Original Zambia and Malawi
South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
Experience a new kind of safari and beach vacation with superb wildlife viewing in South Luangwa National Park at Luwi bushcamp followed by a few nights on a pristine little island in Lake Malawi staying at Kaya Mawa.
At a Glance
Fantastic itinerary combining wonderful game-viewing with pristine beach
Suited to couples and adventurous families alike, ideal for children aged 8 and over
Enjoy a sunset dhow cruise on Lake Malawi or explore the island on quad bikes
The fresh water of Lake Malawi make it wonderful for swimming, but also ideal for water-sports such as snorkeling, fishing, sailing and kayaking
Stay in an authentic bushcamp in the heart of walking safari country in the South Luangwa
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We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itinerary is a starting point that we can tweak or transform into something completely bespoke to you. Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation.
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. This is a superb itinerary for those seeking a real taste of Africa.
Having flown overnight to Lusaka you will continue to Mfuwe from where you can access the park. Spend a few nights at Luwi bushcamp, part of the Norman Carr Safaris family, deep in the heart of the national park and a prime spot for walking safaris, for which the park is famous. You’ll be looked after by some of the best guides in the business as you explore the river, lagoons and plains and, at night, you’ll sleep in comfortable and spacious thatched rooms which are open to the front so you can enjoy all of the night time sounds of the bush. Walking from here you may come across wildlife including zebra, giraffe and elephant.
From Mfuwe there is a direct flight to Lilongwe where you will connect onwards to the pristine little island of Likoma. Here enormous and luxurious bedrooms each have a view over the lake and are built into the boulders of the peninsular, their position meaning that the lake's cooling breezes can pass through. Kaya Mawa has its own boat and guests can enjoy sunset cruises across the lake, stopping for a swim if they wish. Other activities offer include snorkeling in the crystal clear waters of the lake, sailing, fishing, waterskiing and scuba diving. For those who wish to stay on dry land, walks to the main town with its fascinating cathedral are offered, and there are quad bikes available for guests to hire. Or just relax in Kaya Mawa's spectacular surroundings and enjoy Malawi's hospitality.
Location & Directions
South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
Luwi Bushcamp is located in the heart of the South Luangwa, on the banks of the Luwi river. It's prime country for walking safaris which the park is famous for.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. From there to Kaya Mawa, situated on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. Relax in the spectacular surroundings and enjoy Malawi's hospitality.
When to go
Both Zambia and Malawi 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 dryer 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.