Malawi & Zambia holiday, safari & beach
Description of Malawi & Zambia holiday, safari & beach
Combine all the highlights of a Malawi & Zambia holiday into a tailor made two week tour with a blend of beaches around Lake Malawi and safari tours in wildlife-packed Zambia adding to the excitement of living in landlocked southern Africa.
Although locations, other than Zambia, spring to mind when thinking about safaris you might well be pleasantly pleased to learn that this unique natural setting, deep within southern Africaís heartland, allows for much more intimate animal encounters, especially whilst undertaking a guided bush walk.
Some truly exceptional wildlife watching experiences await in the national park of South Luangwa which has long been an underrated and lesser-visited wilderness area but boasts some fantastic opportunities to go on walking safaris and guided tours to see animals in their stunning natural habitat.
Big cats, hippos, elephants and primates are all to be found within South Luangwa National Park as well as numerous smaller mammals, bugs, insects and unique vegetation that form the backdrop to an extremely exhilarating experience in the southern African bush.
Listen and learn as your guide takes you through the calls made by baboons when they fear a lion is nearby as well as finding out how to spot the tell tale signs that a leopard has passed by hours earlier and which bug is capable of doing what or which plant is safe to eat.
Throughout the safari section of this two week Malawi & Zambia holiday youíll be staying within small encampments with en-suite chalet facilities. This is an exciting way to get back to basics in the African bush with bush camps only accessible on foot to guarantee a uniquely personal and special experience prior to boarding a light aircraft to Likoma and the beaches of Lake Malawi.
For the final five days of this two week holiday youíll be invited to enjoy lodge accommodation on an island in the middle of Lake Malawi where beach-based activities from a sublime shore side setting allow you to rest, relax and ponder what will most likely have been one of the best safari and beach breaks ever.
1 Reviews of Malawi & Zambia holiday, safari & beach
Reviewed on 15 Nov 2017 by Sarah Pajwani
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Definitely the walking safaris at Chikoko and Crocodile camps in the South Luangwa.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
The style of camps at Tafika, Chikoko and Crocodile looks very natural and simple, even basic - and you v=certainly feel really at one with the bush and animals - however they have thought of all your comforts - the food and dining is first class, the rooms have every comfort you need (ensuite showers, hot running water and flushing loos)
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
Yes. Tourism is the major/only employer in the area and has also helped fund wells and teachers in the nearby villages.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
One of our best ever.
PlanetThe company that owns the camps takes pro-active steps to ensure the properties and tourism activities are run in an environmentally responsible manner. This is important in protecting the fragile ecosystems in which they operate and that wildlife and local people rely upon for their survival.
Over time they are introducing the latest green technologies into all of the properties. This includes solar energy systems for providing power, solar water heaters for guest showers and the use of green design construction principles including living grass roofs, natural air cooling and the use of non-fired bricks.
The benefits are clear - the outlet of CO2 to the ozone layer is significantly reduced, along with the use of firewood and the resulting contribution to deforestation.
The conservation of water is of critical importance in the environments they operate, where many local people do not have ready access to safe, clean drinking water and droughts are commonplace. They conserve water through regular maintenance to reduce leakages, fitting flow restrictors on shower heads and taps where possible, watering our gardens and grass roofs at cooler times of the day, planting only drought resistant native plants where landscaping is necessary, and implementing a guest towel re-use and water conservation programme.
Waste Water Treatment
All waste water from the kitchens, guest bedrooms and staff houses is run into a sewage systems and biologically treated as it runs through natural sand filters. The water outlets are tested regularly. In this way they can be sure that they are not introducing harmful toxins into the protected environments in which they operate.
All of the waste produced is recycled, re-used or disposed of responsibly. In order to reduce waste, they avoid the purchase of glass bottled and tin canned goods where possible and offer our guests refillable steel water bottles in place of plastic water bottles.
They use recycled paper in offices and in brochure production, and recycle waste paper and cardboard through local community paper-making. This has the added benefit of providing livelihood streams for our neighbouring communities.
PeopleThe camps purchase as many locally available supplies as possible to stimulate local trade. In Zambia 80% of vegetables are purchased from local farmers. In this way they secure the freshest ingredients for their guests and at the same time support local enterprises and producers. They also contract local craftsmen for new buildings and in the refurbishment of our existing properties and support local artisans by selling their wares in the gift shops and for furnishing the properties.
In Malawi, the Nyika-Vwaza Trust has supported a number of initiatives which have benefited the local communities who live adjacent to the Nyika and Vwaza. In addition, the Nyika-Vwaza Trust employs as many as 40 local people to help implement various projects. This brings much-needed employment to an impoverished area and means that local communities are at the heart of what the trust does.
At Kawa Mawa, each room is individually designed in partnership with Katundu Textiles, a workshop set up on the island to empower single mothers. All the workforce come from the neighbouring villages and have been trained on site so are provided with jobs and a career.