The Thornicroft giraffe is unique to Zambia and South Luangwa being subtly different from other giraffes, it is a must-see for visitors to the country.
Enjoy seven game drives during your holiday. You will have the opportunity to substitute one of the game drives for a walking safari with experienced guides for the most authentic wildlife experience possible.
- Small Group 12 or less
- All Inclusive
- VIP door to door
Experience unspoilt wilderness
Experience the unspoilt wilderness of Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park, home to one of the most intense concentrations of wildlife in Africa, including 60 animal species and over 400 species of bird.
You can enjoy day and night game drives with the chance to see the unique Thornicroft giraffe. Also get close to a rich variety of game and birdlife on walking safaris, right from your lodge in the heart of South Luangwa.
Complete your safari with a stay on Lake Malawi at the southern end of Africa's Great Rift Valley.
Day 1 UK to Lilongwe
After taking Saga’s included UK door-to-door travel service, depart for your overnight flight to Lilongwe in Malawi.
Day 2 Lilongwe to Mfuwe
On arrival take your onward light aircraft flight to Mfuwe. Transfer to the Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge (4Q+), for the first seven nights of your holiday.
Day 3 - 8 Mfuwe
Your week at the lodge will include seven game drives. There's the opportunity to substitute at least one game drive for a walking safari, the ultimate way to get up close to Zambia's incredible wildlife. You can find out more about the local wildlife and people during fascinating talks and on a visit to a local community where textiles are hand crafted. At night, an expert guide will also help you put names to the bright constellations above.
If that doesn't tire you out, there are further optional game drives and walks available.
Day 9 Mfuwe to Lilongwe to Lake Malawi
Travel to Mfuwe airport for your return light aircraft flight to Lilongwe. Continue to The Makokola Retreat for a three-night stay beside the golden sands and wooded shores of Lake Malawi.
Day 10 - 11 Lake Malawi
Spend your days on the lake snorkeling, feeding the fish eagles or simply relaxing in the shade of a palm tree beside the dazzling waters.
Day 12 Lake Malawi to Lilongwe
Travel to Lilongwe airport for your return overnight flight to the UK.
Day 13 UK
Arrive this morning for your included UK door-to-door travel service home.
Seven game drives
Your week at the lodge with include seven game drives.
There's the opportunity to substitute at least one game drive for a walking safari, the ultimate way to get up close to Zambia's incredible wildlife.
Included on 12 nights itinerary
Liwonde National Park
Visit Liwonde National Park on an optional excursion where you will be amazed by the sheer number of hippo pods resident in The Shire River.
Optional on 12 nights itinerary
Kenyas Great Rift Valley
Post holiday extension, full-board (2014 only)
This holiday extension allows you to go game watching in Kenya and includes three nights' hotel accommodation on a full-board basis and the services of a Saga-appointed driver guide.
You'll stay at the Ole-Sereni Hotel (3Q) which sits on the edge of the city of Nairobi, close to the National Game Park, for an overnight stay before travelling to Lake Nakuru Lodge (3Q), where you'll stay for the next two nights.
Post holiday extension, all-inclusive
After your main holiday you can enjoy a further three relaxing nights at The Makokola Retreat (4Q) on the shores of Lake Malawi.
Please note that your Saga representative will not accompany you on this extension. Your stay here is on a full-board basis with a special drinks package included. You will be able to enjoy your meals served alfresco in the hotel's gardens or open-sided dining room (buffet breakfast, lunch and waiter-served dinner). The free bar, open from 11am - 11pm, serves soft drinks, fruit juices and local alcoholic beverages.
Pre holiday extension, half-board
Before your tour, enjoy a stay at Kumbali Country Lodge (4Q), a family-run thatched lodge set on a dairy farm. Surrounded by 650 hectares of natural beauty, the Kumbali Country Lodge offers a relaxed start to your holiday, just a ten-minute drive from Malawi's nearby capital of Lilongwe.
In the central lodge you will find the bar and restaurant where you can enjoy Malawi and international cuisine, and a terrace that leads to the gardens.
Please call for availability and prices.
Sanctuary Chichele Presidential Lodge QQQQ+
Once the retreat of Zambia's first president, you'll find connecting with nature has never been easier or more comfortable than at this colonial-style lodge with it’s luxury touches. You can enjoy magnificent views across the flood plains to the Luangwa River from its hilltop setting, watch wildlife at the waterhole from a furnished lookout and even from the lodge's terraces.
Look forward to savouring delicious cuisine alfresco on the wrap-around terrace, around a campfire beneath the stars or in the air-conditioned dining room. Other facilities include a small library, free bar (local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from 11am to 11pm), swimming pool, billiard table and croquet.
Stay in one of ten elegant air-conditioned suites, each furnished with a four-poster bed, tea and coffee-making facilities, a fridge and hairdryer. There's also a complimentary laundry service. Large French windows open onto your own furnished verandah where you can rest and listen out for the sounds of the African bush from the wooded vales below.
The Makokola Retreat QQQQ
Set on the southern shores of Lake Malawi, you can look forward to a relaxing stay at this resort which combines contemporary African style with a beautiful setting in 12 acres of lush grounds. Enjoy Mediterranean-style cuisine alfresco in the hotel's gardens or open-sided dining room.
There's also a large swimming pool, poolside bar, lounge, spa and nine-hole golf course. The free bar, open from 11am-11pm, serves local alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks.
Saga guests stay in thatched bungalows, each of which face the lake and are equipped with a telephone, tea and coffee-making facilities, a hairdryer and fridge.