This is your perfect getaway that combines the incredible Lower Zambezi, stunning South Luangwa National Park and magical Lake Malawi. This itinerary is really good value, but is also just an example to give you an idea of what we can offer. We would be happy to tweak this trip to make it the perfect trip for you.
Arrive Lusaka International Airport, where our representative will meet you and connect you onto your short flight down into the Zambezi Valley. Enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly over the hills bordering the Zambezi River. The flight takes just over 30 minutes. On arrival at Royal Airstrip, you will be transported to Chongwe River Camp, which really is one-of-a-kind.
Chongwe will make sure your stay with us is a real home away from home – a place where you can unwind and switch off from the rest of the world. They offer an unmatched variety of activities. Day and night drives, boats cruises, walking safaris or you can experience their flagship canoeing which offers you the opportunity to view wildlife from a more natural perspective.
The Chongwe team will transfer you to Royal Airstrip to catch your flight to Lusaka. Our representative in Lusaka Airport, will meet you and you will be escorted to your connecting flight to Mfuwe, our gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. Enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly into the South Luangwa Valley. This flight takes just over an hour. On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, you will be transported to either Nsolo/ Luwi/ Mchenja or Kakuli Bush Camps (approx transfer time of 2-4hrs, most of which is a game drive through the national park), where you can settle into your luxury home in the bush for the next 3 nights.
After breakfast in the bush it is time for one last game drive through the park, to the Mfuwe Gate, which will take about 2-3 hrs, and is where you will meet our guide to drive you to Malawi. With packed lunch on the way, you will stop in at Tribal Textiles, which is a textile factory that has earned itself a great reputation over the years for creating jobs and producing quality textiles, which make for great gifts. From here the drive is about 2hrs to the border, and then another 2hrs to Kumbali Lodge, a beautiful setting on the outskirts of Lilongwe. Relax and enjoy your evening, before heading to Lake Malawi in the morning.
After a good night sleep and a delicious breakfast it is time to head to magical Mumbo Island. Your guide will transfer you to Cape Maclear, which is about a 3-4hr drive, in time for your afternoon boat transfer to the island. Mumbo is based 10km off the Cape Maclear peninsula and takes 45 minutes by boat, or if you are feeling like an athlete feel free to kayak out to the island, which should take about 2hrs. Enjoy the next 3 days in paradise, make the most of the incredible snorkelling, crystal clear waters, fascinating birdlife, diverse flora and fauna, semi challenging walks and stunning sunsets. Make sure to hike up to Pod rock for a sundowner.
Early start and boat transfer back to Cape Maclear. Your guide will meet you in Cape Maclear and drive you back to Lilongwe International Airport.
– Internal flights in Zambia + Airport transfers
– 2 game activities a day in Zambia + Parks Fees + All Meals + Non-Motorised water sports on Mumbo Island.
– Local bar drinks at the bush camps
– Road transfers from Mfuwe – Lilongwe & return road transfers to Cape Maclear.
– Laundry, Tourism Levies and VAT.
– International flights + Visas + Drinks (Except where included)
This itinerary is merely an example and should be used as a guideline, as we will happily personalise the trip to make your adventure in Malawi and Zambia perfect. If you would like to consider some extensions we would strongly recommend some of the below locations, where more information can be found under Zambia and Beyond:
– Livingstone/ Victoria Falls – Kafue National Park & Busanga Plains – Liuwa Plains – Chobe National Park – Likoma Island – Nyika Plateau – Nkotakota Wildlife Reserve – Majete Wildlife Reserve – Liwonde National Park