ZAMBIA & MALAWI HOLIDAYS

Wild, full of wonder and naturally beautiful, Zambia is the very definition of Africa. The legendary Victoria Falls, abundant wildlife, remote wilderness and verdant wetlands entrance even the most seasoned travellers. Meanwhile, the astonishing landscapes, untamed beauty and easy-going vibes are what lure visitors to Malawi. Together, the two nations offer incredible experiences of Africa’s best nature parks.

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Zambia & Malawi

Malawi and Zambia, have spectacular treasures to offer. The remote wilderness, diverse wildlife, laidback vibes and friendly people make holidays here incredibly rewarding and unique, with the freedom of roaming at your leisure without swathes of tourists.

Victoria Falls is one of the most impressive and breath-taking waterfalls in the world, straddling the Malawai/Zambia border. As the water cascades over the cliffs, plunging as low as 108 m into the depths of the canyons below, the effect is mesmerising. Meanwhile, close encounters with animals at the many parks and reserves provide another peek into the sheer magnificence that is Africa.

Lake Malawi, a UNESCO World Heritage site, shelters a larger number of fish species than any other lake in the world. The big five can also be viewed in the country’s Majete Wildlife Reserve. More than anything, it seems to be the nation’s peaceful atmosphere and welcoming people that make the land-locked country so alluring.

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Things to do in Zambia and Malawi

  • Taking in Victoria Falls from every angle – Appreciate its magnitude from above on a flight or experience a taste of its powerful flow while swimming in the rock pools below.
  • Rafting Zambezi River – The Zambezi is one of three great rivers in Zambia. Its rapids, turns and vistas make for a thrilling white water rafting ride.
  • Spotting animals at the Wildlife Reserves – Kafue National Park in Zambia is the largest park in the country, and one of the largest homes to some of the most rare species on the planet. While Malawi’s park is smaller, efforts to rehabilitate the animals and conserve the land has paid off immensely.
  • Exploring Lake Malawi – Trying to identify the estimated 500 to 1,000 species of fish is quite the task, but the clear waters and warm temperatures make for relaxing freshwater diving and snorkelling adventures.
  • Hiking Zomba Plateau – The verdant, 1,800m plateau is peppered with waterfalls, streams and breathtaking vistas. While leopards live here, sightings are rare. However, baboons are more commonly spotted.
  • Elephant trail rides – Take a ride through Zambia’s bush atop of the world’s largest animal.

For more information about Travelbag’s holidays to Malawi and Zambia, please contact us at 0871 703 4713 Costs 13p/min + network extras.

Although the time of year influences the climate, it is mostly hot and dry in both destinations. Be sure to pack plenty of lightweight clothing, light colours and layers. Moisture-wicking clothing is a great option, given the hot temperatures. A light jacket and layers are essential for those spending time in the bush. Zambia’s dress code is pretty conservative, as men outside of the bush are rarely seen wearing shorts. In cultural locations and public areas, women tend to adhere to more conservative style of dress with longer skirts and pants and covered shoulders. Bring comfortable walking shoes and sandals. Malawi is primarily a beach destination. So pack all beach essentials.

To prevent heat exhaustion and sunburn, bring plenty of sunscreen, hats, sunglasses and lip balm. Salt tablets, electrolyte packets and rehydrating solutions are great to keep on-hand.

Travellers are advised to take anti-malarial medication. In addition to medications, be sure to have plenty of long-sleeve shirts and pants, mosquito nets and insect repellent. Additional medical items include a first aid kit, anti-diarrhea medication, pain relief medication, antibacterial cream and water-purification tablets.

Binoculars and a camera are essential for safaris and other outdoor excursions. Also be sure to pack a torch, pocket knife and a sleeping bag and camp gear if it is not provided by the tour guide.

  • When to go – When the temperatures begin to rise in September and October in Zambia, wildlife sightings become more regular and predictable as animals search for water. June through August is considered the peak travel season. The best time to travel to Malawi is during the dry, winter months (May to October). This time is also great for viewing game.
  • Aiports – Lilongwe International Airport serves most of Malawi’s flights, while Chileka International Airport serves those destined for the country’s southern regions. Zambia’s main airport is the Kenneth Kaunda International Airport in Lusaka. Air Zimbabwe and Air Malawi make regular flights into Zambia.
  • Capital – Lusaka (Zambia), Lilongwi (Malawi)
  • Time Zone – GMT + 2 hours, Central Africa Time
  • Language – English is the official language in Zambia. Some of the many other recognized languages include Nyanja, Bemba, and Tonga. In Malawi, English and Chichewa are the official languages.
  • Currency – Kwacha
  • Electricity – 230v at 50Hz. The plug is a rectangular blade. In Zambia the voltage is 220V, delivered at 50Hz. Outlets fit plugs with three square pins.
  • Cell Phone – Mobile phone coverage is increasing in Malawi, but it is not everywhere. The same goes for Zambia. Service is generally good in the main cities and towns.
  • Entry and Visa – A visa is required for entry, but most foreigners can obtain one upon arrival at major airports, sea ports and borders.
  • National Dish – In Zambia and Malawi, the national dish is considered to be Nsima, which is a type of porridge made of maize. It may often go by different names, depending on the region and language, but the main ingredients are the same.

There are three seasons in Zambia. The dry season, which runs from mid-April to August, sees low temperatures at night with verdant landscapes. The hot season is from September to mid-November and can experience highs in the low to mid 30s. This is the best time to see the flora and fauna. The wet season, known as “Emerald season” lasts from mid-November to mid-April, with torrential downpours often occurring in the afternoons. During this time, temperatures average 30°C. In general, Zambia’s climate is moderate. November to April is the hot, rainy season in Malawi. Temperatures along the shore remain warm, with sun-filled days and mild nights. The nights in the Nyika plateau of the north, can see very cold temperatures. Temperatures in the summer months of January and February can become extremely hot and humid.

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