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Zambia Bush to Beach

11 days from Lusaka to Lilongwe

Why we love this itinerary

A fantastic alternative to the classic safari and beach with a 10-night itinerary that combines the exciting wildlife safari in the acclaimed South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, with a relaxing beach holiday on a small island in the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi. With mid-range accommodation that has little touches of luxury, this is a great value option that maximises experience at every turn.

Trip Highlights

- Combine Zambia and Malawi

- Exceptional safari experience in South Luangwa

- Spend 7 days on safari with game drives and bush walks

- Affordable beach option in Lake Malawi *upgrade available*

- Inclusive of regional flights, all meals, and standard drinks

Days 1-4 | Central South Luangwa

Flying into Lusaka you'll transfer to your bush plane for a short hop to Mfuwe where your driver will collect you and transfer you to your first lodge, Kafunta River Lodge which is around 50mins away, and you'll see some of the local communities as you pass through various villages. You'll enjoy afternoon and morning game drives here across 4 nights, and in between you'll get to relax on the viewing deck, enjoy a spa treatment, and of course the staples of afternoon tea and a siesta!

Kafunta River Lodge

Days 5-7 | Southern South Luangwa

After the final morning game drive at Kafunta and brunch at the lodge, you'll depart on the 2 hour journey to Three Rivers Camp. Daily game drives or bush walks are available to explore the area, as are short night drives before dinner to discoer nocturnal wildlife. Back at camp, you'll dine al fresco, enjoy your own vieing deck, and even choose to spend a night outside under the stars in your specially appointed tented platform next to your room! You have 3 nights here to encounter elephants, giraffes, waterbuck and perhaps the relatively rare roan antelope, as well as lions, leopards and wild dogs.

Three Rivers Camp

Days 8-11 | Nankoma Island

After a final morning in South Luangwa, you'll head to Mfuwe Airport for your 1 hour flight to Lilongwe in Malawi, where you'll then be transferred to the lovely Blue Zebra Island Lodge via a boat to Nankoma Island on Lake Malawi. The transfer takes around 2.5 hours but is beautiful and involves dipping your toes in the shallow waters of the lake to climb onboard! The Malawian sunsets are stunning, and the lodge provides the perfect base to relax after your safari. For those ready for more action, there is kayaking, sunset cruises, snorkelling and diving, birding safaris and so much more. You have 3 nights here to relax and enjoy the scenery before heading back to Lilongwe where this unique combination trip comes to and end.

Blue Zebra Island Lodge

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*based on 2 people sharing, excludes international flights*

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