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.