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Fantastic Zambia Safari

This safari package gives you a fantastic unforgettable lifetime experience with the top of Zambia highlights, and the South Luangwa National Park with the combination of Makokola Retreats in Lake Malawi. Absolute Zambia Safari will take care of everything you need during this safari. You will have an unforgettable experience there!

Key Information

  • Starting point and ending point: Starts in Lusaka, Zambia, and ends in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Language: English-speaking guide
  • Park fees included


  • Morning game drives or walks
  • Explore South Luangwa National Park
  • Transfer in 4x4 jeep vehicle
  • Chance to spot various wildlife species
  • Experience village and city tours
  • Airport transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced


8 activity days
Group size: 2-8 participants
Airport transfer included: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport
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You will be accommodated at Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower in Lusaka on days one to two, at Mfuwe Lodge in the South Luangwa National Park on days two to five, at Latitude 13 Hotel in Lilongwe on days five to six & and at Club Makokola Retreats in Lake Malawi on day six to eight.

The Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower: Modern Lusaka hotel situated in the Arcades Shopping Complex

Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower is in the heart of Lusaka and within Arcades Shopping and Entertainment Complex on the Great East Road. Guests visiting this hotel have the benefit of being closely situated to the Mulungushi Conference Centre as well as having direct access to shops and restaurants.

The hotel caters to both corporate and leisure guests alike being a mere 25 minutes from Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN). Protea Hotel Lusaka Tower restaurant, The Steakhouse Restaurant, and Rooftop bar, Cloud 9 are ideal for relaxing.

Key amenities: Free high-speed internet, Pool, Airport shuttle & Meeting event space

Mfuwe Lodge

It occupies a lovely spot overlooking Mfuwe Lagoon, a huge oxbow lake, Mfuwe Lodge is the flagship safari property of the Bushcamp Company. It is one of the larger properties in the South Luangwa National Park, and after extensive refurbishment in 2010 is now one of the smartest and most modern. It lies quite close to the park’s main gate in an area that is very rich in wildlife concentrations.

Much of the furniture and fittings at Mfuwe Lodge come from South Africa and they lend a funky and contemporary edge. The main areas, including the large bar and dining area under thatch, are adorned with artistic woven lampshades, brightly colored cushions, and classy black-and-white photographs.

An extended deck has several low sofas that look out over Mfuwe Lagoon, alongside a simple but large rectangular infinity pool.

The pool is a popular spot to relax, with plenty of sun loungers shaded by cream umbrellas. Indoors, an impressive library offers a cooler and quieter place to chill out. This isn't a huge room, but with a beautiful leather sofa, modern campaign furniture, and some interesting coffee table books, it's both comfortable and restful.

Entirely separate is Mfuwe Lodge's spa, offering a range of options from manicures and massages to hot-stone treatments and facials - all using Africology products. Both the double and single treatment rooms and a Jacuzzi area overlook a particularly pretty part of the lagoon and its resident population of hippos.

There is also a small shop which is stocked and run by Tribal Textiles, a local craft company based in Mfuwe with its roots very much in rural development and philanthropy. Stop here to pick up curios and souvenirs such as wooden carvings, hand-painted tablecloths, T-shirts, and jewelry.

The 18 chalets at Mfuwe Lodge come in two different styles, but all are kitted out with modern furniture standing on polished stone floors. In each chalet, three double doors open onto a veranda where sun loungers offer views of the lagoon and game viewing from the privacy of your room.

The chalets are equipped with tea and coffee stations, hairdryers, and standing fans, while the beds, enveloped by walk-in mosquito nets, are cooled by an additional fan. Each bathroom is largely tiled and includes twin basins and a walk-in rain shower with a view.

Latitude 13 hotel: Social, stylish, surprising, sustainable

You will find Latitude 13° nestled in the leafy lanes on the northern edge of Malawi’s capital city, Lilongwe. A hotel 10 minutes from downtown and 20 minutes from Kamuzu International Airport with a 24-hour front desk, unlimited check-in hours, 20 long-stay apartments, 6 garden suites, and 3 club rooms. It has a restaurant & bar with food and drink from all corners of the world, as well as a fitness club with a state-of-the-art gym and an 18-metre heated pool.

Makokola Retreat

Welcome to the Makokola Retreat. Brilliantly green gardens reveal spacious beach villas and rooms perched along the shores of Southern Lake Malawi. They provide gracious service in an unmatched experience in Malawi. This showpiece property captures the essence of African design, culture, and tradition.

While staying with Makokola Retreat, fill every moment with a sense of natural connection in the wonderful retreat. The place is on a lake that is beautiful almost beyond belief. Its waters are the habitat of more species of fish than that of any other body of fresh water on the earth.

Lake Malawi has always been known as "Livingstone Lake". The areas of Mangochi and Fort Johnston have an important historical heritage. Livingstone saw for the first time his lake at Mphonda which is only 10 kilometers south of The Makokola Retreat.

Here Livingstone realized that the lake was a route used by the slave traders, a practice he long fought against. Livingstone's acumen allowed him to eradicate slavery by using these routes to trade commodities for the British Crown.

A tropical haven with a relaxed pace, Malawi is famous for its artistic traditions, including dances, wood sculpture, painting, embroidery, and music amongst others. Guests can absorb the Malawian culture that surrounds them by visiting the nearby attractions and admiring the local artwork and crafts around the retreat.

The hand-built villas blend ethno-chic with all that is traditional in Malawi. All the comforts you would expect during your getaway are here, accentuated by locally sourced wooden beams and traditional artwork beneath a thatched roof. The Malawian theme is carried through the décor, with handcrafted furniture, typical artifacts, and local fabrics in rich, vivid colors.

The rooms are just a few steps from the beach yet designed with seclusion in mind. On the Makokola Retreat grounds, pathways lead you to accommodations nestled amid magical natural gardens. It is the haven of rest and relaxation, where you can feel at one with the environment. There is a fusion of indoor and outdoor spaces where time becomes your own.

You will have enthusiastic Malawian hosts to look after you during your stay. They will take care of all your needs, including serving your meals, arranging activities, and guiding you on excursions. They are part of The Makokola Retreat's commitment to the local community and the upliftment of the country's people. Many of them have very little in the way of formal education, but they have genuine warmth and friendliness and will be delighted to receive you.


Day 1: Transfer from Lusaka International Airport to Protea Hotel Tower, Lusaka

Arrival at Lusaka International Airport (LUN) in Lusaka off your international flight, meet and greet by the driver who will then transfer you to Protea Hotel Tower, where you will spend a night based on a bed and breakfast basis.

Day 2: Flight from Lusaka to Mfuwe in South Luangwa National Park

Today, you will start your day with a full English breakfast, and you will check out of the hotel. Depending on what time your flight time to Mfuwe is, the driver will come and pick you up and transfer you to Kenneth Kaunda Int Airport in Lusaka.

On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, a guide from Mfuwe Lodge will welcome you, assist you with your luggage, and transfer you to Mfuwe Lodge located inside South Luangwa National Park. The drive takes about 45 minutes through the village and Mfuwe settlements on a nicely tarred road.

Once you get to the lodge, you will be offered some refreshments, check-in, and depending on the arrival time you will go out for the night game drive and return to the lodge for dinner and bedtime.

Days 3 and 4: Mfuwe Lodge - South Luangwa National Park

Your day will start with a nice buffet breakfast, and then you will go out for the morning activity which could be a morning game drive or a walking safari. This will depend on your preference. At some stage, you will return to the lodge in time for brunch, free time to relax, and use some of the lodge facilities you will have afternoon tea and then you will go out for the night game drive and return for dinner and bedtime.

Daily scheduled activities are 4x4 game drives as walking safari to be pre-booked on reservations or at the lodge so that they can organize a game ranger.

Day 5: Transfer to Latitude Hotel in Lilongwe - Malawi

Breakfast and morning game drive, then return to the lodge to check out. The lodge will prepare for you packed snacks and the driver will come and collect you for a transfer to Malawi. On your way, you will make a stop for a village tour then proceed for 4 hours 30 minutes to be transferred, arriving in Lilongwe later in the afternoon. Check into the Latitude 13 Hotel, where you will relax.

Day 6: City tour of Lilongwe / Club Makokola Retreat in Lake Malawi

Breakfast will be served and check out of the hotel. The driver will take you on the city tour of Lilongwe.

Lilongwe offers a lot of interesting sights and knowledge about the locals' lifestyle. You can visit one of the urban settlements of Lilongwe or shop for curios and souvenirs at the wood carving market, where you can find many unique pieces. Visit to Kamuzu Mausoleum, Tobacco Auction Floors, and Urban Experience Tour. Then, you will proceed to Club Makokola, where you will be welcomed and checked in and then you can relax at the beach or use the lodge’s facilities before dinner and bedtime.

Day 7: Activities at Lake Malawi

You will have breakfast, then have time to do some swimming, snorkeling, sailing + laser (smaller sailboat available), kayaking (single and double), and birdwatching. Break for lunch and continue after lunch. Then, dinner and bedtime.

Day 8:Lake Malawi

You will have a full day to relax and try other extra activities.

Day 9: Transfer from Club Makokola Retreat to Lilongwe International Airport

Today, you will have breakfast, then check out, and depending on your flight time out of Lilongwe back home, the driver will pick you up and transfer you to Lilongwe International Airport for your flight.

Included excursions

This safari includes village tour in South Luangwa & City Tour of Lilongwe in Malawi.


This safari will take place in Zambia and Malawi. In Zambia, the safari will cover Lusaka City, and South Luangwa National Park while in Malawi it will cover Lilongwe City and Lake Malawi.


Zambia is a big country as large as France, Switzerland, Austria, and Hungary combined, covering some 750,000 square kilometers and lying in the tropical belt of South Central Africa, 10 to 18 degrees south of the equator.

Being on a high plateau, averaging 1,300 meters above sea level, the climate is very temperate with little humidity. The country is landlocked but has many, lakes and rivers with beaches and water sports to be enjoyed in uncrowned and uncluttered surroundings.

Indeed, the unspoiled nature of Zambia is perhaps its greatest tourist asset. Rich in scenery and wildlife, Zambia today has become the tourist heart of a great continent which offers something that is becoming progressively rare in this shrinking world, the chance to escape from holiday masses and sour something of an environment that has remained unchanged since the very beginning of time.


Malawi, a landlocked country in southeastern Africa, is defined by its topography of highlands split by the Great Rift Valley and enormous Lake Malawi. The lake’s southern end falls within Lake Malawi National Park – sheltering diverse wildlife from colorful fish to baboons – and its clear waters are popular for diving and boating. Peninsular Cape Maclear is known for its beach resorts.

It was formerly known as Nyasaland and is bordered by Tanzania to the northeast, Zambia to the northwest, and Mozambique to the east, south, and west. Lake Malawi separates the country from Mozambique. According to World Population Review Malawi has a population of 19,546,033 (2018) and an area of 118,484 sq. Km2. Lilongwe is the capital and the largest city.


  • Bed and breakfast at the hotels in Lusaka & Lilongwe
  • Daily meals (full board) in South Luangwa National & Lake Malawi
  • High teas and snacks in South Luangwa National Park
  • Local drinks inclusive (drinks list available upon request) in Lake Malawi

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Water
  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Regular (typically includes meat and fish)
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Village tour and school visits
  • South Luangwa National Park
  • Waterskiing
  • Knee boarding
  • Day trip to Liwonde National Park
  • A trip to Zombe plateau

What's included

  • Game viewing activities (day and night game drives) in South Luangwa National Park
  • Walking safari in South Luangwa National Park
  • Village tour in South Luangwa National Park
  • Park fees and government tax in South Luangwa National Park
  • Taxes and tourism levy in The Club Makokola Retreat
  • Wi-Fi
  • All non-motorized activities (swimming, sailing plus laser - smaller sailboat available), kayaks (single and double), and a bird-watching trail
  • 1 x snorkeling with the motorboat to the island
  • Local drinks inclusive (drinks list available upon request) in Lake Malawi
  • 8 nights accommodation
  • Bed and breakfast in Lusaka & Lilongwe at the hotels
  • Daily meals (full board in South Luangwa National Park & Lake Malawi)
  • High teas and snacks in South Luangwa National Park
  • Transfer from Lusaka Airport (LUN) to Protea Hotel Tower in Lusaka
  • Transfer from Protea Hotel Tower in Lusaka to Lusaka Airport (LUN)
  • Flight from Lusaka International Airport (LUN) to Mfuwe Airport (MFU)
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Airport (MFU) to Mfuwe Lodge
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Lodge to Mfuwe Airport (MFU)
  • Transfer from Mfuwe Lodge to Makokola Retreats
  • Transfer from Makokola Retreats to Kamuzu International Airport (LLW)

What's not included

  • Visa fees
  • Travel insurance
  • International / regional flights
  • Meals at non-full board hotels
  • Drink at Protea Hotel, Mfuwe Lodge, and Latitude Hotel
  • Extra activities
  • Personal expenses

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Airport: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport Airport transfer included: Kenneth Kaunda International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 35% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid 30 days before arrival.

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9 days / 8 nights
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This vacation is available all year round, please select an arrival date below.


Low season


  • January - May / Nov & Dec


Mid season


  • June and October


High season


  • July - September


Minimum group size

This trip requires a minimum of 2 participants

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