Transport: 4WD safari vehicles; minibus; light aircraft
Availability: Nov 20 – Oct 21
Your journey begins…
This journey takes you from the land and water paradise of Lower Zambezi, to the wildlife hotspot of South Luangwa with the grand finale spent by the shimmering beauty of Lake Malawi. Experience diverse landscapes and abundant wildlife and tick off two impressive countries from your bucket list.
- Game drives in Lower Zambezi
- Sailing on Lake Malawi
- Small and exclusive lodges
- Boating on the Zambezi
Day 1 – 4
LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Upon arrival at Lusaka, guests will be met by a representative and transferred by light aircraft to the Lower Zambezi National Park.
Guest accommodation for the next 4 nights will be spent at Anabezi Camp. Built on the foundations of the renowned site of Ana Tree Lodge, Anabezi Camp is made up of 12 spacious, secluded tents, raised on timber platforms giving a magnificent view of the park. Where the Zambezi River and Mushika Flood Plain meet, is also the meeting spot for hundreds of animal species. Come morning or night, guests will be greeted with an array of game from the comfort of their tent.
A real highlight of staying within the Lower Zambezi is the combination of both land and water-based activities on offer. With over 500 bird species, including the majestic ground hornbill, African skimmers, and roufous-bellied herons, the guides will show guests what to look for while regaling them with fascinating facts and information. 4WD vehicles make it easy for guests to follow the animals as they spend their days roaming around the Lower Zambezi National Park plains, and relaxing in the sun.
The Zambezi River is the fourth largest river in Africa, and how better to explore it than by canoe. Each canoeing trip is led by an experienced guide, who not only has a vast knowledge of the animals, plants, fish and birds that reside alongside, and in the river, but also the water conditions too. From crocodiles, to hippo pods, rare birds and fresh water fish, this experience is truly once-in-a-lifetime. And once guests have experienced the best of game drives and water activities, a walking safari is a great way to get acquainted with all the wonders around them.
Overnight at Anabezi Camp – Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner
Day 5 – 8
SOUTH LUANGWA NATIONAL PARK
After breakfast guests depart via scheduled flight to South Luangwa National Park.
The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa – a claim which is not an overstatement. It is through this 9 050km² national park that the great meandering Luangwa River runs, with its ox bow lagoons, tributaries, riverine supported woodlands and large plains, all of which play host to huge concentrations of game including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo and over 450 species of birds.
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double tiered river bank each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River. Tena Tena when translated means “temporary home” and this is the feeling emulating throughout the camp but with a twist of luxury and comfort.
The 6 tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam. The en-suite bathrooms are spacious and open to the elements, designed to copy nature with curved walls around the trees and simple subtle colours and a view from every facility. Each tent is specifically located to maximize privacy both in the rooms, bathrooms and on the verandas with comfortable sitting areas and excellent views onto the river.
During their stay in South Luangwa guests will enjoy game drives, night drives and walking safaris. Culture is also at the heart of this lodge local village visits and education part of the offering.
Overnight at Tena Tena – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Day 9 – 12
After breakfast guests depart via scheduled flight to Lake Malawi. David Livingstone famously named Lake Malawi “The Lake Of Stars” and for good reason. During the day the light dances across the deep blue water and once the sun has set the stars twinkle brightly both in the sky but also on the lake as the fishermen light up their hurricane lamps for their night on the lake.
Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the southern end of Lake Malawi guests will find Pumulani subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The 10 villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. The name Pumulani means “rest well” in the local Chichewa language, and that’s exactly what is offered – the chance to unwind in a beautiful and tranquil setting.
Guests can relax on the sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool. For those seeking some activity there is water-skiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on hand-built dhows and snorkelling and diving. Underwater activities never fail to amaze as the diversity of fish life is very surprising and experts say that this lake is home to more native fish species than any other in the world.
Guests can also take a guided walk from the lodge up into the hills enjoying the views and beauty as well as the wonderful birdlife. Coming down from the hills to the lake shore a kayak will meet them there for a gentle paddle back. Cycling is also a great experience, cycle down the hill from the lodge through the village and around the point where the kayaks will meet you for your paddle back. Alternatively, simply enjoy the peace and quiet and relax under the shade of a parasol or tree on the beach with a good book!
Pumulani offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Guests can enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery. Each villa has a large bedroom, which opens out onto a private deck where early risers can enjoy the morning’s first rays. The bathrooms also offer splendid views and are well-equipped with a bathtub, double shower and double sink, and the spacious lounge area offers further comfort for those wishing to relax in the room.
Overnight at Pumulani – Breakfast, lunch and dinner.
After breakfast, guests are taken by scheduled road transfer to Lilongwe Airport for their onward arrangements.
Accommodation: As per itinerary
Meals: 12 breakfasts, 11 lunches, 12 dinners
Meet and greet: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (Lusaka)
Drinks: Selected local brand drinks
Transfers: Scheduled road transfers and light aircraft
Activities: Game drives, sailing, boating, walking safaris, cultural tours, night drives
Entrance fees: National park fees
Guide: Registered guide per lodge/boat, other language guides are subject to availability
International and regional scheduled flights and visas
Travel, medical and personal accident insurance
Gratuities and items of personal nature
Excursions not detailed in the itinerary
Private charters/transfers or specialised guides
Premium brand drinks