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This trip encapsulates the best of what Zambia and Malawi have to offer – the iconic Victoria Falls, exploration of the Zambezi River, incredible big game viewing in the South Luangwa and time relaxing on the golden beaches of Lake Malawi.
Family safaris are a truly special experience, especially when combined with some of Africa’s other incredible experiences, in this case the beauty of Victoria Falls and time to sit back and enjoy the warm waters and easy charm of Lake Malawi.
The trip starts in Livingstone on the banks of the Zambezi River with your lodge commanding stunning views out over the majestic Victoria Falls. As well as exploring the Falls themselves you will be able to take boat trips on the Zambezi, visit traditional markets and museums, walk in the bush and relax by the swimming pool in the afternoons. From Livingstone your journey will continue by air as you fly to the vast expanses of the South Luangwa National Park. Regarded rightly as Zambia’s prime big game viewing spot, the park is home to all manner of wildlife including lion, leopard, wild dog, elephant, buffalo and many more besides. From your riverside location explore the park with your guide and learn more about the wildliZambife you see, as well as the remarkable landscape that you are traversing. Another flight will take you to shores of Lake Malawi where you will round off your trip relaxing in a beautiful beachside lodge. This is the chance to soak up the sunshine, snorkel in the clear waters of the lake and enjoy a variety of watersports. There will also be the chance to visit local villages, perfect for cultural interactions and an experience especially popular with children.
This is a wonderful trip for families with children of all ages, offering the full range of experiences, landscapes and activities that make Africa such a captivating place to visit and will doubtless be the seed for many more family adventures to come.
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Day 1: Flying to Zambia
This evening catch the overnight British Airways flight from London Heathrow to Johannesburg.
Day 2: Livingstone & The Victoria Falls
Connect through Johannesburg on to a flight up to Livingstone on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls. You will be met and transferred to Stanley Safari Lodge where you will be spending the next 3 nights. Enjoy some time to relax in the beautiful surrounds of the lodge or take a swim after a long day travelling to get here before taking afternoon tea. As a gentle way to start your time here take an afternoon boat cruise on the Zambezi River before drinks and dinner.
Day 3: Explore Victoria Falls
Of course, one of the main reasons for visiting this part of the world is to enjoy a walking tour of the mighty Victoria Falls. Head out with a guide from the lodge to explore the network of walkways and paths that offer a spectacular close-up view of the Zambezi as it plunges in to the gorges below. Depending on the season you may also be able to walk above the falls and gaze down in to the precipice from above.
Day 4: Activities from the lodge
In addition to falls tours, the lodge offers a wide range of activities for you to enjoy during your stay. River safaris, canoeing, visits to a local village and tours of the David Livingstone museum are all included activities, whilst they can also arrange extra trips such as helicopter or microlight trips, rhino tracking in the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park, walking safaris and day trips to the Zimbabwean side of the falls or the Chobe National Park across the border in Botswana.
Day 5: To the South Luangwa
After a final breakfast on the terrace of the lodge you will be collected and transferred back to the airport for the flight up to Mfuwe, the gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. A guide will be waiting to transfer you in to the park and on to Nkwali, a beautiful riverside camp and the ideal base from which to explore the game rich plains of the park. Enjoy afternoon tea before heading out on your first game drive in the company of your guide.
Day 6: Big cats galore
The South Luangwa is one of the most beloved safari destinations in Africa, thanks largely to its high concentration of predators. Lion are seen frequently stalking their prey through the bush or sunning themselves in the open, whilst night time is when the large leopard population is most active. Wild dog are also found in strong numbers in the park and it is an amazing experience to watch these majestic creatures out hunting.
Day 7: Safari and relaxation
In addition to predators, the park is home to large number of elephant, buffalo, hippo and crocodile, which are all found close to the Luangwa River. You will also see a variety of plains game, giraffe and birdlife, so the safari experience is hugely varied. In between game drives relax in the splendour of the camp, take a dip in the sparkling plunge pool or sit back on the deck and watch for elephant strolling through the bed of the Luangwa River which runs right beneath it.
Day 8: On to Lake Malawi
After a final morning game drive you will enjoy breakfast in the lodge before being collected and transferred back to Mfuwe airport for your flight across to Lake Malawi, with a brief touchdown in Lilongwe. From the airstrip a short drive will take you over the crest of a hill and to the shores of Lake Malawi where you will have 6 nights at the beautiful Pumulani. Sit back, relax and revel in the incredible lakeside location of the lodge.
Days 9-13: Relaxing by the lake
Your time at Pumulani will be an opportunity for you to unwind after a busy but exhilarating adventure through Zambia. As well as the lake there is a large infinity pool at the lodge if you don’t want to make the walk down to the beach, so plenty of spots to soak up the sunshine. The lodge also offers a variety of watersports, biking trails and the chance to visit local villages so there is plenty to keep you active if you feel like doing so.
Day 14: Homeward Bound
Enjoy breakfast and some time to relax at the lodge before being collected for the road transfer to Lilongwe where you will catch an early afternoon flight to Johannesburg and then an overnight connecting to London Heathrow with British Airways.
Duration: 14 days
Location: Zambia, Africa
This Zambia and Malawi Family Adventure costs from £7,685 per person* and includes:
- International, regional and domestic flights
- All applicable transfers
- 3 nights with All Meals and activities at Stanley Safari Lodge - Family Suite
- 3 nights Fully Inclusive at Nkwali - Family Suite
- 6 nights with All Meals and activities at Pumulani - Standard Suites
*Please note, the price shown is per adult and child prices will vary depending on the age of the children when travelling
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