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Explore Zambia and Malawi (Family Safari)

  • 13 Days
  • Wifi Available
  • 2024


An exciting family safari holiday adventure taking in the incredible Victoria Falls and activities on and around the Zambezi river, followed by a wildlife safari in the South Luangwa National Park plus the chance to meet rural Zambian people and learn a little more about their lives. Last, but definitely not least, are four blissful nights at the beach on Likoma island in the heart of Lake Malawi.

Departure & Return Location

Harry Mwanga Nkumbula International Airport, Livingstone, Zambia
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Kamuzu International, Lumbadzi, Malawi
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Price Includes

  • All internal and regional flights as described
  • Airport and camp transfers as described
  • Accommodation in one family room or two separate rooms as preferred at Waterberry
  • One family luxury tent or one family chalet* (*discount available for this option) at Flatdogs camp and a standard family house at Kaya Mawa
  • All meals
  • Laundry
  • One in house activity per day at Waterberry lodge
  • Two game-viewing activities per day at Flatdogs Camp and all non-motorised watersports at Kaya Mawa
  • National Park Entry fees & Conservation levies in the South Luangwa National Park
  • All non Premium drinks while at Waterberry lodge & Kaya Mawa

Price Excludes

  • Tourist entry visas for Zambia or Malawi
  • Park entrance fees for the Victoria Falls
  • Drinks while at Flatdogs Camp
  • Airport departure taxes out of Mfuwe or within Malawi
  • Gratuities or items of a personal nature


  • The Africa Safari Co. Cap
  • The Africa Safari Co. Backpack
  • Travel Kit and documentation

Days 1-3:Waterberry Lodge (Victoria Falls)

Arrive in Livingstone where you will be met and transferred by road to your lodge on the Upper Zambezi river (+/- 40 mins).

Waterberry is a lovely safari styled lodge right on the Zambezi river, upstream of the magnificent Victoria Falls, or as they are known in Zambia, the Mosi-O-Tunya – the smoke that thunders! Accommodation is in converted farm buildings with lovely garden views and ensuite facilities. Their family room, Owl house, has a double and a twin or triple room with one ensuite bathroom. The friendly Waterberry team are able to organize any of the numerous adventure activities found in the area (it is worth pre-booking these at busy times of year), which include the Elephant café where you can observe these gentle giants and learn more about elephant rescue programmes, helicopter rides over the falls, old-fashioned steam train journeys onto the iconic Victoria Falls bridge, Helicopter flights, Microlight flights, Chobe Day Trips, Bridge swings, Game drives, visit a reptile park and Horse riding. Please note that some of these activities are not available to under 12’s.

Included in this safari package is one in-house activity from Waterberry lodge per day. In house activities include a visit to both sides of the Victoria Falls (Park entry fees for both sides and visa fees for Zimbabwe are not included), sunset, daytime or dawn boat cruise, fishing, an island picnic, a guided birding walk, a guided village walk, a guided tour of the town and local markets. All meals, local drinks, laundry, transfers from and back to Livingstone airport and one in-house activity per day are included in this package.

Days 4-8:Flatdogs Camp (South Luangwa NP)

Waterberry Lodge will transfer you to Livingstone airport for your flight via Lusaka to Mfuwe. You will need to change planes at Lusaka, so please collect your luggage and check it back in for your onward flight.

FLATDOGS CAMP – 5 nights
The luxury ensuite safari tents offer you a back to nature taste of the wild, with large windows all around the tent so you can see and hear the animals feeding in camp as well as the hippopotamus honking to each other in the river in front of you! The tents are spacious with king or twin beds, large mosquito net, electric lights and plug sockets for re-charging batteries (UK style plug sockets). There is also a room safe and tea and coffee-making facilities. The luxury tents have semi open ensuite bathrooms with hot shower, WC and basin.

Your first night is booked on a full board basis as you will arrive just as the sun is setting, so best to orientate yourself in camp, refresh after your long journey and enjoy an early dinner before your early start in the morning.

Each morning, we offer you an early breakfast of toast and cereal, boiled eggs, fruit salad, yoghurt and tea and coffee at 5.30am before you head out at 6.00am on a morning game drive, exploring the Park for the first time, taking the sightings as they come, with your guide detailing all you are seeing and adding interesting observations drawn from his years of experience. You will head back to camp at around 10am, but this is flexible, depending on what you are seeing and if you would rather stay out longer, then that’s totally fine too. Our restaurant is open all day and we offer an a la carte menu catering to a wide range of tastes and dietary requirements. You would usually return to camp in the heat of the day, but again, if you are keen to stay out longer one day, then we can also pack up a picnic lunch for you so you can stay in the Park all day and explore further afield. If you would like to try a walking safari (only for children over 12 years of age), then we can organize this for you as well (usually done in the mornings when it’s cooler), this can be an exciting way to see more detail of the Park, from tracks & signs, to following alarm calls and learning more about the ecology of the area. The South Luangwa is, after all, the home of the walking safari!

In the afternoons, we tend to meet for tea at 3.30pm, then you will head into the park again at 4pm, staying out until the Park closes at 8pm. Our guides take huge pride in their work, being able to identify numerous alarm calls and to track animals and try to anticipate their next move so as to position you for the best sightings.
As the sun starts to dip towards the horizon, your guide will find a good spot to stop so you can stretch your legs and watch the sun

set with a cold drink in hand… Then, once it’s nearly dark, you will carry on game-viewing with a spotlight, searching for some of our interesting nocturnal residents, like the leopard, lion, porcupine, civet, genet, owls and hyaena.

You will return to camp by around 8pm in time for dinner and to relive your sightings with us!
If you are interested in village life, we can also happily organize a visit to the nearby Mfuwe village, including our anti-poaching base and some of the local community projects we are supporting in this area. This safari package includes your accommodation either a family chalet (sleeps up to 6) or a family safari tent (sleeps up to 4), all meals, two game-viewing activities per day, National Park Entry fees, LCCF (Luangwa Conservation & Community Fund fee), WiFi, laundry and return airport transfers. Not included are drinks or items of a personal nature like shop purchases or gratuities.

Days 9-12:Kaya Mawa (Likoma island, Lake Malawi)

You will be transferred back to Mfuwe airport for your onward international light aircraft flight to Lilongwe, Malawi. Board another plane for the onward hop (1 hour) to Likoma island across the Lake. You will be met on arrival at the airstrip on the island and transferred by road to the lodge.

KAYA MAWA – 4 nights
Likoma island nestles into the blue green waters of lake Malawi with golden sands and dramatic boulders and the lodge has been designed in such a way as to make the most of every view and sunset! Each room has been individually styled in partnership with Katundu Textiles, a workshop set up on the island to empower single mothers. All the workforce at Kaya Mawa come from the neighbouring villages and have been trained on site. The result is a uniquely stunning lodge with a feeling of contemporary rustic whilst ultimately chic! The standard family houses here are of an exceptional standard with one bedroom with king bed, and one with twin beds, wonderful soft cottons and perfect views of the lake itself. Dining at the lodge is of a high standard and care is taken to provide fresh, varied and healthy meal options.

The lodge offers plenty of activities to keep everyone as busy as they choose to be – included in the rates are water-sports like snorkeling, sailing, kayaking and paddle boards, there are also plenty of walks to take around the island. You can visit St Peter’s Cathedral built at the turn of the Century and the third largest Cathedral in Africa! There is also a spa at the lodge offering a range of pampering massages and facials (extra cost). Also available at extra cost are scuba diving, kite-surfing, water-skiing, wake-boarding and e-biking. All meals, non Premium drinks, non-motorized activities, laundry and airstrip transfers are included.

Day 13:End of Safari

You will be transferred back to the aerodrome for your flight back to Lilongwe, which brings an end to your family safari.


Waterberry Lodge

Flatdogs Camp

Kaya Mawa

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