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13 Day Falls, Bush & Beach

Zambia (Victoria Falls, South Luangwa National Park & Lake Malawi)

Overview

This tour focuses on the best that you can see in Zambia, but also includes a relaxing stay on beautiful Lake Malawi. Upon arriving in Livingstone International Airport, you will be transferred to your lodge to acclimatise after your flight. The next two days are all about exploring Victoria Falls, from your base on Sindabezi Island. After an internal flight to South Luangwa National Park, you will spend the next six nights staying in a variety of lodges and bush camps and seeing Zambia’s abundant wildlife through a mixture of walking safaris (for which Zambia is famous) and game drives. After a flight to Malawi, you will have a few days to relax, swim and snorkel in the beautiful blue waters of Lake Malawi, staying on Likoma Island before flying to Lilongwe and connecting with your onward flight

Safaris

1 night Tongabezi Lodge
3 nights Tongabezi/Sindabezi in Livingstone
6 nights Norman Carr Safaris Camps in the South Luangwa
3 nights at Kaya Mawa on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi
Camps will be allocated according to availability
13 Day/12 night safari

Day 1 – Tongabezi Lodge
Arrive Livingstone International Airport where you are met by your driver for the transfer to Tongabezi. Depending on the time of your arrival you will be given lunch or afternoon tea and then you may have a chance to head out on an afternoon activity before returning for dinner.

Days 2 & 3 – Sindabezi Island
You will be transferred to nearby Sindabezi Island today. Depending on your mood, you can spend today at the Victoria Falls, go for a morning boat cruise on the Zambezi or ask the team to assist you in organising white water rafting or a swim in the Devil’s Pools (both seasonal activities). With so many activities on offer, you could go canoeing, visit the nearby local village, fish, have lunch on a private island or participate in a game drive in the Mosi-Oa-Tunya NP.

Day 4 & 5 – Kapani Lodge
You will catch a flight from Livingstone to Mfuwe for the South Luangwa National Park and your safari with Norman Carr Safaris and be transferred to Kapani Lodge. You will have a late brunch and a bit of down time before the evening safari during which you will have the opportunity to view some of the nocturnal inhabitants of the bush.

Days 6 & 7 – Luwi / Nsolo Bush Camp
You will move from Kapani to the first of your remote bush camp accommodations from where you will experience your first proper walking safari. Game viewing activities from Luwi and Nsolo bush camps are mostly on foot although game drives and night drives are always an option.
A typical day in the bush will see you enjoy a sumptuous continental breakfast after your wake up call and then head out on your game activity, stopping en route for a morning tea/coffee break. Return back to camp late morning after enjoying the sights and sounds of the South Luangwa, to enjoy brunch in camp. A couple of hour’s siesta will await you before enjoying tea and cake before heading out on your afternoon walk/drive. As is an African tradition, you will stop during your afternoon activity for sundowner drinks before continuing your evening drive to spot some of the nocturnal creatures of the bush. Returning to camp you can enjoy a drink, or shower before dinner. Dinner is then served, allowing you an opportunity to enjoy a nightcap before your well -earned sleep.

Days 8 & 9 – Kakuli/Mchenja Bush Camp
You will transfer to your next bush camp this morning, either walking or driving (or a combination of both). You will arrive in time for brunch. You’ll have two full days here exploring the South Luangwa and all it has to offer. Kakuli and Mchenja offer both walking and driving safaris.

Days 10, 11 & 12  -Kaya Mawa, Likoma Island, Lake Malawi
The drive from your bush camp to Mfuwe Airport takes you along the Luangwa River for the last time. Your flight will take you via Lilongwe and onto Likoma Island in the midst of the crystal clear waters of Lake Malawi. Kaya Mawa (meaning “maybe tomorrow”) is situated at the southern tip surrounded by mango trees and ancient baobabs. You have two full days to enjoy the splendour of this luxurious and peaceful beach resort. There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed both on and under the water. Lake Malawi is Africa’s 3rd largest lake and is home to a wide variety of aquatic life – the clear waters around Likoma island are excellent for diving and snorkelling. The Island itself has plenty of treats in store and you are free to explore on foot, by bicycle or on quad bikes.

Day 13 – Departure
The flight from Likoma Island will take you to Lilongwe from where you will connect to your onward flight.

Location

Zambia is a landlocked country in Southern Africa, neighbouring the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the north, Tanzania to the north-east, Malawi to the east, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia to the south, and Angola to the west.

Experiences

The South Luangwa National Park is said to be the birthplace of walking safaris and you'll still find some of the continent's best on-foot experiences here. Victoria Falls – one of the most spectacular waterfalls in the world - is a huge draw for visitors and it’s a truly amazing sight, forming the border between Zambia and Zimbabwe. It was described by the Kololo tribe living in the area in the 1800s as ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ – ‘The Smoke that Thunders’. The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river system, after the Nile, Zaire and Niger Rivers and it runs through six countries on its journey from central Africa to the Indian Ocean. The river’s majesty has attracted tourists from all over the world and provides opportunities for a huge variety of water sports and game viewing. The Zambezi is home to hippo, crocodile and elephant, as well as amazing birdlife. Considered one of the best stretches of commercially run river in the world, Batoka Gorge is heaven for white-water rafting. Its 23 white-water rapids are run in large rubber rafts launched from just below the Falls and you can do a half-day trip, full day or two day. It’s also a terrific place for kayaking, river boarding and jet boating. Zambia is a safari enthusiast’s dream with over 30% of the country’s land allocated to National Parks. Kafue National Park’s Busanga Plains are famous for lion prides while plains game such as puku, red lechwe, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, oribi and buffalo can be seen. Cheetah and wild dog are also present and there is a resident herd of rare roan antelope. Birdlife in Zambia is prolific, with over 750 bird species found in the country. 

Accommodations

Luxurious riverside lodges, 5* hotels and stylish tented safari camps

Useful Info

Capital: Lusaka

Money: Zambia’s currency is the Zambian Kwacha (ZMW).

Time: Zambia is two hours ahead of GMT and five hours ahead of EST.

Health: Zambia is a tropical country and vaccinations for typhoid, polio, hepatitis, tetanus and possibly meningitis C are recommended. Malaria is common and you should take anti-malarial tablets.

Water: Tap water in Zambia is generally not drinkable, at least unless boiled. Bottled water is widely available in cities, but not necessarily in rural areas.

Weather: Zambia has a tropical climate, with a wet and dry season. 

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