A fantastic family safari combining the very best of Zambia and Malawi – outstanding natural wonders, fun activities and incredible wildlife offer the prefect combination.
Discovering some of the worlds most wonderful places together as a family is precious to say the least… From Zambia’s spectacular Victoria Falls and its finest wilderness area, South Luangwa, to the pristine shores of Lake Malawi, you will have many awe-inspiring moments as you discover the diversity of the natural world in this part of Africa.
Our lodges are hand-picked to combine the simplicity and sophistication of small properties with the comfort, space and privacy for a family to enjoy time together.
Day1: Depart UK
Day2: Arrive Livingstone, transfer to lodge overlooking the Zambezi River
On arrival at Livingstone International Airport you will be met and transferred to your accommodation, which offers spectacular views overlooking Zambezi River and Victoria Falls. This small and comfortable family friendly property is an ideal base for the many activities on offer in the area.
Not only will you be amazed by the breathtaking natural wonder of Victoria Falls, but the whole family can enjoy the many adventurous activities around. For the next couple of days you have a number of options including taking a birds-eye view of the falls by helicopter or microlite, enjoying a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, or simply relaxing by the pool and taking in the peaceful atmosphere.
Day5: Fly to Mfuwe, South Luangwa; vehicle safaris
Transfer to the airport for a flight to Mfuwe, then it's a short drive to the family-orientated Robin’s House (in fact your very own private house!) in South Luangwa National Park. The meals and activities here are completely flexible and will depend entirely on how you want to structure your day. Depending on your arrival time today, you will have the option of an afternoon and night-time vehicle safari.
Days6-7: Vehicle & walking safaris in South Luangwa National Park
At your own pace, you can decide for a very active or very relaxing next couple of days. A traditional day would be to go on a morning drive shortly after dawn, entering the park by boat from the camp. You can expect to see family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe, amongst other wildlife.
Lunch is normally be taken at the lagoon or by the river and the afternoon is free to relax and cool off by the swimming pool. In the late afternoon, enjoy a vehicle safari that continues onto the evening to uncover the mysterious nocturnal world. You also have the opportunity to visit the Kawaza community and school to meet the children and play games with them, a great cultural interaction!
Day8: Fly to Lilongwe, Malawi; vehicle safari & lake activities
This morning you transfer to Mfuwe airport to fly across to Lilongwe’s Kamuzu airport in Malawi. Your private villa at Pumulani is situated on the South end of Lake Malawi, romantically called ‘The Lake of Stars’.
For the next three days, experience the great ecological diversity of Lake Malawi. Its crystal clear waters are an ideal base for water-based activities - sailing, kayaking or even snorkelling or diving with more than 1,000 species of fish. Nature walks by the lake offer the chance to se a variety of birdlife, or you may simply prefer to just relax beside the infinity pool or on the private sandy beach.
Day12: Depart Lilongwe
Morning transfer to Lilongwe airport for an overnight flight back to the UK.
Day13: Arrive UK
Our trip ideas are offered to inspire you and can be tailored to suit your requirements.
Duration and price including flights from/to UK: 13 daysfrom £4,995 pp: Child: £2,995
Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 daysfrom £3,845 pp: Child: £1,995
When to go: Apr-Dec
Comprising some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness, South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks and a magnet to outstanding wildlife, particularly leopard. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic oxbow lagoons.
Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation
Lake Malawi covers nearly one quarter of the country. Its northern shore combines well with the Nyika Plateau and feels relatively untouched, while the most exclusive lodges are located on the Mozambique side. Either way, relaxing on the sandy beaches makes a fine addition to any safari in Zambia or Malawi.
Where: Eastern Malawi
Ideal for viewing: African fish eagle, hippo, Nile crocodile, vervet monkey, dik dik
Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side of the falls was once considered to be the ‘poor cousin’, by comparison with the views of the river and the falls from Zimbabwe. The two countries are linked by a spectacular iron bridge above the raging waters.
Where: Southern Province
Ideal for viewing: Cape buffalo, African elephant, hippo, trumpeter hornbill, common waterbuck
Excellent for: River safaris
Suggested accommodation options are shown below.
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Pumulani is an exclusive property set on a peninsula overlooking the southern end of Lake Malawi. Subtly nestled in the hillside, ten stylish, grass-roofed villas blend with their surroundings and open out onto a private deck with lake views. Relax on the private beach or beside the infinity pool, snorkel, dive or kayak.
Robin’s House lies in a beautiful position on the Luangwa River with a stunning view across to the park. It is a small private and exclusive house, ideal for families or friends seeking a more indulgent type of safari, and offers both flexibility and comfort, with its own private plunge pool and team of staff.
This beautiful and unique lodge lies only three kilometres from Victoria Falls, in a lovely quiet setting on a hill bordering Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park. Its location ensures splendid and unmatched views of the spray of the falls in the distance, as well as being able to savour the sights and sounds of the African bush.