This adventure holiday to Zambia & Malawi is ideal whether you are on honeymoon, holidaying with the whole family or a couple in search of epic wildlife viewing combined with some post safari relaxation.
Four nights are spent in the game rich South Luangwa National Park staying at the exclusive Nsefu Camp operated by the exceptional Robin Pope Safaris, early pioneers of photographic safaris in Zambia.
Wind down with 4 nights at Pumulani, a luxury beach lodge on the southern shores of Lake Malawi, or as David Livingstone named it, the Lake of Stars.
Pumulani offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery.
On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will connect with a flight to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park, Zambia’s premier safari destination with outstanding game viewing and walking safaris on offer.
You will drive deep into the bush to the Nsefu sector on the South Luangwa River where you will spend 4 nights at Nsefu Camp with all meals and game viewing activities included.
This afternoon head out on your first afternoon game drive to experience this pristine wilderness as the sunsets and the nocturnal species appear out of the bush.
After breakfast around the camp fire, your safari will continue with morning and evening game drives or bush walks led by knowledgeable guides, and escorted by an armed National Park scout.
The guiding team is very passionate and will certainly impart some amazing bush insights at a level that will surprise you.
Explore the Nsefu sector further with bush walks or game drives through the ebony groves and along the South Luangwa River.
Or you may decide, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore further afield. Possibly a day tour to Kawaza Village for a cultural experience or Tribal Textiles to get some insight on local industry plus a chance to buy some beautiful and practical souvenirs.
Nothing is set in stone and your days will be designed and planned with your guide bearing in mind your particular interests.
After breakfast, take a road transfer to Mfuwe Airport for your 50 minute flight to Lilongwe in Malawi. On arrival at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Airport, you will be assisted to your Pumulani flight.
Pumulani is one of the country’s most renowned five star lodges located on the West side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the southern shores of Lake Malawi – romantically called “The Lake of Stars”.
Ten stylish villas are scattered around the hillside on the edge of the forest and overlooking a private pristine white beach.
Enjoy the first full day of relaxation at Pumulani (meaning ‘rest well’ in the local Chichewa language). This remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. For those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, there is an infinity pool with grand views over the lake.
The activities here are endless: a 40ft traditional dhow for enchanting sunset cruising or a speedboat to whizz around the lake are unmissable.
Other exciting activities include snorkelling to observe the clouds of colourful fish, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding and guided walks up into the hills to enjoy the colourful birdlife.
Meeting the locals will further enhance your holiday with guided walks to the village to hear about Malawi’s traditions and rituals.
Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. Pumulani offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands.
For those interested in the real Malawian village life, head inland for a walk in the forested hills or take a cycle ride through the local village.
Malawians are renowned for being amongst the friendliest people in Africa and bring your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them.
Depending on your onward connection, you can either enjoy a lazy morning or take an early breakfast before heading off to Lilongwe to meet your connecting flight home.
Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa was recognised then as a phenomenal wildlife area and it still is.
The six original rondavels have been upgraded to include spacious ensuite bathrooms yet maintaining the traditional old fashioned feel of an early explorers camp. Each rondavel enjoys views over the Luangwa River and includes a terraced area where game grazes during the day. The bar and sitting area are tucked in between a huge dormant termite mound and a lagoon that makes the most of the extensive wildlife that comes down to the lagoon to drink. Leopard can often be seen there at night!
Pumulani Luxury Beach Lodge offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery. Pumulani nestles in the lush hills and craggy outcrops on the southern shores of Lake Malawi.
Ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. Each villa has a large bedroom, which opens out onto a private deck where early risers can enjoy the morning’s first rays.
Guests can relax on the white sandy beach or enjoy an elevated view of the lake from the stylish infinity pool. For those seeking some activity Pumulani offers water skiing, sailing, kayaking, walks in the hills, sunset cruises on the lodges own handbuilt dhow, snorkelling and diving. The diversity of fishlife is amazing in its myriad of colours.
Thank you to The Big 5 Safari Company – you made our safari dreams come true.
The South Luangwa was our first safari and what a place to start. We thought it expensive during the planning process, but having explained to you what we were looking for, we are so pleased you recommended Tena Tena Camp. It was worth every penny! It was such a private location that it felt we had the place just to ourselves. The guiding was first class on our 4x4 game drives and bush walks and the game viewing unbelieveable. Added to which the levels of service and delicious food in camp was amazing given how remote we were!
Relaxing in Malawi was the cherry on the cake – Pumulani is a superb lodge and we enjoyed every minute.
We are now safari addicts and will be back soon.
Thank you Big 5 for including Huntingdon House in Malawi. We loved the ambience and the walks through the tea plantation. It was the perfect relaxation after the excitement of our safari in the South Luangwa.
The travel arrangements worked perfectly. The location, standards and staff at the camp were all excellent. The number of animal species we saw was outstanding - leopards, lions, giraffe, buffalo, beautiful impala, crocs and hippos galore! Our guide was brilliant who regaled us with hugely interesting anecdotes!
Thank you for organizing our holiday so superbly.