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Join a perfect romantic getaway that combines the stunning South Luangwa National Park and magical Lake Malawi. This journey will take you into the heart of the wild and allow you to tread your own path. You will find adventure, beauty, and breathtaking moments to cherish for a lifetime in this peaceful wildlife sanctuary. This ultimate adventure will surely make your honeymoon a truly unforgettable experience. Experience and witness the wildlife in its rawest and truest form!
During this safari, you will stay at a number of Norman Carr Bush Camps such as Luwi, Nsolo, Mchenja, and Kakuli Bush Camps for 5 nights, as well as at Kaya Mawa for 5 nights. The rooms at the bush camps are generally spacious, each containing two three-quarter or one king-sized bed. There is a wardrobe and shelving storage in the rooms at all camps, and an indoor or outdoor comfortable seating area and table.
Rooms in all camps have en-suite bathroom facilities, with plenty of hot water, towels, and toiletries. After dark, a member of staff will accompany you to and from your room, lighting the way and watching out for local wildlife. There will be a free laundry service available at all camps. Items are usually returned washed and pressed on the same or next day.
Please let the camp staff know if your clothes have any special laundering instructions, and be aware that washing is all by hand. Each camp has a selection of reference books to which you may refer to investigate the day’s sightings or to find out more about the history and geography of the area.
Luwi Bush Camp's rooms are built each season using natural materials, blend into the bush, and are simple yet extremely comfortable with en-suite bathrooms and all day hot showers. With the emphasis on the use of natural materials in its construction, this camp is one of the most traditional of all of the Luangwa safari camps but still offers high levels of comfort and service.
Accommodation at this bush safari camp consists of four spacious chalets each on raised wooden decks with grass, reed walls, and large open-air en-suite bathrooms. Each chalet runs on solar power and is set under the shade of evergreen trees with private verandahs overlooking the surrounding bush and waterholes in the Luwi River.
On the banks of the Luwi River is an open-sided, shady chitenge lounge with a bush bar and dining area offering a peaceful refuge where you can study the camps collection of books or watch a variety of game visiting the permanent pools of water in the Luwi riverbed.
Mchenja Bush Camp is an elegant and stylish tented camp overlooking a huge sweeping bend in the Luangwa River. Each of the five specially designed octagonal tents has their own private en-suite open-air bathroom plus Victorian style baths with river view. The beautiful central chitenge lounge is built around one of the old fallen ebony trees and you can cool off there in the camp’s plunge pool.
Kakuli Bush Camp Kakuli is a tented bush camp with spectacular views on the banks of the Luangwa River. This beautiful camp has four traditional walk-in safari tents each with en-suite bathrooms made with natural materials. The bar and dining chitenge are constructed of reed and thatch forming the center point of camp. It is on a wooden deck overlooking the grazing lawn that leads down to the two rivers and is a perfect spot in which to relax and watch the wildlife meander.
You will meet South Luangwa Safaris' representative at Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN), who will escort you to your connecting flight to Mfuwe, your gateway to the South Luangwa National Park. You will enjoy spectacular views from the air as you fly into the South Luangwa Valley. This flight will take just over an hour. On arrival at Mfuwe Airport (MFU), you will be transported to one of Norman Carr Bush Camps. Approximate transfer time is 3 hours with a game drive through the park.
After that, you will settle into the camp. Depending on your time of arrival, you will set out on foot to explore the local area, spend time at the nearby crocodile and hippopotamus filled lagoon, and get your bearings. Throughout the 5 nights, you will spend time at a number of the bush camps namely Luwi, Nsolo, Mchenja, and Kakuli Bush Camps depending on availability.
After breakfast in the bush, it is time for one last game drive through the park, to the Mfuwe Gate, which will take about 2-3 hours and where you will meet your guide to drive you to Mfuwe Airport (MFU). Here, you will take a 1-hour flight to Lilongwe where you will catch a short 1-hour connecting flight to your next destination within Lake Malawi, Likoma Island. You will enjoy the next few days in paradise, make the most of the incredible snorkeling, crystal clear waters, fascinating birdlife, diverse flora and fauna, and stunning sunsets.
After breakfast, it's time to catch your flight from Likoma Island back to Lilongwe for your onward journey.
During this safari, you will spend your time at South Luangwa National Park and within Lake Malawi on Likoma Island.
South Luangwa National Park is one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world. The concentration of animals around the Luangwa River, and its oxbow lagoons, is among the most intense in Africa. The Luangwa River in Zambia is the most intact major river system in Africa and is the lifeblood of this 9059-square kilometer park. The park hosts a wide variety of wildlife, birds, and vegetation.
The changing seasons add to the park’s richness, ranging from dry bare bushveld in the winter, to a lush green wonderland in the summer months. There are 60 different animal species and over 400 different bird species at South Luangwa National Park. The only notable exception is the rhino, sadly poached to extinction. South Luangwa National Park in eastern Zambia is a hotbed of wildlife activity, this game rich park has one of the largest concentrations of wildlife in Southern Africa and is home to Africa's most famous wildlife and scenery.
South Luangwa supports large populations of Thornicroft's giraffe, as well as herds of elephants and buffalo often several hundred strong. In the river, you will see vast numbers of crocodiles and hippos. It is said there are 50 hippos per kilometer of the Luangwa River, with at least 6000 in South Luangwa. In this peaceful wildlife sanctuary, you can watch the monkeys play or a pride of lionesses caring for their cubs without disruption from other safari vehicles. With respect to the animals, there are a maximum number of vehicles permitted to watch the animals at one time.
The freshwater of Lake Malawi is both warm and pristine. There’s no yucky salty seawater here with over 800 species of fish.
During this safari, you will be provided with daily meals and local bar drinks at Norman Carr Bush Camps. The bush camp has earned a reputation for the quality and range of food served. Whether you are in the main lodge or one of the remote bush camps, you can expect cuisine of the highest standards. The chefs in all of the camps have been trained in-house and they are more than happy to cater to any personal requests.
If your food preferences could possibly be regarded as out of the ordinary, then it would be easier if you informed South Luangwa Safaris in advance of your arrival. Simple choices of vegetarian, vegan, or other fares should be discussed with your hosts on arrival. Days in the bush usually start early so a light breakfast will be served at dawn before your first safari. A lavish buffet brunch will be awaiting your return to the camp and will be served at around 11.00 a.m. with the rest of the guests in camp, your host, and guide.
Afternoon tea and cake is taken at about 03.30 p.m. prior to the evening safari, and dinner for everyone will be served between 07.00 p.m. and 08.30 p.m. Dinner in the camps consists of a three-course meal, freshly prepared, cooked in camp, and served to you at your table. All meals, comprising breakfast, brunch, afternoon tea, and dinner will be included in the price of your safari.
At Luwi Bush Camp, daytime meals will be served in the shade of mahogany trees, and dinner will be taken under the stars accompanied by the many sounds of the Zambian night. At Mchenja Bush Camp, brunch will be taken in the shady lounge but dinner is more often served on the river bank under the stars. Drinks are included in the rates at all of the camps including standard spirits, beer, house wine, soft drinks, tea, and coffee.
In-camp spa treatments are offered in Norman Carr Bush Camps at Chinzombo for an additional cost. The signature treatment is a two-hour pampering. It combines a body scrub and polish handmade using healing herbal plants from the area. This is followed by a splendidly-soothing, full-body massage designed to balance the body’s meridians and energize body, mind, and soul.
Please book your flight to Kenneth Kaunda International Airport (LUN). Upon arrival, you will be picked up by South Luangwa Safaris to be transferred to Mfuwe Airport (MFU). Upon arrival at the airport, you will eventually be transferred to your camp. This pickup is included in the price.