This fantastic 6-day Budget African Safari combines two outstanding natural treasures, South Luangwa National Park in Zambia and Dzalanyama Forest Reserve in Malawi. Visit the Dzalanyama Forest Reserve, a collection of steep hills with lovely trees and escarpments, near Lilongwe. We will set out on foot and by vehicle into this beautiful wilderness region of Malawi, keeping a look out for local hyena, leopard, sable antelope, and its well-known profusion of wildlife. The second stage of this inexpensive Malawi & Zambia Safari will take us to Zambia’s best game reserve, the untamed South Luangwa National Park. This Zambian game park, home to a variety of animals, is situated in the Luangwa Valley and spans 9050 km2 of pristine woodland and riverine vegetation. In open 4×4 safari vehicles, we will go on morning and late afternoon game drives through South Luangwa Park, which is home to over 40 mammal species and 650 bird species.
This Dzalanyama Forest & South Luangwa Safari begins in Lilongwe, Malawi’s capital city. On day one, we will meet at 08:30 in the morning or pick you up from your Lilongwe pre-tour lodging, departing the city at around 09:00. We will travel for about an hour and a half in a southwesterly direction from Lilongwe to get to Dzalanyama Forest Reserve. Here, we will stay at a lodge that has a view of a creek and the surrounding forest. Watch for birds as you relax and take in the tranquility of this beautiful forest location. A remarkable variety of species call Dzalanyama home, making it a sanctuary for birders.
The entire second day is dedicated to visiting the Dzalanyama Forest area via hikes and vehicles. Enjoy a stroll in the forest, keep an eye out for the numerous birds that make Dzalanyama famous, and you could even see some tiny antelopes. Visit the adjacent waterfall, take a plunge in one of the crystal-clear mountain streams, and spend some time resting in the outdoors. Return to the lodge for delicious meals and relaxation throughout the day.
The three-day journey from Dzalanyama, Malawi, to South Luangwa, Zambia, began on day three. We will take less traveled roads to the border with Zambia before switching to the major road to Mchinji. The town of Mchinji is situated in a region with rolling grasslands and the Mchinji Hills in central Malawi’s western region.
After completing the necessary border formalities, we will enter Zambia and travel to the Luangwa Valley’s game-rich Mfuwe region, which is renowned for its elephant population. We will stop along the road for a picnic lunch and reach the safari lodge in the middle of the day. After settling into our chalet accommodations, we will take it easy and unwind with afternoon tea and coffee.
Today’s safari in South Luangwa National Park begins with an early morning wake-up call for tea, coffee, and a small lunch before venturing into the Zambian wilderness. Due to the fact that mornings are the best time to see wildlife, we’ll try to start our South Luangwa Park morning game drives at 6 a.m. To offer the best wildlife experience in this pristine wilderness area, game drives in South Luangwa Park, Zambia’s top wilderness area, are performed in specially equipped, open 4×4 safari vehicles. We will bring drinks and snacks with us so you we can enjoy the gaming park. Depending on how well we do with the spotting games in Luangwa Park, we will return to the safari resort in time for a sumptuous breakfast (early lunch). After lunch, you can unwind, go swimming, and nap until we leave for our afternoon-to-night game drive at about 16:30. A strong spotlight is utilized during night drives to locate nocturnal animals prowling through the jungle. At around 20h00, we will return from our thrilling wildlife drive in an untouched part of Zambia for dinner and an overnight stay at the lodge.
After breakfast on the final day of this safari across Malawi and Zambia, we will go back to Lilongwe. On the way, we will stop by a market and workshop for indigenous textiles in the Luangwa Valley region.
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