Capture the Beauty of the Beach and the Bush

Picture Perfect Tour of Zambia National Parks & Lake Malawi

This photography focussed tour combines three of Zambia’s most popular parks; Kafue National Park, Lower Zambezi National Park and South Luangwa National Park with Likoma Island in Malawi.

The tour begins at Kafue National Park where you will stay at Ila Safari Lodge. Kafue is the largest and oldest park in Zambia. Regular sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, a wide range of antelopes including roan, sable and zebra, hippo, crocodile, warthog, genet, jackal, mongoose, every entertaining baboons and monkeys and a myriad of species of bird. So, have your cameras at the ready!

Your second stop on this whistle tour of Zambia’s national parks is Potato Bush Camp in the Lower Zambezi National Park. From the camp, you can embark on game drives, night drives, canoeing, boat cruises and walking safaris. Each of these activities provides a fantastic opportunity to capture extraordinary landscapes and animal endeavour.

The final national park to visit on this tour is South Luangwa. The abundance of wildlife at this park is greater than the previous two, so make sure you have plenty of space left on your memory cards to capture more great memories and wildlife. Whilst at South Luangwa you will stay at two bush camps; Kaingo and Mwamba. At both camps, you can use photographic hides which are regularly used by National Geographic, the BBC and the Discovery Channel. The hides provide an up-close-and-personal view into the lives of the animals, enabling you to watch them undisturbed in their natural environment.

From the bush to the beach, it is time to recuperate from bush life and relax on the shores of Lake Malawi at Kaya Mawa. Here you will swap snaps of crocs and elephants for sunsets and the underwater world. Kaya Mawa offers a PADI accredited dive school, a wealth of water sports equipment as well as mountain bikes and quad bikes.

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Day 1 - 4

Ila Green Safaris, Kafue

Ila Safari Lodge has 10 state-of-the-art luxury safari tents perched each on their own deck reaching out over the banks of the Kafue River. 

The interiors, as well as the private decks, are furnished in chic, modern African style and every comfort has been considered. All tents feature en-suite bathrooms and either outside showers or baths.

Ila Safari Lodge’s guides are masters of their craft, spend a morning or afternoon exploring the park with them and see what you can find. Regular sightings include lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo, a wide range of antelopes including roan, sable and zebra, hippo, crocodile, warthog, genet, jackal, mongoose, every entertaining baboons and monkey and a myriad of species of bird.

Day 4 - 7

Potato Bush Camp, Lower Zambezi

If you are looking for secluded, understated luxury then look no further. This intimate, family-friendly camp in the heart of the Lower Zambezi National Park has it all. A variety of activities led by some of the best Guides in the business, exceptional wildlife viewing and a location that is second to none.

Situated on the banks of the Zambezi River, Potato Bush Camp boasts spectacular views over the river and the park’s escarpment. Spaced out along the river, the tents are spacious and comfortably furnished, each with an ensuite bathroom featuring a deep claw-foot bathtub and shower. A vast folding door made of rosewood opens up onto private balconies with sheltered river views, hammocks and private plunge pools.

Day 7 - 9

Mwamba Bush Camp, South Luangwa

Set amongst giant ebony trees, Mwamba Bush Camp is an intimate camp operated by Derek and Jules Shenton. Along with their sister camp Kaingo, offer an authentic experience of the bush. Mwamba has four reed and thatch chalets with a balance between simplicity, essential comforts, and African style. Chalets have large skylights and showers open to the stars. Experiencing Kaingo Camp and then transferring to Mwamba Bush Camp, allows one to enjoy the unique characters of both camps while maintaining five-star service and continuity.

Additionally, Shenton Safaris has access to a network of photographic hides with opportunities for getting close-up to hippos, elephants and other wildlife. One of the hides is within Mwamba Bush Camp, at a busy waterhole. Visits to these hides happen three times a day and other game viewing activities either driving or walking are offered by the camps.

Day 9 - 11

Kaingo, South Luangwa

In a wild and game-rich part of the South Luangwa National Park is Kaingo Camp, an authentic and laidback camp focused around the incredible wildlife viewing on offer and complemented by expert guiding which makes for a truly wonderful safari experience.

Undoubtedly a highlight of staying at Kaingo Camp is the chance to watch wildlife at close quarters from one of the camp’s hides making for amazing photographic opportunities. For the particularly adventurous it is also possible to spend a night sleeping out under the stars on a sleepout platform with amazing views of the river.

We also recommend getting out on foot and exploring the South Luangwa on foot on a walking safari, which was pioneered in the park. 

Day 11 - 14

Kaya Mawa, Lake Malawi

Beside the implausibly clear waters of Lake Malawi, Kaya Mawa‘s rooms are widely spread around a golden beach and the two headlands that bound it. It has been designed imaginatively, with many rooms fitted carefully into the rocky headlands and having direct access to the lake.

This remote island is home to a very small community, surrounded by the crystal-clear waters of Lake Malawi. The location is perfect for a holiday of total relaxation, and its remote location makes it ideal for romantics. Spend your days swimming at the beach or in the swimming pool.

You can also choose from a range of outdoor activities, including snorkelling, scuba diving, and sailing at the full water sports centre or head out on a mountain bike on one of the local trails. 

Day 15

Homeward bound

Alas, all good things must come to an end. Today, it’s time to return to Lilongwe International Airport for your onward journey. 

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