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Malawi & South Luangwa ZA

Visiting: Malawi , Zambia
Tour Duration 12 Days
  • Local villagers
  • Impala Antilope at sunset
  • Buffalo, South Luangwa NP
  • Lake Malawi
  • Shores of Lake Malawi
  • Tour Style: Classic
  • Tour Type: Small Groups
  • Tour Pace: Moderate
  • Tour Comfort: Standard
 

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10 , 15/08/13

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Martin

What Was The Highlight Or Most Memorable Moment Of Your Tour

Watching (and taking action photos of) African Fish Eagles catching fish on lake Malawi. Bird watching in Zomba around the hotel. And of course South Luangwa Park (pay for the extra game drives!) I got an amazing picture of a leopard hunting at night! The meals at Norman Carr lodge on lake Malawi were fantastic; the room (and meals) at Flat Dogs were top notch.

How Was Your Explore Tour Leader

My wife and I were lucky enough to be the only member of the 'group' (ie private guide!) for the whole tour. Our guide was attentive and actually modified the itinerary (we visited the Liwonde park instead of stopping at museum; our guide was a ranger in that park for years and knew it inside out!).

What Tips Would You Give To Someone Else Booking This Tour

If you are like me and like photography buy or rent a good telephoto lens for the birds (500mm) and animals (300mm). We were looking forward to snorkeling in lake Malawi. This was a bit of a disappointment. The water was murky and the fish weren't that impressive (compared to other snorkeling destinations we have been to) plus there is the concern about Bilharzia (which locals seem to not find a big deal) - I would suggest you focus on watching the Fish Eagles!

 
10 Ann Wells-Thorp, 26/11/12

What was the highlight or most memorable moment of your tour?

"The game drives and wildlife.  Owing to circumstances I was obliged this vist to Africa (my 8th) to stay in accommodation instead of normally camping so game drives were obviously not so numerous. However, the accommodation in Flatdogs was superb;  it was a real pleasure to re-visit & we  received  a most warm welcome. The group was a little surprised that there was no one to thank on departure - perhaps there was a problem which necessitated everyone to be somewhere else at the time?  Staff  most helpful & friendly, the accommodation & catering still up to standard.
 
Game drives were  well organized to experience both day night drives & well organized refreshment breaks.

The tour was very well planned; our time in Malawi gave us plenty of variety."

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0 HMS, 12/11/10
Malawi and Zambia are not mainstream tourist destinations, which is why I wanted to go.  I love the blank looks you get from people who just want to lie by a hotel pool or on the beach, in a resort which could be anywhere.  I have always wanted to have a safari trip, and the reports I had heard of Zambia’s unspoilt reserves were very tempting.    I knew very little about Malawi before I went.  It is a very friendly country, with surprisingly varied landscapes.  The capital is not particularly inspiring, but the Zomba plateau is beautiful and the hotel is fantastic.  The resort on Lake Malawi is even more stunning, it was tempting to refuse to continue and stay forever.      Don’t give in to this temptation, as South Luanga is mindboggling.  As we turned into the Flatdogs drive, there were giraffes.  We soon saw elephant and antelope.  There are four included game drives, and three optional ones.  Your chances of seeing a leopard are estimated at 90-95%.  I was on my fifth game drive – I did all the optional ones – and fearing that I would be in the 5-1-%.  But the few of us who did an extra night drive were lucky enough to see two leopards mating.  My partner, who did not come on the optional drive, told me that I should pay extra as I was so blissed out.  The next day the whole group saw another female leopard in broad daylight.  She walked alongside our vehicle, and was in easy touching distance.  We all thought she might jump in, and for myself I would gladly have been her dinner she was so beautiful.      In addition to the unbelievable leopard sightings, we saw hippos, zebra, hyena, civet, genet, mongoose and the most fantastic birds.  I don’t think there has been a day since my return when I have not remembered with a warm glow the wildlife of South Luanga, especially the leopards.  I am hooked on safaris and only hope I have not been spoiled for other game parks.    The food at Flatdogs is far too good, you are fed large and frequent irresistible meals and the home baked bread and cakes are divine.  Be prepared to have to diet on your return.(ZA -13th July 2010)
 
 
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