If you’re looking for the very best of safari experiences that Malawi and eastern Zambia have to offer, this is almost certainly your perfect trip. With stays at a private game reserve and three national parks you’ll have every opportunity to spot the Big 5! This itinerary even includes an extra couple of relaxation nights on top of the beautiful Zomba plateau, where if you’re still feeling adventurous you can swap that relaxation for some amazing hiking trails.
- 10 nights Full Board
- 2 nights Half Board
- 2 nights Bed & Breakfast
- Private road transfers
- Flights to Zambia
- National Park Fees at Majete
- Liwonde & South Luangwa
- Drinks (unless stated), Tips & Items of a personal nature
Day One to Three - Game Haven
On arrival at Chileka International Airport, your driver will meet you and transfer you in a private taxi to Chimwenya Game Reserve - roughly an hour away from the airport.
Accommodation will be at Game Haven in a Luxury Cottage on a full board basis for two nights.
The lodge is in a private game reserve where your biggest worry is having zebras on the golf course blocking your shot off as they casually graze on the fairway. Beautiful spacious rooms, great food, numerous activities and a swimming pool are all included which make this a very popular destination.
Day Three to Five - Majete Wildlife Reserve
After breakfast, you will head off for the approx 2.5 hour journey to Majete Wildlife Reserve - with a chance to enjoy impressive views as you descend the escarpment. You’ll arrive in time for lunch before your first afternoon game drive.
Your accommodation for the next two nights will be at Thawale Camp, in a private chalet on a full board basis. The restaurant has a wonderful open dining area and bar with a viewing deck overlooking a floodlit watering hole where one can sit for hours enjoying the wildlife.
Majete Wildlife Reserve was the first park in Malawi to claim ‘Big 5’ status. Once desolate and heavily poached, Majete is a real life conservation fairytale. This dramatic resurgence has made Majete become a strong contender as one of Malawi’s premium wildlife reserves. You’ll enjoy a total of four game activities in Majete Wildlife Reserve.
Day Five to Seven - Zomba
After your final morning game activity and breakfast, you’ll start your 3 hour journey to Zomba.
Your accommodation will be at Ku Chawe Inn, a property at the top of Zomba plateau with breath-taking views. All rooms are ensuite with air conditioning and you’ll be on a bed and breakfast rate for two nights.
Zomba city has beautiful colonial architecture and a good selection of cafes and restaurants. Situated at the bottom of the plateau there are plenty of scenic hiking trails or for those wanting a more relaxed time perhaps a visit to the Botanical Gardens.
Day Eight to Ten - Liwonde National Park
After breakfast you’ll depart at 9.30am for your 2 hour drive to reach the Mvuu boat pick-up point. It’s just a 5 minute boat ride across the Shire river to reach your safari lodge and you’ll arrive in time for lunch and your first afternoon game activity in Liwonde National Park.
Your accommodation for the next three nights will be in a private ensuite tented chalet at Mvuu Wilderness Lodge on a full board basis with six game activities included during your stay. This exclusive safari getaway based right on the shores of the Shire river combines the rugged African bush with luxurious comfort and unforgettable game activities. With beautifully designed chalets and a cooling swimming pool, your time in between game activities will be almost as memorable.
Arguably the best national park in Malawi, Liwonde has a high concentration of elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelope plus a rapidly growing population of cheetah, lion & other mammals. The most recently introduced black rhino and wild dogs make this park, Malawi’s star attraction with its ‘Big 5’ status
Day Ten - Lilongwe
After your final game activity this morning and a hearty breakfast, you’ll take the boat across the Shire river to join your driver for the approx 4.5 hour journey to Lilongwe.
You’ll spend one night relaxing at Kumbali Country Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate before embarking on the next stage of your itinerary in Zambia.
Day Eleven to Fourteen - South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
After a leisurely breakfast, your driver will take you to Lilongwe Airport for your short flight to Mfuwe Airfield, Zambia. You’ll be collected in a private vehicle at Mfuwe and driven the 40 minute journey to your safari camp.
Accommodation for your three nights in South Luangwa National Park will be at Flatdogs Camp in a private ensuite luxury safari tent on a full board basis. You will arrive in time to join the afternoon game drive.
South Luangwa National Park boasts an abundance of game within a short drive from the safari lodges, with Leopard, Lion, Wild dog, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Antelope, Zebra, to name but a few, along with a bird population of over 400 species. You’ll enjoy two game drives per day - a total of six during your stay in South Luangwa
Day Fourteen - Lilongwe
After your final morning game activity and breakfast, you’ll depart South Luangwa for your flight back to Lilongwe city where you’ll spend your last night at Kumbali Country Lodge on a dinner, bed and breakfast rate.
Day Fifteen - Lilongwe Airport - Departure Day
After breakfast at your accommodation, your private taxi will take you to Kamuzu International Airport in time to check in for your departing flight.