Arrive in Lusaka, Zambia’s capitol city, where you will be met and assisted to the light aircraft transfer to Mfuwe. Upon arrival, meet your guide and head through Mfuwe village and into the park to your safari lodge.
South Luangwa’s history dates back over 30 years and is where the concept of walking safaris originated. This national park lies along the Luangwa River and is home to some of Africa’s largest concentrations of wildlife. The lifeblood of the park is the mighty Luangwa River which is one of the most pristine river ecosystems in Africa. The vegetation of the park is predominately dry woodland interspersed with floodplain grasslands, coupled with the dominating Luangwa River and its many languid oxbow lakes. Unique and varied animal species are found here, from large herds of elephant and buffalo to impala and puku. Dominant predators include lion and leopard. The wide variety of antelope species seen include common waterbuck and reedbuck, bushbuck, kudu, Lichtenstein’s hartebeest, sable and roan. Unique to the area are Thornicroft’s giraffe as well as the Cookson’s wildebeest, both sub-species found nowhere else in the world. A healthy hippo population dots the riverbanks and the lagoon in front of camp. The birding is equally diverse, with regular sightings of Saddle-billed Stork, Lilian’s Lovebird, African Skimmer and even Bat Hawk. Three nights Mfuwe Lodge.
South Luangwa National Park
Set out this morning on a game drive deep into the park as you head to the first of your remote Bushcamps. During your stay you will expereince two of the Bushcamps, with the option to walk from one camp to the next on Day 4. Each of the six bushcamps is set in glorious surroundings and can accommodate a maximum of just eight guests, ensuring that your stay is a peaceful one and tailored to your personal needs. Together with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals and first-class guides, the bushcamps are the perfect gateway for individuals and small groups wishing to explore the spectacular wildlife of the South Luangwa.
In the South Luangwa, the walking safari is king. This is what we are famous for, so it is only fitting that most of your outings will be on foot with the very finest guides. Game drives are also on offer, particularly at night when a whole new cast of characters fills the landscape.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
Set out early this morning to return back to Mfuwe Airport to meet the flight to Likoma Island and Lake Malawi (stopping in Lilongwe to clear customs on the way). It’s about an hour’s flight from Lilongwe to Likoma with beautiful scenery all the way up. Upon arrival you will be met by a guide and transferred to Kaya Mawa for three nights.
Likoma Island is the larger of two inhabited islands in Lake Malawi. Although both islands lie just a few kilometers from Mozambique, and are entirely surrounded by Mozambican territorial waters, they are both properties of Malawi. There is one town, Likoma Town, and (amazingly) here you’ll find St Peter’s Cathedral – the third largest cathedral in Central Africa! Built in 1903, this remarkable building is about the same size of Winchester Cathedral and is of real architectural and cultural interest. Inside, you’ll not only find a lovely working cathedral, but also a great deal of carved soapstone and stained-glass windows kept in perfect condition.
Lake Malawi, Malawi
The island’s sandy beaches and secluded coves have some of the best snorkelling and diving in Malawi and Kaya Mawa is the only lodge! Activities include scuba diving and snorkeling (there is a PADI dive center at the lodge), kite surfing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding, fishing, sailing in the solo Lasers, exploring the island on foot on your own or with a guide, mountain biking, quad biking, taking some treatments or simply relaxing at the lodge or on the beach!
Sadly, on day 9 it’s time to depart. Enjoy one last breakfast on the beach before you are transferred back to the Likoma Airstrip for the flights to Lilongwe and on home.
As a native South African, safaris are in Mike's blood. While he has traveled extensively throughout Africa - 12 countries and more safaris than he can count - from Morocco to Namibia (and almost every country in between), his favorite safari experience is still in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. With 20 years in the safari industry, Mike has spent decades fostering close-knit relationships with camps, lodges and guides throughout Africa. As a true safari expert, he personally vets all African Safari Company & Expeditions safari partners in Africa.
Julia's summers as a child were spent exploring her grandparent's farm in Zimbabwe, game parks throughout the region and visiting family in South Africa. These experiences shaped her more than she could have imagined, and in her early 20s she packed her bags and headed to Zambia to manage a camp in the South Luangwa Valley. Julia returned and joined her father, Mike, at African Safari Company in 2001 assisting with special projects until she came on board as the Director of Sales in 2011.
Julia has traveled countless times to Africa: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya, Tanzania and Morocco vetting safari lodges, meeting guides and exploring game reserves and her favorite African cities (Cape Town being her top pick!). Even after venturing to so many places, she can still easily pick her favorite African safari experiences, one being Kiba Point in the Selous National Park in Tanzania. "Incredible wildlife, amazing guides, the river, sleep outs, hot springs...it has it all!" She has also visited Ecuador and the Galapagos, Peru, the Bahamas, France, Mexico and Jamaica, and is always looking for the next opportunity to explore exotic locales. While her in-depth knowledge spans East and Southern Africa, plus Morocco, we consider her to be our resident Zambia safari expert, South Africa safari expert and Tanzania safari expert. Contact Julia to plan your custom African safari today!
Isaac joined African Safari Co. & Expeditions in 2018. He has extensive experience traveling throughout Latin America and is fluent in Portuguese and Spanish. While his expertise lies in the tropical paradise of of South America, he is excited to hit the ground running in discovering Africa and scouting out the most unique, and adventurous, safari experiences.
Shannon joined the company in 2015 and has since had the incredible opportunity of visiting Kenya, South Africa, Morocco, Zimbabwe and Botswana. Her first trip to Kenya is where she fell in love with the people, wildlife and the soul of a safari. She now managers web design & marketing for African Safari Co. & Expeditions.
Elliot joined the African Safari Co. team, and the world, in June of 2016. He begin as our official Director of Naps and has since traveled to South Africa and Guatemala and has been promoted to Vice President of chaos. Elliot is excited to continue to grow with the company, quite literally speaking, and travel the world in search of new adventures!
Bogey has been with the African Safari Co. since 2014. While he unfortunately can not travel to Africa, for a natural fear of lions, he loves being in the office and helping to keep everyone on their toes and on time for daily walks.