Escape to Africa for 13 nights, combining safari extravagance and beach side indulgence. Have you dreamt of witnessing the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls or coasting along the mighty Zambezi River? Perhaps, you want to sleep under the stars accompanied with the soundtrack of the African bush and the nocturnal mammals that call it home? All of this is possible on our premium beach and bush adventure.
The trip begins in Livingstone (Victoria Falls). You will spend two nights at Waterberry Lodge, which is situated on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River. From here, you will fly to the Lower Zambezi National Park, you will stay at Potato Bush Camp. Where you will be able to partake in many activities, including professionally guided game drives and canoe trips. From the Lower Zambezi to South Luangwa, to continue the safari adventure. South Luangwa National Park provides a greater abundance of wildlife, so be sure to have your camera ready, fully charged and with plenty of storage space.
After several days exploring the bush and sighting Africa’s incredible wildlife, it is time to unwind on the shores of Lake Malawi. First stop, Mumbo Island. The island is only 1km in diameter and has never been populated so it remains in a pristine, natural state. After two nights here, you will be transferred to Pumulani, a luxury lodge nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops.
Waterberry’s seven cottages are set around sweeping gardens and lawns – some on the riverbank, some overlooking the private lake with its beautiful birdlife. The benefit of being beside the river is immediately obvious to guests coming off safari, especially during the dry season.
Waterberry is a green haven with beautiful lawns and borders tended by an enthusiastic team of gardeners. The vegetation encourages a wide variety of birds and frogs (and the occasional hippo wandering out of the river to graze).
Every room has a terrace with lounging furniture for sunbathing, bird watching, private dinners or just relaxing……ideal for recovering from a long flight, or after the rigours of early morning and late night safari drives.
Potato Bush Camp sets high standards in the new era for small exclusive luxury tented safari camps! This African contemporary design perfectly balances the raw structural integrity and natural beauty of solid Zambian Rosewood and dramatically compliments the use of traditional canvas.
The entire camp is linked with raised timber walkways, making it slightly safer than walking on the ground and also aids in limiting the harmful impact of human activities in this pristine environment.
Potato Bush Camp is perfectly located in the most game rich and stunningly diverse habitat the Lower Zambezi National Park has to offer.
The South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, one of the last remaining unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa.
Luangwa River Camp sits nestled under an ancient ebony grove on the banks of the Luangwa River overlooking the game rich area known as the Luangwa Wafwa. This small and intimate camp with just five bush suites, along with its setting and location creates a real “wow” factor and a romantic feeling simply flows through the camp.
The main area stretches over various elevated decked levels amongst which a tempting double plunge pool with a waterfall linking the two is situated. Seating areas around the pool or in the shade of the open plan bar on the highest level all offer uninterrupted views across the river and into the national park.
Tena Tena when translated means “temporary home”. The six tents are very private with plenty of space between them and each with its own window onto a magnificent stretch of the Luangwa River where the hippos wallow and the lions roam.
Situated in the exclusive Nsefu Sector Tena Tena sits nestled under a magnificent and thick grove of mahogany trees. On a double-tiered river bank, each room enjoys its own private view onto a long stretch of the Luangwa River.
On Mumbo Island the theme is a barefoot luxury – there is everything that you need and nothing that you don’t. The tiny island camp sleeps only fourteen guests in tastefully furnished tents with shaded decks, hammocks, and en-suite hot bucket showers and eco-loos. A dining room and bar, with a lovely lounge under a baobab tree, complete camp infrastructure.
The waters around the island are clean and calm, and allow all guests – irrespective of fitness or experience – to enjoy sea kayaking, snorkelling and SCUBA diving. The island’s only mammals Spotted-necked Otters – are remarkably playful and regularly join guests for a snorkel or swim.
Pumulani is situated on the west side of Nankumba Peninsula at the southern end of Lake Malawi – romantically called the “Lake of Stars”. Overlooking both the lake and exclusively nestled within the Lake Malawi National Park, Pumulani has total seclusion and privacy.
The ten villas are scattered amongst the boulders and trees on the hillside and have cooling grass on the roofs. Each is individual in shape and style, with clean curved lines and all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom and sitting area.
With both a private beach and swimming pool on the upper terrace, this is a perfect place simply to relax. For the more active, a wide range of watersports activities is offered from scuba diving to sunset sails on the dhow.
End of the tour… We will transfer you to Lilongwe International Airport for your onward journey.
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