Malawi and South Laungwa Safari

Lilongwe to Lilongwe

       

Malawi and South Laungwa Safari

Safari Quick Facts

Safari Price: £ 1,649 Email: Bookings & Enquiries Email

Safari Starts: Lilongwe

Safari Ends: Lilongwe Number of Days: 13
Countries visited: Malawi, Zambia
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Safari Price Includes:

10 nights full service camping
2 nights fixed tents.
All breakfasts
12 lunches
12 dinners included.

Safari Price Excludes:

All optional excursions
Visas
Meals / Drinks unless otherwise stated in the itinerary.

Malawi Safari

Malawi, often known as the warm heart of Africa, is a beautiful country with rolling hills, spectacular mountain ranges, rivers and vast savannahs. We travel from the capital to picturesque Lake Malawi, which covers a fifth of the country with its clear warm water and undeveloped beaches. In the Viphya Mountains above the lake, Luwawa Forest is a great base for optional activities: abseiling, canoeing, kayaking, hiking a wilderness trail or cultural visits. Kande and Senga Bay are home to some of the lake's most beautiful beaches, and the Zomba Plateau with its tumbling waterfalls, streams, plant and wildlife also offers spectacular views across the plains below. With game viewing in Zambia's South Luangwa N.P., one of the finest African parks for walking safaris, we ensure this trip is diverse and interesting throughout.

Malawi and South Laungwa Safari Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Lilongwe    

Start Lilongwe. Originally a small village on the banks of the Lilongwe river, Lilongwe is now a lively and busy city with a population of almost 900,000. Following the arrival of the group flight this morning, we have time to visit the old town with its lively and colourful City Market with its friendly marketers selling everything from car parts to dried locusts! This evening we relax at our camp.


Day 2: Luwawa Forest    

To Luwawa Forest; optional activities including biking, canoeing, abseiling or local village visit.


Day 3: Viphya mountains    

Today we travel into the Viphya mountains and Luwawa forest. For two nights we base ourselves in the mountains. We can either relax or there is a wealth of optional activities on offer: abseiling, rock climbing, mountain biking or wilderness trekking. The optional wilderness trek takes us on an overnight journey past waterfalls, through the mountainous landscape and down towards Lake Malawi - on this excursion we will spend the night camping in the wilderness. Please see our optional excursion section for further information on available activities here.


Day 4: Rift Valley    

This morning we stop to shop in Mzuzu, a short scenic drive from Luwawa, before heading slowly down the edge of the Rift Valley towards the lake. Our drive takes us through endless small villages and large rubber plantations. We arrive at Kande Beach, on the shores of Lake Malawi, early afternoon.


Day 5: Rift Valley    

We spend the whole day by the lake today. There is time to visit the nearby traditional Tonga village, relax on the shores and take advantage of the many water sports on offer.


Day 6: Senga Bay    

We pass a plethora of fishing villages as we travel to Senga Bay. Following a stop in the small town of Salima and a large colourful craft market, we arrive at Senga Bay. Here, the beautiful shoreline is littered with huge rocks and boulders and is the perfect place to watch the African sunset.


Day 7: Zomba Plateau    

A morning's drive south brings us to the vibrant town of Zomba, with its excellent vegetable market. After purchasing some of the local cuisine for dinner, we climb up the edge of the Zomba Plateau. Rising 1800m, the plateau is filled with vast tracts of cedar forest, waterfalls, lakes and streams. There is time in the afternoon to explore on foot. Views from the top are simply stunning, over the plains and, on a clear day, in to Mozambique. This evening sundowners at Kuchawe Inn are a must.


Day 8: Dezda    

Following an optional early morning walk, we descend to the town and head north towards Dezda, the highest town in Malawi. Our route takes us through some spectacular scenery, running parallel to the Mozambique border and with great views down towards the lake. Dezda is also well known for its pottery. We spend the afternoon at the pottery where there is time for an optional tour of the workshop and we also recommend a visit to the café here (we think it has the best cheesecake in Africa!)


Day 9: Zambia    

We return to the capital, Lilongwe before heading towards the Zambian border. Once past the border, there is a short drive to Chipara where we camp for the night.


Day 10: South Luangwa National Park    

The journey to South Luangwa National Park should be fairly quick, depending on when the road was last graded. On arrival at our camp we settle in to our permanent tented camp. Situated in Zambia's eastern province, the national park is nine thousand square kilometers of pristine wilderness. We take an evening game drive in search of elephant, bushbuck, kudu, giraffe, lion and the elusive leopard.


Day 11: South Luangwa National Park    

There are over 60 different animal species and over 400 bird species in the park. Today we take morning and afternoon game drives or walks. South Luangwa is well known for its walking safaris, allowing you to get closer to animal tracks and the unique flora of the area. Viewing wildlife on foot is also a unique and exhilarating experience. The middle of the day will be free to relax, visit a local village or tour a local tribal textile workshop.


Day 12: Lilongwe    

This morning there is final optional game drive or walk before heading back across the border to Lilongwe.


Day 13: Lilongwe    

End Lilongwe.



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