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Kafue, South Luangwa & Malawi

Itinerary
Overview
Countries Visited:
Zambia, Malawi
Length of Trip:
11 days

itinerary
highlights

  • Excellent Plains Game & Predators in Busanga
  • Endemic Species of the South Luangwa
  • Elegant Camps and Superb Service
  • Knowledgeable Guides
  • Bush Dinners
  • Kaya Mawa - Unique Location on Likoma Island
  • Watersports & Culture

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

You will be met on arrival in Lusaka and guided through to your flight into the remote northern sector of Kafue National Park. Your destination is Shumba Camp, in the heart of the Busanga Plains, considered to be the jewel in the Kafue crown.

The Plains are home to hundreds of red lechwe, puku, roan and the diminutive orbit. As well as Lichtenstein's hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra, buffalo and Defassa waterbuck are often seen. The plains game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog packs, lone cheetah and lion prides.

Days 4 to 6

Today you will fly out of Kafue to the South Luangwa National Park by light aircraft where you will be met and driven deep into the bush to Tena Tena Camp.

This exceptional park is renowned for its prolific wildlife and in particular its leopard sightings. Expert guides will enthral you with their encyclopaedic knowledge of Luangwa's flora and fauna. Robin Pope is one of the original pioneers of walking safaris in South Luangwa and this activity alone is the draw for many to this pristine wilderness. Nevertheless, exciting day and night game drives are a large part of discovering what this park has to offer.

Days 7 to 10

Depart camp by road for your flight to Likoma Island (via Lilongwe) to spend 4 nights at Kaya Mawa a beautifully designed, unique destination situated in the middle of Lake Malawi.
This property is perfect for romantic getaways or families as the activities include some of the best diving on the lake, kite surfing, quad biking and safe freshwater swimming.

Day 11

Depart Likoma Island by light aircraft to Lilongwe and your onward journey.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp in Kafue

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan ...Read More

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan and the diminutive oribi. The camp is situated within close proximity to permanent water and has easy access to a mix of seasonal and permanent floodplains.

Shumba Camp comprises of six spacious luxury safari tents on raised platforms with spectacular views of the surrounding plains. The rooms are large, en-suite with both indoor and outdoor showers. The dining and bar area is elevated so as to take in this vista and each morning’s sunrise. Dinner takes place either here or in the cosy boma where guests can also enjoy elements of local Zambian culture.

A maximum of 12 guests can be accommodated at any one time and great emphasis has been placed on the “guided” experience; being led by qualified, enthusiastic people with in-depth knowledge of the area and its wildlife.

Guests have the option of game drives in and around the Plains. Night drives provide the added excitement of the nocturnal wonders of the area.

Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, herds of wildebeest, zebra and buffalo all move onto the Plains as the dry season progresses. This wealth of game is a big attraction for predators, including wild dog, cheetah and prides of lion.

 

Tena Tena

Tena Tena in South Luangwa National Park

This remote and small camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a wide bend of the ...Read More

This remote and small camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a wide bend of the Luangwa River.  

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.  The five 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.

The main area is moulded around a large termite mound and mahogany tree, and an old hippo run has been incorporated into our path between the different levels. It is shaded by an enormous tent strung up between leadwood poles.  With plenty of different seating areas there is space to relax and unwind whilst reflecting on the days safari.

Dine on the banks of the Luangwa, under the stars enjoying the sounds of the African night.

Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa in Lake Malawi and Likoma island

Kaya Mawa is a luxury beach lodge based on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, set on a south facing crescent beach on Likoma ...Read More

Kaya Mawa is a luxury beach lodge based on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, set on a south facing crescent beach on Likoma Island  in Lake Malawi.

The lodge has been hand-built by the islanders and designed to fit into the environment whilst maximising views and lake acccess.  All the luxurious rooms have lake access and/or a private plunge pool.

Translated as “Maybe tomorrow” in the local dialect, good use has been made of the stunning natural surrounding to create an idyllic island lodge of unique character and imagination with a very special ambiance.  Kaya Mawa is located on Likoma Island, half way up Lake Malawi, close to the Mozambique mainland and is covered with mango trees and ancient baobabs, encircled by glorious sandy beaches and rocky covers.  Voted as one of the most romantic places to stay, families and couples are equally at home on the lake.

Likoma Island, surrounded by the pristine waters of Lake Malawi, is widely regarded as having the best diving on the Lake,  both in terms of the  diversity of fish species and their sheer abundance.  Kaya Mawa is a recognised PADI resort and offers wonderful diving.

 

 

This premier itinerary includes the following Camps:

Shumba Camp

Shumba Camp in Kafue

Shumba Camp is located in the centre of the Busanga Plains, home to hundreds of red lechwe, ubiquitous puku, stately roan ...Read More

Tena Tena

Tena Tena in South Luangwa National Park

This remote and small camp lies within the Nsefu Sector of the National Park and enjoys a stunning location on a wide bend of the ...Read More

Kaya Mawa

Kaya Mawa in Lake Malawi and Likoma island

Kaya Mawa is a luxury beach lodge based on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi, set on a south facing crescent beach on Likoma ...Read More

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