen
- Minimum Age: 18
- Cost: £2,295
- Deposit: £200 (non-refundable)
- Balance Due: 19 July 2018 (payment plans available)
Week 1 Highlights
- See the wonder that is the Victoria Falls! You will have the option to visit both the Zambian and Zimbabwe side of the falls!
- Take afternoon tea at the Royal Livingstone and look for the giraffe, zebra and impala that wonder the grounds of the hotel.
- Spot hundreds and hundreds of elephants (and lots of other animals) at Chobe National Park in Botswana, just a 45 minute drive from Livingstone, Zambia.
- Take a boat ride in Chobe for more chances to spot your favourite safari animals.
- Sample the awesome Livingstone nightlife.
- Take part in some of the amazing activities on offer in Livingstone (the adventure capital of Africa) including, microlights, the Angels Pool, bungee jumping, gorge swinging, zip lining, white water rafting, kayaking and canoeing.
- Visit a local market and shop for beautifully bright African fabrics and get clothes made by a local seamstress.
- Take a cycling tour around Livingstone with a wonderful social enterprise. You will get to see a side of Livingstone that few tourists ever get to see.
- Take a sunset cruise on the mighty Zambezi River where you are likely to see animals such as elephant and hippo.
Week 2 Highlights
- Dance the night away at the legendary Lake of Stars Festival.
- Relax and enjoy the fabulous sunsets on the beautiful beaches of Lake Malawi.
- Swim, snorkel (or scuba dive), SUP and look for beautifully colourful cichlid fish in the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi, home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the world.
- Take a sundowner cruise on Lake Malawi.
- Explore Malawi’s fun capital, Lilongwe.
- Go on safari in my favourite safari destination in Africa, South Luangwa.
- Enjoy our fabulous safari lodge which lies right on the Luangwa River and often elephants, hippo and other animals casually wander into camp.
- Visit the local village near to our camp in South Luangwa and our friendly local guides will show you what it’s like to live in a village in rural Zambia. You may even get a chance to do some cooking!
- Experience the nightlife in Zambia’s modern capital, Lusaka.
“You showed me “Africa” the real Africa, the people, the villages, the wildlife! I didn’t want hotels, complexes, swimming pools! I want to see the world, the real world, how other people live, the real Africa!! I got the whole package, the reality, the beauty, the wonder! You left me wanting more and eager that see more of what the amazing Africa has to offer! Second trip with you! I keep coming back so clearly I enjoy them!” (Karen, UK – Rock My Rwanda, Uganda & DRC Adventure 2017 & Rock My Kenya Adventure 2016)
Zambia, Botswana, Malawi & Lake of Stars Tour Itinerary
Day 1: Livingstone, Zambia
Arrive in Livingstone and transfer to your accommodation for the night.
Relax and get to know your fellow travellers during a welcome meal and a beer or two! Your Rock My Zambia, Botswana, Malawi & Lake of Stars Festival Adventure starts here and I can’t wait to show you around my favourite countries in Africa!
* If you have the time and can arrive earlier, I can organise any other activities you wish to do. Additional accommodation and activities charged separately.
* After this trip, I will also running a Malawi trip which you can do as an add on to this trip. Details coming soon!
Day 2: Chobe National Park, Botswana
In the morning we’ll take the short trip across the border to Botswana to the amazing Chobe National Park, home to up to 120,000 elephants!
We’ll start with a fantastic 3-hour boat cruise along the river and after lunch we’ll go on a game drive through the park.
In the evening, our cook will prepare an awesome dinner and we will spend the night chatting round the camp fire and listening to the sounds of the African bush.
You will love this experience!
Day 3: Livingstone, Zambia
Arriving back in Livingstone in the afternoon, we’ll visit Victoria Falls from the Zambian side and you’ll have the option to see them from the Zimbabwean side too should you wish (additional charge).
At this time of year, the falls are pretty dry, but the view is still spectacular and it’s the perfect time to visit the epic Devil’s Pool!
In the evening, we’ll head to a wonderful riverfront restaurant for dinner and drinks.
Day 4: Livingstone, Zambia
This is a completely free day so that you can enjoy some activities that Livingstone has to offer.
These include white water rafting, swimming in ‘Devil’s Pool’, microlighting over the falls, bungee jumping and jet boating (to name but a few)!
Or, if you’re feeling slightly less adventurous you may just want to chill by the pool, get clothes made or visit a local market – it’s up to you!
I will help sort out any activities you wish to do!
For a list of current activities click here.
In the evening we’ll enjoy a delicious braai at our hostel.
Day 5: Livingstone, Zambia
In the morning, we’ll take a cycling tour with a local social enterprise, venturing into the villages that surround the main part of town, where we can meet the people who live there and go to places most other tourists don’t go.
If we are lucky, we may even spot some wildlife as we pass through Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park.
In the afternoon there will be some free time to relax by the pool or do a bit of last minute shopping, before we say goodbye to Livingstone over a light dinner and drinks on a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River.
Day 6: Lusaka, Zambia
Today is a drive day as we head away from Livingstone, up to Zambia’s capital, Lusaka.
However, in Africa, the journeys are part of the experience and you’ll never get bored watching the scenery go by and the smiles and waves from the lovely Zambian people.
When we arrive, we’ll have a night to rest in our guest house, before we continue our journey to South Luangwa the following day.
Lusaka is a good place to party too, so if you have some energy, the city awaits!
Day 7: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
We’ll spend the next 3 days in gorgeous South Luangwa National Park, my absolute favourite safari destination in all of Africa!
South Luangwa is one of the best places in Africa to see the ‘Big Five’ and as it’s one of the only game parks in Africa where you are able to do evening game drives, there’s a good chance you may spot leopards.
We’ll be staying right on the banks of the Luangwa River, just outside the park gate, and animals are often known to wander into the camp so there will be plenty of opportunities to spot wildlife even when you’re not on safari!
When we arrive afternoon, we’ll visit the local village to experience life in rural Zambia.
Our local guides will show us around, tell us about their way of life, customs and you may even get to try your hand at cooking.
Get ready for some real Zambian hospitality.
Day 8 & 9: South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
On days 8 & 9, we’ll go on morning and afternoon/evening game drive to try and spot all our favourite safari animals.
South Luangwa is awesome, mainly due to the landscape and the animals you can see there, as well as the fact that we camp just on the river, waking up to the sounds of hippos in the water.
When it gets hot in the middle of the day, well return to camp to have lunch and a swim in the pool to cool down.
On the 2nd day, you will have the option to do a walking safari instead of a game drive (extra cost).
Day 10: Lilongwe, Malawi
After we’ve said our goodbyes to South Luangwa, we’ll cross the border into Malawi to get ready for the next part of our journey.
There will be some time for shopping (Lilongwe is a great place to buy fabric, art and wooden carvings) and if there’s time we can have a little wander around the city.
Day 11 – 13: Lake of Stars Festival, Malawi (exact location to be announced)
Today is the first day of the Lake of Stars Festival. If you’re into music, then this is the trip for you.
The atmosphere will be buzzing and this is an exciting and vibrant time to be in Malawi.
The exact venue is yet to be announced, however the festival always takes place on the lake shore.
In the daytimes, you will have the opportunity to explore the area and get a glimpse into life in the ‘Warm Heart of Africa’. Those who want to, can take part in a whole number of activities including snorkelling, cycling, hiking, canoeing, beach volleyball.
The lake is famous for having the best fresh water scuba diving in the world and is home to more species of freshwater fish than any other lake in the entire world (including some you won’t find anywhere else) and with it being part of the Great Rift Valley, you’ll also be treated to some spectacular underwater scenery too.
By night we’ll dance and sing the nights away in one of the coolest festival settings in the world. It’s going to be AMAZING!
On one of our evenings, we’ll enjoy drinks on a sunset cruise across the lake.
Day 14: Lilongwe, Malawi
After a morning relaxing on the beach (and recovering from the night before), we’ll make our way back to Lilongwe for our last night together.
In the evening, we’ll go for a delicious meal at one of my favourite restaurants and those who want to can sample the Lilongwe nightlife!
Day 15: Departure Day
Today is always a sad day as we say goodbye to our new friends (there’s usually a few tears, I will warn you), but the memories and shared experiences will last a lifetime.
I can arrange the transfer to Lilongwe Airport or you can continue your Africa travels from there.
* After this trip, I will also running a Malawi trip which you can do as an add on to this trip. Details coming soon (as soon as I know the exact Lake of Stars venue)!
Meet Your Tour Leader
I’ve been travelling through Africa on and off for the last 9 years and have guided trips through the Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Rwanda, Uganda and the DRC.
I love to travel all over the world, but it’s Africa that holds the special place in my heart and I started this blog, first and foremost to encourage and help others travel in my favourite continent.
I’m passionate about experiential travel and I want to show you a different side of Africa. Not the Africa you see in the media, but the adventurous, beautiful, wild and real Africa I know and love.
I like to get to the heart of the places I travel, to go on epic adventures, to be out in the wild, to meet local people, to experience the nightlife, to try new things, to immerse myself in the culture and most of all to have fun! All Rock My Adventure tours are planned with all these things at the forefront.
You can find out more about me here.
- Meals: 14 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 10 dinners (some of these are activities in themselves)!
- Accommodation: 14 nights accommodation in good quality camps, hostels, hotels and guesthouses.
- Transport: All transport within Malawi, Zambia & Botswana to and from included excursions and between the main destinations on the tour (includes – taxi, boat, mini bus, safari vehicle).
- 3-day at the Lake of Stars Festival
- Overnight camping trip to Chobe National Park
- Game drive in Chobe National Park
- Boat cruise in Chobe National Park
- Victoria Falls visit from the Zambian side
- Local market excursion in Livingstone
- Braai (bbq) dinner at our Hostel
- Cycling tour of Livingstone
- Sunset cruise on the Zambezi River
- Sundowner boat cruise on Lake Malawi
- 2-day safari in South Luangwa National Park (including 4 game drives – one game drive can be substituted for a walking safari)
- Guided tour of Mfuwe village
What’s Not Included
- Airport transfers – however I can arrange these for you.
- Medications, antimalarials or vaccinations.
- Travel/health insurance.
- Drinks & meals not mentioned.
- Optional activities.
- Transport for optional activities.
- Tips for local guides.
Please bear in mind that the itinerary is subject to minor changes as the festival venue has not been announced yet and this is Africa after all. But whatever happens, I’ll endeavour to make sure you have an amazing trip!!
You can find full Terms & Conditions here.
Here’s what you can expect on a Rock My Adventure tour…
Wondering what it’s like to come on a Rock My Adventure trip? Here’s what others have to say!
Rock My Tanzania & Zanzibar Adventure – 2017
“I would like to thank you for two of the most extraordinary trips I have ever had the joy of experiencing. As I review my photos I feel so overwhelmed. I had the pleasure to meet some amazing people thanks to you. We had great times just sitting around and joking with each other. If anyone is in doubt about booking a tour through Rock My Adventure, don’t hesitate, you’ll never regret it . Thank you, Helen. You are amazing! ❤ Go and you will thank me afterwards.” (Oana, Switzerland)
“This trip is definitely one of the best decisions that I’ve ever made in my life!!” (Sharmi, Malaysia)
“The trip went beyond my expectations. I feel the soul of the trip was Helen. Having a guide that is enthusiastic, knowledgeable, sweet and energetic is very important.” (Nayeli, Mexico/USA)
Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2017
“I had the best time ever on the trip & it was so much fun traveling with you! It was everything I had hoped for and more! It 100% met my expectations. I love the fact that your trips are more unique than a normal tour operator. I enjoyed being taken out of my comfort zone in some places and seeing some really different sides of Kenya. I enjoyed the fact that we were made to feel so at home everywhere we went and I’m sure that was helped by the fact you’ve obviously created a lot of meaningful friendships in the country during your time travelling there. It felt like we got a more unique experience than you would get with usual tour operator. I think you make a fantastic guide and your passion for the country definitely shows and adds to the experience.” (Sarah, UK)
“Thank you for one of the best two weeks of my life. By far the most incredible holiday I’ve ever been on. It was run so brilliantly by you and honestly, I had so much fun. I won’t forget some of our hilarious nights out.” (Allanagh, UK)
“This is the best thing I could have done for myself to boost my confidence. It was honestly the best thing I have ever done in my life, bar none. I have made genuine friends that I’m already planning to meet with again. Take me with you everywhere you go…..everywhere! Thank you so much for doing the job you do, I can’t explain how amazing this trip was.” (Kayleigh, UK)
Rock My Uganda, Rwanda & DRC Adventure – 2017
“Helen is one of those people who will make any situation really fun. This girl could make a tour through my mildewy basement seem like a blast, so having her introduce me to sub-Saharan Africa was pretty much the best thing ever!!” (Silvia, Norway/USA)
“This was everything I hoped for and more. If the plane had crashed on the way home, I would have died happy!” (Natalie, Northern Ireland)
Rock My Kenya Adventure – 2016
“Everything was amazing! I learned so many things!” (Oana, Switzerland)
“It was an amazing trip from start to end. I loved every moment and made friends for life.” (Debbie, UK)
“Africa is not always the easiest place to travel around, and after 3 months of backpacking I was all ready to give my brain a break from travel planning, so it was definitely a relief to have Helen come in and manage all that! I like her tour because it fit me – it was a small group tour, just 8 of us which is a nice number to make new friends and get to know everyone yet have our own thing, and it was a good mix of fancier stuff and indie backpacking. You just might see us on the next tours because we are all game for round 2 with Helen! Definitely a 5 star review ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐!“ (Jac, Singapore)
“I’ve a lot to thank my African adventure for, it truely did help me find myself and has given me the confidence to just go see the world. I never wanted to leave!!! You’ll have the most amazing experience!!!” (Karen, UK)
“It was a great introduction into Africa travel, before I set out solo travelling. Also as I traveled solo and shared experiences in Kenya with people I was meeting, I sounded like a seasoned solo traveler thanks to you. I did not know what to expect but I think I understand Kenya pretty well now. I think you were able to portray and pass on your infectious love of Kenya to us all and I am forever grateful! Asante!” (Christina, USA)
If you’d like to get a full overview, have a read of Silvia’s blog (Heart My Backpack), as she’s done a full review on the Rock My Uganda, Rwanda and DRC tour. I asked her to come along, not as a blogger, but as a participant, to enjoy and just be brutally honest when she wrote about it and here’s what she thought.
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