Pack your bags for a whirlwind safari adventure through Zambia! Your custom itinerary begins with the majestic beauty of Luangwa National Park. From there, you will be led on an expedition to discover the local wildlife and vast landscapes of Zambia's secluded wild. Exploring South Luangwa and the Lower Zambezi will reward you with experiences you could have never imagined and memories you won't ever forget. Become captivated by the wildlife in their natural habitat and embrace the thrill of game drives and safari walks. Finally, arrive in Livingstone where you will enjoy cultural activities, exciting tours and visits to the impressive Victoria Falls. Mesmerized by the wilderness and astonishing diversity between each destination, you will experience the best and most luxurious lodging that Zambia has to offer from start to finish.
Welcome to Zambia! When you arrive, you will have a meet and greet service and your guide will meet you. After clearing immigration and customs, you will take a direct flight to Mfuwe in South Luangwa. The flight will take over one hour. Upon arrival, you will be transferred to your Lodge! Mfuwe Lodge is situated a few kilometers inside the National Park and in the middle of what is surely one of Africa’s most game-rich areas. The rest of the night is yours at your leisure to relax side by side with the wild.
Considered as one of the greatest wildlife sanctuaries in the world, South Luangwa is the best park in Zambia and one of the most majestic in Africa. The 9,050-sq km park is centered around the Luangwa River and is home to one of Africa's largest concentrations of wildlife from herds of buffaloes, pride of lions and the highest density of leopards in the world. The animals may be less used to vehicles and slightly harder to find, but there are fewer visitors in these areas and watching the wildlife is immensely rewarding.
Mfuwe Lodge is a wonderful place to embark on your South Luangwa exploration. An imposing and luxurious lodge, it is located in a region of the park is renowned for its prolific game - giraffe, hippos, buffalo, antelope, and crocodile are constant visitors to Lodge's lagoon, whilst in November the local elephants regularly wander right through the lobby, lured by a nearby wild mango tree. The game-viewing potential at Mfuwe Lodge and the surrounding area is second-to-none. Walking safaris can be arranged on request, but the majority of outings are game drives, allowing you to explore as much of this prolific region of the Luangwa Valley as possible. Drives are led by an experienced team of guides, setting out at first light, and then again in the late afternoon when the wildlife is at its most active. After sundowners, spotlights are used to pick out a new cast of nocturnal creatures to gain a different viewpoint.
Your stay at Mfuwe Lodge includes full board and accommodation, game viewing activities, coffee and tea, laundry, park fees and domestic levies.
From Mfuwe Lodge you will be driven deep into the National Park and to your first bushcamp – Bilimungwe. Being the only Safari operator in the southern section of the Park, The Bushcamp Company pride themselves on the intimate nature of their small, exclusive camps. Sit back and enjoy the beautiful drive! On arrival at the camp, you will be introduced to the guide that will host you for the next few days and most importantly to your armed escort scout who will be with you in most of the activities ensuring your safety. Enjoy the intimate nature and exclusive experience of Bilimungwe.
You will quickly be enchanted by the charm and excitement of Bilimungwe. Here, the traditions of the African bushcamp meet elegance and style, creating a stunning camp that feels like it has grown organically out of the surrounding landscape. Set beneath a huge mahogany tree, the heart of Bilimungwe is the cool, shady lounge area that looks out over one of the camps three waterholes. Settle down in a cozy armchair with a sundowner and relax, as you watch an enviable display of spectacular birds and animals that clearly feel as comfortable here as you do. With the open waters of the Luangwa River at your doorstep and a nearby plain where leopards prowl, it is clear that this is a nature-lovers paradise!
Alongside the leadership of Bilimungwe's expert local guide, you could not be in better hands! During your stay, take advantage of their exceptional knowledge and experience, as you head out on a combination of walking safaris, day and night game drives, and sundowners on the river's edge. Your fully inclusive stay covers your accommodation, bar (with the exception of bottled wines), all meals, game activities and laundry services, for your convenience.
After a relaxing morning, you will be picked up at your Bilimungwe Bushcamp and transferred to your accommodations in Kapamba Bushcamp. This morning you will continue going remotely into the southern sector of the national park. The camp is set away from the main Luangwa River but on one of its tributaries, the shallow clear flowing Kapamba river.
Enjoy everything that Kapamba has to offer! You can relax in the hot tub which overlooks the Kapamba River and watch wildlife from a different angle. Experience the wildlife and your surroundings by taking guided walks through the park with a professional guide who will teach you all about the animals. Take advantage of game drives and night drives with your guide for a perfect chance to see many magnificent types of animals and the unique location. Again your daily activities can be flexible but usually, you would go out on foot in the morning and then by vehicle in the evening staying out after dark and searching for various nocturnal species and predator activity with the spot-light on your way back to camp. Truly a once in a lifetime opportunity!
After a wonderful time in South Luangwa, you will be picked up at your hotel and transferred to the airport. You will take a domestic flight to Lusaka. Then, fly to Lower Zambezi and to the Royal Airstrip. Upon arrival, you will be transferred by road for 10 minutes to a nearby port. Take a short 15-minute boat ride to Chiawa Camp!
Lower Zambezi National Park is nestled between an impressive mountain escarpment to the north and the mighty Zambezi River to the south. The escarpment acts as a natural barrier for the wildlife, keeping it on the plains and in the rich woodland on the bank of the river. The park is over 4,000 square km in size and occupies 120 km of river frontage.
The Lower Zambezi is a haven for wildlife and bird lovers with 60 mammal species and 378 bird species. Elephant, hippo and diversity of plains game are abundant throughout the park. It also boasts a healthy lion and leopard population with sightings of hyena and wild dog common. Perhaps the most exciting aspect of game viewing in the Lower Zambezi is the sheer variety of activities on offer. In addition to the traditional game drives and walking safaris, the Zambezi River allows for a variety of additional river-based activities and experiences that few, if any, other destinations can offer.
There are relatively few camps in and around the park. With the absence of mass tourism, the region remains a pristine wilderness, free from overcrowding. Come face to face with giants in a land of colossal elephants and ancient baobabs while you glide quietly in a canoe along the reeds.
As with most Lower Zambezi camps, you can choose between a wide variety of activities, game drives, and walks daily! You can also spend at least some time out on the river just relaxing with a drink in your hand and watching the animals, birds on the bank, or catch a tiger fish or two. The tigerfish is Africa’s most aggressive freshwater game-fish and is a specialty of these stretches of the Zambezi river, whilst most novices will use a lure or spinner it is becoming more popular to try and tempt these beasts with a fly. Aside from that, you can take guided walks, night drives, river safaris, canoeing, and walking in safe areas. Allow yourself to share in Chiawa’s passion so that you can enjoy one of Africa’s finest safari camps and the wildlife adventure of a lifetime.
After a hearty breakfast and a game walk, you will be picked up at your hotel in Lower Zambezi and transferred to your accommodations in Livingstone. The Zambian section of your trip will finish in Livingstone, just 17 kilometers upstream from the majestic Victoria Falls! This camp is well designed to take advantage of the views across a wide bend in the main river. The central area is delightfully colonial in style with old books and silverware to complete the illusion that one has stepped back in time.
Livingstone is a historic colonial town, most famous for its proximity to Victoria Falls. The town has experienced a revival in the last decade, to feature a more modern charm. The old colonial style buildings that once decorated the main avenue, have been renovated into housing shops, cafes and a variety of local businesses. Livingstone offers a wide range of activities, from the thrill of white water rafting and bungee jumping, to the awe-inspiring elephant back safaris and sunset cruises. Livingstone has something for everyone.
During your time in The River Club, you will have so many wonderful opportunities to make your stay unique! You will feel like you have stepped back in time but enjoying all of the modern world features and wonderful activities. You can choose to do daily game drives, fishing, visiting local villages and learning their culture, or even take a cruise on the Zambezi River. The Victoria Falls is also a great place to have a shared guided tour of the Zambian-side. You can also discover Livingstone with a shared tour and a local guide who will teach you about this unique little town.
Although your adventure must come to an end today, you will be leaving with new friends, amazing experiences and memories to cherish for the rest of your life. Once you have checked out of your hotel in Livingstone, you will be met by your driver and transferred to the airport in good time to board your international departure flight.
We wish you safe and happy travels home!
The Mfuwe Lodge is an award winning safari lodge set in the most prolific game area of the South Luangwa. The perfect place to enjoy excellent game viewing, recharge your batteries, or to start and finish your journey to our bushcamps. Scattered along two lagoons' shady banks lie 18 thatched chalets from where you can enjoy your own private piece of Africa. Secluded covered verandas look out over wallowing hippo and thirsty game in the lagoons, while the newly refurbished African interiors are the perfect place to wind down with their comfortable sitting rooms and en-suite bathrooms with panoramic walk-in showers. Each of the six bushcamps is set in glorious surroundings and can accommodate a maximum of just eight guests, ensuring that your stay is a peaceful one and tailored to your personal needs. Together with the warmest of hospitality, sumptuous meals and first-class guides, the bushcamps are the perfect gateway for individuals and small groups wishing to explore the spectacular wildlife of the South Luangwa.
Bilimungwe’s four raised thatched rooms have been carefully designed to ensure maximum comfort, while still maintaining the authentic bushcamp feel. The tangle of mature mahogany trees that surround camp are echoed in the rich, wood interiors and the beautiful wooden furniture, handmade by local artisans. Bright African textiles bring splashes of color to the elegant rooms. After an early morning game drive, head back to your room for a refreshing, open-air waterfall shower, or continue the wildlife spectacle from your own private deck. The charming Bilimungwe Bushcamp sleeps up to eight guests and is open from May to December, offering a traditional and exciting Zambian escape!
A remote and romantic camp situated in a prime location on the Kapamba River, and one of only two Bushcamps to be open from April to January - the other being Zungulila. In a remote corner of the South Luangwa National Park lies Kapamba, a camp that combines the isolation and superb game-viewing opportunities of a true bushcamp with a touch of... dare we say it... luxury. Set on the banks of the shallow, spring-fed eponymous river, Kapamba is surrounded by some of the park's richest wildlife. Watching an elephant take a dip in the river can be quite an experience when you're lounging in your own private plunge pool. The central bar and dining room are positioned under a huddle of matumi and sausage trees, with a wide deck that stretches out with views of the Kapamba River. And if that's still not close enough for you, why not enjoy your G&T from the middle of the river itself, your feet dipped in the cool, crystal shallows.
The family owned and operated, multi-award-winning Chiawa Camp is located in the stunning Lower Zambezi National Park, along the banks of the mighty Zambezi River. Zambia's premier luxury safari camp, Chiawa offers up a diverse range of activities, including game drives, game walks, canoeing, boating and angling, all in the company of Africa's finest guides. Each of the luxury tents boast spectacular views over the Zambezi River and its vast array of resident wildlife. Elephant, lion, leopard, hippo and much more, occupy this gorgeous region of Zambia. The creative culinary team at the Chiawa Camp ensure meals are of the highest standard, from seasonal menus developed and enhanced over time. Along with Chiawa's renowned dedication to its guests, staff, local communities and conservation, allow yourself to share in Chiawa's passion, so that you can enjoy one of Africa's finest safari camps and the wildlife adventure of a lifetime. Included in your stay are day and night game drives, bush walks, canoe trips, river safaris, catch & release angling and spending time in the photographic hides.
This camp has been around since the mid-’90s and is built on a raised part of the river bank some 17 kilometers upstream from the Falls and 30 minutes drive from the airport. The camp is well designed to take advantage of the views across a wide bend in the main river and the perspective from camp is wonderful. The central area is delightfully colonial in style with old books, silverware and plenty of photographs to complete the illusion that one has stepped back in time. This feeling is further enhanced on meeting the owner-manager Peter Jones, an ex British army officer with a passion for the history of the area. The camp sleeps a maximum of 20 guests, the rooms were designed to be open-fronted but inquisitive monkeys amongst other unwanted wildlife have forced the fronts to be screened in recent years. The rooms are split level and extend out from the steep river bank. There is a pool with a fantastic elevated view of the river and also a croquet lawn.
*Pricing is based on two persons traveling together, based on availability, subject to change.
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