Epic Zambia and Malawi

South Luangwa & Lake Malawi
12 nights private tour from $10,200 per person

Get ready to dive into the wilderness of the South Luangwa in Zambia, for some phenomenal wildlife encounters and expert guiding. After your safari exploration, we’ll fly you over to Lake Malawi on a light aircraft for an off-grid beach escape. We’ve handpicked some of the most stylish lodges so you can enjoy these wild places with touches of luxury along the way and most importantly, extraordinary experiences that will make you the envy of your friends.

Epic Zambia and Malawi
At a glance
  • Offering some of the best walking safaris in Africa, the South Luangwa National Park is home to stylish bush camps right in the heart of the action.

  • Stay in a stylish lodge with views of a floodplain, which attracts a plethora of wildlife. Game viewing will be effortless as you watch elephants from the serenity of the infinity pool.

  • Feel the palpable tranquillity of Lake Malawi as you meander around the coastline on a sunset or sunrise cruise on a traditional wooden dhow boat.

  • There is something for everyone in Lake Malawi – whether it’s a chilled-out beach escape you desire, or adrenaline filled activities, we’ve got you covered.

Journey highlights
  • Offering some of the best walking safaris in Africa, the South Luangwa National Park is home to stylish bush camps right in the heart of the action.

  • Stay in a stylish lodge with views of a floodplain, which attracts a plethora of wildlife. Game viewing will be effortless as you watch elephants from the serenity of the infinity pool.

  • Feel the palpable tranquillity of Lake Malawi as you meander around the coastline on a sunset or sunrise cruise on a traditional wooden dhow boat.

  • There is something for everyone in Lake Malawi – whether it’s a chilled-out beach escape you desire, or adrenaline filled activities, we’ve got you covered.

Our tailor made journeys include:
  • Your dedicated Travel Consultant who will take care of arrangements
  • Private international airport transfers in destination
  • Your own private, English-speaking local guides
  • Unique experiences, hand-picked by our Journeys team
  • Entrance to must-see local sites
  • Dedicated 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • Complimentary access to My Scott Dunn – industry-leading travel app providing pre-departure information and in-journey support

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Zambia and Malawi have a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons. This itinerary is designed to fall within one of Zambia's most beautiful seasons - the lush, green and warm time at the end of the rains, before the bush starts to dry up. The weather will be warm and balmy with clear skies and sunshine, and cooler evenings and mornings. A perfect time for lovely game viewing and relaxing on the beach in the heat of the day.


Price Guide: (per person based on double occupancy and excludes international flights)

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  • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
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May $11,000 $2,700 plan your trip
June $11,000 $2,700 plan your trip
July $11,700 $2,900 plan your trip
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September $11,700 $2,900 plan your trip
October $11,700 $2,900 plan your trip
November $10,200 $2,500 plan your trip
April $11,000 $2,700 plan your trip
  • May
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,000
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    $2,700
  • June
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,000
    Deposit from*
    $2,700
  • July
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,900
  • August
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,900
  • September
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,900
  • October
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,700
    Deposit from*
    $2,900
  • November
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $10,200
    Deposit from*
    $2,500
  • April
    Price from *
    • Pricing is a guideline only, is based on two people sharing and excludes special offers.
    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public holidays) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveller pricing is available upon request.
    $11,000
    Deposit from*
    $2,700
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Itinerary

Fly to Lusaka
Day 1-5

South Luangwa National Park

Your adventure starts with an overnight flight to Lusaka, the capital of Zambia, before catching a light aircraft to the South Luangwa. This enchanting wilderness with the great meandering Luangwa River running through is a haven for wildlife. You’ll arrive at Kafunta River Lodge which has a spectacular location at the edge of the floodplain and when you’re not out in the park, you can while away the hours in the infinity pool with an ice-cold beer in hand, or in the natural hot tub, watching elephants ambling by. The lodge also has a photographic hide in front of the floodplain, so you can discreetly capture those enviable wildlife shots without any distractions. Be sure to book yourself into the Fig Tree spa and enjoy a massage whilst you listen to the sounds of the wild. During your 4 nights here, you will totally fall in love with this untouched wilderness as you enjoy a number of immersive activities. Let your excitement wander as you venture out on an open game vehicle, whilst your guide points out of the tracks of lions and wild dog. Feel the thrill of being in a leopard’s presence as she gazes out at you from a high branch of an acacia tree. Enjoy a gin and tonic at a scenic sundowner spot and as darkness unfolds, listen to the sounds of the bush as you spot the nocturnal species.

Accommodation: Kafunta River Lodge ( 4 nights )
Day 5-8

South Luangwa National Park

Next you will make your way to another remote corner of this pristine wilderness for a 3-night stay at Island bush camp. This is a true authentic bush camp experience with only five bush chalets set high on wooden platforms that look out over the river, a perfect location to observe the hippos and to listen out for the sounds of the bush.  
To really get your heart racing, head out on a walking safari, the main activity on offer at Island Bush Camp, and feel every one of your senses awaken as you track animals on foot, led by an expert guide. Being on foot in the bush in the vicinity of Africa’s most impressive wild animals is a truly exhilarating experience. 

Accommodation: Island Bush Camp ( 3 nights )
Day 8-13

Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi awaits you. After your exploration in the South Luangwa you’ll hop on a light aircraft flight into Malawi before being transferred to Lake Malawi. Your beach retreat is Pumalani Lodge, nestled in the lush hills amongst forest and rocky outcrops. Settle into your villa and unwind with a revitalising drink on your private deck, overlooking the glistening crystal-clear water. After an afternoon of unwinding in the infinity pool and enjoying beach walks, perhaps visiting the local village and learning about their local traditions, you can head out on a sunset cruise. Drift around the coastline on a traditional wooden dhow boat and enjoy the serenity of the lake with a glass of wine in hand and delicious snacks. Ask your captain to take some photos of this special occasion in the golden hour sun. 
Your time at Pumulani can be as relaxed or as energetic as you wish. Meander around the coastline on kayak and see what catches your eye in the crystalline water. If you are a water fanatic, ask us about booking you a boat out to secluded spots where you can plunge into the water and snorkel or dive amongst tropical fish. For adrenaline junkies you can even water ski and go fun tubing. Or you can simply sink into tranquillity on the beach with your favourite book, making the occasional trip to the beach bar for a cocktail, which is just a few metres away.

Accommodation: Pumulani ( 5 nights )
Fly home
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 holiday.

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When to visit

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Zambia and Malawi have a moderate to sub-tropical climate with three distinct seasons. This itinerary is designed to fall within one of Zambia's most beautiful seasons - the lush, green and warm time at the end of the rains, before the bush starts to dry up. The weather will be warm and balmy with clear skies and sunshine, and cooler evenings and mornings. A perfect time for lovely game viewing and relaxing on the beach in the heat of the day.

Epic Zambia and Malawi
Epic Zambia and Malawi

We design each itinerary around you, so this suggested itineraryis 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 holiday.

Plan your trip

Why Scott Dunn?

At Scott Dunn, we live and breathe travel. An insatiable appetite to discover the world runs through everything we do. We relish the planning and revel in the detail. We know it’s the smallest touches that make the biggest difference, and we stop at nothing to make every trip not only exceptional but totally unique.

  • Every itinerary is crafted from scratch, based around exactly what’s important to you
  • Packed full of unique experiences, hand-picked by our journeys team
  • Expert local guides enrich your experience in every destination
  • Your own dedicated Travel Specialist who will take care of every detail of your trip
  • We have a 24/7 team providing in-country support and guidance
  • We offer flexibility and financial protection to give you total peace of mind

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