heading to Zambia next month. a couple of q's:
any recommendations re accom in lusake? - budget to mid-range
how easy/not is it to get flights from lusake to mfuwe? by bus how long does it take from Lus to SLNP?
how long would it take from SLNP to cross into malawi and any suggestions once there?
what's the average cost of a triple room in zambia budget to mid range?
thanks, trying to work out a schedule. we have 3 weeks. key things are vic falls, some rafting, safari and into malawi for a few days if we've time.
Costs of accomodation vary extremely in Lusaka. Try the Holiday Inn, since it's kind of low season right now. I loved the place, and it's centrally located with a nice staff. They have cheaper, smaller rooms too. Another good thing about a known hotel brand is the safety standards, which can vary extremely in a city such as Lusaka.
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I would look into staying at Eureka campsite in Lusaka, they have small rooms/chalets there too. I think it would work out much cheaper than the Holiday Inn, there is also a bar and restuarant on site too. Nothing fancy but a decent place to stay - you will definitely see some animals too!! It is a little distance out of Lusaka but I don't think a taxi would cost you too much and there isn't all that much to see around Lusaka City.
Flying up to Mfuwe is pretty tricky, I know there are a few charter airlines, Proflight and Airwaves that fly pretty regularly but you'd be better off booking in advance. I have NO idea how long it would take by bus, but they aren't the most reliable and it would most certainly take more than 10 hours from Lusaka. Have you got a place to stay in Luangwa? I had a friend who worked at Flatdogs and it sounds like a pretty great place, plus they can arrange picking you up from the airport etc.
Good luck and enjoy your trip to Zambia!
Eurika is a great place to stay and also has a good bar. It is a bit far from the airport and a bit out of town but is still a good for the price you would pay. May i also suggest you go to kariba dam for a night. At kariba you can go on a house boat and enjoy some fishing and game viewing. Kariba dam is also only a 3 hour drive from lusaka which is not far at all.
Also if you are interested in safaris/game viewing then luangwa is always a good place to go, it has all the wild cats and is definatly big enough. You can stay at marula lodge for a good price and cook your own food if you want. When in malawi, blantyre is a culture shock, a great city but not much to do but you can always travel up to lake malawi for a day or two. The lake has some of the best sights i have seen and is paradise if you want to sit in the pool and watch the sun set over the lake!
Hope this helps.