Best of Zambia and Malawi

Beach and Bush

(Romantic and adventurous, ideal trip for honeymooners)

Tour itinerary: Livingstone, North & South Luangwa and Lake Malawi 

Accommodation: Luxury chalets and ensuite safari tents (2 persons/sharing)

Type of package: fly-inn luxury Beach & Bush experience, all inclusive

Duration: 11 days or 14 days. This is just a guideline. Number of days and destinations can be changed

Inclusive: accommodation – all meals – all transfers by boat, car and plane – all game activities, laundry and park fees

Exclusive: bar, international ticket – visa – extra activities, like scuba diving at Mumbo – all day drive and spa treatments

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Mumbo Island

Highlights:

  • The legendary Victoria Falls (one of the seven world wonders)
  • South Luangwa (the best Safaris in Zambia)
  • North Luangwa (discover untamed Zambia on foot)
  • Lake Malawi (beach with cristal clear water and on a heart-shaped island)

Travel period:

  • Itinerary 1: from mid June to 1st November
  • Itinerary 2: All year round

Itinerary

Day 1-2:

Livingstone-Safari

Victoria Falls, Livingstone

Arrival Livingstone airport, Road transfer from Livingstone airport to Chundukwa lodge. Spend 2 nights at Chundukwa lodge with all meals, park fees, laundry, government taxes and service charge. Two activities are included: on the first day, a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River. Day two will include a Victoria Falls tour with lunch outside the lodge. Exclusive of drinks, other activities which must be booked and paid for directly at the lodge.

Within the western sector of the Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park lies Chundukwa lodge, some 17km up from the Victoria Falls, one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. Being 1700 meters wide, Victoria Falls is the most expansive curtain of water in the world which drops more than 100 meters into the sheer Zambezi Gorge. The Tonga and Makalolo peoples lived here for centuries before the Falls were ‘discovered’ by David Livingstone in 1855, who named them after his Queen. Its local name – after which the national park is named – is Mosi-Oa-Tunya, “the Smoke that Thunders,” which describes accurately the huge spirals of spray that can be seen 30km away.

The lodge overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and some of its islands and comprises 6 spacious (ensuite) chalets . The dining, lounge and bar areas offering a pleasant atmosphere and space for relaxation are complemented by a small pool. The lodge is owner-operated, with a high standard of personalized service.

Day 3, 4 and 5

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Track and Trail River Camp

Road transfer to Livingstone airport – Proflight scheduled flight to Mfuwe airport.

Road transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Mfuwe Lodge. Spend 3 nights at Track and Trail River Camp, with accommodation, all meals, park fees, 2 game activities a day, laundry and airport transfers. Excludes bar!

Track and Trail River camp is a small owner operated lodge, situated at the banks of the Luangwa river facing Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. It has 4 comfortable en-suite thatched family chalets and 5 exclusive tents, each with a private veranda overlooking the Luangwa River which attracts abundant wildlife and birds from the African bush. Each chalet provides 220V power, and is equipped with a fan, tea and coffee making facilities, mosquito nets, en-suite facilities. Day and evening safaris are offered. Those who are more adventurous at heart can take the exciting option of a walking safari to view or track animals on foot with an armed escort scout as protection. Track and Trail River camp is one of the few camps that offer Safaris for keen photographers. The aim is to provide you with the best wildlife pictures possible. The Camp is open all year round, including the emerald or wet season. During this time the landscape in the valley changes into a lush green environment that attracts Wild Dogs as well as many species of migrating African and European birds.

Day 5-6 and 7

Luangwa North Camp (optional, Itinery 2)!

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North Camp

Scenic and adventurous transfer by road from Mfuwe, through wildlife areas Nsefu and Luambe National Park to reach Luangwa North Camp. During this drive you will most likely see abundant wildlife, different landscapes, and traditional villages with curious kids along the bush roads. A mid day brake will be organized at Luambe Wilderness lodge, serving a bush lunch and some cold drinks. After approximately 8 – 9 hours you‘ll have reached Luangwa North Camp overlooking the Luangwa River and its inhabitants. Spend 3 nights at Luangwa North Camp with all meals, park fees, laundry, government levies. Morning-and evening activities. Exclusive of drinks!

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North Camp

Luangwa North Camp is an intimate refuge of comfort and tranquility in one of the wildest places of Southern Africa.

This is an unique lodge situated in the North Luangwa National Park with 6 comfortable ensuite thatched chalets, each with a private decking area that overlooks the Luangwa River, Each stylish chalet feature a fan and ensuite bathroom with shower and toilet. The chalets stand high above the ground level on stilts, and the entire lodge is linked by a system of wooden walkways.

The lodge provides the visitor with a special glimpse of how Africa used to be, untouched, unspoilt and unforgettable.

With no fences surrounding the lodge, wildlife is free to move unhindered, under the walkways. Elephants, hippos, lions and small antelopes such as bushbucks and pukus, are frequently seen in the camp. On a daily base, morning walks and evening drives are organized. The main activity in this park is the legendary walking safari. Walking safaris are always accompanied by a professional guide and an armed escort scout (min age >12 years)

Day 8-9-10

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Mumbo Island

Transfer by light aircraft from Mwaleshi airstrip to Mfuwe airport. Scheduled flight from Mfuwe airport to Monkey Bay in Malawi, boat transfer to Mumbo, your home for the next 3 nights.

The tiny island camp, with capacity for only fourteen guests, features tastefully furnished tents with shaded decks, hammocks, hot bucket showers and ‘eco-loos’. A dining area, with bar, a lovely lounge under the baobab tree and a watersport gazebo complete the camp infrastructure. Mumbo was proclaimed the first fresh-water marine reserve on earth. Lake Malawi contains the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, probably well over five hundred, half of which may be found in the National Park area. This makes snorkeling and diving an absolute must. Other activities are sunset cruises, island walks and kayaking. But of course spending some lazy hours on the private beach or in the hammock of your private veranda belongs to the possibilities as well.

The whole camp is built of timber, thatch and canvas, and is perched on high rocks overlooking the water, blending with the African bush to create a ‘Robinson Crusoe’ atmosphere of rustic charm. The whole island falls within an exclusive concession, guaranteeing privacy in paradise.

Mumbo Island Camp ranks among the finest in Malawi, and is a member of the prestigious Wilderness Safaris Portfolio.

The Island

Mumbo Island is a pristine and deserted tropical island, and the undisputed jewel of Lake Malawi National Park. Mumbo Island has never been populated, and is still in its natural state with a thick covering of miombo woodland, ancient figs and baobab trees.

Day 11

Lilongwe

Road transfer to Lilongwe connecting your international flight.

This package can be done in both directions

Notes

1. Confirmation of itinerary is subject to availability at the camps.

2. Yellow fever vaccination! When flying through South Africa, Take care of your yellow fever vaccinations going back into SA from either Zambia or Malawi.

Rates

KuduItinerary 1

11 nights =  from $ 5335,-

  • 2 nights Chundukwa lodge Livingstone
  • 3 nights Track and Trail River Camp – South Luangwa
  • 3 nights Luangwa North Camp – North Luangwa National Park
  • 3 nights Mumbo Island – Malawi

 

Itinerary 2

8 nights = $ 3592,-

  • 2 nights Chundukwa lodge Livingstone
  • 3 nights Track and Trail River Camp – South Luangwa
  • 3 nights Mumbo Island