Essential Zambia 13 days
The South Luangwa Valley and lower Zambezi offer an unparalleled range of daily activities with something to suit everyone, but always with an emphasis on wildlife. Bush walking, game drives and canoe safaris, perhaps followed by a sunset boat cruise to watch the elephant and buffalo at the river’s edge. Then, fly to see the amazing Victoria Falls for a stunning finale to your Zambia adventure.
- Walking, canoe and night safaris plus game drives
- Spectacular Victoria Falls
- Prolific and amazing wildlife, including the 'Big 5'
- Myriad birdlife
- Full board accommodation
- Selected domestic flights
- All transfers
- Game viewing activities
So much to experience
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Fly to Lower Zambezi Valley
Fly from Lusaka to Royal Airstrip in the Lower Zambezi. If possible try to get a window seat as the views are simply spectacular as you fly over the steep escarpment that shields the Zambezi River. On arrival at Royal Airstrip you will be met by your guide who will transfer you to Chongwe River Camp that is idyllically set on the confluence of the Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers. Depending on your arrival time, you may go out for your first game activity, giving you your first sense of what the area has to offer.
Chongwe River Camp
Chongwe River Camp is located in a Game Management Area (GMA), just a few km from the unfenced park boundary so is in a very productive wildlife area with elephants regularly seen in camp. Whilst at the camp you have a range of activities to chose from including, walking, day and night drives, fishing or if you are feeling adventurous, canoeing along one of the many channels - relax or be as active as desired.
South Luangwa Valley - Mfuwe
After breakfast, transfer to Royal Airstrip for flight to Mfuwe Airstrip, where you will be met by your safari guide who will drive you to Mfuwe Lodge for two night's stay. After enjoying some tea and cake you will head out for an afternoon game drive in a hope of spotting your first leopard, for which the park has become famous. After sundowners in the park you’ll search for nocturnal species such as civet, porcupine, honey badger and genet, rarely seen in daylight hours.
South Luangwa Valley - Bilimungwe Bush Camp
On the morning of day 7, transfer from Mfue to Bilimungwe Bush Camp for a further three nights. A typical day here will see you enjoy a delicious continental breakfast after your wakeup call before heading out on your morning game activity. You will return to camp late morning having enjoyed the sights and sounds of South Luangwa, to enjoy brunch in camp and escape the heat of the day. You will have a couple of hours free in the afternoon to either read a book, enjoy the wildlife that frequently wanders into camp or have a well deserved siesta. Before heading out on your afternoon walk or drive you will be treated to tea and cake. As with early morning, the evening game drive is often the best time to see the wildlife. The predatory animals begin to stir from their slumber, and their prey become ever more active and alert as darkness falls. As is an African tradition, you will stop for sundowners drinks before continuing your evening drive to spot some of the nocturnal creatures of the bush. You usually return to camp in time for a shower, pre-dinner drinks and then dinner, with the evenings being rounded off with a few drinks around the campfire swapping safari stories.
Fly to Victoria Falls
After breakfast you will take a flight to Livingstone International Airport where you will be met by your driver and transferred to the beautiful Waterberry lodge. Depending on your time of arrival you may have time to visit the magnificent Victoria Falls today or simply choose to relax with a sunset cruise on the almighty Zambezi River before dinner.
Depending on your mood you could spend the day at the Falls sampling some of the adventure activities that are offered including bungee jumping, white water rafting, helicopter rides or swimming in Devil’s Pools’. Or perhaps you would prefer to do a game drive in the Mosi-Oa- Tunya NP, famous for its large rhino population or simply visit a local village or have lunch on a private island. With so many choices at hand this really is the perfect place to end your African safari.
At your leisure you will be transferred to Livingstone Airport for onward or return flight.
A view from Above
Chongwe River Camp
Zambia's Lower Zambezi valley is one of Africa's last great wilderness areas and it is here where you will find the Chongwe River Camp - one of the continent's finest and most famous safari lodges.
Situated on the confluence of the mighty Zambezi and Chongwe Rivers and opposite the renowned Mana Pools, this award winning safari camp offers a relaxing yet adventurous authentic safari experience. Close to nature, guests are often even treated to the sight of elephants wandering peacefully through the camp.
The camp has nine en-suite tented bedrooms which string along the Chonge River and have tremendous views of the steep cliffs in the near distance from their own private verandas. As well as the standard tents there are also two luxurious and exclusive suites which boast the luxury of individual butler services and private plunge pools.
Waterberry Lodge, Livingstone
This intimate and peaceful lodge is located just 30 minutes from Livingstone yet provides the tranquillity and intrigue of being firmly in the wild.
Offering breathtaking scenery and views of the Zimbabwean game park and occupying a secluded position on the banks of the spectacular Zambezi River, this is the perfect base for visiting the magnificent Victoria Falls and Livingstone, or as a stop off on your tour of Zambia.
Mfuwe Lodge, South Luangwa
This high quality lodge is located just inside the South Luangwa National Park and five minutes from the main gate. The lodge consists of a complex of thatched buildings arranged around the banks of two lagoons, which constantly attract wildlife.
Bilimungwe Bushcamp, South Luangwa
This high quality camp is designed to blend into its bush surroundings, whilst at the same time providing every creature comfort. The camp is located in the more remote southern part of the South Luangwa Park and overlooks waterholes which attract birds and wildlife. Guided walks, game and night drives available.
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