Malawi and Zambia tour the big five.
Malawi and Zambia tour the big five. A trip in the green season, to immerse ourselves in nature and peoples. In Zambia, in the park of the South Luangwa, in the green season or emerald season. Entering the heart of the Luangwa park off-road even at night. The night safari in search of predators: the concentration of leopards is very high, but we will meet lions, hyenas, genets, civets, and in general all the nocturnal predators. There will be sightings of antelope, zebras, buffalo, elephants and an abundance of predators including small herds of wild dogs. The park also hosts two endemic rarity: the Thornicroft giraffe and wildebeest Cookson.
The journey continues at the foot of Mount Mulanje national forest reserve, Biosphere Reserve, South Africa’s highest mountain. Mulanje boasts a 650km2 forest and many species of animals and plants unique to the world. Mulanje is a mountain that Malawians consider magic to the wealth of legends and stories that populate the collective imagination. Under Mount Mulanje open the rolling hills covered with a green mantle: walking through the immense spaces of the plantations we meet the workers of the tea.
We’ll move on the banks of the third largest lake in Africa, Lake Malawi, one of the largest water reserves in the world. The clear waters and golden beaches that have nothing to envy to our Italian coasts. It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. The journey between the big five ends in Liwonde National Park, Malawi’s most famous park. The boat safari we define it unmissable. Elephants swimming a few meters from the boat, hippos grub, crocodiles, impala that drink and families of monkeys who engage in everyday toiletries. The bird life is amazing. The Liwonde is an IBA. Also present was the black rhino within the Sanctuary, where it is protected.
12 days, from 23 January to 3 February 2017. Possibility of the beaches of Lake Malawi extensions, in Mulanje Mountain Forest Reserve, the Victoria Falls or in the Kafue National Park, Zambia.
THE JOURNEY: Malawi and Zambia tour big five.
The days in Zambia will be spent immersed on safari. In South Luangwa National Park, where we will spend 4 nights on the Luangwa river, in the green season, a time when many puppies are born. A very good opportunity to see the park in green season: you will never see the park so rich and full of lush vegetation. Both fauna flora are at maximum richness.
South Luangwa National Park
The heart of a charming ecosystem, the Luangwa boasts antelopes, zebras, buffalo, elephants and an abundance of predators: lions, jackals, hyenas, cheetahs, small herds of wild dogs and, not least, relatively easy to spot, the leopard. The park is home to two endemic rarity: the Thornicroft giraffe and wildebeest Cookson. A heaven from the ornithological point of view with more than 400 species of birds. Lions and hyenas are easy to spot. We arrange the night safaris one of the most charming and fascinating experiences that you can do to South Luangwa National Park, one of the few areas in Africa where it is allowed this activity.
Liwonde National Park
The most famous park in Malawi and in the interior, along the Shire River, elephants abound. Also present antelopes such as Lichtenstein’s hartebeest Alcelaphus lichtensteini and sable antelope Hippotragus niger, buffalo, zebras, hyenas, warthogs, baboons, hippos and crocodiles; hundreds of species of birds. The vegetation is very diverse, ranging from forests of mopane, the palm trees, the grassland, the acacias, while the hills dominate the forests of miombo. For this the Liwonde is the only place in Malawi, where the inseparable Lilian Lovebird lilianaeis nests. The park is also an IBA (Important Bird Area) International with significant populations of rare or endangered species. Inside the Rhino Sanctuary, an important black rhino reintroduction project, protected as an animal in danger of extinction. In recent years some rhinos were spotted outside. This trip so we give a chance to see all the big five: lion, leopard, elephant, black rhino and buffalo.
This region is the land of the Chewa, the people that preserves a rich cultural heritage of Malawi, Zambia and Mozambique. Over 5,000 masks and numerous secret ceremonies such as the Gule Wamkulu are the cultural heritage site protected.
In the region of Monkey Bay, Malawi lake in the hills national park, overlooking a forest on Lake Malawi, one of the world’s largest water reserves, by the clear waters and golden beaches that have nothing to envy to our Italian coasts . It is estimated that the endemic fish that inhabit the waters, cichlids, are around 1000 species. Here surely meet the fishermen of the lake with their fishing canoes are dedicated to following old traditions. The drying of fish is a ritual and a procedure in which the women and the old men of the village are involved, while the kids and the kids help in the repair of networks.
Mount Mulanje national forest reserve
Southern Africa’s highest mountain, boasts a 650km2 forest and many species of animals and plants unique to the world, the mountain that Malawians consider magic to the wealth of legends and stories that populate the collective imagination. Under Mount Mulanje we will see the rolling hills covered by a green mantle spotless and tea: walking through the immense spaces of the plantations we meet the workers of the tea.