tschoe-wa.de Check-Ins

Date Place Comment
May 10th, 2019 Da Canton

Really tasty, thin and crispy pizza. Big size!
Prices from 48-64 KKwacha

And if you want desert you can pick up ice cream.
3 different sizes: small 10Kw/2 flavours, medium 20Kw/3 flavours, big 28/4 flavours

May 10th, 2019 gravel road

gravel road starts in this village, 50 km to hit asphalt road again

May 10th, 2019 asphalt road

good asphalt road for around 150 km coming from Lake Kariba/ Siavonga to Munyumbwe, last 50 km are gravel road, good short cut from Siavonga to Livingstone

May 9th, 2019 Munyemeshi Lodge

Very good budget option if you want to visit the nationalpark or do boat activities on the Zambezi. You can camp directly at the lakefront with your car. Also possible for groundtents (hippos, and elephant have been in the camp :-))
Really nice to camp with noises of wildlife

100 Kwacha ppn, hot shower and toilet in bungalow

very nice area where you can do a camfire or just relax in daytime

If you don't want to visit the NP you can do game drive in the GMA area in which the camp is ( I think it is free of charge)

Boat trips: 200 per hour for the boat, 18 kwacha per liter petrol
we used 16l for 2 hours boat trip
boat fits up to 8 people

they dont have canoes but can arrange trips with the guide:

1200 Kwacha ppn if you want to do full day with overnight camping on an island
(start 6 am because you go 30 km by canoe)
400 ppn for 3 hours canoe trip (start 2pm)
it is downstream and they bring you back by motorboat
you can also book multiday canoe safaris!

May 8th, 2019 Chongwe gate

30 $ ppn
15 $ per car up to 3 t
possible to pay in Kwacha (920 with exchange rate that time )
very basic and poor management,
no map to take a photo of the area
ticket is valid for one calendar day

it seems that they are not well prepared for self drive vehicles

If you like elephants, this is your park! You will see them rolling in the mud, sandbathing,rubbing the body on the threes, grabbing leaves from the highest trees....After several safari expirience we never saw that behaviour...very enjoyable :-)
we also saw lions. Park is not crowded.

May 7th, 2019 Immigration and border

They dont issue KAZA visa here. If you have it you can cross that border.
Stupid regulation which makes travelling more difficult coming eg from Malawi.
It is a border of Zambia and Zimbabwe but you can not get their combined visa. Nobody has an answer about that non sense rule. That's Africa!!!

May 7th, 2019 Toll gate / Speed control area

here are plenty speed control. when they stop you you have to go out of the car to the officers. They may not come to you...we waited for a while and drove away because nobody talked to us...next police stop they send us back...
it was 40 we had 47 but they told us it was punishment enough to drive all the way back :-)
nice officers but be careful it is expensive in Zambia

May 2nd, 2019 Mama Rula's

We stayed one night after border crossing coming from malawi. Overland truck was there but it was no problem because the area is big enough to find a quit place. 8$ or 96 Kwacha which was a good exchange rate at that time.
We liked that place.

May 2nd, 2019 South Luangwa National Park

Fees for International tourist and car:
30$ ppn entrance fee
15$ for car up to 3 t
30$ for car more than 3 t
ticket is valid for calendar date not 24 hours regulation

night drive is just possible with tour operators but if you have already have the ticket of the day there is no extra entrance fee, just what tour operator charge you.

walking safari just possible in dry season

it was cheaper to pay in Kwacha; we saved 5$ with the exchange rate at this time

you can go out of your vehicle to have breakfast, a coffe or sunset drink. The tour operator do it with their customers in open areas at the river or lagoons, put a table and serve drinks :-)

very nice and relaxed park, ask the safari divers where you can see the big cats, or wild dogs, they are happy to help you

gate open :
6.00 am - 18:30 pm (April -Nov);
6:00 am - 19:00 pm (Dec-March)

May 1st, 2019 Engen Gas Station

Petrol Station where you can pay with credit card!

May 1st, 2019 Mwami border

ATM was not working and bank was closed!
Visa (50$) and road toll (20$) you have to pay in USD.
Carbon Tax you have to pay in Kwacha. Because we couldn't get money of the atm and we didn't want to change money on the road (bad exchange rate: 1 USD =11.5)
custom allowed us to pay carbon tax in the next city and they wrote it down on our carnet.
Chipata City Council fee would be 50 Kwacha but we told that we don't have local money because of the atm and pay next day in Chipata. We could leave but of course we did not pay afterwards!

April 28th, 2019 Phalombe Take Away

Quick and delicious local food. We had chicken and fries. Chicken was very crispy and big portions. 2000 Kwacha one dish.

April 28th, 2019 FDH Bank - free of extra charge - only atm

only atm in monkey bay or cape mclear, no extra charge, worked with visa

April 27th, 2019 Eco Lodge and Campsite

Tried to ask for camping because Funky Chillid was too busy! if
We stayed here for 5000ppn. No problem to check in! Very quit night and morning. Nice camping in the shade! Beautiful garden with hammoks and beach view.
The toilet and showers are basic,clean but without lights (torch!)
We liked it because the beach and accomadation is quit. And if you want to have it more busy Funky Chillit is walking distance.

April 27th, 2019 Tomas's Restaurant

Local restaurant. Mains: 2500-3500 MKW. We had fish curry and chicken curry which was tasty.
It does not have beach view but cheaper prices.

April 26th, 2019 Kips Express

Chips, Burger Pizza etc., quick service
mains: 2000-3000

April 26th, 2019 Fish Eagle Bay Lodge

Really nice place!!!
We went here because the comments for the Nkhothakota Pottery Lodge further south were not satisfying for us! Here you can camp directly at the white and clean beach (4×4) or on a grassy area in the back. 6$ ppn on the grassy area on the beach little bit more. They charged us just 6$ ppn for beach camping with our roof top tent, because it was not busy. We found one nice flat spot. At the beach you have a hut with table,bench, a tap and electricity in the evening. Toilet with flush and shower for campers are simple but clean. No wind when we were there.
You can order food or cook by yourself.
Very nice and relaxed stay! Feels like staying at the ocean :-)
Owners are from South Africa and very friendly and careing.
They have issues with booking.com which always says they are fully booked.
Trip advisor works better. We just drove in without any booking!
Contact see attached photo!
Enjoy :-)

April 24th, 2019 Imperial food court

It is a very modern place. We bought solide bread and tasty cookie sticks there. Cheap and tasty!!!

April 24th, 2019 Kachere Kastle (Hotel & Camp)

We left because they raised the price. 10.000 MKW/14$ ppn just for camping. It was not negotiable. The owner told us that the new price is since first of january. We showed I Overlander and that people paied in beginning of april 10$. He said it can not be.We had the feeling that they dont want to have budget travellers any more who may cook by themselves and just pay for accomadation. Almost 28 $ for camping for 2 person without breakfast is way overpriced!!!
Not nice because we arrived when it was almost gwtting dark!

April 23rd, 2019 Mayoka Village

We had a great time here! We camped in our roof top tent in the parking lot for 5$ ppn. Very quit every time. There is a watchman 24 h so you can leave your tent for your whole stay! (very nice people that don't bother you). If you have a ground tent you can stay on flat areas with lake view!
The common area and the bar is very nice for relaxing! Drinks are very tasty, good size and have reasonable prices for that location (self made limoande/ice tea/iced coffe...) food is more expensive but you also have the option to cook by yourself. At the entrance there is a sign: don't bring your own food! but it was ok to have own breakfast at the lakeshore away from the restaurant.
Big plus: Every evening special food offers (pizza,kebab buffet....) , Kajaks and Stand up paddle and snorkel gear for free. And Tuesday boat trip for free incl. beer on the boat!
Swimming is fantastic in that area!
Totally recommended!!!

April 23rd, 2019 Aqua Africa

Very professional dive center. 2 dives would be 80$, one day + one night dive 100$, we got 5$ discount because we had own equipment. They pick you up by boat from Mayoka Village or Butterfly Space. Accomadation is cheaper for divers: standard en-suit 25$ (normally 40$), w no idea how the rooms look like because we camped at Mayoka Village.
The night dive is amazing! PLENTY of dolphin fishes which you just can see in nightdive. If you like diving a must do!!!

April 22nd, 2019 Joy's Place

We just stopped for late lunch. Nothing special. We had chicken Burger and fried veggie noodels with soy sauce. Burger was tasty but just tiny portion of chips. The noodels were ok but not worth to stop. Main dish around 4000-5000 MWK

April 20th, 2019 Airtel shop

sim card is 300, and they have different offer to top up

April 20th, 2019 ATM without fees

we have visa and could get money without any extra fees

April 20th, 2019 Floja Foundation Campsite

Very nice and clean place to stay! Good for rooftop ten with lots of shade. Hammoks and seats around for relaxing. Lots of space to cook on big tables. They offer laundry with washing mashine but the girls doing this were not there. Handwash by ourselves was no problem for them!

April 20th, 2019 Council fees

We just ignored all the people waving hands and drove through! There was enough space for our Landrover Defender getting through the self made gate. One person came and said we have to pay council fee...we just ignored and went to immigration and custom (coming from Tanzania, going to Malawi)
We meet two motorbikers that did the same from other side!
Once you reach the official border it seems that they can not do anything!!!

April 19th, 2019 River Valley Campsite

Really nice and calm campsite! The two brothers Moses and Matthew are so nice and try to make their business with their first own campsite. 20.000 for two people. Nice chat with Matthew (the older brother). Recommended to come to suport these people!!!!

April 19th, 2019 Railway Crossing Checkpoint

police check! you have to STOP at Railway Crossing and not just slow down!!!

April 17th, 2019 new rungemba restaurant (local)

good, quick food for cheap prices.
directly on the highway if you on the way to or from malawi. cheap and cold beer aswell.

April 10th, 2019 Snack Corner - cheap

its not a restaurant but a food Stall where you can have Chips ans beef sticks for local prices. the food elsewhere is more expensive. good for a lunch snack