Bush to Beach Safari : Zambia and Malawi
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Day 1: Arrive at Heuglin’s Lodge, Lilongwe
Upon landing at Oliver Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg you will board another aircraft for the short flight to Lilongwe in Malawi. There you will be met by the Black Pot Safaris team and your own fully-customised Land Rover Defender(s). After a brief welcome and introduction you will drive the short distance to Heuglin’s Lodge which is situated in the leafy residential suburbs of Lilongwe just minutes away from the city centre. This attractive rambling house is named after the Heuglin’s Robin, often seen in the garden. Heuglin’s is a relaxing interlude before or after a safari. Your day will be spent familiarising yourself with the vehicles, camping equipment and your itinerary.
Day 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6: Flatdogs Camp, South Luangwa National Park
After an early start you will cross the border and drive six hours on truly African dirt roads to Flatdogs Camp on the outskirts of the South Luangwa National Park - one of the great wildlife wonders of the world and an area that for many years has been visited by wildlife enthusiasts from all over the world. The South Luangwa National Park offers a safari experience unmatched by any other destination, allowing year round access, open game viewing vehicles, walking safaris and night drives. Whilst at Flatdogs Camp you will stay in their luxury safari tents and benefit from the knowledge of their expert local guides by joining them on three game drives and one game walk. The rest of the time will be spent game viewing in your own vehicle, watching the elephants cross the Luangwa River and relaxing in camp.
Day 7: Heuglin’s Lodge, Lilongwe
Today you will return to Lilongwe and the comfort of Heuglin’s Lodge. The following morning you the Land Rover(s) will be collected as it is no longer be needed on this safari.
Day 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12: Domwe Island, Lake Malawi
After breakfast you will be transferred by boat to Domwe Island - the largest island in Lake Malawi – which has a circumference of 11km and a highest point that reaches 400m above lake level. This exclusive camp is situated behind a small beach on the west side of the island and accommodation is in large safari tents tucked into the lush foliage which adhere to the principles of eco-architecture. This will be your base for the next five nights. The island offers a unique combination of island and African bush environments and is unlike all other Lake Malawi islands in that it is well populated with mammals which have crossed onto the island. Domwe Island is part of a private concession area, in turn part of the Lake Malawi National Park, and was the first freshwater marine reserve in the world. With crystal clear waters and innumerable species of cichlid fish, the National Park offers what is often considered the best freshwater diving in the world. Domwe Island is ideal for active guests and those that love observing nature. The island's size and height permit extensive and challenging nature trails, snorkeling and kayaking along the shoreline. Between all these activities, you can relax in tranquil surroundings in shady and secluded hammocks near shimmering waters as the sun sets behind the distant mountains that line the far side of Lake Malawi.
Day 13: Return to Johannesburg
After a last breakfast together, the safari is sadly over and you are transferred by boat back to Lilongwe for your flight to Johannesburg and then home.
- Although this safari uses tented camp and hotel accommodation the trip is still considered to be semi-participatory and clients are expected to always pack their own vehicles and help with the washing up when staying in self-catering as opposed to catered accommodation
- While in South Luangwa National Park clients are encouraged to explore the areas on their own to avoid game viewing in convoy which can be an unsatisfactory experience
- Black Pot Safaris are team leaders and hosts as opposed to licensed guides. Although our bush knowledge is extensive our speciality lies in creating exceptional bush cuisine and other luxury touches normally associated with 5 Star mobile safaris.