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Travel off-the-beaten path to Malawi and Zambia, where you will discover southeastern Africa's rich cultural heritage, diverse wildlife and pristine habitat. This 13-day tour capitalizes on both time and adventure with short internal flights- choose to snorkel with colorful schools of fish in Lake Malawi, explore island villages on Likoma Island and embark on exciting game drives in Malawi's Nyika National Park and Zambia's South Luangwa National Park. Return home with memories of adventure and exciting, close encounters with wildlife and nature.

Day-by-Day Summary

Day 1 : Arrive in Malawi | Nyika National Park
Days 2-3 : Nyika National Park
Day 4 : Fly Likoma Airport | Likoma Island
Days 5-7 : Likoma Island
Day 8 : Fly Lilongwe
Day 9 : Fly South Luangwa National Park, Zambia
Days 10-12 : South Luangwa National Park
Day 13 : Fly Lilongwe | Return home


  • Search for wildlife while on safari in Malawi and Zambia
  • Kayak along the beautiful shores of Lake Malawi
  • Stay in traditional canvas-style safari camps
  • Embark on an exciting walking safari in South Luangwa National Park

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Trip Type

  • Independent

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Trip Snapshots

Look for herds of zebra on the plains Fishing boats on the shores of Lake Malawi A cheetah lounges in Liwonde National Park Spot wildlife in Malawi Mother and calf elephant seen on safari A village on the shores of Lake Malawi

Day 1 Arrive in Malawi | Nyika National Park

Upon arrival at Lilongwe International Airport we board our chartered flight to the Chelinda Airstrip in Nyika National Park. Situated in northern Malawi, Nyika National Park is Malawi's largest park, covering an area of 1250 square miles across the magnificent Nyika Plateau. Settle into your safari lodge for a peaceful evening. Welcome to Malawi, the Warm Heart of Africa! 

Day 2-3 Nyika National Park

  • Hotel
  • 2 Breakfasts, 2 Lunches, 2 Dinners
We will spend the next two days exploring the wild diversity of Nyika National Park. The park reaches an altitude of over 8,000 feel, creating an environment typified by 'whaleback hills', flowing streams and sheltered evergreen forest unlike any place in Africa. Nyika, meaning “where the water comes from”, is home to one of the highest densities of leopard in Central/Southeast Africa, as well as healthy populations of hyena, jackal, zebra and antelope. Buffalo and elephant roam the lower ground typical of the park's northern edge. 

Enjoy morning and afternoon safari drives, exploring the Nyika National Park during cooler temperatures when the wildlife is most active. Between game drives we will find time to relax, rest and enjoy the lodge's atmosphere. 

Day 4 Fly Likoma Airport | Likoma Island

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
After breakfast we transfer to Chelinda Airstrip on time to board our scheduled flight to Likoma Airport, an island on the northeastern shores of Lake Malawi. Soon we arrive at Likoma Island's breathtakingly beautiful Kaya Mawa lodge. Settle into this idyllic island location for the next four nights, where you will connect with the serenity and adventure of Lake Malawi. 

Day 5-7 Likoma Island

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
Spend the next 3 days relaxing, exploring and engaging in watersport activities on the beautiful shores of Likoma Island. Likoma Island is the largest of two inhabited islands on Lake Malawi, offering guests the opportunity to visit rural local communities and learn about local Malawian life. 

Whether you choose to read a book on the white-sand beach, kayak on the pristine waters of Lake Malawi, snorkel with colorful schools of fish or cycle around the island, you are sure to find your adventure on the Lake of Stars! 

Additional motorized activities can be booked directly for an additional cost. 

Day 8 Fly Lilongwe

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Dinner
This morning we return to Likoma Airport for our scheduled flight back to Lilongwe International Airport. Upon arrival in Lilongwe we will meet our guide and transfer to our comfortable country lodge. Enjoy a free evening at the lodge to rest and relax - tomorrow we head across the border to Zambia for more safari adventures. 

Day 9 Fly South Luangwa National Park, Zambia

  • Hotel
  • 1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Rise early today for breakfast. After a filling meal we transfer back to Lilongwe International Airport for our scheduled flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Lungwa, Zambia. 

We spend the next four nights exploring the wild depths of South Luangwa National Park. 

Day 10-12 South Luangwa National Park

  • Hotel
  • 3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
South Luangwa National Park is known for its exceptional wildlife sightings and spectacular natural scenery. The park's open, grassy plains and mesmerizing woodlands are fed by the impressive Luangwa River; this area of eastern Zambia is truly a sight to behold. While on safari you can expect to encounter a wide diversity of wildlife, including elephant, Cape buffalo, hippo, lion, Nile crocodile, warthog, impala, spotted hyena and greater kudu. Unique to Luangwa are the stunning Thornicroft's giraffe, Cookson's wildebeest and Crawshay's zebra, which are found nowhere else on the planet. For many, the most exciting aspect of Luangwa Valley is that it is home to the world's highest naturally occurring population of leopard! 

Enjoy morning and evening game drives, when the weather is at its coolest and the wildlife at its most active. Evenings are spent gathered at the camp, where we find ourselves transported back to the days of early bush safaris. 


Day 13 Fly Lilongwe | Return home

  • 1 Breakfast
Today we return via scheduled flight to Lilongwe International Airport, where you will board your ongoing flight home. Or, choose to extend your time with a visit to Victoria Falls! 

Chelinda Lodge

Kaya Mawa

Kumbali Country Lodge

Nkonzi Bush Camp

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