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Tour Packages Details

Price Per Person

USD 4,340
Country: Zambia
City: South Luangwa National Park
Duration: 9 Day(s) - 8 Night(s)
Tour Category: Beach Tours
Departure Date: Thu 01 Jan '99

Package Itinerary

Safari & Beach Tour

The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game - including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo - and over 450 species of birds. Malawi is a landlocked country, running down the end of the Great Rift Valley. Dominated by Lake Malawi, the third largest lake in Africa, the surrounding country is exceptionally beautiful with dramatic scenery that includes rocky outcrops, high mountains, plateaus and views across what is considered to be Africa’s most beautiful lake. Malawi is known as the “Warm Heart of Africa” and as a people the Malawians live up to this name. They are extremely friendly and welcoming. 

There are many market scenes, road side stalls, cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit. With both the scenery and the culture Malawi is a great country to drive in.

Day 1 : Tena Tena

On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, 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 immigration and customs clearing then check in for your flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa. The flight is on average one hour. At Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you for game drive transfer to Tena Tena, in the Nsefu Sector of the South Luangwa. 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 Park. Tena Tena is a remote intimate camp which lies within the Nsefu Sector, enjoys a stunning location on a bend of the Luangwa River. Most meals are taken under the shade of a huge Mahogany tree in the centre of the camp. On arrival you will be shown to your tent and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive.

Day 2 : Tena Tena

After breakfast around the camp fire, your safari will continue with another relaxing day at Nsefu, with morning and evening game activities. Depending on time of year an all day picnic drive covering different habitats comes highly recommended and is an exceptional day’s safari.

Day 3 - 4 : Tena Tena

A day to explore the Tena Tena area fully - a 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 further afield. Possibly a day tour to Kawaza village for a cultural experience or Tribal Textiles to get some insight on local industry plus a chance to buy some souvenirs. Nothing is set in stone and your days will be designed and planned with you bearing your interests in mind. You can mix and match activities to maximize your experience in this game rich and remote area of the Luangwa. **Note: During the Emerald Season when Tena Tena is closed all 4 nights in South Luangwa are at Nkwali

Day 5 : Pumulani

After breakfast you will transfer to Mfuwe Airport (1.5 hours) for your flight to Lilongwe. The flight time to Lilongwe is approximately 50 minutes. Upon arrival at Lilongwe International Airport, a representative of Robin Pope Safaris will be waiting for you. The car transfer to Pumulani takes about 3.5 hours through rural areas and colorful villages to Pumulani Lodge. Pumulani is situated on the Westside 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 dining and bar area is high above the lake with the most spectacular views and leads onto an expansive deck. The infinity swimming pools are on a lower terraced deck and on beach level. 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.

Day 6 : Pumulani

Enjoy the first full day of relaxation at Pumulani. Our 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, there is an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake, as well as another infinity pool on beach level. For those seeking activity we offer many water sports activities like snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are excluded). At the end of the day climb aboard our dhow and let our experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Day 7 - 8 : Pumulani

Lake Malawi 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 colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages. Malawians are renowned for being amongst 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 can enjoy the many other activities.

Day 9 : Transit

Depending on you onward connection, you may have a lazy morning or early breakfast before heading off to Lilongwe.

 

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