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The perfect mix of bush and beach combining Mana Pools National Park, South Luangwa National Park and finally Lake Malawi.

Key facts of Safari and Sand

John's Camp 3 nights Nkwali 3 nights  
Nsefu 3 nights Pumulani 4 nights
Number of nights 13
Available dates May - November
Countries visited Zambia, Zimbabwe & Malawi
National Parks Mana Pools National Park, South Luangwa National Park, Lake Malawi National Park

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An unforgettable bush and beach experience

Zimbabwe is a landlocked country in southern Africa lying between the Limpopo and Zambezi Rivers and known for its dramatic landscape and diverse wildlife, much of it within parks, reserves and safari areas. Mana Pools National Park is the first stop on your safari, where Jonh’s Camp is located. The name ‘Mana’ means ‘four’ in the local Shona language, this refers to the four large pools inland from the Zambezi River. Mana Pools is home to a wide range of mammals and over 350 bird species.

From Zimbabwe you then move on to Zambia, spending time at Nkwali Camp & Nsefu Camp in the Luangwa Valley. The Luangwa Valley, which marks the end of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the last unspoiled wilderness areas and possibly the finest wildlife sanctuary in Africa. It covers an area of over 9000 sq. km. through which the meandering Luangwa River runs. The ox bow lagoons, woodland and plains of the valley host huge concentrations of game – including elephant, buffalo, leopard, lion, giraffe, hippo – and over 450 species of birds.

Finally across the border in Malawi, you will spend a few days on the beach soaking up the sun on Lake Malawi. Situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula on the Southern end of Lake Malawi you can find Pumulani Lodge subtly nestled in the lush hills amongst the trees and craggy outcrops. The ten villas provide the ultimate in space, design, comfort and privacy. The lodge offers the perfect mix for a memorable holiday. Enjoy being active or simply relax in the beautiful and tranquil scenery.

Itinerary of Safari and Sand day by day

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Day 1 - 3
Day 4 - 5
Day 6 - 8
Day 9 - 12
John’s Camp

Day 1 - 3: John’s Camp

Mana Pools National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a beautiful 2,196 sq. km wildlife conservation area in northern Zimbabwe. Mana means "four" in Shona, (one of the main vernacular languages in Zimbabwe) and it refers to the number of large permanent pools left by the Zambezi River as it flows into the flood plain. Mana is known as one of Africa’s best game viewing areas, as many large animals come here in search of water. It is also an excellent area for fishing, of course, and bird-watching, being rich in vegetation diversity from river frontage to forests of mahogany, wild fig, acacia albida and baobabs.

A typical day on safari at John's Camp, starts with guests woken at the crack of dawn for a quick cup of tea or coffee, a bowl of porridge or a muffin. You will head out on either a game walk or drive returning to camp for a late morning brunch. Midday siesta time is spent in camp and afternoon tea is served at 3.30pm. Head out again for an afternoon of game viewing as the day cools. Fishing from the banks of the river is also an option. Sundowners can be enjoyed while out on your afternoon game drive or back in camp. All guests will be back in camp by 6.30pm. Warm bucket showers will be ready on your return. Gather around the campfire to share your stories from the day before enjoying a three-course dinner.

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Nkwali Camp

Day 4 - 5: Nkwali Camp

A typical day on safari at Nkwali Camp begins with  breakfast is served around the campfire at dawn. The porridge heated on the fire and toast cooked by the coals. The morning walk or drive will leave soon after, entering the park by boat from the camp or by the nearby pontoon. A mid-morning break of tea, coffee and cake will be taken at a scenic point on a lagoon or the Luangwa River. Return to camp for lunch around mid-day. After lunch you can cool off in the swimming pool or siesta. Following tea you will go out on an afternoon game drive that continues into the early night giving the chance to see the nocturnal world, returning to camp in time for dinner

The unspoiled South Luangwa National Park is one of natural jewels in Zambia's crown, and home to one of the most varied collections of wildlife on the planet. The park is centered around the Luangwa River. Untapped by man, its natural ebb and flow of flooding makes much of the park inaccessible by road which keeps it a sanctuary for the large concentration of game that live there. A paradise for birders, over 450 species are to be found in the park, and the wildlife includes elephant, buffalo, hippos, giraffe, leopards and lions

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Nsefu Camp

Day 6 - 8: Nsefu Camp

A day on safari at Nsefu Camp starts with a hearty breakfast around the camp fire, after which your morning activity will begin! Depending on time of year an all day picnic drive to the salt pans that will cover different habitats comes highly recommended and is an exceptional day’s safari. Nothing is set in stone and your days will be designed and planned with your bearing your interests in mind. You can mix and match activities to maximize your experience in this game rich and remote area of the Luangwa. Guests should also remember to make use of the permanent viewing hide at Nsefu Camp

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Pumulani Lodge

Day 9 - 12: Pumulani Lodge

Pumulani Lodge is exclusively situated on the west side of the Nankumba Peninsula, surrounded by the Lake Malawi National Park. Over the next few days, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like in terms of activities. Our remote beach setting is ideal for those who simply want to soak up the sun and swim in the clear blue waters of the lake. Those who prefer to take a dive in the swimming pool, there is an infinity pool near the central dining area with grand views over the lake, as well as another infinity pool on beach level. For those seeking activity we offer many watersports activities like snorkeling, fishing, sailing, kayaking, waterskiing, wake boarding and fun tube rides (all motorized activities are at extra cost). At the end of the day climb aboard our dhow and let our experienced local crewmen take you sailing into the sunset.

Lake Malawi is the world’s most ecologically diverse lake. Its crystal clear waters are home to more than a thousand species of fish, including hundreds of species of colourful cichlids. We offer special diving courses at the best diving spots near one of the islands. For those who are interested in the real Malawian village life we offer guided walks through one of the local villages.

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Succeeded my expectations in every way. I learnt so much, saw so much, felt safe at all times. I had the time of my life, thanks to all the staff at the various properties in Zambia, Malawi & Zimbabwe! The trip combines some of the most extraordinarily beautiful National Parks. It was a truly memorable experience. Thank you to all involved
William S about Safari and Sand
We have had a wonderful experience with excellent guiding. A really memorable holiday and great introduction to Southern Africa. We saw so much and did so much yet we feel like there was so much more to see and do. We will be back!
Judy G about Safari and Sand

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