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13 Days Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Tour

OUR SAFARIS13 Days Zambia Safari & Lake Malawi Tour

13 Days

From $On Request

Places Covered

Lusaka, Lower Zambezi National Park, South Luangwa National Park


  •     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
  •     Mid Range & Luxury Accommodation

This is a perfect and complete itinerary that offers you an opportunity to experience the best attractions in Africa of two neighbouring countries Zambia and Malawi.

It features some of the top wildlife areas where African Safari is concerned. The Lower Zambezi National Park - you will have a chance to view wildlife in its natural habitat both on water and land with activities such as Lower Zambezi National Park Game Drive, Unique and famous Canoe Safari and The Boat Cruise on the Zambezi River.

South Luangwa National Park, one of the world’s finest known National Park, and best known for its high densities of wildlife, this animal kingdom offers the best game drives in Africa (Day and Night game Drive Safari) and the legendary walking safari which brings you to closer to nature experience.

Relax and enjoy the fresh waters of Lake Malawi in the Warm Heart of Africa with a stay at one of the best beach holidays in Africa. This is a must-visit destination in Southern Africa for a complete experience. Zambia and Malawi, each have their own unique brand of Hospitality, interactions, and will both allow you to learn the culture of their local people.  

Day 1 to 4: 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 has from its inception, enchanted one and all by truly capturing the essence of the Lower Zambezi. Kiambi Lower Zambezi offers a unique composite experience, a rare combination of Africa’s culture, scenery, and wildlife. This is “The real Africa”. Each of the luxury thatched chalets is set on a raised wooden platform, with spacious en-suite facilities and private verandas with a view over the Zambezi. While relishing the supreme comfort, furnished stylishly in Rhodesian teak and equipped with the necessities to make your stay comfortable; Kiambi guests never lose that close-to-nature experience

All luxury thatched cottage come with tea and coffee facilities, air-condition, an en-suite bathroom with hot showers.

Day 4 to 7: Thornicroft Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

Choose to stay at Thornicroft and become absorbed in the wonder of South Luangwa National Park, one of the greatest parks in Africa.

This is a small independent lodge run by people who adore wildlife and care about the environment. Beautifully located on the banks of Luangwa River, home to wallowing hippos and bathing elephants, and makes the most of our wonderful surroundings without compromising on comfort. Whilst there you can explore the untamed wilderness of South Luangwa with unforgettable dawn, sunset and night drive in open 4x4s with some of the best safari guides in Africa. The main lodge is a spacious thatched semi-circle of sophisticated comfort. It is an open-plan area that houses the dining area, indoor braai/BBQ, lounge and bar. With a traditional roof, stonewalls and gnarled wooden colonnades, the lodge has been designed to fit in with the natural environment.

In the dining area, we serve delicious international and traditional local meals prepared by our chef. From the bar, you can order a selection of drinks for all occasions and unwind in our cozy lounge or Zambia shaped swimming pool. Also, you can sit around our open fire enjoying a pre-dinner drink whilst comparing wildlife encounters, watching the sunset and finally seeing the stars come to life.

The lodge is surrounded by the African bush, set on a small piece of raised ground between the Luangwa river and a lagoon where Wildlife often passes through the camp at night to graze while during the day elephant, monkeys, mongoose, baboons, and giraffes can visit. It has a whole pack of facilities: Bar, Restaurant, Swimming pool, Indoor BBQ, lounge, and an open-air fire pit.

Day 7 to 10: Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa National Park (Nsefu Sector) 

Zikomo Safari is across the river from South Luangwa National Park. It is set amidst a valley filled with diverse African wildlife. This peaceful bush lodge and campsite is the perfect setting for your African Photo Safari. Whether you choose a game drive, an exciting bush walk, a visit to the local village, a visit to the hot springs, or time out simply relaxing in a hammock, your visit will amaze you.

Only a forty-five (45) minute drive from Mfuwe International Airport, in an area away from other safari lodges, Zikomo Safari is spread under a canopy of ancient shade trees on the banks of the Luangwa River. It is in the Nsefu sector. This sector is one of the least crowded and richest in wildlife areas in the world.

Our nine handcrafted chalets are well furnished with en-suite bathrooms and private decks from which to view the river and wildlife. There are electric fans, mosquito nets, sinks, showers and toilets in each. Seven chalets have a double and a single bed. Two family size chalets offer two rooms, a double bed, and two single beds.

Day 10 to 11: Latitude 13 Hotel – Lilongwe, Malawi

Latitude 13 Hotel is the best for a 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 center only a hop, skip and jump from your front door are also one of the features at this beautiful small hotel.

A 42” flat-screen TV, in-room safe and high-speed internet access are just some of the amenities found at Latitude 13 Hotel.

Day 11 to 13: 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 species of fish than that of any other body of freshwater on the earth. Lake Malawi has always been known as "Livingstone's Lake". The areas of Mangochi and Fort Johnston have an important historical heritage.

Day 1: Arrival and transfer to Kiambi Lodge – 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 National park

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 4x4 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 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 amazing view and later bedtime at your convenience.

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

Day 3: 3hrs Guided Canoe Safari & Sunset Boat Cruise – Lower Zambezi

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 seem 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 tigerfish) 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 South Luangwa National Park

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 Thornicroft Lodge. 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, depending on your arrival time lunch will be served, then free time to relax. Later in the afternoon tea/coffee will be served followed by the afternoon/night game drive which starts around 4 Pm – this activity starts at noon and when it gets darker, you will concentrate on nocturnal animals with the help of the spotter, who will be holding a flashlight looking for animals such as Leopards. 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: Two game Drives activities – South Luangwa National Park

On these days you will have Breakfast first, then a morning activity (Game drive) leaving the lodge around 6:30hrs and returning around 10:30 am almost in time for lunch then free time to relax and later its afternoon tea around 3:30 PM. A night Game drive will follow and you will be coming back around 7:30 PM in time for dinner and bed.

Optional excursion: Please note that during your free time you can take optional excursions such as Village Tour, Local School Trip or you can go shopping in Local fabric shops.

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

Day 7: Game Drive / Transfer to Zikomo Safari Camp – South Luangwa (Nsefu Sector)

Morning breakfast is served, followed by a morning game drive returning to the lodge to check out and lunch. After Lunch, your driver/guide will transfer you to Zikomo Safari Camp within South Luangwa National Park in Nsefu Sector and its about 1 hour’s road transfer,

Check-in and relax then afternoon tea/coffee followed by the afternoon/night game drive, and getting back to the Camp after about 3 to 4hours almost in time for dinner and bedtime at your convenience.

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

Day 8 & 9: Two game Viewing activities - South Luangwa National Park (Nsefu Sector)

It’s time to explore the Nsefu sector which is more private in-game viewing as they are few camps around meaning fewer cars on the sighting. On these days, Morning breakfast is served first, followed by the morning scheduled activity which will be either a walking safari or a game drive safari, and you will make a return to the Camp and then lunch will be served.

After lunch, have time to relax, get a view of the nature around you. Later afternoon, tea/coffee is served then the afternoon/ night game drive, and return in time for dinner and later bedtime.

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

Day 10: Game Drive/Transfer to Latitude 15 -Lilongwe City, Malawi

Breakfast is served first at Zikomo Safari Camp, then you will go out for the morning game drive return to the lodge almost in time for lunch, then you will check out and Lunch, our driver will come and pick you up for about 4 hours road transfer to Lilongwe. You will pass through Chipata city then enter the Malawi/Zambia Boarder and you will be in Lilongwe. Check-in and relax, later at night dinner and bedtime at your free time.

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

Day 11: Short City Tour of Lilongwe /Transfer to The Makokola Retreat – Lake Malawi

Breakfast is served first, then Check out, our driver will pick you up and take you for a short city tour of Lilongwe before proceeding for about 3 hours adventurous road trip to The Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi arriving in time for Lunch.

Arrive check-in and lunch then free time to enjoy the lodge facilities and the beach or try any of the non-motorized activities. Then later its dinner time and bed at your convenient time.

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

Day 12: Snorkeling & Non-Motorized Activities – Lake Malawi

Today you will have breakfast and then you go out for Snorkeling activity using the motorboat to the island where you will enjoy your snorkeling, you will return to the resort in time for the lunch break and free time to relax.

You will have an easy afternoon enjoying and spending more time at the beach or try other activities offered within the resort such as kayaking, sailing, mountain bikes, and much more. And unlimited use of pool table, table tennis and darts. You can also try optional Activities such as Cultural and historical encounters (Mangochi Half Day Tour). Later free time then dinner and bed time.

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

Day 13: Road Trip from The Makokola Retreats to Lilongwe International Airport

Today you will start your day with breakfast first then check out of The Makokola Retreat resort and depart for Lilongwe arriving at the airport at least two hours before your flight depart time.

Meal Plan: Breakfast Only


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 Thornicroft Lodge – South Luangwa National Park

  • 3 Nights Riverview Ensuite Chalets Accommodation
  • All Meals Daily (Breakfast, Lunch, Three Course Dinner & Afternoon tea/snacks)
  • Two Game Viewing activities per full day (Morning &Night Game drive)
  • 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 & Wifi 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 – Standard Beach or Lake View En-suite room
  • 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
  • Two Way Lilongwe Airport Transfers

Transfers/Flights included are

  • Transfer from Lusaka International Airport to Kiambi Safari Lodge in Lower Zambezi
  • Transfer from Kiambi Safari Lodge to Lusaka International Airport
  • Local Flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport to Thornicroft Lodge
  • Intercamp Transfer from Thornicroft Lodge to Zikomo Safari Camp
  • Transfer from Zikomo Safari Camp to Latitude 13 Hotel, Lilongwe in Malawi
  • Transfer from Latitude 13 Hotel to The Makokola Retreat
  • Transfer from The Makokola Retreat to Lilongwe International Airport


  • Visa Fees – Where applicable
  • 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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