This safari tour combines the premier park in Zambia, South Luangwa National Park, and the pristine shores of Lake Malawi. South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, it's one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. This safari will also take you to Pumulani on Nankumba Peninsula recognized as one of the most beautiful shores and borders Lake Malawi National Park.
In Zambia, you will stay at Nkwali Camp for 3 nights and at Nsefu Camp for 4 nights. Afterwards, once you're in Malawi, you will stay at Pumulani Lodge for 5 nights. Children of all ages are allowed at Pumulani Lodge while Nsefu Camp has a minimum age limit (12 years old).
Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River. On Robin Pope Safaris’ private land, Nkwali Camp is situated overlooking the South Luangwa National Park ideal for the start of your safari. The six rooms all look out over the river and have open air bathrooms.
Nsefu Camp was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu sector was recognized then as a phenomenal area and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the South Luangwa National Park.
There are six round rondavels with luxurious en-suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. If you'd prefer, you can have the option of staying at Tena Tena Camp instead.
This lodge is situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula in the south end of Lake Malawi - romantically called “The Lake of Stars”. The ten villas are scattered around the hillside and are individual in shape and style but all have a spacious bedroom, bathroom, and extensive sitting area.
The front sliding doors open onto the deck - elevated above the ground giving optimal views. The central dinning and bar area is high above the lake with the most spectacular views and leads onto an expansive deck.
The infinity swimming pool is on a lower terraced deck. The lake shore bar offers light snacks as well as refreshments. Meals will be served in the dining area, on the beach or by arrangement on your private deck.
The stunning setting of the lodge and the unique comfort of the rooms means that many guests choose to make relaxation their main activity, but there is enough activities available to keep guests busy.
On arrival at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris' representative who will have a name board with your names. He / she will assist you with the immigration, customs clearing, and check-in for your flight to Mfuwe. The flight is on average one hour.
At Mfuwe Airport (MFU), a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you. The drive to Nkwali Camp is 1 hour through colorful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush.
Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali Camp, or if in the afternoon you'll enjoy tea, and the afternoon and night game drives in South Luangwa. Please note that for the walking trails, the minimum age is 16 years old and for walking mobile safari is 21 years old.
At dawn, breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge is heated on the fire and toast is cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, you will be entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon.
The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee, and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River.
You will return to the camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch, you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea break, you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Afterwards, you will return to the camp at about 20:00 and have a dinner generally at 20:30.
After early breakfast, a transfer game drive through the park takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu Camp's staff will meet the party, who will cross the river by a boat or car, and then you will enjoy a 45-minute drive to Nsefu Camp with a game viewing en-route.
On arrival, you will be shown to your rondavel, and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drives.
These few days are your chance to drive or walk through the ebony groves. Or you may decide this is an ideal day, depending on the heat and time of year, to explore the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park possibly with an all-day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats and is an exceptional day's safari.
After breakfast, you will be transferred to Mfuwe Airport (MFU) (1.5 hours) for your flight to Lilongwe, Malawi. The flight time to Lilongwe is approximately 60 minutes. On arrival at Lilongwe International Airport (LLW), you will be met by Robin Pope Safaris' staff, who will assist you with immigration procedures and the payment of airport taxes. Their representative will then assist you with the check-in for your next flight to Monkey Bay, the closest airstrip to Pumulani Lodge.
You will enjoy the first full day of relaxation at Pumulani Lodge. The remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. Those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, they have an infinity swimming pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake. At the end of the day climb aboard the dhow and let the experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.
Lake Malawi National Park is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colorful cichlids. Malawians are renowned for being among the friendliest people in Africa and during your stay you will have the opportunity to meet them. You can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or enjoy many other activities.
Today is your last day at the lodge. You have the opportunity to continue to relax in the beautiful surroundings or play on the lake, or take a walk to the local village for an insight into how village life operates while Malawians explain their traditions and rituals.
Depending on you onward connection, you may have a lazy morning or early breakfast before heading back to Lilongwe.
Your safari vacation will take place in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. Then, you will fly to Malawi to enjoy the rest of your stay in Lake Malawi National Park area.
Zambia is a landlocked independent nation in southern Africa, just a little larger than Spain and Italy combined. Zambia is unspoiled by mass tourism, and is rich in wildlife, superb forests and meandering rivers.
Of course it's also where you can see the world's biggest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, or as the local calls it Mosi-oa-Tunya - the smoke that thunders, which spans the border to the neighboring country, Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world.
Malawi may be one of Africa’s smallest countries but when it comes to exploration and adventure, it has tremendous amounts to offer; from grasslands and forests, mountaintops, unspoiled wildlife parks to Africa’s third largest and the most beautiful lake.
Situated on the Great Rift Valley, Malawi is dominated by Lake Malawi, a magnificent body of water, 365 miles long and 52 miles wide (hence sometimes referred to as the calendar lake). Most of Lake Malawi’s astounding underwater diversity is protected within the Lake Malawi National Park which is a World Heritage site and also one of the first in the world set aside for the protection of freshwater fish.
On your safari tour, you will be served daily breakfast, lunch, and dinner including all local drinks. On several occasions, snacks and tea breaks will also be prepared.
Please book your flight to arrive at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN) in Zambia. Robin Pope Safaris will pick you up from the airport. The airport transfer is included in the price.
"Nkwali is in a beautiful position on the bank of the river. Our accommodation was such a surprise - a huge beautifully made bed in the centre of a thatched hut situated well away from neighbouring huts. The staff at the camp were without exception friendly and helpful. "
Robin Pope Safaris website, edited
"Thank you Pumulani for a wonderful time. This place is amazing and a peaceful getaway. The service was excellent and the staff were very friendly. We have truly enjoyed our time here."
Robin Pope Safaris website, edited
"This was another excellent camp and, from our perspective, it was the best camp of our holiday!"
Robin Pope Safaris website, edited