Highlights of Zambia and Madagascar

Luangwa Valley, Zambia & Nosy Be, Madagascar
14 nights private tour from $13,300 per person

Journey to Zambia’s wildlife gem, the South Luangwa, for an in-depth safari covering the remote and wildlife-rich south of the park. You’ll be based at authentic bush camps with some added luxuries and expert guiding to really enhance your experience. After your safari adventure you’ll fly to an exotic island off Madagascar, for a truly off-grid beach escape. Spend your days sinking into serenity on the talcum-soft sand and exploring this breath-taking island and the surrounds.

Highlights of Zambia and Madagascar
At a glance
  • With three different locations combine in the South Luangwa, you’ll have an in-depth exploration of this diverse national park, which is brimming with wildlife.

  • Feel the thrill of a walking safari through the wild, whilst being led by an expert guide.

  • Observe pods of hippos in the lagoon as you laze in your hammock on your private deck at Chindeni Bush Camp.

  • Have the opportunity to spot a leopard gazing out at you from the shade of an acacia tree or follow a pack of the elusive African wild dog.

Journey highlights
  • With three different locations combine in the South Luangwa, you’ll have an in-depth exploration of this diverse national park, which is brimming with wildlife.

  • Feel the thrill of a walking safari through the wild, whilst being led by an expert guide.

  • Observe pods of hippos in the lagoon as you laze in your hammock on your private deck at Chindeni Bush Camp.

  • Have the opportunity to spot a leopard gazing out at you from the shade of an acacia tree or follow a pack of the elusive African wild dog.

  • Highlights itinerary:Our Highlights Journeys are designed to include bucket list destinations and activities paired with unparalleled insider access, exclusivity and industry-defining luxury accommodation
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

When to visit

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Zambia has 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 Zambia's 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.

In regards to Madagascar, any time of year is fine for a visit except from December to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux.


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

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  • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
  • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
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June $14,600 $3,600 plan your trip
July $15,800 $4,000 plan your trip
August $15,800 $4,000 plan your trip
September $15,800 $4,000 plan your trip
October $14,600 $3,600 plan your trip
November $13,300 $3,300 plan your trip
March $13,300 $3,300 plan your trip
April $14,600 $3,600 plan your trip
May $14,600 $3,600 plan your trip
  • June
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,600
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    $3,600
  • July
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    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,800
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    $4,000
  • August
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,800
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    $4,000
  • September
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    • Travel over peak periods (e.g. Christmas, New Year, festivals and other public vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $15,800
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    $4,000
  • October
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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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,600
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    $3,600
  • 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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,300
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    $3,300
  • March
    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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $13,300
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    $3,300
  • April
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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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,600
    Deposit from*
    $3,600
  • 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 vacations) can affect prices considerably, as can exchange rates, flight class and room type.
    • Solo traveler pricing is available upon request.
    $14,600
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    $3,600
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Itinerary

Fly to Lusaka
Day 1-3

South Luangwa National Park

Upon arriving into Lusaka, you will catch your light aircraft flight over the Luangwa Valley and land at Mfuwe Airport, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. You’ll get your first experience of village life in Zambia as you pass through the vibrant town of Mfuwe before entering the park and game driving to Mfuwe Lodge, just a short distance into the park. With a tranquil setting on two permanent lagoons that encircle the lodge, this is an ideal stop to enjoy game viewing before you head south to the bush camp. Let your excitement wander as you venture out into the wild in an open safari vehicle, spotting species such as lion, elephant and leopard. Evenings will be spent on the deck by the campfire, with a glass of wine in hand and gazing up at the night sky.

Accommodation: Mfuwe Lodge ( 2 nights )
Day 3-4

Johannesburg and surrounds

After one last venture into the wild this morning, you’ll drive back through the park to Mfuwe and then catch a flight to Johannesburg via Lusaka. On arrival in South Africa, you’ll be met off the plane by a representative who will whisk you through the airport to your driver, who will take you to The Peech, a quirky and luxurious boutique hotel, ideal for a restful night before flying to Madagascar the following morning.

Accommodation: The Peech ( 1 night )
Day 4-9

Nosy Be Archipelago

After breakfast you’ll be transferred back to the airport in time for your flight to Nosy Be, in northern Madagascar. On arriving at the airport, you’ll be met by your private driver and transferred down the winding, forest-lined roads where you’ll get your first feel of exotic island life, as you pass scatterings of villages. At the port, you’ll take the exhilarating journey on speed boat to the private island of Tsarabanjina. As you arrive at this tiny island fringed by talcum-soft sand, the staff will be ready and waiting to welcome you into their island home with revitalising drinks. Your thatched villa on the beach has all the luxury comforts you need with a Robinson Crusoe feel to it. You’ll hear exotic bird songs by day and by night you’ll fall to sleep the sounds of the waves gently lapping the shore. 
Spend your days indulging in this intimate retreat, surrounded by azure water and lush vegetation and palms trees. Once you feel rested, you can experience the marine life around the island and scuba dive amongst an array of tropical fish or snorkel if you’d prefer. You will also have the opportunity to explore more of Nosy Be and take a boat over to the island of Nosy Komba, where you can get up close to lemurs.  

Accommodation: Constance Tsarabanjina ( 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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  • S
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  • D
Best time to visit
Good time to visit
Average time to visit

Zambia has 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 Zambia's 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.

In regards to Madagascar, any time of year is fine for a visit except from December to March, when heavy rainfall in many areas can make some roads all but impassable, and when there’s a high risk of cyclones in the east and northeast. In general, the best time to travel in most areas is April and October/November. The coolest time to travel anywhere is during the dry season (May to October).

Average maximum temperatures vary from about 30°C in coastal areas (higher in summer) to around 25°C on the hauts plateaux.

Highlights of Zambia and Madagascar
Highlights of Zambia and Madagascar

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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