Discover the abundant wildlife of South Luangwa National Park and relax by the shores of placid, unspoilt Lake Malawi
Day 1 & 2: Nkwali Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Upon arrival at Mfuwe International Airport, you, our guests, will be met by one of our representatives and transferred to Nkwali Camp, a 1-hour drive through local villages and bush, for 2 nights’ accommodation on an all-inclusive basis. Depending on your arrival time, you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali (complete with resident wild hippo!) or afternoon tea, with the evening spent on a game-drive.
At dawn on the second day, breakfast is served around the campfire, with a morning game-drive soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by road via the main gate. After returning, the rest of the day can be spent at leisure, sitting by the pool, viewing game from the riverfront or just relaxing. After tea, you will go on an evening game drive, coming back in the dark, so as to be able to see nocturnal species.
Info: Nkwali Camp & South Luangwa National Park
Nkwali Camp’s six rooms overlook the Luangwa River and Game Reserve and the camp is ideally situated to start off your safari experience, as the extremely knowledgeable and personable guides will educate about life and wildlife in the bush. The camp’s open communal areas and river-decking create a real sense of immersion in the African wilderness, made even more real with the wildlife (generally hippos) roaming around the camp at night.
The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000km², through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The oxbow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 400 species of birds.
Day 3-8: Tena Tena or Nsefu Camp, South Luangwa National Park, Zambia (choice of camp dependent on season)
After an early breakfast, a transfer game-drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River, where the Nsefu or Tena Tena staff will meet you and transfer you to your accommodation, viewing game en-route.
Over the next few days, twice-daily game-drives or walks will be on offer, or you may decide to explore the Nsefu Sector of the National Park, possibly with an all-day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover a wide selection of diverse habitats and will hopefully provide excellent game-viewing. The option of visiting a Kawaza village, meeting the locals and experiencing Zambian daily life, is also a possibility.
Info: Nsefu Camp & Tena Tena
Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Set on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, its six round rondavals, complete with luxurious en-suite facilities, each boast clear views of the river from their new wooden verandahs.
Tena Tena is a remote and small camp that enjoys a stunning location by the Luangwa River. A grove of mahogany trees shade the large custom-made tents. From the thatched dining room and bar, guests can watch the elephants, hippo and antelope on the riverbank. Tena has 5 tents, each with a dressing room, open air bathroom and private verandah that overlooks a water hole. Most meals are taken under the shade of a huge Mahogany tree in the centre of the camp. On arrival at your camp, you will be shown to your accommodation and then lunch will be served, followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game-drive.
Day 8-13: Pumulani, Monkey Bay, Lake Malawi, Malawi
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lilongwe. The flight time to Lilongwe is approximately 50 minutes. On arrival at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Airport, you will be met by our staff, who will assist with immigration procedures and the payment of airport taxes. Our representative will then assist with check in for your next flight to Monkey Bay, the closest airstrip to Pumulani, where you will spend 5 nights on a full-board basis. After your stay in Pumulani, you will be transferred back to the airport for your flight home.
Over the next few days, you can live life at leisure. Our remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. For those seeking activity, we offer many water-based activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water-skiing, and wake-boarding. In the evenings, a dhow cruise is available, which stops to allow you to see the sun set over the lake. There is also a picnic outing on offer, which takes you to various islands and into the National Park.
Info: Pumulani & Lake Malawi
Pumulani’s 10 villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style. All villas have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and extensive sitting area. The front sliding doors open onto an elevated deck, with excellent views of the lake. The central dinning and bar area, as well as the infinity swimming pool, all look onto the lake. The lake shore bar offers light snacks as well as refreshments. Meals will be served in the dining area, on the beach or by arrangement on your private deck. The stunning setting of the lodge and the unique comfort of the rooms means that many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity, but there are enough activities available to keep you busy.
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those interested in seeing real Malawian village life, we also offer guided walks through one of the local villages.