Cross the border into Zambia and head toward the Luangwa Valley. This park is vast and diverse and two full days are recommended to fully explore. The river tracks through the park, so waterway and drive safaris are possible. The guides here are wonderful, with most having been born in the area with decades of tracking and guiding experience. Walking tours are an excellent way to see the finer details of the African bush, seeing smaller animals and birds. The park is well-equipped with restaurants serving a mix of Western and Zambian cuisine, bars, and some hot tubs as well, depending on accommodation.
Optional: Northern Lake Malawi
Take an extra few days to visit the beach voted the most beautiful in Malawi at Makuzi Beach Lodge in Chinteche. Tour the local village and a community sustainable agriculture project. Diving and horseback riding on the beach and in the bush are options here, or relax on the beach and have a lovely beach dinner at the Makuzi restaurant, which has the best food in Malawi, serving both local and international meals.