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12 Nights Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi Trio Safari

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Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa lying between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. The wonders of the landscape are matched by a variety and density of wildlife comparable with the world’s best, and the country has no fewer than four World Heritage Sites, as registered by UNESCO: the famous Victoria Falls, beautiful and bountiful Mana Pools National Park, Matobo Hills and the great medieval African cities of Khami and Great Zimbabwe.

Zambia is a landlocked independent nation in southern Africa, just a little larger than Spain and Italy combined. Zambia is unspoiled by mass tourism, and is rich in wildlife, superb forests and meandering rivers. Of course, it’s also where you can see the world’s biggest waterfall, the Victoria Falls, or as we call it Mosi-oaTunya – the smoke that thunders, which spans the border to our neighbour, Zimbabwe. It is one of the seven natural wonders of the world! The people of Zambia are warm, friendly and proud of their heritage. With a variety of different tribes incorporating different languages, traditions, music and dance, you are guaranteed a cultural experience second to none.

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, roadside stalls, cottage industries that a visitor can comfortably visit. With both the scenery and the culture Malawi is a great country to drive in.

Summary of your Trip
  • 3 Nights John’s Camp (Mana Pools National Park) | Zimbabwe
  • 3 Nights Nkwali Camp (South Luangwa) | Zambia
  • 2 Nights Nsefu Camp (South Luangwa National Park) | Zambia
  • 4 Nights Pumulani Lodge (Lake Malawi National Park) | Malawi
  • Best time to travel: April - November
Price Includes
  • Road & Air transfers as specified
  • Flights starting Harare, Zimbabwe and ending Lilongwe, Malawi
  • Accommodation, meals & drinks as specified
  • All scheduled safari activities & water activities (except motorized water sports) as per the itinerary
  • Laundry
Price Excludes
  • International flights
  • Airport taxes
  • Entry visas
  • Premium brands drinks
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Additional activities not included as scheduled by lodges or camp
  • National Parks entrance fee & conservation levies
  • Gratuities
  • Spa treatments

Day 1Harare – Mana Pools National Parks

Your arrival at Harare International Airport signals the start of this trilogy safari adventure to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. A Robin Pope Safaris representative on attendance will assist with boarding onto your 1.5hr flight to the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Mana Pools
one of Zimbabwe’s most beautiful game reserves and a popular destination for walking safaris. On arrival at the airstrip, you will be welcome by the John’s Camp team and driven to the camp. The name ‘Mana’ means ‘four’ in the local Shona language, this applies to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River.
John’s Camp is a small intimate semi-permanent tented camp with six safari tents only. These are erected every season along the banks of the Zambezi River in one of the national park’s campsites. Its simple, authentic safari-styled accommodation is in a beautiful setting, along with talented guides, good food and great service this is a camp that will exceed all expectations and create a memorable safari experience.

Room Type: Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mana Main and Mana West Airstrip

Day 2 - 3Explore Mana Pools

Explore the beauty and prolific wildlife of the Mana Pools National Park on game drives in open safari vehicles and on foot. Overhead shade for comfort and a guaranteed ‘window’ seat. A chance to see four of the Big 5(excluding rhino).
Mana Pools is home to a wide range of mammals and over 350 bird species.
A typical day on safari has guests woken at the crack of dawn for a quick cup of tea or coffee, a bowl of porridge or a muffin. You will head out on either a game walk or drive returning to camp for a late morning brunch. Midday siesta time is spent in camp and afternoon tea is served at 3.30 pm. Head out again for an afternoon of game viewing as the day cools. Fishing from the banks of the river is also an option. Sundowners can be enjoyed while out on your afternoon game drive or back in camp. All guests will be back in camp by 6.30 pm. Warm bucket showers will be ready on your return. Gather around the campfire to share your stories from the day before enjoying a three-course dinner at JOHNS CAMP

Room Type: Tent
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mana Main and Mana West Airstrip

Day 4Mana Pools National Park – Lusaka – South Luangwa

Today you are off to your next stop across the border, Zambia. Early morning will see
you on a boat transfer to Chirundu, border formalities then a road transfer to Lusaka, Zambia. On arrival at Lusaka International Airport, you will be met by a Robin Pope Safaris representative who will assist you check-in for your flight to Mfuwe Airport in South Luangwa.
There, the camp team will be waiting to transfer you to Nkwali Camp, a drive of around 1hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Seat, relax and enjoy the scenery and landscapes.

Depending on your arrival time, you will seat for lunch looking out over the lagoon to the back of Nkwali or if in the afternoon, a decadent tea and the afternoon and night game drive.
Nkwali Camp has a wide view of the Luangwa River and is set on Robin’s private land and overlooks the South Luangwa National Park. Nkwali is a luxury year around camp ideally situated for the start of your safari and the camp’s captivating facilities are set against a wide bend in the Luangwa River and conveniently shaded by abundant ebony trees. With easy access to the game-rich Mfuwe Sector of the park via bridge or pontoon, this camp offers spectacular sightings of elephants and leopards, baboons and banded mongoose, just to name a few. Captivating views of the lagoon and the river can be enjoyed from any spot of the camp: from the stone patio outside your room to the thatched roof dining area.
With only six chalets with bamboo woven walls and thatch roofs, Nkwali is a small intimate camp. All six rooms look out over the river and have open-air bathrooms.

Room Type: Luxury thatched Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mfuwe Airport.

Day 5 - 6Explore the Luangwa Valley

During the following days, enjoy walking safaris, day and night game drives (advantages of staying in a private concession); cultural/village tours, the local market and more.
Depending on your travel date- if during the Emerald Season (from middle December to around April) with the Luangwa valley full of water, explore the lagoons for enhanced game viewing and birding.
At dawn, breakfast is served around the campfire. The porridge heated on the fire and the toast
cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch, you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta.
Following tea, you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving you the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp at about 20h00 hrs with dinner generally at 20h30.

Room Type: Luxury thatched Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mfuwe Airport.

Day 7South Luangwa National Park

After an early breakfast, a transfer game drives through the park and takes you to a crossing point on the Luangwa River. The Nsefu staff will meet the party, who will cross the river by boat, and then enjoy a 45-minute drive to camp, and game viewing on the route. Nsefu was the first game camp in Zambia and dates back to the early fifties. The Nsefu Sector was recognised then as a phenomenal area, and it still is. Robin Pope Safaris owns the only two camps in this sector of the Park. There are six round rondavels with luxurious en suite facilities and each room has a clear view of the sweeping bend of the Luangwa River through large windows and from the wooden verandahs. On arrival, you will be shown to your rondavel and then lunch will be served followed by a well-deserved siesta before the afternoon and evening game drive. (Note: option of booking Tena Tena for the 4 nights).

Room Type: Luxury thatched Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mfuwe Airport.

Day 8Explore the Nsefu Sector

Apart from being well removed from the busier Mfuwe sector of the park, one of the great highlights of the Nsefu sector is the abundance of ‘Luangwa Wafwas’ (literally ‘dead Luangwas’). These are dried out oxbow lakes that have been replaced by lush grasslands and attract game in large numbers. This sector of the park is famous for its concentrations of plains game (which in turn attract predators), especially huge herds of buffalo that move around in the area.
Activities at Nsefu take advantage of the great game-viewing in the area and include
day and night game-drives in specially adapted open safari vehicles; guided walks accompanied by a qualified guide and experienced game scout. Nsefu’s guides have an extensive knowledge of the area and a deep love of the bush that will delight you as much as the view of lions taking down a buffalo, or the abundance of leopards, hippos, and crocodiles.
Day drives with bush picnics are all brilliant activities to enjoy in this area. A hide overlooking the lagoon allows guests to watch the wildlife drawn to the waterhole at their leisure.
Due to the remoteness of the camp, you’re not likely to meet another vehicle. You’ll come back to camp with stories about the wild dogs and Pell’s fishing owls, sights not every safari can boast. A boat ride down the Luangwa in the green season will give you more of those great wildlife photos that you can’t wait to share back home.
Visitors to the South Luangwa Valley have the possibility of seeing over 400 species of birds, and 100 species of mammal, including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, and hippo. Two of the more interesting species of game – Thornicroft’s Giraffe and Cookson’s Wildebeest – are endemic the Luangwa Valley.
As at all Robin Pope-owned camps, the atmosphere is intimate, the camp staff friendly and professional, and the service highly personalized. There is a separate thatched dining area and sitting room, with a bar and a panoramic view. In keeping with authentic feel of early safari days, heavy hotel-silver cutlery is used, and dinners are served by candlelight.

Room Type: Luxury thatched Chalet
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, all game activities (2 per day – game drives or guided walking safaris), laundry, transfers from/to Mfuwe Airport.

Day 9South Luangwa National Park – Lake Malawi

Depending on your flight time we will try and fit in one last activity before you head to Mfuwe Airport, a drive of around 1h50min in time for your flight to Pumulani, Lake Malawi via Lilongwe. 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 by the main lodge and on the 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 are enough activities available to keep guests busy.

Room Type: Luxury Villa
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), guided walks through one of the local villages, sunset dhow cruise, laundry.

Day 10 - 12On the Beach

Pumulani is all about relaxation and pampering. 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. For those who prefer to dive into 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 the beach level. For activity seekers, we offer many water sports activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wakeboarding 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.
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 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. A walk to the local village is an opportunity to get an insight into the operations of the village as well as the traditions and rituals of the locals.

Room Type: Luxury Villa
Meal Basis: Full Board, local drinks, water activities (except motorized water sports), guided walks through one of the local villages, sunset dhow cruise, laundry.

Day 13Going Home

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

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