Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Beach Tour

13 Days
Malawi, Zambia
Classic

This is a superb and complete tour that allows you to see the best of Africa’s best attractions in two neighbouring nations, Zambia and Malawi.

When it comes to African Safari, it has some of the best wildlife regions. With activities such as the Lower Zambezi National Park Game Drive, the Unique and Famous Canoe Safari, and the Boat Cruise on the Zambezi River, you will have the opportunity to see wildlife in its native habitat both on water and on land.

South Luangwa National Park, one of the world’s most well-known national parks and well renowned for its high concentrations of wildlife, offers the best game drives in Africa (Day and Night Game Drive Safari) as well as the legendary walking safari, which takes you closer to nature.

Relax and enjoy the fresh waters of Lake Malawi in the Warm Heart of Africa and one of Africa’s top beach holiday destinations.

Highlights

  • Canoe Safari & Boat Cruise in Lower Zambezi
  • Full-Day Lower Zambezi National Park Game Drive
  • Day & Night Game Drive Safari in South Luangwa National Park
  • Walking safaris in pristine wilderness South Luangwa
  • Snorkelling in the fresh waters of Lake Malawi

Inclusions

At Kiambi Safari Lodge – Lower Zambezi National Park

  • 3 Nights Ensuite Tented Chalet Accommodation
  • All Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Three Course Dinner)
  • 1 x Full Game Drive Safari in Lower Zambezi National Park
  • 1 x Sunset Boat Cruise
  • 1 x 3hrs Guided Canoe Safari

At Flatdogs Camp – South Luangwa National Park

  • 3 Nights Ensuite Accommodation
  • All Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Three Course Dinner & Afternoon tea/snacks)
  • Two Daily Safari activities (Morning Game Drive, Night Game drive and Walking Safari)
  • Laundry Services, All Taxes & National Park Entry fees

At Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park, Nsefu Sector

  • 3 Nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
  • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Three Course Dinner &... View All Inclusions

    Inclusions

    At Kiambi Safari Lodge – Lower Zambezi National Park

    • 3 Nights Ensuite Tented Chalet Accommodation
    • All Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Three Course Dinner)
    • 1 x Full Game Drive Safari in Lower Zambezi National Park
    • 1 x Sunset Boat Cruise
    • 1 x 3hrs Guided Canoe Safari

    At Flatdogs Camp – South Luangwa National Park

    • 3 Nights Ensuite Accommodation
    • All Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Three Course Dinner & Afternoon tea/snacks)
    • Two Daily Safari activities (Morning Game Drive, Night Game drive and Walking Safari)
    • Laundry Services, All Taxes & National Park Entry fees

    At Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park, Nsefu Sector

    • 3 Nights Ensuite Chalet Accommodation
    • All Meals (Breakfast, Lunch and Three Course Dinner & Tea/Coffee and Snacks)
    • Tea and coffee, juice and filtered Water
    • Two Game Viewing Activities Per Full Day (Walking safaris, Morning & Night Game Drive)
    • Laundry Service & Wi-Fi Service
    • Park Entry Fees & Conservation fees
    • 16% government VAT taxes

    At Latitude 13 in Lilongwe Malawi

    • 1 Night En-suite Room Accommodation
    • Breakfast & Dinner
    • 24/7 WIFI Access
    • Lilongwe Short City Tour & Transfer to The Makokola Retreats

    At the Makokola Retreat – Lake Malawi

    • 2 nights Ensuite Accommodation
    • All meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner), Tea/Coffee & Snacks
    • Non-motorized Water Sports activities: Kayaking, sailing, mountain bikes, etc. plus unlimited use of pool table, table tennis and darts.
    • 1 x Snorkeling Activity
    • Local drinks

    Transfers/Flights included are

    • All Airport and Road Transfers (Starting from Lusaka Airport to Lilongwe Airport)
    • Transfer from Kiambi Safari Lodge to Lusaka International Airport
    • One-way Domestic Flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park
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The Itinerary

Day 1

Meet & Greet/Transfer to Lower Zambezi

When you arrive at Lusaka International Airport, you are met and welcomed by our representative, who will assist you with your luggage then take you on about 3 hours of adventurous transfer through the city of Lusaka to Kiambi Safari Lodge in Lower Zambezi.

Check-in at Kiambi lodge and depending on your time of arrival, you will have lunch, relax and enjoy the view of the river, and the lodge’s facilities in general. Later in the evening, you will have diner then bedtime at your convenient time.

Meal Plan: Lunch or Snacks & Dinner

Day 2

Full Day Game Drive – Lower Zambezi NP

Today you start your day early with a cup of tea/coffee then depart for a 1hr 30 minutes boat Cruise to the Confluence where you will enter the park, pay park fees and then get onto your 4×4 Open Sided Safari Vehicle with packed breakfast and lunch. During breakfast and lunch, your guide will find a nice spot with a great view to relax and enjoy your meals.

At noon, around 3 pm return to the confluence where you will get onto a boat and do a sunset Bruise of about two hours upstream with chances of seeing amazing wildlife, such as elephants, hippos, Crocodiles lots of birds on your return to the lodge and arriving just before dark, you will go to your room freshen up and then dinner will be served at the river bank with an amazing view and later bedtime at your convenience.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Packed Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)

Day 3

Guided Canoe Safari & Sunset Boat Cruise

Today you have it at was with late breakfast is served first 7 – 8 am, though it’s flexible in case you want it early. Then your Guide will be picked for a 3-hour guided canoe safari, he will take you through a safety bring then depart with the motorboat to where you will start your Canoe Safari from going downstream with a chance to see great wildlife around the river and eventually you will return to the lodge in the motorboat almost in time for lunch.

After lunch, you will have Free time to relax and enjoy the view and then you have a chance to do a complimentary Sunset Boat Cruise or you can try other optional activities such as Angling (Catch and release of tiger fish) if at all you are interested in fishing. In the evening dinner is served, and bedtime at a convenient time.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 4

Transfer to Lusaka/Flight to Mfuwe

In the morning, you will have breakfast and check out, depending on your local flight time from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park our driver will be ready to transfer you to Lusaka International airport. You will check-in onto your 1hr10min local flight to Mfuwe (South Luangwa National Park).

When you arrive at Mfuwe Airport you will be welcomed and transferred to the lodge by the driver/guide from Flatdogs Camp . You will be driven through a tard road, passing through the shops and villages of the local people and it takes about 45 minutes.

Check-in, and be at leisure ,  later on, you return to the lodge in time for dinner and then later bedtime.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch or Packed Snacks & Dinner

Day 5 & 6

Safaris in South Luangwa NP

Breakfast will be served first followed by a morning safari, either a walking safari or a game drive safari, followed by a return to the camp practically in time for lunch and free time to rest.

Later in the afternoon, you will be served wonderful afternoon tea/coffee along with some refreshments before departing for the afternoon/night safari, which will begin with afternoon wildlife viewing and conclude with a night safari in search of nocturnal animals after dark. You’ll return to the camp later, unwind, and then have dinner before retiring to bed at your leisure.

Optional excursion: Please note that you can participate in optional excursions such as a Village Tour, a Local School Trip, or go shopping in local fabric stores during your spare time.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 7

Transfer to Zikomo Safari Camp,Nsefu Sector

Breakfast is served in the morning, followed by a morning game drive or walking safari before returning to the camp to check-out and lunch. After lunch, your guide will transfer you to Zikomo Safari Camp in the Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park, which is about a one-hour drive away.

Check-in and relax, then enjoy afternoon tea/coffee before going on an afternoon/night game drive which starts with the afternoon and then after dark you will be searching for nocturnal animals such as the elusive Leopard before returning to the Camp almost in time for dinner and bedtime at your leisure.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 8 & 9

Explore South Luangwa’s (Nsefu Sector)

Breakfast is served in the morning, followed by a morning game drive or walking Safari before getting back to the camp almost in time for lunch and then free time to relax.

At some stage in the afternoon, you will have some afternoon tea/coffee before going on an afternoon/night game drive which starts with the afternoon and then after dark, you will be searching for nocturnal animals such as the elusive Leopard before returning to the Camp almost in time for dinner and bedtime at your leisure.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 10

Adventure Road Trip to Lilongwe, Malawi

At Zikomo Safari Camp, breakfast is provided first, after which you will embark on a morning game drive or Walking Safari and return to the camp almost in time for lunch, after which you will check out and our driver will come and pick you up for a 4-hour road trip to Lilongwe.

You will pass through Chipata City then cross the Zambia/Malawi border and finally you will be in Lilongwe Later in the afternoon and check-in at Latitude 13 degrees hotel. Unwind, then later on you will some delicious dinner before bedtime at your leisure.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 11

City Tour of Lilongwe /Lake Malawi

Breakfast is served first, then check out. Our driver will pick you up and take you on a short city tour of Lilongwe before taking you on a three-hour adventure road trip to The Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi, where you will arrive in time for lunch.

Depending on the time you will drive around Lilongwe City. Visit Parliament, a memorial to the first President of Malawi Dr Hestings Kamuzu Banda after Malawi gained independence from Britain. Visit a local market. Visit World War I Memorial and climb the tower to have a breathtaking view of the city. Stop at Lilongwe Central Musjid, an old town mall. Walk around Lilongwe with a local professional tour guide.

If you arrive by 1.30 p.m., you will be greeted and offered lunch, followed by free time to unwind. You might choose to participate in one of the non-motorized sports or simply relax on the beach. Dinner is served later in the evening before bedtime.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)

Day 12

Snorkeling in Lake Malawi

Today you will have breakfast before departing for a Snorkeling excursion on the island, where you will enjoy your snorkelling. You will return to the resort in time for lunch and free time to unwind.

You can relax and spend more time at the beach, or you can try other activities available at the resort, such as kayaking, sailing, mountain biking, and more. In addition, you have unrestricted access to the pool table, table tennis, and darts. Optional activities such as cultural and historical contacts are also available (Mangochi Half Day Tour). Later, there will be some free time before dinner and bedtime.

Meal Plan: Full Board (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner)

Day 13

Road Trip to Lilongwe International Airport

Breakfast first, then check out of The Makokola Retreat resort and depart for Lilongwe, arriving at the airport in time for your flight back home.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Only

Where You'll Be Staying

Kiambi Safari Lodge,

Lower Zambezi

Kiambi Lower Zambezi is your first gentle, mellow taste of the Lower Zambezi, and sets the uniquely African stage for your forthcoming journey of discovery. Kiambi Safari owns and operates an exclusive lodge in the Lower Zambezi Valley – Kiambi Lower Zambezi, situated in the Chiawa Game Management area of the Zambezi Valley, in a prime location on the confluence of the Zambezi and Kafue Rivers. The Lodge welcomed the first guests at Kiambi Lower Zambezi in May 1999 and…
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Flatdogs Camp,

South Luangwa National Park

Owner-run Flatdogs Camp offers guests a personal, unforgettable safari experience in one of the most untouched National Parks in the whole of Southern Africa. Set in a riparian woodland habitat, the camp is kept as natural as possible and offers guests a great range of accommodation; the open Jackal-Berry Treehouse with waterhole views, the fabulous Croc’s Nest, which is a tented house with river views and private pool, the cool and spacious chalet rooms made of stone & thatch, which…
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Zikomo Safari Camp,

South Luangwa National Park (Nsefu Sector)

Zikomo Safari is in Zambia, across the river from South Luangwa National Park. It is set amidst an ancient valley filled with diverse African wildlife. This peaceful eco-lodge in the African bush offers spacious accommodations: comfortable handcrafted chalets, or if you are self-driving, an expansive campground on the riverbank. Our Main Block offers a fine restaurant, bar and gathering place overlooking the swimming pool and the sprawling flood plain of the tranquil hippo filled Luangwa River. True African Style, only…
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Latitude 13 Degrees Hotel,

Lilongwe, Malawi

Latitude 13 Hotel is the best place to stay in Lilongwe for clients going to or coming from Lake Malawi. This hotel is more stylish, yet simple and spacious, allowing you to enjoy a perfect stay in a quiet, leafy lane on the northern edge of Malawi’s capital city, and between Kamuzu Airport and central Lilongwe. An 18-meter pool and state-of-the-art fitness centre only a hop, skip and jump from your front door are also one of the features at…
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The Makokola Retreat,

Lake Malawi

Welcome to The Makokola Retreat. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of southern Lake Malawi. They provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture, and tradition. While staying with them, fill every moment with a sense of natural connection in their wonderful retreat. The retreat is on a lake that is beautiful almost beyond belief. Its waters are the habitat of more…
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What's not included

Visa Fees for Zambia & Malawi - Travel & Medical Insurance - International Flight from your Home Country - USD 25.00 Per person Park Entry Fees for Lower Zambezi Park - Drinks from the bar expect at The Makokola - Retreats where local drinks are inclusive - Laundry Services except at Zikomo Safari where it's inclusive - Extra & Optional Activities - Items of personal nature e.g., shop purchases etc

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Why Choose Absolute Zambia Safaris?

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Feedback From Our Previous Clients

Gary V
Gary V
2023-12-19
Another perfect holiday We were a party of eight, most of us on a return trip (last one in 2020 - also with Absolute Zambia Safaris) under the expert guidance of Robert. It was again a holiday without a single complaint. Pickups were reliable and punctual, the David Livingstone resort is perfectly located on the banks of the Zambezi with comfortable beds, sumptuous food, an infinity pool, and an unlimited supply of food and drinks on the silent but spacious sunset cruise. Robert (from Absolute Zambia Safaris) dealt with all our changes, additions, amendments, and cancellations with endless patience and understanding. It was a perfect holiday, we will be back. Thank you Absolute Zambia Safaris.
Lisa A
Lisa A
2023-11-24
Amazing five-day trip Absolute Safari organised an amazing five-day trip for us which included 2 nights in Mwanfushi safari lodge and 2 nights by Victoria falls. Everything worked out perfectly and Robert was quick on the email, answering and organising according to our wishes. Our driver Brian was excellent and always on time and the price very reasonable. Can highly recommend.
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Sunshine25775779985
2023-10-10
exciting trip at the Lower zambeji National Park It was a wonderful experience. I came to know about absolute Zambia safari from TripAdvisor only. I contacted them and Robert was very nice and every time he answered my email very promptly. It was my solo trip and good that I decided to be a client of the absolute Zambia safari because they arranged everything for me. I just dropped into the plan. In my game drive, I saw almost every animals available in the lower Zambezi national park. it was my three day two night trip. The place named Kianbi safari challet where I stayed during the trip was very peaceful and lovely. I again wish to visit Zambia and if I go, I will choose the same absolute Zambia Safari group.
Florencia S
Florencia S
2023-08-01
Amazing experience!! Robert is very professional and his organization and arrangements exceeded every hope we had with our trip. It was just fabulous!!! We did a 2-week trip around Zambia, what a beautiful country!! Thank you again Robert, you did a wonderful work!!
marys
marys
2022-12-07
More than I could have hoped for! I didn't know much about Zambia when we were planning our trip, but I had heard wonderful things about South Luangwa National Park. After reading some reviews, I contacted a few agencies in Zambia to plan our trip. Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris was truly amazing -- the entire experience was so much more than we had expected and everything worked out beautifully. Great properties, unbelievable safaris with knowledgeable guides, excellent and almost too plentiful food, I don't have enough superlatives to describe our visit, but I will certainly call on Robert again when I go back to Zambia!
Litote
Litote
2022-10-08
Véritable Afrique Difficile d'imaginer les éléphants qui passent à coté de votre chalet la nuit? Les hippopotames qui broutent l'herbe devant votre chambre? Les singes qui prennent votre dentrifice si la porte est ouverte? Après plusieurs decennies consacrées à la protection des animaux sauvages (période de braconnage de 1970-1990), la Zambie se met à l'écotourisme avec d' excellents standards de services, nourriture, eau potable et confort de chambre. Des simples comprimés contre le paludisme sont conseillés. Les lodges que nous avons visités prennent soin de supprimer le maximum d'insectes possibles pour que les soirées soient bien sans souci. Robert Zgozi nous a organisé un voyage époustouflant (15j) pendant lequel nous avons vu une bonne dizaine de léopards, une vingtaine de lions et lionnes ainsi que d'innombrables d'autres espèces. Notre voyage a traversé quatre parcs (Kafué, South Luangwa, Lower Zambezi et Mosi Oa Tunya ) avec des guides qui étaient de véritables encylopédies de faune et de flore locaux. Nous avons choisi la saison sèche (septembre) pour voir le maximum d'animaux. Ce parcours nous a permis de faire un crochet à Victoria Falls où nous étions suspendus au dessus des chutes dans le Devils Pool. Adrénaline garantie. Par ailleurs, tous les Zambiens que nous avons rencontrés étaient accueillants et souriants. Ce voyage n'était pas donné mais nous le referions bien un jour. Notre groupe familial de 4 adultes partagent plein de souvenirs ensemble grâce à ce voyage. Beaucoup de transits se font en avion car le pays est très grand. Je déconseille vivement les transits entre parc par voiture. Robert Zgozi est Zambien ; il sait communiquer l'amour et la connaissance approfondie qu'il a de son pays. Nous l'avons trouvé sur le site national "Zambian Tourism", Nous vous conseillons ses service si vous souhaitez un voyage clé en main. Merci Robert Zgozi :) Rob NB: La Zambie est un pays anglophone
Sunderland2
Sunderland2
2022-09-28
Fabulous trip to Sth Luangwa We’ve just returned from a wonderful trip to South Luangwa all organised by Robert Zgozi from Absolute Zambia Safaris. I contacted this company as I read it was Zambian owned and I was very impressed by Robert’s speedy replies to my queries. We stayed in 2 different camps which Robert recommended to suit our budget and we weren’t disappointed. Both camps were everything we’d hoped for. We did a combination of chalets and tents with all meals, game drives and transfers included. Robert actually surprised us twice by meeting us at our Lusaka hotel on arrival in Zambia and our return after the trip. We found Robert to be a very friendly, likeable and professional guy who went above and beyond to make sure our trip went smoothly. You can’t go wrong with this company, we will definitely use them again on our next trip to Zambia.
Mubita M
Mubita M
2022-09-08
Experiencing South Luangwa I didn’t know what to expect it being my first time in South Luangwa, it was lovely, all of it (the entire experience!). We stayed at Mfuwe lodge and opted for 3 game drives a day, this doesn’t give you a lot of time for sleeping in but all the fresh air and being in the bush, watching all the animals made us feel so refreshed. And don’t get me started on the food!! Absolute Zambia Safaris gave us exactly what we needed and we enjoyed everything bit of it. Their staff is patient and friendly; they take care of every last detail including a range of options to suit your budget. All in all, it was the true definition of a holiday carefree and stress-free and we most certainly will be going back.
Silent639
Silent639
2022-09-02
The real zambian agency My family and I have just returned from a trip to Zambia. Before booking, as always, I searched for all the best local travel agencies. My choice was Absolute Zambia Safaris. First of all it is one of the few, if not the only one, that is Zambian-owned. So all the staff know perfectly every single area of the country, from the most aware to the most remote. The owner, Mr. Robert Zgozi, has over ten years of experience in the Zambian tourism industry, having worked for top-tier tourism companies, as well as being a lover of unspoiled nature. Before defining the various stages of the journey, Mr. Robert, like a true friend, advised us both the best areas of the country, the best lodges and resorts, and all flight connections. Having traveled extensively in Africa for more than 10 years, I know perfectly well the difficulties of organizing transfers, of finding the best accommodations for the budget available. Robert and his staff have been able to organize any type of activity with extreme professionalism. The organization has always been perfect. All the staff interested in our trip were always present as soon as we reached an airport, a lodge. We didn't have to think about anything but enjoying the beautiful nature and the people of Zambia. Although our international flight (from Italy) was canceled and rescheduled two days later, putting the entire trip at risk, Mr. Robert was able to help us change the itinerary without missing a single scheduled activity. Incredible! While we were in Lower Zambezi, we suddenly decided to go three days to Victoria Falls. Robert, within two hours, organized all the transfers and the resort, taking care in the meantime to get us refund for the two nights lost in Lusaka. Never before have I been assisted in such a professional and friendly way in my previous travels. Among other things, he could also have organized trips in combination with neighboring countries (Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana), having direct contacts. The surprise? While we were in South Luangwa, he came in person to meet us and find out how the journey was progressing. Incredible! Briefly a note on Zambia. it is truly an incredible country. Its people are so friendly and hospitable that you immediately feel like a genuine Zambian. I never felt any sense of danger. In fact, the country is considered among the safest in the world for travel. Landscapes take your breath away. Nature is majestic. Here you can really see anything: wildogs (herd of 20 specimens with cubs), dozens of leopards and cubs, lions and lionesses, different scenes of lions and leopards hunting, huge herds of hippos, huge herds of elephants, birds of extraordinary beauty, including the crowned crane and secretary bird. One negative note: unfortunately having had to go home and leave this extraordinary country that has given me unforgettable moments that will remain forever etched in my mind and in my heart. So I would recommend both visiting Zambia and doing it with Absolute Zambia Safaris. Have a good trip!
Irena12
Irena12
2022-08-02
One of the best safari operators Absolute Safaris is one of the best operators I have ever encountered - Robert managed to do an incredible thing and organise my custom 11 days Luangwa trip in Zambia at the shortest possible notice ( literally few days before arrival)! My trip was absolutely wonderful, everything worked perfectly and I loved every moment on the safari. I have had so many wonderful wildlife sightings, and all the camps were in beautiful locations, very comfortable with great service and very professional guiding. Truly one of the best safaris of my life ( I have spent most of it in Africa). My big thanks to Absolute Safaris, for their professionalism and outstanding customer service. Will definitely be back.

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