South Luangwa & Malawi Uncovered
You will be met on arrival by our representative and you will quickly get underway on your journey to Zambias' South Luangwa National Park.
South Luangwa is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, the concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa.
The Luangwa River is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the life-blood of this park. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife, birds and vegetation. The ‘walking safari’ originated in this park and is still one of the finest ways to experience Africa’s pristine wilderness first-hand. The changing seasons add to the Park’s richness, ranging from; dry, bare bushveld in the winter, to a lush, green wonderland in the summer months.
There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species in South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction. With about 400 of Zambia’s 732 species of birds appearing in the Park, including 39 birds of prey and 47 migrant species, there is plenty for the birdwatcher to spot, whatever the season. Some magnificent trees and plants grow in the Luangwa Valley, including many exotic wild flowers which are sure to keep the botanist happy!
11 Days - South Luangwa - Lilongwe - Lake Malawi - Lilongwe
Day 1 – Lilongwe - South Luangwa National Park
Flatdogs Camp is the closest camp to the Mfuwe main gate, which provides access to the South Luangwa National Park and conducts professionally-guided game viewing activities in the National Park, including morning and night drives.
Flatdogs offers comfortable accommodation with stunning views and good food. There are five ensuite safari tents, one tent looks over a lagoon where elephant, giraffe, hippo, puku and bushbuck regularly visit, two look onto the river, and two have secluded bush settings where you can witness animals going about their daily business. All have full sized beds, hanging racks for clothes and an open air bathroom with hot shower, flush toilet and basin.
Days 2 and 3 – South Luangwa National Park
You have two full days to further explore South Luangwa.
Flatdogs Camp (as Day 1)
Day 4 – South Luangwa – Lilongwe
Today, you leave the wilderness behind and make your way back towards Lilongwe, en-route to Lake Malawi.
As the journey to Lake Malawi is a long one, we break it up with a night in Lilongwe where you can get to know Malawi’s capital and largest city.
Kumbali Country Lodge
Your accommodation for the night will be at the tranquil Kumbali Country Lodge. Kumbali Country Lodge is a private lodge, situated on a 650 hectare forest reserve and dairy farm land. Only 10 minutes from the capital city, Lilongwe, along a quiet traffic-free road, the lodge is relaxed, informal and incredibly peaceful.
Day 5 – Lilongwe – Lake Malawi
After breakfast you will leave Lilongwe and head to Malawi’s most famous destination – Lake Malawi. The rest of your trip is all about relaxing and enjoying the marine world!
Your journey this morning will take you to Cape Maclear. Cape Maclear is a small fishing village on the edge of Lake Malawi, and is the perfect spot form which to get your first glimpse of the main attraction.
Danforth is both a Malawi yacht charter company and a luxury lodge, focusing on sailing and water sports. Owner run, offering personal attention… this will definitely be a highlight. Accommodation is more than comfortable, food is delicious, and staff will be happy to make your stay at Danforth unforgettable.
The Lodge has eight en-suite, air-conditioned rooms, tastefully decorated in cool, nautical colours and all opening onto a large patio. All rooms have spectacular views of the lake and look out over Thumbi West Island. The garden has shady lawns, leading to a sparkling, beach side, infinity swimming pool.
Days 6, 7 and 8 – Lake Malawi
Three further days to explore Lake Malawi. You can be as active or as relaxed as you choose! Watersports instructors are on hand to provide tuition on waterskiing, wakeboarding, snorkelling and sailing. Other activities include cruising on the yacht, scuba diving, kayaking, fishing and mountain biking to name but a few.
Day 9 – Lake Malawi
Day 10 – Lake Malawi
After breakfast you head to your next accommodation.
You can either kayak out to the stunning Mumbo Island or take the boat for a 45 min trip – we thoroughly recommend the kayak! Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island floating on the expansive waters of the Lake Malawi National Park. With a maze of massive underwater boulders, innumerable species of colorful cichlid fish and calm, clear water, the National Park offers what many consider the best freshwater snorkeling and SCUBA diving in the world.
Mumbo Island Camp accommodates a maximum of fourteen guests, features tastefully furnished tents with shaded decks, hammocks, hot bucket showers and eco-toilets, complemented by a dining area with a bar and a watersport gazebo. The whole camp is built of timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the water, sitting seamlessly amongst the lush foliage creating an atmosphere of rustic charm. All of the furnishings in the lodge have been sourced locally or are made in the surrounding villages ensuring that the camp retains a traditional ‘Malawi’ feel. The island is located within an exclusive concession area which guarantees its privacy.
Another day to take things easy and relax, or to explore the underwater world of Lake Malawi.
Mumbo Island (as Day 9)
Day 11: Lake Malawi - Lilongwe
After breakfast you will start to make your way back to Lilongwe International airport for your onwards journey.
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Danforth Yachting (as Day 5)