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An Ultimate Family Adventure in Africa

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An Ultimate Family Adventure in Africa

Looking for an active family safari that suits the whole family…? This safari offers the perfect mix for any family – Zambia’s Livingstone, home to the spectacular Victoria Falls and that country’s premier park, South Luangwa, ending off at the pristine shores of Lake Malawi. This Family Safari offers loads of opportunity for much needed quality time for the family as well; with all properties having an option of exclusive family accommodation. Livingstone is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Victoria Falls, and offers many opportunities, both adrenaline filled and more sedate, to view this amazing site. There are game viewing opportunities too, with a chance to see the white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and river trips on the Zambezi River. Combining these three areas in Zambia gives you an exceptional safari. South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 450 species of birds. Pumulani on Nankumba Peninsula is recognized as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. .

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Looking for an active family safari that suits the whole family…? This safari offers the perfect mix for any family – Zambia’s Livingstone, home to the spectacular Victoria Falls and that country’s premier park, South Luangwa, ending off at the pristine shores of Lake Malawi. This Family Safari offers loads of opportunity for much needed quality time for the family as well; with all properties having an option of exclusive family accommodation. Livingstone is home to one of the seven natural wonders of the world, The Victoria Falls, and offers many opportunities, both adrenaline filled and more sedate, to view this amazing site. There are game viewing opportunities too, with a chance to see the white rhino in Mosi-Oa-Tunya National Park and river trips on the Zambezi River. Combining these three areas in Zambia gives you an exceptional safari. South Luangwa National Park marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoilt wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa, through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 450 species of birds. Pumulani on Nankumba Peninsula is recognized as one of the most beautiful shores of the Lake and borders Lake Malawi National Park. .

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to the great Wonders Victoria Falls "Mosi Oa Tunya"

On arrival at Livingstone International Airport a representative from Stanley Safaris will meet and transfer you to the lodge (20 mins), where you will settle into your accommodation.

Stanley Safari Lodge is located on the hills overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in a bush location. Set on a hill bordering the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park and overlooking unspoilt bush, Stanley Safari Lodge is only 3km from the Victoria Falls.

The open-sided Main House has been designed with space and views in mind and has a truly African feel.

Enjoy sundowners in the African style lounge, a 3-course dinner in the dining room or spend some quiet time in the library or upper deck discovering the secrets of Africa.

Each with a private balcony ensuring spectacular views overlooking the Zambezi River and suites has plunge pools.

Stanley Safari Lodge is located on the hills overlooking the Zambezi River and Victoria Falls in a bush location.

Activities

  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Accommodation is in 10 uniquely designed chalets that are constructed of teak and local stone and are open fronted or more colonial style brick and tiled rooms which are closed.

Day 2-3

Enjoying the Zambezi

Rising from the wetlands of northern Zambia and going through six countries before heading into the Indian Ocean, the spectacular Zambezi River more than deserves its title as one of the longest rivers in Africa.

If you follow the Zambezi further downstream, you’ll reach the Lower Zambezi National Park., of which there is a wide range of activities on offer in the area. These can be pre-arranged or can be booked at the lodge, options to see the falls, town museums and markets and an amazing sunset cruise.

For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping and micro lighting.

Or you may just wish to rest in camp and enjoy the spectacular scenery and peaceful atmosphere.

The day will end with a relaxed dinner and perhaps drinks in the wine cellar or just enjoying your family suite.

The closed colonial Stanley family Suite with private plunge pool has the same style and feel as the Livingstone Suite. As it is a Family Suite, it has a smaller children’s bedroom with twin beds, shower, washbasin and toilet. The master bedroom has double or twin beds, double shower, bath, washbasin and toilet. The lounge which is between both rooms has a fireplace, while the covered terrace has its plunge pool.

For the more adventurous, Livingstone boasts a whole host of adrenaline filled activities including white water rafting, bungee jumping and micro lighting.

Activities

  • River Cruise
  • Game Drive
  • Cultural Experience

Optional Activities

  • Bungee Jumping
  • White Water Rafting
  • Micro Lightning

Accommodation

Stanley Safari Lodge family chalet

Day 4

South Luangwa Awaits

Depending on your flight time you will be transferred by vehicle to Livingstone Airport to connect with your onward flight to Mfuwe, South Luangwa.

At Mfuwe International Airport a guide from Robin Pope Safaris will meet you.

The drive to the Robin’s House is just under an hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Robin’s House lies on the banks of the Luangwa River with a stunning view across to the park and the escarpment.

The house has two bedrooms, both with large bathrooms. The main area is both a sitting room and dining room. Most meals are taken outside under a huge ebony tree. This two bedroom house with main living area provides a shady and cool retreat from the African midday heat and if that is not enough there is a stunning plunge pool to soak in whilst looking over the Luangwa River.

With its own team of staff dedicated to looking after you Robin's House offers a home away from home but with added luxuries.

During lunch animals and birds, including the hippo that live nearby in the river, will give a superb backdrop to the meal.

The house has a private guide and host to look after every need. The daily routine is determined by the individual family, from when meals are served to what activities take place every day is totally flexible.

Depending on your arrival time in the day you will enjoy a lunch or if in the afternoon for tea and there is the option of an afternoon and night game drive.

The drive to the Robin’s House is just under an hour through colourful local scenes of villages, agriculture as well as bush. Robin’s House lies on the banks of the Luangwa River

Activities

  • Game Drive
  • Bird Watching

Accommodation

Robin's House is a small, private and exclusive house on the banks of the Luangwa River, ideal for young families or friends seeking a more indulgent type of safari.

Day 5

Enjoy Robin House & the surrounds

During your stay at the house the rhythm of your day is your choice. This is the joy of staying at a private house.

The usual day will start with breakfast at just after dawn. 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 by a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to the house for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Tea will be served in the afternoon and then off on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world. Usually one returns to camp about 20:00 hrs with dinner generally at 20:30

The game in the area is excellent – and includes many family herds of elephants and the endemic species of giraffe, the Thornicroft Giraffe.

Activities

  • Walks
  • Game Drive

Accommodation

Robin's House is a small, private and exclusive house on the banks of the Luangwa River, ideal for young families or friends seeking a more indulgent type of safari. This two bedroom house with main living area provides a shady and cool retreat from the African midday heat and if that is not enough there is a stunning plunge pool to soak in whilst looking over the Luangwa River.

Day 6

Explore & enjoy the Africa Bush

Another day to enjoy the game viewing or you may wish to go on an all day picnic – this is a very flexible day.

Taking a scout with you, you will be able to enjoy a walk or explore further afield in the park.

Lunch will be under a tree or next to a lagoon and you will then be able to take a siesta or simply spend a lazy couple of hours reading a book or watching the fascinating animals and landscape around you.

Returning to the house when you are ready – you may decide to continue straight on your evening drive and return to come after sundowners.

We always recommend a visit to the community, by going to the Kawaza Village and School. This is a day that is especially loved by children of all ages. You can join in at the school, meet children, play games, learn about their lives. The visit to the village gives further insight into the local life.

We always recommend a visit to the community, by going to the Kawaza Village and School.

Activities

  • Tribal Textiles
  • Village

Accommodation

Robin's House is a small, private and exclusive house on the banks of the Luangwa River, ideal for young families or friends seeking a more indulgent type of safari. This two bedroom house with main living area provides a shady and cool retreat from the African midday heat and if that is not enough there is a stunning plunge pool to soak in whilst looking over the Luangwa River.

Day 7

Adventure to Pumulani

After an early breakfast, transfer to Mfuwe Airport for your flight to Lilongwe.

The flight time to Lilongwe is approximately 50 minutes. On arrival at Lilongwe’s Kamuzu Airport, you will be met by our staff, who will assist with immigration procedures.

Then onto your road transfer to Pumulani.

Pumulani is situated on the westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi. The beauty of this lake is indescribable. The beautiful sparkling colours shimmering over the water, the clear blue skies and the panoramic vistas truly make you feel like you are in paradise. David Livingstone named Lake Malawi ‘Lake of Stars’ for good reason. According to experts this lake is home to more native fish species than any other lake in the world.

Pumulani is situated on the westside of the Nankumba Peninsula in the South end of Lake Malawi. The beauty of this lake is indescribable.

Activities

  • Beach
  • Star Gazing
  • All Inclusive

Accommodation

Pumalani, Full Board accommodation

Day 8

Enjoying Pumulani Lodge

Enjoy the first full day of relaxation at Pumulani.

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.

Those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, we have an infinity swimming pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake.

For those seeking activity we offer many water sport activities like snorkelling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, wake boarding 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

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.

Activities

  • Boating
  • Kayaking
  • Snorkelling
  • Star Gazing
  • Swimming

Accommodation

The family villa is the closest to the beach and all activities are easily organised from this point. Just off the master bedroom is a twin room with a large spacious bathroom with double basins, shower and a bath. The sitting area has plenty of space for the whole family to relax.

Day 9

Adventure or Relax, you choose

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 the 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. OR you can also simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery or can enjoy the many other activities.

For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages.

Optional Activities

  • Diving
  • Locals

Accommodation

Pumalani House - The ten villas are situated in such a way that they blend in completely with the natural surroundings and the cooling grass roofs reflect the African sun.

Day 10

Active day & enjoy the lake

Your last day at the lodge.

Today you could continue to relax in the beautiful surroundings or play on the lake or take a bike tour through the villages.

Relax in the beautiful surroundings

Activities

  • Bike
  • Tubing
  • Water-skiing
  • Wakeboarding

Accommodation

The ten villas are situated in such a way that they blend in completely with the natural surroundings and the cooling grass roofs reflect the African sun.

Day 11

Final day of the family adventure

We end this amazing family adventure with so many great memories from a trip of a lifetime.

Today you will be transferred back to Lilongwe time for the connecting flight back home.

What's Included

Included

Priced for a Family of 2 adults and 2 children.

Flights

Regional charter from Zambia to Malawi

Meals

All inclusive meals and all local drinks

Accommodation

Family Suites

Ground Transport

Transfers to and from the airport are included. Interlodge/camp transport for game drives are in a shared 4×4 open-sided safari vehicle with expert guide.

Gratuities

Gratuities, visa fees where applicable + international flights

Created by
Marylyn Maposa

I have been in the travel and hospitality industry for 8 years in South Africa and United Arab Emirates. In the last four years, my key focus has been on safari based travel, with a world-renowned African Safari Travel Company. I graduated from the University of South Africa with a BCom in Tourism Management. I am now a Co-owner and founder of an African Safari Tour Operator, Maps Tours and Travel.

For me travel has always been my passion, my first love. My whole life’s been geared towards travel. My number one priority is my customers. I go above and beyond to ensure my clients are happy and their vacation becomes a dream come true! My long-standing relationships with top industry suppliers allow me to provide extraordinary variety — from small, comfortable hotels, to world-class luxury resorts, to exclusive, intimate hideaways — all at extremely competitive prices. Connect with me and let's start planning your next African adventure!

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