The starting point and ending point: Starts in Livingstone, Zambia, and ends in Lilongwe, Malawi
Main wildlife to be viewed: likely to see lions, leopards, elephant, hippos, crocodiles, baboons, lots of birds, fishes, zebras, giraffes, impalas, monkeys, buffalos, waterbucks, and fish eagle.
Children policy: Children are allowed to join this safari though Canoe /Walking Safari require 12 years Min age.
- 2 Safari activities per day in Lower Zambezi
- Experience bird watching trail in Lake Malawi
- Victoria Falls tour and enormous herds of elephant in Lower Zambezi
- Transport in Jeep, Land Rover, or Land Cruiser
- Lower Zambezi National Park entrance fee
- Breakfasts, lunches, and dinners
- 9 nights of accommodation
- Airport transfers, Local Flights & Flight from Lusaka to Lilongwe in Malawi
Spoken languages: English
- Return Livingstone International Airport
- Return Royal Airstrip in Lower Zambezi National Park
- Return Lusaka International Airport
- Return Lilongwe International Airport
- Return Lilongwe to Lake Malawi Transfers
This safari will cover Livingstone (Victoria Falls), Lower Zambezi National Park, and Lake Malawi.
LIVINGSTONE (VICTORIA FALLS)
Named after the famous Victorian missionary explorer, Dr. David Livingstone, who explored this area extensively, Livingstone Town was established in 1905.
As a major European settlement, being close to the Zambezi River crossing over to Southern Rhodesia, the town was made the capital of Northern Rhodesia in 1911. As the capital, it enjoyed excellent facilities far superior to anything elsewhere in the country, as can be seen from the surviving Edwardian buildings that line the city’s main road. Livingstone even had the distinction of having the country’s first newspaper. The capital was moved to Lusaka in 1935 and the bustling city has become a quiet town, but still retaining a special charm. A major event in 2011 was the installation of the town’s first set of traffic lights! The proximity to the Zambezi River and the spectacular Victoria Falls has led Livingstone to become a base for travelers from all over the world wanting to explore this Wonder of the World.
There are several Adventure Companies offering Riverboarding, Whitewater rafting, Canoeing, Horse riding trails, Abseiling, as well as Boat cruises, Walks with lions, Elephant back safaris, Quad bikes riding, Kayaking and tours to the Victoria Falls, Mukuni Cultural Village and the places of interest in Livingstone. Many tour companies and lodges offer a booking agency service in Livingstone to help make your stay as easy and enjoyable as possible. You can fly directly into Livingstone via Livingstone airport.
LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
This park is still relatively undeveloped and its beauty lies in its wilderness state. The diversity of animals is not as wide as the other big parks, but the opportunities to get close to game wandering in and out of the Zambezi channels are spectacular. The park lies opposite the famous Mana Pools National Park in Zimbabwe, so the whole area on both sides of the Zambezi River is a massive wildlife sanctuary. The river’s edge is overhung with a thick riverine fringe, including ebony and fig trees. Further inland is a floodplain fringed with mopane forest and interspersed with winter thorn trees and huge acacias. The hills which form the backdrop to the park are covered in broadleaf woodland.
Even though the Lower Zambezi National Park covers an area of 4092 square kilometers, most of the game is concentrated along the valley floor. There is an escarpment along the northern end which acts as a physical barrier to most of the park’s animal species. Enormous herds of elephant, some up to 100 strong, are often seen at the river’s edge. ‘Island hopping’ buffalo and waterbuck are common. The park also hosts good populations of lion and leopard and listen too for the ubiquitous cry of the fish eagle.
Sitting in the sunshine on a palm-fringed, sandy beach with sapphire water stretching as far as the eye can see, you might be forgiven for thinking you’re on an oceanic tropical island rather than on the shores of Lake Malawi, hundreds of kilometers from the coast.
Part of the tumble of mountains and lakes that make up the Great Rift Valley, Lake Malawi is the undisputed drawcard of what people call the friendliest country in Africa. Covering 30 000km² and taking up an of Malawi, this massive freshwater body is filled with shoals of brightly colored fish while the branches of lakeside trees act as convenient perches for African fish eagles, their distinctive calls a soothing soundtrack to a Lake Malawi holiday.
The most accessible and popular parts of Lake Malawi are its southern and central regions, and this is where you’ll find our pick of lakeside accommodation, ranging from family-friendly beach resorts such as Club Makokola to romantic island lodges including Mumbo Island and Kaya Mawa. Even in these more visited areas the lake is still wonderfully untouched by mass tourism: no queues, no crowds – just a stress-free beach holiday in a unique environment.
Activities offered at Lake Malawi lodges are understandably water-based. With the largest number of fish species of any lake in the world, the snorkeling is fantastic and it’s a top destination for freshwater scuba diving too. The flat lake surface is also perfect for leisurely kayaking and fair-weather sailing. Back on dry land, there are plenty of opportunities to go bird watching, add on a local big game safari in nearby Liwonde National Park, or just to immerse yourself in the local beach culture – noted as being about as laid-back as it gets.
Lake Malawi is best visited between early May and late October when the climate is mild to warm with little chance of rain and the risk of malaria is at its lowest. Find out more about where to go on Lake Malawi or simply chat to one of our well-traveled Africa Safari Experts – they know the area well and can recommend the perfect place for a week-long Lake Malawi holiday or will include a couple of relaxing days on the lakeshore as part of a longer Southern Africa safari itinerary.
You will spend two nights in an Avani Room at AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, three nights in a room facing Zambezi river at Royal Zambezi Lodge, one night at Protea Hotel in Lusaka, two nights in a beach room at The Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi, and one night at Latitude 13 Hotel in Lilongwe.
AVANI VICTORIA FALLS RESORT – LIVINGSTONE ZAMBIA
A 5-minute walk from “Mosi-oa-Tunya” (the Smoke that Thunders – Victoria Falls), the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort provides guests with affordable luxury, family-oriented accommodation. This 3-star hotel is vibrant and colorful, which is reflective of the Zambian people themselves. Whether you are looking for a family holiday destination or world-class conference facilities, the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort will accommodate your needs. We are positioned close to the action, with a number of adrenalin-pumping activities right on our doorstep!
While as a guest of the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, you enjoy the privilege of complimentary access to Victoria Falls via our private entrance. There is WIFI access in all of the rooms. Traditional Marimba Band performs during lunch at the poolside and a Resident Band perform at the poolside every evening. Stunning wildlife around the resort; zebra, Giraffe, Impalas, and Monkeys.
Minor Hotel Group (MHG), a hotel owner, operator and investor, currently with a portfolio of 155 hotels and resorts in 25 countries across Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Europe, South America, Africa and the Indian Ocean, has rebranded five hotels in southern Africa to its upscale AVANI brand from last year.
AVANI Hotels & Resorts is the vibrant upscale brand which MHG launched in 2011. Offering relaxed comfort and contemporary style in city and resort destinations to guests who value the details that matter, AVANI was launched in response to an increasingly influential group of discerning travelers who appreciate good design and excellent service, but also demand great value.
AVANI Victoria Falls Resort offers guests everything that you have come to expect from this successful leisure brand. With a choice of 212 en-suite rooms, ranging from twin to family, the AVANI Victoria Falls Resort will provide you with the perfect place to relax and unwind while enjoying everything that the Victoria Falls has to offer including complimentary 250MB WIFI daily.
Amenities and Facilities:
Room service, Laundry, Conference Premises, Swimming pool, Restaurants & Bars, Kid’s Club, Zuba’s Adventure Camp, Internet, Satellite TV, Unlimited Access to the Victoria Falls.
ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE – LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Located on the opposite bank to Zimbabwe Mana Pools National Park, the Royal Zambezi Lodge is situated on the majestic Zambezi river. This intimate, family-owned lodge makes the most of the environment in which it is situated, letting nature provide guests with a magnificent setting for their African holiday. The lodge is positioned to allow visitors to take full advantage of a wide variety of safari activities in the area, which is home to elephant, buffalo, lion, and the elusive leopard. Activities are offered by highly experienced guides, with over 50 years of experience in the Lower Zambezi region.
The Royal Zambezi Lodge offers guests outstanding hospitality and luxury, with attention paid to the finest detail. The thatch and copper roofs create a natural but sophisticated setting for you to relax. The chef sources fresh, local ingredients to treat you to exciting and healthy cuisine. The Royal Zambezi Lodge has 15 suites, all overlooking the river. Throughout the lodge, the décor combines contemporary, understated design with traditional safari elegance.
If you are looking for the ultimate indulgent experience, the Deluxe and Presidential suites allow you to submerge yourself into the natural surroundings without compromising on luxury. Unwind and sip on chilled champagne just meters from the river, whilst relaxing in your own private deep copper bath. You may also enjoy a refreshing cold, outdoor shower or dip in your own private plunge pool while the wildlife drink from the river below. The Classic suites treat guests to cotton linen, feather pillows, and extra length beds. The rich textures and natural tones will create a relaxing environment in which you can unwind and listen to the African bush outside. You may join for a true African experience, wide-open spaces, and magnificent sunrises and sunsets.
The amenities of Royal Zambezi Lodge are:
- Internet: Wifi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
- Pool: Outdoor pool (free)
- Entertainment and family services: Shared lounge / TV area
- General: Designated smoking area, bridal suite, garden, terrace, sun terrace, and library
- Spa and wellness: Spa and wellness center and massage
- Reception services: Concierge service, luggage storage (free), and safety deposit box (free)
- Food and drink: Restaurant, bar, room service, special diet menus (on request), and packed lunches
PROTEA HOTEL – LUSAKA, ZAMBIA
Treat yourself to a refreshing stay at our hotel in Lusaka
Let the Protea Hotel by Marriott Lusaka set the stage for a memorable visit. Whether you’re in Zambia for business or leisure, you’ll be delighted with our sleek, amenity-laden accommodation and prime location within the Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex. Make yourself comfortable in your modern room, which boasts deluxe bedding, free Wi-Fi access, a mini-refrigerator, and a flat-screen TV. Stop by our hotel restaurant and enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast every morning, or relax with a meal and a drink in the evening after a busy day in Lusaka. Be sure to cool off in our splash pool as well. If you’re planning an event in the area, we offer two well-designed venues, which can be combined to accommodate 100 seated delegates. And our convenient location places some of the city’s best shopping and dining, as well as the University of Zambia and Mulungushi International Conference Center, just steps away from your door. We’re dedicated to making your stay special at the Protea Hotel Lusaka.
Free high-speed internet, Pool, Airport shuttle, Meeting event space.
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 fresh water 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.
Livingstone saw for the first time his lake at Mphonda that is only 10 kilometers south of The Makokola Retreat. Here, Livingstone realized that the lake was a route used by the slave traders, a practice he long fought against. Livingstone acumen allowed him to eradicate the slavery by using these routes to trade commodities for the British Crown.
A tropical haven with a relaxed pace, Malawi is famous for its artistic traditions, including dances, wood sculpture, painting, embroidery, and music among others. The guests can absorb the Malawian culture that surrounds them by visiting the nearby attractions and admiring the local artwork and crafts around the retreat. The hand-built villas blend ethnic chic with all that is traditional in Malawi. All the comforts you would expect during your getaway are here, accentuated by locally sourced wooden beams and traditional artwork beneath a thatched roof. The Malawian theme is carried through the décor, with handcrafted furniture, typical artifacts, and local fabrics in rich, vivid colors.
The rooms are just a few steps from the beach yet designed with seclusion in mind. On the Makokola Retreat grounds, pathways lead you to accommodations nestled in the midst of magical natural gardens. It is a haven of rest and relaxation, where you can feel at one with the environment. There is a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces where time becomes your own.
You will have enthusiastic Malawian hosts to look after you during your stay. They’ll take care of all your needs, including serving your meals, arranging activities, and guiding you on excursions. They are part of The Makokola Retreat’s commitment to the local community and upliftment of the country’s people. Many of them have very little in the way of formal education, but they have a genuine warmth and friendliness and will be delighted to receive you.
LATITUDE 13 HOTEL – LILONGWE MALAWI
You’ll find Latitude 13° nestled in the leafy lanes on the northern edge of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. We’re a hotel 10 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Kamuzu International Airport with a 24-hour Front Desk, unlimited check-in hours, 20 long-stay apartments, 6 garden suites, and 3 club rooms. We are a restaurant & bar with food and drink from all corners of the world. We are a fitness club with a state-of-the-art gym and an 18-meter heated pool. We are a center for music, art, fashion and party happenings. We’re a meetings and events hub. And we’ll soon be a health, wellness and beauty oasis.
But above and beyond what we offer is what and who we are: a social, stylish, surprising and sustainable mix of people, places, and environments that stimulate connections with locals and visitors
DAY 1: Meet & Greet /Transfer to Avani Victoria Falls
On Arrival at Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI), Meet and Greet by our representative who will then help you with luggage and transfer you to AVANI Victoria Falls Resort, your home for first two nights. Arrive at the Hotel, check in and relax and enjoy the facilities. You are free to visit the Victoria Falls unguided while at Avani Victoria Falls Resort as many times as you want to.
Plan: Bed only
DAY 2: AVANI VICTORIA FALLS RESORT, LIVINGSTONE
Today you will start with morning breakfast and then you will be picked up for a 2 Hrs Guided Victoria Falls Tour, then its lunch time and relax. Later in the afternoon you will do a Sunset Boat Cruise on the Zambezi River and return to the lodge for dinner and bed.
Plan: Breakfast/2 Hrs Guided Victoria Falls Tour & Sunset Boat Cruise.
DAY 3: FLIGHT FROM LIVINGSTONE TO ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE IN LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
On this day, depending on your flight from Livingstone to Royal Zambezi Lodge in Lower Zambezi National Park, you will check out of AVANI Victoria Falls Resort. Transfers to Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport (LVI) in time for your flight to Lower Zambezi via Lusaka. On arrival at Royal Airstrip, the guide from Royal Zambezi Lodge will welcome and assist you with the luggage and transfer you to Royal Zambezi Lodge, your home for the next three nights. Check in at the lodge, have lunch, relax and you will go out for the afternoon which can be A night Game drive or Boat Cruise
Plan: All Meals/1 x Afternoon Activity
DAY 4: ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE IN LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Breakfast in the morning then you will leave for the morning activity and return to the lodge for lunch and relaxing time then afternoon tea will follow and later it’s the afternoon activity and you will be returning in time for dinner and bed.
Plan: All Meals /2 activities – Game drive, Bushwalk, Boat Cruise or Canoe Safari
Day 5: ROYAL ZAMBEZI LODGE IN LOWER ZAMBEZI NATIONAL PARK
Same as day four – Breakfast in the morning then you will leave for the morning activity and return to the lodge for lunch and relaxing time then afternoon tea will follow and later it’s the afternoon activity and you will be returning in time for dinner and bed.
Plan: All Meals /2 activities – Game drive, Bushwalk, Boat Cruise or Canoe Safari
DAY 6: FLIGHT TO LUSAKA & TRANSFER TO PROTEA HOTEL IN LUSAKA
On this day, you will check out from Royal Zambezi Lodge depending on your flight time from Royal Airstrip to Lusaka. Upon arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), meet and greet with your representative who will assist you with luggage and transfer you to the Protea Hotel in Lusaka. Arrive at the Hotel Check-in and relax to enjoy the hotel facilities.
Plan: Breakfast & Bed
DAY 7: FLIGHT LUSAKA TO LILONGWE /TRANSFER FROM LILONGWE AIRPORT TO THE MAKOLA RETREATS
Breakfast at Protea Hotel in Lusaka and transfer to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in time for your flight to Lilongwe in Malawi.
Arrival, Meet & Greet at the airport by our driver who will then take you on a 3hrs transfer you to Club Makokola in Lake Malawi. Check in and have lunch then do any of non-motorized activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sailing plus laser (smaller sailboat available), kayaks (single and double), and bird watching trail.
Plan: All Meals/Any of Non-Motorized Activities
DAY 8: THE MAKOKOLA RETREATS IN LAKE MALAWI
Morning Breakfast and you will do any of your non-motorized activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sailing plus laser (smaller sailboat available), kayaks (single and double), and bird watching trail. Then break for lunch and continue with activities after lunch then dinner and bed.
Plan: All Meals/All Non-Motorized Activities
DAY 9: TRANSFER FROM THE MAKOLA RETREATS TO LATITUDE 13 HOTEL IN LILONGWE
Breakfast in the morning and you will do any of the non-motorized activity then lunch break, after lunch, our driver will take you on 3 hours transfer to Latitude 13 Hotel in Lilongwe. Check in and our driver will take you on a short City tour of Lilongwe if this may interest you and then drop you at the Hotel. – Please inform us if you would like a city tour when making a reservation.
Plan: Breakfast, Lunch /Any of Non-Motorized activities
DAY 10: TRANSFER TO LILONGWE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
Morning Breakfast at the Hotel, then you will check out and our driver will transfer you to Lilongwe International Airport in time for an onward connection flight. Please note that you will be at the airport at least 2 hours before your international flight time.
- 2 Game Viewing Activities per day in Lower Zambezi National Park
- Private guiding/vehicle/boat at Lower Zambezi National Park
- Bird watching trail in Lake Malawi
- 2 hours of sunset Zambezi Cruise in Victoria Falls
- A guided Victoria Falls tour in Victoria Falls
- All non-motorized activities such as swimming, snorkeling, sailing plus laser (smaller sailboat available), and kayaks (single and double) in Lake Malawi
- Lower Zambezi National Park entrance fee
- Laundry fee at Royal Zambezi Lodge
- Royal Zambezi Lodge airstrip passenger access fees
- Wi-Fi (bush internet so not super-fast) at Royal Zambezi Lodge
- Taxes and tourism levy at The Makokola Retreats
- Transfer from Livingstone International Airport to AVANI Victoria Falls Resort
- Flight from Livingstone to Royal in Lower Zambezi National Park via Lusaka
- Transfer from Royal Airstrip to Royal Zambezi Lodge
- Transfer from Royal Zambezi Lodge to Royal Airstrip
- Flight from Royal in Lower Zambezi National Park to Lusaka
- Transfers from Lusaka International Airport to Protea Hotel Lusaka
- Transfer from Protea Hotel Lusaka to Lusaka International Airport
- Flight from Lusaka International Airport to Lilongwe Malawi
- Transfer from Lilongwe International Airport (LLW) to The Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi
- Transfer from The Makokola Retreat to Latitude 13 Hotel in Lilongwe
- Transfer from Latitude 13 Hotel to Lilongwe International Airport
- 9 nights’ accommodation
- Meals and several drinks as specified in the itinerary
- Visa fees
- Insurance cover (We recommends clients arrange for travel insurance in their home country)
- Anything not included & Items of personal nature