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Available during Zambia’s June-to-November dry season, this 13-day tour begins by showcasing two of the country’s best game-viewing destinations at their most rewarding. The South Luangwa National Park is the more famous of the two, a broad river valley teeming with Africa’s biggest animals – elephants, hippos, buffalo and giraffe – as well as the full spectrum of predators like lions, wild dogs, hyenas and crocodiles. The Luambe National Park is less well known but no less exciting: home to unusual animals like Crawshay’s zebra and Thornicroft’s giraffe, it is a bird-watching paradise and at no time more so than when thousands of beautiful carmine bee-eaters arrive in the late dry season to nest in the banks of the Luambe River.

You will be exploring these wilderness areas in the safe and experienced hands of some of the best guides in the business, enjoying morning and afternoon game drives as well as spot-lit night drives and thrilling walking safaris on foot in big game country. Your tented and thatched accommodation is en suite and comes complete with beautiful views from private outdoor decks, while meals are served around blazing campfires or under a night sky.

Then it is time for a different experience. A flight whisks you from Luangwa’s dusty savannahs to the turquoise waters of Lake Malawi and Kaya Mawa, your private island retreat. With a reputation for its unique and quirky design as well as its romantic and indulgent ambience, Kaya Mawa is where you can do as much or as little as you like: there are water sports, quad bikes (ATVs) and white sand beaches as well as in-house spa treatments and yoga sessions. Your room has a 180-degree view of the water and the island on which the camp sits ​is ​widely regarded ​as ​having ​the ​best scuba diving ​on ​the ​lake.


  • Tour Duration: 13 Days

  • Start: South Luangwa
  • End: Malawi

Accommodations Visited

South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


3 Nights
South Luangwa National Park, Zambia


1 Night
'This 13-day safari combines the best of bush and beach. Explore the pristine and remote wilderness areas of South Luangwa and Luambe in Zambia on expertly guided game drives or walking safaris, followed by the ultimate island getaway surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi, with numerous activities or just pure relaxation to end off an unforgettable safari!'
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Days 1-3: Fly into the South Luangwa

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Days 1-3: Fly into the South Luangwa | 3 Nights

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The journey begins as you land at Mfuwe Airport on the edge of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park. You are met by a guide and vehicle and can sit back on a pleasant drive to Flatdogs Camp, overlooking the Luangwa River and the park beyond. Named for the river’s crocodiles, Flatdogs is the perfect place to combine adventure and comfort: you head out in open 4X4 vehicles and on foot with armed rangers in search of predators and thick concentrations of animals at water while your tented suite has its own bathroom and supper is served on white linen in a sleek and contemporary setting. Spot-lit night drives add a new dimension to the Luangwa experience – your chance to see rare and unusual animals on the move such as nocturnal porcupines, African wild cats and wide-eyed bush babies.

Days 4-7: Exclusivity in Luambe | 4 Nights

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South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

Sit back on a half-day road transfer to the Luambe National Park and the only accommodation in it: Luambe Camp. Sandwiched between North and South Luangwa Parks, Luambe Park is a little-visited gem. A landscape of river, floodplains and Savannah, it teems with wildlife right down to the enormous pod of hippos that snort and chortle in the Luangwa River in front of camp. A signature sighting is that of migratory carmine bee-eaters that grace the grasslands with their dazzling presence in September and October. Other sightings could include lion and leopard, and other nocturnal creatures like honey badgers that come to drink at the camp’s spot-lit waterhole at night. Luambe Camp runs on solar power enabling you to recharge batteries and your suite – indeed your 4-poster bed - looks out over an unspoilt river.

Day 8: A Luangwa Stopover | 1 Night

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After breakfast at Luambe Camp you are driven back to Flatdogs, arriving in time for an afternoon game drive and a final toast to the South Luangwa as the sun sinks and the stars rush out. The convivial campfire makes a good place to swap Luambe stories after dinner and take in the last sounds of the Luangwa at night before you retire to your suite.

Days 9-12: A Secluded Island Retreat | 4 Nights

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Lake Malawi, Malawi

A transfer to Mfuwe Airport and a flight to Lilongwe start the day as you trade the sun-baked Luangwa savannah for what is regarded as one of Africa’s friendliest and most laid-back destination: Lake Malawi. Landing at Malawi’s Lilongwe International Airport, a tour representative helps you with entry formalities as you transfer for a flight to Likoma. From here it is a 20-minute road transfer to Kaya Mawa Lodge where you settle into your comfortable suite and contemplate the next three days ahead. 

Kaya Mawa has prime position on idyllic Likoma Island with a backdrop of baobab and mango trees and enjoys a famous Lake Malawi sunset every night. Some of the lake’s best scuba diving is on offer here and there is great snorkelling straight off the lodge’s golden beach. You can go sailing, windsurfing, water skiing and kayaking or keep your feet dry and take up quad biking, cycling or hiking. You may just want to simply laze on a hammock in the shade – after all, the lodge name translates as ‘maybe tomorrow’. The lodge also has spa treatments and yoga classes to fit into your day as well as delicious fresh breakfasts, picnic lunches and private dinners served at the lake’s edge.


Day 13: The Journey Ends

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A transfer after breakfast at Kaya Mawa takes you back to Likoma and a scheduled flight back to Lilongwe International Airport for your onward travel arrangements and an end to this tour.

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  • Flights from Mfuwe to Lilongwe and onto Likoma as well as a flights from Likoma toLilongwe
  • Park fees at Luambe Camp
  • Road transfers to and from Kaya Mawa
  • Transfers to and from Mfuwe Airport
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  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • All meals and drinks not specified
  • Tips and gratuities
  • Items of a personal nature