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Kafue, South Luangwa & Malawi

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

itinerary
highlights

  • Owner Hosted Camp in Kafue
  • Adventure Safari in Open Vehicle & On Foot
  • Exceptional Guiding
  • South Luangwa - Superb for Leopard Sightings
  • Crocs & Hippo Galore
  • Light Aircraft Fly-In to Lake Malawi
  • Shoreline Retreat for Watersports & Culture

Safari Itinerary Summary

Days 1 to 3

From Lusaka take a road transfer into Kafue National Park.
Kafue is Zambia’s largest National Park with a hugely varying landscape including the Kafue River, Lake Itezhi Tezhi, open plains, grassy dambos and miombo woodland.
Your destination is the remote Musekese Camp, a small owner hosted camp located on the eastern banks of the Kafue River.

3 nights at Musekese Camp in a 'Machaba' Safari tent.

The camp has a special feel to it; overlooking a permanent lagoon that is a magnet for wildlife in the area. The unique wildlife encounters in this unexplored, remote and pristine wilderness make for a once in a lifetime safari.

A typical day at Musekese Camp can include any of a number of exciting activities; from boat cruises along the unhurried Kafue river and its tributaries searching for elusive and rare birds, to walking safaris where the smells, textures and undulations of the ‘real’ Africa are experienced in a more immersive manner. Open game drive vehicles allow guests to get up close and personal with the larger animals of the Kafue. Added to which are the viewing hides and blinds that offer great photography opportunities of animal and birdlife.

Day 4

After an early morning game viewing activity and breakfast depart Musekese Camp by road for Lusaka.

Spend 1 night in a Chalet at Pioneer Lodge with breakfast included.

Pioneer Lodge sits on the edge of Lusaka set in 25 acres of miombo woodland and offers a restful place to relax in-between safaris and an opportunity to meet fellow travellers.

Days 5 to 7

After breakfast take a road transfer to Lusaka International Airport to meet your flight to South Luangwa.

Spend 3 nights at Flatdogs Camp in a Luxury Tent with river views, including Full Board and Safari Activities.

Flat dogs Camp is located just outside the South Luangwa National Park on the banks of the Luangwa River. The wildlife is good and the flexible, professional approach of the warm and friendly staff, and enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable safari guides create the ultimate safari experience.

Safari activities include open vehicle game drives, bush walks and night drives.

Days 8 to 10

Depart Camp by road to Mfuwe airport for your flight into Malawi. On arrival into Lilongwe you will take a light aircraft flight to the southern shores of Lake Malawi to Makokola Retreat.

Spend 3 nights at Makokola Retreat, Full Board in a Lake View Room.

This is the perfect place to relax after the rigours of a safari. Activities include water sports from water-skiing to sailing and sunset cruises, walking to a local village, spa treatments and golfing.
To explore the culture and varied landscapes of Malawi, excursions can be organised to the National Park, Zomba Plateau, Mua Mission or Fishing Village.

Dining is an eclectic experience at Makokola Retreats where guests can savour fine Mediterranean cuisine, celebrate the tastes of Malawi or feast on Italian specialities in the Retreats Restaurant and Bar.

Day 11

Depart by light aircraft over Malawi to Lilongwe International Airport to meet your flight home.

This itinerary includes the following Camps:

Musekese Camp

Musekese Camp in Kafue

Musekese is a small owner hosted camp located in Kafue National Park on the eastern banks of the Kafue River.   The camp is ...Read More

Musekese is a small owner hosted camp located in Kafue National Park on the eastern banks of the Kafue River.  

The camp is situated in a vast and unexplored corner of western Zambia offering guests exclusive access to remote and secluded wildlife areas in the company of professional and experienced guides.

Musekese Camp itself comprises of just four very well appointed ‘Machaba’ safari tents, complete with comfortable beds, soft linens and locally sourced wooden furnishings. Small, extra touches ensure Musekese is quite unlike any other camp in the Kafue. Open air en-suite bathrooms come with traditional wood warmed bucket showers and flushing toilets, combining style with practicality for a comfortable stay. The main lounge area at Musekese is under a cool, large grass thatch roof, providing shade in the heat of the day where guests can relax with a book from the library or an ice cold drink (or both!).

 

Flatdogs Camp

Flatdogs Camp in South Luangwa National Park

Flatdogs is an excellent, affordable, owner-managed safari camp overlooking the Luangwa River next to the South Luangwa ...Read More

Flatdogs is an excellent, affordable, owner-managed safari camp overlooking the Luangwa River next to the South Luangwa National Park. 

Flatdogs Camp is in a conservation area along the river bank surrounded by natural riverine forest and floodplains so game is found in and around camp.

Flatdogs pride themselves in offering accommodation to rival the up-market lodges, at a fraction of the cost, offering a choice between chalets, authentic African safari tents and the exclusive Jackal-berry Treehouse.

The a la carte restaurant is unique in the safari world, allowing guests to choose their meals each day instead of being served a set menu.

Flatdogs is one of the few family – friendly camps in the Luangwa and children are welcome year round.

There are no fences at camp, so the same animals found on Safaris inside the National Park can also be found here.

The flexible, professional approach of the warm and friendly staff, and enthusiastic and extremely knowledgeable safari guides creates the ultimate safari experience.

 

 

Makokola Retreat

Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi and Likoma island

Makokola Retreat is located just north of Mangochi, on the palm fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi and is the perfect place to ...Read More

Makokola Retreat is located just north of Mangochi, on the palm fringed southern shore of Lake Malawi and is the perfect place to relax.

Magical natural green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi.  The lodge has its own vast expanse of pale sand, dotted with low palms and thatched sunshades, under which lie sun loungers with padded cushions.  This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture and tradition.

Water Sports available include parasailing, catamarans, dinghies, snorkelling, water skiing.  Sunset Cruises are popular around Bird Island, and the Golf course is a par 3, 9 hole course.

Excursions can be organised to the National Park, Zomba Plateau, Mua Mission or Fishing Village. Alternatively relax in the spa with five treatment rooms hidden in the lush gardens..

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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