Best of Zambia and Malawi Safari
Days 1, 2 and 3 - Lower Zambezi National Park
You’ll be met at Lusaka Airport and assisted with your onward flight to the Lower Zambezi National Park on the mighty Zambezi River. This incredible national park has the Zambezi Escarpment on one side and the Zambezi River on the other side, forming a natural barrier for wildlife. The floodplain is covered by tall ana-trees that create the most amazing photo opportunities as the light is broken by the canopy and filters down to the animals below.
The Lower Zambezi National Park is home to large elephant bulls, herds of buffalo, lions, leopards, wild dogs, zebra and so much more. Down on the river, you get huge pods of hippos and massive crocodiles basking in the sun.
Activity-wise, there is a lot to do for guests who can enjoy morning, afternoon, and evening game drives, walking safaris, canoeing safaris, and boating safaris on the Zambezi River.
Days 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 - South Luangwa National Park
From the Lower Zambezi, you continue your Zambian Safari with a flight to the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia’s most famous reserve and probably one of the best places in Africa to see the elusive leopard. The South Luangwa offers some of the best game viewing in Zambia due to the mixed habitat of the park.
From Mfuwe Airport it is a 45-minute drive to the park entrance and then from there a slow game drive inside the park to the camp of your choice.
The South Luangwa is also renowned as the home of the walking safari. Experienced guides and game scouts take guests on short bush walks, longer walking safaris, and even multi-day walking safaris between camps.
The South Luangwa is home to leopard, lion, wild dog, elephant, buffalo, giraffe and so much more. Spend your days enjoying morning, afternoon, and night game drives with experienced guides. It is highly recommended to enjoy at least one walking safari while you are here. The walks are tailored to the guests in the group and are more focused on the smaller aspects of the bush – typically the things you miss when you are in a game drive vehicle. Often guides will focus on tracking animals, teaching guests more about the medicinal uses of the plants and trees, and showing guests the insects and spiders that aren’t seen from the back of a vehicle. Walking safaris are our favorite safari experience when in Africa.
You have 5 nights between 2 camps in the south of the park, away from the crowds. For the more adventurous, you can do a walking safari between the camps instead of driving.
Days 9, 10, 11 and 12 - Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi
After the excitement of your Zambian safari, you deserve a few days to relax on pristine beaches with crystal-clear waters. From Mfuwe you fly to Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island (via Lilongwe) on Lake Malawi. The perfect place to relax after your safari. Spend your days relaxing at the lodge’s beach, swimming in the crystal-clear waters, kayaking around the island and bays, and snorkeling in search of the famous cyclids. Cyclids are colorful freshwater fish that live in Lake Malawi (and other African great lakes) and are famous for building nests in the sand or even swallowing their young as a form of protection against predators.
After your 4 nights of relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi, you head back to Lilongwe and get a flight back home.