Romantic Zambia & Malawi

This 12 night Romantic Zambia & Malawi safari combines the best of Zambia and Malawi and offers a unique take on the classic bush and beach safari. It is ideal as a honeymoon option. Or for anyone looking for a relaxing yet varied safari with the emphasis on wildlife and comfort.

Your Romantic Zambia & Malawi safari begins with 2 nights in Victoria Falls. Our sample itinerary includes a 5 star lodge close to Victoria Falls, but this can be changed on request. But the more adventurous can opt for a stay on a private island in the middle of the Zambezi River. (Please note that an extra night here is recommended to give you time to enjoy some of the many optional excursions available.)

You then fly to the Lower Zambezi National Park for 3 nights followed by 4 nights in the South Luangwa National Park. Next you fly to Lilongwe in Malawi and continue by light charter flight to Lake Malawi. Here you spend the final 3 nights on the shimmering waters of this ‘lake of stars’.

Given its idyllic location, Kaya Mawa is perfect for honeymoon couples and also for those looking for a secluded island and beach experience after your Zambia safari.

Romantic Zambia & Malawi Safari at a glance:

Victoria Falls – 2 nights at The River Club Hotel
Lower Zambezi National Park – 3 nights at Chongwe River Camp, Fully Inclusive
South Luangwa National Park – 4 nights at Mchenja Bush Camp, Fully Inclusive
Lake Malawi – 3 nights at Kaya Mawa, Full Board & Selected Activities

Upgrade Options

This itinerary can be tailor-made to suit your requirements. By changing the lodges in each area (with the exception of Kaya Mawa which is one of a kind). In fact you may wish to upgrade from Chongwe River Camp to Chongwe River Suites, or from a mix of Kakuli & Mchenja Camps to Chinzombo Camp.

Contact us for a tailor-made quote or for our upgrade options.

See Day by Day
Day 1

Arrive Livingstone Island, transfer to your Hotel for 2 nights

On arrival at Livingstone Airport, you are met by our representative and transferred by road to Tongabezi where you continue by boat to Sindabezi, a private island paradise…

The Victoria Falls, known as one of the Seven Wonders of the World, is a sight not to be missed – the clouds of spray generated by this thunderous descent have resulted in a lush rain forest and the most spectacular views of the Falls are from the Zambian side of the gorge.

The River Club lies on the glorious Zambezi River, 18 kilometres upstream from the Victoria Falls. Here you can enjoy the sights and sounds of Victoria Falls and the Zambezi River in a peaceful and tranquil setting far from the madding crowds. The main lodge is an old colonial homestead with a richly furnished sitting area, dining room and library. Lunch is usually served on manicured lawns complete with croquet court. The River Club offers ten luxury air-conditioned chalets with wooden decks all overlooking the Zambezi River, each with en-suite facilities including shower and a particularly romantic bath with a view of the river.

Other Options:

The Royal Livingstone Hotel is an elegant 5 star hotel in an unrivalled setting overlooking the Victoria Falls in Zambia. It is actually situated within the Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park so that guests staying here have unlimited access to the Victoria Falls less than five minutes walk away – great for budding photographers who want to get that perfect shot of the Falls.


Sindabezi Island is a private island on the Zambezi river, upstream of the Victoria Falls which is part of Tongabezi Lodge. Sindabezi sleeps only ten people in five open-fronted thatched chalets dotted around the shores of the island. The island is rustic and romantic in style with no electricity, wood fires and hot bucket showers on demand (only 5 or 10 minutes wait).

Accommodation: The River Club
Located in: Victoria Falls & Livingstone - Zambia

Day 2

At leisure at Victoria Falls

If staying at Royal Livingstone:

Your day is free to spend as you wish. We can pre-book a number of excursions such as tours to the Falls, sundowner cruises, canoeing, white water rafting etc.

If staying at Sindabezi:

Sindabezi’s guides use their expert knowledge on the many inclusive activities that are available from the camp such as a guided visit to Victoria Falls to see the falls from various viewpoints. Other activities include tiger fishing, game viewing by boat, canoeing, sunset boat cruises, island lunches and picnics.

The chances of spotting game from Sindabezi Island are very good as it is situated just across the water from Zimbabwe’s second largest national park. Often to be seen grazing on the nearby river banks are elephant and hippo as well as cavorting baboons and monkeys. One may even be lucky enough to hear the roar of distant lions – a sound you will never forget. There are also over two-hundred species of birds for bird-watching enthusiasts.

In the late afternoon you may like to enjoy a wonderful sundowner boat cruise on the Zambezi river.

Note: We strongly recommend a third night to enjoy all that the area has to offer such as a helicopter flight over the falls, or a champagne lunch or afternoon tea on the private Livingstone Island which lies literally at the edge of the Victoria Falls.

Day 3

Fly to Lower Zambezi, 3 nights Chongwe River Camp, Fully Inclusive

Return to Livingstone Airport by road and then fly to the Lower Zambezi National Park (via Lusaka) to stay at Chongwe River Camp.

The Lower Zambezi National Park is a rich and beautiful water sanctuary for wildlife – great herds of impala, elephant and buffalo, and small groups of warthog, zebra and baboon are drawn to the river and this in turn attracts lion and hyena. Behind the floodplain grasslands rises the picturesque wooded escarpment.

Chongwe River Camp is appealingly situated on the confluence of the Chongwe and Zambezi Rivers, on the edge of the Lower Zambezi park, under a canopy of Albida thorn trees. This unpretentious and friendly little camp is a great favourite with guests.

Upgrade Option: Chongwe River Cassia Suite

Accommodation: Chongwe River Camp
Located in: Lower Zambezi - Zambia

Day 6

Fly to South Luangwa, 4 nights Mchenja Bush Camp , Fully Inclusive

Today you return to the airstrip and fly on to Mfuwe Airport (via Lusaka). On arrival at Mfuwe Airport, which is close to the South Luangwa National Park, you are met and transferred to Mchenja Bush Camp.

The South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, at the southern tip of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the finest wildlife sanctuaries in Africa. The brooding Luangwa River meanders through this luxuriant valley, supporting thousands of hippo and crocodile and sustaining the park. The beautiful ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the Luangwa valley host huge concentrations of game – elephant, a wide variety of antelope, buffalo, kudu, zebra, Thornycroft’s giraffe and wildebeest occur in great numbers as well as over 400 bird species. Lion, wild dog and hyena are also common and the South Luangwa National Park is famed for its excellent leopard sightings.

Mchenja Camp (meaning ‘ebony’) is a charming and romantic seasonal camp in South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. It is beautifully situated beneath a magnificent grove of ebony trees overlooking a sweeping bend on the banks of the Luangwa River. Each of the five unique octagonal tents has their own en suite bathroom with free standing Victorian baths complete with river views as well as outside showers.

Accommodation: Mchenja Bush Camp
Located in: South Luangwa - Zambia

Day 7 - 9

On safari in the South Luangwa

You enjoy an early morning game drive immediately after early morning tea and coffee, as the animals rise early to hunt in the cool of the day. The three hour game drive finishes in time for brunch, which will be keenly appreciated after your early morning start! After brunch, you can simply relax around the lodge or at the swimming pool during the heat of the day. Afternoon tea is served just prior to your late afternoon game drive.

Day 10

Fly to Lake Malawi, 3 nights Kaya Mawa, Full Board & selected Activities

Today you return to Mfuwe Airport in time for your flight to Lilongwe in Malawi. On arrival at Lilongwe, you transfer to a small charter aircraft for your onward flight to Likoma Island on Lake Malawi where you spend 4 nights.

Lake Malawi is the stellar attraction of Malawi, enriching every aspect of its life. The lakeshore comprises miles of pristine sandy beaches, rocky outcrops and islands, with the call of the African fish eagle ever present. Picturesque fishing villages blend into the natural vegetation and everywhere people smile and seem delighted to see you. Over 500 species of fish occur in Lake Malawi, including the colourful endemic cichlids that are easily spotted when snorkelling. Other watery holiday activities on Lake Malawi include scuba diving, canoeing, sailing and just chilling out by the lapping waters.

Kaya Mawa Lodge is a secluded luxury lodge on a crescent shaped beach, surrounded by baobab trees and mangos on the tip of the remote Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. Kaya Mawa is both architecturally innovative and full of character, as befits this unique and unspoilt location on Lake Malawi. Built entirely by hand in conjunction with the local community, who benefit from the lodge, Kaya Mawa accommodation consists of eight stone, teak and thatched cottages. Each cottage has a private terrace with views over Lake Malawi with a path leading down to the water, a giant mahogany four-poster bed, en suite “loo with a view”, shower and sunken voluminous stone bath.

Accommodation: Kaya Mawa
Located in: Lake Malawi - Malawi

Days 11-12

Relaxing on Lake Malawi

Two highlights of Kaya Mawa, as well as its stunning location, are its diving and exploring Likoma island. However a host of water sports are available on Lake Malawi including water-skiing, wake boarding, fishing, windsurfing and dinghy sailing. You can also explore the lake and its shores by canoe, looking out for otters. Or take an excursion to remote spots where wild dog and even a leopard have been spotted on the beach!

The ‘town’ is a 45-minute walk from Kaya Mawa, at the opposite end of Likoma Island. You are very welcome to walk over to the town and gain an insight into traditional island life as you stroll to the amazing Chipyela Cathedral, which seems like a little piece of Britain in the middle of Malawi, and the cobbled market square. There are also mountain bikes freely available if you prefer to cycle.

Diving – The waters of Lake Malawi are gloriously clear and many species of cichlids (endemic to the lake) are found near Masimbwe Island, close to Kaya Mawa. The lodge has its own NAUI accredited instructor and excellent dive equipment and can offer casual dives as well as instruction.

Day 13

Fly back to Lilongwe

Today you fly back to Lilongwe Airport by charter flight in time for your onward travel arrangements.

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Full Board throughout with selected in-house activities as outlined in the itinerary, scheduled and charter flights, all road transfers, National Park fees, local drinks whilst on safari
International flights, meals and drinks not specified, visas, items of a personal nature
Best time to go:
Suitable in the dry season and the early part of the rainy season from April to December
Health requirements:
Malaria area so anti-malarial precautions are essential. Yellow Fever certificate is needed for Zambia.
Sub-tropical climate with hot & humid summers, warm, dry and sunny winters
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