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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. The hand-picked lodges are particularly well suited to welcoming families while preserving the simplicity and sophistication of small properties with the comfort, space and privacy for the family to gather together.

Suggested itinerary

  1. Day 1: Depart UK on an overnight flight to Livingstone (via Johannesburg or Nairobi)

  2. Day 2: Arrive Livingstone and transfer to the lodge overlooking the Zambezi River, 3-nights

    On arrival at Livingstone International Airport you will be met and transferred to your new home for three nights, the beautiful Stanley Safari Lodge set high with spectacular views overlooking Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in a bush location. This small and comfortable family friendly property is an ideal base for the many activities on offer in the area.

    Accommodation: Stanley Safari Lodge, 3-nights. Full Board basis.

  3. Days 3-4 : Victoria Falls visit, adventurous activities

    Not only will you be amazed by this breathtaking natural wonder, but you may also add some adrenaline with 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, going on an elephant-back safari, enjoying a sunset cruise on the Zambezi River, or simply relaxing by the pool and taking in the peaceful atmosphere.

  4. Day 5: Fly to Mfuwe, South Luangwa, 3-nights. Vehicle Safaris

    Today you transfer to the airport for your flight to Mfuwe and drive for less than an hour 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 for an afternoon and night-time vehicle safari.

    Accommodation: Robin’s House, 3-nights. Full Board basis.

  5. Days 6-7 : South Luangwa National Park. Vehicle and walking safaris

    At your own pace you can decide for a very active or very relaxing next couple of days. The traditional day would be to go on a morning drive shortly after dawn, entering the park by boat from the camp. Expect to see family herds of elephants and the endemic Thornicroft’s giraffe. Lunch will 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 you go on a vehicle safari that continues onto the dark hours to uncover the mysterious nocturnal world. You also have the opportunity to visit Kawaza community and school to meet the children and play games with them, a great cultural interaction!

  6. Day 8: Fly to Lilongwe, Malawi, 4-nights. 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 Lodge is situated on the South end of Lake Malawi, romantically called ‘The Lake of Stars’.

    Accommodation: Pumulani, 4-nights. Full Board basis

  7. Days 9-11 : Lake Malawi, Pumulani

    For the next three days you can 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 a thousand species of fish. Nature walks by the lake offer the chance to add a few additional birds to your bird list, or you may simply prefer to just relax beside the infinity pool or on the private sandy beach.

  8. Day 12: Depart Lilongwe for your overnight flight to UK

  9. Day 13: Arrive UK

Key info

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 days from £4,995 pp: Child: £2,995
  • Duration and price excluding international flights: 11 days from £3,845 pp: Child: £1,995
  • When to go: Apr-Dec
  • Activities available:
    • Boat trip
    • Culture
    • Elephant-back safari
    • Nature drive
    • Photography
    • Sea kayaking
    • Walking
Featured locations:

South Luangwa National Park

South Luangwa is undoubtedly the jewel of Zambia’s national parks. It lies in the north-eastern part of Zambia and comprises some 9,050 square kilometres of unspoilt African wilderness. Its eastern boundary is the meandering Luangwa River whose regular changes in course leave scenic ox-bow lagoons.

  • Where: Eastern Province
  • Ideal for viewing: leopard, Cookson’s wildebeest, Thornicroft’s giraffe, Crawshay’s zebra, African elephant
  • Excellent for: Walking safaris, Wildlife photography, Photography tours with Nick Garbutt, Vehicle safaris, Walking with wildlife, Just Conservation

Lake Malawi

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

Victoria Falls, Zambia

Combining perfectly with a safari in Botswana, Zimbabwe or Namibia as well as Zambia, the Zambian side 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. Please contact us for further recommendations.

Pumulani

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

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.

Stanley Safari Lodge

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.