Zambia safari and Lake Malawi, tailor made
Description of Zambia safari and Lake Malawi, tailor made
This two week tailor made safari and beach holiday provides the very best of both worlds. Firstly, youíll be invited to spend time in Zambiaís South Luangwa National Park before departing by light aircraft for five nights at an island lodge in the middle of Lake Malawi.
The marriage of beach and safari makes for an exceptional excuse to discover the delights of Africa as well as indulging in a healthy dose of R&R.
Zambia is situated deep within the African bush and youíll be hard pushed to spot any other travellers on a guided walk in the outback. The quality of guiding is unsurpassed and as you become enveloped in the wilderness areas of South Luangwa National Park youíll be invited to undertake a series of guided bushwalks that will teach you more about the surrounding natural environment.
Other activities include mountain biking, game drives and guided canoe trips as well as a couple of nights spent in a thatched tree top chalet high above the ground. Every opportunity to keep an eye out for animals will be grabbed with both hands.
Lions, leopards, elephants and hippos are all known to inhabit South Luangwa and with the help of your guide youíll, hopefully, get to see them all. Plants, bugs and smaller mammals are, of course, just as important to the natural ecosystem of Zambia. Your guide will point out all you need to know as well as explaining what you can and canít eat in terms of floral delights.
Completing this two week safari holiday in Zambia with five days at the beach in Lake Malawi is the icing on the cake especially if youíre looking forward to resting your feet after all those bushwalking adventures. Your accommodation is an amazing African lodge set on an island in the very heart of the lake.
Gold sand beaches make for extremely enticing spots to relax however, if youíre still hungry for more outdoor activities then youíll find snorkelling, kite surfing, kayaking and fishing readily available as well as the opportunity to explore the island by bike.
PlanetThese safaris are walking safaris, so impact by vehicles is reduced significantly. All luggage and supplies are portered into the camps. There is also the option to join a guide bicycle safari - which is an incredibly unusual option and environmentally sound. All of the camps recycle their water and limit their own footprint while in operation.
With every booking, we donate funds to Helping Rhinos, our charity partner.
Helping Rhinos have been set up to create awareness of the issues threatening the global rhino population and raises funds to help protect them for future generations.
The donation we give for every booking to Helping Rhinos goes towards training for members of the local community to become rangers and ensure that there are more local people trained in the fight against poaching. This is important from a conservation perspective in order to preserve and protect one of our most important and prehistoric species, but also from an educational perspective as members of the local community are trained and offered jobs and a career - as well as educated about Rhino conservation.
PeopleAll of the lodges used on the walking safaris are actively involved, through the Tafika Fund, in sustainably uplifting the surrounding community. Over the years a number of long-term initiatives have been successfully implemented and maintained, these include:
Donations to the Tafika Fund are used to assist the (government run) Mkasanga School in a number of ways. From ongoing building renovation, to the purchase and supply of stationery, textbooks and over 2500 library books, desks, school supplies, additional educational material and the payment of teachers' salaries, the Tafika Fund makes a significant difference to present lives and future aspirations of Mkasanga scholars.
Donations, to the Tafika Fund are also used to fund full educational scholarships to some of the top Mkasanga graduates each year. Presently six new students are afforded scholarships a year and a new skills programme, to support post school training, ensures that these students continue learning even after they leave. Presently 30 students are assisted by the scholarship programme and, thanks to individual sponsors, the number of scholarships continues to grow.
Donations, to the Tafika Fund were used to fund the building of an outpatient clinic in Mkasanga, which acts as a first aid centre for the 2000 residents of Mkasanga. There are long term plans to extend the clinic, which officially opened its doors in March 2006, to include an inpatient and maternity wing.