Top 4 Best African Safari Experiences You’ve Never Heard of
Written By Megan Lewis On November 1, 2022
If you’re the kind of person who likes to do things a little differently, then maybe it’s time to have one (or more) of these African safari experiences that you’ve probably never heard of.
Our lodges are not only in some of the most pristine wilderness areas in Zambia and Malawi, are also deliver unique adventures and relaxing moments that make for unforgettable memories. Here’s our list of the top four most unusual and best African safari experiences you might never heard of, let alone have had a taste of them yourself.
Floating dinner: This is an African safari experience that celebrates the best of Zambia through its local cuisine and natural beauty. If you know anything about Tongabezi Lodge and Sindabezi Island, it’s that the teams love treating guests to magical dining experiences. It’s a kind of magic that comes from combining delicious food, great company and a stunning setting.
If you’ve stayed at Tongabezi or on Sindabezi Island, you’ll know that the floating river sampan is one of if not the very best of these experiences! Because why eat every meal on land, when you can wine and dine in the middle of the mighty Zambezi River.
The pool safari: This one you may have already experienced, without knowing what it’s called. The ‘pool safari’ is the leisurely version spending a mid-morning or -afternoon in the bush. Watch the clouds and birds of Kafue pass overhead while floating on your back in Ila Safari Lodge‘s infinity pool; hang out on the stone rim to see the crocodiles and hippos in the Kafue River. While at Shawa Luangwa, bob about in the camp plunge pool and look out for elephant and kudu passing on the South Luangwa’s plains below.
The bathtub safari is a wonderful alternative. Private outdoor baths are a seriously relaxing way to watch the world and wildlife go by in whatever wilderness you find yourself. Open-air showers are a treat for bird lovers as these feathered friends enjoy flitting between the branches above and stray droplets from the shower.
Flying above the Falls: (Also known as ‘A dip with the Devil’). If you are up for a thrill on your African safari, ‘flying’ above the largest curtain of falling water in the world will give you plenty of that. Your journey begins with a boat ride through the fast-moving channels of the Zambezi River to Livingstone Island, perched above Victoria Falls. It is from this rocky isle that you swim a short distance to what feels like the edge of the world.
Above the rainbows and mist of Victoria Falls | Photo by Hudson & Emily
Two natural plunge pools sit above the mist and rainbows of Victoria Falls and the deep gorge that it plunges into below. Devil’s Pool is open during the drier months of the year, usually between mid-August and mid-January. Angel’s Pool opens just before the water levels get too high, from about mid-March to mid-June.
The Robinson Crusoe: You don’t need to be a fictional adventurer from an 18th century novel to have your own castaway experience. Even better, it also doesn’t need to be as desperately desolate and depressing as Robinson Crusoe endured on a tropical island. The ‘Robinson Crusoe’ on Likoma Island in Lake Malawi and on Sindabezi Island in the Zambezi River can be a getaway that is relaxing and luxurious.
Going barefoot is your choice, but the service that the Kaya Mawa and Sindabezi teams always make sure your time as a castaway is carefree. So if you can choose a sandy tropical island in either Malawi or Zambia to be your own Robinson Crusoe, we would suggest Likoma or Sindabezi.
Feature image by City Foodsters.