Highlights of this Safari
- Excellent, diverse wildlife viewing
- Game drives, walks, boating & birding
- Beachfront villa on private beach
- Water sports, snorkelling & diving
Days 1 – 3: To the Zambezi River
Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park opens this comprehensive safari, delivering you into the heart of big game country where you’ll enjoy the simple comforts of John’s Camp. Built under giant trees and with views over the sprawling Zambezi River floodplains, this 5-tent camp is the perfect place from which to experience a personalised safari with expert guides. You’ll explore by 4X4 as well as on foot and there is also the opportunity to spend a star-studded night away from camp on a raised sleeping platform.
Days 4 – 5: A Private Luangwa Safari
It is mostly a day of travel today but the reward is the view from your king-size bed: the Luangwa River. Set in a private wildlife reserve, Nkwali sits on a picturesque bend of the river & overlooks the South Luangwa National Park. Morning and afternoon game drives are conducted in the park but you also enjoy spot-lit night drives in Nkwali’s reserve, giving you the chance to add rarely-seen nocturnal creatures to your list. Accommodation at Nkwali is provided by open-fronted A-frame chalets complete with bathroom and outdoor shower.
Days 6 – 8: Into the Luangwa Wilderness
After breakfast you can sit back and enjoy a game drive all the way to Nsefu Camp, set in an exclusive part of the park. With just six cosy cottages on offer, Nsefu is a charming and intimate camp with access to some of South Luangwa’s best game viewing. Built on a sweep of the Luangwa River, the camp mixes personalised game drives with guided walks to deliver excellent wildlife sightings ranging from elephants and buffalo to big cats and crocodiles. There is also the chance to visit a local village school and conservation community projects to experience a different side to the Luangwa landscape.
Days 9 – 12: The Warm Heart of Africa
Leaving Zambia behind, you fly to warm-hearted Malawi and the incomparable Lake Malawi. Set among boulders and under leafy trees, Pumulani has 10 chalets whose sliding doors pull back to reveal an outdoor deck with lake views. Complete with private beach and bar as well as a large pool and sundeck, Pumulani is the only lodge set in the Lake Malawi National Park and there are equal opportunities to be as active or as lazy as you like here: the lodge offers water sports, snorkelling and scuba diving as well as picnics, sunset cruises and hammocks strung between two trees.
Day 13: The Journey Ends
There is time for breakfast at Pumulani and perhaps a last stroll on the beach before you sit back on a road transfer to Lilongwe. The journey takes about 3 hours, passing through rural Malawi on your way to the capital. You will be taken to Lilongwe International Airport in time for your connecting flight and the end of the tour.