Honeymoon to Zambia and Malawi
South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
- 12 nights
Experience a new kind of safari and beach honeymoon, with superb wildlife viewing in South Luangwa National Park at the romantic luxury bushcamps Kakuli and Mchenja followed by some wonderful relaxation at Kaya Mawa on a pristine island in Lake Malawi.
At a Glance
Fantastic honeymoon itinerary combining safari and relaxing on the shores of Lake Malawi
Local Zambian guides will introduce you to the outstanding wildlife that the South Luangwa has to offer
Take a dive around Masimbwa Island from Kaya Mawa
Exploring Likoma Island on foot, mountain bike or quad bike - or circumnavigate in the lodge's dhow
Enjoy a private dinner on the jetty- a truly romantic evening
Track wildlife on foot in the park where the walking safari was born
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If you're looking for something a little out of the ordinary for your honeymoon, look no further! Track wildlife on foot in the South Luangwa, home of the walking safari, stay in two romantic, rustic bushcamps, surrounded by the sights and sounds of the bush, and unwind on an unspoiled island retreat in Lake Malawi. This is safari and beach, but with a unique twist.
South Luangwa National Park sits at the heart of the Zambian wilderness with some of the best game viewing you’ll find anywhere in Africa. As well as traditional 4WD safaris, the area is renowned for the quality of its walking safaris as well as for the majestic Luangwa River, which flows along its length.
You'll begin your honeymoon at Kakuli bushcamp, in the heart of the park and overlooking the Luwi river valley. Spend your time with your expert guide, exploring the park on foot or by game drives and learning about the wildlife - perhaps watch a family of elephant as they come to drink, or experience the excitement of watching a pride of lion as they shake off the day's lethargy and head out to hunt. At night, after a delicious three-course dinner, sit round the campfire and listen to tales of the bush before retiring to your comfortable room overlooking the lagoon.
From Kakuli head further into the Luangwa, and your next home will be a luxurious bush camp set on a sweeping bend of the Luangwa River, nestled in a grove of towering ebony trees. Mchenja Camp, with just five luxury tents, is the perfect base for exploring this exciting and game-rich park on foot, accompanied by your expert guide and his experienced scout. Set out early in the morning as the game is awake and active, and tread in the footprints of elephant, track lion as they head for their morning drink, before returning to Mchejna for a delicious brunch and an afternoon relaxing in the ebony shade. In the evening choose to walk to your sundowners, and then finish the day with a leisurely night drive back to camp.
From Mfuwe there is a direct flight to Lilongwe where you connect onward to Likoma Island, towards the eastern shore of Lake Malawi. Here lies Kaya Mawa, on a rocky promontory, surrounded by sandy beaches and clear waters. Lake Malawi offers a unique way to enjoy the beach with no tides and fresh water. Amongst a myriad of watersports, guests can also experience lake diving, a novel alternative to the sea. However, Kaya Mawa offers much more than ’just’ a beach with easy access to the local town where guests can explore the local markets and the extraordinary cathedral. There are also quad and mountain bikes, sailing dinghys and great opportunities for snorkeling.
A superb itinerary for those seeking a real taste of Africa on their honeymoon.
Location & Directions
South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
Kapani Lodge is situated on an ox-bow lagoon in the Mfuwe area, just 5-minutes outside the South Luangwa National Park in Eastern Provence, Zambia. Staying within the Luangwa National Park, Mchenja Bush camp is set within an ebony grove, on a bend of the Luangwa River. Then on to Kaya Mawa, on the remote Likoma Island, Lake Malawi. Lake Malawi is situated on the eastern boarder of Malawi, in which Likoma Island is nearest to the eastern shores of Lake Malawi, across from the Kahingina Forest Reserve.
When to go
Zambia and Malawi both have a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons: from November to March is the Emerald, or the rainy season, April to July is winter, when the weather is cool and dry, and August to October is summer, when the weather is hot and dry. In terms of game-viewing, the drier months, meaning a higher concentration of game at the permanent water sources, are a superb time to visit. Alternatively come for some superb bird-watching at the end of the rains.