Imagine a holiday that combines the thrill of a safari in the heart of the African bush with the serenity of a beach vacation on a remote island. Sounds magical, right? An African safari and beach holiday is a unique and captivating holiday experience that lets you explore Zambia’s national parks like the South Luangwa and Lower Zambezi and relax on the stunning beaches of Likoma Island in Lake Malawi.
The first half of your African safari and beach holiday: Adventuring in Zambia’s national parks
Zambia, often referred to as the ‘Real Africa’, is a land of untamed beauty and diverse wildlife. It is one of Africa’s best-kept secrets when it comes to safari destinations. What sets Zambia apart from other safari destinations is its commitment to sustainable tourism and conservation efforts, ensuring that the wilderness remains pristine for generations to come.
One of Zambia’s crown jewels is the South Luangwa National Park, a haven for wildlife enthusiasts. Here, you can embark on game drives that take you deep into the bush, where you’ll encounter lions, leopards, elephants, and a mesmerizing array of birdlife. Walking safaris, pioneered in the South Luangwa, offer a more intimate and thrilling wildlife experience as you track animals on foot under the guidance of expert guides.
The Lower Zambezi National Park, situated along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, offers yet another dimension to your safari adventure. Canoe safaris and boat cruises allow you to witness elephants bathing, hippos lazing in the water, and countless bird species. The landscape is equally captivating, with dramatic cliffs and lush riverine forests.
What makes a Zambian safari truly exceptional is the limited number of tourists, ensuring an exclusive and authentic experience. You won’t find hordes of vehicles crowding the animals here; instead, you’ll have the rare opportunity to savour the wild in its natural solitude.
The second part of your African safari and beach holiday: Relaxing on an island in Lake Malawi
After the exhilaration of Zambia’s bush safaris, it’s time to slow down the pace and bask in the tranquility of Likoma Island in Lake Malawi. This hidden gem is a paradise for beach lovers and anyone seeking a serene escape.
Picture yourself on a pristine beach with powdery white sand beneath your feet and the clear, turquoise waters of Lake Malawi stretching out before you. Likoma Island offers just that, along with an idyllic atmosphere that’s perfect for unwinding. Snorkelling and diving in the lake’s crystal-clear waters are must-try activities. Below the surface, a world of colourful cichlids and other aquatic life awaits, making it a snorkeller’s paradise.
The island’s charm extends beyond its beaches and underwater wonders. Explore the town’s rich cultural heritage by visiting its historic Anglican cathedral, one of the largest in Central Africa. Wander through the quaint villages, interact with the friendly locals, and immerse yourself in the island’s laid-back way of life.
So, what makes an African safari and beach holiday the ultimate holiday
Diversity of experiences: This holiday offers the best of both worlds. You get to experience the thrill of a safari in Zambia’s top national parks and the tranquility of a beach getaway on Lake Malawi.
Exclusive adventure: Our commitment to low-impact tourism ensures that you can witness the incredible wildlife in its natural habitat without the crowds, enhancing the authenticity of your experience.
Sustainability: Both Zambia and Malawi prioritize sustainability and conservation, ensuring that your holiday contributes to the preservation of these remarkable places for future generations.
Cultural immersion: Beyond the natural beauty, you can immerse yourself in the local culture, gaining insight into the traditions and way of life of the people our properties share spaces with.
An African safari and beach holiday is not just any holiday; it’s an adventure that nourishes your soul, offering a perfect balance of excitement and serenity. It’s a chance to connect with nature, explore diverse landscapes, and create lasting memories.