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Dzalanyama Forest & South Luangwa Park Safari

Tour Length6 days
Priced from pps $1730 R23373 £1315 1460 A$2196 C$2160 NZ$2462 Full pricing info
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Summary of this Lodge Safari

  • Max. Group Size 6 Travellers
  • Starts & ends in Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Accommodation Lodge
  • Transport Game Viewing Vehicle
  • Wildlife Elephant, Exceptional Birding, Leopards, Lions & More
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Quick Itinerary Overview

A terrific 6-day Budget African Safari combining two unforgettable wilderness gems - Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Malawi and South Luangwa National Park in Zambia.

Travel from Lilongwe to the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve - a range of steep hills, boasting beautiful trees and escarpments. We venture into this scenic Malawian wilderness area on foot and by vehicle, keeping an eye out for resident hyena, leopard, sable antelope and its well-known abundance of birdlife.

The next leg of this affordable Malawi & Zambia Lodge Safari will take us to Zambia's premier game reserve - the untamed South Luangwa National Park. This wildlife-rich Zambian game park is located in the Luangwa Valley, consisting of 9050km² of unspoiled woodland and riverine vegetation. We explore Luangwa Park, home to over 40 mammal and 650 bird species, on morning and late afternoon game drives.

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Day 1: Lilongwe to Dzalanyama Forest – Malawi

This Dzalanyama Forest & South Luangwa Safari departs from Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. We meet at 08h30 in the morning or collect you from your pre-tour accommodation in Lilongwe, leaving the city at about 09h00 on day one.

From Lilongwe we drive for about an hour and a half to reach Dzalanyama Forest Reserve.

We overnight at a lodge near the forest, with all meals included.

Dzalanyama Forest Accommodation

The Dzalanyama lodge is nestled in the Brachystegia trees, the most common indigenous trees in the forest.

The wooden buildings and deck overlook the crystal clear Makata Stream and surrounding forest. The area attracts a wide variety of birds and butterflies and the lodge is close to a pretty waterfall and natural pools where guests can take a dip.

The forest lodge is an ideal retreat from which to enjoy bird watching, hiking and to simply enjoy the solitude of the surrounding forest. Hyena, leopard and sometimes sable antelope have been sighted from the lodge, as well as baboon and duiker.

Day 2: Dzalanyama Forest – Malawi

The whole of day two is set aside for exploring the Dzalanyama Forest area on walks and drives. Enjoy a forest walk, looking out for the abundant birdlife Dzalanyama is renowned for and possibly spotting some small antelopes. Take a dip in one of the clear mountain streams, spend some time relaxing in nature and visit the waterfall nearby.

Return to the lodge for tasty meals and a rest during the day. We spend another night at the forest lodge, all meals included.

Day 3: Luangwa Valley – Zambia

On day three we set off on the five hour drive from Dzalanyama in Malawi to Luangwa in Zambia. We drive to the Zambian border along lesser-known roads before joining the main route to Mchinji. The town of Mchinji is located in the western part of central Malawi, in an area of rolling grasslands and the Mchinji Hills.

Border formalities behind us we continue into Zambia, making our way to the game-rich Mfuwe section of Luangwa Valley, known for its elephants. Along the way we stop for a picnic lunch, arriving at the safari lodge in the mid-afternoon. After settling into our chalet accommodation we have an afternoon tea and coffee and relax.

Dinner at the lodge is served from 19h30 onwards.

Luangwa Lodge Accommodation

The Luangwa lodge that we stay in is situated on the banks of the Luangwa River and consists of 10 en suite chalets, each built from stone, canvas and wood. Each of these chalets is spacious and well ventilated with a double layered canvas roof. The chalets are designed to offer great views and are decorated in warm earthy tones. Each room is fully kitted out and each chalet has a veranda with a view of the river and the Luangwa Park. Lodge facilities include a swimming pool, bar and restaurant.

Day 4 & 5: South Luangwa National Park – Zambia

Our days on safari in South Luangwa National Park start with an early morning wake up call for some tea, coffee and a light snack, before we venture into the Zambian bush.

We aim to embark on our morning game drives in South Luangwa Park at 6:00am, as mornings are an excellent time for game viewing.

The game drives in Luangwa Park, Zambia's top wilderness area, are conducted in specially modified safari vehicles to ensure the best wildlife experience in this unspoilt wilderness area. We take drinks and snacks along for your enjoyment in the game park. We make our way back to the safari lodge in time for a delicious brunch (early lunch), depending on our luck with spotting game in Luangwa Park.

After lunch you can relax, take a swim and rest before our afternoon to night game drive starting at about 16h00. We return from our rewarding game drive in this pristine wilderness area of Zambia at around 20h00 for dinner and overnight at the lodge.

South Luangwa Park is renowned for its excellent night game viewing drives, which are included in the safari price. On night drives a powerful spotlight is used to sight nocturnal creatures roaming in the bush.

We stay at the same lodge on an all meals inclusive basis.

Day 6: Lilongwe – Malawi

On the last day of this Malawi & Zambia Safari we make our way back to Lilongwe, after breakfast.

We arrive in time for your return flight or onward journey, bringing this affordable Dzalanyama Forest & South Luangwa Park Safari to a close.

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This Malawi & Zambia Tour requires a minimum of 2 people for guaranteed departures. See full pricing for details.

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  • All transport Lilongwe return
  • 5 nights lodge accommodation
  • Meals as indicated
  • 4x4 game drives
  • Nature walks at Dzalanyama
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  • Drinks
  • Visa fees (if applicable)
  • Luangwa Park fees
  • Luangwa game walks
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This Zambia & Malawi Tour departs daily.

Minimum 2 people required for guaranteed departures.

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